Last Friday’s bomb blasts in Abuja that claimed no fewer than 20 lives and scores of injured people must be seen as the handiwork of the architects of terror. More significantly, the explosions represent the last kicks of a disorganised Boko Haram, a terror group that has been decimated by the superior firepower of the armed forces and security
If you ask many Nigerians to tell you the official population figure for the country, you will receive imprecise answers ranging from an estimate of about 150 million people to 180 million people. I have also heard people say that Nigeria’s population has hit 200 million.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and many Nigerian citizens in the Diaspora are headed for a legal showdown when the ongoing Bank Verification Number (BVN) registration ends on 31 October 2015. While it is a good idea by the CBN to institute BVN registration by bank customers, I would argue vigorously that the framework for
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari’s directive last week that the number and size of Nigeria’s foreign missions should be reviewed is timely. It is also well deserved, especially as the previous governments ignored such an important reform. We live in difficult times.
On Saturday, 6 September 2014, something horrific happened to Nigerian journalism. An enterprising young man, a seasoned journalist, a prolific writer, and an amiable husband and father, Dimgba Igwe, was cut down fatally by a rogue driver as he jogged in the early hours of the morning along a fairly deserted road. There was nothing that morning that suggested to Dimgba that his routine run would lead to his end.
The national outrage that erupted soon after President Muhammadu Buhari announced last week, the names of people he appointed as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), the Chief of Staff, and the heads of other government departments was indicative of the level of public disappointment with Buhari for failing to reflect geographic or regional balance in the people he appointed. Public indignation over the appointments is justified.
Judging by the way Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole has been speaking in the public space, the language he uses, the authoritative air he exudes, the ease with which he has been pouring scorn on everybody associated with former President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, you could see that Oshiomhole is yet to rid himself of that baggage of a militant labour leader for which he was known. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), you must remember, is the platform through which Oshiomhole rose to become governor.
There is a damning report, published in the Punch of Thursday, 13 August 2015, that documented a culture of sexual harassment, fraud, academic dishonesty, and plagiarism that have undermined the image of Nigerian universities as centres of high quality teaching, research, and learning.
Is there any reason why a diminished Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has woken up suddenly from a long period of slumber and realised there are corrupt