OPINION: Ogomudia; Reasoning Together on Restructuring or Structural Intervention

By Jerome-Mario Utomi Talking about the nation’s restructuring, it will amount to a pragmatic demonstration of naivety proceeding without first underlining the fact that the agitation has a historical foundation. Experienced political observers know that the challenge that fuels the agitation started shortly before the nation’s independence and rooted in the asymmetrical posturing /imbalance of the nation. To buttress this position, it is factually documented that the late Premier of the Western Region once described Nigeria as a ‘mere geographical expression’ and later threatened “we (Western Region) shall proclaim self- government…

OPINION-UNHRC: Housing Challenge in Nigeria and Leilani Farha Observations

By Jerome-Mario Utomi Each passing day brings yet more evidence that we are facing a national challenge. And glaringly, our incapacity as a nation to develop necessary strategies and tactics to tackle some of these political and socioeconomic challenges have qualified the nation’s situation as a ‘social dynamite’. This should be a surprise to all Nigerians of goodwill because a strategy is ‘simply no more than a plan of action for maximizing one’s strength against the forces at work’. Yet, such a simple but vital instrument for development and nation-building is…

OPINION: Communism, Democracy and Leadership in Nigeria

Jerome-Mario Utomi. Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried.-Winston Churchill, A Former Prime Minister of Britain. In the interest of participatory democracy, monitoring unelected officials, implementing public policies should be the chief concern of leaders in every democratic government. By overseeing this process, Kenneth Lowande, Professor at the University of Michigan argued that elected officials aim to prevent shirking, corruption, performance failures and policy drift in bureaucracy. Clear enough; yet, despite the widening of strides by pro-democracy advocates to advertise the virtues…

SOCIAL MEDIA BILL: Short Walk To Totalitarianism?

By Matthew Hassan Kukah I have consistently tried to create levels of differentiation between democracy and dictatorship, especially dictatorships of the military variant as we have had in Nigeria. I have argued that Nigeria is still very far away from the goal posts of what could be called a democratic society. In my view, the environment does not as yet look anything democratic because the actors are largely strangers to the ethos of and what is more, too many of them are tied to the old order, not to talk…

OPINION: Kukah, Development and the Relevance of NGOs

Jerome-Mario Utomi. The debate on the interrelatedness of equity, justice; peace and development is among the most presently discussed topic in the surface of the earth. The reason for this unending debate stems from the time-honoured believe that without equity and justice, there will be no peace. And without peace, no society, group or nation should contemplate development. Accordingly, for any programme/action to be typified as development-based/focused, development practitioners believe that such programme progress should entail an all-encompassing improvement,  a process that builds on itself and involve both individuals and social…

OPINION: The Corp Member, the Students and the Nation

By Jerome-Mario Utomi It was memorable and engraved in my heart till today. I, therefore, still remember it as if it happened yesterday. I was joyous and savouring the euphoria of my excellent performance in my junior secondary school examination. And then came the first day of resumption as a senior secondary student. I had arrived in the company of my classmates, all looking hearty and gay, as we marched to the school and converged in an empty classroom, which had a very bold inscription SS1 hanging on top of…

OPINION: What We Can Do With Power

By Jerome-Mario Utomi Power properly understood is nothing but, the ability to achieve a purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, economic, political cultural and religious changes. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anaemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demand of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love. From these words of Martin Lurther King Jr, it may not be a wrong assertion…

Senate, Internet Falsehood, and Hate Speech Bills

By Jerome-Mario Utomi Where the media are free, the market place of ideas sorts the irresponsible from the responsible and rewards the later——-Anonymous For media practitioners, oddities -particularly, human tragedies and other forms of unfortunate occurrences often always sell the Newspaper. But there is a more important consideration. In more civil times, similar happenings elicit condemnations from the media, well meaning citizens and civil society organizations. Ultimately, part of, or combination of the above-mentioned position(s) accounted for the ripple reactions that greeted the recent news about the senate’s reintroduction of two…

OPINION: 2019 Elections; Democracy, and Samuel Bagg’s Analysis

By Jerome-Mario Utomi With about nine months after the 2019 Presidential, Governorship, National and state houses of Assembly elections held in the country- a period long enough to complete a human child gestation, nobody can deny that the nation has not recorded appreciable developments. Observably, a genuine difficulty may erupt trying to push the above notion, as many will essentially ignore it while others will view the proposition as worth not entertaining. Particularly, when one remembers the prevailing harsh economic situation in the country, a state of depression (or is it a…

OPINION: Public Office Holders, Media Assistants and Their Obligations

By Jerome-Mario Utomi The never-ending manner with which public office holders appoint assistants to handle information/media responsibilities have become canonical proof that proper information management is the life wire of every business. For most of our political history, it used to be Minister for information, at the federal levels, and Commissioners for information (state levels). But today, exciting progress is being made in this direction. As we now have not Minister for information, Commissioners for information and Chief Press Secretaries but Senior Special Assistant (Media), Senior Special Assistant Media (Technical),…