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Xenophobic Attacks and The Role of the Federal Government

September 12, 2019

On Monday September 2nd, news broke out that there had been xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa on Sunday.

Xenophobia literally means dislike or prejudice against people from other countries. Little wonder many South Africans show hostility towards foreigners in their country.

It is interesting to note that Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians, which led to several deaths and loss of properties, did not just begin; and one can adjudge that these fresh spate of attacks, were as a result…

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Nigerian Senators and the N5.5 Billion Official Cars: Matters Arising!

September 1, 2019

Few weeks back, news broke out that the Nigerian Senators are reportedly going to spend N5.5 billion to acquire Toyota Land Cruiser Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and by estimation, there are 109 senators in the red chambers and each of them will get N50 million each.

This has raised a lot of negative reactions among Nigerians. EiE, SERAP and BudgIT opened a public lawsuit against them for planning to waste public funds.

There was a news going around about alleged…

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Attack on Ike Ekweremadu in Germany: Matters Arising!

August 23, 2019

Earlier this week, a senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ike Ekeweremadu was attacked by the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Germany. In the 64 seconds video released, Ekweremadu was seen being violently questioned over his alleged conspiracy with the Federal Government to proscribe the IPOB in the South East and killing several of its followers.

He later took to his social media account to condemn the attack on him saying that he was disappointed…

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Budget Tracking and Citizens Engagement in Nigeria: Matters Arising!

August 16, 2019

It has been recognised that the budget is perhaps the most important instrument for the development of any modern state apart from the constitution. It can be argued that it is only through the instrumentality of the budget that government can allocate resources to deliver services to the people especially the poor and excluded. But in Nigeria, there are a lot of blockages to effective budgeting. These blockages include lack of participation of citizens in the budget process especially in…

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President Buhari & His Unpopular Policies: Matters Arising!

August 9, 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent justification for what he called his ‘‘unpopular policies and programmes’’ is not a good public relations material for his presidency to begin a second term While receiving the Buhari Media Organisation recently, Nigeria’s President admitted that ‘‘the administrative services’’ of his government ‘‘are unpopular.’’

His justification: the government is, ‘‘doing unpopular things and facing powerful individuals and taking on vested interests who are accustomed to the corrupt era. But we must do things the right way…

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Buhari's ministerial list: Issues and Matters Arising!

August 3, 2019

52 days after he was sworn-in, President Muhammadu Buhari last week submitted the much-awaited ministerial nominees list to the Senate for consideration and confirmation. The team is made up of 43 names, 14 of them former ministers in his first term.

To get him to release the names was like pulling the chestnuts out of the fire. The Senate had met him earlier in the month on the matter; and later reminded him of the need to submit the list…

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Nigerian Women in National Assembly and the GEO Bill: Matters Arising!

July 26, 2019

Women are underrepresented in politics globally. African countries – Ethiopia, Rwanda and South Africa – continue to be deliberate about increasing the representation of women in politics. Unfortunately, Nigeria is far behind. Today, Nigeria has one of the lowest rates of female representation in parliament across Africa, and globally, it ranks 181st out of 193 countries according to the International Parliamentary Union. In the current Nigerian 9th National Assembly, women occupy 7 out of 109 Senate seats and only 11…

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President Buhari Delay on nomination of cabinet members: Matters Arising!

July 19, 2019

More than 45 days after President Muhammadu Buhari mounted the saddle for a second term in office, it has become obvious that his style of governance would not change anytime soon.

With members of the National Assembly scheduled to begin their eight-week annual recess this month even if President Muhammadu Buhari fails to submit the list of his ministerial nominees for their consideration and approval.

There are also indications that the red chamber will not delay the commencement of their…

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Congratulations Nigerians! E-Voting Demand of #OpenNASS Achieved

July 13, 2019

Indeed, office of the citizen is the highest office in Nigeria. After almost 6 years of continuous advocacy (protests, FOI requests, media engagements and citizen education) for an open, transparent and accountable National Assembly, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said voting by members of the chamber on serious legislations will become electronic. The Speaker also said the House of Representatives will adopt electronic attendance register. It is a good feat coming from the Femi Gbajabiamila's…

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'Double-dipping' lawmakers at the 9th NASS: Issues & Matters Arising!

July 5, 2019

As citizens, we may not be outraged about many things: people in power denying Freedom of Information, minimum wage bill for workers, social security for the downtrodden, bigoted politicians lauding the great M.K.O Abiola for the June 12 struggle, heads of agencies created to protect the public bent on destroying those agencies, the list goes on.

However, we must all be outraged by legislators who earn a salary for being a legislator and also collect a pension earned by working…

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The 9th National Assembly and the #OpenNASS campaign

June 29, 2019

'There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, and there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.' -Joseph Pulitzer

It pays to be a lawmaker in Nigeria, and no, this isn’t about the proceeds of corruption you often read about Africa’s largest economy. This is all above board.

It’s been known or estimated for a while now that being a Nigerian Senator or member of…

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The Expectation of Citizens' for the 9th National Assembly: Issues & Matters Arising!

June 21, 2019

Life returned to the polity with the eventual resumption of plenary by the National Assembly. It goes without saying that the plate is full for the federal legislators, as much is also expected of them from Nigerians. More than the legislative niceties, the lawmakers knew that as they settle down to the legislative business, they have politics of survival to contend with and plots to contain the unpredictable dance steps of the presidency, which started retracing its egocentric withdrawal in…

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Profile of the 9th National Assembly Newly Elected Leaders

June 16, 2019

9th National Assembly of Nigeria Leaders

The following personnel have been appointed into leadership positions of both houses. These people would go on to chart the course of the 9th National Assembly from a legislative perspective.

Senate

Name Position State District
Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan Senate President Yobe Yobe North
Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege Deputy Senate President Delta Delta Central
Abdullahi Abubakar Yahaya Senate Leader Kebbi Kebbi North
Boroffice Robert Ajayi Deputy Senate Leader Ondo Ondo North
Orji Uzor Kalu Chief Whip

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The 9th National Assembly and its leadership tussle: Matters Arising!

June 14, 2019

The 9th National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was inaugurated on June 11, 2019; the assembly will run its course till June 11, 2023.

Senator Ahmed Lawan, from Yobe, on Tuesday, June 11, emerged the new Senate President when he polled 79 votes to defeat his only contender, Sen. Ali Ndume, from Borno, who scored 28 votes.

The House of Representatives also elected Mr Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), as the speaker of the 9th House of Representatives when he…

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The Sale of National Assembly Assets: Issues and Matters Arising!

June 7, 2019

Recession is now the buzzword in Nigeria; even children understand that things are no longer the same. Albeit, the management of the National Assembly has decided to dispose off office equipment to outgoing Federal lawmakers at rock bottom prices.

Payment for the equipment such as computers, scanners, photo copying machines, television sets and refrigerators will be deducted from the severance package of the beneficiaries.

Some of the non-returning federal legislators were reportedly seen moving such office equipment into waiting trucks…

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Reviewing the 8th National Assembly: Issues and Matters Arising!

May 31, 2019

Inaugurated on June 9, 2015, the 8th National Assembly ends on June 9 and it will function till June 9, 2019 when President Muhammadu Buhari’s issues a proclamation letter for the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.

Nigeria operates a bi-cameral legislature, comprising the Senate and the House of Representatives that functions as the nation’s highest legislative body. The National Assembly is empowered to make laws by the provisions of Chapter I, Section 4 of the 1999 Constitution. The Senate…

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The 9th National Assembly and its Bogus 'Welcome Package' – Ishola Adebayo

May 24, 2019

Ahead of the inauguration of the members of the 9th National Assembly, an investigation has revealed that the four hundred and sixty-nine federal lawmakers who were elected on the platform of various political parties in the February 23 National Assembly elections and the subsequent supplementary election are expected to get N4.68bn as ‘Welcome Package’ immediately after their inauguration in June.

The fund is expected to be given to them so as to sort out accommodation and furniture issues. According to…

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President Buhari's Cabinet and the Expectations from Nigerians! – Ishola Adebayo

May 17, 2019

Undoubtedly, President Muhammadu Buhari won the keenly contested re-election in part majorly on an anti-corruption ticket due to the strong steps taken against graft in the last four years, including the arrest and prosecution of notable and high-profile corrupt individuals. With the elections over, Nigerians now expect a remarkable change from the prospective cabinet and new government.

Clearly, Nigerians deserve better than they have had thus far. And their expectations were not unfounded. Rather, the expectations were as a result…

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#OfficeOfTheCitizen: Holding Your Legislators Accountable! – Ishola Adebayo

May 10, 2019

The beginning of good governance which is the responsibility of all the tiers of government is openness, engagement and transparency. It does not matter what else we try to do as long as one arm of government shrouds its activities, administration and management in opaqueness and practices rife with corruption. Only very little, if anything at all, can be achieved in pulling Nigeria on the path of sustainable and enduring democratic system, development and progress if Nigerian politicians continue with…

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Nigerian Workers and the struggle for New Wage: Matters Arising!

May 3, 2019

The celebration of the 2019 edition of Workers Day popularly called May Day in Nigeria has always been used by the labour movement to highlight the issues that are threatening the industrial peace of the country. The most germane issue this year is no doubt the implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage bill signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The struggle for the implementation of the minimum wage notwithstanding, the two labour centres in the country – Nigeria…

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Rising insecurity in the country: Issues & Matters Arising!

April 26, 2019

Nigeria is a West African country with more than 250 ethnic groups and population of over 180 million. It is by far the most populated country in the whole of Africa. Although Nigeria’s GDP per capita has been increased through the course of time in nominal US dollar terms, many Nigerians, unfortunately, are still living in abject poverty in spite of huge amount of human and material resources. The average income per capita does not give the real picture due…

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Multi Party System in Nigeria: Issues & Matters Arising! - Ishola Adebayo

April 24, 2019

A political party is, by general understanding, an association of like-minded persons determined to win public office to conduct the affairs of the state according to their collective vision. The 1999 constitution states in Section 229 that the activities of a political party ‘include canvassing for votes in support of a candidate for election to the office of President, Vice-President, Governor, Deputy Governor, or membership of a legislative house or of a local government council.’

The suggestion that performance of…

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5th Year in Captivity of the #ChibokGirls: Hope Endures!

April 12, 2019

“The extremists are afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them.” - Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan Activist for Female Education)

Sunday, April 14th, 2019 marks 5 years since the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from the Government Secondary School in the rustic town of Chibok, Borno State. So far, 164 girls have either escaped, were released or found. However, 112 #ChibokGirls still remain in captivity…

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Incessant Police Brutality in Nigeria: Issues & Matters Arising!

April 8, 2019

Police brutality is one of several forms of police misconduct which involves undue violence by police members. Widespread police brutality exists in many countries and territories, even those that prosecute it. Although illegal, it can be performed under the color of law.

The term "police brutality" was in use in the American press as early as 1872, when the Chicago Tribune reported on the beating of a civilian under arrest at the Harrison Street Police Station. It is not unusual…

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Leadership tussle in the 9th National Assembly: Issues & Matters Arising!

April 1, 2019

The tussle for the leadership of the 9th National Assembly is intense. The scramble by individuals as ensconced in the agitation of geo-political zones is palpable. While the indices for how the top seats should be allotted, especially zoning and ranking, have been a subject of immense permutation, the sub-plots have been quite intriguing.

Besides the current lobbying, it was gathered that the evolving powerplay preceded the elections. Allegations of how powerful stakeholders within the ruling APC, masterminded the loss…

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National Assembly and the demands for #OpenNASS: Matters Arising!

March 22, 2019

Lack of accountability in the National Assembly is very dangerous for our democracy because those who are elected to provide oversight over the executive arm’s implementation of our budget cannot be expected to provide leadership and ensure accountability when they have refused to be accountable with resources allocated to them.

