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Dangote: No stopping the ‘prodigal’ son

Nigeria’s transition to civil democratic rule in 1999 had far-reaching economic impact. Democratic rule meant liberalization of the political process and enhanced citizen participation in government by having the power of the vote as well as the freedom of choice ...

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EFCC mess gets messier

If the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the leadership of acting chairman Ibrahim Magu thought it was going to receive accolades over its latest exploits, it must have been jolted by the negative reactions that followed. After the ...

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Mr. President, while you were away…

Mr President, I heartily welcome you back. Those who saw the Yar’Adua scenario in your case were disappointed, at least for now. All of us will face death at God’s appointed time not man’s as it were.  I’m equally excited ...

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Immortalising Adinoyi Onukaba Ojo

On Sunday we lost a journalism giant and colossus. I cannot claim to know him closely enough to write about his lifetime and career. However Dr Adinoyi Onukaba Ojo’s reputation, which was clearly ahead of him, gave me a glimpse ...

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Before Nigerian governors wreck the country

Those who are familiar with the antics of our governors will not be surprised at the latest findings allegedly linked to ex-governor Gabriel Suswam, if allegations of complicity are eventually proven. Having been confronted with a Suswam perspective at the ...

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The making of a democratic dictatorship

Though rarely applied awkwardly, there is a form of dictatorship embedded in the American brand of democracy. In one fell swoop, with a stroke of signature, America’s less than two week old President Donald Trump has put the whole world ...

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SIP-CCT: Resource sharing and not wealth creation

After much dithering by the government of the day, and battering from critics, the former has finally begun its own form of social security programme, the Social Investment Programmes Conditional Cash Transfer, SIP-CCT. By the programme’s procedures, government will disburse ...

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The criminal neglect of Abuja indigenes

It is almost becoming a deliberate policy of successive governments to pass over Abuja indigenous people in political appointments. Last week, the senator representing the FCT, Senator Phillip Aduda raised an alarm about this development after President Muhammadu Buhari failed ...

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Of health and wealth of a nation

Important issues are the least celebrated in Nigeria. The media constantly splash political scoops and stories on their front pages. They call some newsmakers. And newsmakers in our clime are mainly the big politicians who talk more, make bogus claims, ...

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Perception baggage of the Buhari presidency

Those who prophesied that then General Muhammadu Buhari would win the presidential election did not see beyond their nose, and Nigerians were too preoccupied with the ‘trophy’ and ‘who will carry the day’ to worry about its aftermath. That aftermath ...

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National assets sales and elite conspiracy

Just because the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote proposed the idea of selling off national assets to stave off economic recession, cannot and should not make it the gospel truth. When Dangote first mooted the idea, a lot ...

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Dame Patience: Back with a bang!

The former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan obviously enjoys the glitz of life in the limelight, even if such publicity is negatively skewed against her. This past week has seen so much of that, but the glamorous and powerful woman ...

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What’s going on at the Rights Commission?

Ever since the National Human Rights Commission indicted some politicians in its electoral offenses report, reactions have been pouring in from mainly the ‘indicted’ people asking the NHRC to explain how it arrived at its conclusion without them being asked ...

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The mess gets messier

These days, events are unfolding at such a dizzying pace; there is hardly sufficient time and space to x-ray them. In the last two weeks, I had thought of countless things to write about which I never got to doing ...

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Whose interest is AGF Malami serving?

Despite his lack-lustre performance at the Senate ministerial screening, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, got the plum job at the end. They say it was the President Muhammadu Buhari’s way of rewarding loyalty. ...

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Atiku at it again

Anybody who thinks public presentation of a book should be about thematic issues concerning the book itself, must have been taken aback at what transpired at the presentation of Chido Onumah’s, We Are All Biafrans, last week The audience got ...

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Buhari versus the avengers

The spate of violence in the Niger Delta region has been on the rise lately, while the tempo of legitimate activities mainly in oil, has reduced drastically, no thanks to renewed agitations by groups masquerading as emancipators of the region. ...

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Can the PDP reinvent itself?

From a failed presidential election bid to the re-engineering of the once ‘biggest party in Africa’, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is wishing to come back to reckoning to re-live the past; albeit starting on a wrong premise. The interim ...

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APC and juju scare

In Edo state, the stage is already set for the big battle ahead. The intra and inter party rivalry and accompanying violence are obviously dress rehearsals for the impending ‘war’ over the governorship election scheduled for September this year. The ...

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Before the giant becomes a toddler

One of the major highlights of this year’s May Day celebration is the organised labour’s much talked about N56,000 minimum wage request. The demand is said to be part of an agreement between labour and the federal government, which stipulated ...

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Conference of controversies

As the ongoing National Conference glides to a close, it is gradually taking the same controversial pattern it began with. Now, there is palpable fear that, the whole thing may come to naught after all. Last week, just like the ...

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