Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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    The other Yemi Osinbajo

The other Yemi Osinbajo

BY NEDU ANYAAs a Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who has acted as president of some occasions, so much is known about Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Described as a cerebral Vice President, his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, has praised his intellect and high energy level.“Youth and intellect are squarely behind you,” President Buhari, whose government has provided the [...]

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    The NHIS delay and the race against CJN

The NHIS delay and the race against CJN

BY YAHAYA ETILA Life can be indeed paradoxical. So this government can be this swift and responsive to issues? This was what my bosom friend asked me when news of the arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen by the Code of Conduct Tribunal for allegations bothering on false declaration of assets. And Nigerians have been talking [...]

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    Between a street revolt and a Twitter revolt

Between a street revolt and a Twitter revolt

BY AYODELE OBAJEUN The chilly politics of elections is fast reaching its crescendo. For the first time in Nigeria’s political history, the electioneering process is characterised with heavily demonetized campaigns even as players watch campaign spending with sullen silence. Political investors are punching calculators and are taking stock.The issue this time is the political freedom fighters in Lagos and in Kwara. These [...]

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    February 16, 2019: Why Nigerians will not look back

February 16, 2019: Why Nigerians will not look back

BY LAOLU AKANDE There is no way Nigeria is returning to its pastIn this past three and a half years of the Buhari presidency, one, thankfully, has learnt, experienced and been part of quite a number of things. One of those things is the amount of dedication, the depth of patriotic zeal and sheer hard-work that is going on in this [...]

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    Elections not Nairabet: You vote for who you want — not who’s likely to win

Elections not Nairabet: You vote for who you want — not who’s likely to win

BY 'KUNLE ADEBAJO “I like Chidiebere, candidate of the New Ideas Party. He is a great economist. He understands the dynamics of our problems and knows exactly how we can get out of them. What’s more, his track record from his days at the Ministry of Education is remarkable. Ologuneru, with his enthusiasm and revolutionary spirit, can finally turn things around [...]

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    Kogi: What manner of ethnic agenda?

Kogi: What manner of ethnic agenda?

BY EDWARD ONOJAEvery four years in the Kogi east political space, those who live by holding onto power at the detriment of our people come up with ethnic sentiments in order to garner political support and sway electoral outcomes to their advantage.It is in these times that you hear them throwing around infamous epithets like "Igala Agenda", "Dekina Agenda", "Idah [...]

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    When the scales fell off my eyes

When the scales fell off my eyes

BY TURAKI HASSAN“I wish that General Muhammadu Buhari will one day come back to rule Nigeria again”, I said to my uncle’s wife in 1996 as she regaled and beguiled me with fascinating stories of Buhari’s regime and succeeded in indoctrinating me.In the past few months, weeks and days, I have been bombarded with questions from friends, family members, relations [...]

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    Atiku: Giving a dog a bad name

Atiku: Giving a dog a bad name

BY DANIEL ALABRAHOn November 14, 2018, the Saturday Sun led its front page with the bold headline: "The Atiku Dilemma," with two accompanying riders: 1. We want to prosecute him for graft but no evidence to nail him, says Itse Sagay; and 2. Ex-VP now vindicated - PDP.Sagay is chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), one of [...]

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    CAF Awards snub: A moment of sober reflection for Nigeria

CAF Awards snub: A moment of sober reflection for Nigeria

It is no more news that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) held its annual awards gala night in Dakar, Senegal, with Egypt’s Mohamed Salah bagging his second CAF men’s player of the year award. What is, however, newsworthy is the fact that for the umpteenth time, Nigeria missed out on the biggest award(s) on offer.It has been a recurring [...]

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    Reinventing the false narrative about PPPFM and OMS

Reinventing the false narrative about PPPFM and OMS

On September 16, 2015, an online news platform published an exclusive report regarding the domestic transportation of crude oil contract of PPP Fluid Mechanics (PPPFM) and Ocean Marine Solutions (OMS) Limited with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). But in a swift riposte, the management of PPPFM attacked the report on the grounds that it contained, "largely in all material [...]

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    DIY: How to register your business for N5,000 (Cont’d)

DIY: How to register your business for N5,000 (Cont’d)

BY OREDOLA IBRAHIM The first part of this registration process can be found here.Oh! Yeah, congratulations, your name reservation request has been approved! You are now ready to go to the NEXT LEVEL - where you make the payment for your business name and claim it as your own. Unfortunately, if you get the mail that your name reservation request has [...]

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    Nigeria’s policy reluctance and free trade in Africa

Nigeria’s policy reluctance and free trade in Africa

BY ABDULRASHEED ISAH Africa is often referred to as a sleeping giant due to the continent’s enormous yet underutilized intra-regional trade potential. But recent efforts to promote intra-regional trade in Africa have met misguided reluctance from its largest economy, Nigeria. Currently, intra-African trade is only 16 percent of the continent’s overall trade, compared to 50 percent intra-Asian and 70 percent intra-European trade. Meanwhile, the continent [...]

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    The importance of ensuring election legitimacy

The importance of ensuring election legitimacy

BY AYISHA OSORI AND CHRIS NGWODO In Nigeria, elections have become synonymous with democracy and vice-versa. The danger of this conflation is two-fold. One, regular elections do not make a democracy and the socio-economic realities of citizens with shrinking civic spaces, restrictions on rights, intense insecurity and the increasing disconnect between officialdom and citizens is a testament, ostensibly, to our democracy’s [...]

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    Is the IGP bound to retire under the Public Service Rules?

Is the IGP bound to retire under the Public Service Rules?

BY ABUBAKAR D. SANIThe public disquiet over the continuing service of the incumbent head of the Police Force, the Inspector-General, Mal. Ibrahim Idris, is based on the assumption that he has attained (or will shortly attain) either or both of the milestones statutorily prescribed for his compulsory retirement under Rule 020810 of the extant Federal Public Service Rules. This provision requires [...]

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    RE: Talk of south-west presidency is absurd and unpatriotic

RE: Talk of south-west presidency is absurd and unpatriotic

BY YEMI OLA I stumbled on an opinion piece by a columnist, Dele Sobowale titled TALK OF SOUTH WEST PRESIDENCY IS ABSURD AND UNPATRIOTIC. The piece was an apparent reaction to a statement purportedly made by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo regarding the possibility of a South West Presidency in 2023, as an aftermath of a South West aided Buhari win [...]

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    Wanted: The Chinese model to develop Nigeria

Wanted: The Chinese model to develop Nigeria

BY SOLA ABATIIn studying the Chinese development and governance model critically -- of course, despite some of its shortcomings, as no system is perfect -- I believe it might be the best way forward for Nigeria at this stage of our development. Our current presidential system is not working. The Chinese have a unique form of democracy that has a [...]

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