2015 Presidential election: Issues and choices
The eight years of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria were hallmarked by strong leadership, which found expression in his total commitment to anti-corruption crusade using the instrumentality of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), his brainchild. The EFCC then was strong albeit, in retrospect quasi, deriving its strength from the character of President Olusegun Obasanjo and his commitment to anti-corruption crusade. A number of landmark cases were recorded by EFCC not the least of which was the successful prosecution of a serving Inspector General of Police. Chief Obasanjo also introduced the Monetization Policy to cut down on government expenditure on sundry matters including maintenance of official cars and provision of accommodation for public and civil servants with the overriding objective to curtail corruption thereof.
Merits, demerits of soldiers’ involvement during elections
THE role of the military in any country cannot be overemphasized. This is even so when a nation believes that democracy is crucial to its peace and security, and consequently growth and development. These indices are, however, becoming elusive in today’s changing world, especially, as the gap between rich and poor, ruler and oppressed widens…
Nigerian Press: ‘Fourth estate of the realm or fourth estate of the wreck’
In democracy, the media is expected to stimulate citizen deliberation and build public understanding of issues, and report on major public problems in a way that advances public knowledge of possible solutions and the values served by alternative courses of action. The media in Nigeria has not performed optimally on this score in the recent time.
PDP’s contribution to sustainable democracy
Ironically, the biggest achievement of the party may as well lie in its losing the power at center and handing over to the opposition without acrimony. Many of the alleged sins of the party would easily be forgiven by the people; especially given the fact that there is no perfect government in the world.
Between Jonathan, Buhari, Others: Election like never before
There is no doubt that the shift in the initial date for the poll has provided ample opportunity for the electoral umpire INEC to make adequate preparation, and the presidential candidates to re-strategize on their approach, alignment and negotiation. Within this period, President Jonathan apart from the successful ongoing onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast region, has approved certain policies, he believes will earn him more votes from Nigerians.
NIGERIA : 16 years of unbroken democracy
These elections like no other, are about the future and survival of Nigeria, generally believed to be the most populous nation of black people in the world. In other words, the success of the elections will affect the profile of the black people in global context. That is also why our expectations, our glimmer of hope should not be cut off.
Sanusi and his twisted ‘missing $20b’ tale
ADOLF Hitler’s propaganda minister in Nazi Germany, Paul Joseph Goebbels stated in one of his popular submissions: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” The foregoing is the situation Nigeria finds itself with the twisted, yet, celebrated tale of the “missing $20 billion” crude oil earnings.
Missing ingredients in Nigeria’s democratic consolidation (2)
The recent Justice Kutigi-led Panel discussed some of these grievances, but like the Oputa Panel of the year 2001 and 2002, and other conferences before it, the Kutigi Conference may be just one other exercise in futility.
10 things to keep in mind (1)
IN a couple of days, Nigerians will be heading for the polling booths to exercise their franchise in an effort to elect political leaders, first at the National level and then at the sub-National level.
Jonathan, Yar’Adua and Buhari
“Even the best army in warfront sometimes beats a retreat. It is not a sign of weakness or capitulation. He who fights and runs away only leaves to fight another day. President Yar’Adua has made a name for himself. He has demystified governance and made due process a cardinal principle although there is still a long way to go. His voluntary resignation will only add another feather to his cap. History will record him as the finest leader that ever governed Nigeria in its 48 years of nationhood.”
Not yet change
Now that we are about to choose a new Chief Executive Officer to manage our national estate, let me say that the man of humble beginning I came to know in Bayelsa and his compatriots there claim no divine right to rule others, a doctrine, I fear, my friend General Buhari believes in, descending from the dynastic heights of our western Caliphate. Choosing between the two as rulers, the one required reading I would recommend is the fable of King Log and King Stork of the Kingdom of Frogs. It is told by the old African slave Aesop in ancient Greece. Our social media savvy ones should go to their Google.