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  • Sanusi’s home truth deserves introspection

    Sanusi’s home truth deserves introspection

    The time has come, I propose, for the expression — “Sanusi stirs controversy” — to be officially classified as a cliché. It would appear each time Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, the emir of Kano, talks, there must be an outbreak of controversy.

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  • How to execute a growth plan

    How to execute a growth plan

    Since ERGP isn’t captured in the 2017 budget, it is assumed the Federal Government (FG) will borrow to execute it. However, we believe it is unwise to borrow money either internally or from abroad to finance ERGP.

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  • Money, money, money everywhere!

    Money, money, money everywhere!

    The country is awash in real money. Raw cash. It is available in denominations of dollars, pounds, euro and, of course, the good old naira. Money can be found neatly wrapped in tight bales in scores of huge jute bags.

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  • The destiny of stolen funds

    The destiny of stolen funds

    The EFCC has a lot of job to do. One thing is to uncover the funds but another thing is to diligently prosecute the culprits. A situation where the owners of uncovered funds are not traceable as no one owns up including the building where the money is found is ridiculous.

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  • Our path to recovery and growth

    Our path to recovery and growth

    External reserves dwindled to a dangerous $27 billion while exchange rate nosedived to N493 to the US dollar on the BDC market. Public debt has risen to an unprecedented high of 5 per cent of GDP even as inflation rose to a high of 18.9 per cent.

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  • The Abuja-Kaduna airports: A testimony

    The Abuja-Kaduna airports: A testimony

    I have just returned from Abuja travelling through the Kaduna airport. As we disembarked from the aircraft and moved towards the arrival section, I could hear an announcement being made. The diction of the announcer was clear.

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  • Ikoyi dollars stash: A national security issue

    Ikoyi dollars stash: A national security issue

    The Ikoyi dollars (including naira and pound sterling) stash started as a subject about corruption, but it has now become a national security issue, thanks to the Director-General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayodele Oke.

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  • Ango Abdullahi and rotational presidency

    Ango Abdullahi and rotational presidency

    There are only a handful of persons in history that were blessed with all three qualifications and who became presidents, A fourth quality, which is not common in the political corridor, is that you must be lucky, some say “fated to be.”

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  • Bravo to Speaker Dogara & Governor El Rufai

    Bravo to Speaker Dogara & Governor El Rufai

    No one seems to be able to decode the special lexicon which lures our political class into so much of electioneering and little of governance. We all appear distracted by the politicisation of every subject making it hard for many to bother about information on what was done and how it was done.

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  • Christ is risen from the dead, hallelujah

    Christ is risen from the dead, hallelujah

    Today, we have every reason to be joyful. Our joy is not the type the world offers, but one borne out of a genuine conviction that Jesus is, indeed, Lord over heaven and earth. Even though He is God, He humbled himself to be born of a virgin, to suffer innumerable persecution and to offer His life as atonement for our sins.

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  • Corruption not fighting back…yet

    Corruption not fighting back…yet

    Anytime they were invited by the EFCC, they would plead not to be assigned to Magu for interrogation. He investigated the “big guys” without a fear in the world. He earned my thumbs-up when his investigation led to the conviction of his brother-in-law. This is not a common story in our Nigeria.

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  • When you hear the whistle, it is time to play

    When you hear the whistle, it is time to play

    When you heard the whistle coming from the street that meant it was football time. Real football.You see, when I was young, I loved playing football. But where I grew up in southern Nigeria, it was kind of like a ghetto.

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  • Our country and the unknown landlords

    Our country and the unknown landlords

    On another day, I will deal with the politics, morality and efficacy of whistleblowing as a tool in the fight against corruption. On my own part, my major concern is the lack of protection other than financial reward offered to the whistleblower!

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  • Can Nigerians trust this INEC?

    Can Nigerians trust this INEC?

    Although he led Nigeria for a little less than 36 months, late former President Umaru Yar’Adua will remain one of the few Nigerians with the most respect for democratic ethics in history.

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  • Not by salary alone

    Not by salary alone

    What the citizens would be confronted with at the end of the squabble between Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and the Speaker of the House Assembly Yakubu Dogara is not a resolution of the crisis that redounds to the transparency of their financial dealings.

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  • Dangote too needs a birthday gift

    Dangote too needs a birthday gift

    Alhaji Aliko Dangote’s great strength is the capacity to recognise opportunities and the courage to navigate in stormy waters. Dangote, who turned 60 on Monday April 10, is on top of his game.

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  • Big brother Naija: Television as madness

    Big brother Naija: Television as madness

    What a relief! So, the Big Brother Naija reality television programme is finally over. It ended Sunday evening with 23-year old Efe Michael Ejemba, University of Jos graduate of Economics and singer winning the N25 million + SUV at stake, with 57.6% of the votes from over 24 million voters across Africa.

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  • NDDC and the forces against anti-corruption drive

    NDDC and the forces against anti-corruption drive

    On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, former Niger Delta militants numbering over 100 disrupted the inaugural sitting of a six-man investigative panel set up by the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

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  • The Anambra law on burial rites

    The Anambra law on burial rites

    You may have noticed that people from this part of the country do not undertake funeral rites of their departed ones soonest. Rather the corpse is kept in a mortuary pending when they are ready for it.

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  • Only way Buhari can win again

    Only way Buhari can win again

    This monkey business was “invented” by Chief Tony Anenih who, as a close confidant of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, way back in 2001, announced that there was no vacancy in Aso Rock in 2003.

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  • It is not good for man to be alone [II]

    It is not good for man to be alone [II]

    Christians fall in love, then get married. But our love for our wives or our husbands does not exclude fighting and abusing them. Our love does not exclude beating them up. We pledge for better, for worse; but when things go south we opt for divorce.

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  • Celebrating God in a difficult economy

    Celebrating God in a difficult economy

    While it is true that the economy is still in a dicey state, it is not expected, however, to dampen the spirituality associated with Easter. Like the theme of this year’s Lenten pilgrimage for the Archdiocese of Lagos stated, ‘Man does not live by bread alone.’

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  • Is Prof Sagay Nigeria’s problem?

    Is Prof Sagay Nigeria’s problem?

    It is not irrational to imagine that the current efforts of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) at redressing the on-going heating-up of the polity by its officials in government can hardly work.

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