The danger of swimming in another man’s river

February 24, 2024 Clem Oluwole 0

The covetous practice of a man swimming in another man’s river is as old as mankind. Recall the Biblical days when King David, standing in his balcony, sighted Bathsheba, the river belonging to one of his soldiers, taking her bath in a nearby roofless bathroom. He coveted her and decided to swim in the warm river. The adulterous encounter later Read More

Disappearing brands

February 23, 2024 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano   0

Last week I wrote about the changing names of some professions, occupations and trades as time rolls by. There are changes in other sectors, notably, the consumer products subsector, brought about by socio-economic factors. Some companies which birthed in Nigeria at independence or thereabout have left the country for one reason or the other.  There is no reason Nigerians should Read More

Bukar Abba Ibrahim: The man who touched my life (2) 

February 18, 2024 Hassan Gimba 0

Adamu Maina Waziri is one politician most people misunderstand. He is one man who does not suffer fools and, unlike the typical politician, he shoots from the hip, the reason some saw him as “crude”. His word is his bond; and if you asked him for a favour that he can grant, he would tell you, and if he promised, Read More

Bukar Abba Ibrahim: The man who touched my life (1)

February 11, 2024 Hassan Gimba 0

“He had a good heart, see where he died.”  “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell “Daga Allah sai talaka,” (meaning service to the poor after that to God) was his campaign slogan. Bukar Abba Ibrahim was a man whose life was spent in service to the people. This was reflected more in his Read More

The good, the bad and the ugly sides of GSM

February 10, 2024 Clem Oluwole 0

The GSM, an initialism of Global System for Mobile (Communication), made an inroad into the modern telecommunication space a little over three decades ago. Before then, it was the landline telephones that held sway, invented in the 19th Century by Alexander Graham Bell… from the cranking device to dialing and punching the buttons.   The GSM was introduced to Nigeria Read More

Are Yoruba obas demystified?

February 3, 2024 Clem Oluwole 0

When your neighbour’s beard catches fire, start pouring water on your own – a Nigerian adage. While growing up in the present-day South-west after my elder sister and old man tricked me out of Kumasi, my birthplace in Ghana, Abeokuta was my first destination. The ancient city housed the Baptist Women’s Teachers College where my sister was a student. She Read More

Bye-election: INEC begins distribution of materials in Ebonyi

February 1, 2024 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Thursday, kicked off distribution of sensitive materials for the conduct of bye-election in Ebonyi South senatorial zone of the state. The bye-election is scheduled to hold on Saturday February 3, 2025 by INEC in order to fill the vacant seat created by the resignation of Senator David Umahi who is now Nigeria’s Minister of Read More

A hundred days of resilience, transformation, and hope at VON

January 31, 2024 Jibrin Baba Ndace 0

In the hushed corridors of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), a narrative of change and renewed hope unfolded under the warm embrace of the October sun when I was appointed  Director-General/CEO of the media agency by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, on October 20, 2023, marking the beginning of a transformative journey within the Nigerian international broadcasting corporation. The handover Read More

FAAN, CBN and the short trip to Lagos

January 28, 2024 Hassan Gimba 0

Nigeria is a country of one week, one issue; but insecurity, spreading over the nation like a cancer in a diseased body, remains constant. However, in some ways, a nation’s behaviour tends to reflect that of its leader’s character. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nigeria’s president, is that kind of person, especially during the home run in the last presidential election. Read More

Judicial ignorance or hatchet job? The Plateau case

January 26, 2024 Dan Agbese  0

When a doctor errs, he increases the population of the cemetery. When a judge errs in a criminal case, he increases the prison population. Think of the men and women who went to hospitals to be saved by doctors but left there in coffins, not by God’s will or the handiwork of enemies who had done their worst, but because Read More

Combating corruption and fostering prosperous future for Nigeria

January 25, 2024 Abdullahi M. Gulloma  0

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in a resolute address to the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), reiterated his unwavering dedication to combating corruption and fostering a prosperous future for Nigeria. This commitment, described as a ‘sacred duty,’ was conveyed during a meeting with a delegation led by CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh. The President’s call for support from Read More

Tinubu, South-South monarchs’ desire for inclusive, responsive governance

January 25, 2024 Abdullahi M. Gulloma  0

In a key engagement with the South-South Monarchs Forum this week, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to tackling the multifaceted challenges facing the South-South geopolitical zone, a region historically embattled with environmental degradation and developmental hurdles. The South-South Monarchs Forum, under the leadership of the chairman of the Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers and Vice-Chairman of Read More

