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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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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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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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Replicating the Economies of the “Four Asian Tigers” in Nigeria:


Mr. President, Please Stop Teasing By HENRY OKOROAFOR World leaders gathered in Seoul, South Korea on 27 March, 2012 for Nuclear Security Summit and President Goodluck Jonathan was one of them. He attended the summit in the company of his wife and a few delegates that includes two state governors. After the summit, President Jonathan […]

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Is Nigeria A Knowledge Based Society?


By BUKHARI MUHAMMED BELLO JEGA Knowledge and skills have become the global currency of 21st century- economic…if you really want to know how a country is going to do in the 21st century don’t count its oil reserves or gold mines, count its highly effective teachers, involved parents and committed students- Thomas L. Friedman Knowledge […]

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National Security Compromised by Over-Aged Workers at the Nigerian Immigration Service


By ALUKO OYEBODE S.I The set of Assistant Superintendents of Immigration (ASI) that were recruited into the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) at about the same time as the Immediate-past Comptroller General of Immigration Service (CGIS) should not (under normal/proper circumstances) have more than a period of at most three (3) months left in government service: […]

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Beyond Fuel Subsidy: What Next?


Why SURE is not a sure route to Infrastucture Development By JAYE GASKIA INTRODUCTION: At the height of the tremendous mobilisation and organising efforts aimed at preparing Nigerians for resistance and persuading the government to change its policy course on subsidy removal, I had written a paper in December 2011, titled ‘Governing by stealth: exploding […]

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Jonathan and 2015


By CHIDI AMUTA In this place, the only realm of activity that seems to be thriving is the political industry. It employs many either directly or collaterally. It empowers a few, converting a handful of thugs into instant millionaires while migrating millions of the so-called electorate into worsening poverty at a rate in inverse proportion […]

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A Federation without Federalism


By NASIR AHMED EL-RUFAI If any ques tions remain as to why, despite huge oil revenues and massive borrowing by the government – poverty, unemployment and insecurity have worsened, our detailed analysis in this column of the 2011 and 2012 budgets of the Federal Government would have provided some answers. We raised posers on whether […]

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‘Boko Haram is a Conduit Pipe in the Presidency’ – Tukur Mamu


DESERT HERALD has been following the activities the Jama’a Ahlilsunnah Wal Da’a wati popularly called Boko Haram right from the onset. Spiritual leader and founder of the sect, late Muhammad Yusuf granted the paper his last interview on earth, before his killing under suspicious circumstances.  Maryam Musa and the Editor-in-Chief of Society Watchdog magazine, Akubo […]

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In-fighting threatens Nigeria Police


The disquiet in the Nigerian Police force over the recent skewed  promotions in the top hierarchy of the troubled force has refused to go away. Why?      By OHIA ISRAEL DESERT HERALD can confirm that all is not well within the top hierarchy of the Nigeria police as the recent recommendation for the appointment of seven […]

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What Nigerians Should Know About Fuel Subsidy Removal


By SANUSI MUHAMMAD   The issue of fuel subsidy reared its head into Nigeria’s polity as a canker-worm poised to destabilize the entire country if not handled with absolute care, utmost patriotism and genuine application of wisdom. Nigeria may have been loosely constituted in origin and content but we owe it a duty to ourselves, […]

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God will bring a leader that will sanitize Nigeria and it’s Corrupt Leadership – Adamu Ciroma


Elder statesman Malam Adamu Ciroma has expressed hope that God will soon bring a leader in Nigeria that will correct the wrongs of present and former governments. Ciroma made this known in an interview with the BBC Hausa service which was monitored by our correspondent. The Madakin Fika said, “The only thing is we should […]

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(Not) Negotiating with Ghosts


By Okey Ndibe I was reading a report in last Sunday’s edition of the Punch titled “FG Rules out Direct Talks with Boko Haram” when a statement by presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, jumped out at me. According to the paper, Mr. Abati confirmed that the Goodluck Jonathan administration was not in direct talks with Boko […]

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You know President Jonathan Respects you if…


By RUDOLF OKONKWO   A common refrain in Nigeria’s political discourse is that commentators should respect people in government, especially the president. Even though respect is earned and not bestowed, Nigerians waste no time in spiting out words of that nature. Some say that even if commentators do not respect the occupant of the office, […]

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Africa’s ‘Most Organized’ Political Party


By FOLABI OGUNLEYE   A FEW WEEKS AGO, Nigerians were mostly minding their business, striving to keep ahead of the rat race of a competitive world when the president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, grabbed a microphone to tell his fellow citizens something he thought they should know.   According to the president, his party, the Peoples […]

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My Fears for Nigeria


I have had cause to be tempted sometimes to merely sit back and watch events as they unfold in Nigeria without getting involved. The temptation is borne out of the fact that our efforts at building a virile and progressive nation has always failed largely due to our own making. But as a patriot and […]

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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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2015 in View: Political moves and Counter moves


By Obi Ebuka Onochie What is the main difference between a political machine and a political party? A party is organized for a purpose larger than its own survival. A political machine exists for its own sake, its primary; in a sense its only purpose is survival.-Daniel J. Boorstin, American Historian. In the wake of […]

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The Rumour Republic


By SONALA OLUMHENSE I did not know that President Goodluck Jonathan had such a robust sense of humour as to declare the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Nigeria’s only democratic party. The effort was met with a lot of derision by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) soon after. Replying to the proposition through its Publicity […]

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