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Yellow card for el-Rufa’i (1)

The good people of Kaduna State are very much frustrated over glaring failure to actualize their hopes and wishes. An atmosphere of disappointment has currently permeated the state invoking an eerie feeling of letdown. It was that of sadness and ...

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Who is afraid of restructuring?

Like the proverbial bad coin, the question of restructuring Nigeria has once again resurfaced with a potent force. It is now vehemently canvassed by powerful political groups, ethnic chauvinists, separatist movements and even die-hard insurgent groups. Suddenly, debates on whether ...

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Mysterious draft constitution 2014

It was curious how the Senate requested the Federal Government to submit to it the report of the 2014 National Conference for deliberations. That followed a motion sponsored by the Senate leader and supported by a handful of other influential ...

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Wake up call to Northerners

The Northern Elders Forum, NEF has been applauded for its staunch support to the order given by the four northern youth groups to Igbos living in the North to relocate to the so-called Republic of Biafra in accordance with their ...

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Light at the end of a tunnel

Th e wind of desirable change that has swept across Nigeria on May 29, 2015 is still raging and people have been swaying with it. Nigerians are now happy and excited that the new change brought about by a focused ...

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Light at the end of a tunnel

The wind of desirable change that has swept across Nigeria on May 29, 2015 is still raging and people have been swaying with it. Nigerians are now happy and excited that the new change brought about by a focused and ...

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Sawabaonline 602: Keeping Ebola at bay

The Federal Government has issued warnings of danger over possible outbreak of Ebola in the country, for the second time since 2014, following a declaration of the recent outbreak of the deadly disease by the United Nations in the Democratic ...

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Strident calls for restructuring

Recent calls for restructuring the country by different ethnic groups, and lately by leading politicians in the country, are becoming increasingly worrisome especially as some of the reasons adduced for that were bizarre and frivolous. That is the manifestation of ...

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Politics of power concession

Nigerian politicians are known to be incurable optimists, always feeling hopeful and positive about the future of their country. More often than not they also tend to become malevolent or reflect on any vice that could outweigh virtues in their ...

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Refusal to accept truth

Nigeria’s political class, especially the ruling elites, is quite insensitive to constructive criticism and is always quick to pour scorn on key members of the opposition and the press whom they wantonly condemn for exercising their fundamental human rights. There ...

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Aminu Kano: Rebel with a cause

If the scope of Nigeria’s development is to be taken into consideration since the demise of its pioneering political leaders it would be realised that there is nothing tangible to showcase or be proud of either in the political or ...

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Aminu Kano: Rebel with a cause

If the scope of Nigeria’s development is to be taken into consideration since the demise of its pioneering political leaders it would be realised that there is nothing tangible to showcase or be proud of either in the political or ...

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Agitated political activism

In this country it is pretty easy to predict the mood or reactions of the people on the disposition of their elected leaders. That’s why the regular and social media are replete with postings about how renowned politicians are pushing ...

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Much Ado about Uniform

Custom Chief, Colonel Hamid Ali Rtd, has failed to appear before the Senate on Wednesday last week despite insistence by the senators that he must appear fully uniformed as ComptrollerGeneral to explain the planned enforcement of duty collection on old ...

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Senate and rationalism

For the second time in less than three months Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC appeared before the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly for screening and subsequent confirmation as substantive chairman. Magu ...

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Buhari’s reported home sickness

Buhari’s reported home sickness

The saying, there is no place like home, is a succinct, age-old axiom generally universally considered as truth. People who are quite inclined to savor their wellbeing and enjoy the luxury of their abode have always acknowledged the value of ...

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Irrepressible corruption in Nigeria

Nigeria is truly a very interesting country, full of ironies and paradoxes. Its citizens are clever and quick-witted, mentally sharp in the art of circumventing laws and order when committing acts that seems absurd or laughable, inconsistent with what might ...

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Embarrassing scarcity

Socio-economic problems in this country are recurrent and often defy all conceiveable solutions. They may be seasonal or annual, depending on their nature and the conditions facilitating them. The commonest among them are the acute shortage of certain essential commodities ...

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Callous rice farmers

The efforts of the Federal Government to ensure food sufficiency by boosting rice production in Kebbi State is threatened by the unbecoming attitude of the farmers who are reluctant to repay the over seventeen billion Naira loan granted them through ...

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Fifty-one years after Sardauna

It is generally established that time changes everything; but a long span of time was completely incapable of transforming the mentality and political viewpoints of some Nigerians. As a result, the unfortunate events that triggered the tragic 1966 military coup, ...

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Curious exchange visits

It is often said that success breeds ambition, especially the one that involves a remarkable achievement. The deft political move by two seemingly incompatible political parties to fuse in 2014 was unprecedented and had really achieved the impressive feat of ...

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Imperatives of wearing Hijab

One of the most unfortunate things about the advent of Boko Haram terrorism is how it has erroneously depicted Islam in a poor light, making people believe that it was championing the cause of Islam by using its platform to ...

