14 Jul

The week ahead – There is life in this thing yet

President Muhammadu Buhari is recuperating fast and will return home shortly, his deputy said on 12 July after visiting the head of state in London where he has been on prolonged sick leave. Yemi Osinbajo?s brief and unannounced trip has revived speculation about Buhari?s health and whether he will be able to stand for re-election in 2019. The details of his illness have not been made public.?He is in very high spirits, he is recuperating very quickly................   read more

07 Jul

The week ahead – Doing new things

There was some mild political theatre on the floor of the Senate at the resumption of a three-week recess on July 4, when a point of order was raised, that Senate President, Bukola Saraki was Nigeria’s effective Acting President. Lawmakers in the upper house had received a letter from Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, seeking the confirmation of Lanre Gbajabiamila, as the Director General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission. Legislators were furious about................   read more

30 Jun

The week ahead – We need to see in order to detect stunted growth

Nigeria’s Excess Crude Account tied for the world’s most poorly governed sovereign wealth fund, according to a report by the Natural Resource Governance Institute released on Wednesday. The $2.4 billion account was ranked alongside the Qatar Investment Authority as the worst in terms of oversight and transparency in NRGI’s index of resource management. NRGI rated 11 sovereign wealth funds, managing least $1.5 trillion in total, as “failing”. “The government................   read more

23 Jun

The week ahead – There is a need to get tougher, but also to be sensible about it

The Department of State Services has warned groups including northern youths and the Niger Delta militants against hate speeches. The DSS, which stated this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, in Abuja on Sunday, said it had observed how some Nigerians had been preaching hate in the last few weeks. The DSS spokesperson described the trend as disturbing and warned those he called desperate and mischievous elements, to stop in their attempt to................   read more

16 Jun

The week ahead – One hurdle has been crossed, now for the steeple

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has signed the 2017 budget into law. The budget was due to be signed a fortnight ago, but the signing was put off for undisclosed reasons. President Buhari had presented a budget proposal of ₦7.298 trillion to the National Assembly on December 14, but the senate which passed it on May 11 jerked it up by ₦143 billion. The budget has a projected revenue of ₦5.08 trillion with a deficit of ₦2.36 trillion. A total of ₦2.98 trillion................   read more

09 Jun

The week ahead – It’s a race against time

At least ten persons have been confirmed dead and as much as 40 injured as Boko Haram suicide bombers staged multiple attacks targeting mosques where worshippers were praying on Wednesday night, witnesses said. The attack occurred while soldiers were battling to repel another Boko Haram insurgent formation trying to enter the city via its southern flank. According to Premium Times, the attack was in the Jiddari Polo district of the city, with the army saying it repelled................   read more

02 Jun

The week ahead – We need relationship counselling

The presidency and lawmakers are still in talks over the 2017 budget nearly three weeks after the spending plans were passed by the Senate. Both chambers of parliament agreed to a bigger budget than the ₦7.298 trillion draft spending plan submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari in December. “There are ongoing consultations between the executive and the legislature over the budget. Consultations have not been concluded,” said Ita Enang, senior special assistant................   read more

26 May

Two years in, how has the Buhari government fared?

On May 29, 2017, the Buhari administration will have spent two years in charge of Nigeria, reaching the halfway mark in running with the mandate Nigerians collectively handed to them in the 2015 General Elections. Just as importantly, President Buhari’s party, the All Progressives Congress, would have spent two years with the majority of seats in the two chambers of Nigeria’s National Assembly, apart from being the ruling party in 24 of Nigeria’s 36 States.

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26 May

The week ahead – It’s not pretty

The Nigerian military says it will investigate allegations of a plot to overthrow the current democratically-elected government and purported attempts by politicians to influence the office and soldiers of the Nigerian Army. It has vowed that no coup d’etat, or takeover of government, will be supported or encouraged by the armed forces. In a joint press briefing convened by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) and the Nigerian Army in Abuja on Wednesday, the military asked................   read more

25 May

The prospects of Biafra 2.0

The FG’s handling of Kanu’s case and its general management of the pro-Biafra movement in the South-East have proven to be strategic blunders which ended up raising the profile of both the man and his cause. Just two years ago, Nnamdi Kanu was unknown to most Nigerians. Even within South East Nigeria, some saw him as an abrasive presence on the airwaves because of his incessant spewing inciting vitriol against Nigeria and other enemies of “Biafra” on the pirate................   read more