Persistent Insecurity: Monguno, Buratai and Inter-Agency Dilemma By Yushau A. Shuaib

It was a tactful foresight, the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari in appointing people from Borno State into strategic positions in government, especially in sensitive areas that could address the challenges of terrorism in the country. Nigerians expected that the Boko Haram insurgency would be history within fours years, with the appointments of the late Abba Kyari as the Chief of Staff to the President; Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) as the National Security Adviser and Lt. General Tukur Buratai as the Chief of Army Staff, because they are all…

Celebrating Fashola at 57: The ‘BRF Way’ by Hakeem Bello

“BRF is a genius at breaking it down, laying it all out. When he goes on project tours, he stops to ask the artisans and food vendors on the site about how the project has touched or is touching their lives. And that’s what government communications should really be focusing on: telling and showing the actual impact / outcomes. Not just the contract sum (input) — which is what tends to make the headlines, the media love these numbers — but also the “stimulus” effect on ordinary people and communities…

As Oyetola, the troubleshooter begins a new task By Ismail Omipidan

Today, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun, joined his colleagues on the Caretaker/Extra-ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the inauguration of the team. The event, which took place at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, was for the governor the beginning of a new vista. While thanking party faithful, leaders, and critical stakeholders of the party for the confidence reposed in them, Mr. Oyetola also appealed to all and sundry to give the committee a chance. He has always succeeded in previous…

Ajimobi And Abuja’s One-Way Tickets  By Lasisi Olagunju

It will remain true forever that on the day of death, there is no medicine. Bolaji Tunji, Senator Abiola Ajimobi’s spokesman, said his boss took all the precautions of these malevolent times: He washed his hands, watched his steps, wore face masks and stayed safe. Then a small plane came to pick him in Ibadan for a party meeting in Abuja. He left his home full of life, got to Abuja healthy and did his meeting without hassles and issues. Then fate took over his journey from there, it finally dropped…

SARS: Protectors Or Predators? By Seun Bakare    

That the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria police continues to use torture and other unlawful tactics in the discharge of their law enforcement duties is not exactly a newsworthy item; we have always known this. If a poll were created now on Nigerians’ perception of that unit, the result would be easily predictable. Police brutality is a major concern with SARS and in late 2017 as demands for accountability became stronger, the #EndSARS campaign was birthed. It was borne out of a frustrating dissatisfaction with the excesses and…

Hushpuppi: Hushed, hacked and hunted, by Taju Tijani

Ramoni Igbalode Abbas, globally known as Ray Hushpuppi, will now be writing a new chapter in his fast-paced life of opulence and luxurious lifestyle. This man who loves to wrap his ego in the daily oxygen of social media would be out of circulation for a long time. To put it simply, they got him!!! He is accused of multiple internet scams, fraud, duplicity, and hacking. This playboy is a 21st century wonder. Not known from any rich, social background. He has no known skill, competence, or credentials as a…

BECOMING THE PARTY WE WERE INTENDED TO BE – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

I wish to begin my remarks by commending members of the National Working Committee. Under their collective stewardship, the party earned great and important victories, not least the vital second mandate handed to President Buhari. President Buhari’s victory, and the overall electoral success of APC speak highly of them. Our task as a party is to build upon the progress thus made so that both nation and party may advance to their better future. Yet, we must acknowledge that something important has gone off track. For some months we have…

BETWEEN AN INGRATE SON AND AN OVERBEARING FATHER – HOW IT ENDED IN EDO By Abdullahi O.Haruna (Haruspice

Nothing wrecks a man than obstinate push for vengeance, the desire to have your pound of flesh is an open embrace to your end, that way, your imminent waterloo is assured. Even the scriptures admonished us into leaving vengeance to God. In African Night Entertainment, a book authored by late cerebral word lord, Cyprian Ekwensi, we saw how the quest for vengeance wrecked the promising life of Abubakar, the protagonist of the storyline. He was cheated of his heartthrob and went wide and wild in search of revenge- he got…

The Unnecessary Demonization of Sabiu Tunde Yusuf

Who is the much-talked about Sabiu ‘Tunde’ Yusuf who is said to be calling the shots around President Muhammadu Buhari? Who is the man, outside of the viled media carricature? By way of introduction, Sabiu ‘Tunde’ Yusuf is a direct cousin of President Buhari, being the son of his niece popularly known as Hajiya Halima or Hajiya Madam in Daura, the President’s hometown. According to some reliable information, the young man, in his 30s, has been with President Buhari since he was a toddler. In fact, the sobriquet ‘Tunde’ was…

Buhari: A Hope Betrayed By A. S. Gashinbaki

President Buhari’s glaring failure pose a dire threat to our “cognitive immunity” – our ability to separate a liar from the truthful, and a competent being from the incompetent. We’re now left conflicted as our conviction is overturned, leaving us unable to trust our own judgement. The crisis of trust we now face is twofold, first against our leaders and now within our own being. A man can put-up with not being able to trust others but when he can’t trust himself then chaos is imminent. The electorates are bound…