Late last week (Thursday, October 16, 2014), the All Progressives Congress (APC) startled decent Nigerians when its national chairman, Mr. John Odigie-Oyegun, announced that the party put the cost of its expression of interest and nomination forms at the cost of N27.5 million in order... more →
It is always as if in Nigeria, one can count on a couple of things; that the David Mark led Senate will always abet corruption, rubber stamp the President’s multitudes of malfeasance and ensure that progressive reforms die in the hollow upper chambers of our republic. Reading Okey... more →
The best president Nigeria never had was Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo
who in his quintessential wisdom had vibrant and genuine vision for
Nigeria. Nigerians were denied the opportunity to eke from Awo's
political gymnastics and economic wizardry. He died before everyone
woke up... more →
A piece of heartening political news came out of Nigeria last week.
No, it was not the Federal Government’s proclamation last Friday that it had reached an immediate ceasefire agreement with the Islamist insurgents known as Boko Haram—a name that transliterates as “the book... more →
Now that we got the ‘all clear’ and we have been able to reasonably restrain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria, we can take a more dispassionate look at the issue, its genesis and some ramifications.
But first, a huge credit must go to the Lagos State government.... more →
On October 15 2014, Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State stole the
show at the formal declaration of former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari,
to run for president in 2015. Amaechi surprised many onlookers, not because
he was at the occasion, but because he swaggered that his government... more →
Once in a while, we all feel the need to go into our inner self. This act of introspection can sometimes lead to quite cathartic moments when we simply unburden our soul. However, some cathartic moments are not planned; they just happen. And so it proved recently with the esteemed... more →
The clamour for the creation of state police by state governors and civil society groups wouldn’t have been an issue in recent years if the centralized police had not been involved in partisan politics.
The fear that governors may hijack and convert state police into personal... more →
In a country where the citizenry do not ask hard questions, one can commit blue murder and walk away with it. In some cases, he can be garlanded for bravery and lionized for heroism as we have become accustomed to seeing in Nigeria. But a land where citizens do not ask questions or... more →
Road Trading at Oyigbo express junction, Rivers State (Photo by Odimegwu Onwumere)
Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s Rivers State is with about 90 percent of its
residents living beneath poverty line. Doubtlessly, this could have
necessitated the reason the state has been witnessing expansion... more →