Opinion

Discos and the Tantrums of an ‘Abiku’ By Felix Oboagwina

From April 1, consumers in Nigeria should brace up to cough out more money to electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) who have wangled another tariff hike, no thanks to an industry watchdog habitually pandering to the tantrums of the corporations like a doting parent panders to the demands of an Abiku.…
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Opinion

Clearing the Path For Good Journalism, By Godwin Onyeacholem

...journalism is the metaphor for fight. And it is aptly so in third world countries like Nigeria where corruption is rife and bad governance, perpetually emphasised through audacious fascist tendencies, holds sway. To that extent, practitioners should forever brace up for the combat operations that would necessarily follow. Time and…
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Opinion

Premium Times, Anti-Press Laws and the Nigerian Constitution, By Femi Falana

It is pertinent to point out that the current trend in democratic countries is to repeal anti-press laws. For instance, in January 2010, the British Parliament abolished the offences of sedition and seditious libel, defamatory libel and obscene libel. Since we always weep more than the bereaved, we have retained…
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Opinion

How Foreign Aid Fuels African Media’s Payola Problem, By Prue Clarke

NEW YORK – At a recent press conference, a small group of Liberian journalists made a courageous admission: they confessed they were all “on the take.” To supplement salaries as low as $40 a month, the journalists said they often rely on payments from the very people they write about.…
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Opinion

Postponement of Elections as a Culture, by Eric Teniola

Annulment of elections, violence before, during and after elections, banning of candidates and postponement of elections are gradually becoming part of the Nigeria culture. There is just one word to describe the situation, sad. Last Saturday’s postponement was not the first that would be experienced by both General Muhammadu Buhari,…
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Columns

MainaGate and A Presidency Working at Cross Purposes, By Jibrin Ibrahim

As the campaign for the next elections intensify, whether or not the president contests for a second term, Nigerians would be bound to ask embarrassing questions about Muhammadu Buhari, the apostle of change and his party the All Peoples Congress. What happened to the pledge and promise made to Nigerians?…
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Opinion

Illegality of the Offence of Criminal Libel, By Femi Falana

It is not unlikely that the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force realised, rather belatedly, that the offence of criminal libel could not be sustained in court under the current democratic dispensation. Hence, the publisher and editor of PREMIUM TIMES were not arraigned in court last week based on the…
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