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Muiz Banire > Articles posted by gbolahanpost (Page 6)

Constitution amendment: Another scam?

When, last week, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria commenced the jamboree called public hearing across the various zones of the nation for the purpose of amending the present 1999 Constitution (as amended), not so much was the expectation of observers and, justifiably so, at the conclusion of the public hearing, not so much was achieved. The outcome of the public hearing was not surprising as the package was from the onset flawed, particularly in terms of publicity. The language of communication in the first instance was English, which excluded those who could neither read nor write in...

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Renewed drug war: The Marwa factor

The recent arrest of a drug baron by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) was quite an attention-grabbing piece of news. Amid the clutter of news headlines and talking points of Sunday, May 23, the bust was a major news story. The interception of 36 blocks of cocaine – 27.95 kilogrammes in weight and valued at over N8 billion – and the arrest of the alleged kingpin of the syndicate behind the trafficking, Ejiofor Felix Enwereaku, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos, by operatives of NDLEA, on Friday, May 14, 2021, was a story that was...

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Nigeria’s security challenge: Thinking out of the box

In the last couple of years, particularly in the last 12 months, the Nigerian leadership has been experimenting, so to say, with the various options of resolving the seemingly intractable security challenges of the nation. The major crisis started sometime in 2012 when a group tagged “Boko Haram” commenced their onslaught on the system. Initially, it was presented as an ideological group primarily against western education, before eventually assuming the status of a terrorist group. It was formed and nurtured then by Mohammed Yusuf that was extra-judicially, and in my view, prematurely (as that might still be his fate) eliminated...

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Political class and Conspiracy of Silence

The security situation in Nigeria has become wholly intractable. What started as an isolated case of insurgency in some parts of Borno State has become a national malaise rapidly expanding and threatening the fragile fabric of the nation called Nigeria. The human losses at present have befuddled our capacity to take records and there is hardly an accurate account of people already consumed by the violence of the men of the gun. Thousands of lives have been snuffed out by Boko Haram bombs and guns in the northeastern parts of the country. Suddenly, the North-West caught the fever of banditry,...

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Time to liberate local government councils

Until of recent when I stumbled on the letter written by Fuad Oki on April 17, 2021, trending in the social media, I had long forgotten about the ‘tumbledown’ called local government councils, (the councils). The reason for my not noticing their existence simply arose from their unimpactful state. Contrary to the rationale for the establishment of local government councils, which essentially is to serve as catalysts for rapid development at the grassroots, the councils have turned out to be a curse to the grassroots people. Rather than being agents of development, councils have largely succeeded in under-developing their areas...

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COVID-19 donations: Call for probity, accountability

Barely a year ago, I wrote a piece with the title “Our fate after COVID-19: Public alert,” on April 6, 2020, where I highlighted a wide range of issues to be worked on, if Nigeria is to take advantage of the pandemic that has thrown up opportunities for the improvement of Nigeria’s heathcare facilities, notwithstanding the impact of the virus on the people. At that period, Nigerians across board seemed to agree that the health sector of the country was in a coma and needed urgent resurrection. Remember the statement of the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19,...

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Judiciary’s financial autonomy: JUSUN is right!

In the recent past and up till about a week ago, I have been intervening in matters relating to the financial autonomy of the judiciary. Thus, I am an unrepentant supporter and advocate of financial autonomy for the judiciary for several reasons that I shall highlight in the course of this discussion. However, before embarking on that voyage, let me, for the umpteenth time, commend the executive and members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) for their resoluteness on this issue. The union, at various times, has interrogated the issue via multiple legitimate means to actualize the import of...

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Odumakin: Triumph of activism over materialism

The remnants of the Revolutionary Left in Nigeria were recently dealt a devastating blow on the 2nd day of April, 2021, with the demise of the fiery activist, Yinka Odumakin. It is not that his death did not confound others of different orientations and ideological backgrounds, but the Leftists in Nigeria would probably lay claim to Odumakin as belonging to their primary constituency based on his antecedents and activism till death. The announcement of his death has left many in a state of shock, as there was no public knowledge of his prior ill health. On the same day, it...

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Time to Allow Electronic Voting

The challenges bedevilling conduct of free and fair elections in Nigeria have become so legendary that reviewing them regularly and suggesting solutions cannot be too much. The rate at which politicians grow desperate to either occupy political offices or ensure a surrogate is enthroned is quite alarming. It reminds one of the poem of the iconic poet, Niyi Osundare, The Leaders and the Led, in which the poet paints the jungle politics among animals jostling to occupy the position of leadership. While some know the purpose of public service, others just struggle to be there without any inkling as to...

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Retooling Port Harcourt refinery, another avoidable waste

This plea is now compelling and timely in view of the latest development around the refurbishment of the Port Harcourt refinery. In the recent past, several issues have been bedevilling the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), these include lack of accountability in terms of the crude produced and the sums accruable from the sale. This is a recurring decimal in the life of the NNPC. Till date, nobody can assertively inform us of the volume of crude produced nor the accurate volume sold. Again, not until of recent were we treated to a celebrated audit report in the life of...

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