By Afam Ikeakanam
It is undeniable that corruption constitutes a clog in the wheel of Nigeria’s development. This phenomenon is no foreigner in our shores. One of the often recycled justifications for every change of government in Nigeria during the dark nights of military dictatorship was the deep rooted corruption in our public space. Such has been the history of Nigeria’s politics that the word, corruption, has morphed into a national lure. Continue reading “IS BUHARI GENUINELY FIGHTING CORRUPTION OR HUNTING OPPOSITION LEADERS?”
By Adekunle F. Adebajo
George Orwell never stepped foot on the shores of Nigeria. Yet, his classic novel published a decade and a half before Nigeria’s independence seems to have as much to do with this nation as it does with the late communist actors. Animal farm narrates to us the story of Napoleon who rides to power on the backs on nine young but enormous dogs, who blames Snowball, his counterpart, for any slice of misfortune and who does not hesitate to literally walk in the footsteps and style of the human oppressors who once lorded over them. Continue reading “IS BUHARI GENUINELY FIGHTING CORRUPTION OR HUNTING OPPOSITION LEADERS? “
The already severely strained relationship between the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Africa has worsened as The Gambia announced its withdrawal from the Court. The small West African nation joins South Africa and Burundi who have signified their intentions to withdraw from the ICC. It seems as if the log which had hitherto blocked the eyes of African states is gradually falling off. The Gambia, just like South Africa and Burundi, is fed up with the ICC’s Western bias. To this end, it had no choice but to rechristen the ICC as “International Caucasian Court” due to the Court’s perceived dedication to the prosecution and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans. Continue reading “AFRICA v. THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT: THE TIME FOR CONTINENTAL REFORMS”
In March 2014, when the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared there was an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea, Nigeria had no idea what was coming for her. The disease then rapidly spread like wildfire to the neighbouring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone. As with every tragic foreign headline, Nigerians empathised with the affected nations, prayed for the eradication of the virus and the quick recuperation of the victims.
Continue reading “STELLA AMEYO ADADEVOH: LOST IN SERVICE TO NIGERIA”
Silence in the midst of hideous situations has become the signature of Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari. Earlier this month, 80 people were alleged to have been killed in Benue State by Fulani herdsmen, yet Mr. President uttered no word of comfort to the grieving State. There have been series of attacks by these herdsmen in Benue State which sadly happens to be the regular prey and it has been silence all the way from the presidency. The killing of up to 50 persons in Ikorodu, Lagos State in the twilight of June was greeted with silence. The latest in our memory is the wanton killing of a deaconess of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Eunice Olawale, who was killed in the early hours of July 9 while she went for her usual morning preaching. As usual, Mr. President kept mute.
Continue reading “MR. PRESIDENT, SAY SOMETHING!”
The United States of America (USA) prides itself in being a society that is hinged on liberty (political, religious and civil liberties). Regrettably, the recent shooting at Pulse nightclub, Orlando which claimed the lives of 49 people and left up to three scores injured brings to light some of the noxious aftereffect of their most cherished value, “liberty.” Liberty not only connotes the state of being able to act and speak freely but also includes the state of being free from physical, economic, social and psychological restraints. With the unabated mass shootings in the USA, some citizens and visitors would become psychologically (and possibly, physically) restrained as they would not be able to move out in assurance of some measure of security as they would become uncertain as to where and when the next shooting might occur and who the victim(s) might be.
Continue reading “THE PARADOX OF A “FREE” STATE”
It is no longer news that the Federal Government through the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu, has scrapped the Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post UTME) conducted by universities for the sole purpose of admitting students. The Post UTME is organised after the first general examination, the UTME, conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Continue reading “THE SCRAPPING OF THE POST UTME AND MATTERS ARISING”
“No, I do not want to tell different stories. I advised against the issue of National Conference. You would recall that ASUU was on strike then for almost nine months. The teachers in the tertiary institutions were on strike for more than a year, yet the government had about N9 billion to organise that meeting (National Conference)…That is why I have not even bothered to read it or ask for a briefing on it and I want it to go into the so-called archives.”
Those were the words of President Muhammadu Buhari as he responded to questions fielded by Abraham Ogbodo and Jewell Dafinone of The Guardian Newspaper during an interview to speak about his experiences in his one year in office as the Chief Executive Officer of our nation, Nigeria. As expected, the President’s response has sparked a wave of comments and criticisms from Nigerians.
Continue reading “MR. PRESIDENT, CONSIDER THE CONFAB REPORT!”
The creation of mobile phones is one phenomenon which we, human beings, would forever be grateful for. Mobile phones were made to ease communication amongst humans. With mobile phones, we need not leave our homes before we can be in touch with our friends and relatives. We need not wait for weeks or months before speaking with our loved ones who have travelled abroad. We need not wait for months for our letters to be replied by post. From the comfort of our rooms in any village, we can communicate with our beloved ones the world over in instant time. Phones were made to bridge communication gaps, to ensure seamless communication and to enable us be in constant communion with those we cherish the most. Ultimately, breaking the barrier of distance.
Continue reading “OUR SMARTPHONES, OUR BEST FRIENDS”