Paying for Sirika’s Aborted Flight of Fancy

Paying for Sirika’s Aborted Flight of Fancy

It’s not yet clear what finally did it or who. But it was clear, almost from the start, that the country could not bluff its way through this flight. Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had mounted the problem maddeningly and by some curious twist of fate the incoming Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, […]

Clapping For Ngige with One Hand

Clapping For Ngige with One Hand

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, is wondering why we’re not clapping for the government of President Muhammadu Buhari first thing every morning and, perhaps, the last thing at night before going to bed. In case we have forgotten, Ngige reminded us we were sinking in the mire of falling oil prices and […]

Nigeria and 2019 general election

Nigeria and 2019 general election

Since September 20, 1923 when Nigeria had her first general elections, the country has experienced several challenges trying to produce the desired leadership for her development and growth. Every national election since the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Protectorates in 1914, which resulted into what presently constitutes a united Nigeria, has had its peculiar challenges. […]

Edwin Clark: The Truth, Please

Edwin Clark: The Truth, Please

Nigerians have just witnessed another very embarrassing incident. It is the second in the past few weeks. The first was when masked operatives of the Directorate of State Services, DSS, invaded the National Assembly, took it over, and stopped both National Assembly members and staff from accessing their offices. The second is the invasion of […]

Why MTN, again?

Why MTN, again?

It seems MTN is never too far from the speed dial to trouble. Three years ago, the telco, which has the dominant share of the mobile telecoms market in Nigeria, was slammed with a $5.2 billion fine for failing to disconnect 5.1 million subscribers after the registration deadline. After a back-and-forth, a bloodied nose and […]

Lawyers, Buhari And The Ruins Of Law

Lawyers, Buhari And The Ruins Of Law

Hundreds, if not thousands, of lawyers who converged on Abuja on Sunday for this year’s Bar conference may find themselves discussing something other than transition, transformation and sustainable institutions, which the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) had previously advertised. In his opening address to the association, President Muhammadu Buhari said something that has left the Bar […]

Rule of Law: The President got it wrong

Rule of Law: The President got it wrong

It is unfortunate that the most important statement made so far at the on-going Annual Conference of the Nigeria Bar Association, an outright derogation of the supremacy of the rule of law, has not yet generated any coherent response from either the Bar or the Bench. President Muhammadu Buhari was guest of honour on Sunday […]

To Samir Amin, a personal tribute

To Samir Amin, a personal tribute

The year 1982 began with a revolutionary upheaval in Ghana: a group of young and radical military officers—some retired, others still in service—appeared to have seized power! It soon became clear, however, that what took place—or was taking place—in Accra was not a classical military coup d’etat, but a popular armed uprising led by a […]

Ajimobi’s Giant Strides In Folly

Ajimobi’s Giant Strides In Folly

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State is increasingly becoming the Rochas Okorocha of the South West. With very little effort, he might surpass the latter, the self-acclaimed exponent of iberiberism (an Igbo slang which roughly translates as “the act or state of foolishness”). In a rare moment of lucidity, Okorocha, the accidental governor of Imo […]

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