The life and times of Oba Eweka II of Benin by Tunde Ososanya

The Benin Kingdom has had 40 Obas, including the current one, Oba Ewuare II. Take a walk down memory lane to dig into the life and times of the 37th Oba of Benin, Oba Eweka II. Oba Aiguobasinwin Ovonramwen, Eweka II, was the Oba of Benin from July 24, 1914 to February 1933. He was …

Have a history teacher explain this, if they can.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946. Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960. Both were particularly concerned with civil rights. Both wives lost their children while living in the White House. Both Presidents were shot on …

Ahmadu Bello Sardauna of Sokoto (video)

Sir Ahmadu BelloKBE (June 12, 1910 – January 15, 1966) was a Nigerianpolitician who was the first and only premier of the Northern Nigeria region. He also held the title of Sardauna of Sokoto. Bello and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa were major figures in Northern Nigeria pre-independence politics and both men played major roles in negotiations …

100 Years after the Invasion of Benin Reflection By Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN)

The Year 1997 is the centenary of the conquest for the Great kingdom of Benin by the British. It is significant historical event for the black race everywhere. It was a great event which must be revisited and interpreted correctly. The British have been, understandably, economical with the truth about that momentous event. The kingdom …

Ex- Speaker Okobonoh sent lawmakers on 3 weeks holiday to celebrate his son’s graduation – By SIMON EBEGBULEM, BENIN-CITY

Last Monday’s impeachment of the Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Mr Justin Esezobor Okonoboh, who assumed office in July, 2016, has created a fresh political tension in the state. And since he assumed office, it has been one bickering after another between him and his colleagues in the House. Mr Victor Edoror, an …

FG, complete Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

With the confirmation by Power, Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, that contractors reconstructing the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway were set to suspend work, the irresponsibility of our federal legislators is once more laid bare. By shaving off funding for this important interstate highway, the National Assembly has succeeded in further squeezing the economy and inflicting agony …

Full text of President Buhari’s speech Published August 21, 2017

My dear citizens,I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters. 2 In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and …

Nigeria’s most experienced presidential aspirant comes again By Emmanuel Aziken

Only the ignoramus in today’s Nigeria will believe that the country’s most experienced presidential aspirant will abstain from the 2019 presidential election.AtikuAfter contesting in all presidential primaries/elections since 1993, the man who at the peak of his political power reportedly brought an incumbent president to his knees is again set for a make or break …

THE National Assembly failed to strike the right chord with Nigerians when it rejected power devolution in the ongoing process to further amend the 1999 Constitution.

This is a huge setback in the quest for national rediscovery, misguidedly contrived by 48 senators, with the House of Representatives in tow. It is a rank failure that will continue to haunt the parliament led by Bukola Saraki. But recklessness like this amid a wave of restless agitations across the country has spawned an …

Why Nnamdi Kanu has not been re-arrested – IGP by Unini Chioma

Editorial While not happy at the fact of the non arrest of a suspect who is blatantly breaching bail conditions, it is right that those in authority are considering the matter and situation. And most importantly, the Police explaining why action has not been taken. This is a departure from past practices where the government …

Buhari, Obasanjo in 40-minute meeting in London – Nigerian Sun Newspaper

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo met with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja House, London, Nigerian, on Wednesday, it was gathered.Obasanjo was accompanied on the visit by a former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.The meeting between the two leaders, it was alao gathered, lasted only 40 minutes.President Buhari, who was said to have expressed gratitude …

JUST IN: Police dismiss four cops for stealing Jonathan’s TVs, fridges by Unini Chioma

Editorial Why was a matter of theft dealt with administratively. The alleged suspects should have been charged to court. Normal legal activities must commence in Nigeria. Why would only the alleged main culprit be charged to court. All policemen who are suspects in this matter be charged to court. Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim IdrisThe Federal …

LG autonomy: ploy to destroy cultural democracy, grab land for herdsmen – Afenifere by Punch Newspapers

Editorial A village is missing its idiots. These unclothed thoughts are just mind numbing. How can more and devolved power be a parochial interest. Jesus wept. The Afenifere Renewal Group has raised alarm over the proposed bills that will purportedly grant autonomy to Local Government Areas in the ongoing constitution amendment exercise.NASS had passed two …

Buhari and his health tour

Whether President Muhammadu Buhari has been irrevocably hobbled by ill health or he is sound in body and mind and prancing around in the Abuja House in London is a puzzle that would not be unravelled until he returns home. Even if all the state governors, the officials of the presidency and political parties travel …

Nigeria’s Senate has voted to reduced age limits for presidential and governorship candidates — Yomi Kazeem Quartz

Nigeria’s next general elections might still be two years away but there’s already a good reason for young citizens to be excited.In a session today (July 26), the Nigerian senate voted to lower the age limit for contesting for elections for the offices of state governors and president. The age limit for candidates for president …

