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National Confab: The road not taken and the destination not reachable

Very soon members of the National Conference will break into committees. From reports in the media, the committees are carbon copies of those of the National Assembly. This again raises…

The theatre of absurdity in Abuja

By Tola Adeniyi Much as I welcomed the idea of holding a National Sovereign Conference which all patriotic citizens of this country had canvassed since the past 54 years to…

Who is sure of SURE-P?

Who is sure of SURE-P?

By Eze Onyekpere The Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme was designed as an intervention to ensure that the proceeds of the partial withdrawal of petrol subsidy are properly utilised and…

Remodelling the Presidency

By Anthony Akinola The great Nnamdi Azikiwe had his own special “political anthem” when campaigning in the old Western Region populated by the Yoruba. He often sang in Yoruba, to…

Agenda for the National Conference

By Eze Onyekpere The fireworks have already started at the National Conference and more drama is expected in the coming days. But we should not lose sight of the opportunities…

Unnecessary furore over Emmanuel!

By Patrick Essien Like the grave, human beings cannot be satisfied. They chase after colour black with insistent ardour, when they get it; they labour all their lives to get…

To National Conference delegates

By Victor Anazonwu DISTINGUISHED delegates, considering the calibre of men and women in your ranks, I would probably spend the entire day if I were to attempt recognising each and…

Impunity and the rule of law

Impunity and the rule of law

By Eze Onyekpere The 1999 Constitution created three arms of government namely the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. These arms are expected to cooperate while acting as checks and…

Traditional rulers need constitutional recognition, not constitutional roles

Traditional rulers need constitutional recognition, not constitutional roles

As the national confab takes off, pages of the national newspapers have been punctuated with all manner of suggestions, views and commentaries. The wide spread nature of these contributions is…

NIS must be prosecuted for industrial murders

Nationwide, it was a tragic weekend for millions of applicants for the 4,500 employment vacancies declared by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS.  Again avoidable deaths, tears and sorrow characterised a…

Immigration recruitment, height of impunity

By Eze Onyekpere The Nigerian Immigration Service (“Service”) advertised for job openings and demanded that poor, unemployed young men and women pay N1000 each to be part of the recruitment…

A centenary of political turmoil

By Tola Adeniyi IT was like a gathering of slaves just recently released from their owner’s cage. I took another look at the faces on the screen beamed to me…

‘Religionalisation’ of Presidential politics: A bad precedent

By Olubunmi Adetunmbi In the past few months, Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has embarked on a Church  visitation exercise some have now humorously christened ‘Church tourism.’ It started with a…

As Peter Obi leaves in a blaze of glory

As Peter Obi leaves in a blaze of glory

By Chibuzo Azike On March 17, 2014 a new Governor will be sworn into office in Anambra State; outgoing Governor Peter Obi would ordinarily have become history, but that won’t…

Sell the refineries now!

Sell the refineries now!

By Eze Onyekpere Fellow Nigerians, debates on issues of national importance are getting more confusing by the day. Building consensus is becoming difficult and what would otherwise seem to be…

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