Thursday, November 15, 2018

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    Peter Obi and the south-eastern Twitter

Peter Obi and the south-eastern Twitter

BY AYODELE OBAJEUNClassical historians are quick to point to the heartbeat of politics when spins are thrown up for political discourse. It is a settled fact, politics is organic with biological growth pattern – stunted, normal or stagnant. The dimensions in Nigeria which has grown into the Twitter space, is making fair political appraisal somewhat skewed depending on what feeds [...]

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    Where is the $73 million Malabu funds?

Where is the $73 million Malabu funds?

BY MATHEW AYIBAKURO In October 2017, the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, announced that the Nigerian Government had reached an agreement with the United Kingdom for the repatriation of $85 million from the Malabu oil deal.   The sum was later revised to $73 million which both the United Kingdom and Nigerian authorities confirm has since been returned to [...]

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    Fighting cyber terrorism and the Nigerian army example

Fighting cyber terrorism and the Nigerian army example

BY DAVID ONMEJETerrorism is a global threat that knows no border, religion or tribe. Hence the special focus it has received from the international community in the last decade or more. In today’s world the global threat of terrorism is increasingly unpredictable and its constantly morphing nature has established it as one of the biggest threats to the survival of [...]

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    Maihaja: Celebrating the Ombudsman at NEMA

Maihaja: Celebrating the Ombudsman at NEMA

BY DANIEL ONOJANatural disasters come with its attendant consequences. But the topic is how well the relevant authorities manage such disasters. Having stated the above, it is therefore desirable for me to travel memory lane on how Nigeria has been managing natural disasters in times past.The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) was established via Act 12 as amended by Act [...]

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    Buratai: Redefining the new spirit of service to humanity

Buratai: Redefining the new spirit of service to humanity

BY ESTHER OKPABILieutenant General Yusuf Tukur Buratai; When I heard he had been made the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of the Nigeria Army I knew we were in for a game changer. He first caught my attention when in May 2015 and upon assumption of office, President Buhari invigorated the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and made then Major [...]

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    Tackling poverty from grassroots through human capacity development, empowerment

Tackling poverty from grassroots through human capacity development, empowerment

BY OLUMIDE ADERINOKUNIn June 2018, the Brookings Institution, an American think-tank research group, published data from the World Poverty Clock which showed that Nigeria, with an estimated population of 200 million, had overtaken India {population of 1.32 billion} as the “poverty capital” of the world. Specifically, it reported that with 87 million Nigerians already living below the poverty line, six [...]

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    Protecting freedom of expression in Nigeria

Protecting freedom of expression in Nigeria

BY OSAI OJIGHO On 28 February 2018, officials of Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) arrested and detained for seven days, Tony Ezimakor, the Abuja Bureau Chief of Daily Independent Newspaper for publishing a story on Boko Haram and alleged ransom payments for abductees. He had been interrogated about his sources which he declined to disclose. Similarly, Samuel Ogundipe, a journalist with Premium times was arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery squad [...]

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    Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi and the origin of religions

Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi and the origin of religions

BY RIDWAN JAMIU Recently, a BBC video interview with Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife went viral on the social media. His Royal Highness pontificated in the interview that Yorubaland is the origin of Islam and Catholicism. He claimed, among others, that Oodua or Oduduwa was the founder of the major religions: Islam and Christianity. He asserted that Oodua [...]

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    Mitigating Nigeria’s energy debacle for MSMEs through renewable energy

Mitigating Nigeria’s energy debacle for MSMEs through renewable energy

BY SMART CHUKWUMA AMAEFULA Nigeria is long known to be endowed with rich natural resources, including ubiquitous energy sources that come from both fossil and renewable energy. However, Nigeria’s energy poverty is still felt across regions and socio-economic spectrum of the nation. There is either lack of access to modern energy sources or there is the issue of having to cope [...]

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    2019: Who flies the APC flag better in Imo east?

2019: Who flies the APC flag better in Imo east?

BY EMMANUEL CHUKWUPrior to the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial primaries in Imo state, two names were very dominant for the Imo east senatorial seat, Barr. Chyma Anthony and Engr. Emma Ojinene. Both of them had at one point or the other aspired for political positions on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).While Ojinere had the ambition of [...]

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    Express yourself! … It’s time

Express yourself! … It’s time

YouNow is created for the everyday individual who seeks to gain a deeper understanding of Self in order to achieve their highest potential, while staying true to their essence. These write-ups are designed to help you become more conscious and deliberate in your interactions and day-to-day living“Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.” -Allen GinsbergSometimes we have the words, the [...]

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    Celebrating World Food Day 2018 – amid rising global hunger

Celebrating World Food Day 2018 – amid rising global hunger

BY KELECHI ONYEMAOBI The United Nations World Food Day, celebrated every year on October 16, is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger.Nigeria joined the rest of the world in celebrating the UN World Food Day on October 16, 2018 – amid growing concerns of rising global hunger, and mounting evidence of the links between conflict, poverty and food [...]

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    Obi as Atiku’s gambit for unity

Obi as Atiku’s gambit for unity

BY DANIEL ACHUMUGUThe choice of a former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi is the wisest political move by the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. It is particularly and symbolically significant because it comes at a time Nigeria is ever divided over the issue of power rotation, justice and equity. Given the increasing agitations across the country arising from [...]

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    Reflecting on the choice of Saraki as DG of Atiku’s campaign

Reflecting on the choice of Saraki as DG of Atiku’s campaign

BY THANKGOD UKACHUKWUNowadays, rumours in Nigerian politics most likely turn out to be true. As this article was written to appraise Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki’s brilliant and innovative presidential primary campaign, the National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party announced that Saraki has been appointed the Director General Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council by the PDP.Prior, a list [...]

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    There is fire on the mountain: Buhari’s aides strategise against Atiku

There is fire on the mountain: Buhari’s aides strategise against Atiku

BY MAYOR IKOROHA“Uncle Lai, I heard that Atiku has chosen Peter Obi as his running mate. Few days ago it was Obasanjo swallowing his vomit, doing the unthinkable by endorsing Atiku as president. Now it is Peter Obi being chosen by Atiku as vice presidential candidate of the PDP. The social media space is agog with positive news for PDP [...]

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    Nobel Prize: Africa’s long silence and the missing prestige

Nobel Prize: Africa’s long silence and the missing prestige

BY ALAO ABIODUNAs humans, when we have something to look forward to or look ahead to something worth celebrating, we've the deep sense of reminiscing through the sweats of the past on the path of success. However, while we keep growing and advancing periodically as humans, it therefore requires the unpleasantness of unlearning too. There are times when we must [...]

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