Chido Onumah: National Conference and “the fierce urgency of now!”

By Chido Onumah “Between an agenda for a national restructuring and 2015 presidential election, my priority will be the convocation of a sovereign national conference.” – Ayo Opadokun   Like many Nigerians I am suspicious of the national conference or dialogue proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan. But unlike some of[Read More…]

A dysfunctional system makes no exceptions, It respects no one

by Yemi Adamolekun Farewell ceremonies ended last Thursday for another one of us. Deji Falae was the son of a former Minister of Finance, Secretary to the Federal Government and Presidential Aspirant. He got actively involved in Ondo State politics in 2009 and his final role was as the state’s[Read More…]

Hunger Hit The Philippines, 4 Million Are Displaced after Typhoon Haiyan

When Typhoon Haiyan hit this coastal town, residents ran for Saint Michael the Archangel Church. Now, 10 days later, more than 100 of them remain. “I was in my house, but it was destroyed,” said Belen Cabonce, 87. “We ran for higher ground, and this was it. Some people stayed[Read More…]

INEC Admits to Flaws in Anambra Guber Polls

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Sunday confirmed that the governorship election in Anambra State, which ran into a second day yesterday, was flawed. The commission however vowed to ensure the prosecution of the electoral official in Idemili North Local Government Area who “messed up” the process[Read More…]

US designate’s Boko Haram terror group

by Aminu Tukur The radical Islamist sects, Ahl as-Sunnah lid-da?wa wal-Jih?d, popularly known as  Boko Haram and Ansaru was Wednesday designated a  foreign terrorist organisations, by the United States government. The state department said the designations are an important and appropriate step, but only one tool in what must be a[Read More…]

Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau claims responsibility for killing 35 persons in Military uniform

by Agency France-Presse  Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video released Sunday that he led an October 24 attack in which 35 people found in military uniform were killed in the Nigerian city of Damaturu. “Look at what happened in Damaturu (capital of northeastern Yobe state),” the head[Read More…]

Taraba Speaker dies

by Aminu Tukur The Speaker Taraba State House of Assembly Haruna Tsogwa is dead. Mr Tsogwa died Monday morning of an undisclosed ailment at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, the Taraba State capital. The late speaker had been a staunch supporter of the Acting Governor of the state, Garba Umar[Read More…]