Friday, 3 April 2020

Article: COVID 19 And Governance In Nigeria (1)

By Otive Igbuzor

Covid 19 is the name given to the disease associated with Corona virus that started in Wuhan, China towards the end of 2019. Corona viruses are viruses that circulate among animals but some of them are known to infect human beings. The virus is spread from human to human via small respiratory droplets through sneezing, coughing or contact with infected person or surface. When a person comes in contact with the droplets and touch his or her nose, mouth or eyes, he or she will get infected.

Monday, 30 March 2020

News Release: Civil Society Alliance Against COVID19 (CSAA-COVID19): Situation Report #2

The Civil Society Alliance Against Covid19 (CSAA-COVID19) welcomes the address by President Buhari yesterday, March 29th and the specific actions it contains with regards to Lagos and Abuja.

We see the lockdowns planned for these two cities as very challenging, but necessary and justified if implemented consistently, in line with one of the few methods proven to be effective once an outbreak has taken hold.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Speech: "As individuals, We Remain The Greatest Weapon To Fight This Pandemic"---President Buhari

President Buhari

(Text of broadcast by President Buhari on COVID 19)

1. Fellow Nigerians,

2. From the first signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the Federal Government started planning preventive, containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Special Report: I Tested Positive To Covid 19--El Rufai, Kaduna State Governor

El Rufai

Earlier this week, I submitted a sample for the Covid-19 test. The result came in this evening, and I regret to say that it is positive.

According to the protocols for managing Covid-19, I am in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a someone that is no showing symptoms. 

I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced. 

It is most important that everybody should do their utmost to stay safe, stay home and stay alive.

The Deputy Governor is chairing our Covid-19 Taskforce and will continue to issue statements from time to time.

Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai
28th March 2020

Friday, 27 March 2020

Article: Revisiting A National Political Debate


By Edwin Madunagu

One of the first definitive steps taken by General Ibrahim Babangida on displacing General Muhammadu Buhari in a palace coup and coming to power in Nigeria in August 1985 was to set up, four months later, a 17-member committee (two women and 15 men) to organize, conduct, collate and then report on a general national political debate. He called the committee the Political Bureau. The political debate was to be on the character, content and form of a future political dispensation expected to be the legal successor to both the Second Republic (1979-1983) and the military dictatorship that overthrew it at the close of 1983.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

News Release: Civil Society Statement On The State Of The Nigerian Nation & FG’s Response To COVID-19

We, the Civil Society Alliance Against COVID-19 (CSAA COVID-19) received with shock the news that a number of politicians have been recklessly ignoring measures for isolation of travellers returning from overseas. Most notably, the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, and the Governor of Bauchi State, have tested positive for Covid-19. We are also calling attention to members of the National Assembly and Governors such as those of Abia, Enugu and Imo who have been seen at public events well within the period of 14 days since their return from overseas. Our shock stems from their having reportedly ignored established safety protocols and breezed past safety checks to which other Nigerians are routinely subjected. They have exposed an extraordinary swathe of the Nigerian government and public to risks of infection.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

News Report: French Doctors Cure Coronavirus Patients 100% Using A Combo Of Hydroxychloroquine And Azithromycin

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Article: Electoral Reforms And The Protection Of Vote

By Uche Ugboajah

The recent activist behaviour of the judiciary through the many and sometimes controversial judgments handed out by our courts in election petition maters can only suggest that it is time we fixed our electoral process. From Zamfara, to Rivers; from Osun to Kano; and from Imo to Bayelsa, the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the highest court in the land, had pronounced judgments that got many citizens not only disagreeing but also questioning the rationale of the finality of the court as enshrined in the nations constitution.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Book Review: Review Of Road To The House

Author: Hon (Rev) E. Francis Waive

Publisher: Malthouse Press Limited

Number of Pages: 118

Reviewer: Dr. Otive Igbuzor, Chief of Staff to the Deputy President of the Senate.


The monograph, Road to the House is the story of why and how a Pastor and a General Overseer of the Church of Anointing decided to go into the murky waters of politics in Nigeria. It has been documented that Politics is very important in any society because it affects and  determines every aspect of life. Politics affects the economy, religion, education, culture, business activities and indeed every aspect of life. In other words, politics affect everything in our life including what we eat and drink, the taxes we pay, the type and quality of school we attend, the available health care services, infrastructure, the level of crime and insecurity, etc. Politics is the largest single influence on every aspect of our life. In fact, politics shape our world and it is a matter of life and death. Scholars have documented that Political leadership is crucial for the development of nations and that the progress, development and fortunes of many nations are tied to the type and quality of political leadership that they have had and continue to have.

Article: Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Essays On Nigeria At 60

By Chido Onumah

On October 1, 2020, Nigeria will celebrate her 60th year of political independence. Our diamond jubilee is a remarkable milestone worthy of significant documentation even as the country is deeply immersed in the crisis of nationhood. In furtherance of this objective, the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) and partners are launching the Sixty Years, Sixty Voices initiative which seeks to produce a book of 60 essays by young Nigerians to address our problems as a nation.