AND WE THE #MOB MOVED ON: #ABSURAPE REVISITED

Monday, August 12, 2013
In 2011 the Nigerian social media erupted when the horrific gang rape video of a young lady surfaced online. The hour long video depicts a rape by at least 5 men and at a point she begs to be killed. Bloggers broke the story online which had before then reportedly circulated amongst the Abia State University student community earning it the ... Read more

NIGERIA&'S INDUSTRICIDE, AND THE ZEBRA CONFLICT

Monday, August 12, 2013
I happen to share offices in the same premises with one of the zonal offices of th Manufacturers Association of Nigeria MAN. In the last 9 years they have not bought a newspaper or papers, nor journal, they do manage to have a few meetings and some form of activities happen there from time to time, other than that comatose describes the o ... Read more

TAXATION AS CATALYST FOR DELTA RENAISSANCE

Sunday, August 11, 2013
The lsquo;rsquo;Delta beyond Oilrsquo;rsquo; policy thrust was conceptualised by the Executive Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan to reduce total dependance on oil revenue and to replace it with what the citizenry can do regarding governance and sustainable State-building, poverty alleviation through micro credit progr ... Read more

CHRISTIANITY HAS NO CLASS DISTINCTION (4)

Sunday, August 11, 2013
V. The Annulling of Ethnic Distinctions: In the Bible there is another distinction between Greeks and Jews. The Jews re a very religious race, whereas the Greeks are a race that embraces philosophy and wisdom. Historically, when one speaks of religion, he thinks of the Jews, and when one speaks of philosophy, he thinks of the Greeks. All br ... Read more

2015: THE WIN-WIN IN A NORTHERNER, JONATHAN NOT RUNNING

Sunday, August 11, 2013
Last Monday, wisdom shouted from a hilltop in the North such that everyone would hear. But those who heard are dismissing it with a wave of the hand. Others who must react overlooked the wisdom and in its stead poured invectives on the medium wisdom used. They claimed the medium has no business speaking wisdom.Those against what was spo ... Read more

CHRISTIANITY HAS NO CLASS DISTINCTION (3)

Sunday, August 11, 2013
II. The Annulling of Nationality: A. There Being No Distinction Between Jews and Greeks: In the world the greatest distinction is based on nationality. The Jews and the Greeks are two very distinct races. The Jews are very nationalistic. They are the descendants of Abraham, the chosen people of God; they are the only nation established by ... Read more

NYESOM WIKE AND OTHER JONATHAN'S CONFLICT ENTREPRENEURS

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Professor Paul Collier of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford is indeed an accomplished academic of global repute. However I have found myself sometimes disagreeing with some of his postulations. Nevertheless, there is one of his propositions that fascinates me a lot. That is the greed and grievance th ... Read more

RIVERS CRISIS: INJURIES OF A COMPROMISED MEDIA

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Since the Rivers crisis became a major issue on the nations political front burner, the worst victim has been the media. In this case, both the traditional and the online media. The main political gladiator, the embattled Rivers State governor, Chibuike Amaechi, reaching into his very deep pockets has shattered the conscience of the media. ... Read more

THE PAINFUL DEATH OF 3 NUJ OFFICIALS

Saturday, August 10, 2013
On the first Friday of August 2013, three officials of Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ went the way of all flesh from a fatal auto crash.The road mishap that claimed the lives of the three journalists and left ten others injured, occurred along Ilesha-Ibadan expressway, where one of the rear tyres of the bus conveying them to Ibadan ... Read more

TIN GOD: THE MACABRE DANCE OF THE NATION NEWSPAPER

Friday, August 09, 2013
The Nation Newspaper in its edition of August 8, 2013 published a shocking and mischief-laden editorial with the title, ldquo;Tin god.rdquo; It was a brazen, jaundiced, politically motivated and malicious attack on the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio CON. Not only did the editorial try to hide its bias and ill-int ... Read more

THE BITTER TRUTH ABOUT THE IGBO

Friday, August 09, 2013
Permit me to make my second and final contribution to the raging debate about Lagos, who owns it and the seemingly endless tensions that exist between the igbo and the yoruba. It is amazing how one or two of the numerous nationalities that make up Nigeria secretly wish that they were yoruba and consistently lay claim to Lagos as being partl ... Read more

AN ODE TO THE RISEN KING

Wednesday, August 07, 2013
He is the God of the Holy Bible, the giver of life. He is the Holy One of Israel whose coming was prophesied for thousands of years by the Prophets before it came to pass. He is He that humbled Himself and shed His divinity, who came down as God incarnate in the flesh, who suffered on the cross, who shed His blood, who gave up His life as a ... Read more

