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Choosing The Next Customs Boss. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

Is the goal of the Nigeria NCS solely about revenue collection for the government or the prevention of smuggling among other cross-border crimes that are inimical to the overall growth of the local economy? The point is important because with the virtual glut in the global oil market the government cannot afford to rely completely on the sale of the product for its export earnings. The price of crude oil in the global market has already fallen below the approved budget benchmark. That means the government is already operating a deficit budget. Details

 

Is Bishop Kukah Opposed To Change? By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

... the sudden appearance of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah of the Sokoto Catholic Diocese on Channels Television last week in which he made some scathing remarks against the on-going probe... For such a man of God, I am certain that the allegation of corruption levelled against him must have hurt the most.... By last Sunday, the anger against the Bishop had become so intense that it resulted in the circulation of an on-line petition to be forwarded to the Vatican!  Like members of the PDP top hierarchy who still appear to be reeling from the pain of defeat, by their comments, Bishop Kukah appears to have also misjudged the current mood of Nigerians and the level of their support for President Buhari. Details

 

Before We Disallow Begging: A Memo For Northern Governors. By Dr. Abdussamad Umar Jibia

The best way to address the problem of handicapped beggars is to send them back to their local communities. Those who are not Nigerians should be returned to their countries. At local level, a census of such people should be taken and family members should be made to take care of them... If Mr president would listen, his priority in distributing the promised monthly N5000 should be the orphans, widows and the destitute and not just any unemployed. In Nigeria anybody who is not on monthly salary would claim to be unemployed and if care is not taken the scheme will fail from the start. Details

 

As We Await Buhari's Cabinet... By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

In the dark clairvoyant days when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reigned supreme and was in fact the main -if not the only- business in town, today's discourse with its emphatic title, would have been considered unnecessary. All that one required to become a Minister or Head of any juicy federal government agency were the right connections and "investments" in the right places. Details

 

Nigeria's Development-Discipline Disequilibrium. By Okachikwu Dibia

About two decades now, I have been engrossed in finding the reasons and facts to fault my conviction that Nigeria does not have the requisite level of discipline that matches her development potentialities and aspirations. In other words, Nigeria's level of discipline cannot carry and sustain the level of development she can attain and of which the entire African continent and indeed the World look forward to. Details

 

Why Corruption Persists In Nigeria. By Mohammed Dahiru Aminu

Nigerians are yet come up with a consensual definition of “Corruption”. This disharmony in our perceptions of the criminal act is even more pronounced between the haves and the have-nots, with the view of the former recently restated by a provocative pronouncement of former president Goodluck Jonathan who, as president addressing a troubled nation, declared, “…stealing is not corruption…” Details

 

Efficient Management Of The Nigerian Oil And Gas Industry. By Chief Madaki Omadachi Ameh

Since January 2012 when the issue of subsidy became a National scandal after the botched attempt by the then President Jonathan administration to increase the pump price of petrol to N140.00 per litre was met with stiff opposition by the Nigerian public through organized labour and civil society groups, the subsequent probe by the National Assembly revealed that on the average, the country spends about N2 Trillion on subsidizing petrol alone on an annual basis.  This figure accounts for a little under half of the National Budget, which hovers around N4.5 Trillion Naira annually. Details

 

Rebooting Nigeria. By Oseloka H. Obaze

Nigeria in its present state is analogous to a dysfunctional computer. In both instances, there is  evident systemic failure arising from non-responsive applications and institutions not operating as intended.  Such instances require a reboot in order to overcome the redundancies. As Nigeria’s nascent democracy evolves, it is evident that the nation has arrived at the critical juncture where identifiable governance pitfalls, challenges as well as institutional and infrastructural failings compel urgent directional change. Moreover, Nigeria seems to have deviated from the conventional paradigm of an emerging democracy. Details

 

Wal-Mart Is Coming To Lagos? Seriously? By Nwike Ojukwu, SJD.

