FEARS ABOUT EBUBEAGU, EASTERN SECURITY NETWORK

FEARS ABOUT EBUBEAGU, EASTERN SECURITY NETWORK BY DONS EZE We have been following with keen interest, but with cautious optimism, the recent decision by the governors of the South East Zone, after their one-day meeting in Owerri, Imo State, to establish a joint security outfit for the region, which is to be known as "Ebubeagu." While many...... more

LIKE IN IDI AMIN'S UGANDA, OUR NAIRA IS IN TROUBLE

LIKE IN IDI AMIN'S UGANDA, OUR NAIRA IS IN TROUBLE BY DONS EZE We still remember former Ugandan dictator, Field Marshal Idi Amin Dada Oumee, President-for-life, who ruled Uganda with iron fist, from 1971 till 1978, when he was chased out of the country by the combined forces of Tanzanian and Ugandan soldiers? Idi Amin was a ruthless dictator. He was...... more

OWERRI ATTACKS: GIVING DOG BAD NAME TO HANG IT

OWERRI ATTACKS: GIVING DOG BAD NAME TO HANG IT We woke up last Monday to hear that "unknown gunmen" in a guerrilla style operation, had attacked the Imo State Police Command Headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Prison, raized scores of vehicles there, and freed detained inmates in their various facilities numbering about 1,800. We were thrown aback, overawed, surprised, and...... more

BUHARI'S MEDICAL TOUR AND NIGERIAN DOCTORS' STRIKE

BUHARI'S MEDICAL TOUR AND NIGERIAN DOCTORS' STRIKE President Muhammadu Buhari chose the best time to embark on his frequent medical tours to London to be the period when Nigeria doctors under the aegis of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) is on strike due to poor condition of service and many other unfulfilled promises by the federal government....... more

EASTER CELEBRATION: THE HEROIC FRIENDS OF JESUS

EASTER CELEBRATION: THE HEROIC FRIENDS OF JESUS Easter, Pascha, Passover, they all mean the same thing. In Christendom, they all symbolize the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Easter is the day Christians celebrate the triumph or victory of Jesus Christ over death. It marks the opening of the Kingdom of Heaven to mankind, that is, to...... more

IN DEFENCE OF JUDAS ISCARIOT

IN DEFENCE OF JUDAS ISCARIOT Today, the entire Christendom is in a sober mood, reflecting what happened over 2,000 years ago in the Jewish City of Jerusalem, concerning the crucifixtion and death of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary. As we reflect on Christ's death, one character that played a major role in the fate...... more

BOLA TINUBU: TOO EARLY FOR RETRACTIONS

BOLA TINUBU: TOO EARLY FOR RETRACTIONS Why is Nigeria so unlucky? A country of over 200 million people and with thousands of intellectual giants, always led, or perhaps, hoping to be led by people with half-baked education, people who hardly could critically analyze issues before disgorging them to the public for consumption. Plato said the reason why...... more

IN DEFENCE OF THE JAILED ELECTION RIGGING PROFESSOR

IN DEFENCE OF THE JAILED ELECTION RIGGING PROFESSOR Everybody is now condemning Peter Ogban, a Professor of Soil Science at the University of Calabar, who the other day, was convicted and sentenced to three years inprisonment, with a fine of N100,000 by an Akwa Ibom State High Court, for manipulating election results. What Peter Ogban did was bad. He...... more

THE TRIAL OF NIGERIAN JUDICIARY

THE TRIAL OF NIGERIAN JUDICIARY Oftentimes, we hear that the court, or the judiciary, is the last hope of the common man. But in real life, we see that the court, or the judiciary in Nigeria, belongs to the privileged, to those in authority, those who have the power to manipulate the courts, and to those...... more

