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Gladly and Gratefully Paying the Price. By Aliyu A. Ammani

... the Sokoto jihad is the best thing that ever happened to Hausa: the land, the language and the people. First, it united the hitherto disunited Hausa states. Second, and perhaps most important, it made the Hausa language the de facto lingua-franca of the caliphate which spans beyond the boundaries of the original Hausa states. Consequently, when the colonialists came, and as a result of indirect rule, Hausa language gradually became, in practice, the language of policy and administration across the entire northern protectorate of Nigeria. Details

 

Nigeria Budget 2017: What Are The Issues? By Otive Igbuzor, Ph.D.

Therefore, the historical challenges with budget in Nigeria including concerns with the budget process, content of the budget as well as implementation challenges remain unresolved.  The process issues include the fact that citizens and communities do not participate in the selection of projects that go into the budget; Legislators are not consulted on the selection of projects into the budget; and oversight of the budget process by the legislature, civil society and the media is weak.  Furthermore, the Public Accounts Committee which was very popular in the second republic has become very ineffective and there is still confusion on the limits of legislative power in appropriation. Details

 

Hypocrisy of Free Floating Currencies in Liberalized Markets. By Farouk Martins Aresa

African economists with colo-mentality insist on free-floating currency and liberalized market as the only way to move our economy forward because it attracts foreign investments. We do not argue against foreign investment. We actually want foreign investment, what we guide against are predatory investors that have no interest in long term infrastructure but temporarily park foreign pension funds and edge funds in stock market that has never added value to economy. Details

 

Nigeria’s anti-corruption war: Why the presidency must stick with Magu. By Godwin Onyeacholem

But President Buhari should remain firm and not succumb to the prejudiced opinions and sheer blackmail of those working hard to blunt if not completely eliminate the refined cutting-edge of the anti-corruption campaign symbolized by the current leadership of the EFCC. He knows many of these agents of retrogression, and some of them even thrive under his very nose. There is no doubt that in Magu, the president made one of the finest choices of his administration considering the fact that both share almost an equal level of revulsion for a monster that has virtually crippled Nigeria, and which Buhari has placed on top his “change” agenda. Details

 

Understanding Open Government Partnership(OGP) In Nigeria. By Otive Igbuzor, PhD.

Nigeria has been faced with the challenge of effectively utilising its resources to support equitable economic growth, effective service delivery and social cohesion. One of the major driving forces for the development blockade is lack of openness, transparency and accountability in governance. Therefore, if government and citizens embrace open government principles in a tailored stakeholder engagement, then the blockades will be dealt with and reform will take place that will lead ultimately to effective policy, effective budget and effective implementation.  The move by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to join the Open Government Partnership is therefore a commendable one. Details

 

Telling the Recent Bayero University, Kano Story. By Maikudi Abubakar Zukogi

If the story of this vibrant and promising university will necessarily be tied to how it stands in the world university ranking, it is doubtful if it would ever get told. Bayero University, Kano will simply serve as the first course mixed gravel and cement holding the intimidating pillars of world Ivy League universities that annually make the list of Times Higher Education Supplement world university ranking. This emerging and unassuming university isn’t likely to put up any encouraging showing in the African universities ranking either. So if your interest is to look for a university with a promise like the northern star and you are going to have to rely on this somewhat academic rankings, you are more than likely going to miss out on what above every possessor of knowledge, there is one more learned, which is what the motto of Bayero University, Kano is, has to offer. Details

 

Now that You are A Graduate. By Yusuff Olayode Yusuff Supoto

Good that you have a good grade, and I am happy you are the best product in your department. However, there is a very important question you need to ask yourself before writing an application letter. You importantly should see, after answering this question that definitely, you are an irresistible product for an employer. Why not ask yourself, “Am I employable?” Details

 

Most Foreign Awards Are Bribes To Drain Africans Economy. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Ngozi Iweala, was Finance Minister with zilch private sector experience. Preached advantage of Paris Club odious debt pay off (negotiated unwisely according to Prof. Soludo) during OBJ reign; turned around and sold advantages of borrowing more during Jonathan. She now laments that   foreign investors took $80 billion out of Nigeria because of Buhari body language. Otherwise, they could have borrowed at low rate of 2% at home to reap 15% interest in Nigeria. Where does Nigeria make the profit (difference) from, what justifies our high rate and who benefits? Details

 

Southern Zaria: Why CAN Should Beg for Peace. By Abdussamad Umar Jibia, Ph.D.

