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How did we get here?

By Deborah Phillips   Benin City I am one of the few Nigerians privileged to live in the Army Barracks. I am from southern part of Kaduna state though I was born in Nguru, Yobe state but grew up at ...

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Gov Lalong’s 2019 landmines

  I want to strongly bring it to the notice of the Governor of Plateau State, Right Hon. Simon Bako Lalong that based on his performance so far in Jos North where he on several occasion confessed to have the ...

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Aisha Alhassan is innocent , — By

Rather unfortunately, most Nigerians of the present generation are adept at hypocrisy and sycophancy. Most people, including even the elderly who should say the truth for the good of the country, often play the ostrich. Th e point is that ...

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Dear Kano, my city, my state

When two elephants fi ght, it is always the grass that suff ers. Th is is exactly the scenario in my beloved Kano state. Th e current state of political hostility between the two major power fi gures of the ...

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NOUN and the new judgment date

Everything with a beginning also has an end. Th e law graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria were shut out since 2013 from the Nigerian Law School for vocational training by the Council of Legal Education, despite the ...

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On World Pharmacists Day

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the body representing Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical Scientists worldwide. It has 139 national organizations, over three million members across the globe, with Head offi ce in Netherlands and Dr.  Carmen Pena as the current President.  Th ...

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DisCos don’t deserve more bail-out

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Raji Fashola, recently disclosed that the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) needed N222 billion intervention in order to provide meters for Nigerians. One of the conditions of Electricity Power Sector Reform Act (EPSR) 2005 was ...

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Of politics, governance and loyalty

It baffles me to note that in Nigeria everything is about the next “election” rather than the governance issues. Let’s insist on good governance for the existing mandate. In my understanding, there is diff erence between “politics” and “governance”. According ...

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Buhari and the 2019 signal from Kaduna

Th e popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari and that of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is still unprecedentedly strong in the country. Recent political happenings in Kaduna State have further proved that apart from being Buhari’s second home, Kaduna ...

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Jonathan on freedom of speech

Again, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan missed the point when he took to the social media and posted that he forewarned that the freedom of speech he ‘dashed’ us during his tenure was now a scarce commodity! And that we had hitherto ...

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Kwankwasiya and dangerous mischief-making

Indeed, a bloody riot could have stormed the ancient city of Kano a day after the Eid-el-Kabir festival when the antagonizing Gandujiyya and Kwankwasiyya APC factions clashed, leaving scores injured. If that calculated, deadly and political bomb had eventually explored, ...

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Pay Lagos neigbourhood operatives

I am using this medium to call the attention of the people of Lagos State to the act of administrative misdemeanour being perpetrated by members of the board of the newly established Lagos State Neigbourhood Safety Corps. Pay Lagos neigbourhood ...

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Courtesy instructors for Nigerians?

I once wrote to Ian Nelson the national marketing manager of 7UP Bottling Company Plc, as an undergraduate of the University of Ibadan. I needed scholarship at the time. He swiftly cabled a reply. Even though the company didn’t off ...

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Open letter to education minister

Honourable Minister Sir, in an earlier open letter on the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), my thoughts centred on how best to shorten the duration of the strike, while remaining on the path of constructive ...

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PMB should shore up food security

Tth e recent announcement by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that Nigeria has successfully exited the worst economic recession in 29 years brought joy and a sense of relief to many Nigerians. Th is wonderful news came at a ...

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How exit from recession can be felt

In the past few days, Nigeria was agog with the news that the country is fi nally out of recession as announced by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and according to the report, the manufacturing industry and agriculture was ...

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Tijjani Kwaji Kumbi: A bridge builder

A bridge builder administratively or politically is a person who does not discriminate on creed, tribe, background or religion. He is a person who de-emphasizes confl icts, contradictions or controversies. He relates with almost everyone. A bridge builder accepts things ...

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Open letter to TETfund scribe

Th e news making the rounds is that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) will no longer give research grant to any scholar that has started his programme one or more years back. Frankly, this will not help our quest ...

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Ambode’s devolution plea

Th e story in the media on Wednesday that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode appealed to lawyers at the NBA conference to help amplify the clamour for restructuring the country is interesting and intriguing. Is this supposed to be a joke or ...

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Nigeria’s elite and education

Duncan Green’s “From Poverty To Power” vividly describes a person’s life from the cradle to the grave as interwoven in chances dominated by the extraordinary levels of inequality and lack of education that characterize the modern world. He paints a ...

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Poor education and intolerance

Where education is not a major provision in a community’s infrastructure, confusion can govern attitudes. It is easy to denigrate and demonize an ethnic or religious category of people when it appears under the spotlight for the fi rst time. ...

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Who is afraid of the youth?

I had a beautiful growing up.  Th e best part of my life was, no doubt, my childhood; and the part where I was most impactful, I would say, was my youth – the years from secondary to university education ...

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Still on Paris Club refund

Th ose who are familiar with the Israeli economy would know that one of the biggest pilot programmes to test-run electric cars has already been initiated. Th e whole world is watching the programme – which has the capacity to ...

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Fayose’s nuisance value

Th e personality and character of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State means diff erent things to diff erent people at diff erent times. To his people, he is their omniscient leader that glorifi ed himself with stomach infrastructure. To ...

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