Elections 2019 Opinion

Astray Goes Keyamo, Son of Fawehinmi, By Immanuel James Ibe-Anyanwu

“Gani Fawehinmi, Nigeria’s conscience, dies at 71”, read The Guardian’s apt front-page headline. In less than a decade after his death, Gani’s legacy has crumbled: Mike Ozekhome grew fat defending government thieves; Femi Falana tactically withdrew from popular advocacies; Festus Keyamo, from embracing political foolery, finally came to be defined by it. On the surface […]

Politics and Policy

Scandal: The 6 PREMIUM TIMES Allegations Against Saraki, Dogara and Adeosun

A report by leading online news website, PREMIUM TIMES, has alleged that Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, in collusion with the Accountant-General of the federation, Ahmed Idris, “arbitrarily and illegally” facilitated a N10 billion wire to Nigeria’s Senate and House of Representatives. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker Yakubu Dogara played active roles in seeking the […]

Culture and Lifestyle Opinion

BBNaija Finale: Cee-C Should Win. But This Should Be The Final Season

Eleven weeks of twenty four-hour reality TV featuring adult strangers sharing a comfortable physical space, competing in suffer-head-ism, quarrelling about dislikes, and hooking up randomly, comes to an end on Sunday. Until the house is trimmed down to five finalists, housemates are (rightly) judged by their standing with the viewing public. But when it comes […]

Ideas & Innovation Politics and Policy

Extended Comment: Is There A Way To Defend Buhari’s Comments?

Thursday was Groundhog Day for President Buhari’s media team. It took more than half the day, when #LazyNigerianYouths had already notched up north of 50,000 tweets, for the first response to come. They were shook! Rather impressively, the ‘go and peep’ was assigned to Bashir Ahmad, the 27 year-old personal assistant to the president on […]

Elections 2019 Opinion

Imo 2019: Aspirant Nick Opara-Ndudu Promises Agric Revolution, Economic Empowerment

The time has come when a well-articulated agricultural policy should be implemented in Imo State to liberate the people from the scourge of poverty and the lingering underdevelopment now ravaging the state. The policy, which will be tagged “Agricultural Revolution” should also include the opening up of the rural areas for vibrant economic activities that […]

Education Politics and Policy

Phony PhD: 10 Things to Know about Senator Ogola’s Fake Certificate Scandal

For N13.5 million a month, you would expect Nigeria to be run by legislators of the highest moral, policy and educational standards. There are heads in the red chamber who are seasoned professionals in their fields of endeavour, but it appears millions of taxpayer funds also go to funding phonies who have obtained qualifications that […]

Community Politics and Policy

End SARS, Period. It’s a Life-threat to Nigerians.

The following is just one more convincing evidence to end SARS, the notorious unit of the Nigerian Police Force whose name ‘Special Anti-Robbery Squad’ amounts to nothing but official deception that gives state license to a vicious bullying and torture gang. It’s a narration by Immanuel Ibe-Anyanwu, a Lagos-based writer, freelance journalist and interior design […]

Elections 2019

President Buhari Declares Intention to Seek a Second Term, following an interesting couple of months

President Muhammadu Buhari has formally declared his intention to seek a second term, according to information posted on the presidency’s handle on twitter today. Mr Buhari departed Nigeria on Monday, for the UK where he is expected to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May as part of preparations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government […]

Foreign Affairs Politics and Policy

In South Korea And Brazil, ‘Heroic’ Former Presidents Are Now In Prison. What It Means for Nigeria

On Sunday, Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva spent his first night in jail after being found guilty of corruption charges. Two days earlier, South Korea’s ousted president, Park Geun-hye, got sentenced to 24 years on a conviction for 18 charges including bribery, coercion and abuse of power. Ms Park was the first […]

Foreign Affairs Politics and Policy

What Are the UK’s Interests in Nigeria’s Elections and Looted Funds?

At the inaugural ‘Diplomatic dialogue’ organized by civic accountability organisation BudgIT held over the weekend, British deputy high commissioner to Nigeria, Laure Beaufils, related the commitments and intentions of the British government in Nigeria. Ms Beaufils was the lone special guest of the dialogue which, according to the organizers, is aimed at engaging organisations, high […]

Community Politics and Policy

PSPs will now be involved in residential waste for Cleaner Lagos (Reason and Pragmatism prevail)

After weeks of reports in the media revealing the significant deficit in capacity of Visionscape, the Lagos state government has revised the Cleaner Lagos Initiative. The PSPs had been confined to the collection of commercial waste while Visionscape handled all residential waste. In simple words, this has not worked. Lagos was becoming dirtier with potential […]

Community Politics and Policy

Cleaner Lagos? Ambode’s Flawed Visionscape Gamble Has Produced a Dirtier Lagos Instead

A new report has highlighted the lengths to which the Akinwunmi Ambode government went to secure the services of Visionscape to prosecute its Cleaner Lagos Initiative. Nicholas Ibekwe, in a Premium Times investigation, documents that Visionscape was a previously unknown and inexperienced company before it was awarded the waste management responsibility by the Lagos state […]