Nigeria’s Endangered Children

By Oji Odu With an estimated 13.2 million children out of school in Nigeria, 69 percent of who are from the Northern region, a figure that is the highest in the world today according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is there hope for Nigeria’s future? And with the inability of the Nigerian child to access quality education and health services, is the country not under threat of destruction and disintegration? As Nigeria celebrates Children’s Day today, UNICEF has raised alarm that in spite of many advances in the…

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Obasanjo’s “Penkele” Mess

By Oji Odu Nigerians have not slept following the comments by former President Olusegun Aremu Okoikiola Obasanjo on the insurgent Boko Haram and the actions of government to curb its activities and agenda which he described as a threat not only to the West African sub region, but Africa as a whole. Why this sleeplessness? Why is government on the offensive over the comment? Why are the two main religions at each others’ throat because of the comment? Is there truth in the matter, or is it because of where…

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Buhari Upset On Poverty Level As Child Suicide Increases

President Muhammadu Buhari

  By Oji Odu President Muhammadu Buhari is not a happy man. The frightening level of poverty in the country has become so worrisome that it is indeed robbing him of the precious sleep he needs to effectively manage the country and lead it to the “Next Level” as promised. It has become one day one trouble as he wakes every morning to one pathetic story or challenge in his domain. If it is not the bandits attack, it is that kidnappers are having a field day, or many are…

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Ikeja Electric’s Bill Resolution Board of Deceit

By Oji Odu Why does the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IEDC) think that the solution of the problem of its electricity district, and Nigeria’s electricity sector is the formation of an electricity Bill Resolution Board (BRB)? Why does it think that the nations electricity consumers have become so senseless that they will waste their precious times to come and engage in unfruitful arguments so that their crazy bills will be reduced? Why do they think that they are doing Nigerian electricity consumers favour by establishing such board instead of doing…

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Much Ado About Buhari’s Cabinet of Integrity

  By Oji Odu The recent disclosure by President Muhammadu Buhari that his new cabinet will be comprised of people of integrity, has rather elicited skepticism among not a few Nigerians on what to expect on the ‘Next Level’ promise of the government, bearing in mind what many perceive as failure on the part of those that ran the first four years of his administration. President Buhari disclosed this at a dinner organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) women and youths to celebrate his re-election. He acknowledged the vital…

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Mixed Reactions Trail Buhari’s Second Chance

  By Oji Odu Why has the announcement of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the February 23, 2019 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) brought about a situation that can best be described as graveyard silence instead of the loud rejoicing that accompanies such announcement? Why are many Nigerians rather wearing long and gloomy faces? Lamenting to the Magazine, Peter Oladipo, an unemployed father of three said his current ordeal began with the announcement of President Buhari as winner of…

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IPMAN Denies Bogey Reduction of Pump Price

By Oji Odu Wednesday, February 20, 2019, the day many motorists, and generator users expected the new petroleum pump price to take effect, although briefly, nothing happened. From the beginning of Ikorodu Road, Lagos, to Ikorodu town, there is no filling station selling at the new N140 per litre price. Rather, some that had for business purposes earlier reduced their prices to N143 per litre had continued. Truth be told, Nigerians were not surprised by the directive said to have emanated from the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN),…

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AGF’s Desperation for Disqualified APC Candidates

  By Oji Odu Following the upholding of the decision to bar the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in Zamfara state from the 2019 general election by the Court of Appeal, Sokoto, after a Federal High Court in Abuja had overruled the decision of the State High Court sitting in Zamfara, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and justice minister, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the election to field candidates in the exercise in Zamfara state. The High Court had earlier nullified INEC’s…

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Last Minute Scramble for PVCs

By Oji Odu Monday, February 11, 2019, the last of the three days  grace to those who have not collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) still with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to do so, many eligible voters have like in the last two days thronged  Commission’s offices throughout the nation to do so. Yet, six days to the Presidential poll many are still unable to get them. Have they been disenfranchised? Will the electoral body still do something quickly to allow them exercise their constitutional right to vote?…

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Onnoghe At Risk

By Oji Odu As anxiety mounts over threat to issue a bench warrant on the suspended Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Walter Onnoghe who has, again, boycotted the court at the resumption of his trial, who can stop him from being arrested by the police that had earlier locked up his office? Who can stop the CJN from being brought for trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), maybe in chains if his prosecutors liked? What can wipe off the disgrace suffered by not only the Onnoghe, the…

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