Editorial

In a move that can only be described as political theater, members of Nigeria's House of Representatives have offered to slash their basic salaries by 50 percent for six months. This gesture, ostensibly aimed at alleviating the hardship faced by ordinary Nigerians, is nothing more than a smokescreen that fails to address the real issues at hand. Let's be clear: the basic salary of these lawmakers represents a mere fraction—reportedly around 5 percent—of their total compensation package. The real wealth accumulated by these representatives lies not in their official salaries, but in the myriad of allowances, constituency projects, and other…
The removal of Ali Ndume as Senate Chief Whip and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)'s demand for his resignation from the party mark a troubling development in Nigerian politics. This incident, coupled with the earlier suspension of Senator Abdul Ningi for his critical remarks about President Bola Tinubu’s government, suggests a growing intolerance for dissent within both the party and the broader governance framework. Such actions not only undermine democratic principles but also raise serious concerns about the emergence of authoritarianism under Tinubu’s leadership. Ndume’s removal comes after his outspoken criticism of the government’s handling of key national issues,…
The consensus among Nigeria’s private sector is clear and damning: President Bola Tinubu’s economic policies are decimating businesses, causing widespread job losses, exacerbating poverty, and deepening national misery. The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA) have all sounded the alarm. It is imperative that the government change course before it is too late. The policy shifts enacted in 2023, particularly the removal of fuel subsidies and the liberalization of the exchange rate, have created market distortions and increased the cost of doing business.…
In a bid to address the pressing issue of widespread hunger in Nigeria, the Bola Tinubu-led federal government has recently announced a controversial policy to import food. While the intention to provide immediate relief is commendable, this approach may prove to be a double-edged sword, potentially causing more harm than good in the long run. The government's plan includes suspending duties, tariffs, and taxes on the importation of essential food commodities such as maize, husked brown rice, wheat, and cowpeas for 150 days. Additionally, the government intends to import 250,000 metric tons each of wheat and maize. These measures, while…
The recent Supreme Court ruling mandating direct allocation of funds to local governments and barring governors from dissolving elected councils has raised afresh questions about the nature and future of federalism in Nigeria. While the decision aims to curb the notorious misappropriation of funds by state governors, it inadvertently undermines the core principles of federalism and perpetuates an inequitable system of local government distribution. In a federal system, true autonomy is reserved for the federating units—states or regions that come together to form a central authority for mutual benefits. Local governments, created primarily for administrative convenience, do not qualify as…
Once upon a time, in the bustling markets and humble kitchens of Nigeria, there were two steadfast friends: Garri and Beans. These culinary comrades, adored by the masses and cherished by the destitute, provided solace in times of need. They were the loyal sentinels of the supper table, the reliable pillars of the pantry, the unassuming saviours of countless Nigerian stomachs. Alas, how times have changed. Our once-faithful friends have turned into avaricious adversaries, leaving us to ponder the cruel ironies of life. In an era where loyalty should be more than just a marketing slogan, Garri, the ever-affordable carbohydrate…
Two days ago, Nigeria's Senate sounded the alarm on the worsening food crisis, warning of potential nationwide protests if urgent action is not taken. While their concern is warranted, it is crucial to examine the role the lawmakers themselves play in the current economic hardship facing everyday Nigerians. The Senate's call for President Bola Tinubu to "do something urgently" rings hollow when juxtaposed against the lavish spending and self-serving policies that have become hallmarks of Nigeria's political class. If our representatives truly wish to address the hunger and anger gripping the nation, they must first look inward and implement meaningful…
The recent Informal Economy Report 2024 has shed light on a critical aspect of Nigeria's economic landscape: the informal sector contributes over half of the country's GDP. This revelation underscores both the resilience and potential of Nigeria's grassroots economy, while also highlighting the urgent need for integration and formalization. The informal sector, comprising street vendors, artisans, and small service providers, represents a vast untapped resource for Nigeria's economic development. However, their exclusion from the formal economy comes at a significant cost – both to the businesses themselves and to the nation as a whole. Integrating these economic producers into the…
President Bola Tinubu’s re-election as the chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) presents a crucial opportunity to mend the fractures that emerged during his first term. Under his prior leadership, ECOWAS witnessed the unprecedented withdrawal of Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso, reducing the 15-member bloc to 12 and marking a significant setback for regional unity. This disintegration stemmed from the heavy-handed approach towards these nations, particularly the ill-advised threats of military intervention and sanctions, which ultimately pushed them further away. Tinubu’s previous stance, characterized by aggressive rhetoric and punitive measures, proved counterproductive. The people of Niger,…
The recent declaration of a state of emergency on oil production by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) rings hollow in light of the ongoing and escalating crisis of crude oil theft in Nigeria. Despite the grandiose rhetoric from NNPCL's Group Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari, at the 23rd Nigeria Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition Week, the reality on the ground tells a starkly different story. Kyari's proclamation of "war means war" and his assurances that NNPCL possesses the "right tools" to combat the challenges crippling crude oil production are belied by the persistent and worsening theft in…
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