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Volume #6

Military onslaught may worsen crisis in Warri By David Ifode

ON August 13, 1961 the building of the Berlin ’Wall’ in Germany was decreed. Germans were startled to hear that in an early morning news - it became a day of horror, alarm and bewilderment...

MILITARY POLITICS AND CONSTITUTIONAL DISCOURSE By E. IKE UDOGU

Introduction .....Liberalization encompasses more than just a "partial opening;" it is both an expansion of individualizational power with which to displace the predatory bloc. Fearing this outcome, predatory rulers...

Mine is Mine: Yours is Ours by Isah Momoh

President Obasanjo's recent reply to the increasing clamour by state governors for the control of the natural resources accruing within the boundaries of their states reminds one of the ultra-selfish penchant of some...

The Minority Question and Development in Nigeria: Minorities within Minority By Oche Onazi, LL.B. BL.

So much has been said and written by scholars; social critics and politicians on the ethnic minority question and development but this question or agitation...

THE MISCHIEF OF HISTORY: BALA USMAN’S UNMAKING OF NIGERIAN HISTORY By Prof. Peter Ekeh Chair

In the week of April 18th through 25th, 2001, the Nigerian internet community received an ample supply of Bala Usman’s essay provocatively titled “Ignorance,...

Misplaced Priorities and Claptrap Policies By Dr. Dauda S. Dauda Ternopol

In its most recent survey on standards of living within the last year, the World Bank indicated that at least seven out of ten Nigerians live below the poverty line. This, according to the report, indicated a downward slide in comparison with...

Miss World riot: The new lynching By Stanley Crouch

It may be that northern Nigeria eventually will call for separation into a Muslim state, as Pakistan did when it broke off from India in 1947. I say that because of the murderous violence in northern Nigeria carried out by...

MNN's True Federation Charter For The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Contents Page Preamble * Chapter 1 Justification for True Federalism and Restructuring...

Monkey Business: "Your language of English is different from mine" By Orok Edem

What is it with all these monkey proverbs flying around? Once upon a time, a wise saying began and ended with a tortoise. Now, we are hearing of ‘monkey go London he come back with tail’...

More on Resource Control - A Few "Last Words" by Bolaji Aluko, PhD

INTRODUCTION Periodically, I give over my Essays to others whose contributions I wish to highlight. This time, I give it to two recent contributors on oil and resource control:...

The more things change; the more they remain the same By Dafe Otobo

The years, 1966, 1976 and 2001, are obviously separated in time, but I am idly speculating on some linkages, socio-political linkages of the sort that might be of considerable significance for...

Mr. President means well By Bashiru Al-Bashir

QUITE recently there was an outburst by a newspaper reader when he said that he was no longer interested in hearing “Mr. President means well for...

Mr. President Sir, Your Time is Up By Sam Nda-Isaiah

He is an international statesman, hard worker and a good father - as testified to by his eldest daughter, Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo- Bello recently, but among the president's numerous talents, one would have to leave out responsive leadership and the...

MUCH ADO ABOUT NIGERIAN IDENTITY AND CITIZENSHIP BY Tokunbo Awoshakin

Since independence from British colonialist in 1960, successive governments in Nigeria have struggled to maintain the image that the country is a nation of different people with one national identity...

MY ACTION ON SECTION 207(2) IN 1978 NOT ANTI-AWOLOWO: BUT A SEARCH FOR JUSTICE AND LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR ALL Further to my rejoinder to Mohammed Haruna’s factual errors. From my archive. By Professor Omo Omoruyi

I recall the visit to me in 1993 of Senator John Wash Pam, a colleague in the Constituent Assembly and later Deputy President...

'MY LAST TESTAMENT' ON THE NIGERIAN-US MILITARY PACT: by Professor Omo Omoruyi

IN WHOSE INTEREST ARE US TROOPS IN NIGERIA, NIGERIA OR U.S.? There is a military pact between Nigeria and the United States of America called by different names. No one should be fooled except the political leaders of Nigeria who believe that Nigerians...

