Opinion

The Secretive Trial of Ibrahim Magu: A Case for Fair Hearing, By Godwin Onyeacholem

...the continued convergence of the panel in a closed venue, and the glaring denial of the accused the opportunity to adequately defend himself would sustain the impression that the panel is working toward a predetermined outcome, a situation that no doubt invites a negative portrayal of the country in the…
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Opinion

Malami: Portrait of a “Barrier-in-Chief”, By Godwin Onyeacholem

So far, he has not disappointed those who say he is not suited for the office. At intervals, the public has been having good treats through reports of how he allegedly uses his office, ironically, to thwart the anti-corruption efforts of the government. Much as one tries, it has been…
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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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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