Columns

The Most Critical Nigerian Institutions are the Most Corrupt, By Jibrin Ibrahim

My concern is that we now a have a generic crisis of reputational erosion affecting our key institutions. Over the past two years, the reputation of the National Assembly has been dragged in the mud with the numerous court cases against the Senate President Bukola Saraki and the budget padding…
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Opinion

Youth and Women Inclusion: Complementing Efforts of the House of Representatives, By ‘Rinsola Abiola

It is imperative that these efforts be sustained as the fight for inclusion now proceeds to the state level. Having won the first round at the National Assembly, youth and women advocates must organise and engage at state level with as much vigour, if not more. “This Bill is in…
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Opinion

#NotTooYoungToRun: Why Legislators Must Not Kill This Bill, By Hamzat Lawal

It is about addressing an emerging need in the polity, after witnessing more than seven thousand youth troop out to canvass support for the #NotTooYoungToRun bill in insurgency-ravaged Yobe and Borno States. It is about entrenching true democracy – the choice of the people, who have spoken loud and clear…
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Guest Columns

Presidential Infirmity: the Futility of Cameo, By Louis Odion

...how a glass-fragile fakir, earlier wildly speculated by busybodies to be vegetating at the point of incapacitation - if not death, suddenly summoned the extraordinary athleticism to pull off such a feat in physiological vitality is still a mystery, even at this writing. It was stuff only expected in the…
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Opinion

Buhari’s Civilian Presidency: Was It a Serious Misunderstanding?, By Frisky Larr

In all of these, the president is nowhere to be seen. He is nowhere to be heard. Has it been a serious misunderstanding after all is said and done? President Muhammadu Buhari will ultimately have to choose between his health and the health of Nigeria. Will he give his last…
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Guest Columns

Dogara Vs el-Rufai: A-looter Continua…, By Louis Odion

Rather than flaunting a cheap pay-slip, the least we expected of Dogara was to have dispelled as false, with hard facts and precise figures, the nagging reports that federal lawmakers quietly pocket tens of millions monthly or quarterly under the guise of such opaque headings as aides' wages and constituency…
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Guest Columns

Dogara, El-Rufai and Security Vote, By Azu Ishiekwene

The few grown-ups in the National Assembly must feel genuinely embarrassed about what is going on there. Some have expressed concern that the National Assembly might not only be weakened by the harsh portrayal in the press, it might also be exposed to public incitement. Speaker Yakubu Dogara meant it…
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Guest Columns

Dogara at 49: Strength of a Youth, Wisdom of an Elder, By Majeed Dahiru

The emergence of Yakubu Dogara, a northern Christian from Bagoro/Dass/Tafawa-Balewa federal constituency of Bauchi State, as the speaker of the House has been a soothing balm on the fractured political landscape of northern Nigeria. The northern region has a recent history of a polarising political culture along ethno-religious fault lines.…
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