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April 2017

PROSPECTS OF A LANDSLIDE VICTORY FOR PRESIDENT BUHARI IN THE 2019 ELECTIONS
by Abubakar Alkali Sokoto
April 20 2017

In the run up to the 2019 elections and beyond, one criteria that should define the search for a holistic solution to the socio economic challenges facing our country is the zeal to confront these challenges. The indefatigable zeal and commitment to confront these challenges is sine qua non to fixing them. For genuine change to be entrenched in the polity, there has to be the commitment to honestly confront these challenges. The leaders we need now, in 2019 and beyond are those who are ready to accept responsibility and face the challenges head on. Not those who will duck away when called to duty. We need leaders who will serve the interest of the majority NOT dealers who will serve only themselves and their minority cartel. NigerianNews Guest


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October 2016

Consolidating the Gains of the Fight against Corruption in Nigeria: The Need to Ban Convicted Looters from Holding Public Office for Life.
by Abubakar Alkali Sokoto
October 09 2016

The ongoing anti-corruption fight of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has recorded huge success in laying a solid foundation aimed at stamping out corruption from our country. It is fair to state that for a very long time in the history of our country, corruption has been the norm rather than the exception and eaten deep into all strata of the Nigerian system. However, President Buhari has been able to make corruption the exception rather than the norm.  NigerianNews Guest

September 2016

Close the Nigerian Senate and Cut down the Size of House of Representatives by 75% to Rescue Nigeria out of Economic Recession
by Abubakar Alkali Sokoto
September 29 2016

When Senegal closed down its senate in September 2012 to raise cash to help victims affected by flood disaster, many people raised their hands and commended President Macky Sall’s government. The Senegalese senators fought vehemently to retain their seats but lost the votes at a joint sitting of the Senegalese parliament. The Senegalese government vowed to use the $15 million raised through the closure of the senate to not only offer emergency assistance to the affected residents but also to prevent further flood disasters. It was a landmark decision by the Senegalese government to close the senate and rescue their country from economic recession and turmoil.  NigerianNews Guest

FALL IN GLOBAL OIL PRICES AND NIGERIA’S ECONOMY: WHEN A PROBLEM BECOMES THE SOLUTION
by Abubakar Alkali Sokoto
September 16 2016

The current downturn in the price of oil has led to an economic turmoil that has reverberated across the globe with negative consequences for the living conditions of the people. It is also noteworthy that the global economic downturn coupled with senseless attacks on oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta and decades of relentless corruption have conspired to bring Nigeria to recession. NigerianNews Guest

August 2016

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THE REAL REASON BEHIND BUHARI’S QUEST FOR EMERGENCY POWERS
Kali Gwegwe

August 24 2016

Political leadership is not as difficult as President Muhammadu Buhari wants Nigerians to believe. In the same vein, economic engineering is not as complex as Vice President and Head of Nigeria’s Economic Team, Professor Yemi Osinbajo would want Nigerians to believe.  NigerianNews Guest

 

When Citizens 'Can't' Exercise Their Powers
Amir Abdulazeez
September 16 2016

The current downturn in the price of oil has led to an economic turmoil that has reverberated across the globe with negative consequences for the living conditions of the people. It is also noteworthy that the global economic downturn coupled with senseless attacks on oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta and decades of relentless corruption have conspired to bring Nigeria to recession. NigerianNews Guest

 

July 2016

The Challenge before the Nigerian Academia
Amir Abdulazeez
July 04 2016

T

he year 2015 was quite eventful in the area of academic research, scientific progress and advancing knowledge globally. However, the year just like many others, silently passed without some tangibly significant innovative break-through from the Nigerian Academia. For example, it has been 30 years since a new antibiotic drug was discovered. Early last year, a team from North-eastern University in Massachusetts, U.S.A discovered Teixobactin. The team used the drug to successfully treat resistant disease-infected mice and hope to begin human trials within two years. This new drug according to them could be instrumental in treating the mutated, resistant diseases that have become immune to the old antibiotics that we have been using over the last 30 years. Its method of discovery they say, could lead to more antibiotic findings.  NigerianNews Guest