ACHIEVEMENTS, IMPACTs AND CONTRIBUTION OF ISLAM TO WORLD CIVILIZATION

Wednesday, August 07, 2013
In the name of Allah, the most beneficent and the most merciful. The restorer of peace and bestowal of understanding, the creator and he who has indeed made Islam a source of world knowledge and civilization.I decided to write on this topic ACHIEVEMENTS, IMPACTs AND CONTRIBUTION OF ISLAM TO WORLD CIVILIZATION because i consider it to be ... Read more

OBAMA&'S HEALTH CHIPS AND THE MARK OF THE BEAST (666)

Wednesday, August 07, 2013
The recent health care reforms of Barrack Obama is being associated with the mark of the beast 666 . A controversial section of the Health Care Reform act talked of ii a class II device that is implantable, life-supporting, or life-sustaining. One of the class ii devices is an implantable Verichip or RFID-Chip. Verichip is an inject ... Read more

LAGOS DEPORTATIONS AND CRISIS OF CITIZENSHIP

Tuesday, August 06, 2013
The debate over Lagos Statersquo;s deportation of some Igbo elements to Anambra State has done two things at once. One, it has underlined the shakiness of the idea of one Nigeria. Then, two, in focusing too narrowly on an ethnic explanation, the debate has obfuscated what is a much broader, and fundamental, issue. Initial reports sug ... Read more

2015: BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Tuesday, August 06, 2013
In the days of yore, when schools were still schools, this would have made an interesting topic for a debate or impromptu speech competition of any schoolrsquo;s annual Literary And Debating Day. But then, just like many good things that have depreciated in our land, schools are no longer what they used to be, and it is ldquo;debatablerd ... Read more

THERE IS A DARKNESS OVER THE NORTH

Tuesday, August 06, 2013
In the news another young northern man is claiming to be the new boss of Boko Haram. Mohammed Marwana bragged that to prove he was the new don, he had promised ahead of time of the Kano bombings at Sabon Gari that claimed over a dozen innocent lives. Marwanas claim to the title of leadership over this death seeking, senseless cult comes sh ... Read more

DECODING THE THREAT: NIGERIA'S MESSAGE THROUGH GOVERNOR FASHOLA TO THE IGBO

Monday, August 05, 2013
ldquo;Nevertheless, he warned that while his government respects the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the constitution , none of them is absolute in the way that some ldquo;expertsrdquo; want the public to believe.rdquo; This is quoted from:ldquo;Governor Fashola Dismisses Story His Government Depo ... Read more

PROFESSIONALIZING THE ART OF LAWMAKING IN NIGERIA

Monday, August 05, 2013
The major problem of modern lawmaking in Nigeria is not the appendage of lawmakers to the executive arms that operate at federal and State levels per se. Rather, it is about parliamentary quackery, profligacy and tendency to see lawmaking duty as a business enterprise. In organized sociopolitical climes, lawmaking is highly professionalize ... Read more

STANDING UP FOR PRESIDENT JONATHAN

Monday, August 05, 2013
The lead singer of the Salvation Gospel Band very early in the day summed up the direction of the Grassroot Development Initiative, GDI, grand finale and reception in honour of Nigeriarsquo;s Minister of State for Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike on Saturday, August 3 at the Rumueme Kingdom Civic Centre in Obio/Akpor Local Government Ar ... Read more

DEPORTATION, DICHOTOMY AND NATIONALISM NIGERIANA

Monday, August 05, 2013
If you must buy a baboon dont buy the one with a 10 discount ameboMy friend Abraham Madu shared this, Before you do anything, first ThinkTHINK stands for:T--True: Is what I write true?H--Helpful: Is what I say or do helpful?I--Inspiring: Is what I do, write and say, inspiring?N--Necessary: Is what I do say, or write ... Read more

IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN FOR ARSENAL

Sunday, August 04, 2013
The frustrations of Arsenal fans in the last eight years can be better imagined, some of them still find it difficult to believe that the now very chubby Manchester City Football Executive, Patrick Vieira was the last Captain to lift a major trophy at the clubPatrick has probably forgotten the last opponent he tackled for the ball in his l ... Read more

BOYS TO MEN: THE INVENTION OF ADOLESCENCE

Sunday, August 04, 2013
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up my childish ways. -- Corinthians 13:11 ISVA life stage is obviously amiss in the Biblical verse above: - Adolescence. The conversation on early marriage as relates to Africa cannot be gainfully completed witho ... Read more

AS OUR HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DAVID ENTERS...

