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Nigeria is obviously in a fix at the moment. When everyone had thought respite was gradually coming to all from the dreaded coronavirus, the Federal Government, as usual, decided to spin its regular surprise. Apparently, the government is on the verge of deliberately shutting down the economy, an action that should not even be imagined. Even with the palliatives, grants, loans and moratoriums in place, what has taken place in the last two or three weeks is enough to take beneficiaries and str...
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For the All Progressives Congress, it’s not raining, it’s pouring but the umbrella is with the hot-chasing rival, the Peoples Democratic Party. Each time the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), boots a penalty kick into a throw-in, I begin to ponder the importance of secondary school education as a useful tool for political leadership. Whenever I imagine how former comrade, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, hid his tragic flaws, and led labour unions out against governments, only to n...
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•While CBN should punish forex abusers, it should protect legitimate dealers Terrorism is an existential threat. Money laundering, whether or not it feeds terrorism, is no less a threat, on the economic front. So, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) can hardly be faulted for cracking down on corporates and individuals, accused of skewing their forex access, for possible terrorism funding and sundry money laundering. As at the last count, the apex bank has put no less than 100 of such under i...
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The presidential pardon granted by President Muhammadu Buhari, to former Nationalist and Minister, Anthony Eromosele Enahoro (1923-2010) and also to Professor Ambrose Folorunsho Alli (1929-1989), former Governor of the defunct Bendel state and endorsed by the National Council of State is most welcome. I hope the pardon will be extended to others including Major General Tajudeen Olanrewaju, former Minister of Transportation and others whose cases are being reviewed in the Presidency. Let us discu...
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60th Anniversary Lecture on the platform of Association of Retired Career Ambassador of Nigeria (ARCAN) Our founding fathers had difficulties negotiating the terms of our independence. The result was that 60 years ago, we projected the image of a divided nation and not that of a united country. In London where I served, and where we celebrated independence, we had four legations. The Western Agent General’s office with Chief Akitoye Coker from Abeokuta as Agent General; the Eastern Agent Gene...
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For those that continue to wonder in utter bewilderment why the Southern Kaduna crisis seems unresolvable, the simple reason is the hardline position of the some tribal development associations and their umbrella body, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) to the issue of Hausa/Fulanis, though long settled in the region, are denied recognition as bonafide indigenes and often derogatorily referred to as “settlers”. That position is not likely to change soon considering the hardening body l...
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Annotated review of CBN Economic Report First Quarter 2020 (ERQ1, 2020) makes it evident that to fix the country’s multifaceted infrastructural gaps and socio-economic difficulties is realisable. Post-COVID-19 lockdown, Nigeria requires neither domestic nor external loans to execute federal budgets but only abidance by the Oath of Office of the President. That way, the economy will achieve self-financed double-digit GDP growth rate and eliminate the high incidence of extreme poverty. Section ...
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In the last few weeks, Nigerians have been inundated with hues and cries over the hike in the price of premium motor spirit (PMS) and electricity tariff. The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and some civil rights groups have expressed concern over the development. For all intent and purposes, the arguments presented so far against the hike in price of PMS fell short of logical thinking. There is an old saying that “Twenty children...
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By: on Yesterday, 3:25 pm
The British colonialists chucked the power console to the aborigines of Nigeria in 1960. Let me rephrase that. The British prowlers tossed power into the palm of native champions and ‘’non-functionally’’ exited the dais before the close of 1960. But these infiltrators did not go with the evils and vices of their craft. The perils of colonialism remained. So, long after they are gone, the colonial construction still stands sturdy. The political layout the British handed to Nigeria was fatally ...
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By: on Yesterday, 3:16 pm
Kenneth Gbagi was a former Nigerian Minister of State for Education. He is currently nursing the ambition reportedly of becoming the Governor od Delta State under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He is said to be the proprietor of Signatious Hotel in the oil city of Warri. That hotel could have been built with stolen funds if the sordid looting history of the Nigerian political elite is considered pessimistically. The politician of fortune reminds one of Dino Melaye and Commissio...
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By: on Yesterday, 3:04 pm
Sixty years of sleepwalking “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”― Socrates Independence Day is upon us and I am sure that some Nigerians are preparing to celebrate. For those who want to celebrate for celebrations sake, I do not begrudge them; there is a saying rather than cry, you might as well laugh. I am not in the mood for either. I would rather spend my time in quiet contemplation. ...
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By: on Yesterday, 6:53 am
The discordant tunes over a proposed controversial railway line from Kano to Maradi in Niger Republic clearly exposed the lack of synergy in governance. It is amazing how officials of the same government that should speak with one voice are feeding members of the public with divergent information, thereby creating confusion. The penchant for government functionaries to disagree on what should normally be a common ground should stop for progress to be made in the public interest.The disclosu...
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