OpenNASS demands has the under listed basic goals which are 1. Make public details of the National Assembly’s budget. 2. Replace voice voting with electronic voting so citizens can track…

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Nigeria Decides 2019: A Post-Mortem Analysis of the Voter's Turnouts

March 15, 2019

On Saturday, March 9, the Governorship, State Houses of Assembly and the Federal Capital Territory Area Councils elections took place, following the conclusion of the Presidential, Senatorial and House of Representatives’ elections that held on February 23. The importance of the election should be noted too by all active citizens.

Notwithstanding the earlier strange postponement, as well as pockets of untoward incidents that marked the exercise, the results announced are though being contested, there are no fighters in the street…

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2019 Governorship Elections: Issues & Matters Arising! – Ishola Adebayo

March 8, 2019

If the outcome of the February 23 presidential and parliamentary elections would determine which political party carries the day in this Saturday’s governorship and house of assembly polls in most states, the ruling APC would have been basking in the euphoria in advance.

It will not be an understatement to describe the build-up to the 2019 general elections as the most interesting since the beginning of the Fourth Republic about 20 years ago, going by the allegations and counter-allegations by…

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#NigeriaDecides2019: Issues and Matters arising from the Presidential election!

March 1, 2019

Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday, February 23, 2019 to elect a new President and members of the Senate and House of Representatives respectively. In essence, the elections were to constitute the executive and legislative arms of government at the federal level. The elections, however, were held after an earlier postponement, by one week, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), mainly because of logistic challenges.

The expectation after the one-week postponement was that elections would be better than…

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#NigeriaDecides2019: Election Postponement and its Implications for Citizens!

February 22, 2019

“Voting is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does.

Voting is a basic process that keeps a nation’s governmental system works. It enables the citizens to choose their own…

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#NigeriaDecides2019: Issues & Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

February 18, 2019

General elections will be held in Nigeria on 16 February 2019 to elect the President, Vice President and the National Assembly thereafter on 2 March 2019 to elect Governors in 24 states and House of Assembly members in the thirty-six state of the country. They will be the sixth quadrennial elections since the end of military rule in 1999. Most citizens, have been puzzled and disappointed that the campaigns have been, so far, so barren on a scale never seen…

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The 2nd Anniversary of 'One Voice Nigeria' Nationwide Protest: Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

February 11, 2019

On February 6, 2017, citizens took to the streets of Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Uyo, Port-Harcourt, Enugu, Benin and London to protest the failings of the Buhari administration around 10 key areas of concern: security, education, health, power, unemployment, high cost of living, social justice, transparency, cost of government and patriotism. Demands were made on 5 of these 10 issues, namely: Transparency in all tiers of government, Security, Cost of Government, Social Justice & Corruption, Power.

The change that Nigerians were…

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Buhari Presidency and Onnoghen: Issues and Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

February 8, 2019

Anyone who has been following the news in Nigeria will have no problem to understand ours is a case of one week, one drama. The latest is the matter of Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (now suspended and on trial), over cloudy matters of assets declaration. This is a fresh and ongoing scandal at the highest level of the country’s judiciary, but the heroes and villains are difficult to tell apart. Where does the smear of scandal fall…

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Buhari, Atiku and the 2019 Presidential Debate: Matters Arising! - Ishola Adebayo

January 25, 2019

The decision by President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar not to participate in the 2019 Presidential Election Debate organized for the various party candidates contesting the polls has not gone down well with Nigerians.

The debate, which was organized by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) in conjunction with the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), was to feature the five presidential candidates of the APC, PDP, the Allied Congress of Nigeria (ACPN), Young Progressive Party (YPP) and Alliance for…

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#NigeriaDecides2019: Why Political Debates Matter! -Ishola Adebayo

January 18, 2019

The issues ahead of 2019 general elections are many and the candidates must talk through them for the people to make an informed choice. In some countries, political debates are often cumbersome to undertake. Nigeria is one of such countries because candidates in a Nigerian election are usually too many to engage in any meaningful debate.

Since their introduction in 1960, televised debates have been a key component in American presidential races. Even in the first debate, the implications and…

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INEC Voters Register and the 2019 Elections: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

January 11, 2019

The recently released voters register breakdown by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) forty days ahead of the 2019 general elections exercise, caught many Nigerian unawares with the perceptibility realities from the published data.

The body said the official total number of registered voters for the 2019 General Elections is: 84,004,084 ( Eighty Four Million, Four Thousand, and Eighty Four). On its verified Twitter handle, INEC revealed, earlier in the week, that its chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the presentation…

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#RSVP: How Much is Your Vote Worth ahead of #NigeriaDecides2019? -Ishola Adebayo

December 10, 2018

Ahead of Nigeria Decides 2019 polls, active citizens, including local and international civil society groups have begin to raise concerns over financial inducement for votes which characterized the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and more recently in Osun, especially by the two major political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The desperate attempts by the incumbents in both state(s) to retain power at all cost fatally derailed the freedom of the voter, one-man one-vote and…

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Issue-Based Political Campaign Ahead of #NigeriaDecides2019 and the Citizens –Ishola Adebayo

November 23, 2018

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the decision-making process of citizens is tied with their perception and desires. It is often not a logical path of judgment, rather guided by their impression of the candidate. Naturally, the campaign has to use that to create a candidate profile that appeals to eligible voters. This is done through the use of voter communication material like speeches, literature and mail addressed to the voter. All these communication methods have to stick to a…

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The Proposed Minimum Wage in Nigeria: Issues and Matters Arising! ~Ishola Adebayo

November 19, 2018

There is no better way to subtly impoverish and, most likely, kill a people than to drastically reduce their purchasing power. This is aptly what the managers of the Nigerian economy are doing right now.

As at the dawn of the 21st Century when the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, introduced the N18, 000 minimum w age, which he tagged ‘living wage,’ the Naira exchanged about N90 to the dollar; which implied that the minimum wage was about $200…

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NLC Strike, New Minimum Wage and the Legislation - Ishola Adebayo

November 7, 2018

The Nigerian Labour Congress the major trade union of Africa’s largest economy, on Tuesday November 6, 2018 suspended its planned nationwide strike. Comrade Ayuba Wabba the President of NLC speaking on the strike said the decision was borne out of the need to prepare for fair and reasonable engagement with the Federal Government, to address the key issues that led to the industrial action.

In this blog we take a look at the issues around the strike, new minimum wage…

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Nigeria's 2019 Elections Campaign Financing: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

November 2, 2018

Campaign financing refers to all funds raised to promote candidates, political parties, or policy initiatives. Political parties, charitable organizations, and political action committees are vehicles used in aggregating funds to keep campaigns alive. Elections campaign financing therefore refers to funds used to promote the interest of political parties and candidates.

In Nigeria, the framework governing political campaign finance is the Electoral Act. According to Section 91(2) and 91(3) of the Electoral Act, the maximum election expenses to be incurred by…

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Curbing Insecurity in Northern Nigeria: the Role of Government and Citizens! -Ishola Adebayo

October 30, 2018

Few years ago, Nigerians were anxiously concerned on how the federal government can tackle the corrosive and caustic corruption, education, agriculture and power failure, but the recurring spate of hapless killings in the Northern parts of Nigeria diverted the minds of Nigerians to make the federal government to concentrate on tackling security threats in the country. Government is meant to protect her citizens and property but in Nigeria the reverse is now the case. Over 10,000 people had been innocently…

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NASS Resumption and the Citizens Expectations: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

October 19, 2018

Life returned to the polity with the eventual resumption of plenary by the National Assembly on October 9th. Both chambers of the National Assembly went on recess on Tuesday, July 25, instead of Thursday July 27 on a controversial note, after what was considered a botched attempt to remove Saraki and Ekweremadu. The recess which lasted for nearly over two months, it goes without saying that the plate is full for the federal legislators, as much is also expected of…

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2019 General Elections, Selecting Credible Candidates and Citizens Participation! -Ishola Adebayo

October 11, 2018

Credible elections are characterized by inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, and competitiveness. Inclusive elections provide equal opportunities for all eligible citizens to participate as voters in selecting their representatives and as candidates for election to government. This right to participate is a broad concept and can only be subject to reasonable restrictions that are provided by law. Authorities must take steps to assess and remove any barriers to the participation of all citizens. This includes removing barriers for traditionally marginalized populations such…

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The #NotTooYoungToRun Campaign and Exhorbitant Party Nomination Forms: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

September 21, 2018

Four months ago, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration signed the “Not Too Young To Run” bill into law. An initiative which received a lot of encomiums and mixed reactions from political analysts and observers within and outside Nigeria.

Thanks to the Not Too Young to Run Act, which reduces the age of aspirants by five years across board, enabling young politicians to run for any political office, including the highest one in the country Much has been made of the…

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Party Politics, Primary Elections and the Future of Nigerian Democracy –Ishola Adebayo

September 17, 2018

Democracy provides the opportunities for the people to freely exercise their voting rights in the selection of representatives who govern them. Democracy depends on parties to survive, since the structure of elections right from citizens participation to candidates’ selection and presentation of competing political programmes is done by political parties. It is on this note that political parties occupy a special place in the democratic equation.

Critical examination of Nigerian political parties from 1999 to date reveals that Nigerian political…

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Nigeria's Political Parties: Ideology, Manifesto & Defections! -Ishola Adebayo

September 10, 2018

Taking a deep scrutiny at the way our political system in Nigeria is structured since the adoption of democracy, it is more than obvious that our political parties in Nigeria lack ideologies.Truly our political parties bear different names but if looked critically, there are no too much differences among them.

The conflict between All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a good example that can be used to carry out reality check about our political status as…

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President Buhari, the Rule of Law & National Interest: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

August 31, 2018

An online encyclopaedia basically defines National security as the security of a nation state, including its citizens, economy, and institutions, and it is regarded as a duty of government.

Governments rely on a range of measures, including political, economic, and military power, as well as diplomacy to enforce national security. They may also act to build the conditions of security regionally and internationally by reducing transnational causes of insecurity, such as climate change, economic inequality, political exclusion, and nuclear proliferation.

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The Summit of the Alternatives (SOTA): Solution to Nigeria’s Bane!

August 17, 2018

Ever since the fourth republican government that brought Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to power in 1999, the political baton of power had been with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for 16 solid years before the emergence of All Progressives Congress (APC). The latter was formed in February 2013, as a result of an alliance of PDP’s three biggest opposition parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) – and…

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NASS vs DSS: Implication for our Democracy! -Ishola Adebayo

August 10, 2018

As 2019 general elections are fast approaching, so many political drama have been reported in the country, especially at the hallowed chambers of the National Assembly.Following the recent mass defection that swayed the National Assembly which got some of the law makers (including the Senate President) cross-carpeted from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to People’s Democratic Party (PDP), several tons of reactions have been going on among the political cabals in the country.

As early as 7a.m. on Tuesday, 7th…

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#AdeosunGate: Issues & Matters Arising! - Ishola Adebayo

August 3, 2018

On June 7, 2018, an online media channel, Premium Times reported that the Nigerian Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, did not participate in the mandatory one-year national service, National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), despite her eligibility for it, but went on to forge an exemption certificate.

The year-long service, organized by the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from universities or equivalent institutions at less than 30 years of age. In addition to…

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Mass Defection in NASS & National Polity: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

August 1, 2018

It was a tumultuous moment for members of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) on Tuesday, 24th July, 2018 as a gale of defection swept through the National Assembly with 14 leading senators from All Progressive Congress (APC) defecting to PDP, some of whom happened to be the main opposition to the ruling party.

The APC have also been reduced significantly in the House of Representatives, where 32 of its members switched to the side of the PDP. In similar vein…

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National Assembly, Open Week & #OpenNASS Demands: Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

July 20, 2018

The NASS Open Week is a platform which attempts to widen the public understanding of legislative gatherings and procedures as well as interface with legislators and legislative aides; the event seeks to highlight the good work being done by The National Assembly to Advance Legislative Openness. Also, the event aspires to create an Avenue for interaction between legislators and key stakeholders (legislative monitoring civil society organizations, media, traditional rulers and socio-cultural groups from the six geo-political zones) to bridge the…

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The Road to #EkitiDecides 2018: Issues, Facts and Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

July 13, 2018

History plays a role and shapes our future. Today, I share with you critical issues, facts and matters arising as the people of Ekiti State prepare to exercise their franchise in electing its 9th Governor & 4th Democratic Governor on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

According to Executive Director, YIAGA, Samson Itodo; “Let us not remain statistics, let us not remain figures, let us use our thumbs to vote and that is what democracy is all about.”

