Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Jakande: Visionary Leader At 89

By Tayo Ogunbiyi
The concept of leadership has always been of tremendous interest to classical thinkers as well as contemporary political and management scholars as our world continues on the path of progressive evolution. On the other hand, visionary leadership theory rose to prominence in 1980-90s, and can be traced back to the political sociology writings of Max Weber and James Macgregor Burns.
* Lateef Jakande
Visionary leadership molds have a twin focal point on who a leader is as well as what a leader does, merging both the trait and behavioural theories of leadership. Visionary leaders are exceptional because they possess a deep sense of personal purpose coupled with an unshakable self-confidence in the ability to realise this purpose.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Special Status For Lagos Long Overdue

By Dan Amor
Alongside the experience of history and the role of national and international identity, the one theme that emerges in the evolution of cities throughout the continent of Europe is the impact of ideology, whether conservative, ecological, feudal or socialist. Past ideologies have created cities that are memorials to the divine monarch (Versailles), to the imperial mission (Vienna), and to utilitarianism and the pursuit of profit (Bradford). It has been suggested that the morphology of the city is not only the product of the civilization that houses it but also a factor in the creation of that civilization.
*Governor Ambode
At a more prosaic level, it is clear that in cities such as Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Helsinki, attitudes towards conservation, social housing provision and public transport reflect the contemporary dominant social-democratic ideology of the Scandinavian countries. In contrast, the development of many West German cities in the immediate post-war period occurred within the framework of a social-market economy and a certain rejection of planning resulting from the experience of twelve years of National Socialism.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

I Celebrate Buhari For Killing APC

By Erasmus Ikhide
On July 31st, 2013 a day after All Progressives Congress (APC) was registered by Independent National Electoral Commission, I got a surprising call at dawn from the storming petrel, warrior of the pen, essayist and a poet who uses words like a sculptor, Mr. Odia Ofeimun with troubling apocalypse thus:
"Erasmus, do you know that Senator Bola Tinubu has sold Nigeria to the devil for accepting the merger of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) with Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and a few little known political parties". 
*President Buhari 
I was caught off balance. Moreso because I had barely retired from my study to the bed before my sleep was rudely ruptured by the call. 

Nigeria: July 29, 1966 In Retrospect: 52 Years After

By Dan Amor
"Life is terribly deficient in form.
Its catastrophes happen in the wrong way.
There is a grotesque horror about its comedies.
And its tragedies seem to culminate in farce.
– Oscar Wilde
The January 15, 1966 military coup and the concomitant tragic death, fifty-two years ago, of Major-General Johnson Thomas Ummunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi on July 29, 1966 in the hands of young Majors from Northern Nigeria extraction manifest the historical sense that creates a difference between mere politics and constructive statesmanship in Nigeria's turbulent history.
*Gen Aguiyi-Ironsi 
Aguiyi-Ironsi was a victim of our collective failure to appreciate the fact that, in any given society, personality is not a welter of primitive impulses but an achievement of the conscious will. Nigeria began its seemingly long and tenuous political walk towards self-rule and democracy in 1960. Vividly divided between the predominantly Muslim North and substantially Christian South, there is always a marked ethnic and religious tension in the polity with the Muslim in the North often hinting to their right to federal power. 

Is Nigeria Still In Recession? There Is Unbearable Hunger In The Land

By Fredrick Nwabufo
When economic syrups do not improve the health of a diseased economy, the medicine can be best described as fake, substandard, and voodoo-ish. Nigeria ‘exited’ recession in September 2017. At the time, the government made exorbitant promises, and bragged that it “rescued” the economy from the buccaneer manifestations of the Jonathan administration. I remember, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, made this a refrain at every official event.
*President Buhari and Finance Minister Adeosun 
But months after the ‘exit’, the economy has not improved. And there are no pointers to marginal economic recovery.
I will not buy that economic bullshit that ‘there are significant improvements, but that they will become visible in another one or two years’, because the government has sustained this lie for three years.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Forgery: Kemi Adeosun’s Disdain Without Remorse

