Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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    There is ‘oil’ in education and health

There is ‘oil’ in education and health

In the past 40 years or more, Nigeria had been a mono-product country exporting crude oil. This is understandable.  Crude oil produces easy cash without much effort. Much effort would have been required if we had decided to refine the oil and sell the finished product.  The government has not made any sustainable effort to divert attention to other sectors [...]

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    Buhari plants, Osinbajo waters… Nigeria still lacks increase

Buhari plants, Osinbajo waters… Nigeria still lacks increase

In 1961, while delivering his inaugural address, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, spoke about every African dictator -- in advance. Though his words were targeted at the communists of his time, his timeless metaphor speaks to all dictators, and of course Nigeria's current crop of rulers.JFK, as he was fondly known, said: “Those who [...]

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    Nigeria still at ground zero, says Ray Ekpu

Nigeria still at ground zero, says Ray Ekpu

Ray Ekpu, renowned journalist, says after years of military and democratic rule, Nigeria is still at ground zero.He said this at a colloquium in Lagos to commemorate his 70th birthday and 45 years in journalism.Ekpu, a co-founder of Newswatch who was, at different times, imprisoned for his anti-government writings, said Nigeria leaders had missed some opportunities to take the country into [...]

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    Osoba blames Obasanjo for downward trend of leadership in Nigeria

Osoba blames Obasanjo for downward trend of leadership in Nigeria

Olusegun Osoba, former governor of Ogun, says ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is responsible for the decline of good leadership in the country.Osoba said this on Monday at a colloquium to celebrate the 70th birthday of Ray Ekpu, a renowned journalist and activist.Speaking on the topic 'Nigeria: The Leadership Question', Osoba said: "In 1999, I tell you, the level of governors who [...]

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    Emmanuel Amunike appointed coach of Tanzania

Emmanuel Amunike appointed coach of Tanzania

Emmanuel Amunike has been appointed the new coach of Tanzania's national team.The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) said the former Sporting Lisbon and Barcelona winger signed the dotted lines on Monday.His first task will be to prepare the Taifa Stars for the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda.“We had so many applications for the Taifa Stars job but after looking [...]

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    Enang to Saraki: We are appealing, not compelling… reconvene n’assembly

Enang to Saraki: We are appealing, not compelling… reconvene n’assembly

Ita Enang, senior special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on national assembly matters, is canvassing for the resumption of the national assembly.Enang said it is not a good time for lawmakers to go on break as there are pending matters that require urgent attention.Senate President Bukola Saraki had announced the recess a few days early, shortly after security operatives laid siege to the [...]

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    Meet the Nigerian children who want to ‘kill’ Boko Haram

Meet the Nigerian children who want to ‘kill’ Boko Haram

A group of primary and secondary school students in Nigeria says they want to dedicate their careers to the killing and elimination of Boko Haram, one of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world.These children, ranging between ages 10 and 15, revealed this while speaking with Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin, a documentary photographer and doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex, [...]

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    Cankerworm of corruption in Nigeria: The case for an all-encompassing solution

Cankerworm of corruption in Nigeria: The case for an all-encompassing solution

BY BONAJO BADEJOIt has become a notorious fact that despite efforts by the government, corruption remains endemic in Nigeria. It has eaten into the fabric of the society. It has indeed become a national security issue. If this menace is not tackled effectively and comprehensively, it will eventually destroy our nation.WHAT BREEDS CORRUPTION?A study of countries where corruption is less prevalent [...]

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    CDD to host conference on how fake news threatens democracy

CDD to host conference on how fake news threatens democracy

Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), a not-for-profit research and training organisation, is set to host a conference on how fake news threatens Nigeria’s democracy and freedom.As 2019 general election approaches, the conference will facilitate discussion around fake news, misinformation and disinformation, their effects on Nigeria’s democracy, and how it could be mitigated.Starting 9am each day, the two-day conference will [...]

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    Ezekwesili: Buhari enjoys the trappings of being president — not the hard work that comes with it

Ezekwesili: Buhari enjoys the trappings of being president — not the hard work that comes with it

Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister of education, says President Muhammadu Buhari enjoys the trapping of being president but shies away from the hard work that comes with the job.Reacting to Buhari’s scheduled holiday trip to London in a series of tweets, Ezekwesili said the president has not worked hard enough to earn a holiday.“Some things have become pretty obvious now. [...]

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    Kenny Martins: Military failed us, democracy isn’t working… let’s turn to God

Kenny Martins: Military failed us, democracy isn’t working… let’s turn to God

Legacy Initiative International, a civil society organisation, says Nigeria must return to God to end corruption.Speaking at a conference in Lagos on Wednesday, Kenny Martins, grand patron of the organisation, said members of the group have spent sleepless nights, travelled long distances consulting with religious leaders on a cause which is for the common good of the Nigerian people.Martins said [...]

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    Jehovah’s Witnesses begin 2018 convention

Jehovah’s Witnesses begin 2018 convention

The 2018 Regional Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses with the theme, “Be Courageous!” will begin August 31 in Nigeria, the religious group has said.The convention programme, the group said, will help delegates in attendance to apply the Bible’s practical advice in facing life’s varying challenges with God-given courage.According to a statement signed by George Ijeh, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in [...]

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    One for Adesanmi: Lawlessness is now a west African curse

One for Adesanmi: Lawlessness is now a west African curse

Over the past few days, I have not stopped thinking about Professor Pius Adesanmi, the witty professor of English and African studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, who was involved in a car accident while returning to Lagos from Ilorin and was virtually left for dead.Gracefully, the professor and king of boys survived this one, and he can say like [...]

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    PDP, SDP describe Buhari as Nigeria’s common enemy

PDP, SDP describe Buhari as Nigeria’s common enemy

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Peoples Democratic Party have described President Muhammadu Buhari as the common enemy of Nigeria.During a courtesy visit to Kola Ologbodiyan, spokesman of the PDP, Goldba Tolofari, SDP publicity secretary, said both parties would work together to unseat Buhari in 2019.Ologbondiyan said, “We have a common enemy; Buhari is the enemy of Nigeria. He’s a common [...]

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    How Buhari, Saraki, and Malami are killing Nigeria Air

How Buhari, Saraki, and Malami are killing Nigeria Air

I write for a generation that never flew Nigeria Airways, Virgin Nigeria nor Air Nigeria -- and possibly will never fly Nigeria Air. A generation that has seen Nigeria let her down too many times, yet has done so much in keeping the country up. That generation, that has resolved and refused to pass a broken Nigeria to her own children. [...]

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    Foreign ministry: Eviction of Nigerians from Chinese hotels being probed

Foreign ministry: Eviction of Nigerians from Chinese hotels being probed

The ministry of foreign affairs says the Nigerian mission in China is investigating the ejection of Nigerians from some hotels in the country.Some Nigerians were left stranded at the weekend after Chinese police ordered their ejection for reasons yet unknown.Tope Elias-Fatile, the ministry’s spokesman, who confirmed the incident to TheCable, said the Nigerian mission in China is on top of [...]

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