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Anxiety in the North-west

Farmers in the far-northern areas of Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto states are currently facing great difficulties with an urgent need for immediate assistance and succor, this is because incessant abductions and kidnapping sprees perpetrated by unknown and unidentified hoodlums make ...

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Political violence in Kaduna

It seems the combatants in the fratricidal feud in Kaduna State are unyielding in their determination to end it, as both parties to the protracted dispute are not weakening or easing up in spirit and the speed with which they ...

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Sultan’s laudable initiative

The Sultan of Sokoto and the President-General of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has promised to personally spearhead a campaign for a peaceful resolution of Tiv/Fulani clashes in Benue, Nasiriya and Taraba states where such deadly ...

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Accessing intervention funds

The Senate is always angry with the way and manner many government projects and programs are being executed. It has every reason to be incensed, enraged and infuriated especially as it is dealing with a government it considers grossly inexpert ...

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National Judicial Policy

There is no gainsaying the fact that Nigerian polity is terribly corrupt. The strong and widespread enthusiasm for corruption has spread to all the three arms of government, the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, and has also spread to ...

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First Kitchen Ladi

It was bemusing how President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Garba Shehu was frenetic in his rushed defense of his principal’s perceived gaffe in response to Aishatu Buhari’ s bitter, verbal media attack. In his improvised press statement Garba Shehu had said ...

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War on corruption must be total

It appears the recent  series of clampdown by men of the Department of State Security, DSS on highly-placed judicial officers, will continue to dominate discussions in all fora,  and the dust  they had raised will take quite a while to ...

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Why deny Nigeria Abacha’s loot?

Nigeria is seriously in need of foreign currency, especially the almighty American dollar which can easily transform its economy. Proceeds from crude oil, practically the sole commodity exported to earn foreign exchange, are grossly inadequate to cater for the large ...

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Big appetite for exotic rice

Various senior government officials have been sending distressing signals about the state of the Nigerian economy after President Muhammadu Buhari had himself hinted, in far-away India, late last year that the country’s economy was indeed in recession.  That was not ...

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Shekau: Cat with nine lives

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday reported that Boko Haram leader, the tenacious Abubakar Shekau was fatally wounded in an unprecedented and spectacular air raid on the scanty leftovers of the deadly sect at Tiyye   village, Gombale area in the heart ...

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Where are police vehicles parked?

In Nigeria it is quite easy for anyone to label accusations against anybody. Such things always happen in an unrestrained manner, coming almost from unexpected quarters.  It is not unusual to hear a subordinate laying preposterous charge against his superior, ...

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Suffering and smiling Nigerians

The situation in which Nigeria’s economy finds itself in recent times can be described in many  disagreeable  words. This is because it  is facing recession, or a decline in economic activitiy which causes immense hardship among its citizens. There is ...

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Haba, Baba Obasanjo

A statesman is not only defined by his disposition, demeanor and bearing but by his utterances and opinions about contemporary issues. Whatever action a leading politician, especially one who plays an important role in government or international affairs does or ...

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Incorrigible Sheriff

It is a pity how the lingering crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party is defying all forms of amicable solutions including various court orders, a situation that signposts its sudden demise if appropriate remedies are not promptly applied. Many well-meaning ...

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Technicality of loot recovery

It is important to realize that President Muhammadu Buhari was twice unlucky having been condemned by fate to inherit difficult economic problems whenever destiny had bestowed on him the leadership of this great country. During his days as military Head ...

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Tilling without fertilizer sheer wahala

This year’s rainy season has commenced early in most parts of the federation including the remotest, drought prone areas of the arid North. Farmers have consequently mobilized to their fields without the customary inputs or vital implements to guarantee the ...

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State governors and anti-corruption drive

Perhaps the most important singular event that gladdened the despondent hearts of many Nigerians in recent times was the all-out war against corruption waged by the change-bearing government of the All Progressive Congress under the leadership of Muhammadu Buhari. Right ...

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Restructuring or disintegrating?

Like the proverbial bad coin, the question of restructuring Nigeria has once again resurfaced with a potent force. It is now vehemently canvassed by powerful political groups, ethnic chauvinists, separatist movements and even die-hard insurgent groups. Suddenly, debates on whether ...

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Flogging a dead horse

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is indeed a political icon anytime, anywhere. He served under the party that was controversial and his position and the role he played in it was equally contentious. He had a running battle with his ...

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Critical tomato crisis

Kaduna State has always been the nation’s food basket from where large quantities of assorted foodstuff are exported to other parts of the country especially in the South where its agricultural produce are consumed with relish. The state is also ...

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Much ado about grazing reserves

Recent violent clashes between so-called itinerant Fulani herdsmen and sedentary ethnic farmers in some parts of the federation have elicited fierce debates on the need to control the influx of large herds of animals of the same kind that live, ...

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Fresh hopes for unemployed youths

The high rate of worrisome unemployment in the country has come into sharp focus recently as the Police Service Commission has received over seven-hundred thousand applications from candidates seeking employment into ten-thousand vacancies in the Nigeria Police Force.Compared to what ...

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