Thursday, March 19, 2020

Ebuka Nwankwo

    Crude oil theft: The task ahead for Sylva

Crude oil theft: The task ahead for Sylva

The Nigerian Navy says it arrested 57 sailors --all-male sailors, including a Ukrainian, a Mexican and 55 Nigerians – and impounded their vessels between Aug. 11 and Aug. 25, 2019 for allegedly smuggling crude oil and illegally refining diesel. This news camea few hours after the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) announced that the country lost over 22 million barrels of [...]

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    Nigeria’s image abroad and recent FBI arrests

Nigeria’s image abroad and recent FBI arrests

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced, last Thursday, that it busted a ring of email scammers in the US. A total of 14 arrests were made in this raid. These 14 people arrested were named in a 252-count federal grand jury indictment which alleges that 80 defendants (mostly Nigerians) used internet fraud schemes to defraud victims of sums up [...]

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    P&ID’s court victory against Nigeria requires a political solution

P&ID’s court victory against Nigeria requires a political solution

A British Commercial Court has asked Nigeria to pay $9bn to Process & Industrial Developments Ltd. (P&ID), a tiny engineering company founded in 2006 by two Irishmen, Michael Quinn and Brendan Cahill. In 2010, P&ID reached a deal with the Nigerian government to build a natural gas plant in Calabar, but the deal fell through. Thus, P&ID sued the Nigerian government [...]

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    On EU’s report on the presidential election

On EU’s report on the presidential election

The European Union Election Observation Mission, in its final report which was publicly released on the 15th of June, says the 2019 elections won by President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress weren’t transparent and were marred with violence, intimidation and voter harassment. The observers concluded that this damaged the integrity of the 2019 election. These strong statements from the EU [...]

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    How prepared is INEC for the elections?

How prepared is INEC for the elections?

Despite several assurances that it was prepared to conduct the general elections today (Feb. 16), INEC has showed its unpreparedness by postponing the polls by a week. INEC’s chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, says the polls were no longer feasible today after the commission reviewed its logistic and operational plans. According to reports, the commission is experiencing a shortage of voting materials, especially [...]

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    Buhari’s certificate controversy: The bane of poor record keeping in Nigeria

Buhari’s certificate controversy: The bane of poor record keeping in Nigeria

President Muhamadu Buhari has always insisted that his WAEC certificate was with the Secretary of the Military Board. But, in 2015, the military, through its then director of Army Public Relations, Olajide Laleye, denied that it was in possession of the certificate and that there was no record to show that Buhari submitted such important document. Even Government College Katsina, the [...]

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    Hard times await Buhari in the 2019 elections

Hard times await Buhari in the 2019 elections

Senator Bukkar Abba Ibrahim, a three-term governor of Yobe – in two dispensations –and the senator representing Yobe East, has warned the APC not to expect victory in the North East as it did in 2015. This warning from Ibrahim, whose wife, Khadijah, is the current Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, shows the palpable fear across the APC establishment as [...]

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    Atiku has never had it this good

Atiku has never had it this good

With the events of the last few weeks, there is no doubt that this would be Abubakar Atiku’s best shot at an office he has not hidden his desire for. The former vice president’s campaign would surely be reinvigorated with the goodwill he has been getting from a broad spectrum of Nigerians. The just concluded raucous primaries conducted by the APC [...]

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    On the police recruitment exercise

On the police recruitment exercise

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for the cancellation of the just concluded police recruitment examination, which was conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Bishop David Oyedepo, President of Living Faith Church Worldwide otherwise known as Winners Chapel, has also added his voice to the debate. The recruitment examinations, according to CAN, had 180 compulsory equations: [...]

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    On Buhari’s re-election

On Buhari’s re-election

Though President Muhammadu Buhari has not officially told Nigerians that he would be seeking a second term, current political activities strongly suggest he is warming up for a re-election. So far, the closest hints President Buhari has given about his ambition were in Cote d’ivoire and Kano. Last November, in Cote d’Ivoire, Buhari told the Nigerian community that having some state [...]

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    Faux pas in the presidency

Faux pas in the presidency

The presidency has finally released the long awaited appointments into the governing boards of parastatals and agencies. The list consists of 209 board chairmen and 1258 board members. But like many things the presidency has done in the last few months, it was fraught with errors. Similar mistakes were made a few weeks ago when the presidency released the list of [...]

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    On the Supreme Council for Sharia’s criticism of Buhari

On the Supreme Council for Sharia’s criticism of Buhari

President Buhari survived so many criticisms this year: from allegations of ‘northernisation’ and islamisation of the country to outright rejection of the Sukuk bonds in some quarters. These are not the kind of criticisms the president would want to take into the New Year – a year preceding an election year. But the Supreme Council for Sharia has attacked the president and [...]

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    Party funding in Nigeria

Party funding in Nigeria

Ahmed Markafi says the PDP has been living from hand to mouth. According to Markafi, the party has only had access to N2 million in the last 18 months. Despite the allegation that Adamu Mauzu left about N9 billion before stepping aside in May 2015, workers are now being owed salaries in the PDP. This means the party could be at the [...]

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    Atiku’s baggage

Atiku’s baggage

To be fair to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, he has the right to aspire to the highest office in the land. Interestingly, he believes he’s the best candidate for the job. His case is made stronger by the fact that he built a strong business empire. Recently, he has tried to explain how he – as a Customs officer -- [...]

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    Men also need help in cases of domestic violence

Men also need help in cases of domestic violence

About two in five victims of domestic violence- also known as intimate partner violence—are men, says a study by Men’s Right Campaign Parity Group. But many men are scared of seeking help in cases of domestic violence because they fear it may make them look weak. This is not to discredit the fact that women are badly hit by this violence [...]

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    Buhari is the real winner in the Anambra election

Buhari is the real winner in the Anambra election

Despite the minor hitches observed in the just concluded Anambra elections, the election was adjudged by election observers as peaceful, orderly, free and fair and credible. This, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria and APC chieftain, Osita Okechukwu, attributed to President Buhari’s commitment to free and fair elections .Okechukwu decried the alleged arrest of his party’s chairman in Anambra State, Emeka [...]

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