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May 21, 2018

Sycophancy as the politician’s albatross

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

  INTRODUCTION The political drums are officially rolled out with the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the Presidential post in 2019. Buhari won the Presidential race in 2015 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The APC was dexterously put together by the sheer ingenuity of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.   The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that boasted as having no rival in the continent of Africa further proclaimed that it would rule Nigeria for 60 years. The APC pulled the carpet from under its feet and it went crashing after 16 years of near inglorious reign….

Corruption worse under Buhari’s govt – Ozekhome

Mike Ozekhome

  Human rights activist and constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) yesterday said that the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has worsened Nigeria’s pitiable economic condition and socio-political woes. Ozekhome, who presented a detailed analysis of how corruption, money laundering and insecurity have destroyed the nation’s economic potentials among the comity of nations, added that something should be done urgently to rescue the nation from total collapse. He spoke while delivering a keynote address at the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Barnawa, Kaduna Branch Law week. He also urged patriotic legal practitioners and other Nigerians to join hands together in salvaging…

Looters list, a welcome idea but…

The police have recovered the mace that was stolen from the Senate chambers in Abuja on Wednesday by some thugs.

  Any plan to name and shame all those who have brought Nigerians to their current level of poverty is a welcome idea. But a better plan is one which not only names the thieves but reclaims the loot and punishes the looters, to serve as a deterrent to others. Nigerians have heard so much about “how” their money was looted and actually is being looted, and “who and who” are looting it, but it makes no sense just to publish the names of a few. What is needed is a comprehensive list of looters, without respect for party affiliation,…

Msgr. Akagha blasts political class: You’re selfish, exploitative

  The parish priest of St Mark’s Church New Owerri, Very Rev.  Msgr. Kevin Akagha has taken a swipe at Nigeria’s political class, denouncing in strong terms their exploitative and selfish tendencies. In a message to Catholic women of his parish on the occasion of this year’s Mother’s Day, Msgr. Akagha reflected on the theme of their celebration: “Catholic women, carriers of living water to the world that thirsts for peace.” The priest said the theme was very appropriate at this time because, “indeed, Nigeria thirsts for peace.” “The yoke imposed on many Nigerians by a selfish and exploitative political…

Plight of meritorious service in Nigeria

  Dear editor, there is something going awry in this country that needs both the urgent attention of our leaders and conscientious appraisal of the general public. The deafening silence of the Nigerian masses over the ‘legalized’ crime committed by the various states of the federation in their efforts in keeping their former political office holders on pension payrolls is turning our country into amusement entity before the watchful eyes of the international community. That this practice is sending signal of disgust and jittery into the spines of many is no longer an issue. What is more baffling is that…

Nigeria on the Edge of A Precipice (3)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

NIGERIAN YOUTHS That nature abhors vacuum is a palpable aphorism in the failed Nigerian leadership. By unbridled rapacity and wickedness Nigerian leaders have looted and are looting the national treasury. The leaders are not creating jobs for the swelling army of unemployed youths. The future of youths in this country is abysmally bleak. Some of those who are lucky to migrate to better climes are making waves. Obviously, if Philip Emeagwali, the world-acclaimed computer wizard, had remained in Nigeria, his God-given talent would have been buried underground. It took a charismatic lover of Nigeria, President Bill Clinton, when he visited…

Nigerians have reason to be angry – Bishop Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Rev. Hassan Kukah, on Monday said it is normal for Nigerians to be angry. He admitted that some situations were appalling but appealed to citizens to develop good attitudes to promote good governance and peaceful coexistence. Kukah made the call on Monday at ‘The Platform Nigeria’ a programme organised by the Covenant Christian Centre, Lagos. Kuka, on the sub-theme, ‘The Weakness of Power’, cautioned that anger, hatred and violence would not tackle the challenges. “Nigerians have reasons to be angry but they should remember that a lot of people have sacrificed their lives for…

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice (1)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

PREAMBLE Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus was the Emperor of Rome from 54 to 68 AD. His name at birth was Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. Nero was so notoriously cruel and depraved that he ingloriously earned the first position in the world book of infamy listing the seven most wicked men. He unleashed a reign of persecution on Christians. History stated that a conflagration erupted within the confines of the Palatine and Celius of Rome and ravaged the city for six days and seven nights. Nero blamed Christians for the fire. The cruelty visited on those that the wicked Emperor held…

Looters’ Amnesty Bill – Incredible!!

Allowing those who looted public funds to keep some of the money and invest some in the country is not the best way to fight corruption or improve the economy.  It is true that Nigeria is riddled with corruption and seeks a way to recover some of its stolen wealth hidden in different countries. But the way to do that is not to divide the loot with the looters or even to grant them unsolicited pardon.  Considering our penchant to steal public funds, this so-called economic amnesty will be a green-card for more looting. It is unacceptable, ludicrous and simply…

NGO decries corruption in Civil Service …As OCDA GM bags service award

An Abuja based Non-Governmental Organization ‘Centre for Peace and Self Value Reorientation” conferred on Barr. Obinna Augustus Amagwula, the General Manager, Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA) with their “Integrity Stewardship Award” as “Service Ambassador”, for distinguishing himself in public service and strictly implementing the designs of the master plan of Owerri Capital Territory.   In an address at the event, Comrade Oyibo Abraham, the Executive Director of the NGO, observed that the role of ethical leadership in the socio-economic development and effective manpower utilization is imperative for good governance.   He postulated that strict observance of designs, rules and regulation…