London visit: How much does it cost Nigerian taxpayers? By the Nigerian Guardian

Last Sunday, five governors from the All Progressives Congress (APC) including the party chairman, John Oyegun and Aviation Minister Rotimi Amaechi visited President Buhari who has been on medical vacation in London since May 7.The recent visit by a dozen party leaders to London, United Kingdom where President Muhammadu Buhari is recuperating costs only a few …

PDP still not learnt their lessons from Ali Modu Sherif debacle

PDP chapter in Adamawa state says they are working hard to bring back former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, into their fold. The Adamawa State chairman of the party, Abdurrahman Bobboi, disclosed this at a press conference in Yola the state capital yesterday July 24th. Recall that Atiku defected from PDP to APC in February 2014. His attempt to …

APC: The Obstinate Journey to Shame via London by Pius Adesanmi

Those interested in the dustbin of Nigeria's history will one day find APC inside the rubble, among the putrefaction, just beside PDP, and bring out her carcass for examination.Such students of the dustbin of history will likely conclude that APC's signature contribution to the Nigerian tragedy is not in the empirical failure to deliver on …

I have no apologies proscribing ASUU ― Gov Bello by Unini Chioma

Editorial This is an example of the relatively young men ruling the country. Misrule is in our DNA. He only just left university and under fifty years old. Kogi State Governor, Yahaya BelloGOVERNOR Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said that he has no apologies proscribing the Kogi State University (KSU) branch of the Academic …

Magu By Obi Nwakanma of Vanguard Newspapers 

In Taoism, the word “Magu” means something quite powerful: the transcendent and immortal divinity of life, who protects the sacred order of the universe, and the female principle. It is like “Ala” – the female goddess of the earth and protector of life and the sanctified in the Igbo aetiological systems. On the other hand, …

For suspending the Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Professor Usman Yusuf, members of House of Representatives are up arms against the Presidency. By Levinus Nwabughiogu

It was either a function of generosity or that of miraculous upsurge or even both that he survived in office beyond June 22, 2017. Not many people had expected it. To say that he ruffled a few feathers on that day is to be tacit with words. In fact, to many people, Professor Usman Yusuf, …

Is It Racist to Say Africa Has ‘Civilizational’ Problems? BY REMI ADEKOYA Foreign Affairs Journal

French President Emmanuel Macron should have known his comments about Africa at the G-20 summit this month would spark an angry backlash. Responding to a reporter’s question as to why there is no Marshall Plan for the continent, he cited “civilizational” problems that are different from those faced by Europe after World War II: “Failing …

Missing President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari receives visit from his deputy. Why now? – Conor Gaffey of Newsweek

For a short time this week, Nigeria—one of the world’s most populous countries and Africa’s biggest economy—was leaderless. The current president, Muhammadu Buhari, has been off grid for more than two months since stealing away to London on May 7 to receive treatment for a mystery ailment. He has not been seen publicly (and has …

Nigeria has let a crisis go to waste Economic collapse was meant to spur diversification — that has not happened – david.pilling@ft.com (Financial Times UK)

The term “dead cat bounce” derives from the fact that even a dead cat will bounce if it falls from a great height. If you imagine a dead cat soaked in crude oil and dropped from a 50-storey building, you get a rough picture of how Nigeria’s economy is performing these days. Nigeria is expected …

“Yoruba And Ibo Slaves In Good Condition” – Grammar School In South England Asks Pupils To Take Part In A Fictional Slave Auction As Part Of A History Lesson – LIB

Rochester Grammar School in Kent, South England have been criticised for asking pupils to take part in a fictional slave auction as part of a history lesson. The school's Year 8 pupils were given a worksheet and told to pretend they had £100 to bid on the sort of slave they consider their business will …

PDP: A lifeline from the Supreme CourtByReuben Abati

On Wednesday, July 12, the Supreme Court saved our democracy and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). It did with its ruling in the matter between Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi, to determine who among the two is the authentic Chairman of the PDP. The Supreme Court of Nigeria practically threw the party a lifeline. …

Why Supreme Court sacked Sheriff as PDP chairman Evelyn Okakwu of PremiumTimesng 

Lawyer at the Supreme Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday (12/7/17), which sacked the National Chairman of the opposition PDP, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff and declared Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic leader of the party. Lawyer at the Supreme Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday (12/7/17), which sacked …

EDO STATE COMMISSIONERS AND THEIR DIFFERENT MINISTRIES 

1. Haija Abubakar Mariam (Budget) 2. Hon. Joseph Ughoeke (solid minerals, Oil and gas). 3. Emmanuel Agbale (Science and Technology)  4. Reginald Okun (Environment and Sustainability) 5. Engr.Osahon Abraham (Work & Transport)  6. Prince Yekini Idiaye ( Energy & water resources)  7. Hon. John Inegbedion (Finance)  8. Barr. Usoh ( Employment)  9. Prof. Omorogbe (Justice …

A nation without leaders by Emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Lagos

“Gracious God, grant that our leaders become wise, and the wise become our leaders. “But it would be irresponsible fideism to simply pray and fold our arms. Those who pray must think, and, having sought and obtained answers to right questions, they must act intelligently,” Vanguard reported the 81-year-old as saying. “It has become inescapable …

Magu, Presidency, Senate, EFCC. Man or Institution 

Magu: Let Supreme Court decide, say SANs The ding-dong between the Presidency and the Senate over Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu continues. For the umpteenth time, the Presidency has restated that Magu, whose nomination as EFCC chair the Senate has rejected twice, is the man for the job. The Senate …

Otunba Ademola Adeleke, the younger brother of the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke for whose replacement the election was held, dances to victory. He beat the APC candidate, Senator Mudashir Hussein.