Ekiti State with a…

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Protest in Abuja over Recent Killings in Nigeria: Matters Arising!

July 9, 2018

Coalition of Civil Society Organizations, under the auspices of Joint Civil Society Committee, on Wednesday, 4th July, 2018 stormed the streets of Abuja alleging that Nigeria has turned to a slaughter field under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

This, they said can be gleaned from killings of over 5,000 people from different parts of the country in six months by herdsmen, bandits and cattle rustlers, without any practical steps taking by the government to end the bloodshed, but have…

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Budget 2018, Buhari and the National Assembly: Issues & Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

June 22, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari despite having presented the 2018 Budget of Consolidation on the 7th of November 2017 to a joint session of the National Assembly; It took not less than seven months for the nation’s budget to be finally assented to by Mr. President. The expenditure plan as passed by the lawmakers, was sent to the Presidency on May 25, 2018 after the N8.26 trillion estimate sent in by Buhari was jacked up to N9.12 trillion, representing an increment of…

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June 12 as Nigeria's Democracy Day: Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

June 12, 2018

The dramatic and heart-rending incidence that brought about the popularity of the date, ‘June 12’ in Nigeria can never be eroded in the nation’s chronicle if Nigeria still exists as a nation. Nigerians gathered at the polls on June 12, 1993 to wipe out dictatorship and usher in progressive leadership. The election was widely believed to be the freest, fairest and most credible presidential election till date. It was widely presumed that Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola of the…

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Not Too Young To Run Bill: The Truth Youth Needs To Know

June 8, 2018

It is no longer news that the longly awaited ‘#NotTooYoungtoRun’ bill has been finally signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. The bill was initially championed by a PDP member, Hon. Tony Nwulu, representing Oshodi Isolo, Lagos at the Federal House of Representatives. Hon Tony Nwulu presented the bill before the National Assembly in 2016. Ever since then, the buzz around the campaign was strongly felt across major social and new media channels.

The hashtag, ‘#NotTooYoungToRun’ trended in the last…

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PMB’s 3rd Year in Office: So Far, So Good! –Ishola Adebayo

June 1, 2018

On the 29th May, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in to office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and recently marked his 3rd year as the democratically elected president. Using the “Change” mantra, President Buhari won the hearts of Nigerians with many campaign promises ranging from crushing Boko-Haram, fighting corruption in public offices, massive job creation and general economic improvement. As being said in Nigerian parlance, many waters have passed under the bridge in these last…

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Senate, Omo-Agege's Suspension and the Court Judgment: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

May 18, 2018

It was more of rhetorical questions on April 18, 2018 as many Nigerians queried the sufficiency and competence of security arrangements in the National Assembly, which made it easy for thugs to enter the hallowed chambers of the Senate and snatch away its symbol of authority, the Mace.

A surprise presence in the Senate on that fateful day also, was Senator Ovie Omo Agege. His presence was an element of surprise, because, earlier on, he had been controversially suspended by…

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President Buhari's Health and the Nigeria's Health Sector: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

May 11, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 took another four-day trip to the United Kingdom to see his doctor. The presidential spokesman, Malan Garba Shehu, stated that the doctor requested the president to return for a meeting which he (Buhari) agreed to do.

It is important to stress that Nigeria needs someone who would be at alert 24 hours not someone that would be sleeping while the country is on fire. President Buhari is not doing what he is…

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Restructuring: The Way Forward for Nigeria! –Ishola Adebayo

April 26, 2018

The talk of Nigeria’s success or genuine federalism can no longer hold waters giving the state of internal insurgencies, divisiveness, ethnic and religious schism witnessed in several parts of Nigeria. Efforts at wishing away the problem associated with Nigerian federation have only resulted into several tribal, ethnic and religious movements that have even metamorphosed into terrorist syndicates.

It’s a sad reality that Nigeria today has become a country galvanized with bloodshed, hate speeches, incompetence and poor dynamics of governance at…

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President Buhari's Re-election Bid: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

April 13, 2018

In the last few days, no issue has been more debated than the recent declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari that he would seek re-election in 2019 during the All Progressives Congress National Executive Council meeting in Abuja before departing the country for London.

President Buhari’s re-election bid is only normal and it is his legitimate right. Nothing stops the President from seeking a re-election within our Constitution. The only snag is that many politicians are going to gang up against…

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Why Active Citizens Should Begin to Organize; Taraba & Gombe as Case Study! -Ishola Adebayo

April 6, 2018

The beginning of good governance which is the responsibility of all arms and all the tiers of government is openness, engagement and transparency. It does not matter what else we try to do as long as one arm of government shrouds its activities, administration and management in opaqueness and practices rife with corruption. Only very little, if anything at all, can be achieved in putting Nigeria on the path of sustainable and enduring democratic system, development and progress if Nigerian…

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Dino Melaye's Recall and Democracy in Nigeria: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

March 23, 2018

It is no longer news that the people of Kogi West Senatorial District have approached the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seeking for the removal of Mr Dino Melaye through a recall process. A recall is the power of voters to unseat a serving lawmaker before his/her tenure elapse.

The unfolding debacle of Mr Melaye's recall process has no doubt elicited curiosity amongst Nigerians about one of the most obscured but powerful constitutional instruments in Nigeria’s evolving democratic system.

Although…

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NASS 13.5 Million Monthly Running Cost: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

March 16, 2018

There have been several calls for transparency in the budget details of the National Assembly to allow a glimpse into the financial allocations of both parliaments. Many Nigerians considered President Muhammadu Buhari’s proposed budget of N125 billion for the National Assembly in 2018 as a case of ‘daylight robbery’, particularly because the budgeting process lacks details on how the vast sum is to be disbursed when finally passed. The National Assembly has since the commencement of the Fourth Republic in…

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Delay of 2018 Budget Appropriation Bill by NASS: Implication on Governance and Economy! -Ishola Adebayo

March 9, 2018

On Tuesday, 7th of November 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR presented the 2018 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly. This was in keeping with the provisions of the Constitution which requires the legislature to pass all bills including the Appropriation Bill. However the National Assembly has not pass the bill, almost after four months it was presented. This delay is one that is bound to have grave consequences for the governance process and ultimately the economy of the country.

The…

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2019 General Elections Sequence Reordering by NASS: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

February 23, 2018

The National Assembly Conference Committee on Electoral Act (amendment) Bill last week Tuesday adopted the reordered sequence of the 2019 General Elections, making presidential election last. It may be recalled that the House of Representatives had few weeks ago, began process to amend the Electoral Act 2010 with the inclusion of section 25(1) in the law.

This was to reorder the sequence of the elections, to commence with National Assembly, followed by governorship and State House of Assembly, and Presidential…

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Cross Carpeting by Politicians ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 Elections: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

February 9, 2018

Political observers have begin to raise some questions on the motives and implications of some political heavyweights joining the ruling party less than one year to the 2019 general elections. The dominant questions here are: will their decision to join the ruling party take them to their promised land? Will the influx of these people into the APC not cause crisis within the ruling party ahead of the 2019 general elections?

Although, over the year’s politicians in Nigeria have been…

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Fulani Herdsmen killing in Nigeria: What You Need to Know! -Ishola Adebayo

January 26, 2018

Fulani herdsmen or Fulani pastoralists are nomadic or semi nomadic Fulani herders whose primary occupation is raising livestock. The pure Fulani pastoralist engages in random movement of cattle while the semi-nomadic makes transhumance migration and return to their camps or homes. The Fulani herdsmen are largely located in the Sahel and Semi-Arid parts of West Africa but due to changes in climate patterns many herdsmen have moved further south into the savannah and tropical forest belt of West Africa. The…

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Fuel Scarcity in Nigeria: Matters Arising –Ishola Adebayo

January 12, 2018

Nigeria has been plagued by the menace of fuel scarcity and the exorbitant cost of purchasing the product increases above the regulated price whenever the demand for petrol far outweighs its supply.

It has been a consistent cycle of depression for most Nigerians who have had to endure the hardship associated with fuel scarcity which has had them spending long hours at petrol filling stations during the yuletide season late last year and which still persist into the new year…

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The $1 Billion Funds to combat Boko Haram by PMB: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

December 21, 2017

The decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to borrow $ 1 billion to fight against the Boko Haram sect in the North East is causing a lot of ripples in the country especially as another general election cycle is in the offing.

It would be recalled that the money approved by the National Economic Council, NEC, last week would be sourced from the Excess Crude Account, ECA.

It is however hard to say if the move is justified or not to…

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Rochas Has Done It Again!!!-Ishola Adebayo

December 15, 2017

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has conferred his younger sister, Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha), as the Commissioner for Happiness and Couples' Fulfillment. She was among 27 new commissioners and 27 transition committee chairmen for the 27 local government councils in the state sworn in by the governor on Monday, December 4. What sin did Imo people commit to deserve this embarrassment as their Governor?

Before her new appointment, she served as the governor’s deputy chief of staff and special…

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The Delay in Judicial and Corruption Cases in Nigeria: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

November 30, 2017

Delays in judicial process are endemic in most court systems throughout the world and affect negatively a number of development objectives. In some cases, delays are so extreme that they effectively deny justice, particularly to disadvantaged groups who may not be able to "grease the wheels" of the justice system.

Delays of cases in the judiciary have been an historical event which needs the serious attention of not only the judicial officers but the government in general.

The delay tactics…

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The Road to #AnambraDecides 2017: Issues, Facts and Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

November 17, 2017

History plays a role and shapes our future. Today, I share with you critical issues, facts and matters arising as the people of Anambra State prepare to exercise their franchise in electing its 14th Governor & 7th Democratic Governor on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

According to George Orwell; “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims…but accomplices.”

Anambra State with a population of 5.53 million (Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, 2016) is one of the five…

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Enugu Local Government Elections: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

November 14, 2017

With the outcome of the just concluded local government elections conducted by the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) in the State on Saturday, November 4, 2017, the ruling political party in the State wins by sweeping all the votes, both politicians and the electorate have a chance to now evaluate the degree of independence of the electoral umpire that have been seen in the conduct of local government elections which were reformed in 1976 with a high level of…

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#OpenNASS: 100 Days after Voice Voting on #ConstitutionReviewBills -- How Long is Too Long? –Ishola Adebayo

November 3, 2017

"We also believe that we will like to see more cases of electronic voting as opposed to voice voting". - Bukola Saraki (Chairman, National Assembly) May 19, 2017.

Friday, November 3, 2017 makes it exactly 100 days after the National Assembly voted clause by clause in the ongoing amendment to Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution; the voting records are yet to be made public.

The demand for an open government which is transparent is crucial; the revelation of identity of lawmakers who…

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Maina's Reinstatement and the Fight against Corruption: Matters Arising – Ishola Adebayo

October 27, 2017

Public outcry continues to trail the turn of event in the Nigeria’s polity, this time, over the recent reinstatement of the former Chairman of Presidential Committee on Pension Reform Task force Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, into the federal civil service, thereby accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of aiding corruption in his government by earlier feigning ignorance of his reinstatement and promotion only to sack him after continuous public vituperation.

Mr Maina was posted a few days ago to the Ministry of…

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Governor Rochas and the #ZumaStatue: Issues & Matters Arising – Ishola Adebayo

October 23, 2017

On Saturday, October 14, Nigerians woke up to see a statue of Jacob Zuma, the South African president unveiled by Rochas Okorocha‚ the Imo state governor. He erected the bronze statue and named a street after President Zuma during his two-day visit to the state. During the unveiling, Governor Rochas also conferred Zuma with a chieftaincy title and the highest Merit Award in Imo State.

