The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to organise what would be known as the freest and fairest election in Africa, in Nigeria in 2023.
Festus Okoye, National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, said this at the 2022 … Read the rest
One of the major problems that we have had to contend with since the return to civilian rule in 1999, and even long before then in previous electoral cycles and subsequently – 1959, 1979, 1983, 1993, 1999, 2007, 2011, 2015, … Read the rest
A week ago, President Muhammadu Buhari travelled out of the country on a two-week medical vacation. He is expected back in the country next week. As has been the pattern since he assumed office in 2015, and he travelled on … Read the rest
“For First Time, Buhari Excludes Ex-Senate President, Saraki, from National Honours”. This was how the ThisDay newspaper of October 3, 2022, reported the story of the 2022 National Honours ceremony scheduled for October 11 at the State House in Abuja. … Read the rest
When Nigeria lowered the Union Jack and raised the green-white-green flag that heralded its coming of age on October 1, 1960, there was boundless joy in Nigeria.
It seemed like the unwrapping of a gift because you knew it was … Read the rest
Dr. Reuben Abati
It is a sobering indication of the state of the nation, that as Nigeria prepares to mark the 62nd anniversary of its flag independence on October 1, the dominant discourse in the land among young Nigerians, apart from politics, … Read the rest
In contemporary Nigeria, the term “restructuring” has become something of a “God term,” as rhetorical scholars call words and expressions that instinctively evoke warm fuzzy feelings in people, that galvanize people into action, that are unquestioningly sanctified by a cultural … Read the rest
On August 29, 2019, I published a column in The Daily Independent with this headline: Are we sinking in debts? I was worried by the federal government easy recourse to foreign debts. Let me begin this two-part series in trying … Read the rest
I am concerned, but not shocked in any way, that the most prominent reaction to the interview that Arise News conducted last week with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has been sheer tittle-tattle about … Read the rest
This day, July 19 should go down as a special moment in the economic history of Nigeria – the day when the country’s main vehicle for economic survival, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is officially unveiled by the incumbent … Read the rest