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Five Hundred African Currency To One Is Illogical By Gold STD. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Why would alien countries name present day Ghana Gold Coast, then abandon gold standard to back their promissory notes with mere printed paper? African currencies used to have some value under their rule before Independence. While they gave Independence, they would not relinquish economic independence. They have been able to exchange African resources with printed paper enhancing what Nkrumah titled Neo-colonialism. Details

 

Looters Feed Youths To Arabian Slavery Body Parts & Asian Death Penalty. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Our young generation would rather face death penalty for drugs in Asia, drown in the sea, die as slaves in Arabian deserts, used as body parts than stay in Africa to fight their oppressors and looters for their future. We have seen repulsive and disturbing pictures of beautiful young men, women and children sacrificed for body parts. Yet some Africans wonder why they cannot share glamor or comfortable lives enjoyed overseas by their relatives that tell them not to come over. Details


SSS Lopsided Recruitment; Between Ethnic Chauvinism And Quest For Balancing. By Rahaman Olalekan

I feel strongly that the disproportionate allocation of 331 of the newly Commissioned officers to the Northern States and FCT which is more than half of the total intakes from the Southern parts of the country is a further proof of dysfunctionality and defects in the operation of Nigeria Federal system. Details

The Blame Game as a Route to the Destination of Uncreativity. By Dr. Abubakar Alkali

The main reason why former President Jonathan lost that election was because of his lackadaisical, cavalier and non-committal attitude in fighting Boko haram. Former President Jonathan simply refused to fight Boko haram because to him, Boko haram is political and was created by Northerners to wrest power from him. Now he knows better. Details

 

Ooni of Ife Gracefully Humiliated Oba Of Eko. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Are you surprised that Ooni of Ife reduced Oba of Lagos below his level? The first indication of class was how they got to the throne. When the people of Lagos protested that Tinubu should not be in a position to share his preference on who should be the Oba of Lagos, other Yoruba protested that Lagosians must not discriminate against another Yoruba in Lagos, as they would allow Tinubu to determine their Oba. Indeed, we had those that were asking if Lagosians would rather have someone from other parts of Nigeria. Details

 

Insurance Against Kidnapers & Robbers. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Who gives kidnappers and armed robbers your intimate information and location while money hoarders sleep well at night? They should explore more graveyards and soak-away for big loots. Unless you are flamboyant, rich or a conspicuous spender, chances are most information about ordinary folks comes from close friends or relatives. It is not only the ungrateful son that invites armed robbers to demand ransom on him or to dispossess his “stingy” father of some money. Details

 

You Have To Be Deaf And Dumb Not To Loot As It Is. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Why are we so mad at looters? A friend said it right. Some of us are angry because we never got the opportunity to loot. There are those that would do worse if given that opportunity. We still remember Bankole, the young Speaker that complained on a daily basis about the amount of money leaking out of the treasury, only to find out he was a rogue himself. So his only problem was waiting on the wing to claim his turn. Most people have forgotten his case. Details

 

Legal Implication of Sexual Violence. By Bello Idris

I personally chose not to belong to the school of thought which sees Police as responsible for the escalation of the problem because; you can always find within the Police Force some honourable Police Officers who uphold firmly to the ethics of their profession. Nevertheless, there is the need for the Police to be proactive in dealing with the cases of sexual violence reported to them. There is equally the need for gender sensitivity training for the Nigeria’s Police, Doctors, Security Forces, Judges and other officials in the Criminal Justice System and Lawyers. Details

 

The Misinterpretation of Muhammadu Sanusi II. By Gimba Kakanda

There is a reason the North of Nigeria is yet to be “on top of the situation”, as our policymakers tend to say even when a crisis is out of control, in the quest to redeem the escalating social problems that abound there. It is because we are in denial of the origins, starting from our manipulation and misapplication of religion in governance to the stark deficiencies of our ruling class, and its implications on the present. Details

 

Emir Sanusi And His Poor Understanding Of Northern Nigeria. By Abubakar Abdulmusawwir

I was certainly not caught by surprise when I read that Emir Sanusi in his key note address during the opening ceremony of Kaduna State investment programme said that the Northern Nigeria will be the poorest if the country is broken into components. I was not surprise because he is known to be making statements that are not correct or half truth. Details

 

