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    INEC and the end of Nigeria’s democracy

INEC and the end of Nigeria’s democracy

With the rash of protests that have greeted the draconian and militaristic purported deregistration of some political parties in Nigeria, I believe it is high time to alert the INEC and every right-thinking Nigerian that there is a possibility of a constitutional crisis brewing from the act of recklessness and impunity. It is trite to mention that the Buhari administration has [...]

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    Report: Nigeria has ‘lost N11trn’ to power sector corruption since 1999

Report: Nigeria has ‘lost N11trn’ to power sector corruption since 1999

The Centre for Health, Equity and Justice (CEHEJ) estimates that corruption in Nigeria's power sector has gulped N11 trillion since 1999. This was made known in a report titled 'Kept in Darkness — holding non-performing electricity contractors accountable' released in Lagos on Thursday. The report indicated that the figure might increase to N20 trillion in the next decade. According to Yemi Cole, an associate professor [...]

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    Institutionalising APC for democratic leadership

Institutionalising APC for democratic leadership

BY SALIHU MOH. LUKMAN On Friday, September 13, 2019, while receiving progressive governors on a solidarity visit to congratulate him following the presidential election tribunal ruling affirming the victory of the APC in the February 23, 2019 elections, President Muhammadu Buhari remarked “what I will say to the chairman of the party and governors in return for your congratulating me is [...]

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    Boss Mustapha: There’s no democracy without freedom of press

Boss Mustapha: There’s no democracy without freedom of press

Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, says real democracy cannot exist anywhere in the world without the freedom of the press. Some journalists have been arrested and charged for doing their job under the Buhari administration. But speaking at a dinner organised in honour of editors and media partners by the media unit of the state house, Abuja, on Thursday, [...]

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    ‘Progressives shouldn’t be afraid of revolution’ — Shehu Sani taunts APC

‘Progressives shouldn’t be afraid of revolution’ — Shehu Sani taunts APC

Shehu Sani, former lawmaker representing Kaduna central senatorial district, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration which describes itself as progressive, should have no fear of revolution. The senator said this while reacting to the police clampdown on protesters across the country on Monday. Many Nigerians in various states had trooped out to participate in the protests organised by the "RevolutionNow" movement [...]

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    Atiku: INEC chairman should be appointed by the judiciary

Atiku: INEC chairman should be appointed by the judiciary

Atiku Abubakar, former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has advocated a review of the procedure for the appointment of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Atiku said the chairman of the electoral body should be appointed by the judiciary, not the president as is currently being done. In  a statement on Monday, the former vice-president said [...]

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    Deepening democracy in Nigeria: The imperative of building strong institutions

Deepening democracy in Nigeria: The imperative of building strong institutions

To stumble over the same stone is a proverbial disgrace – Cicero (circa 63 BC). One of the most popular definitions of Democracy in sociology is the one by Abraham Lincoln. He defined democracy as a “government of the people, by the people and for the people". At the peak of the repressive rule by military juntas in Nigeria, Adekunle Ajasin, [...]

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    Group endorses Boroffice as deputy senate president

Group endorses Boroffice as deputy senate president

A pro-Muhammadu Buhari group under the aegis of Women for Buhari and Osinbajo, wants Ajayi Boroffice, lawmaker representing Ondo north senatorial district as deputy senate president. In a statement, Fatima Adams, national coordinator of the group, said the prefer Boroffice to other lawmakers eyeing the position. The group said its aim is to make sure that governance goes smoothly in the country from [...]

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    Democracy is not easy to maintain, says Buhari in state broadcast

Democracy is not easy to maintain, says Buhari in state broadcast

President Muhammadu Buhari says democracy is not easy to achieve or maintain, praising the Nigerian people for their tolerance and patience to see democracy thrive in the country. Addressing the nation via a state-wide broadcast on Friday, Buhari urged Nigerians to have faith in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deliver on credible elections. The president also asked Nigerians to come [...]

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    Obasanjo: I’ll do everything possible to save Nigeria’s democracy

Obasanjo: I’ll do everything possible to save Nigeria’s democracy

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he will do "everything humanly possible" to save Nigeria's democracy. Speaking during the launch of "Politics as Dashed Hopes in Nigeria", written by Auwala Anwar, his former special assistant on federal capital territory administration (FCTA), in Abuja on Thursday, the former president said the world is watching how Nigeria will handle upcoming elections. He also called on [...]

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    Nigeria is now a full-blown dictatorship, says Dogara

Nigeria is now a full-blown dictatorship, says Dogara

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, says those who swore to defend and protect the country's democracy have set it on fire. In a statement on Saturday, Dogara said the suspension of Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), by President Muhammadu Buhari is a notice to the world that "Nigeria is now a full-blown dictatorship." The speaker said [...]

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    Obasanjo warns: We must not hand over Nigeria to thieves and hooligans

Obasanjo warns: We must not hand over Nigeria to thieves and hooligans

Olusegun Obasanjo, former president, has warned against handing over Nigeria's democracy to "thieves and hooligans". He made the comment on Tuesday at the launch of 'My Transition Hours', a book written by former President Goodluck Jonathan. Obasanjo said democracy should be in the hands of democrats, noting that thieves and hooligans can use it is a "dangerous weapon" against the state. "It unifies [...]

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    Secondus, Saraki: Why Atiku must emerge president in 2019

Secondus, Saraki: Why Atiku must emerge president in 2019

Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Senate President Bukola Saraki say Atiku Abubakar must be elected president to save Nigeria's democracy. Both men spoke in Abuja when they inspected the party's presidential campaign office in Maitama on Tuesday. The senate president was accompanied on the inspection of the campaign office by members of the national working committee [...]

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    Nigeria’s democracy is dead, says Fayose on Osun election

Nigeria’s democracy is dead, says Fayose on Osun election

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti, has described the Osun state gubernatorial election and rerun as a show of shame. Fayose, in a statement by Idowu Adelusi, his chief press secretary, rejected the result of the election. He said the election is proof that democracy is dead in Nigeria. The governor said Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), did not lose [...]

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    Revisiting ‘democracy and dictatorship’

Revisiting ‘democracy and dictatorship’

Let us begin by quickly recalling two bits of Nigeria’s recent history. First, at the close of 1983, a military junta overthrew and supplanted the elected civilian government of Shehu Shagari, the first and only president of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979-1983). Then, early in 1985, in the second year of the new military regime, which was headed by Major-General Muhammadu [...]

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    ‘You can’t rewrite the constitution’ — Ayo Adebanjo tackles Buhari over comment on rule of law

‘You can’t rewrite the constitution’ — Ayo Adebanjo tackles Buhari over comment on rule of law

Ayo Adebanjo, an elder statesman, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw his statement that national security takes precedence over the rule of law. While speaking at the 2018 annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Abuja, Buhari had said he would not sacrifice national security for the rule of law. The president has been criticised over the comment. Speaking [...]

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