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e-learning amidst coronavirus

June 5, 2020 Olutayo Irantiola 0

“Daddy, Paper yes! Paper yes!” “Tise, where is the paper you are saying yes to?” She gave me the look I have come to associate with being told that I’m not smart. “Daddy, I said paper yes! Paper yes! I am not saying yes to a paper” “Paper yes” “No Dayddy, papper yes!!!…” -Pius Adesanmi Excerpt from Facebook post- September Read More

Buni’s one year in office, the journey so far

June 4, 2020 Editorial III 0

As Mai Mala Buni-led government  completing one year in office, it is imperative to compile some of the key achievements recorded in the first year of Buni. Prior to the coming of the Buni administration, Yobe state maintained policies that kept the state economy very poor, stagnant, centrally controlled, vastly inefficient and relatively isolated from the Nigerian economic ranking. In Read More

When silence is not golden

June 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” — Ella Wheeler Wilcox In a bizarre twist of fate, foreign soldiers (Nigerien forces to be specific) are those crossing into the Nigerian territory to rescue Nigerians let down by their own government and its forces in the face of outright provocation by some vicious marauders. Has Nigeria Read More

Reforming the almajiri system

June 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The word “almajiri” is derived from an Arabic word, “Al muhajirun”, which  could be traced right from the migration of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) from Makka to Madina. Those who migrated with the prophet to Madina were called ‘Al-Muhajirrun’, meaning migrants. In Nigeria, the word “almajiri” refers to those, usually teenagers, who are sent by their parents from Read More

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Letter to NNPC on 2019/2020 recruitment

June 2, 2020 Adamu Umar, 0

The  journey  started  on  the  March 13,  2019,  when  the  NNPC welcomed applications for various  job openings within the organisation. These vacancies were categorized into two: Graduate Trainees (GT) and the Experienced Hires (EH). This  news was greeted with joy and enthusiasm among the youth of this  country where unemployment is rife.  Subsequently, the organisation said over 60,000 applicants were Read More

Appraising Gov Abiodun’s 365 days

June 2, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The ogun state strategic location as a gateway in Southwest, Nigeria, particularly its proximity to Lagos, the fifth largest economy in Africa and a windowpane to the Republic of Benin, West Africa dub-region, remains a key advantage for industrial development of the state. The tremendous advantage among other potentials were not taken for granted by the present administration as Read More

LA: The new breed politician

May 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Even after he lost the last general election, Lawal Adamu Usman, aka Mr LA, who contested the senatorial seat of Kaduna central, has remained close or always in touch with his constituents, reaching out to them for any financial assistance. While it is typical character of our politicians to abandon the electorate after they have won or lost election, Mr LA Read More

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Imamship: A child of circumstance

May 29, 2020 Editorial III 0

‘God’s time is the best’. Allah (God) has never made a mistake of giving us a leader at this movement.  Thanks to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state and His Royal Majesty, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ado Ibrahim, for their wisdom to handle this volatile situation like this, no evil action that can be ignored, because we may not know the end Read More

Gov Fintiri’s one year of expectations and frustrations

May 29, 2020 Zayyad I. Muhammad 0

On May 29, 2020, the Adamawa state governor, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, marks one year in office.  The government came to power on the back of intricate politicking, strange political alliances and diverse interests while promising to deliver an 11-point agenda aimed at making life better for the Adamawa residents. It is, therefore, very tricky to assess the government’s performance in Read More

The power of forgiveness

May 27, 2020 Editorial IV 0

I   The dictionary definition of “Forgiveness” is the action or process of renunciation or cessation of resentment or indignation against someone who has wronged you. In simple terms, to forgive is stop the feeling of anger or resentment against one who has annoyed, insulted or caused you injury or harm irrespective of the circumstances. There are many dimensions to the Read More

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PDP: Between Sule Lamido, Amb Kazaure and the truth

May 26, 2020 Editorial III 0

Sule Lamido and Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure are not equals. Former governor, minister, a lawmaker, a unionist, a disciple of Aminu Kano’s school of politics and a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), etc, Sule Lamido will never join issues with Ambassador Kazaure. However, Lamido followers will never keep quiet when someone touches him. A well-cultured father will never Read More

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Is Nigeria sliding into recession?

May 26, 2020 Editorial III 0

Nigerian economy, like many other countries of the world, has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The country had to declare total lockdown for several weeks to halt the spread of the disease before it finally settled for gradual reopening of the economy in phases. Sadly, the longest period with which the economy was shutdown, poverty and unemployment worsened, while Read More

When death calls!

