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New Year Reflections on Nigeria. By Abdul-Warith Solanke

What must we IMPROVE? In any reform initiative, it is inevitable that that some vulnerabilities and negative externalities will arise. They are the price we must pay if reform must be productive.  We must therefore improve on our social security deliverables to mitigate the impact of reforms and widen the arena of dialogue and communication to imbue trust and confidence that the evidently harsh and painful decision is temporary. Details

 

What is Politics? By Okachikwu Dibia

The import of this article is to remind politicians that Politics is for the common good and that any attempt to make it for personal gains is a crime against society. It is this understanding that can lead to Politics seen as service for good society and Politics for private gains as moral crime punishable by Nature. Details

 State Of Origin: Double Dip Causes Resentment. By Farouk Martins Aresa

We have to find ways to reduce resentments that have nearly reached a combustible stage. Creation of states is to give most groups a say in running their own affairs. Unfortunately, people still cry marginalization if northern part of that state is getting a bigger pie than the central or the southern part.  In order to relieve most of these resentments, more states were created. Some of these states are not only unviable, they are glorified local governments. Details

 

Hausa Are The Most Marginalized Nigerians. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Despite leadership from the North, the Hausa remained the most marginalized based on past history with the Fulani that captured their City States and replaced their Emirs with only those that can demonstrate their Fulani blood. Unfortunately, the obvious exclusion of real Hausa has gone beyond religious power and made it into political power. The hierarchy established by Usman Dan Fodio radical Islam replaced prior established Muslim and their indigenous beliefs. Details

 

Maryam Sanda: Kannywood is not to Blame. By Muhsin Ibrahim

Kannywood is a phenomenon which our “armchair” criticism and condemnation cannot tame. We had better wake up and truly do something towards making it better, or keep quiet. Oftentimes, the more the industry generates controversy, deserving or otherwise, the more popular it becomes. The human mind is set in such a way that out of curiosity, it desires more to see what it is denied or warned from seeing. I, thus, believe that the best way to deal with the industry is not to blame it for all our socio-religious, moral and cultural ills. They are not to blame in entirety; we are, to a large extent. Let’s go back to the drawing board. Details

 

Nothing Wrong With Crooks Probing Crooks. By Farouk Martins Aresa

In short, Buhari is trusted to be stronger against corruption than anyone else, despite his faults. We are yet to see the impunity other heads of state displayed on corruption, from Buhari. If we had to repeat that election, Buhari would still win. The amount of corruption under Jonathan was simply obscene. They were so bold, they came out with the slogan that it was their money and they could steal it anyway they wanted. What about “corruption is not stealing”? Details

 

Must Explore Excavate & Create Arts & Sciences End Products. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Ghana should not at this point be depending of the Chinese to mine its gold, Nigeria should not be depending on the British to refine its oil and Congo should not be depending on Americans to refine its diamond. Instead of going it alone or trading everything individually abroad, each African country should be assigned a technology based on the amount of resources it produced, by African skilled experts to be enticed home or other formula deliberated by African Union. Details

 

Girl-Child, Poverty and Our World this Century. By Muhsin Ibrahim

The government, as you might have guessed, must shoulder some responsibility, too, for not doing much (if anything!) to alleviate the poverty millions of its citizens live in today. Poverty is a disease that leads to despair and death. As representatives of a philanthropic organisation, we visited the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano in late August this year. The unhealthy, impoverished living condition of the patients in the ward we toured moved some of us to tears, wallahi. About two or three patients died in the span of 24 hours, one of them a few minutes before our arrival. Although it is, religiously speaking, their time to die, their deaths were not unconnected to their lack of money. The story is long. May Allah rest their souls, amin Details

 

Africa Explosive Population Growth By 2050. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Make no mistake about the fact that politicians similarly swindle poor people in developing and developed countries whether they vote or not. Indeed, poor people in both worlds are very religious, so they do not believe in population control. They think climate change is a hoax or the makings of the gods. But in each case, it is the poor that suffer the consequences. Desert encroachment in Tropical countries, hurricanes devastating vulnerable poor in rich countries. Details

