Opinion

Jibrin: An Undisputed Kingmaker In the House of Representatives, By Idris Omolabake

Jibrin has succeeded in 'installing' two different speakers of the House of Representatives in two different circumstances, first through a rebellion against the establishment; and the other in enforcing the position of the same establishment. The story of the emergence of former Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his successor, Femi Gbajabiamila,…
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Opinion

Contemplating President Buhari’s Message of ‘Hope’ to Nigerians, By Ahmed Oluwasanjo

...as citizens we have roles to play in uniting Nigeria and combating corruption, as suggested by Buhari in his October 1 speech. But Buhari cannot continue to give those close to him the "carrot" regardless of their sins, while he descends heavily on people from other regions with the stick…
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Opinion

Buhari’s Speech: Changing the Sitting Order In a Stuck Titanic?, By Louis Odion

Overall, it is reassuring to hear Buhari speaking firmly, restating his promise to decisively tackle merchants of hate, kidnappers and "farmers versus herdsmen clashes" (sic). But the president needs to understand that these are only symptoms of deep structural defects long detected in the federal union. What remains is to…
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Opinion

Buhari’s Anti-corruption Agenda Is Crumbling, By Kolawole Olaniyan

If Buhari and Osinbajo are sincere about ‘rooting out corruption and jailing top officials’, the time is now for them to show courage and political will, and seize the initiative to revitalise the government’s crumbing anti-corruption agenda. It’s often said that one person with a belief and courage is a…
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Guest Columns

Dogara Vs el-Rufai: A-looter Continua…, By Louis Odion

Rather than flaunting a cheap pay-slip, the least we expected of Dogara was to have dispelled as false, with hard facts and precise figures, the nagging reports that federal lawmakers quietly pocket tens of millions monthly or quarterly under the guise of such opaque headings as aides' wages and constituency…
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Guest Columns

Dogara, El-Rufai and Security Vote, By Azu Ishiekwene

The few grown-ups in the National Assembly must feel genuinely embarrassed about what is going on there. Some have expressed concern that the National Assembly might not only be weakened by the harsh portrayal in the press, it might also be exposed to public incitement. Speaker Yakubu Dogara meant it…
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Guest Columns

Dogara at 49: Strength of a Youth, Wisdom of an Elder, By Majeed Dahiru

The emergence of Yakubu Dogara, a northern Christian from Bagoro/Dass/Tafawa-Balewa federal constituency of Bauchi State, as the speaker of the House has been a soothing balm on the fractured political landscape of northern Nigeria. The northern region has a recent history of a polarising political culture along ethno-religious fault lines.…
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