MY STEWARDSHIP: Beyond the Tripod By Professor Omo Omoruyi mni

His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo UkuAkpolokpolor Oba Erediauwa, Oba of Benin...

The National Assembly, the President and the Electoral Law By Mobolaji E. Aluko, PhD

INTRODUCTION Nigeria is a dangerous country to come from: if you decide to make yourself aware of what is going on there, you can have coronary thrombosis if you are not careful...

National Conference: Need to make Nigeria a political reality By Fredrick Faseun

IS Nigeria a Nation? To answer this question calls for an understanding of our historical colonial past, the present political mood of the people and what they see as future challenges, in a world characterised by subjugating...

NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD SCHEME PALAVER: FOR THEIR TODAY…WE GIVE UP OUR TOMORROW By Ritchie Ejiofor

I was totally perplexed at the recent remarks credited to retired general Buhari on the national identity program...

The National Question: Towards a new constitutional order By Chief Anthony Enahoro

PRESIDENT Olusegun Obasanjo was reported in the media to have stated that he is not opposed to a National Conference provided it is constructive and contributes to national solidarity...

The national question: Separating the chaff from the grain By Usman Bugaje

Over the last few decades, Nigerians have seen a lot but learnt very little. Indeed, learning has become out of style in Nigeria. We have already destroyed our institutions of learning as well as our conscience and sense of decency...

NATIONAL SECURITY COMMISSION: EQUITY NOT COMMISSION By William Etim-Bassey

Creating a national security commission, as a policy response initiative to Nigeria’s various plaguing conflicts should nominally receive plaudit for implications are, even if succinct that...

Nature and forms of elections rigging By Ben Nwabueze

ELECTION rigging refers to electoral malpractices which are palpable illegalities committed with a corrupt, fraudulent or sinister intention to influence an election in favour of a candidate(s) by means such as illegal voting, bribery, treating and...

NDDC, not solution to Niger Delta problems By Edwin K. Clark

Being excerpts of an address presented by Chief (Dr) E.K. Clark, Deputy Chairman of South South Peoples’ Conference (SSOPPEC), on Saturday 25th November, 2000 at the University of Calabar Theatre Hall, Calabar, Cross River State...

THE NDI IGBO QUESTION IN NIGERIAN POLITICS IS REAL (II) IT IS NOT FOR OBASANJO OR ANYBODY BUT IGBO LEADERS TO HANDLE By Omo Omoruyi

The Ndi Igbo Question in Nigerian Politics is real and should have been addressed since 1970 after the Civil War. Who should have addressed the Question? Should it have been the military government or the Igbo leaders?...

THE NDI IGBO QUESTION IN NIGERIAN POLITICS IS REAL. IT IS FOR THE IGBO LEADERS TO HANDLE By Prof. Omo Omoruyi,mni

I HAVE NO REASON TO BE ANTI-IGBO IN 2003 ELECTION My last essay published in the Guardian of February 24, 2003 classifying the Presidential candidates in the 2003 election into...

Ndigbo By Chuks Iloegbunam

I visited an ill, elderly lawyer at the Harmony Hospital in Awka. A native of Adazi Ani in Anambra State, the wife and daughter encouraged him to return to good health...

Ndigbo and the Nigerian Nation... by Soboyejo Awosika-Coker

It has been quite interesting to watch events as they unfold at the Oputa Hearings in Ndigbo land...

THE "NDIGBO QUESTION IN NIGERIAN POLITICS IS REAL" (III) SOLUTION; IGBO SHOULD RETURN TO PDP OR ANPP by Prof. Omo Omoruyi, mni

This is the third in a three-part essay on the above issue. It grew out of the reaction to my essay published in the...

