Columns

Whistling and Sneering At the Same Time, By Wole Olaoye

The moral decay afflicting the country at large is particularly evident in the oil producing states, where the impoverished people cheer their corrupt leaders instead of holding them to account for their stewardship. In most communities, the pre-oil days of the early 1950s were their most prosperous and happiest. You…
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Opinion

China or the West: When Will Nigeria Quit the Feeding Bottle?, By ‘Tope Fasua

It is also most important that we get worried that we are still on the feeding bottle, even though this country is now 60 years old today. We cannot do anything on our own. We even speak of borrowing as if it’s an achievement. We have no hand in the…
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Opinion

Of Magu and a New Leadership Cadre for Nigeria, By Bunmi Makinwa

As the known names bring their dirty linens into the open, Nigerians should accept the fact that the key characters in the political drama are stained badly and cannot make this land a better place. It is important to think seriously and work strenuously towards a new leadership cadre for…
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Opinion

My Oga At the Top and the University of Lagos, By Toyin Falola

...to return to sanity, the visitor (the president) should exercise his power to dissolve the Governing Council, as constituted, and appoint a new one or, as soon as possible, select a committee to determine the so-called transgressions of Professor Ogundipe. If not found guilty, he should be restored to complete…
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Columns

Mamman Daura Is Not the Problem, By Azu Ishiekwene

What will make the difference is not Daura’s benevolence, but advocacy that targets changes in electoral behaviour and galvanises civil society and the general public against the misuse of security agencies to perpetrate violence at the polls. It’s also time now to start the electronic transmission of results from collation…
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Opinion

President Buhari: Please Act More Decisively To Salvage NDDC, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Given the magnitude of the problems currently besetting NDDC, such that the actual work of developing the Niger Delta has practically ceased, only the president can break the impasse. If he wishes to make friends in the creeks now and beyond 2023, I would suggest the following as urgent steps…
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Opinion

Between Hushpuppi and Hushpoliticians, By Chido Onumah

There will be another opportunity to explore the different dimensions of the Hushpuppi phenomenon. Just to say that Nigerian Hushpoliticians are enablers of Hushpuppi and company; the Hushpolitician is the father of Stealing from Nigerians has been a favourite pastime of our Hushpoliticians since independence. But it does appear it…
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Columns

NDDC Corruption Or Not, the Federal Government Owes the Niger Delta, By Ebere Onwudiwe

The upshot of all of these is that while the president should continue to ensure that the law deals with anyone implicated in the shocking corruption and waste in the NDDC, he must not let the recent political theatre around corruption in the National Assembly take his eyes off the…
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Columns

Can Buhari Separate Two Chickens In A Fight?, By Festus Adedayo

A combination of a peacemaking-phobic nature and Ayariga’s thesis of a Buhari whose senescence has literally grounded Nigeria, have resulted in the reign of a ceremonial president who knows next to nothing about what happens around him. Or who just doesn’t care. This is clearly Nigeria’s hugest burden at the…
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Opinion

NDDC Scandal: Not An Argument Against Restructuring, By Moses Ochonu

Leaders of development institutions are more likely to be accountable and to rein in bureaucratic excesses when there is a threat or possibility of local, proximate countervailing reaction from the immediate community and when there is no possibility of federal protection from the wrath of stakeholder communities. The corruption scandal…
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