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By: on Yesterday, 6:34 am
The figures presented by the Debt Management Office as of March 2021 show that Nigeria’s total debt stock is N33.107 trillion. This comprises the debt stock of the Federal Government, 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory. Further breakdown of the debt stock shows that promissory notes were in the sum of N940.220 billion, domestic debt stock stood at N20.637 billion while the external debt stock remained at $32.86 billion. The Federal Government went further to obtain another...
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By: on Yesterday, 6:22 am
As the 2023 presidential election inches closer, the issue of zoning of the presidential ticket of the major political parties is now on the front burner. While the ruling All Progressives Congress has given indications that it will zone the ticket to the South, the Peoples Democratic Party has been keeping mum. Some APC governors have even given reasons why the ticket should go to the South. It is imperative to put the record straight on this matter. Since independence, the North has produce...
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By: on December 1, 2021
AS Nigeria moves closer towards state failure, the agitation for restructuring it to fit its natural default mode of true federalism is attracting both genuine and dubious converts. Lately, the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, joined the train, arguing rightly that Nigeria “must embrace restructuring to survive,” retooling its polity, economy, security and “ways of doing things.” Like other Northern politicians lately, a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, ...
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By: on November 26, 2021
In recent times, there has been concern over reports of a lady who was said to have died from a snake bite when she was using the toilet in her apartment leading to many asking how that could be possible. Indeed, snakes can get into toilet bowls through the connecting pipes and pits outside the house or get into the house, and then crawl up and, or fall into the toilet bowls after being in the house To understand how entry through pipes and connecting pits happens, one can first look at th...
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By: on November 24, 2021
The concept of the audacity of hope emanated from the keynote address of Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic National Congress when he was an Illinois Senator and presidential aspirant. The address which he delivered in just 20 minutes contains his family background and vision for America. This address shot him to fame when he embarked on his presidential campaign in America. Some of the issues raised in the address formed the fulcrum of his presidential campaign. The ideas became published as h...
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By: on November 24, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought a heavy toll and none more than on our most vulnerable – our children, who have not only suffered the difficulties related to the lockdowns but also physical and mental pressures. Mental health problems affect around one in six children globally. These include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and these are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives. Alarmingly, however, 75% of children and young people who experience a mental health ...
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By: on November 22, 2021
Much has been written about the potential economic benefits of the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). However, few people have asked: how will the new trade deal help African states develop a resilient agriculture sector? Food is crucial for our existence and it should not be a luxury for anybody on earth. When food is not accessible to people or when citizens cannot get sufficient food because of limited financial means, we say they are food insecure - which is the case for ma...
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By: on November 22, 2021
The entire world turned its attention to Nigeria that bloody evening of Tuesday, October 20, 2020 when heavily armed Nigerian soldiers stormed the Lekki Tollgate, epicentre of #EndSARS protest and opened gunfire on peaceful demonstrators who were seated on the floor whilst singing the national anthem and waving the national flag. Knowing how untrustworthy Nigerian politicians are, the entire world immediately focused on Nigeria, eager to see how this open crime against humanity would be handl...
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By: on November 21, 2021
In a true democracy, the criminal justice system is designed to enforce laws, ensure public safety, and deliver justice to those who have committed crimes. There are three major components of the criminal justice system. These all play an important role in keeping the public safe: Law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Given the chaos, lawlessness, wanton killings, kidnapping, abduction on daily basis, fear, insecurity, riots, lack of direction, and lack of peace, Nigeria, like a class wit...
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By: on November 21, 2021
Too often in socio-political conversations, claims of the Igbo man's disunity is held as a badgering totem to rationalize the ‘how and why’ of the entire tribe receiving the short end of the political stick in the chequered history of this country. From suffering through the civil war pogrom to targeted discrimination in the eco-political and federal setup of Nigeria which has stemmed and fed a visibly growing dissatisfaction with the idea of Nigeria in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Igbos have...
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By: on November 14, 2021
I do not have the temperament to witness the ongoing misgovernance in Ayade’s Cross River State without staging a protest, without putting up some resistance against such maladministration which is being forced down our throats in a civilised society. The state continues to sink into the abyss without a trace of redemption, yet only a few Cross Riverians are interested in calling out an incompetent, disastrous governor who runs the state like his personal company, Ayade Limited, for example. ...
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By: on November 12, 2021
We hear ‘’strong man’’, and the visage of a rotund, bumbling African dictator in Khaki and jackboots comes to mind. But permit me to appropriate the word and re-contextualise it for the purpose of this column. In my context, a ‘’strong man’’ embodies discipline, audacity, courage, and character. Nigeria needs a ‘’strong man’’ as president in 2023 – one who is not afraid to be unpopular by taking critical reformist decisions and action. The times are perilous. Nigeria needs a sanitiser, a vacu...
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