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...
I must start this piece by commending our teachers and other workers in the education field. I must praise them for their tenacity, sacrifice and forbearance! It is not easy to teach without salary for months on end! Indeed delayed salary and no salary is the norm in most states. This is in addition to very low wages that are often less than what is paid to cleaners, janitors and security men. Yet, these gallant men and women are the true producers of our collective tomorrow! Many forget that the child of today, is the adult of the future. A poorly trained child, a poorly equipped learner, an improperly motivated child will grow into the voter and office holder and leader of tomorrow. Dear reader, take a little time to let that sink in! What kind of leader will ignorant people make? What kind of country will Nigeria be in the future if we continue to turnout graduates and others who know next...
By Godwin Ewulu Nigerians need to rethink their reaction to debt and borrowing plans. In the past two years, there has been much talk on the country’s debt profile which has risen to N19.6 trillion locally and over $64 billion total debt (according to the DMO website). Many Nigerians complain that the government is borrowing too much. We are worried that the future of our children is at stake here. We do not wish to see the other side of the borrowing plan which puts the country in a better position for decades to come. A critical look at the current debt structure and the attributes of the new borrowing plan will paint a vivid picture on why the Muhammadu Buhari-led government must be encouraged to see its borrowing plan through. It was Warren Buffet, the Oracle of Omaha, perceived as the world’s best investor, who said “beware the investment activity that...

Welcoming The ‘Boss’ On Board

Mariam Mohammed - Let me begin with an unreserved apology. After my last piece I took some kind of ‘French’ leave at the expense of you, my esteemed readers. It is my slightest doubt that my inability to feature in subsequent editions of this column may have in a way robbed off on my readers. Evidently, some of you like my good friend and professional colleague, Aliu Akoshile, called and whimsically inquired if my ink had gone dry. Far from it! The unavoidable break was actually not intended and while I deeply crave your indulgence for the momentary ‘blackout’, I hereby resume with renewed vigour and a solemn pledge to always keep a date with you…. Be that as it may it suffices to recall that events happened in quick successions within the past couple of weeks that made headlines in the news media. Some of these events stretch through the...
By Magnus Onyibe - There is a buzz about the internal strife that has recently been hunting Aso Rock villa like a ghost. It is based on the belief that there are numerous pockets of power in the presidency, which like a constellation of stars revolving around the moon seeking to overshadow one another, have in the process created chaos, serious enough to trigger the leadership cataclysm currently besetting Nigeria. By tugging at each other’s throats, the different power blocks in the presidency are believed to be working at cross purposes and for selfish interests which does not augur well for effective governance. The recent incidents of the security agencies that have direct reporting lines to president Muhamadu Buhari being at daggers drawn, affirms that there is trouble in Nigerian seat of power. Take for instance, the fact that the Directorate of State Services, DSS, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,National Intelligence Agency, NIA, are...

Buharism: The Missing Ingredients

President Muhammed Buhari(PMB)’s place in the history of Nigeria is assured. He is a General’s General. He took active part in the civil war and was also involved in all the military coups that eventually led to his first shot as Head of State in 1983. He came back in 2003 to contest the presidential election with governance integrity as his major selling point. He was rejected at the polls of that year and in 2007 and 2011. He lost the elections not because the opponents were better or stronger but more because the elites or the ruling class were not comfortable with his stand against corrupt practices. He was much loathed in the southern part of the country, particularly in the East, for his role in the civil war and the perception of being an ethnic champion whose interest and affection is first to the Hausa/Fulanis, Muslims and Northerners...
By Joy Yesufu Following the official flag off of Operation CROCODILE SMILE II by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai on Friday 13th October 2017, the tempo of operational activities within 6 Division Area of Responsibility (AOR) has since been stepped up with high morale among troops of the Division. It is evident that the increased presence of troops both on land and in  the waterways dominating the entire 6 Division AOR has started yielding fruits especially in the area of denying criminal elements such as kidnappers, armed robbers, sea pirates, cultists, illegal oil bunkerers and crude oil thieves as well as other hoodlums freedom of action. In 2 Brigade AOR which covers Akwa Ibom State, vigilant troops based on a tip off by some patriotic Nigerians on 9th October 2017 arrested one Mr. Udeme Dick Nnah a notorious cultist who has been terrorising the community. In...
By Azu Ishiekwene The cartoon was published in The Guardian on a Sunday sometime in 2016. It was a depiction of the tortoise approaching the gate of the Presidential Villa, carrying the sign, “Slow and steady.” On that Sunday, nearly one year after President Muhammadu Buhari was elected and months, I think, after he announced his ministers, the President had a copy of that publication on his side table as he spoke with a guest. Over small talk, he picked up the newspaper, flipped to the cartoon page and spread it before the guest. “Whom do you think that is,” he asked, half-smiling. His guest looked at the cartoon, and as he was raising his head locked eyes with the president. Both of them erupted in laughter. The tortoise in the cartoon was a caricature of a president who had taken six months to appoint his cabinet and would take even much longer to fill...