April 30, 2017

Review Category : OP-ED

Obasanjo hails his administration as the best – ‘I achieved all my goals’

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has nothing but good things to say about his administration, proudly declaring that he acheived all his goals during his time as Nigeria’s president between 1999 and 2007. Obasanjo who was in commercial city of Lagos to deliver a lecture on leadership at a forum held by the Nigeria Leadership Initiative, credits his administration with holding the country together at a critical time, securing debt relief and improving Nigeria’s image in the world. Comparing his time in power during the military era and his return to power in a democratic government, Obasanjo said: “When I was ...

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Impeaching Jonathan – how far can the reps really go?

How far can the members of the House of Representatives go in their threat to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan over his alleged non-implementation of this year’s fiscal budget? This is the knotty question in Nigerians’ minds. The Reps had, at one of their sittings, condemned the poor implementation of the 2012 budget and resolved that the government must achieve 100 per cent implementation by the time they resume in September. Otherwise, they said, they would commence impeachment proceedings against the President. Jonathan, during the presentation of the 2012 budget christened, “Fiscal Consolidation, Inclusive Growth and Job Creation,” admitted Nigeria “can ...

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Nigerian lawmakers earn more than US President Barack Obama

For many Nigerians, used to the wasteful and corrupt practices of the Federal Government, news that the nation’s lawmakers earn more than the President of the United States of America is not shocking. How much more? Find out below. An article spotted on African Spotlight, notes the wages of US lawmakers, as well as that of President Obama. It also shows how much money is earned by leaders of other developed and flourishing nations around the world. Nigerian lawmakers, once described as “rogues and robbers” by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, earn considerably more money. In the United States where the ...

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Abati sidelined? Jonathan hires Doyin Okupe as SSA Public Affairs

President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly hired a new media frontman in the personof Doyin Okupe, Sahara Reporters wrote today. According to the report, sources within the Presidency say Okupe was hired as Jonathan’s new Senior Special Assistant in charge of Public Affairs, raising speculations that this could mean a sideline for the current Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati. Sources say the President was under pressure to get a new media liaison after reports made it into the online press that the Federal Government purchased 200 cars for Africa’s First Ladies attending a summit ...

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“There is no basis for Nigeria to be where it is today” – whistleblower and activist Omoyele Sowore on AJ Stream (Video)

Nigeria; the young and the jobless. That was the topic on Thursday’s episode of Al Jazeera’s stream. The in-studio guest, journalist and founder of whistle-blowing site, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, led a candid conversation into why the country has such high unemployment rates amongst its youth even as universities and colleges continue to pour out thousands of eager graduates every year. According to statistics, some 22 per cent of Nigerians are unemployed. Many Nigerians believe the number to be far higher as millions have taken to employing themselves in the absence of any formal employment. The question that was up ...

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Oil Probe Scandal: Why I am not interested

Shocker: Our politicians are corrupt. Me: Yawn. The ongoing melodrama involving the boyish-looking four-term lawmaker, Farouk Lawan from Kano State and the billionaire owner of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd, Femi Otedola is being followed by Nigerians, with a reverence reserved only for one’s favorite soap opera. This particular soap makes for interesting watching with it’s unexpected twist, timeless narrative, gaudy characters and endless episodes. It all started at the beginning of the year when the president egged on by his finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala removed “subsidy” from petroleum products. Nigerians protested and cried out that it would lead to ...

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Azazi’s assessment of Boko Haram was right

By Efemena Agadama The recent revelation by the National Security Adviser, Gen. Owoeye Azazi, that the Boko Haram ongoing onslaught against innocent Nigerians is a result of the undemocratic nature of the PDP is a long awaited revelation from a courageous officer, and a brother of Goodluck from the same region. Last year, Azazi and the security chiefs also accused the Judiciary of playing games with the lives of Nigerians by quickly granting bail to arrested Boko Haram members. The government, PDP, and some godfathers from the North, have been frustrating the efforts of the security agencies by either conniving ...

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Opinion – Wole Soyinka on the politics of Boko Haram, says Jonathan underestimates the desperation of the sect

Written by Wole Soyinka Let me begin by reminding everyone that Boko Haram has a very long history, whether you describe Boko Haram as an army of the discontent, or even as some people grotesquely try to suggest, “revolutionaries,” or you describe them as, legitimately, this time, as marginalised or feeling marginalised. When I say that the phenomenon has a very long history, I am talking about a movement that relies on religion as a fuel for their operation, as a fuel for mobilisation, as the impetus, an augmentation of any other legitimate or illegitimate grievance that they might have ...

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David Mark’s Israel treatment a mockery of Nigeria’s deplorable health system

By Segun O’Law for Sahara Reporters The untamed rate at which Nigerian politicians scramble abroad will inevitably inspire citizens to public fuss, speedily than they may expect it. The fate left for citizens to live with while they frequent oversea countries for investments, conferences, medical treatment and for the enjoyment other pleasures derivable from the ambience that accompanies developmental strides of those attractive cities are just too aggravating and continuously reinforcing indignations. As it appears, they have made only two things out of Nigeria as it suits their callous lifestyles; a country that springs resources they loot, and a ranch ...

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Why Obasanjo is good for Wade and bad for Senegal

Written by Omojuwa Nigeria’s former two time ruler Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is an influential African politician and one of the most experienced. He has an enviable record as the first military ruler to voluntary hand over power to a democratically elected President in Africa. As a military ruler in Nigeria between 1976 and 1979, he saw to the end of a transition programme that had been started by his predecessor Gen. Murtala Ramat Mohammed who was killed in a military coup. Olusegun Obasanjo’s second coming in 1999 as a democratically elected President of Nigeria though was with fanfare and celebrations ...

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