OPINION: Trump and the Politics of War

President Donald Trump By Jerome-Mario Utomi For so many centuries, war was considered a lawful violence so far it meets with these three conditions; ‘waged by the lawful public authority in defense of the common good,  waged for a just cause, and waged with the right intention, not vengefully nor to inflict harm’. Today, the argument does not hold water and faces a number of embarrassing facts. Infact, emphasis is shifting. Strategic insights from religious and global communities have brought about structural changes in such concept and gradual displacements of this long…

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…

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…

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…

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…

OPINION: Ogoni; GAHP, FG and Lessons Not Learned

By Jerome-Mario Utomi. Prior to May 1999, when civil rule returned to Nigeria after decades of successive military dictatorships, fierce wars raged between ethnic and social forces in Nigeria over the ownership and control of oil resources in the Niger Delta. Then, such state of affairs was blamed by political on the military as they were accused of being intolerant, in-mature, corrupt, unserious, unpatriotic and tribalistic. However, the great effect of such plunder of resources, devastation and the degradation of the environment resulted in a long, dark shadow cast on the region-its peoples, and communities…

OPINION: Impeachment; Trump, Lawmakers and the Rest of Us

By Jerome-Mario Utomi At times, life is hard, as hard as crucible steel. It has its bleak and painful moments. Like the ever-flowing waters of the river, life has its moments of drought and its moments of floods. Like the ever-changing cycle of the season, life has the soothing warmth of the summers and the piercing chill of its winter. For a very long, I did not deemed it necessary to unravel what these words of wisdom by Martin Lurther King Junior connotes till the current travails  of Donald Trump, who recently became only the…

OPINION: The Punch Editorial Comment on Present Administration’s Lawlessness

By Jerome-Jerome Utomi Specifically,  one event in recent weeks that probably did more than anything else to convince Nigerians to look differently at the out of ordered situation in the country is the Punch Newspaper’s front page editorial publication titled, “Buhari Lawlessness: Our Stand, published on Wednesday 11th December, 2019, where the News organization in furtherance of the responsibility which  instrumentality of participatory democracy and election of leaders confer on it chronicled the failings, failures and violations of human rights of Nigerians by the present administration. And as a symbolic demonstration of its protest against autocracy and…

Sowore, And Silence from Unusual Quarters

By Jerome-Mario Utomi Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill-will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection-Martin Luther King Jnr. A significant portion of this piece has its root in a brief and informal meeting held with my friends on Sunday the 8th December 2019, in Lagos, to deliberate on issues of mutual importance. Though informal in context, necessary courtesy was observed, the conversation progressed as envisaged and we were able to within the first few minutes underline some of…