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The South West presidential hopefuls

Most of the politicians whose names have been mentioned in connection with Nigeria’s 2023 Presidential election, either as a hopeful or an aspirant would readily tell you it is too early to talk about the next election. Don’t buy that.
Eight Chinese bomber planes and four fighter jets entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Saturday, and Taiwan’s air force deployed missiles to “monitor” the incursion, island’s Defence Ministry said.

China and Taiwan’s arms build-up

Taiwan’s mass production of a long-range missile last month as part of the plan to modernise its military has once again underscored how large and real the Chinese threat of annexation of the island nation has become.
A study in the United States, shows AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine provides strong protection against coronavirus and eliminates hospitalizations and deaths from the disease across all age groups, the company announced on Monday.

COVAX: Unity is delivering for the world

The breakthroughs achieved by science in developing highly effective vaccines against COVID-19 are nothing short of extraordinary. What once took up to a decade has been done in less than a year. This is primarily a result of remarkable international cooperation.
Following the decision to host The Experience Lagos — an annual gospel event — virtual, Head Pastor of the Rock Cathedral, Paul Adefarasin, has underscored the importance of technology in a pandemic-riddled year.

Pastor Adefarasin, if Nigeria is a scam; then we’re all scammers

It is the bounden duty of every citizen to hold the government to account. In fact, citizenship is a call to duty – for the state. And there is no compelling duty which supersedes citizens subjecting their employees – the government – to scrutiny and constant vigilance. Criticising the government is within the rights of every citizen, and active citizenship demands taking the government through its paces. No government is without criticism, and none is too special for criticism.
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana

ECOWAS should halt genocidal attacks on unarmed protesters in Benin Republic

Though barred from contesting the forthcoming presidential election Madougou is seen as a threat to the realisation of the ambition of the anti democratic forces in Benin Republic. Reckya Madougou’s candidacy for the April 11 election was said to have been rejected on the ground that she failed to garner required signatures of support from local mayors and lawmakers.
The Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, has chided the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Ebun-olu Adegboruwa SAN, for reducing to politics and legality, the issues raised by President Muhammadu Buhari, on measure to tackle the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

APC’s litmus tests

All party members and leaders should prioritise ensuring that the Caretaker Committee is able to complete the task of organising a National Convention where new leaders of the party will be elected. The first test therefore is whether the challenges leading to the dissolution of the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC are being resolved by the Caretaker Committee. To what extent, are the resolution of challenges facing the party conforming to both democratic principles and progressive ideals?

Zulumnomics, civil service and Nigeria’s economic revival

Nigeria is a country where there is a chasm between the leaders and the led. The distrust of the ordinary Nigerian for political office holders is such that most Nigerians celebrate when their leaders encounter tragic situations. If the governor takes ill in some states, a substantial proportion of the electorate would wish death on their state’s chief executive.
President John Magufuli. AFP Photo-Daniel Hayduk

Why Pombe Magufuli can never grow on Nigerian soil

John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, late President of Tanzania, tried to re-situate the philosophy of Africa, long after any attempt was made by any African in that regard. Magufuli’s philosophy was close to Marley’s and even Senghor’s and central to his thesis was raising and cultivating “Black consciousness,” reciprocal relationship with other continents as equal partners in the global project, as well as “an inclusive humanism,” all of which would open doors for Africa to integrate with and into “a civilization of the universal.”
Dr. Timi Olubiyi, an Entrepreneurship & Business Management expert with a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Babcock University Nigeria.

Sachet economy: Is it a problem, a solution, or both?

History have it that “sachetisation” is not something that just began in Nigeria of Africa. The ‘sachetised’ products have long been part of Indian culture, which is believed to have pioneered the bite-sizing of consumers' products and commodities some 70 years ago, beginning with tea, of course, in small paper pouches tucking precious leaves just enough to make tea for two.
Amaju Pinnick

The many parts of Amaju Pinnick

Let me join all Nigerians to congratulate Mr. Melvin Amaju Pinnick, the current President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, for his amazing victory at last week’s elections for a seat on the exalted Executive Committee of FIFA.

2023: PDP’s big betrayal of Ndigbo

Also, one of the cardinal reasons advertised by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State for leaving the PDP was his claim that the party had no good plans for the South East region come 2023. Not long ago, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State alleged that members of the Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP were more interested in perpetuating themselves in office than ensuring victory for the party in 2023.
John Joseph Pombe Magufuli was a man who deftly played the long political game. He was nevertheless a puzzle both to Tanzanians and the world.

