Editorial Review

South-West Governors Must Protect The people

After interminable foot-dragging over the rising insecurity in their territory, South-West governors and leaders have finally woken up to the need to take strong measures to protect their people and property. Their recent preliminary meetings will eventually pave the way for a full summit to deal specifically with the menace of Fulani herdsmen/militants, whose rampage of murder, rape, kidnapping and ...

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Yet Another Accumulation Of Debts

While many government officials argue that Nigeria’s current debt is still within the permissible three per cent threshold prescribed by the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA), in real terms, it flies in the face of sound economic management. Irrespective of the justification for this rather unbridled debt accumulation by officialdom, we make bold to say that piling up debt for the ...

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CJN’s Suspension: A Dictator Bares His Fangs

By Punch Editorial Board Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari surrendered all pretence to the rule of law and constitutional democracy by sacking the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. Unilaterally and in flagrant violation of the Constitution, he also swore in Tanko Muhammad as the new acting CJN. By this act, the President has precipitated needless confusion in the polity. A ...

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Paying For Nigeria’s Wrong Choices

A recent statement by a United States government official, blaming Nigeria’s woes on government’s wrong choices and bizarre spending pattern, is unlikely to sit well with the authorities; but the aptness of the remark cannot be faulted. The USAID Country Representative, Stephen Haykin, said that Nigeria’s scarce resources were being lavished on subsidies on petroleum products, at the expense of ...

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Making Sense Of The Wage Increase

Punch Editorial Board A two-week ultimatum by labour unions to the Federal Government to announce a new minimum wage refocused attention on workers’ pay and the precarious financial position of public and private sector employers. The threat of industrial strike if the government failed to bend sent Presidency officials scrambling to figure out how to fund the inevitable wage increases. ...

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Recovery Of Pension Deductions

Sure way to avoid relapse into the old era More than 14 years after the country transited into the Contributory Pension Scheme, there are increasing signs that the very ills which it was meant to cure are far from being addressed. At a public forum in Lagos last week, the National Pension Commission (PenCom)’s Acting Director-General, Aisha Dahir-Umah, disclosed that ...

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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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