By David Dimas I never imagined I would be writing about this topic again. But I guess I was wrong. In the early hours of Monday December 4th 2017, two communities in Demsa and Numan Local government areas were attacked by alleged Fulani herdsmen. A friend’s wife was killed in the attack. At the end of the carnage that lasted for hours, the communities’ traditional leaders, with men, women and children were dead and houses set ablaze. Survivors and eye witnesses said the aggressive hitmen were well-armed. When news of the violence got to the presidency, the Vice president Professor Yemi Osibanjo, in company of the State governor Senator Jibrilla Bindow swiftly visited ground zero to access the amount of destruction carried out by the assassins. The Federal Government‘s choice of sending the vice president to ground zero while the president goes on campaign in Kano State against the backdrop of another...
By Jamil Sani - In most of the democratic and political climes, opposition within the party – it does not matter whether it is a ruling party – and government is an essential veritable element and ingredient. And two things – to check the excesses within the party and sitting government as well as politicking are the hallmarks of opposition. When politicians engage in opposition it is certain that change could be mantra. There could be genuine intention and on the flip side internal saboteurs that fought within their party structure virtually to actualize their selfish and political gains. In most cases, internal party crisis emanates from politicians who lack political credo and dogma while always placing and bringing forward their interest first before party and any other thing. Therefore, this trend usually creates raunchy political scenes where the selfish minority could be seen skirmishing and rumbling to control the majority even...
BY SOLOMON SEMAKA As Nigeria draws towards the 2019 general elections, the number of those aspiring to occupy the office of the President is beginning to take shape. Granted that there are bound to be aspirants contesting in every election, the desire by many aspirants to contest for leadership positions cannot be isolated from the performance of those in authority as well as the competence of those aspiring to replace them. Since it is the characteristic desire of all human societies to develop, and considering the fact that leadership constitutes a critical variable in the development process, the choice of who becomes a leader in every society is quite important. This importance is underscored by the fact that the quality and competence of a leader can significantly determine the destinies of the electorates hence the competence of those aspiring for the office of the President in Nigeria cannot be overlooked. Thus,...

Prof Oloyede’s Magic Wand At JAMB

By Solomon Semaka - The appointment of Professor Ishaq Oloyede as the Registrar/Chief Executive of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) was received with mixed feelings. To some it was an invitation to partake in the national ‘cake’; yet to others especially those who had inkling about his person, it was an initiation to contribute to the development of the Board and education in general. Prior to his coming, JAMB was touted to be over whelmed with organization of examinations amidst administrative laxity. But less than two years of his stay in the office, the Board has witnessed a lot of momentous changes that have transformed the entire landscape of the Board. As one who assumed office as a seasoned administrator, Oloyede declared right from the outset that the task of building an organization must be by improving on the work done by his predecessor as a collective responsibility. He said, “Whether...

NTIC: A Brand And Its Impact On Nigeria

By Yahaya Jibrin-  Since 1998, when the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) opened shop in a rented two bedroom apartment in the heart of Abuja, little did we know that something good was about to happen. Just like its slogan the “right environment for learning,” the successes recorded by ex-students of the NTIC in recent times have indeed proved this motto correct. This piece is on a young chap that has been making headlines in the past week after he emerged as the best graduating student for 2017 from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU). Call him a genius if you like, and he would offer you a smile. But call him a product of the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC), he would provide you with a handshake, as if to agree “yes, I am a product of the NTIC.”  He is Al-Amin Bugaje, of the department of electrical engineering with a cumulative...
By Joshua Ocheja - I am curious. I am a researcher. And over time I have come to the point where identifying good stuff comes easily. This time around, my area of research was the Nizamiye hospital located in the heart of the federal capital territory and estimated to have gulped a whopping $30 million. Upon, realizing this, my instincts were ignited, and my curious mind went to work, to unravel that medical facility in the heart of Abuja that is the rave of the moment. And alas, I wasn’t disappointed. The Nizamiye hospital could be regarded as one of the best medical facilities in Nigeria. Why?  I had reasons to interact with people who have used the services at the hospital, I was taken on a tour of its facilities, and I also interacted with doctors, nurses, and other auxiliary staff. And I was more than impressed. Without mincing words,...
By Richards Murphy - At a time that the media industry, globally, is confronting dwindling revenue for a host of reasons, it appears the New York Times is yet to fully harness the full potentials of revenue models available to it. New York Times only needs apply a little touch to its so called investigative stories to deliver a ready made blockbuster script to Hollywood in the fiction category. A recent piece by the publication, "They Fled Boko Haram, Only to Be Raped by Nigeria’s Security Forces" would break the cinema once appropriately titled "Travesty" or "Multiple Jeopardy". The piece tells the story of Falmata, a teenager who was repeatedly raped by Boko Haram abductors only to fall into the hands of military rapists when she escaped from the terrorists. Consistent with Hollywood standards of scripting these kind of flick, there is a near happy ending as "Falmata now lives with her...
By Agbese Philip - President Muhammadu Buhari used his visit to Kano this week to reaffirm that security, the economy and fight against corruption remain the cardinal principle of his All Progressives Congress (APC) administration. Such assurance is definitely needed in a clime and place where the tendency is to latch onto the negatives as opposed to highlighting the successes and working on how to replicate them. Equally lost in the negative casting is the reality of fulfilling the promises versus the romanticized perception. Fighting corruption for instances has the inbuilt risk for economic blowbacks as seen in the depression of certain sectors once the flow of easy revenue from corruption was disrupted. This perhaps explains why President Buhari went on to state that addressing Nigeria's security challenges was easier than tackling corruption or reviving the economy. One must however slightly disagree with Mr. President, who should have given himself credit for handpicking...
By Solomon Semaka - One morning in May 2015, after the rampaging hurricane of change has paid off in Benue state; a man in a multicolored cap drew his full height and declared that he has come on a rescue mission to make Benue one of the leading economies in Nigeria. Dr Samuel Ortom added that he would put to rest the lingering problem of non-payment of workers’ salaries and other aspects of mis-governance perpetrated by the past government under Dr, Gabriel Suswam. Dr. Samuel Ortom said the Suswam-led government mismanaged state treasury, leaving an empty coffers with a whooping N90 billion naira debt profile. His statements brought cheers from hundreds of people in the large IBB Square in Makurdi. No one expected that so much will change for the worse in just two years. Although, the current economic situations in the country coupled with lack of funds may have been a challenge, but With the total crash of the Benue economy, the inability to pay workers/pensioners for between seven and thirteen months despite excessive...
By Solomon Semaka - As Nigeria draws towards the 2019 General Elections, the number of those aspiring to occupy the office of the President is beginning to take shape. Granted that there are bound to be aspirants contesting in every election, the desire by many aspirants to contest for leadership positions cannot be isolated from the performance of those in authority as well as the competence of those aspiring to replace them. Since it is the characteristic desire of all human societies to develop, and considering the fact that leadership constitutes a critical variable in the development process, the choice of who becomes a leader in every society is quite important. This importance is underscored by the fact that the quality and competence of a leader can significantly determine the destinies of the electorates hence the competence of those aspiring for the office of the President in Nigeria cannot be overlooked....