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By: on August 10, 2022
Yesterday, August 9, 2022, Kenyans marched to the polls to elect their new set of political leaders. At the time of writing this on the day of the election, winners are yet to emerge although the odds favour veteran opposition leader, Raila Odinga, to get lucky after four previous failed attempts. This is because he has the backing of his foe-turned-friend and outgoing president, Uhuru Kenyatta, despite not belonging to the same political party. Aside from that, Raila was a former Prime Minister...
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By: on August 9, 2022
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people — Karl Marx For those who care to know, Nigeria is not only bedevilled by corruption embedded in our cultural instincts but also by the toxicity of ethnicity, tribalism and religious bigotry. Because of these monsters, public accountability is measured and demanded based on the ethnic group and the religion you profess. Even in cases where the num...
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By: on August 8, 2022
FROM the look of things, President Muhammadu Buhari’s sudden ultimatum to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to resolve the strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, within two weeks, was a mere delay tactic. The president gave the ultimatum on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. It expired on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. During that period, there was no noticeable indication that any meaningful interaction with ASUU and other striking university workers’ unions took place. If they did, ...
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By: on August 5, 2022
In no time we will enter September. It is a special month. From the point of view of numerologists, nine signifies completion. Figure 10 takes us back to one as one plus zero as one. Eleven comes back to figure two. One is the figure of the Almighty. Five is the Lord Jesus and seven, is the number of the Holy Spirit, the Will and Perfection. To the geographers, it is the month the sun returns to the equator from the Northern Hemisphere, and upon crossing the equator, it heads for the South...
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By: on August 3, 2022
Nigeria is battling different diagnostic diseases that have affected the most sensitive parts of the body. Citizens are internally weak and helpless with a bunch of problems confronting them on a daily basis. Our dignity has been sold to politicians, which is why hunger and poverty have now been deliberately weaponised by the same politicians who emptied our patrimony. Insecurity in Nigeria under Dictator Muhammadu Buhari has become a nightmare. Thousands of innocent Nigerians have been ki...
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By: on July 28, 2022
Top functionaries of the Buhari regime minimise the weight of insecurity that Nigerians now deal with, and fiddle with the people’s intelligence. Although security is not his brief, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, attempted during a recent interview on Channels Television, to show that what Nigerians now experience is nothing near what happened in the years before 2015, when Buhari assumed office. They make it sound like Nigerians suffer from amnesia and bring two thi...
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By: on July 18, 2022
THE shambolic state of Nigeria’s security apparatus was again brutally laid bare when Islamic terrorists invaded the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Abuja, freeing their incarcerated fighters, other hardened criminals, convicted persons and suspects awaiting trial for various offences. The ease of the attack, the failure of intelligence and the inability of the security agencies to mount a quick response, demonstrate the increasing helplessness of the government to protect the country a...
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By: on July 12, 2022
A recent photograph published on the front page of The PUNCH summarises the shabby state of public education infrastructure in Nigeria today. The execrable learning environment of primary school pupils in Ofumwegbe, in the Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State, is replicated across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. It is a clear depiction of the rot in the public education sector. Therefore, there is an urgent need to invest heavily in education infrastructure and imp...
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By: on July 11, 2022
TRAPPED in self-inflicted folly, Nigeria is on course to incur N4 trillion or more on petrol subsidy in 2022. The contradiction defies rationality: here is a leading producer of crude oil stubbornly bankrupting itself importing and subsidising refined petroleum products! The resultant fiscal hole is engendering poverty and social backlash. Persistently, it rightly instigates domestic stakeholders and the international community to recommend outright removal of petrol subsidies to save the econom...
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By: on July 11, 2022
THE dismissal by the Kaduna State Government of 2,357 teachers from the state’s teaching service and the fallout return the vexed issue of unqualified teachers and the quality of instruction in Nigeria’s public primary and secondary schools to public discourse. For years, in many states, primary and secondary school teachers have failed competency tests, refused to sit for them, or been found to be unqualified and un-trainable. The states and local government councils, with federal support, shou...
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By: on July 8, 2022
Presidential candidates for the 2023 elections are resorting to fuzzy math, half-truths, and even outright falsehoods to compete for media attention and votes. The worst offender so far, is Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, APC presidential candidate. The lies that continue to dog Tinubu are not new. The lies have been part of his political diary since he joined politics. The authenticity of his certificates, the schools and university he attended, his parental background, his real names, etc., are h...
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By: on June 30, 2022
Nigeria is caught in a maelstrom. Ravagers roam across the land unchallenged, extracting tolls in tears and blood from citizens. They expropriate land and govern according to their lust for violence. There is hopelessness in the streets as the country sinks deeper and deeper into a bloodfest. Insecurity will be the toughest trial of the next administration. Insurgency, banditry and kidnapping have become a quotidian aspect of the Nigerian life. Killings and kidnappings have persisted with eac...
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