John Magufuli: A brilliant start but an ignominious end

When Tanzania's John Magufuli entered the presidency in 2015 he was known for his no-nonsense approach to fighting corruption. But that all changed once he settled into office, writes Aikande Clement Kwayu.
Fredrick Nwabufo

Biafra, Oduduwa Republic – ’liberation struggle’ as the new hustle

In the tome of liberation struggles, a few names resonate infinitely. One name that rings trenchant to this day is Ernesto ‘’Che’’ Guevara. ‘’Che’’ envisioned a world as recreated in the dialectics of Karl Marx – where those in the lowest rung of the social strata can command their destiny. Che fantasised about an ‘’international revolution’’ which would sweep across the world beginning from Latin America.

Rivers State: The rise of politics and fall of reason

The Rivers State people should not be victims of naked, primordial politics by a governor who is more of an absolute monarch than a facilitator of development. Their interests should be of utmost importance to their leaders. The game of politics should not be taken too far – to the extent that it begins to undermine development.
All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described as premature, talks about 2023 elections and the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari. To him, those making such calls do not love Nigeria.

Mitigating the herder and farmer contentions in Nigeria

The herder-farmer dispute has taken on acute and violent dimensions. It has cost too many innocent lives while destroying the property and livelihoods of many others. It has also aggravated ethnic sentiment and political tension. Despite the efforts of some of those in positions of high responsibility and public trust, the crisis has not significantly abated.
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana

£4.2 million belongs to Delta state government

The decision of the Federal Government to convert the recovered sum of $4.2 million belonging to the Delta State Government cannot be justified under local and international law. In fact, the controversy surrounding the disbursement of the fund is totally unnecessary having regards to the precedent that has been established in the country.

Keeping Schools Safe In the North

On April 14, 2014, 276 Nigerian female students of the Chibok Girls Secondary School were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists. It was a very disturbing moment for Nigeria and the rest of the world. Most of the abducted girls were Christians.
Tokunbo Awolọwọ-Dosunmu

Nigeria today faces an unprecedented threat to its very existence

It is a great honour and privilege for me to welcome you to the 2021 edition of the annual Ọbafẹmi Awolọwọ Lecture Series. Chief Awolọwọ was born 112 years ago today.
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Wednesday explained why its Director-General, Dr Dakuku Peterside, could not personally appear before a National Assembly (NASS) Joint Committee in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nigerian women can lead

In the year 2008, I co-edited a book, African Women Can Lead, published by Kachifo Limited under its prestige imprint. The book is a collection of essays and presentations made for three editions of the Development and Leadership Institute (DLI)’s “Women in Politics and Leadership” programme. We chose the book’s title after a rigorous debate by the advisory board of the programme.
Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saad Abubakar, has expressed concern over the spate of insecurity currently ravaging most parts of northern Nigeria.

The imperative of dialogue in resolving Nigeria’s urgent issues

Today, we are at the brink again. In the last few months, tempers have run very high; reckless statements from ethnic champions have provoked all manners of reactions, which have subsequently led to the loss of human lives, and the property and livelihoods of many citizens. While this was fueled by the social media, the inaction of government has allowed many avoidable loss of lives to happen.
Kayode Ogundamisi on Twitter under the handle @ogundamisi

Guns, blood and Nigeria’s borderless international borders

In 2008 the research topic for my 2nd Masters programme was titled “International Small Arms Regime And The State:” The focus was on Africa and Nigeria.
Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari

My $1.9 billion in Minnesota bank

Let’s have a comic diversion today from weightier matters of our national life. Because what I want to discuss can only be comic, if not also idiotic and otiose.

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Imo governor condemns silence of Nigerian leaders on insecurity

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has expressed concern over the failure of Nigerian leaders to outrightly condemn the spate of criminality currently rocking the country but have chosen instead to engage in blame games.
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Comrade Oshiomhole: I didn’t blame Kaduna governor for banditry, killings

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FFS boss charges Nigerians to stop attacks on fire fighters

Nigerians must stop the habit of attacking fire fighters at fire scenes, Dr Liman Ibrahim, Controller-General, Federal Fire Service (FFS), charged on Tuesday in Abuja.
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