May 25, 2020 Femi Abbas 0

Inna lillah wa inna ilayhi raji’un! We of the Media Committee of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), hereby announce the demise of one of us, Waheed Bakare, an ardent journalist of international repute. Allahu Akbar!  As at the time he breathed his last in the evening of 1441AH Eidul Fitr day (Sunday, May 24, 2020), the Media Ambassador Bakare Read More

Waheed, I thought you had survived the worst

May 25, 2020 Yusuf Ali 0

Adieu Waheed Bakare, Editor of the New Telegraph on Saturday. A very good Muslim, a fine writer and a reliable friend.  Since we met 20 years ago in Ibadan as reporters, we struck a rare bond. Your brilliance made me to drag you from THE COMET to THE PUNCH. My great boss, Editor Bolaji Adebiyi(who was then in charge of the Read More

Detrimental sentiment of leadership in Nigeria

May 25, 2020 Editorial IV 0

   It is believed that majority of African leaders be it political, religious and others are katzenjammers and the current global Covid-19 pandemic is authentication of the sobriquet.  To me, “A leader is a ghetto man who understands the rigidity of life”. This means that a leader is someone who comprehends the emotional state of the masses. A leader must know Read More

BOA: Destined for repositioning

May 25, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The history of Bank of Agriculture, BOA, cannot be complete without talking about its roots. BOA’s roots started in 1972 when the Nigerian Agricultural and Cooperative Bank, NACB, was established with headquarters in Kaduna, Northern  Nigeria, as a national agricultural production credit institution aimed at promoting agricultural production and rural development and growth of the Nigerian economy.  Its name was Read More

Improving access to the Gosa dumpsite in FCT

May 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The access road to the Gosa solid waste dumpsite in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), for some time, has really been a challenge to the management of waste. Contractors handling the job of refuse evacuation from the city centre have been confronted with the herculean task of navigating the dilapidated access road to the dumpsite as well as the internal Read More

The obnoxious regard for Hausa writers

May 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

In Nigeria, any local literature could expect to become a derision to the supercilious English grandiloquence which pretends to be more cerebral than others. This folk of people with a frivolous attitude towards their lingos are incontrovertibly having their brains inverted brimming with superficiality of the whites. This might sound grievous I know but I just can’t hesitate to be Read More

Lessons of Eid el-Fitr festival

May 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Muslims across the globe are currently basking in the euphoric mood of Eid el-Fitr annual festival also known as “the feast of breaking the fast.” The festival marks the end of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calender where every Islamic adherent mandatorily observes fasting. According to Quran 2 : 183; “Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed Read More

Is Bashir Tofa working for Kwankwasiyya Movement?

May 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

It is interesting for one today to measure the involvement of Alhaji Bashir Tofa in the politics of Kano state. For one, I do not intend to criticise the channel by which this gentleman became an indigene of Kano state, more so, as he always connects his name with Tofa, a town a little distance from Dawakin Tofa. Bashir Tofa was a politician from 1993 Read More

Beyond the repatriation of almajirai

May 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

While it is commendable that those in power and outside the power corridor have finally realized the potential threat pose by the army of almajirai to the nation’s peace and unity. Particularly, in the light of the growing number of death and economic quagmire occasioned by the coronavirus, at the same time, it is disheartening that the almajirai are being Read More

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Buratai: Nemesis for Boko Haram

May 18, 2020 Ukeni Patience 0

“Try as we might to postpone them, days of reckoning inevitably arrive” – Brandon Mull It may take days, weeks, months even decades but it eventually comes and the transgressor has no option but to face it as it is a natural phenomenon. No one can escape it, Just like Boko Haram terrorists cannot escape what has come for them. Read More

Like Kyari not like Gambari

May 17, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The appointment of Professor Ibrahim Gambari as the new chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari to replace late Mallams Abba Kyari, who died of Covid-19 complications, has become a matter of discussion in the country. After intense lobbying and political hullabaloo among the various political groups, actors and cabals, Mr President finally settled for Ibrahim Gambari. The new chief of Read More

Before rebellion engulfs lockdown

May 17, 2020 Editorial IV 0

One of the greatest challenges facing leaders today is the task of determining just how to control the spread of the coronavirus with local, state, and federal governments needing to, from time to time, take decisions and actions that will cast their functionality, practicality and competence to the fore.  With no vaccine or therapeutic drugs available against COVID-19, confinement and Read More

Uncertainty of reopening schools and the challenges ahead

May 14, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The nationwide school closures have disrupted learning and access to vital school provided services for a record number of students in Nigeria. On March 19, 2020, a circular from the Federal Ministry of Education ordered the closure of all schools in the country for a period of one month commencing from Monday, March 23, 2020, to prevent the spread of Read More