Before Adamu Adamu’s education strategic plan becomes a missed opportunity, by Chidi Odinkalu

Education may, at last, be receiving some attention in Nigeria. In Kaduna State, Governor El-Rufai is wielding the broom of his ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) against teachers in a controversial proposal to sweep away an estimated 22,000 of them who’re apparently unfit for the vocation. The supply line for competent replacements on this scale More...

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By Bar and Bench On Friday, November 17th, 2017
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The dangers of boxing in the pastoralists, by Jibrin Ibrahim

People often talk of the Fulani being in power in Nigeria but the majority of Fulanis are pastoralists and the reality is that they have very limited voice in national narratives, and are constantly maligned. There More...

By Bar and Bench On Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
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That showdown in Kaduna, by Dele Agekameh

In Kaduna State right now, over twenty thousand Nigerians are facing imminent job losses in the state’s civil service. Nasir el-Rufai, the state governor, plans to replace them with more suitably qualified personnel. More...

By Bar and Bench On Sunday, November 12th, 2017
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Will Anambra poll hold, asks Leo Sobechi

As the countdown continues, one of the issues that have been trending in the state is the concern for unrelenting campaign by members of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) for a poll boycott. With More...

By Bar and Bench On Saturday, November 11th, 2017
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Why General Olanrewaju wants pardon, by Eric Teniola

Of all the people arrested and found guilty of General Oladipo Diya (N/671) coup plot in December 1997 under late General Sanni Abacha, only three have not been given Presidential pardon. They are Major General More...

By Bar and Bench On Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
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How to stem corruption in Nigeria, by Olu Okurinboye

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misappropriating the wrong remedies -Grucho Marx. Corruption appears to be a never-ending national stigma read about on daily basis More...

By Bar and Bench On Saturday, November 4th, 2017
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Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim does not own Newswatch, by Ray Ekpu

On Tuesday October 31, 2017, our attention was drawn to a story planted by Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim in several newspapers about a court decision that took place seven months ago, precisely on March 27, 2017. The judgement More...

By Bar and Bench On Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
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2019 Presidency: Why Buhari should re-contest, by Paul Onomuakpokpo

It is only those who are unfamiliar with the politics of mutual backslapping in these climes who are surprised by the verdict of the governors of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). At the meeting More...

By Bar and Bench On Monday, October 23rd, 2017
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Does Buhari plan to treat Abdulrasheed Maina’s case like Babachir Lawal, asks ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Abdulrasheed Maina cannot hide forever. Neither he nor the people who helped him circumvent justice in 2013 gave this a thought when he escaped to Dubai. But as he must have found out already, retreating from justice More...

By Bar and Bench On Friday, October 20th, 2017
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PMB, Kanu and the tsetse fly on the scrotum!, by Dr Ik Muo

My last intervention (1967-2017: from police action to egwu eke) was on 30/9/17. I had recalled how an ordinary police action led to a gruesome 30 month civil war and prayed that the recent egwu-eke 2 did not lead More...