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PDP Chairmanship: Why Bamanga Tukur Was Installed Against All Odds


By MOHAMMED ISMAIL The election of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has distorted the equilibrium and political equation of his home state (Adamawa). Already, tongues have started wagging over the propriety of such an old man manning the touted largest party in Africa with its complexities, lack […]

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“Northern Governors Are Insensitive To The plight Of The North” – AVM Rufa’i


Continued From Last Edition Considering the leadership crisis in the north and the apparent neglect of the region, do you think the north can stand on its feet again? The issue of whether we can stand on our own should not arise, the issue that should not continue is a situation in which the governor […]

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Time for North to Get More Revenue


By ZAYYAD I. MOHAMMED At present, all the 19 northern states cannot effectively function without the monthly allocation from the Federation Account. But can the 19 northern states ever survive without the monthly allocations from the Federation Account? – Certainly yes; if the region can wake-up from its slumber. The thirst of northern Governors for […]

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Jonathan is the ‘Gift’ that Keeps Giving


By FOLABI OGUNLEYE The first thing I said to myself on reading about it was, “no way”. Even kids know better. A friend’s 9-year old son is an example. He will never mention or refer to a previous ill-advised event or exchange that may later get him into trouble. And if you ask him about […]

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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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A Parable of the President’s Church


By Okey Ndibe Most big Nigerian politicians encounter no law – divine or secular – they feel tempted to observe. In fact, to be a prominent politician is to be above all laws, God’s and man’s alike. Last week, a Nigerian daily, Thisday, wrote an editorial to scold President Goodluck Jonathan for reportedly accepting the […]

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Jonathan is Eligible for Psychiatric Test


By CHARLES OFOJI It is only in a mad country that a sitting president will overtly admit taking bribe from a foreign construction company, in desecration of the constitution he swore to preserve, and still go about his business as president and commander-in-chief as if nothing happened. To acutely grasp President Goodluck Jonathan’s misbehavior in […]

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Who Owns N14 Billion Ikeja Shopping Mall, Others, PDP Queries Tinubu


The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged that former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu illegally acquired a N14 Billion Ikeja Shopping Mall. The PDP also alleged that Tinubu stole from the coffers of the Lagos State Government during his tenure and used same proceed to acquire Oriental Hotels, Renaissance Hotel, Agindingbi, First Nation Airline, […]

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2015: Where Malam Adamu Ciroma got it Wrong


By ADAGBO ONOJA   It is trite to say that Malam Adamu Ciroma is a heavyweight in Nigerian politics. He cannot be any less having been a technocrat’s technocrat, a journalist’s journalist, a banker’s banker and even the politician’s politician. Given this pedigree, he is one of the very few whose words carry authority on […]

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Austerity in US and UK – Ranks of Working Poor Grow Despite Social Safety Nets


By EJIKE E. OKPA 11 The IMF president, a French national recently went to Nigeria to tell them what to do with their economic situation as it relates to fuel subsidy. Of course, one could have said, a ‘Daniel Come to Justice’, a machination of Nigeria Finance Minister Ms Okonjo-Iweala, who believes into to in […]

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Transforming Agriculture in Nigeria


By VICTOR OLAPOJOYE Top officials from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), State governments, and Nigerian companies seeking to partner with and buy from American companies will converge in Washington DC this week to attend a trade conference on “Transforming Agribusiness in Nigeria through Investment”. The event organized by the Corporate Council […]

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The Parable of a missing Needle


By RUDOLF OGOO OKONKWO At the anthill beside Uncle Joe’s fence, I inserted a straw into a termite’s tunnel. The soldier ants gripped the straw and tried to drag it inside, but I pulled it out. Dozens of soldier ants clung to it. I picked up a plumb ant, lined its big golden head on […]

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The Misconception of Infrastructure as Development


By OKACHIKWU DIBIA A Nigerian governor said: “When I have provided roads and electricity to my people, I would have done all for which I was voted to this office.” Prof. Nnaji asked: “When has the provision of basic amenities become the most significant accomplishment of government anywhere?” Prof. Bart Nnaji The Guardian, 6th March, […]

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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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MALLAM USMAN ANGULU, MP Minister of State, Police Affairs


Mallam Usman Ahmed Angulu was born in Koton Karfe in 1928. He started his education in his birth place-Koton Karfe in the N.A School in the town. He was a good example of people who are not daunted by any impediments in the pursuit of the golden fleece for when the opportunity for formal education […]

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Dangers of Jonathan’s $7.905Bn Loan Proposal


President Goodluck Jonathan is seeking the approval of the National Assembly to borrow $7.905 billion (about N1.3 trillion) from five financial institutions, the World Bank, African Development Bank (ADB), Islamic Development Bank, Exim Bank of China and Indian Lines of Credit. In a letter of his intention to take the credit facility, addressed to the […]

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The Chief Servant’s Itchy Fingers


Allegations of mismanagement and misapplication of public funds have been levelled against the Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu. He has been accused of illegally approving hundreds of millions of naira for himself and other top government officials. Our Kaduna Bureau Chief, Musa Alhaji Muhammad who uncovered documents indicting the governor reports Allegations of […]

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Nigeria’s lingering Energy Crises: ‘Conspiracy of the Untouchables’


Those benefitting from the prolonged blackout in Nigeria are the same people in the corridors of power, who have even received National Awards and are believed to be above the law, writes Ohia Israel The duo of Salisu Ibrahim and Jamilu Isiaka are childhood friends. They grew up in the same environment where they were […]

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Bauchi’s Hopeless Budget


By NASIR AHMAD EL-RUFAI As we explore the issue of Nigeria’s missing federalism, we turn today to Bauchi as we focus on and analyze sub-national budgets, fiscal prudence and good governance. The state is one of the older states with the good fortune of being decently governed in the past – by people like General […]

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Sanusi: A Class or Classless Warrior?


A few months ago, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi could do no wrong. In the eyes of the international commentariat, he was a no-holds-barred central bank governor with a snappy dress sense. He had whipped the Nigerian banking system into shape by shaming wrongdoers and forcing the banks to pay for their own bailout. He won plaudits […]

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Our Golden Girl


Ordinarily, the process of electing the World Bank president is as ‘democratic’ as that of electing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman: it’s always a family affair! In PDP, the president anoints and the party delegates endorse. At the World Bank, America nominates, the rest of the world ratifies. To date, there have been […]

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Capital Market Crisis Deepens


·    Diamond Securities in alleged fraud ·    How SEC condones illegalities in the Marke By OHIA ISRAEL The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has again come under heavy attack after the House of Representatives Committee on Capital Markets public hearing on the capital markets following the continuous crashing of the Nigerian stock market. But the […]

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Injustice in Corruption Cases:Plot to Support or Sabotage Jonathan?


By OHIA ISRAEL In Nigeria today corruption cases involving public office holders have continued to be thwarted by the powers-that-be. Our investigations revealed that a carefully coordinated plot by the presidency and top echelon of the government is being anchored to sabotage the Goodluck Jonathan administration. The brains behind the plot are throwing spanners in […]

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The International Dimension to Ibori’s Corruption: A Letter to President Obama


By DOTUN OLOKO Dear Mr. President: I am writing to express my deep concern that the U.S. government, through its development finance agency, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), supports financial intermediaries that stand accused of corruption, fraud and money laundering through investments in a number of Nigerian companies and banks that have been reported […]

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