Going to Maiduguri 2…

Continued from last week….Going to Maiduguri Part 1…  On seeing a combined team of police men, uniformed soldiers and mobile police officers stationed at the gate of a major hotel along the entrance road into the city, I alighted from the taxi and walked up to them. Experience has taught me that security operatives could…

THERE WAS A COUNTRY: THE PROPER REACTION

By Lillian Chioma Nwosu   “Writers don’t give prescriptions, they give headaches.” ~Chinua Achebe in Anthills of the Savannah I have observed with some degree of amusement, the reactions to Achebe’s latest book, his memoir, There Was A Country; which chronicles the ravages of the Nigerian-Biafran Civil from the perspective of the average Igbo man…

PIB: Good to go or not

A panel of analysts on CHANNELS breakfast show, Sunrise, debated whether the latest draft of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) is ready to passed into law or not and divergent views were expressed with calls made for more engagement for the bill.   An energy expert, Mr Zaka Bala claimed the PIB that was recently…

RED CARPET TRIAL

     Fresh in Nigerian minds are the mass protests opposing government attempts to abolish the subsidy on local fuel in January 2012. The protests propelled high-powered probes which exposed the unprecedented financial mismanagement and horrendous malfeasance entrenched in the administration of fuel subsidies. Last week, the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) arraigned more independent…

Going to Maiduguri…

By Victoria Ibezim Ohaeri Lagos airport, en route Maiduguri I like to describe myself as a very daring woman. From the Loango oil fields in Pointe Noire, Congo Brazzaville where communities are ravaged by oil pollution, to the indigenous communities living on the edge of the mountains in Lima, Peru threatened with forced eviction, down…

WHICH WAY NIGERIA?

By Kunle Rotimi Nigeria’s birth circumstances, being unnatural and not carefully thought out in 1914 have constituted a plethora of crises facing the growing nation! From independence in 1960, series of socio-political, religious, cultural and economic ailments or upheavals have afflicted the great country, thereby threatening its existential stability. Now at 52, Nigeria has had…