Thursday, November 15, 2018

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    Sonaiya: The president Nigeria won’t have

Sonaiya: The president Nigeria won’t have

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    ‘Ole is ole’, ‘Jega doesn’t travel much’ and other lines from the presidential media chat

‘Ole is ole’, ‘Jega doesn’t travel much’ and other lines from the presidential media chat

Coming on a day that would have been three days before the presidential election (had it not been postponed), Wednesday's presidential media chat was expected to be heavy on electoral matters. It was, as expected; and the opening questions centred on the matters relating to the postponement.The usual suspects – abducted Chibok girls, insecurity in the northeast, hate speeches in the polity – [...]

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    A ‘coup’ by the Nigerian military   

A ‘coup’ by the Nigerian military  

Sambo Dasuki knows something that the rest of Nigeria does not.On January 22 at the Chatham House, Dasuki, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser (NSA), advocated the postponement of the presidential election, citing slow distribution of voter cards to eligible voters.“What sense does it make to vote three months early when there are 30 million cards still with INEC? That’s my position,” [...]

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    Solar energy ‘coming to rural Lagos schools’ soon

Solar energy ‘coming to rural Lagos schools’ soon

Damilola Ogunbiyi, general manager of the Lagos state electricity board, on Wednesday said the state would deploy solar power to 172 rural schools in the state by June.Ogunbiyi spoke in Lagos when the Lagos branch of the Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (NIEEE) paid her a courtesy visit."We are deploying solar energy to about 172 schools and temporary [...]

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    Will Buhari become Nigeria’s next president?

Will Buhari become Nigeria’s next president?

For the first time in the 16 years that is Nigeria's longest spell of democracy, there is real chance that the president could be someone other than the candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).Many times, I have described Muhammadu Buhari, the man who will face Jonathan in 2015, as a "perennially-losing presidential candidate".In 2003, he emerged as the sole candidate [...]

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    Ambode, Osinbajo, Dora, Oyakhilome… How TheCable reported the biggest stories of 2014

Ambode, Osinbajo, Dora, Oyakhilome… How TheCable reported the biggest stories of 2014

Year 2014 was high-octane for the average Nigerian journalist. Nothing else is expected of a year preceding the presidential election of Africa’s most populous country.It was drama-filled as well. Drama is the term to ascribe to the defection of a country’s fourth most senior official from the ruling party to the opposition party. TheCable thrust itself into the drama early [...]

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    Why is Nigeria’s Jonathan worried?

Why is Nigeria’s Jonathan worried?

Goodluck Jonathan is worried. As he sat down at the Eagle Square on November 11 to formally declare his intention to seek re-election, Jonathan cut a forlorn figure, which he attempted to mask with occasional smiles too artificial to be believable.Jonathan's staunchest governor-ally, Godswill Akpabio, spoke with confidence: "Mr President, we know that the route to 2015 is not going [...]

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    Three stories, one ‘destiny’: How unknown young Nigerians are reforming forlorn street kids

Three stories, one ‘destiny’: How unknown young Nigerians are reforming forlorn street kids

BAR BEACH, LAGOS, SEPTEMBER 2014 Samuel Omoho is a life saver but he has no life of his own — literally. And it would seem he was never destined to have one.The 58-year-old was only three when he scalded his fingers after “falling into a pan of hot oil”. With the resulting stunted fingers, he grew up worrying how he would [...]

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    Arisekola Alao is dead

Arisekola Alao is dead

The Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Arisekola Alao (pictured, left), has died.He was 64 years old.According to a source close to the family who spoke with TheCable on phone from Ibadan, "Aare died in London this morning."He did not give details of the death, saying they were still sketchy.However, governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has already described the death [...]

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    Boko Haram abduction shakes the foundations of education

Boko Haram abduction shakes the foundations of education

The abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls by Boko Haram continues to generate international outrage and protests against the Nigerian government. But rescuing the girls is only the first in a long line of miseries that the Borno State and Nigerian governments must now deal with, writes TheCable journalist, ‘FISAYO SOYOMBO, who travelled to Chibok last week.Rahab Yaga will never near [...]

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    Akunyili flown to India for ‘urgent treatment’

Akunyili flown to India for ‘urgent treatment’

Former Minister of Information, Professor Dora Akunyili, was on Saturday night flown to India for an "urgent treatment" of her undisclosed medical condition.A family source told TheCable that the former director-general of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has fallen seriously ill again after returning from a trip to France."We would rather this was not reported at [...]

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    XLR8 to manage BAT image

XLR8 to manage BAT image

Leading communications management consultancy, XLR8, has been appointed to manage the public relations brief of British American Tobacco (BAT).Head of Corporate Affairs, BAT West, Oluwasoromidayo George, British American Tobacco, made the announcement after a competitive pitch and an extensive and painstaking evaluation process.“XLR8 presented a most strategic and compelling proposition,” George said.“The feedback we received from its roster of current clients [...]

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Police offer N50m for information on Chibok girls

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Osaze makes 30-man World Cup squad

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Nigeria accepts Obama’s offer of troops

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    Chibok Girls: Youth coalition demands passage of VAPP Bill

Chibok Girls: Youth coalition demands passage of VAPP Bill

Thirty-two young Nigerian Choice4LifeAdvocates have urged the National Assembly to urgently pass the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill (VAPP Bill).The VAPP Bill — which seeks to eradicate violence in the public and private spaces, and among others, abolish all obsolete laws relating to as rape, assault etc. and bringing them into consonance with present realities — has been pending before [...]

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