Monday, February 17, 2020

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    Zamfara: What does Yari want?

Zamfara: What does Yari want?

BY YUSUF SULEIMAN It’s no longer news that the Supreme Court has fixed Tuesday, February 18, 2020, for the review of its judgement over the lingering case of the All Progressives Congress (APC) botched primary election in Zamfara state. I woke up today with nosiness on what really former Zamfara state governor Abdulazeez Yari want and what will be his fate [...]

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    In honour of Amina Salihu and Kole Shettima

In honour of Amina Salihu and Kole Shettima

BY JIDE OJO Give me my Due Give me what is my rightful due, While I still live and breathe and love For little I have of you When I am called from up above.   No flowers gay upon my bier Will I require when I am gone If when I lived there was no cheer To boost me when my work was done.   So, keep your violets sedate I’ll have [...]

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    Okada ban: You do not build a megacity by hiding the poor

Okada ban: You do not build a megacity by hiding the poor

BY ABAYOMI OGUNSANYA In the wake of the ban on motorcycle taxi services in some parts of Lagos State, a protest was organized by some residents and civil society organizations to express the people’s frustration at what they perceived to be a policy targeting the poor in the city. Pictures of the protest were circulated on social media, and in one particularly [...]

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    How to use tech to scale your business

How to use tech to scale your business

BY CHIOMA IWUNZE-IBIAM Have you hit your revenue and ROI targets for your business? If you're thinking, "what next," it's probably time for you to scale and grow your business to the next level! But how can you scale in a manner that is efficient and yet holds the promise of sustainable growth? Enter smart solutions in the form of technology. If you're thinking [...]

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    Insecurity: Where do we go from here?

Insecurity: Where do we go from here?

BY ABIODUN KOMOLAFE Have you watched the video clips of the gruesome execution of Lawan Andimi and Roypvil Dalyep by Boko Haram? Have you ever imagined what it feels like to take one’s loved ones away with hopes of reuniting with them waning with each passing day? Have you for once paused to ponder the pains and the trauma of Nigerians who have become widows, widowers and orphans as well as those whose means of livelihood have been destroyed [...]

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    The overbearing demand for gratifications in Nigerian airports

The overbearing demand for gratifications in Nigerian airports

BY REUBEN RINE Apart from the numerous airstrips built mainly by the Nigerian military and multinational oil companies, Nigeria has 31 airports out of which only 5 are functional for international travels. With the soaring number of licensed pilots, aeronautic engineers/technicians and cabin personnel who mostly manned local airlines, Nigeria is a destination for over 22 foreign carriers with a Bilateral [...]

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    Deregistration of political parties and next steps for electoral reform

Deregistration of political parties and next steps for electoral reform

BY MOSHOOD ISAH The deregistration of not less than 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission may not have gone down well with some stakeholders especially those political parties that fell by the side in what can be described as massive retrenchment of political parties but overall it seems to be an action in the right direction. After a [...]

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    IDPs built a booming beans market in Nasarawa but they still need help

IDPs built a booming beans market in Nasarawa but they still need help

BY DEBORAH LONDONO In early March 2019, I drove to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) settlement located in Apo, the southeastern part of the Nigerian capital Abuja to speak with the chairman of the settlement.  But, upon my arrival, he called to say he was leaving for an emergency meeting and directed me to the vice-chairman. It turned out to be a [...]

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    For Kole Shetima and Amina Salihu on their special anniversaries

For Kole Shetima and Amina Salihu on their special anniversaries

BY TUNDE AKANNI For my former colleague at Concord Press, now a young grandma, Patience Akpan, every child or grandchild of hers is her favourite. The scintillatingly beauteous and fashionable professor at Arizona State University in the United States seizes every opportunity to register didactic messages on her fans. These favourite children and all the favourite grandchildren always radiate excitement in [...]

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    Dear young lawyer, here’s why the 2020 NBA election matters

Dear young lawyer, here’s why the 2020 NBA election matters

BY OLAOLUWA ONI For young members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), it is that time again! After over a year of silence, you are now receiving NBA-related text messages and emails. As the elections draw near, the candidates need to impress on you just how important you are to them. A message for when you wake at 4:30am so you [...]

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    Celebrating Kayode Fayemi at 55

Celebrating Kayode Fayemi at 55

BY HAKEEM JAMIU The Governor of Ekiti State and chairman, Nigeria’s Governors’ forum , Dr. Kayode Fayemi turns 55 today. Celebrating birthdays is not new but it is significant to note that the personality being celebrated is like a book to read and learn from. The life trajectory of the activist, scholar and politician is worthy of analysis. Nobody gave him a [...]

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    Visa, okada ban: Nigerians besieged at home and abroad

Visa, okada ban: Nigerians besieged at home and abroad

BY RACHEL ONAMUSI This week, Nigerians discovered two news reasons why being born Nigerian is an extreme sport. The first was Uncle Donald Trump and this immigration visa ban. We may choose to pontificate at length (our regular trademark) and adjudge the root causes of the ban to be racial or religious discrimination, or we may accept the facts as they [...]

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    The Cross River rice example

The Cross River rice example

BY MUHAMMED YAHAYA Have you met the Governor of Cross River State, Professor (Senator) Ben Ayade? I have and nothing has made me more confident about the future of Nigeria like my encounter with the helmsman of the Nation’s Paradise. Compact, sturdy, and articulate, you see the wheels practically turning in his head as he patiently listens to you. When he [...]

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    Icon of democracy, Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo (1942—2020)

Icon of democracy, Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo (1942—2020)

BY UDENTA UDENTA On Saturday, February 1, 2020, Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo, founder of the Fourth Dimension Publishing Company Ltd, chancellor of Eastern Mandate Union (EMU), deputy chairman of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), founder and leader of People’s Mandate Party (PMP), pro-democracy and human rights activist, quintessential pan-Africanist publisher and educationist, author, historian, political scientist, radical scholar and neo-Marxist theoretician translated into [...]

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    Who will save Nigerians from this terror called cancer?

Who will save Nigerians from this terror called cancer?

BY LAZ UDE EZE Today is World Cancer Day – a day set aside by cancer advocates globally to raise global awareness, improve education and catalyse individual and government actions towards cancer control. I have been reflecting on the cancer situation in Nigeria and the efforts of critical stakeholders towards cancer control in Nigeria. This reflection is inspired by the theme [...]

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    Abaribe metaphorically told the north to wake up

Abaribe metaphorically told the north to wake up

If you are starving and young and in search of answers as to why your life is so difficult, fundamentalism can be alluring. We know this for a fact because former members of Boko Haram have admitted it: They offer impressionable young people money and the promise of food, while the group’s mentors twist their minds with fanaticism.~ Muhammadu Buhari. Achebe [...]

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