Archive | Magazine RSS feed for this archive

Celebrating Corruption


That it takes a London court to jail James Ibori, former Delta State governor, whose case was bungled in his own country, puts the all-pervasivesness of corruption in Nigeria in bold relief Southwark Crown Court Asaba, the Delta State capital, has lately become the choice location for movie producers and artistes. But most of the […]

Continue Reading

Boko Haram Kills Spokesman Abu Qaqa II


Sambo: Attacks Not Religious By IKE ABONYI and TOKUNBO ADEDOJA The division in the dreaded Islamist sect Boko Haram deepened at the weekend with the murder of Abu Qaqa II, the spokesman of the militant group suspected to have taken over from Abu Qaqa I who was captured last January and has been in the […]

Continue Reading

Jonathan is the ‘Gift’ that Keeps Giving


By FOLABI OGUNLEYE The first thing I said to myself on reading about it was, “no way”. Even kids know better. A friend’s 9-year old son is an example. He will never mention or refer to a previous ill-advised event or exchange that may later get him into trouble. And if you ask him about […]

Continue Reading

Saving Education in Nigeria


By MALCOM FABIYI If Nigerians choose to do so, by the International Day of Literacy on September 8, 2012 we can collectively ensure that Nigeria’s educational system will be firmly placed on a path to recovery. All that is needed is the removal of four words from our constitution, just four words! There has been […]

Continue Reading

Ibori’s Many Forgeries, Guilty Plea and my Secent Silence!


By EFEROVO IGHO That Ibori’s infamy hit rock bottom when he finally pleaded guilty to sundry thievery charges because all his forgeries at the end of the day could not pull the wool over the eyes of enlightened courts outside our clime is no longer news. That Ibori is however yet to plead guilty at […]

Continue Reading

US: World Bank Race Heats Up


By JIM LOB While the U.S. candidate for World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, still has the inside track, the two non-U.S. candidates, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo, have been raking in high-profile endorsements. In an open letter sent to the Bank’s executive board Wednesday, 39 former […]

Continue Reading

Sanusi: A Class or Classless Warrior?


A few months ago, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi could do no wrong. In the eyes of the international commentariat, he was a no-holds-barred central bank governor with a snappy dress sense. He had whipped the Nigerian banking system into shape by shaming wrongdoers and forcing the banks to pay for their own bailout. He won plaudits […]

Continue Reading

Our Golden Girl


Ordinarily, the process of electing the World Bank president is as ‘democratic’ as that of electing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman: it’s always a family affair! In PDP, the president anoints and the party delegates endorse. At the World Bank, America nominates, the rest of the world ratifies. To date, there have been […]

Continue Reading

Replicating the Economies of the “Four Asian Tigers” in Nigeria:


Mr. President, Please Stop Teasing By HENRY OKOROAFOR World leaders gathered in Seoul, South Korea on 27 March, 2012 for Nuclear Security Summit and President Goodluck Jonathan was one of them. He attended the summit in the company of his wife and a few delegates that includes two state governors. After the summit, President Jonathan […]

Continue Reading

Tips for Admission into Higher Institutions in Nigeria


JAMB yesterday released the results of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UMTE. Our blessed children have done theirs. Now, with the UTME results, I will say that they have handed the baton to us, as they turn their attention away to prepare for their WAEC and NECO examinations. May God be with them. I am writing […]

Continue Reading

The Political Demystification of Abdullahi Adamu


By ROGERS EDOR OCHELA ”The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress”—Ngugi Wa Thiongo. Nasarawa State congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which held on Saturday March, 17th, 2012 at Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa may have come and gone, but its thunderous outcome is still reverberating across the length […]

Continue Reading

Restoring Peace in Northern Nigeria


By MADIBA LAPINNI Peace, the five letter word had in recent times become the most desirable entity that humanity craves for irrespective of their creed, status, religion and affiliation in life. Peace is not only the absence of war but also the presence of all positive indices that can lead development. It entails the presence […]

Continue Reading

Hope in the time of Trial


By MATTHEW HASSAN KUKAH We boast of our troubles because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings acceptance and this acceptance brings hope. This hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out His love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit who is God’s gift to us (Rom 5: 4) […]

