EDITORIAL: Buhari, African leaders and the looming conflict over Zanzibar’s disputed election
“We should not wait till the deed is done, as in Burundi, before sending out fire fighters.”
EDITORIAL: Why Nigeria Should Not Join The Saudi Arabia Islamic Military Alliance
Nigeria must not allow herself to be turned into a battleground for religious proxy wars.
EDITORIAL: The 2016 Budget, the Naira, the CBN, and National Priorities
The 2016 appropriation bill raises enough questions to make us worry about the likelihood of its successful implementation.
EDITORIAL: The Challenges Before Buhari’s Ministers
“With the present ‘dream team’ of President Buhari it seems about time for Nigeria to return to a national strategic vision.”
EDITORIAL: Nigeria Elections: Halt The Senseless Violence Now!
The two leading presidential candidates, Buhari and Jonathan, must reign in their attack dogs. They should publicly rebuke and dissociate themselves from any supporter who uses vile language.
EDITORIAL: The Government Should Halt The Gradual Collapse Of Nigeria Now
Today, Nigeria is confronted with the reality that within its borders, Boko Haram has carved out its warped version of an ‘Islamic Caliphate’, controlling almost thirty towns and counting.
EDITORIAL: Soyinka at 80: Fully Humanized, Totally Disalienated
The Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, who turns 80 today, has garnered a great deal of honour in his active life as a man of letters and a statesman. Since the early 1960s when he stepped into the world of action, writing plays, poems and essays on the order of genius and declaring his forcefully impressive […]
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 wrong path, and that defying the world to suppress the media is not only against international laws, but also a fundamental breach of civility that must be halted.
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 Zenith Bank Plc. is succeeding […]
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 students to the Sambisa forest. […]
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 outrage is directed at both […]
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 Borno State by the same […]
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 the report of the human […]
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 possible its high constitutional role […]
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 him. When he’d asked her […]
EDITORIAL: Govt Must End ASUU Strike Now And Halt This Crime Against Nigeria
By treating the ASUU crisis with levity, the government is opening the doors of the prison while those of schools remain shut.
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 of Taraba State in the […]
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 over the heavy levy for […]
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 family sources. He was 82 […]
Re: Dr. Obe Exits: Tribute to a Humanitarian Doctor!
The writer worked under the late doctor.
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 at public events. Yet the […]
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, then Director General of the […]
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 to empower it to realize its mandate. […]