June 2016

Between ‘True Federalism’ and ‘True Leadership’
Amir Abdulazeez
June 07 2016

Three things are apparently no longer in doubt as far as the Nigerian project is concerned. One, as much as 75% or more of the 36 oil-money dependent states, cannot independently sustain themselves economically to a significant level, now and perhaps forever. Two, Nigerians may never be able to sincerely and patriotically shelve their ethnic, religious, political and selfish differences to pursue collective national prosperity. With the more divisive orientation we are giving to the upcoming generation of Nigerians, we can even be certain about this. Three, leadership failure has done so much damage to Nigeria and her citizens that no one can precisely predict how long it will take for citizens’ hope, trust and confidence on leadership at ‘all’ levels to be fully restored.   NigerianNews Guest

April 2016

The Way Out of The Chibok Girls Debacle
by Abubakar Alkali Sokoto
April 27 2016
The ‘proof of life’ video released by Boko haram on 14th April 2016 showing 15 of the 276 schoolgirls abducted by Boko haram from Government secondary school Chibok in Borno state North East Nigeria has yet again reinvigorated hopes of a safe return home of the girls. Boko haram apparently released the video as a bargaining chip for a possible prisoner swap which they have consistently maintained as their key condition for the release of the girls. The release of the video coincided with the second anniversary of the abduction and also the capture of the Boko haram second in command, Usman Mohammed a.k.a Khaled Al Barnawi by the Nigerian security forces.  NigerianNews Guest Column

February 2016

The Nigerian Senate and the Colours of Corruption
by Abubakar Alkali Sokoto
February 10 2016
The Nigerian senate is at it again when the news went round that the upper legislative chamber is hell bent on spending  about N4.7 Billion in buying 109 exotic and posh cars to be used presumably for ‘oversight functions’. The House of Representatives seem to have followed suit by also announcing that the lower legislative chamber is spending N4.2 Billion in buying 360 exotic cars also for the purpose of thesocalled ‘oversight’ functions. Put together, the total amount of tax payers’ cash to be spent on to buy 460 exotic cars for our senators and representatives will be over N10 Billion.  NigerianNews Guest Column

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November 2015

Ministerial Candidates should win elections in their states to qualify as ministers
by Abubakar Alkali Sokoto
November 02 2015
The ministerial screening exercise conducted by the 8th senate has been adjudged to be a success at least to the extent that all the ministerial nominees passed the test and were confirmed. Albeit, very few people expected otherwise for obvious reasons. Apart from the fact that section 147 (2) of the 1999 constitution has been satisfied, there are quite a few lessons to take home from the exercise. The constitution was also clear in section 147 (3) that the President shall appoint at least one minister from each state. A glaring constitutional lacuna appears apparent in that the constitution was not explicit on the grassroots attachment and connection of the ministerial nominees to their states and constituencies.  NigerianNews Guest Column

October 2015

Ministerial confirmation: Amaechi and the mystery of his political struggles
by Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
October 20 2015
Preamble and Political Life
Contrary to the expectations of Chief Nyesom Wike and his gang of miserable ingrates, their ferocious campaign to blackmail, disparage and portray Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi as a very corrupt person and unfit to be appointed as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria failed to achieve the desired objective. On 30
th September, 2015 President Muhammadu Buhari went ahead to list and submit the name of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi along with those of 20 other great Nigerians as ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.  NigerianNews Guest Column

April 2015

Welcome President-Elect Buhari: HopeRekindled
by Daniel Akerejah
April 20 2015
“In a country as diverse as ours, there will always be passionate arguments about how we draw the line when it comes to government action. That is how our democracy works. But our democracy might work a bit better if we recognized that all of us possess values that are worthy of respect” ---------- Barack Obama in The Audacity of Hope NigerianNews Guest Column

10 Things We Have to Do Before the 2019 Elections
Amir Abdulazeez
April 20 2015

Nigeria is a nation that is famous for taking one step forward and then two or more steps backwards. Whenever one step is taken in the right direction, several other steps would be taken in the wrong one. This is probably one of the major reasons why we have failed to make a lasting and permanent progress in a lot of things.  NigerianNews Guest Column

March 2015

BELOVED COUNTRY NIGERIA: STEP BACK FROM THE PRECIPICE
by Daniel Akerejah
March 27 2015
This is an optimistic piece. My optimism is derived from my age long enthusiasm for the glorious possibilities of the Nigerian nation project. The clock is ticking as March 28, 2015 beckons like a colossus. Political frenzy and all manners of postulations and permutations abound. The question still comes up about the possibility of another postponement as we get closer to election date. There is no doubting the fact that Nigerians have been experiencing a sustained period of political, social and economic instability since we attained political Independence in 1960.
 It is regrettable that despite a superlative revenue profile, the most recent period from 1999 has been the most traumatic since the Nigerian civil war with a depressingly worsening poverty for the overwhelming majority of the population. The late Obafemi Awolowo left us the immortal phrase “After Darkness Comes a Glorious Dawn”. Despite all the negative prognostications about the disintegration of Nigeria, I believe that we must step back from the precipice with a credible 2015 presidential election and embrace our glorious dawn as a nation. NigerianNews Guest Column