Looters now bury cash in burial grounds, forests – FG

The Federal Government has described its whistle-blower policy as an effective tool of fighting corruption in Nigeria, just as it disclosed that looters had resorted to burying stolen funds in their backyards, thick forests and graveyards. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in a statement assured that government would continue to protect the identities of those with useful information on looted funds, while at the same time ensuring that they get the stipulated reward for their efforts. The minister said the recent successes recorded in the recovery of looted funds in many currencies showed that Nigerians really supported…

Corruption: We’re all finished -Msgr. Okere

That Nigeria is “reputed” as one of the most corrupt countries in the world, is no longer big news. What is shocking is the unimaginable scale of it and how wide spread it is. We will immediately think of our politicians, the police and their tax- collecting checkpoints, but now we know also magistrates and judges hawk justice to the highest bidder. Our legislators now fix their own fees for making no laws. Again “turn to any other profession – the banks, business, the entire civil service and all its rotten bureaucracy, traders, mechanics, carpenters and professors in universities”, we…

The War Against Corruption

The war against corruption in Nigeria is necessary and imminent. It will never be decisively won nor would it be sufficiently waged. This article is also an appeal for all hands to be on deck to enable the battle against corruption be fought from their multidimensional fronts. As the third most corrupt country on earth, the war against corruption is necessary and compelling on all Nigerians of goodwill, to weaken and wipe off the stigma of corruption we tend to portray in the comity of nations. The multidimensional fronts of corruption must be identified to facilitate a necessary and sufficient…

CJN identifies corruption as major challenge of Judiciary

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed said Monday that corruption was a major problem in the nation’s Judiciary sector. He said measures were being intensified to curb the menace, which informed the unveiling of a National Judicial Policy (NJP) in Abuja Monday by the National Judicial Council (NJC). Justice Mohammed, who is also the Chairman of the NJC, said: “It would be stating the obvious to opine that the greatest single menace that challenges the justice system in Nigeria today is corruption. “This endemic vice is not peculiar to any region and ethnic group, cutting across faiths,…

Corruption is worst form of criminality, Pope tells Vatican police

You can't change politics watching from a balcony

On Sunday Pope Francis celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Vatican Gendarme by thanking the security force for their tireless service, and warned against modern crimes linked to exploitation and corruption. “Crooks love the scam and hate honesty. Crooks love bribes, agreements done in the dark. This is worse than anything, because he believes he’s being honest,” the Pope told members of the Vatican Gendarme Sept. 18. The crook “loves money, loves wealth,” he said, and, calling wealth an “idol,” noted that crooks “trample on the poor” with no concern or second thought. He noted how there are many people…

Buhari only fighting corrupt people, not corruption

Bishop Mathew Hassan-Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto has stated that the current government under the leadership of Muhammadu Buhari is only fighting the symptoms of corruption and not the disease. The cleric made the statement at a programme organised by the Book Readers’ Club of Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) in Ibadan on Tuesday. He said Buhari was only fighting corrupt people and not corruption because corruption could only be fought if the nation’s institutions were strengthened. His words, “Government should begin the fight against corruption from the institution, so that we will not continue…

I will win again if presidential election holds today – Buhari boasts

President Muhammadu Buhari has boasted that he is still as popular as he was during the 2015 presidential election. Buhari said this in an interview with the magazine, African Leadership. His words: “Yes, I was elected by an overwhelming majority of Nigerians, and I am ever grateful for the opportunity I have been given to serve. “However, I don’t consider the result of the so-called survey a slip in my public rating and acceptance. I appreciate the high expectations of Nigerians and as an administration we are working assiduously to deliver. “We came in with a mantra of Change and…

It’s not enough to be a knight but to live it (3)

Re-evaluating the place of Catholic Knights in the fight for a sane human society (Corruptio Optima Pessima)  It is true that the Church has the tools for critical analysis and the courage needed to propel good decisions to its logical conclusions (when co-responsibility is at play), we, however disagree with Celestine Mbaegbu who maintained that; “the real texture of the Nigerian state today unquestionably demands active participation of the Church in partisan politics.” This is because it will definitely mar the faith of the believing community in a country with multi-party system like ours. And we point out here that…

The Subtle Dissimulation of Corruption (2)

Federal Government Agencies that have to do with the assessment and collection of taxes from people, organisations and establishments, perhaps, rank second in self-enrichment to those who work in the Pensions office. While the former stealthily and stylishly garner huge sums of money to themselves, the latter brazenly gulp peoples’ monetary entitlements for years of services rendered for their fatherland. The corrupt officials in the pensions scheme quote the law or what they call government policy to cover up their corruption, just as the Devil would quote the Scripture for its purpose. All kinds of methods, subterfuges are employed to…

Time for Another Green Revolution

With the nation in dire need of an economic overhaul or rather an economic revolution, it is time the Federal Government stopped paying lip service to farming and got on with the job of diversifying the economy, through agriculture which, undoubtedly, is the key to Nigeria’s economic growth and development. The oil boom which started in the late 70’s made the country to ‘lose the plot’ in Agriculture. Nigeria became so dependent on crude oil and ditched all about farming. It has long been recognised that the nation’s real wealth lies in farming, livestock, hatcheries, fishery, horticulture and forestry the…