PMB and the proper pricing of petrol

By Bala Ibrahim The Federal Government has increased the pump price of petrol from N148 to N151.56 per litre, and some people are calling for hell to come loose, or the President should resign because of what they called, deceit. I don’t know who is deceiving who. Is it the cynics that are acting with selfish sentiments, or the President, that is being propelled by patriotism? Except for those of us that have elected to be mentally lazy, the answer to the problem is boldly displayed on the global market…

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Nigeria Desperately Needs That Change

Andy Ugo, M.D. Mistaking stepping on the snake-tail would not stop it from biting you. The compounding economic and social challenges/hardship keep on biting Nigerians, even doe they mistakenly step on it and unfortunately we have identified the roots of these issues but yet to fix it. Untold poverty, growing inequality, acute hardships, and alarming insecurity and deprivations have been threatening the fundamental human rights of living freely and safely in Nigeria. We are already on the verge of anarchy, and it seems too little too late to do something…

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We’re grateful to you, but we are not happy

By Bala Ibrahim Last week Wednesday the 29th of July 2020, almost exactly 11 years after the killing of Mohammed Yusuf, in the same month in 2009, the Governor of Borno State, Professor, Engineer, Babagana Zulum, narrowly escaped death when his convoy was attacked in Baga on his way to visit some Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs. The attack was repelled by the security men in his convoy, but there were casualties on the side of his entourage. Enraged by what happened, despite the countless assurances given by the military that…

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Why Do We Have “Cancel Culture” in Nigeria

Andy Ugo. M.D., There is a clear difference between holding people accountable for what they do or say and “canceling” them. Accountability allows for redemption while Canceling constitutes a hatred-fueled public shaming that aims to ruin a person’s life. It ignores moral development, especially when the offending comment was made years ago. To give equal weight to statements people make when they are young and those they make as adults is absurd. Differences in opinions over time are often a sign of growth—something laudable and not taken serious. Cancel culture…

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Nigeria and the curse of corruption comedy

By Bala Ibrahim Any time a matter comes to the issue of accountability, some Nigerians seem extremely ingenious in devising the act of rascality, or shameless display of irresponsibility. The public is left to engage in discomfiture, noise and hysteria, that are always the companions of such theatrics. Everyone knows the motive of the drama is simply to distract attention from the very issue at hand. The chief cause is to create chaos or confusion, through the comedy of corruption.  I now see the wisdom behind the decision to change…

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Service Chiefs: Marching orders, mismatching outcomes

By Bala Ibrahim The people of Malumfashi town in Katsina, the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari have woken up today, to the rocking sound of bomb explosions. Reports have it that no fewer than seven persons have died in the bomb blast, while another five are unconscious at the Malumfashi General Hospital. This is coming only two days after the President had dispatched top security chiefs to interface with stakeholders in Zamfara, on the lingering security challenges in the North West. Katsina state used to be one of the…

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