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    Magu and albatross around EFCC chairmen’s neck

Magu and albatross around EFCC chairmen’s neck

BY THEOPHILUS ABBAH Nuhu Ribadu booted out, demoted (2008). Farida Waziri sacked! (2011). Ibrahim Lamorde removed, under probe (2015). Ibrahim Magu arrested, detained, grilled (2019). With these fragmented statements and reads-on that scream from the headlines of dailies, each chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was, with bleary eyes, ingloriously booted out of the seat of fire. Were [...]

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    N30m for taps, buckets, N48m for sanitisers… N534m COVID-19 projects awarded to unverified contractors

N30m for taps, buckets, N48m for sanitisers… N534m COVID-19 projects awarded to unverified contractors

BY DATAPHYTE COVID-19 emergency procurement worth N534.98 million were awarded to unverifiable contractors, according to investigation by Dataphyte, an online platform which collates and curates data from diverse sources and transform them into machine-readable formats. These contracts were awarded by five ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs). They are ministry of environment, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence [...]

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    Coca-Cola Safe Birth Initiative: Impacting the lives of mother and child, one hospital at a time

Coca-Cola Safe Birth Initiative: Impacting the lives of mother and child, one hospital at a time

In a country like ours, one could say that being a woman can sometimes be hard. From dealing with systemic gender bias to fighting sexist stereotypes, women sometimes are faced with numerous challenges. While some of these challenges have gotten some much needed mainstream attention over the years, one critical issue that has crept under the radar is the many [...]

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    Official misrepresentation of Nigeria

Official misrepresentation of Nigeria

BY IBRAHIM ADO-KURAWA Nigeria and most of the third world countries are not properly represented in global news media dominated by Western organizations. But what is the first step of eliminating this imbalance? The first step is for the Nigerian Government to provide all the necessary information and facts about Nigeria. Hence since independence the Ministry of Information has always existed [...]

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    A man destined for the top: An ode to Professor Noah Yusuf

A man destined for the top: An ode to Professor Noah Yusuf

BY ADEMOLA ADEDOYIN "When one is diligent on his job and he is Godly in his disposition and relationship with his fellow man, the sky is not even the limit for him. No doubt, this is a great attainment, but rest assured that, In sha Allah, greater accomplishments lie ahead" - Ademola Adedoyin, on Prof Yusuf's recent appointment as VC, Al-Hikmah [...]

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    Nsukka’s iconic pepper finds export value in Ugwuanyi’s off-taker deal

Nsukka’s iconic pepper finds export value in Ugwuanyi’s off-taker deal

BY LAURENCE ANI You may pretty well say that Nsukka Pepper's (Ose Nsukka) fame precedes it in a literal sense, even in cities located hundreds of kilometres away from its provenance. In grocery stalls or open markets, these bright yellow chillies sometimes called "Cameroun Pepper", sit on an enviable perch among a variety of spices with a fragrant aroma announcing their [...]

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    Nigeria: Ethics of supporting a sham 1999 constitution

Nigeria: Ethics of supporting a sham 1999 constitution

BY NDIDI UWECHUE Nigeria has actually collapsed. I cannot pinpoint the exact date, but when I consider the filth, decay and squalor everywhere, the depth of social pathologies, and horrifyingly, the genocide against ethnic nationalities, together with unstopped herdsmen and Boko Haram-ISIS terrorism, I cannot truthfully call Nigeria a country. It is simply a territory, a piece of land covering an [...]

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    It may never be well with Nigeria

It may never be well with Nigeria

BY ADE INASA-THOMAS The way we go about celebrating sudden, short term, self serving and deceitful demonisation of CEOs of anti corruption agency (EFCC) from Ribadu to Magu says a lot about us as people that are utterly without values. We stand for nothing and we do not care about anything. We at the same time approbate and reprobate. We are [...]

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    Electoral reform as a step for citizens’ participation

Electoral reform as a step for citizens’ participation

BY MOSHOOD ISAH The steady decline in voter turnout in Nigeria remains a cause for concern and calls to question the nation’s 21 years of uninterrupted democracy. After six circles of general elections, citizens are yet to trust the electoral system enough to participate in it. This is rightly so because the system is yet to inspire citizens' confidence, and this [...]

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    Q&A: Rape from the standpoint of current laws in Nigeria

Q&A: Rape from the standpoint of current laws in Nigeria

In the last few weeks, there have been increasing reports about rape incidences in Nigeria. Although rape is an age-old crime, its recent hike is not only unnerving, but has also left so many disturbed particularly as the rapists do not only haveunconsensual, violent, and unlawful sexual intercourse with their victims, but in certain cases also kill them in a [...]

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    Ganduje makes truth a casualty in proxy war with el-Rufai

Ganduje makes truth a casualty in proxy war with el-Rufai

BY DANJUMA MUSA There is absolutely no doubt, that the Kano State Government has for quite some time been spoiling for a fight with Nasir El-Rufai,the Governor of Kaduna State, over his unalloyed loyalty to Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, his long standing friend that as the last authentic Emir of Kano was a thorn in the flesh of Abdullahi Ganduje ,the Governor [...]

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Shagaya’s stride proves bookmakers wrong

BY IBRAHEEM ABDULLATEEF A failed dream has a history of making a failed man. But not for Sheriff Shagaya, the first son of successful businesswoman Hajia Bola Shagaya, whom bookmakers predicted would crawl into his shell after the failed House of Representatives political bid in 2015. Instead, he has grown in leap and bounds professionally and politically. Not renowned for speaking, the founder [...]

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    Steve Babaeko: Dawn of a new era

Steve Babaeko: Dawn of a new era

BY SHEYI BABAEKO  It is my joy to join the world at large, to congratulate the Newly elected President, Associations for Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), and his entire team. Mr. President, it is pertinent to congratulate you on the significance of your victory that was declared in the 47th AGM, in the 7th month and also in the 47th year [...]

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    Hydroxychloroquine: The COVID-19 drug that continues to defy controversies

Hydroxychloroquine: The COVID-19 drug that continues to defy controversies

BY VIVIAN O.  IBEH In May 2020 National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)  said that it would be continuing its research into the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment protocol for COVID-19 even when some journals had published some reports that caused quite a stir in the pharmaceutical industry. The medical Journal Lancet in an observational study claimed [...]

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    The prerequisite for peace and stability on Korean Peninsula

The prerequisite for peace and stability on Korean Peninsula

By the Institute for Disarmament and Peace of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Seventy years have elapsed since the bursts of gunfire of war were heard on this land. The Korean War forced by the United States inflicted painful scars and tremendous human and material losses upon the Korean people. Continuing into this moment is the [...]

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    APC saga: As the Buni-led committee sails through historic contours

APC saga: As the Buni-led committee sails through historic contours

BY ABUBAKAR BUKA KAGU It is no doubt that intra-party feuds have the potential to cause great upset. Whether these challenges may lead to sufficient fractures which can slowly snowball into electoral reverses is another matter. The simple point is that such disputes, especially when they present themselves to the general public, give the impression of dysfunctionality in the party structure [...]

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