By Sufuyan Ojeifo
From the way the federal government is hedging over the saga of the forged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, it is clear that the felony is enjoying condonation by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari; otherwise, the matter should have been decisively dealt with by now and consigned to the dustbin of history. Or, put differently, Adeosun should have, by now, become history. 
*Kemi Adeosun 
But this is not the situation. The minister, who is in the eye of the storm, has taken refuge in feigned meekness and has, in fact, continued to benefit from the paraphernalia of her office, perhaps, in the hope that the matter will die naturally. This is not only nauseating but also treating Nigerians with disdain. It is obvious that the administration is acting true to type, either mollycoddling wrongdoers or vacillating before giving them the boot.  Adeosun is, without a doubt, being pampered; this is, perhaps, the reason she has not deemed it fit to show remorse.

Friday, July 27, 2018

New Ebola Virus Found In Sierra Leone

By Steve Jordan
A new Ebola virus has been found in bats in Sierra Leone, two years after the end of an outbreak that killed over 11,000 across West Africa, the government said on Thursday.  It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus – which researchers say could be transmitted to humans – can develop into the deadly Ebola disease. 
"At this time, it is not yet known if the Bombali Ebola virus has been transmitted to people or if it causes disease in people but it has the potential to infect human cells," Amara Jambai, a senior ministry of health official, told AFP.

"This is early stages of the findings," Jambai added, calling on the public to remain calm while awaiting further research.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sen. Dino Melaye Kidnapped

The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial Zone, Mr. Dino Melaye, was earlier today, July 26, kidnapped by yet-to-be identified   gunmen.

Mr. Melaye was on his way to Lokoja from Abuja when the kidnappers’ vehicle blocked his. He was due to appear before a magistrate court sitting in Lokoja in a case of alleged gunrunning brought against him. Mr. Melaye has, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

In a tweet earlier today, one of his colleagues in the senate, Mr. Ben Murray-Bruce from Bayelsa State, announced the news of Mr. Melaye’s abduction.

Supreme Court, Gov Wike And Joe Igbokwe's Hallucinations

By Dan Amor
The recent display of political infantilism by one of Nigeria's most colourless political jobbers and butt lickers, Joe Igbokwe should be seen for what it is: a revelation of plot by his sponsors to once more intimidate the Nigerian judiciary as we prepare for the 2019 general elections. He recently posted a comment on his Facebook wall alleging that the Rivers State Governor Barrister Nyesom Wike goes to the Supreme Court to buy justice after several killings in his state. Igbokwe, a riotous personality who speaks before he thinks, posted on his Facebook wall: "Wike will not have the audacity and temerity to kill again and run to the Supreme Court to buy justice", ostensibly referring to what would happen to the governor in 2019 when they would rob him of his victory.
*Gov Wike 
It is another invidious attempt by someone generally known to be a political rascal to blackmail the judiciary. What he implies is that the governor is a killer and the Supreme Court a place where justice is sold and bought. But it is yet another joke too expensive for them as the judiciary under the leadership of the current Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen can no longer be intimidated.

Nigeria Needs Another Mandela

By Emeka Nwachukwu
Nigeria, Africa’s largest producer of oil is endowed with enormous natural and human resources of over 180 million people – sufficient to place it among the first 20 developed countries of the world. But this is not so. Why?
Obviously, the nation has not been lucky enough to have dignified cum patriotic leaders who are committed to the needs of their citizens, besides enriching themselves, to the fullest, until their cups ‘runneth’ over at the expense of the poor suffering masses.
*Late Nelson Mandela 
This has kept citizens sweltered because despite the nation’s huge resource endowment, majority of its citizenry are subjected to abject poverty while unemployment and insecurity are growing faster than the economy. Currently under the administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led President Muhammadu Buhari, the nation seems to be at its worst in terms of insecurity with the increasing number of lost of lives in the North East attributable to attacks by herdsmen and terrorists.

Is President Buhari Truly A ‘Converted Democrat?’

By Ikechukwu Amaechi
 Delivering a lecture titled “Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria’s Transition”, on Thursday, February 16, 2015, at the Chatham House, London, the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, claimed he was a “converted democrat”.
*President Buhari 
“I have heard and read references to me as a former dictator in many respected British newspapers, including the well regarded Economist,” he intoned. “Let me say without sounding defensive that dictatorship goes with military rule, though some might be less dictatorial than others. I take responsibility for whatever happened under my watch.”

