NIGERIA’S rich music culture and the creative talents of its youths were reaffirmed on the global stage on March 14, 2021, during the 63rd Grammy Awards held at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, United States. Two Nigerian Afrobeat superstars, Damini Ogulu – a grandson of veteran music critic, Benson Idonije – and Ayo Balogun, aka...
LAST Sunday, sons and daughters celebrated their mothers in Nigeria and many other countries. Earlier on March 8, the 2021 International Women’s Day was commemorated. Strikingly, the two annual events are meant to draw the world’s attention to motherhood and the steering role of women in engendering political and socio-economic development in society. They are...
THE controversy surrounding the agreement between Nigeria and the United Kingdom that facilitated the return of the £4.2 million funds looted by a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, raises the need to institutionalise the anti-corruption mechanism at the subnational level. The Federal Government recovered the loot after a Memorandum of Understanding with the...
EARLIER this month, killer herdsmen gruesomely dismembered a woman, Elizabeth Pascal, in a pattern that is turning Ogun State to a safe haven for sundry criminals. Unfortunately, Pascal’s brutal daylight decapitation as she returned from the local stream to fetch water is not an isolated occurrence in the state. The whole of the Yewa area...
AS Nigeria commences a nationwide rollout of the about four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, transparency should be the guiding principle. It is cheering that the country appears equipped for the vaccine exercise following assurances of receivers’ safety by AstraZeneca, the World Health Organisation and NAFDAC, despite the suspension of rollouts by some […] Read Full Story
THE recent sentencing to a jail term of three years for corruption of a former president of France, Nicolas Sarközy, reverberated around the world. It sent a clear message to those in power that indeed, no one is above the law and reaffirmed accountability and probity as bedrocks of responsible governance and a stable democracy. […] Read Full Story
A storm of controversy is raging again over the unremitted funds by the revenue-generating public agencies. At a recent plenary, the Senate Committee on Public Accounts and officials from the Auditor-General for the Federation’s office accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation of withholding trillions of naira due to the Federation Account. These strong allegations are […] Read Full Story
ESCALATING attacks on schools and mass abductions of schoolchildren by bandits and jihadists is compounding the crisis of education in Northern Nigeria. Once the signature atrocity of the Boko Haram terrorist group in the North-East, bandits, their ranks swollen by hordes of cross-border desperados, have recently invaded schools and kidnapped children and staff for ransom […] Read Full Story
THE bizarre and lawless trend of irate mobs and criminals burning down police stations at will is turning into a national pastime. In the latest assault, a mob attacked and razed the Divisional Police Headquarters in Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State to protest the alleged police killing of a youth. Two police officers […] Read Full Story
FACING antipathy from abroad and defiance at home, Myanmar’s (Burma) generals who seized power in a coup last month have responded with characteristic barbarity. Troops and police have brutalised protesters on the streets, stepped up arrests, torture, and censorship and resorted to massacres. But there should be no respite for the usurpers; the international community […] Read Full Story
THE move by the House of Representatives to amend the provisions of the 1999 Constitution by removing matters relating to wages from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List is a welcome development and long overdue. The bill, when assented to by the President after its passage by the lawmakers, will ensure that […] Read Full Story
THE recent rocket attack on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, signals another dangerous dimension in the 11-year-old terrorist insurgency ravaging the country. In the deadly attack, rocket-propelled grenades were fired from the outskirts of the city into densely-populated neighbourhoods, killing 16 persons, wounding scores of others and spreading panic among the population of a fortified […] Read Full Story
IT is heartening that efforts are ongoing to develop a vaccine for Lassa fever. An American biotechnology company, INOVIO, which is spearheading the research, noted that the first participant in Lassa vaccine trial had been dosed in a Phase 1B clinical trial for INO-4500, its DNA vaccine candidate for Lassa fever. The clinical trial in […] Read Full Story
ACTING on a recommendation by the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has departed from the tradition of appointing police officers to steer the affairs of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Instead, Buhari has appointed Abdulrasheed Bawa to head the country’s prime anti-corruption agency for the next four years. […] Read Full Story
IN an era blighted by economic recessions and general malaise, the recent declaration by Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank Group, on the imperative of economic restructuring enlivens the debate about the fundamental weaknesses hobbling the Nigerian state. Calling for transformation, the erstwhile Minister of Agriculture traced the current seismic downturn in […] Read Full Story
AMID the COVID-19 pandemic that has plunged the world into an existential crisis, the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease has reared its ugly head again, first in Congo and now in Guinea. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, given the proximity of Guinea to Nigeria and other West African countries as well as other […] Read Full Story
FIVE years after the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on the abandoned $470m Lagos and Abuja Closed Circuit Television contract report indicted some top government officials over the deal, the Federal Government is on another misadventure with a similar project. This time, the Minister of State for Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, says the Federal […] Read Full Story
FOURTEEN years after its establishment and nine years after issuing the first unique National Identification Number, the National Identity Management Commission is still battling to enrol Nigerians. Worse still, the renewed attempt by the NIMC to enlist the citizens is bedevilled by sluggishness and lack of capacity, all leading to widespread allegations of fraud at […] Read Full Story
RELUCTANT to implement the enduring panacea for the genocidal campaign of criminal herders, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has ignited a fresh controversy about one of the most divisive questions plaguing Nigeria today. Obviously toeing the thinking in some circles in the Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) regime, the Minister of Justice has […] Read Full Story
THE appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the first female and first African director-general of the World Trade Organisation has elicited pride among Nigerians, Africans and women worldwide. She overcame stiff competition from an initial field of eight candidates, including another female, Yoo Myung-hee, the South Korean backed by the United States. Confirmation of the appointment […] Read Full Story
VOTERS’ rising disinterest in Nigeria’s electoral system was raised afresh by the Independent National Electoral Commission recently with the disclosure that voter turnout hovered between 30 and 35 per cent in the last two electoral cycles, including off-season elections. Nigerians should begin to embrace the opportunity — better yet, the responsibility — to make themselves […] Read Full Story
NIGERIA —sloppy, self-styled Africa’s giant— is currently sitting on a powder keg with the increasing number of its impoverished citizens helplessly pushing the poverty index to an alarming tempo. A new World Bank report paints a grim picture, requiring an urgent, pragmatic approach by state actors to determinedly halt the tide of poverty. The report […] Read Full Story
THE red flag by a former military head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, that the country could disintegrate amid ongoing convulsions should compel immediate interventions by all critical stakeholders. His warning was hinged on an unprecedented level of insecurity featuring daring, spectacular acts of criminality, bitter feuding among ethnic nationalities, a dysfunctional national government, mass poverty […] Read Full Story
THE recent killing of a lecturer of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Imo State, Stephen Nduka, and his friend, Chimaobi Nwokoro, allegedly by trigger-happy Nigerian Air Force personnel attached to the 211 Regiment of the NAF Base in Owerri, the state capital, is distasteful. It brings to the fore the unending menace of extrajudicial killings by […] Read Full Story
A dark cloud of fraud is hanging over the tertiary education admissions process in Nigeria. Completely bewildered about this, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is blaming key stakeholders, including universities and Computer Based Test centre operators. In what has become an annual ritual, JAMB caught hundreds of cheats in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination […] Read Full Story