Remembering The Abacha Regime

BY Abba Mahmood Tomorrow, 17th November, will be exactly twenty four years since General Sani Abacha took over power from Chief Ernest Shonekan, the Head of the Interim National Government set up after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election. The Abacha administration has been variously described as a child of necessity and indeed it was. A High Court in Lagos had declared the Shonekan regime illegal and Nigeria was heading towards a national crisis. Many prominent citizens, including Professor Bolaji Ahinyemi, a former foreign minister and even the presumed winner of the June 12 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, openly called on Abacha to take over to save Nigeria from imminent collapse. A veteran of military coups, General Abacha answered the call and effortlessly took over in one of the most peaceful, bloodless military coup d’état in Africa’s history. If there was any legitimate coup, the Abacha coup was...

The Nigeria Police, A Time For Renewal!

BY Ray Morphy I had been restraining myself from writing on the police for many reasons. In 1983, as a fresh graduate undergoing national service, NYSC, at Minna in Niger State, I applied to join the Police Force as a Cadet. Those days, we had to travel all the way to Moore Road at Ikoyi to make the application. I made the journey by train from Minna because I really wanted to join them. I was accepted but I was also accepted by the NTA. That’s how the police lost me, and mass communication gains me. Before then, I was in Boys Scout Movement, and in Man O War too. Those days of youth, I loved uniforms, discipline, strength and manliness. On top of that I felt that the police was an instrument of law and order and one could serve society through such a body since my mother had...
By Garba Shehu - President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-day visit to the South-Eastern states of Ebonyi and Anambra is taking place at the most opportune juncture, to show support to a governor who has done so much in promoting the President’s policy on food self-sufficiency and to to endorse his party’s candidate in a crucial vote to install a new governor through an election at the weekend in Anambra. Given the unfortunate secessionist winds sown by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB the President’s visit should be seen as part of the measures promised by the administration, following successful cooperation between the federal government, the region’s five governors and the cultural leadership of the people, the Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo. This joint effort has in no small means achieved success in putting out the fires ignited by IPOB. The visit should go further in soothing frayed nerves and provide an opportunity to listen more...
Mariam Mohammed - Today I will share with you a speech. After listening to the speech myself, I decided to share with  you one of the most thought-provoking speeches I have ever heard from none other person than the eloquent Prof. of law - the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) in which he spoke extensively about success and greatness. For me, this topic came at a time when the country is in dire need of selfless leaders. After listening to the speech I asked myself; what have I been working towards? Is it success or greatness? Vice President Osinbajo is a theatrically effective orator, anytime, at any event when I listen to him, I get inspired by his speech irrespective of the topic. He sure has a way of capturing your mind no matter how tired you are, you will always want to hear more...
BY Godwin Emefiele When I spoke at last year’s dinner, the general aura in the hall was fretful, uncertain and anxious given the precar ious position of the macro economy at that time and the recession that beleaguered the Nigeria in 2016. Key macroeconomic and financial metrics for October 2016 which were available as at last year’s event were worrisome. At that time, GDP had, for the third consecutive quarter, contracted by 2.3 percent with further contractions expected in the fourth quarter. Inflation rate had doubled to 18.3 percent in October 2016 from 9.6 percent in January 2016. Persistent depletion of FX reserves seemed irreversible with a balance of US$23.6 billion at end-October 2016 while downward exchange rate pressures intensified. Plummeting stock market indicators, sustained net capital outflows and poor doing business indicators all characterized our economy when I gave my speech last year. At that time, as many of you...

Why We Should Also Listen To Maina

BY Jideofor Adibe An article on Maina with a title such as the above is not likely to win its author any applause or friends. With Maina and ‘Mainagate’ becoming by-words for ‘fantastically corrupt’, to suggest that we should pause to listen to his own side of the story or raise questions about some gaps in the prevailing narratives is to invite retorts such as ‘corruption fighting back’ or ‘how much have you collected’? In ‘normal’ societies, there will not have been a quick consensus that someone not yet convicted by any court of law is ‘fantastically corrupt’ (as we are seeing in the Maina and other cases). But Nigeria is not a ‘normal’ society in many ways. Lack of trust in our justice system has led to the triumph of an alternative system – the court of public opinion- (also known as media trial) where the ‘judges’ are a motley...
By Abubakr Siddeeq Muhammad Today we resume our series of the lecture presented by Alhaji Ahmed 'Tunde Popoola during the 57th Nigerian Independence Anniversary Celebration Programme organised by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) held at the Conference Hall. Abuja National Mosque on Friday, September 29th, 2017. Enjoy: ISLAMIC PRINCIPLES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF NIGERIA The ERGP is the blue-print of the present administration to address the fundamental challenges we face and put us on the path of sustainable growth and development. As the government formulates plans and policies to grow the economy on a path of inclusiveness and sustainability after the recession, there is a lot to adopt from Islamic economics and principles. The primary objectives of Islamic principles and economic system are equitable distribution of wealth and social justice. Islamic fiscal policy is used to achieve the objectives of economic stability, growth and acceptable distribution of wealth. Islam establishes...
ADEBIYI ADEDAPO President Muhammadu Buhari’s rosy outing during the presentation of the 2018 appropriation bill before the joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday reminds me of a Yoruba proverb which goes thus: “Omo buruku ni Ojo tie loto”. This simply means that ‘a bad child will definitely be useful someday’. Those who believe that the warm reception Buhari enjoyed from the parliament suggests his popularity among the lawmakers should rather censor their thought. Undoubtedly, the legislators feel slighted with the poor implementation of the 2017 and don’t see the need to rush into the 2018 appropriation. I shall in subsequent editions put fidelity to the figures in the 2017 budget as well as discuss how realistic the 2018 Appropriation Bill can be. What transpired on the floor of the green chamber, where the joint sitting held speaks volume about the fate of the proposed budget, particularly as it regards request by...

Time To Kick Turkey Out Of NATO

Alon Ben-meir The egregious violation of freedom of the press in Turkey has reached a mammoth proportion that places Turkey among the most oppressive nations for journalists. It is sadder than sad that the US and the EU, who champion free press as one of the main pillars of democracy, have largely left Turkey’s President Erdogan free to crush not only free press, but also freedom of speech and peaceful demonstrations. The irony here is that Turkey, as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), has violated every provision of NATO’s founding treaty regarding human rights. Indeed, each member state is required to fully adhere to “…safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilization of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law.” To be sure, Erdogan has given himself license to mock these principles without any noteworthy rebuke from other NATO members. It...

This Is Not The Buhari We Knew

Abba Mahmoud    There is confusion everywhere. The government lacks direction. There is no clear policy on anything be it economic, security, foreign, aviation, environment or any other issue of importance. Everyone is virtually doing what he or she likes with nobody to call anyone to order. President Buhari is not in touch with the party that gave him a platform to contest and come to power, even though last week he suddenly realize that he needs the party which necessitated his caucus and NEC meeting almost belatedly. He appears not be in charge of anything, even admitting that he gave directive for boards to be reconstituted since October 2015 but that directive is yet to be carried out! He appears to not only over delegate his presidential powers but apparently abdicates his responsibility too. Obviously, this is not the Buhari we knew. Soon after he was sworn in as President, General OlusegunObasanjo released...