Editorial Review

Time To Restructure Nigeria

Agitations for restructuring of Nigeria have gained momentum across different regions and states of the country. Some prominent Nigerians such as the Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, and many others have lent their voices to the call for a new Nigeria. Also, speaking recently, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church ...

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Reverse The Increase In Fuel Price

Without consultations with relevant stakeholders, the Federal Government arbitrarily increased fuel price recently despite the current economic realities in the country. The action has justifiably elicited protests by some Nigerians. But rather than listen to the voice of the people, the government appears resolute to continue with the unpopular decision. It is worthy to note that Nigerians have been tolerant ...

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Achieving Local Content In Nigeria’s Technological Development

Nigeria showed some signs of technological prowess during the Nigerian/Biafran Civil War. Then, the Research and Production Department of the defunct Republic of Biafra developed a land mine named ‘Ogbunigwe,’ that tremendously helped it in the prosecution of the war. Unfortunately, that invention and others were allowed to fizzle out with the war. There was also no effort to concretise ...

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Significance Of June 12 As Democracy Day

Nigeria’s democracy is still on a tortuous journey. Apart from having inefficient electoral and political systems, our politicians are intrinsically selfish. To them, service to the fatherland is not a major consideration. What matters more to them is the unbridled penchant for accumulation of wealth. The essence of June 12, therefore, is to remind Nigerians of the pitfalls of the ...

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Rescue NDDC From Influence Peddlers

FRUSTRATION is gradually giving way to disgust and impatience among stakeholders over the never-ending crises rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission. The crises have without a doubt, hobbled the performance of the commission over the years. There is an urgent need to enthrone transparency and take a major bite out of the fraud, corruption and influence-peddling that pervade the commission. ...

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Justice For Omozuwa, Others

National outrage had greeted the rape and murder of a 100-level student of the University of Benin inside a church in Benin City penultimate week. The outcry was yet to die down when another heinous rape occurred in Ibadan, Oyo State. Like the Benin incident, the rapists in Ibadan also killed their victim. The two recent tragedies represent the rising ...

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Federal Character And Buhari’s Appointments

The most consequential letter in the last few years must be Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar’s recent open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.  In the letter, the former military Governor of Kaduna State, after a brief excursion through recent Nigerian history, recalled the President’s pledge during his first inaugural speech in 2015 in which he swore to “belong to everybody” and ...

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Repealing Former Governors’ Pension Laws

The recent repeal of life pension’s law for former governors and speakers in Imo State is one of the good things to come out of that South-eastern State in recent times. The repealed law was enacted during the administration of Chief Achike Udenwa. No doubt, the signing of the repeal bill into law by Governor Hope Uzodinma is a step ...

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Buhari, Go Tough On Wealthy Tax Evaders

A fresh amendment to a legal mechanism against offshore tax evasion could serve as the bold impetus the Federal Government requires to expand its flagging revenue profile. To accomplish this objective, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has resuscitated the Voluntary Overseas Assets Regulatory Scheme. In modifying Executive Order 008, he vowed to recover the backlog due to the ...

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Nigeria’s democracy at 21

Nigeria’s 21 years of unbroken civilian rule has been a potpourri of celebration, sadness and hope. As the nation marks the occasion today, May 29, 2020, it has become imperative to look at where we were coming from and where we are heading. Prior to 1999, the military had always interrupted our march to unhindered democracy. The First Republic, for ...

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