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Obama Has Just Said He’ll Be A ‘Bull’

Tunji

Tunji Ajibade President Barack Obama will vacate the White House in about 12 months. Some people have therefore queued up, helping him to count days. His former Secretary of State, Mrs Hillary Clinton, is one. The Republicans are not left out; what with a certain billionaire, Mr Donald Trump, grabbing the headlines by saying everything that’s not politically correct. Some ...

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Akintola: 50 Years After

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Maria Abimbola Akintola Growing up, I came to behold my daddy, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, as a colossus. In my infant eyes, he was full of life, very effervescent and I had, in my childlike innocence, thought that he would be around forever. My father was my personal hero and my world, to an extent, revolved around him. I grew ...

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Davido, Sophia And The Weed Revolution In Nigeria

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Niran Adedokun Like many other nations, Nigeria, world’s most populous black nation and Africa’s largest economy, is racing against time to catch up with the rest of the world in so many areas. Irresponsible leadership and a docile, ill-informed following have combined to make nonsense of the abundant human and natural capital of the country so much so that you ...

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My Mechanic Is Smarter Than Yours

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Greg Odogwu Unemployment is always listed as one of Nigeria’s cardinal problems. But when Julius Berger told President Muhammadu Buhari that he needed to do something urgent about jobs lost to foreign construction workers, it became obvious that our problem is not just about unemployment. It is more fundamental, and complicated. Evidently, our past leaders were not thinking deep enough; ...

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APC And The Elusive Change

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It is not unknown to us that national disunity caused by ethnic hatred existing among us and our past egregious military and civilian regimes are linked to our country’s underdevelopment. A country driven by disunity cannot attain great heights in the areas of technological and economic development, as disunity is a disincentive to national development. In some heterogeneous countries, ethnic ...

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The electoral bloodbath in Bayelsa

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By Jide Ojo “Sadly, however, the election was conducted at the price of several lives lost and mayhem visited on many communities by mindless brigands clearly summoned by those who do not respect the democratic process and have equally scant regard for the sanctity of lives and property” – Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State in a press statement on ...

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Foreign Policy For Nigeria

Lekan-Sote

Lekan Sote Because charity must begin from home, Nigeria’s foreign policy must take its bearings from Section 14(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which declares that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.” It must also incorporate the objectives of Section 19: “Promotion and protection of the national interest; promotion of African ...

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Buhari:Accepting The Past, Facing The Future.

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By magnus Onyibe. *Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the IMF is in Nigeria. The last time the global financial intervention agency, IMF beamed its gaze on Nigeria (1985-6), was to convince govt to embark on financial reforms including devaluation of the naira. I have heard many commentators lament that Nigeria’s economy is in dire straits similar to the situation ...

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A Swot Analysis Of The New Electricity Tariff In Nigeria (1)

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By Idowu Oyebanjo The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has finally succumbed to pressure from investors in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) to increase the tariff regime in the absence of steady power supply and at a time of economic downturn. Consumers, organised labour and affected stakeholders have expressed dissatisfaction. As painful as this may appear, it is suffice ...

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A Season Of Defections

Bayo

The Nigerian political landscape is being swept by a tsunami of defections. Politicians are changing party allegiance at a dizzying rate. At the rate politicians defect from one party to another, it won’t be long before Nigeria is turned into a one-party state. Since the ruling All Progressives Congress defeated the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 presidential election, a ...

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Who Wants Mr. President Dead?

Buhari

Adewale Kupoluyi During the week, I had the cause to ponder over the controversy generated by the recent revelation made by the Enugu Catholic priest and Founder, Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, who alleged that there were plans by unnamed people to assassinate President Muhammadu Buhari. According to the clergyman, many people were plotting to kill the President because ...

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Is Lagarde A Fairy Godmother Or Economic Imperialist?

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Henry Boyo The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, held strategic consultations last week with President Muhammadu Buhari and some key legislators and ministers. The Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, also met with the IMF boss, who quickly dispelled any anxiety that we might be programmed for another oppressive round of the IMF conditionalities. However, ...

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Are Elections Giving Democracy A Bad Name In Nigeria?

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By Magnus Onyibe. For starters, l would like to attribute the title of this article, in part to Kofi Annan, former United Nations, UN Secretary General whose recent speech to the CommonWealth was titled ‘Are Elections Giving Democracy Bad Name?’. Given the unprecedented spate of violence in the 2015 general elections that ushered change of rulership to opposition political party ...