BEMOANING THE FATE OF ENUGU-ONITSHA ROAD

BEMOANING THE FATE OF ENUGU-ONITSHA ROAD For decades, the one hundred kilometers Enugu-Onitsha Expressway has been in deplorable and dilapidated state, causing discomfort and dislocations to thousands of its users, such as constant breakdown of vehicles, accidents that resulted to several deaths, destruction of valuable goods and property, including foodstuffs and other commodities. Many people have been...... more

NO, TO ALCOHOL; YES, TO PROCEEDS OF ALCOHOL

NO, TO ALCOHOL; YES, TO PROCEEDS OF ALCOHOL • Sharia states shouldn't benefit from VAT on alcoholic beverages  Nigeria is a bundle of contradictions. It is a hypocritic nation. You cannot pin the country down on any issue, because while they will be saying one thing, they will be doing a different thing. Nigeria is a country with no...... more

WELCOME BACK TO NIGERIA, WIFE OF THE PRESIDENT

WELCOME BACK TO NIGERIA, WIFE OF THE PRESIDENT Dear Wife of the President, We most heartily welcome you back to Nigeria after spending about six months in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, even if you had abandoned your dear husband, and jettisoned your enviable role as Mother of the Nation. The information we got from the Daily Trust Newspaper,...... more

HOW FULANI HERDSMEN BREED HUNGER IN THE LAND

HOW FULANI HERDSMEN BREED HUNGER IN THE LAND My wife returned home from the market the other day and announced that a painter of garri, which is about 19 cups, now sells for N1,100. I was shocked, completely taken aback. I don't usually go to market, so I wouldn't know how much garri, or any other food item sells....... more

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: THE POPE HAS SPOKEN!

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: THE POPE HAS SPOKEN! The Pope's word is like a decree, a law, unalterable. In the Catholic Church, they say that the "Pope is infallible". In other words, that the Pope, while sitting on his Chair, cannot make a mistake. As Vicar, or representative of Christ on earth, the Second Person of the Trinitarian God,...... more

THE NORTH VERSUS WESTERN EDUCATION

THE NORTH VERSUS WESTERN EDUCATION Our brothers in the northern part of the country have told us that they do not want western education, that western education is evil (Boko Haram). Yet, we would not leave them alone. We would not listen to them. We would continue to force western education on them. We would insist...... more

AT LAST, THEY REMEMBER EASTERN RAILWAY CORRIDOR

AT LAST, THEY REMEMBER EASTERN RAILWAY CORRIDOR After what looked like it has been forgotten, the federal government, at last, remembered the Eastern corridor of the Nigeria Railway in its rail rehabilitation project. President Muhammadu Buhari was reported to have performed the groundbreaking ceremony for commencement of work on the Eastern Corridor, last Tuesday. But unlike other railway...... more

THE NORTH AND ITS BOYCOTT OF FOODS TO THE SOUTH

THE NORTH AND ITS BOYCOTT OF FOODS TO THE SOUTH The North thought that they hold the ace in Nigeria. They thought themselves to be too important or too critical to the survival of Nigeria as a nation. They believed that they were the only people producing all the foods Nigerians eat, and that without them, everybody in the country would...... more

NIGERIA: BEYOND THE 2023 CLAMOUR FOR PRESIDENCY

NIGERIA: BEYOND THE 2023 CLAMOUR FOR PRESIDENCY When we look at the current state of affairs in Nigeria, we consider the clamour for 2023 Presidency as of no consequence, as insignificant, and worthless. We are not bothered whether any such a fellow will come from the North or from the South, whether he or she will be an...... more

THE DILEMMA OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN

THE DILEMMA OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan appears now to be in a very big dilemma. The dilemma is whether he should go for the Presidency of Nigeria in 2023, or not. If he is to go, on which political party platform will he contest? Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has suddenly become the toast...... more

BANDITRY AS RESOURCE CONTROL

BANDITRY AS RESOURCE CONTROL As far as Nigeria is concerned, we explain resource control to be a system where a group of people will use their comparative advantage to force the government to funnel the nation's common wealth to their side. It started after the "One Million Man March" organized by Daniel Kanu of the...... more

IS UMAHI STILL CHAIRMAN OF SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS?

