Sunday, September 22, 2019

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    Xenophobia puts SA’s moral authority in Africa at risk

Xenophobia puts SA’s moral authority in Africa at risk

BY MASHUPYE HERBERT MASERUMULE South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was heckled during the recent funeral service of Zimbabwe’s erstwhile leader Robert Mugabe. It was easy to guess why. When he stood to speak, Ramaphosa apologised for weeks of violence in his country targeted at non-national Africans.Immediately after this apology, heckling turned into cheers. His apology, a stroke of ingenuity, defused the [...]

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    When will Nigerians free Sowore

When will Nigerians free Sowore

BY RAPHAEL ADEBAYOWe are often told that life is so stern that it hardly gives anyone a second chance at doing the same thing over again. But how do you explain the fact that Buhari is presently frittering away his second chance at being remembered for good in the annals of history?Initially, Buhari started with those that were supposedly corrupt, [...]

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    Judiciary on the march to golgotha

Judiciary on the march to golgotha

BY SEHINDE OMONIYIThese are peculiar times for the citizens of Nigeria. After 20 years of presidential democracy, the constitutional obligation which mandates the electorate to choose their political leaders through the ballot box is fast losing its value. Instead, five or seven judges sitting over heaps of documented evidence of election malfeasance, exposed to diverse influences are the persons who [...]

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    Institutionalising APC for democratic leadership

Institutionalising APC for democratic leadership

BY SALIHU MOH. LUKMANOn Friday, September 13, 2019, while receiving progressive governors on a solidarity visit to congratulate him following the presidential election tribunal ruling affirming the victory of the APC in the February 23, 2019 elections, President Muhammadu Buhari remarked “what I will say to the chairman of the party and governors in return for your congratulating me is [...]

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    Potential role of the private sector in ending open defecation in Nigeria

Potential role of the private sector in ending open defecation in Nigeria

BY ZAID JURJIWith about 200 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. With a population of this scale, any progress or regression in development clearly has a significant impact on both African and global development indicators.In 2018, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, National Bureau of Statistics and UNICEF initiated a survey to assess the state of [...]

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    The changing civic space of anti-corruption

The changing civic space of anti-corruption

BY FREDA UKPOJULike many Nigerians, I have often wondered if it is possible to fight corruption in Nigeria; or make any meaningful impact on anticorruption; whether we are not just chasing the wind with anticorruption campaigns or crusades that have taken over the air and land waves and spaces.The optimists insist that things are changing for better, but the daily [...]

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    Arsenal has 1000 problems, Unai Emery is probably not one of them

Arsenal has 1000 problems, Unai Emery is probably not one of them

Yesterday brought back a sense of dejavu. About two years ago, I was away in India when Arsenal played the same opponents as yesterday. We were doing okay and looked to be in control with the lead only to collapse in the second half. You can read the BBC's match report here The match report refers to that Arsenal side as [...]

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    Nigeria: Restructure or rupture

Nigeria: Restructure or rupture

BY AUSTIN EMADUKUNigeria is standing on the edge of a dangerous cliff. It is just a matter of time before it tips over. Rather than the current emotional and politically driven call for a “Revolution”, we all really need to calmly analyse and situate the cause(s) of our problems. In any case, a revolution without a vanguard is a recipe [...]

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    Nigerians are the smartest in the world, not criminals

Nigerians are the smartest in the world, not criminals

BY JUSTICE OKAMGBA The people of Nigeria can easily be included amongst the most intelligent people in the world. Contrary to the misconception that all Nigerians are criminals.I had previously been contacted by a woman who claimed to be from California in the United States. Her intent was to somehow convince me to become a part of the Bitcoin mining [...]

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    Nigeria’s VAT increase: Penny-wise, pound foolish

Nigeria’s VAT increase: Penny-wise, pound foolish

BY AYO BANKOLE AKINTUJOYEOn Thursday, September 12, 2019, news broke that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved plans to increase Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5% to 7.5%; representing a 50% increase. It is worthy of note that the current 5% VAT regime has been in existence for over 25 years (Since 1994). Although it is still subject to [...]

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    Why PMB may not win the anti-corruption war

Why PMB may not win the anti-corruption war

BY WAHEED OLANIPEKUN Coming into office as an elected President of Nigeria in May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) left no one in doubt as to his mission to fight corruption to a standstill, this being one of the three cardinal programs of his government. Four years after, it is paradoxical the stance of the government on its acclaimed giant [...]

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    Rebranding the National Health Insurance Scheme

Rebranding the National Health Insurance Scheme

BY TERSOO ADAGHERIf the rebranding agenda of the new National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Boss, Professor Mohammed Nasir Sambo is anything to go by, the myriad challenges limiting Nigerians from accessing qualitative healthcare service delivery will soon be a thing of the past. The Scheme was established by NHIS Act Cap N42 (LFN) 2004, to ensure that every Nigerian has [...]

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    Rising rice consumption in Nigeria: Farming and the importance of value chain

Rising rice consumption in Nigeria: Farming and the importance of value chain

BY DANIEL MURPHY Rice consumption in Nigeria has been rising steadily — about 5.6 million metric tons in 2011 and 6.9 million tons presently — but market, production and policy limitations mean domestic production often fails to meet demand, and the increase is largely made up for with costly imports. Between 2012 and 2015, Nigeria imported $4 billion worth of rice [...]

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    The Backpack

The Backpack

BY VALKAMIYA AHMADU-HARUNA AND UDO JUDE ILOSalome (not her real name) looks forlorn and detached from the rest of the kids. Salome is a 10-year-old pregnant child, a survivor of sexual crime in the heat of the insurgency in North-East Nigeria. She does not know who the father of her child is. Salome’s future looks bleak. Raised in a low-income family [...]

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    So, how did Osun prepare Aregbesola for Nigeria’s stability?

So, how did Osun prepare Aregbesola for Nigeria’s stability?

BY SEMIU OKANLAWONTrust Nigerians, hardly had he rounded off his first visit to the Ministry of Interiors than cartoonists, graphic artists went to work. In a jiffy, the tweeting facebooking and instagramming generation had gone to work to serve us different interpretations of what the new Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said shortly after his oath taking.“Interior Ministry for [...]

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    Judiciary in the dock

Judiciary in the dock

BY SEHINDE OMONIYI“Somewhere along the way, the balance of power between the prosecution, the defense and the judiciary shifted. We have to readjust it. The stakes are so high – the well-being of so many communities and the trajectories of so many lives, public safety depends on our collective faith in fairness and our view of the law as legitimate” [...]

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