The Supreme Court of Nigeria has recently delivered its judgment on the appeals filed by the presidential candidates of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) against the election of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general election. The apex court affirmed Tinubu's victory and dismissed the appeals by Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and Peter Obi of the LP, who challenged Tinubu's eligibility, academic qualification, and electoral performance.

The ruling may have ended the legal dispute over the presidential election, but it has also brought up important issues regarding the Supreme Court's authority and role in Nigerian democracy. Is the Supreme Court's decision definitive and final? Does it not need to be reviewed and overseen by parliament? What consequences result from giving the Supreme Court, which consists of a mere seven judges, the authority to decide on 200 million people's electoral fate?

Following the ruling, a lot of Nigerians have been asking themselves these kinds of questions. While some have praised the result as a win for justice and democracy, others have voiced their displeasure and resentment with it. Nevertheless, it is crucial to weigh the benefits and disadvantages of having a Supreme Court decision that cannot be contested or overturned by any other body, irrespective of one's political inclinations or affiliation.

One argument in favor of a final Supreme Court decision is that it gives electoral disputes finality and certainty. It avoids never-ending court cases and appeals, which might exacerbate the nation's unrest and uncertainty. Additionally, it guarantees that the judiciary would respect and uphold the people's will as expressed through their votes. Additionally, because it keeps other branches of government and interest groups from interfering or exerting influence, it strengthens the Supreme Court's independence and integrity.

Nonetheless, there are certain disadvantages to a final Supreme Court decision. One of the concerns is that it might compromise the idea of checks and balances, which is necessary for a robust democracy. The Supreme Court might end up with more authority than the other branches of government, particularly the legislature, if it is granted the last say in presidential succession decisions. This could weaken the executive's democratic accountability and responsiveness to the legislature and the public.

It might also restrict the extent and caliber of judicial review and investigation, which is another disadvantage. Making the Supreme Court's decision final may deter or prohibit more investigation into any abnormalities or irregularities that might have happened during or after the election. Additionally, it might prohibit the court from making any improvements or corrections to any faults or inaccuracies that might have occurred in its ruling. It might also prevent any chance for opposing or dissenting viewpoints to be heard or taken into account by other legislative or judicial authorities.

Therefore, it may be argued that having a final Supreme Court verdict is not necessarily beneficial for Nigeria's democracy. It may create more problems than it solves, and it may jeopardize some of the democratic values and principles that Nigerians cherish and aspire for. Henceforth, in my opinion, I think that the decision(s) or supreme court verdict should not be final, but rather, be subjected to parliamentary review. This would ensure that there is a balance of power between the different branches of government, and that there is a transparent and accountable process of resolving electoral disputes. It would also enhance the legitimacy and credibility of both the judiciary and the executive, as well as foster public trust and confidence in Nigeria's democracy.

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Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and the world's sixth most populous, marks its 63rd anniversary of independence today, October 1, 2023. Many Nigerians, however, have little or nothing to take pleasure in or celebrate, as the country faces numerous issues that have destroyed its potential and possibilities.

Since gaining independence from Britain in 1960, Nigeria has been plagued by successive leadership failures, corrupt leaders who prioritize personal interests over public interest, poor infrastructure, a lack of health care facilities, insecurity, and economic woes; today, a dollar exchanges for over a thousand niara on the foreign exchange market. All of these factors have led to Nigeria's poor performance in different indicators of economic growth and development.

Nigeria's GDP per capita in 2020 was $2,229, putting it 149th out of 189 nations, according to the World Bank. In 2019, the country's human development index (HDI), which evaluates inhabitants' quality of life, was 0.539, ranking it 161st out of 189 countries. In 2020, the country ranked 131st out of 190 in the ease of doing business index, which evaluates the regulatory environment for enterprises.Nigeria

Moreover, Nigeria has been grappling with the problem of poverty and inequality for decades. According to the World Poverty Clock, Nigeria is the world's poverty capital, with about 105 million people living in extreme poverty as of October 2020. This means that more than half of the country's population survives on less than $1 per day. The poverty situation is worsened by the high rate of unemployment, which stood at 33.3% as of December 2020.

