Opinion

Thirty Days of the Dogara-gate Scandal, By Abdulmumin Jibrin

Under Speaker Dogara, corruption in the House has gone nuclear. It is a known fact that legislative investigations are used as avenues to extort money in an organised crime aided and abetted by Mr. Speaker. This situation has gone so bad that members have named such investigations as "commercial motions".…
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Opinion

RE: Yakubu Dogara: President Buhari’s First Major and Dangerous Failure!, By Aliyu A. Ibrahim

The National Assembly is not the enemy, and Zonal Intervention Projects are not in any way illegal. Mr. Frisky Larr is hereby advised to educate himself further on democracy, true separation of powers, and legislative duties. Having the ability to string words together does not always equate to having a…
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Opinion

The Criminality of Budget Padding, By Femi Falana

Padding takes place when legislators resolve to rewrite the budget by introducing new items outside the estimates prepared and presented to them by the neither the Constitution nor the Fiscal Responsibility Act has empowered the National Assembly members to rewrite the national budget by including constituency projects whose costs are…
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Columns

Religious Subsidy and Budget Padding In a Nation of Frivolities, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Nigerians should stop fighting proxy wars; instead they should demand for good governance, and why such a promising government is falling like a pack of cards. They should ask why there is so much mediocrity in a nation of millions of smart people. Above all Nigerians should ask Buhari, his…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Dogara, Pork and the Bacon, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

In a country where impunity and abuse of office is a practiced art without official sanction, we must ask and support anti-corruption agencies in investigating Dogara. We need to rid the system of pork barrel spending. His argument is that it is not illegal. But that is on the surface.…
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Columns

Padded Budgets, Padded Change, By Okey Ndibe

The whole scandal is an opportunity to rethink the structure and size of Nigeria’s machinery of governance. I’ve said before, and restate here: There’s no financial or political sense in having full-time legislators in Nigeria. In many states in the US, lawmakers are part-time, and merely receive sitting allowances if…
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