BT Opinion

Making Military Reform and Civilian Oversight a Reality in Nigeria

by Ikokwu Ikembaon August 13, 2019
Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999, after two long periods of military rule—1966–79 and 1983–98—during which the military wielded executive, legislative, and judicial power. This has left a historical legacy of a powerful military used to doing whatever it wants with no questions asked. On return to democracy, it also left the country with a […]

SCAM ALERT: Dr. Yakubu Nura Did NOT Win Any “World Physics Competition” ~ Farooq Kperogi

by Ikokwu Ikembaon August 12, 2019
The Nigerian cyber space is being lit up with the news that a certain Dr. Yakubu Nuru of the University of Maiduguri has won “the World Physics Competition by defeating about 5720 contenders from 97 countries.” This “feat” reputedly earned him the distinction of becoming “the father of modern Einstein’s planetary equation studies in Physics.” […]

Lawan and his ‘bow and go’ crew by Oke Umurhohwo

by Ikokwu Ikembaon August 3, 2019
It was supposed to be ministerial screening sessions but it ended up to be one of the most boring moments in Nigeria’s history. President Muhammadu Buhari had submitted his cabinet choice for the upper legislator’s scrutiny. However, Ahmed Lawan-led Senate bungled their first assignment with an uninspiring display that one of them, Dino Melaye, concluded […]