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EDITORIAL: The Government Should Halt The Gradual Collapse Of Nigeria Now

Clearly, Nigeria is today facing her greatest existential threat since the end of the Civil…

Prof Wole Soyinka

EDITORIAL: Soyinka at 80: Fully Humanized, Totally Disalienated

The Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, who turns 80 today, has garnered a great deal of…

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EDITORIAL: Egypt’s outrageous sentencing of Al Jazeera journalists must be reversed

It is important for the Egyptian government to know that imprisoning the journalists is a…

Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor

Analysis: New CBN governor must work to restore financial sector confidence

“Mr. Emefiele has the responsibility to find a way of restoring the era of strong legacy of excellent financial sector management set in motion by his predecessor.” Godwin Emefiele assumed office on Tuesday as the 11th governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. The former Group Managing Director of…

EDITORIAL: How Jonathan, His Government And The Rest of Us Have Failed Abducted Schoolgirls

There is a limit to impunity, beyond which a country can no longer call itself a country with any shred of pride. We passed that mark on that grim Monday when members of the hideous Boko Haram sect stormed Government Secondary School Chibok, Maiduguri, and ran off with over 250…

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EDITORIAL: Mr. President, Sack Reno Omokri Now!

"Aides of the president cannot indulge in political contestation, so long as they are paid by the public." Many Nigerians are understandably agitated by the slaughter of their compatriots in the northeast states, a trail of murder and mayhem that most recently consumed dozens of children at FGC, Buni. The…

EDITORIAL: Boko Haram attacks, an inept government and the survival of the Nigerian state

On Tuesday, in an act of breathtaking savagery, members of the extremist Boko Haram sect murdered more than 40 innocent children in their school in Yobe State. For sheer barbarism, there is nothing to compare it - except of course the killing last year of another set of students in…

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Human Trafficking Expose: PREMIUM TIMES, Critics and the Limit of Falsehood

We at PREMIUM TIMES remain unperturbed by this peddling of falsehood against our newspaper and its reporters. We will remain focused on our work. “Comment is free, but facts are sacred.” - C. P. Scott One of the planks upon which some commentators have been having a free rein on…

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Aloma Muktar

EDITORIAL: Bode George And Our Supreme Court In Reverse Gear

The recent decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Chief Bode George v. Federal Republic of Nigeria, is undoubtedly the most significant setback to date for the fight against corruption in Nigeria. In this case, the Supreme Court, as Nigeria’s apex court, abdicates in the most cavalier manner…

Nelson Mandela

EDITORIAL: Nelson Mandela [1918 – 2013]: An enduring lesson for African leaders

In her exciting biography, Every Secret Thing, Gilian Slovo, daughter of the revered South African freedom fighters, Joe Slovo and Ruth First, famously recalled how Nelson Mandela, who passed on Thursday, December 5, 2013, said when he had gone to hug one of his daughters she had shied away from…

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EDITORIAL: Govt Must End ASUU Strike Now And Halt This Crime Against Nigeria

By treating the ASUU crisis with levity and remaining adamant in its refusal to honour an agreement it willingly made with the lecturers, the government is opening the doors of the prison while those of schools remain shut - apologies to Victor Hugo.  ------------------------------------- For about four months now, students…

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PREMIUM TIMES EDITORIAL: Stop the Cabal; Halt Taraba’s Descent to Anarchy

A STATE MUST NOT BE LEFT TO STAGNATE BECAUSE OF ONE PERSON OR THE INTEREST OF A FEW. WE CALL FOR CIVILITY AND THE CIVIL THING TO DO HERE IS TO ABIDE BY THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION ON THIS MATTER. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We have observed, with increased worry, the tragicomedy coming out…

Pope Francis

EDITORIAL: How N300 million Nsukka Catholic Bishop’s installation betrays Pope Francis’ humility

  On its face value, the upcoming installation of a local Bishop of Nsukka Diocese on July 4, 2013, seems to be merely another pageantry. But for the average people of Nsukka, the pinch is stinging deep from the heavy burden of Church taxation for the ceremony. The people’s expression…

ABIC Books published Chinua Achebe's "The University and the Leadership Factor in Nigerian Politics", an interesting 26-page monograph published in 2006

EDITORIAL: Chinua Achebe (1930-2013): An Immortal Legacy

The death of Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian man of letters and widely acknowledged pioneer of African literature, has brought an overwhelming rain of tributes from all over the world. Achebe died on the night of Thursday, March 21 at a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, after a brief illness, according to…

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Re: Dr. Obe Exits: Tribute to a Humanitarian Doctor!

The writer worked under the late doctor. (more…)

Godswill Akpabio

EDITORIAL: Governor Akpabio must end abuse of Akwa Ibom state funds

Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state holds the irritating record of being Nigeria's most openly profligate governor. He is a father christmas -- throwing outlandish cash gifts at politicians, activists, musicians, journalists and whoever captures his fancy. He moves around with bales of mint-fresh cash, spending extravagantly and making reckless donations…

President Goodluck Jonathan

EDITORIAL: Jonathan personally promised not to run in 2015, a denial today is barefaced lie

It was Dalhatu Tafida, the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, who first let the world into the working of the president's mind. At a press conference in Abuja in late 2010, a day ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan’s formal declaration to run in the 2011 presidential election, Mr. Tafida,…

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ANALYSIS: Ribadu panel report re-echoes call for more powers for NEITI

Nov. 5 (PREMIUM TIMES) -- Issues thrown up in the report of the Nuhu Ribadu-led Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force submitted to President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday in Abuja have strengthened calls from concerned petroleum industry stakeholders for the amendment of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, enabling Act…

Herman Hembe faces corruption allegation from SEC DG, Arunma Oteh

ANALYSIS: SEC: A regulator tainted by corruption and immorality

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) probe by the House of Representation Committee on Capital Market was to unravel the causes of the 2008 crash of the country’s capital market. But, it has ended up stirring a whirlwind that has blown open a cauldron of incestuous corruption between SEC and…

Protest along Ikorodu Road, Lagos today ... Photo: Ben Ezeamalu

Premium Times Editorial: Removal of Fuel Subsidy A Coup Against Civility and Democracy

Exactly one week after the dastardly attack against Christians and security targets on Christmas Day, killing scores of innocent Nigerians, the government of President Goodluck Jonathan itself, in blatant disrespect to an already depressive national mood, goes ahead to further violate the sullen national feelings through his sweeping increase in…