Opinion

Power With(out) Responsibility: Apologia to Lawmakers, By Sani Zorro

...except we agree on the jurisdiction of the legislature to balance lopsided spending proposals against geo-political priorities, socially-relevant projects as agriculture to guarantee food security, basic education as a human right, as well as investments in health to safeguard the right to life, we will continue to wobble and dissipate…
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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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Opinion

Budget Padding Scandal: Nemo Judex In Causa Sua, By Godwin Onyeacholem

...the Speaker, being one of the accused, worsened his case with the clear violation of a sacred legal maxim through that House resolution presided over by There can be no better example of sitting as a judge in your own cause. This is against the principle of natural justice, equity…
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Editorial

EDITORIAL: Reforming the Corruption-ridden National Assembly Budgetary Process

On July 20, Speaker Yakubu Dogara announced the removal of the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin. Initially, it appeared to have been a non event because there is a long tradition of appointing and removing committee chairs in response to in-house politicking. This one…
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Opinion

#Dogara-gate: Some Takeaways From My Visit To Presidential Committee Against Corruption, By Abdulmumin Jibrin

While I will continue to expose corruption in the House, I will vigorously pursue these wide ranging reforms that, as an insider, I know can be implemented immediately as a quick win, while assisting and cooperating with the anti-corruption agencies in the investigation and prosecution of culprits. I have very…
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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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