Friday, January 18, 2019

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    Death and the King’s Spokesmen

Death and the King’s Spokesmen

By Osita Abana In February 2015, I received an unusual invitation to meet with the erstwhile President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Some of the president’s backers had arranged a ‘Townhall with Nigerian Youths’. First, the President met a small group of about 100 youths, and right after, he engaged a larger audience of well over 2000 youths. I was honoured to [...]

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    Listen to me, Mr. President

Listen to me, Mr. President

By Aliyu Bello Your excellency sir, being a citizen of Nigeria, a well wisher, and a person who wants the development and prosperity of Nigeria at large, I am writing to you, to advise you, correct you, and voice out my opinion on some certain issues I believe are of great importance to the development of Nigeria as our nation, and to [...]

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    High or low carbon? Nigeria’s path to stable power supply

High or low carbon? Nigeria’s path to stable power supply

BY JOACHIM MACEBONG Something significant happened in Germany’s electricity sector on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Consumers had to be paid to use electricity. Power prices were negative for several hours on that day, because their renewable energy was producing 55GW of the 63GW being consumed in the country at that time, in addition to other sources.It was just the latest milestone in [...]

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    What’s the value of our democracy?

What’s the value of our democracy?

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    Continued detention of Azibaola Roberts by EFCC is unjust and unlawful

Continued detention of Azibaola Roberts by EFCC is unjust and unlawful

By Haroun Baiyewu On April 23, 2016, a magistrate court sitting in Lagos granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s application to remand Azibaola Robert in its detention centre ‘pending completion of its investigation’ into an alleged fraud in a $40m contract involving OnePlus Nigeria Ltd, one of his companies.And so, with a stroke of the pen, B.O Osunsanmi, the [...]

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    Fuel price hike: Doing the right thing wrongly

Fuel price hike: Doing the right thing wrongly

By OMOTOLU ADEBAYO ONABOLU I am not a fan of government subsidizing most commercial activities because it prevents such sectors from operating optimally and it is usually abused. Furthermore, I believe that it is always more productive to put such money in the pockets of the people instead of the Swiss bank accounts of a few.The fact that I find myself [...]

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    New order for Ndigbo

New order for Ndigbo

BY ALOZIE IFEANYIIn the 20th century, decision making in Igbo land was through consensus. There were no kings, Monarchs or Figure Heads. When decisions were not reached through consensus, the Chief Priest who is seen as transparent, honest and unbiased will be called upon to make a final decision.This system actually worked in the 20th century. It created a [...]

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    Still, no fuel

Still, no fuel

BY MOTUNRAYO FAMUYIWA-ALAKAAfter the Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu’s speech announcing the increase in fuel pump price from N86.50k to N145 on Wednesday 11 May 2016, the long queues at filling stations seemed to disappear and life ‘looked normal’, save for the expected debates around the issue.Witnessing a dialogue between my husband, Jide and Ayo, a [...]

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    The Gender Equality Bill: A failure that shouldn’t have been

The Gender Equality Bill: A failure that shouldn’t have been

By B. B. Zakari The rejection of the gender equality bill by the Nigerian 8th senate has rightly and understandably attracted a lot of attention. This, however, is the second time as Senator Chris Anyanwu from Imo State, had presented a similar bill at the 7th senate and it was equally rejected.It can be agreed that a good number of people, [...]

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    Is Buhari fantastically confused?

Is Buhari fantastically confused?

By Ehi Ekhator Nigerians are being deceived on the issue of fuel subsidy - Buhari, December 2012.The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari had a turn around to implement a law he had opposed in the past, in fact, a situation he claimed he didn't know existed.In 2012 while answering questions from journalists, Buhari claimed that removing subsidy was a tactic employed by the then [...]

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    Buhari: A stranger in nightgown

Buhari: A stranger in nightgown

By Adekoya Boladale You know what they say about democracy being ‘a government of the people, by the people and for the people'? Where the electorate is given the ultimate choice to choose who govern over the affairs of the state; where the divine gift of freewill is laid bare without coercion or duress; where people are the architect of their fates; [...]

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    Indeed, we are all Biafrans

Indeed, we are all Biafrans

By Godwin Onyeacholem The coincidence cannot be more striking. Chido Onumah, journalist, blogger and human rights activist will be launching his book, We Are All Biafrans, in the same month and just two weeks after the much elderly Ladipo Adamolekun, renowned professor and an well-respected public administration scholar, unveiled an autobiography with the emotive title, I Remember. Both personalities are remarkable [...]

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    The problem with Cameron’s problem with Nigeria

The problem with Cameron’s problem with Nigeria

By Eseoghene Al-Faruq Ohwojeheri The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has been caught on camera making reference to Nigeria as one of the two most corrupt countries in the world among other derogatory statements. He made the statement while speaking with the Queen of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Commons Speaker John Bercow. As expected, many, including a UK Government spokesman, have [...]

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    The budget of change and the pool of hope

The budget of change and the pool of hope

By ‘Femi Adesope If you want to give yourself a fair chance to succeed, never expect too much too soon – Po BronsonBefore May 6, 2016, our economy is in a state of coma. The queues at the filing persist even at N120 per litre. Our brothers and sisters in the north have become refugees in their father’s land. Abduction of [...]

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    Yuguda: The new saint in Bauchi

Yuguda: The new saint in Bauchi

By Aminu Adamu Naganye It is common, if not habit, for politicians in Nigeria at all strata to dump one political party for another for one reason or the other, but usually personal ends drive the cause. Recently, Isa Yuguda, the immediate past governor of Bauchi State announced his resignation as member of the Nigeria’s main opposition party, the People’s Democratic [...]

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    Oil, democracy and the Chad Basin

Oil, democracy and the Chad Basin

By Ridwan Bello Nigeria is set to “diversify” her oil fields! A statement recently issued by Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria’s minister for petroleum resources declared that the country will commence drilling in the Chad Basin in the last quarter of 2016. The statement affirmed that the proposed exploration will increase the nation’s oil and gas reserves, add value to the hydrocarbon potential of [...]

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