Governor Rochas tried to justify the present gaffe but his explanations sound hollow and false…

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Is President Buhari really fighting corruption? – Ishola Adebayo

October 16, 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to frontally fight against corruption and nepotism amongst others during his election campaign in 2015. Since his election in April 2015, anti-graft war by the administration solely remains media trial, lopsided and inconclusive. In the two years of Buhari’s‎ government, there has been no institutional structure that has been laid to fight corruption. What we have simply had is media circuses accusing people of corruption.

It is always said that, you cannot fight corruption with corruption…

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NGO Regulation Bill and the Citizens’ Outcry: Matters Arising – Ishola Adebayo

October 6, 2017

There is a controversial bill now making its way through the National Assembly. Titled “Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Regulation Bill”, it has already passed first and second readings in the House of Representatives and is now at the committee stage. It is sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Buba Jibril. Going by the letter and spirit of the bill, it constitutes a deliberate violation of the Nigerian citizens guaranteed freedom of thought, opinion and expression, and freedom of…

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The Opacity in NASS Salaries and Allowances: Matters Arising –Ishola Adebayo

September 22, 2017

There have been several calls for transparency in the budget details of the National Assembly to allow a glimpse into the financial allocations of both parliaments. Many Nigerians consider NASS’s ₦125 billion budget in 2017 as a case of ‘daylight robbery’, particularly because the budgeting process lacks details on how the vast sum is disbursed. The National Assembly has since the commencement of the Fourth Republic in 1999 received a total of approximately N1.2 trillion.

Nigerians have information about how…

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Legal Aid Council of Nigeria: Free Legal Service

September 19, 2017

Legal Aid Council of Nigeria provides free, qualitative and timely legal aid services in Nigeria. They also ensure social justice and give voice to the voiceless.

For Free Legal services

GENERAL INFORMATION info@legalaidcouncil.gov.ng

STATE OFFICES Federal Secretariat Complex-08035486837

F.C.T. Office-08039697287

Gwagwalada Area Council Secretariat-08067639063

Abia State-08032889382

Adamawa State-08036341640

Akwaibom-08052231092

Anambra-08033459707

Bauchi-08056168357, 08036316796

Bayelsa-08032870008, 08034507277, 08033383415

Benue-08039650978, 08032101193

Borno State-08167155022

Cross River State-08053363287

Delta State-08029426828

Ebonyi State-08035059290

Edo State-08035754605, 08060384449

Ekiti State-08028287561

Enugu State-08034537752

Gombe State-08058615087

Imo State-08063079364

Jigawa State-08183221224

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Nigerian Economy, Recession Indices & the Citizens: Matters Arising! – Ishola Adebayo

September 11, 2017

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced earlier this week that Nigeria’s economy is out of recession. According to the NBS, in the second quarter of 2017, the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 0.55% (year-on-year) in real terms, indicating the emergence of the economy from recession after five consecutive quarters of contraction since Q1 2016.

For academics, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) defined a recession as "a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy…

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Freedom of Speech vs Hate Speech: Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

August 31, 2017

Few weeks ago, the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo declared that henceforth, the Federal Government of Nigeria will classify hate speech as specie of Terrorism and offenders will be charged under the Terrorism Prevention Act, as amended.

He said the intimidation of a population by words or speech is an act of terrorism and will no longer be tolerated by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. He warned that the government intends to take the matter seriously. Albeit, the…

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Constituency Projects Implementation in Nigeria: The Role of the Citizens –Ishola Adebayo

August 25, 2017

The Nigerian National Assembly in response to the yearnings of their constituents for development/ federal presence demanded and got “Constituency Project” fund. Since the inception of constituency project in Nigeria there have been misconceptions and misinterpretations of the constituency project implementation. This and some other factors have painted the hallowed chambers of National Assembly in bad light.

A major concern is the issue of who actually implements constituency projects. Is it the legislature or the executive? A critical check on…

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ASUU Strike, Nigerian Students & Facebook Ranting: Why You Should Get A Skill. By –Ishola Adebayo

August 18, 2017

This is an open letter from me to all undergraduates of Nigerian public universities and their families – catalyzed after reading some comments on a popular student leader Facebook page. You are not getting any younger. You would probably be graduating at an older age than your peers in Ghana, Singapore, Kenya and Taiwan.

Fact: Students in Harvard University have not stopped learning because your lecturers are on strike Fact: Your future employer(s) may also not understand why you lack…

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Local Government Elections in Nigeria: Issues & Matters Arising -Ishola Adebayo

August 14, 2017

With the outcome of the just concluded local government elections held in Lagos on Saturday, July 22, 2017 as conducted by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) where only the ruling political party wins by sweeping majority of all the votes, both politicians and the electorate have a chance to now evaluate the degree of reverses that have been seen in the conduct of local government elections which were reformed in 1976 with a high level of autonomy.

Section…

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Understanding the Not Too Young To Run Bill –Ishola Adebayo

August 3, 2017

No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts itself off from its youth severs its lifeline; it is condemned to bleed to death –- Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

With the dynamism, energy, innovation and resilience of youth, the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill if passed will increase the competitiveness of electoral politics…

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Buhari: The #AbsenteePresident of Nigeria; What Says the Constitution?– Ishola Adebayo

July 21, 2017

President Buhari’s health and his inability to steer the ship of Nigeria has increasingly overshadowed political discourse on different fora, particularly in the last four months because of the lack of update on his wellbeing.

It would be recalled that President Buhari was last seen in a photocall with 82 of the chibok girls just before he left for London on May 7, 2017.

You will recall that in 2009, former President Yar’Adua was away from the country for 3…

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Party Politics 101: Why We Have To Belong! – Ishola Adebayo

July 14, 2017

“Revolutions are brought about by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought”. –Kwame Nkrumah

In a democracy, the citizens have dreams and aspirations about what they would like their country to be like. The political party system is the mechanism by which those dreams come true by way of policies, rules and regulations. Therefore, politics cannot be separated from a country’s development.

The 2019 election cycle is already here and some think it’s too…

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Season of Recall, National Assembly and the Citizens –Ishola Adebayo

July 10, 2017

Within two (2) years into the current 8th National Assembly, about four (4) federal lawmakers are facing the recall process largely because of their failure to engage with the citizens at their respective constituencies while in Abuja for the primary purpose of representation and lawmaking for the nation.

DINO MELAYE What do they say is his crime? The constituents, led by one Cornelius Olowo, said the move to recall Melaye is based on his “abysmal performance”. For the past two…

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The Call for Restructuring Nigeria: Issues & Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

July 1, 2017

Nigeria and its citizens have become so sharply divided with emotions running high on the call for federal restructuring. For many ethnic nationalities, the solution to the country’s multifarious problems is restructuring. Their campaign for true federalism did not begin today. But the campaign keeps reoccurring and became more rampant under the President Buhari led-administration.

Firstly, most agitations for restructuring today are designed to spite the north, to make them look like they are finished without the Niger Delta oil…

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Saraki, CCT and Buhari's fight against corruption: Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

June 23, 2017

On Wednesday, 14th June 2017, Danladi Umar, the Code of Conduct Tribunal judge, said the Senate President, Bukola Saraki did not have a case to answer on the false assets charge. He dismissed the 18-count charge for failure of the Federal Government to prove essential elements of all the allegations it leveled against Saraki.

Beyond the grandstanding of the President Buhari’s administration on matters of corruption, the case could not have been decided otherwise. Analysis of the case reportage since…

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Bailout Funds, Pensions, Workers Salaries: Issues & Matters Arising –Ishola Adebayo

June 16, 2017

According to a recent survey conducted by BudgIT which shows that ten (10) states can’t pay workers’ salaries and pension despite double bailout funds received from the Federal Government at different intervals. The survey that covered primary school teachers, secondary school teachers, local government workers, state independent workers, pensioners and state secretariat workers also showed that six (6) states of the federation have not paid their workers in 2017.

The civic tech organization in the report of the survey also…

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Continuous Voters’ Registration Exercise: What Citizens Need To Know –Ishola Adebayo

June 12, 2017

On April 27th, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commenced the continuous voters’ registration exercise at its 774 local government offices across the country and remains continuous all year round.

The Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) is an exercise meant for the registration of citizens who turned 18 years of age after the last registration exercise; or those who for one reason or another could not register in the previous exercise.

The 2010 Electoral Act (as amended) mandates the electoral body…

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PMB's Mid Term Assessment: So Far, So Good! –Ishola Adebayo

June 2, 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari clocks two years in office, it is very imperative to take an assessment of the regime in terms of its performance in the critical areas of its campaign promises viz-a-viz combating the security challenges, anti-corruption crusade, revamping the economy and in those areas that Citizens wanted action taken.

It remains unforgettable that PMB came to power based essentially on the allure of his character and the very strong and successful de-marketing of President Good luck Jonathan by…

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Citizens’ Actions: The Need to Engage your Elected Representatives! –Ishola Adebayo

May 26, 2017

The beginning of good governance which is the responsibility of all arms and all the tiers of government is openness, engagement and transparency. It does not matter what else we try to do as long as one arm of government shrouds its activities, administration and management in opaqueness and practices rife with corruption. Only very little, if anything at all, can be achieved in pulling Nigeria on the path of sustainable and enduring democratic system, development and progress if Nigerian…

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Nigeria’s National Assembly 2017 Budget: Why Citizens should #AskQuestions –Ishola Adebayo

May 19, 2017

Despite persistent outcry by active citizens for #OurNASS to open its financial books to the public, the National Assembly on Thursday, May 11, successfully published details of its 2017 budget.

The NASS shared a document of the budget which amounted to N125 billion. A budget of N125 billion ($409 million) for a house whose total population is 469 members can be adjudged to be bogus and unpatriotic.

Findings revealed that the National Assembly 2017 budget is larger than that of…

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Ten things we learnt from the 2017 National Assembly Budget-BudgIT & EiENigeria

May 17, 2017

It’s over! The era of secrecy surrounding the details of budgetary allocations to the National Assembly is now well and truly over. The four-year-old advocacy for accountability in the spending of the legislature finally climaxed last week with the release of the National Assembly’s budget breakdown. As you might expect, there are a few interesting discoveries — it’s not for fun that this is the first such public release in eight whopping years. We’ve learnt many new things, but we’ll…

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Congratulations Nigerians!!! Goal 1 of #OpenNASS Achieved – Ishola Adebayo

May 12, 2017

Indeed, office of the citizen is the highest office in Nigeria. After 4 years of continuous advocacy (protests, FOI requests, media engagements and citizen education) for an open, transparent and accountable National Assembly, the National Assembly has eventually made details of its 2017 budget public, though it failed to publish details of its 2016 budget.

Also, owing to rising inflation and the depreciation of the naira, the National Assembly has increased its 2017 budget in this year’s Appropriation Bill to…

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Workers’ Day 2017: Poor Minimum Wage Debacle and Rising Unemployment –Ishola Adebayo

May 5, 2017

The 2017 International Workers’ Day was commemorated on Monday, 1st of May 2017, and declared a public holiday by the Federal government to allow Nigerian workers join their counterparts from all over the world to celebrate the International Workers’ Day also known as Labour Day.

Amidst events to commemorate the day, the leading trade union organizations in the country - the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) – have heightened their call for the Nigerian government to…

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Suspension of SGF, NIA DG: Right step in the Right direction? –Ishola Adebayo

April 28, 2017

The anti-corruption drive of Mr. President got more kudos upper week when the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke, and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr. David Babachir Lawal were both suspended. In some quarters, the suspension of these principal figures is long overdue as corrupt acts have been directed towards them. What did they do?

