2019: Atiku Or Dangote?

By Gwiyi Solomon Political machines are getting oiled and lubricated. Events are unfolding by the day without delay and clarity as the game and its players are making heavy body movements. The atmosphere is charged already. The political hemisphere bears testimony of the uphill task ahead, while the political watchers gather and discuss in hush tones the covert and overt behaviours of the actors. It is yet again the biggest political fiesta in the country. It is apparently, the time of political horse-trading and shenanigans. It is once again a moment…

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UN: Time For Nigeria’s Exit?

By Gwiyi Solomon The United Nations is a major player in international politics. Its influence among member-countries is to say the least, overbearing, overwhelming. And its power to beat erring members into submission in times of need too, can be considered domineering, towering. Little wonder they have carried on like a hurricane in terms of interventions during upheaval, turmoil and cataclysm either politically, economically and socially across the world without fear or favor. Reason: their membership cuts across different continents. In fairness to this all-powerful international agency, the benefit of…

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The Wicked Dance of a Python in Igbo Land

By Gwiyi Solomon It is yet another unfortunate, pitiable, scandalous and ignominious outing by the Nigerian Army, once adjudged as the finest in land-operations across Africa. It is once again, a show of shame, infamy and dishonor watching the Evilwood (not nollywood) video clips of the Nigerian Army and Biafran Agitators along Aba-Umuahia expressway, where the later were criminally subjected to degrading and inhuman treatments following their agitation. The trending video across our social media is everything malevolent, sheer impiety and depravity on rampage. It is an outright and gross…

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“Agronomy, Catalyst to Food Sufficiency” —Professor Osita Mouneke

Erudite scholar, Professor Cosmas Osita Mouneke has harped on the importance of food security in Nigeria’s quest for food sufficiency. The Professor of Agronomy and Farming Systems at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, says security exists when all people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active healthy life. Delivering the 27th Inaugural lecture of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture,Umudike,Umuahia recently, Professor Mouneke  remarked “that Food security can be enhanced through procedures…

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A Senate Without Common Sense

By Gwiyi Solomon It is insulting, debasing and embarrassing watching the 8 Senate as chaired by Bukola Saraki throw away the pervading collective will and aspiration of Nigerians before it eventually went into recess penultimate week. The actions of the Senators, distinguished as they claim,  following their rejection of the bill seeking devolution of powers to the component units of the country, otherwise known as restructuring is nothing but an ill wind,  an asinine sledge taken too far. It therefore, directly goes to prove and present the current Senate as…

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OKOWA AND ‘’EGO ARIA’ PHENOMENOM: LETTER TO MY GOVERNOR

By  Jerome-Mario Utomi.   Your Excellency, Senator Doctor Ifeanyi Authur Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State, though you are a medical Doctor by profession you have left nobody in doubt that you were  a very good student of Economics back in your  secondary school formation days.   This is evident from the way you punctuate every speech of yours with the basic economic concepts as taught at the introductory stage of the subject. Chief among these concepts is the Theory of man’s numerous needs chasing limited resources. This theory…

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Igbos exclude their armed forces in their think tanks

By Uche Mbah Early last year, Maitama Sule, the former Nigerian permanent representative to the United nations, made efforts to reach out to the South east on National issues. Through a serving Senator, he requested for an audience with the former Chief of General staff under Ibrahim Babangida, Okoh Ebitu Ukiwe, who he holds in high esteem. Ukiwe was to be the bridge between the Northern and Eastern political divide. At the initial meeting, he requested that there should be five respectable Igbos to meet with respectable Northerners to iron…

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Government By Trials And Error

By Gwiyi Solomon Of a fact and truism, when a serious minded-government of any country across the world institutes a criminal charge against any perceived suspect of its choice, three major things are expected of such government: One, it is hoped and expected that such a regime must have thoroughly done its home work before ever coming forth to pronounce such citizen a suspect of crimes in the first instance. Two, it is roundly and generally believed that such administration must have armed itself with every possible fact and tools…

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Nnamdi Kanu’s metamorphosis

The recent sit at home order by the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, which was adjudged successful by available standards, has dominated the media space since it was ended on May 30th. It was done ostensibly to remember the fallen heroes of Biafra. The whole of the South East and many parts of South south were completely on lock-down. Port Harcourt was a ghost of itself. So was Aba, Owerri, Enugu, and Onitsha.This was only a day after Nigeria celebrated Democracy day presided over by the Acting President,…

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Moremi: Olugbo is wrong to rewrite Yoruba ancient history

Jadesola Taiwo Babatola Who are the Yorubas? The Yoruba dominates the Southwestern Region of Nigeria and occupy the present-day Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Lagos and part of Kwara and Kogi States in Nigeria which are the areas defined as traditional homeland of the Yoruba people up to the Republic of Benin (former Dahomey). According to a source, ‘Yoruba’ consist of a number of semi-independent people loosely linked together by geography, language, history and religion and they are black people of Negroid Stock who speak a common language which belongs…

