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Re-establishing Nigeria’s leadership position in the world

I am glad to be speaking under the chairmanship of my friend and one of our country’s most outstanding and cerebral diplomats, Prof Ibrahim Gambari.

Constitution amendment: Failure of imagination and need for political courage

John McCain, the indomitable United States of America, USA, senator whose vote torpedoed the Republican Party - his political party’s attempt to repeal the USA affordable health care bill-dubbed Obamacare is a study in political courage.

As we begin the journey to 2019

The Presidential race is always the biggest deal in most countries, Nigeria in particular. The reason is simple. The President of Nigeria is probably the most powerful black President in the world.

Usain Bolt and the end of an era

There is, perhaps, no other athlete that has so much caught the attention of the whole world in contemporary time as Usain Bolt of Jamaica. It is not just about his talent. Neither is it about his imposing frame. Bolt brings something extra to his trade that makes fans enjoy watching him.

The scam in Paris Club refund

Everything about the Paris Club Refund seems very shadowy. So far, the Federal Ministry of Finance has shielded Nigerians from detailed information about the money it had shared to states as refund of excess deductions from their statutory allocations.

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.

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