NdiIgbo & Igbo Day By Tochukwu Ezukanma

As the civil war ended, the Igbo, a battered reflection of their pre-war selves trudged out of the bush. Their collective physiognomy revealed raw scars of injustice, contortion of pains and sorrow and a blank stare of despondency...

Ndi'Igbo and Obasanjo By Francis Arthur Nzeribe

Let me begin by restating that the quest by Ndi'Igbo to have one of their sons- if you like daughters occupy the Presidential Villa, Abuja is a legitimate case. But it is being wrongly presented and pursued...

Need for a truly democratized polity By Olorogun Felix O. Ibru

IN presenting this paper, I choose to ignore the undisputed existence of other systems of government or polities because the topic of the lecture implies full preference for true democratic practice of constitutional government...

Neither a Candidate nor an Office Holder be! (1) Obasanjo as the PDP President and as the PDP Candidate would ruin his Legacies. By Professor Omo Omoruyi

OBASANJO COULD RUIN HIS LEGACIES IN 2003 UNLESS…

Neither a Candidate nor an Office Holder be! (11) Level Playing Field, is the Solution to Fears over Self-Succession in 2003. By Prof. Omo Omoruyi

In part 1, I dealt with the basis of fears over an office holder doubling as a candidate and pleaded with the President that he could take one. Certainly he could ...

Neither a Candidate nor an Office Holder be! (111) For a Level Playing Field Adopt the BANGLADESH "FORMULA". By Professor Omo Omoruyi

In parts 1 and 11, I analyzed the basis of the fears over "self-succession" organized by an office holder and I came to the conclusion that these fears of Nigerians, political....

Neo-Biafranism and the Illusion of Secessionism in Nigeria By Dr. Tunde Arogundade, PhD

Currently Senior Research Fellow, NIPSS, Jos, Nigeria Judging from the level of venom in the dispute about...

Never Again! By Uthman Shodipe

Welcome to a nation without memory. Come and perceive a nation without truth. Here, appraise a nation without rationality. Here, see a nation without enlightenment...

The new Calabar master plan (1) By Orok Edem

Keywords: Town planning, inlets into Calabar, lay of the land, tourism potential, historical components and their crass distortions...

New Council: What the Law Says By Alex I. Ekwueme

In the last few months there has been so much avoidable controversy and confusion about the local government system in Nigeria. Although many problems have only recently come to the fore, the genesis of the problem dates back several decades...

THE NEW ELECTORAL BILL AND THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS By Prof. (Chief) Oje Aisiku; J.P.

One of the hallmarks of all successful constitutional democracies is their ability to peacefully and orderly change leadership periodically through the contrivance of electioneering in which citizens...

New Maneuvers over the August 10 Local Government Elections By Mobolaji E. Aluko

INTRODUCTION On April 24, 2002, a meeting was held at Aso Rock which involved President Obasanjo, 36 state governors, Speakers of the State Houses of Assembly, the three political parties, the Independent National Electoral...

NEW POLITICAL PARTIES? Christopher Odetunde, Ph.D.

What is a political party? A political party is a grouping or a legitimate gathering of patriotic citizens with entrenched conviction to do good for all citizens, and...

NEW TAXATION POLICY IS KEY TO RESOURCE CONTROL by OKENWA R. NWOSU

The perpetual bickering that has plagued Nigerian politics since the Civil War is rooted in the contest for control of centrally owned national resources,...

Niger-Delta: Between The Broom And The Broom Stick by Victor Attah

It is common knowledge that God often prefers to use the things that are despised and things that appear to be foolish to confound those that claim to be wise...

The Niger Delta: A Call For Reparation by Tonye David-West

I've heard repeatedly from several Igbo groups and most recently from the Ohaneze group that the Igbos...

NIGER DELTA: THE ENEMY WITHIN by Peju Sanni

Over the years the media has been agog with the ills done to the Niger Delta...

Niger Delta and environmental issues By David Ifode

AS far as oil and gas are concerned, agitators for revenue from their proceeds forget to discuss environmental problems emanating from exploration...