The history of Northern Nigeria has left it with two distinct groups of people who are living in anything but love and harmony. Of the nineteen Northern states, Muslims outnumber the Christians in 16, with Christians having the majority in Plateau and Benue states. The two religious groups fare almost equally in Taraba state. Of the 19 elected governors in the North, 16 are Muslims representing 84.2 % while three are Christians representing 15.8 % in the North and 8 % nationwide. In the North Central geopolitical zones where they nicknamed the middle belt, there are more Muslims than Christians. Details

 

By All Means, Let’s Restructure. By Babayola M. Toungo

We are yet again at the season of unreasoning – the season when hair-brained ideas are put forth in order to advance personal ambitions instead of moving the country forward.  These are times when after running out of ideas, our politicians resort to emotive issues to whip up sentiments and draw the undiscerning to their cause.  Nigeria has seen so many of such fly-by-night politicians in the past and I am sure will see the back of the current crop.  These politicians are not averse to pushing the country to the brink as long as their scheme gives them political mileage.  The vogue today is the call for the restructuring or renegotiating the structure and unity of Nigeria as it exist today. Details

 

If You Think Living In Nigeria Is Hell Try Underground World. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Who the hell am I to tell you where to live, eh? After all, I reported myself to the Immigration hoping they would deport me back home. The nice immigration lady kindly told me that they had not received my medical report back yet and I should wait until they get it. Unknown to her was that I thought once I showed up, they would deport me back to Lagos, Nigeria. Home, sweet home. Well, that was many years ago. Details

 

Marzuq as Metaphor. By Adamu Tilde

What the aforementioned narratives demonstrate is the shattering of the long-held but absurd belief and mythology and wayward stereotyping of Northerners as lazy ignoramuses, intellectually inferior to their Southern counterpart, who cannot compete equitably without the aid of "Quota System". Details

 

It Takes One Man To Change A Country From Lootocracy To Democracy. By Farouk Martins Aresa

So one writing that went viral claimed that ten Buhari could not change Nigeria. We all seized upon it to make our points whether to give up on Nigeria or keep on trying until we die. Some of his frustrations were shared by most of us, whatever position we took. Nigeria is a mess that has not risen up to its potential or expectation as a regional power. So much was expected in the sixties after Independence. Some even claimed if it was Nkrumah that headed Nigeria, Eh! Details

 

Corruption And The Untouchables. By Aminu Iyawa

It has been gathered that Heritage Bank is partially owned by the senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki who allegedly solicited the assistance of the Governor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele to revive it.

I have personally spoken to a close friend to one of the contractors who was denied his payment  cheque of over a billion Naira until he opened an account with Heritage Bank. And when he tried to transfer the funds to the accounts of some people he owes money, he was denied the transaction and told to ask the beneficiaries to come and open accounts with the bank. Details

 

The 2016 'BRICS' India (GOA) Summit:  - Wether Nigeria. By Abubakar Atiku

Nigeria is never mentioned anywhere in the 7,322-worded Declaration, unlike the Republic of South Africa (RSA) that is a member nation.  Therefore, why should any Nigerian for that matter bother about the relevance of the Goa Declaration to Nigeria? Details

 

The North, Shiites and the Quest for Tolerance. By Adamu Tilde

The recent sectarian mob violence targeted against the northern Shia minority should enrage any believer in justice and freedom. That appalling display of lawlessness and barbarism must be unreservedly condemned by everyone. It is bereft of any legal, moral or social justification. Those angry mobs who cheerfully lynched their fellow citizens and torched and looted their properties have desecrated the very religion (or values) they are claiming to protect, and the clerics who silently or loudly abetted such travesty have betrayed their calling as men of peace. Details

 

Osinbajo Ridiculed United Looters Of Nigeria At Harvard. By Farouk Martins Aresa

When someone asked about differential treatment and marginalization, the Vice President as a skillful lawyer and Senior Advocate noted that when Nigerians loot, they do it as united clique of people. You would find different ethnic and religious groups united. But as soon as they cry marginalization, it usually comes at the expense of one ethnic group inciting other members that would hardly share their loot. The whole audience roar in approval and laughter! Details

 

Reviving Nigeria’s Shrinking Economy. By Amina Ado

How did we get into this mess? First, the fall in commodity prices depressed oil and gas earnings. Despite progress made since the return to democracy in 1999, Nigeria still relies heavily on oil and gas for its foreign exchange earnings and revenues. For example, it accounted for 93% foreign exchange earnings in 2014 and 70% of government revenues in the same year. Details

 

Ancient Africans Were Writers. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Professor Babatunde Fafunwa (23 September 1923 – 11 October 2010). A Nigerian advocated that school children should be educated in their native language first in order to facilitate their thought processes making it easier to learn other languages and subjects. Their thinking and logic become easier to adapt for invention and discoveries locally. This is how children that cannot speak a word of English or French become great scientists and Nobel prize winners. Details

