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Sunday, 18 November 2018

2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS: ARE YOU SURE OUR VOTES MATTERS

Mahmood Yakubu, Maureen Chigbo, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Haroun Adamu


By Felix Akpan

Going by the requirements of the Constitution and the Electoral Act on the condition precedents to be declared winner of the Presidential election, do the votes of those of us from the Southeast and South south really matters? To answer this question, look at  the relevant section of the Constitution and the Electoral Act and their implications for those of us from the aforementioned geopolitical zones.


9TH ASSEMBLY: COLOUR AND CHARACTER OF NEXT ASSEMBLY

Bukola Saraki, Muhammadu Buhari, Adams Oshiomhole


By Niyi Bello

Like the previous assemblies before it, the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, now in its twilight, has its distinct characteristics that manifest in its quality of debate, personal attributes of members, general delivery of mandate and the corporate perception by the generality of Nigerians.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

MEMO TO BUHARI AND ATIKU

Atiku Abubakar, Junaid Mohammed, Mohammadu Buhari


By  Femi Akintunde-Johnson

Tomorrow, according to the schedule of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is the day electioneering campaigns towards the February, 2019 general elections will start nationwide. With our fixation and seeming adoration for the election year, and all its accompanying drama, exaggerations, shenanigans, revelries, and many other lying arts…our politics, players and “back-up singers” are priming their bayonets and wet blankets to bestride the country as if all is well…or all shall be well as long as we vote for them!

BETWEEN AN OLD BUHARIST AMD THE NEW BUHARIDEENS

President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Jummai Alhassan, Bashir Ahmaad

BY DELE MOMODU

Fellow Nigerians, today’s epistle was inspired last minute by an encounter I had last night with a Buharideen. I had been contemplating what to write about this week when I ran into a staff of Indomie Noodles, the most popular noodle-processing company possibly in Africa, at a restaurant in Ikeja, Lagos.

RESTRUCTURING: KEEPING UP WITH OSINBAJO

Yemi Osinbajo, Mustapha Maihaja, Yakubu Dogara, Femi Gbajabiamila



By AKIN OSUNTOKUN

When the advocacy for the constitutional review of Nigeria towards achieving the objective of devolution and decentralisation of power (aka restructuring) is cast as ‘meaning different things to different advocates’ the clear insinuation is that the debate is mired in confusion. Often, those who take recourse to this admonition are ideologically hostile to any progressive review of the political status quo of Nigeria in the first place. But there are others who raise this reservation in good faith. This is an indication of a communication gap between the advocates and the Nigerian audience. The practical way to bridge this gap is simplification and clarity of definition and terms; and the identification of an irreducible minimum principle to which all Nigerians can potentially subscribe.

Friday, 16 November 2018

CROSS RIVER: ITA- GIWA, CHIEF ABANG, OTHERS DUMP APC FOR PDP



Samuel Ortom, Anthony Shawon, Justina Sorka, Mwuese Ubebe, Blessing Unogwo



 Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, a former presidential adviser on National Assembly Matters,former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Mali, Chief Soni Abang, and former member of the House of assembly Chief Enerst Irek, were on Thursday formally received into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

WHY THIS CHANGE MUST START FROM THE TOP

President Buhari with R-L: APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomole and APC National Secretary Maimala Buni as he is declared the Presidential Candidate and Flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress at the APC Presidential National Convention at Eagle Square on 6th Oct 2018




The APC Change Mantra is akin to a child brutally smacked by his father, and at the same time asked not to cry. As the consequences for crying is a fresh and more severe beating.
The change mantra is nothing short of an arrogant and inconsiderate shortchanging of the poor electorates by the politicians.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

SENATE AND EXCESS ATM CHARGES

President Muhammadu Buhari, Shehu Sani, Kemi Adeosun, Senate



The Senate resolution on banks in the country imposing excessive and illegal charges on their customers’ ATM transactions is significant and timely.
According to reports, the resolution specifically directed the Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions and Finance to conduct an investigation into the propriety of ATM card maintenance charges in comparison with international best practices and report back to the Senate.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

HEALTH AS TOP PRIORITY

Biobelomoye Josiah, Doctors, NLC


BY KAYODE KOMOLAFE   

Discussions could be illuminating when issues are situated in a global context. It is also a good thing that Nigerian public intellectuals are wont to summon examples from other parts of the world to support their arguments. After all, Nigeria should adopt the international best practices, as they say.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

LEADERSHIPS, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

President Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Yakasai, Enefiok Essien


By ALEX OTTI 

I was privileged to speak at the annual conference of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria, (ICSAN), Port Harcourt on October 19, 2018. I have taken liberty to share excerpts of my presentation with readers today.
Leadership is arguably the most popular subject of discuss at various conferences and seminars around the world. It is generally agreed that everything falls or prospers on leadership.

HOW TO MANAGE FAILURE

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By Damilola Ajayi

It is very true when they say success as many friends but what about failure? The path of failure is often lonely and a path often avoided by everyone. Failure is part of life experiences but the trick question is what to do next after you failed.

Monday, 12 November 2018

IMO: THE EMPEROR LOSES HIS EMPIRE

Rochas Okorocha, Sunny Ejiagwu, Andrew Enwerem



By Comfort Obi

One of the most celebrated Emperors in Nigeria is fast losing his empire. He is working very hard to cling to it. But the empire is slipping. The once beloved Emperor is on a long lonely road. For him, sunset beckons. And dreams seem to be dying fast. And hard. The Emperor’s admirers are bewildered. They want to be woken up from what they think is a nightmare. But not a few people are laughing at him. And the chorus is: Serves him right.
If anybody ever doubted the Law of karma, the recent happenings in Imo state proves them wrong.

AS ELECTION CAMPAIGN BEGINS

A WAEC official presents an attestation certificate to President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock on November 2, 2018



Politicians should dwell on issues and how to harness the huge natural and human resources to boost development
The tenure of office under the current presidential system of government is just four years with the last of those years often consumed by political campaigns and succession drama. That leaves three years of effective governance to tackle a myriad of problems: poverty, fuel scarcity, unemployment, kidnapping, Boko Haram, systemic and endemic corruption, mutual special interest blackmail, dilapidated infrastructure, etc.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

HOW NOT TO ENGAGE GOVERNMENT IN A DEMOCRACY

Shiite protestors marching to the Nigeria’s capital city Abuja. Nigerian army officers have killed at least 10 Shiite protesters | CNN


By Felix Akpan

At the rate we engaged PMB government especially on social media, one would think that if there was an Active Citizens Index that Nigeria will surely rank high on such Index. But going by the way we engaged this government , I do not think so. Those familiar with how active citizens engaged government in a democracy know that you do not engage government for the sake of bringing down the government or to ridicule it. You engage government to get things done properly and improve the wellbeing of the citizenry.


RELIGIOUS KANO AND THE GANDUJE BRIBE TAPES

Zainab Ahmed, Chris Ngige, Minimum Wage




By Dr Ugoji Egbujo

Sometimes you can’t hold back laughter.  A governor is caught on tape stuffing his agbada with dollars. The dollars are bribe money  supplied by contractors. So the talebearer said.  The  governor gives only a tepid denial. Then a more damning  tape surfaces.