Saturday, December 15, 2018
The legitimate advocacy for restructuring to correct the distortions of the Nigerian federalism suffers from a major drawback: those making the arguments for restructuring are not playing the politics of it well. It was a senior advocate of Nigeria, Olisa Agbakoba, who alluded to this fact a few months ago at a distinguished forum...
The All Progressives Congress has lately shown Nigerians all that could possibly be wrong and negative about the Nigerian politician. And that would have been no problem at all but that the party had assured Nigerians of its progressive credentials and capacity to effect change. It has been over four years...
The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, Friday, said the controversy concerning President Muhammadu Buhari’s school certificate is embarrassing and felt a sense of duty to produce and deliver to him a confirmation and attestation of his results, in form of a duplicate certificate. This is a god-sent, with WAEC being...
Anthony Anenih, the political leader, chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, who has died aged 85, was one of the most important figures in the story of Nigeria’s return to civilian rule, and a founding father and a major influence in the party that ruled the country for an...
We must first commend the Hon. Minister of Information and Culture for inaugurating this series of town hall meetings that have been held across Nigeria over the past 3 years. This in itself is something that has changed in how the FGN communicates with citizens and is quite different from...
ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMISSIONING OF THE NEW TERMINAL AT PORT HARCOURT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OMAGWA, RIVERS STATE, THURSDAY, 25TH OCTOBER 2018. PROTOCOLS: I am very pleased to formally commission the new International Terminal of the Port Harcourt Airport, Omagwa...
If the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had its way, its candidate in Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, would have been declared governor that day. The party is so upset with the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the election inconclusive, that it has...
What is going on in Osun state right now is nothing short of political theatre. It is keeping us all entertained, but it has also turned so many observers into emergency lawyers. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the Osun Gubernatorial election of September 22 inconclusive and has ordered a supplementary election...
My dear Asiwaju, I pray my letter meets you and yours in fantastic spirit. It has almost become a tradition for me to write, or openly express my views, to you periodically on political issues, since about 2007. Before I go into the meat of my epistle, kindly permit...
Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance (2015-2018), Kemi Adeosun threw in her letter of resignation on Friday, September 14, to bring to a temporary closure, the public outcry and the embarrassment that her possession of a fake National Youth Service Corps Exemption Certificate had generated since July when it was...

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