Sunday, August 04, 2013
Should I not forgo whatever I had wanted to talk about today to allow me heartily exult with the All Progressive Congress APC for attaining the status of a registered political party in Nigeria? Of course I should, just like every lover of democracy would. If those who only by word of mouth profess love for democracy could, why then shoul ... Read more

FELIX MORKA: THE MASSES' LAWYER

Sunday, August 04, 2013
Barrister Felix Morka is the Executive Director of Social Economic Rights Action Centre SERAC. This non-governmental organization was established in May 1995 in Lagos. It was a non- partisan organization set up to provide succor for common people in the world. Felix Morka is a renowned lawyer of the 21st century knowledge to the core and ... Read more

SCREAM NO EUREKA FOR APC BIRTH

Saturday, August 03, 2013
I was told to challenge every spiritual teacher, every world leader to utter the one sentence that no religion, no political party will dare utter: ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.- Neale Donald WalschFor the birth of any new born baby foretold to the world, excitement fills the air for a brief moment, then suddenly ... Read more

2015: JONATHAN'S REAL FRIENDS, FOES AND THE WAY FORWARD

Saturday, August 03, 2013
Having written several articles on the current macabre dance and political crisis rocking Rivers State and x-raying its effects on the future political developments of Nigeria if not checked, I do not see further need to come up with another piece on this subject despite new challenges that need to be addressed. Even the poser by Nobel laur ... Read more

TARABA: MORALITY, THE LAW AND IGNORANCE

Saturday, August 03, 2013
Before the fatal air plane crash which nearly claimed the life of Taraba State governor Danbaba Suntai, on October 25, 2012, no one had ever heard of Alhaji Umar Garba. His inauguration as deputy governor took place 20 days before his bossrsquo; unfortunate date with fate. Following the crash, Umar was sworn in as acting governor, a ... Read more

OKONJO-IWEALA: VILIFIED AT HOME, CELEBRATED ABROAD

Saturday, August 03, 2013
A prophet is without honour except in his own house In the dark old days when the military dominated Nigeriarsquo;s political scene, the phenomenon of brain drain became crystallised in our national consciousness, as our best brains in all walks of life embarked on an exodus to nations in different parts of the world, in the wake of ... Read more

NORTHERN LEADERS SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON EDUCATION, NOT THE PRESIDENCY

Friday, August 02, 2013
The North has ab-initio emerged as Nigeriarsquo;s political power house, as a numero uno, as the nationrsquo;s ordained ruling class due to its permanent hegemony over the south. Northern Nigeria has an immutable faith in its born-to-rule mentality buoyed on its population superiority which was enshrined by the Colonial Masters to protect ... Read more

NOBERT CHIAZOR/DELTA NUJ; BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH

Friday, August 02, 2013
There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil. - Walter LippmannIrsquo;m writing this piece from Murtala International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State as I wait for my flight to Abuja where Irsquo;m going on a personal mission to investigate a story. But first let me bore you with a drama that took ... Read more

JUSTICE FOR ANDY UBA IN ANAMBRA STATE COME 2014 IS JUSTICE FOR PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN IN NIGERIA AHEAD 2015

Friday, August 02, 2013
The greatest threat yet to President Goodluck Jonathanrsquo;s ambition in 2015, should he decide to contest, is the eight years Constitutional provision of two terms of four years each. The one year, and one month he stayed in office as President, consequent upon President Yarrsquo; Aduarsquo;s death, would have made his stay in ... Read more

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN: BEFORE THE APPOINTMENT OF NEW NDDC BOARD

Friday, August 02, 2013
As the people of the Niger Delta await the constitution of a new board for Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, we stakeholders in Nigeria Delta Region call on President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint persons with good track record, technocrats not political nominees and are committed to the development of the long-neglected region. This ... Read more

THE SPREAD OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY IN AFRICA

Thursday, August 01, 2013
Indeed Africa has experienced a tremendous growth rate over the past decade and rated as one of the fastest growing continent in the world. A new economic prosperity momentum has been established; but what does this mean to the very people on the continent? What actually are the strengths and the patterns of this economic prosperity on the ... Read more

APGA AND THE OBI/UMEH RECONCILIATION

Thursday, August 01, 2013
Benjamin Drsquo;Israeli December 21, 1804 ndash; April 19, 1881, a British politician, novelist, essayist and one time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom UK had said sagaciously of politicians that, ldquo;We have no permanent friends. We have no permanent enemies. We just have permanent interests.rdquo;The common dictum today ... Read more

IMO STATE CHIEF JUDGE AND THE PRESS

Thursday, August 01, 2013
I read with dismay the letter written by the Chief Judge of Imo State, Honourable Justice Benjamin Ahanonu Njemanze via his solicitor Prof F.C Dike SAN of Nnaji Dike Chambers threatening libel suit against Emperor Iwuala and two media houses based in Owerri Trumpeta Newspaper and Nigerian Newspoint Newspaper over Iwualarsquo; ... Read more

DIKKO, DICKSON AND THE 'JUDASES' IN PDP

Thursday, August 01, 2013
They should allow him President Jonathan to devote his time to work for the country to achieve results. Even if he wants to contest, I think it should be based on performance. Let your credentials be established. Let people see what you have done and that will qualify you to re-contest. - Umaru Dikko ... Read more

