Politics of COVID-19 and mandatory vaccination

The proposed Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020 meant to update the nation’s laws appropriately and safeguard the lives and well-being of all Nigerians have a number of areas in the Bill that violently infringe on the clear provisions of the Nigerian constitution in the areas of human rights and civil liberties and portend grave dangers to our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Although there are several editorial lapses in the Bill, we will like to focus on the two major issues of serious concerns to us. These are (1)…

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Edo 2020: Odigie-Oyegun’s divisive agenda

“An elderly man, who blames the younger ones of leading others by bad examples, says so not simply because he desires correction of the mistakes, but regrets that he himself is no longer in a position to cause more of the bad examples.” Evidently, a discerning mind could adduce this to the deliberate falsehoods and half-truths recently told to a bewildered Nigerian public by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the immediate past National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). In his penchant for oddity and making partisan statements that divide…

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Recipe for incessant building collapse in Nigeria

While countries all over the world including Nigeria are currently battling with the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, there are other environmental disasters throwing punches on the faces of Nigerian citizens on a regular basis. One of these environmental disasters is the incessant building collapse. The cases of building collapse have become a common phenomenon in recent years in major cities of Nigeria. A year hardly passes by without some cities in the country experiencing series of building collapse cases. It has become one of the prominent and devastating disasters which has…

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Kalu’s case: Commonsense and fidelity to the constitution (1)

The case against Orji Uzor Kalu and one Ude Jones Udeogu has had a chequered history and still raises dust in the judicial firmament. The criminal matter numbered FHC/ABJ/CR/56/07: Federal Republic of Nigeria versus Orji Uzor Kalu & 2 Ors at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos raised charges of fraud over N7.1 billion funds of Abia State Government. From the file number the case started in 2007 perhaps, immediately after the accused left the executive office of the governor being one of the offices protected by the immunity…

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Akwa Ibom: Emmanuel prioritizing workers’ welfare in the face of COVID-19

    He is christened the ‘Workers’ friendliest Governor’, a title very deserving of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, due to his strong and abiding commitment to the welfare of workers and the priority accorded to the public service at all times, even in this era of COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, April 24, 2020, in the heat of the total lockdown in Akwa Ibom State and indeed Nigeria and the world as a whole, workers in Akwa Ibom State woke up to screaming alerts, notifying them of…

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Joy Emodi @ 65: The Joy of the Senate

W hen early in the life of the 6th Senate the presiding officer, Senator David Mark jovially recognized Senator Joy Emodi as the Joy of the Senate, it easily stuck with both senators and staff. That was because of the value addition her integrity, radiance, and person brought to the Senate.     Indeed, few politicians draw foes together as Mrs. Emodi easily does. An intriguing recent case was when she buried her deceased husband last September that two famous political rivals, Senator Chris Ngige and Senator Uche Ekwunife bumped…

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IPPIS: Its technicalities, intrigues in varsities

T he Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) is a project initiated by the Federal Government (FG) in the Nigerian public service sector via the use of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The IPPIS was introduced to adequately prove the effectiveness and efficiency of payroll administration in the government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).     Prior to its implementation by the FG, it was outlined that the IPPIS would accurately and reliably provide the overall personnel information as required by the Office of the Accountant General of…

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Governor Diri’s strides in 100 days

    I n the quest to find an exemplar representative of democracy as “a government of the people, by the people and for the people,” look no further than the leadership of Governor Douye Diri in the beautiful coastal state of Bayelsa.     Aptly called “The Miracle Governor” due to the intriguing circumstances that surrounded his election into office, Senator Diri’s inauguration was one miracle that came at an inauspicious and trying time.     Consider the double whammy of today’s health and economic challenges that governments face,…

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The burden of leadership at FIRS

  I f one has not occupied a position of leadership, one would not fully understand the truism of William Shakespeare’s wise words:  “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown”. But those who wear the crown know where it hurts. So it is with the leadership of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) at this inauspicious time.     Three factors make the leadership of FIRS quite challenging, even if burdensome, at this time. These are the onerous tasks of repositioning the Service and raising staff morale, meeting the…

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Undue politicization of judicial process by some judges

In what stands out as a most egregious departure from judicial ethics, certain judges in Nigeria insist on defendants before them bringing senators, senior civil servants, other specified high profile figures as sureties for bails granted by them. It doesn’t take hard reasoning to understand the exceptional abuse of power and corruption inherent in such practice.   Why would a judge demand, as a bail condition, that the defendant bring a senator, a traditional ruler, a senior civil servant, a pastor, etc. as surety? What happens to the principle of…

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