 

Youths Tasked R.I Yoruba Elders On Africa Arrested Development. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Nigerian businessmen go to other African countries asking for virgin land. They provide the road in and out of the forest, create electricity to power their plants, hire workers and still; they sell cement cheaper than they do in Nigeria! But when they create the same business at home, they claim they cannot sell their cars cheaper than imported ones. Businesses that should be making foreign money for African countries are draining us. We can be good at home as we are outside. Details

 

Ritualists Turn Churches & Mosques Into Business Centers. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Every church and mosque have their rituals which they follow or adhere to. While some do not worship image of any kind, others pray to their images of saints. The United Nations and the so called “civilized” world were disturbed by the reckless destruction of historical statues in Iraq; and Afghanistan where Taliban militia supreme leader Mulla Mohammad Omar issued a decree ordering the destruction of all statues including ancient pre-Islamic figures. These objections were not based on religious grounds but on historical preservation of the past. Details

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Cameroonian refugees in Cross River

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The Bitter Truths: A Walk Into Firdaus’ Controversy (2)

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Morocco and the ECOWAS Bid

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$1bn From ECA: Needless Controversy

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The increasing number of political parties

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Boko Haram Claims Responsibility For Christmas Bombings

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You can’t kill to please God, says Buhari

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God has asked me to run for Presidency— Bakare

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Police arrest 14 over Ibadan violence

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FG may increase Abuja-Kaduna rail fares – Minister

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Lagos Police Arrest Badoo Cult Leader, Chief Herbalist

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Herdsmen kill over 20, injure over 30 in Benue – Governor Ortom

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

bullet Oil starts year above $60 mark, highest since 2014

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Blackout as electricity grid collapses twice in 16 hours
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NBS: India Remains Highest Importer of Nigerian Crude

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Fuel Scarcity: Ikorodu Community Gets Free Fuel after Station Operators Fled

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Kaduna Dry Port Opens For Business Tomorrow

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2018 budget padding allegation: FG entitled to its opinion -Senate

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Subsidy removal caused fuel scarcity – DAPMAN

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Naira closes at 363/dollar after new year break

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bullet "Buhari will stand 2019, even if his supporters have to convince him"
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In Readiness for 2019, Buhari Reappoints Amaechi Campaign DG

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Shehu Sani Tackles Buhari for Saying Nigerians are Impatient

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Fayose’s Aide Resigns, Says Governor Playing God

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Sustainable Diversification, A Long Way Off

SPORTS

bullet Nasarawa United vow to win 2017/2018 NPFL title
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Conte says Aina, Omeruo will not be recalled from loan clubs

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Salisu picks Ezenwa, Ali, Okpotu, 20 others for CHAN

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Reservations about Nigeria and Yankari Games Reserve

[GAMJI WRITER]

So, Yankari Reserve is not being run, Obodo Ranch is also not being run, these beauty bequeathed to us as a nation are just left in not here nor there state. Many questions and very little by way of answers, and once more reservations about whether Nigeria can work, was programmed to work, should work or simply like Yankari be reserved to fail because we refused to work together—Only time will tell. Details

 

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Danladi; the photographer died

GAMJI WRITER

When I was recently appointed the Editor, Leadership style, I was worried about getting a Photojournalist that would be committed to help me do the work, for which I had little or no knowledge of...his words to me were "haba sis, kada ki damu, if there is any photo you need, just tell me ahead of time and I will be there. Indeed, this is the kind of person Danladi 'was'. Details

 

 

 

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D. Stepping Out; The Hypocrisy of Restructuring Nigeria

So how do we create wealth on a faulty premise? How do we become a truly wealthy nation when indeed we are at the hypocritical dichotomous T-junction? It is not possible that a nation like ours can hit half our potential when the desirable see-saw of the nation's socio-economic and socio-political interactions cannot take place when the sheer weight of one participant ensures, at any given time, that one end of the bar firmly remains rooted to the ground. Details

 

 

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Nigeria; Do you have a Gallon of Fuel?