The Niger Delta and the 1999 Constitution By Oronto Douglas

The Position of the Niger Delta on the 1999 Constitution Introduction I think we are gradually inching towards a position as far as the matter of procuring, producing...

NIGER DELTA CONGRESS CONDEMNS THE MURDER OF DR. MARSHALL ISOKRARI HARRY

Niger Delta Congress – USA, categorically condemn the cold blooded murder of Dr. Marshall Harry in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. This murder depicts the inability of the African State to effectuate devolution of political power...

THE NIGER DELTA MANIFESTO

First Preamble ON the occasion of this historic third All-Nigeria Socialist Conference, the Delta Peoples Academy would like to extend fraternal felicitations to all delegates and organisations. This is the first time that a gathering of this significance is taking place...

THE NIGER DELTA PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS: The Equilateral Resource Control (ERC) model as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) concept. by Clement Ikpatt; L. Glenn Scott, Esq.

"Justitia suum cuique distriduite - Justice renders to everyone his due" Cicero. Despite government efforts...

The Niger Delta Region is Sinking By Louis Achi

It is a region, which has captured both local and international attention. Why? This is largely because the exploitation of its petroleum resources and the mode of appropriation of the wealth...

THE NIGER DELTA STRUGGLE AND THE "WEAPON OF NAKEDNESS" By Mike Ikhariale

Many people who are watching the sordid and endless carnage going on in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories do not seem to readily grasp the profound psychological rationale for the extreme condition in which a...

Nigeria: Destined to be great By Saliba Daddy Mukoro, Ph.D.

Introduction It is an honor and privilege to be in your midst this evening as your I thank you for the invitation, and I thank God for the opportunity,...

Re: Nigeria on the edge by Ini Ekere

It is amazing how misinformed some Nigerians are, about their national politics both past and present, such case of the author of Nigeria on the edge. Professor Emmanuel Ayandele,...

Nigeria's Political Economy 1960-1985: Before the Babangida Regime BY SAM OYOVBAIRE

The Babangida regime was highly informed about Nigeria’s political economy in its policy thrust and reform programmes. This fact was revealed quite early in the tenure of the...

Nigeria: The oracle [?] speaks By Isaac Sagay

President Obasanjo’s statements are nothing if not authoritative. And when he gets into his strides, or is provoked by some impertinent press reporter, he can...

Volume # 7

NIGERIA :Time for justice and accountability

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT December 2000 AI Index: AFR 44/14/00 Introduction Since an elected civilian government came to power in May 1999,...

NIGERIA: Towards Reason in Political Discourse by Igho Natufe, Ph.D

BACKGROUND In December 2000, a spirited debate was conducted in cyberspace by some Nigerians...

Nigeria-US Defense Treaty? by Orok Edem

Recent happenings in Nigeria and the visit of the United States [US] Secretary of Defense Mr. Cohen to that country, should be viewed with concern...

Nigeria and Its Membership of OPEC By Mobolaji E. Aluko, PhD

INTRODUCTION For the first time in just under a year, the international price of crude oil hit $36.20 per barrel...

NIGERIA AND POLITICS OF VIOLENCE By Bekeh Utietiang

The death of Harry Marshal has once more called to question the credibility of Nigerian politicians. On the day he was...

Nigeria and the census question By Martins Yellowe

Census represents a fundamental prop on which any nation-state can be constructed solidly. On the domestic scene, not only does census serve as the basis for the determination of...

Nigeria and the ICJ Bakassi Magouille By Bola A. Akinterinwa

Last month, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that sovereignty over the Bakassi peninsula should henceforth belong to Cameroun and that Nigeria and...

Nigeria and the Politics of Unreason: Political Assassinations, Decampments, Moneybags, and Public Protests By Victor E. Dike

Introduction The problems facing Nigeria emanate from many fronts, which include irrational behavior (actions) of the...

