Opinion

Nigeria Customs’ Offensive Against Car Dealers

By Casmir Igbokwe Nigerians deserve an unreserved apology from the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Retd). Recently, he used the mouth with which he eats yam and cocoyam to say that 90 per cent of cars in Nigeria were smuggled. This was to justify the action of his men who sealed many car marts in the country in commando style. ...

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Aisha Buhari’s Last Laugh

By Casmir Igbokwe Aso Rock provided Nigerians some comic relief last week. At the centre of the drama was the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari. When we thought her adversaries had cowed her, she sprang surprises and gave them an uppercut. There is a simple lesson here: never underestimate the power of a determined woman. The cabal in Aso ...

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The Vituperations Of Junaid Mohammed

By Goddy Uwazurike Dr Junaid Mohammed, my colleague at the National Conference of Nigeria 2014 and a former follower of the Aminu Kano school of thought, has once again demonstrated why he is referred to as a former follower of Mallam Aminu Kano. The penchant to say anything that will give publicity is well known. The veracity of his story ...

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Malleable Judiciary And Executive Recklessness In Nigeria

By Casmir Igbokwe The executive arm of government controls the police and other security agencies. Somehow, it also controls the judiciary, which is supposed to be a separate arm of government. Being tied to the apron strings of the government in power, these handicapped institutions find it difficult to uphold the rule of law. This is the fundamental problem of Nigeria’s ...

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Open Letter To Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan

By Seiakumo Akpomatunemibofa The last time I penned an open letter, it was to Uncle Timi Alaibe. In that letter, I urged him to be a true patriot and ambassador of the Ijaw nation and help build it for posterity by remembering that the blood that flows in his veins is unadulterated Ijaw blood. I also urged him to consider ...

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Beyond Nigerian Army’s Spiritual Warfare

By Casmir Igbokwe Like many Nigerians, most of our security agents are “deeply religious.” Last week, I went to a police station in Lagos to honour an appointment with a female inspector. Recall that I narrated my experience with that bribe-seeking inspector on this page last week. Her colleagues told me she was in a fellowship within the station. She later ...

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The Other Side Of Nigeria Police Force

Casmir Igbokwe My experience at a police station in Lagos last week opened my eyes to the other side of the Nigeria Police Force. Some hoodlums had invaded a wedding reception in my town hall penultimate Saturday. In the melee that ensued, some people, especially women, lost their phones, wigs, shoes and other valuables. Some others were seriously wounded. As ...

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Wobbling Economy, Cash Deposit Charges And Vision 2020

By Casmir Igbokwe Last week,the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was upbeat. It flashed a semblance of some seriousness in tackling Nigeria’s ailing economy. The President, for instance, appointed an Economic Advisory Council made up of renowned economists like Professors Doyin Salami and Chukwuma Soludo. The issues of the cashless policy and value added tax (VAT) also made headlines. With ...

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What Is So Special About Soludo?

By Joe Anatune The sizzling news in town is that President Muhammadu Buhari has woken up to the reality that Nigerian economy needs urgent rescue and has appointed a seven-man independent Economic Advisory Council to advise him on how to rebuild the economy. A name that stands out in the list is the cerebral world renowned economist, Professor Charles Chukwuma ...

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