PROSPECTS OF NIGERIAN PRESIDENT OF IGBO EXTRACTION By Law Mefor

Once was it said and more often should it be repeated in political calculus in Nigeria, Men of the future must not only understand their past but also the forces that forge the present. Nigeria has become a workshop of democracy and the forces that forge the nation are holding firm. And with wimpy, ineffectual and unchallenging political class, these forces do not have to yield an inch. This is the dense political climate in which recently, Igbo Leadership Development Foundation (ILDF) and its allies unveiled the plan to organize…

Amotekun: Stop politics of misinformation against Oyetola By Ismail Omipidan

When American comedian, Groucho Marx, defined politics as “the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies,” he may not have had Nigeria in mind. But this definition aptly describes the situation in the country. Here, politicians and their sympathisers play politics with everything including security matters. In the last one year of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola administration, they had, albeit without success, tried to give him appelations that are at variance with his character and personality. After several failed attempts, they appear…

Late Night Sackings: The Inside Story of an Unfolding Staff Nightmare at UBA By David Hundeyin

Last November, thousands of Lagosians including hundreds of UBA Bank employees attended what was billed as the ‘party of the year’ at the Lekki Special Events Centre on Admiralty Way. The UBA RedTV Rave had everyone from Wizkid to Olamide to Jidenna to Burna Boy thrilling the festive crowd as UBA chairman Tony Elumelu and CEO Kennedy Uzoka mingled with the artists and guests On the surface, this was the best of times, as a bank that was clearly in rude health celebrated a successful year with thousands of employees,…

Gani Adams And The Desecration Of Yoruba Tradition By Elugbade Olayinka

The Yoruba traditions, norm, customs and culture have been subjected to ridicules. Just two days ago, on social media, I saw the list of almost twenty people who Chief Gani Adams are preparing to confer with another Chieftaincy titles this month as part of his second year anniversary as Aare Onakakanfo. Before making enquiries from our elders who are very vast in Yoruba history, I asked myself! As someone who has spent 58 years on earth. Can a chief confer chieftaincy title on someone in Yorubaland? I didn’t know the…

Obaseki and his endorsement game By Mike Igaga Jr.

In recent times, the embattled governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, seems to have realised that he needs a second term to continue as governor of Edo State. For a governor as powerful as Godwin Obaseki, a governor that can unilaterally orchestrate the suspension of the National Chairman of the APC and, therefore, remove him from office, one would have thought that his second term nomination does not need approval. He has clearly stated that he is most qualified for a second term. Governor Godwin Obaseki has addressed a…

Lawan@61: The Quintessential Politician Behind the Gavel By OLA AWONIYI

When Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan graduated from the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) in 1984 with a B.Sc in Geography, his apparent career was as an academic. The career was probably foisted on him as Ahmad was a beneficiary of the legacy of Professor Jubril Aminu who, as the Vice-Chancellor of UNIMAID, offered graduates with first-class or second class upper degrees appointment at the university as graduate assistants. For the next decade, Lawan’s sojourn was within the academic community of UNIMAID. In 1990, he went to the Cranfield University in the United…

Hanan Buhari and Unprecedented Abuse of Presidential Powers By Farooq Kperogi

The Presidency said it isn’t a legal violation or even a subversion of convention for Buhari’s daughter to use a publicly funded presidential jet for private purposes. That’s flat-out untrue. But even if it were true, things don’t always have to be illegal for them to be condemnable. Something can be condemnable because it’s unethical or immoral, even if it’s legal. Making a tax-funded presidential jet available for the private use of Buhari’s daughter is straight-up unethical, even borderline illegal. Of course, it’s entirely defensible, even expected, for Buhari’s family…

A TIME FOR SYNERGY TOWARDS GREATER NIGER STATE.

I must start out by congratulating my principal, Governor Abubakar sani Bello over his victory at the supreme court. with the pronouncement at the Apex court validating the election of Governor Abubakar sani Bello, the legal battle is over. The battle for the soul of niger state is over. On this premise, and as democrats we are at home with the fact that it is not a case of winner takes all,rather we are aware that the process and the exercise afford the opportunity to further deepened our democratic culture…

RE: BEFORE PRESIDENT SIGNS VIGILANTE BILL INTO LAW By Rogers Edor Ochela

Our attention has been drawn to a recent publication in Daily Trust of 2nd  January, 2020 and we wish to correct certain misrepresentations contained therein about the Peace Corps of Nigeria, PCN. From all intents and purposes, the aforementioned publication contained some facts and certain obvious misrepresentations. Of course the misrepresentations ought to be quickly corrected lest it assumes the status of truth in the minds of unsuspecting members of the public. First and foremost, I agree with the author in his assertion that the Bill for the National Community…

Who Should be Called a “Dr”? A Physician or a PhD? By Farooq Kperogi

There was an interesting Facebook conversation among a group of Nigerians last week on who, between medical doctors and PhDs, are more deserving to be addressed as “Dr.” I’ve written about this before, so let me share my thoughts once again with people for whom this sort of thing is interesting. By convention, both medical doctors and PhDs can prefix “Dr.” to their names. But, here, there’s a clash between etymology (origin and development of words) and pragmatics (how words are actually used by speakers of a language). The word…