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Muiz Banire

Muiz Banire

Letter to Nigerian Politicians (1)

Dear Nigerian politician, it is difficult to wish you a happy new year as starting a year with the realization that the problems confronting the nation, Nigeria, are still with us could be demoralizing. Years in the past, when I had enthusiastically engaged a new cycle of days with the famous greeting of “Happy New Year!” virtually left me at the end with pessimistic conclusions of hopelessness, which came as a result of your acts and omissions. However, knowing that the challenges you have put before Nigerians are not surmounted by resigning to fate, I have decided to trudge on...

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Making Nigeria work

As the year runs to an end and as we all, as individuals and entities, continue to take stock of the year in retrospect, I believe it is auspicious that the state of the nation be equally diagnosed towards possible prognosis for recovery and possible growth. There is no doubt that the country is in a quagmire, putting it mildly, as some contenders believe that the country has even failed. As debatable as this could be, the truth remains that all certainly is not well with our nation. Is it the economic eclipse, prevalent and high level of insecurity, collapsing...

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Building collapse in Nigeria: Matters arising (2)

I shall dwell more on this under capacity building. In this regard, there is no doubt that building technology is dynamic. There is the need for the officials, including those in charge of processing approvals, to keep pace with the development in the real estate sector. From time to time, training of the officials must be scheduled. How many of them are conversant with the technicalities involved in the construction of high-rise buildings with the latest technology in the sector? How many have, in the recent past, been exposed to latest equipment in the real estate arena? This equally applies...

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Building collapse in Nigeria: Matters arising (1)

Weeks ago, Lagos witnessed another monumental building collapse, consuming no fewer than 47 lives. A 21-floor building under construction in Ikoyi collapsed like a house of cards. Consequent upon this, a lot of brickbats took place as to the possible causes as well as possible culprits in the events leading to the collapse. This certainly was not the only building collapse in the state that was that fatalistic. There was that of Lekki Gardens a few years ago, among others. Of course, in the nation, one probably has lost count of such occurrences. In order to ascertain the factors responsible...

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Secondary education and culture of bullying

Tragedies of monumental proportions have taken over our academic environment in recent times as students, sent by parents to achieve academic laurels, have become monsters constituting nuisance to their own future and society. Experiences have shown consistent challenge to societal moral control when tertiary institution students developed destructive cultures of cultism, which led to the deprivation of many young lives and future glories. Over time, this culture of cultism percolated down to the secondary schools and the general town caught the bug. The attempt by the nefarious elements of the dark occultic practices to catch our youths into the net...

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Anambra poll and politicians’ self deception

The governorship election held in Anambra State on Saturday the 6th day of November, 2021. The threats of forestalling the election from holding by the “liberation fighters” of the Independent Peoples’ of Biafra (IPOB) gave way to the election and impressively, the people of Anambra came out en masse to cast their votes, this relative to the no election song that preceded the eventual conduct of the  election.   The atmosphere was vivaciously charged in most polling units as all parties expected victory at the end of the day. Even the most hopeless by reasonable electoral calculations and forecasts was still expecting...

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Rotational Presidency and the future of Nigeria (2)

Equally instructive is that the provisions of the Constitution remain binding on all and sundry.  Although it is often contended that the provisions of Chapter 2 of the Constitution are not justiciable but the truth is that it mandates all organs of government, not only to uphold it but to promote it. In this regard, the case of ATTORNEY GENERAL, ONDO STATE V. ATTORNEY GENERAL, FEDERATION is instructive. Section 13 of the constitution under the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of States Policy states that  “ it shall be the duZty and responsibility of all organs of government, and of...

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Rotational Presidency and the future of Nigeria (1)

If there is any subject that is favourably competing with the state of insecurity in Nigeria today, it is certainly the issue of presidential zoning in the coming 2023 elections.   The only other issue tailing that will be issue of the entitlement to the collection of the value added tax between the federation and some states.   This issue of value added tax collection, just as that of rotational presidency, has largely pitched majority of the Northern states against the Southern states. In virtually all conversations recently, this issue of which region or zone the next president of Nigeria should come from is...

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Electronic transmission of results and power of the people

A few weeks ago, I wrote on the subject of electronic transmission of election results and the show of shame by the Senate (See my column in the Daily Sun of July 22, 2021, “E-transmission of election results: Senate’s show of shame” https://www.sunnewsonline.com/e-transmission-of-election-results-senates-show-of-shame/). In the said piece, I condemned the preliminary decision of the Senate to thwart the innovative effort of the Independent National Electoral Commission (the Commission) to enhance credible elections in Nigeria. The National Assembly, consisting of the Senate and the House of the Representatives, had set up committees for the review of the Electoral Act of the...

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Nigeria at 61: Stories for The Gods

A refrain from the enjoyable and energetic lyrics of Olamide in his rave of a lifetime Story for the Gods reminds me of the moral, political and economic debauchery that has characterized the accounts of Nigeria’s existence as a nation. Now that the country is turning 61 on the first day of October 2021, there is a need to review our past and see if it can lead to a prosperous future or it is certain to end up in utter damnation. By the Civil Service Rules, a civil servant retires on turning 60, by which time he is regarded...

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