Obasanjo’s ogbologbo solution to fight corruption. By Muhammad Ajah

Those who know the former President very well can attest to his self-styled bluntness in propagating staged melodramatic episodes that last longer in mind than its reality. It is an undiluted truth that as a man who has rigmaroled the corridors of power in Nigeria, he knows and understands very well the piece of land called Nigeria. Obasanjo has remained strong in the nation’s politics, moving majestically anywhere he thinks of, watching the rots he assisted in creating and dishing out piecemeal desiccated solutions whenever he feels attention would be engendered. He is always a major of the dramatis personae in the shows he often dedicates to his enthusiastic followers. In short, he would have won many awards as the protagonist of his own didactic verbiages.  Details

 

The Buharian Trade-Off Thesis Of Anti-Corruption Campaigns In Nigeria. By Abel B.S. Gaiya

The Buharian trade-off thesis may explain why Buhari is perceived to pursue an anti-corruption drive that is party-asymmetric, despite being relatively universalistic or indiscriminate in the 1980s. It (political sensitivity, that is) may also explain why there may be a pattern of news about detected corrupt persons forfeiting assets to the EFCC, but are not named, as opposed to the demands of Nigerians in response to Buhari’s previous claim that he would publish names. Details

 

The Forty-Five Million Dollars Lost & Found Is Mine. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Where else can one hide his money from armed robbers? It is unfortunate that we cannot put money in the bank, at the farm, in the freezer, in a sewage tank and inside our house anymore; without some busy bodies revealing it to Economic and Financial Crime Commission. The forty-five million dollars found in that Ikoyi apartment is mine. It must be returned immediately to me otherwise EFCC will see me in the court of law under democracy and the rule of law. Details

 

Kano Family Law: Making Issue Out Of Nothing. By Bello Idris

Whichever way it goes, the Emir needs to be liberal in his approach to issues that are dicey of this nature. He should not be seen to be personally too keen about the insertion of a particular issue into the proposed law. There is no point for hush- hush since he is not caught by any tenure. I personally vouch his line of thinking but I hate to see him loose the loyalty and respect he commands to the majority of his subjects. Details

 

Abuja In Heat And Darkness. By Okachikwu Dibia

Throughout today, I have been wondering what is wrong with electricity in Nigeria: why is it that electricity has decided not to be available in Nigeria? NEPA or PHCN suffered the allegation that as a public utility, it failed to deliver its essential mandate of providing regular and affordable power to Nigerians Details

 

 

An Overview Of Service Delivery Initiative: 12 Years After. By Otive Igbuzor, PhD

Over the years, there has been poor service delivery by the public sector in Nigeria leading to the launch of the Nigeria Service Delivery Initiative by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR in March, 2014. The Federal Government signed a social compact with all Nigerians (SERVICOM) to improve citizen satisfaction by promoting service excellence in Public Service.

In this paper, we examine the quality of public service delivery twelve years after. But first, we underscore the imperative of service delivery and the need for reform of the public sector to be able to deliver efficient, effective and responsive services. We argue that there are blockages to service delivery which need to be removed through comprehensive and holistic public service reform.  Details

 

So Men Of God Do Pray & Trafficate. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Since men and women fall into this trance, we should not be surprised that respectable ladies fall into the lap of pastors, stars, the rich and powerful. We may call it abuse of trust, which is true but not different from that of the Catholic Priest that abuses minors and children. Each time we are down and we seek salvation, we become vulnerable. Respectable scientists, doctors and researchers when struck by incurable diseases or cancer, have sought quacks in countries unimaginable.  Details

 

 

Greed Drives Locally Made Goods More Expensive. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Dangote recently announced that he was going into rice production while promising to flood the market and bring prices down. Well, it is true that most promises made by businessmen in Nigeria in particular have not been fulfilled. Critics pointed to Dangote promises about cement whose price has not gone down just as his entry into tomato production. In the case of tomato, he was not the only Nigerian that made promises.

We have to accept that there are more market forces at play than the promises of one man. This writer is not a supporter of Dangote and has pointed out his disagreement with him in other cases. Details

 

Nigeria’s National Assembly As Democracy’s Poisoned Chalice. By Godwin Onyeacholem

To say that Nigeria’s National Assembly has been living in infamy since the beginning of the Fourth Republic in 1999 is to understate the severity of the country’s democratic woes. While less endowed but well-meaning and development-conscious counterparts on the continent are devising means of advancing the culture of popular representation through openness and improvement of the lives of their people, Nigeria’s so-called “distinguished” senators and “honourable” members are perpetually scheming for secrecy, swindling the electorate and the country and generally making lives more miserable for their constituents. Details

 

Political Impasse In The Gambia: The Facts, The Lies And The Bad Precedent (1 and 2). By  Ibrahim  M. Attahir, Esq.