INEC: OGUTA AS 2015 BECKONS

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Oguta state Constituency in Imo state has not produced representative to the Imo State House of Assembly since after the 2011 general election more than two years now.The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC which is charged with the constitutional duty of conducting free, fair and transparent election to produce the duly el ... Read more

THE LEGACY AND LEGEND OF ALLAH DE

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Veteran journalist and columnist of Daily Times of Nigeria, Alhaji Alade Odunewu popularly known by his pseudonym Allah De died last Thursday at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos at the age of 85.It is said that if you donrsquo;t climb the mountain, you canrsquo;t see the view. If you never read Allah De, you didnrsquo;t know Alhaji Alade ... Read more

A WORD FOR YERIMA AND THE PAEDOPHILES IN POWER

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I expressed my concerns about the issue of paedophilia and child brides in Nigeria quite extensively in an essay that I wrote last week titled A Nation Of Perverts and Paedophiles which was widely published and which attracted a lot of rejoinders and commentries from other writers and commentators from both sides of the divide. I do not ... Read more

A FINAL WORD TO FEMI FANI-KAYODE AND OTHERS ON CHILD MARRIAGE

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
If you tell a lie one hundred times, it does not become a truth, all it becomes is a lie told a hundred times. As Mahatma Gandhi said: An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.Did you just wake up? Did you never before know of these provisions in the constitut ... Read more

A FINAL WORD ON CHILD MARRIAGE

Sunday, July 28, 2013
According to the respected islamic scholar Professor Ishaq Akintola there is no age restriction in islamic marriage. He may well be right and I honestly believe that islam, like christianity, is a humane and compassionate faith which seeks to protect the weak and guide its adherents on the path of righteousness and light. I must howev ... Read more

5 YEARS SURVIVAL AFTER LUNG CANCER TREATMENT REMAINS LOW

Sunday, July 28, 2013
Lung cancer is lurking around along with known risk factors such as tobacco smoke. Although with recent advancements in medical science 5 years survival rate for other forms of cancer has increased considerably yet the same remains as low as 14 for lung cancer patients since past two decades. Professor Dr Rajendra Prasad, Director of Val ... Read more

WOLF-CRYING OVER OSUN ROAD EXPANSION

Sunday, July 28, 2013
The opposition party in the state of Osun, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is used to making mountain out of molehills, particularly now that the 2014 gubernatorial election is approaching. They have raised alarm once again on issue as important as the urban renewal efforts of the ACN/APC-led administration to redirect the once rustic and ... Read more

HON. AKEEM AIYEDUN AND THE LEGACY OF AN INDELLIBLE IMPRINT

Sunday, July 28, 2013
Memories are one of those cherished faculty by which humans deployed to retain and retrieve events of past experiences. In the last couple of years, not too many events in the positive realm have shaped our thoughts and left a lasting impression as it was the case before the economic abyss which consequently had an overture on the budget an ... Read more

STOP FIGHTING NIGERIA'S DISINTEGRATION

Saturday, July 27, 2013
The balkanization of Nigeria and many other colonial African countries is an idea whose time has come. Some individuals and groups who are living in the emotional world of nostalgia may cry, as much as they want to, over a past that has dealt so badly with the so-called Nigerians and Africans. It does not matter how anyone feels about the ... Read more

CONSTITUTIONALITY OF YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN POLITICS

Saturday, July 27, 2013
For nearly two years that the current President and Commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces Dr. Good luck Jonathan has presided over, a major landmark of his administration has been the appointment of very young persons in very sensitive positions of public trust at the national level. It is clear that the current administration is ... Read more

THE COURAGE OF GOVERNANCE IN OSUN

Saturday, July 27, 2013
For people of all political persuasions, governance courage as manifested in urban renewal plays an undeniably important role in the history and demographics of cities around the world. Urban renewal is intended to reduce sprawl, improve the global economic competitiveness of a citys centre, improve cultural and social amenity, and improve ... Read more

BREAK-UP 2015: NO JONATHAN, NO NIGERIA- BIAFRA ACTIVISTS SHOULD VOTE OUT JONATHAN

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Succession politics have heated up the polity so much that President Jonathanrsquo;s kinsmen have threatened 160 million Nigerians that if he loses the next election, they will break up the nation-therefore proponents of Biafra, Oduduwa, Arewa republics should take the cue and vote out Jonathan in 2015.Goodluck Jonathan became the pres ... Read more

FEAR OF EXTINCTION GRIPS PDP SOUTH WEST

Friday, July 26, 2013
All things considered, I make bold to say that this is not the best of times for PDP South West and PDP National. Ever since the coming of the APC, the PDP family has been living in fear. Fear of the unknown, fear that things are likely to go wrong for the party they claimed to be the biggest in Africa, fear that they may lose elections in ... Read more

DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA: THE POTENTIAL, RISKS AND CHALLENGES REVEALED…

Friday, July 26, 2013
The African continent is increasingly becoming the global common hub for doing business. A continent which not long ago was described as a lsquo;hopeless continentrsquo; have risen above all odds to actually show the potential that it posses. Not only is Africa attracting the world and depicting that it is capable to contain them, but inc ... Read more

2015 ELECTION: MY 9 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER MUST VOTE

Friday, July 26, 2013
ldquo;Ilsquo;ve always held that early marriage is a sure indication of second-rate goods that had to be sold in a hurryrdquo; - Martin HarrisWhy must anyone blame Yerima for raising a motion for the amendment of early child marriage in the Nigerian constitution? I thought the National Assembly is a chamber for honorable lawmakers an ... Read more

JUSTIFICATION OF WAR AND THE CONFUSION WITHIN

Friday, July 26, 2013
While reading through a book titled lsquo;rsquo; CULTURE, VALUES AND CONFLICTS IN WARlsquo;rsquo;, I came across a chapter that discusses the lsquo;rsquo;MORALITY OF WAR AND JUST WARrsquo;rsquo; citing several references to definitions, concepts and giving various examples to further educate the students on the justification of war ... Read more

ABATEMI-USMAN: A SENATOR'S MID-TERM SCORECARD

Thursday, July 25, 2013
When Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman declared his intention to vie for the Senatorial seat of Kogi Central on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party PDP prior to the April 2011 general election, not many believed he was going to get anywhere in the contest. He was perhaps seen as a political lsquo;greenhornrsquo;, a lsquo;small boyrsquo;, wh ... Read more

FAKE MACE AND THE 5 LAWMAKERS, A FORGOTTEN INCIDENT?

Thursday, July 25, 2013
On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 5 anti Amaechi lawmakers led by Hon Bipi who was said to be a confident of Mrs patient Jonathan in the Rivers State house of Assembly reportedly brought a fake mace symbol of legislative authority of the federal republic of Nigeria to the rivers state house in a desperate attempt to impeach the Speaker.In the ... Read more

CHRISTIANITY HAS NO CLASS DISTINCTION (2)

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Certainly in the little band of Jesus and his disciples there was no division into clergy and laity. Much as any would like to regard Jesus as his counterpart in the early situation, his manner, speech and mood were what we would today call lay. And just so, the disciples who might look from here like a laity w ... Read more

MARYAM UWAIS: 18 IS A UN REGULATION AND NOT A REVELATION

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Salutations to you Mrs. Uwais. Your article was brilliant and I must say, I enjoyed reading every line of it. This is the level of intellectual discourse that I pray someday in the future, we will find among our elected officials, media and in our religious and social gatherings. Every point you raised is important and a useful contribution ... Read more

JONATHAN- AMECHI DANCE OF SHAME AND A VOTE FOR DAVID CAMERON AND BRITISH RE-COLONIZATION OF NIGERIA

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
President Jonathan and Governor Amechi have been dancing shamelessly on Nigeriarsquo;s political space that a vote for David Cameron and British Re-colonization of Nigeria is very expedient if the African Giant can survive.Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amechi had so far managed to defeated the gang-up against his political ambitions inc ... Read more

YERIMA: THE LIBIDINOUS FOOL!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. I donrsquo;t know how many bills if any Senator Sani Ahmed Yerima has sponsored or co-sponsored since he has been in the Senate.But his recent Child Marriage Bill is like a baker whose bread and pastries had a marvelous aroma but upon taking ... Read more

NIGERIA AS LAGBAJA'S PERFECT MUMUDOM

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The masked phenomenon known simply as Lagbaja is one of the few Nigerian musicians whose art is inspired by the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. In keeping with the Felaian spirit, Lagbajarsquo;s act and art combine prodigious, heart-thumping entertainment with a political message that, at its eloquent best, has the powerful effect of summing up ... Read more

EKITI REPS CAUCUS AND BAMIDELE'S SUSPENSION

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Five members of the Ekiti State caucus in the House of Representatives, on July 9, 2013, suspended their colleague, Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, representing Ekiti Central 1 Federal Constituency, as their leader.The said suspension was due to his ambition to run for the governorship race in 2014 against the incumbent Governor, Dr. Kay ... Read more

NIGERIA: CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES AS BASES FOR DIVISION

Monday, July 22, 2013
DifferencesNigeria is made up of 250 ethnic and sub-ethnic groups of peoples with a population of between 150 and 170 million. Of the 250 different peoples there are three major ones; Igbo, Hausa/Fulani and Yoruba. Each of the three big ones has a population of more than 30 million. Distinct cultural, religious and linguistic differences ... Read more

NIGERIA: A NATION OF CULTISTS, RAPISTS AND PEDOPHILES IN HIGH PLACES

Sunday, July 21, 2013
My heart bleeds as I write; I canrsquo;t help but ask how did we get into the sorry pass? How did we sink this low? Where and how did we lose it as a people and a nation? Nigeria is rapidly becoming a theatre of the absurd, not a single day goes by without news of one sordid tale or another. In Nigeria, the obnoxious and awkward does ... Read more

COULD BOKO HARAM POSSIBLY BE RIGHT?

