Friday, November 16, 2018

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    Is corruption bigger than Nigeria?

Is corruption bigger than Nigeria?

BY KOFOWOROLA AYODEJI Corruption is perhaps the most widely discussed topic in Nigeria. It's the sole reason why many sectors and institutions are in coma. On Wednesday, December 9, Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark the 2015 edition of "International Anti-Corruption Day". And the nation's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has vowed to recover all stolen funds. [...]

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    The Biafra question: Softly, softly

The Biafra question: Softly, softly

By ‘Tunde Ogedengbe I have decided to "speak out" my mind about the sensitive and potentially dangerous dimension that the agitation for Biafra state is assuming. I am speaking out, against the background of the protests that have been taking place in parts of South East and South South, which according to media reports, resulted in the death of some protesters [...]

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    This social media deserves to be banned

This social media deserves to be banned

BY ADEKOYA BOLADALE "Hopefully, someday we will get tired of this attitude of voting people out and start focusing on voting people in" – Ayodele Sogunro.One of the identified problems militating against our development as a country is not just the absence of qualitative leadership but lack of intelligent electorate. For a nation far behind its peers in political and economic [...]

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    How the senate should tackle defamation on the Internet

How the senate should tackle defamation on the Internet

BY ADAORA OKOLI Last week, news broke out, of an ignoble attempt by the Senate to pass a law making it an offence to publish frivolous petitions against a public officer on social media. The bill titled ‘An Act to Prohibit Frivolous Petitions and Other Related Matters scaled second reading on Wednesday, December 2 2015 and seeks to censor social media. [...]

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    Tambuwal’s day of double honour

Tambuwal’s day of double honour

Dateline Enugu and Lafiagi: In two of Nigeria's ancient and historical cities, two unrelated but eventful events will take place today. In the Coal city, the world will witness the official investiture of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, with the Degree of Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa) by Godfrey Okoye (Catholic) University.  In Lafiagi, Kwara State, Tambuwal will [...]

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    Triple million: 170m people, 170m controversies

Triple million: 170m people, 170m controversies

BY ADE ILEMOBADE We are living in an interesting time in Nigeria, given the momentum in which intellectual engagement and discourse "tsunamised" in respect of whether we need a domestication of our presidency or an internationalised presidency.Simply put do we want a sit at home president or a president that is forward looking willing to establish a rapprochement with our partners [...]

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    SERAP? Shut up!

SERAP? Shut up!

By Issachar Odion I am often amazed at the proclivity of some idle persons for claims that are not only exaggerated but also completely baseless. These ambitious individuals are usually used by paymasters to spin all sorts of specious tales whilst hiding behind the mask of non-governmental organisation, civil society or pressure group of various nomenclatures. Their ostensible motivation is public interest, [...]

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    Aregbesola’s 5th year: Visionary leadership in troubled times

Aregbesola’s 5th year: Visionary leadership in troubled times

By Semiu Okanlawon The book, Asiwaju: Leadership in Troubled Times could easily frighten the meek-minded away from leadership responsibilities. That publication, co-authored by columnists, Sam Omatseye, Segun Ayobolu and Tunji Bello (now the Secretrary to the Government of Lagos State) in honour of former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who then clocked 60, succinctly captures what storms (expected and unexpected) could [...]

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    Do we still have a case for retaining subsidy on petrol?

Do we still have a case for retaining subsidy on petrol?

By simbo olorunfemi In the wake of the scarcity of petroleum products being experienced in the country, a number of people who were not for the removal of subsidy or were, at best, ambivalent, have come down from the fence. They have being moved to publicly call for a removal of the subsidy. That, in itself, is not unexpected. Frustration and [...]

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    The supreme court and the mob hysteria

The supreme court and the mob hysteria

BY AJIBOLA OLUYEDE A clearly orchestrated tirade against the Supreme Court of Nigeria in respect of its acceptance of an undertaking by the counsel to the Respondent in the Saraki Appeal has come to my attention following two days of consistent bashing of the Court for daring to do the unthinkable by scuttling the politically motivated stampede to remove Bukola Saraki [...]

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    The hatchet man’s job: Dele Momodu to the rescue

The hatchet man’s job: Dele Momodu to the rescue

BY BABS AJAYI When a text message flew into the phone of Mr. Dele Momodu asking him to help tell the “tale of a woman in deep pain and anguish for variety of reasons” you wonder from whose perspective Mr. Momodu reported the encounters.The same woman who cleverly avoided providing her telephone number to Mr. Momodu several years back just suddenly [...]

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    Babangida Aliyu: Still talking straight at 60

Babangida Aliyu: Still talking straight at 60

By Danladi Ndayebo In a tribute to commemorate the 6oth birth anniversary of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, last year, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah explored the effectiveness or otherwise of serious-minded intellectuals in shaping public policy in a developing nation like Nigeria. That piece was perhaps one of the most authoritative on the subject, as it also provided useful insights into the travails [...]

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    The constitution does not say there must be 36 ministers

The constitution does not say there must be 36 ministers

BY VINCENT OKWECHIME Section 147(3), which speaks to the need to appoint a minister from each state of the federation, serves one major purpose. It reinforces Section 14(3) in terms of ensuring that the federal character of Nigeria is reflected in the appointment of ministers. Accordingly, it enjoins the president to ensure that a minister is appointed from each state of [...]

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Greece on a knife edge

BY ISIDOROS KARDERINIS It is exactly five years since Greece joined the European Support Mechanism with the close cooperation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). At that time, the key and critical financial data were the following: GDP amounted to 222.151 billions at the end of 2010. The public debt was 148.3% as a percentage of GDP. Unemployment stood at 12.5%. [...]

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    Ambode: Leading Lagos in the age of social media

Ambode: Leading Lagos in the age of social media

BY TEMITOPE AJAYI The jury is still out on how well Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has fared as the Chief Executive of Lagos in the last 5 months. The perception of the Governor and the government he leads has not been too good for some, especially among the vociferous middle class, who only use their personal experiences as the only performance measurement [...]

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    In faraway Guinea Conakry, was Tinubu acting alone?

In faraway Guinea Conakry, was Tinubu acting alone?

By Desmond Afolayan The acclaimed national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress was recently in Guinea where he was reportedly involved in influencing the outcome of the October 11 presidential election in favour of the 77-year-old incumbent President Alpha Condé. In a statement of triumphalism by Sunday Dare, his media aide, Bola Tinubu is adulated for extending the frontiers of his illustrious [...]

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