Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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    A decorated monkey is still a monkey!

A decorated monkey is still a monkey!

It has been brought to my attention the attack on my person by the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, after I exposed his lies with regards to the figure of $49.8 billion which he claimed former President Goodluck Jonathan pilfered from the national treasury. In my response to that false allegation, I stated with facts, figures and dates that not only [...]

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    OOTC with Chude Jideonwo: Why I am an entrepreneur in the business of nation building (1)

OOTC with Chude Jideonwo: Why I am an entrepreneur in the business of nation building (1)

A few days ago, I received this message in my email from a highly respected colleague with the Punch, which inspired this article:“Thank you for staying true to the cause. I have seen too many people transform into villains in recent years; but you have been steadfast and I couldn't be more proud.“I remember being in your office in 2012 [...]

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    Ambode, don’t sign this bill

Ambode, don’t sign this bill

A perfect definition of irony in the Nigerian context is when legislators break their recess to pass a bill. For the farce that passes for legislation in our part of the world, citizens should be wary of a hastily passed bill. When you then factor in the incestuous relationship between the executives and legislators in most states, the suspicion gets [...]

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    Can’t fight xenophobia with xenophobia

Can’t fight xenophobia with xenophobia

Something unNigerian happened in Abuja on Thursday: protesters vandalised an MTN office in an apparent reprisal mission over the perennial xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. MTN, being the biggest South African company in the country, is by far the easiest for reprisal. This, I suppose, was meant to send a message to South Africans that their interests in [...]

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    See the mad dogs of South Africa

See the mad dogs of South Africa

We didn’t know post-apartheid South Africa would be like this. If anyone had foretold, 30 years ago, that black South Africans would engage in riots to kill fellow Africans and destroy their businesses, no one would have believed them. My generation is unfortunate to have witnessed this unexpected turn of events. A brief post I read on social media on Friday [...]

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    Will the dollar fall to N400 in the black market in the coming months?

Will the dollar fall to N400 in the black market in the coming months?

International investors want Nigeria’s forex market to operate freely. If this happens, they argue, equilibrium would be reached and the true value of the naira would be obvious for everyone to see. But having a free market shouldn’t prevent the government from intervening to protect the naira, especially when there is a drastic shortfall in the supply of dollars.And the [...]

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    No alternative to improved dialogue

No alternative to improved dialogue

The public statement recently made by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) detailing remarkable improvements in oil production, sales of crude oil and absence of attacks on oil and gas installations was the subject of a post on one of my social media platforms recently.In that post, I wrote: “Massive reduction in pipeline vandalism and increasing growth in the production [...]

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    Of 5% bargain-hunters and the London opera

Of 5% bargain-hunters and the London opera

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    Our country in denial, but children are paying the price of brutal Boko Haram war

Our country in denial, but children are paying the price of brutal Boko Haram war

Sickeningly sad story. Insurgents burned down her house. Her husband was killed. She became a widow. Her two-year-old eldest child died of measles. Her only child, a 20-month-old baby faces death from hunger. It is the story of Rakiya told by Save the Children, a nonprofit that has established a stabilization center in Nigeria’s northeast.Like you, the story caused a [...]

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    Modu Sheriff not PDP’s worst demon

Modu Sheriff not PDP’s worst demon

The Peoples Democratic Party is dying of numerous self-inflicted wounds and may not recover for as long as it thinks that Ali Modu Sheriff is its deadliest poison.From the headlines, you would think that Modu Sheriff is the beginning and the end of the problems of the PDP; that once you feed him to the sharks, all would be well [...]

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Exchange Rates

Feb 27, 2017USDGBPEUR
INTERBANK315.23391.64333.67
LAGOS440520500
KANO440520510
PH460550520
ABUJA450565525
NOTE: The black market rates represent the most prevalent. They could be slightly higher or lower among different sellers.
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