What we need is sober reflection, not festivity

What we need is sober reflection, not festivity

by Our Reporter Apparently, the decision of the Federal Government to celebrate the centenary of the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria was arrived at, without rigour. The amalgamation was a unilateral decision of Lord Lugard, representing the British colonialists, without any consultation with the indigenes at the time. The driving consideration was the […]

What Lord Lugard Saw About Nigeria 100-years Ago

What Lord Lugard Saw About Nigeria 100-years Ago

He insulted your great-grandfather, great-grandmother, great-grandaunt and a few grand parents – he did mine too. Or did he merely say what he saw of and thought about them? Ponder that! He was a soldier of fortune. That makes him what you would call a bad guy. Now, when a bad guy puts you down […]

New dawn for Nigeria

New dawn for Nigeria

February 6, 2013 was a magnificent day for Nigeria. As the sun rose over the eventful day, Nigerians all over the world celebrated the thrashing our Super Eagles gave Mali’s Les Aigles to reach the final of the African Cup of Nations in South Africa. But prosperity was not done with us, for as the […]

El-Rufai: So, who is not consulting marabouts?

El-Rufai: So, who is not consulting marabouts?

by Hardball   Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, former Federal Capital City (FCT) minister, is not just satisfied walking audaciously in the corridors of power and stepping on toes and breaking chinaware, he is also audacious in writing about both the colours and tempers of those corridors and the scheming of the feckless men that walk in them. […]

More controversies for African First Ladies

More controversies for African First Ladies

by Hardball Last year, a mendicant African Union (AU) needed the benevolence of China to get a new and befitting $200m office complex in Addis Ababa. On the other hand, ‘wealthy’ Nigeria is proudly and confidently proposing to shell out N4bn to build the headquarters of African First Ladies’ Peace Mission (AFLPM) in Abuja on a […]

Child abuse: A societal problem?

Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional mistreatment or neglect of a child or children. Child maltreatment could also be described as an act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. Child abuse […]

Is Nigeria heading to two party system?

Is Nigeria heading to two party system?

by Emmanuel Oladesu, Group Political Editor The gathering was historic. The agenda was in the national interest. There was no hypocritical commitment. How to salvage Nigeria was the uniting factor when 10 governors met in Lagos to give their backing to the proposed merger of like-minded opposition political parties yesterday. Their resolutions created panic in the […]

Abuja Gate That Cost N7.5 Billion.

Abuja Gate That Cost N7.5 Billion.

Our hypocritical senators showed their anger at N4 billion allocated to the construction of an office for the First Lady in the 2013 budget. We should applaud their concerns about probity. Should we? Everyone knows the First Ladyfs office is one of the illegalities of our times. Were the Federal Capital Territory officials, who wanted […]

Gov. Akpobio and his inappropriate announcement

Gov. Akpobio and his inappropriate announcement

Some 11 days after Governors Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Gabriel Suswan of Benue and Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers visited ailing Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State in London and swore he was in fine fettle, even pressing to return home, Akpabio has reportedly told the media on his arrival from London on Friday that […]