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OPINION: Struggling to Understand Democracy

By Akintokunbo A Adejumo (akinadejumo@aol.com) (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Our leadership are still struggling to understand democracy as a collective approach in meeting collective needs, such as quality education, jobs, housing, mass transportation system, quality health care services, pensions, etc. You know our country is lawless; and the most lawless are our leaders and those in […]

OPINION: Edo House Of Assembly Crisis: Can Obaseki Run the Gauntlet?

By Sufuyan Ojeifo (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The aphorism by the Yoruba that “whoever does something that is unusual will experience a consequence that is unusual” perfectly mirrors Edo state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki’s self-inflicted political bind. Having stirred the hornets’ nest with the June 17, 2019 controversial inauguration of the State House of Assembly, a […]

Can Les Blair Save Eland Oil and Gas from Itself in Nigeria?

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – AIM-listed Eland Oil and Gas Plc is battling several crises, mostly self-inflicted in the Nigeria E&P cycles. The Company’s flagship asset, the Opuama and Gbetiokun field in OML 40 has reportedly reached plateau production leaving the Company and its partner, the Nigerian NNPC battling to sustain production with increasing water production from some of its […]

Godwin Jedy-Agba As Buhari’s Excellent Pick For Petroleum Ministry

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – One of Nigeria’s very experienced energy administrators, Mr. Godwin Jedy-Aba, is a minister-nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari. And there is, understandably, song and dance in the quarters of those who know the capacity and experience of the nominee in the oil and gas sector. But for those who crave the enthronement of […]

OPINION: The Essential Uche Ogah

By Seyi Adesina (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – For Dr Uchechukwu Ogah, the moments of honour came last week, when his nomination as minister-designate was ratified by the National Assembly in Abuja. Of a truth, Ogah’s nomination was not by happenstance considering his background in business and politics. Apart from his appreciable contributions to the growth and […]

OPINION: The Gbemisola Saraki You Don’t Know By Olawale Rasheed

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Commentaries 0n Ministerial Nominees Excite Some Us Especially When You Are Privileged To Know Many Of The Nominees In Close Quarters. The Choice Of Senator Gbemisola Ruqayah Saraki Is Not A Quotarised Or Beijing Inspired Nomination. Her Emergence Must Have Been Motivated Ed By Sheer Merit by Those Who Know Her Beyond […]

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 […]

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