Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:26
Nigeria’s oil cabal was unmasked by the House Of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee on Oil Subsidy chaired by Hon. Farouk Lawan after the January 2012 nationwide strike that followed the removal of oil subsidy. Since then this cartel holding the nation on the jugular has refused to bulge. Against this backdrop, experts warn that until federal government musters the will to deal with the monster, Nigeria will remain under-developed. The consensus is that President Muhammadu Buhari should finally remove the subsidy which NLC is opposed to. Will Buhari damn the consequences? - By Jude Orji
UNDESERVED ECONOMY LOCKDOWN
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:21
From the way Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu was singled out and appreciated by President Muhammadu Buhari after he had got his certificate of victory as elected Nigerian president in the April presidential election from Professor Attahiru Jega’s INEC at the famed International Conference Centre in Abuja, where coincidentally he was when he was literarily demystified two weeks ago by events in the National Assembly, even his political enemies had concurred that the JAGABAN of South-West politics, has finally played his game into undisputed national acceptance, where like in Lagos, he would be an unquestionable decider of political fate of Nigeria. But, recent events at the National Assembly, which saw all the candidates he schemed up for the leadership of the Nigerian apex legislature fell flat on their back, has proven that Nigeria is a bigger estate than Lagos State, where he is prided as ‘Lion of Bourdillion’ because of his Hitler-like hold on politics and socio- economic destiny of ‘The State of Aquatic Spendour’... - By Dapo Olaosebikan
‘SUDDEN DEATH’ OF A POLITICAL CHESS GAME
Submitted by James Uzondu on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 13:04
At exactly 12.01 A.M this Friday, May 29, 2015, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan ceases to be Nigeria’s president while, 72 years old Mohammadu Buhari, a retired Army general, once again, assumes political leadership of the most populous African nation on God’s earth. Paradoxically, while his first coming on December 31, 1983, was, literarily speaking, unheralded as it came via a coup de tat of a self mission to salvage the sinking ship being captained by Alhaji Shehu Shagari, a fellow Fulani of the northern extraction, this time around, Buhari is riding through a popular yarning by a large number of the Nigerian voters for a change through the democratic election held on March 28, 2015 nationwide. To say the least, expectations by Nigerians are high. But, these high expectations might soon be running against the reality of our national socio-political existence. - By Dapo Olaosebikan
BUHARI’S FIRST COMING (1983–85)
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 14:57
The merriment seems to have been over for People’s Democratic Party in Nigeria after a period of unbroken 16 years rule. The evidence of this is the on-going furore over its defeat in the March 28 and April 11 presidential and governorship elections and clamour for the party’s national chairman-Adamu Mu’azu’s led NWC to resign. After initial hard stance, the embattled chairman supposedly embarked on a medical trip abroad from where he has been making overtures to assuage aggrieved members to sheathe their swords having allegedly destroyed the African largest party. - By Jude Orji
The sudden crash of the ruling People’s Democratic Party-PDP 16
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 13:58
The continental and global outrage that greeted violence in South Africa against fellow black African immigrants in the past weeks is seen as a long knife deep into the bond that holds the continent together. Many observers see the ugly development as the return of ‘Apartheid’ policy in that region of the African continent. The inability of President Zuma to take decisive action to end the attacks, anchored on his dilemma of getting re-elected in next year’s general elections, has been roundly condemned too by observers of African politics. Critics also say it is a departure from the country’s national anthem ‘God bless Africa’. For Nigeria, it is another slap on her face for her timeless ‘big-brother’ sacrifices in Africa, particularly in South Africa. - By Jude Orji
AN ORGY IN EVERY RAMIFICATION
No doubt, the entire continent of Africa especially Nigeria was taken aback penultimate Thursday by brutality and violence attacks South Africans meted out to other African immigrants over allegation that the foreigners have virtually taken over their jobs in their own country by taking lower wages. This was blamed on the alleged call by Kwa Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini that foreigners should ‘’go back to their countries’’. Though, this Zulu king has denied that he was misquoted.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 13:49
Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State narrowly escaped being impeached by the state house of assemblythree weeks to the end of his eight-year rule for allegedly obtaining N11 billion loan on his way out without house’s approval. It would have been a tragic end of his administration but time was not on the side of the lawmakers. Respite came his way through the governor-elect, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who brokered a-two week cease fire between the two factions created by the face-off in the legislature to enable a smooth transition in the state. Jude Orji reports the intrigues that played out.
The impeachment notice served Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State by 15 members of the 24 State House of Assembly penultimate Monday barley three weeks to the exit date of the embattled governor is a reminder to the once two allies that power is transient. Indeed, things might have fallen apart between the former two arms of government who critics accused of mortgaging the future of the state with too many loans. The Group of 15 led by the Speaker Hon. Eugine Odo, had accused Chime of forgery, inflation of funds for state projects and unlawful acquisition of public landed property.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 18:12
High hopes and expectations are the two most appropriate words that aptly describe the thunderous ovation that greeted emergence of retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, as winner of last presidential election held on March 28, 2015 throughout Nigeria. But as they say, “after the storm comes the calm”. Now that the reality of dealing with the Nigerian Project is rife, the President-Elect has become the central focus of national debate and the summary of it all is whether or not he can truly fix Nigeria, 30 years after his first stint as the country’s Head of State... - By Dapo Olaosebikan
AS THE WATCHER BECOMES THE WATCHED…
In the annals of Nigerian history, peoples’ response to change of leadership at the central has only elicited wild jubilation across the land comparably on two occasions. The first was after the announcement of the abrupt demise of Nigeria’s maximum military ruler, General Sani Abacha in 1997, while the second was the announcement by Professor Attahiru Jega of the victory of retired General Muhammadu Buhari at the March 28 presidential election in the country.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:12
The sacrifice of President Goodluck Jonathan in conceding defeat to keep the country one is legendary. The antithesis to this was the threat and call for genocide against South-easterners by the Oba of Lagos-Rilwanu Akiolu, on the last gubernatorial election in Lagos. There is palpable fear that Nigeria may be on the verge of perdition if Nigerians fail to learn from mistakes of the 2015 general elections. ...By Jude Orji
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 03/16/2015 - 13:29
The dislodged terrorists in the northeastern Nigeria are in disarray as the nation’s military fire power hits them hard continuously courtesy the collaborations of neighbouring Chadian, Niger and Camerounian forces. Interestingly Chadian President Idris Deby has confessed that he knows where Abubakar Shekau is hiding. Will Deby smoke out Shekau to end the terrorists’ occupation of the Lake Chad Basin? - By Dapo Olaosebikan And Jude Orji
NEW OFFENSIVE AGAINST BOKO HARAM
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:11
The controversies trailing the lopsided distribution and disappearances of INECs Permanent Voting Cards-PVC at the twilight of the general elections after four years of preparation poses the question-Will INEC ever get it right? Furthermore, a Rights group wants an Abuja High Court to restrain INEC from using the PVC to conduct the rescheduled general elections. How far will INEC go in the midst of these challenges? JUDE ORJI reports.
On Saturday February 7, the Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC rescheduled the 2015 general elections by six weeks due to intractable logistics problems that has to do with non readiness of some electoral materials the core of which is the Permanent Voter Cards-PVC coupled with the increased terrorists’ attacks in the northeastern part of the country. The presidential and National Assembly election will now take place on March 28 and the governorship and state assembly to hold on April 11. The chairman of the Commission, Prof.