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    Fight against corruption: Where we got it wrong

Fight against corruption: Where we got it wrong

BY RIDWAN JAMIU  Corrupt people do not like to hear the word ‘corruption’ or read it. Thieves overreact when ‘theft’ is mentioned as their conscience pricks. You too may feel reluctant to read this piece to the end if you have a guilty conscience. Corruption is the clog in the wheel of progress and well-being of many societies. Corruption opposes honesty [...]

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    Border closure: Nigeria’s best bet to thinking inside the box

Border closure: Nigeria’s best bet to thinking inside the box

BY TIAMIYU HIKMAHNigeria, the supposed giant of Africa, has over the years been dependent on products from other countries attaching little importance to our locally produced amenities. We have all resources to produce amenities that can meet the needs of our rising 200 million population, but we have always been stereotyped to believing that nothing good really comes from our [...]

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    Why I’ll never fly Ethiopian Airlines again

Why I’ll never fly Ethiopian Airlines again

BY OPE ADETOLAThis is my experience with the Ethiopian Airlines. I have flown this airline twice now. I flew them in May 2019 from Prague to Lagos and back to Prague and also in August 2019. My first experience with them wasn’t a good one. Really horrible hostesses and poor service. But my second experience flying with them was the [...]

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    Sowore’s release: Is DSS attempting to fabricate strange laws?

Sowore’s release: Is DSS attempting to fabricate strange laws?

BY FESTUS OGUNYesterday, the Department of State Services claimed that it is ready to release human rights activist and prisoner of conscience, Omoyele Sowore but those coming forward are not qualified to collect him. According to Peter Afunaya, DSS spokesperson, "it is only appropriate that those who stood surety for Sowore present themselves and have him released to them".This fresh [...]

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    It’s not your birthday, it’s Mamman Daura’s

It’s not your birthday, it’s Mamman Daura’s

BY MOHAMMED T. ABIODUN At 80, a man who has worked hard, lived right, and has maintained a path worthy of emulation should celebrate it, especially while he is on earth and not in heaven, and in the most glorious fashion. He deserves it. He has earned it. He has worked for it. And the trail that he has blazed behind is [...]

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    The triumph of Mamman Daura

The triumph of Mamman Daura

BY MARIAM MAKTOUBIn the affairs of man, there is always the cynic, the traducer, the proponent, the indolent, the diligent, so on it goes. For those who understand this simple principle of life, they become enigmas and a matter of several conjectures by those giving to mischief or plain foolishness.On the occasion of the 80th birthday celebration of the man [...]

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    A cow never dies

A cow never dies

BY CHUKKY IBEIn an Igbo household just by looking at an animal standing, before it is slaughtered, one would know what part belonged to what member of the family. The head belonged to the Opara first son. The foot belonged to Ada; the first daughter. The titled man Ichie; receives vital organs like kidney. Igbos are known for speaking in [...]

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    The smell of the place… creating an organisational culture

The smell of the place… creating an organisational culture

BY ONYEKA AGHATISE I've lived in different cities in the course of my time on earth - London, Crawley, The Hague, Abuja, and Lagos (which has my heart). One thing that has always struck me is how these cities impact the person I am. In London, I love to cook, I am continually experimenting and whipping up new dishes; in Lagos, I [...]

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    A tribute to Mamman Daura at 80

A tribute to Mamman Daura at 80

BY FATIMA MAMMAN DAURA “To be like the rock that the waves keep crashing over. It stands unmoved and the raging of the sea falls still around it.” – Marcus AureliusToday, I pay tribute to an extraordinarily special man - who is fazed neither by criticism nor by praise; unperturbed by fortune or loss; content with little and unimpressed by wealth, [...]

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    Audit process will aide anti corruption war

Audit process will aide anti corruption war

BY HAMEED OYEGBADE One of the cardinal agenda of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is the war against corruption. In fact, his desire to fight corruption was among the factors that gave him an edge over his co-contestants in the 2011 and 2015 presidential election. Arguably, the administration records some successes in the anti corruption war, definitely, more still needs [...]

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    Critical issues on FG’s 2020 healthcare budget

Critical issues on FG’s 2020 healthcare budget

BY JOSHUA OLUFEMI The federal government has deemed it fit that N2,000 would be enough in the year 2020 to provide for the healthcare of each of the estimated 200 million Nigerians. This is according to the meagre N427.3 billion being budgeted for healthcare in the proposed 2020 national budget.You may not understand what this means, it means the salaries of [...]

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    The deafening silence on El-Zakzaky

The deafening silence on El-Zakzaky

BY NAJEEB MAIGATARISince the aborted medical trip of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenah a couple of months ago, nothing has been heard of the duo. No word from the government- or any other relevant authority, the DSS for example- regarding the ailing couple's whereabouts and health condition.The events that surrounded the trip were quite unfortunate and, in truth, [...]

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    Osinbajo’s hardworking streak unabating

Osinbajo’s hardworking streak unabating

BY AKINLOYE FADAREIt would not have been a surprise if after some roles were moved away from his schedule, the Vice President is seen slowing down and doing less. But that is not the story of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Nigeria's current number 2 man. It would seem that if all you asked this pastor turned politician to do is to [...]

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    Three months of border closure — economic success only in the media

Three months of border closure — economic success only in the media

BY GBENGA OLONINIRAN It should go without dispute that the rights to self determination for any country cannot be overemphasised, like it should be for individuals, it is one of such values of democracy and freedom. As an 'independent' entity, Nigeria can choose to close or open its borders at reasonable will. In the interests of the nation as they claim, [...]

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    Who is scared of Dadiyata’s voice?

Who is scared of Dadiyata’s voice?

 BY  OKE UMURHOHWOA day turned two and now, it is over 92 days that a fierce critic of the ruling party, Abubakar Idris, popularly known as Dadiyata, has been seen or heard about. That's how long his wife has waited for the person at their doorstep to be him; how long his children have missed his adoring palm cuddle them [...]

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    Inequality and Nigeria’s asphyxiating taxes

Inequality and Nigeria’s asphyxiating taxes

BY OLADEINDE OLAWOYINGaniyu Yekinni struggles with his commercial motorcycle on the dilapidated section of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway. It’s a clammy Thursday morning and Mr Yekinni, a staffer at the Ogun State Hospital Board, is on his way to work. Although he is duty-bound to contribute to saving peoples’ lives at the Otta General Hospital, he says that the relatively poor [...]

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