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Democratization of ignorance


It has become an incontestable truism that Nigeria’s educational sector is in doldrums. Even with the entire hullabaloo on “transformation” of the country, the drums of shame in the sector have continued to resonate and the naked dancers are not showing any sign of fatigue.

Only few days ago, the National Examinations Council, NECO, released the result of its recently conducted Senior School Certificate Examination. It…


Added by News Updates on April 6, 2012 at 1:42pm — No Comments

What Nigeria has become

Many people believe that their country is the best in the world. Frankly, most are justified in believing so. In every society, the love of or love for one’s country can be very strong. That’s what patriotism is all about. And so it is that for many of us — no matter how bad or indifferent our country may be or may have been — we can’t but love her. When most people are outside of the country, they long to go back home. We cherish social gatherings where we recall the “good old days.” But,…


Added by News Updates on March 28, 2012 at 2:44am — No Comments

Nigeria’s Loss, US’s Gain

FROM far away United States of America comes once again a cheering news: Nigerians are the most highly educated immigrants in most parts of the world’s number one superpower. Our countrymen and women have pulled ahead of Asians and even whites.

A survey conducted by the US Bureau of Statistics in 2006 for instance, portrayed that 37 per cent of Nigerians living in the US have Bachellors degrees, while 17 per cent and 4 per cent have Master’s and Doctorate degrees respectively. This is…


Added by News Updates on March 27, 2012 at 5:07am — No Comments

Nigerians as bad imitators of democracy


Saturday, March 24, 2012 started on a very sublime note with fresh breeze all around Abuja in the wee hours of the morning and the usual blazing hot sun in mid-noon. This hot sun has unfortunately turned Federal Capital Territory into the notorious hot zone of central Nigeria next in line to places such as Maiduguri and Damaturu in Borno and Yobe states respectively that are traditionally known as the hottest parts of Nigeria as a result of…


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Nigerians think they have all the time in the world

For most Nigerians who are less than 50 years of age, the politics and economics of crude oil may have dominated their lives in ways they cannot measure. It was said, in the active foreign policy days of the Gen Murtala Mohammed government, that Africa was the centrepiece of Nigeria’s foreign policy. Well, that was an understatement compared with the stranglehold oil has on our politics. Oil is not only the centrepiece of our economy, it is also the centrepiece of our politics, religion and,…


Added by News Updates on March 27, 2012 at 4:55am — No Comments

Traditional rulers and politics in past, present and future Nigeria (1)

Notes of a Wayfarer-Bruce Malogo, 08056180224

Sunday, March 04, 2012 By Shehu Malami

(Daily Sun)---At the risk of appearing repetitive and tedious I have found it convenient, relevant and appropriate to refer to my lecture at the Army Command and Staff College at Jaji on the 2nd August, 1978 in which I identified three categories of traditional rulers and, for purposes of this paper, I beg to be allowed to quote from it. I said that “all the three categories…


Added by News Updates on March 25, 2012 at 4:10am — No Comments

Thirty-six state lepers and debt siege

By Hardball

Mr Elias Mbam, boss of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), on Wednesday stunned the Senate joint committee on National Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Finance, Appropriation and States and Local Governments with alarming figures of states’ external and domestic debts. He made his presentation at a public hearing conducted by the Senate in Abuja. The debts are unhealthy, Mbam says, and they are indefensible. Many of the…


Added by News Updates on March 16, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The Race for PDP’s Big Chair

Written by Tobs Agbaegbu Friday, 16 March 2012

It is likely that the next national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, will emerge through a consensus arrangement despite the opposition of some candidates to it

A consensus candidate is likely to emerge as national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on March 24, in Abuja. The candidate will be chosen from a long list of aspirants from the North East zone of Nigeria, during the party’s national convention…


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Battle of Political Titans

Written by Demola Abimboye  Friday, 16 March 2012

A government White Paper just released indicts Gbenga Daniel of illegal land deals but his aide says the former governor’s hands are clean

For nine months now, the battle between the two political titans in Ogun State, popularly called the Gateway State, had raged endlessly. During this period, the gladiators have fired darts at each other ceaselessly. But it now appears the duel between Ibikunle Amosun, current helmsman in…


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The 13 Percent War

Written by Administrator Friday, 09 March 2012

Northern elites and their counterparts in the South-South engage in rancorous arguments on existing revenue allocation formula under which oil producing states get 13 percent derivation

The controversy is raging like wild fire in a harmattan. In the past few days, political leaders from the old Northern region and their counterparts from the South-South geopolitical zone have been on the war-path over the contentious issue of revenue…


