Thursday, February 21, 2019

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    FACT CHECK: Did Femi Falana call abusers of Obasanjo ‘bastards’?

FACT CHECK: Did Femi Falana call abusers of Obasanjo ‘bastards’?

A letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari by former president Olusegun Obasanjo where he alleged that the government was planning to rig the forthcoming general election, has elicited several reactions.On Tuesday, a Twitter user, Olayinka Samuel, who tweets with the handle @_olayinka, posted a quote he attributed to human rights lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana.The quote [...]

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    Buratai as troops’ ‘Man Friday’

Buratai as troops’ ‘Man Friday’

BY DAVID ONMEJEIn Nigeria, most leaders often present themselves as the Greek philosopher kings of ancient times. They brandish themselves as all-knowing, and untouchables. They are people who cannot be counseled, and most times elevate themselves in magisterial eminence, cast in the shades of the likes of King Pharaoh. Outside their personal interest, nothing else obsesses the mind.Challenge for any [...]

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    Buhari and the need to sustain good governance

Buhari and the need to sustain good governance

BY OKANGA AGILAIt's partisan times, so differing views have invaded the political space on the persona and leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. He is both loved and hated. But it’s normal in life, especially for leaders who must step on toes or bruise many to find the illuminating trajectory of leadership.President Muhammadu Buhari is Nigeria’s latest subject of praises and [...]

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Kogi and the return of political killings

BY GABRIEL OHIEMIWe are at the cusp of the 2019 general election. As expected, politicians and party stalwarts are going back to the drawing boards, political campaigns have begun in earnest, political pundits are pontificating and the political atmosphere is already getting charged.Kogi the ancient state of the confluence seem to be sitting on the keg of the gun powder [...]

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    Trans Forcados pipeline surveillance and Eraskorp’s tales by moonlight

Trans Forcados pipeline surveillance and Eraskorp’s tales by moonlight

BY HENRY MANUCHIMSO ORLU I read the publication of Eraskorp Nigeria Limited (“Eraskorp”) in the media titled: “Trans Forcados Pipeline Surveillance Contract and Ocean Marine’s macabre dance” and I felt inclined, as a son of the Niger Delta region, to lend my voice to the issue in the interest of peace and stability in the region. My decision is personal and [...]

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    Nigeria’s foreign reserves on the first day of 2019

Nigeria’s foreign reserves on the first day of 2019

BY SALISU NA'INNA DAMBATTAThere was a triumphant mood in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in particular, and the wider national financial sector in general when it came to light that Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves stood at a solid $43.230 billion.This was despite shedding US$18.55 million between the last trading day of 2018 and the first trading day of 2019. [...]

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    B.U. Onyenokwe: A teacher of all time

B.U. Onyenokwe: A teacher of all time

BY FRED OHWAHWAThe last time I saw Chief Bernard UwadinisuOnyenokwe was several years ago. I had driven from Port Harcourt straight to his house in Effurun, near Warri. He was expecting me because we had spoken earlier on the phone. We shook hands warmly, exchanged pleasantries and it was clear that though he was already in his 80s, he was [...]

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    Why south-east won’t vote Buhari

Why south-east won’t vote Buhari

BY OBI NWAKANMAThere are many watchers of this election campaign who are already seeing the desperation of the Buhari campaign, with regards to the vote of the South Easterners (and of course the South-South that made up the traditional Eastern Region). But let us concentrate on the Igbo of the South East. IPOB has mounted a campaign to boycott elections [...]

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    Up North: Tope Oshin’s thrilling joy ride

Up North: Tope Oshin’s thrilling joy ride

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    Why Buhari is God’s choice for Nigeria

Why Buhari is God’s choice for Nigeria

BY SUNDAY GARUBAThe elections are around the corner, and again, the hysteria that usually greets such exercises has rented the air. There has been lots of politicking going on around the country. Political strategists and analysts are at their best-giving situations and scenarios that would shape the outcome of the elections. In all of these, I know for a certain [...]

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    Lalong as God’s plan for Plateau

Lalong as God’s plan for Plateau

BY VICTOR PAMAs the campaigns continue to heat the polity, we must be careful about the choices we make because our options can be our albatross, as well as our Messiah. I say this for two reasons, one is because of the empty promises flying around like promissory notes and the other is the attempt to put a veil on [...]

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    Memo to IGP Adamu Mohammed

Memo to IGP Adamu Mohammed

Dear IGP Adamu Mohammed, congratulations on reaching the peak of your career. You are lucky and unlucky at the same time. You rise to the top at a critical moment in the Nigerian polity- election time. The next two months may mar or make your achievements as a police officer, depending on how you approach the management of the Nigerian [...]

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     Nganjiwa vs. FRN: The limits of judicial precedence

 Nganjiwa vs. FRN: The limits of judicial precedence

BY ABUBAKAR D. SANISince the Court of Appeal delivered its seemingly ground-breaking decision in the above-cited matter, the belief has gained traction that judicial officers in Nigeria bear something of a charmed life, situated somewhere between the outright constitutional immunity enjoyed by the President, Governors and their Deputies, and the rest of us ‘lesser mortals’ who enjoy no such protection.This [...]

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    Four things to consider about the Lafarge rights issue

Four things to consider about the Lafarge rights issue

BY WOLE FAMUREWAOn January 28, 2019, Lafarge Africa’s N89.2 billion rights issue will close. So investors have a few more days to pick up this offer. The capital raise comes at the end of another difficult year for the cement maker. Following the consolidation of Lafarge’s operations in Nigeria and South Africa in June 2014, the company has reported a [...]

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    Gangsterism in the temple of justice

Gangsterism in the temple of justice

BY SUNDAY ANIYIFriday 12, 2019 heralded what seemed like an apocalypse, when the story of the imminent arraignment of the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen, GCON, broke towards the dusk of that date. Initially, disbelief loitered with dismay as it was received as one of those inscrutable but endless mischiefs that have become the hobby of some [...]

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    The other Yemi Osinbajo

The other Yemi Osinbajo

BY NEDU ANYAAs a Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who has acted as president of some occasions, so much is known about Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Described as a cerebral Vice President, his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, has praised his intellect and high energy level.“Youth and intellect are squarely behind you,” President Buhari, whose government has provided the [...]

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