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THE ELECTORAL WORTH OF CALUMNY CAMPAIGNS
Amir Abdulazeez
January 26 2015

"We never do evil so effectually as when we are led to do it by a false principle of conscience."
                                                                                                                                             
- Blaise Pascal
Normally, one would take a political campaign as some series of planned activities executed to sell a particular candidate to the electorates without violating any law or trespassing any moral boundary. It is also part of a campaign to politely identify the relevant weaknesses of an opponent concerning the contest for the job at hand and expose to the public in order to reduce whatever chances he might have in the elections. However, some activities in the ongoing campaigns for the 2015 presidential elections are in serious contradictions to all of the above.
 NigerianNews Guest Column

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December 2014

2015 AND THE DYNAMICS OF CHANGE FOR A NEW NIGERIA
by Abubakar Alkali Sokoto
December 26 2014
What better way to start this article than refer to my write-up titled‘open letter to Gen MuhammaduBuhari which I wrote in May 2013and in which i used all the convincing arguments that I could remember to ask Buhari to contest the 2015 elections. Prior to writing that letter, i had come across a couple of letters to Gen Buhari in which the writers asked him not to contest the 2015 elections. To my knowledge and by sheer providence, my letter to Gen Buhariappears to be the only letter in the public domain asking him to contest. It is quite reassuring to all of us lovers of Nigeria and change that today, Gen Buhari is the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). NigerianNews Guest Column

10 Things We Learnt From the APC and PDP Primaries
Amir Abdulazeez
December 22 2014
The primary elections of Nigeria’s two strongest political parties, the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) might have come and gone, but the dusts raised by the exercises across various states of the federation are yet to settle. As things are currently going, it is unlikely that the primary election appeal committees of both parties will adequately or significantly settle these dusts so much that it will amount to a major change of the status quo NigerianNews Guest Column

November 2014

ANY PLACE FOR SELF HELP IN A DEMOCRACY?
Kali Gwegwe
November 27 2014
 Politicians are mostly known for telling voters what they intend to or can do if voted into power. This belief has been dislodged from the consciousness of Nigerian citizens owing to the spate of threats by opposition politicians and political parties. NigerianNews Guest Column

EBOLA: A bowl of contradictions
Wole Ameyan, Jr.MD,MPH
November 19 2014
The hypothesized setting is a remote village in a remote part of the world. Mr Tuba, a 93 year old man with a known history of terminal cancer sadly succumbs to the disease and dies. He was from a long lineage of longevity. He had been intermittently ill for 3 years. Luckily, a doctor had been to see him and discuss with his family, extended and nuclear,informing that his was a terminal case. Coupled with his old age, he was unlikely to be alive in another 4 weeks. The doctor suggests that efforts be made where possible for the last periods of his life to be spent in relative ease and comfort. With 30,000 in cash, Mr Tuba could be managed properly and provided with items that will make him live in modest comfort until he breathes his last. NigerianNews Guest Column

THE SAD POLITICAL FATE OF NIGERIAN DEPUTY GOVERNORS
Amir Abdulazeez
November 11 2014
It is now time for us to ask Nigerian Governors on why they do not want their deputies to succeed them. Alternatively, we may ask the Deputy Governors as to what are their sins which are so dreadful that their bosses wouldn’t want them to succeed them. A Deputy Governor should naturally be the person with the best chance to succeed an outgoing Governor, going by the fact that he is constitutionally mandated to take over from him in the event of any unforeseen circumstance like death, impeachment or incapacitation.  Furthermore, a Deputy is seen as the closest working ally of his principal and probably that’s why the constitution gave an exclusive right to the Governor to determine his running mate. However, this is not the case here in Nigeria, particularly in this dispensation. NigerianNews Guest Column

