OPINION: I Beg To Disagree As NDDC Exonerates Self from Corrupt Allegations

By Isaac Asabor The leadership of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has in its latest reaction to another round of reports on financial sleaze leveled against its management exonerated itself from corrupt practices, and has in the same vein restated its commitment to serve the people of the Niger Delta Region. According to a Statement issued on Monday, precisely on August 3, 2020, by the Commission’s Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Charles Obi Odili, “One of the reports alleges that a fresh massive fraud has been uncovered in the Commission.…

VIEW POINT: Will The Benevolent Spirit Crack Obaseki’s Palm-Kernels Again At The Poll?

By Isaac Asabor If there is any African proverb that has become widely popular through the legendary Chinua Achebe of blessed memory, it is unarguably the one he mentioned in his magnum opus, Things Fall Apart. The proverb says, “Those whose palm-kernels were cracked by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble.” Ostensibly due to the prevailing political milieu in Edo State, and due to my political interest, and more specifically that proverbs can be used to further ideologies to woo potential voters for one’s preferred candidate in…

Anticipatory Probe Report on NDDC: Matters Arising

The Citizens Quest for Truth Initiative, an accountability advocacy group, having participated actively in the investigative public hearing on the alleged financial malfeasance in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), organized by the two chambers of the National Assembly, The Senate and the House of Representatives, has expressed dissatisfaction with the entire  process and come to the conclusion that the outcome of the exercise is premeditated and obvious from the onset. Some of the premises from which the Citizens Quest drew this conclusion stem from concerns they expressed, ab initio,…

VIEW POINT: Recoiling Method in Education As Panacea For Effective Students’ Resumption Of Schools In Nigeria

By Richardson Ogwezzy As the federal Government relaxed lockdown and some sectors have resumed work, Government was not in a haste to re-open schools. I know Nigerian Government felt re-opening of schools, is because they are aware that if schools resume, when covid-19 pandemic is still prevalent, that students population will give room for greater spread of the disease. The lives of the students are also of paramount importance to the government, bearing in mind that students are leaders of tomorrow. Apart from that, teachers (lecturers) as nation builders are…

VIEW POINT: The Metamorphosing of Nigerian Bills

By Ogwezzy Richardson The bills introduced by our legislature as being published in these recent times have been worrisome.  It is surprising that despite the oil crash and the effect of Covid 19 on the country’s economy, we are still seeing huge fund demanding bills in our country’s legislature, State House of Assemblies, House of Representatives and The Senate.  There are many bills introduced for establishment of various types of tertiary institutions, motions for immediate reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges, security issues to mention but a few, the possibility…

The Mohammed Adamu-led Federal Government Community Policing Vs Agitators of State Governments-led Community Policing

By Emeka Oraetoka What Federal Government probably failed to understand in the agitation for State Governments-led Community policing is that the Governors are not interested in controlling the Police to fight conventional insecurity; rather, they want to control the Police for Election and other political purposes and nothing more. It is obvious that Nigeria is currently grappling with politically induced Insecurity. If FG doubts this viewpoint, it should agree to the agitation for State Police, but with a caveat that the Federal Police will oversee the conduct of Elections in…

OPINION: Of Absalom, Tobiah and Ize-Iyamu

By Isaac Asabor To some of us, the names Absalom and Tobiah may sound strange while to those who are familiar with the Bible, it may not. The dictionary of the Bible compiled by D.M. McFarlan briefly describes Absalom as the “Third son of David, a favourite with his father, handsome, given to vain glory and spoiled. Absalom ‘stole the hearts of the men of Israel’ and led a rebellion against his royal father. David had to flee from Jerusalem, but his Commander-in-chief, Joab, defeated the rebel army. Absalom fled…

OPINION: Inexpediency of Akeredolu’s Nepotism Statement on Mimiko

By Isaac Asabor Nigeria, whether we like it nor not, is one of the world’s most corrupt countries.  According to the 2019 Corruption Perception Index reported by Transparency International, Nigeria is the 146 least corrupt nations out of 180 countries, and the ongoing government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is no doubt making appreciable progress in ending the opprobrious practice. There is no denying the fact that corruption is lush in Nigeria but so is nepotism, or favoritism granted to family, friends and individuals. However, many believe corruption is worse…

OPINION: Internet Thugs on the Offensive As Rhythm of Electioneering Drum Beat Changes

By Isaac Asabor Whenever the phrase “Political Thugs” is mentioned, particularly in time like this when Edolites are in high expectations from the governorship election that is scheduled to hold on September 19, 2020 across the 18 local governments of Edo State, the images which the phrase instantly conjure are usually reminiscent of some young men that have the predilection to engage in political violence in the similitude of assassinations,  armed clashes between them and opposing gangs hired by unscrupulous politicians. They readily engage in violence whenever they are paid…