Columns

Majek Fashek and the Curse of Drug Addiction, By Festus Adedayo

...hundreds of musicians and emerging stars, especially in Nigeria, are trapped in waltz of drugs. Their excuse is that it is a performance-enhancer. They however fail to come to terms with two facts: One, that you could perform resplendently without drugs and second, drugs could cut your life short at…
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Opinion

Osinbajo and the Buhari Presidency After Abba Kyari, By ‘Tope Oriola

I have emphasised for a while that those still spending time criticising the Buhari presidency are wasting their time. This is time for solutions. This government needs This government and this country may unravel at the seams if President Buhari allows — implicitly or explicitly — his deputy to be…
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Opinion

COVID-19: The Dual Threat of A Virus and A Fake News Epidemic, By Idayat Hassan

To rapidly and effectively counter disinformation and misinformation, the Nigerian government must engage in a sustained two-way communication with her citizens. They must consistently and transparently provide information that responds to citizens concerns. The global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is happening at a time when sorting facts from fiction has…
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Why APC Should Tame Tinubu Before Oshiomhole, By SKC Ogbonnia

This is a perfect time for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to step aside. He no longer has the credibility to grandstand as the face of the APC. His exit as a national leader will solve two fundamental problems. First, it will effortlessly sweep off Oshiomhole’s tenure of un-ending crisis. Second, it…
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Opinion

The Igbo Amotekun Must Not Be In Form of Convoys, By SKC Ogbonnia

Every life matters. Moreover, the Igbo do not thrive on superficial politics. Therefore, instead of colluding with the police to promote convoys of individual security details, the South-East governors should harken to the yearnings of the masses and join their counterparts in the South-South zone by launching, without further delay,…
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Columns

Degi Whatchamacallit, David Lyon and the Fall of APC In Bayelsa, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

The cruel manner of Lyon’s loss will force political parties, or at the very least the leading candidates, to pay more attention first to their internal verification mechanisms and next to their internal politics. The lead-up to the 2019 general election was littered with allegations and counter-allegations of certificate forgery.…
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Opinion

As the Supreme Court Reviews Its Decision On Imo Governorship Election, By Chidi Odinkalu

Nigeria’s experiment in elective governance can hardly survive by choosing to replace INEC’s arbitrariness with judicial imponderability. This is why the sitting of the Court on Tuesday matters. In 2008, the Supreme Court scorned the notion of deciding election disputes based on principles as “vague, nebulous and large.” On 18…
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Columns

INEC’s Bloody Axe and the Political Remnants, By Azu Ishiekwene

Instead of splitting hairs over INEC’s ban – which will happen over and over again – we must address startling inadequacies in the electoral law which permitted the travesty, in the first place. On a hot, dusty harmattan day last week, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) loaded its gun,…
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Opinion

Unity Is the Need of the Hour: On INEC’S De-registration of 78 Political Parties, By Jude Feranmi

There has been and continues to be various arguments on the possibility of this unity, and the details involved. Should parties with differing ideologies merge, for instance, for the purpose of numbers? Should deregistered parties merge together to form a new party or should they take their numbers to one…
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