Saturday, February 17, 2018

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    NIA: Between competence and politics

NIA: Between competence and politics

BY PHILIP AGBESEThe National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has responsibility for Nigeria’s foreign intelligence and counterintelligence activities. That puts it on the same footing as the United States of America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), United Kingdom’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation (SVR RF) or Israel’s Mossad.Operations of bodies like these are meant to be [...]

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    A dance of four presidents: Obasanjo as strongman drummer

A dance of four presidents: Obasanjo as strongman drummer

  BY IKE NELIAKU May I start this communication also by wishing you well in 2018 - good health, sound memory, better conscience and a repentant heart.After reading Your Excellency’s recent letter to President MuhammaduBuhari,and ruminated on the content,your national engagements since commencement of the 4th Republic, particularly from 2006 to date;the reactions of Nigerians to your letter and your most recent [...]

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    Ekwueme: A devout Anglican in love with the ‘Holy Rosary’

Ekwueme: A devout Anglican in love with the ‘Holy Rosary’

BY FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJIDr. Alex Ekwueme, Nigeria’s second republic first democratic elected Vice President had been receiving inspiring tributes and testimonies from different people, both far and wide, since his demise few weeks ago in a London hospital. Even at his burial ceremonies this week, many of such tributes are still pouring in. Thus, it may be superfluous to add [...]

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    Tax in disguise

Tax in disguise

BY NWAMAKA OKOYE On the 1st of February 2018 it became a law for all non-food goods that are retailed in Nigeria to have a Product Authentication Mark (PAM) sticker to show that they are authentic. The sticker can be obtained from the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), at the rate of three naira (N3) per sticker.The DG of SON claims [...]

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    Buhari, Magu and lessons from Addis Ababa

Buhari, Magu and lessons from Addis Ababa

BY UCHE UGBOAJAHThe 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union just ended in the ancient city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference could not have come at a more auspicious time for President Muhammadu Buhari and his government. The AU meeting was almost a lifesaver for President Buhari – coming at [...]

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    Musdapher: Epitome of humility and service

Musdapher: Epitome of humility and service

BY MOHAMMED BELLO ADOKEIt was with a deep sense of loss, but with total submission to will of the Almighty Allah that I received the news of the passing of one of Nigeria’s legal icon and outstanding jurist in the person of Hon. Justice Dahiru Musdapher, GCON,  former Chief Justice of Nigeria. I first met His Lordship as a student [...]

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    Donald Trump: Democracy is weird

Donald Trump: Democracy is weird

When Donald Trump unexpectedly won the US elections late in 2016, I wrote this https://www.thecable.ng/thoughts-american-election-2016. It was from a deep place. Although I had no direct stake in the election, I couldn’t bring myself to get ready for work that day.  When I finally did, it was like a popular Nigerian musician sang – ‘it was a day the devil drank water’. [...]

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    The scarcity of abundance

The scarcity of abundance

BY OLU GBOYE I could flip the title of this article to read The Abundance of Scarcity, and it would still hold true for Nigeria, for there is scarcity aplenty and what is abundant is hard to find. The thoughts surrounding this piece first came to me sometime in mid-2016 when the perennial scarcity of petroleum products paid us the usual [...]

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    Against the run of commonsense

Against the run of commonsense

BY ARIYO-DARE ATOYEThey took an interesting gamble, "caved" and "lost. At 81-18 in the American Senate, ending the shutdown, there was no common sense in Democrats obstructing the system and allowing it to happen in the first place. I bet the Democrats would dare not attempt another shutdown even when the Republicans’ gain might just be a temporary one – [...]

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    My wish for Nigeria

My wish for Nigeria

BY FRIDAY OLOKOR During my days as an undergraduate, my activities in campus Journalism was like that of a COBRA. Apart from keeping a DATELINE of global history, I was a constant MONITOR of The NATION and gave oppressive regimes THE PUNCH they deserve. For all these, I received OVATION and TRIUMPH over forces of darkness.One day, I will TELL all [...]

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    A season of scandals

A season of scandals

BY BRIGHT EMENENA Lest we forget, this administration rode to power on the back of the promise to fight corruption. It is safe to say though, that more than any previous administration, the present administration comes top on the perception that a government will actually fight corruption. For many Nigerians, the one reason why this government was voted into power was [...]

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    What is the electoral relevance of Obasanjo’s letter?

What is the electoral relevance of Obasanjo’s letter?

"Yes OBJ is a powerful voice in Nigeria but only amongst the elite. As an electoral asset, OBJ is a duffer. He can’t influence the elections in any of the South West states. Conventional wisdom suggests Buhari is the biggest electoral asset in the core North where the big numbers are." I don’t speak for Buhari but I have sympathy for him. I am not [...]

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    Obasanjo: One meddling too many

Obasanjo: One meddling too many

BY PHILIP AGBESE There is only one instance when the messenger can be shot and trash the message trashed – consigned to the dustbin of history, which is when the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo is the messenger. For a man who is addicted to being the centre of attraction, even when it entails being odiously notorious, the former president [...]

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    Ahmed Rufai Abubakar: When competence speaks

Ahmed Rufai Abubakar: When competence speaks

BY AMBROSE OMORODION Ahmed Rufai Abubakar looked crisp, calm and reassuring all through last week after resuming for work as the new Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). His visage, carriage and words of assurances to officers and men of the Agency brought some calm and a new sense of direction to an Agency that has been traumatised from [...]

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    A citizen’s ratiocination: Assessing tertiary institutions and quality of graduates

A citizen’s ratiocination: Assessing tertiary institutions and quality of graduates

BY CHIDERA ANUSHIEM“Knowledge is power; information is liberating; education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” — Kofi AnnanWhether we admit it or not, education is the oxygen that fuels development in the world. Without it, there will be no good leader, no enlightened followers, no technological advancement and living generally will be a whole [...]

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    Is the Nigerian senate finally getting it right on healthcare?

Is the Nigerian senate finally getting it right on healthcare?

BY CARL NDUKWE  The timeless aphorism says that health is wealth yet one of the biggest challenges facing Nigeria since independence has been the country’s inability to guarantee affordable and universal health care to its citizens.Little wonder that we are consistently ranked in the comity of poor nations? Access to healthcare is not only important, it is fundamental to all areas [...]

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