Opinion

The Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos at 150, By Eric Teniola

When Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip came to Nigeria on January 28, 1956, they worshipped at the church and on Independence Day 1960, Princess Alexandria who represented the Queen also worshipped in the church. It is rare for a church to celebrate its 150th year anniversary in…
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The Past and Present Wahala of Decree 34 of 1966 (3), By Eric Teniola

“To my knowledge, adequate consultations were made”, Chief Onyiuke added. The former attorney general of the federation, Chief Gabriel Chike Michael Onyiuke (SAN), told me during the Constituent Assembly session in Lagos in 1978 that the former head of state, Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi Ironsi as the supreme…
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The Past and Present Wahala of Decree 34 of 1966 (2), By Eric Teniola

On 8 and 9 August 1966, representatives of all the military governors met in Lagos and recommended, among other measures, that - (a) troops should be sent back to barracks in their region of origin; (b) all decrees which centralised affairs in Lagos should be abrogated; (c) Lagos should be…
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The Past and Present Wahala of Decree 34 of 1966 (1), By Eric Teniola

After the promulgation, the country was thrown into turmoil and crisis, which led to demonstration, particularly in many parts of Northern Nigeria at that time. On his return to Kaduna on May 27, Col. Hassan Katsina was besieged with demands for an explanation. It was feared that in a unified…
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Opinion

The Osun Agenda on Restructuring, By Eric Teniola

"Nigeria is at present a strange federal arrangement of 36 federating units that are largely unviable. Power is overconcentrated in the centre and radiates from there to the States, at the pleasure of the Federal Government. Resources allocation formula tilts unjustifiably in favour of the centre, breeding wastes, corruption, ineptitude…
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Opinion

Traditional Rulers and Party Politics, By Eric Teniola

- Oba Claudius Dosa Akran The pertinent question is should the traditional rulers keep their thrones if they take part in party politics? The participation in party politics by traditional rulers in this country has never been new. One traditional ruler, however, deserves a special mention for his past role…
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G.B. Leton: How the Federal Government Cheated the Niger Delta (2), By Eric Teniola

"Equity and fair play dictate that you cannot take out without putting something back, otherwise you create a vacuum which Nature abhors. Looking at the issue purely from the point of view of equity, therefore, there is no defensible justification for the distinction between on—and off-shore mining in the application…
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G.B. Leton: How the Federal Government Cheated the Niger Delta (1), By Eric Teniola

What then are the arguments against derivation? Perhaps the most often and readily advanced is that oil is a gift of Mother Nature (what on earth isn’t). It was not put there by anybody and therefore nobody should have any claim to it. It belongs to everybody. If we want…
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How Nigerian Airways and Other Federal Concerns Were Killed, By Eric Teniola

The story of the Nigerian Airways is a sad one. Yet those who killed the airline are smiling to the banks today, while the workers of the airline are still roaming the streets in perpetual penury. Till today they have not been paid their entitlements, including pensions. Thousands of them…
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