Columns

How The Lawan Senate Failed its First Major Test, By Reuben Abati

This screening process has been totally without rigour or colour. It is the Senate’s first major test under Ahmed Lawan’s watch and the result is woeful, if not absolutely ludicrous. Before now, the Senate had promised Nigerians that it would conduct a rigorous screening process. Instead, it has chosen to…
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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

Second Term: Oshiomhole As A Governing Cancer, By SKC Ogbonnia

The objective fact is that Adams Oshiomhole neither has any sense of history nor the vision to lead a progressive party. Instead of fortifying the cardinal principles of the APC, which promote inclusiveness, diversity of opinion, and mass empowerment, the only vision Nigerians have seen from the former union activist…
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Columns

Imposition or Free Choice: New Leadership for the Ninth Senate, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I suspect it is too late for the APC to retrace its steps at this point. What is important for the party is to realise is that the National Assembly members are very jealous of their hard-earned autonomy and will fight to preserve it. The leadership of the APC must…
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Aribisala on Tuesday

President Buhari Is Not Against Corruption, By Femi Aribisala

It is one thing to talk against corruption. It is another thing altogether to be against corruption. President Buhari only talks against corruption. His body language and policy options show conclusively that he is not really against corruption. Buhari’s anti-corruption is merely a means to an end. Muhammadu Buhari ran…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Budget Crisis and Unending Horizons, By Oluseun Onigbinde

...the biggest challenge to the 2018 budget is the incoming election and the reality that most line items inserted in the budgets - either the rural roads, provision of boreholes or “empowerment” programmes written down - will be part of the ongoing practice to use the public treasury to curry…
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Opinion

Examining the Case In Defence of Nigeria’s Anti-NGO Bill, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

The House boasts that they have borrowed the model from Israel, Kenya and Uganda where the project of “NGO regulation” is to clobber perceived enemies of the government of the day. It may be more honest for them to come out clearly and admit this as their goal. That would…
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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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Columns

Abdulmumin Jibrin: Sulking for Being Ditched or Whistle Blower?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

We must stop the National Assembly from looting our resources. The first step is that the Principal Officers in the House of Representatives and the Senate should step down from their roles while proper investigations are carried out by a neutral joint committee of the National Assembly. The Economic and…
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