BY Ifeanyi Omokwe, Abuja In an interview published in national newspaper, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof Kingsley Moghalu, exercised his inalienable right to freedom of expression on some national issues, especially in the areas of youth empowerment, citizens’ obligation to pay taxes, unemployment, leadership and public policies. As a former public official and academic, Prof Moghalu, more than qualifies to voice his enlightened opinion on these and many more socio-economic subjects of concern. In one of his submissions during the interview, Prof Moghalu expressed worry over the debt burden of Nigeria, calling for it to be “completely overhauled”. He said, “I see that the government recently requested the approval of the National Assembly for US$5.5 billion in borrowing. If you consider that more than 60 per cent of revenues earned by Nigeria are already going into debt servicing, you can see that we are going...
Leaders of Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU-PF, met yesterday to draft a resolution to dismiss President Robert Mugabe at the weekend, a senior party source said. The source said the leaders will lay the ground for his impeachment on Tuesday if Mr. Mugabe refused to stand down. “There is no going back,” the source told Reuters. “If he becomes stubborn, we will arrange for him to be fired on Sunday. When that is done, it’s impeachment on Tuesday.” Zimbabwe’s military said it was engaging President Mugabe in talks on the way forward for the country and that it would advise the nation on the outcome as soon as possible. The military added, in a statement broadcast on Zimbabwean television, that it had made “significant progress” in its operation targeting “criminals” around Mugabe. On Thursday, Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai urged Mugabe to resign in the interest of the country after the military seized power. “In the...

An Accident el-Rufai Can’t Help

Azu Ishiekwene Governor Nasir el-Rufai may have been an accidental public servant by his own account, but he may well be the sort of accident that the public service needs. In a battle that promises to be nasty, the governor said he would fire 21,780 or two thirds of the teachers in Kaduna State who failed a competency test based on a scheme of work for primary four pupils. Teachers in the state and the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have promised the governor hell and actually started paving the way for that last week, with violent street protests and promises of more chaos to come. The unions said the state government was to blame for teachers who failed the exam that their primary five pupils ought to pass, citing poor tools and funding as reasons. What’s the fuss about, anyway? Exam, the teachers said, is not a true test of...
By Abubakr Siddeeq Muhammad Friday, November 10, 2017 was the day in which President Muhammadu Buhari conferred with Christian and Muslim leaders in two separate closed-door meetings at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Christian delegation was led by the CAN president, Rev. Samson Ayokunle; that of the Muslims by the Secretary General, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Dr. Khalid Aliyu. I will start with the Muslim leaders’ version of the visit which got little publicity in the media as far as the details of what was discussed were concerned. The text of the speech presented by CAN leaders to the President during the closed door meeting was widely circulated even in the social media, not least the call on the government of Muhammad Buhari to ‘withdraw from all religious bodies.’ I shall revert to this later. Many Muslims have taken exception to the composition of members of the delegation; some faulted the process of...

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...