Enter GARRISON ALI

By Prof. Wole Soyinka

Prof. Wole Soyinka Our ‘fellow Nigerians’ are truly difficult to understand. Why is there such a fuss over the designation of the famous Ali-Mun-Go as a worthy ambassador for the Nigerian nation. Next to George Bush, the individual who has done the most to raise the profile of Iraq in world consciousness is a certain military man known as Chemical Ali.

The Supreme Court - Engaging Defining Moments

A Foreign perspective on Anambra State
By Andrew Obinna Onyearu


Andrew Obinna OnyearuOn 24 October 2007, the Supreme Court, interpreting, amongst other provisions, section 34(2) of the Electoral Act 2006, nullified the outcome of the April 2007 governorship elections in Rivers State by declaring that Rotimi Amaechi, then the outgoing Speaker of the House of Assembly and the winner of the PDP governorship primaries,

NAFDAC And The Adedibu Menace

By Reuben Abati

Dr. Reuben Abati We have been having a lot of problems with Adedibu. When we were working on unfortified spaghetti and macaroni that were smuggled into the country and that were unhealthy for consumption of our people, Chief Adedibu got to our office and threatened our staff and stopped that activity.

Yar'Adua and enforcement of the rule of law in Nigeria

By Dr. Olu Onagoruwa

Presdient Umaru Yar'Adua Yar'Adua's emergence into the Federal Political System was controversial. There is a general belief that his election was rigged by General Olusegun Obasanjo, Professor Iwu and INEC, who presided over the general elections. But Yar'Adua has handled this allegation with adroitness and an air of blatant integrity and honesty.

Living in Hope

The quagmire of Medicare in Nigeria
By Andrew Obinna Onyearu

Andrew Obinna OnyearuOne of the most disturbing features of life in Nigeria is the abject state of the medical facilities and dispensation of medicare in the country. This situation, sad as it is, is undeniably recognised at all levels of the society. Worse still, the notoriety of the poor medical condition in Nigeria is known all over the world. It features quite prominently in the negative indices that are so readily bandied around the world. Instances abound so let’s look at some excruciatingly painful illustrations.

Options for funding tertiary education

In order to effectively tackle the multifaceted problems bedevilling the country’s education sector, the Yar’Adua administration is expected to embark on far reaching reforms. However, the reformation of the sector centres around the issue of adequate funding.

Nigeria can survive

Former Nigerian Head of State, Yakubu GowonWhen General Yakubu Gowon was asked what he thought was the solution to the crisis situation in the 1960s, he replied crisply saying it was in "Willink". The Willink Commission whose recommendations were published in 1958 had made a series of recommendations aimed at correcting the imbalance in the Nigerian federal structure.

“Citizen-Centred Diplomacy”

The Paradigm of Change in Nigeria’s Foreign Policy

Andrew Obinna Onyearu Speaking recently at a public event, Nigeria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe articulated what is now emerging as one of the focal points of the foreign policy of the current administration. Describing it as “Citizen-Centred”, Chief Maduekwe observed that central to the policy is a greater appreciation of a new concept simply described as “diplomacy of consequences”.

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