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Where Are These CBN Policies Headed For?

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By Uche Igwe Hauwa is a middle-aged Nigerian woman from Gombe State. She is a mother of three, pregnant for the fourth and currently studying for a postgraduate degree in a prestigious university in the United Kingdom. She maintains a bank account in a new generation bank in Nigeria that her husband regularly transfers money to carter for her school ...

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Cry For True Federalism

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I was at a dinner in Port Harcourt recently and most of those present had harsh words for the Central Bank of Nigeria and its leadership. As the diners lambasted the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, in turns, my attempts to make them see the apex bank as almost helpless in the present situation fell on deaf ears until I said, ...

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Hopefully, Their ‘Prediction’ Has Failed!

FG

There is hardly any doubt that the United States of America has made outstanding contributions to the world, especially in the area of technology. However, their penchant for “mischief” is equally awesome. They have sponsored the overthrow of governments they were opposed to and their greatest achievement in mischief was the collapse of the Soviet Union, their most feared historical ...

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Nigeria’s Economy, Entrepreneurship And Banking

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Entrepreneurs occupy a central position in any market economy. They serve as the spark plug in the economy’s engine, activating and stimulating all economic activities. The economic success of nations worldwide is the result of encouraging and rewarding the entrepreneurial instinct. A society is prosperous only to the degree to which it rewards and encourages entrepreneurial activities because it is ...

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Nigeria: The Origin, Meaning And Principality

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There is something about a name. The name of a person, place or object encapsulates the nature, character and authority of the bearer, though not necessarily in a literal sense. The name, ‘’Nigeria’’, given us by Flora Shaw, wife of former colonial master, Frederick Lugard, bears a negative vibration. It is covertly derogatory and should be re-invented as NIGERIAH (NIGERI-AH) ...

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Happy New Year, And So Long!

Onaiyekhan

Tolu Ogunlesi At the beginning of every year, the news is awash with predictions and prophecies, usually from Christian clergymen. Much of it is vague stuff – saying that two prominent traditional rulers will die isn’t really saying anything in a country where every chief is prominent and most are decades past the country’s life expectancy. Many of the predictions ...

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Nigeria In 2016: The Moment Of Truth

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The president obviously believes Nigeria can spend its way out of a looming recession at a time we should be deliberately deflating the economy through massive cuts in cost of governance, reducing salaries and allowances across board and eliminating waste by drastically cutting back expenses on luxury items. “The states face three tasks which present significant and debilitating obstacles to ...

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Was Mbaka Really The Man Who First Predicted Jonathan’s Defeat?

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, family in Delta State heaved a sigh of relief when the news of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s victory at the Court of Appeal filtered in from Abuja at about 2pm on December 24, 2015, a day before Christmas. MbakaUncertainty had enveloped the Okowa family, his appointees and indeed all PDP members in the state when they ...

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Ifa Priest And Rev. Fr Mbaka

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Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of an Adoration Ministry in Enugu visited General Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock a fortnight. However, why the Catholic leader has a right of association as an individual, he might have a rethink as a religious priest, owing to the fact that Judges of the court of law are restricted from socializing. It is no longer ...

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The Politics And Economics Of Fuel Subsidy

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That fuel subsidy is not the problem and inevitably necessary is never in doubt. What made fuel subsidy seem unwanted as it is being advocated by the same cabal and politicians whose partnership sabotage and milk the country is their readiness to use its absence to unleash economic hardship on the weakest members of the society. And that damaging blow ...

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Bola Tinubu: A Deserving Man Of The Year

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

By Hon Segun Olulade When The Sun Newspaper announced its prestigious MAN OF THE YEAR personality, it was no surprise that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was named. In Nigeria of today, Tinubu is a subject. Many great word-works have been done to eulogise the personality of the man that rose to the peak of his calling on self-belief, sagacity, decorum, ...

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Issues With Nigeria’s Green Gasoline Plan

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By Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku In 2008 when the climate change debate took center stage, the discovery of a plant known as Jathropha as an alternative to fossil fuels produced ripples of excitement within the global environment community.  What made the discovery of the plant even more spectacular was that it grew easily in Africa, Asia and the Americas. The plant was ...

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