In addition to the economic challenges, Nigeria also faces security threats from various sources, such as the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast, the banditry and kidnapping in the northwest, the farmer-herder clashes in the middle belt, oil theft in the Niger-delta and the separatist agitation in the southeast. These conflicts have claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions of people from their homes.

Furthermore, Nigeria suffers from poor infrastructure and lack of basic amenities, such as electricity, water, roads, and health care. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria's health system is ranked 187th out of 191 countries in terms of overall performance. The country has one of the lowest ratios of doctors to patients in the world, with about four doctors per 10,000 people. The country also has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world, with about 800 women dying from pregnancy-related causes per 100,000 live births and about 120 children dying before their fifth birthday per 1,000 live births.

Given these grim realities, it is hard to find any reason to celebrate Nigeria's independence anniversary. The country has failed to live up to its potential and aspirations as the giant of Africa and a leader in the continent. The country has also failed to deliver on its social contract with its citizens, who have been denied their basic rights and dignity.

Therefore, as Nigeria marks its 63rd year as a sovereign nation, it is time for its leaders and citizens to reflect on the past mistakes and failures and chart a new course for the future. It is time for Nigeria to embrace good governance, accountability, transparency, rule of law, and respect for human rights and shun all forms of electoral malpractices especially the type we saw in just concluded general election. It is time for Nigeria to invest in its human capital, infrastructure, security, and social welfare. It is time for Nigeria to unite and work together for a common goal of peace and prosperity. It is time for Nigeria to rise from its ashes and reclaim its glory and assert herself in the committee of nations.

Obinna Nnajiuba Agbogidi

Is a public policy analyst and hold an MSc in Public Administration


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MERCURIOUS CONFRATERNITY reducing one’s psychic existence into a small point and then transforming it into a minimum entity. One may understand anything and everything by entering into each and every physical particle and becoming one with the different waves of expressions and emanations, by dancing with the waves of objects and ideas. This occult power acquired through positive microvita is called an’ima’. The only way to understand these subtle entities is to increase one’s powers of perception through spiritual practices.

2) MERCURIOUS CONFRATERNITY OCCULT— ability to become very great, more immense than anything in this expressed uni verse, including the universe itself.

Mahima’ means vastness. With the help of positive microvita, the mind can expand to become vast, superlatively vast. Its radius may encompass the entire universe and so we acquire ideas about many different subjects without reading books. In this way, too, we may feel our oneness with the varied entities of this universe — unity in variety, unity in diversity. By associating our benevolent thoughts with each and every entity, we will contribute to universal progress and prosperity.

3) Laghima’ — ability to become very light, to walk on water, to think oneself anywhere in the universe. Achieved by controlling the psychic centre between the man’ipu’ra and ana’hata cakras, controlling the combination of fire and air.

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8) ability to see into the inner nature of any entity; penetrating vision.

Antarya’mitva is to enter the ectoplasmic or endoplasmic structure of others and thereby to know their pain and pleasures, their hopes, aspirations and longings and to guide them properly. It is somewhat like transmigration of the soul. Regarding this occult power, spiritual cult alone will not suffice — it requires the special grace of Parama Purusa. He usually does not give this power to sadhakas because if they do not possess universal love, it can be abused for personal gains. Baba explained that this power makes the mind so subtle that it can enter the intra- and inter-ectoplasmic mind stuff of every individual as well as the collective human society.

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Manoveg, travel fast as thought

Kaamroop, assume any desired you wish

Parkaayi Parvesh, to enter into another’s body

Sai Maritayaa, to live at one’s own will

Surkareeraa, to enjoy wealth and riches (devayonis

Sankalap Siddhi, the fulfillment of desires

Apratihat Gat, to go anywhere unobstructed



Canoe Conveying Residents Of Shiroro Fleeing Terrorists Attacks Capsizes In Niger State

Tragedy struck on Thursday in Gurmana town of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State as a canoe conveying locals fleeing from bandits’ attacks capsized.