​​ ​ When Senator Isiaka Adeleke from Osun state and APC senator died, the search for his replacement started in ernest.  His younger brother, Otunba Ademola Adeleke felt entitled to fill the vacancy. But he had a higher opinion of himself than his colleagues within the APC who opined that he was not a serious …

Campaign what campaign by Pius Adesanmi

I have not seen a single update about a single issue the new Senator from Osun campaigned on... Today, you can take a canoe ride around Lekki, campaiging door to door, asking residents to vote for you to represent them in some capacity, everybody will want to know your party, religion, ethnicity, and godfather affiliation. …

The 1966 Coup: Another account. Daily Trust

Demonstration in Zaria after 1st Nigerian coup (1966 Over the past months, we have published the British Secret Files account of events leading to Nigeria’s first military coup of 1996 and the counter-coup that followed after six months. This week, we are publishing a different account of the historical developments in the autobiography of Alhaji …

Edo State Government propose to privatize the state-owned Nigerian Observer newspaper and Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS) 

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki said his administration will privatize the state-owned Nigerian Observer newspaper and Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS). His reason is that the state media outfits were not self-sustaining. This was at the annual public lecture series organized by the Correspondents’ Chapel, Edo State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) …

Tapping of Trump’s phones by Obama 

Trump claimed that Obama tapped his phone network at his Trump Tower. Trump is the president of America, he is head of government and its agencies. The only agencies an American president can use for wiretapping is the FBI for domestic matters and the NSA, CIA, DMI for external matters all under judicial oversight. Therefore …

Africa Trade Meeting Has No Africans After US Visa Denials

Each year, the University of Southern California hosts the African Global Economic and Development Summit, bringing delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. …

Bri. Gen. Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia RIP

Former and Late Bri. Gen. Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia was a governor of Mid-West, Bendel state. The state of Mid-West prior to his commission as State governor was a backwater to the booming Western Region. The Action group paid attention to its largest constituents, the yorubas. Awolowo built the infrastructures of the mainly Yoruba region and …

Who’s running Nigeria?

"Nigeria's economy looks as sick as its missing and ailing leader." American based news network shades Nigeria CNBC, an American based news network threw shades at Nigeria in an article published on their website. According to them, our economy look as sick as our ailing president. Read their article below "Who's running Nigeria?" blared a …

ACN (Obamacares) and Trump’s wet dreams

Please please GOP repeal ACN and let poor Americans go to hell in handcart. While at it approve further tax cuts on your 1% and increase military spendings further.  That's been your wet dreams for a while. And learn from a Chinese saying, mind what you wish for, you may just get. I forgot jail …

Federalism is doing Like This By Pius Adesanmi

One of the more curious consequences of President Buhari’s prolonged medical absence from Nigeria and the criminalization of questions about his condition by the President’s people is an emergent practice of federalism which speaks to Nigeria’s tendency to bastardize just about everything she touches.  For the record, we already practice a bastardized form of federalism: …

Unconfirmed list of Nigerians senators and their contact details leaked online. Unconfirmed list of senators and their contact details  Floor of the Nigerian Senate Sahara Reporters obtained copies of the documents that contain telephone numbers of the senators so that their constituents can effectively interact and socialize with their representatives at the Senate. See the …

Can America afford Trump 

Trump wants to do to America what he did and does to his companies. America cannot afford Trump and his cohorts.  Trump uses other people's money to build his assets and walk away from his debts. He has been bankrupt twice. And he has just uprooted the financial guard of his Goldman Sachs creditors. He …

USA and EU

The president of the European Union, Donald Tusk, has classified Donald Trump's new administration as a threat to the European Union alongside Vladmir Putin's Russia, China, Terrorism and radical Islam. In a letter sent to European leaders on Tuesday, Tusk wrote that factors such as Trump's ban on immigration, increased friendliness with Vladmir Putin, publicly …

Notorious Donald 

TRUMP SHATTERS PEACE WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA WITH TWEETS ON “ROADBLOCKS”: Bloomberg Politics - December 28, 2016 Detente crumbles between the outgoing and incoming Presidents: Donald Trump accused President Barack Obama of hobbling the transition to the Republican’s administration with unspecified “inflammatory” statements and “roadblocks,” as tensions between the two men spilled into the open less …