Editorial Review

NASS Invasion: Buhari’s Ominous Descent Into Dictatorship

PUNCH EDITORIAL  THE horizon is looking ominous for Nigeria. Under President Muhammadu Buhari, the country is rapidly descending into a full-blown dictatorship. With scant regard for the separation of powers, the rule of law and the tenets that underpin a sound democracy, masked State Security Service and police officers invaded the National Assembly early in the morning on Tuesday in ...

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World Cup: The Greatest Show On Earth Kicks Off

DESCRIBED as the greatest show on earth, the FIFA World Cup Finals kick off to poignant excitement today with the hosts, Russia, taking on Saudi Arabia in the opening match. Held every four years, the World Cup is regarded as the pinnacle of sports. Thirty-two teams are slugging it out in 12 venues across 11 Russian cities, including the 81,000-capacity ...

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Away With The Corrupt Security Vote

A stark reminder of the depth of corruption in Nigeria and how we have failed to deal with it have been provided by global watchdog, Transparency International. Its finding that, combined, the federal and state governments allocated N241 billion annually under the notorious security vote heading confirms our governments’ reputation for unaccountable expenditure and the persistence of graft in the ...

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Interrogating The Anti-Graft War

In a bid to deepen the national conversation on the anti-graft war – against the background of the very low rating of Nigeria in the latest Transparency International (TI) Global Corruption Perception Index – the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD), in collaboration with the Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP) and the Centre for Democratic Development, Research ...

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Dapchi Schoolgirls: Not Yet Celebration Time 

After one month of a heartrending experience in Boko Haram captivity, which seemed like an eternity to their parents, most of the latest victims of the terror group’s pastime of mass abduction of schoolgirls are back in the warm embrace of their loved ones. In a dramatic turn of events, no fewer than 105 of the 110 schoolgirls stolen from ...

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Halt These Killings, Mr President

It is only three months into the year 2018, and the number of Nigerians murdered in their villages and homes by gunmen masquerading as Fulani herdsmen is approaching the 500 mark. From the New Year Day massacres in Benue State which prompted a mass burial televised live, more fronts of barbaric atrocities have been opened in Taraba, Plateau, Zamfara, Kogi, ...

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Disclosures On National Assembly Emoluments

A great outcry rose in Nigeria since last week when it transpired that members of the National Assembly, the legislative branch of government, were pocketing huge sums of money as emoluments hitherto unknown to Nigerians. Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central, had granted an interview to TheNews in which he disclosed that senators receive N13.5 million monthly as “running expenses,” ...

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Cronyism, Lobbying In Judicial Appointments

JUSTICE dispensation in Nigeria is like a shipwreck. And the reasons for this calamity are obvious to the stakeholders. A former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mariam Aloma-Mukhtar, decried in Abuja recently the prevalence of lobbying and favouritism in judicial appointments, instead of being merit-driven. Her observation is a knock-out on the judiciary. These base criteria, she noted, have led to ...

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Herdsmen Terror: Rising Above Ethnicity

  Punch Editorial Board As Nigeria’s steady and seemingly inexorable drift into an abyss of anomie continues, it is difficult not to notice the striking resemblance between the way Boko Haram was propped up in the not-too-distant past, by those in a position to have nipped its incipient danger in the bud, and the way the marauding Fulani herders are ...

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Withdrawing Policemen From Unauthorised Persons

  The Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Mr. Mike Okiro, recently disclosed in Abuja that more than 150,000 of the nation’s policemen are attached to certain highly placed officials and some unauthorised persons in the country. The PSC boss lamented that the commission could not afford to have a half of the policemen in the country in private hands. ...

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