 

‘Aso Haunted House Of Horrors’. By Ezekiel Daminabo

Abati’s take on the Aso Villa was further accentuated through the write up by Femi Fani Kayode in his own piece titled: Abati’s ‘Aso Rock Spirits’, Buhari’s ‘Kitchen Wife’, And The Curse Of Power’’. Fani Kayode claimed to concur with Abati based on his own personal experiences having served in Aso Rock for three years. He also veered into history to mention personal tragedies of past leaders which he referred to as their sacrifice for leadership. Details

 

Girl-Children as ‘Endangered’ Humans in our Society. By Muhsin Ibrahim

Girl-children face more challenges than can be confined in a single piece like this one. A girl child is, by her soul and flesh, like an embodiment of problems. Many poor girls languish in the river of despair, disgrace and disdain and have no one to listen to them. Their crime is only being girls. They are today the victims of abuse, rape, labour, hawking, early marriage, etc. Details

 

Operationalising Open Government Partnership (OGP) In Nigeria. By Otive Igbuzor, PhD

The Buhari administration made the commendable move of joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP), The partnership has the potential to unblock those challenges that have prevented the government from providing effective service delivery to citizens. The process of operationalising OGP in Nigeria has started. Nigeria government and citizens need to learn from the experiences of other countries and engage the process in a way that will lead to the accelerated development of Nigeria.Details

 

Judicial and Pastoral Abuse Of Integrity And Breach Of Trust. By Farouk Martins Aresa

If Buhari can clean up corruption in the Judiciary and the Police as he had embarked on in the Army  as soon as he was elected, we will see more changes (except for Burutai property in Dubai). We do not expect a perfect system but enough to make most promises stick. He was elected knowing his fault and weaknesses, especially regarding some of his appointments. But Nigerians are so sick and tired of corruption, they are willing to ignore some of his blind spots. Details

 

APC Imbroglio: Is Bola Tinubu guilty? By Abiodun Komolafe

Well, while I may be insufficient at supplying answers to these troubling  questions, until proven otherwise, I hold the notion that Odigie-Oyegun was either misunderstood, misrepresented or  used  by some principalities higher than him. Again, until there is evidence to the contrary, I am also of the firm belief that President  Muhammadu Buhari is too decent a leader to be  involved in this  messy and rather childish tricks that take nobody anywhere. Details

 

Consolidating the Gains of the Fight against Corruption in Nigeria: The Need to Ban Convicted Looters from Holding Public Office for Life. By Dr. Abubakar Alkali Muhammadu Buhari of 1983 is still the same one of 2016 as far as his stand against corruption is concerned. Remember that Mr President started his war against corruption in 1983 as a military head of state (During his war against indiscipline WAI). Mr President is not ready to jettison what he started 33 years ago.  When you fix corruption, you automatically fixed 95% of Nigeria’s problems. Details

 

Only Little People Pay Taxes Corporate Welfare Bums Do Not. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Nigerian politicians make more money in salaries and allowances than other politicians in the world. Yet nobody asks or query them about how much they pay in taxes. Ask anyone of them how they accumulate so much money, they usually claim their wealth is from their businesses. If business is so good and profitable, we wonder why the country has not shared their prosperity. The fact is most of them only give honest business men and women a bad name. Details

 

Is Nigeria Ready for Change? By Aliyu Ahmed

Nigeria has always been a country hanging by a thread, balanced on a needle and always on the edge. Nigerians for so long have wallowed in a state of uncertainty and misery. Nigeria was well on a path to a suicidal self destruction, we were in dire need of some kind of fairy tail romance before we finally imploded to oblivion. Buhari in his second coming drove us madly in love when he promised us ‘CHANGE!’. The promise of change resonated with every Nigerian. People from every state, city and village flocked en-masse and voted for change. The divine message has been heard and Nigerians were finally ready for a euphoric beginning with Buhari. Details

 

Youth Restiveness, Militancy and the Intractable Problems of the Niger-Delta. By  Austin Emaduku

If the Federating States must exist as Centres of developments rather than wasteful bureaucracies, then they must be empowered to develop at their own space. There are serious efforts by the Buhari Administration to diversify the Nigerian economy away from dependence on oil. This is good but can at best be only a short time measure while we commence the process of truly fashioning out a new federal constitution that is agreed upon by all constituents. Details

 

 

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The increasing use of charcoal and deforestation

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Customs, that was wonderful

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Incessant power outages

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REVAMPING THE WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION

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The release of Turkish school students

