Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tag "Democracy"

    CLOSE-UP: Is IGP Ibrahim Idris a danger to Nigeria’s democracy?

CLOSE-UP: Is IGP Ibrahim Idris a danger to Nigeria’s democracy?

In June 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Ibrahim Idris as the inspector-general of police.In less than two years since Kpotum, a lawyer and agriculturist, assumed office, freedom of assembly and expression has been threatened on a number of occasions while his handling of sensitive matters of national security appears to indicate an inherent lack of equity and fairness. ARRESTED BLOGGERS FOR 'NEGATIVE REPORT' On [...]

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    We are practising ‘democrazy’ in Nigeria, says Sagay

We are practising ‘democrazy’ in Nigeria, says Sagay

Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), has described Nigeria's system of government as 'democrazy', NAN reports.He said Nigeria is not yet ready for liberal democracy while lamenting that people in positions of authority often abuse all the privileges of rule of law, human rights and democracy.Sagay called on the federal government to apply strength and [...]

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    Na’Abba: Buhari hasn’t added any value to democracy… we’ll stop him in 2019

Na’Abba: Buhari hasn’t added any value to democracy… we’ll stop him in 2019

Gali Umar Na’Abba, former speaker of the house of representatives, says in November 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari told members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) board of trustees that he would seek re-election in 2019.Na'Abba, who is a member of the board, has vowed not to support Buhari's re-election bid because the president "has not added even an inch of [...]

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    In four years I’ll be gone as senate president, says Saraki

In four years I’ll be gone as senate president, says Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki says in“four years” he will be gone as the head of the upper legislative chamber, but that the institution will remain.Saraki was speaking on the need to strengthen democratic institutions in a statement issued by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his media aide, on Tuesday, when he said this.He said the role of the legislature in a young democracy [...]

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    The beauty in democracy

The beauty in democracy

Just three days ago, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa survived a critical political action that could have put an abrupt end to his presidency.Many had predicted that Zuma, embroiled in massive allegations of corruption and abuse of position, would fall on a banana peel in the latest attempt to oust him from office via a secret poll in the [...]

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    Image perception of the legislature: causes and possible solutions

Image perception of the legislature: causes and possible solutions

Last week, a bill proposing a six-month imprisonment for persons who jump queues in public places scaled second reading in this august assembly. It was sponsored by my brother from Kwara State, Hon AbubakarAmuda-Kannike to whom I have a poser this morning: If someone who jumps queue needs to spend six months in jail, how many months should those who [...]

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    Atiku tells Nigerians to be patient but improve their choice of leaders in the next election

Atiku tells Nigerians to be patient but improve their choice of leaders in the next election

Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, has urged Nigerians to exercise patience with those in government until they complete their tenures.In a statement to mark Democracy day, Abubakar said a democratic system imbues the people with political wisdom to improve on their mode of selection of leaders with each election that takes place.He also appealed to Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery and [...]

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    Obama to Americans: Democracy needs you to survive, guard it jealously

Obama to Americans: Democracy needs you to survive, guard it jealously

Barack Obama, outgoing president of the United States, urged Americans to "jealously" protect democracy during his emotional farewell address on Tuesday night.Speaking in his home state of Chicago, Illinois, Obama made it clear very early in the speech that he would be focusing on democracy.Obama acknowledged the fact that America has flaws while noting that the country is "exceptional" and possesses [...]

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    Democracy cannot thrive under human rights abuse, says Saraki

Democracy cannot thrive under human rights abuse, says Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki says democracy cannot flourish in the midst of human rights abuses.According to Sanni Onogu, Saraki’s chief press secretary, the nation’s number three citizen said this while presenting his speech at the 135th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and related matters in Geneva, Switzerland.Onogu said Saraki charged senators and members of the house of representatives to [...]

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    Is democracy only skin-deep? (2)

Is democracy only skin-deep? (2)

Continuing from my last article on the above subject matter, a very interesting phenomenon has crept into our consciousness. It is the new romance of Nollywood, Nigeria’s entertainment industry, with politics. Off the cuff, I can recollect that the following artistes are angling for one political office or the other: 9ice, Desmond Elliot, Julius Agwu, Kate Henshaw, Tony Tetuila (bleached [...]

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    Is democracy only skin-deep?

Is democracy only skin-deep?

We are meant to write in this forum about how the Nigerian youth, especially, can make informed decisions about the upcoming 2015 elections; how they should ensure they vote the right people; how they should try and understand the meaning and import of democracy. But sometimes, one gets depressed and feels it’s rather pointless. Will anything ever change? Well, I [...]

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    Fashola cries foul over Fayemi’s defeat

Fashola cries foul over Fayemi’s defeat

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola has faulted those saying All Progressives Congress (APC) should learn lessons from its loss in the June 21 Ekiti State governorship election.The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Ayo Fayose, won the election by a wide margin, defeating the incumbent, APC's Dr. Kayode Fayemi.But in an interview on Wednesday, Fashola said it would [...]

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    Gaidam, Nyako blast Clark for ‘provocative’ statement

Gaidam, Nyako blast Clark for ‘provocative’ statement

Yobe and Adamawa State governors have come down hard on Edwin Clark, elder statesman and politician, for calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a total state of emergency in the three north-east states presently under the insurgency.Referring to the call as unconstitutional, the governors through their spokesperson issued a statement claiming such comment were veil attempt at sabotaging Nigeria’s democracy.“Their [...]

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