Sunday, July 21, 2013
Make no mistake about it. I totally disagree with their methods. I abhor their violence. I loathe the taking of innocent lives. I detest their bestial, savage, barbaric killing of innocent school children. But then, could there possibly be something right about Boko Haramrsquo;s claim that western education is sin? The majority of Nigeria ... Read more

SOUTH SOUTH&'S PAY IN HAVING THEIRS AS PRESIDENT

Sunday, July 21, 2013
In the build up to the 2007 presidential election, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was culminating his constitutionally permitted second term having exhausted what a section of the country believed was the souths turn of producing the nations leader. The north expected power to return to it, but the south-south would have none of that.They pu ... Read more

ALIKO DANGOTE: THE CONSCIENCE OF A $20 BILLION CAPITALIST AND PATRIOT

Sunday, July 21, 2013
African capital markets and investment landscape are quite bullish for investors; greater returns of thirty percent dividend or even more on average investment have been chronicled. With this rosy development, African capital markets have been noticed by many money managers and portfolio strategists around the world as the blue chips beco ... Read more

PDP, OMISORE AND THE BATTLE NEXT TIME

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Politics, as we know it, is the turf of ideas where rigour of thoughts and balance of mind dictate acceptability of any leader in civilised lands and climes. Anything short of that is an open invitation to an unsolicited crassness, brigandage and anarchy. But as an evolving democracy, Nigeria has a lot to learn from other liberal democracie ... Read more

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN [PDP], A CATALYST FOR PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA. MYTH OR REALITY ?

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Nigeria democracy, like that of United states, is large, complex, heterogeneous and practise similar but costly presidential systems of government. In the process of deepening our embryonic democracy, Dr Goodluck Jonathan since elected as president by a wide margin of votes cutting across the six geo-political zones that make the cou ... Read more

A NATION OF PERVERTS AND PAEDOPHILES

Saturday, July 20, 2013
The Nigerian Senate includes some of the brightest minds in our country many of whom are friends of mine and most of whom have been in active politics for many years. They have my respect. However what transpired in the Senate chamber a few days ago was a great cause for concern for not just me but millions of Nigerians from all over the wo ... Read more

DESIGNING PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY - WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY?

Friday, July 19, 2013
ldquo;Coke and Sprite arenrsquo;t the only reasons that more than half of New Yorkers are overweight or obeserdquo;.There is an interesting discussion around initiatives to protect and improve the health of residents of New York City that is instructive for us in Nigeria. Indeed, the entire three-term tenure of Mayor Michael Bloomber ... Read more

RUN JONATHAN RUN

Friday, July 19, 2013
The drumbeats of the 2015 presidential elections are very clear and even deafening on the side of the amalgamated but yet unregistered opposition party. However the People Democratic Party is threading, cautiously as a result of the Presidents ban on Political Campaigns for 2015. President Goodluck Jonathan has warned his ministers and offi ... Read more

PIB PUBLIC HEARING ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES DIEZANI ALISON-MADUEKE (MRS) CON

Friday, July 19, 2013
ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES DIEZANI ALISON-MADUEKE MRS CON, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY BILL PIB ON 18TH-19TH JULY, 2013 AT CONFERENCE ROOM 022, NEW SENATE WING, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMPLEXProtocolsIt gives me great pleasure to be invited to the Public ... Read more

$1 BILLION MALABU OIL DEAL: ANY CASE AGAINST ATTORNEY ADOKE?

Friday, July 19, 2013
Hate him or like him, Mohammed Bello Adoke, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is one public office holder who does not play with his official duties because according to those who know and indeed work in the Federal Ministry of Justice, this Kogi state -born versatile Lawyer d ... Read more

RIVERS CRISIS: DESPERADO POLITICS, IMPUNITY AND THREAT TO NIGERIA' S DEMOCRACY

Thursday, July 18, 2013
John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton a Philosopher and the first Baron Acton of Aldenham must have had Rivers State in mind when he stated that, ldquo;The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minoritiesrdquo;. Using the above statement, let us see if recent developments in ... Read more

LET OUR ELDERS SPEAK LIKE STATESMEN

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Democracy can be defined as a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held, free elections. This kind of government guarantees the freedom of expression. However, when the freedom of expression is undertaken i ... Read more

