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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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Recurrent kerosene scarcity

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Suspension of the FRC code

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Don’t Go to War in Gambia

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Suspension of the FRC code

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Don’t Go to War in Gambia

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Beyond Armed Forces Remembrance Day Ceremonies

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BBOG, FG team visit Sambisa(NAN)

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EFCC investigates alleged missing N500m Chibok safe school funds

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Protesters storm EFCC Lagos office, denounce persecution of Patience Jonathan

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Gunmen kill 10 youths in Benue

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CAN Blasts FG, Says Economic Polices Lack Human Face

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FG won’t postpone N/east trip over BBOG demands

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We’ve Restored Nigeria’s Sanity, Territorial Integrity, Says Buhari

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FG Rejects BBOG’s Conditions for Participating in North-east Tour

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Comply with Court Order to Release El-Zakzaky, Amnesty Int’l Tells FG

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Magu’s Retention Giving Anti-corruption War Negative Perception, Group Laments

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Insecurity: IBB expresses concern

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Nigeria Prisons Service in Dilemma over 1640 Criminals Sentenced to Death

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Terror Strikes UNIMAID, Suicide Bomber Kills Prof., Four Others

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3 killed, 5 injured in Yangoji auto crash

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Staff Verification Saves N1.6bn For Kogi Govt

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Six die as Lassa fever hits seven states

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Gunmen abduct ex-union official in Sokoto

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Osinbajo Begins Visit To Niger Delta Region On Peace Talk Today

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Kidnappers of Tulip college students, staff demand N1.2bn

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Gunmen kill 10 civilian taskforce members in Benue

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FCT residents lament increase in Social media fraud

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Nine Killed, 6,000 Displaced in Gbagyi, Fulani Clash in Niger

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2 killed, mosque burnt as Igbo, Fulani clash in Enugu

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Public servant father of 3 commits suicide in Ekiti

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Sterling Bank, FirstBank Director To Forfeit N34.9bn To FG, Court Orders

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50 Companies Bid For NNPC’s Boat Supply Term Contract

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Dangote Sets Up Multi-Million Dollar Truck Assembly Plant In Lagos

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NSE Investors Trade N9.023bn Shares in One Week

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58% of domestic flights delayed in 2016

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Nigeria’s Forex Earnings Hit $24 Billion in Third Quarter 2016

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Customs mismanaged multibillion naira seaport scanners —NCMDLCA

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Airport shutdown, ‘Unmarketing’ Nigeria

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Over N1trn debt suffocating NPA –Hadiza, MD/C

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Auction ban: FG loses N1trn in 15 months

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Former House Of Rep. Member Arraigned For Theft

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INEC Begins Preparation For 2019 General Elections

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Court asked to remove Magu from EFCC

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IMF Sees Nigeria Growing By 0.8% In 2017

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Petrol Price Highest In Kwara, Bayelsa, Kebbi In December – NBS

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Black market’ll soon collapse – Adeosun

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Buhari: Bisi Akande has healed APC

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How Buhari can woo Ndigbo — Aghanya

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Bauchi APC affirms Wakili’s suspension

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The Second Niger Bridge to the Future

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Why I Want To Lead Africa – Amina Mohamed

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Heritage Bank: Supporting FG’s Diversification Agenda

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Chibok Girls: 2 Years After, Where Art Thou?

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The Contemporary Nigerian Politician

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Jordaan welcomes Nigeria, South Africa AFCON draw

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Nigeria’s Oyinlomo, Marylove clash in ITF final

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D. With love asking after Lai Mohammed

At this point I have lost the will to write further, I even ask is there any need, the crocodile and alligator may look alike but they are not friends either, so also the man who planted banana and expected plantain on the premise they look alike would be disappointed. There is a thin line between the success and failure of a venture, there is no fence sitting, Nigeria is at the threshold and brink of; a brink of where we have always been, as it was during Jonathan, so it seemingly is becoming with your boss Buhari. Details

PeeCeeJay By Jideofor Adibe

 

Why Ekweremadu is wrong on the Gambian Crisis

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The recent warning by the Deputy Senate President, Dr Ike Ekweremadu that any use of military might to force Jammeh out of office in The Gambia could have dire consequences for the country and the West African sub-region was a well- intentioned intervention. However it is a classic case of where the unintended consequences of a good intention could be far more damaging than what the good intention was meant to avert. Yahya Jammeh has vowed not to step down after initially conceding defeat in the 2016 presidential election in The Gambia. Details

 

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PeeCeeJay By Jideofor Adibe As 2017 Beckons…

The year 2016 ended on a bang for Buhari after a sluggish and uninspiring start for the government. The news that Nigerian soldiers had flushed out Boko Haram elements from their stronghold in the Sambisa forest was probably the government’s most glorious moment since it took power some 18 months ago.  The news of the “defeat” of Boko Haram was not just a big military moment for the Nigerian army; it was perhaps even more importantly a psychological victory against the insurgents. In military-speak, the Sambisa forest could be regarded as Boko Haram’s centre of gravity. Details

POLICY INTERROGATION, DISCOURSE AND DEBATE BY  OSELOKA H. OBAZE

 

Nigeria - No Shadow of Turning

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It often seems imaginative to be pessimistic about Nigeria.  And those who are, hardly go wrong.  But reality check, also,  informs that the prevailing pessimism derives not from nifty analysis, but from Nigeria's consistency in being an outlier.  This reality is further underpinned by political muddling and growing fragmentation in governance. The year 2016 is passé, along with its good and bad.  As a year of promised change; of supposedly tangible and progressive shift, it flat lined from start to finish. Details

 

 

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