Opinion

Deathly Ban On Free Expression and the Rise of Fascism, By Chido Onumah

At a time Nigeria requires a robust conversation about its politics, economy, ethnic relations, unity, and indeed, future, the country’s over-indulged lawmakers, egged on by a president who is anything but a democrat, are placing a deathly ban on free speech. This proposed ban must be opposed and defeated by…
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Opinion

The Necessary Decision For A Vibrant Ninth Senate, By Robert Alaba

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has come out clearly with a position that the presidency of the Ninth Senate has been zoned to the North-East geo-political zone. Beyond that, the party appears to have indicated in strong terms that its choice for the top job in the upper chamber…
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Columns

Abracadabra, the Electoral Act and Irresponsible Political Action, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The current timing of the submission of the bills however is completely inappropriate and can only be considered as mischief. They should be withheld and the best time to present them is just after the general elections, so that whoever is in power after May 29, 2019 would dust them…
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Opinion

Spending Without Appropriation, By Eze Onyekpere

This development provides the opportunity for the National Assembly to reaffirm the process and procedure for withdrawals from ECA and similar funds. Fiscal governance is at the core of good governance and indeed is central to the welfare of citizens and development of society. The expectation is that our resources…
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Columns

Egotistical Senate Versus Hameed Ali and the Rest of Us, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Ali’s eye-for-an-eye methods are somewhat questionable, but that sort of ridicule is what you get when the third estate of the realm continues overstretching its limits and fails to rein in its ego. In any case, the entire ‘economic waste’ probe is nothing more than a gluttonous peep into the…
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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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Opinion

Of Goats and Cassava-Eating People In the National Assembly, By Gbolahan Gbadamosi

In organising towards 2019, Nigerians can make the political parties and the world learn a new lesson in democracy through their votes. We could set a new record. We can, in one fell swoop, remove all our current legislators and reject anyone who has previously been in the National Assembly.…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Constituency Projects: Easy Money for Leeches and Economic Saboteurs, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Who, or what, can lead Nigeria out of this sour patch of misgovernance? Who will help us educate the leeches in the National Assembly? Who will help protect our future by making sure we plan for this and future generation of Nigerians?.. There is a raging difference of opinion between…
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