NIGERIA BETWEEN LORD LUGARD AND THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: POLITICAL CULTURE AND THE SKILL REVOLUTION By Prof. Ali A. Mazrui

The new computer technology and the Internet may be inaugurating new kinds of stratification and new types of reform. Countries like Nigeria are bound to be...

Nigeria, Cameroun and the unending conflict over Bakassi By Assisi Asobie

FOLLOWING the judgment by the International Court of Justice at The Hague concerning the boundary dispute between Nigeria and Cameroun, there have been calls on the Nigerian government by some Nigerians to go to...

Nigeria Election Tribunals in history By Jude Igbanoi

The presidential and gubernatorial elections concluded a forthnight ago have continued to occupy the very epicentre of political, intellectual and jurisprudential discuss. The debates, controversies, allegations and counter-allegations...

Nigeria: Federalism, the constitution and resource control By Itse Sagay

IN the beginning, there was no Nigeria. There were Ijaws, Igbos, Urhobos, Itsekiris, Yorubas, Hausas,...

NIGERIA FROM 1000-1999 - An Historical Update by Mobolaji E. Aluko, PhD

Last year, at about this same time of the year, I compiled and published...

NIGERIA HAS A BALANCE OF POWER PROBLEM By Taiwo Akinola

INTRODUCTION Balance of power is a widely used concept in international relations, one whose importance in the understanding of the political...

NIGERIA HAS NO BUSINESS WITH POVERTY By Engr. Hamman Adamu Tukur, mni, OFR

The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission is mandated by Section 32(c) of the Third schedule of the...

NIGERIA'S MINERAL RESOURCES: A CASE FOR RESOURCE CONTROL By Clement Ikpatt and N. H. Ibanga

Nigeria (surface area: 923,800 sq. kilometers; population: 129.9 million) 1 is an immensely mineral rich...

NIGERIA OIL: PRICES, POLITICS AND THE PEOPLE By Tim Onayemi

There is a tendency to assume ;that it is a place where the President and government officials are above the law and that their policies are uncontestable or infallible: not so, because the country...

NIGERIA ON THE MARCH TO THE PROMISE LAND: CANAAN STILL NOT IN SIGHT by Ritchie Ejiofor

Many Nigerians had expected a magical resolution to the plethora of problems plaguing the country with the "triumphant" entry of the may 1999 operator of...

Nigeria ready to self destruct by Issac Sagay

It is not a sentimental cliche, to say that Nigeria belongs to all of its peoples and that we are equal stake - holders in its survival; and if at all possible, its future also...

NIGERIA, RELIGION AND I By Ali A. Mazrui

I have always had a high regard for the Nigerian Press. Even under the difficult conditions of the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha, the Nigerian Press remained...

NIGERIA: THE Darkest Moment, 1985-98 [1] By Sam Abbd Israel

"Are you not ashamed that you give your attention to acquiring as much money as possible and similarly reputation and honour, and give no thought to truth and understanding and the perfection...

NIGERIA: THE Darkest moment 1985-98 [2] By Sam Abbd Israel

"Are you not ashamed that you give your attention to acquiring as much money as possible and similarly reputation and honour, and give no thought to truth and understanding and the perfection...

Nigeria: From Maradona to Pele by Soboyejo Awosika-Coker

When it was announced a couple of years or so ago that Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo would be one of the candidates in the Nigerian Presidential Elections, I simply dropped my ahead and said...

Nigerian '419' Becoming a Matter of Life and Death! By Mobolaji Aluko, PhD

Dear Compatriots: I really hate to be a wet blanket, but "419" schemes originating from and inside our country are becoming a matter of life and death! Soon, our relations at home who GENUINELY have a medical condition will suffer from our attempts to verify ALL...

The Nigerian Constitution By Edwin Madunagu

There appears to be a consensus among the rulers of Nigeria that the country's Constitution needs review. The review is, in fact, going on and there is not much I can do about that...