[GAMJI WRITER]

So while we were engaged with movies such as Atiku rejoins PDP, and allied PDP politics of convention. From far away Imo state Rochas continued his nights of 1000 laughs by adding to his collection the commissioner for happiness and something-onething. In our education sector, SSANU, NAAT began an indefinite strike, also the Social Media remained lively with the #endsars. My President was equally in Kano state throwing jabs at the opposition PDP or rather opposition Atiku, and reiterating his promises on anti-graft and other mouthing. Details

 

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D. Stepping Out; The Hypocrisy of Restructuring Nigeria

The bane of the Nigerian society is the obsession of her citizenry to acquire wealth and the privileges it can buy.  We profane tradition to acquire titles, we buy degrees, when we are not cheating during exams, and we join exclusive and secret fraternities. We wear any conceivable uniform, expensive clothes; drive expensive cars that carry exclusive numbers, build the most expensive palace, go to expensive clubs, and drink expensive beverages, put our wards in expensive schools, throw the most lavish parties and mate the most mercenary mistresses. The object is neither comfort nor luxury, just to be recognized and to further assault the underprivileged, as addicts of privilege we do not create wealth. Details

 

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Nigeria’s Tales By Moonlight Independence

[GAMJI WRITER]

Here in Nigeria, while I refrain from making comparisons, let me dwell on our peculiarities. We do not have a nation, we do not have a government, what we have are group of resilient people living together and band of rascals and gangsters imposing themselves on us. We climb the tree like the bushman and watch and hope they go away, because they have used poverty to rob us off our pride, our strength and our ability to express ourselves, we are an annex of the republic. Details

 

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BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D. While We are Still Praying for Nigeria

While we are praying civil servants are committing all sorts of crimes. Students will not read, they are told to pray for retentive memory and bind the demon of failure and the rest is simplista! Our football teams and sports representatives do not make preparations for tournaments, they just lazy up, about and around and ask Nigerians to pray for them. Details

 

 

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D. Naija-Area: Simplifying complexity or complexifying simplicity

Nigeria's enemy is not necessarily the ones currently shitting on our head. Our friends, however, are not necessarily the ones trying to pull us out of the shit. And besides, there is so much twitter with our heads buried in shit; we risk blowing it up, and why are we blowing up what ordinarily is a great dream, don’t we believe there is need to rethink critically this current nightmare, should we simply keep simplifying our complexity or complexifying simplicity, for how long—Only time will tell. Details

 

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D. Our Isi Ewu Education and ‘zations

We are a nation of largely intelligent illiterates so we do not bother about statistics, we have scholars who have built reputation for 'xeroxing' texts of others word for word as handout on a ‘buy and pass basis’, that is when the teacher is not a Mr. Lecturer insisting that Bimbo must go the whole length of her skirt to pass. We smile at the number of school dropouts; we feign ignorance at the number of school age children that are not in school. We are ignorant of the rate at which some of our institutions produce pirated literate, unproductive literate and in many cases full illiterates. Details

 

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D. Nigeria; our ancestors are responsible

After several decades and billions, we are still looking for road maps, where there are no geographical maps, setting agendas with no intent, transforming things that have not been formed, and changing things while they remain the same. Details

 

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D. Emeka, Landlord say make we pack

The summary of this admonition is both a warning and a challenge on the basis of what I have outlined; it is only fair and fitting to direct our critical analysis of the Nigerian political climate in the form of serious warning that all is not well. We cannot abdicate our responsibility to do and say what is right and chose which battles to fight on the premise of parochial locus standi. Eviction is WRONG in the current context! Whoever started it first, and whoever is retaliating. Details

 

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D. If only it was about Buhari's health

We have saddled upon ourselves a history tainted in intra elitist cleavages and ethnic parapoism, with each power bloc cementing its own cleavages. The possibility of genuine democratization is not only lost because we lack the will to radicalize the material foundations of our society but because we live a life of fallacy. One of such is thinking that Buhari's health has anything to do with it. Details

 

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