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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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  • Pastors are Jesus killers

    Pastors are Jesus killers

    Christians are told lies so repeatedly; many no longer recognise the truth. Answer me this: did your pastor happen to mention that Jesus was killed by pastors?

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  • Fayose and the re-emergence of PDP in the South-West

    Fayose and the re-emergence of PDP in the South-West

    The appointment of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State as chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum is a good development.

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  • Why death penalty is not the answer for kidnapping

    Why death penalty is not the answer for kidnapping

    I am in full support of the need to stamp out all forms of criminality from our society, including kidnapping, electoral fraud and such others that are common with public officials. However, I am not in support of death sentence.

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  • Nigeria and its interaction with religious forces

    Nigeria and its interaction with religious forces

    It would appear that cultural groups want out of Nigeria, which is concerning. In its post-colonial period, Nigeria has often been on the verge of disintegration yet somehow it has managed to limp on. Consigned or living in a permanent crisis mode however is not sustainable.

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  • APC and Anambra guber election

    APC and Anambra guber election

    Those who understand the dynamics of Anambra politics are already beginning to sense a cataclysmic conclusion of the election, that is still months away. The reasons are not far-fetched.

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  • Leadership is dialogue

    Leadership is dialogue

    The lesser this conversation occurs, the more likely there is to be a breakdown between the leadership and the led, to the detriment of their collective vision. This is as true for a marriage, as it is for an organisation or a nation.

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  • Still on my navigators and a sick President

    Still on my navigators and a sick President

    Lai Mohammed, an expert in verbal acrobatics, does not think that the same exacting demands he made about eight years ago when the medical condition of late President Umaru Yar’Adua was an issue should be made this time around.

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