Opinion

Defections: Saraki Must Surrender the Crown, By Ugoji Egbujo

If Saraki refuses to surrender the crown, he invites chaos. The leadership of a legislative house is not dedicated to the majority party for only moral reasons. It belongs to the majority party for pragmatic reasons as well. If the majority feels shortchanged, it can make the Senate And Saraki…
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Columns

Why Buhari and the Senate Should Sheathe their Swords, By Rafiq Raji

...to even suggest an impeachment of Mr. Buhari at this time would be foolish. Our democracy is hardly stable as it is. With myriad killings and altercations all about, a move to remove a president who is extremely popular in the most volatile part of the country is hardly wise.…
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Columns

Removing “Hate” From Speech, By Uddin Ifeanyi

By proposing the death penalty for “hate speech”, the Nigerian Senate, through possible restrictions on the kinds of conversation without which a democracy may not function properly, may itself be guilty of propagating “hate speech”. Against our nascent democracy! “Hate speech”! Almost out of thin air, and over the last…
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Columns

Saraki, Sowore and Nigeria’s Barabbas Moment, By Pius Adesanmi

In both men, we are offered two opposed visions, two opposed possibilities for our country. Both men represent a symbolic struggle. That struggle is bigger than them. Where we stand, what we say or do not say, represents a position we are taking in that struggle. Our stance represents a…
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Opinion

How To Solve a Problem Like Magu, By Azu Ishiekwene

Federal lawmakers are in a hurry to make record bills that might save us. That’s grand. They should start with the small things: homework, punctuality and a little honesty with their constituencies and about their remunerations. This National Assembly appears quite anxious to make laws that might improve our lives.…
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Opinion

Can We Really Survive Without Oil Money, By Ebuka Nwankwo

Last Christmas, after discussing the state of our nation, my little cousin exclaimed: "in fact, why don’t we stop everything for this year and just concentrate on building three brand new refineries will even provide more than the 500,000 jobs government is talking Then, next year we might take our…
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Opinion

On Fiscal Federalism: An Open Letter to the Nigerian Senate, by Tony Osborg

Dear Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic, There is no other time than now to begin, or better put, to reintroduce the debate over what might, in fact, be the foundation of Nigeria’s unending political challenges. First, it was widely believed that the trouble with Nigeria was squarely the trouble…
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