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Buhari: Two years on, Nigerian Economy gallops back to the past

On the second anniversary of the APC led government, critics and analysts are divided on how the economy will be rated-whether it can be rated as an economy that is going no where very fast, or one that is galloping backwards to the mid eighties. A third group of analysts, made up mainly of the core of Buhari Media Campaign group and some young and semi literate Northern iridentists,who seem to have graduated in the school of insults rather than reason, are sticking out their worn out reputation in defense…

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More Wives, More Misery – Ray Ekpu

Ray Ekpu

By Ray Ekpu On the last International Women’s  Day, Nigerian Senators bared their minds on the issue of women in Nigeria. The views of two Senators caught my attention: Remi Tinubu and Senate Leader Ali Ndume. Mrs Tinubu, former First Lady of Lagos State, and now second term senator, urged men not only to befriend women but also to marry them. This is a reasonable advice from someone who is married. But the implicit assumption here is that all men and, indeed, all women would want to get married. It…

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Suicide: Why Third Mainland Bridge?

By Tayo Demola I was really astonished to hear the news of the medical doctor who went all the way to the third mainland bridge right here in Lagos and killed himself! He actually committed suicide in the most cruel way. He was actually cruel to himself, to his family and infact he was very cruel to Nigeria as a nation. So this man was so depressed to the extent that he left church on that fateful day and headed for the island but when he got to third mainland…

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When President Trump Spoke With A Ghost

By Olalekan Waheed Adigun My father, Memudu Adigun, died of stroke when I was barely two  years into my secondary education. Before then, like many others at my age, I have heard stories of angels, ghosts and spirits having conversations with people. Some even claim they “see” one of their grandparents days after they were dead. Since, I never met my grandparents while they were alive, I couldn’t make such fantastic claims since I never even know how they look. With this, I was left to wonder what it was…

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The Zoo in Aso Rock

By Adewunmi Emoruwa A Miracle can be described as an illogical occurrence that contradicts prevailing conditions or accepted reality. Nigeria is experiencing harsh times, we are acquainted with the stats. Most recently we are battling with acute cash shortage of the US Dollar and even the Naira, with reasons alluded ranging from restricted forex inflow as a result of rigid monetary policies, plummeting levels of economic activity or several hundreds of millions of dollars held captive, buried in bunkers and soak-aways of the allegedly corrupt. While consumption, like purchasing power…

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Femi Fani-Kayode Slumps in EFCC Custody: We Fear for his Life

When Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was rearrested on Friday, 21st of October, 2016, in the premises of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, we raised a number of issues which included that the re-arrest was not only unnecessary but that it was also reckless. We made known our fears that Fani-Kayode’s life was in dire danger as long as he remained in EFCC custody or in the custody of any agency of the federal government based on discreet information available to us. This is apart from the fact that his health…

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Now That the real trouble has started from Buhari’s Bedroom

By Gwiyi Solomon Aisha’s outburst over the alienation of core progressives in the APC fold, and overtaking of the same by certain Cabals in her husband’s government brings us to the Tinubu saga – the tactical and willful ex-communication of the Yoruba born-political-hurricane in the political Party he single-handedly built to wrestle power from the then ruling PDP. Tinubu as was widely reported recently has been under severe and diplomatic attacks from men and women in the broom Party, owing to his perceived ever-growing political influence in the All Progressives…

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Buhari: You Have Nothing To Offer

By Ehi Ekhator Since President Muhammadu Buhari came into power in June 29th, 2015, Nigeria has kept on moving back ward with no single stride forward. It is presently obvious that the present administration has nothing to offer and no answer for the lingering financial situation confronting the nation and her citizens. Nigerian leaders have turned the nation to a motion picture theater where they imply themselves the film directors and the viewers are only powerless in having a say on the result of the outcome. Clearly President Buhari is exceptionally confounded…

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Making Nigeria A Desired Destination Of Choice

By Pastor Otive Igbuzor, PhD Outline Of Lecture At The Petroleum Industry Christian Fellowship International 2016 National Prayer Conference On 2nd October, 2016. INTRODUCTION Let me commend the Petroleum Industry Christian Fellowship for the idea behind setting up the fellowship and for organizing this programme. The topic Making Nigeria a Desired destination of choice is very timely. Nigeria is grappling with a lot of political, social and economic challenges. The country is currently in recession. Insurgency and terrorist attacks have been going on for the past few years. The militants…

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Re: Nigerian Economy Since 1999: Myths, Lies and Data

Letter By Uzoma Ngozi When will Nigeria come out recession? Who will deliver Nigeria? But for Nigeria to come out of this economic state, our leaders must speak and act in truth. Opeyemi Agbaje wrote an article titled, “Nigerian Economy Since 1999: Myths, Lies and Data” in August giving a rundown of economic management in the country in past administrations. Against several mis-information in the public, the past administration is not to blame for the economic woes of the country. With Dr Okonjo-Iweala at the economic seat of the country,…

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