Now, do not get me wrong.  I love and shop at Wal-Mart due to its “Save money. Live better” commercial slogan for which it is known. The corporation has three stores located within about three miles radius in my neighborhood, and that says something about their operation. And because it is a one-stop shop, one could obtain whatever he or she needs from any of its stores, from grocery to home appliances, to pharmacy. My concern with Wal-Mart is that it does not only offer products at competitively low prices, it also captures the retail market to the detriment of the smaller businesses.  When, therefore Wal-Mart enters a third world country like Nigeria, where it could potentially dominate the retail market sector of the economy, I think I should be concerned. Details

 

In Defense Of Nigeria. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

In anger, some Nigerians may claim they are not Nigerians, and may even seek others to blame. I will defend Nigeria because I do not have another country to call mine. I will speak for the health of Nigeria. I am not pleased with what some of Nigeria’s public officials use their public offices to do. But I cannot because of that do things that are injurious to Nigeria. Through reading of comments by Nigerian readers, I have come to understand that our words are generally too corrupting rather than edifying, and we are too easily distracted. We are not patient enough to listen, understand, and appreciate other people’s views before we launch our verbal missiles of invectives. Before you know it, we descend into the gutter of ethnic bigotry and feel we are doing service to ourselves. Details

 

Yoruba Intolerance For Looters Began At Home. By Farouk Martins Aresa

The Yoruba are not perfect, but their tolerance for greed, corruption and vagabonds cannot be compared to the unbelievable excuses other ethnic groups mount in defense of their members. Unfortunately, we have moved from a time when Hausa man can be depended on for honesty, Igbo man for hard work and Yoruba man for fairness and tolerance; to this time where anything goes. People have thrown honesty and integrity out of the window, encouraging vagabonds. Details

 

America's Leahy Law And Its Hypocrisy. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

Even before President Buhari's visit to Washington last week, it was apparent that Nigeria was at the mercy of the law authored by the ranking Senator Patrick Joseph Leahy, which prohibits the sale of American military hardware to nations whose forces are alleged to have committed serious human rights abuses in various theatres of operation across the world. That means that at a critical moment in our history, the defence of our dear nations are to be determined by factors beyond our direct control. We must go on bent knees before prospective weapons suppliers for the critical arms required to defend ourselves. It is a collective national tragedy. It is a price we are compelled to pay for the criminal neglect of our military industrial complex by successive regimes for more than five decades. Details

 

Can We Be Great Again? By Mustapha Ismail Alhassan

In my observation, it is simple we have committed all seven of the  social sins postulated by Gandhi, and we are left behind by nations of the world, just recently Nigeria was placed in the 110th position out of the 143 countries polled in the Global Innovation Index report released in Sydney, Australia. Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Sweden topped this year’s Global Innovation Index. Details

 

The Age of Unreason. By Malam Ali Garba

There are many idle ‘professionals’ in the eco-system that have raised hyperbole and jargon to the level of an art – it is better to confuse the audience than to admit ignorance.  These idle people try to provide explanation and a way out for this ‘mutual death wish’ situation.  Like the Ajino Moto Economists of the last two decades, these ‘professionals’, are essentially bystanders with no commercial or intellectual engagement with the market. Details

 

Basketmouth, Fela Durotoye, Funmi Iyanda, Others Deserve National Awards. By Kofoworola Ayodeji

The Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was recently honoured by the United States Congress for his huge contributions to music and political activism ynaija.com/afrobeat-legend-fela-kuti-us-congress/. I received the news with mixed feelings— excitement on one end and anger on the other. I was excited because the music legend was remembered and recognised even years after his death— that’s superb! But again, I was heart-broken that Nigeria as a country does not admire and celebrate her own sons and daughters (both young and old) who have demonstrated uncommon excellence in their areas of interest. Details

 

 

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ITF And Youth Skills’ Acquisition

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Regulating civil society activities

