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Buhari And The Marabouts, By Reuben Abati

“Have you read Lauretta Onochie’s latest post?” “Lauretta. Lauretta. Who is she?” “She is a social media assistant at the Presidency. She shoots straight and direct. She defends President Muhammadu Buhari with the passion of someone the President treats like a daughter.” “Not a son, this time, a daughter! Interesting. Of power, fathers, wives, sons […]

OPINION: Nigeria is Seemingly Losing the War on Democracy

Photo caption: Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari  By Prof R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Nigeria War on Democracy has a long history into the colonial era. The aim of successive generations of enlightened Nigerians has been to find and install genuine indigenous leadership to fast track the “Socioeconomic Development of Nigeria […]

OPINION: The Sphinx of Violence, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The seasonal hurricane, ‘Military Mutiny’  is tearing through Cote d’Ivoire, while the  more devastating Hurricane Trump has again touched down in the American White House tearing through the American society  and world politics. The epicenter of the latter hurricane is that President Donald Trump, the American Commander-in-Chief and Twitter-in-Chief, revealed classified information […]

OPINION: The First Class Degrees Galore, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Daily Trust newspaper has published an interesting feature story (May 15), on the sudden surge in the number of First Class degrees being churned out by Nigerian universities. Daily Trust reports that its investigation reveals that in the last five years, 16 Nigerian universities have produced a total of 3, 499 […]

OPINION: PMB and the Limits of Endurance

By Sufuyan Ojeifo (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – When President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) entered the presidential race in 2015, he might not have appreciated, as a fact, that he was taking his luck too far, given his age and, more importantly, his health status.  Recall that he had unsuccessfully run for the position of president in 2003, […]

OPINION: The Courage to Stand Up, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – In its first thirty nine years as an independent country , military dictators ruled Nigeria for twenty nine years. They were years when the country was almost drowned in rivers of blood including a three-year Civil War which claimed over two million lives.  Professionalism and esprit de corps  departed the military to […]

OPINION: Bayelsa/Olobiri Roundtable Launched in Houston

Photo Caption: Bayelsa Gov Seriake Dickson with Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu flanked by Senator Foster Ogola and Secretary to the State Government Barr. Serena Dokubo-Spiff at the OTC Oil and Gas conference in Houston By Daniel Iworiso-Markson The recently concluded Oil and Gas Trade Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, United States […]

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo Congratulates France President-Elect

AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his election as the next President of France. In a congratulatory letter to the President-elect, Prof. Osinbajo said he received the news of the election of the 39-year old Macron with satisfaction, noting that under successive governments, the relations between Nigeria and […]

OPINION: The Corruption in Whistle Blowing Policy

By Sufuyan Ojeifo Two weeks ago, as I was moving some of my personal effects – mainly books – from the office, I had to, in my own interest, resort to full disclosure of the contents of the ghana-must-go bags to my gateman, who usually helps me to convey heavy luggage into my residence. I […]

Opinion: University as Domain of Sadducees and Philistines

By Owei Lakemfa (AFRICAN EXAMINER) The Covenant University, Sango Ota, is like most of the private universities established by religious missions, one of the costliest in the country. A former student, Mr. Vmamh Lonngji Felix who sued the university for wrongful expulsion, told  the court that in less than four years, his parents spent over […]

Central Bank, Intelligence Agencies And Cash

By Austyn Ogannah (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Watchers and followers of American history would readily admit that one of the most enduring scandals of the Ronald Reagan Administration was the clandestine sale of arms to Iran, at the time a sworn enemy of the US, with some of the proceeds sent to a South American Rebel […]

OPINION: The Politics and Ideology of Genocide

By Owei Lakemfa (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Republic of South Sudan, the young, land-locked  African country which became independent of Sudan on July 9, 2011 is edging closer to genocide. The conflict which began in December 2013 when President Salva Kirr accused Vice President Reik Machar of trying to overthrow him, has claimed over 300,000 […]

OPINION: Southern Kaduna Massacres on my Mind

Photo caption: Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai By Sufuyan Ojeifo “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and, therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” John Donne Southern Kaduna is a microcosm of Nigeria.  It is, by any stretch of the imagination, emblematic of […]

OPINION: Saving  Youths  from the Problematic JAMB

By Owei Lakemfa Never in the history of the country has a major examination body set a date for national examinations and been incapable of even producing the examination questions, not to talk about the examinations holding. The  Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)  headed by a professor not only failed to hold the Mock […]

OPINION: Preserving the Majesty of the DSS

By Sufuyan Ojeifo (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – I have, over the years, held the State Security Service (SSS) otherwise known as the Department of State Services (DSS) in reverential awe for its yeoman job, which has the citizenry as the focus of its security architecture.  Talking about the security of a nation means investing concerns in […]

OPINION: The Triumph of Ideas, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The China I returned from a fortnight ago, is a bullet train rifling through the universe towards unprecedented development. The Africans had through Egypt and Nubia, evolved and built the foundations of modern civilization. The Greeks who studied in Egyptian universities, had developed Western Thought and Civilization. The British, riding on the […]

OPINION | Anchor Borrowers’ Programme: Open Letter to Southwest Governors

Photo caption: Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, South west, Nigeria By Idowu Samuel Nigerians, by now, should be sufficiently convinced that the economic recession gripping their country for some months is a blessing in disguise. If anything, the recession has re-invented the worldview of the governments both at the federal and state levels on economic […]

OPINION: Time for Nigeria to  Stand up for Africa

By Owei Lakemfa A calamity hit Africa late March. A conference, crucial to its immediate needs, was slated from March 23-28, 2017. It was primarily for African development, and involved all African Ministers for Finance, Planning and Economic Development as well as development partners and civil society groups. Organized by the African Union (AU) and […]

OPINION: Exiting Recession through LG Autonomy, By Olawale Rasheed

Photo caption: Kemi Adeosun, Nigeria’s minister of finance  (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Nigeria is struggling with local poverty and grassroots under-development. Economically, depressed nations face several challenges. Uniquely, economic depression is not of the same dimension across nations. Within each country, the challenges also vary from States to States, and within States, from local government or counties […]

OPINION | IPOB: A Delusion Taken Too Far, By Charles Ibekwe

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The puerile announcement by the Indigenous People of Biafra that it will boycott the Special Board of Inquiry set up by the Nigerian Army to investigate allegations of right abuses is both laughable and saddening at the same time. It is laughable because it exposed the comical side of the fraud that […]

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