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After we retired former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, early in his doomed political career, the temptation was to go to bed and simply relax. But how could we, when the problems of Nigeria were far from being over? Can we safely retire in the assurance that all is now well? Of course, not!  We never set out to address only the Babangida…
What kind of nation leaves it policemen to die without help, after they were shot by armed robbers on active duty? What kind of nation would not have bed space for injured citizens at its only National Orthopedic Hospital? What kind of nation would demand honest police officers, when those officers have nothing upon which to desire honesty?These questions become…
Media reports that the Indepedent Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Maurice Iwu lied about his academic credentials is troubling. An electoral commission is a sensitive institution expected to be led by people with the highest degree of integrity and honesty. This is the reason why allegations that Professor Iwu lied about part of his academic qualifications must be urgently unravelled. The elections cannot…
A Nigerian soldier points a gun at a citizen in Ilesa, Osun State, in this picture taken by  The Nation newspaper. It is not clear if the citizen was eventually shot, but it clearly proves the sub-human conditions and violence surrounding the 2007 elections. Soldiers have been deployed to many states supposedly to ensure security, amid widespread allegations that the ruling party, PDP,…
Curse of Oil
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"The Niger Delta holds some of the world's richest oil deposits, yet Nigerians living there are poorer than ever, violence is rampant, and the land and water are fouled. What went wrong?
If you have been through a lot, you ought to be wiser. Nigeria has gone through affluence and lack, and it should be wise. Except that there is no evidence of wisdom. Nigerians are experiencing more of the same, even when things ought to be getting better.
The Citizens for Nigeria (CFN) calls on all Nigerians to shower their anger over latent and manifest actions of President Umaru Yar\'Adua and his officials to ridicule and consign into obscurity, the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Nuhu Ribadu. The Yar\'Adua administration has, since its inception, led the world to believe it respected the rule of law and focused on the war against corruption, but has in its actions demonstrated an unmistakable disdain for the symbol of the war, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu. The arrest of the former anti-corruption czar at his graduation from the national policy institute was calculated to humiliate him further; and no matter what the administration may like Nigerians to believe, the nonsense has got to stop now. And it will only stop if Nigerians cry out in annoyance. President Yar\'Adua is a crafty politician, believe it or not. He knows when to kick the baby in the stomach, and when to cuddle the same baby in a pose of care. That is exactly what he has been doing, not only with Ribadu, but with the war on corruption. While he continues to kick the war in its soft belly, he has also been unrelenting in telling Nigerians the war is stronger than ever. The question is: is the war still strong? Apparent not! Do we know on whose side the President is fighting? Apparent not! Since Mr. Yar\'Adua came to power, not a single politician has gone to jail for corrupt enrichment. Piles of cases that had matured during Ribadu\'s tenure at the EFCC have been dismantled under the new management of the organization. It is ironic that the crux of the EFCC current annoyance with Ribadu is that the organization does not have the case files on the former…
The bold and insensitive dismissal of Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), by the Nigeria Police marks the end of pretention by the Umaru Yar'Adua administration and the beginning of reality and truth regarding what Nigeria is about to become. This president is neither a pathfinder nor a savior, but a protector of the ugly past. It is time for well-meaning Nigerians to wake up from an 18-month slumber to do whatever it would take to crush the stumps of the past before it regrows.
The religious violence resulting from the activities of the politically-connected Boko Haram organization is to be used by the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) to fight the opposition ANPP in the 2011 elections, intelligence reports have indicated.  The Nigerian armed forces’ strike against Boko Haram likely is a calculated move by the PDP to lay the groundwork to defeat the ANPP and deliver all Nigerian states to the PDP in the 2011 elections. Boko Haram has always been a political as well as a religious organization with close ties to powerful politicians.The political elite in north-eastern Nigeria attempted to use Boko Haram for militancy as in the Niger Delta. The ANPP likely uses Boko Haram in its own violent campaign tactics in emulation of Niger Delta politics, which means a crackdown on it is a crackdown on the ANPP, the PDP's strongest challenger in the rigged 2007 elections.