Bitter politics: Between Dokubo and Aliyu

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk  Nigeria is no doubt at war with itself. Violence stalks the land like never before. Precious human blood is being spilled and splattered everywhere. Scores are killed on a daily basis. And as the Giant of Africa remains prostrate on life support machine, more afflictions and opportunistic infections still manage to crawl […]

Let’s go back to issue-based politics

Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk Political contests in Nigeria often pose severe threats to the nation’s fragile peace and stability, always degenerating into battlefield situations where lives and property are lost. The 2015 election is not likely to be significantly different from the ones before it. War drums are already being sounded and the political combatants are already […]

Let’s go back to issue-based politics

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk Political contests in Nigeria often pose severe threats to the nation’s fragile peace and stability, always degenerating into battlefield situations where lives and property are lost. The 2015 election is not likely to be significantly different from the ones before it. War drums are already being sounded and the political combatants are […]

Bamigbetan: Don’t allow abduction in Yoruba land

With Adebolu Arowole, SMS: 08171143579, Email: bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk   I salute Frederick Fasehun and members of the O’odua Peoples Congress for their quick response to the unfortunate kidnapping of our friend and former colleague, Mr. Kehinde Kolade Bamigbetan. As the sad news of the Ejigbo Council Development Area Chairman’s abduction filtered out on Tuesday morning, Fasehun mobilised […]

The oil-dependent economy is in trouble again

There are barrels of trouble again for the beleaguered economy. As executive-legislative bickering rages over the 2013 budget and the President continues to withhold his signature, the major benchmarks and underpinnings of the fiscal plan are being rapidly put asunder by unsavory developments in the global oil market and certain domestic challenges. The most oil-dependent […]

New path to a peaceful change

With Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk Since the return of democracy in 1999 economic development has stagnated and the distribution of national wealth has been non-inclusive, leading to mass poverty, general discontent and rising wave of insecurity. The so-called dividends of democracy have eluded large sections of the society because of the feeble competition in the polity. Whether […]

RMAFC’s largesse and the ailing economy

By Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk At the heart of the nation’s perpetually ailing economy and non-inclusive growth is a huge and escalating cost of governance that has always gulped the lion’s share of every budget since 1999, leaving too little for development projects and the welfare of the people. Since recurrent expenditure has almost completely swallowed […]

This cement industry must not die

With Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk The nation’s cement industry has been a shining star in the dark and gloomy firmament of failed industrialization and atrophied real sector. Owing to deliberate concessions, goodwill, encouragement and support by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and his government, local cement production has soared, giving the hope that this introverted one-product economy can be […]

Sanusi’s home truth

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk Nigeria may remain permanently backward and underdeveloped if the current obscenely lopsided pattern of public expenditure continues to prevail. This was the kernel of a public lecture delivered recently by the Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. That message, for me, was bang on the nail, going directly to the heart of […]

Who will save the military from Boko Haram?

with Adebolu Arawolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk President Goodluck Jonathan must be deeply worried by the ease with which Islamist insurgents are attacking military compounds and facilities. The insurgents are becoming increasingly daring and ruthless. Though they had previously bombed the United Nations offices in Abuja and the Nigeria Police Headquarters, shedding innocent blood, the attacks early this week […]

2013 budget and impending complications

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk Nigeria, the most oil-dependent economy is at it again. As executive-legislative bickering over what should be the appropriate oil benchmark and production level continues, fresh threats are coming from home and abroad to test the feasibility and viability of the new fiscal plan. Such threats as usual may hobble the full implementation […]

America’s politics without bitterness

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk The U.S. general election held last Tuesday was keenly fought between the sitting Democrat President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney. The campaigns were issue-based and rigorous and the expenses were huge and unprecedented in the history of the country. But what particularly struck me was the conviviality and sense […]

End fuel supply crisis with market reforms

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk Overwhelmed and discouraged by the dysfunction and decay that normally attend state control in centrally planned systems, the last Premier of the defunct Union of Soviets Socialist Republic, Mikhail Gorbachev, once famously asked a former British Prime Minister and a free market devotee, Margaret Thatcher, ”How do you see to it that […]

Is poverty the cause of Boko Haram bloodbath?

By Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk As a frightened and bewildered nation gropes for an enduring solution to the Boko Haram insurgency that has consumed hundreds of lives in the past three years, many have attributed the Islamist uprising to widespread poverty, ignorance and misery especially in the northern parts of Nigeria. It seems as if the Jonathan […]

Still searching for peace and progress

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk As Nigeria marks another anniversary of her independence, fears are still lingering that the country of 167 million people may ultimately be consumed by structural defects and disintegrate. Beleaguered and buffeted by centrifugal forces, many are surprised that the terminally sick giant of Africa is still alive today to celebrate. But the […]