Muiz Banire: APC’s one-man ‘Riot Squad’

These are certainly not the best of times for Muiz Banire, National legal Adviser to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Banire is swimming against the tide; he is knocking heads with the powers-that-be. He is fighting a battle he literally cannot win.  case can be compared to that of the character in Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” who, after a big bowl of pounded yam and gourds of palm wine, challenged his chi (god) to a wrestling duel. Banire is up in arms against the gods of the APC…

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ASUU: Towards a principled, ideological unionism

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is undoubtedly a union of intellectuals that has stood the test of time. From its principled stand as an organisation of struggles in accordance with its constitution, not merely for bread and butter but essentially for the protection and advancement of the socio-economic and cultural interests of the nation, ASUU has fought many battles against military dictatorship and has been proscribed many times when the powersthat- be felt that the union was not easy to be bought like they do to others. Their…

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Re: Igbo: The Light of the nation

CLEM AGUIYI   I am yielding this week to readers’ reaction to the article: ‘Igbo: The Light of the nation’. Due to space constraints permit me to publish a few samples but in no particular order of importance. When I penned the said article in my last week episode, I knew that wasn’t going to be my last word on the conversation as in the said article, I barely scratched the surface. The list of Igbo first is endless, it requires a whole book. Igbo contribution to humanity transcends Nigeria….

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And they killed Nigerian Airways

Eric Teniola On May 1, 1959, the Nigerian Airways Limited was inaugurated during the tenure of Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola (1910-1966) as Minister of Aviation giving Nigeria its fledging national airline. Chief Raymond Amanze. A. Njoku succeeded Akintola as the first supervisory minister to midwife the new airline. The first board appointed by the government provided policy guideline for the new Nigeria Airways was headed by Chief T.T. Solaru, while the first General Manager of the airline was an expatriate, Captain L.V. Messenger. Although the basic objectives of the new…

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Strengthening Rivers security architecture

Simeon Nwakaudu The realities of this political dispensation are confounding. The Federal Government which controls all security agencies accepts no responsibility for the growing insecurity in most parts of the country. By this act of commission, the Federal Government has allowed different states of the federation to fend for themselves. The states build their own security platforms, work out their own salvation and enhance their respective security architecture. Under this dispensation, the Federal Government only comes alive when there is need to use the security agencies to rig elections and…

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Edo poll: There’s end to litigation

Ehichioya Ezomon A scene playing out in Edo State depicts the adage of “the mourner crying more than the bereaved.” It has to do with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its state chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, continuing to litigate matters against Governor Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The electorate in Edo, the Election Petitions Tribunal, and the Appeal and Supreme Courts had respectively given Obaseki a clean bill of health as the duly-elected governor to superintend the state for four years. Commendably, the candidate of…

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Nigeria: When there is no standard gauge for governance

kingsley Ogbeide-Ihama   Explaining why his former boss, a past governor in one of the Southern states did nothing to address the infrastructural decay during his tenure, the aide said it was strategic for the roads to be left in such deplorable condition in order not to encourage a faster escape route for fleeing armed bandits, who were ravaging the state at that time. I believe you would consider such remedy to security concerns as provocative and ridiculous. For the aide as a Senior Special Assistant to the governor at…

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