Monday, March 25, 2019

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    Right of reply: NERC absolves NBET MD of fraud

Right of reply: NERC absolves NBET MD of fraud

BY SAMBO ABDULLAHII am one of the management staff mentioned in the above captioned story published by TheCable on March 1, 2019. I wish to state that the pre-payment audit carried out on the payment vouchers as enshrined under the Financial Regulations on both Olorunsogo and Omotosho revealed the shoddy deals. The internal audit resistance led to both departments of [...]

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    The fate awaiting Gov Abubakar on Saturday 

The fate awaiting Gov Abubakar on Saturday 

BY TURAKI HASSANIn 1942, a group of young progressive intellectuals from the north congregated in Bauchi, among whom were Saadu Zungur, Malam Aminu Kano, Dr. R. K.B. Dikko, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and  Malam Yahaya Gusau, all of blessed memories.Although young, they were statesmen, patriots and visionary leaders who saw tomorrow and felt the urgent need to chart a new [...]

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    Understanding the TAN/Ifeanyi Ubah endorsement of Sanwo-Olu

Understanding the TAN/Ifeanyi Ubah endorsement of Sanwo-Olu

BY LAW MEFORRapprochement is the word – reestablishment of a happy relationship or rearrangement. A peace treaty between warring parties is a kind of rapprochement. That is the real perspective to the mission of Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah and Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) in Lagos governorship election.TAN hardly needs any introductions. It was a creation of the Senator-elect, Dr. Ifeanyi [...]

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    Heralding the new Nigerian 10-year e-passport

Heralding the new Nigerian 10-year e-passport

BY SULE YA’U SULE Most Nigerians are aware of the revolution taking place in the facilities issued by the Nigeria Immigration Service and the impact it will have on how Nigerians travel. Nigerians who own international passports can recount their experiences in procuring and renewing this travel document in the past, owing to bureaucratic bottlenecks. While other countries have simplified this [...]

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    Dele Momodu and Olisa Agbakoba as enemies of democracy

Dele Momodu and Olisa Agbakoba as enemies of democracy

BY ODOH MICHAELIn 2003 when President Muhammadu Buhari first ran for the office of President and lost, he went to court to challenge the result of the election because he felt he was cheated and his mandate stolen. He did same in 2007 and 2011, and never called to congratulate his opponents in these elections. Adams Oshiomhole, Rotimi Amaechi and [...]

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    Musing on ethnic tension

Musing on ethnic tension

BY MUYIWA AKINTUNDEGiven the tension that enveloped last Saturday’s election in some parts of Lagos, I am supposed to hate the Igbo. Right? I’m sure my father, who died almost 45 years ago, would turn in his grave the day I nursed that evil thought. I never saw him hate anyone, his heart was consumed by love to all irrespective [...]

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    Nigeria waits for complete election results

Nigeria waits for complete election results

Whatever the outcome of Nigeria’s presidential election, it will certainly have an impact on investor sentiment.Foreign investors need to see Nigeria stepping up its efforts to diversifying away from oil dependence, while also boosting infrastructure spending across major sectors.If the correct strategy is implemented towards improving local macroeconomic conditions and shielding against external forces, Nigeria could move a step close [...]

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    2019 elections and Jonathan’s sermons of peace

2019 elections and Jonathan’s sermons of peace

BY WEALTH DICKSON OMINABO Down the Southern part of Nigeria is a humble man with a temperament of peace. With a political philosophy of humanism, he goes about preaching peace to the world and urging his friends, brothers and of humanity to see peace as their kinsmen and harmony as their in- law. He is a fellow who lives out the attributes [...]

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    West Africa’s democratic tipping point?

West Africa’s democratic tipping point?

BY OLUSEGUN OBASANJO , JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA, ERNEST BAI KOROMA, SAULOS CHILIMAThe decision to postpone Nigeria’s presidential election, made just hours before polls were due to open, has raised fears about the integrity of the eventual vote. Those fears must not be realized – and not just for Nigeria’s sake. Just as a strong and stable democracy in Africa’s most populous [...]

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    You can wrangle but don’t misinterpret Buhari

You can wrangle but don’t misinterpret Buhari

BY ISAAC IKPA Interestingly, I am getting to know more about the impressive but silent aspects of President Muhammadu Buhari. I have never met him personally but his credentials as a retired Army officer made me conclude that he is rough and unapologetically ruthless.But I was damn wrong! He is just a leader who is blunt and plain. He hates any [...]

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    Ogoni clean-up: Buhari keeping his promise to Niger Delta

Ogoni clean-up: Buhari keeping his promise to Niger Delta

BY ARIKPO DUUM After decades of struggles, Government’s attention was drawn to the plight of the people of Ogoni. The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) was invited to undertake an assessment of oil pollution in Ogoniland with a view to finding a solution that will bring an end to the sufferings of Ogoni people.In 2011, UNEP submitted a report to the [...]

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    The louder voice, the silent majority or the vocal minority

The louder voice, the silent majority or the vocal minority

BY BABATUNDE IRUKERE Our society, like many that have evolved, is at a critical crossroad, where the wrong path leads to the loss of our identity and values, and silences the majority, but the right path, though arduous, will lead us to reclaiming who we are, and moving our nation forward to the place where we no longer confuse the amplified [...]

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    The last round of dictatorial shots

The last round of dictatorial shots

BY DEDE AMADILess than six days to Nigeria’s Presidential elections, postponed from February 16, Nigerians once again are witnessing a taste of what another 4 years of power would be in Buhari’s Nigeria after the home of the lawyer to the frontline candidate for the opposition party Atiku Abubakar was illegally searched by officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes [...]

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    Eleventh hour postponement of our elections: Who owns the blame?

Eleventh hour postponement of our elections: Who owns the blame?

BY AKINLOYE JAMES As a Nigerian, I can bet that all year long, day in day out, at least one politician, religious leader or motivational speaker somewhere is charging an audience (regardless of size) with these famous words of JFK “Ask not what your country can do for you- ask what you can do for your country” or something akin to [...]

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    The problem is beyond elections postponement

The problem is beyond elections postponement

BY FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJIQuoting from an Igbo proverb in his famous novel, “Things Fall Apart”, Chinua Achebe says, “A man who cannot tell where the rain began to beat him cannot know where he dried his body.” In his last but parting classical book, “There Was a Country”, Achebe tells us that to make Nigeria work again, there is need [...]

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    Before you cast the ballot

Before you cast the ballot

BY OKE UMURHOHWOGradually, the moment everyone is anticipating is upon us. On Saturday, February 16, 2019, eligible voters will throng designated centres across Nigeria to cast the ballot for their preferred choices from the array of candidates fielded by political parties for available positions. Of much interest is the presidential election, where the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Abubakar Atiku, [...]

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