Nigerian military and the repeated pledge to safeguard democracy

September 28, 2023 Abdulsalam Mahmud 0

It is not that many choose to denigrate her. There is biting poverty across Africa. But that is not all. Corruption has also eaten deep into the fabric of our African society. It even seems the continent is still living in the stone age. Africa is economically underdeveloped, over six decades after most of its countries gained independence and sovereignty. Read More

Fintiri: Adamawa basking in the rays of democracy

September 16, 2023 Dahiru Hassan Kera 0

The return of Ahmadu Fintiri on May 29, 2023, as governor of Adamawa state for a second term must be giving all well-meaning citizens of the state goosebumps. It’s not every day that an incumbent worth his onion is returned elected. It’s even more significant in the case of Adamawa considering the corrupt gymnastics that were commissioned by a certain Read More

PEPT: Pro-democracy group picks ‘holes’ in judgement

September 9, 2023 Taiye Odewale 0

Days after the affirmation of the election of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), the Coalition for Protection of Democracy (COPDEM) has faulted the verdict. The Coalition in a statement issued by its spokesman, Garba Danjuma, in Abuja on Friday, described the verdict as “a miscarriage of justice,” particularly against the presidential candidate of Labour Read More

PEPT verdict reinforces triumph of democracy – Buratai

September 8, 2023 Content Administrator II 0

A former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Buratai, has said the victory of President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Elections Petition Court had reinforced the triumph of democracy. Gen. Buratai said this in a statement released on Friday in Abuja. He congratulated the President on the victory and called on all Nigerians to actively engage in the democratic process, Read More

Africanisation of democracy versus militarisation of Africa

September 6, 2023 Abdu Abdullahi 0

Eventually, Africa has been dragged into a deep political impasse and torn between the awkward processes of Africanisation of democracy and militarisation of Africa’s politics. Africa’s democracy is like a human body without its systems, which lacks a pragmatic and universal overview for its sustenance, and this triggers the military to push Africa back to the military epoch with a Read More

Increasing military interventions in Africa, danger to democracy, press freedom – CAJ

September 1, 2023 Bayo Agboola 0

The president, Congress of African Journalists (CAJ), on Friday decried the spate of military take-overs in Africa, saying it portended danger to democracy and press freedom in the continent. CAJ president Chief Chris Isiguzo raised the alarm in a statement, stressing that the development could threaten the gains being made in the march towards stability and progress on the continent. Read More

Of coups and democracy in Africa

August 15, 2023 Ibrahim Mustapha 0

Baring any last change of decision, the Economic Community of West Africa, ECOWAS, will take military action against the military junta which staged coup that toppled the democratically President of Niger republic, Muhammad Bazoun, on July, 26. Since the coup, all efforts by ECOWAS and other foreign organisations to force the coupists to surrender, release and reinstate the deposed president, Read More

A4DD wants ECOWAS leaders to take urgent steps to rid democracy principles challenges, others

August 9, 2023 Content Administrator II 0

The Alliance for Deepening Democracy (A4DD) has called on leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to take urgent measures to address challenges to democracy principles and good governance in the region in order to stem the scourge of unconstitutional takeover of governments now afflicting some of its member countries. In a statement issued Wednesday in Abuja, Read More

2023 elections and consolidation of Nigerian democracy

June 20, 2023 A. A. Gadzama 0

The 2023 elections and the emergence of those elected, especially Mr President is one development on the country’s political scene that places it among the league of emerging democracies. The elections on the domestic scene equally have several implications for the country. The emergence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the President and Commander-in-Chief and Senator Kashim Shettima as the Read More

Mocking the spirit of democracy

June 19, 2023 Rasheedat Tafa 0

President Joe Biden of the United States recently convened hissecond summit on democracy to continue his global conversation and commitment to democracy. His first summit was in late 2021 and was a failure partly because it was exclusively viritual due to COVID–19, and was only chaired by the United States. That world leaders and scholars were virtually talking to each Read More

Analysing dividend of democracy in Yobe

June 1, 2023 Abba Dukawa 0

Yobe state helmsman Governor Mai Mala Buni ended his first four-year term in office and began his final term on Monday. When he came to power, the state had its own bitter taste of the Boko Haram insurgency and other related security breaches. But within the last four years of his first term in office, the Buni administration’s monumental achievements Read More

How Buhari sees Nigeria’s democracy

April 28, 2023 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari said, this week, that the future of democracy as a system of government in the country is bright.As he prepares to leave office in a little over a month, the President has reason to feel satisfied and duly assured that Nigerians would defend democracy against all threats.The President spoke shortly after observing the Eid prayer, marking the Read More

