Publisher’s Corner

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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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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Now That Buhari Is ‘Eminently Qualified’

By Casmir Igbokwe Last week, I wrote a piece titled “Injustice is another form of xenophobia.” Published in NewsProbe, an online publication, the article compared the barbaric xenophobic attacks in South Africa to another version of it in Nigeria. It also commended the Nigerian government’s noble intervention but advised that, while we attempt to remove the speck in South Africa’s eye, ...

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Injustice Is Another Form Of Xenophobia

Casmir Igbokwe The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) calls Nigeria a zoo. From what has happened in South Africa in the past few days, it seems the former apartheid enclave is worse than a zoo. Animals in a zoo are under control. But South African animals are wild and uncontrollable. They have killed and still kill and burn innocent foreigners, ...

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Anambra And 2021 Governorship Va-va-voom

By Casmir Igbokwe Don’t mind the big word ‘va-va-voom.’ It simply means something that is exciting or vigorous. The word is derived from the sound of a car engine being revved. I consider it an appropriate metaphor that describes the great excitement over Anambra State’s governorship contest. The battle is in 2021. But the political machine of the state is ...

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Multiple Tax Collectors, Defaulters And Auditors

By Casmir Igbokwe The people of Jericho held Zacchaeus, the corrupt chief tax collector, in low esteem. The biblical story had it that when Jesus was passing through Jericho, the very short Zacchaeus had to climb a tree to catch a glimpse of him. People grumbled and looked at him with scorn. If they had their way, they would have pulled ...

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Isuofia: New Yam, Spirit Beings And Other Stories

By Casmir Igbokwe When you hear of Argungu fishing festival, what comes to mind is Kebbi State. When Osun-Osogbo is mentioned, a festival rooted in deep Yoruba culture brings nostalgic feelings. When New Yam festival is an item on the agenda, the gathering must be that of the South-Eastern people. And when mmanwu (masquerade) performance comes up for discussion, what you ...

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What A Country!

By Casmir Igbokwe Mr. Sunday Emenike left his base in Isuofia, Anambra State, for Taraba on a business trip. That was on July 17, 2019. Somewhere on Ukari-Zakibiam Road, armed robbers reportedly attacked the bus he was travelling in. The bandits allegedly brought him and one other passenger down from the bus and took them away. Till date, there is no ...

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