Sunday, June 25, 2017

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    Osinbajo’s surge for national unity

Osinbajo’s surge for national unity

When we celebrated the 24th anniversary of June 12 nearly two weeks ago, I was among those Nigerians who might have left deeply wondering how Nigerians graduated from a people who were willing to vote for you without caring what your religion or that of your running mate is, to a people that are sharply divided and their voting patterns only [...]

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    NTIC Foundation: Charity initiatives in focus

NTIC Foundation: Charity initiatives in focus

The Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) opened shop in Nigeria in 1998. But what is intriguing about the NTIC is its resolve to make impact in the Nigerian society through corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Consequently, in 2013, armed with the desire to give back to the society that has been receptive to its activities, it incorporated the Nigerian Tulip [...]

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    Ogwezzy-Ndisika — a professor and shining star of UNILAG

Ogwezzy-Ndisika — a professor and shining star of UNILAG

BY KELECHI AMAKOH Reaching the peak of a profession is the goal of every professional. This feat doesn’t come without its own challenges, obstacles and downtimes, however, what matters, in the end, is the achievement of the goal.For a university lecturer, attaining a Doctoral degree is no mean’s feat coupled with novel research findings. In fact, higher institutions in Nigeria today [...]

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    A good name is more precious than gold

A good name is more precious than gold

BY SILAS ONU“The state is constitutionally obliged to see that every citizen's reputation is sufficiently protected from 'unjust' attack, …Equally as important as the constitutional right to freedom of expression is the constitutional right that every citizen has to his or her good name. This latter constitutional right imposes an obligation on the State to ensure that every citizen's reputation is sufficiently protected [...]

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    Ajalaism has not done enough for Nigeria

Ajalaism has not done enough for Nigeria

BY HENRY OKELUEWhen in the 70s, Juju music legend, Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey recorded a song ‘Ajala travels all over the world’, he was eulogising the reported feat by Adebisi Ajala, a Nigerian, who according to folklore, travelled around the world on a scooter. Ajala only just took the pastime of Nigerians before him to a whole new level.  Because [...]

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    Time to rein in these ethnic irredentists

Time to rein in these ethnic irredentists

BY EHICHIOYA EZOMON Three popular sayings (idioms) in Esanland, Edo State, herald this analysis on the hot-button issue of ultimatum by the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups for the Igbo, indigenes of the Southeast zone of the country, to quit the Northern region within 90 days.They are one: "A child does not know when sleep takes food out of his/her mouth." [...]

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    Is it fair to expect much from men not groomed to succeed as husbands and fathers?

Is it fair to expect much from men not groomed to succeed as husbands and fathers?

BY KINGSLEY OBOM-EGBULEMThere's been a lot of male-bashing going on since the Ireti Grammar school/Falomo high school attempted rape saga.This male bashing has even assumed another dimension with the arrest of Evans the kidnapper with many of us trying to examine his childhood perhaps to dig out a few factors that may have contributed in making the man Evans who [...]

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    National assembly exceeded bounds on 2017 budget

National assembly exceeded bounds on 2017 budget

BY JOHANNES WOJUOLA There has been a lot of back and forth as to the powers of the National Assembly (NASS) to initiate projects and tinker with the budget presented to it by the Executive.The Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara ,was quoted as saying that NASS has powers to introduce projects in the budget document.The statement [...]

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    Politics of promises — promises of politics

Politics of promises — promises of politics

BY PHILIPS CHIDUMEBI See these lives, resting on your lips And the tears words fall on, shaping the deep seas, See as legs trail before they sink, If we sleep to dream, when do we wake? The reality is, politics as an institution was crafted for the sake of order. To have people solely responsible for carrying out stringent actions for the balance of nations [...]

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    Calming frayed nerves after the storm of quit notice

Calming frayed nerves after the storm of quit notice

BY IDOWU SAMUEL It sounds like an irony, but diplomats and expatriates who serve or work in Nigeria often profess uncanny love for the country. They offer composite reasons for this.To them, working in Nigeria is fully engaging. Conversely, some Nigerians are imbued with enormous energy and guts to outlive the incongruities that their country represents at all times. Strangely, they [...]

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    Nigeria-South Africa recessions: What Africa’s biggest economies must learn

Nigeria-South Africa recessions: What Africa’s biggest economies must learn

BY JAPHETH OMOJUWA If the rest of Africa expect Nigeria and South Africa to chart a pathway and provide some sort of economic leadership, they would have to look elsewhere for the time being. Africa’s two biggest economies, with a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of nearly $800 billion are both in recession at the same time, for the first time [...]

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    Where elections are now a norm, Africa must leapfrog into the future with innovation

Where elections are now a norm, Africa must leapfrog into the future with innovation

BY FATU OGWUCHE Elections in Africa have seen remarkable improvements since the 2000s. However, the democratic process of electing leaders into office which is now a norm in many parts of the continent is not without its own challenges, the most obvious being the deep-rooted distrust in the system and processes. Traditional systems of assuring electoral integrity are proving to be [...]

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    Dogara and budget padding: A nightmare that won’t go away

Dogara and budget padding: A nightmare that won’t go away

BY JOSEPH GEORGEAfter months of suspense and seeming inertia, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has begun probe into the budget padding allegations labelled against the Speaker Yakubu Dogara and three other principal officers by his estranged associate Abdulmumin Jibrin.Sometime last year, Jibrin who was house committee chairman at the time alleged that this quartet padded the 2016 budget [...]

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    A review of Arsenal’s 2016/2017 season

A review of Arsenal’s 2016/2017 season

BY BABA GRUMPY It has taken me a while to calm down from that totally unexpected FA Cup win at Wembley. That win ticked all the football boxes you will ever find.Football Bloody Hell box       –          tickShut the Pundits Up box      –          tickDesire & application box      –          tickHolding bullying Costa box  –          tickIt was wonderful and beautiful that [...]

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    The son-of-the-soil syndrome, ethnic bigotry and lessons from our colonial masters

The son-of-the-soil syndrome, ethnic bigotry and lessons from our colonial masters

BY KUNLE ADEBAJOWhenever Dr P.C. Obutte laments in his International Law class about our shameless devotion to the shrine of ethnic bigotry – and he often does – one would think he exaggerates. You would think he stretches his imagination beyond the shores of reasonableness when he attributes nearly all of our national problems to “he is Ibo, he is [...]

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    How communication failure is heating up Nigeria over Biafra

How communication failure is heating up Nigeria over Biafra

BY CHIDO NWAKANMAVice-President Yemi Osinbajo scored a bull’s eye with his identification of the pathogen causing the eruption and inflammation of ethnic animus across Nigeria recently. Speaking June 14 to Influencers from the South East, and before them those from the North, Osinbajo pointed to the failure of communication.The Vice President stated: “It is also clear that wars sometimes start, [...]

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June 23, 2017USDGBPEUR
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