Dr. Reuben Abati: Sir, You Missed the Point – By Philip Akpoviri

By Philip Akpoviri | NNP | Sept. 6, 2012 – Save for President Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience, no other serving Nigerian public official, in my reckoning has in the past year attracted more vilification than Dr Reuben Abati, the president’s spokesman. The Petroleum Minister, Mrs Diezani Allison-Maduekwe comes pretty close, but Abati leads […]

OF UNI-LAG, MAU-LAG, Moshood Abiola and Null Issues – By Philips Akpoviri

By Philips Akpoviri | NNP | May 30, 2012 The pronouncement was made only few hours ago, but given the controversy it left in its trail, it is no longer news that Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan resting on the powers conferred on him as the President of Nigeria has effectively re-christened theUniversityofLagosas somewhat of a […]

The Marginalized Niger Delta and Their (Last) Chance – By Philip Akpoviri

By Philip Akpoviri  | NNP  | April 6, 2012 – Has anyone ever imagined how much of an Eldorado the South-Western region of Nigeria would have become if the vast reserves of hydrocarbons situate in the Niger Delta were largely domiciled in that region? Probably that part would have been at par with today’s eye-catching […]

SEE US IN TEARS: In Search of Goodluck we Found Patience – Parts 1&2 – By Philip Akpoviri

By Philip Akpoviri, NNP – Jan. 9, 2012 – When our dear Minister of Finance cum custom-made Supervising Minister for the Economy, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala appeared before the National Assembly for her mandatory pre-appointment screening – a process which by the way can only be considered to be predictably pedestrian – she rightly made […]

Where Do the Homosexuals Go from Here? – BY Philip Akpoviri

By Philips Akpoviri, NNP – Dec 20, 2011 – By the provisions of the recently passed anti-homosexuality bill, the Nigerian Senate has explicitly condemned and criminalised homosexuality in Nigeria. The bill if passed by the second chamber – the House of Representatives – and accented to by President Goodluck Jonathan sternly hands a 14-year jail […]

Now, to Your Tents O’ye Pilgrims – By Philips Akpoviri

By Philips Akpoviri, NNP, Nov. 17, 2011 – Jerusalem in Israel, Mecca in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Rome in the Vatican City are a few of the many places worshippers from across the world visit annually for the enrichment of their religious faith. These Holy Cities boast of symbolic religious monuments, landmarks and […]

No Job, Yes, Work No Dey – By Phillip Akpoviri

By Phillip Akpoviri, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria – October 10, 2011 – This piece is essentially the texts of my address at a gathering of undergraduates and fresh graduates of tertiary institutions across the South-South and South-Eastern parts of Nigeria during a Capacity Building Workshop held over the weekend in Port Harcourt. I thank you for finding […]

Justice Salami’s Tortuous Path to Fame – By Philips Akpoviri

By Philips AKPOVIRI, NNP – August 28, 2011 –  The free-for-all battle between Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and Justice Isa Ayo Salami, the President of the Court of Appeal (PCA) has reached its final albeit weirdly illogical conclusion: the honourable Justice Salami has been suspended by his contemporaries in the […]

Imo State, Who Doubts Jega – By Philips Akpoviri

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – Martin Luther King Jr.  By Philips Akpoviri, NNP, May 4, 2011- I am neither an Imo state resident nor an Imo state indigene.  I am of Delta state extraction – a proud Deltan but a prouder Nigerian. My friend who saw this piece prior to publication […]

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