September 2014

SEPARATING HYPOCRISY FROM POLITICAL OPPOSITION
Kali Gwegwe
September 22 2014
It is important that Nigerians begin to show serious interest not only in the party in power but the opposition too. This is because the strength of a nation’s democracy is in how vibrant the opposition is. For many discerning minds, the greatest threat to Nigeria’s democratic culture and obstacle to a rapid socio-economic development is not the actions or inactions of the party in power. Poor opposition tradition is. NigerianNews Guest Column

‘Commander-in-Chief of NTA’
Amir Abdulazeez
September 08 2014
L
ast week, Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso said President Goodluck Jonathan appears to be more of the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) than of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, because of the promotional television jingles that according to him wrongly compare the President with other successful world leaders. NigerianNews Guest Column

IF I WERE IN THE OPPOSITION
Kali Gwegwe
September 03 2014
Political opposition is to democracy what spice is to stew. Unfortunately, most Nigerian opposition leaders mistake hate for opposition politics. This is responsible for the deplorable opposition culture in the country. It means that political opposition has been able to contribute maximally to the growth of Nigerian democracy. NigerianNews Guest Column

August 2014

MALAM NUHU RIBADU: BETWEEN AMBITION AND CONSCIENCE
Amir Abdulazeez
August 19 2014
I no longer have any problem whatsoever with defections, re-defections and counter-defections of Nigerian politicians from one political party to another. The only reason why I am having a little problem with the issue now is because it involves Mallam Nuhu Ribadu. NigerianNews Guest Column

The Terrorism Victims' Support Fund and the Politics of Fund-Raising in Nigeria
Amir Abdulazeez
August 05 2014
Let me start by making it categorically clear that last Friday's Presidential launch of a fund raiser to support Boko Haram victims is very good and indeed commendable. I really appreciated what the President did. In fact, I see it as the most significant non-military effort in dealing with the problem so far, how I wish we had not focused only on the military aspect of solving the problem all this long. We must continue to combat violence, but we must also think of how to help the victims of violence. NigerianNews Guest Column

 

June 2014

YOUTHS, Save NIGERIA.
Ayokunle Adeleye
June 04 2014
I have since heard many a youth lament about how our grandfathers continue to ruin the country in the name of ruling it, about how the rulers of yesteryears are yet the leaders of tomorrow, about how these grandfathers themselves were youths when they set out but now detest our youth and our entitlement, about how the affairs of the youth are left for our gramps (and grannies) to ru(i)n. NigerianNews Guest Column

 

May 2014

A TECHNICAL ANALYSIS OF EZEKWESILI’S BRING BACK OUR GIRLS CAMPAIGN
Kali Gwegwe
May 31 2014
The abduction of over 200 girls writing the West African School Certificate Examination in Chibok, Borno State, North-East Nigeria has thrown up a whole lot of challenges. First, is the problem of lack of specialized expertise in dealing with the problems of terrorism, which is new to the Nigerian community. There is also the threat posed by a clique of unusual activists, parading themselves as patriots. They have been leading a tainted #Bring Back Our Girls campaigns, which is clearly an anti-GEJ political exercise, with a secondary focus on the 2015 presidential election. The activities of these campaigners can be best described as an expensive investment to deceive and mislead gullible citizens. NigerianNews Guest Column


The Die is Cast; A Daniel has come to Judgment.
Godwin Ndubuisi Aleke

May 15 2014
Towards 2011 elections, enough of us took to the streets because we saw it an opportunity to break away from our evil past, right the wrongs, and begin to build for a better future. We gave several commitments; we exposed our flanks, all in service to our fatherland.NigerianNews Guest Column

IS 2015 THE LAST CHANCE FOR NIGERIA?
Amir Abdulazeez

May 05 2014
N
igeria is arguably the strongest nation not only in Africa but in the whole world. This is a nation that has withstood disunity among its citizens since independence and yet it has not disintegrated. It is a nation that has endured the most chronic form of institutional corruption for almost 35 years and yet we are still rich and recently richer by our ‘rebased’ GDP. Nigeria has endured the highest form of electoral abuses and manipulations in one form or the other from 1999 to date, but yet our citizens have never refused to vote.NigerianNews Guest Column

April 2014

The Quality of a Good Politician in a Democratic Society
by Adewale T. Akande
April 29 2014
My little Oxford dictionary defines politician as “person engaged or interested in politics” and politics as “science and art of government; political affairs or life or principles etc.” Politics consists of “social relations involving authority and power”. A politician is defined as one who is actively involved in politics or one who holds or seeks a political office. A politician is an individual who is involved in influencing public policy and decision making in government. Politicians play a central role in our lives.  NigerianNews Guest Column