But he claimed that was in his earlier incarnation. He has morphed into a new being. “I cannot change the past. But I can change the present and the future. So, before you is a former military ruler and a converted democrat who is ready to operate under democratic norms.”

The applause was thunderous. Buhari claimed, without providing any proof other than the fragile reed of contesting three presidential elections, the results of which he repudiated because he lost, that global watersheds such as the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War, convinced him that democracy as a system of government was unassailable.

The international community was sucked into the fantasy and vigorously promoted his candidacy. Three years after taking oath of office, the ululation has quietened and many are scratching their heads for answers, which is a surprise. Did Nigerians actually believe Buhari’s self-proclaimed ‘Damascene moment?’ Isn’t it said that an old woman is never old when it comes to the dance she knows — that old habits die hard? Anyone who fell for Buhari’s ‘Damascus Road’ yarn obviously did not reckon with the Igbo adage that says no one learns how to be left-handed in old age. But there are some people who also argue that it was good Nigerians believed candidate Buhari’s shaggy-dog story.

If not, he would have most conveniently toppled Chief Obafemi Awolowo from his perch as best president Nigeria never had. The president can no longer lay any claim now or in the future to being the country’s messiah because, to borrow a cliché, the taste of the pudding is in the eating, and in three years Nigerians have had a mouthful of the president’s dessert.

What the Buhari presidency is doing is a norm-bursting power play that is endangering our democracy because it takes more than contesting elections to be a democrat. When the Presidency whimsically ignores court orders and dissenting voices are hounded by security agents, it sets a new democracy low.

Last week, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, told the Voice of America that the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, arrested since 2015 and granted bail multiple times by courts of competent jurisdiction, the latest being on July 2, 2018, cannot be released because a law that only himself is privy to, dictates that personal right can be violated on the altar of public good without telling Nigerians how Dasuki’s freedom of movement infringes on the wellbeing of Nigerians. In his hackneyed logic, to save Nigeria from itself, its laws that essentially regulate the conduct of both the government and the governed, must be violated. But Dasuki’s case is not peculiar.

Despite several court orders that the Shiites leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-zakzakky, his wife and other members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, be released from detention, government has refused to let go. Buhari is taking Nigeria down the path of tyranny. He has no respect for the judiciary and is highly contemptuous of the legislature. Egged on by duplicitous hangers-on, he holds the grandiose, but patently erroneous, belief that in a democracy only he should rule Nigeria. In flagrant violation of Section 80(2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which prohibits withdrawal and expenditure of public money except as appropriated by the National Assembly, the President recently withdrew $1 billion from the public till for the so-called fight against Boko Haram insurgency and $462 million for the purchase of fighter jets from the U.S. without National Assembly’s authorisation.

He cannot claim as George Washington, America’s first president, did in his letter to Catherine Macaulay Graham on January 9, 1790 that his “station is new” or to be walking on “untrodden ground,” because as Nigeria’s president in 2015, he is not re-inventing the wheels of democracy, which was what Washington did, literally. President Washington had no precedents to fall back on. Buhari has and, therefore, has no excuse for the pervasive impunity orchestrated by executive lawlessness.

Matters came to a head on Tuesday when security operatives, in an apparent bid to abort the mass defection of National Assembly members from the ruling APC to PDP stormed the Abuja homes of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in the early hours. The idea was to ensure that they never left their homes and possibility to create the enabling environment for the President’s loyalists in the Senate to effect a regime change. That was bare-knuckle politics. As 2019 approaches, the gloves are off.

While they succeeded in putting Ekweremadu under house arrest, Saraki, who was to appear before the police same day for further investigation into his alleged role in the Offa robbery killings in Kwara State, outsmarted them. Expectedly, both the Presidency and the police have denied any complicity. In a statement late on Tuesday, the Presidency came out swinging against what it called relentless allegations of presidential interference in the affairs of security agencies across the country. “It is odd, strange and bizarre that while ordinary citizens can be called up to answer questions or be interrogated, the VIP cannot be questioned without the annoying insinuations of partisanship, persecution or outright politicisation,” the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said. “This country cannot achieve development when important cases are viewed through a political prism and the law is considered as being applicable to some, and not applicable to others. The law of the land is intended for all, not for the poor or those at the lowest rungs of the social ladder.”
The Presidency’s justification for the manifest impunity that now walks on all fours in the land barely passes the laugh test.