2023: Disinformation as threat to Nigeria’s democracy

April 7, 2023 Ayomide Ajayeoba 0

Imagine you have a business partner that you have worked with for years but when you are just on the verge of embarking on a new business venture together, rumors about alleged shady deals by your partner surface on social media. This naturally creates doubt, unease and distrust even after vehement denial from them. Even though you are at ease Read More

The political class and the democracy project

April 5, 2023 Nick Dazang 0

In 1992, Francis Fukuyama wrote The End of History and the Last Man. It was a philosophical tour de force. The book brought Fukuyama into reckoning and catapulted him to the league of such intellectual giants as his former teacher at Harvard University, Samuel P. Huntington (co-founder of Foreign Policy and author of The Clash of Civilizations and The Remaking Read More

Beijing Forum: Interrogating the substance of democracy

March 28, 2023 Charles Onunaiju 0

Democracy is world’s most recognised political lexicon and its universal appeal as people focused has catapulted it to the center-stage of international political discourse. Despite its pre-eminence, its discourse and applications are even vulnerable to manipulations and even abuse. Despite that its appeals and values are universal, it is however, not “a one size that fits all.” This was actually Read More

Vote buying: The cancer in Nigeria’s democracy

March 22, 2023 Admin III 0

The March 18, 2023, governorship and state assembly elections were characterised by vote buying and selling. The elections were the worse I have ever seen. Right in my presence people bargaining for the price of their rights for peanuts and I wondered what the fate of Nigeria is. Democracy is based on interest and choice but because of poverty people Read More

Strengthening democracy through civic education curriculum 

March 9, 2023 Admin III 0

Over the years, Civic Education as a subject has become a major component of inculcating moral, cultural and educational values into children in primary schools across the country. The Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) recently presented Electoral Education Curriculum and Teacher’s Guide for primary schools in a move to use the Civic Education Curriculum to strengthen the nation’s Read More

The nexus of democracy and good governance

February 8, 2023 Baba Abdullahi Machina 0

Democracy and good governance are integral to a stable and just society. Democracy provides citizens with a voice in politics and equal representation, while good governance ensures effective, accountable, and transparent decision-making by leaders.  The relationship between these two is crucial for a prosperous, fair, and secure society. Policymakers must focus on factors such as transparency, access to justice and Read More

Buhari, constitutional term limit and democracy

September 23, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari, this week, in faraway New York, for the umpteenth time, vowed to entrench a process of free, fair, transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians can elect leaders of their choice. “I have set the goal that one of the enduring legacies I would like to leave is to entrench a process of free, fair and transparent Read More

When not to celebrate democracy

June 12, 2022 Admin III 0

Every year, Nigeria’s federal government declares June 12 as holiday to celebrate the nation’s democracy. It used to be the May 29, the date democracy returned to our shores in 1999 after many years of military dictatorship. But in order to acknowledge and immortalide the democratic struggles of late MKO Abiola, the date was changed by President Muhammadu Buhari virtually Read More

Nigeria’s democracy for the rich?

May 1, 2022 Admin III 0

Political parties in the country, in preparation for the 2023 general elections pegged the price of expression of interest and nomination forms beyond the reach of ordinary and competent Nigerians who aspire to contest the forthcoming elections. The outrageous cost of forms has become the topic of discussion in a country where high income inequality is taking a toll on Read More

I’ll bring democracy dividend to my constituents if… – Sani Mohammed

April 27, 2022 Admin III 0

In this interview, a business mogul and astute politician, Alhaji Sani Ahmed Mohammed, a chieftain of the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, spoke on the ideology of his party, his aspiration to contest for the House of Representatives, representing Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro federal constituency and many more topical issues. Chamba Simeh brings excerpts. What is your pedigree that qualifies you to contest Read More

Democratic tenets, good governance: IPAC hails EU EOM

March 5, 2022 Adeola Tukuru, Abuja 0

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has called on European Union Election Observer Mission (EU EOM) Follow-up Mission, not to relent in their selfless efforts and commitment to the building of democracy, good governance, peace and security in Nigeria. The National Chairman of the Council, Engr Yabaji Yusuf Sani, during a courtesy visits by the EU EOU under the leadership of Ms. Marie Read More

FCT: Kwali chairmanship polls rape on democracy – Haruna

March 3, 2022 Donald Iorchir 0

A candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 12, 2022 FCT Chairmanship polls, Alhaji Haruna Pai Mohammed, has described the election conducted in Kwali Area Council as a rape on democracy. He also appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the results saying that high scale irregularities marred the process. Mohammed also called for Read More

Let this democracy prosper!

February 3, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu said, and the nation prays, that come next year, he will hand over a better country, agriculture-led, diversified economy, stable democracy and revamped armed and security forces, to the next administration. Speaking at a dinner in honour of the 2022 Committee of Business, Political, Media and Civil Society Leaders, the President said he was looking forward to completing Read More