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...
According to Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, NBS, youth unemployment in Nigeria has reached a historical high point. Drawing from the aphorism, the idle hand is the devil’s workshop, Nigerian youths from both the north and south, who constitute half of Nigeria’s population estimated to be 180 million are idle. If the leadership is aspiring to sleep with both eyes closed, it must find productive ways to harness the boundless energy of our youths. So, in my view, one of the solutions to youth restiveness on the Internet may be the creation of employment which incidentally is associated with good governance. Since the jobs are obviously lacking, the blame for youth idleness once again tilts more towards government which is currently grappling with an unbalanced budget and double digit inflation. What this implies is that, the panacea for hate speech lies at the door steps of government. So it must find an innovative...
By Lai Mohammed Permit me to thank the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria for inviting me to their 4th Annual Conference holding here in the beautiful city of Kano. It is commendable that you have maintained the tradition of gathering annually, despite the challenges. I congratulate you! I consider the platform offered by your association as a very important one, considering the calibre of your members and the strategic role of communication in governance, hence I have cleared my diary in order to be here. Fortuitously, your conference is coming a day after Nigerians received the good news that our country, Nigeria, is officially out of recession. Let me therefore congratulate Nigerians over the good news. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the economy grew by 0.55 percent in GDP terms for Q2 2017. While this is good news for the good people of Nigeria, it be...
BY Magnus Onyibe His eminence, Saad Abubaker lll, the sultan of sokoto’s admonition that God does not make mistakes, must have struck strong chords in the hearts of members of both the Islamic and Christian Faiths in Nigeria.The assumption above is underscored by the fact that people of the two major religions believe there is one God. That is a fundamental and critical point of convergence and common ground. The main point of divergence in both religions is that Muslims believe in Muhammad as prophet of God while Christians believe in Jesus Christ as son of God. As individuals in our homes or offices, people differ in their views, opinions and beliefs , yet they, more often than not, remain same family or colleagues. Apparently, president Muhamadu Buhari shares the belief because in  his Sallah message, over the weekend, he entrusted the unity of Nigeria to God and made reference to the African...
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BY James Ume Less than seven months after Audu Ogbe, Minister of Agriculture promised the nation that the government was poised to crash fertilizer price down to N6,000 or below, tangible evidence has emerged that this is a promise kept. Last Monday. Uche Orji, the ebullient Managing Director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA, revealed that the Authority had put back to work 11 fertilizer blending plants across the country, adding over six million bags of NPK 20:10:10 to the current fertilizer production in the country. This is cheering news for at least three reasons. The NSIA action has substantially crashed the price of fertilizer to below N6,000, something that was thought impossible earlier in the year. Second, it has also put an immediate end to the scandal-prone fertilizer subsidy and the non-accessibility of the product to farmers. Nigeria pays billions of Naira in fertilizer subsidy, yet farmers are...
[email protected]oo.co Street talk would analyze Project Nigeria as pooling resources towards baking the national cake. In other words, it presupposes citizen engagement in taking ownership and in turn becoming advocates of shared values and common goals. It is a veritable exercise in realizing the ever haunting lines of the now discarded National anthem which chimed “Though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand”. Shifting focus to the next generation as a value orientation and reorientation strategy as a platform for the affirmation of a collective Nigerianness is worth soft mentoring through schools excursions. The Nigerian narrative can be stimulated through the notion of schools excursion in the realization that travel is the greatest expander of human perception. Travel, in this sense is not to be limited to the bourgeois pretentions of going “abroad” but as a liberation mindset that begins with a coasting through one’s own immediate town/city/Local...
By Magnus Onyibe John McCain, the indomitable United States of America, USA senator whose vote torpedoed the Republican Party- his political party’s attempt to repeal the USA affordable health care bill-dubbed Obamacare is a study in political courage.This is because along with two other senators - Suzan Collins and Lisa Murkowski who incidentally are ladies - he casted the vote that thwarted the plan of the current USA president Donald Trump and the ruling Republican Party to scrap the existing affordable health care coverage nicknamed Obamacare.  If the vote for the repeal had sailed through, an estimated 30 million Americans would have been compelled to face avoidable health care risks. In a US regime where both the executive and legislative arms of government are under the control of the Republican Party, and l dare add the judiciary arm as well (since Trump had the rare privilege of appointing a conservative Supreme...