Much Ado About Pay-per-view

By Pamela Osagie If you did not hear about the epic fight, which featured Floyd Mayweather Jr., the world-famous boxer who came out of retirement, and his Irishman, Connor McGregor, you are, most likely living under a rock. The fight, aptly dubbed ‘The Money Fight’, was billed to be the biggest fight in combat sports history. Highly sensationalized, it pulled up staggering statistics from viewership numbers to winnings for both fighters and promoters. The anticipated fight took place on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena, Nevada. The night ended with Mayweather stopping McGregor at the tenth round and hitting a 50-0 unbeaten boxing record. Much has been said about the dexterity and doggedness of Mayweather and perhaps of Connor, so that is not the focus of this article. The focus however is on the broadcasting rights of the fight and a look once more at the pay-per-view model – a highly controversial...

NJC And The Burden Of Trust

A crisis of confidence may have come upon the Corruption and Financial Crimes Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (CFCCTMC) of the National Judicial Council following the resignation of its would have been chairman, Justice Ayo Salami (rtd) before its inauguration. The problem is not just that he turned down the appointment but the fact that he made it clear that some members of the committee have no business being part of it. If this is true, the committee can be presumed dead on arrival. The committee, considering the mood of the nation on this issue of anti-corruption and the place of the courts in it, ought to be made up of men and women with proven integrity. It is too early for an infighting, which is what Justice Salami’s resignation connotes, to be associated with it. We are assuming that the committee is not out to serve a predetermined purpose in...
I am back. Only 12 days ago, I was here addressing law students. At this rate, I think, you may have to give me a bed in either Awo or Fajuyi Hall. Nevertheless, it’s always a pleasure to come to Ife and a privilege to speak to young people because they are now the hope of our country. Any leader who loves Nigeria and is scared enough by what they see should invest more resources and time in our young people. The dreams of the future are always more important than the story of the past; and our youths represent the future. That is why I agreed to sponsor the Essay Competition and will hardly pass up any opportunity to speak with youths. The theme of the PANS convention is “The Audacity of Excellence in Pharmacy: Academic Distinction or More?” But the only audacity I want to speak about today is...

The Python In Our Backyard

By Idris M. Kabir We might be too immersed in politicking to notice, but the menace of local militias and cultic groups is highly on the rise in recent times. Even if they only steal little pages of the dailies, the violent ideologies, however, continue to rage wildly, mounting bases on every opening created by social imbalances. It’s verily a harsh reality we have found ourselves in, one which could arise to cripple our existence if we fail to nail it with very quick but sound social, economic, and political strategies. In a porous society like ours, we can only but endure these deadly trends for some moments before the whole nation plunges completely into anarchy. In retrospect, what is even scarier about these spates of violent uprisings is how they facilitate the destruction of our peaceful societal ethics and morals. The fear they command breed enough darkness to raise a...

Paths To Internal Security

We are re-running this editorial to stress the point that the situation in the country when it was first written has not changed in any significant way. If anything, it is assuming what, in our opinion, is a delicate dimension that needs to be addressed urgently.  Some of the seemingly intractable challenges facing the federal government are the pockets of crises across the country which are more serious than the simplistic dismissal of them as threats to internal security.  Until Boko Haram became the monstrosity it developed into, the nation thought the members of the terrorist group were mere irritants that could be dispersed with a whip. Today, we know otherwise even as the Biafran agitators, gun-toting herdsmen and the Niger Delta terrorists are beginning to toe that evil line which is causing the authorities some discomfort. That the government is sending in troops to rout them is evidence that, indeed,...
A recent report that a chief executive of one of the federal government agencies is facing trial in court in connection with his involvement in an under the table recruitment of about 38 people without approval exposes the illicit employment going on in the nation’s Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs). The chief executive in question is only going to be a scape goat in a matter that is as sordid as it is reprehensible. It is not altogether an alien knowledge to most Nigerians that openings, when they occur, are shared secretly among top politicians and other notable Nigerians in utter disregard for laid down rules guiding how vacancies are to be filled in the nation’s public service. We believe that this development that brings to the fore the insincerity of government officials in the much talked about unemployment issue also point out symptoms of corruption, nepotism and  the high rate...
By Abu Maleek  As a University in the nation’s capital, it is the expectation of many that it should be a model in terms of standard of infrastructure, academic capacity, and ultimately be the envy of others. But after about 30 years since its inception, the struggle to attain both administrative and academic efficiency has been very real, daunting and embarrassing. The latest blow amid others in the past few years is the loss of National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation for courses – notably Political Science and Sociology. There has been a back and forth movement about the legitimacy of courses offered at the University after falling short of NUC accreditation criteria like teacher to students ratio, staff strength, functional and adequate infrastructures like classrooms, libraries, etc. The accreditation crisis is been a long time coming. Back in 2016, the institution, being the most notable casualty lost accreditation for about 14 of...
One of the special breed of Nigeria’s military officer cadre, Air Vice Marshal Mukhtar Muhammad went the way of all mortals recently. The expired two-star General is recognised as one of the country’s finest and principled military officers who distinguished himself in the various commands and assignments he held and undertook in the Nigerian Air-force. Given who he was in his remarkable life time, those who met and knew him in and out of uniform have been pouring deserved encomiums on this man many agree was a detribalised Nigerian who applied the fear of God in all his doings. Muhammad was a multi-talented man who channelled his skills and endowments to the service of, first his immediate environment, the North which contributed to the realization of the dream of his people for the creation of the present day Jigawa State. The late air force officer was also loved as a patriotic Nigerian...

As Global Scenarios Change, Oil Is Dying

By Bisi Daniels It may be an assault on sensibilities to insinuate that Nigerians will have to drink their oceans of oil, as it may be unscientific to suggest that the resource will dry up soon. But the alarm bells are ringing loudly as the world increasingly turns away from oil. Oil is dying! The rate at which major oil consuming countries are setting deadlines for the use of the commodity spells doom for any oil economy. And indeed Nigeria! Sooner than later we would be asking ourselves what we did with all that oil. A very expressive analyst puts it this way: “They say life is not fair, but God is fair. He compensated the Arabs for the harsh desert conditions with abundant oil resources, and evidently they have used it well, but why did He give Nigeria so much oil and gas?” That may be a special favour to the country, but...
We the Youths for Socioeconomic Re-orientation (YSR), would like to express for Your Excellency’s recent appointment of Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed as President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Specal Assistant on Social Investment Programmes (SIPs). This is one among several appointments made by this administration that indicates its sensitivity to the yearnings of the people. We are confident that there is no better person for this position as Barr. Ismaeel who has spent a large part of his life advocating for the common man with his ears always tuned to even the tiniest whispers of the unremembered and unrepresented masses of Nigeria; regardless of ethnicity or religious orientation. Given that considerable time has been spent in planning and test-running several of the SIPs initiated by this government, it is quite strategic that an addition is made of an individual in Barr. Ismaeel; with unquantifiable qualities who is already in tune with the administration...