NIGERIAN DEMOCRACY AND THE TEST OF HER JUDICIARY'S INDEPENDENCE By Dr. George Inyang

The handling and rendering of judgments on the 2003 election malpractices by election tribunals will undoubtedly provide a litmus test for the independence of the Nigerian judiciary. The Nigerian Supreme Court has hardly been guided by...

NIGERIAN ELECTIONS: SOME EARLY WARNINGS By Tokunbo Awoshakin

Penultimate Saturday, the ultra modern, multi billion-dollar news chancery building of the Nigerian embassy in VanNess,...

The Nigerian Farrago By Soboyejo Awosika-Coker

I am sure I would certainly fall into the category of those a certain so-called Fulani aristocrat refers to as fascists. Well, if this Fulani "aristocrat" chooses to call me a fascist, simply on the...

Nigerian identity crisis by Chike Okafor

For years, I have been hopelessly nursing a nagging problem whose solution seems benign. This problem is so acute that the remedy seems far-fetched. I have sought solutions from...

Nigerian Leadership vacuum: Reasons why Olusegun Obasanjo must go By Chike E. Okafor

We start this journey in persuasive writing on the reasons why Olusegun Obasanjo, the current Nigerian president should not be re-elected to serve a second term as a Nigerian president. Olusegun Obasanjo may be...

Nigerian military shenanigan and abuse of power on spotlight by Chike Okafor

The evils that men do always come back to bite them. It seems that Nigeria have turned into a garbage of eternal vacillation of public parade of one ugly public outburst such as corruption infested...

The Nigerian nation as hostage By Chuks Iloegbunam

Being still on the boil, every comment on the riots in parts of the north must be cautious. I profess antipathy for the blaspheming of any religion. I am as outraged at the profanation of Islamic tenets as I am of the desecration of Christian,...

The Nigerian Police and Our Political Twilight Zone by Mobolaji E. Aluko, PhD

Introduction ------------ On Thursday, November 4, 1999, seven policemen were reported murdered in...

Nigerian Politicians Are Their Own Worst Enemies By Muhammadu Buhari

Since independence in 1960 Nigeria has been at many crossroads. At every juncture throughout its 40-odd...

The Nigerian State and National Security by Orok Edem

Definitions The Nigerian State is a confluence of nationalities made up of unreasonable people associating involuntarily in the pursuit of uncommon interests. It is characterized by the absence of justice and...

Nigerian women and international prostitution By Dr. Chichi Aniagolu

In the second quarter of 1999, a Dutch Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) reported on the plight of 400 under-aged Nigerian prostitutes living in the Netherlands...

Nigerians must be careful By Olorunnibe Farukanmi.

Ibrahim Babangida, more that any soldier dead or alive, has participated in every coup d’etat except in those against himself as head of state, remains an enigma in the nation’s political...

'Nigerians must terminate the grand chicanery that consumed Ige’ By Adebayo Williams

WHEN beggars die", observes the immortal William Shakespeare, "there are no comets seen but the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of Princes". So it has been with James Ajibola Idowu Ige, our many beloved and...

THE NIGERIAN-US MILITARY PACT, ‘FINE PRINTS’ RECIPE FOR DANGER; WHITHER NATIONAL ASSEMBLY! by Professor Omo Omoruyi

A NEW DEFENSE/FOREIGN PACT: WHO DETERMINES IT? I like President Bill Clinton and his foreign policy especially his commitment to the resolution of conflict in many parts of the world. This feat has never extended to Africa unfortunately for reasons, which are...

Nigeria’s Quota System… An Impediment to True Growth and Development by Soboyejo Awosika-Coker

“We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.” --- John W. Gardner...

Nigeria's Crashing-Out of World Cup 2002 By Mobolaji E. Aluko, PhD

INTRODUCTION ------------- So Nigeria has crashed out of the World Cup 2002? Well, there is a famous saying: "It is not that the monkey rode the bike so well that is surprising; it is that it did it at all!"