SaharaReporters gathered that all passengers in the canoe drowned during the incident.

“As a proactive measure, the victims upon hearing about the terrorists’ attacks on adjoining villages decided to run for their lives but the boat they were using capsized due to strong waves.

“Incidents of this nature had happened in the past and same have claimed many lives,” a source told SaharaReporters.

Niger State has witnessed a series of attacks by suspected bandits in recent times, leading to scores of deaths.

More than 2,000 people have fled their villages in Shiroro Local Government Area after bandits' attack left more than 100 people killed and several more injured during a recent incident.


Nasarawa to open portal for unemployed youth

Nasarawa State government says it will launch a website where unemployed youth will be registered across the state and afford them the opportunity to select skill acquisition of their choice.

This was disclosed by the state commissioner for youth and sport Othman Bala Adam in a chat with journalists in Lafia.

Othman said that registration will commence in the first week of August and that the ministry of youth and sport development will release the link for prospective youth to register.

He said government will use the website for job consideration when the need arises while urging youths across the state to take advantage and get registered

Othman said that the idea is to also have a database of potential and unemployed youths across the state and register them according to the career of their choice.

He said that the portal will be designed in such a way that registered youth will be afforded the opportunity to also select skill acquisition of their choice and be trained so as to be self-reliant.

“Registered youth will state their qualification, for those who are educated, while those who are not fortunate to attend school will also have their names and equally make a career choice.”

Othman explained that the portal will also give government statistical data of the number of unemployed youths across the state and plan

towards providing jobs for them.

“It will afford us the opportunity to also plan ahead on how to provide incentives to those that participate in any of the skill acquisition programme.

“We are out to ensure that we capture the majority of our talented youths who are not gainfully employed but can train on becoming self-reliant.

“This government is conscious of the fact that the youth form the majority of the population but lack what to do. So we will design the website in such a way that other agencies can have access and may have professionals with skills that can work in their agencies.

“For instance, if we have a construction job in the state that needs builders and other professionals, we will click on the site and go to the space for builders and select those eligible and send to the contractor for consideration. So we don’t need to start advertising or going out looking for them.”


NMA Chairman, 64 Health Workers Test Positive For COVID-19 In Nasarawa State

Dr Bulus Peter, Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association in Nasarawa State, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Peter disclosed this in an interview with journalists on Saturday.

He said he was already receiving treatment at an isolated part of his home and was responding to treatment.

He disclosed that the total number of healthcare workers, who tested positive for COVID-19 in Nasarawa are 65 as of July 3.

“It is confirmed by the result from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control that I have contracted COVID-19 but I am now responding to treatment.

“As at July 3, the total number of healthcare workers who tested positive for COVID-19 in Nasarawa are 65 – public health facilities workers 51 and private health workers 14.

“The local government distribution of healthcare workers infected with COVID-19 are Karu – 12, Keffi – 21, Nasarawa Eggon – seven, Lafia – 25. One person has died.”


ICPC tracks 67 constituency projects in Nasarawa

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Wednesday said it has started tracking 67 selected constituency projects in Nasarawa State.

Mr Clement Obaniyi, the commission’s Commissioner in Benue, also overseeing Nasarawa and Plateau, told newsmen in Makurdi on Wednesday, noting that the projects were 2016 constituency projects of National Assembly members in Nasarawa State.

Obaniyi said that the selected projects ranged from construction of boreholes, HIV campaign projects, provision of buses/cars, erosion control and flood, electrification, dams and road construction.

He added that the projects were selected for tracking by a team from Budget Office of the Federation, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, ICPC, National Institute of Quantity Surveyors and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

The commissioner, who noted that the projects tracking would last for four weeks, added that the commission had earlier tracked 98 of 2017/18 selected constituency projects in Benue.

He said that during the tracking, the commission discovered that some projects were abandoned, some ongoing, some completed, while others were yet to start.

He explained that while the commission was still investigating the issues discovered during the last tracking, its focus was on preventing any act that may lead to corrupt practices through system study and public enlightenment.