By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah  Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said the judicial committee set up to review cases of human rights abuse in the military should not be seen as a witch-hunt. According to him,It is the responsibility of the Armed Forces and the responsibility of all those in government to ensure that they  interrogate their  own activities and ensure that those activities meet up with human rights norms and basic rules of decency observed across the world. He made the remarks Friday at the inauguration of the Presidential investigation panel to review compliance of the Armed forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement at the Presidential Villa,Abuja. He stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly stated the administration’s focus on three broad issues; security, the economy and the fight against corruption. Pointing out that the first security, is one without which others may prove impossible, Osinbajo added that  in any event...
BY PHILIP AFAHA 26th October 1996 at the Grasshopper stadium which will later be renamed Dan Anyiam, as the beagle re-echoed my name I spirited from the stands on a quick march to received my NYSC merit award. I took a brisk salute at the military governor of Imo state as we were taught those days .on stretching to collect the award the Governor asked `are you ok`?, I nodded in response as the governor smiled while handing the frail award to me. What Col. Tanko Zubairu did not know was that his youngest awardee will not take up the automatic employment privilege which was the reward for feat I attended. A week earlier my parents  had called to order that I  must not spend a day longer in Owerri after my passing out, this order was the least my parents could do to keep me alive and out of the...
By Musa Bala In the complex scene and act of leadership where failures and imperfections have become the order of the day by taking the centre stage in coterminous descriptions of the leaders and their characters and perceptions towards pilotage and power. There seems to be a loss of hope and bright side by the multitude of followers who lived in an absolute despondency and despair, making the erstwhile leaders to be celebrated and becoming a yardstick to calibrate the nature and performance of today’s carte blanche political hegemony. Grappling with the roll call of selfless leaders in Nigeria, names like that of the Sir Ahmadu Bello, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Samuel Akintola, and others, the endless list is always resonating with thunderous applause whenever they’re being mentioned. Today, decades after they’ve passed on, yet posterity is judging them right because their progenitors and the present political...
Kebbi State Government, on Wednesday said it would review its tax policy to raise its internal revenue collection from the “meager” N6.4 billion it generated in the last two years. The Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Ibrahim Augie, made the disclosure at a news briefing in Birnin Kebbi. “The Board of Internal Revenue contributed a total sum N6,441,581,185 to the state coffers since the inception of this administration. “This is a meager amount when compared with other high revenue generating states,’’ he said. Augie said the government would review existing tax laws and administration to raise the revenue bar in the state in line with current realities. “We will also review rates, fees, fines, charges and levies; block leakages by prohibiting cash collection and introducing e-collection following the implementation of the Single Treasury Account in the state,’’ Augie added. The commissioner said the ministry in collaboration with the Public Sector Governance Reform and Development Project would carry...
The conjured and demonic opinions of skeptics on the unabated degeneration of Nigeria under a Buhari Presidency is the least of my nightmares. I am the more comfortable with myself because only falsehood struggles to be concealed, but truth breaks the most secured of jails to quench he thirst of man with its effervescent aura.  But every day and across the globe, relations with Nigeria, comments about Nigeria and the engagement of her people by other nationals render these theorists of doom prostrate. Nigeria is unstoppably regenerating under President Muhammadu Buhari. Its war on terrorism is a resounding success and the administration’s no nonsense posture on fighting the monster of corruption in all spheres of public life attracts world-wide acclaim. And it is evident in a hitherto obstinate America under President Donald Trump also identifying with Nigeria on its drive to reinvent itself on all fronts. This has expressed in the...
BY Jude Pius  Bepeh Benue State is rightly referred to as the food basket of the nation due to its immense agricultural resources. It is strategically located in the middle belt of the country with vast fertile land and has advantage and capacity to produce virtually all major food crops of the nation. The State is a major producer of yams, rice, sesame, soybeans, sorgum, maize, guinea corn, beans” cassava, groundnuts and Bambara nuts. Tree crops like oil palm, mango, orange, cashew, kola nuts, etc. also thrive very well in the State; and the state is a major supplier of fruits in the country. There is a great deal of livestock resources – goats, poultry, sheep, pigs, ability of fish and other aquatic resources remain largely untapped as the traditional methods of exploration guarantee only a small catch. Benue State maintains a leading status in agricultural production against’ the background of...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah Nigeria produces the best in every way, its citizens continue to shine in various ways around the world, and as we continue to do what is right in public service, the country is bound to reach the top globally as a people, according to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. According to a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, Prof. Osinbajo was speaking at the Presidential Villa where he received Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye, Houston, US-based Nigerian doctor who successfully led a medical team that operated on a foetus, winning US and global acclaim for the feat. Olutoye had also been an active member of another medical team that had separated a set of conjoined twins successfully in the US. That team actually included two other Nigerian female doctors including his wife, Dr. Toyin Olutoye, an anesthesiologist, and Dr. Oluyemisi Adeyemi-Fowode, a pediatric gynecology fellow. Osinbajo told Olutoye who was accompanied...
The unrelenting media trial of the Senate ‘s Joint Committee on Customs  , Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport Over its Investigation of alleged infraction by the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) reached an unprecedented low over the weekend. To put the issues in their right perspectives, I did a discreet investigation into the allegations by the retired Colonel and some startling revelations came to the fore. First, Masters Energy Limited a corporate citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria had imported 30 containers of rice which were seized on arrival in the country by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS). The company petitioned the Senate Committee on Customs Excise and Tariff on its experience and attached various importation documents to multiple government agencies wherein the said consignment was duly declared as Rice. On November 17, 2016, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Excise & Tariff, Senator Hope Uzodimma wrote to the Comptroller General of...
By Chris Finebone Despite the best efforts by his media minders to downplay the cataclysmic negative impact of the sudden revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy (CoO) of Novotel Hotel over an alleged flimsy excuse of becoming a den of criminality, Governor Nyesom Wike cannot in good conscience (something he is known to be in short supply of) deny that his rather rash and draconian action will obviously send a terrible signal to investors – local and foreign. It must be stated that the governor’s action loudly and robustly cancels out any expected gains from the expensive advertisements the Rivers State Government has been running on local and international media especially the CNN beckoning on local and international investors to come invest in Rivers State. Like his former Commissioner for Information and  Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George stated in a reaction to his former boss’ action, “But it is a hostile signal...
 By Musa Hassan As all is now set for President Muhammadu Buhari to return to the country and assume duty as president and commander-in-chief, those seeking to enthrone an agenda different from what the president espouses have begun subtle moves to slot in their plan before the no-nonsense president returns. They need to do this because they know that once the president returns, he would see through their selfish agenda and stifle their bid to only themselves and attract opprobrium to his well respected government. That is why from nowhere, some have planted stories in the press to suggest that the presidential committee headed by the acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has concluded investigations and has recommended the sack of  both the suspended SGF and the DG of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayo Oke. The rush is similar to the one that occurred just before the president travelled out of the country...