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By: on January 15, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari’s exclusive interview with Channels Television means different things to different groups of people across the world. In the interview, the President revealed so many things that have a deepening impact on the country. While the politicians concentrated on Buhari’s take on his successor, the Igbo about Nnamdi Kanu, National Assembly members about new electoral law, the governors’ state police, my take as an ordinary Nigerian was the president’s take on the economy and ...
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By: on January 14, 2022
The German philosopher, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, was racist when he wrote about the ‘inferiority’ of African culture but appeared right about the temperamental and emotional nature of black Africans; a pointed type of sensitivity that revealed itself in the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), when he let his emotions extremely stream out heatedly. In his targeted tweet, Buhari warned the Igbo people stating that “those misbehaving today” would be “treated in the language t...
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By: on January 13, 2022
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, would like to close the case of the suspicious death of Sylvester Omoroni Jr., and simply move on to something else. He’s surprised there's pushback and can’t understand why. Odumosu said the state Director of Public Prosecutions had advised that the evidence provided was insufficient to charge the suspects for murder. Why hang suspects merely on public sentiments when five weeks of police investigations, arrests and detention of the sus...
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By: on January 12, 2022
Over the last year, there have been frequent increases in electricity tariffs, making it necessary to explore ways to reduce electricity usage so as to pay less. Things are hard enough as it is especially in a place like Lagos, and if you don’t plan to pay double, you have to adjust accordingly. Although you would certainly pay more, knowing how to reduce your electricity usage in Lagos would do you a lot of good. ...
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By: on January 12, 2022
AN avowal by the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, last October that his administration would close all Internally Displaced Persons camps located within Maiduguri by December 31, 2021, seems to be generating concern in many quarters. The anxiety is understandable considering the unrelenting activities of Boko Haram/ISWAP Islamic terrorists, who have been killing, maiming victims, and destroying property amid the military’s continued counter-insurgency operations. The facts on the ground cal...
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By: on January 11, 2022
NIGERIA’S false federalism was on display when federal forces arrogantly hijacked a local dispute by deploying the police in Magodo, a private estate in Lagos State. In the ensuing battle for control, the head of the police team deployed from Abuja openly defied Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who visited Magodo on Tuesday in a bid to resolve the logjam. Undoubtedly, the defiance Abimbola Oyewole (a lowly chief superintendent of police) exhibited punctured the fiction that a governor is the chief s...
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By: on January 11, 2022
THE mindless killing of more than 200 persons in some communities in Zamfara State has reinforced the urgent need for a change in the military strategy against insurgents, terrorists, and sundry armed criminals in the Northern states. Reports said the bandits/terrorists in large numbers staged attacks on Rafin Danya, Barayar Zaki, Rafin Gero and Kurfa villages in Anka and Bukkuyum Local Government Areas between Tuesday and Thursday last week, as they fled with thousands of rustled cattle followi...
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By: on January 10, 2022
THE recent squabble between a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, and the leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Edwin Clark, over the ownership of Nigeria’s oil wealth has reignited the long-running question of fiscal federalism in the country. Additionally, it reminds Nigerians and the world how successive governments have grossly mismanaged the country’s critical resources and driven majority of the population into poverty. The kernel of the disagreement between the two public figures is an...
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By: on January 9, 2022
It was perhaps billed as the eureka moment in the continuing but less than satisfactory tackling of our myriads of crippling security challenges by the federal government. Except that it was not. No one solves a problem by hanging a label on it. But this was what the federal government did last week, perhaps driven by the desperation to re-assure the populace that this house, although violently shaken by its cocktail of security challenges, is not about to fall. It is good to know. The govern...
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By: on January 9, 2022
A while back, some extended family members and I were having a conversation about family genetics and health. The gist centred around diabetes, hypertension and obesity- the deadly triad- that are increasingly becoming common among us. An aunt of mine who was quiet throughout the discussion suddenly blurted out: ‘You see, that is why I don’t go for any test. What you don’t know won’t kill you. It is when you go snooping around that the doctor will find something. Let sleeping dogs lie!’ I ...
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By: on January 8, 2022
The presidential poll in Nigeria is scheduled for February next year barring any unforeseen circumstances. Political permutations toward the election have started in earnest. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are preparing strongly to wrest power at the centre from the misruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). In the PDP serious contenders for the top job abound. If achievements and promises made and kept or broken were to be used as yardsticks for the election of the nex...
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By: on January 5, 2022
•Muslims worshipping with Christians on Christmas Day is indication that religious tolerance is possible For the better part of last year, just like the preceding ones in recent times, the dominant news from Kaduna and practically all the northern states have been gory tales of banditry, kidnapping, communal upheavals, ethnic crises and terrorism, among other sundry acts of violence. Kaduna has also been one of those states in which religious intolerance and extremism played key roles in comp...
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