UN’s red flag over Nigeria’s inequality, inflation 

January 22, 2024 Admin II 0

The United Nations (UN) has warned that inequality and inflation are eating catastrophically deep into the disposable income of Nigerians. The global body complained that the situation would worsen Nigeria’s alarming unemployment rate as dearth of disposable income drastically reduces patronage of goods and services and cripples economic growth in the process. Nigeria has an alarming unemployment crisis. As at Read More

The North under siege: A rehash

January 21, 2024 Hassan Gimba 0

As reporters and analysts, we must inform, based on trends, and where possible, raise the alarm, hoping that those in authority will heed. In 2018, six years ago, that was what I did. And so, this is just a rehash of my article “Insecurity, the North under siege” written on this page on 24 December 2018. Perhaps those concerned did Read More

The truth is whether we ‘gree or not…

January 21, 2024 Prince Charles Dickson 0

I will start my essay by extensively copying extracts from a public lecture that was given by Prof Sola Adeyeye… Alas, the average Nigerian mind has been buffeted and drowned by gales of superstition and supernaturalism. In my second year at Ilesa Grammar School, I was smitten by love for a girl who was at St. Margaret School, Ilesa. I Read More

Kidnappings: To pay or not to pay ransom?

January 19, 2024 Abdullahi M. Gulloma  0

Most, not all, of the kidnapping cases in Nigeria appear to be purely mercenary. These kidnappings are different from Boko Haram attacks where the goal was to kill those who benefit from Western education. Kidnappers are after ransom and appear to try to keep their victims alive. Nigerian federal, and state authorities and individuals always deny paying ransom. Yet they Read More

PDP commiserates with Makinde, Oyo people over Ibadan explosion

January 19, 2024 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commiserated with Governor Seyi Makinde, the government and people of Oyo over the deadly explosion that took place in Bodija area of Ibadan, the state capital, describing the incident as tragic. A statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba in Abuja on Thursday reads: ” Our Party is saddened over the explosion which Read More

The path to perdition

January 18, 2024 Dan Agbese 0

I anchored a Newswatch cover story on our judiciary in May 1986. The story, Judiciary on Trial, was published in the issue of the magazine dated May 26, 1986. The decision to write the story arose from allegations of corruption and other problems that were negatively affecting the administration justice. Was there a basis for the allegations? Was the refuge Read More

Food Right Act: Nigerians must not go to bed on empty stomachs 

January 17, 2024 Prof M.K. Othman 0

Professor Gbolagade Ayoola is an obscure personality among the downtrodden Nigerians, the category of people he has doggedly fought for all his life. If Nigeria is a country that recognises and celebrates heroes and fighters of human rights, Ayoola would have been the Mahatma Gandhi of Nigeria; his portraits and objects immortalising him would have littered every nook and cranny Read More

A new president straddles Nigeria’s landscape

January 16, 2024 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano  0

The next momentous moment for our country in 2023 happened in May. A new dawn literally broke for Nigeria as a new president was sworn in on May 29. Nigeria has been swearing in new presidents over the years, of course. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the 16th president. What was really new about this handover is that this is Read More

Useful points to ponder on

January 15, 2024 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

A number of issues came up in the last few weeks that are worth examining. They include need for proper funding of education, lowering expectations from the government, why it is important to venture into massive food production, and why illegal mining should be prevented in the country. To start with, a student leader, Comrade Meshach Nwankwo, has called on Read More

UN’s red flag over Nigeria’s inequality, inflation 

January 15, 2024 Jerry Uwah 0

  The United Nations (UN) has warned that inequality and inflation are eating catastrophically deep into the disposable income of Nigerians. The global body complained that the situation would worsen Nigeria’s alarming unemployment rate as dearth of disposable income drastically reduces patronage of goods and services and cripples economic growth in the process. Nigeria has an alarming unemployment crisis. As Read More

I want to talk about Tinubu, even though I lost my mother

January 14, 2024 Hassan Gimba 0

On Monday, January 8, I lost my mother. She died at the age of 85. Despite the age being ripe, it was still a shock. It is normal for a child to see his parents as immortal despite an ingrained knowledge that every soul shall taste the inevitable – death. She succumbed to a debilitating pulmonary disease, something I think Read More

These resilient, humorous and ostentatious Nigerians

January 14, 2024 Admin I 0

“In elementary school my parents told me it didn’t matter what I did when I grew up, so long as it made me happy. ‘Happiness is the whole point of life,’ my father said. ‘But it doesn’t always come easy. Your mother loves to help people in need, so she became a psychiatric nurse. I love reading, writing and poetry, Read More