Oke was suspended over the $43 million, £27,000 and N23 million cash found in a luxury apartment at Osborne Towers…

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EFCC, Legal Fireworks and the Media Trails: Issues & Matters Arising -Ishola Adebayo

April 21, 2017

As a result of the incessant rise in the rate of corruption In Nigeria, the Obasanjo administration established a special anti-graft agency that will see to the total reduction or eradication of corruption to its barest minimum. Up till now, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been trying its best in seeing that their mission is being carried out judiciously without bias. However, as a delicate governmental organization, has it been able to perform its duties without any…

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Dogara, El-Rufai and the #OpenNass Campaign By Ishola Adebayo –Shine Your Eye

April 14, 2017

One of the reasons why Abdulmumin Jibrin was suspended is not far from the fact that he “whistleblowed” the excessiveness of House of Representatives where he was an active member. For a long time, the masses have been raising alarm over the way corruption is being practiced as a norm in the legislative arm of government. Padding of National budget, siphoning of public funds, irregularities and inconsistencies has thoroughly become the culture they practice over there. Some of the legislators…

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CHIBOK AND THE MIRROR IN OUR FACES: SOME REFLECTIONS ON GENDER IN OUR SOCIETY. -Muhammadu Sanusi

April 14, 2017

CHIBOK AND THE MIRROR IN OUR FACES: SOME REFLECTIONS ON GENDER IN OUR SOCIETY

BY

HIS HIGHNESS MUHAMMAD SANUSI II, CON SARKIN KANO

[Being Text of Speech given at the 1st Chibok Girls Annual Lecture, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Nigeria, April 14, 2017]

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful.

It is a great honor for me to have been invited to speak on this landmark occasion of the third year of the atrocious and barbaric attacks in Chibok…

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National Assembly & Ali Ndume’s Removal: Implication on Nigeria’s Nascent Democracy –Ishola Adebayo

April 7, 2017

Just like we highlighted last week, the drama continued. As ever, our hallowed chamber is the scene of attention with different gladiators politically arm-wrestling each other. For a long time it seems as if the essence of governance and the role they have to play has been forgotten or swept down the drain. Just like it happened in January, a gladiator was caught, this time aware unlike the other time.

Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South) was suspended by the Nigerian…

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What does Nigeria's Amended Electoral Act Mean?

April 5, 2017

Nigeria’s Senate on March 30, passed the Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2017. The amendments are the most ambitious and wide ranging attempt at further enhancing the provenance of electoral conduct in Nigeria.

What does Nigeria's amended electoral act mean?

In one of its more consequential decisions, Nigeria’s Senate on March 30, passed the Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2017. This follows years of mostly unsuccessful attempts - the current amendments are aimed at instituting more reform in the electoral process and make…

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Dino Melaye’s Certificate Scandal: Issues and Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

March 31, 2017

Nigeria is gradually becoming a theatre, not of dreams, but that in which plays and drama become the order of the day. In recent times, the media is often portraying one scandal or the other. Our elected officials digress and shift their attentions away from the necessary things that make up a government. Instead, they focus on unnecessary frivolities at the expense of those who elected them to take up political positions. Ibrahim Magu’s re-confirmation took a long time, the…

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NASS, EFCC, Magu’s Confirmation: Issues and Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

March 24, 2017

The separation of power, as postulated by Baron de Montesquieu, has totally explained the role of each arms of government. Once these roles are performed, the essence of government comes into place. In our democratic society, since the executive arm needs to execute laws and policies, more “hands” are needed to which the Chief Executive can assign roles to a specific body or person. However, the acting capacity of such entity depends on the confirmation of the legislature.

The Economic…

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Welcome back, Mr. President! –Ishola Adebayo

March 16, 2017

The story is almost the same; On 23rd November 2009, Former President Yar'Adua left Nigeria for medical attention abroad, his state of health was unclear, but there were further speculation that he was on a life support machine. We lost him not long after. Fear arose in the minds of Nigerians when President Buhari extended his medical vacation in the UK indefinitely. Has something happened to Mr. President? Why are his aides hiding the necessary information about the welfare of…

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Auditor-General, National Assembly and the N2bn Fraud: Why We Must #OpenNASS -Ishola Adebayo

March 9, 2017

The present administration came on board with the outlook of reducing corrupt practices to the barest minimum, if not totally. “Change begins with me” became the slogan the government adopted. The “Change” mantra however, is supposed to cut across every sphere of the society be it those in government and those that were governed.

In relation to the #OpenNASS campaign, which clamors for transparency and accountability within the National assembly, facts were revealed by the Auditor – General of the…

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The Acting Vice-President of Nigeria; Issues and Matters Arising.

March 3, 2017

Amongst all things, one good thing we need to appreciate about Nigeria is the observation of constitutionalism, which is the strict adherence to the provisions of the constitution. For close to 3 months now, President Muhammad Buhari left for the United Kingdom on the grounds of health issues. As a considerate leader, he immediately delegated powers to his Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on the capacity of an Acting President.

Since then, the media(traditional & digital) has been filled with…

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The CBN, Forex Challenges: Issues & Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

February 24, 2017

Just like Garri, the rate at which the dollar appreciates over our naira especially in the world market, makes it so alarming for every parties involved. Even in a local marketplace, it is no news that the prices of goods and services have sky-rocketed and according to these local traders, “the dollar is now expensive” is the response they give each time people ask. Is it this dollar that equals to a naira at some point in the 90s? How…

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#Budget2017: For Aso Rock or Nigerians? –Ishola Adebayo

February 17, 2017

The essence of a budget is very important especially if it is addressing what should be addressed, which is ultimately serving the government’s purpose of aligning the interest of the common man and make the country serene for all to be happy. Not to be mistaken, a budget is a spending plan. It is the financial structure of how a government seeks to perform its constitution and societal obligations.

Well, the legislators do pass the budget in Nigeria also. The…

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The 'One Voice Nigeria' Protest: Issues & Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

February 10, 2017

The video of a man, who has four kids to take care of in Lagos, went viral after he uttered a statement in an interview. He actually promised to “carry gun” once the government do not find something positive to do about the hardship in the country as soon as possible. In short, he will establish militancy in Lagos, replicating those in the South-south region. To be candid, the man spoke the minds of many Nigerians who are finding it…

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Ex-Governors, Pension Payments and Other Entitlements: Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

February 3, 2017

We need to be frank with ourselves, there is plenty in Nigeria. I mean, in terms of resources be it human or material. But then, we are experiencing difficulty in the economy of our country which has ultimately led to unemployment, underemployment and an increasing rise in social vices. They call it recession. Despite the “plenty” we shouldn’t be going through recession. Even if there is recession, it shouldn’t last for long once the government sets its priorities straight. As…

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Bombing of the Rann IDP Camp: Issues & Matters Arising! – Ishola Adebayo

January 26, 2017

It is even logical to a visually impaired person that a 10 year old can’t handle the steering of a car. In actual fact, 10 year olds are given toy cars or better still, taken to an amusement park for those whose parents can afford. Giving a 10 year the opportunity to drive a big wheel is akin to declaring a period of mourning for his/her family members. In practical sense, one should be giving responsibilities that he/she can handle…

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The Gruesome Killings in Southern Kaduna: Issues & Matters Arising! – Ishola Adebayo

January 20, 2017

Taking a look at the gruesome pictures of people who were murdered in an inhumane manner, a sense of grief and total pity for fellow human beings will becloud one’s emotion. Such is the case of Southern Kaduna in recent times. Let us take a quick view on what the southern Kaduna is in recent times.

Dated to the 1980s, what started like a skirmish in “Godogodo”, a hitherto busy town along the Jos-Kaduna-Abuja highway, sometime in 2016 has now…

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Ali Ndume’s Removal: Party politics or Political game? –Ishola Adebayo

January 13, 2017

Controversies continue to trail the removal of Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South) as the senate leader upon the resumption of the Nigerian Senate from recess for the New Year holiday. “I don’t know what happened and I cannot say what I do not know,” Ndume told reporters after he was removed as the senate majority leader.

During its plenary session, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, announced Mr. Ndume’s removal shortly before the upper legislative chamber adjourned on Tuesday. Saraki read…

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The rising demand for #OpenNASS: Citizens Roles and Responsibility! – Ishola Adebayo

December 23, 2016

The demand by active citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the National Assembly to open up its budget to a level that provides full details and also to ensure that both the Nigerian Senate and House of Representative explains how approximately N1.3 trillion has be allocated to the National Assembly (~ $4.2 billion) between 2006 and 2016, and there are no records of how most of this monies were spent.

The National Assembly is statutorily entitled to N115bn…

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Magu’s Non Confirmation: Poli-tricks by the Nigerian Senate! – Ishola Adebayo

December 16, 2016

The refusal to confirm Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was a rancorous power-play involving the Nigerian Senate, the State Security Service and the Presidency.

At a hurriedly arranged press conference, the spokesperson for the Senate, Abdullahi Sabi, announced that Mr. Magu’s nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari as EFCC chairman had been rejected. He cited “security report”, and said the president would be informed of the decision.

The Senate refusal belongs to the region…

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#RiversRerun Elections: Issues & Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

December 8, 2016

The people of Rivers state will on Saturday, December 11, vote those who will occupy the state and National Assembly seats that were declared vacant by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The elections, according to the commission, would hold in all three senatorial districts, eight federal constituencies, and 10 state constituencies and would deploy 10,294 staff to conduct the elections in Rivers State.

In the face of the claims and counter-claims, including allegation that Governor Nyesom Wike had been…

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The Road to #OndoDecides 2016: Issues, Facts and Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

November 25, 2016

History plays a role and shapes our future. Today, I share with you critical issues, facts and matters arising as the people of Ondo State prepare to exercise their franchise in electing its 17th Governor & 6th Democratic Governor on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

According to Benajmin Todd Jealous; “The right to vote is the right upon which all of our rights are leveraged and without which none can be protected.”

Ondo State with a population of 4.02 million (Nigeria…

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House of Reps and the Purchase of Exotic Cars: Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

November 18, 2016

Amid the hard-biting economic downturn in the country, the National Assembly has paid a whopping N3.6billion for 360 exotic cars which the House of Representatives has taken delivery of no fewer than 28 units of the Peugeot 508 series. The 28 were among the first batch of 50 cars supplied by the Kaduna-based Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited.

Active citizens have overtime argued that, for the legislators to prioritise buying for themselves some luxury vehicles at a time most Nigerians are…

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Warning of Imminent Plane Crashes by #OurNASS: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

November 11, 2016

The Senate penultimate week sent a shock wave down the spines of Nigerians and aviation industry, as it declared that multiple air crashes are imminent. It was like saying the turbulent aviation Year 2005/6 with worst cases of plane crashes in the country, is sudden upon the country again!

A single air crash, from antecedent, is enough to ground an airline and two or three of such will bury an entire sector that ordinarily offers the safest means of traveling…

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NASS Amendment of CCB/CCT Act: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

November 4, 2016

The Senate last week Thursday amended the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act (CCB/CCT Act) respectively, which is to effectively transfer the President’s regulatory power over the bureau and tribunal to the National Assembly.

We are no doubt taken aback that just months after the red chamber initially suspended the move to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Act, the National Assembly subtly passed the amendment Bill into law.

The Senate…

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Nominees’ Rejection of President Buhari's Ambassadorial Position: Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

October 27, 2016

The ambassadorial nominee from Kastina state, Usman Bugaje, has turned down his appointment nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari. Dr Bugaje, an academic, rights campaigner, former member House of Representatives was also one of the gubernatorial aspirants in Katsina State.

Bugaje is the second nominee to reject the offer, after Pauline Tallen, a former deputy governor of Plateau state and associate of Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigeria’s president turned down the offer as well.

It could be recalled that President Buhari…

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Aisha Buhari and the Presidency: Matters Arising -Ishola Adebayo

October 21, 2016

Mrs. Aisha Buhari, wife of the President and First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, can’t be confined to “the Kitchen, the living room or the other room”, whatever her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, says. It already appears one can’t keep a pretty, ambitious woman down, even if you are President of the most populous black nation on earth.

Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari unforgettable interview spoilt one of her husband’s rare promising moments—Boko Haram’s release of twenty-one Chibok…

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Call for the Sale of National Assets: In whose Interest? -Ishola Adebayo

October 14, 2016

The recent call by Aliko Dangote for the sale of the national shareholdings in the NLNG and the suggestions by the senate president that the shares, along with other sovereign assets in the oil and aviation sectors, be sold to stem the current economic recession are suspicious, unacceptable and unpatriotic, there seems to be a sinister motive behind the call for the sale of our common patrimony.

Those angling to sell or buy Nigeria’s cherished national assets don’t seem to…

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Office of The Citizen on SWEET FM!

October 6, 2016

On Tuesday, 4th October, 2016; Enough Is Enough Nigeria (EiE) with other partner organizations started the #Office of the Citizen radio programme that had been in the making over sometime in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Thanks to Sweet 107.1FM crew, especially Mr. Toye Arulogun and Olaitan Bakare, we finally got a 60-minute weekly slot to discuss various issues that are of great concern to Nigerians in English and Yoruba Language.

These issues may revolve around Access to Power, holding…

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Nigeria @ 56: Hope in the Horizon –Ishola Adebayo

September 30, 2016

Fifty six years in the life of a nation is, indeed, a milestone worth celebrating. Within this period, the country, Nigeria, and her people passed through many phases of ups and downs and survived the heat of a desiccating crucible. The immediate post-2015 election process presented its own challenges as the leaders and the citizenry grappled with the demands of nation building. The initial false steps were, at first, dramatic resulting in upheavals that not only scared us in what…

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The Quest for Part Time Legislature: It’s Implication on Governance in Nigeria –Ishola Adebayo

September 21, 2016

When the talk about part time legislature is been debated, people’s minds go to allowances, salaries and other benefits. But that is not really the issue. The issue is the overhead cost. If the overhead cost is not controlled — as it relates to the executive, legislature and the judiciary — we cannot achieve a reasonable reduction in the cost of governance. Even if somebody works for two months but run a very high overhead cost, we would not achieve…

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Edo Governorship Election postponed: Implications for the polity!!! –Ishola Adebayo

September 15, 2016

The decision to postpone the Edo State governorship election slated for last week is a clear indication that the police lack the desirable capacity in policing this country. The controversy generated is a clear testimony that the police and the other security agencies are part of election malpractices in the country.

It is no longer news that some senior security officials were retired or dismissed over the roles they played in the last general election. But it appears that the…

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The Road to #EdoDecides 2016: Issues, Facts and Matters Arising! –Ishola Adebayo

September 7, 2016

History plays a role and shapes our future. Today, I share with you critical issues, facts and matters arising as the people of Edo State prepare to exercise their franchise in electing its 10th Governor & 5th Democratic Governor on Saturday, September 10th,2016.

According to Benajmin Todd Jealous; “The right to vote is the right upon which all of our rights are leveraged and without which none can be protected.”

Edo State is one of the six states in the…

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Economic recession in Nigeria: Matters Arising! -Ishola Adebayo

September 1, 2016

On Tuesday, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) confirmed what we all suspected: Nigeria is in recession. The economy contracted by 2% in the second quarter, and unemployment is also on the rise. Many have lost their jobs in the formal sector as firms have cut staff or folded up altogether. Many of us know people who have been let go in all sectors, and hiring has slowed to a trickle.

Unemployment has risen for the seventh straight quarter, and…

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National Assembly and the Burden of Debt: Matters Arising! - Ishola Adebayo

August 26, 2016

The National Assembly management has said they are groaning over the harsh economic situation and weighed down by unbearable debt profile which has subjected them to serious suffering and almost pitched them against staff and contractors.

Contractors and suppliers are grumbling over the inability of the National Assembly management to liquidate the accumulated debts.

It was gathered that the situation has forced the management of the National Assembly to take cost cutting measures including the slashing down of salaries of…

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Nigerians and the Call for Regional Integration and Restructuring: Matters Arising!!! – Ishola Adebayo

August 22, 2016

Certainly, Nigeria’s problems did not start with the adoption of the Presidential System of Government. And neither has the Presidential System of Government solved our problems. In retrospect the Presidential System of Government has created more problems for us leaving only the executives, legislators and their aides to operate the system.

On May 27, 1967, by virtue of state creation and Transitional Provision Decree 14 of 1967, General Yakubu Gowon created 12 states in the country – six from the…

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#PaddingMatters – Top Quotes

August 12, 2016

Dogara (August 6, 2016):


I studied law; I have been a legislator… I have never heard the word 'padding' being an offence under any law

I am not Chairman of Ethics of the House, so I wouldn't know (if Jibrin will be sanctioned)

Jibrin (August 7, 2016):


I have been consistent with the choice of the word 'insertions'

Even though the law allows it, I raised an observation that the insertions were being too much. The intention of the constitution…

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Olympics: Who brought us here as a Nation? - Ishola Adebayo

August 12, 2016

In 1952, the Nigerian team made their first appearance and since then, Nigerian athletes have always participated in every tournaments of the summer Olympic games except for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games which held in Montreal due to the African boycott. Though, Nigeria has never participated in the Winter Olympic Games.

As usual, the Nigerian team was billed to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro from August 5 to 21, 2016, however, not without controversy.

If…

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Imo State Back to Land for Agriculture Policy, Matters Arising!!! – Ishola Adebayo

August 5, 2016

The decline in the nation's economy has forced governments to look inwards and explore areas they have great strength and limitless advantage. This may be the reason why Governor Rochas Okorocha gave a paradigm shift and came out with a policy thrust on the ‘Back-to-Land for Agriculture’ policy of the state government which will enable public servants engage in agriculture as a way to be self-reliant. Governor Okorocha instructed public servants in the state to now work from Mondays to…

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APC wins Imo north senatorial rerun

August 1, 2016

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Ben Uwajumogu of the All Progressive Congress (APC) winner of Imo North Senatorial District rerun election held on July 28.

Mr. Uwajumogu scored 56,076 votes to defeat Athan Achonu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 43, 815 votes.

Arinze Agbogu, the INEC Returning Officer for Imo North Senatorial District, who announced the result in the early hours of Friday, said the outcome was a summation of scores of July 23…

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Budget Padding, Speaker Dogara and the sack of House Appropriations Committee Chairman

July 28, 2016

There seems to be no end to the controversy surrounding the recent sack of Chairman of Appropriation Committee in the House of Representatives, Hon. Abdul Mumuni Jibrin.

This is because he has said that his refusal to support immunity for presiding officers as well refusal to approve the ₦40 billion for principal officers out of N100 billion approved for members of the House for constituency projects led to his removal.

Mr. Jibrin according to media reports said Speaker Dogara had…

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NJC, Governor Aregbesola and the sack of Osun Judge – Ishola Adebayo

July 21, 2016

For daring to write a petition to the Osun state House of Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Mrs Titilayo Laoye-Tomori for allegedly mismanaging the state’s resources, Justice‎ Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede of the High Court in the state has been recommended for compulsory retirement by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

The council under the lead¬ership of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mo¬hammed, took the decision at the end of its meeting last…

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Call for State Policing: A Hope for New Nigeria – Ishola Adebayo

July 15, 2016

Against the backdrop of Nigeria’s huge security challenge, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday gave his support for the introduction of state police. The vice president spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolou Akande in a radio programme monitored in Akure.

He said that the fear of abuse of the force by state governors, which critics had regularly held as part of the reasons for their opposition to the establishment of state police formations, remained…

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Markafi-led faction picks John Yakubu as Ize-Iyamu's Running Mate #OppositionParty #EdoDecides

July 7, 2016

Ahead of the September 10, 2016 governorship election in Edo State, the Markafi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction has picked a former local government chairman (Esan North East), Hon. John Yakubu, as running mate to its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

It will be recalled that the PDP had earlier zoned the position of the running mate of its governorship candidate to the Edo Central senatorial district.

Media reports confirmed that the governorship candidate of the party, Pastor Ize-Iyamu; Edo…

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Federal High Court, Ikpeazu and Tax Evasion: Matters Arising! – Ishola Adebayo

June 29, 2016

Barely three months after the Supreme Court affirmed his election as Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has been kicked out by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday. The Court ordered him to vacate office with immediate effect on the basis that he committed perjury by giving false information in the Form 8C001 and documents accompanying it, which he and the PDP submitted nominating him to INEC as the party’s governorship candidate.

In the judgment, Justice Okon Abang…

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FG's Second Bail-Out for States: The Pros and Cons!!! - Ishola Adebayo

June 23, 2016

At the assumption of this President Buhari-led federal government on 29 May 2015, 23 states were in arrears of salary payment of between two and 13 months, with Benue, Kogi, Osun and Cross River States reported to owe the highest number of months, while states like Ogun, Kogi, Ebonyi, Gombe, Plateau owed workers various deductions and pensioners’ stipends ranging from four and 16 months.

The Federal Government did not fare better. The former Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister…

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8th NASS after 1 year - Top Ten Controversies & Stats - O.S.A. Aluko

June 17, 2016

  • Principal Positions, Juicy Committees & Exotic Cars:

The Senate and House of Reps were rocked with controversy as regard filling leadership positions – Senate Presidency, House Speakership, their deputies and principal officers. Consequently, when it came to chairmanship of committees, some discontented committee chairmen actually resigned from their appointment to ‘non-juicy’ committees.

Next in line was the purchase of cars. The Senate reportedly splashed ₦4.7B on the procurement of Toyota Land Cruisers Sport Utility Vehicles for 109 members. While the…

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Undetailed Budget of the National Assembly: Nigerians wait on!!! - Ishola Adebayo

June 15, 2016

Despite repeated assurances by the leadership of the National Assembly that it would ensure transparency in the management of the Assembly, the details of the 2016 budget of the federal legislature in the 2016 National budget is yet to be made public to Nigerians.

In the budget President Muhammadu Buhari assented to for both the Senate and House of Representatives on May 6th 2016, the sum of N115 billion was allocated to the National Assembly without a breakdown.

One of…

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Senate Receives List of Ambassadorial Nominees

June 10, 2016

Ambassadors are direct representatives of a nation's president in another country. In Nigeria, the power to appoint or to remove ambassadors is vested in the President. However, any such appointment shall not have effect unless it is confirmed by the Senate.

In 2011, an ambassadorial nominee was asked to recite the national anthem and the national pledge. She failed. She also did not know the capital of Jigawa State. Nevertheless the woman was endorsed and confirmed by the Senate. Consequently…

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Blasphemy Killing in Kano State and the Sharia Law: Matters Arising! - Ishola Adebayo

June 8, 2016

After Nigeria's return to civil rule in 1999, Muslim majority states in the north imposed Sharia law. The process was marked by bloody clashes between Muslims and Christians in states with significant number of non Muslims like in Kaduna and Bauchi, many lives were lost.

Many people were displaced and property destroyed. At the end of the day, Sharia ruled -fully or partially- in many of the states. Right now the situation remains volatile. Tension and unease calm reign across…

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Senator Buruji Withdraws Suit against ‘Young Man’

June 3, 2016

Buruji-Babington-Ashaye

Beyond doubt, Senator Buruji Kashamu appeared at the Magistsrate Court in Isabo, Abeokuta. Based on rumors, over 100 awaiting citizens flooded the court premises, not for interest in the court case, but for the expected Naira rain by the famous money-bag. Immediately the Ogun-East senator stepped into the court room, he was called up as a complainant to open a case against Deji Babington-Ashaye.

Interestingly, the Senator was seeing the defendant for the first time and to his surprise, it…

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Lagos East Town Hall Meeting – Domestic Violence Sensitization

June 2, 2016

A drizzle greeted constituents as they poured in to Mercy Hall on CMD Road, Magodo. From the gate, police men give directions to a 50m by 30m hall. Right inside, two things stand out, women in geles singing in Yoruba with passion, and ‘empowerment’ tools which filled up to one-fifth of the hall. The latter included cartons of Indomie noodles, cartons of Power oil, hair dryers, as well as mini gas cookers well branded with the senator’s photo and name.

