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 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...
BY Bako Suleiman As federal allocation decreases by the day,  following the sinking worldwide crude oil prices, the 36 states of federation are grappling with the challenge of managing the decreasing income from the Federation Account. Most states in Nigeria look fervently for ways of increasing their internally generated revenue. More people and organisations are being engaged in tax net as a means of boosting the generation of income internally. But in Kaduna, the case is different. Fully aware that the only way the people of the state could work in tandem with the state government on any venture that would generate revenue internally is to appeal to their interest, Governor Nasir el-Rufai chose to look in the direction of waste management and stop capital flight occasioned by processing waste outside their domains. He embraced a system whereby people can earn money while disposing their waste and keeping the environment...
BY FEMI ADESINA Not a few tongues had wagged over the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari was outside the country on medical vacation for weeks on end, and no member of his media team was with him. Many times, we had been confronted by journalists on why we were sitting pretty in Nigeria, while our principal was confronted by severe health challenges in London. How did I feel about the situation? I had always told the media, and others who cared to listen, that whoever is on a presidential entourage at any time is the prerogative of the President. In the first 20 months of this administration, the President had made scores of trips, both locally and internationally. There was none, and I repeat, none, in which the media team was excluded. We were always there to keep the world abreast with what the President was doing. When President Buhari first needed...
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...

Atiku: A Babel Of Responses

Rrecent publication by a group that goes by the name, Governance Support Group, further underscores the apparent contradictions in the pro-Buhari camp in responding to the recent claim by former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, that he has been sidelined by the Buhari administration in spite of his contribution towards its emergence. With no official response to Atiku’s claim, the unofficial responses from the pro-Buhari camp have been essentially contradictory, hasty, ill- digested and laden with emotions. What first looks like an official response by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and which was made by the national vice chairman (North West) of the party was quickly denied by the party’s national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, who said he was expressing a personal opinion. That was quite instructive. The next unofficial response was from Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State who, according to media reports, was the “first governor to visit the Presidential...
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...