BY Terfa Naswem Politics so they say is a dirty game. But such games in politics could be dirty or not, depending on so many prevailing factors. Political indices have portrayed the significance of politics and how politics can alter so much of whom we are and what we are as well. But there is no one who is not at least passive when it comes to politics. There are active and passive politics which has given rise to active and passive politicians as well Anyone who says they have no interest in politics or does not play any part in politics is not saying the truth. Everybody on planet earth whether consciously or unconsciously participate in politics either through “receptive political language” or “expressive political language”. We may have intra-personal or inter-personal political communication. People argue with others about the political systems of Nigeria and other countries. Some may not physically...
By Azubike ishiekwene Anyone reading the papers last week will be forgiven to think that the worst demons from hell have descended on the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). I have never liked JAMB, not because I ever attempted to take its exam or failed it. I guess I’m like most Direct Entry students who think JAMB is one of the useless bureaucracies that have robbed universities of their brains. But the universities have always loved it because its obtrusiveness guarantees a balance of shady aspirations. Either through JAMB or through vice chancellors, the worst candidates can get admission, whether they pass or fail entrance examinations. Some public universities have even created a slew of backdoor short-term programmes to short-circuit minimum entry qualification or any entrance examination. And the private universities are always waiting in the wings to harvest from the misery of those who fail to get a place in the...
The federal government has been making frantic effort to curb the spread of hate speech. Hate speech led to the genocide of 1994 in Rwanda. Hatred has a way of destroying both the one hating and the one hated. But one can only cure hatred with love. Those spreading hatred on both sides of the divide say that the constitution guarantees them freedom of speech. Perhaps they never knew what Field Marshal Idi Amin Dada of Uganda once said: “Freedom of speech is guaranteed but I cannot guarantee your freedom after the speech”. As Eugene Enahoro, one of my favourite columnists, wrote last week in his usually incisive analysis, “these days the main threat to our unity comes from unelected ethnic leaders who capitalize on prevalent mass suffering, real socio-economic injustices and perceived discrimination to convince their kinfolks that breaking away from Nigeria is the best means of improving their...
By Eugene Uwalaka - Abrasive verbal conflicts often arise on account of differential meanings we assign to either the word or the word group. Vagueness of meaning leads to cloudiness of thoughts. Ambiguities cause similar problems. Note that the thought process is the seed bed of dissensions, schisms, fallacies and heresies. Our thoughts are what find expression in our words and our words get implemented and enforced by what we do, in our actions. How often misused words generate misleading thoughts, misconceptions and binary   conflicts. Yet conflicts may be a thorny-route to a desired destiny or dream.  Our words and discourses are thus not very accurate ways of signifying or expressing reality. The honourable minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, pointed out the overt crisis in the theory of restructuring when he said “today restructuring means many things to many people. To some people restructuring is about giving to...
Definitely, these are not the best of times for the Nigerian Senate. This is because,  the most revered, honourable chamber and the highest law making organ of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been infiltrated by some elements who can best be described as ‘dishonourable, disgruntled and chronic liars’. They also lack any iota of integrity and honour to warrant them step into the Red Chamber, let alone sit there as senators. This, the leadership of the Senate must act fast by flushing out such bad elements in order to regain and maintain its ‘distinguished’ status. The sorry state of the Senate came to the fore recently when a serving senator representing Bauchi Central who is also the Senate Committee chairman on Navy, Senator Isah Hamman Misau, raised spurious allegations against the Nigeria Police Force. In his allegations, Misau said that the police authorities collect bribe for special promotions. As sensitive as...
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BY Mofe Jeje Immunity clause, as presently enshrined in the Nigerian constitution with its attendance problem of deferring punishment of an offender to an arbitrary future day rather than immediate punishment at the point of abusing an office, is a tortured issue that merits reconsideration at the on-going review of the 1999 constitution by the National Assembly. This is because the original purpose for which the clause was meant to serve has been hijacked and largely turned into an engine of fraud. While the original intention for its inclusion in the Nigerian constitution was good, politicians have corrupted and bastardized the well-reasoned privilege, and wilfully undermine the wisdom behind the grant of immunity to the detriment of Nigerians. Crafted and provided as an open-ended protection, the clause at present, provides a loophole that breeds criminals in power as it gives latitude to boldly, with impunity commit crime against the state and the...

Buhari’s Last Chance

If the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, is offering advice on what President Muhammadu Buhari must do to rescue his government, then the President should know he has work to do. The governor, who came to office over six years ago on the ticket of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has since switched parties. He is currently the official clown of the All Progressives Congress. And with months of unpaid salaries and pensions, and state monuments bearing his family name, there’s enough wreckage to show for his status. But that’s a digression. His advice to Buhari is on point and infinitely more sensible than the nonsense of his Kogi State counterpart, Yahaya Bello, who declared a public holiday to mark the President’s return but didn’t know what to do to save even one of the 60 persons that died from abdominal infection in Kogi the same week. Buhari has work to...
After one hundred and three days for a follow up medical vacation in the United Kingdom, President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Abuja on Saturday August 19, 2017 to a turmultous welcome. He was also earlier away for 49 days from January to March, this year. This column join other Nigerians in welcoming him and wishing him full recovery. Nigerians are prayerful and Buhari’s return must have been prayers answered. Both Christian and Muslim clerics and indeed millions other citizens have been offering constant prayers for his recovery since his illness was made public. Now that President Buhari is back, we hope that things are going to move very fast. Precious time has been wasted and vital opportunity has been squandered in the last two years. Buhari must know that no Nigerian leader, dead or alive, has ever had the type of goodwill that he has enjoyed from Nigerians and even beyond....
Barrister Hannatu Musawa Thus, the railway system can take its rightful place in the transportation sector in the country if only it is given top priority by the government and possibly also, via introduction of genuine private initiatives. Problems of poor management, underfunding, inconsistent policy, political interference and instability, and inflexible bureaucracy that have plagued the sector for decades must become things of the past. A couple of days ago, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi while inspecting the Abuja-Kaduna rail stations, dismissed several officials of the Railway Corporation. Among those dismissed were station managers, porters, and ticket officials at both the Idu and Rigasa rail stations in Abuja and Kaduna respectively, over ticket racketeering. It saddens me that they were dismissed since I alluded to ticket racketeering of VIP tickets at the stations in one of my recent articles. Nonetheless, the Minister rightly stated that sacking of the culpable officials would...