Columns

How The Lawan Senate Failed its First Major Test, By Reuben Abati

This screening process has been totally without rigour or colour. It is the Senate’s first major test under Ahmed Lawan’s watch and the result is woeful, if not absolutely ludicrous. Before now, the Senate had promised Nigerians that it would conduct a rigorous screening process. Instead, it has chosen to…
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Opinion

Thirty Days of the Dogara-gate Scandal, By Abdulmumin Jibrin

Under Speaker Dogara, corruption in the House has gone nuclear. It is a known fact that legislative investigations are used as avenues to extort money in an organised crime aided and abetted by Mr. Speaker. This situation has gone so bad that members have named such investigations as "commercial motions".…
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Opinion

The Criminality of Budget Padding, By Femi Falana

Padding takes place when legislators resolve to rewrite the budget by introducing new items outside the estimates prepared and presented to them by the neither the Constitution nor the Fiscal Responsibility Act has empowered the National Assembly members to rewrite the national budget by including constituency projects whose costs are…
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Opinion

Just What Is President Buhari Doing – One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards?, By Frisky Larr

Should Buhari continue on this very unpalatable and angering path of one-step-forward, two-steps-backwards, however, the ultimate solution that Nigeria will face for redemption, may be the Rawlings option or a bloody upheaval. Before then though, the president will lose no time in realising that the consequence of anger against him…
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Adeolu Ademoyo

Speaker Dogara and the False Appeal To Federal Character, By Adeolu Ademoyo

How can purely sectional and regional interests, which handed Senate Kingship and House speakership to Saraki and Dogara (outside a national institution like a party), approximate national interests? So, it is laughable that Dogara contemptuously cited the notion of federal character after his election (which in the first place relied…
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Guest Columns

Buhari, ‘legislooters’ and the Change Agenda, By Chido Onumah & Godwin Onyeacholem

In this period of national emergency, of debilitating and fast dwindling national revenue, when an overwhelming population of government workers and their families are crying due to starvation occasioned by non-payment of salaries for several months, you would expect the legislators to say NO, not again; you would expect them…
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Guest Columns

Superior Strategy Over Party Supremacy, By Owei Lakemfa

The Saraki group seemed to have also partly resolved a dilemma of the Buhari administration; how do you bring in the South-East elites who seem completely left out of the country’s political hierarchy? It did that by getting the immediate past Senate Deputy President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the PDP…
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Adeolu Ademoyo

Bukola Saraki, Buhari’s “Change” and the Opportunism of Nigerian Political Elites, By Adeolu Ademoyo

...importantly, in the run up to the so-called Senate election, the real choice was never about autonomy/independence of the Senate. Rather, the real choice was and is between a Senate dependent on PDP as we now have it under Bukola Saraki or one whose moral vision is consistent with the…
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