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Finally! House Reps #OpenNASS with E-voting system - Ishola Adebayo

June 1, 2016

Media reports last week confirm that Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has introduced electronic voting system for use in all legislative proceedings in the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

At the moment, voting in the House is done via a primitive - all in support say ‘Aye’, all who are against, say ‘nay’ - system, which is as opaque as opaque gets, and is generally a very inefficient way to do things in this 21st…

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Ondo LG Election is Tomorrow!

April 22, 2016

After 7 years of running the Ondo State Government, the Governor Mimiko-led administration will conduct its first election for aspiring local government chairmen. The exercise billed for April 23 (tomorrow) happens to be just about 7 months before the end of the governor's tenure.

In response, at least 2 major political parties have opted to boycott the election - the All progressives Congress (APC) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP). The aggrieved parties plan to direct all their efforts towards…

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Senator Buruji Kashamu vs Asaye: The Legal Tussle Continues...

April 21, 2016

The Magistrate Court in Isabo, Abeokuta on Wednesday, 13th April, 2016 at 11:05am commenced hearing on the arraigned "social media activist" named Deji Babington-Asaye for calling Buruji Kashamu, the Senator representing Ogun East, a "drug baron and jail breaker".

The court said, Mr. Babington-Asaye, a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), made the comment on a PDP WhatsApp group chat between March 12th and 13th, 2016.

The Prosecuting Counsel, asked the Court to strike out the old charges (libel…

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Amendment Process of CCB and Tribunal Act – 10 Action Points (2nd Reading)

April 15, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu presides over plenary.

A Bill for an Act to amend the CCB Act CAP C15 LFN 2004 and for other related matters, 2016 (SB. 248) by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi is presented.

  1. Lead debate by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta North).

  2. Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) supports, says amendment as proposed is justified.

  3. Senator Jibrin Barau (Kano North) – says amendment is about fairness in our judicial system.

  4. Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Imo East)…

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FCT Finally Decided

April 14, 2016

The 2016 FCT Local Council elections finally came to conclusion following rerun polls on Wednesday (April 13, 2016).

In the rerun, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) broke the northern nigeria jinx, by attaining a first victory ever in the region. This was made possible by Adamu Mustapha 's victory in Gwagwalada local government area.

Generally, the 'governing party', APC, overshadowed the PDP by winning all five of the other local government areas.

The FCT Local Council election winners are…

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FCT Area Council Polls - 2 Done, 4 to go!

April 12, 2016

The FCT Area Council poll was logically expected in some quarters to entail a low turnout of voters. The reason was because just about 55% of 1 million registered voters picked up their PVCs. This expectation was well proven on the day, as far from many voters participated in the electoral process.

Following the exercise on Saturday, the INEC declared results for only 2 of 6 local council areas – Bwari and Kwali. APC's Joseph Shazin was declared winner of…

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#LagosWestTHM: Was Senator Yayi Really Engaged? – O.S.A. Aluko

March 18, 2016

March 17, 2016.

At 10:50am, Blue Roof Event Centre was filled with the echo “APC! APC! APC”!

Right about the same time, Senator Adeola (AKA Yayi), 50 minutes late, was squeezed in by black-vested bodyguards, as his employees (constituents) stood in ovation seeking to, if possible, look through the numerous geles.

LagosWestTHMMarch2016

Right after the national anthem was sung in a patriotic manner, ‘elderly’ constituents scrambled for the Senator’s publication in a manner younger men would find it hard to compete…

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2015 Gender and Equal Opportunity (GEO) Bill – Matters Arising

March 16, 2016

View/Download the 2015 GEO Bill

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, 15th of March, 2016 voted against the Gender and Equal Opportunity (GEO) Bill. The bill could not pass the second reading after the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, put the bill to vote with the “Nays” having it.

The GEO Bill seeks adoption of special temporary measures to eliminate discrimination and ensure equal opportunities for majority of Nigerians, while it also seeks appropriate measures against gender discrimination in political and public…

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Senator Tinubu Meets With Constituents

March 15, 2016

Senator Tinubu and Constituents

Nigerian citizens in their various constituencies always wonder where the opinions and ideas their legislators’ present in the National Assembly originate from when they barely hold meetings with their constituents to discuss relevant issues.

In addition, the electorate have always complained that their elected lawmakers appear in their constituencies to only solicit for votes in the run-up to elections and disappear shortly afterwards, without ever meeting the people during their tenure in office.

Alas! This cannot be said of Senator…

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OpenNASS: Dogara Seeks British Support for establishment of NASS TV

March 9, 2016

Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has solicited the support of the British parliament in establishing Radio and Television stations for the National Assembly.

Dogara noted that the establishment of the media outfits in the parliament would enable Nigerians to access and assess activities of their elected representatives as the stations, when established, will transmit proceedings live from the two chambers.

The Speaker said the media stations were in line with the legislative agenda of the 8th National Assembly…

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#OurNASS: In Need of a Job Description? - Jude Feranmi

March 4, 2016

Shall we start with a lesson in Democracy 101? It was in Athens in Greece that what we now regard as Democracy first took shape. Truth however is African philosophy records elements of Democracy in Ancient Egypt 3000 years before the birth of Jesus, but History is for another day. The word parliament took its essential root also in Athenian Democracy where it was called ekklesia and was the most important institution of that system and every citizen could take…

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24 Hours to 22 ELECTIONS in 8 States

February 19, 2016

Following declaration of results for the general elections in 2015, many aggrieved candidates sought to change the outcome of the political tussle that was displayed across Nigeria.

Following series of tribunal sittings, and court cases, the Independent National Electoral Commission was ordered by the judiciary to conduct 80 election reruns between Janaury and March 2016.

This Saturday, Febraury 20, schedule for 22 reruns in 8 states, marks the climax of the 80 court-ordered elections.

The 8 states involved include:

Benue…

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Kogi Central, East rerun polls: Matters Arising! - Ishola Monsur

February 17, 2016

Barring any last minute change, the re-scheduled senatorial elec¬tions in the East and Central sen¬atorial districts of Kogi State will hold this week Saturday, February 20th.

The senators representing Kogi Central and East senatorial districts, Muhammed Salami Ohiare and Abdul Abdullahi, respectively, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had their elections nullified by the Court of Ap¬peal sitting in Abuja last year Decem¬ber. The court also barred the two of them from participating in the fresh election.

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Senate President Saraki & CCT (Timeline)

February 16, 2016

SP Saraki @ CCT

  • May 2003 - May 2011 - Dr. Olubukola Abubakar Saraki as Governor of Kwara State, as required by law, filed and submitted four asset declaration forms and submitted same to the Code of Conduct Bureau

  • The forms were duly investigated by the Bureau and other relevant agencies of government

  • It was found that Dr. Olubukola Abubakar Saraki:

Allegedly corruptly acquired many properties while in office as Governor of Kwara State but failed to declare some of them in the said…

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Federal Ministries & Overseeing NASS Committees

February 15, 2016

24 Federal Ministries, 66 Senate Committees and 96 House of Reps Committees

Finance Ministry has highest number of overseeing committees in the Federal House of Reps;

while Science & Technology, Solid Minerals and Water Resources Ministries each have just 1 committee apiece in the two legislative Houses.

Budget and National Planning, with 6 committees in each legislature, has the highest number of committees in the Senate. However, Finance Ministry has a total of 15 committees, making it the federal ministry…

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Opinion: Interrogating the 2016 Budget – Gbenga Adesina

January 27, 2016

Our persuasion is that budget offers us an un-gilded window into the soul of a government as expressed in its fiscal priorities. Is a government pro-people? Does this government wake up thinking of you or is it just another incarnate of the political class and their tendencies?

Budget is how you know. Budget is how you measure a government’s change slogan as a function of mere mantra or as a function of well-heeled intentions.

Of course this analysis will not…

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Week Review January 15, 2016

January 18, 2016

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Nigeria's 2016 Budget of Change Missing!

January 15, 2016

President Buhari's 2016 “Budget of Change” went missing due to political reasons, a news report has stated. Several thousand of hard and soft copies of the important document allegedly disappeared from the National Assembly, going by media reports on January 12th.

Several senators said they couldn't find their copy of the budget and thus couldn't discuss or pass it during resumption to plenary on Tuesday after their Christmas and New Year recess.

The incident generated a lot of noise in…

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Senate’s 3-bills in 7 months: Matters Arising!

January 12, 2016

Seven months into the life of the 8th Senate, the senators have so far considered 125 bills and 48 motions on issues relating to various aspects in the country. Out of the bills considered, only three were passed, eight are in second reading and 114 are in first reading.

The National Assembly, comprising the Senate and the House of Representatives is charged with the responsibility of making laws for the country through bills. Section 58 (1) of the1999 Constitution, says…

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Finally, #BayelsaDecides Now Conclusive!

January 11, 2016

Bayelsa Decided

Governor Seriakae Dickson was on January 9th returned as the winner of the Bayelsa State governorship election. This followed the declaration of the results of the supplementary elections conducted in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and 101 polling units in six other local government areas.

The supplementary elections followed the cancellation of the election in Southern Ijaw and the 101 units due to irregularities in the governorship election conducted on December 5, 2015. Dickson, who was the candidate of the…

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As Bayelsa Supplementary Guber Poll Holds Tomorrow (January 9)

January 8, 2016

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will tomorrow, Saturday (January 9), conduct supplementary elections in Southern Ijaw LGA and some polling units in three other LGAs (Nembe, Ogbia and Brass) where elections were cancelled.

A new date was fixed for the polls after a consultative meeting with leaders of political parties who fielded candidates in the December 5, 2015 Bayelsa governorship election and the candidates who contested the election at the INEC headquarters.

The INEC had on Monday, December 7…

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Grappling With the Aftermath of Ekiti, Zamfara & Postponed Sokoto Council Polls – Ishola Monsur

January 6, 2016

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The aftermath of the Ekiti State Local Government election held in 16 councils of the state, where the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was declared winner of all the seats, was quite predictable, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) had declined to participate in the election.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won all the 16 chairmanship and 177 councillorship positions contested in the local government elections held in the state on Saturday, December 19th 2015. Five political parties contested in the…

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Ekiti Local Government Election!

December 17, 2015

There will be equity. We are going to be fair to all parties as we are going to give them level playing ground. We will not be biased

-- Justice Kayode Bamisile (rtd) (Ekiti SIEC Chairman)

Ekiti LG Polls

The first of local government elections in this new political dispensation will take place tomorrow in Ekiti State.

However, the timing is precisely 14 months after the governor was sworn-in.

Initially, the All Progressives Congress (APC) filed a case in the High Court in…

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Kogi & Bayelsa Guber Polls: Matters Arising – Ishola Monsur

December 8, 2015

Kogi & Bayelsa Polls

Another set of elections have come and gone. The same problems and symptoms have emerged. It is unnerving that at this stage in our development, we still cannot get our elections right. It is obvious that the people in authority do not want free, fair and credible elections.

We have undergone biometric voter’s registration exercise and Permanent Voters Card (PVC) verification through Smart Card Readers (SCR). Nigerians are not too dumb to utilize electronic voting.

Kogi State supplementary elections and…

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Taraba In Comprehension - O.S.A. Aluko

December 2, 2015

Taraba Map

Since the 4th republic began in 1999, Taraba North had produced Rev. Jolly Nyame as governor (8 years), Taraba Central produced Danbaba Suntai who was to end his 8 years tenure in 2015.

Taraba South was the only zone yet to produce a candidate to attain the position. It is in view of this that agitations kept arising from different quarters, especially the southern district that zoning would play a key role in ascertaining who succeeds Governor Suntai by 2015.

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New INEC Chairman!

October 21, 2015

President Buhari nominates Prof. Mahmud Yakubu as INEC Chairman.

New INEC Commissioners have also been nominated in line with the Constitution - Amina Zakari (North West), Anthonia Okoosi-Simbine (North Central), Baba Arfo (North East), Mohammed Lecky (South South), Soyebi Solomon (South West)

New INEC Boss

  • Native of Bauchi State

  • The 1st and only first-class graduate of history from the North (trained in Cambridge and Oxford Universities in the UK)

  • Professor of political history and international studies

  • Expert in guerrilla warfare, terrorism and counter-terrorism

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Ministerial Screening Continues

October 20, 2015

It's another plenary day!

