Chukwudi Ezugwu started by referring to the saying about “good things coming to an end”, to which Ayo Obe replied that it might be better to stick to “all things must pass”, as it might be rather bold to talk about IDEAs as “good things”. Chukwudi said that regular listeners would know that the programme came up on Friday afternoons and that it was engaging, interactive and educative. He said that people would learn so many things as Nigerian citizens if they apply it in the daily activities of government and governance. He asked Ayo to explain the significance of IDEAsRead More
andra introduced Ayo who intimated her that today’s was the penultimate broadcast of IDEAs Radio.
The guest, Bismarck Rewane, was greeted by Ayo who went on to say that the new administration of President Bola Tinubu had been getting praised for its policies such as floating the Naira and removing the fuel subsidy, but that most of that praise was coming from outside the country. Even though most people inside Nigeria agreed that these policies needed to be implemented, there was real concern about the impact on people.Read More
Chuwudi Ezugwu introduced the guest – Nkoyo Toyo, the Convener of the Labour Civil Society Front – and the topic, which he felt everyone would be very interested to hear: the removal of subsidy and the kind of palliatives that would be most useful.
Ayo Obe feared that listeners may have been groaning at the idea of more talk about subsidy removal and palliatives, but said that the programme would be looking at matters from the perspective of Integrity, Ethics and Accountability in our Democracy. She said that today’s guest, Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo, was not only the Convener of the Labour Civil Society organisation, but was also a well-known civil society activist,Read More
IDEAs Episode 129 The Buhari government’s IDEAs record: how should the incoming administration incorporate IDEAs?
The Buhari government’s IDEAs record: how should the incoming administration incorporate IDEAs?
Chuwudi Ezugwu introduced the guest – Mr. Joseph of BudgIT – with whom we would assess the outgoing administration as to its IDEAs record in relation to financing and budgeting. He handed over to Ayo Obe who said that Joseph Amenaghawon was the Strategy and Growth advisor of BudgIT, the famous NGO which had popularised the idea of making the nation’s finances comprehensible to ordinary people through infographics backed by deep deep research.Read More
Sandra Ezekwesili was full of beans and had ‘raised shoulders’ over the decision of the Federal High Court striking down the power of the National Broadcasting Commission to impose fines as she welcomed Ayo Obe for IDEAs this week, and Ayo’s guest, Lanre Arogundade, the Executive Director of the International Press Centre, Nigeria.Read More
IDEAs 14th April 2023 … #BBOG’s Habiba Balogun on the 9th Anniversary of the Chibok Girls’ Abduction. Ayo Obe said that today’s programme was going to be different from the usual election-related topics that IDEAs had been covering because the 14th of April marks a sad anniversary. It is 9 years since the abduction of…Read More
IDEAs 31st March 2023 … Ikeazor Akaraiwe Esq. SAN on Election Petitions Chukwudi Ezugwu said that today’s programme would be looking at Election Petitions in general, and their role in upholding the Integrity of Elections. Ayo Obe then introduced today’s guest, Ikeazor Akaraiwe SAN. She said that it was known that the Independent National Electoral…Read More
IDEAs 24th March 2023 … Paul James of YIAGA on the State Elections Chukwudi Ezugwu introduced today’s guest, Paul James, the Manager of YIAGA Africa’s Elections Programme, who would be discussing last Saturday’s State elections, and looking at the Integrity and Ethics of the electoral umpire, and the lessons to be carried forward. Ayo Obe…Read More
Today’s guest was Ene Obi, Convener of the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room, and after Sandra Ezekwesili had kicked off the programme, Ayo Obe said that although we could not be sure that this was the last election in this cycle, since anything could happen.Read More
IDEAs 10th March 2023 … Sandra Ezekwesili Introduced the programme, saying that today, the discussion would be about the Integrity pressure points in Nigeria’s electoral process. She started by asking Ayo Obe what was meant by Integrity in the electoral process? Ayo said that Integrity in the electoral process meant issues about whether the procedures…Read More
IDEAs Episode 120 – 24th February 2023 Civil Society Situation Room’s Ene Obi on the eve of #NigeriaDecides2023 Chukwudi Ezugwu introduced the programme by saying that Ayo Obe would be speaking to Ene Obi, and that he was sure that listeners were familiar with the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room, of which she is the…Read More
IDEAs Episode 119 – 17th February 2023Jide Ojo on new challenges to the Integrity of #NigeriaDecides2023
Chukwudi Ezugwu introduced the programme by referring to the expression “free and fair” as used in the context of the coming elections, and what that meant in the context of the Integrity – or the lack of Integrity – of the election process in Nigeria. He said that many people were worried about the
Ayo Obe then turned to Jide Ojo, saying that with the elections now just over a week away, she thought it would be useful to survey the pre-election landscape from an IDEAs point of view, because all the elements of IDEAs – IntegrityRead More
IDEAs Episode 118 – SP Benjamin Hundeyin on the Role of the Nigeria Police in Securing the Integrity of Elections in Nigeria.
