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OPINION: Bayelsa Governorship As Igali’s Second Missionary Journey

By Sufuyan Ojeifo (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The race to Bayelsa State Government House at the Creek Haven in Yenagoa has begun, symptomatic of another ritual of installing a new governor.  It also has a signification:  a time to interrogate the antecedents of aspirants/candidates and conveyance of political promises to both the electorate and the citizenry in a […]

Rape And The Senior Pastor of COZA, By Reuben Abati 

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – COZA is the acronym of a church in Abuja, Nigeria, known as the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly. It is one of those Pentecostal churches that dot every street of Nigeria where the Pastors claim to have a direct phone line to God, and are majorly regarded by the congregation as the anointed […]

OPINION: Buccaneers, Racketeers and Fuel Subsidy Fraudsters

By Owei Lakemfa (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II descended from his throne last week to deliver his customary blows against subsidies especially for fuel and   electricity. The former Central Bank Governor and ex-comrade claimed  that Nigerians revel in: “cheap petrol” Based on his flowing gowns and riches, fuel at N145, is cheap. But […]

OPINION: The Sacrilege Of A Godson’s Rebellion, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The nation has taken note of the poorly-choreographed shenanigans by the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, through a facilitated coup executed by five or nine of the 24 APC members that comprise the State House of Assembly. Obaseki and his camp had resorted to a gangsterish operation of forcefully “arresting” or “abducting” […]

FIRSTBANK: Inspiring Kindness, Empathy with Spark

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Asked renowned philosopher, writer and composer, Jean-Jacques Rousseau in one of his writings while highlighting the importance of the simple yet impactful act. According to a health fact sheet produced by the Random Acts of Kindness Organisation, being altruistic increases one’s oxytocin, […]

OPINION: Osun Governorship: Battle Between Constitutional Breaches and Technical Frivolities

By Adebisi Adebiyi (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The just concluded hearing of Osun governorship appeal is an eye opener to how a section of the bar is consistently fixated on dragging the bar and bench in the mud through amplified frivolous technicalities. In fact, the challenge of justice delivery is further worsened by some senior lawyers who reached […]

OPINION: Bigmanism, Impunity and Corruption in Nigeria, By Akintokunbo A Adejumo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – “Nigeria is not only the country with the largest black population in the world; it is also, in all probability, the country with the largest number of big-men”. – Femi Aribisala, Premium Times, October 2, 2013 “We just need a few good, sincere, patriotic, dedicated, law-abiding and selfless men & women to […]

A Jamaican Appeal on Osun State Governorship Election Litigation

Photo: Adeleke (PDP), Oyetola (APC)  By Richard Luke, LLM (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – I was in Nigeria last year as part of an advanced Commonwealth group preparatory to the general election this year. We were in Osun state at a time the election was conducted late last year. The memory of what happened between September 22 […]

Senate Seat: Court Orders INEC to Issue Okorocha Certificate Of Return

…Fines Plaintiffs with the sum of N900k (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately issue the certificate of return to the immediate-past Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, as the Senator-elect for the Imo West Senatorial District. Justice Okon Abang gave the […]

Philanthropist Wants African Heads of Govt to Declare State of Emergency on Youth Neglects

From   Ignatius Okpara, Enugu (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A business mogul and philanthropist, Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe has charged heads of governments in Africa to as a matter of urgency declare state of emergency on youths of the sub region. Even as he blamed the alarming rate of restiveness across the continent on the neglect of the future leaders. […]

OPINION: The Speech Buhari Didn’t Make, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Nigerians were left speechless on May 29 when after taking the oaths of office and allegiance, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo left the Eagle Square, the venue of the Presidential Inauguration ceremony without uttering a word. The President had nothing to say to Nigerians. He simply went back into […]

Ebie: A Reformer Takes Charge of Okowa’s Govt’s  ‘Engine Room’

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A few hours before Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State formally announced his unexpected appointment as Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie was lounging at home reflecting on the past four years and relishing what is now a short break from the daunting task of governance, policy and politics. His tenure as Commissioner […]

OPINION: Of Ministerial Rating and Merit Based Cabinet By Olawale Rasheed

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Today the ministers had a valedictory gathering with President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.By now,the President and his inner caucus must be shopping for new hands to take the nation to the next level as the ruling party has promised.Curiously,it is not too much to ask if a […]

OPINION: That APC’s Wager On Lawan And Gbaja, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – I do not look into crystal balls. That is not my preoccupation.  I certainly lack the endowment of predicting the future. That enterprise is better left to the confident fortune-tellers. Agreed it is their forte, there is the possibility of their getting it wrong sometimes and such times could be moments of […]

OPINION: Much Ado About NASS Leadership Election

By Sufuyan Ojeifo (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Ahead of its June 11 inauguration, there has been so much noise about the mode of electing presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly. Some stakeholders canvass adoption of the secret ballot system while some others favour open ballot. Both have given reasons for their respective stance. Secret ballot advocates […]

What’s wrong with these end-time Governors? By Reuben Abati 

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – I believe we all have that one family member who thinks that he or she has the right to intrude into your schedule and order you around. When they call you, they won’t give up until you pick their calls. And these people, they can call you liked a hundred times. Send […]

OPINION: Corruption A La Carte

By Akintokunbo A Adejumo, akinadejum@aol.com “What is the problem with us Nigerians? We have started printing our own tickets for the Kaduna-Abuja rail services. I learnt ticketing officials hoard tickets so they can sell at triple the normal price. Are we cursed? We kill everything then blame the government. We need to execute by hanging infrastructural […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: Disappointment, Hitches, Confusion As 2019 UTME Starts

By Tajudeen Balogun and Niyi Adeyi (with Agency Report) (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The 2019 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) took off across the country Thursday, but with many logistics and technical loopholes. While few candidates complained about challenge of systems malfunctioning in some accredited Computer Based (CBT) centers, many other were […]

OPINION: Should Ministers Resign to be Eligible For APC’s Primary Election?

By Sufuyan Ojeifo (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Yoruba proverb aptly says: “Bi ina o ba tan li ori, eje ko le tan li eekan”, meaning: “for as long as lice are common features in the hair on the human head, there will always be blood stains on the finger nails.” Inferentially, as long as humanity […]

CBN: Emefiele’s One Good Turn Deserves Another

By Abba Adakole (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Public offices are held in trust for the people. Therefore occupiers of public offices are the golden fish that have no hiding place.  It is thus instructive that they should justify their appointments by demonstrating competence, accountability, discipline and leadership. These virtues approximate the essence of every successful public […]

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