Opinion

Clearing the Path For Good Journalism, By Godwin Onyeacholem

...journalism is the metaphor for fight. And it is aptly so in third world countries like Nigeria where corruption is rife and bad governance, perpetually emphasised through audacious fascist tendencies, holds sway. To that extent, practitioners should forever brace up for the combat operations that would necessarily follow. Time and…
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Anti-corruption War: A Case for Whistleblower Law, By Godwin Onyeacholem

Unless whistleblowers enjoy protection through a firm legal backing, the seed of the whistleblowing tree planted in 2016 will die in no time. It doesn’t seem that is what this government wants. Neither does any stakeholder in transparency, accountability and good governance in Nigeria. At every given opportunity, President Muhammadu…
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Why Malami Must Not Return As AGF/Justice Minister, By Godwin Onyeacholem

The death knell for a much-anticipated revolutionary justice system, and indeed the Buhari administration’s promised war against corruption, sounded the moment Abubakar Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was awarded the post of Attorney General and Minister of Justice in Buhari’s unduly delayed first list of cabinet ministers. With that…
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Seriake Dickson and the Quest for Restructuring, By Godwin Onyeacholem

For him, Nigeria needs to be restructured for it to have any meaningful grip on progress. This is the growing sentiment among the populace who believe that Nigeria is not working because of the skewed federal system — with its perpetual over-centralisation — foisted by the military since 1966. Henry…
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To the Guerilla At The Barricade, A Toast, By Godwin Onyeacholem

On every occasion he comes to mind during one’s random musings or when the name pops up in discussions at formal and informal gatherings, an unyielding memory of the pro-democracy campaign instantly looms large – and somehow, usually much larger than the object of the struggle: democratic governance. This spontaneous…
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Opinion

The Recall of Abdul Jibrin and the Fight Against Corruption, By Godwin Onyeacholem

No doubt, the way Jibrin’s allegation was handled has further cast a pall of gloom on the public perception of the anti-corruption war under the Buhari administration. Although the lawmaker has rightfully regained his seat as a member of the parliament, the Nigerian people and the anti-corruption war remain the…
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One Year On… Lest We Forget Joy Odama, By Godwin Onyeacholem

But for the efforts of a non-governmental organisation, Basic Rights Enlightenment Foundation, run by two lawyers, Austin Okechukwu and Ikechukwu Mmaduike, the police were bent on killing the case. The outfit, together with the progressive wing of the media, sustained the tempo of the call for justice. By this time…
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Malami, Magu and the Blues of Anti-corruption War, By Godwin Onyeacholem

...there is Murtala Ibrahim of the audit department of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), a victim of similar unconscionable This is one of a whole slew of cases Malami should promptly wade into not only to show that he really cares about whistleblowers’ safety, but also that he…
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Opinion

Constitutional Amendment: A Fatal Blow to Nation-building, By Godwin Onyeacholem

...all those who genuinely love this country, should let the legislators know that the way to go is not amendment, but by putting in place a law for a Constituent Assembly whose duty it is to draw up a constitution that will be approved by a referendum of the people.…
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Saraki’s Farcical Coup of July 4th, By Chido Onumah and Godwin Onyeacholem

By their coup of July 4th, Saraki and his gang of pseudo-democrats are inviting a coup. Except that this time, the coup will be by the mass of our people, a popular revolutionary uprising, and the consequences are better imagined! In reviewing the farcical coup—orchestrated by the president of the…
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