Continue Reading

‘Boko Haram is a Conduit Pipe in the Presidency’ – Tukur Mamu


DESERT HERALD has been following the activities the Jama’a Ahlilsunnah Wal Da’a wati popularly called Boko Haram right from the onset. Spiritual leader and founder of the sect, late Muhammad Yusuf granted the paper his last interview on earth, before his killing under suspicious circumstances.  Maryam Musa and the Editor-in-Chief of Society Watchdog magazine, Akubo […]

Continue Reading

America’s Death Squads


When the Obama administration took office in 2009, it was confronted with an extraordinary problem: what to do about the crimes of the previous administration, in particular its illegal global campaign of kidnapping, torture, and indefinite detention without trial of mostly innocent terrorism suspects. On taking office, President Obama announced that he would close the […]

Continue Reading

America’s Death Squads


When the Obama administration took office in 2009, it was confronted with an extraordinary problem: what to do about the crimes of the previous administration, in particular its illegal global campaign of kidnapping, torture, and indefinite detention without trial of mostly innocent terrorism suspects. On taking office, President Obama announced that he would close the […]

Continue Reading

The North, Insurgency And Conspiracy Theory


Keen observers in the socio-political arena across the world and, in Nigeria particularly, have expressed palpable and ominous fears of the unfathomable consequences over the reported gruesome murder of Christopher McManus, a Briton and Franco Lamotinara, an Italian, by their abductors in Mabera Area of Sokoto on Thursday, 8 March 2012. The duo, who worked […]

Continue Reading

God will bring a leader that will sanitize Nigeria and it’s Corrupt Leadership – Adamu Ciroma


Elder statesman Malam Adamu Ciroma has expressed hope that God will soon bring a leader in Nigeria that will correct the wrongs of present and former governments. Ciroma made this known in an interview with the BBC Hausa service which was monitored by our correspondent. The Madakin Fika said, “The only thing is we should […]

Continue Reading

BOSNIA 20 Years On


We have all heard about the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina it seems, but for many it is just a part of history. Sejad Mekic´ explains what happened and its implications today. An Overview of the Bosnian War Bosnia and Herzegovina was once a part of former Yugoslavia. It was a southern European land of […]

Continue Reading

You know President Jonathan Respects you if…


By RUDOLF OKONKWO   A common refrain in Nigeria’s political discourse is that commentators should respect people in government, especially the president. Even though respect is earned and not bestowed, Nigerians waste no time in spiting out words of that nature. Some say that even if commentators do not respect the occupant of the office, […]

Continue Reading


Cont’d From Previous Edition   Yugoslavia was not inclined to worship these principles; nor, as we have seen, had the Serbs shown proper reverence for joining the club of globalized American allies cum obedient junior partners. Most of their industries and financial sectors were still state owned. They had not even banned the word “socialism” […]

Continue Reading

FGto stop funding Varsities- SGFFederalGovernment To Stop Funding Of Universities – Anyim Pius Anyim


By Segun O’Law The Federal Government has advised federaluniversities to be prepared to swim on their own, or sink. Speaking in Abuja on Thursday at afundraising dinner organized by the University of Jos, Mr. Anyim Pius Anyim,the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, called on the institutionsto generate funds independently from investors, associates and […]

Continue Reading

FGto stop funding Varsities- SGFFederalGovernment To Stop Funding Of Universities – Anyim Pius Anyim


By Segun O’Law The Federal Government has advised federaluniversities to be prepared to swim on their own, or sink. Speaking in Abuja on Thursday at afundraising dinner organized by the University of Jos, Mr. Anyim Pius Anyim,the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, called on the institutionsto generate funds independently from investors, associates and […]

Continue Reading

Mali Crisis


“They’re in a position to take over territories that they would like to be free and independent from the Malian government,” she said.

The rebels’ entry into Gao was preceded by an army withdrawal from Ansogo and Bourem, after Tuareg fighters on Friday entered and seized control of the town of Kidal, 1,000km from the capital.

The […]

Continue Reading

Ibori’s Corruption Trial: Letter to Thomas Gibian


By Dotun Oloko Dear Tom: Since I accused the private equity firm that you founded of corruption, fraud and money laundering, you have had me investigated; including covert surveillance, following me to my children’s school, my church, my homes in Nigeria and UK. Your investigator found me to be beyond reproach much to your chagrin. […]

Continue Reading