20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY: WHAT HAS CHANGED IN NIGERIA?

Two days ago, President Mohammadu Buhari took his oath of office to officially commence his second term. He did not deliver any speech. Perhaps he will on June 12. It is significant that the event of last Wednesday clearly marks the 20th anniversary of Nigeria’s return to democratic rule. Unbroken and uninterrupted, Nigeria’s democracy, despite all its imperfections, has run now for twenty years, back-to-back, for the first time. While we celebrate this feat in out-growing the tag of a nascent democracy, we must yet ask ourselves what indeed has…

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WIKE DARES BEST APC STATES TO COMPARE WITH HIM ON DEVPT

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has challenged  the national leadership  of the All Progressives Congress  (APC) to present their   best performing states  of the party  for a peer review  against  Rivers State.  Speaking while inaugurating 10 internal Roads  constructed  by  his administration in Ogbunabali area of Port Harcourt  on Friday, Wike said that Rivers  State was the centre of fast  delivery of pro-people projects in the country.  He said: “I challenge them (APC) to bring their states  for a peer review  against Rivers State. Let them attempt to…

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COMMISSIONERS, ADVISERS GROAN AS GOVERNORS LIVE LARGE IN STATES

This is certainly not the best of time to be appointed as a commissioner or hold office as a Special Adviser in the cabinet of any state government in Nigeria, findings by the Saturday Telegraph has revealed. This is coming as investigations further revealed that most governors are living large at the expense of their commissioners, most of whom had been turned to mere ‘errand boys’. It is a widely held opinion since the advent of democracy in 1999, that anybody appointed as a commissioner has “arrived” and is in…

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