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“Sam, Is it true your Mummy Stole Money”


By SEGUN O’LAW “You’re a thief. You lived a lie. Sitting in an office with plaques and awards and Financial Times articles on the walls and certificates of academic excellence – all lies”, Judge Michael Perl QC scoffed at Tony Billings for theft of £430,000 from his boss to pay for extravagant gifts and foreign […]

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Community sacks Cleric, Razes Church over Snake’s killing


He killed our sacred snake – Eze Two-week-old baby, others missing Car, property worth millions destroyed No, it’s a false allegation, says Cleric By GODDY OSUJI   Angry villagers in Akaeze, a community in Ivo Local Government area of Ebonyi State on March 17 expelled the priest in-charge of the Anglican Pentecostal Church in the […]

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ALHAJI SULE KOLO – FEDERAL PERMANENT SECRETARY


He was born in Jos of the old plateau on the 11th of August 1926. After his primary and secondary education, Sule Dede Kolo joined the League of Northern pioneers to receive full university education. He read and graduated with a Bsc. Degree from London School of Economics and Political Science U.K. On his return […]

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The Unmasking of Nigerian Federalism


By REMI OYEYEMI   “Conscience is an open wound, only the truth can heal it” – Uthman Dan Fodio (1754-1817) “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905 It was Uthman Dan Fodio, a Fulani and great Islamic scholar who described “Conscience” as […]

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General Babangida A True Northern Icon?


By BALA MUHAMMAD MAKOSA   I happened to know about General Babangida before he became the Nigerian President; this was because most of the northern elites were looking at him as an icon of the region worthy of emulation. If you enquire about reasons they regarded the man as an icon, they will say, “He […]

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The North, Insurgency And Conspiracy Theory


Keen observers in the socio-political arena across the world and, in Nigeria particularly, have expressed palpable and ominous fears of the unfathomable consequences over the reported gruesome murder of Christopher McManus, a Briton and Franco Lamotinara, an Italian, by their abductors in Mabera Area of Sokoto on Thursday, 8 March 2012. The duo, who worked […]

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Ex-Yobe SSG Narrowly Escapes Boko Haram Attack


By OUR CORRESPONDENT Our target is Ba’aba and all those Northern Politicians that looted at the expense of the poor, says Boko Haram Spokesman In a teleconference with DESERT HERALD last week, the self styled spokesman of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, Abu Qaqa, exclusively told this paper that it was their men that visited […]

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World Bank Presidency: Hats off to Ngozi


When economists from the World Bank visit poor countries to dispense cash and advice, they routinely tell governments to reject cronyism and fill each important job with the best candidate available. It is good advice. The World Bank should take it. In appointing its next president, the bank’s board should reject the nominee of its […]

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Who is Idang Alibi Fooling?


By NA-ALLAH MOHAMMED ZAGGA Credulous readers can be easily misled by sophistry and propaganda, which is intended to arrest the intelligence of undiscerning Nigerians. One cannot, therefore, resist the urge to challenge the opinion of Idang Alibi, a freelance journalist, on the outcome of the recent governorship election, which once again returned Aliyu Wamakko of […]

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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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PDP’s Young-at- Heart; The Adagba Ma Danu’s


By SEGUN O’LAW   It was a youth camp in 2007, Port Harcourt; organized by the Commitee for the Protection of People’s Dignity, COPPED, a roommate had just launched his untamed frenzy. The strong emotion which accompanied his delivery of tirade, at first ludicrously charmed us into some laughter, until his eyes began to reveal […]

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Bullying in the Nigerian Workplace


By MUTTI YOVBI That bullying has become entrenched in the Nigerian workplace is probably not surprising or noteworthy because after all it is a fitting reflection of the predatory and exploitative behaviour that has come to typify interactions across various facets of our social sphere. From street gatemen who refuse to open gates for not […]

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Politics and Praxis of the Dawn


By IBIYINKA SOLARIN  The DAWN document, a well-thought out, and meticulously prepared socio-economic framework for bold economic integration/transformation of western Nigeria was finally unveiled to the Nigerian public on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Those who prepared this document, and the organizers of its public unveiling are students of history. The personage and history of Obafemi […]

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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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There was a Country


A penguin profile of Chinua Achebe’s personal history of Biafra, There was a Country: The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967–1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe’s people, many of whom were starved to […]

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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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The stunning discovery in pension fund scam


The Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reform, Mr. Abdulrashed Maina’s recent revelation that a pension racket syndicate had been defrauding the Federal Government of about N3.3 billion monthly is mind-boggling. Also stunning is the discovery of how a few privileged but corrupt civil servants in the Pension Office of the Head of […]

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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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N3b Scam: DPR and Harrowing evidence of Fraud


By IFEANYI IZEZE   When the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) at a meeting with the Senate Committee on Gas Resources in Abuja accused International Oil Companies (IOCs) of frustrating the efforts of the Federal Government to monitor and measure the amount of gas produced at every given time, the agency must have meant to […]

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Drivers License: Winnowing the Chaff from the Grain


By ROGERS EDOR OCHELA   ”Life is about change. A leap can only be attained when dreams are translated into reality. A goal can also be fulfilled when a decayed system goes through the surgeon’s knife”—Alhaji Adamu Muazu, ex-Governor of Bauchi State It is often said that the only constant thing in life is change. […]

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Plight of a Fraudulent Nation


The recent scam and financial scandal rocking the National Assembly involving the embattled House Committee Chairman on Capital Markets Hon. Herman Hembe and the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission has once again brought Nigeria into global focus as nation of fraud, writes Ohia Israel From the reign of Evan Ewerem to David […]

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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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