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Conflicting Signals Over Buhari’s Return

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Religion Driving Nigeria Apart, Says Ooni of Ife

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Unknown Persons Destroy Foundation Stone of Military Base in Southern Kaduna

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20 Feared Killed in Renewed Clash between A’Ibom and Cross River

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Abuja Airport Closure: Ndigbo Raise issues Over Collapsed Enugu/Otukpa/Ajaokuta Road

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Don’t transfer Fani-Kayode’s case to Abuja, EFCC begs judge

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Ex-FCT minister, son to forfeit 10 properties to FG

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Police Arrest 194 Suspects, Recover 612 Cows In Niger

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11 killed, 7 injured as truck rams into motorcyclists in Kubwa

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IDP bombing: Lawyer demands N100m compensation each for victims’ families

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Journalist docked over Southern Kaduna college killings report

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$600m Foreign Airlines’ Funds Trapped In Nigeria

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Reps Uncover Alleged $10bn Forex Racketeering Between CBN, IOCs

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Speculative Attack Weakens Naira to over N500 Mark on Parallel Market

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ECOWAS Parliament Laments Nigeria’s Economic Decline

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Arik Air requires N10bn to resume full operations — AMCON

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CBN May Adjust FX-Rate Peg Over Fiscal Pressures

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FDI Declines By 45% In 2016, NSE Index Rebounds

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Nigeria’s economy in deep crisis, Osinbajo admits

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Osinbajo Sends Onnoghen’s Name to Senate for Confirmation as CJN

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Constituencies Development Fund conflicts with Constitution –CDD

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Mammoth Crowd Welcomes Ibori To Oghara

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Buhari Extends Medical Leave Indefinitely, Nigerians React

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I wasn’t deported from UK – Ibori

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‘What exactly is wrong with our Buhari, for how long is he going to be away?’

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Ndigbo: Our Case, A Ticking Time Bomb

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Sub-nationals As Catalysts For Nigeria’s Agricultural Devt

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Trump: The Shortest Presidency In American History

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From Bipolar To Unipolar And Now Tripolar World

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What Does Obasanjo Know About Buhari?

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Accelerating Sustainable Development Toward 2030

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A nation on sick leave

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Of the 36 Governors currently only 4 have not traveled out for medicals at some point or the other, some have even gone for the frivolous, while the rest have from acute asthma, intense migraine, stomach adjustment, pocket realignment, pimples, facials to irresistible stealing hands syndrome. Details

POLICY INTERROGATION, DISCOURSE AND DEBATE BY  OSELOKA H. OBAZE

 

Unnerving Rise of False News

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Indubitably, false news is now the electrified third rail in global politics, Nigerian politics included.  With its vast reach, scope, and expansiveness, false news retains huge capacity for destructive consequences. Worryingly, there is no generally agreed antidote. Recently, the Czech Republic set up a specialized anti-fake news unit to combat Russian fake news inundation. In Africa, the response has been slow, despite the fact that within one month, the news of the demise of Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow and the demise of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari were published and gained currency, until refuted. Details

PUBLIC SQUARE BY MUHAMMAD AL-GHAZALI

 

Could Trump Be A Russian Agent?

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Our Greek-American Professor whom I will not name for obvious reasons, had just finished mesmerizing us with his in-depth knowledge of world affairs as he always did after each class. And then, he dropped a bombshell!  He nonchalantly told the stunned class that the CIA had found a way to infiltrate the highest decision-making organ in the Soviet Union - the Politburo!  Details

 

PeeCeeJay By Jideofor Adibe

 

Understanding ‘Executive Orders’

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The implementation of executive orders is not automatic and could be undermined at the level of implementation. For instance, though one of President Obama's first acts as president was to sign an executive order closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre, the Centre remains up and running till today. In the same vein, Sally Yates, the US Deputy Attorney General (who was appointed by Barrack Obama), instructed the Justice Department (the equivalent of our Ministry of Justice) not to defend Trump’s new immigration policies in court because she was not convinced that the order was lawful or consistent with her responsibility to stand for what she considers right. She was fired immediately by Trump. Details

POLICY INTERROGATION, DISCOURSE AND DEBATE BY  OSELOKA H. OBAZE

 

Obama’s Enigma

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Obama was president, but his thought process was primarily, that of a lawyer, a professor, a diplomat and a grassroots proselytizer combined. He understood the president's power to be the power of persuasion, at home and abroad.  He understood also that successful president's must convey confidence, strength, compassion and the ability to speak rather bluntly.  Soft power was always key- hence speaking softly but wielding a big stick often paid off on a world stage where finding a balance required carrot and sticks. Details

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