In defense of Salihu Tanko Yakasai By Dr. Sule Ya’u Sule 

Let’s get one thing clear from the beginning. I think Salihu Tanko Yakasai’s arrest is an overreaction. You can say overzealous. You can also say it is not lifted from President Muhammadu Buhari’s Playbook. Who else has been arrested for criticising this President? If this is a localised reaction, those who arrested Salihu for asking the President to resign if he cannot stem the rising insecurity did the President’s reputation as a democrat more harm than good. There is nothing new in the call. Numerous groups, including the opposition PDP,…

Believers In The Time Of Fitnah, Calamity, Test, Trial And Tribulation! By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. May the Peace and blessings of Allah be upon whom Allah sent as a mercy to the Worlds, Muhammad, upon his Family, his Companions and his Brothers till the Day of Resurrection. Dear brothers and sisters, on the night of Monday, April 14, 2014, Nigeria opened a disastrous chapter in the history of insecurity that has been plaguing it for years: massive students abduction. After the years of…

Trouble With Anti Corruption Agency in Nigeria  By Abba Dukawa 

The corrupt man is everywhere, the man on the street, the man next door, the man in the church or mosque, the man in the market or the departmental store, the policeman on beat patrol and the soldier at the check point (Okadigbo, 1987) The present administration came to power through change mantra of President  Buhari with his top three cardinal promises  in economic development, fighting insecurity and corruption. Still Nigerians  are deep  languishing in extremely poverty as result of the corruption and   the  fighting   remain a mare political statements…

Nigeria: An Unlucky Lucky Nation? By Sulaiman Aledeh 

Can Nigeria truly work? Why is almost everyone now a thief? Why does the one who complains or does it differently and well seen as the problem? Why can’t we truly make people pay for their crimes? Why? Every sector of our national life is enmeshed in corruption. Tell me which one that’s free? As you try to fix it, you have those who pretend to be helping to fix it, destroy it. Now, it looks we no longer have Boko Haram. It’s now “bandits” and that’s a lucrative business.…

Kadaria, Kagara and abductors of our collective intelligence, By Festus Adedayo

On sighting the headline of her piece entitled Nigerian Media: Let’s Stop Ethnic Profiling!, I initially thought well-respected media mogul, Kadaria Ahmed, was set to confront a media orthodoxy. Though it was plain, unambiguous and self-explanatory, in a moment, I imagined that that piece was about to collapse ancient established theses about the Nigerian media dominance and vain hold on power. This is because I love anyone who audaciously perforates the majesty of principalities and powers, persons, objects or places.   This was what carved a special place of regards…

Leah Sharibu: Won’t They Remember her Now? By Martins Oloja

I had planned to write a tribute on one of the most remarkable icons of journalism and good governance, a unique reference point in execution – that discipline of getting things done, whose eighth-day Fidau prayer was marked in Lagos on Friday 19 February with closure of all markets and shops, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande (LKJ). I had wanted to conclude the piece on the iconic LKJ with a suggestion of a fitting tribute our president Muhammadu Buhari could pay to the former Lagos State Governor of Significance whose good thinking…

Senate President’s attack on Yoruba governors  By Lasisi Olagunju

NORTHERN leaders are an intriguing lot. They are looking for shortcuts to the top of the palm tree by befriending their nemesis, the bandits. They want peace, yet they express open sympathy for killers. They speak volubly for bandits and have no word of empathy for their own people, daily killed, daily abducted by the marauders. Now they are angry with Yoruba governors for asking northern terrorists to leave south west forest reserves. What the northern cripple is saying is ‘da bi mo ti da’ (become as I am). But…

Gov. Bala Mohammed’s paradise for AK-47, cows and Fulani, By Festus Adedayo

At the risk of being charged for excessive hyperbolism, “AK-47,” “cows” and the word “Fulani” are the most notorious clichés on parade in Nigeria today. And, come to think of it, they are woven together in narratives of the affliction that threaten to tear Nigeria asunder today. As if by coincidence, the three also bear very similar traits that unite them. While the Fulani herdsman is one of the most ubiquitous tribes in Africa, encircling the region like a contagious pestilence and sowing tears and sorrows in their trails, the…

Nigeria’s cow war: Northern elites as Orogun Adedigba, By Festus Adedayo

Oyin Adejobi, late Yoruba cripple thespian, renowned for his famous African alternative dispute resolution drama sketches called Kootu Asipa of the 1980s, once allegorized the story of how he became disabled. In Orogun Adedigba, (the wicked co-wife) an autobiographical movie, Adejobi narrativized how his mother’s jealously wicked co-wife puffed up the fire of a destructive potion that immobilized him for life. That singular malediction became the burden Adejobi shouldered for his 74 years on earth. Though the Osogbo-born thespian’s stepmother’s potion succeeded in crippling him, it couldn’t stop the realization…

Buhari’s Success: Who Should Claim Responsibility? By Martins Oloja

The other day, our no-nonsense President, Muhammadu Buhari surveyed the land on which he has sown in due , sorry six planting seasons, juxtaposed his numerous achievements with the usual criticisms of the elite and then blasted them for the poorly researched evaluation of his administration.   Specifically, the leader of the most populous black nation on earth I once posited here should be awarded “a man of the decade” accused the Nigerian elite of harassing his administration despite great achievements the APC administration he presides over, has recorded. To…