SP Benjamin Hundeyin on the Role of the Nigeria Police in Securing the Integrity of Elections in Nigeria
After Sandra Ezekwesili kicked off the IDEAs segment, Ayo Obe introduced today’s guest, Superintendent of Police Benjamin Hundeyin, who is the Nigeria Police Force, Lagos State Command Public Relations Officer.Read More
Ezugwu Chukwudi introduced the programme by saying that “Information is Key” during elections, but that it had to be handled in a way that would not set the nation on fire. He introduced Lanre Arogundade, the Executive Director of the International Press Centre before handing over to Ayo Obe.Read More
Sandra Ekwesili introduced the programme today, but unfortunately the advertised guest, Festus Okoye Esq., who is the INEC National Commissioner for Information, had to represent the INEC Chair at the meeting with political party chairs and presidential candidates and so was unable to join us for the discussion. As a result, she would pretend to be Festus, and Sandra would have to pretend to be her!Read More
IDEAs Episode 114 – 13th January 2023 Ikeazor Akaraiwe Esq. SAN on allegations against neutral election actors Ezugwu Chukwudi introduced the programme with a reminder that the elections are now only 42 days away. He referred to the role of election observers and the way some of them are treated and wondered whether that was…Read More
Ezugwu Chukwudi introduced the programme by saying that many Nigerians would be optimistic about 2023 and looking forward to the elections of February 25th and March 11th. He said that we would be discussing all that listeners need to know about INEC’s preparedness so that they can be confident about the elections and why it is important to participate. He said that the programme would be joined by Samson Itodo of YIAGA Africa which is doing great work in relation to citizen participation and accountability.Read More
Before delving into the issues for discussion today, Ayo corrected the wrong information conveyed by her interview with Honourable Patrick Ikhariale in Episode 106, where they had wrongly discussed the APC primaries as if there was to be only one delegate per LG, whereas it was in fact 3 delegates per LG. She then turned…Read More
Episode 106 Blog – 27th May 2022 Hon Patrick Ikhariale on IDEAs issues as Delegates pick Political Party Flag-bearers
With all the drama surrounding the issue of political party delegates, this week IDEAs had a big interview with Honourable Patrick Ikhariale, a former member of the House of Representatives on the issue.Read More
Episode 105 Blog – 13th April 2022 Ebun Adegboruwa SAN on the IDEAs issues in remaining in office as an aspirant
Episode 105 Blog – 13th April 2022 Ebun Adegboruwa SAN on the IDEAs issues in remaining in office as an aspirant With the President directing “all ministers, Heads and Members of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Agencies, Parastatals of Government, Ambassadors as well as political appointees who desire to contest for elective offices” to resign before Monday 16th…Read More
As election season gets into full swing with the sale of nomination forms by some parties, and the emergence of delegates who will chose their party’s flagbearers, leading political columnist and analyst Jide Ojo was our guest on today’s programme to examine some of the IDEAs issues raised.Read More
Episode 103 Blog – 1st April 2022 Ochendo Simon Okeke on the role of the Police in Accountability for our security.