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Opportunities in the Bakalori rice and wheat gluts

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Buhari: Contours of a revolution

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Controversy over foreign loans spending

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Buhari probes arms purchase under Yar’Adua, Jonathan

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DSS charges Dasuk

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Reps Begin Probe Of Burnt Illegal Refineries In N/Delta

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Don’t Negotiate With Boko Haram, UN Tells FG

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Senate split over probe of EFCC boss, Lamorde

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Army assembles dismissed COs, officers in Jaji for screening

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50% of naval ships are grounded – CNS

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Buhari orders retrieval of diplomatic passport from illegal holders

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President Directs NNPC to Work with Indigenous Companies in Oil & Gas

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FBI Donates Donates Forensic Equipment to EFCC

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National Development: Buhari to Declare Open Diaspora Day Tuesday

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Buhari probes sale of NITEL, MTEL

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Female sucide bomber kills 6 in Yobe

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Plateau governor meets Buhari, pleads for suspended Immigration boss

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Matron of Lagos Assembly found dead in office

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FG’s bailout to states a mirage – Bauchi Gov

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Tension in Ogun as one person is killed over land dispute

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Akwa Ibom Govt House not a brothel, says Akpabio

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If Igbos are butchered again, Nigeria will break; Fani- Kayode warns

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Masari probes Shema

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Army warns soldiers in Lagos: avoid conflict with ‘danfo’ drivers, civilians

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Nigeria Loses N580bn To Corporate Tax Incentives Annually – Report

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2016 Budget: Senate Frets over FG’s Unpreparedness to Submit MTEF

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FG Inaugurates C’ttee on National Carrier

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Electricity: How DISCOs Rip Nigerians Off

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Buhari: Oil production cost 'unnecessarily' high

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CBN Provides Guidelines For Nigerians In Diaspora To Enroll For BVN

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Currency In Circulation Rises To N1.574tr

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FG fires AMCON MD, Chike-Obi, others

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CBN bars foreign firms from printing cheques for Nigerian banks

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I Was Eager To Meet With PMB Over Good Governance – Ban Ki-Moon

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Fayose: North should produce PDP presidential candidate in 2019

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Ekweremadu will always find himself in a tight corner – Ndume

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Factors That May Shape Kogi’s Election

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APC clears 28 for Kogi governorship primaries

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Tinubu vs Fashola: Apprehension as ex-gov launches books

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Kogi guber: APC clears Audu, 27 other aspirants

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PDP accuses Obiano of abandoning Obi’s projects

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Finding Our Fishhooks

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Is NERC For Us Or Against Us?

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We Are Already Seeing Change

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So, What Has Happened In 100 Days?

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‘Small’ Demolition Of A ‘Giant’ Legal Breach

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Anti-Corruption Commission Work and NBA’s Effort At Ridding Corruption in the Practice of Law

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Character And Leadership: The Buhari Example

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Buhari, Kachikwu And New Thinking In NNPC

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Amnesty: Justice For Peace Or Peace For Justice?

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Okagbare flops as Fraser-Pryce wins world 100m title

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Dike celebrates Cowgirl’s winning start

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NPFL Week 21: Kano Pillars Roll Over Heartland

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NFF: We don't want 30-year old players in Nation-Wide League One

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Nation-Wide League changes name, pick Ubah as Patron

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Eaglets to know World Cup opponents today

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Falcons Don’t Need Foreign Coach –Mabo

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Golden Eaglets know World Cup opponents today

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The Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and others in our midst

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There could also be the tendency to see ethnicity as the natural outcome of existence of ethnic groups, which again is wrong, the fact that like any other portmanteau word, it can serve as a euphemistic substitute for other appellations has led to abuse, precisely as it has no independent existence of its own. It has been driven by class interests or the quest for power. In our Nigeria today as always it has taken greater meaning in the competitive situations where available resources are scarce in relation to the interests that grow around them. Details

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