Opinion

Nigeria’s Reckless Rulers And Dangerous Debt Mine

By Casmir Igbokwe Greek gods condemned Sisyphus, a cruel king, to perpetually roll a big rock up a steep hill. The rock always rolled down each time it neared the top. Nigerian gods appear to have also punished Nigerians permanently. Bad leadership is our own big rock. The more we try to push it over the mountain, the more it ...

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Buhari’s Suspended Ruga War

By Casmir Igbokwe The Ruga fire, which the Federal Government recently ignited in Nigeria, is still raging. Many Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief when the central government suspended the project last week. But little did they know that even the announced suspension will in itself become very unsettling. Ruga, by the way, is a project whereby the Federal Government secures ...

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Democracy @ 20: Media, Judiciary And Return Of The Shackles

By Ugo Jim-Nwoko “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more a slave than they are”, says Jean Jacques Rousseau, the French political philosopher. This witticism seems to capture the situation of the judiciary, civil society and media practitioners in President Buhari’s Nigeria in the last four ...

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Buhari’s Assets And Fight Against Corruption

Casmir Igbokwe President Muhammadu Buhari is an enigma. On May 29, 2019, he reportedly came to Eagle Square, Abuja, in specially designed 2019 Mercedes Benz S-Class S560. That was for his second term inauguration. Some reports put the worth of the car at N61 million. Some others say it’s N280 million. Whatever, this made news because many Nigerians had seen Buhari ...

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Oil & Gas Reforms: The Legacy Kachikwu Left Behind – 2

By Desmond Kazim Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, immediate past Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, worked diligently to reposition Nigeria’s oil and gas sector for stability, efficiency and transparency. A major landmark of Kachikwu’s tenure was that the lingering problem of cash call which plagued the Nigerian government was frontally tackled. Through his international contacts and global industry exposure, the country ...

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When The Bell Tolls

By Mahmud Mustapha In the past few weeks, alarm bells have been ringing about the danger facing the Nigerian economy. These alarm bells cannot be said to be frivolous or borne out of partisan inclinations because they are coming from tested economists and those who know about how well-run economies look like. The most recent is by the Emir of ...

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Oil & Gas Reforms: The Legacy Kachikwu Left Behind – 1

By Desmond Kazim Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, immediate past Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, worked diligently to reposition Nigeria’s oil and gas sector for stability, efficiency and transparency. When Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu was earlier appointed Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, and later became Minister of State for ...

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INEC Server: Between What The Court Said And Did Not Say

By Ifeanyi Izeze The behaviour of some educated Nigerians when it comes to national issues is outrightly incomprehensible. Must we always view critical issues within our partisan political frames rather than being broad enough to call a spade a spade and not a farm implement? Is it right to condone criminal behaviours and rationalise obvious aberrations in our polity simply ...

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Miyetti Allah’s Monkeypox Romance With South-East

By Casmir Igbokwe There is anger in the South-East of Nigeria, and understandably so. For one, there is total exclusion of the zone from President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. The dust of that exclusion was yet to settle when Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) raised another one. At a South-East security summit in Enugu last Thursday, MACBAN proposed the ...

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Between The Settlers And Owners Of Nigeria

By Aloy Uzoekwe I think it was the Jos crisis of 2001 that entrenched the term ‘settlers and indigenes’ in the Nigerian lexicon. The dichotomy between the rights of an indigene and those of a settler was the principal cause of the crisis which engulfed the then peaceful city of Jos and has since then like a malignant sore refused ...

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