Opinion

Federalism and the Challenge of National Development In Nigeria, By Kayode Oladele

...internal challenges are what drive the federal principle; and not the principle of sharing the national cake, which many have confused as amounting to the basis of federating. That is the missing link in the debate on federalism in Nigeria. True fiscal federalism is, in essence, a democratic demand and…
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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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Opinion

Amotekun and the Delusionary Cowardice of the Yoruba, By Oluwadele Bolutife

The message of Amotekun from the epistemological perspective is a resonance that because we as a people abhor conflicts because of our historical antecedents should no longer be judged to be an act of cowardice. If indeed you believe we are what you labeled us to be, why the unnecessary…
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Opinion

Amotekun and the Emerging Dimensions of Bigotry, By Simbo Olorunfemi

It is sad that a group that not only prides itself as cosmopolitan, but acknowledged by others as one, is unwittingly being forced down the alley of provincialism and bigotry by fringe elements nursing pain that is largely personal to them, latching on to an initiative beyond their narrow agenda…
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Opinion

Seriake Dickson and the Quest for Restructuring, By Godwin Onyeacholem

For him, Nigeria needs to be restructured for it to have any meaningful grip on progress. This is the growing sentiment among the populace who believe that Nigeria is not working because of the skewed federal system — with its perpetual over-centralisation — foisted by the military since 1966. Henry…
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Opinion

PDP Apology: Restructuring As Restitution, By Ken Tadaferua

...I believe that there is restitution our politicians can and must urgently undertake to save this country from imminent destructive desolation. But that restitution, which would be less demanding, less painful, and more altruistic than returning funds, can only come to pass on three key Our politicians are already in…
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Opinion

Re-federalising Nigeria and the Challenge of Innovative Governance, By Tunji Olaopa

At the level we are now, it is no longer sufficient to pay lip service to Nigeria’s federal Re-federalising the Nigerian state simply implies redeeming the historical mistake that has impeded Nigeria’s national development for too long. I believe strongly that these five elements could serve as the point of…
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Columns

Federalism Is Doing Like This, By Pius Adesanmi

With virtually every state in Nigeria seizing the opportunity of a moribund and directionless centre to further bastardise the already bastardised federalism we practice, it is little surprise that even at the centre, federalism and governance are understood essentially as unbridled chaos and impunity. One of the more curious consequences…
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Opinion

A Case for the Devolution of Economic Power to State Governments, By Ugochukwu Amasike

...the devolution of power to the federating units will signal the rebirth of Nigeria, resolve most of the social stresses we are experiencing and unleash Nigeria’s much touted potentials, whilst ensuring the sustainable diversification of Nigeria’s revenue base. Recently a bill seeking to grant states control of mineral resources within…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Non-negotiable Union and the Geopolitics of Federal Appointments, By Salihu Bako Ahmed

The Sovereignty of Nigeria is not negotiable because the opening page of the Constitution states that Nigeria shall be, "One indivisible and indissoluble Sovereign Nation under God." Sovereignty, therefore, has to do with the "existence" of Nigeria as a nation, which is NON-NEGOTIABLE. However, the UNITY of Nigeria has to…
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