But even more ridiculous is the statement by the police claiming that the authorities did not deploy the personnel that besieged the two homes and suggesting that “the police personnel seen in pictures in the media were those in the convoy of the Senate President and others attached to him.” No-matter how anyone may wish to spin it, the events of Tuesday represent a significant ratcheting up of the attacks on Nigeria’s democracy.

Repression of fundamental rights being experienced under the Buhari government diminishes the sacrifices made by ordinary people who resisted military dictatorship, which he was a primary beneficiary. But one thing is certain. When roused, Nigerians don’t roll over. And President Buhari ought to know that. After all, he was there with General Sani Abacha when the late maximum ruler roused Nigerians with the same malevolent tendencies. How it all ended is still recent history.

$322m Abacha Loot: Separating Politics From Economics

By Emmanuel Obe
A lot of Nigerians have expressed their anger (and rightly so) over the planned disbursement of the $322 million recovered from the loot of the late Gen. Sani Abacha to 302,000 poor households in Nigeria.
As the argument of those opposed to the planned disbursement goes, it appears unreasonable to just take out money and share out to people that did not work for it.
For them it makes no economic sense when that money, amounting to about N115 billion, could be invested in tangible projects that will generate revenue for government, employment for the youth and goods for the household. Some of the opponents of the policy have even gone ahead to recommend psychiatric tests for the government officials that proposed the disbursement on the grounds that it looked rather insane to share out money in that fashion.

How To Outlaw Counterfeit Drugs In Nigeria

By Kayode Ojewale
Drugs are medicines with physiological effects when taken which are used to treat illness, relieve a symptom or modify a chemical process in the body for specific purpose. On the other hand, fake drugs are drugs with low or wrong concentration of active ingredients, and in some cases with no active ingredient, packaged and marketed in deceptive manner. In clear terms, fake drugs are drugs which do not meet regulatory standards and approvals.
Drug counterfeiters release these drugs for sale at ridiculously cheap prices. This illicit act of drug counterfeiting by some unscrupulous elements in the society is not only worrisome and disturbing to the original manufacturers of the authentic products but also of great concern to the food and drug administrator and regulator in the country. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Abacha Loot: Redistributing Illegally Acquired Funds

By Kunle Uthman
On December 4, 2017 in Washington D.C, United States of America, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Ambassador Roberto Balzaretti, Secretary of State and Director of the Directorate of International Law and Rachid Benmessaoud, Country Director for Nigeria, the International Development Association, IDA,  signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU.
*Gen Sani Abacha
It was between the Nigerian Government, the Swiss Federal Council and the IDA  “On the Return, Monitoring and Management of Illegally-Acquired Assets Confiscated By Switzerland To Be Restituted To The Federal Republic Of Nigeria.”

APC Crisis: Oshiomhole Is Becoming A Problem, Not The Solution

By SKC Ogbonnia
The most compelling attribute of Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, the new chairman of our great party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), remains the doggedness in which he organized protests during the democratic regime of then president, Olusegun Obasanjo. But events thus far are revealing the hard truth: trade union activism is far from party leadership. This point is that, Oshiomhole, who was brought in to stave off crisis and lead the party to victory in 2019, is already becoming a problem, not the solution. 
*President Buhari and Adams Oshiomole
Recall that the first turmoil that greeted Oshiomhole’s chairmanship was the splinter group, the Reformed APC (R-APC). Instead of exploring meaningful avenues for peace at the time, the new party chairman heightened the crisis by attacking the group’s credibility. To Oshiomhole, the R-APC was inconsequential, boasting that the party would win in 2019 regardless. He went further to dismiss the group merely as a “counter force” against “President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to fight corruption.” 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Terrorist Herders: Open Letter To Gov Godwin Obaseki

