OPINION: Between The Murder of Miss Vera Omozuwa and Public Safety

Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa By Isaac Asabor It is not absurd to say that the issue of raping of young girls is usually waved aside whenever it is mentioned for discussion. The reason for this cannot be far-fetched. Like witchcraft, the issue of ritual killing is treated as a joke by some educated, urbane and sophisticated Nigerians. In my view, it is foolhardy for most of us to be waving the issue of the raping and killing of our young girls aside. For the fact that the reason why rapists…

OPINION: Nigeria-Democracy and the Lost Battles

By Jerome-Mario Utomi If a prince bases the defence of his state on mercenaries he will never achieve stability or security. For mercenaries are disunited, thirsty for power undisciplined and disloyal; they are brave among their friends and cowards before their enemies; they have no fear of God, they do not keep faith with their fellow men; …………….They are only ready to serve in your army when you are not at war, but   when war comes they either desert or disperse’ -Niccolo Machiavelli An arresting paradox occurred on Friday 29th…

OPINION: Ndudi Godwin Elumelu-A Gift to Aniocha Oshimili Federal Constituency

Hon Ndudi Godwin Elumelu By Chris Okobah Ndudi Godwin Elumelu is not only a charismatic leader, he is a compassionate person. The people of Aniocha Oshimili Federal Consultancy in Delta State are not only happy and grateful to have him as their Representatives, but thankful that such a quintessential person is representing them at the Federal House of Representatives. He has been fighting for the little guy, for children, for the poor and disadvantaged, sometimes against establishments and elites. But as a leader, he is greatly admired across the political…

OPINION: Taking the Right Steps in Ndokwa Leadership

Rt. Hon. Ochor C. Ochor By Mike Akpati I received a friendly call the other day informing me that the Deputy Speaker to Delta State House of Assembly Rt. Hon Ochor Chris Ochor was having a kind of village square meeting with some individuals at Umutu in Ukwuani Local Government Area. I did not see it as anything new, after all that is his primary constituency so I decided to have my ears to the ground. I was later to be informed that the meeting was replicated with representatives of…

OPINION: Waiting For “The Godfather” As the Next Home Movie in Edo

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole By Isaac Asabor Since movie makers draw inspiration for their stories from events that happen around them, then one would not be surprised to find in future a home movie that is titled, “The Godfather” on the shelves of video shops on Pounds Road in Aba in Abia State, Iweka Road in Onitsha in Anambra State and Ebinpejo Lane in Idumota in Lagos State and in every commercial in the nooks and crannies of Benin-City and adjoining rural communities. Given the fact that the title of the…

OPINION: The Acts of The Godfather In Edo Politics

By Isaac Asabor If an author decides to write a political compendium titled “The Acts of The Godfather In Edo Politics”, to mark the commemoration of Democracy Day, it would definitely be a book that would chronologically document the lives and activities of some of our contemporary Godfathers in Edo Politics from May 29, 1999 when Nigerians seemingly embraced an ideal democracy. In writing the book, the author would discover that more than half of the book would dwell on issues that border on corruption, insincerity, treachery, avarice, gangsterism, McCarthyism,…

OPINION: Applauding Odubu’s Knack For Political Sportsmanship

Dr. Pius Egberanmwen Odubu Isaac Asabor If there is any virtue that has further deepened the high opinion I have for Dr. Pius Egberanmwen Odubu, it is unarguably the spirit of sportsmanship he displayed in less than 48 hours after the adoption of Pastor Osaze Ize-Iyamu as the consensus candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State ahead of the primary election scheduled to hold on June 22, 2020, and by extension the general election which comes up on September 19, 2020. As conveyed by a congratulatory letter to…

OPINION: Okowa’s Administration @ 5; An X-Ray of Achievements and Concerns

Dr. (Senator) Ifeanyi Ekwueme Arthur Okowa By Jerome-Mario Utomi I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and non-violence are as old as the hills’-M.K Ghanghi For political and socio-cultural identity, Delta North Senatorial zone is also known as Anioma. A loose interpretation of Anioma is, ‘good land’. Delta state governor, Dr. (Senator) Ifeanyi Ekwueme Arthur Okowa is the first Anioma son to assume the governorship of the state. That was on the 29th May, 2015. Similarly, in 2019, while he sought for second term in office, Governor Okowa’s…

OPINION: Nigeria; Restructuring and Regional Security

By Jerome-Mario Utomi Nations, in the words of AL-Gore, a former Vice President in the United States of America (USA), succeed or fail and define their essential character by the way they challenge the unknown and cope with fear. And much depends on the quality of their leadership. If leaders exploit public fears to herd people in directions they might not otherwise choose, then fear itself can quickly become a self perpetuating and freewheeling force that drains national will and weakens national character, diverting attention from real threats deserving of…

OPINION: Edo 2020, As Politics of Godfatherism Becomes The New Normal, ‘Otoge Movement’ Seems Inevitable

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole By Isaac Asabor There is no denying the fact that politics of godfatherism in Edo State is fast becoming the new normal as primary elections that are set to be conducted by the leadership of various political parties and the general elections to be organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are fast approaching. It is no more news that political godfatherism has become an open secret in the political development of Edo State. Without any iota of exaggeration, the only politician in Edo that is…