With the 28th March 2022 attack by terrorist bandits on a train travelling from Abuja to Kaduna with loss of life, injury and apparent abduction of some passengers, as well as a mounting toll from not just terrorist and bandit attacks, but also criminal kidnapping across the country, our guest on IDEAs Radio today is Ochendo Simon Okeke, who was Chair of the Police Service Commission from 2001-2006.Read More
Episode 102 Blog – 18th March 2022 Waziri Adio on the ‘Perfect Storm’ as fuel shortages & high diesel costs
Episode 102 Blog – 18th March 2022 Waziri Adio on the ‘Perfect Storm’ as fuel shortages & high diesel costs jam system collapse! With a ‘system collapse’ of the National electricity grid during the last week, Nigerians seem to have entered a ‘perfect storm’ where problems relating to energy are hitting Nigerians from all sides:…Read More
Episode 101 Blog – 4th March 2022 Auwal Musa Rafsanjani on what impact the amended Electoral Act will have on the Integrity of elections in Nigeria’s Democracy
Auwal Musa Rafsanjani on what impact the amended Electoral Act will have on the Integrity of elections in Nigeria’s Democracy Episode 101 Blog – 4th March 2022Auwal Musa Rafsanjani on what impact the amended Electoral Act will have on the Integrity of elections in Nigeria’s DemocracyIn addition to being the Executive Director of the Civil…Read More
IDEAs Episode 98 Blog – 21st January 2022 Iniobong Usen of BudgIT on duplication and padding in the 2022 Budget.
During the week BudgIT released its analysis of the 2022 Budget of the Federal Government and its Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Iniobong Usen came on IDEAs Radio to discuss the issues raised with Ayo.Read More
Episode 96 Blog December 2021 Clement Nwankwo on the President’s veto of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill
On Monday 20th December President Buhari wrote to the National Assembly that he was withholding his assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. In a letter dated 13th December that was read to the Senate and the House of Representatives on the 21st of December, the President focused on the clause that imposed direct primaries…Read More
Episode 95 Blog – 10th December 2021 Jide Ojo on Asset Recovery and Disposal by the Anti-Corruption Agencies December 9th was World Anti-Corruption Day, and Jide Ojo, a public affairs analyst, columnist and television host joined Ayo Obe to discuss issues connected with Accountability in the recovery of assets that were the proceeds of fraud,…Read More
With just over a week to go before the Anambra State off-cycle governorship election, Ayo Obe interviewed Cynthia Mbamalu, Director of Programs at YIAGA Africa who is leading the organisation’s ‘Watching the Vote’ project in Anambra State. Such an election clearly answers to Democracy, the ‘D’ in IDEAs, but what was Cynthia’s assessment of the Integrity of the electoral process: was the Independent National Electoral Commission prepared for the poll? She referred to YIAGA’s Pre-Election Observation Report which raised certain concerns, including the failure of INEC to commence the collection of Permanent Voter Cards for the over 70,000 newly-registered Anambra State voters.Read More
Nigerians have reacted to the scandal of the Pandora Papers, but what IDEAs issues do they raise? In today’s episode, Ayo Obe spoke with Nicholas Ibekwe – the award-winning journalist who leads the investigative journalism section of Premium Times, one of Nigeria’s leading online media outlets. Premium Times is part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists which spent a year examining the 11.9 records known as the Pandora Papers.Read More
President Muhammadu Buhari gave a long and wide-ranging speech to mark Nigeria’s 61. Independence anniversary; But what issues relating to Integrity, Democracy, Ethics and Accountability did his speech raise? In this week’s programme Ayo Obe was in conversation with Aghogho Oboh to examine this question.Read More
MRA’s Edetaen Ojo on the National Media Complaints Commission
Chukwudi said that the show would be looking at the National Media Complaints Commission, with Edetaen Ojo, the Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda as Ayo Obe’s guest.Read More