Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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As Nigeria’s Peace Committee resurrects

By Hamisu Salihu The 2015 general elections Peace committee headed by former president Abdulsalami Abubakar must be commended for the roles they played towards the successful or peaceful conduct of the hotly contested 2015 presidential elections. They worked both on and behind the scenes to trigger and influence events that later culminated in the historic handing over from the ruling PDP [...]

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    APC’s promise of change vs Nigeria’s sinking health sector

APC’s promise of change vs Nigeria’s sinking health sector

BY LAZ UDE EZE The 2015 general election was characterised by myriad of promises on every sector of our national life, including health. But many promises were also made in previous elections, you may say. Yes, but not many were measurable. The promise of “change”, as captured in the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress (APC), rekindled hope and also triggered [...]

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Is stealing the only corruption?

By Amir Abdulazeez Whenever and wherever ‘corruption’ is mentioned in Nigeria, what dominates and often overwhelms the thinking of many citizens is the theft of public funds by those at the helm of the nation’s affairs. Some consciously and subconsciously think corruption only involves politicians who are mostly accused of stealing public funds while in office, others think it’s the only [...]

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Negotiating with Boko Haram

By Honest Offor With over 20,000 lives wasted by the Boko haram sect, millions of dollars’ worth of property destroyed, more than 500,000 people displaced from their homes, insecurity is unarguably the biggest headache facing the Nigerian government. The trillions of naira wasted in reining in this murderous sect would have found better use in other critical sectors of the economy. Despite spending [...]

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Saraki and the missing $20bn

By Bamikole Omishore Before General Muhammadu Buhari travelled to the United States on a four-day  official trip, one of the issues dominating the national discourse was the missing $20 billion money in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The issue was first raised by former CBN Governor now Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.However, one Senator felt sufficiently peeved that the nation [...]

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Customer satisfaction: The DStv case study

By Folarin Okanrinde Quality or quantity? These two choices are confront us at every point.As consumers, we are daily bombarded with  options. And from these, we are invited to choose. One option offers undeniable quality, the other less so. For some, quantity is what is desired. For others, quality is it. Cheap, we have found out on more than a few occasions, [...]

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    Osun, Nigeria and the wage arrears crisis

Osun, Nigeria and the wage arrears crisis

By Ademola Yaya The inability of many states to pay accumulated workers salaries has been in the news for sometimes. Whereas, as many as 18 States are affected by this reality, Osun and its Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, are particularly singled out for the most vociferous attacks by opposition interest groups and their accomplice media anchors while some well-meaning persons and interest [...]

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    Ganduje’s sure-footed start and the tasks ahead

Ganduje’s sure-footed start and the tasks ahead

By Yakubu Musa There was a palpable concern, especially among a section of Kano’s elites, on what would befall the state’s renaissance after the golden era of Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. Would the commercial nerve center of northern Nigeria be fortunate again to have a man at the helm affairs imbued with Kwankwaso’s remarkable traits? Would there be another zealot to [...]

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Radio Biafra: A stitch in time…

By Ahmad Salkida and Johnson Chinedu Edwin In two separate newspapers articles published in 2006 and 2009 in the New Sentinel and Sunday Trust, and credited to one of us, the manner Boko Haram’s total disregard for civil values was the point of discourse. The report in question warned that government’s disregard of this rebellious inclination of the group would amount [...]

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President Buhari, crack the whip now!

By Godwin Onyeacholem Of Buhari’s presidency so far, one thing is clear: the pace is inversely proportional to the quantum of public anger bred by decades of horrible post-colonial leadership. And at no time is this sense of indignation and cynicism more intense than in the last sixteen years.But surprisingly, whether in the social, political and economic sphere, none of the [...]

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    Buhari, ‘legislooters’ and the change agenda

Buhari, ‘legislooters’ and the change agenda

By Chido Onumah & Godwin Onyeacholem Wind the critically slurred legislative tape back to the first National Assembly of the Fourth Republic. It began sometime in 1999, you’d recall. That was the period the incautious yet irrepressible Chuba Okadigbo, then a brand new senator of our perpetually blighted Republic, first gave an inkling of what the legislators had in stock for [...]

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    There is no mess in Osun, only challenges

There is no mess in Osun, only challenges

By Adekunle Owolabi “Osun is in a mess”, written by Wale Fatade, makes a good reading especially for those in desperate search of materials with which to pillory the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.The writer, though in some brief aspects of his piece, acknowledged that under Aregbesola’s watch, the state has witnessed landmark innovative ideas, many of which were the [...]

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    The mutiny of the temporary APC members

The mutiny of the temporary APC members

By Fesiyayo Abegunde In the United States of America, the term Black Friday usually refers to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States when most major retailers open very early (and more recently during overnight hours) and offer promotional cheap sales to enthusiastic shoppers.In Nigeria, Tuesday 9th June 2015 can be best described as Black Tuesday.  On that day in [...]

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A call to Africans on Africa Day

By LINCOLN MALI As we remember the 52nd Africa Day commemorated on May 25, we need to individually and collectively work towards the elusive, yet highly desirable idea of our African Unity. This was the dream and purpose of the founders of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As we reflect on our past, consider our present and ponder [...]

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    Chad basin oil prospect or agric prosperity?

Chad basin oil prospect or agric prosperity?

By Ahmad Salkida and Abubakar Kundiri If you had to choose the fate of Lake Chad, which would you prefer: an oil and gas rich region or a rich eco-diversity driving prosperity through agribusiness? President-elect, Muhammad Buhari, has dropped the hint that his administration would re-open oil prospecting in the Lake Chad Basin. On a face value, this sounds wise and [...]

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Zoning of political offices: I disagree with Bisi Akande

BY MICHAEL OVIENMHADA The Nigerian federation is an assemblage of several nationalities striving to forge a more perfect union from peoples of diverse heritage.In furtherance of this objective, various forms of affirmative actions have been proposed and taken to promote the feeling of belonging and inclusiveness by all segments of the country. The terms federal character, zoning, rotation, uniform development, national [...]

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