OPINION: The Place of Prophecy in a Democratic Government

Rv. Fr. Ejike Mbaka By Jerome-Mario Utomi Prophecy as defined by Thomas Aquinas is; the certain foretelling of a future event by a person supernaturally informed of it and supernaturally moved to announce it. This, he added, comes in two ways; prophesy of foreknowledge and prophesy of denunciation’. While the prophecy of foreknowledge according to him, deal with what is certain to come, prophesy of denunciation tells what is to come if the present situation is not changed; both acting as information and warning respectively. Similarly, in a presidential democracy, monitoring unelected officials, implementing…

Community Driven Development: The Hub of Rural Transformation in Delta State

Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State By Orubu, A.A. A major string of Social Contract between modern democratic governments and their people is the entrenchment of an institutionalized process of improving the well-being of the citizenry in any given part of the polity, whether urban or rural communities. While urban settlements are known to be dotted with copious government presence through an avalanche of social amenities, rural communities, many of which play host to our natural resources, are left without access to basic social infrastructure. Evidence abound that even…

WUEDA: Changing the Ugly Narratives of Warri-Uvwie and Environs, Okowa Is Working

By Stella Sanu Odika The pragmatic initiative by the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa-led Peoples Democratic Party, PDP administration in the establishment of the Warri-Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency, WUEDA is progressively creating impact in the economic nerve centre of the oil-rich state in clear departure from the past. WUEDA, a brainchild of the governor’s ingenuity led by seasoned administrators has embarked aggressively on serious clean up exercise barely few months after creation, giving the areas of its mandate major facelift. This laudable initiative by the governor…

OPINION: Democracy and the Troubles with FG’s New Directives on Marriage Licensing

Rauf Oregbosola, Nigeria Minister of Interior By Jerome-Mario Utomi Aside from the traditional definition of democracy as government of the people, by the people and for the people, great scholars, commentators and political analysts, had at different times and places shared their thoughts about this form of government- it meaning, concepts, survival, merits and demerits. Part of such conversations in the past gave birth to the global believe that the best defense of democracy is to stress the values that are essential to good governance, especially transparency and accountability, and…

AMOTEKUN-A Call for a Sound Capacity to Interpret the Law

By Kingsley Isicheli Nothing can be more frustrating than being in a position of authority without the corresponding ingredients to function. And then, we witnessed a frustrated former governor of Zamfara state resigned his position as the Chief Security Officer of the state. His decision obviously stemmed from his helplessness in the security challenges in the state. For him, the title was a mere nomenclature as the security architecture in the state is operated from above, making him more of a nominal figure in security decisions, which is so disturbing…

OPINION: Between Operation Amotekun and State Police

Operation Amotekun By Jerome-Mario Utomi. It is pedestrian knowledge that socioeconomic problems which are the product of human actions and reactions are not static. They change with time and place. What is a social or political problem in one society may be a norm in another. And what is rejected or frowned at today, may be accepted tomorrow. Of course, there are important limits to human relations, knowledge, awareness, and technological state, economic and financial resource availability, social and cultural exposures. Globally also, inability to manage such differences and changing times by nations has at…

OPINION: Re-thinking Africa-China Relationship

China and Africa Trade Index By Jerome-Mario Utomi To know about the road ahead, ask those coming back-Chinese proverb. Each time I read African historians’ account on how civilization and development got to Africa, and compare same with that of many Europeans scholars, I often marvel at the fundamental differences, To the European authors, Africa was a dark continent lit only by the flashes of foreign penetration and has contributed nothing to world civilization. But to African historians, civilization means improvement in culture. And Africans have had remarkable improvement in their culture…

GUEST WRITER: What Will It Take For 2020 To Truly Be The Year Of Gas In Nigeria?

Chief Timipre Sylva By NJ Ayuk Naming 2020 the year of gas for Nigeria has a really nice ring to it, but marketing alone will not cut it “The Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, H.E. Chief Timipre Sylva has declared 2020 as the year of Gas for the Nation”, the news piece started. What amazing news! And certainly long overdue. As it seems, Nigerian officials have finally taken the cue. As I have said ever so often, more than an oil nation, Nigeria is a gas nation. It…

Gbagi: The Incorruptible Leader in 2023

Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi By Dr. Ogheneseruo Possible Corruption in Nigeria has pervaded all aspects of the country but much more pronounced in the political circle. People now go into politics to loot. Since 1999 when democracy resurfaced in Nigeria, looting has become the business of the day among some political office holders and politicians. Corruption is now synonymous with politics. Politics have become the most lucrative business that every dick and harry wants to be engaged in. Politics in Nigerian is practiced as a mean of looting the country treasury unlike…

OPINION: 2020, Africa and the Burden of Development

By Jerome-Mario Utomi With the year 2020 now with us, it is just a decade, that separates us from the attainment of 2030 sustainable agenda- a United Nation initiative and successor programme to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)- with a collection of 17 global goals formulated  among other aims to promote and cater for people, peace, planet, and poverty.  And has at its centre; partnership and collaboration, ecosystem thinking, co-creation and alignment of various intervention efforts by the public and private sectors and civil society. Accordingly, an Interesting sidelight without going into specific concepts or approaches that have recently reshaped the…