2015: SYCOPHANCY AND POLITICTKING

Thursday, July 18, 2013
The road to 2015 election is being nurtured with lies, deceit and sycophancy in the name of choosing a successor for President Goodluck Jonathan and Governors and the clamour of which zone/ethnic group produces the President/Governor. Democracy and electing political leaders all over the world has its norms, order, processes and decent way ... Read more

TRIBUTE TO THE LATE SENATOR AKPOR PIUS EWHERIDO

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
TRIBUTE TO THE LATE SENATOR AKPOR PIUS EWHERIDO BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR DR. DAVID A. B. MARK, GCON, fnimProtocol:Today, it is with a heavy heart that I join you to mourn our colleague and brother, Distinguished Senator Pius Akpor Ewherido. The greatest pain is not the one received when we are ph ... Read more

WHY CORRUPTION PERSISTS IN NIGERIA

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has offered reasons as to why corruption persists in the Nigerian polity, citing impunity and lack of political will to fight the menace of corruption as the major obstacles. Ribadu, who was the presidential candidate of the Action Congress of ... Read more

MAJOR THRUST TO IMPROVE RESPONSES TO NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Non-communicable diseases NCDs are causing two-third of deaths worldwide. There is no doubt that latest launch of a robust programme to help civil society work on improving responses to NCDs is a welcome step forward. The NCD Alliance launched a new programme, formally called Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action at The Ec ... Read more

GOVERNANCE AND KANO/ABIA'S PARADIGM SHIFTS

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Chinua Achebe, the sage and philosopher who though has transited physically to the great world beyond but whose monumental intellectual heritage will live forever, has clearly told us in very plane language that Nigeriarsquo;s problem is purely and squarely that of leadership since in his refined thinking, the Nigerian nation does not have ... Read more

MY DEBT TO LATE SENATOR ALBERT LEGOGIE

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
When Omoruyi Osagiede sent a message to former Federal Government College Kwali, Abuja students in the United Kingdom that Senator Albert Legogie was dead, I immediately believed it. Omoruyi was not one given to idle rumours. I immediately searched the internet for what information I could get about the death. As I was doing this, my elder ... Read more

A GLOBAL GARDEN FOR MANDELA IN NIGERIA

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The whole wide world is stark awake, day and night, waiting for the Mandela hour. But therersquo;s no escaping the fact that even in life or death Mandela trumps all. It is indeed with bated breath that the global village looks ahead to the great onersquo;s 95th birthday on July 18. Of course that date has been universally fixed as Nelson ... Read more

NOW THAT PATIENCE JONATHAN IS 'JESUS CHRIST'

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The lingering political crisis in oil-rich Rivers State, South-Southern Nigeria, is indeed a source of apprehension to every lover of democracy. Aside the fact that the electorates are the ones suffering the consequence of the standoff, parties involved in the tussle have by their actions, further adulterated whatever is left of decorum and ... Read more

DAME OF SHAME AND THE REST OF US

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Following our independence from Britain, Nigeria descends into 53-year period of national deterioration. A consistent malady pattern develops, the people fall into abyss of civilization. Crises and chaos become the order of the day. Over and over again, the cycle repeats itself. Nigeria falls into national cesspool of iniquity. The temp ... Read more

BUSINESS AND RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Once more Nigeria is in the global picture over issues relating to the activities of the International Crimes Court in The Hague, Netherlands following the visit on Monday of the Sudanese President General Omar Al-Bashir who is facing indictment and a subsisting international arrest warrant over war crimes he allegedly committed against the ... Read more

JONATHAN- AMAECHI FACEOFF AND THE MURKY ROAD TO 2015

Monday, July 15, 2013
I thought I could avoid talking about the political rift between President Goodluck Jonathan and the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi for a while. However as I continue to struggle to look to another direction, the whole thing continues to get murkier and more disgraceful. The sad incident last week at the Rivers State House of Assemb ... Read more

&'TOWARDS A NUCLEAR-FREE WORLD&'

Monday, July 15, 2013
Leave aside safe nuclear waste disposal, we are not even able to take care of domestic waste on our roads, said retired Justice Rajinder Sachchar while speaking at a book launch held in New Delhi on 12th July 2013. A Hindi language book, lsquo;Towards A Nuclear-free Worldrsquo;, penned by Magsaysay Awardee, scientist and noted social acti ... Read more

NIGERIA FOREIGN POLICY: TIME FOR A RETHINK?

