Opinion articles

The Dogara game plan for 2019

In Nigeria, it is a known fact that Bauchi state is one of the states in the North East where elections are fiercely contested. It is also a state with political heavyweights that have at one time, or the other played it big at the national scene. In the current dispensation, the number four position

NEMA: Drinking From The Chalice Of Corruption

BY RITA SAMUEL The vigorous anti -graft war waged by President Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria deserves pity from any discerning mind. In spite of Mr. President’s determined and concerted efforts to stamp out the monster of corruption from the system, it mutates into more intricate and deadly forms. Sometimes, persons or institutions officially mandated to

The Transformation of FMC, Makurdi

By Pius Udenyi I believe everyone knows the medical facilities in Benue state are overstretched at the moment. The recurring bloodbath in the state has exalted a strain on medical services. And that some of them are sub-standard makes the situation more daisy and messier. But medical professionals and administrators like a Consultant Surgeon and

Ayem Akapatema: Why the cats can’t stop the race now

BY IDOKO AINOKO When President Muhammadu Buhari approved the conduct of the Exercise Ayem Akpatema, an operational name derived from Tiv vernacular, meaning ‘Cat Race,’ by the Nigerian Army, it was a huge relief to many families who found themselves in the web of conspiracy between Nigerian politicians and ethnic jingoists out to exploit the

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