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Rumblings Over TFP Surveillance Contract, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – When the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) issued a press statement on December 3, 2018, to explain the rationale behind its proposed Trans Forcados Pipeline surveillance contract award to Ocean Marine Solutions Limited (OMSL), I had thought the explanation would suffice to assuage the sense of loss and pains experienced by the […]

OPINION: The Man Who Lives In Nigeria’s Biggest “Glass” Is Throwing Stones

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – This is the season of political campaigns, a season mostly synonymous with propaganda and often times outright lies by politicians and their surrogates. With his presidential campaign struggling badly to gain neither attention nor traction, Atiku Abubakar and his Peoples Democratic Party have led the attack against President Buhari, members of his […]

OPINION: At Last, Trump Shoots Straight, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER)  –  American President Donald Trump was four when the Korean War broke out in 1950. In three years, the war sucked in more than forty countries, most, under the United Nations (UN) banner. Two and a half million people died in the war. America suffered 36,568 dead and  103,284 injured. All the countries returned   home […]

OPINION: Close Up on Nigeria Consulate In Johannesburg

By Folu Olamiti (FNGE) (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Happy days are back at the Nigeria Consulate in Johannesburg. Both staff members and visitors and, indeed, people that have one business or the other to transact with the High Commission, are having a swell time.  No, it’s not because Christmas, the season of love, peace and goodwill to all men […]

OPINION: A Nigerian Diamond is NOT Forever, By Akintokunbo Adejumo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The “collapse” (officially, it is a merger with Access Bank, or maybe we should say, it was saved from collapse in the nick of time) of Diamond Bank is inevitable; it was bound to happen. Remember, just a few months ago, Skye Bank, which had been in distress since a few years […]

OPINION: Learning to Swim Without Getting Wet, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) one of the most militant unions in African labour history, last week marked its fortieth anniversary. Back in 1994 when the military held Nigeria in   vile grip, NUPENG sent out a call for the unions to rescue the country. The regime of General Sani Abacha […]

OPINION: Aig-Imoukhuede And The Initiative For Public Governance

By Reuben Abati (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A week ago, I stumbled on an article titled “Africa and the burden of Leadership” (The Guardian, Nov. 7), written by Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, banker, investor and entrepreneur, former Managing Director of Access Bank Nigeria, our compatriot.  The piece was actually excerpted from a speech he delivered at the graduation ceremony of […]

OPINION: Crocodiles Are Not Comedians, They Don’t Smile, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Nigerian Army on November 1, flagged off   “Operation Crocodile Smile Three 2018”  in  Bayelsa  State while that of Delta  State was  launched the next day. The ‘Operation’ is in the Niger Delta which has experienced decades of repression, abandonment, neglect,  pollution and deepening poverty despite producing oil, the  country’s  mono-culture. The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division Nigerian Army, Port […]

On The Dismemberment Of The Defunct Nigeria Airways (And Other Defunct Nigerian Institutions)

By Akintokunbo A Adejumo (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – “SPECIAL REPORT: The men who embezzled Nigerian Airways to death, October 29, 2018 by Nicholas Ibekwe, PREMIUM TIMES” A friend who sent the link to this report was very considerate of my health and mental well-being. He sent it with a caveat that read: “Readers discretion is strongly […]

The “Oshiomhole Must Go” Coalition, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Chief John Odigie Oyegun, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) must be having a good laugh wherever he is. If he is just finishing a meal, he can afford to pick his teeth and belch from the deepest part of his biological system, and even turn up his nose […]

Beyond Fayose: The Future of Ekiti, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – I spent the better part of last Tuesday, October 16, focusing on developments in Ekiti State. It was the day of John Kayode Fayemi’s return to office as Governor of Ekiti State and his inauguration for a second-term, after an interregnum of four years, 2014-2018 during which former Governor Ayo Fayose reigned.  It […]

Fayemi Sworn-in As New Ekiti Governor

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A former Minister Mines and Steel Dr. Kayode Fayemi has been sworn-in as the new Governor of Ekiti State. Fayemi, who won the July 14 governorship election held in the state on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was sworn-in on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital. He defeated the […]

Inside The Tainted Delta APC Governorship Primary; The Facts

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Deltans looked forward to the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state with so much anxiety because the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, already had an incumbent, Ifeanyi Okowa, seeking reelection, with virtually no challenger within his party. As the primary election drew closer there were permutations and calculations […]

My Take on Atiku’s Choice Of A Running Mate, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – All eyes are on the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, following the successful presidential primary election that produced former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the party’s standard bearer in the scheduled February 16, 2019 election. The excitement that greeted the victory of Atiku was so sensational that one would think it was […]

2019: Atiku vs. Buhari, By Reuben Abati 

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – There has been some clarity about Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential election, with the end of the October 7 deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the conduct of party primaries at all levels. On Saturday, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at its convention held in Abuja, ratified the choice […]

PDP Presidential Primary: Foretelling the Outcome

By Omoshola Deji (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Nigeria’s main opposition political party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lost power to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015, after ruling the nation for 16 years. As the 2019 presidential election race gains speed, the PDP has vowed to regain power in 2019, but two major challenges […]

Before the PDP Elects a Presidential Candidate, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – If experience in politics and government were to be the sole determinants of qualification, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, should be looking in the direction of one of three persons as its presidential standard bearer at its election primary holding in Port Harcourt this weekend, to wit: former vice president, Alhaji Atiku […]

Nigeria’s Certificate Scandals, By Reuben Abati 

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The number of persons involved in certificate scandals under the Buhari administration may speak to something far deeper in our society, even beyond the administration, but it is to say the least, disgraceful and embarrassing. Ordinarily considered some of the best educated black persons in the world – one US report indicates […]

Osun: Election As Theatre, By Reuben Abati 

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – What is going on in Osun state right now is nothing short of political theatre. It is keeping us all entertained, but it has also turned so many observers into emergency lawyers. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the Osun Gubernatorial election of September 22 inconclusive and has ordered a supplementary […]

How Udom Emmanuel Won Workers Affection in Akwa Ibom

Photo:  Governor Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom State By Ony Ekpeneru (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Besides massive roads construction/rehabilitation, rehabilitation of hospitals, one other area that have distinguished Governor Emmanuel among most incumbent state governors across the country is his ability to pay regular salaries and monthly pensions despite paucity of funds caused by the recession. This […]

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