Encountering Obasanjo, Tshisekedi and the war in Congo Kinshasa  By Festus Adedayo 

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC’s) presidential villa is a highly fortified palace. Like in many parts of Central Africa, the Congolese have turned their disadvantaged hilly and mountainous topography into aesthetic wonder. At every point in the expansive villa, you confront menacing-looking, gun-toting soldiers who radio authorities before allowing you entry. White-painted effigies of four lions by the villa gate compliment this menacing ambience. The villa itself is an old but well-maintained structure painted white and probably built in the 1970s. The language barrier limited the satisfaction of my…

TASUED suspends lecturer declared wanted by ICPC over sex-for-grades scandal

The Management of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, has suspended a lecturer, Dr. Olaniran Balogun, who was declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over sex-for-grades scandal.   The Deputy Registrar, Media and Corporate Relations of the university, Gbenga Omilola, disclosed this on Sunday, August 28, 2022.   Recall, ICPC had, a few days ago, declared Balogun, who was the Head of the Department of Religious Studies at TASUED, wanted for allegedly abusing his office and demanding gratification.  …

PDP Peace Talks Wike Is Shaking Hands With A Clenched Fist By Law Mefor

The Indian iconic leader, Mahatma Gandhi, once observed; ‘Nobody shakes hands with a clenched fist.’ The nation’s leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been embroiled in crisis since its special national convention, which produced Atiku Abubakar as its preferred presidential candidate. Recall that Governor Nyeson Wike of Rivers state, before the primaries, publicly declared that he was not an aspirant for the PDP presidential ticket but a candidate. Wike further told the public after the party presidential primary that he was shortchanged. He hinged his claim on…

How Haruna Abdullahi is Managing FCT/IRS After COVID, By ABUBAKAR YUSUF.

The Federal Capital Territory Inland Revenue Service known as FCT/IRS is a revenue collection agency established by an act of FCT to drive not only the revenue profile of the nations city, but ensured prompt collections of legitimate revenues and taxes from business conglomerates and entities operating within the seat of government. Determined to achieve greater feats under the leadership of the Ag chairman of the Agency , Haruna Abdullahi, had embarked on not only numerous reforms , but embarked on orientation and reorientation of staff members with a view…

2023: I have no preferred candidate, but national agenda – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that he has no preferred candidate among those contesting the 2023 presidential election. Obasanjo, who stated this in Minna on Sunday when he paid former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar a visit, said he only had a national agenda not a preferred candidate. “I don’t have a special candidate, I have a national agenda.” The former President also said he was in Minna to visit the former Head of State who had been indisposed. “I came to see my brother who has been…

Spending Your Time with fraudsters online’ll do you more harm than good – Internet Safety Advocate,Onadipe warns internet users

  An advocate of internet safety, Mr. Rotimi Onadipe has warned internet users against spending their time online with internet fraudsters at the expense of other productive activities. Mr. Rotimi Onadipe, Chief Executive Director of Onadipe Technologies and founder of Internet Safety Magazine, gave the warning on Saturday August 27th, 2022 while delivering his organisation’s weekly lecture in Ibadan. According to Mr. Onadipe, the lecture is aimed at creating global awareness about internet abuse, its dangerous effects and how to stay safe. He said: “Beware, cyber criminals are ready to…

Pantami excited with unprecedented 18.44% ICT contribution to Nigeria’s GDP

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), has expressed excitement over the remarkable contribution of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2022 (Q2 2022). The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stated this in the ‘Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product Report’ for Q2 2022, released on the 26th of August, 2022. The Digital Economy sector under Professor Pantami has continued its trend of playing a key part in the growth on Nigeria’s economy. The…

An agenda for national rebirth (3), by Hassan Gimba

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion – Alexander The Great   A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way   – John C. Maxwell   A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves – Lao Tzu, Laozi   A kingdom (nation) can endure with unbelief, but it…

BIG SEG: The Lingering Stardust @ 70. by Femi Akintunde Johnson

Today, 27 August, 2022, my superhero of the 70/80s is 70 years old. Born and bred in Lagos Island, and later Mainland, it is impossible not to love playing football, or any round flighty object subject to being kicked about. We spent our spare and unmonitored moments to imitate great players we merely caught glimpses of in decaying paper cuttings – Pele, Banks, Best, Stefano, Seeler, Puskas, Charlton, Cryuff, etc.  By the time the 2nd All African Games of 1973 came around…staged beside us in Surulere, beating all comers to…

Army dismisses two soldiers over killing of islamic cleric 

Nigerian Army (NA) has dismissed from service, two soldiers; Lance Corporal John Gabriel and Lance Corporal Adamu Gideon, allegedly involved in the killing of an Islamic cleric, Sheik Goni Gashua Aisami in Yobe state. The soldiers were dismissed after facing trial at the Headquarters 241 Recce Battalion, Nguru on Saturday 27 August 2022, having been indicted in a report of a Board of Inquiry set up to investigate the unfortunate incident. Both soldiers were charged and summarily tried for failure to perform military duties and conduct prejudice to service discipline,…