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Biafra Is Not The Only Nation Crying Out. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Biafra is not the only one crying out for space, respect, equity and fair play in this Market where familiarity breed contempt. Delta market, Arewa market and Odua market, also want a form of confederation. Even conjoined twins require skillful and delicate separations. Unfortunately we lack ingenious surgeons to perform this life threatening operation. Our country is sick but the institutions required to balance separation of powers are weak, motivated and united by greed. Details

 

Evans Can Still Beat Kidnapping Charges in Court. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Kidnappers kill directly politicians murder us indirectly! It is easier for kidnappers, politicians, pastors and imams to enter the kingdom of God like a camel would through the tiny hole of a needle than those of you doubting if the notorious kidnappers can or cannot get justice in court of law. Some of you have forgotten that in a democracy such as ours, the rule of law must hold. A man must be presumed innocent until he is proven guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. Details

 

Short-Sightedness in Separatist Agitation. By Dr. Anthony Akinola

When Nigeria fought a civil war between 1967 and 1970, the rest of the world was not looking at our nation from the prism of future greatness.  On the other hand, the young African nation was still perceived as the burden of the British, the erstwhile colonial masters, who played a major role in ensuring that Nigeria remained one nation. Were there to be another senseless war today, there is bound to be a U-turn. External influences will conspire to partition Nigeria into very small and, somehow, subdued nations! Details

 

Please Let Biafra Go. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Did Arewa and Odua Youths give quit notice to Biafra? It was Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe that cried out loud when the children of Nkrumah were kicked out of Nigeria with their Ghana Must Go bags. The guilt of seeing the children of Nkrumah pack even after Kofi Busia had kicked Nigerians out of Ghana, was too much to bear. If Azikiwe were alive, after fighting to keep Nigeria One, after deserting Ojukwu before Ojukwu deserted the War himself, Azikiwe would weep. Biafra stop! Details

 

The ‘Kaduna Declaration’: Of Ultimatums and Counter Ultimatums -A Word of Caution. By Abdullahi Usman

A close review of the fallouts of that infamous ‘Kaduna Declaration’, which elicited the deluge of responses by the different groups across the country, by way of social media commentaries and direct personal discussions with some individuals in the North, reveals two broad categories of reactions. Details

 

An Essay on the World Bank’s Objective of “Ending Poverty and Ensuring that Future Generations Share in Broader Prosperity”: African Perspective. By Eleanya K. Nduka

The World Bank is determined to achieve its twin goals of "ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity - and ensuring that future generations share in broader prosperity". These goals elude Africa due to the usual politics that surrounds policy implementation in the region. The major challenges facing African countries are corruption and rent-seeking by the ruling class. Details

 

Biafra: To Leave or Not to Leave. By Farouk Martins Aresa

It is no longer if Biafrans will leave but when and if they will survive without all of the old Eastern Region. There are there three types of agitations ringing from the former Eastern part of Nigerians:  the 1) Igbo 2) Biafrans and 3) Ibo. Not all Igbo are Biafrans and some Igbo resent the label of Ibo while others far from the hinterland embrace it. Indeed many Igbo think this is a conspiracy after the War to divide and conquer them ideologically.  In other words, there is no difference between the Igbo; Igbo is Igbo.  

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Nigeria has no choice but to listen to the Igbo that wants out of Nigeria. Their voices cannot be ignored. Their indirect referendum, like Brexit, of shutting down trade and commerce, their livelihood, did not deprive the rest of the country. Nevertheless, it is an affirmation that Igbo local areas support Biafra. We know that in United Kingdom, some areas would want to be part of European Union and some areas want to be independent of the Union. Yet British Government at the center would wants all areas out. Details

 

Why Defend a Pseudo-Democracy? By  Tochukwu Ezukanma

In their grasping avarice and remorseless misappropriation of public funds, many state governments refuse to pay their employees for months, sometimes, for up to 6 months. And those that demand their salaries are severely punished. For example, a primary school headmistress, Mrs. Maryleen Ezichi, who, like her colleagues, had not been paid for six months appealed to the wife of the Abia State governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, to intercede on their behalf to get paid some of their backlog salaries. Unbelievably, she was punished: demoted and transferred to a rural outpost. Details

 

Anatomy OF Nigeria's Sickly Democracy. By Rahaman Olalekan

In a situation whereby  workers receive twenty five percent fraction of their salaries on monthly basis as subvention from government , it is predictive that the efficiency and productivity of such workforce will be dwindled and greatly diminished. It appears most of the state governors lack the proper understanding of roles of the public servants in policy formulation, policy review, policy interpretation,policy implementation,  project execution and evaluation otherwise the workers could have been treated well. Details

 

Nigeria’s Housing Deficit – We Must Act Now, lest the “Angry gods” Be Enraged. By Chima Christian

Nigeria, with a population of about 180 million people, is presently challenged with a threatening national housing deficit. In 1991, the deficit was 7 million units. It has since increased from 7 million units in 1991 to 14 million units in 2010 and currently 17 million units. By 2050, exactly 33 years from today, popular estimates say Nigeria will be the third most populous nation, with a projected population of about 390 million people. If we do not, as a matter of priority, build well ventilated and affordable houses for our teeming population in this era of global warming, let Gov. Yari and his followers be assured that the gods were just test running their anger in Type C Meningitis. Details

 

Review Of Inequality In Nigeria: Exploring The Drivers. Reviewer Dr. Otive Igbuzor