 realized that, what was on the ground in The Gambia was contrary to what people were being fed with. I saw the scenario as a manifestation of a statement attributed to a former US President, Thomas Jefferson that: “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” This serious misinformation prompted me to write this piece as my humble contribution on the events in The Gambia. I hope it will put some records straight and separate the grain from the chaff, at least, for posterity.Details

 

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

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EFCC docks whistle blowers over false information

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Community Policing Begins, Officers To Serve In Areas Of Origin

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FG Aborts Dasuki’s Trial Again

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Five killed In Another Suicide Bomb Attack In Borno

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Oshiomhole’s Wife, 334 Foreign Nationals Get Nigerian Citizenship

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Again, Suspected Herdsmen Kill 12 in Taraba

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DSS Invades THISDAY Editorial Board Member’s Office over Report on Sexualisation on School Kids

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FG: Nigeria Ranked Number One in High Tuberculosis Cases in Africa

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Mabogunje becomes fellow of US Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Prophet arraigned over possession of human skull

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Gory tales as another batch of 258 Nigerian deportees arrive Lagos Airport

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Money laundering: EFCC docks ex-Niger Gov, Aliyu on 8-count charge

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Robbers kill one, rob others at Bureau de change

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Gunmen kill two policemen in Kogi

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Imam, wife, 4 children killed in Ijebu-Ode

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Police arrest 7 highway robbers, recovers pistol, 3 vehicles

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Police confirm 3 dead in fresh attacks in Taraba

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Ortom meets Osinbajo, vows to outlaw grazing

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VIO Ban On Lagos Roads Permanent, Says Ambode

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Ijaws To FG: Pay N99.9bn For Gbaramatu Assault Or Face Fresh...

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Gunmen Kill Two Policemen, Cart Away Rifles In Kogi

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FG Loses N10.8b To Strike Actions At Lagos Ports

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Herdsmen attack: Niger death toll hits 27

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60% of local flights in Q1 delayed – Records

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Naira strengthens as CBN injects $457.3m into FX market

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Nigeria is world apart in development indices — Chioke

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Inflation Inches Downwards to 17.24% in April

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Osinbajo: Next 10 Years will Be Difficult for the African Economy

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FG’s Revenue Rises by 20.4% in February

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Nigeria Telecoms Sector Contributes N15trn To Economy

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NNPC Spends N1.6bn On Repair Of Kaduna-Kano Pipeline

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Fayemi’s two years as minister, a waste to Ekiti – Fayose

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Expect more corruption trials – Lai Mohammed

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LG polls: Makarfi-led PDP asks candidates to look for alternative platforms

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$5.9bn Rail Loan: Senate Summons Amaechi Over Exclusion Of South-East

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How to Win the Anti-Graft War

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The First Class Degrees Galore

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N4.9bn Fraud: EFCC Re-arraigns Fani-Kayode, Usman Before New Judge

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What if Buhari does not want to continue...?

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Why Africa should go cashless

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Why Africa should go cashless

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Things that cannot wait

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Nations Cup: Eguaveon Writes Off South Africa Threat

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Minna Hilltop And The Politics Of 2019

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Development Of Mind: A Panacea For Good Moral Values

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The Peril Of Bulldozer Development In Lagos 

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Can restructuring still save Nigeria?

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‘NSC Bill to Change the Face of Nigeria Sports’

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Job Creation: Task Before New NDE Boss

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Turmoil In Trumpville: My Vindication!

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The Trump presidency has created so much turmoil in the White House and beyond, to the extent that today, the most commonly used words in reaction to some his unprecedented actions include “Nixonian” – in reflection to the Watergate scandal and the events that led to the resignation of the 37th president of United States,... Details

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Nigeria's formal informal sector must change gear and reverse

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I sought answers for the following questions, I know the cost and the manpower that it takes to put an examination like JAMB into place, but I do not understand how the billions generated is ‘spended’. Details

POLICY INTERROGATION, DISCOURSE AND DEBATE BY  OSELOKA H. OBAZE

 

Corruption and Economic Recession: the role of Political Scientists

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Presently, Nigeria remains in a governance crisis mode; in arrested development and indeed, in economic recession.  Our country is not working optimally – and the prevailing dysfunctionality can be discerned at the federal, state and local government levels.  The State of the Nigerian Nation is not strong!  I am aware that some analysts continue to point to discernible fiscal and economic progress made in 2016.  At best, such progress represents a mixed bag with hardly any redeeming value. Details

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