By Sylvester Odion Akhaine

Your Excellency,
I chose this medium of an open letter to reach out to you because of the existential danger presently confronting the peoples of Edo State. It is no longer news that Nigeria has become an open killing field stalked by so-called Fulani ‘herdsmen’, a roving band of terrorists acknowledged by the Global Terrorism Index as the fourth most dangerous terrorist organisation in the world.
*Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State
The crux of the matter is that while every community in Nigeria is alive to this danger posed by this band of terrorists and have openly rejected penetration projects variously referred to as ‘cattle colonies’ and ‘ranches’ advanced by their sponsors who currently control the levers of power at the centre, the governing elite in Edo state has maintained felonious silence over their forceful occupation of Edoland and murderous activities within. It is possible that the silence is induced by honest ignorance of the dynamics of the activities of these terrorists on your part and therefore requires some enlightenment by a recourse to some aspects of our history. 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Between Jonathan, Buhari’s Cabinets, Facts Speak For Themselves!

By Reno Omokri
In a tweet he tweeted on January 9, 2012, the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, tagged Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala a “zero”. Not too long after, a nasty little child who was promoted by the same El-Rufai, tweeted that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was ‘overrated’.
*Jonathan and Buhari 
The two characters aforementioned also spouted some of the vilest things about former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, with the nasty little El-Rufai social media sidekick comparing then President Jonathan to a “dead pig” and referring to his wife as a “natural disaster”.

To say El-rufai threw decorum to the wind would be the understatement of the year. He insulted former President Jonathan while he was praying, calling him “stupid” and “lazy” as he prayed to his God. El-Rufai’s ill-brought up children also joined the fray and used some of the most uncouth language on the then President. And then it became the turn of LaiMohammed and his principals, Muhammadu Buhari and pastor Yemi Osinbajo.

It seemed they were in a competition to outdo themselves in a bid to cast aspersions on the person of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and his government. Clueless, useless, inept and incompetent were some of the choice words they used to describe either the then President or his administration. While campaigning in February 2014, then candidate Muhammadu Buhari said he ‘would not continue with the programmes and policies of President Jonathan’s administration, because to continue with the ideas of a government that does not have a clue signals danger’.

His deputy, Osinbajo accused the Jonathan administration of lacking ‘commitment’ and promised that their administration would do better. Not to be undone, Lai Mohammed called Dr. Jonathan ‘clueless’, “callous”, “insensitive” and “punch drunk”! All three of them promised to give Nigeria a better government and reverse the “rot” of the Jonathan years. Yet in three years of being in office, the Buhari administration has been unable to initiate, start and complete any project in three years. Where they met an economy that was growing at an unprecedented rate of 6.7%, they negatively turned the table and in six months, an economy that was officially cited as the third fastest growing economy in the world in 2015 and the largest economy in Africa, officially went into corruption!

Whereas, Nigeria gained 3 million new jobs in the last three years of Jonathan, we have lost 11 million jobs in the same period of review under Muhammadu Buhari. Do not look at me. Those figures came from the National Bureau of Statistics which is owned and controlled by the government Buhari heads! President Buhari, a man who claimed that then President Jonathan was weak on security has been faced with an ever increasing level of herdsmen killings.

There is a lot of press coverage over the fact that there has been 1,692 civilian deaths in Afghanistan in the first six months of 2018, which is the highest number in the war on terror to date. The sad fact is that this number is not up to the number of Nigerians who died in the first 10 weeks of 2018. Yet Nigeria is supposedly at peace while Afghanistan is at war!

Faced with these facts, you would expect the clueful Buhari to come up with strategies to stem the killings, instead, he had this to say: “There is nothing I can do to help the situation except to pray to God to help us out of the security challenges” (I am not making this up, Buhari actually said that). When bandits killed 34 people in Sokoto two week’s ago, the same President Buhari said Nigerians should be patient because ‘my security teams are cracking their brains’!

To think that this is the man who called Jonathan and his government clueless is so annoying! And to show you how jobless President Muhammadu Buhari is, he could not visit Sokoto State, where 32 Nigerians were killed by bandits, but he traveled to the Netherlands to attend the 20th anniversary of the International Criminal Court.

