Military and task of safeguarding democracy

March 1, 2024 Admin II 0

“We want to make it clear that the Armed Forces of Nigeria is here to protect democracy, we all want democracy; we do better during democracy, and so, the armed forces will continue to support democracy.” – General CG Musa Above is a snippet from the words of the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Christopher Gwabin Musa, while making Read More

Prof. Ango Abdullahi backs Reps’ move for parliamentary democracy 

February 24, 2024 Joshua Egbodo  0

Elder statesman, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, has declared his full support for the ongoing discussion for Nigeria’s return to parliamentary system of government, as recently initiated by 60 members of the House of Representatives. Abdullahi who expressed the support, showered encomium on Members of House of Representatives who sponsored the bills seeking for the adoption of Parliamentary system, led by Hon. Read More

Sokoto and genuine definition of democracy

February 16, 2024 Baba Haruna 0

When I first read about the achievements of Dr Ahmed Aliyu in his first 100 days in office as the executive governor of Sokoto state, I thought it was one of those media stunts often sponsored by some unscrupulous public servants. But a personal investigation on the matter baffled me. Why would Governor Aliyu care so much for homeless and Read More

2024: NILDS to focus on democracy consolidation, lawmakers’ capacity – DG

January 1, 2024 Taiye Odewale 0

As 2024 begins today, the Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Professor Abubakar Sulaiman has rolled out two thematic areas of focus in the new year. Professor Sulaiman in a personally signed new year message to Nigerians and made available to journalists in Abuja on Sunday said the two thematic areas are democratic consolidation Read More

Is Nigeria’s democracy under threat?

December 1, 2023 Admin III 0

The recent judgements by the Court of Appeal quashing election victories of many elected lawmakers and governors are giving Nigerians sleepless nights. The 2023 elections have come and gone, the dust generated due to allegations of election irregularities are yet to settle. Little wonder, politicians who lost the last general elections or felt cheated besieged elections tribunal to seek redress. Read More

Kebbi: With A’Court judgement, it’s time to work for democracy, Idris tells opposition

November 25, 2023 Muhammad Sadisu Abubakar 0

Dr Nasir Idris of Kebbi state has described the Appeal Court judgement affirming his electoral mandate at the March 18 governorship contest as a victory for democracy and people of the state. Addressing hundreds of party supporters, who trooped to the Government House to congratulate him, Friday, Governor Idris said the ruling was a milestone in the history of Kebbi Read More

Western democracy not working in Africa – Obasanjo

November 21, 2023 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Monday that Western liberal democracy is unsuitable for Africa and seems not to be working for Nigeria and other African countries. According to the former president, western democracy as it is being practiced in Nigeria and other African countries should be re-examined or moderated. He stated that this is because it has not delivered Read More

Why western democracy is not working for Africa – Obasanjo

November 20, 2023 Admin III 0

Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo has insisted that western liberal democracy has not worked for Africa. Obasanjo said liberal democracy does not take into account the continent’s history, culture and tradition. The former President explained that the Western style of democracy failed in Africa because it does not consider the views of the majority of the people. He stated this Read More

Supreme Court verdict on Tinubu, victory for democracy – Ortom

October 27, 2023 John Shiaondo 0

Immediate past governor of Benue state, Dr Samuel Ortom, has congratulated President Bola Tinubu on the affirmation of his election victory by the Supreme Court on Thursday. Ortom described the judgment as a victory for democracy and the independence of the country’s democratic institutions. The former governor, in a statement issued by his media aide, Terver Akase, appealed to all Read More

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 Admin III 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 Admin III 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