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THE Super Eagles' phenomenal triumph in South Africa, where they wrested the African Nations' Cup from Burkina Faso last week, has, to a large extent, restored the lost glory of Nigeria in the continent's football competition. This is significant because the last time Nigeria raised up this cup in victory was some nineteen years ago during which the Nigerian national team exhibited abysmal performances in Africa's topmost football tourney.

The players demonstrated that the size and enormous resources of the country can be harnessed into productivity if they are properly coordinated without sentiments. Invariably, considering our size and resources, with good leadership, we can achieve the same in other spheres of socio-economic endeavours in the process of our nation building efforts.  

THE reported agreement by the major faction of the Boko Haram, Jama'atul Ahalis Sunna Lida'awati Wal Jihad, to end insurgency and hostilities against the Federal Government took many Nigerians by surprise. It is one occurrence in the polity that many people like to hear and a wish that virtually all Nigerians never knew when and if it would materialize. 

IN recent days, the Nigerian media were awash with the ugly news of alleged irregularities in the recruitment exercises and employment of staff in Federal ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs). These include, in particular, the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS), the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). If this is news to the Governments of Nigeria, particularly to the Federal Executive and the National Assembly, it is no news to the overwhelming majority of Nigerians who have always known that, in the mad struggle for the balance of power among the three (so-called) major tribes in Nigeria, the Hausa/Fulani, the Yoruba and the Igbo, any member of those ethnic nationalities that is appointed to head any ministry, department or agency characteristically floods such ministry, department or agency with his/her own kith and kin, to the eternal detriment of other (so-called minority) tribes

ONCE again, a foreign country, South Africa, showed the Nigerian Government, including its Judiciary, how to handle high profile cases when, last week, Henry Okah, who has been standing trial in that country for acts of terrorism, committed mainly in Nigeria, was found guilty of a 13-count charge. The former Delta State governor, James Ibori, now in jail in the UK, for offences also committed in Nigeria, was discharged and acquitted here in Nigeria, but was tried expeditiously and convicted post haste in the UK. One important thing about these judgments, on James Ibori and Henry Okah, is the speed with which the trials were conducted in those countries even where the Courts had to depend on snippets of evidence from Nigeria.

TERTIARY institutions in Nigeria are confronted with complex challenges, including, but not limited to, inaccessibility, increasing operational costs, decreasing academic quality, and inflexibility in course selection. There are also debilitating political policies in the garb of institutional decisions, mutual institution-government 'back scratching' or unwholesome patronage, and partisanship that have permeated Nigerian universities in their management styles and structures. Additionally, there are social challenges, such as cases of cultism, economic starvation, etc., negatively impacting on almost all tertiary institutions, nationwide.

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