Thursday, February 21, 2019

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    Memo to Sambo Dasuki on Alex Badeh

Memo to Sambo Dasuki on Alex Badeh

BY YUSHUA SHUAIBDear Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd.),    As you spend your third year in illegal detention since December 2015, I am using this memo to intimate you about the brutal assassination of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Alex Badeh by gunmen along the Keffi-Abuja Highway. He was expected to open his defence next month January 16, 2019 in the trial [...]

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    2019: The imperative of continuity

2019: The imperative of continuity

BY OLABODE AYO-PHILIPIt was the legendary Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, a former Presidential candidate in the Second Republic, who made the plea for change in one of his numerous manifesto speeches: “Fellow Nigerians, the country is in a terrible state of decadent paralysis and there is no point heaping the blame on the discontinuous politicians that have ruled our lives for [...]

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    The imperative of creating jobs, growing Nigeria’s GDP

The imperative of creating jobs, growing Nigeria’s GDP

BY LOUIS OKOROMAAs the 2019 elections draws near, the issue of how to create jobs for the teeming millions of young school leavers, graduates and adults in the country is taking center stage. Creating jobs and growing the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the mark of a sound economy and a sign that the government of the country is [...]

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    What they don’t see: A reflection on PMB at 76

What they don’t see: A reflection on PMB at 76

BY OKANGA AGILA In the final months of transition from military to civil rule between 1998 and 1999, I never felt the enthusiasm that gripped most people in the country. My lethargic disposition at that time was not due to the uncertainty of whether the process would work – it was largely seen as an attempt, an experiment, a trial at [...]

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    Before we crucify Buhari on the economy

Before we crucify Buhari on the economy

BY PHILIP AGBESE Nigeria is indeed a dynamic country where we have found the habit of looking at things mainly upside down and without giving it a second thought or a benefit of a doubt. In most times, we cry wolf where none exist. We are quick to “pull down” and celebrate the consequent downfall. Welcome to Nigeria.No discerning mind would [...]

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    Electoral bill: Buhari’s betrayal

Electoral bill: Buhari’s betrayal

BY TONY ELUMUNORA noisy but silly debate is on; whether the National Assembly could muster two-thirds majority vote to override President Mohammadu Buhari’s veto of the latest Electoral Bill which he declined to sign into law.Question: Why did Buhari refuse to sign the bill? He explained: “I am concerned that passing a new electoral bill this far into the electoral [...]

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    The national assembly and 2019 budget

The national assembly and 2019 budget

BY GABRIEL IKESEThe idea of electing legislators is generally regarded as admirable yet the selection process does not always throw up the best of choices. And that has been our albatross here in Nigeria. The legislature is expected to reflect the electorate’s preferences, but that is in the white man's country, not in our clime. If you follow the antecedents [...]

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    If not ASUU strike, the alternative is?

If not ASUU strike, the alternative is?

BY BBZAKARIStrike, the primary form of pressure in a collective bargaining system, has been around since the dawn of organized labour. Overtime, strikes which are often the bane of governments (and employers generally), have become socio-economic phenomena, leading to many changes in a good number of societal matters. In 2011, Julian Crowley of the BusinessPundit published the ‘10 Most Momentous [...]

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    A pan-African agenda for the girl-child

A pan-African agenda for the girl-child

BY EMEKA UMEJEIThe plight of the girl-child is well-documented across the world. The possibility that a girl-child would face sexual and gender-based violence or married off before the age of eighteen is not isolated. The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) defines child marriage as a ‘fundamental violation of human rights’ which “compromises a girl’s development by resulting in early [...]

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    Public libraries in Nigeria: The need for a state of emergency

Public libraries in Nigeria: The need for a state of emergency

BY VICTOR EJECHISometime last week, I had a reason to pass through the Central Library Enugu, I could not believe my eyes that what I saw was actually a library, I had to stop and pay a visit to the library, just to see for myself. The Central Library was established in 1958 for the old eastern region for the [...]

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    Let’s get Nigeria ‘dangerously’ working again

Let’s get Nigeria ‘dangerously’ working again

BY AYO OBAJEUNProtocols, just so we don’t run afoul of courtesies. The ATIKUlate nation; the twittering hegemony of the swashbuckling hashtag – #Letsgetnigeriaworkingagain; the ubiquitous OBIgatory foot soldiers; the Atiku/Obi Campaign organization whose directorate is in the able hand of the #GrowNigeria anchor man – characteristically described as a Traditional Doctor by the Chair of the ruling party; and of [...]

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    The risk of election violence in Nigeria is not where you think

The risk of election violence in Nigeria is not where you think

BY IDAYAT HASSAN AND OGE ONUBOGUNigeria’s political parties are in full campaign mode ahead of national and state-level elections early next year, and unfortunately signs are emerging that election-related violence is a real possibility. It’s not too late, however, for Nigerians and the international community to take steps to reduce the risks of coercion and possibly even bloodshed. To do [...]

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    A memorable journey through Jos

A memorable journey through Jos

BY DIANA OJUA“Ancient traditions are good,” I murmured aloud to myself as we drove round parts of the Jos Metropolis. It was December 1st , 2018, the month of the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I was in company of the husband of my bosom friend, Anita, married to Mr. Chiengle, an indigene of Plateau state. Both [...]

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    Nigeria will need to invest in family planning to reap demographic dividend

Nigeria will need to invest in family planning to reap demographic dividend

BY RIDWAN SORUNKEWith a grossly underfunded health budget and a fast-growing population, Nigeria must prioritize investment in family planning to reap huge economic returns and better health outcomes. In its 2017 projection, the United Nations predicted that Nigeria will have one of the largest populations in the world by 2050. But if its GDP growth rate continues to remain below [...]

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    Olonishakin: A man of few words but plenty action

Olonishakin: A man of few words but plenty action

By IDOKO AINOKOA lot has been written on the exploits of the Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram Insurgency in North East Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari has also received commendation on the choice of Service Chiefs for the Army, Navy, and Airforce. But a few know about the Chief of Defence Staff and the unseen role he plays in coordinating the [...]

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    Atiku’s US visa: Playing politics with Nigeria’s image

Atiku’s US visa: Playing politics with Nigeria’s image

BY EMEKA UMEJEIThe perception of a country is important for the wellbeing of its citizens locally and internationally. It also has a direct correlation on the flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the country. If a country has a warped image on the global stage, it won’t attract much FDI and its citizens would be treated with disdain by [...]

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KANO361474413
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