Godwin Onyeacholem

    Clearing the path for good journalism

Clearing the path for good journalism

Time and again, there are desperate calls not just by veterans but also by younger and discriminating practitioners about the compelling need to rescue journalism practice in Nigeria from obvious dereliction, continuous degenerative state of violation and steady slide into disrepute.If these calls are being heeded and efforts are indeed being made by stakeholders to arrest this worrying drift, nothing [...]

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    Anti-corruption war: A case for whistleblower law

Anti-corruption war: A case for whistleblower law

At every given opportunity, President Muhammadu Buhari not only proudly re-affirms his administration’s commitment to mount a vigorous fight against corruption, he also as best as he can often ticks off some of the initiatives laid out for that purpose and the achievements so far. Here is the reason: waging war against corruption was one in the triumvirate of key [...]

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    Nigeria: How not to fight corruption

Nigeria: How not to fight corruption

Between fighting corruptionwith bare knuckles in an inspired manner and wearing well-padded gloves to do half-hearted battle with a monster that has literally crippled the country, the Buhari administration has to make up its mind on which style to adopt.And because time isnot on its side, it had better do so now.Although Buhari says he is fighting corruption, the question [...]

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    Seriake Dickson and the quest for restructuring

Seriake Dickson and the quest for restructuring

Henry Seriake Dickson, the countryman governor of Bayelsa state, is an engaging personality, highly cultivated, courageous and exuding a charming comportment. A proud Ijaw man whose progeny stretches far into the throbbing southwest town of Ijebu-Ode (where his great-grandmother comes from and was a princess), Dickson is unmistakably passionate about Nigeria. Suffice to say none of the current set of [...]

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    The recall of Jibrin and the fight against corruption

The recall of Jibrin and the fight against corruption

Muhammadu Buhari, once a military ruler of Nigeria, was finally elected President in 2015 after four grueling attempts. In between, he once wept in public to express his lamentation at the deepening leadership deficit in the country, but more fundamentally, the direct object of his regret was the failure to be elected as the leader widely believed to be equipped [...]

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    One year on… lest we forget Joy Odama

One year on… lest we forget Joy Odama

By this time last year, fate had dealt a cruel card to the  Odama family. Instead of basking in the celebratory mood of Christmas and the New Year, Philomena Odama and the rest of the family were immersed in a deluge of full-blown grief.It is now one year since the tragic death of Philomena’s promising daughter, Joy Odama, in the house of [...]

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    APC leadership, not Sagay, is the real ‘rogue elephant’

APC leadership, not Sagay, is the real ‘rogue elephant’

I met Professor Itse Sagay for the first and only time thus far one evening in the early 1990s. It was at his office in the law firm he set up somewhere around Alaka area of Surulere in Lagos after being forced out of the University of Benin—where he was dean of law—by a dominant reactionary group which could no [...]

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    Malami, Magu and the blues of anti-corruption war

Malami, Magu and the blues of anti-corruption war

Much as both labour to put up gestures suggesting cordiality, truth is there is no love lost between them. And interestingly, the one thing that came between them is corruption, which is also supposed to be the only thing that should see them basking in a harmonious relationship in this dispensation. What a paradox! How to engage this terrible plague is [...]

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    Malami, EFCC, ICPC and the fight against corruption

Malami, EFCC, ICPC and the fight against corruption

Of all the vote-catching strategies laid out by the ruling All Progressives Congress in the lead up to the 2015 general elections, its promise to prosecute an all-out war against corruption was unquestionably the most compelling and believable. This is because its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, is widely known as a man of integrity with very strong aversion for corrupt [...]

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    Constitution amendment: A fatal blow to nation-building

Constitution amendment: A fatal blow to nation-building

Nigeria has a frightening history of precariously balancing herself on the cliff’s edge from time to time. And each moment usually comes with a fair amount of anxiety and numbing terror, such that it is only through the intervention of some supernatural force that the country has not gone the way of some chinaware smashed on a concrete floor.By October 1, [...]

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    The death of Joy Odama: A memo to Gov Ben Ayade

The death of Joy Odama: A memo to Gov Ben Ayade

Going by reports in the media, there is no doubt Your Excellency is aware of the painful death in Abuja of Joy Odama, a 200-Level Mass Communication student of Cross River State University, and an indigene of Cross River State which is currently under your leadership.She had returned home last December after the close of school to celebrate Christmas and [...]

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    DSS, Saraki, Malaye and the senate’s dirty slap on Buhari’s face

DSS, Saraki, Malaye and the senate’s dirty slap on Buhari’s face

No thanks to the unholy machinations of an unscrupulous cabal in the presidency which formed a satanic partnership with a shamelessly crooked senate, Ibrahim Magu, nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari as substantive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), was for the second time denied confirmation for that post by the senate on the strength of the same ill-motivated [...]

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    The politics of Magu’s confirmation

The politics of Magu’s confirmation

Following an initial setback caused by a purported security report on which the senate relied for suspending Ibrahim Magu’s confirmation as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), President Muhammadu Buhari has rightly written back to the senate requesting Magu’s confirmation, having been convinced of the futility of the so-called report prepared by the Department of [...]

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    Nigeria’s anti-corruption war: Why the presidency must stick with Magu

Nigeria’s anti-corruption war: Why the presidency must stick with Magu

As some of the most disagreeable voices on and off the floor of the senate had threatened when the National Assembly was on recess, the so-called red chamber, on resumption, made good the recurrent ominous assertions by these elements. In a move that seemed like the senate was being propelled by a vengeful demon, Ali Ndume was removed as the [...]

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    The death of Nigeria’s civil society

The death of Nigeria’s civil society

Time was when the Nigerian civil society flourished with inspiring agility and genuine enthusiasm for public good. That was the period the group seized the national turf with commanding decisiveness, and galvanized the Nigerian people towards seeing themselves as the ultimate sovereign who must take charge of their destiny by deciding the type of country they wanted. One recalls with [...]

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    Magu, DSS, Saraki, Buhari and the intrigues of a corrupt cabal

Magu, DSS, Saraki, Buhari and the intrigues of a corrupt cabal

"The President – whoever he is – has to decide. He can’t pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That’s his job.”The prologue to this piece was part of the farewell address to the American people delivered in January 1953 by President Harry Truman. It was a categorical reference to the concept of [...]

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