NO OTHER Head of State attended the anniversary other than Buhari! The man places no priority on his citizens’ life. How can he expect the world to value him when the world knows he does not value his own people? And the truth is that as long as Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress are in power, Nigeria is not going to make any real progress. I mean look at the people who make up the Buhari cabinet!

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s minister for finance got her PhD in regional economics and development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On Thursday July 19, Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter appointed Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to the board of Twitter. She also seats on the boards of Lazard, Gavi and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. President Buhari’s minister of finance on the contrary went to a London Polytechnic, seats atop a recessed economy and is accused of forgery. Now tell me who is CLUELESS between Jonathan and Buhari?

It is commonly said, show me your friends and I will tell you who you are. A good leader knows that he or she is a product of his or her environment so they surround themselves with the best people. This is a principle that Jonathan lived by. Can the same be said about President Buhari? A leader should surround himself with those who are on the same mission as himself. Looking at President Buhari and the people he has surrounded himself with, I am tempted to believe that the mission the President has chosen for himself is a mission to fail!

Ex President Jonathan’s former health minister is now a Professor at America’s Duke University. His former agriculture minister is now the President of the African Development Bank. His former finance minister sits on the board of Twitter, Gavi, Lazard and the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank. His communications minister is now the Chairperson of the global Alliance for Affordable Internet. All this is happening while President Buhari and his finance minister are still looking for their certificates!

Buhari’s Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo, was fingered for high level fraud and was so incompetent that Nigeria’s equity markets kept shrinking under him. Compare this with Arunma Oteh, who tripled the net worth of our capital market to $150 billion and was so good at her job that she was appointed a vice president and treasurer at the World Bank. Now take all these in and again ask yourself who is truly clueless between Jonathan and Buhari? Back to Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, my response to him on his ‘zero’ tweet is as follows-Thank God Twitter, GAVI, Lazard and the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank do not think that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a zero.

But the curious thing is that El-Rufai, who thinks that he is a hero, has not accomplished anything worthwhile as Governor of Kaduna state. He had saddled his state with debt, pays herdsmen by his own admission, while internal strife kills his own citizens. After six years, we now know who the real zero is. As for Lai Mohammed, the man who told Nigerians that President Buhari’s achievements have ‘exceeded his promises to Nigerians’, Nigerians laughed when he launched ‘A National Campaign Against Fake News’.

This is like satan opening a church. Lai Mohammed and fake news are 5 and 6. They are Siamese twins! Lai should buy a mirror and arrest the person he sees there and by so doing he will reduce fake news in Nigeria by half! The truth is that when you compare and contrast Jonathan’s cabinet with Buhari’s cabinet, the facts speak for themselves?



Lai Mohammed: An Unmanageable Mistake!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Why Restructuring Is A Win-Win For All Nigerians

By Written by Ifeanyi Izeze
When the former Vice President and presidential hopeful on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, recently addressed the London’s Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), on the importance of strengthening the economic management system of the federating states in Nigeria, the major takeaway was that we have lived on a dangerous structural fault line for too long and pretended all was well.
Southern Nigerian Leaders: Advocates for Restructuring 
Though the former vice president used the auspicious opportunity of his speech at the Chatham House to harp on some of his economic programmes and policies as a presidential candidate, the emphasis was heavily on the ills of our defective federal system of government.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Bola Tinubu’s Breathtaking Hypocrisy

By Shaka Momodu
When last February President Muhammadu Buhari saddled the former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, with the task of reconciling all aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the country, I scoffed at the idea and stated then that it was a futile exercise. The reasons were not far-fetched: Buhari by his actions had no genuine desire at reconciling the party members; with Tinubu as the chief aggrieved member, leading such efforts was a misnomer because he needed to be reconciled with some of the party members. I predicted that by the end of his brief, the party would be more divided than before. 
*Bola Tinubu 
Barely two weeks after Tinubu’s peace committee was inaugurated, crisis rocking the Kaduna State chapter of the APC, took a turn for the worse after a building located in the heart of Kaduna city, belonging to a leader of one of the two factions, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, was demolished by the state government. Tinubu’s committee said nothing publicly about such intolerant behaviour on the part of the state governor. That it happened after Tinubu’s supposed reconciliation committee was set up showed the disregard party members had for it. 

