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  • $500m eurobond: For whose benefit?

    $500m eurobond: For whose benefit?

    Nigerian’s debt burden is currently above $57bn! The amount may actually approach $90bn or more, when contractors and AMCON toxic debts which are in excess of N5Tn are also captured.

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  • Buhari’s unnecessary health controversy

    Buhari’s unnecessary health controversy

    The original story was that the President was on vacation in London and decided to undergo a routine check-up there. Ordinarily, that should not give room to controversies except for another comment that he hurriedly departed and that the Vice President who was at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland was rushed back to stand-in.

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  • The politics of state robbery in Nigeria

    The politics of state robbery in Nigeria

    Make no mistake, state robbery is not a new phenomenon in Nigeria. It dates to the period before independence when the political elite who opposed British colonialism saw themselves as heirs to the throne of the departing colonialists.

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  • Yakubu’s vault and parable of the talents

    Yakubu’s vault and parable of the talents

    The parable is about a Master, who had three servants. As he was to embark on a long trip, he decided to give Talents to them. Talents could as well be shares in his organisation, which he gave out for the purpose of investment. He gave one five, to another two, and to the third he gave one.

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  • Is fake news the new normal?

    Is fake news the new normal?

    Fake news — that art of concocting stories from your bedroom because you have a smart phone with cheap data — is becoming the biggest thing in town. No, it is not new. It was not invented in this generation of social media. We have been living with fake news most of our lives.

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  • The living church and the dead church

    The living church and the dead church

    The scriptures depict a Samaritan woman who attends the Church of Mount Gerizim. In that church, some members of the congregation have buckets, so they are able to draw water from the well to drink.

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  • PDP and its default mode

    PDP and its default mode

    Even the simple matter of laid down procedure by their own making, is treated with scornful disdain. That is why the aggregate of litigations from this crisis of leadership was generated by PDP’s shambling approach to the observance of its own rules.

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  • Nigeria and the abracadabra of rumourmongers

    Nigeria and the abracadabra of rumourmongers

    The reason rumours skulk rather than prance is that though they fill information gaps and titillate, they are always of doubtful, dubious character. And the noble always abstains from them.

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  • Courage to stand up and be counted

    Courage to stand up and be counted

    Gradually, what should be an aberration becomes the norm; what should be ignoble becomes noble. The result is that the nation slowly loses values that should hold the moral fabric of the society together.

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  • In Nigeria, looting is the name of the game

    In Nigeria, looting is the name of the game

    This is why I feel sorry for President Muhammadu Buhari as he tries to make sense of the horror film called Nigeria. While Nigerians shout about corruption, they don’t mind corruption as long as they are the beneficiaries.

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  • President Buhari and his London visitors

    President Buhari and his London visitors

    When President Buhari suddenly left our shores, several weeks ago, he did what our late President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, failed to do which was to send a simple letter to the National Assembly about his intention to go on vacation or for medical treatment, or whatever, and hand over authority to his Vice President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

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  • Inside story of Andrew Yakubu’s $11m ‘gift’

    Inside story of Andrew Yakubu’s $11m ‘gift’

    Between 2012 and 2014 when Yakubu was the GMD, there was a practice among four Nigerian banks of playing games with deposits in their care managed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for the country.

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  • APC, Buhari and arrogance of leadership

    APC, Buhari and arrogance of leadership

    Former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Andrew Yakubu, readily comes to mind. Why would someone have so much money and would see people around him wallowing in abject poverty and his conscience was not pricked to help alleviate the suffering?

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  • The new Ohanaeze and Igbo future

    The new Ohanaeze and Igbo future

    Since the emergence of Chief John Nnia Nwodo, the Ike Ukehe, as the President General of the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, early in the year, the Igbo narrative is fast assuming a new and interesting dimension. Chief Nwodo, the new man in charge took over from Chief Gary Igariwey.

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  • Why kidnappers must die

    Why kidnappers must die

    Lagosians were legitimately cheering the good news of the release of abducted Secretary of Isheri Estate (GRA) Landlord Association, Dayo Adekoya, when the news that seven persons had allegedly been kidnapped in Epe Area of Lagos State filtered into the air wave.

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  • Telecommunications and the essence of competition

    Telecommunications and the essence of competition

    Competition is a state of centrifugal market forces that produces gains for the overall economy, thereby encouraging consumer sovereignty and stability of the market. Nigerian telecommunications sector has been one of fastest growing in sub-Saharan Africa.

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  • How ‘ego’ and conspiracy theories led to Boko Haram killings, destruction

    How ‘ego’ and conspiracy theories led to Boko Haram killings, destruction

    Understandably, from July 1975 to date, a lot of Nigerians have more admiration and respect, indeed nostalgia, for the days of General Murtala than they have for some of us holding public offices today and in recent times. ‘Fellow Nigerians’ as Murtala often addressed citizens, would normally stand up for leaders who truly served them.

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  • Andrew Yakubu Cottage Bank Plc

    Andrew Yakubu Cottage Bank Plc

    The story of the raid, by men of the EFCC, into Andrew Yakubu’s cottage bank in Sabo Tasha a slum settlement in Kaduna made news because of the spectacular recovery of a whopping 9.8 million U.S. dollars believed to be looted money and kept safely away in two safes.

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  • Nigerian youths as selfenemies

    Nigerian youths as selfenemies

    “It’s odd to see so many engaged, empowered and angry youth turn to symbols of the same old order to make change happen in countries desperate for a turnaround,” Chude wrote, and then gave reasons why it may not be so odd after all.

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  • Buhari’s offerings and the imperative of a new deal

    Buhari’s offerings and the imperative of a new deal

    A counter point is that Buhari deserves commendation for responding to the urgency of national redemption without considering the incalculable damage the pressure of office could do to his age.

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  • A resilient city and innovative leadership

    A resilient city and innovative leadership

    It is common knowledge that, in the current political dispensation, Lagos has become a reference point when it comes to initiating and executing pacesetting innovative and strategic policies and programmers that are meant to uplift the living standard of the people.

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  • Arik: Too costly to be allowed to fail

    Arik: Too costly to be allowed to fail

    2016 marked the 10th anniversary of Arik Airline. The airline rose from the ashes of the defunct national carrier, Nigeria Airways, and efforts to create another one in partnership with Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic.

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  • Homosexuality, western media and us

    Homosexuality, western media and us

    The point is that our children are exposed at the time they are most vulnerable to the advances of these predators. Boarding schools, male and female are fertile recruiting grounds for the GLBT community because of the vulnerability of the children at these schools.

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  • Amalgamation, Nigeria and poor leadership

    Amalgamation, Nigeria and poor leadership

    I refer to the article ‘Why 1914 amalgamation is Nigeria’s bane’ by Charles Ogbu published in The Guardian of February 6, 2017 and all I could say was “here they go again.”

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  • The other faces of Tuface

    The other faces of Tuface

    Tuface was actually the true face of the now rested Plantation Boyz which made wave a few years back on the local music scene. As the three artistes that made up the defunct group went on solo run, Tuface has turned out to be an instant hit of the lot.

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