The report indicates that poverty in Nigeria is very high and that the country is among the 30 most unequal countries in the world (page 9). As at 2010, more than 112 million people were living in poverty. According to the 2015 Human Development report, Nigeria had the highest number of people living in multi-dimensional poverty (88.4 million) in the world, followed by Pakistan (83 million) and Ethiopia (78.9 million) (Page 16). The report shows that the gap between the rich and the poor in Nigeria is very wide. According to World Bank data, in 2009, the poorest half of the population held only 22 percent of national income (page 9). Details

 

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Dear el-Rufai, truth needs to be told

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Certifying Nigeria’s artisans

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When Jungle Justice Reigns

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The controversy over Budget 2017

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FG Moves To Stem Medical Tourism

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Governors Challenge EFCC Claims Over Paris Club Refund

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Police Nab 87 Badoo Suspects, Declare 20 Wanted

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Osinbajo: FG Will Address Clamour for Restructuring Soon

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Scores of Nigerians Feared Dead as Thousands Flee Bakassi

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Army Warns Separatists, Says Nigeria Will Remain One

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Magu Will Remain EFCC Chairman – Osinbajo

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Gridlock Returns To Abuja-Keffi Expressway

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Senate to Presidency: No going back on Magu

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Amnesty for looters’ bill: Youths spoil for war

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Two suicide bombers killed in another foiled attack on UNIMAID

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Court strikes out Zakzaky’s case

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Scandals rock NHIS as FG suspends boss

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Mokwa-Jeba bridge collapse: Trailers take over Abuja-Lokoja road

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Kaduna disburses $21.5m scholarship for girls

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Kano Govt Names University after Maitama Sule

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Edo Govt, CAN, Others Reject Grazing Bill

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Court Orders Ex-VC, Bursar Remanded In EFCC Custody

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Woman loses marriage for cooking pork for Muslim mother-in-law

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How fraudsters use tech to steal billions from banks from banks

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Nigeria Set To Issue N135bn Bonds – DMO

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Naira Suffers Marginal Loss Against Dollar Despite CBN’s Intervention

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CBN boosts retail forex with $254.3 million

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Amnesty for Looters: Inside story of controversial bill

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Yoruba Leaders Insist Nigeria Has No Future Unless It’s Restructured

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Melaye: Lawyers Fault Senate, Say Power To Recall Lies With INEC

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Calls For Restructuring Mere Political Deceit – Kogi Gov

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‘A terrible war is raging between the cabal and Osinbajo’

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National Assembly: You cannot have powers without responsibility

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National Assembly: You cannot have powers without responsibility

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Impeachment axe against Osinbajo: Has Senate lost It?

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Adieu, Danmasanin Kano

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 Oil Exploration Embargo In Northern Nigeria And Our Diversification Plans

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Nigeria and the Ghosts of 1966

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Obasanjo and the Dreams of Our Fathers

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The Nnamdi Kanu phenomenon

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CHAN 2018: Eagles wait as NFF dilly-dallies

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FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Drop To 39th Position

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Enyeama’s Future In Doubt Under New Coach At Lille

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Finally, A Word For Nnamdi Kanu!

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Could it be that in their shortsighted political gimmickry which was clearly  buoyed by the insatiable greed and ambition to wrestle a larger slice of the national cake, it has only just dawned on the South East cultural and political elite that they have inevitably played into Nnamdi Kanu's hands?

Could it be that they have only just realized that he was gradually pulling the carpet from underneath their feet while they were preoccupied with enjoying his crude insults against the rest of Nigerians? Details

 

 

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PUBLIC SQUARE BY MUHAMMAD AL-GHAZALI Between The Middle And The Christian Belt

When commentators in the Western media attempt to rationalize the crisis that occur with frequent regularity in Nigeria, it is often viewed in the context of the Christian South and the Muslim North. In reality, however, nothing could be further from the truth. Nigeria is much more complex than that. The reality is that any attempt to dissect or understand why Nigeria badly achieved since its independence using the solitary narrative of religion will ultimately terminate in a bewildering maze or cul-de-sac. Details

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D.

 

Northern Nigeria And More of Her Mythical Realities

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The North and the agitating Middle Belt is an emotional wreck, a perfect picture of an abused bride, which today is even afraid of a hug of reconciliation, with rehabilitation and reconstruction a far cry. We are chasing Igbos out because they demand secession, restructuring, fiscal federalism etc.

If the North decides to go away from Nigeria, will the other component part fight to keep it and would it be really 19 states, is Plateau North, when there's no love lost between the Plateau people and the North, does Taraba believe in North, Southern Kaduna, parts of Nassarawa, Benue, Kogi etc. Details

 

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BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D. The Nigerian Structure; fish bone in the neck

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Will restructuring Nigeria make Rochas deal with the erosion that litters that road to his palatial country home in Imo state? Or if Mr. Buhari completes two terms of four years each it will make Katsina the hub of technology in the north?

 

In sincerity have we really allowed the Federal structure to work, with bogus census figures and criminal politicians, is it about systems, structures or those that work it? If today we have a feeding bottle federal fiscal structure, do we expect much difference or will it be a Seven-up case when we restructure? Details

PeeCeeJay By Jideofor Adibe

 

End of right-wing populism?[

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But separatist agitations in Nigeria are likely to continue - at least for a while- because they are being propelled by different dynamics. One of these is that in democratizing societies, the free speech guarantees of liberal democracies will in the short to medium term continue to aggravate the structures of conflict. And given the multi-ethnic character of the society, it is expected that separatist agitations will be one of such. Details

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