Friday, 19 February 2016 16:01

Informed Commentary


February 14-20, 2016

buhariBuhari and his vanishing miracles

President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the economy does not impress columnist Levi Obijiofor, who in midweek “Insights” February 17 says there has been too much song about the opposition  PDP’s 16 years of misrule with no insight on what the ruling APC wants to do different. In a cheeky headline, “Buhari and his vanishing miracles”, Obijiofor says: “We cannot continue to hiss, whinge, and moan forever about the wastefulness and prodigal spending havits of the past administrations. We cannot continue to live in regret. The world will not wait for us till we rise from our stupor”. He reminds that the PMB administration is just a few months short of its first anniversary: “As Buhari approaches the first anniversary of the election that brought him into the Presidential Villa in Abuja, it is important to remind him that the nation showered him with immense goodwill and support...That national support was based on the presumption that he symbolised change, transparent and accountable government, swift economic revival, and a new beginning. So, Buhari must start to make a difference in the lives of ordinary Nigerians”. READ MORE AT...

simon-kolawole Devaluation and its Discontents

The economy is also the focus of Simon Kolawole’s column the Cable and Thisday. He paints the picture of a confused Nigerian, who is unsure what course to prescribe for the government to follow. “If we officially devalue the naira today, the first thing it will hit is petrol price. If you add just N5 to fuel price, the effects n transportation costs and food prices could lead to riots. More so, devaluation does not come with any guarantees, just expectations”, he writes. He also reasons “if we devalue, forex demand will automatically fall. Also, we are to expect an inflow of forex through investments, remittances and repatriations. A foreign investor knows that his $1 billion is worth N300 billion in the black market but his account will be credited with only N197 billion at the official rate. He would think twice”. His conclusion: “My challenge to the antagonists and protagonists is that they should provide more insight....short-term, medium-term and long-term projections backed with facts and figures”. READ MORE AT....


 mohammed-harunaA lesson from Murtala Mohammed’s legacy

For Mohammed Haruna February 17 in his “People and Politics” column in the Nation and Daily Trust was an occasion to remind his readers it was 40 years since General Murtala Muhammed was assassinated in office. He acknowledged the accolades that have attended the anniversary, commended Muhammed’s abhorrence of ostentation as endearing quality in the nation’s psyche. He also reminded his readers of the costly mistakes he made in office, namely the unwise purge of the civil service “which created the insecurity that has become the bane of our bureaucracy” and the takeover of the Daily Times and New Nigerian newspapers. Haruna sees in the blunder that has attended the country’s 2016 budget a timely reminder that civil servants are not the saints President, Muhammadu Buhari makes them out to be. “The lesson here is obvious; he will rely on our civil service with its current content, shape and form to deliver his promised “change” at his own peril”. READ MORE AT.... 


Andy Akhigbe, writing in the Nation, February 19, makes a fascinating case for the teaching of History as an academic subject. In “If History, why not Storytelling?” he recommends the craft of storytelling as a way of making History more appealing. Such stories can be told using multimedia platforms. “To teach today is to use multimedia platforms. A story can be a poem, it can be dramatised and even shot as a three minute YouTube video”. He illustrates: “Take the case of the Nigerian Civl War. Students can be encouraged to visit the public library and dig up information about the role the founding fathers played during the Civil War and based on what their research turns up, they can dramatise it or render them as poem or digitally tell the story with new media like YouTube”. READ MORE AT...


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