Opinion

Ending SARS by SWATting Citizens Like Flies?, By Ogaga Ifowodo

...I hope that President Buhari, and certainly Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a professor, see the inescapable irony of ending SARS by SWATting the life out of even more of the younger citizens who have borne the greater brunt of police brutality. Swatting citizens as if they were just so many flies…
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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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Columns

For Femi Falana and Kunle Ajibade: Sixty Hurrahs to Courage and Conviction, By Ogaga Ifowodo

These two tribunes of truth and justice recently marked their sixtieth anniversary in a beautiful land made almost unliveable on any proper index of healthy They can’t hear me, but I am shouting sixty hurrays in the first instance, and sixty more (for I wish them a very long life),…
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Opinion

The NDDC Appointment: Isoko Gradually Taking Her Place In the Nigerian Project, By Ijebu Afoke Dickson

I wish the original premise for which President Muhammadu Buhari chose Dr. Ogaga Ifowodo as the Delta State representative on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board ahead of other Deltans is allowed to manifest, rather than the distractions of petty political squabbles. Standing idly by whilst a few increasingly…
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Guest Columns

Must Nigeria Have At Least 36 Ministers In the Government of the Federation? (II), By Jiti Ogunye

It is our submission, therefore, that holding fast and holding slavishly and mechanically to the phrase "shall appoint at least one Minister from each State, who shall be an indigene of such State." in the proviso to Section 147 (3) of the Constitution, is not useful and helpful in the…
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Columns

When Will this Independence Finish? By Ogaga Ifowodo    

It was Prof. Tanimu Abubakar, I believe, of the Political Science department and Ahmed Aminu Yusuf, a postgraduate student at Ahmadu Bello University, the one a stalwarth of the ABU branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the other of the campus student movement at the time, who…
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Columns

Waiting for Buhari’s Cabinet and Change, By Ogaga Ifowodo    

On 3 June 2015, I was a guest on CoolTV’s morning programme, “Good Morning Nigeria.” The topic was “Buhari’s job as a democrat.” I added “so far,” on reading the invitation e-mail, wondering if the show’s producer or anchor hadn’t betrayed an unusual case of what might be called “change…
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