Cultism is one of Nigeria’s most nagging social problems. In work places, towns and cities or communities and even in somewhat sacred of places, there are large congregations of cultists. It has become a way of life for most teenagers who subscribe to various antagonistic cult groups. Worse still, is the often resort of cult members to brute and barbaric means of attacking and eliminating opponents or perceived enemies that make society groan under pains.
Electronic payment platforms such as Paga, PayPal, PaywithCapture, QuickTeller and e-Tranzact are only a handful of the dominant players in Nigeria’s burgeoning fintech industry. Collectively, they have made financial transactions much easier, eliminating the need for consumers to join long queues in banking halls or restrict their financial transactions to official work hours Mondays through Fridays.
Spurred by the dire desires to assert in sincere lines but cajoled by the thoughtful scare of self ordained critics, I could not delve into silence or subscribe to cowardice but I adopted the refined traits of a realist in baking this stance. We all owe a dutiful allegiance to the bond envisaged by the doctrine of ONE NIGERIA which we must all preach, seek and practice. Secondly, as a Nigerian student schooling in diaspora, I can picture and reflect on the maltreatments and suspicious mount the activities of the Boko Haram sects earned me and my fellow African students.
As someone who has been in that corridor recently, I do not share the view of those who insist that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent 50-day medical vacation was mismanaged by his handlers, up to this point. I said this much during a recent interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today with Seun Okinbaloye.
There is the mistaken notion frequently bandied that Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, the Northern oligarchy or Nigeria’s Northern region and now, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai, are opposed to any clamour for self-determination by some sections of Nigeria. These days, it is further embellished with calls for Constitutional reforms and restructuring of the Nigerian federation, if breakaway is to be avoided.
For over half a century since it began operations, the Nigerian oil and gas sector has witnessed a decent level of activities. The industry has witnessed twists and turns as a result of policies or lack of it. It has equally not been spared the volatility that has characterised the global oil industry in recent times. Industry experts as well as players believe that despite what could be happening in the oil industry globally, the responsibility for giving direction to the Nigerian oil and gas sector rests on the government. Its actions or inactions will ultimately determine how well the industry fares.
How can the Donald J. Trump administration best conduct its relations with Russia, when each side takes a vastly different view of what went wrong?
News that the rules of engagement for the Nigerian military would be reviewed is one that should cheer one up but that is only after the guarantee has been given that all the pros and cons shall be taken into consideration and that only what serves the best interest of the country would be done.
This is about Stephen Nyitse, the young man who on the day of the coronation of the new Tor Tiv managed to beat security and went straight to where the king’s coronation seat, stool, throne had been placed and sat on it. We are told this caused a stir, and not a few in the crowd must have shouted: “abomination!”, Even the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Benue branch, Bishop Mike Angou considered Nyitse’s action sacrilegious. He went to the seat, to anoint and rededicate it. Bishop Angou’s intervention obviously was meant to cast out whatever demons Nyitse must have inflicted on the already consecrated kingship throne. It is possible also that the ordinary people in attendance and the chiefs of Tivland interpreted it as a bad omen. Africans including the educated live in a world of spirits, demons and magic. Every act or gesture among them, is considered spiritual or religious.