Sunday, June 16, 2019

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    COP7 vistas and the tobacco epidemic

COP7 vistas and the tobacco epidemic

BY AUSTIN OFILIThe just-concluded seventh session of the conference of Parties to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) remains a watershed in efforts to hold tobacco companies liable for the harms of their products.Among other broad action-plans, representatives from about 180 countries who participated in the treaty negotiations which ended Nov. 12 in New Delhi adopted [...]

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    Another failed attempt to paint Nigeria bad

Another failed attempt to paint Nigeria bad

BY PHILIP AGBESE It is now glaring that whatever we may think, the claim that there is an international conspiracy to derail Nigeria could have some element of truth to it afterall.Part of that claim is that there are concerted efforts to report the country out of existence. Students of International Communication and World Press in journalism or mass communication classes [...]

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    One year of tourism fumbling?

One year of tourism fumbling?

BY ANDY EHANIREPundits had easily fingered institutional failings as being responsible for the demotion of Tourism from being a full-fledged Ministry at the onset of the current dispensation, with principal actors not being able to fully locate or even justify the critical nexus of Tourism to national development - such that explains how tourism has become a veritable engine room [...]

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    Hearty cheers to Buratai at 56

Hearty cheers to Buratai at 56

BY NKECHI ODOMA November 27th 2016 was a special day in the life of an emancipator. Fifty-six years in the life of a soldier who is still waxing stronger and scoring the shots in the war front in the active service of his country is not just enviable, but quite admirable. Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai is today celebrating the year [...]

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    Re: The threat of a new political party

Re: The threat of a new political party

BY JUDE FERANMI (JFK)I have decided to write a rejoinder to Mr Reuben Abati’s latest piece and maybe if I am able to one day gather enough social capital to write as long as the said piece and still maintain my readership, I will write a long one. Until then, this is a short rejoinder.First to the major things I [...]

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    Drug addiction threatening a generation of northern women

Drug addiction threatening a generation of northern women

BY TAJUDEEN SULEIMAN, ICIR This is the second and concluding part of this report by Tajudeen Suleiman, editor of the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), on the worrying trend of young women in Northern Nigeria getting hooked on drugs and its possible future implications.According to the 2015 annual report of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the north west [...]

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    Nigerian soldiers deserve appreciation

Nigerian soldiers deserve appreciation

BY ANGULA JESSICA “…. thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counter-terrorism professionals, we've made great strides in that effort,” said President Barack Obama on the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces in Pakistan.America’s killing of leader of the Al Qaeda terrorists network remains the single most significant global campaign and triumph against terrorism. [...]

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    Robbed on duty: Taming a community damaged by a silent war

Robbed on duty: Taming a community damaged by a silent war

BY JOHN MThe feeling of being robbed is an intense and painful experience. If you've been robbed before, you know that feeling of violation, that feeling of being stripped down in public and the helplessness that covers you like a flood.If you've been robbed before, you know too well the moments that haunt you consistently, with flashbacks that make [...]

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    Buhari and Obasanjo’s restless emotions

Buhari and Obasanjo’s restless emotions

BY BUKAR RAHEEM Former President Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) is an all-rounder in nuances. So, he has etched his personality on Nigeria’s political space, but too many times in paranoia. On the bright side, OBJ displays multiple identities such as a triple former Nigerian leader and elder statesman of international fame; a retired Nigerian Army General of the combatant breed; a writer, [...]

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    The agenda before Godwin Obaseki

The agenda before Godwin Obaseki

BY GODFREY ADEJUMOH The discourse of development as a concept comes with some complexities, as no singular perspective holds a perfect answer to what development means. While this argument will continue for ages in and out of academy circles, there is a general consensus that development is about improving the standard of living of the masses.Improving the standard of living of the [...]

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    Where are the various power probe reports?

Where are the various power probe reports?

BY PHILIP AGBESE We are a nation of people that easily forget. We may, however, not be a nation that easily forgive. If it seems we forgive grievous sins of past, serving and future public office holders it is down to the collective amnesia that allows those who serially raped the country to get away with their crimes. Oftentimes we end [...]

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    Youth unemployment and Nigeria’s economic aspirations

Youth unemployment and Nigeria’s economic aspirations

BY KEHINDE IBITEYE Since 1962, through its first National Development Plan (NDP), Nigeria has had several economic aspirations. The country has striven to employ a considerable number of economic strategies, plans and programs to achieve development. One can factually debate that Nigeria has had more economic policies than any other developing country. Virtually all models of development have been experimented in [...]

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    How drug addiction threatens a generation of northern women

How drug addiction threatens a generation of northern women

BY TAJUDEEN SULEIMAN, ICIR  Drug abuse and addiction among young girls and women in Northern Nigeria have become a big problem that may have serious implications in the future if not immediately addressedThe reporter had to be introduced as an NGO worker helping children and women to get her to agree to a meeting. Even then, she extracted a promise that [...]

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    Shiites’ threat: Is Nigeria on the brink of another terrorism?

Shiites’ threat: Is Nigeria on the brink of another terrorism?

BY GABRIEL ONOJA “As followers of Sheik Ibraheem  El-Zakzaky, we shall never submit ourselves to the dictates of the Nigerian government, even if our own lives will be taken away by the forces of its security agents,” were the words of Sheik Sanusi Abdulkadir Koki, IMN’s newest leader.Truly God loves Nigeria. Despite months of desperation to conceal the evil plot [...]

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    In the name of the people?

In the name of the people?

BY FEYI FAWEHINMI Being big in Nigeria comes with disadvantages. The most obvious one is that it makes you a big and clear target for rapacious governments if you happen to operate in such a political environment. By any measure, MTN Nigeria is big in the country. Some of the numbers are staggering. It serves 58 million customers. It has spent N3.2trn [...]

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    Primate Ayodele: Between a prophecy and newspaper story

Primate Ayodele: Between a prophecy and newspaper story

FOLORUNSHO HAMSAT It is rather incomprehensible that the Christian world is often selective about what it believes from the Bible. Scripture states that "God is love" (1 John 4:8) and that a loving God sent His Son to die for the sins of the world (John 3:16). Jesus taught that we should love God, our neighbours and even our enemies (Matthew [...]

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