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OPINION | Much Ado About a Certificate?

Picture Caption: Chairman Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye By Akintokunbo A Adejumo, akinadejum@aol.com I have written many times on a singularity, or perhaps we should call it a genetic aberration or bane of development and progress in our dear country – it is the inability to find the Truth; nobody speaks the Truth; […]

OPINION | Warring Political Class: When to Let Go

By Olawale Rasheed (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The political class thrives on tough competition for political power. From developing to developed world, struggle for control of state power marks the political elite as the most vicious and deadly. Yet there should be a time to let go. In the settled democracies, there is normally tough, rough […]

OPINION: Humanity Failed Namibians, and Paid Dearly for it

By Owei Lakemfa Descendants of the Herero and Nama people of Namibia on Thursday May 16, 2017 stepped into an American District  Court in  Manhattan. It was the first time in 109 years that the world would, through their descendants, hear the voices of over 100,000 Africans massacred in their ancestral home by German colonialists […]

OPINION: Cobbing Impunity in Nigeria Society and Within Lawmakers

Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi

By Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – By impunity we refer to exemption from punishment that would otherwise have been awarded a lawbreaker or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action. This is different from immunity. In many societies impunity is only enjoyed by military officers implicated in civilian […]

OPINION: Coca-Cola and NAFDAC as Public Enemies

By Emmanuel Onwubiko Three years ago, the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) took on the Nigerian Bottling Company Plc, the makers of Coca Cola for breach of public hygiene in the preparations of their products which are sold to Nigerians. The Consumer Protection Council went as far as obtaining the authorization of the Federal Attorney General […]

OPINION: For Love of Country and Compatriots, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Nigerians are used to being treated like orphans. They have a long history of neglect, abandonment and being despised. This is so much that many have come to accept these as articles of fate and that their state is unchangeable. So deep is their conviction, that they evolved the acronym, OYO (On […]

OPINION: Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba: A Tragic Exit

By Innocent Nzeke Waniko On Monday 6th March 2017 at about 10am, I received a call from an older associate asking if I had received the news about Onukaba.  I asked ‘what is the news’? My mouth was turning dry at this point. From the sound of my caller’s voice, it was predictable the news […]

OPINION: PDP, Obasanjo and Hubris, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Let me state from the outset that I am not a card-carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but I have sympathy for the party for some personal reasons.  With that kind of sympathetic or empathic mindset, it becomes difficult to maintain a dispassionate position – privately or publicly- when matters in […]

OPINION: Indian Garri, Plastic Rice And Brazilian Hair, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Many Nigerians are angry. They discovered  that their prized  garri, the cassava flakes staple food they  assume proprietorial ownership over, is being imported from India! The outrage seems justified as we produce eighty percent of world cassava (Manihot Esculenta)  across 33 of our 36 states. Also, we are the world’s largest exporter of cassava. Again, based […]

For Onukaba, by Taiwo Obe

The book, Atiku – The Story of Atiku Abubakar, has the author’s name as Ojo Adinoyi. Unless, of course, you were familiar with the author or, and, knew that he was a special aide to the former Nigerian vice-president, you would have thought that it is not the same person as Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo. But then, […]

EFCC Vs Emeka Mba: More Puzzles

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The continued prosecution of Emeka Mba, erstwhile Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC,by the Federal Government through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, presents several agonizing puzzles. Recently, the Minister of Information, National Orientation and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed admitted that government was grateful for the N34 billion realised […]

Edo Governorship: Between Activism and Moral Suasion, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The history of governorship politics in Edo state, at various intersections since 1999, is very fresh in my mind.  But of great interest to me is the April 14, 2007 election that pitted Senator Oserhiemen Aigberaodion Osunbor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomhole of the then Action Congress […]

OPINION: Happy 80th Birthday to Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

By Prof R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria Officially former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo celebrates his birthday 5th March and annually. This Sunday March 5, 2017 he will officially turn 80. I am a fan of Obasanjo as a character rather than a fan of Obasanjo as a mortal person. We celebrate his character, […]

OPINION: 2019 Presidency, Tinubu and Political Circumspection

By Sufuyan Ojeifo I read a series of reports about the possibility of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, running for an elective office in 2019.  In the reports, which were variously slanted by the media that published them, Tinubu was quoted to have said it could be […]

OPINION: As Nigeria Awaits Return of President Buhari, By Idowu Samuel

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Some unpatriotic Nigerians who had expected a telegram of sorrow to trail the trip of President Muhammadu Buhari to London must by now be sulking and depressed on their failed expectations. By desperately wishing the President dead with daring insistence, this category of traducers had unwittingly exposed themselves and their evil desire […]

Opinion: Is Amnesty International Truly Anti-Nigeria?

By Olawale Rasheed Across the world,Amnesty International releases several reports on various  conflict situations that many considered subversive and squared to de-legitimise state authorities. From Middle East to several troubled spots,the body acts mostly as agents of anti-state platforms . That judgement may be harsh. In reality, the experience of Nigeria in the hands of […]

OPINION: Of Magu, Saints and Sinners, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  If you happen to be a purist and you desire to dine with saints, you are not likely to find one here.  This is because the search for saints in the haystacks of the sin and corruption that exemplify the totality of human existence, and circumscribe the sum of socio-economic, political and religious […]

The Age Of Mugabe And The Age Of Ideas, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Robert  Gabriel Mugabe, the Pan Africanist and internationalist who was elected Zimbabwean Head of State thirty seven years ago, was 93 this  Tuesday February 21. He had for decades championed the slogan “Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans” Under this, he got the economic control of his country transferred from the minority White racists, to the majority […]

OPINION: PDP’s Court Ruling: What Next?

By Olawale Rasheed (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The ruling of the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt nullifying all decisions taken at the Port Harcourt convention which produced the Makarfi led caretaker committee is an eye opener for political watchers. The outcome can be assessed from two sides -either as the final dead end for the PDP […]

A Dishonest Political Circus, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – I have watched with amusement the hollow rituals of “comic tragedy” or tragicomedy, which the defection of politicians from one political party to another typifies. The polity has witnessed, in recent times, movements by some politicians who were, doubtless, respected leaders of their people up until their sudden volte-face and gravitation to […]

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