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NNPC’s Can of Worms


How NNPC became Nigeria’s Palace of Corruption House subsidy panel indicts NNPC management, board, seeks refund of missing N1 trillion Committee recommends complete overhaul of NNPC Waste Disposal Firm Got N1.9b Fuel Subsidy Payment By OHIA ISRAEL In January this year, Nigerians from all walks of life, came out to protest the removal of fuel […]

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Beggars Life In The Society (Almajiranci)


By HASSANA ZUBAIRU DAGONA Begging (Almajiranci) starts when ones parents took him to another place be it a hamlet, village, town or to a city in some cases for the purpose of acquiring Islamic knowledge. The life of such individuals in the society is painful especially when it comes to the issue of food and […]

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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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Exclusive: Babies for Sale!


Despite steps taken by several agencies and the federal government to stamp out child and human trafficking in the country, the illicit trade is still thriving and booming, reports Ohia Israel Babies are supposed to be gifts from God and no doubt a precious one for that matter. However, these rare and precious gifts from […]

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Corruption and Non Performance: Can Governor Yari Transform Zamfara State?


By IFEANYI CHUKWU NWANNAH Sixteen years after creation, Zamfara State still remains a traditional rural State due to some lapses, gross non-performance and corruption by virtually all the previous administrations of the state. In this analysis, IFEANYI CHUKWUNWANNAH take a peep at the state and the impediment that deters the progress and revealed that democracy […]

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Prospects And Challenges of INEC For Credible Elections In Future


By AHMED ABUBAKAR As the 2011 general elections has past and INEC is assiduously working towards conducting credible and acceptable elections in 2015, it may be said that it has at the moment impressively put in place some necessary machineries for a successful election. But in spite of all the efforts of the Independent National […]

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On the Approval of 13% Revenue Derivation from Solid Minerals to Northern States


By Dr. EMMANUEL OJAMERUAYE According to the report, “the Federal Government may have opted to appease some northern states … government was worried about rising insecurity in the northern part of the country with vociferous leaders of the north blaming the situation on poverty and inequality arising from alleged lopsided revenue allocation against them…It was […]

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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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The Battle for the Soul of 2015


By HANNATU MUSAWA One thousand and ninety days to go, the battle for the soul of 2015 has already begun! As we eat up the days in our march towards D-Day, I cannot say enough, within the limited space that I have to write this piece, about the total lack of seriousness of the opposition […]

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Security: ‘The Way Forward’ – Hon. Umar Bature


In this exclusive interview with Desert Herald, Hon. Umar Bature, Chairman House Committee on the Interior, bares his mind on the duplication of duties in the nation’s civil service and other burning issues affecting the Interior Ministry. Excerpts: As the Chairman House Committee on Interior, what have been your challenges so far? Since I started […]

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Jokolo’s Short Memory


By ADAMU BALARABE SOBA Obsession with cheap publicity appears to be second nature to the deposed Emir of Gwandu, retired Major Mustapha Haruna Jokolo. He wants to be a headline grabber at the slightest opportunity. One does not, however, have any trouble with a man’s addiction to publicity, provided his views are moderated by discretion, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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