By Dele Ogunrinde - As a senior citizen who has never been a politician but, however, admire and cherish any party that works for the welfare and wellbeing of the citizens, I encourage any such party that will not only fulfil their political promises to the electorate but will at all times in and out of season in politics consider others first before self.  In this context, I maintain that any comment or comments I may be making either referring to a political party or an individual will have no political meaning to me but for the reasons as stated above. I am encouraged to write this because of my love for this country and because I am encouraged by the analyses and comments of the presenters and commentators in the media. This is to prevent disintegration of this country and I believe Nigeria will live as a united country. In terms...
Nine weeks into her pregnancy, Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha, 21, died from a stroke, after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage. The brain-dead pregnant woman was kept alive on a ventilator for 123 days—the longest time ever—delivered healthy set of twins by emergency Caesarean Section before her ventilator was switched off. Muriel and Frankielen were in a 6-year relationship before the incident The twins, Ana Vitoria, 1.4 kg, and Asaph, 1.3 kg, were born as healthy as premature babies. They were only nine-week-old embryos when their mother passed on, but their hearts continued to beat and doctors were able to save them. Her husband and father of the twins, Muriel Padilha, 24, has described their birth as a “miracle” after doctors initially told him there was no hope of them surviving. According to the Head of Neurological, ICU, at the Nosso Senhora do Rocio Hospital, Dr Dalton Rivabem: “We did an ultrasound...
By Aaron Osai - On April 27, 2017, in what can be described as voluntary strict adherence to the provisions of the law, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) embarked on Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise across the 774 local government areas in Nigeria. It was the first time in the history of the nation’s electoral system. INEC said the exercise was aimed at giving ample opportunity to Nigerians that attain the constitutional age of 18 and other eligible persons to have their names on voters’ register. There is no doubt that there cannot be a credible election without a credible voters register. It is thus inexplicable why previous INEC leadership failed to conduct continuous voters’ registration, as prescribed by the electoral act, which would have produced near perfect register. Even the immediate past chairman of the commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, was no exception, despite his pristine overall performance. Before the...
By Paul Ejime - As expected, the Supreme Court’s annulment of Kenya’s August 8 presidential election over “irregularities and illegalities” has provoked mixed reactions. However, all seem agreed that the justices of the apex court had demonstrated rare courage in upholding the will of the people over and above other considerations including the risks of ruling against a usually powerful sitting African president. At issue was the deployment of Information, Communication Technology (ICT) in the electoral process, particularly in the vote tallying and results transmission, but events that led up to Election Day, were ominous, especially the gruesome murder a week to the polls, of Chris Msando, the acting head of the ICT department of Kenya’s Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The fact that the IEBC commissioners were only appointed into office in January and therefore had limited time to organise a national election of such magnitude was another big...
By Anderson Owolabi - I sat transfixed on my chair, as the hall erupted into a rapturous mood, when the recipient of this particular award, bowed his head twice before the cream of dignitaries staring at him. And a voice vibrating in stillness, howled; “I dedicate this award to President Muhammadu Buhari for giving me the opportunity to contribute my quota in serving my country and to my team.” The awardee was Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources’ and Chairman Board of Directors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu. I felt in Kachikwu, the exhibition of the assets of positive leadership traits and inclination, quite rare with our people- Nigerians in such exalted positions of authority. I strayed into The Dorchester, from North of Westminster City that Friday evening, where I am a resident migrant to spend the weekend with an old acquaintance.  That was when...
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...

Politicians Of Fortune In Nigeria

By Emmanuel Onwubiko - Reading through a large volume of political history of Nigeria, a persistent theme present is the disturbing dimension that political corruption has stunted the progress and advancements of Nigeria since over half a century. Nigeria is a laughing stock in the international community because whereas the Country is enormously endowed with natural resources but also endowed with thieving leadership, the mass of the people are deprived, absolutely poor and hungry. The irony of starving in the midst of plenty is like someone who is swimming in the pool of water and yet the soap hurts the eyes of such a swimmer. It is for the colossal mismanagement of resources of the country by political office holders in all administrations that some writers concluded that indeed the massive natural resources that Nigeria are endowed with have become a collective resource curse. Take for example the case of crude oil resources in...

A Way Forward For The Railway…1

Barrister Hannatu Musawa 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 put a stop to workers nonchalant attitude towards work and stop ticket racketeering in the stations. However, it must also be pointed out this is not the only solution to the myriad of problems currently plaguing the Abuja-Kaduna train service. The railway is one of the oldest, effective and efficient means for transporting passengers and cargoes worldwide. The crucial role the railway...
BY Ade Adefeko It is not very often you are called upon to be part of a conversation that involves a behemoth and a global giant (not in size as per land mass or population) but with credibility built over the decades. I am writing this piece aboard an African bird with a Livery that is authentically African and that is Ethiopian Air which like its maxim says, is the New Spirit of Africa. I am quite enamored of them and will crave your indulgence to shower on them a few unsolicited encomiums. I am extremely proud of the airline which by the way is the flag carrier of Ethiopia and flies to 113 destinations with 92 aircraft and another 60 in order. It is currently the largest, the only government owned but privately run airline in Africa and boasts a profit to boot. It is worth mentioning, that it...