Ndigbo On Nigeria’s Restructuring

By Okechukwu Anarado
Perhaps, excepting the imprints of the unruly events that started happening and later snowballed into the Nigeria’s Civil War in the late 1960’s, the portraiture of Nigeria today as a drifting democracy in black Africa has not been more appropriate and worrisome.

Though the times and details of the conflicts might vary, the commonalities in the settings derive largely from the wanton destruction of lives and property by felons who first appear faceless, but whose identification soon exposes the troubling ineptitude of the nation’s authorities to either apprehend them or stem the raging tides of waste of lives, property and values which the culprits willfully unleash on their hapless victims.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Trafficking In Human Beings: How Companies Can Make A Difference

By Carlos López-Veraza Pérez
Identifying and prosecuting Trafficking in Human Beings (hereinafter, THB) is often very difficult because of the fear of the victims to testify in a criminal proceeding. Therefore, it is fundamental that there is cooperation among states, at all levels and with a holistic plan of action. However, we usually forget the major role that legal persons can play in combating THB, despite studies showing the importance of companies in this globalized crime. According to a report prepared by the Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability at Hult International Business School and the Ethical Trading Initiative, 77 per cent of companies think that there is a credible reason to believe that modern slavery occurs in their supply chains.
We cannot demonstrate the real data of the use of corporations to commit THB but it is clear that THB, by its very nature, it is often committed within company's activities and there are companies that are most at risk, such as industries involving agriculture, migrant workers or seasonal product cycles. Therefore, trafficking is a liability for all companies and that liability could be in many countries not only moral, but also civil, administrative or even criminal. For this reason, companies should be aware of the responsibility that they have in the fight against THB and the serious consequences for them if their employers or their managers are involved in this type of crime. Apart from punishment, they would suffer a huge non-material damage as a result of the process.

Nigeria: Restructuring More Urgent Than 2019 Elections

By Nwokedi Nworisara
Election is a function in the process arising from the structure. It is defined by the structure and serves as a vehicle to achieving the goal. Now when you have a wrong structure,a distorted goal emerges leading to a purposeless election which cannot further democracy no matter how you define it.
*President Buhari 
Before now I had called for restructuring before the 2019 elections to make its outcome meaningful. I called on the National Assembly to initiate bills to ensure true federalism before elections. I called for the states to join themselves along the three original regions in line with the 1963 Constitution.

Dangers Of Food And Water In Plastics

By Kayode Ojewale
Many Nigerians did not understand where the Agriculture Minister Audu Ogbeh was coming from when sometime ago he warned his compatriots against the use of cellophane in their food regime. He was speaking from a scientifically informed position we should align with for the good health of society.
The minister raised an alarm that Nigerians who are eating beans pudding (‘moinmoin’) cooked in cellophane (nylon) bags risk serious health challenge as the product is poisonous. According to him, cellophane bags contain large doses of dioxin that are harmful to health. Let me also add that liquid milk tin is also dangerous for packaging ‘moinmoin’ when cooking as leaching of chemical from the milk tin into the content will still occur. The healthy alternative for packaging or wrapping ‘moinmoin’ when steaming is the use of local green leaves which do not contain poisonous substances. These leaves rather add flavor, antioxidants and aroma to the ‘moinmoin’. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

President Buhari: A ‘Messiah’s Loss Of Appeal

By Godwin Ogla
We are not all endowed with the peculiar gift of clairvoyance like Nostradamus, the famed fourteenth century astrologer -cum- physician, who arguably foretold great happenings and events that would later shape centuries he could only imagine. But when an audacious attempt is made to do a post-mortem of a presidency that is yet to round off its first tenure, then, one begins to wonder whether such a presidency has crossed the Rubicon on policies with disastrous effects from which returning may be impossible or perhaps, difficult. Who would expect something good from an administration whose actions and inactions conjure pictures of hopelessness even in its final days?
*President Buhari 
There is a limit to the propaganda machinery any government in the world can set in motion to inveigle her citizenry into giving it their unalloyed support, if there is great gulf between actual falsehood and reality. It is only a matter of time before the propaganda messages being deployed to influence public opinions, metamorphosed into an uncomfortable jarring sound that must be turned off to prevent the people from losing their sanity. The once fervent converts have now taken a deep dive into the rivers of apostasy because in vain, have they laboured for the religion of change. 

