Opinion articles

Dapchi: Yobe State Government and the rest of us

BY IDOKO AINOKO The abduction of over 90 girls in a secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State, is unfortunate. More embarrassing however, is the bid by the Yobe State Government to try shrug blame off its shoulder to blame another by saying it is the withdrawal of the military from the area that was responsible

Niger-Delta Institutions Transparency Index

By Sandra Eguagie Nigeria signed on to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) as the 7oth member in July 2016 with the commitment to deepen institutional and policy reforms. Access to information and citizen engagement are two of the four thematic areas of focus, these thematic areas speak directly to the basis and growth of transparency

Curing the police of its illness

By Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku On Saturday, March 25 2017, The Guardian newspaper carried a report as a rider on its front page. The title was, Zaki-Biam: IGP Briefs, Absolves Fulani Herdsmen. As at the time the story was published, I remember that I had bought the paper but didn’t give the report much thought. I

Yusuf Buratai: Times and Life of a Legend

BY BUKOLA OLASANMI   Yusuf Buratai, just like his son, served the military, with distinction, honor and valour. Little was known about his birth and early childhood, however, In 1942 Alhaji Yusuf Buratai (Senior) the father of current COAS joined the West African Army at the tender age of 18. He fought in World War

Buratai: World World II Legend Goes Home

BY OKANGA AGILA “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” -George Orwell War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much

Assessing Haruna’s Change Mantra In NASENI

BY BEST AGBESE Nigerians have held President Muhammadu Buhari on public accountability strictly on his professed sobriquet of “Change mantra,” in the administration of Nigeria. Before May 2015, there was a unanimous consensus among Nigerians that the country had slipped into very dangerous abyss of ennui, where virtually all public institutions and agencies collapsed pathetically,

Making the Post Insurgency War A New Focus

BY RICHARD MURPHY Anyone that still doubts that Boko Haram has been defeated would have to watch the latest video released by Abubakar Shekau, the sociopathic leader of the terror group – or read up the English transcription of the rant. For Shekau to have declared in the ten-minute video that “I am tired of

Nigeria: Between Obasanjo and the Rest of Us

BY JOHN UCHE MADU Former President Chief Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, (OBJ) thinks his greatest treasure and legacy to bequeath to Nigerians is the prowess of letter-writing. Maybe, his admirers are impressed by it. But as a person, it does not make sense to me, because, at least in recent times, his motivation for

Obasanjo: One Meddling Too Many

BY PHILIP AGBESE There is only one instance when the messenger can be shot and trash the message trashed – consigned to the dustbin of history, which is when the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo is the messenger. For a man who is addicted to being the centre of attraction, even when it entails

APC Mega rally : A tragic failure

To APC, PDP is like the owl. The mere sight of the owl, instills fear. If it hoots, they shiver in fear. If its quiet, their fear consumes them. The decamping of two or three former PDP members triggered the fear button of APC and Adams Oshiomhole. Adams Oshiomhole couldn’t stop talking. Today we heard

What a cow says about the president

By Azu Ishiekwene There was a video of President Muhammadu Buhari that shocked me recently and undermined my confidence in his ability to end the deadly attacks by Fulani herdsmen. It was not the video of him purportedly admiring a cow in his Daura ranch on a tablet. And certainly not the tape of his

Buratai: What A Time To Be Proud Of Nigeria

BY NNEKA OBI The last time I visited Nigeria was in 2013. My husband approved my request to visit home to celebrate the Christmas and New Year. I came with our three children, Chidi, Okey and my lovely little daughter, Amarachi. It was the second time I would make a trip home since we relocated