PROBE: ALIA DIVERTING ATTENTION FROM HIS FAILURES …Gov on a Vendetta Mission Against His Predecessor By Peter Awunah, PhD

It is now obvious that the Governor of Benue State, Hyacinth Alia is incapable of tackling the serious issues of insecurity and the hardship facing the people and has decided to employ tactics to divert attention from his ineptitude.   On Monday, February 26th, 2024, Governor Alia inaugurated two judicial commissions of inquiry with a charge on them to investigate the management of the state’s resources and assets under the previous administration of Samuel Ortom.   The move came on the heels of series of attacks on people in different…

Time to question Buhari By Lasisi Olagunju

Preparatory to his exit from power last year, President Muhammadu Buhari warned all of us to let him be after office: “Nobody should ask me to come and give any evidence in any court; otherwise whoever it is, he will be in trouble because all important things are on record.” Buhari uttered those words in one of his very rare media interviews. That was in January 2023 – one year, one month ago. And truly, every horror so far traced to him as president has been deflected to some minion…

The Akpabio-provoked N30b Intifada By Festus Adedayo

So at plenary in the senate last week, Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, rushed naked out of the bathtub. He raised his hand up. In the presidency’s search for scapegoat, Akpabio suddenly became Archimedes. Last week, he came forward to shout “Eureka!” He had found the No 1 Nigerian enemy! Ancient Greek scholar, Archimedes, was the author of a find similar to but of sterner stuff than Akpabio’s. Archimedes had proclaimed “Eureka! Eureka!” immediately he stepped into a bath and discovered that the water level immediately rose. This led him to…

When a good wife leaves with her goodness By FUNKE EGBEMODE ([email protected])

When Debola and Akin got married, Akin was not in a good place financially. He was living from hand to mouth, struggling to pay his rent and generally depending on salary advance to get through the month. He was getting on in years and his parents were permanently on his case to get married. He was reluctant to commit to any serious relationship. How was he expected to feed two mouths when he couldn’t feed himself? How can you tell a new bride not to get pregnant because his tiny…

The juicy power of the other room By Funke Egbemode ([email protected])

The other room is the most important room in the home and in any woman’s life. Every woman knows that. So, don’t mind those who are pretending to be holier than the sacred sanctuary. It’s okay to have powers in and over the other rooms, but a woman who does not know how to wield the influence derivable and derived from the other room is indeed a powerless woman. Yes, the powers of the boardroom is plenty power. But what is the power of the boardroom without the power of…

Second Quarter Assessment of Akpabio’s 10th Senate (part 1) By Mon-Charles Egbo

Until there is a government that is purposeful in evaluating legislative inputs, especially resolutions, there shall be a deficit of good governance in Nigeria.   For example, the latest banditry attack on the Abuja-Kaduna highway and the spate of kidnapping that has overwhelmed the entire Federal Capital Territory could have been averted.   The Senate, in its first quarter, had declared what seemed a state of emergency on the road infrastructure. It developed “a compendium of all the affected Federal roads and erosion sites across the country either awarded but…

Re-Bukar Abba Ibrahim: The man who touched my life, by Hassan Gimba (Readers’ reactions)

Salaamu alaykum. I saw your tribute to late Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, may Allah (SWT) grant him mercies with jannatul firdaus. I read it today and was touched by your powerful pen. Your late father, Sulaiman Gimba Ahmed, was a humble and quiet person who worked with me in 1979 while I was Commissioner of Agriculture during Governor Muhammadu Goni’s administration. ⁠He was in charge of the Borno State Water Board under my ministry. (He was acting Perm Sec and at the same time first GM of the state water…

Ekiti: Time to silence the guns (3) By abiodun KOMOLAFE

As an avowed Federalist, Nigerians expected Tinubu to have sent a Constitution Amendment Bill to the National Assembly with a view to tinkering with dozens of items on the Exclusive List in favour of the devolution of powers, state policing and the like. But it is too early in the day to say that it is too late! Since Ekiti is an APC-controlled state, Oyebanji can lead the process of putting the national government on its toes. The neutrality and/or objectivity of the various arms of the security services and…

Prospects for Reclaiming APC, by Salihu Moh. Lukman

The heartwarming news from Edo State that emerged early on February 23, 2024 reported His Excellency Bassey Otu, Governor of Cross River State, who is the Chairman of the reorganised All Progressives Congress Governorship Election Committee, to have declared Senator Monday Okpebholo as the party’s gubernatorial candidate for the September 2024 election in the state. Polling 12,433 votes, he was reported to have defeated 11 other aspirants. The aspirants are Hon. Dennis Idahosa, who polled 6,541; Clem Agba 2,732; Amero Sunday 2,562; Everest Afolabi 2,117; Gerald Charles 1,181; Dr. Blessing…

The Ogoni Lessons of the Past 30 Years By Fegalo Nsuke

Ogoni is one of the world’s most celebrated cases of state-sponsored repression. Against all odds, the people have persevered in the search for justice, equity and basic freedoms deserving of all humanity. Indeed, it has been a painful account that in our own country, our government ordered a military crackdown that left some 4,000 people dead, thousands of others went through torture, rape, brutal detentions which were supervised by Major Paul Okuntimo, the commander of the military task force at the time.       Trouble started in 1958 when…