The Arbiter      This piece was first published on the 30th of April, this year. However, considering recent happenings, there is need for it to be republished. For Sheikh Ibrahim Yakub el-Zakzaky, a foremost Nigerian Shi’a scholar and leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), and his wife, Malama Zeenatuddeen, today makes...
The Arbiter Now is the season of politics. Everybody is in it either as an actor, supporter, or foot soldier. There are hardly any neutrals. What is now occupying the minds of all those involved in politics is the mode of the emergence of candidates out of the plethora of aspirants...
The Arbiter There is a kerfuffle over President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement recently that the rule of law is secondary to national Interest. In a keynote address delivered at the beginning of the 58th annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association on Sunday, August 26, 2018, President Buhari spoke on various issues,...
The Arbiter Presidential democracy, the type we accept to practise through a constitutional conference made up of elected and selected representatives, is a tripodal system made up of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. Each has its responsibilities as enshrined in the constitution and the system cannot be at its optimum best...
The Arbiter An outsider, especially foreigners and Nigerians in Diaspora, may be excused to think the bubble would bust any time soon and Nigeria would go to war with itself. They may well be forgiven for thinking so, especially if the social media is their only means of gauging what...
Arbiter This article was first published on the 18th of December, 2017. Politics is now in the air and threatening more polarisation of the Nigerian people. I find this write-up very relevant and perhaps may make contending parties view Nigeria first over party affiliations and kinship. Hailer and wailer are new...
The ARBITER The term Buharists has entered our political lexicon as “one who sees all things good in Buhari and fights whoever criticizes Buhari in whatever manner”. Some go outright to insult and invite thunder to fall on whoever says Buhari has done wrong in any circumstance, whether the person is right...
ARBITER We may not have seen the last of the gale of defections across the two major political parties – the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). For now, even though the PDP seems to be giving the APC a bloody nose, it should not relax...
The Arbiter Nigeria is now all about 2019 and the ambitions of politicians. Every other thing is secondary and taking a backseat except those things that can make or mar a politician’s career. Whether you accept it or not, the stage, especially at the national level, is only for two gladiators...
The Arbiter It is no longer news that the federal government is working out modalities for salary increase to workers through a new national minimum wage. A tripartite committee comprising federal/states governments, organised private sector and civil society is having meetings with stakeholders to arrive at an acceptable minimum...