Opinion

Understanding the gambling nature of Igbo politics (1)

Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi’s recent defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC) has brought to the fore the gambling nature of Igbo politics which became tradition after Nnamdi Azikiwe derailed from progressive politics to politics of reaction beginning from 1948 to 1951 and thereafter and fought his way through […]

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IPPIS: Understanding ASUU, AGF’s position

The battle of wits between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) may soon come to an end, with the recent compromise that seems to be close at hand. Even though the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, is being ferociously […]

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IT’s impact on population management

Since inception till date, this very column has been interested in societal issues as they pertain to technology, or how technology can be aptly deployed towards addressing any existing societal anomaly or what have you. Hence, this topic is informed by the need to critically analyse the tech-driven measures that could be used to aptly […]

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Striking at the future of the Nigerian youths

  Dakuku Peterside A Google search of ASUU, the acronym of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, comes with the suggestions’ ASUU strike’, ‘ASUU strike update’ and ‘ASUU strike update today.’ The above are not surprising because most Nigerians have come to associate ASUU with ‘strikes’. ASUU is a union of teachers in the universities […]

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2023: Key solution to Nigeria’s problems

There’s so much going on in Nigeria right now raising concern on the direction the country is headed. Just last week, two videos went viral on the internet of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) callously demolishing a two-storey building with people and their properties still right inside the building.   The occupants who were caught […]

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Working for a new chapter in China-Africa relations

Twenty years ago, Chinese and African leaders gathered in Beijing to inaugurate the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). A new era was thus opened for China-Africa relations.   Over the two decades, by acting along the prevailing trend of peace, development and cooperation, FOCAC has established itself as a pacesetter for cooperation with Africa, a […]

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2023: PDP’s furore over Umahi’s defection to APC

Among the fundamental rights guarantied in section 40 of the amended 1999 Constitution is the entitlement of every Nigerian “to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular, he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or other association for the protection of his interests…”   But the opposition Peoples […]

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Nigeria’s rating in quality governance

Sixty per cent of 10 Africans live in a country where governance has improved since 2010. Nigerians are not amongst them.   The very best thing we can say about Nigeria’s performance in a new international assessment of governance in Africa is that our government is not seen to be as corrupt as our private […]

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Nigeria-US relations under President Trump & 2020 US elections: A postscript

The 2020 United States Presidential Election has come and ended, perhaps not completely gone as President Donald Trump has stubbornly refused to concede defeat.   The ripples of the elections continue to reverberate around the world. No doubt, it was an ill-tempered and fiercely contested election, one that the United States has not witnessed in […]