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Saraki’s Endless Saga of Proving His Innocence By Evading Trial, By Ogaga Ifowodo

It is beyond doubt now that Saraki has absolutely no desire to have the state justify him simply by letting the allegedly false charges collapse in court. He would much rather destroy the integrity of parliament and government by hiding the legislative gavel in the folds of his agbadas and…
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The Communist as Teacher: The Example of Biodun Jeyifo, By Ogaga Ifowodo

There is also BJ the unrepentant Marxist and humanist critic of society that every reader of his newspaper contributions towards progressive change knows. What many might not know, however, is that 40 years ago, even before he would become the first president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and…
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The Will of the Supreme Court as the Basis of Government, By Ogaga Ifowodo

To echo two maxims of justice, it is better to order a fresh election than to let a candidate profit from one that is manifestly not free or fair, and where there is an electoral wrong, there should be a remedy. How else would politicians desist from political brigandage? This…
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Has Buhari Banished Budgets of Recurrent Corruption?, By Ogaga Ifowodo

I admit, it is rather too early to make any definitive statements about the Buhari administration. Still, given our recent history of very costly budgetary waywardness and fiscal irresponsibility, it is hard not to succumb to a strong feeling of hope and optimism despite the president’s preferred slow and steady…
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The God of Money and the Nigerian Gods of Corruption, By Ogaga Ifowodo

It is bad enough that a mere adviser to the president was allowed to become the self-declared “clearing house” for arms procurement for all of the security forces. Worse is that he should then proceed to share the astronomical sums of $ billion and N643 million extracted for the purpose—to…
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Arms and the Man (Who Advised President Jonathan on National Security), By Ogaga Ifowodo

Just as a colonel, and a retired one at that, became the “clearing house” for arms procurement for the military. Where was the CDS in all of this? And the Minister of Defence to whom the CDS and the service chiefs ought to report, the minister in turn reporting to…
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Dear President Buhari, You Do Not Have to Appoint Ministers Without Portfolios!, By Ogaga Ifowodo

If fair representation in government is the goal, then that is more perfectly taken care of by the legislature which, lest we forget, is an arm of the government! In any case, the mere appointment of an individual from a state does not in any way guarantee fairness to every…
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Will the Senate Fall for Wike’s Propaganda War against Amaechi?, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Here is the point: the senate stands the palpable risk of ridiculing itself even more than it has already done if it fails to screen Amaechi at its third attempt is either there is a corruption conviction against Amaechi, which irredeemably renders him unfit to be a minister, or there…
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