Nigeria now negotiable, thanks to Buhari

“Wherever you have weakening states and turmoil, you will have a fertile petri dish for terrorism” -Robert D. Kaplan   Eric Bogosian, an American actor, playwright, monologist, and novelist once said that it is the duty of a human being to be pissed off. One is usually pissed off when things are irritably refusing to go well even after all efforts. That is exactly the situation with many citizens about Nigeria today; they are just pissed off over many things. The genesis of the ugly situation is not original to…

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Copycats and whistleblowers (1)

Since the Federal Government rolled out its whistle blowing policy, a number of individuals have changed profession and or are contemplating a career in whistle blowing. Some of the new whistle blowers and some of those contemplating a change in career do not understand the intricacies of the issues involved in whistle blowing. There are those that understand and are moving very fast towards their target and are dreaming of the big life after a successful operation and payment of the requisite commission for whistle blowing. My poor understanding of…

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Corruption: Aje ku iya ni o je

As you read this, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would be going round major cities in Nigeria today to drum support for the anti-corruption crusade of this administration. According to the anti-graft agency, this walk has become necessary in order to drum it loud and clear into the sensibilities of Nigerians that the anti-corruption crusade of the Buhari-led administration has come to stay. This measure, I want to believe, is part of greater efforts by the Magu-led EFCC to convince Nigerians that it means real business in the…

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Why I’m angry about Niger Delta

    The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is one of those intervention agencies created to fast track and support the urgent development of our region. Our region – Niger Delta – as you all know is one of the most exploited and oppressed regions on the face of the earth. Let me give you some instances. You all know that the story of oil and gas in Nigeria started in this state. Bayelsa is the Houston of Africa, the oil and gas capital of Africa not just of Nigeria….

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The Igbos are under siege in their country

I am shocked that the Igbos are not speaking up at the apparent siege laid on their land by uniformed person of different categories. They range from Army, Navy, Police, Civil Defence, Customs, FRSC, etc. My journey had taken me by road from Isele-Mkpitime, where I had gone to pay tribute to a Nigerian icon, Chief (Dr) P.K.C. Isagba, the Odogwu of Isele-Mkpitime. He was one of the first Nigerians to believe in my ability as a young fledgling lawyer. I had been handling his cases whilst at Chief Gani…

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Reps’ quest to restore dignity of national flag

The House of Representatives recently passed through second reading a bill seeking a N100, 000 fine for those de-constructing the national flag . The bill, sponsored by Hon. Sam Onuigbo (PDP, Abia) is seeking to amend Section 10 of the Flag and Coat of Arms Act, 2004 by removing the fine of a hundred naira (N100) and replacing same with N100, 000. In the case of continuing offence, the bill sought a sum of N10, 000 to be paid by offender daily, after the first conviction. Onuigbo, who is disturbed…

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Providing education that counts in a changing world

If the youths of today are the leaders of tomorrow, then, judging from what I have seen these past weeks, then I can honestly say that Nigeria will be governed by the children of a cabal who can afford to send their children abroad for university education or pay the exorbitant fees of the private universities while they systematically devalue public education. I am talking of the entire process of the Universal Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) conducted by Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board. (JAMB). Credit where due, it is a…

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