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Jide Ojo
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My stand on restructuring of Nigeria
For
quite some time now, there has been clamour for restructuring of Nigeria. Not a
few people, I inclusive, believe that the solution to the heightening
socio-political tension currently being experienced in Nigeria lies in making
our federal system of gov...

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What needs to be done now? All the aforesaid are contained in the plethora of conferences and presidential committee reports currently gathering dust in the Presidency. At least, we have among them the 1995 Abacha Conference report, the 2005 National Political Reform Conference Report, the 2008 Justice Muhammadu Uwais Electoral Reform Committee Report, the 2011 Sheik Ahmed Lemu Electoral Violence Report, 2014 National Conference Report and the 2017 Senator Ken Nnamani Electoral Committee Report. I suggest that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo should set up a technical committee to operationalise some of the key recommendations of these reports and start to implement those that have to do with policies while those that need constitution amendment should be sent to the National Assembly as Executive Bill without any further delay. This technical committee should not be more than 15 members and should sit for not more than three months. While this is going on, the Acting President should intensify his dialogue with different ethnic groups; start to correct the perceived injustices in terms of appointments and provision of infrastructure while ensuring that security agencies are on high alert to deal with any acts of internal insurrection.

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Arewa youths provocative quit notice to Igbos
June
6, 2017 is an ominous day in the history of Nigeria. On that day, a coalition
of Northern youth groups   addressed a
press conference at Arewa House in Kaduna where they issued a proclamation that
the 19 Northern States of Nigeria are pulling out of th...

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Restructure for inclusive governance, justice and development
Rebellion cannot exist without the
feeling that somewhere, in some way, you are justified           - Albert Camus  The call for restructuring has never been this
strident. Virtually on daily basis the trending news is about the need to
restructure this cou...

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The cry of marginalisation is not only against the presidential action or inaction of the Buhari government, even intra-state, similar agitations obtain. The indigenes of Oyo North are clamouring for the introduction of power rotation that will factor them into the governance structure of Oyo State. No indigene of Oyo North has been governor of the state since creation. Similarly, the Yewa/Awori people of Ogun State have never produced a governor since the state was carved out of Western Region in 1976. In Benue State, no Idoma person has ever been governor of the state. The late Governor Patrick Yakowa was the first indigene of Southern Kaduna to be governor of Kaduna State. His emergence was regarded as accidental. In Kogi State, someone from the Okun-land in Kogi West has never been governor. Likewise, I am told that only a Kanuri man can be governor in Borno State. All the aforementioned iniquitous acts are the underlining factors behind the strident call for restructuring of Nigeria.

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Buhari, second half is more important to win game
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game of football has a number of striking similarities with politics. Both are
team game. They have referees who ensure that team members play by the rule. In
the game of politics, the referee is the election management body which
conducts elections. Fo...

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My unsolicited advice to the Buhari government is to seize the opportunity of this midterm review to redouble efforts to tackle poverty, unemployment, infrastructure and security so that come 2019, Nigerian electorate can still return it to power. Otherwise, Buhari and his lieutenants should remember that the cane used to beat the senior wife is still at the rooftop to discipline the new bride. Enough said!

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Good governance as antidote to illegal migration
“Migrants are being sold in the market
as a commodity. Selling human beings is becoming a trend among smugglers as the
smuggling networks in Libya are becoming stronger and stronger. The migrants –
many from Nigeria, Senegal and Gambia – are captured as the...

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What is happening is a challenge to Nigerian government. It needs to make this country livable for its citizens. Security and welfare of citizens are the primary purpose of governance, so says the Nigerian Constitution. The untold hardship inflicted on us by high cost of living, inclement business environment, corruption of gargantuan dimension, infrastructural deficit, low unemployment opportunities and grinding poverty are some of the factors driving my compatriots into becoming illegal migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The only way the sad narratives will change is when there is good governance with concomitant high standard of living.
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