Nigeria needs presidential actions

The failing health of President Muhammadu Buhari is currently raising danger signals, the kind that if not well managed and curtailed early enough, might just bring Nigeria to the threshold of another crisis. We note that Buhari has, since assumption of office on May 29, 2015, kept his word that he is a repented democrat. He was elected with Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on the same ticket. Buhari had since then entrusted Osinbajo with critical assignments, handing over to him when he had embarked on vacations or medical trips outside the…

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Nigeria’s absentee lawmakers

It was the Speaker of Kogi House of Assembly, Alhaji Umar Imam, who voiced out his frustration when he raised the alarm, recently, on persistent truancy of members of the House, describing the situation as embarrassing. The Kogi House of Assembly could not sit as only 11, out of the 25-member legislative arm, were in attendance. The House could not sit because it failed to form a quorum. Imam said the House had often failed to form a quorum to carry out its legislative business, saying it was a big…

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Time to return discipline to schools

The recent unruly behaviour of students of two public secondary schools in Lagos State can never and must never be condoned. The male students of Ireti Senior Grammar School, Ikoyi, and Falomo Senior High School, who had participated in the West African Examination Council (WAEC)-conducted West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSE), were said to have pounced on their female colleagues and attempted to defile them in broad daylight. One of those who liberated the girls from the assault narrated how a schoolgirl was defiled in public on the same…

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Let there be sanity in Nigeria’s airspace

Without attempting to sound hyperactive, three aircraft incidents in one week are enough to raise concern on air travel safety and attendant danger in Nigeria. On April 18, smoke reportedly engulfed Aero Contractors’ flight NG316 from Port Harcourt airport to Lagos, expectedly, causing panic among the passengers. The smoke engulfed the cabin some 20 minutes after take-off and continued until it touched down in Lagos. The Bombardier Q300 Dash 8 had departed Port Harcourt airport at 1608GMT with 52 adults and one infant on board. Just a few days after…

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Let Nigerians know about Buhari’s health

President Muhammadu Buhari is a man of integrity. We recall that in all his years of bitter political campaigns against former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua (late) and Goodluck Jonathan, whom he defeated in 2015, there was no credible allegation against his integrity. The worst allegation thrown at him were the certificate issue and the issue of religious extremism. Buhari rode to power on account of his credibility. Just because of him, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the 2015 election woefully across the country, particularly in the North. Thus,…

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Let Nigerians know about Buhari’s health

President Muhammadu Buhari is a man of integrity. We recall that in all his years of bitter political campaigns against former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua (late) and Goodluck Jonathan, whom he defeated in 2015, there was no credible allegation against his integrity. The worst allegation thrown at him were the certificate issue and the issue of religious extremism. Buhari rode to power on account of his credibility. Just because of him, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the 2015 election woefully across the country, particularly in the North. Thus,…

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Saving local governments from imminent extinction

Most Nigerians have over time craved for change in the local government system as presently constituted in order to bring it to conform with present day realities as well as to make the councils live up to the expectations of the people who have continued to yearn for development at the grassroots. The need for this change is occasioned by the failure of the nation’s 774 local government areas, which are supposed to be the closest tier of government to the people, to make positive impact in the lives of…

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