Added by News Updates on March 12, 2012 at 1:49am — No Comments

An Elder’s Words of Wisdom for Leaders

Written by Obong Akpaekong Monday, 05 March 2012

Jerry Gana, professor and former minister of information, advises Nigerian leaders to make the poor and the needy the centre of all their plans for development

The Conference Hall of Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, was filled to capacity. It was the second annual lecture of the three-year-old Akpabio Centre for Leadership Development, ACLD, a non-governmental organisation, established to promote the…


Added by News Updates on March 7, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Agreement of Controversy

Written by Pita Ochai Monday, 05 March 2012

The decision of the federal government to hand over the security of Nigerian waterways to a concessionaire is facing stiff opposition from stakeholders

The recent federal government decision to concession security of Nigerian waterways to a private firm has continued to raise dust in the maritime sector. Most maritime operators and security officials in the country have kicked against the attempt to transfer security responsibilities to…


Added by News Updates on March 7, 2012 at 4:59am — No Comments

SNC:North battles South

Gov babangida Aliyu,Niger State

Group Politics Editor, Taiwo Adisa, examines the raging battle for the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) which is fast dovetailing into a North versus South battle for Nigeria’s resources. He unveils some trends which will define the character of North, South relations in the ongoing efforts at constitution amendment.

Exactly a week ago, Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger…


Added by News Updates on March 2, 2012 at 2:04am — No Comments

P R O L O G U E:Nigeria, fighting the last battle?

Events appear to be moving too fast for Nigeria and they are frightening.With bombings and other first grade violence becoming very routine in the country, it would appear very instructive that leaders of ethnic nationalities and regions are digging in for an epic show of brain and brawn.

At one point or the other, key leaders of the Nigerian federation have had cause to regret the ethnic configuration of the nation and queried its existence ab initio. Chief Obafemi Awolowo…


Added by News Updates on March 2, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

Terrorism and the Nigerian State

By Henry A. Onwubiko Wednesday February 22, 2012

The state, to paraphrase Engels in The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, emerged as an organ of domination and class rule. It reflects the irreconcilable contradiction between the oppressor and oppressed. Therefore its essential content is a band of armed men – militia, SSS, soldiers or police – designed to visit terror and institute fear within the ruled to maintain order or disorder to suit the caprices of the…


Added by News Updates on February 22, 2012 at 4:48am — No Comments

Nigerians must talk or die

PUBLIC SPHERE By Onuoha Ukeh [] Friday February 17, 2012

The call for the convocation of a sovereign national conference ought not to generate much heat or controversy. This is so because it’s not new in Nigeria. Individuals and groups have, over the years, agitated for a conference, where Nigerians would sit round a table and iron out contending issues. Personally, I do not see anything wrong with a conference. I consider it necessary at this point of the…


Added by News Updates on February 17, 2012 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

Nigeria: One nation under God is a lie

By CITIZEN DAVID Friday February 10, 2012

My thoughts have dwelt largely on this geographical expression called Nigeria, its people, its policies and its destiny, natural or divine. The land space called Nigeria is such a wonderful and splendid piece of architecture.

From the forest of the Delta, the undulating and rolling hills of the west, the green fields of the Udi hills through the savannah of the middle belt especially the jewel crown of the Gombe, surrounded on all…


Added by News Updates on February 13, 2012 at 6:13am — No Comments

Rochas Okorocha ate my lunch

By Godson Offoaro Monday, February 13, 2012

Rochas Okorocha

Except for some political fat cats in Owerri who are taking exception to the rumored relocation of Imo State University (IMSU) to Ideato, the buzzword here is Rochas. The buzzword in Imo is Rochas. And the buzzword amongst internet chatroom fobs engaged in dispassionate discussion about happenings in Imo State is Rochas.

Warning folks: I’m not on a praise singing…


Added by News Updates on February 13, 2012 at 6:07am — No Comments

What an awful time to be a Nigerian!(2)

By Douglas Anele

Consequently, if measures are not taken expeditiously to cut down drastically the cost of governance, Nigeria would be bankrupt. That said, between 2008 and 2010, the most serious security challenge the country confronted was kidnapping by Niger Delta militants.

Of course inhabitants of Niger Delta have a valid case of criminal neglect and environmental degradation against government and oil companies, but this was overshadowed by the selfish interests of…


Added by News Updates on February 12, 2012 at 1:28am — No Comments

Much ado about gift of free choice


The phrase, ‘free choice,’ now seems so irritating a concept and the explanations, even more so.

Free choice, if it exists, could not have been offered man for the reasons adduced by its protagonists. Accepting those reasons is also either denying God’s omniscience or suggesting He is playfully wicked.

God’s omniscience should have revealed to Him well in advance that man will misuse the free choice, eventuating into…


Added by News Updates on February 11, 2012 at 5:42am — No Comments

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