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Muiz Banire

Muiz Banire

WHO will save Nigeria?

This is the question on most Nigerians’ lips as the country continues to slide into anarchy and failure. Anarchy transcends confusion into the realm of the unusual and the unexpected. As abnormal things continue to happen in the country, the country can be said to be in a  state of anarchy. A good component of anarchy besetting the nation is the astronomical increase in the prices of food items and the general inflationary trend in Nigeria. How do we explain the kidnapping of schoolchildren and the closure of virtually all schools in some parts of the country? What explanation do...

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Prof. Is-haq Oloyede: Profile in Forthrightness

Prof. Is-haq Oloyede: Profile in Forthrightness - Dr.Muiz Banire https://www.sunnewsonline.com/prof-is-haq-oloyede-profile-in-forthrightness/ Published: 9th September 2021   An average reader of this column may not be far from being correct if he summarizes my writings as expression of anger against all that is wrong with Nigeria, dedicated to examining the ailments afflicting the country and attempting to proffer solutions thereto. The problems of Nigeria are so frightening that anyone who is conscious of his responsibility to the coming generations would not treat them lightly. To that end, I discovered that we have been swamped by the problem of poor leadership and its concomitant effects to the...

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Nigerian youths as leaders of yesterday

In an unorthodox or unconventional way, I commence this piece with the message that ought ordinarily to form part of the conclusion of my interrogation. Why this must be so stems from the reality that the youth that form the centre of this discussion might not be able to endure me to the end. In their ‘digital’ world, reading constitutes no part of their agenda, save for the purpose of passing examinations. Not wanting to risk the loss of the message, therefore, I have chosen to introduce the subject by way of conclusion. My message simply to Nigerian youths is...

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Tinubu, Banire and Ethos of Omoluabi

The Yoruba culture is one that is very deep in fostering values of respect, love and empathy for one another, even in a state of utter disagreement. This might be the same in many other cultures in Africa, which might make it a continental orientation, but my birth, growth and socialization being a process providentially programmed by destiny to be among the noble people of Yoruba descent, have made me deeply appreciative of these values of Omoluabi. Our parents, by patriarchal and matriarchal decrees, instilled in our memory and thinking that the highest virtues and injunctions imposed by the scriptures...

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APC and impunity of arrogant power

Active political seasons are here again among political parties as we warm up in preparation for elections in 2023. While most states of the federation await 2023 to elect all political office holders, impunity in our political landscape, which has seen itself as a permanent occupant of our land, has changed the fortunes of some states so that their own governorship elections come at times other than the general election. Examples are Kogi, Osun, Anambra, Ekiti and Ondo. Thus, while other states are preparing for 2023, the above-named states have obligations to prepare for elections at other times than what...

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Electronic transmission of election results, a must

When, a few weeks ago, the National Assembly embarked on public hearing across the nation in the process of amending the grundnorm of the country, the Nigerian Constitution, I had cause to analyze the purport of the journey and ended up dubbing it as a legislative scam. This time around, it is the Electoral Act that is in the process of being amended. The Electoral Act is made pursuant to the Constitution of Nigeria and meant to regulate the way and manner elections are conducted in Nigeria. All processes connected with the conduct of elections in Nigeria are guided by...

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Issues in death of local government in Nigeria

Recent agitations about the need for local government autonomy have exposed a sore point in our concept of public administration. It is clear that the desire of principal actors in Nigeria of what they want to call ‘federalism’ is at variance with the constitutional stipulation of what federalism means. By Section 7 thereof, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), contemplates a local government system as an independent structure as regards being democratically elected in its councils. Accordingly, the Constitution mandates the government of every state, subject to Section 8 of the Constitution, to ensure the...

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Governance and Nigeria’s mercantile politics

Few days ago when I read about the imminent defection of the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Muhammad Matawalle, from the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP), the platform on which he was elected, to the All Progressives Congress (APC), my exasperation attained the peak. This is because, over time, this issue has been agitating my mind but with no opportunity to vent it. The act of defecting is not new in Nigeria, as it is already a pattern in the political firmament of the nation. Right from the inception of civilian rule, otherwise disguised as democracy in Nigeria in 1999,...

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Internet fraud and Nigerian youths

The Nigerian situation is one cascading down the hill. This hill of morality to which our parents trained us to subscribe; the hill of social values and cultures; the hill of honesty, responsibility, integrity and moral uprightness. Like the Greek mythology of Sisyphus, punished twice by performing the impossible but eternal task of rolling the boulder up the hill, in contrast, the fading conscience of the nation has been labouring to sustain the seemingly too high hill of rectitude against the morass of moral decadence and turpitude that has taken over its youths. On our streets, in the metropole and the...

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Criminalising ransom payment, a psychopathic option

As citizens of Nigeria were heaving a sigh f relief from the release of the remaining students of Greenfield University upon the alleged payment of the huge sum of one N180 million by the parents as ransom, over 200 pupils of Islamiyya School in Tegina, Rafi Local Government Area, Niger State, were again carted away like chattels by kidnappers. Prior to the release of the remaining 14 students of Greenfield University, five of them had already been killed by the kidnappers as a demonstration bait. Two days after, again, a school bus was hijacked with the attendant in Ondo State. This...

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