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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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  • The ‘death’ of grassroots sports in Nigeria

    The ‘death’ of grassroots sports in Nigeria

    One can easily replicate what is going on in football in other sports in the country including basketball, tennis, track and field athletics. The breeding ground has shifted to Europe and America.

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  • Gov Yari and the gods of Meningitis

    Gov Yari and the gods of Meningitis

    And just in case the gods are still active. And just in case it’s true that the plague of an unending stream of thieving but religious politicians that has blighted the country since 1960 is because of the slaves our ancestors sold, then we plead for mercy. The scourge of bad leadership is worse than the worst bubonic plague.

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  • There is life outside power

    There is life outside power

    Let me emphasise that it is not how long you govern that matters but how well. Every leader must decide how he wishes to be remembered. It is pertinent for every leader to consider this and decide on what he can do very quickly to attract eternal grace and praise.

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  • Bamaiyi, politicians and the rest of us

    Bamaiyi, politicians and the rest of us

    General Ishaya Bamaiyi is in the news today and getting flaks from prominent Nigerians after the release of his book where he, without fail, supported the administration of General Sani Abacha, which he was a key member of.

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  • The challenges of change

    The challenges of change

    I do not suppose the government needs anyone to persuade it to see that its beloved change is turning into a mere slogan for lack of focus. And change has stuck in our maws.

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  • Engaging the United States’ self interest in Nigeria

    Engaging the United States’ self interest in Nigeria

    Nigeria really has no choice but to seek such truly win-win partnerships, if it wants to move from slow to fast growth. Ijose is a policy analyst based in the United States.

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  • Bamaiyi’s heroes and villains

    Bamaiyi’s heroes and villains

    When the odd-defying English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking quipped that “we spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let’s face it, is mostly history of stupidity,” he did not do justice to the relevance of history to a people’s development.

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  • Boko Haram frustrations and beggarly posturing

    Boko Haram frustrations and beggarly posturing

    Terrorists recall with much sadness their sudden impotence to violently seize whole communities for days, capture and abduct innocent Nigerians in Gwoza, Baga, Chibok, Damaturu, Biu, Pulka, Mallam Fatori, Gujba, Konduga, Giwa, Abuja or Kano among others.

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  • IPOB: A delusion taken too far

    IPOB: A delusion taken too far

    The disdain they have for constituted authority is thus mirrored in the rudeness with which they treat political leaders from their region, which makes the disdain they treat the federal government and its institutions with negligible.

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  • Ishaya Bamaiyi: Vindication of which general?

    Ishaya Bamaiyi: Vindication of which general?

    To hear Gen. Bamaiyi’s name mentioned in the media was like a call from the dead. I was immediately flung back to a terrible time from the past. His was a prominent name from the dark days of the Sani Abacha years, I thought, and I wondered what the news was about him this time.

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  • Depression: The Nigerian narrative

    Depression: The Nigerian narrative

    At no other time in our nation’s history has the call for the diversification of our economy become more strident. Many have advocated for a greater emphasis on human capital development as a way out of the economic recession currently plaguing our beloved country Nigeria.

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  • Dino Melaye: The making of a brand

    Dino Melaye: The making of a brand

    It is a sign of the times, and a tragedy that the most popular Senator in the Nigerian National Assembly at this moment is not the person who has moved the most impactful motion, not a lawmaker who has proposed a thought-provoking bill, and certainly not any Senator who has given any impressive speech debating a matter of national importance.

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  • A further case for true federalism

    A further case for true federalism

    The inefficiencies and opportunities for corruption that Nigeria’s skewed federal system has fostered have made the call (even if for the umpteenth time) for the practice of true federalism not only imperative but unassailable in the circumstances of our present perilous situation.

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  • Ile-Ife bloodletting and Northern domination agenda

    Ile-Ife bloodletting and Northern domination agenda

    It is evident that it is not an agenda to develop and modernize any part of the country as exemplified in the systematic intellectual and economic impoverishment of the North but a retrogressive agenda of feudal exploitation and oppression.

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  • How not to run a country

    How not to run a country

    Nigeria has been ranked sixth in Africa in the latest World Happiness Report of 2017 and 95th in the World. The Report ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels.

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  • Towards a realistic exchange rate for the naira

    Towards a realistic exchange rate for the naira

    Why has a realistic value of the naira remained elusive since 1986 when the Second-tier Foreign Exchange Market was introduced? Why has the gains of industrialisation not been realised?

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  • Is impunity our middle name?

    Is impunity our middle name?

    So states Section 14 (2), (b) of the 1999 Constitution as amended. The unfortunate scenario, however, is that sundry heinous crimes such as the killing spree by Fulani herdsmen, armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom, ritual murders and the Boko Haram insurgency take place here on daily basis, as if they are the rule rather than the exception.

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  • It is not good for man to be alone

    It is not good for man to be alone

    For Jesus, obedience is thicker than blood. As a matter of fact, he says: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26).

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  • Appointments Buhari should avoid

    Appointments Buhari should avoid

    The appointment of the current customs boss needs to be reviewed. Another appointment to be watched is the post of Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

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  • Between Apostle Suleman and his tormentor

    Between Apostle Suleman and his tormentor

    Mr. Suleman has denied the story, but at least one other woman has made a similar allegation.“I dated Apostle Suleman while I was a member in his church, he was my pastor, spiritual director and mentor aside from being a boyfriend, from August 2013 to 2014 April,” one “Queen Esther” told Premium Times.

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  • Tinubu, a Nigerian product that is working

    Tinubu, a Nigerian product that is working

    There is no doubt the Asiwaju political dynasty is a made-in-Nigeria product. The foundation laid and blueprints developed during his tenure as Governor of Lagos State, which cuts across all sections of the state’s economy, have actually simplified the process of governance till date.

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  • Fiddling while Rome burns

    Fiddling while Rome burns

    Somehow, somebody who knew somebody who knew somebody at LASUTH finally helped her secure a bed space and she was returned to the hospital. Unfortunately, she did not make it. I do not suggest, even slightly, that she would not have died if there was bed space in the first instance.

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  • An appeal to the vengeful gladiators

    An appeal to the vengeful gladiators

    On a personal note, I started feeling the negative vibes early in the life of the government, the reason I scribbled my first desperate memo to Baba, President Muhammadu Buhari.

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