Opinion

The Constitutional Vandalism In Kogi State Must End Now, By Inibehe Effiong

It is a sad commentary that lawmakers in the Kogi State House of Assembly have shamelessly reduced themselves to pawns of Governor Yahaya Bello, a man who’s scandalous, incompetent and unenviable record of public service remains unbeatable in the present day Nigeria. The lawmakers have, by their inordinate acts, sent…
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Columns

The 2019 Elections and the Party System That Won’t Change, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Over the past two years, very many Nigerians had worked towards and hoped to have a Third Force that would change the nature of Nigerian politics towards good and democratic governance run by a new political Be that as it may, a few weeks to the party primaries, the key…
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Opinion

The Need to Join a Political Party, By Muyiwa Gbadegesin

If you believe that the country is moving in the wrong direction, the first place to begin to change this is through the political parties, which in theory formulate the ideology, policies and programmes that their members will execute if and when they get into power. If you're passionate about…
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Opinion

Muhammadu Buhari’s Unconvincing Return from Medical Leave, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Buhari’s stay in office or resignation is simply an integrity question — and integrity is personal, not Buhari reserves the right to treat himself and recover fully but the country shouldn’t be held to ransom. Nigeria, meanwhile, deserves a substantive president — not just in name but also in practice.…
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Opinion

While President Buhari Was Away, By Steve Azaiki

To me, a key point overlooked in the agitation against President Buhari’s medical vacation was whether there was an acting president who was effectively in charge. Answering that question, and indeed ensuring that the acting president was truly and effectively in charge, would have done more to deepen our constitutional…
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Opinion

NGO Bill: Another Disturbing Evidence of Closing Spaces in Nigeria, By Victoria Ohaeri

Apart from the consequence of over-regulation, the NGO Bill’s requirement for compulsory registration of non-profit and non-governmental organisations sharply contrasts with the constitutional guarantees of free expression, public assembly and association rights protected under Section 39(1) of the Constitution. In March 2016, I was part of a group of independent…
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Opinion

The Police Duty-Bound To Provide Security for All Protesters, By Femi Falana

...the incessant disruption of public meetings and rallies by the police and other security agencies should stop forthwith. To that extent, the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force should apologise to Mr. Charles Oputa and other members of the "our mumu don do." On September 22, 2003, the police disrupted…
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Opinion

A Grubby, Illegitimate Constitutional Amendment, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

As citizens, Nigerians must decide in this case not to settle for convenient options. There may well be a few sensible amendments in this package but if we cannot sequester them from the mostly self-serving lot, then, we should resolve to reject the entire package. That is the only way…
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