Category Archives: Columnist

What happened to Dele Giwa?

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October 19 marked the 29th anniversary the assassination of Dele Giwa, crusading journalist and founding chief executive of the magazine Newswatch, in what remains one of the most horrific acts of preternatural malevolence ever carried out in Nigeria.

A varsity only in name OSUSTECH

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Eight years after it was established, the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) in Okitipupa Local Government Area looks anything, but a higher institution. The campus is covered by weeds and it is confronted with academic and infrastructural challenges. Members of the host community are not happy with the state of the institution, reports TAIWO ADEBULU.

President Muhammadu Buhari: One week after by Fola Ojo

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He was crowned as the set-man in charge of all of Nigeria in a fanfare just one week ago. The lives and destinies of Nigerians home and abroad are now under the presidential control of one man, Muhammadu Buhari, for the next four years. Although piercing thorns may not necessarily be the adornments of his presidential crown, his route for the next four years will be laced with botheration.

The Nigerian economy we all know is as not as peachy and perky.   Unfortunately, it is the pivot which will determine how far Buhari can launch out to effect the CHANGE he has promised.   But how has President Buhari fared in his first week in office? It depends on who you ask.

Nigeria Army Sacking Of 290 Soldiers: My Reaction By Femi Falana

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I have just confirmed that a total of 290 soldiers were dismissed yesterday by the Authorities of the Nigerian Army. The letters of dismissal were distributed in Jos, Plateau State and Ibadan, Oyo state. Before the dismissal, the soldiers were subjected to orderly room trial.

Even though they pleaded not guilty to the charges of cowardice and failure to fight the Boko Haram sect the dismissed soldiers were not tried by any court-martial in line with the provisions of the Armed Forces Act. It would be recalled that the Nigerian Army also sacked another batch of 200 soldiers in similar circumstances in December last year.

Ojo To Ro S’ewuro Lo Ro S’ireke By Pius Adesanmi

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I’ve been thinking. Madam Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, the one Nigerian who should never have left Washington to happen to Nigeria with her lethal IMF cocktails, has told us that we are flat broke and that she and her staff have run out of ideas.

She says that she has high blood pressure.

She says that members of her immediate staff have high blood pressure.

Buhari’s Rejection Of A Rolls Royce In London, Obasanjo And Lessons Of History By Dr. Chido Nwangwu

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A few days ago Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s newly elected President to be sworn in on May 29, snubbed and rejected a lavish convoy of cars—including the ultimate vehicle among the power establishment, the Rolls Royce. Instead, President-Elect Buhari chose a more modest Toyota Camry to make his appointments.

Fixing security a major concern

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Security is the hallmark of a state. It is all a throw-back to the Social Contract theory, under which the people surrender part of their rights to a sovereign in exchange for security.

But under President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigerians experienced a reverse: the Nigerian state literally cowered before blatant insecurity; and there was no Leviathan to the rescue. Under massive and relentless threat from Boko Haram terror and sundry violent crimes, Nigeria, since independence in 1960, came closest to state failure.

Is Children’s Day really for children?

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It is another May 27 Children’s Day celebration in Nigeria. To many children, it is going to be another public holiday. For any person involved in taking care of children daily especially at the school level, it will be a time to snatch a shut eye and take time off school work. Government officials, especially those at the Ministries of Education and Women Affairs would likely call press conferences or organise seminars and invite children living in the rural areas to the cities.