To lockdown or not to lockdown? It was a tough question for President Muhammadu Buhari. He faced the most critical choice of life and death.
30 years after, echoes of Orkar’s protest refuse to end
On that fateful April 22, 30 years ago, when Major Gideon Orkar and his fellow putschists attempted to overthrow the military administration of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida regime, it was Nigeria’s fifth entry in the record of military coups in Africa.
Revisiting a national political debate
One of the first definitive steps taken by General Ibrahim Babangida on displacing General Muhammadu Buhari in a “palace coup” and coming to power in Nigeria...
Akinyele’s burial begins, Minister pays tribute
The age-long practice of paying glowing tributes to dead heroes without commensurate honour and monuments erected to immortalize them will no longer be the norm in Nigeria.
'Ibrahim Babangida not dead'
Spokesman to former Nigeria military head of state Ibrahim Babangida, Kassim Afegbua has refuted rumours of his principal's death. "IBB is very much alive and bubbling," Afegbua said in a statement. "The fake news bill would be a suitable response to this category of fake news carrier." Prior to Afegbua's statement, there were rumours on…
Sanwo-Olu and Lagos deplorable roads
The state of roads in Lagos State, ‘‘the state of aquatic splendour,’’ also generally believed to be the economic capital of West Africa, is currently very deplorable.
Still on reducing the cost of governance
Agitation or call for a reduction in the cost of governance has been rather perennial. I wrote on this very topic sometime in the 1980s for the London-based West Africa magazine. I had then called for a reduction in the number of senatorial seats per state, which then was five.
Assessment of Nigeria’s 59th independence anniversary
The situation in Nigeria today, is egregious and monumental that it gives a great majority of our peoples a feeling of total hopelessness in such a way that the general belief is that there must be a catalyst within the system.
Crossing over from civil to political activism
Many Nigerians present curious illustration of a people constantly in search of self, especially among certain category of civil society types.
Activists, scholars blame insecurity on past inactions
The pervasive insecurity, poverty, and corruption in Nigeria have been blamed on the past inactions of the nation’s leaders. The country’s Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) of the military President Ibrahim Babangida administration in 1992 was specifically fingered as the precursor to the institutionalised poverty...