IS UMAHI STILL CHAIRMAN OF SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS? Since November last year when Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Nweze Umahi, left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), we have not been hearing much about the South East Governors' Forum. We do not know whether Umahi is still the Chairman of the Governors' Forum, or...... more

KILLER HERDSMEN: MR. PRESIDENT, PLEASE TALK TO US

KILLER HERDSMEN: MR. PRESIDENT, PLEASE TALK TO US Gradually, but steadily, the storm begins to gather. The firmament becomes misty and cloudy. The ship begins to drift, moving to no particular direction. People no longer see beyond their nose. No one trusts the other. Anxiety begins to mount, Tension grips the land. Uncertainty envelopes the atmosphere. Everybody begins to...... more

MOMOH, JAKANDE, GREAT LOSS TO NIGERIAN PRESS

MOMOH, JAKANDE, GREAT LOSS TO NIGERIAN PRESS A great tragedy has befallen the Nigerian Press. Two big irokos, Tony Momoh - erudite scholar, essayist, newspaper administrator and politician; and Lateef Kayode Jakande, journalists' journalist, newspaper administrator and politician, all fell in quick succession - in the month of February, 2021. Tony Momoh died on February 1, while Jakande...... more

FANI:KAYODE: A CONSISTENT INCONSISTENT POLITICIAN

FANI:KAYODE: A CONSISTENT INCONSISTENT POLITICIAN David Oluwafemi Adewunmi Fani-Kayode, controversial, maverick, and feather-weight politician, is known to be loud-mouthed and inconsistent. Even in his private or family life, Femi Fani-Kayode, or FFK, as he is popularly called, is also unstable. With a privileged and distinguished parental background: his great-grand father, being one of the earliest Nigerians...... more

WHEN A GOVERNMENT FAILS TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS

WHEN A GOVERNMENT FAILS TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS The primary responsibility of every government is the protection of lives and properties of its citizens, wrote Philosopher Aristotle, several centuries ago. To that end, Aristotle proposed that any government that fails to protect lives and properties of its people, that its citizens are justified in overthrowing it. This seems to...... more

BETWEEN THE 'CORE' AND THE 'PERIPHERY' IGBO

BETWEEN THE 'CORE' AND THE 'PERIPHERY' IGBO The recent appointment of Major General Leo Irabor as the new Chief of Defence Staff, and the controversy that trails that appointment, has made us begin to examine the relationship between those who live in border areas, otherwise known as the periphery Igbo, and those who live in Igbo mainland. While...... more

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN EBONYI STATE?

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN EBONYI STATE? Since Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), all has not been well, and Ebonyi State has not known peace, which is unfortunate. If Governor Umahi was not flexing muscles with his former political allies, now turned enemies, one...... more

TACKLING THE PERENNIAL ENUGU WATER PROBLEM

TACKLING THE PERENNIAL ENUGU WATER PROBLEM Years ago, as a small boy, I remember while coming into Enugu Coal City, and looking down from the Hilltop, before getting to the Milliken Hill, the entire city would be glittering, blazing, dazzling, particularly at night. It was a beautiful sight to behold, as electric lights would be shinning everywhere....... more

ZONING AS PANACEA FOR POLITICAL STABILITY

ZONING AS PANACEA FOR POLITICAL STABILITY Years of crisis at both the national and subnational levels had necessitated the search for a system of governance that could bring peace, unity, stability and trust to the polity. The consensus among the people was that key political offices should not be held by only one group or section, but...... more

MATTHEW KUKAH IN THE EYE OF A STORM

MATTHEW KUKAH IN THE EYE OF A STORM Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, is not just a religious leader, he is also a social critic, and a moral crusader. Kukah is courageous, bold, fearless and outspoken. He is never given to semantics, nor to pretences. He tells truth to power, and says things as he sees...... more

 

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