SUNDAY COVER ,1 OCTOBER,2017

SUNDAY COVER ,1 OCTOBER,2017

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...

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...
By Popoola Idowu Abosede Overtime we’ve seen Africa (the dark continent) being plagued with a lot of suffering and difficulties and the inability to enjoy the benefit of good living and the rights to some basic social amenities that will help sharpen the lives of individuals and its environs. One of those things fundamental to human existence and good living is the ability to feed properly. In Africa today, starvation has become a common trend and very difficult to curb, because of the mismanagement of funds/resources and carelessness of African leaders towards ensuring a proper feeding of citizens. Over here in Africa quite a large number of children are suffering from starvation. This has led to numerous diseases, death and other abnormal situations affecting these innocent children. As a matter of fact, Nigeria seems to be suffering from starvation too. The self-acclaimed giant of Africa and the most populous black nation cannot boast...
By Binta Rabiu Spikin Known for his adroit and manipulative political calculation as as a politician worth his salt, immediate past governor of Kano state and now serving Senator , Senator Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who is the grand commander of Kwankwasiyya in Nigeria can be said to belong to the elitist ruling oligarchy, in contemporary Nigeria’s political history. He had undoubtedly risen to stardom courtesy of his ability and capacity to weather every political storm and was known to have withstand the bad taste of graveyard humour anytime his political foes put him on the defensive, a rare courageous trait that made his loyalists, admirers and friends to see him as a spitting image of a potential presidential material, who had possessed the gut to call shots in the position of leadership. He was popularly revered as one who commands the loyalty and admiration of the grassroot as a true champion...

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...
By Yushau A. Shuaib “Fear a tumult which will affect those who caused it as well as the innocent ones…” Quran Chapter Anfal 8:25 I have deliberately quoted the above verse from the Quran, the Holy Book of Islam since the majority of Borno People are Muslims without ignoring the fact that there are other communities and towns within the state that are predominantly Non-Muslims. As a Nigerian like most of you, I express my deepest sympathy and great empathy with Governor Kassim Shettima, the Shehu of Bornu, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi and the resilient people of Borno State over the seeming unabated Boko Haram insurgency. It is rather regrettable that when the military had prepared for a massive onslaught with a declared 40 days ultimatum for a major arrest, Nigerian troops escorting oil prospectors and geologists were ambushed by the terrorists in the state. While some of the victims including soldiers,...

E-PAPER -16TH AUGUST, 2017.

E-PAPER -16TH AUGUST, 2017.

Between PMB And Rumour Warriors

BY Jonathan Nda-Isaiah Not too long ago,  Nigeria’s rumour mills went overdrive when some persons started alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari is on life support and was fighting for his life. It was a recircling of the same old rumour that made the rounds when the president travelled earlier in the year for medical vacation. Earlier this month, acting president Yemi Osinbajo embarked on a sudden trip to London to see the president. Because there was no pictures to back up the visit, the cynics and internet warriors , also called e-rats, started alleging that the acting president never went to London. An online medium went as far as saying Osinbajo spent only five minutes with the president because of the state he found  Buhari in. Specifically,  Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, accused Osinbajo of lying about the true state of the president’s health. He threatened to release some pictures of...
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...