President Jonathan under attack over poor state of economy

The President and his Finance experts were under attack yesterday over the “necessary” but “unrealistic” rebasing of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).The rebasing makes the country Africa’s largest economy.To Labour, a good GDP without jobs is meaningless. A governor advised President Goodluck Jonathan to face the reality in the land – hunger, unemployment and poverty – instead of being carried away by the rebasing.

Discordant tunes from National Conference

The ongoing National Conference is a lesson in ironies and incongruities. We have on our hands a situation in which many old men are at the confab to fashion out for the country a future that they will likely not be a part of. Please, don’t get me wrong.I am not saying that some of these our dozing oldies at the confab will die soon. By God’s grace, they will still live very long, but I do not see any great role they will play in the nation’s future, unless of course, they belong to that special

Delegates tie Nigeria’s problems to graft and insecurity

WITH clear  unanimity, delegates, yesterday, decried the increasing rate of insecurity and corruption in the country, noting that unless these two problems were adequately tackled, the country’s search for peace might remain elusive. Almost all the delegates who spoke at the first session of the resumed debate on President Goodluck Jonathan’s inaugural speech toed this line of thought and appealed to the Federal Government and security agencies to put mechanism in place to arrest the situation.The delegates’ emphasis on security in particular, came following the latest killings of people in Zamfara State coupled with last Thursday’s abduction of the son of Elder statesman and one of the delegates to the conference, Chief Edwin Clark.

Nigerian women dying to give life

NKECHI was full of life and in high spirits. She was nine months pregnant and was already feeling the contractions of labour at well-spaced intervals. She had no expectation of problems and was hopeful of a normal delivery.She woke very early on the D-Day, dressed up and packed her bags.  The hospital was over 25 kilometres away, so she had to wait  for  her  husband to run around and get enough money to give to her for the trip. That was the first delay.

Gov Kashim Shettima linking army with Boko Haram terrorists is dangerous

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, yesterday described as unfair the linking of armed forces to Boko Haram He said it was unhealthy and unhelpful, alleging that the army was supporting the terrorist group.Shettima added that the development was bad for counter insurgency operations and dangerous to the survival of the nation.The governor was reacting to some media reports which started making the rounds last week, quoting an unknown soldier that top military leaders were working in tandem with Boko Haram elements. “Of all theories being alleged in connection with the Boko Haram,

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar accuses army of killing innocent muslims

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, led Jama’atu Nasril Islam on Monday in Kaduna  raised the alarm that the Nigerian Army was out to wipe out the entire Muslims in the  name of fighting terrorism in the land.The JNI insisted that the Nigerian Muslims, especially in some Northern parts of the country, were now considered an endangered species, expressing concern over  the dimension of extra-judicial killing of Muslims  in the country.The Secretary-General of the JNI, Dr. Khalid  Aliyu, in a statement on behalf of the religious body in Kaduna on Monday  also noted with