Analysis: SEN. OVIE OMO-AGEGE: A GREAT REFORMER USING CONSTITUTIONAL ENGINEERING

  By Otive Igbuzor,   PhD (Founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD) and Chief of Staff to the Deputy President of the Senate.) INTRODUCTION The task of nation building is always work in progress. All over the world, there is consensus that democracy is the best form of government. But liberal democracy is facing a crisis of legitimacy and declining confidence in political leaders and institutions necessitating the need for democratic renewal through increasing citizen participation. The bedrock of any democracy is…

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Analysis & Opinion: Adamu Must Go! Ngige Must Go!!

By Sunny Awhefeada That Nigeria has regressed, some say irretrievably, since 2015 is not in doubt. Citizens are daily confronted and assailed by the raw and harsh realities of monumental misrule and the gross incompetence that has become the defining feature of the ruling elite. The citizens’ plights are hourly reinforced and made worse by indices of failure of governance and state capture which add up to grave disillusionment. Those who forced themselves on the hapless masses, beginning from 1999 till date have refused to live up to the ideals…

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2023: The Power Rotation Debate And Delta Central Slot

  By Rev Fr Chris Ekabo, JP   I have painstakingly reviewed and considered the political debate arising from disagreements associated with transmission of political power within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State, from 1999 till 2019. Let me state from the outset that I am not a card carrying member of any registered political parties in Nigeria, but I am an eligible voter, one of the spiritual leaders involved in human rights and political matters in the Catholic Church. I usually encourage Christians to participate in active…

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Analysis & Opinion: For Abednego Ekoko, For Johnson Barovbe

By Sunny Awhefeada Today’s intervention is dedicated to two personages who unknowingly shared similar destinies and walked paths that were similar in more ways than one. I came to know both men in my adult years when I had become old enough to observe, evaluate and reach tentative conclusions. I doubt if they knew each other well as their association was something that can be classified among those phenomena that occurred happenstantially. I am referring to Professor Abednego Eloghene Ekoko and Chief Johnson Modika Barovbe, both of whom joined their…

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Analysis & Opinion: A Nation’s Perpetual Self Subversion

By Sunny Awhefeada   Nigeria is anguished and knocked into an existential cul-de-sac that is fastened to hopelessness. Our anguish as a nation is not inflicted on us by outsiders. We wield and use the whip that lacerates us on ourselves and we do so daily, if not hourly or even every minute! Our existence is a lie which again and again runs against the grain of how life should be lived and how societies are organized. We are marooned on an island of chaos, rot, malevolence and other indices…

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Analysis & Opinion: And The Sons Of Senghor Prevailed

By Sunny Awhefeada   Watching the final match of the just concluded African Cup of Nations was quite emotional for me. It was not about the presence of twenty-two players on the football pitch in Paul Biya’s Cameroon. It was not about the charged atmosphere, the shouts, anxiety, fear, significant and telling as they were. What competed for my attention with the aforementioned was our past, the history of Africa, her not too distant past. The two countries that played in the final, Egypt and Senegal, hold so much allure…

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Analysis &Opinion: The Nigeria Police And The Dog’s Nose

By Sunny Awhefeada   African lore is rich with anecdotes which speak to life as it is lived. Part of the African continent’s claim to culture and civilization inheres in her variegated verbal practices which have become codified as orality or folklore depending on choice of usage. Lighthearted or simple as many of these verbal practices might appear, they are endowed with profundity of meaning as they abut on philosophy. Protean and pragmatic, lucid and alluring, these verbal practices continue to expand their oeuvre and cohere with contemporaneity. Even the…

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SIR AYODELE OGHOGHO OTHIHIWA: THE MAN OF THE MOMENT IN DELTA SOUTH

By Alex Ovie When the roll is called among the leading lights in Nigeria’s financial services sector who have carved a niche for themselves in skills, diligence, focus, painstaking attitude, commitment and achievement, one name rings out loud and clear, that name is Sir Ayodele Oghogho Othihiwa (FCA), the ebullient and indefatigable Partner and Head, Financial Services Industry Group at KPMG Nigeria, one of the four largest audit and accounting firms in the world. This Isoko born foremost economist and risk management expert turned politician is a top contender for…

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Analysis & Opinion: A Nation And Her Heroes Past

By Sunny Awhefeada   Two telling lines in Nigeria’s national anthem are “the labour of our heroes past /shall never be in vain”. Both lines ordinarily should inspire and spur us to “serve with heart and might” another line in our otherwise inspiring hymn of nationhood. Unfortunately, these lines have not been able to add up and they have become part of Nigeria’s moral baggage. Like everything Nigerian, the lines and the essence of the ideals they espouse have been subverted by the virus called Nigerian factor.   Nigeria has…

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DELTA 2023: THE REALITY OF ‘WHO THE CAP FITS’

By Charles Enuma   As the race for who eventually occupies the Dennis Osadebe House Asaba as the Number One Citizen of Delta State heightens, there appears to be a general consensus that Delta Central Senatorial District is poised to produce the next occupant, according to what has been loosely termed the Zoning Formula of the Ruling Party PDP.  Delta Central Senatorial District comprises 8 LGAs out of the 25 that make up the entire State and it is predominantly occupied by the Urhobos that also form the highest homogeneous…

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