Monday, April 16, 2018

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Can Atiku make good things happen?  

By Diana-Abasi Alphonsus Udoh “Does Atiku intend to make good things happen in Nigeria or make corruption happen?” Nigerians especially young intellects and professionals seriously question the former Vice President’s ability, capacity and intention to truly make good things happen in the economy."Make good things happen? This was the political slogan of former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar during his 2011 [...]

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Religion is not the issue

By Okoi Obono-Obla The brouhaha or controversies being generated in certain quarters by some vested interest over the statement made by General Muhammadu Buhari on an interview with The Cable Online Newspaper that he has not made up his mind on whether or not he would choose a Christian or Muslim as his running mate, is needless, a distraction, and indeed a [...]

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    Tambuwal: The master of ‘strategic defection’

Tambuwal: The master of ‘strategic defection’

(Metropole, Abuja) When on June 6th, 2011, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal representing Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency of Sokoto State in the House of Representatives emerged Speaker of the House, feathers were ruffled. The establishment was surprised. And clearly a palace coup had taken place in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Hon. Tambuwal emerged against the wishes of the hierarchy of the [...]

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    Nigerian football: A tale of indolent sporting press

Nigerian football: A tale of indolent sporting press

BY OLUKAYODE THOMAS For over two decades, a cabal, who has no stake in Nigerian football, other than being government appointees, has used FIFA’s statutes and the threat of ban from international football to manipulate Nigerians while our inept sporting journalists who ordinarily should expose their deceit remain either passive or fight one another for a cut of the spoils.My mentor [...]

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    Fela: A good man in a not-so-good country

Fela: A good man in a not-so-good country

BY PELU AWOFESO “This country is bad!” cries Tony, one of the main characters in Cornel-Best Onyekaba’s punchy play, Fela: Son of Kuti.A moment later, he laments: “Our Republic is over. Kalakuta has been razed to the ground…Kalakuta is gone forever.”Time check: what’s unfolding before our eyes inside the National theatre is a playwright’s re-imagining of what might have transpired among [...]

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    Linda Ikeji and the plagiarist in all of us

Linda Ikeji and the plagiarist in all of us

BY OLUKAYODE THOMAS The more I read about the hullabaloo over Linda Ikeji’s plagiarism  and the eventual shutting down of her blog on Wednesday by Google after incessant complaints by mainstream journalists and co-bloggers, the more I remember Jesus Christ’s trial by the Scribes and Pharisees in the book of John Chapter 8.They had brought unto him a woman caught [...]

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    Alan Pardew, the sacked man warming the dugout

Alan Pardew, the sacked man warming the dugout

By Sunday Omeike It is with heavy heart I write this piece, albeit with a touch of optimism because I am a Newcastle united fan.I have been a part of the Toon Army since 1995 and became a lifelong member the day Alan Shearer returned home in a then-world record £15 million transfer from Blackburn Rovers, with the Geordies flooding both [...]

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    Looking for agility ‘as a service’

Looking for agility ‘as a service’

By Adebayo Sanni The drive for improved agility and more rapid deployment of services is a main concern for business leaders across virtually all industry sectors. For their part, IT decision-makers are under increased pressure to make sure business solutions can deliver on these ambitions. In its latest “Business Value Scorecard”, Forrester found that business leaders increasingly measure success by comparing what [...]

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    10 ways to spark Nigeria’s sickly tourism sector

10 ways to spark Nigeria’s sickly tourism sector

By Pelu AwofesoTourism in Nigeria has stagnated for as long as I can remember. In the last few decades every new government has promised (but failed) to breathe life into the sector, even when it is clear that tourism is a key driver of many economies in Africa and around the world. Annual budgets for the Ministry of Culture, Tourism [...]

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    Frequently Asked Questions on the NYSC online registration

Frequently Asked Questions on the NYSC online registration

By NYSC Prospective corps members and other critical stakeholders have been asking certain important questions and seeking clarifications on the online registration initiative recently introduced by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Below are some of those questions and the answers to them:Why are Nigerian youths being asked to pay to serve their country?It is not true that corps members [...]

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    President Jonathan MUST stop impunity in football

President Jonathan MUST stop impunity in football

By Olukayode Thomas The Saturday congress by a faction of the Nigeria Football federation (NFF) in Warri, Delta state, despite a court order, clearly shows the level of impunity and disregard for rule of law in Nigeria.There are set of lies that we have been told for ages that must be dispelled. One, football matter doesn’t go to regular courts; disputes [...]

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    Ibekwe, TB Joshua and that N50,000 ‘bribe’

Ibekwe, TB Joshua and that N50,000 ‘bribe’

By Femi Owolabi ‘What I object to, to be straight about it, is journalists who take the position that they are purer than all other people.’– Jim LehrerSometime in February, at an interactive session– in Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort– with Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti State, one of the participants – as many raised hands jostled — was picked by the [...]

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    ‘The truth about TB Joshua’s alleged bribe’

‘The truth about TB Joshua’s alleged bribe’

By Simon Ateba People have been asking me, “Simon , were you at that press conference on September 14 where Prophet T.B. Joshua allegedly gave N50,000 to journalists to write a positive story on the building collapse that killed many people?” My answer is always the same.I was not at that event; I do not know if he gave a bribe; [...]

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    ‘Why TB Joshua should be arrested, prosecuted’

‘Why TB Joshua should be arrested, prosecuted’

It is time the authorities in Nigeria did the right thing and arrest Mr. Temitope Balogun Joshua, the self-styled General Overseer of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN).Here is why:On Friday, September 12, 2014, a guest hostel located within the premises of Mr. Joshua’s sprawling church at Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos, collapsed. The most recent media reports put the death toll [...]

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    Why I put out the TB Joshua bribery audio

Why I put out the TB Joshua bribery audio

By Nichola Ibekwe The last 72 hours were probably the most intense in my life. The love, kind words and support I’ve received in that period from, mostly, total strangers have been overwhelming. I want to thank everybody who saw the good in what I did. Though, to be honest, I think it was a little stupid. What was I thinking [...]

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    Ajayi: Expect more changes at PTDF

Ajayi: Expect more changes at PTDF

Mr. Femi Ajayi, the executive secretary of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), is a biochemist, journalist and international law expert. He was science writer, editor, and member of the editorial board of Daily Times between 1983 and 1992, and served as communications specialist in the United Nations system for about 15 years. In this interview, Ajayi unfolds his vision [...]

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