Friday, November 16, 2018

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    The enduring partnership between the United States and Nigeria

The enduring partnership between the United States and Nigeria

BY TIBOR NAGY This is the last day of my first trip to Africa as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.  I spent most of my 32-year career as an American Diplomat on this continent, and I was fortunate to serve twice in Nigeria.  As they say, old friends are the best friends.  I am truly excited to be [...]

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    A global first for humanitarian action

A global first for humanitarian action

BY EDWARD KALLONOn Thursday 15th November, the United Nations and Nigeria’s business leaders will partner up to support millions of people in north-east Nigeria whose lives have been hampered by violence and insecurity. A handful of companies will be the first to write a new chapter in the history of the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund by joining the Private Sector Initiative. The [...]

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    The disinformation era

The disinformation era

BY ALHASSAN IBRAHIMThe year 2018 has been a watershed in the history of democracy, not just in Nigeria and Africa, but globally too. Why is that? Well since 2016 - when this moment really began, we have been seeing a new kind of democracy, or rather, a new kind of democratic process emerge - one that started with Donald Trump, [...]

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    No religious agenda in the struggle of the pro-Biafra youths

No religious agenda in the struggle of the pro-Biafra youths

BY ANEKWE OBORJIIn recent weeks, I have received some write-ups in the social media of some few individuals, trying to interpret the struggle for freedom and self-determination currently being championed in the former Eastern region of Nigeria by youths of the pro-Biafra movement, as something with a hidden religious agenda. Although, some of the critics of the pro-Biafra youths may [...]

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    A muddle on social intervention

A muddle on social intervention

BY KANMI ADEMILUYIA concerted anti - poverty strategy has for long been absent in Nigeria. This was accentuated with the advent of the structural adjustment program in nineteen eighty five when the now discarded " Washington Consensus " virtually saw concerted state interventions outside of a skewed definition of a "market based framework " as an anachronism. Mercifully, this perspective [...]

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    Amaechi’s holy anger good for Nigeria

Amaechi’s holy anger good for Nigeria

BY EMMA AGUWhen people discuss anger, the first thing that comes to mind is to disparage it as a very negative emotion. Those who think that way do not see anything positive about anger.For sure, uncontrolled anger is the source of many a mistake, ranging from mild indiscretions to irredeemable tragedies. Most times, anger is impulsive, flying out in unintended [...]

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    El-Rufai and the choice of his running mate

El-Rufai and the choice of his running mate

BY AMIRU HALILU"Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves." - George Gordon ByronA vigorous discourse about the nomination of Dr. Hadiza Balarabe by Governor Nasiru el-Rufai as his running mate has totally and completely dominated public sphere; aroused all sorts of extraneous debate about her faith by [...]

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    Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat: A winning combination for Lagos

Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat: A winning combination for Lagos

BY FUNKE PHILLIPSOn November 4, 2018, Babajide Sanwo-Olu officially announced Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, a former Lagos Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, and earlier contender for the All Progressive Congress Lagos ticket, as his running mate for the 2019 Lagos Gubernatorial elections. The announcement birthed a strategic dream team equipped to usher Lagos into a new dispensation worthy of its [...]

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    The APC still remains the best option for Nigeria

The APC still remains the best option for Nigeria

BY VICTOR OBANOR OSAGBOUWAPresident Muhamadu Buhari has asked aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last conducted primaries to be faithful to the party. In the last few weeks, the president and the APC leadership met with governorship aspirants and aspirants for the House of Assembly in the APC. His message has been clear on why the [...]

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    Tinubu’s silence on LAUTECH crisis

Tinubu’s silence on LAUTECH crisis

BY SIKIRU AKINOLA Many would have thought the crises ravaging the Ladoke Akintola University, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, would have ended, especially with the appointment of former Lagos governor and national leader of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as chancellor of the institution jointly owned by Osun and Oyo States. Many people, including students and staff of LAUTECH heaved [...]

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    The first place to fight corruption in Nigeria is at the airports

The first place to fight corruption in Nigeria is at the airports

BY SAMUEL GETACHEW I was recently in Lagos to attend an event hosted by The Tony Elemulu Foundation. It was my first-time visiting the continent’s most populous nation and one of its most important. Nigeria, like a number of African nations, suffers a perception that is corrupt and sadly and something that is in its “national culture” as prominent American General Colin [...]

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    This disappointment called President Buhari

This disappointment called President Buhari

BY JONAH OBAJEUN In December 2014, yours sincerely consulted its archive to reel out his creative prophesies about the crumbling house of clay of the PDP and the sweeping effect of the just amalgamated opposition – APC.In the preamble to that archival literal resurgence, I wrote that the treatise was premised on the threshold of APC’s amalgamation – a conglomeration of angry [...]

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    2019: Will Plateau return to Egypt?

2019: Will Plateau return to Egypt?

BY SUNDAY THOMASThese are very auspicious times. For states under induced violence and killings, there is every need to tramp with caution, because the political scavengers are back. They are on the prowl, enriched in more tricks and deceptions in the quest for power.Leadership of any state in Nigeria is quite difficult. It has enormous responsibilities. Governors battle seen and [...]

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    Budget: No Mr. President, blame yourself not national assembly

Budget: No Mr. President, blame yourself not national assembly

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    WAEC noise over, those behind certificate saga should craft another tale

WAEC noise over, those behind certificate saga should craft another tale

BY EDE-ANYA GEORGEThere has been much fury in the clan of PDP, Nigeria’s main opposition. Drily voices vibrated in consuming chants; there were ruckus hullaballoos or inexplicable excitement in the opposition camp everywhere. They were demanding President Muhammadu’s Buhari’s secondary school certificate. So, tongues meaninglessly wagged in haughty ambience.Similarly in 2014, when President Buhari as the then main opposition presidential [...]

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    Rex Onuorah on building homes for diaspora-based Nigerians

Rex Onuorah on building homes for diaspora-based Nigerians

BY MITTERAND OKORIEOne of Nigeria’s most promising real estate company, Asilarex Properties, has simplified life for many Nigerians in the diaspora with respect to owning properties back home. Founded and owned by Rex Onuorah, Asilarex Properties, although headquartered in Enugu, operates from its Europe and American offices. In this enthralling interview, Rex offers rare insights into the Nigerian real estate [...]

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