Monday, July 15, 2013
ldquo;...no nation that is weak at home, politically or economically, can be strong abroad. Foreign prestige is a function of home strength. A government that tolerates no freedom at home will not be taken seriously when it preaches abroadhellip;or retain the respect of the worldhellip;rdquo; Chief S.O. AdeboAs a student back at the ... Read more

FROM CHINUA ACHEBE TO ETERNITY

Sunday, July 14, 2013
Chinua Achebe died at exactly 11:51pm US time, that is 4.51am Nigerian time, on Thursday, March 21 at the Harvard University Teaching Hospital, Massachusetts, USA, aged 82. It was one death that shook the entire world as tributes came pouring in from all the continents of the world, from presidents down to paupers. For some of his admir ... Read more

THE HUMANITARIAN DISSERVICE IN FARMING BABIES

Sunday, July 14, 2013
The week that just gone by presented us another facet of decay in our society. Not that it is a new trend, it has been around since God knows when, especially in the South Eastern part of Nigeria where it appears domiciled.Im talking of another style of modern day slavery, with the difference being that in this style, babies are the be ... Read more

THE FIRST LADY AND HER EXCESSES

Sunday, July 14, 2013
Who says women are not powerful? Women are not just powerful; they indirectly or directly determine how the affairs of most nations are run. Some of the most important decisions in history have either been influenced or even made by women. Like Groucho Marx the American classic comedian once said ldquo;Man does not control his own fate, th ... Read more

OMBATSE SERIES 2: BABA ALAKYO, NASARRAWA PEOPLE'S FETISH ALTERNATIVE TO INJUSTICE AND INSECURITY- ANOTHER OKIJA SHRINE

Saturday, July 13, 2013
Ombatse Cult, a fetish group which draws support from majority Eggon tribe of Nassarawa State is seen as an alternative to the failed social justice and security in Nigeria. Ombatse cult came into national limelight when their followers murdered over 100 personnel of the Nigerian police and the SSS. The national uproar which followed the cr ... Read more

AND GOD SAID, LET THERE BE SEX

Saturday, July 13, 2013
Yoursquo;re probably reading this article because the title got you curious, offended or slightly infuriated. If thatrsquo;s the case, Irsquo;m glad I got your attention. However, my intention is not just to arouse your curiosity but to remind you of some fundamental truths which we all know mdash; at least intuitively mdash; but often ... Read more

ONE SOUL, MANY RESOUNDING MESSAGES.

Friday, July 12, 2013
As Alhaja Abibat Mogaji, mother of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu returns in style to her creator, her exit holds up a powerful mirror about the Nigeria we so much desire as Muslims and Christians unite in praise and celebration.On Sunday July 7th this year the time proven saying that when beggars die there are no comets seen but heavens blaze for ... Read more

BETWEEN SPONSORED PULL-HIM-DOWN EDITORIAL COMMENTS & OBJECTIVITY

Friday, July 12, 2013
When in 2010, the Punch Newspaper showed one of its finest editors, Azubuike Isiekwena, the way out of the establishment, on the excuse that he honoured a press briefing invitation by General Ibrahim Babangida like other editors in Lagos/Ibadan axis; many informed Nigerians believed that Punch had been hijacked by reactionary forces and tha ... Read more

PROF SOYINKA GOT IT WRONG ABOUT THE FIRST LADY

Friday, July 12, 2013
The last will and testament of the Swedish philanthropist, chemist, engineer and inventor, Alfred Nobel, established the Nobel prizes in 1895. These annual prizes are conferred on carefully selected individuals annually.Those who win the Nobel Prize are recognized for their outstanding and exceptional achievements in a particular field ... Read more

PUBLISHERS WITH NO BURDEN OF MORALITY

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Today, the challenge of conservation of extraordinary upright standards and high quality journalism, key restrains in the sustenance of a democratic society, is as tough as ever. But it is also as essential as ever organization embrace this. ldquo;For journalism to stay relevant in the future, ethics has to be at the Center. Letrsquo;s t ... Read more

DELTA SPELLING BEE CONTEST: OASIS IN THE DESERT OF ADVERSITY.

Thursday, July 11, 2013
For fourteen year old Christabel Odegua Ogbeide, the first Hannatu Ochei Delta Spelling Bee contest has perhaps, reinforced her belief that there is a truism in the assertion that ldquo;in the desert of adversity there is an oasis of salvationrdquo;, or how else could it be explained that, as a complete orphan without any envisaged financ ... Read more

MOBILIZING THE STARS TO FIGHT YOUR BATTLES IN THE MONTH OF JULY (2)

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Patterns for preparing the Sheepfolds of Cancer for the protection of the Messiahrsquo;s Redeemed possessions in the fourth month of Tammuz. 1. Activate all Creation to Render Prophetic Praise to the one who created them:ldquo;Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his ang ... Read more

TAMBUWAL AND REVOLUTION

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Recently, the Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Tambuwal raised dust when he said that conditions for revolution are ripe in the country. Hon Aminu Tambuwal is no stranger to controversy. In his public posturing, the Speaker continually wants to be on the populist side. This could be due to process that led to his emergence as ... Read more