OBJ, GEJ as villains of Nigeria’s democracy

Former Nigeria’s presidents Jonathan (left) and Obasanjo By Anthony Kolawole Nigeria recently celebrated 20 years of uninterrupted democracy. As usual, it was a time for sober reflections on the journey that started in 1999. Even as we celebrated, we forgot that there were events that led to what we are now celebrating. Some individuals made sacrifices, and some also paid the supreme price with their lives. One of such individuals is the late M.K.O Abiola on whose mandate some persons rose to limelight in the democratic dispensation in Nigeria. But…

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Buratai and a new narrative for Nigerian Army

COAS, Lt. Gen. Buratai By Okanga Agila Often times, I hear Nigerians refer to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and leader of the counter insurgency operations in Nigeria, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai as the digital Army Chief.  This epaulet on the COAS is not fancy, but a true reflection of the leadership qualities and competence of a soldier who is transformative and visionary. Since his appointment in July 2015, Gen. Buratai has never relented on his oars to restructure, reorganize and reposition the Nigeria Army (NA) which will…

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Address by President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2019 National Democracy Day at the Eagle Square, Abuja, Nigeria

President Buhari appreciating guests at the June 12, Democracy Day parade in Abuja Wednesday 12TH JUNE 2019 Protocols All Praise is due to GOD Almighty Who spared our lives to be present at this great occasion. We give thanks also that the democratic process has been further entrenched and strengthened. 2.      Twenty years ago, a democratically elected government took over from the military in a historic transfer of political power for our country. 3.      Today, we are privileged to mark the longest period of unbroken democratic leadership and 5th peaceful…

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INEC and Okorocha’s Certificate of Return

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha By Carl Umegboro Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja on 7th June, 2019 ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a Certificate of Return to Owelle Rochas Okorocha as Senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District following an application he filed against the Commission for withholding his Certificate of Return. In the judgment, the judge emphatically stated “Once a declaration is made and returns thereafter, INEC becomes functus officio and has no power under any law to withhold Certificate…

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TY Danjuma, innocent blood and the wrath of the gods

Lt. Gen. T.Y. Danjuma (rtd) By Okanga Agila  The United Kingdom Parliament (UKP) has some difficult task on their hands in Nigeria, a formal colony. The initiative and wisdom of the “All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Beliefs, UK Parliament” (APPG-UKP) to request for written submissions on the recurrent crises in Nigeria, especially Boko Haram Terrorism (BHT) and herders/farmers crises is eloquent expression of the United Kingdom’s inclination to peaceful nations and peoples around the world.  I construe the motive of APPG-UKP as a genuine quest…

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Why we shut down Daar Communication Plc – NBC

NBC DG, Ishaq Modibbo Kawu Full statement by Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Modibbo Kawu on withdrawal of broadcast licence to DAAR Communications Plc June 6, 2019 BACKGROUND                                 Following monitoring reports and complaints from concerned Nigerians about the broadcast contents of Daar Communications Plc’s AIT/Raypower broadcast stations, the NBC have over the last 2 years  summoned on several occasions management of the company to address issues regarding the operations of AIT/Raypower with the company, particularly, Political Platform and Kakaaki aired on AIT. In one of our meetings, held on…

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Amnesty International: It must not be Nigeria!

By Ejike Njoku Initially, I was extremely reluctant to subscribe to the argument that Amnesty International (AI) the global human rights watchdogs might be doing a hatchet job on Nigeria in a disguised fashion. Often, when I read AI’s bickering with the Nigeria Police, Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and lately, the Nigeria Military over reportage of conflicts and crises in the country, I dismissed it as the usual face-off between two antagonistic forces. From my personal experiences, Nigerian security forces and CSOs have always faulted AI’s reports or public statements…

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Aisha is her father’s daughter

Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari By Lasisi Olagunju  “As I watched our First Lady on television on Saturday, I saw dissent. I saw deviance. I saw resistance. I saw opposition to what the present gives. She is a rare combination of beauty, brain and bravery. She talks straight. Did you listen to what she said?” “I heard her. She said the security agencies ‘should either assist to take action or allow the situation to continue until bandits finished killing all our people.’ That was quite tough.” “Are the times…

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Towards a positive change in Nigeria

Professor Nasiru Medugu Idris By Professor Nasiru M. Idris I join other Nigerians in congratulating the President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on his inauguration for the second term. I pray for wisdom for the President as he strategizes towards his “Next Level” and repositioning Nigeria. I also pray for peace, progress, growth and development in our dear fatherland. Maters of urgent attention However, beyond the celebrations and excitement, Nigerians are expecting real positive elevation to the Next Level in all sectors of the economy. A comprehensive stocktaking and understanding of the…

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Buhari’s second term: Matters arising

By Carl Umegboro President Muhammadu Buhari on 29 May, 2019 took oath of office for his second term following his victory at the recent polls. The first tenure tagged ‘Change’ was characterized by some stringent policies including banning of a number of commodities especially agricultural produce to boost local productions. As a result, many businesses suffered. Likewise, all monetary dealings in government MDAs (ministries, departments and agencies) strictly followed an unusual procedure of the Treasury Single Account (TSA). Though, corruption hasn’t been totally knocked out, however, there is seemingly encouraging…

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