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Nigerians, the National Assembly and Sovereignty

Nigerians, the National Assembly and Sovereignty

By Nnamdi Okosieme In his first inaugural address to the American people on March 4, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln said inter alia: “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary

Amnesty International’s Hard Call

By: Sheperd Akoto Has Amnesty International found its match in Nigeria in the course of globally implementing a destabilization agenda in non-western countries? It is best that the London based NGO does not wait to find out or attempt to answer the question. Amnesty International, AI for short, has been at the receiving end of


By: Charles Ibekwe Anyone that wishes Nigeria well as a nation will not for one minute entertain support for groups or activities that contemplate the fracturing of the nation. Breaking up the nation would in the case be most outrageous. As of the time of writing this piece, groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra

Want to End Boko Haram Terrorism?

By: Richard Murphy Give Amnesty International the Boot The people and governments of countries like Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan would be wishing they have the good fortunes of Nigeria. That fortune is for their countries to survive peacefully long enough to get rid of the catalyst of the disaster that befell them. Take away

UNICAL: Blazing the trail in academic excellence

By: Best Amor The quality of public education in Nigeria is generally acclaimed to be poor. Tertiary institutions in the country, which compete in number with stars in the skies, are most badly hit by this plaque.  And many reasons are adduced for these fallen standards in education, which experts blame majorly on inadequate manpower,

Ndigbo: Nigeria’s Unity And The Voice of Reason

By: Nneka Ogwu It is a good news that Nigerians are beginning to shop and submit themselves to the voice of reason about the supremacy of love, brotherhood in one nation and most profoundly, unity. I ceased to comment on the affairs of my country years back, because I was unimpressed with the manner individuals

Magu, Saraki and the cost of hubris

By Nnamdi Okosieme Today, the Senate expectedly torpedoed Ibrahim Magu’s hope of confirmation as substantive boss of the Economic and financial Crimes commission(EFCC) Like our late inimitable Afrobeat legend, Fela would say the Magu-Senate face-off is one roforofo fight that will have Nigerians watching with rapt attention. As we say in these parts, Magu put

Democracy and the Challenge of Fake News

By Bolaji Abdullahi The term, ‘fake news’, is essentially an oxymoron. News is an account of what happened. By its very definition, it is the truth, the absolute truth and nothing but the truth. However, in a post-truth world, even fake and news, two fundamentally contradictory terms can occupy the same textual space. Truth has

President Buhari, Nigerian hospitals and the hapless millions

By Nnamdi Okosieme Now, that President Buhari has returned and the man himself has told us how sick he was despite the lies from his aides that he was hale and hearty, can we now seriously turn our attention to asking why it is so patently difficult to get our hospitals working? President Buhari is

Ohaneze and Its Unjustified Fear of the Army

By: Israel Abiodun It takes morbid fear to work up the courage to condemn what a large population are commending. When the Nigerian Army inaugurated a 7-member Special Board of Inquiry into allegations of human rights abuses against it the development was met with accolades. Several people commended the development as a plus for the

Re: Buratai, Biafra And The Guardians Of Empire Nigeria (Part1)

By: Okanga Agila There is the mistaken notion frequently bandied that Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, the Northern oligarchy or Nigeria’s Northern region and now, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai, are opposed to any clamour for self-determination by some sections of Nigeria. These days, it is further embellished with calls for

Reasons Why UNICAL Bursar Was Sacked Exposed

The dismissal of former University of Calabar Bursar, Peter Agi and its attendant brouhaha is no longer an issue of exclusive discourse as it has become an item in every gathering; it is also no longer news that the dismissal has been touted in various quarters that the bursar was just a product of witch

Why Nigerians Voted Nigerian Army As Best Institution of the Month

By: Best Orinya Agbese At all times, man has the capacity and innate character to be good; to toe the path of progress and strive to excel in all endeavours. Sometimes, when aberrations are noticed in persons or institutions, it is due to a lack of superior engagement of people to embrace the virtues of

NASENI’s Sparkling Leadership Under Haruna

By: Angula Jessica Undeniably, only countries which have embossed the world with colossal images of their awe-inspiring technologies have economic viability, stability and command respect among the comity of nations. The world itself is knowledge-driven and technologically advanced countries reap bountifully from the seeds of their intellectual investments in science and technology, which have limitless

Development journalism and open governance

By Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku During the past week, I had the privilege of playing host to a German journalist. Some years back, I was in their country on scholarship on journalism training and something of the German effect began to rub off on me in many of the things I say and do today. But

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