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Where not to be a pensioner

Retirement in the time past is a thing of celebration and every worker, both in government or private sector looks forward to, it was a thing of honour and pride after retirement to be identified as a senior citizen.

Of Nigeria’s ‘most pernicious vermin’

The part of this headline in inverted commas is not original. I borrowed it from one of the most memorable lines in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, a satirical exploration of the virtues and vices that dot the lives of mortals in Western Europe of the 18th Century.

Some lessons from America

Save for journalism, I believe I would have been in a small village close to Owo in Ondo state, where I was born and bred, teaching the English language in some secondary school.

Let’s be the Africa we ought to be

Global change is creating a new Africa. Whether it will become the indispensable continent depends on it reinventing itself and not remaining a land created by the imagination of others. Let me explain.

Business lessons from Jeff Bezos

Also noteworthy is the fact that as at 1999 Bezos was 35 and ranked as the fourth youngest individual, behind Charles Lindberg (25), Queen Elizabeth 11 (26), Martin Luther King Jnr. (34) to be so honoured.

Thoughts on constitutional amendments

The privilege to improve on their historic federal constitution has been the exclusive preserve of Congress and state governments.

Malami, EFCC, ICPC and the fight against corruption

Of all the vote-catching strategies laid out by the ruling All Progressives Congress in the lead up to the 2015 general elections, its promise to prosecute an all-out war against corruption was unquestionably the most compelling and believable.

Why is the National Assembly suddenly afraid of the NGOs?

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, during an interactive session/technical roundtable on the NGO regulatory bill has accused civil society organisations of abusing the mandate of their establishments

Acting President Osinbajo’s last order on terrorism

That I can stand to be counted among citizens of Nigeria who can sacrifice their lives to protect and defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of my country confers on me an infinite feeling of fulfillment and heroism.

Osinbajo’s vision and the climate of fear

“I was just wondering why you have not said anything since the Acting President proclaimed that those of you who are asking for the restructuring of Nigeria are a bunch of government appointment seekers.”

The politics of the restructuring debate

The debate on the restructuring of the Nigerian federation, which has been raging for quite some time, remains a hot button political issue, because the people’s life chances are at stake.

Economy: Fed govt as unrepentant saboteur

Notably, however, Nigeria has a mixed enterprise economic system; consequently, Government does not require gigantic budgets in order to create the conducive environment that facilitates participation by the much larger private sector in delivering basic projects and essential services.

The milestone of the constitution review

Saraki had always strived to ensure that every promise he made as leader of the senate were kept and one of the memorable and citizen-driven steps the senate had taken is the timely and successful completion of the constitution review process.

The vindication of the Benue Anti-Open Grazing Law

The signing of the Bill into law by Governor Ortom before enthusiastic stakeholders marked a historic turning point in the years of unprovoked attacks by violent herdsmen against some farming communities in the State.

The pursuit of ‘fiscal’ federalism

What is fiscal federalism? In economics, it is a subfield of public finance that studies the financial relations — revenue and expenditure — between the different levels of government in a federation.

A changed Buhari?

According to a developing story, President Muhammadu Buhari’s health has improved, and he will soon return to Nigeria. From a human perspective, that is good news and I wish the Nigeria leader well.

America on my mind

This much-needed vacation coincides with the invitations I had received from groups in the US that wanted to present me with awards during separate programmes.

A grubby, illegitimate constitutional amendment

In the last week of July 2017, both chambers of Nigeria’s National Assembly voted on a slate of 33 amendments to the 1999 Constitution. The proposals under consideration were extensive but way short of the 116 amendments proposed in a similar but unsuccessful exercise in 2006.

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