APC AND THE DEARTH OF CHRISTIAN PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS
Kali Gwegwe
April 07 2014
As the 2015 presidential election draws close, Nigerians should expect to see the ugly, hear cheap lies, and taste the bile of hypocrisy. This is therefore the best time for Nigerian electorates to separate real politicians from the fake, opportunists from nationalists, and charlatans from patriots. NigerianNews Guest Column

March 2014

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION IN NIGERIA?
Amir Abdulazeez

March 24 2014
It has become imperative on us to ask ourselves the questions of why do Nigerians go to school and what do they want to achieve by been educated? This is in consideration of the new dimension unemployment has assumed in the country in recent times. Just over a week ago, we witnessed a tragic situation in which according to newspaper and eyewitness reports, twenty one Nigerians lost their lives and many others sustained different degrees of injuries in search of jobs with the Nigerian Immigration Service. Apart from the dead, fainted, slumped and the injured, hundred others lost all or some of their heard-earned academic credentials NigerianNews Guest Column

RE- IS IGP ABUBAKAR SERIOUS ABOUT SAVING THE POLICE?
by Adewale T. Akande
March 16 2014
Azu’s piece on LEADERSHIP Friday 14th of March, 2014 (Conversation with Azu) on the Inspector General Police reminds me of one of my published online articles as soon as Mr M. D. Abubakar was appointed as the nation IGP. It goes with the title: “If I were to be the new Inspector General of the Nigerian Police Force”.  My article listed six new interventions to be done in order to improve police integrity and responsibility as important framework for effectiveness of the public service delivery. Surprisingly, I got a letter from a Police chief of one of the Nigeria neighboring countries. He shared his experiences and  acknowledged the success that follows one of the ideas of erecting Police Force Watch Boxes in all the government post offices throughout the country as whistleblower for apprehending hoodlums through impartial investigation of Police Complaint Commission that have access to all keys for these Boxes as it was stated on the article.  NigerianNews Guest Column

A SEASON OF HATE MESSAGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Amir Abdulazeez

March 13 2014
The biggest problem in Nigeria is not insecurity, corruption, illiteracy or poverty. Forget about $20 billion, kidnapping, Boko Haram and fuel scarcity. Our biggest problem is disunity. Disunity has been with us since pre-independence while all other problems joined us in the course of our national journey. NigerianNews Guest Column

February 2014

HOW AFRICANS UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA
Amir Abdulazeez

February 25 2014
The late historian, Professor Walter Rodney spent 361 pages of writing in 1972 trying to convince readers on how Europe underdeveloped Africa. The book was a masterpiece, as it was one of the best literatures on European imperialism, especially as it relates to Africa. The late historian did a magnificent job in explaining how slave trade, colonialism and neo-colonialism of Africa by Europe and other western imperialist robbed Africa of development. NigerianNews Guest Column

THE IMPOTENCE OF GOVERNMENT-OWNED MEDIA IN NIGERIA.
Amir Abdulazeez

February 17 2014
One of the most annoying and disgusting things in Nigeria nowadays is to tune-in to a State Government or Federal Government-owned radio or TV station. This is because most of what is been broadcasted is systematically partisan and occasionally one-sided in favour of those that are in power either at the federal level or at the various states. At times, their coverage is directly bias, shamelessly misjudging and unfortunately sycophantic.. NigerianNews Guest Column

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE GOOD PEOPLE OF OYO STATE
by Adewale T. Akande
February 17 2014
Good day and compliment of the season to you sons and daughters of Oyo State.
Precisely on the 3rd of February, 1976, thirty-eight years ago, our state, Oyo State was created by the then military government led by Late General Murtala Mohammed, the then old western state was divided into Ogun, Ondo and Oyo states respectively. In 1991, Osun state was carved out of what today is known as Oyo state.
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January 2014

The Quality of a Good Politician in a Democratic Society
by Adewale T. Akande
January 13 2014
My little Oxford dictionary defines politician as “person engaged or interested in politics” and politics as “science and art of government; political affairs or life or principles etc.” Politics consists of “social relations involving authority and power”. A politician is defined as one who is actively involved in politics or one who holds or seeks a political office. A politician is an individual who is involved in influencing public policy and decision making in government. Politicians play a central role in our lives NigerianNews Guest Column

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