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The commonest question for a primary 1 pupil like my lovely son NaetoChukwu is to ask him “Why is government necessary.”He will quickly tell you that government exists for security. Government in the thinking of some scholars is important because the institutions of government ought to provide the parameters for everyday behaviour for citizens, protect them from outside interference, and often provide for their well-being and happiness,” (www.ushistory.org). The framers of the Nigeria’s ex...
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The morning after the night when protesters at Lekki toll gate were supposedly massacred by the Nigerian Army, the BBC News hour programme interviewed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu around 6am on whether he invited the army and who gave orders that unarmed protesters be shot. The governor confirmed that he invited the army but that they were supposed to arrive later than the time they came. Did he order the shooting of protesters? “I am not the C-in-C,” he said, adding that the army does not take o...
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Sir: Back in 2015, I fought friends who supported the return of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan because I strongly believed in President Muhammadu Buhari because of his anti-corruption stance. I, like many Nigerians, attributed this messianic figure to this ‘reformed democrat.’ After the initial four years of complete and monumental failure to deliver his campaign promises, I foolishly supported his second term bid because I felt he was a better alternative to Atiku Abubakar. I unreasonably thou...
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By: on Yesterday, 6:58 am
For several months now, coronavirus has enveloped the world and like a cocoon to a larva, it has continued to rage, gnaw towards the west and other parts of the world. When you expect it to subside, cases of infected persons continue to rise. The coronavirus pandemic has revealed that most countries around the world have paid mammoth attention to their efforts to develop and build a large weapon while paying scarce attention towards improving infrastructure for health care and the delivery of...
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By: on Yesterday, 6:49 am
We all just need to freeze our fixation on other subjects of urgent national importance at this time to discuss the plight of teachers, notably university teachers at this time in Nigeria. Talking about the long strike and plight of university teachers may have become a stale subject to discuss at this time that even His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar decried the debilitating effects of unbridled banditry in the North. The Sultan of Sokoto is saying there is a time for ...
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By: on November 28, 2020
Nigeria is gradually earning the reputation that it should not earn. This country is becoming famous globally as a country of lies and wickedness. In this country, there is so much hunger adding to the pains citizens suffer on account of the lucid corruption the so-called political leaders swim and luxuriate in. Indeed, our citizens and peasants wallow in poverty and suffering of the maximum category and kind that their corrupt so-called political leaders and their hangers-on of various categori...
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By: on November 28, 2020
YOU would not, at first sight, think of commonalities between President Muhammadu Buhari and President Donald Trump. Would you? Both are seemingly worlds apart. One is a brash billionaire, the other, according to The Economist, is a “sandal-wearing ascetic”. Yet,truth is, both have a lot in common! The London Times recently described President Trump as “the most capricious of presidents”, and a columnist for the newspaper, Gerald Baker, called him “the most narcissistic and pugnacious preside...
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By: on November 28, 2020
His emotive and chaotic response during the flare-up in Nigeria-Ghana relations in August was a yellow flag for me I HAVE known the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for a long time, I think. Before I got close, I was first drawn to him when he was chief of staff to former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, even though I had known him earlier at the Nigerian Airports Authority. But my interest grew from knowing to fascination and from fascination to respect w...
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By: on November 28, 2020
November 19 was World Toilet Day. Of an estimated 673 million people worldwide, who still practice open defecation, about 47 million of them are in Nigeria! Tragically, this makes Nigeria the number one country with the highest number of people who practice open defecation. India, which relinquished the number one position for us (in 2014, about 530 million Indians practiced open defecation), has virtually eliminated open defecation and the feat was achieved in less than six years. I remembe...
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By: on November 28, 2020
The ordinary man deserves a basic life. In March, a bag of POP cement sold for 3500 naira. Today, that same bag sells for 8,500 naira. You might say POP is no food. But if the building industry slows, many Nigerians will go unemployed. That will include sand miners, masons, carpenters, those who work in block industries, tilers and roofers. The price of sisal fibre has doubled in the last two months. Nobody can explain what’s going on. A bag of Dangote cement sold for 2300-2400 in the open m...
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By: on November 28, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari impresses me as a good learner and follower. Those who were shouting change were more interested in their pockets than our common good. I am sure they never sat down with the general to discuss anything. Honestly, many of those who sold candidate Buhari had no plans. They forced so many absurdities into his campaign. I want to see the video where Buhari said he would bring down the exchange rate to one naira per dollar, finish Boko Haram and reduce fuel pump price ...
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By: on November 27, 2020
HIGHLY vulnerable because of its dependence on oil and the biting coronavirus pandemic, governments at the national and sub-national tiers are struggling to meet their financial obligations, including the payment of wages. Primarily, governments are finding it hard to pay workers’ monthly salaries because of the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage adopted at the beginning of the year. The Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, alluded to this during the ong...
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