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Boko Haram Kills Spokesman Abu Qaqa II


Sambo: Attacks Not Religious By IKE ABONYI and TOKUNBO ADEDOJA The division in the dreaded Islamist sect Boko Haram deepened at the weekend with the murder of Abu Qaqa II, the spokesman of the militant group suspected to have taken over from Abu Qaqa I who was captured last January and has been in the […]

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Jonathan Did Not Promise Northern Leaders He Will Not Contest – Sen. Kanti Bello


Senator Mahmud Kanti Bello represented Katsina North from 2003 to 2011. He lost his bid to return to the parliament in the April 2011 elections. In this interview, he speaks on why President Jonathan might contest the 2015 election. He also touches on the need for a tougher president of northern extraction to bring the […]

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The North that Southerners don’t know


By MARK AMAZA THE general belief held by most southerners about the North is that the region is not just mainly Muslim, but wholly Muslim. Whenever I meet someone from the South and introduce myself, I am correctly placed as a Christian. But once I am asked my state and I say Borno State, the […]

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Sheikh Ja’afar: His Immortal legacy


By MOHAMMAD QADDAM SIDQ ISA    Last week Friday 13th April, 2012 is exactly five years since the brutal assassination of Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam. I was thousands of kilometres away on that fateful day when I got some repeated missed calls on my cell phone, which evoked suspicion in me that something was probably […]

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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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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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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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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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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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