The Nelson Mandela In Us All

By Claus Stäcker
Barack Obama praised Nelson Mandela as the "moral compass" of his political career long ago. Obama spoke about that at length while addressing fans at Johannesburg's cricket stadium during his current trip to Africa. For a five-figure sum enthusiasts could buy a seat at his dinner table to hear more. It remains to be seen just where Mandela's needle will point Obama.
Mandela was no saint.
Still, next to him every well-known personality shrank to size. Mandela exhibited equal respect for musicians and presidents, queens and prison guards. By the time he was released from prison, after 27 years behind bars, he had become a global brand, an idol the world over, a projection overladen with expectations. Suddenly, he stood there upon the world stage and he seized the opportunity. Unlike others, he had a vision and a moral compass, as Obama so rightly recognized.

Lessons From Thailand Cave Rescue

By Tayo Ogunbiyi
On June 23, 12 young footballers aged between 11 and 16 and their 25 year-old coach ventured into the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand after completing a session of football practice and became trapped when heavy rains flooded the cave. The boys and their coach who are all members of a local association football team were reported missing a few hours later and search operations began immediately.
However, attempts to find them were hindered by rising water levels within the cave system and no contact was made with them for about 11 days. The rescue effort expanded into a massive operation amid concerted global public interest.After great efforts that involved delicate maneuvering through narrow cave passages and mucky waters, British divers discovered the missing footballers and their coach to be alive.

Weep Not For Fayose, Weep For Nigeria

By Femi Fani-Kayode
“When Fayose won in 2014, the whole of Ekiti erupted with joy. In 2018 the APC “won” and all the streets of Ekiti are looking so gloomy. The people are sad because their will has been truncated”
Adeolu Daramola

My friend and brother, Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, is not infallible. He is not an angel and like every other mortal, he has his own fair share of faults, excesses and shortcomings. We do not agree on everything and neither do we always share the same opinion on matters of state and policy.
*Gov Ayodele Fayose 
I should add this: some of his friends are my sworn enemies and some of my friends are his, yet nothing and no-one can come between us. That is the nature of our covenant and deep bond which has its roots well above politics, which was borne through our shared love of the Living God and the Gospel of Christ and which was established and forged by the blood of Jesus. Our differences in terms of style and approach only brings us closer and serves to make our friendship stronger. And despite his regular displays of strong emotions, what a profoundly good and insightful man he is.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Joe Igbokwe’s Unprovoked Mockery Of The Judiciary

By Ebun-olu Adegboruwa
Some few minutes ago, Mr. Joe Igbokwe posted on his Facebook wall, a comment, to the effect that the Governor of Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike, the latter a lawyer and a member of the Body of Benchers, bought his way through the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

I was alarmed at such open declaration, given that I’m part and parcel of the Nigerian judiciary.
Consequently, I urge all lawyers, activists and lovers of the rule of law and due process, to join me to engage Mr. Joe Igbokwe on this rather reckless utterance.
Indeed, it is the height of indignity. By my last reckoning, Mr Joe Igbokwe is still a public servant, in Lagos State, the land of opportunities, being paid thorough our sweat and labour.
How can such a person paint the entire legal system of Nigeria with such conclusion as that one could buy judgment in the Supreme Court?

How To Stop Herdsmen Killings In Nigeria

By Luke Onyekakeyah
President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent statement urging Nigerians to be patient while his security chiefs are racking their brains to tackle the ongoing killings across the country puts the administration at a tight corner. The implication is that government has no strategy yet to deal with a deadly pogrom targeting innocent hapless folks across the country.
The president ought not to have made such statement as that would embolden the killers. How could you tell your enemy who is out to eliminate you that you are still racking brain to know how to tackle him? The statement is self defeatist and totally uncalled for. 

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