All eyes are on the Senate, as the ministerial Screening is to continue today.

As a build up to the process, the National Prayer, a much needed exercise, was well said:

ALMIGHTY GOD, Ruler of Heaven and Earth, we beseech Thee to inpire and guide all our counsels and actions, so that we may always walk in the path of justice, love and charity to one another,

Help us with Thy Grace to do only those…

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Nigeria: Federal Ministers (2015)

October 9, 2015

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Week Review (September 4, 2015)

September 4, 2015

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State Assemblies - Elected Speakers & Deputies

July 14, 2015

Average Age:

Speakers = 46,

Deputy Speakers = 45

Political Party Representation (Speakers):

APC = 22,

APGA = 1,

PDP = 13

State Assembly Speakers

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Debtor States League

June 19, 2015

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Nigeria Senators League

June 12, 2015

‘We shall strengthen our capacity for public engagement as well as broaden access for inclusion’ – Bukola Saraki

On Tuesday, the 8th Nigerian National Assembly was inaugurated with PDP’s Ike Ekweredu (Enugu West) retaining his position as the Deputy Senate President.

Former Governor of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki, who now represents Kwara Central at the senate, was elected unopposed as president of the 8th Senate in a session which had 51 of 109 senators in attendance.

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Concession, Cancellation & Court

April 28, 2015

Following President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan's historic feat by being the first Nigerian sitting president to concede defeat and congratulate his opponent, a number of governors have also sought the look of statemanship. Nevertheless, there was no stopping some aggrieved candidates/stakeholders from calling for cancellation and opting for court cases:

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Guber Election Results

April 13, 2015

Results from 2 states in South East are yet to be declared (Abia and Imo)

3 0f 7 aspiring ministers succeeded: Samuel Ortom (Benue, APC), Nyesom Wike (Rivers, PDP) and Dairus ishaku (Taraba, PDP)

8 of 10 Incumbent governors declared victorious (Borno, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Oyo, Yobe and Zamfara)

1 incumbent governor declared to have lost (Kaduna)

1 Incumbent governor awaiting result declaration (election declared inconclusive in Imo)

Guber Elction Update

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Nigeria's Guber Candidates 2015 (Infographic)

April 10, 2015

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NASS ELECTIONS

April 7, 2015

On March 28, across all federal constituencies and senatorial districts in Nigeria, citizens voted to decide their representatives in the 8th National Assembly.

  • SENATE:

At least, five governors, Jonathan Jang (Plateau North), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom West), Theodore Orji (Abia Central), Mohammed Kwankwaso (Kano Central) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto North) have won their election bid into the Nigerian Senate.

Likewise, David Mark (Senate President) and Ike Ekweremadu (Senate Vice President) also got re-elected, but they both won’t be retaining…

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Election Postponement - Anatomy (Infographic)

February 13, 2015

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Youth Voters, Card Readers and Revoda - O.S.A. Aluko

February 3, 2015

INEC’s intention to put card readers to use in the forthcoming elections is in fact a tech-driven and innovative problem-solving approach. This further re-enforces the hope that each vote cast will represent an eligible voter.

As the cards have been introduced, the period for accreditation has been extended for 1 hour (now 8am to 1pm rather than 8am to 12pm) while voting will be from 1pm to 6pm. 145,000 card readers will be put to use across 119,973 polling units…

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Niger East Senatorial District Bye-Election August 30/September 6

January 30, 2015

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) rescheduled the Niger East senatorial by-election initially for August 30.

All political parties that indicated interest to join the race agreed with INEC for changing the date of the by-election from August 16th to 30th with the exception of APC which disagreed with the commission over the new date.

The following individuals were part of the candidates:

Dr. Shem Zagbayi Nuhu (Peoples Democratic Party, PDP)

Barrister David Umaru (All Progressives Congress, APC)

Isa Mohammed…

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Plateau Guber Debate By Faisal Adamu

January 26, 2015

The debate was organized by PRTVC, YIAGA, Amplified Radio and EIE. It was attended by the three candidates of Labour Party – Amb. Bagudu Hirse; All Progressives Congress – Rt. Hon Simon Lalong; and the People’s Democratic Party — Senator GNS Pwajok. The debate was moderated by Dan Mallam.

The moderator first began by reading out the profiles of the respective candidates; their educational background and work experience.

The debate was formatted in three sets, with questions from a prepared…

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#NigeriaDecides- Governors

December 19, 2014

36 States,

29 Governorship elections,

10 incumbents recontesting: Borno, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Oyo, Yobe and Zamfara

12 Governors aimed for senatorial offices: Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau and Sokoto

7 Governors didn’t seek senatorial offices: Taraba, Rivers, Lagos, Kano, Jigawa, Cross River and Adamawa

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Governors Shun Court in Suit Challenging Legality of Their Pensions

November 28, 2014

Many of the 74 defendants in a suit seeking an order to set aside state laws prescribing pension for former governors and their deputies did not show up at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday when the matter came up.

The plaintiffs, comprising EiE Nigeria, 35 other civil society organisations and two activists, Ayodeji Kolawole and Tunde Asaju, had asked the court to nullify the laws enacted by the various state Houses of Assembly prescribing pension for former…

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Taraba Speaker Resigns

November 24, 2014

The Speaker of Taraba House of Assembly, Mr Josiah Kente has resigned his position.

He told journalists on Monday in Jalingo that he had forwarded his resignation letter to the Clerk of the assembly, stating that the decision was for personal reasons and in the interest of peace in the state.

Kente was elected speaker in November 2013, following the death of his predecessor, late Mr Haruna Tsokwa. He thanked the people of the state and members of the seventh…

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MAVC: Global Innovation Competition

November 21, 2014

VOTE for SYE Here

Do you want a database of all Representatives, Senators & Governors and their contact information?

Do you want easy access to the bills your Representative or Senator is sitting on?

Do you want to engage more with your Representative or Senator?

Shine your eye can help with all of this and more.

Shine Your Eye or SYE is an initiative of Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE). It’s an online platform and SMS-based app that aims to…

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Delta Local Government Elections

October 28, 2014

On October 25, Delta State Independent Electoral Commission conducted local council elections across Delta State. Consequently, results were released for 23 council areas out of the 25. The other two were Ndokwa East which was cancelled and Ethiope East whcih was declared inconclusive.

The chairman of the commission, Mr. Moses Ogbe said the election was free and fair throughout the state , and pointed out that some politicians attempted to disrupt the smooth conduct of the elections in Ethiope East…

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The Senate: Constitution Amendment

October 22, 2014

The Senate was unable to immediately form a quorum a day after the House of Representatives voted for constitution amendment. This occured because the number of senators present were not up to the two-third requirement of members' attendance.

Consequently, the situation was remedied at the Senate proceedings on Tuesday (October 21, 2014). The senate formally consented to 23 of the 71 new amendments to the 1999 Constitution. On the contrary, a major amendment they rendered invalid is the removal of…

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Reps Vote For Constitution Amendment

October 17, 2014

The House of Representatives on Wednesday (October 15) in Abuja voted to effect 71 amendments to sections of the 1999 constitution. Areas covered by this include legislative immunity, local government autonomy, state creation, indigeneship and citizenship, independent candidacy in elections, budgetary process, revenue allocation, life pension for National Assembly heads and role for traditional rulers.

The new amendment makes it mandatory for the president to address a joint meeting of the National Assembly once a year and for the house…

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Adamawa Bye-Elections Cancelled

October 9, 2014

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Chief Judge of Adamawa State to immediately swear-in Mr Bala Ngilari as the Governor of the State. This is just three days to the bye-election scheduled by INEC in the state. The initial governor, Nyako, was impeached by lawmakers after reviewing the report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate allegations of financial impropriety against him and his deputy (Ngilari ).

Mr Ngilari was earlier reported to have…

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Adamawa Bye- Election October 11

September 5, 2014

The bye- election to replace the impeached Governor Murtala Nyako has been slated for October 11, in accordance with Section 191(2) of the 1999 Constitution.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has issued a time table for the schedule of activities associated with the bye-election.

Adamawa Governorship Bye-election Timetable

Where the election is unable to produce a winner, a run off is expected to come up seven days after the announcement of the election’s results.

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How Will the North Vote in 2015?

August 7, 2014

As we approach 2015 elections, now more than ever, we should look at the records of our elected officials. Have they really kept their promises?

The following article appeared in the Y! Naija publication and discusses some of the factors that will affect how people will vote, particularly in Northern Nigeria.

When the elections come – How will the North vote in 2015? (YNaija Long Read) by Mark Amaza

In the week of Christmas 2013 the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)…

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Democracy At Work: Recall of Nasarawa Lawmakers

August 5, 2014

If your community and you are unhappy with your lawmakers, there are steps you can take to engage them. You can attend their meetings, call them on your mobile or even visit their constituency offices to share your grievances. However, if your lawmaker has blatantly failed in their duties, you can find an answer in recall. To recall a lawmaker, you first need the signatures of more than half of the registered voters to submit the recall petition to the…

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#OsunDecides Debate August 3

July 31, 2014

Enough is Enough Nigeria will be hosting a youth focused debate in Osun on Sunday, August 3, 2014. The main topics are education and employment/enterprise. This is your opportunity to hear from the candidates and make the best decision for you and your community.

The event takes place at Leisure Spring Hotel, Iwo/Ibadan Expressway at 3pm.

There is free seating.

If you have questions for the candidates email rsvp@eienigeria.org or send an sms to 08076468401.

The debate will be aired…

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#RSVP: New Dates for CVR and PVC

July 30, 2014

You cannot vote in the upcoming 2015 elections, if you do not register to vote (CVR) or do not collect your permanent voter’s card (PVC). Registration and PVC collection is spread across three phases. Phase 1 is over, but you still have a chance if your state is in Phase 2 or 3.

PHASE 2

Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto, FCT, Kwara, Anambra, Ebonyi, Ondo, Oyo, Delta, Cross River, Yobe

Permanent Voter’s Card Pick Up: August 15 – 17

Continuous Voter Registration…

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Lagos Central Town Hall Meeting with Senator Oluremi Tinubu

June 20, 2014

The 11th Annual Lagos Central Town Hall Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The purpose of the meeting was to encourage civic engagement and to report on the achievements and status of projects and programs enacted by Senator Tinubu. Unfortunately, the event was not as dynamic and open as most would have thought. Citing issues of having to meet a flight, it was said that Senator Tinubu would only be taking two questions from the public. One of…

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Will You RSVP?

May 27, 2014

RSVP focuses on ensuring that young Nigerians are at the table to determine Nigeria’s future. The four letters represent the activities young people need to complete to successfully in order to have a positive impact on governance in Nigeria.

**R - Register to vote

S - Select credible candidates

V - Vote

P - Protect your vote**

Will you RSVP? If so, INEC has begun voter registration. If you are already registered to vote, make sure you pick up your…

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Global Days of Action

May 14, 2014

Global Days of Action is a #BringBackOurGirls initiative to draw global attention to the abduction of over 200 girls and the terrorist attacks that continue to plague Nigeria. As a part of global days of action, we urge you to participate in Speak-Out-Saturday, May 24 and 31.

Contact your National Assembly Members and urge them to promote safety and security in the nation by doing all they can to bring back our girls. Here are some officials that you can…

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Citizens’ Solutions to End Terrorism

April 18, 2014

On Monday, April 14, Nigerians woke up to news of another heart-rending carnage at Nyanya Motor Park after a bomb detonated. Over 100 people were injured and over 70 people died. That same night, over 200 school girls were abducted in Chibok, Borno State. This was enough to jolt most citizens out of nonchalance.

Tired of mere condemnations and the usual blame game, citizens on social media platforms responded to a call for suggestions on ways to combat this surge…

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