NIGERIA'S 'DEMOCRACY DIVIDENDS' By Mike Ikhariale

The nation’s literary clan went agog recently when it generously expended kilometers of expensive newsprint and megawatts of electronic media energy on what looked like a stock-taking ritual in...

Nigeria's election: A repeat of history By Ritchie Ejiofor

Modern day electoral miracles and wonders always have a way of manifesting themselves in the African political arena. Pre-and post colonial Nigeria of vital note have grapple with the sad commentaries and inability to conduct near free...

Nigeria's nationality question, democracy and options for survival By Cornelius Adebayo

THE Nationality Question is the bundle of issues that arise from the fact or state of belonging to a body of people marked off by common descent, language, culture or historical tradition:...

Nigeria's nations and the challenges of federalism By Prof. David Okpako

AS we move inexorably towards a sovereign national conference, Nigerians must reflect again on the federal character principle enshrined in every constitution since 1960, its origins and how it...

Nigeria's Politics and the Vicious Cycle By Kabir Galadanchi

Since the Nigeria's independence up to the present day, physical records have indicated an exponential decline in our political, economic, technological, educational, agricultural, social and...

Nigeria's Upcoming Entry into the Space Age By Mobolaji Aluko, PhD

Compatriots: I believe that we have all read the good news lately: Nigeria to launch own satellite next month: minister...

Volume #8

Njaba Square by Ambrose Ehirim

Just past this New Year's eve, I attended a party thrown in part to welcome our community leader who was visiting the shores of this great land. He has a title, not of democratic tailoring but of "monarchical"...

NNPC and Mr. President: Where is Our Subsidy? By Bolaji Aluko, PhD

I. Introduction I spent much of Independence Day USA, July 4, rummaging through NNPC’s website http://www.nnpc-nigeria.com/, and have taken an...

No leader, no agenda by Unu Habib

THE debate has just begun afresh . The Igbos have no leader and no specific agenda , in the context of national politics. As Dele Sobowale reminded us, a group without a leader is a mob...

No oil in the North? There’s a lesson for us! By Chudi A. Okoye, PhD

The news seemed to escape even the most attentive of our public commentators. A few days ago – on January 23rd to be precise – it was reported in the Nigerian...

No retreat on resource control By G. G. Darah

Five weeks ago, the Federal Government of Nigeria initiated a suit in the Supreme Court against the 36 states and the Abuja Capital Territory over the true ownership of natural resources in the...

NO TEARS FOR SADDAM By Prof. Mike Ikhariale

I do not support wholesale the theory of regime change as it is being currently propounded over Iraq but I do not think most Nigerian assessors of the current military action in Iraq are giving full consideration to the whole elements in the...

Nomadic Education and Education for Nomadic Fulani By Ismail Iro, Ph.D.

Other discussions a. Abstract and Introduction...

THE 'NORTH' ALSO CRY By Mike Ikhariale

It was interesting to read a recent newspaper headline screaming that "Shagari decries northerners' political...

The North and Reality by Uwem Inyang

I am beginning to nurse strong beliefs that Nigeria is gradually becoming a time bomb awaiting explosion...

The North and Resource Control by Shehu Sani

The agitation by southern or rather South-South governors for resource control appears to be perceived in the North, by the elites as a sort of gang up...

"The North" What is The North"? Who are "The Northerners"? By Dr. Ibrahim Ayagi, Chairman of the Federal Economic Intelligence Committee

Introduction These are days of "Politics". Politics in...

Northern elites: Whose leaders? by Mukhtari Wada.

"Life’s greatest lesson teaches us that most often, we lapse into a self-assured state of contentment and euphoria. Therein lies the clear and present danger." Pascal Dozie"...

