Kidnapping incidents in parts of the country in the last couple of months have assumed very alarming dimensions. The development has expectedly engendered in people especially commuters palpable fear. Some communities in States such as Edo, Kogi and Kaduna are at the moment gripped with fear as a result of the frequency of kidnapping incidents. The development apart from the obvious implications to national security is in addition having its toll on the enthusiasm of foreigners wishing to invest in the country. On account of the resultant insecurity, travel advisory have severally been issued by some countries advising their nationals not to travel to parts of the country. Similarly, some diplomats wanting to travel to parts of the country for example the North East, had to put off such travels in order to avoid being kidnapped. This is the extent the kidnapping menace has dragged the image of the...
By Dele Ogunrinde n the first part of this article, the author assessed the performance of theMuhammaduBuhari administration on its tackling of corruption and maintenance of national security. He was also forthcoming with suggestions as to what needs to be done to win the battles on these two fronts. In this second and final instalment, he focuses on the delivery of infrastructure and the management of the economy over the past two years in the context of dwindling revenues from petroleum oil resources and frayed tribal/ethnic nerves. On the political terrain, posits that restructuring of the political landscape is a challenge that the Buhari administration cannot run away from.  Economy Beyond recovery of illicitly acquired funds, not much can be said to have been achieved in the improvement of the economy. Some have been willing to concede that the economy had been battered to a most serious state before the advent of...
Kabir Abdulkadir Kai! There has never been a time in our history that the revered and distinguished Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria suffered huge ridicule and embarrassment as the current dispensation. Yes, over the years, many incidents took place at the senate chamber which caused uproar among many Nigerians, but it has  never gotten to this extent. This is sequel to the recent demonstration of juvenile tendencies by one Senator Hamman Misau, representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District. As a member of the highest lawmaking body in Nigeria, Senator Misau is supposed to be enlightened enough to know the line between dry, empty and spurious allegations which cannot be substantiated with facts and proofs and allegations which can be proven. Few months ago, Senator Misau raised series of allegations against the police institution. He alleged that the Nigeria Police Force, which he once served before he left as being corrupt. He also alleged...
We love to blame most of our miseries on the older generation – the corruption, the greed, the rot and decay, and the rise in ethnic politics; everything that has held us back. It’s okay to beat that generation over the head with our woes, but I’ve been thinking of what my world, my professional world, would have been without these folks; that is, the good folks among them that we often lump with the bad. I’ve told the story before of how Olatunji Dare helped to give me my first writing job and how after meeting Ray Ekpu and shaking his hand at the lying-in-state of Dele Giwa in 1986, I refused to shake anyone else for the rest of that day to preserve the fragrance and memory of that contact. There’s yet another man from the older generation of writers that I owe more gratitude than I could repay: Egbon...

Lion Share And Baboon Share

On Sunday 1st October, 2017, two things of great interest happened in two different continents as Nigerians were celebrating the 57th independence anniversary here. In Spain, on the European continent, authorities were busy that day trying to prevent the people of Catalonia from voting in a referendum which they organised to express their willingness to separate from Spain and for their country, Catalonia. The country’s Constitutional Court declared the vote illegal. Police prevented people from voting, seized ballot papers and boxes at polling stations. In the end, 90 percent of the over 2 million people who were able to vote opted for separation. In neighbouring Cameroon on the same day, soldiers shot dead at least eight people and wounded several others during protests in that country’s English speaking regions by activists calling for its independence from the Francophone majority. Due to perceive marginalization, the protests, which began last year, against...
By Dele Ogunrinde - As a senior citizen who has never been a politician but, however, admire and cherish any party that works for the welfare and wellbeing of the citizens, I encourage any such party that will not only fulfil their political promises to the electorate but will at all times in and out of season in politics consider others first before self.  In this context, I maintain that any comment or comments I may be making either referring to a political party or an individual will have no political meaning to me but for the reasons as stated above. I am encouraged to write this because of my love for this country and because I am encouraged by the analyses and comments of the presenters and commentators in the media. This is to prevent disintegration of this country and I believe Nigeria will live as a united country. In terms...
My dear Nigerians, October 1st remains a special date for all Nigerians as this marks the day when we attained one of the most precious of human desires — freedom.. Over the years the country has gone through trials and tribulations, but October 1st is always a day for celebrations. It is a day for thanks giving, reflection and re-dedication. It is also a day for remembrance. We should remind ourselves of the recent journey from 1999 – 2015, when our country happily returned to democratic rule. However, in spite of oil prices being an average of $100 per barrel and about 2.1m barrels a day, that great piece of luck was squandered and the country’s social and physical infrastructure neglected. We were left with no savings and huge infrastructure deficit. The APC Government’s Campaign rallying cry to restore security, re-balance the economy and fight corruption was not all rhetoric. The country must first be secured. The...
BY Onyibe , development strategist On December 12, 2015 in Kaduna State, North Central Nigeria, the military allegedly mowed down some Shiite Muslims who allegedly tried to obstruct their path. Till date, their leader, Ibrahim El Zarzaky and his wife are still in detention, although authorities like to sugar-coat it as protective custody. It is common knowledge that Bornu and Yobe states were practically turned into killing fields by terrorists and citizens have remained exposed to being raped, kidnapped and sold into slavery or killed for nearly 10 years. In fact, the National Bureau of Statistics , NBS and Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN attribute the current high cost of food partly to displacement of farmers in the north east due to acts of terrorism which has been preventing them from tiling the soil for food. A quick trend analysis reveals that under the regime of other democratically elected presidents like Umaru Yar’Adua...
Nurudeen Hamza The federal government is, for the umpteenth time, admitting that unemployment and underemployment are the greatest challenges of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. Briefing members of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the Presidential Villa recently, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, identified lack of job opportunities as the major problem facing the government in its efforts to pull the country out of the economic morass it is enmeshed in. Udoma said despite the fact that Nigeria had just exited economic recession, the economy is still deemed vulnerable to shocks and that focused policy implementation is required to sustain the recovery. The minister is not the first top government official to make such observation about the economy. Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, had also said that the 0.55 per cent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, which wriggled Nigeria’s economy out...

Redeeming A Wasting Generation

By Ladi Ayodeji Professor Wole Soyinka once described his generation as the “wasted generation”. I wonder how the Nobel laureate would describe this generation, with the pervading crime wave rocking the nation from different angles. Let’s go on a journey through the landscape of this generation of youths to see how prepared they are as future leaders. The media is awash with daily reports of kidnapping for ransom, rape, ritual killings, terror attacks, sectarian violence, Internet fraud, credit card scams, pornography, ghoulish murders by bizarre cult groups, armed robberies, etc. The mayhem being unleashed on this nation by the present generation of Nigerians is unheard of and mind-boggling. Sometimes, watching the news is like seeing the latest horror movie. Living in Lagos, reported as the second worst city to live in, has become a nightmare for many. Today, commuters not only have to endure frustrating traffic snarls, they live in constant fear...