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Celebrating Corruption


That it takes a London court to jail James Ibori, former Delta State governor, whose case was bungled in his own country, puts the all-pervasivesness of corruption in Nigeria in bold relief Southwark Crown Court Asaba, the Delta State capital, has lately become the choice location for movie producers and artistes. But most of the […]

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Saving Education in Nigeria


By MALCOM FABIYI If Nigerians choose to do so, by the International Day of Literacy on September 8, 2012 we can collectively ensure that Nigeria’s educational system will be firmly placed on a path to recovery. All that is needed is the removal of four words from our constitution, just four words! There has been […]

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Ibori’s Many Forgeries, Guilty Plea and my Secent Silence!


By EFEROVO IGHO That Ibori’s infamy hit rock bottom when he finally pleaded guilty to sundry thievery charges because all his forgeries at the end of the day could not pull the wool over the eyes of enlightened courts outside our clime is no longer news. That Ibori is however yet to plead guilty at […]

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US: World Bank Race Heats Up


By JIM LOB While the U.S. candidate for World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, still has the inside track, the two non-U.S. candidates, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo, have been raking in high-profile endorsements. In an open letter sent to the Bank’s executive board Wednesday, 39 former […]

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Hope in the time of Trial


By MATTHEW HASSAN KUKAH We boast of our troubles because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings acceptance and this acceptance brings hope. This hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out His love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit who is God’s gift to us (Rom 5: 4) […]

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America’s Death Squads


When the Obama administration took office in 2009, it was confronted with an extraordinary problem: what to do about the crimes of the previous administration, in particular its illegal global campaign of kidnapping, torture, and indefinite detention without trial of mostly innocent terrorism suspects. On taking office, President Obama announced that he would close the […]

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America’s Death Squads


When the Obama administration took office in 2009, it was confronted with an extraordinary problem: what to do about the crimes of the previous administration, in particular its illegal global campaign of kidnapping, torture, and indefinite detention without trial of mostly innocent terrorism suspects. On taking office, President Obama announced that he would close the […]

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BOSNIA 20 Years On


We have all heard about the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina it seems, but for many it is just a part of history. Sejad Mekic´ explains what happened and its implications today. An Overview of the Bosnian War Bosnia and Herzegovina was once a part of former Yugoslavia. It was a southern European land of […]

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Ibori’s Corruption Trial: Letter to Thomas Gibian


By Dotun Oloko Dear Tom: Since I accused the private equity firm that you founded of corruption, fraud and money laundering, you have had me investigated; including covert surveillance, following me to my children’s school, my church, my homes in Nigeria and UK. Your investigator found me to be beyond reproach much to your chagrin. […]

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America’s Crimes of War


By John LaForge    A decade into the Afghan War, the atrocities by U.S. forces – whether accidental or intentional – keep piling up along with assurances from American leaders that “this is not who we are.” But the unwillingness to impose serious penalties and the failure to adopt less violent strategies say something else to […]

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Why Exploration of Oil in North is Delayed


By John Ofikhenua By John Ofikhenua The Director General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria, Prof Abubakar Sambo, yesterday stated that exploitation of oil in the North is yet to begin because of politics. According to him, Nigeria has refused to do enough investigation on the oil in the North because there is oil in […]

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On the Crashing Nigeria Stock Exchange Market, Ms Oteh and Hon. Hembe


By Leonard Karshima Shilgba I am an investor at the Nigeria stock market. I invested all of my gratuity earnings that I received from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) about six years after I had left the university in purchasing shares of the Transcorp Company in 2007 at a unit price of N7:50. Today as […]

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President Jonathan in Secret talks with Boko Haram Negotiators


Following the botched rescue attempt by the British Special forces in Sokoto last week leading to the death of two European contractors the UK authorities have finally prevailed on Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan to open genuine dialogue with members of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad popularly known as Boko Haram. The sect has officially named […]

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On the trail of Boko Haram


By Andrew Stroehlein One of the best perspectives on Boko Haram. Sadly a Foreigner gives a sound analysis on the Nigerian Crisis than most Nigerian writers. Please take time and read, “You could say Boko Haram is everywhere, or you could say it’s nowhere: both would be correct.” This apparently confusing observation about the Nigerian […]

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Nigeria’s Politics of self interest


Politics has been defined as the activities involved in getting and using power in public life and being able to influence decisions that affect a country or society. Informal politics has been in existence from time of yore; it’s very popular (prefix less) antithesis, formal politics, presumably, came with civilization. The history of politics is […]

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Zamfara’s attempt at fighting poverty, illiteracy


By Yusuf Abubakar Hamadani The official flag off of contract award ceremony for the construction of 313 blocks of classrooms at primary school level in the state was a clear turning point in the development of primary education in the state. And in other aspects of the economy, the award of the contracts would also […]

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Why it is Imperative to recall Justice Ayo Salami


By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi When we look back at our history, one is reminded of the wanton injustice which pervaded all strata of the Nigerian society firstly, in what historians have termed colonial Nigeria with its attendant whimsical colonial policies and secondly, independent Nigeria with its continued embrace of these colonial policies. The so called Nigerian […]

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