Sunday, January 20, 2019

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    Nigeria’s foreign reserves on the first day of 2019

Nigeria’s foreign reserves on the first day of 2019

BY SALISU NA'INNA DAMBATTAThere was a triumphant mood in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in particular, and the wider national financial sector in general when it came to light that Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves stood at a solid $43.230 billion.This was despite shedding US$18.55 million between the last trading day of 2018 and the first trading day of 2019. [...]

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    B.U. Onyenokwe: A teacher of all time

B.U. Onyenokwe: A teacher of all time

BY FRED OHWAHWAThe last time I saw Chief Bernard UwadinisuOnyenokwe was several years ago. I had driven from Port Harcourt straight to his house in Effurun, near Warri. He was expecting me because we had spoken earlier on the phone. We shook hands warmly, exchanged pleasantries and it was clear that though he was already in his 80s, he was [...]

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    Why south-east won’t vote Buhari

Why south-east won’t vote Buhari

BY OBI NWAKANMAThere are many watchers of this election campaign who are already seeing the desperation of the Buhari campaign, with regards to the vote of the South Easterners (and of course the South-South that made up the traditional Eastern Region). But let us concentrate on the Igbo of the South East. IPOB has mounted a campaign to boycott elections [...]

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    Memo to IGP Adamu Mohammed

Memo to IGP Adamu Mohammed

Dear IGP Adamu Mohammed, congratulations on reaching the peak of your career. You are lucky and unlucky at the same time. You rise to the top at a critical moment in the Nigerian polity- election time. The next two months may mar or make your achievements as a police officer, depending on how you approach the management of the Nigerian [...]

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     Nganjiwa vs. FRN: The limits of judicial precedence

 Nganjiwa vs. FRN: The limits of judicial precedence

BY ABUBAKAR D. SANISince the Court of Appeal delivered its seemingly ground-breaking decision in the above-cited matter, the belief has gained traction that judicial officers in Nigeria bear something of a charmed life, situated somewhere between the outright constitutional immunity enjoyed by the President, Governors and their Deputies, and the rest of us ‘lesser mortals’ who enjoy no such protection.This [...]

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    Four things to consider about the Lafarge rights issue

Four things to consider about the Lafarge rights issue

BY WOLE FAMUREWAOn January 28, 2019, Lafarge Africa’s N89.2 billion rights issue will close. So investors have a few more days to pick up this offer. The capital raise comes at the end of another difficult year for the cement maker. Following the consolidation of Lafarge’s operations in Nigeria and South Africa in June 2014, the company has reported a [...]

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    Gangsterism in the temple of justice

Gangsterism in the temple of justice

BY SUNDAY ANIYIFriday 12, 2019 heralded what seemed like an apocalypse, when the story of the imminent arraignment of the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen, GCON, broke towards the dusk of that date. Initially, disbelief loitered with dismay as it was received as one of those inscrutable but endless mischiefs that have become the hobby of some [...]

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    The other Yemi Osinbajo

The other Yemi Osinbajo

BY NEDU ANYAAs a Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who has acted as president of some occasions, so much is known about Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Described as a cerebral Vice President, his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, has praised his intellect and high energy level.“Youth and intellect are squarely behind you,” President Buhari, whose government has provided the [...]

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    The NHIS delay and the race against CJN

The NHIS delay and the race against CJN

BY YAHAYA ETILA Life can be indeed paradoxical. So this government can be this swift and responsive to issues? This was what my bosom friend asked me when news of the arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen by the Code of Conduct Tribunal for allegations bothering on false declaration of assets. And Nigerians have been talking [...]

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    Between a street revolt and a Twitter revolt

Between a street revolt and a Twitter revolt

BY AYODELE OBAJEUN The chilly politics of elections is fast reaching its crescendo. For the first time in Nigeria’s political history, the electioneering process is characterised with heavily demonetized campaigns even as players watch campaign spending with sullen silence. Political investors are punching calculators and are taking stock.The issue this time is the political freedom fighters in Lagos and in Kwara. These [...]

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    February 16, 2019: Why Nigerians will not look back

February 16, 2019: Why Nigerians will not look back

BY LAOLU AKANDE There is no way Nigeria is returning to its pastIn this past three and a half years of the Buhari presidency, one, thankfully, has learnt, experienced and been part of quite a number of things. One of those things is the amount of dedication, the depth of patriotic zeal and sheer hard-work that is going on in this [...]

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    Elections not Nairabet: You vote for who you want — not who’s likely to win

Elections not Nairabet: You vote for who you want — not who’s likely to win

BY 'KUNLE ADEBAJO “I like Chidiebere, candidate of the New Ideas Party. He is a great economist. He understands the dynamics of our problems and knows exactly how we can get out of them. What’s more, his track record from his days at the Ministry of Education is remarkable. Ologuneru, with his enthusiasm and revolutionary spirit, can finally turn things around [...]

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    Kogi: What manner of ethnic agenda?

Kogi: What manner of ethnic agenda?

BY EDWARD ONOJAEvery four years in the Kogi east political space, those who live by holding onto power at the detriment of our people come up with ethnic sentiments in order to garner political support and sway electoral outcomes to their advantage.It is in these times that you hear them throwing around infamous epithets like "Igala Agenda", "Dekina Agenda", "Idah [...]

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    When the scales fell off my eyes

When the scales fell off my eyes

BY TURAKI HASSAN“I wish that General Muhammadu Buhari will one day come back to rule Nigeria again”, I said to my uncle’s wife in 1996 as she regaled and beguiled me with fascinating stories of Buhari’s regime and succeeded in indoctrinating me.In the past few months, weeks and days, I have been bombarded with questions from friends, family members, relations [...]

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    Atiku: Giving a dog a bad name

Atiku: Giving a dog a bad name

BY DANIEL ALABRAHOn November 14, 2018, the Saturday Sun led its front page with the bold headline: "The Atiku Dilemma," with two accompanying riders: 1. We want to prosecute him for graft but no evidence to nail him, says Itse Sagay; and 2. Ex-VP now vindicated - PDP.Sagay is chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), one of [...]

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    CAF Awards snub: A moment of sober reflection for Nigeria

CAF Awards snub: A moment of sober reflection for Nigeria

It is no more news that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) held its annual awards gala night in Dakar, Senegal, with Egypt’s Mohamed Salah bagging his second CAF men’s player of the year award. What is, however, newsworthy is the fact that for the umpteenth time, Nigeria missed out on the biggest award(s) on offer.It has been a recurring [...]

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January 18, 2019USDGBPEUR
INTERBANK306397354
LAGOS362463411
KANO361465413
PH361462412
ABUJA362462413
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