NPHCDA’s formidable COVID -19 vaccine strategy

By Bridget Agada The newest assignment in Nigeria now for the multitude of idlers, detractors and covert saboteurs is the administration of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in the country. It swirled like harmattan breeze with every frenzy. The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) took delivery of the 3.92 million doses of the highly priced and scare vaccine in the determined efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to secure public health. Mr. President has his eyes fixated on curbing the spread of the global Coronavirus pandemic; but those who perpetually pray…

Read More

Monguno’s tales by moonlight

By Abba Gana Pen merchants are unchallengeable kings in their respective domains. They operate like emperors; determining and twisting everything as it suits their evil designs. Its common to see them invent their own rules, redefine existing conventions separate from universally accepted norms and ethics of the profession. They operate like soldiers by turning newsrooms into battle grounds against perceived enemies. Once contracted writers pencil down a word, it is to destroy a target or a stubborn client who has refused to “play ball;” a Nigerian phrasal euphemism for bribe…

Read More

TY Buratai : Rising From Grace To Grace!

By David Onmeje “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.” – Mahatma Gandhi (former Indian Prime Minister) The sudden re-engagement of Nigeria’s former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and leader of anti-insurgency operations, retired Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai for another national assignment was a pleasant shock to his friends and admirers. But it certainly angered his enemies and foes. Gen. Buratai (rtd) morphed into the diplomatic scene as one of Nigeria’s non-career ambassadors barely weeks after his resignation from active military service. Surely, Gen. Buratai…

Read More

Monguno; BBC Interview And The Gulfy Confutation

By Philip Agbese The advertised reality of Nigeria as a terribly endangered country is quite unfortunate.  It clear to all of us that having vociferous characters like Babagana Monguno as the Nigeria’s National Security Adviser (NSA) have laid strong pillars of the country’s path to self-perdition. It is strange and a misnomer in Nigeria’s history to consistently see the effluxions of an NSA in the media. With due respect, I don’t think Monguno has any scant regard for the high office of NSA. He is either briefing State House Correspondents…

Read More

That needless outreach of Gumi against Nigerian Army

By Philip Agbese It is my fervent conviction that liberty is man’s greatest asset. It resides in everyone and in its confined seclusion; very hesitant to dare the worldly tempestuous waves, unless it is pressured by forces of disfigured pride or consciousness. When liberty is bruised, we are usually confronted with its unsparing venom and the upshots are usually grave. Instantly, it makes us diminish our dignity and self-esteem. Abuse of liberty can plunge someone into unimaginable or unexpected troubles. The Biblical narrative of Adam and Eve in the Garden…

Read More

TY BURATAI: A LESSON IN RESILIENCE

By Samson Aboh By my estimation, patience is not merely one of life’s fusillade of virtues. It means much more than such simplistic conclusions to me. And maturing with each passing day, I devout considerable time to gauge the actions and postures of others before sketching conclusions or pinning down judgements from informed perspectives. Therefore, patience is an enabler of so many things to me as a person, like it does for some other deep philosophical thinkers. I am one person who restrains comments on anything until the end is…

Read More

COVID-19 and NPHCDA’s rescue mission

By Philip Agbese  At last, salvation from the asphyxiation of the COVID-19 pandemic for Nigeria looks very certain now. Like the popular idiomatic cliché, there is now light at the end of the tunnel. A bright hope and reality of the total freedom from the sickening torments of the global coronavirus pandemic on Nigerians stares in the face and patiently waiting to proclaim its victory.   Soon and very soon, the COVID-19 induced deaths; agonizing days and months of illness and treatment of victims and the lonely burial of beloved ones…

Read More

Obioma and his midas touch in NECO

By Philip Agbese Femi Adesina, the presidential aide is a fantastic and affable fellow. Nothing else has glued me to him like bees on honey more than his present role as a presidential spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari. Adesina is one person it will take me a long time to forget in the history of strategic presidential communication and publicity. I have seen and read his predecessors in the same office over the years; but certain things make him a unique human being on the job; one of which is…

Read More

TY Buratai: Why the phones are still ringing

By Philip Agbese Something interesting struck my mind having closely monitored events around the immediate past Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. TY Buratai (rtd). One is perplexed at the stream of human traffic to his residence or complimentary phone calls everyday. It’s a seldom experience with past public office holders in Nigeria. Unlike Gen. Buratai, most former prominent high profile public holders are deserted by their friends, loyalists and acquaintances in less than a week after office. Forlornness is imposed on them even from the least expected quarters.…

Read More

Buratai, other ambassadors will make Africa proud – Don.

By: Phillipe Agebese The nomination of the immediate past chief of army staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai ( rtd), and other former service chiefs have been hailed as a step in the right direction in galvanizing the support of the international community in the quest towards addressing the security challenges in the country. This was stated by Dr. Thomas Uzah, the head of the department of mass communications, Kwararafa University during a media parley recently. He stated that the nominations of the former service chiefs were indeed a masterstroke by…

Read More