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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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Curious anomalies in N-Power

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IGP on 128 slain policemen

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NCAA investigating death of stowaway on Arik flight

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No going back on prosecution of corrupt people — Buhari

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I have destroyed my green card – Soyinka

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Biafra: FG arranging foreigners to testify against me, Kanu tells Court

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Alleged incessant harassment of innocent citizens: Reps to probe Police

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2017 budget: Saraki meets Buhari in Aso Rock

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4 policemen arrested in Adamawa over death of villager

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ExxonMobil chief engineer killed in blast

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Zahra Buhari’s wedding reportedly postponed

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How we escaped plane crash – Lawmaker, journalist

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World AIDS Day: 72,000 adolescents living with HIV in Lagos — LSACA

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Sokoto Successfully Test-runs North’s First Independent Power Project

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NPHCDA Urged to Open its Activities to Public Scrutiny

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NAFDAC Destroys N252.8m Worth of Fake Drugs in Gombe

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Oil Prices Surge as OPEC Okays First Output Cut in Eight...

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Petrocam Opens Third Solar-powered Filling Station in Lagos

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Naira Falls to N480/$ on Parallel Market on FX Scarcity

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NDIC Directs Depositors of Liquidated Banks to File Claims

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How Arik Air, Air France, Others Got $867m in October

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No Group Has Accessed CBN’s N60bn Grants for Women, Group Alleges

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Economy Gone Out of Buhari’s Control, Says Lai Mohammed

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FG disowns NCC, telecoms operators on tariff hike

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How Buhari won Ondo guber polls for APC

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Communities liberated from Boko Haram suffering humanitarian crisis —UN

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FEC approves 2017 Budget; document to be laid before NASS soon

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Many ifs over Ondo

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Pot of Soup Democracy

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Nigeria’s Economy Needs Visionary Leadership

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$30 Billion Loan: Are You For Real?

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Disturbing Trends In The Emblem Of Northern Political Christians

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Another Failed Attempt To Paint Us Bad

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Recession And Our Overdependence On Oil

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Views From The Streets

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Lessons From US Election For Marketing Communications

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FCT SWAN kicks off 2016 week Saturday

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IOC upgrades Team Nigeria’s Beijing Olympics bronze to silver

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Pink Polo Tournament: Kaduna, Niger First Ladies, MTN Tackle Breast Cancer

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Buhari Salutes S’Falcons for Reaching Final

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Golf: Dibua Wins, Okene Returns as PH Captain

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Sports ministry stinks, federation presidents tell Reps 

POLICY INTERROGATION, DISCOURSE AND DEBATE BY  OSELOKA H. OBAZE AND CHIAGOZIE UDEH

 

Nigeria and Climate Challenges

[GAMJI WRITER]

Whereas Nigeria hosted two side events in Marrakech and the Akwa-Ibom State Government hosted another, there were some inexplicable missed opportunities. Nigeria should have led the African intervention, but for most part of the closing plenary, Nigeria’s four seats were vacant, leaving Mali to spearhead African intervention. Given her needs, Nigeria should have proactively sought international support for the funds for recharging of Lake Chad - estimated at $16 billion. That didn’t happen.  Nigeria appeared not too keen on taking advantage of the South-South Cooperation on Climate Change, especially via funds made available by China. Finally, Nigeria missed out of being part of the V40 Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), a group of 40 countries considered to be most vulnerable to climate change.  That grouping, which at the close of COP21 in Paris, had just 20 countries have expanded to a 40-nation group, without Nigeria.  Details

 

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POLICY INTERROGATION, DISCOURSE AND DEBATE BY  OSELOKA H. OBAZE South-East’s destiny, politics and revival

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Recently I came across a paragraph that encapsulates the Igbo conundrum. It ran thus: “Most of us hope for good government. We vote, we serve, and we speak out for causes we believe are fair and just.  But political solutions remain powerless to change the conditions of our hearts.”  On 24 February, 2014, southern political leaders convened the Southern Leaders' Summit in Calabar. That all-parties summit hosted Gov. Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, was attended by governors of other southern states, elder statesmen, traditional and religious leaders. Anambra State was represented by its leaders of thought from various parties. On the margins of the summit, I experienced two poignant events. Details

 

PeeCeeJay By Jideofor Adibe

 

Tinubu and the ‘Rational Calculus of War’

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There is no doubt that Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the Jagaban, invested tremendous resources – materially and otherwise- in helping not just for the actualization of the mega merger that resulted in the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but also in the historic victory of Muhammadu Buhari in the March 2015 presidential election. It is however not a secret that Tinubu has not been happy with his party for a while. Matters came to a head in September 2016 when Tinubu openly called for the resignation of the national chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, whom he accused of manipulating the outcome of the party’s gubernatorial primary in Ondo state in which Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) who is now the Governor-elect, defeated his favoured candidate, Olusegun Abraham. Details

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D.

 

Nigeria forget's her own quickly

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My essay today is not exactly about Corp Members, and not certainly about the army officers and men that are killed in service to the nation, it is neither about the few Police officers that pay the ultimate sacrifice fighting daredevil robbers, sure one cannot discount the other arms of the establishment like the Civil defense, Road Safety Officers and the likes that ultimately answer the call while serving the nation. How about the ordinary Nigerian on the street...in their scores that lose their lives doing something tangible for a better Nigeria.

 

Let me refresh our memories briefly, some two years ago, I lost my friend Col. Kabiru Salisu, he was killed in an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), his death is one that Nigerian combat troops drafted to Borno simply cannot understand. And just like Lt. Col Abu Ali he paid the ultimate price! Details

 

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BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D. Northern Nigeria; Alhaji vs Alhaji

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Do I need to remind Alhajis of what has become a slow but steady extinction exercise being carried out in several Southern Kaduna villages, the North killing the North, the figures are alarming, even when the Senate for all it's hollowness, made a feeble attempt by requesting for a state of emergency, we hushed the whole episode.

 

Villages are raided, women and children are killed in scores and people who claim to be brothers or at least brothers burn homes.

 

The Arewa Peoples Congress seem in recent times a retirement home for lame leaders, while the Northern Governors Forum are more concerned with running to the US like kids summoned by the headmaster and that is when they are not in Germany learning how to light a match stick. Details

 

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BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D.

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Elder Orubebe, Trump and other stories

Every Nigerian commentator has become an expert in American affairs; we have descended on Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka to keep his promise to shred, tear or cut his green card, but like politics and reality, it seems nothing is really real, we are still waiting for the promises of change in this clime, and like once upon an Obama and that promise to shut Gautamo Bay, politicians will always promise heaven and find it difficult to deliver earth. To Trump and Buhari, how they both will be remembered and the role madmen play in their respective efforts—Only time will tell. Details

PUBLIC SQUARE BY MUHAMMAD AL-GHAZALI America: The Day After Trump’s Ambush

 

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The apt description of what occurred is that Trump simply activated hundreds of thousands of sleeper-cells of neo-Nazis and white-supremacists in the critically swing states nearly all the pollsters probably knew existed, but never fully contemplated their actual electoral value until after the elections. The same scenario played out in Britain with the Brexit referendum. In Nigel Farage – leader of the British Independence Party, Trump actually found a soul mate. Details

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