Opinion

Electoral Justice in Kenya and Nigeria, By Femi Falana

...it is undoubtedly clear that the Supreme Court of Kenya has freed itself from the dangerous influence of Nigerian courts by jettisoning the doctrines of substantial compliance and proof of election petitions beyond reasonable doubt. In line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2016, it has also embraced technology…
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Columns

Celebrating a Fine Officer and Gentleman: Senator Tunde Ogbeha at 70, By Dele Agekameh

Indeed, many have praised Ogbeha for his indubitable strength of character, his readiness to stretch himself thin for friends and acquaintances and ability to diffuse any situation with his inimitable oratorical prowess and native intelligence. Last Friday, September 1, 2017, marked the 70th birthday of the quintessential officer, a senator…
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Opinion

The Diezanis and Dasukis Within Buhari’s Government, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Where is the swiftness with which Buhari ordered Dasuki’s arrest? And why isn’t Lawal’s alleged offence receiving similarly expedited action? Why hasn’t Adesina issued a press statement on the content of the probe report? If Lawal and Oke have been found innocent, they should be reinstated. If guilty, they should…
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Opinion

Constitution Review: Liberalising the Electoral Process With Independent Candidature, By Samson Itodo

Nigerians have been speaking with one voice on this issue. The 2005 National Political Conference and the 2014 National Conference advocated for independent candidacy. The two most prominent executive committees on electoral reform (Justice Uwais committee of 2007 and Senator Nnamani Committee of 2016) also recommended independent candidacy. The Nigerian…
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Columns

The Most Critical Nigerian Institutions are the Most Corrupt, By Jibrin Ibrahim

My concern is that we now a have a generic crisis of reputational erosion affecting our key institutions. Over the past two years, the reputation of the National Assembly has been dragged in the mud with the numerous court cases against the Senate President Bukola Saraki and the budget padding…
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Opinion

Falana, the Baby and the Bathwater, By Azu Ishiekwene

It’s interesting that while Falana and El-Rufai can hardly be described as ideological soul mates, on the contemporary issue of restructuring, they appear bound by a common contrarian thread. The statement on Sunday by a group led by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), about “unrealistic” recommendations contained in the…
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Opinion

Magu at the Barricade of Abuja Pirates, By Louis Odion

The same can, however, not be said of a good many others, against whom the penal scale seems to weigh heavily. (To say nothing about other shadowy characters in the house: from failed contractors, to the practicing pedophile and the fugitive from American justice over narcotic substances.) The introduction, lately,…
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Opinion

Saraki’s Farcical Coup of July 4th, By Chido Onumah and Godwin Onyeacholem

By their coup of July 4th, Saraki and his gang of pseudo-democrats are inviting a coup. Except that this time, the coup will be by the mass of our people, a popular revolutionary uprising, and the consequences are better imagined! In reviewing the farcical coup—orchestrated by the president of the…
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Opinion

Gomina’s Ghost: A Case For Séance, By Louis Odion

The bizarre controversy May 23 has generated seems to be consistent with Kogi's heritage of absurdity and willful perversion of the course of natural justice since November 2015. Being a child of manipulation, perhaps we should learn to live with Bello's sense of entitlement. Before we set forth, some clarity…
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