THE NORTHERN COUNTERCOUP OF 1966 – A REJOINDER TO A REJOINDER By Max Siollun

Following my previous article regarding the northern counter-coup of 1966, I have received a number of e-mails, and most recently a "rejoinder" from a "Mr. Arthur Unegbe" who disagreed...

Northern Nigeria is not behind the South in Media Power – A rejoinder to Paul Nwabuikwu’s - "A life time for New Nigerian" Newspapers. by Ugo Harris

Mr. Paul Nwabuikwu coverage of the media in Nigeria is educating but all through the article Published in the Guardian Newspapers of Wednesday, March 21, 2001...

Northern Nigeria Leadership: A wasted opportunity, A betrayed Trust. by Musa Adamu Mbahi, M.D.

Times are really hard for the Northern Nigerian political establishment which has "administered" the country for 31 of the 40 years of Nigeria’s independent existence...

Ina, Mr. President by Shu'aibu Usman Leman

Students of historical science will readily tell you that Uthman Danfodio, in 1801 or there about told his disciplines that "Duk Wanda Yazo Wurinku Yana neman Mulki da jan ido, Kar Ku Bashi."...

Not by slogans alone By Edwin Madunagu

There are two general lines of thought among Nigeria's political elite on the immediate future of the country. There are those who believe that the present political structure, together with the...

Notes to the Ndigbo Meeting of January 19, 2001 by Mobolaji E. Aluko, PhD

On January 19, 2001, The Ndigbo from all nooks and crannies of the world are expected to meet in Enugu under the aegis of the Ohaneze to discuss...

Notes on political religion By Edwin Madunagu

AN order comrade of mine once admonished me to stay clear of three areas of public discourse: tribalism or the nationality question; the "oil question," that is the argument over the "ownership" of the crude oil found...

Oba khato okpere Ise 25 Years Of An Oba By Ambrose Osawe

It is not just the silver jubilee of the reign of Oba Erediauwa the Edos celebrate. They celebrate survival. They celebrate continuity, they celebrate stability...

Obasanjo And Resource Control by Anietie Usen

During the last presidential campaigns, I said in an analysis I wrote for the London-based AfricaToday magazine, that if General Olusegun Obasanjo won the election, the Niger-Delta region...

Obasanjo's error of judgment By Levi Obijiofor

In soccer as in any other football-related sport, players who consistently shoot to the gallery are condemned to lose. Shooting to the gallery is an expression reserved for players who prefer to...

Obasanjo’s Miscalculation by N. H. Ibanga

The president recently stated in Bayelsa that the Nigerian civil war was about resource control. Enough people who were eyewitnesses to that war and the events preceding it have written to...

OBASANJO AND AFENIFERE: AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE by Enefa Douglas

MR. Nduka Obaigbena, the Editor- in -Chief of This Day newspaper was the other day lamenting the gross ineptitude of President Olusegun Obasanjo and was wondering what legacy his crass...

Obasanjo and resource control BY Mideno Bayagbon

This is one of the occasions I wish I can aptly translate some native songs and idioms into English and still retain their meanings, wit and wisdom. I wish I can translate an Urhobo song which we...

Obasanjo And The Will of God by Femi Martins

Two major landmark events, which preceded Nigeria's 40th independence anniversary, were definitely programmed to coincide with the milestone by the protagonists to underscore their...

Obasanjo and the burden of history by Orok Edem

The year is 2100, and Form 5 students of the Imade College, Owo, are sitting for their mock history WASC examinations. In the objective or multiple answer section, they come across:-...

Obasanjo and the democratic dividends BY Olorunnimbe Farunkanmi

THE military incursion into our public life has left its debilitating effects on our society the major traces of which are the denial of all forms of human rights and the imposition of grinding poverty...

Obasanjo And the Prophecies of Yomi Tokoya By Ujudud Shariff

Under normal circumstances, this column should have been devoted to replying Professor Ibrahim Ayagi's well-publicised public relations stunt for the federal government where he lambasted every northern critic...