By Barr. Philip Ijiebor - President Muhammadu Buhari has to use his less than two more years in office to prove he’s an astute defender of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria he swore to protect, by obeying every provision of the nation’s grand norm. That includes a provision in the Nigerian Constitution with regard to a fair and even distribution of senior official positions all over the Federal Republic for him to be taken seriously. Over the years, this provision has not been made justifiable, for which a commission was actually established to pursue that purpose to the letter. The intention was to hold in check by legal means, if necessary, any tendency on the part of any one, or group of persons in power, to influence or effect the appointment of a host of people from any particular area to strategic or important positions in the country. In specific...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN ,Kaduna  The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Abubakar Saad 111 has attributed the incessant killings particularly in the North Eastern region of Nigeria to the failure on the part of government inability to discharge their duties as expected. Sultan who is the chairman of the Northern Tradition Rulers Council stated this in his remarks at the councils General Assembly which held yesterday in Kaduna. The General Assembly which had the Chairman of the 19 Northern states traditional rulers council state chairmen in attendance also had representatives of the council chairman from the South South, South West and South East. According to the Sultan, the meeting will discuss on issues affecting the people, issues of good governance at all levels, justice to all mankind. "As a Fulani leader, I am the leader of fulani's in this country, and in the west African subregion, I live with so many people and I know...

NDDC Board: PMB Has Breached No Law

By Tamuno Phil Brisibe-- Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has been in the news of late for not very good reasons. A faceless group has been round about town sponsoring media publications with the intent of casting the action of President Muhammadu Buhari in appointing  the Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba SAN led board in bad light, and this is very worrisome. It is worrisome because the interventionist agency came into being to heal the wounds of the past, assuage the feelings of the inhabitants of Niger Delta area, help calm the restive youths that have taken to militancy due to the age long neglect and degradation of the environment occassioned by the exploration activities of oil  companies and address the infrastructural deficit in the region. Over the decades, the oil companies have carried on with little or less recourse and adherence to global acceptable standards and best practices for such operations...

Building Foundation For Hajj 2018

By Mousa Ubandawaki The 2017 Hajj has gone with the controversy, drama and of course its successful end- what more can one ask for? In fact, that is the one thing about Hajj every successive year. There will always be bit of blot, a feature that will make it distinct or unique. Though there have been write ups about the 2017 in retrospect. As its often said, yesterday is but gone, confined to the dust bin of history, while Today is the time and turn to prepare for the question. (Tomorrow) – the 2018 Hajj. After the stock taking and celebration of the 2017 Hajj, attention and focus immediately shifted to the 2018 Hajj. Since the introduction of the its reforms programme last year and which is still continuing. And like most reforms, they aren’t always pretty and good music to the ear of many who are beneficiaries of the status quo. Sometimes,...
BY CECILIA OGEZI Former Inspector General (IG) of Police Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie has called on Nigerians to maintain national unity and promote peace as major factors needed to develop the multi ethnic and multi religious background of the country to compete favourably with the rest of the world. Coomassie advised that all stakeholders in bringing Nigeria to its needed glory must eschew ethnocentrism, sentiments and religious differences which according to him have threatened the unity of the country. This was contained in press statement signed by Anya S. Anya, chairman of organizing committee of the Unveiling of the first Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie lecture series slated for 17th December in Kaduna State. The lecture series with the theme “Peaceful Co-existence; Challenges of National Unity Responsibility of Every Nigerian” is a forum intended to bringing to the fore national discourse, ideas, strategies aimed at boosting and synergizing efforts made at eradication conflicts. The lecture is also...
By Yushau A. Shuaib In quick contrast to their respective jurisdictions,  they are maverick and young with enormous political powers to determine the fate of their nations and their neighbours. Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North -Korea and Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), the Defence Minister and Crown Prince of Saudia Arabia are below the age of 40 with hereditary powers from their fathers who influenced their current positions as world most powerful young leaders. While Jong-Un took over the reign of the leadership of North-Korea after the death of his father, Mohammed Bin Salman, popularly known as MBS was appointed Defence Minister and Crown Prince by his Father King Salman Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia. The two young leaders are not pursuing known political ideology or religious beliefs in their campaigns to preserve their powers. They nevertheless have various things in common. Since he took over leadership of North-Korea after the demise...

Banks And Hurtful Interest Rates

At a recent outing, the President and Chairman of Council of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN), Professor Segun Ajibola, re-echoed an issue that had, over the years, bothered and is still bothering the government and people of Nigeria. From his vantage position in the industry, he lamented that interest rates in the country are among the highest in the world. This is not disputable. He also expressed his worry over the quick win propensity of banks especially their reluctance to lend to sectors that are critical to the growth of the economy such as agriculture, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). He blamed this disposition on the part of the deposit money banks (DMBs) for the weak performance of the economy. It is impressive, in our view, that this observation is coming at this time that the government is making strenuous effort to rebuild the economy and create jobs by...
By Salihu Tanko Yakasai The long-awaited official visit of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to his most solid political base in the whole country, i.e. Kano State will become a reality anytime from now. It is expected that Mr. President will embark on a 3-day official visit to the most populous State in the federation during which he will commission some landmark projects executed by the administration of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR, inspect on-going ones, and also some private agro-based industries and meet with the cream of the society made of the Ulama, traditional rulers, businessmen and political bigwigs and lay the foundation stone of other gargantuan ones. For long, Kanawas have been longing for this historic visit since the epoch-making elections of 2015 when the APC swept away the then ruling PDP at...

Simple Solutions To Cancer

By Dr. Zainab Bagudu Shinkafi - In the course my multifaceted life, I cross many interesting people, principles and conditions. Some of them are so recurring I can predict with reasonable accuracy. One of such is the appearance of totally cancer unrelated issues at our Medicaid cancer outreaches. Thus, I wasn’t really surprised to see this elderly woman holding a physically disabled child in her arms blocking my path during a recent cancer screening in Augie local government area of Kebbi State. One glance told me the story. Or rather, my ‘stereotypical-snobby-educated’ mind assumed I knew her story. I thought to myself, she’s heard ‘Matar Gwamna’ is in town with her foundation that offers free treatment and instant solutions for all and any disease. We see a spectrum of diseases not limited to cancer but mostly all are in the pathetic fumigating end of life stage. The patients would also have gone...
By Michael Jegede The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was created as an interventionist agency in the year 2000 during the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, with the sole mandate of ensuring an overall development of the oil-rich Niger Delta, in response to the demands of the people of the region. It came with “the mission of facilitating the rapid, even and sustainable development of the Niger Delta into a region that is economically prosperous, socially stable, ecologically regenerative and politically peaceful.” Despite government’s noble intention of establishing the NDDC, the agency completely failed to perform and live up to expectations in the fulfillment of its mandate. Not much did it do to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the Niger Deltans which informed its establishment. The Niger Delta master plan launched in 2007, of which the NDDC was expected to oversee its implementation to assist in the realization of the agency’s mandate,...