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Where were you when Abacha died? [PODCAST]

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In this short podcast, Mnena Achineku uses old media tapes and recollections of a few respondents to take us down memory lane to June 6, 1998, the fateful day, General Sani Abacha died. Abacha’s death was a defining moment in Nigeria’s history. As the New York Times noted in its ...

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Simon Kolawole: Memories of midnight

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by Simon Kolawole It was midnight, not so long ago, when I woke up, used the toilet and returned to my bed to continue from where I stopped. For almost an hour, I closed my eyes in vain. I could neither induce nor seduce sleep. I was rolling from one ...

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Chude Jideonwo: How it came to be that Jonathan is an option in 2019

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by Chude Jideonwo I got a lot of panicked responses after my last piece; the panic focused on one small nugget of information buried within it: the fact that, as things stand today, former president Goodluck Jonathan is the strongest candidate that the People’s Democratic Party can present in 2019. ...

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Chude Jideonwo: Will the third party candidates please stand up?

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by Chude Jideonwo Nigerians talk a good game about third party candidacies, especially Nigerians on social media. They speak often about this utopia where Nigerians have had more than two options for president of Nigeria, and we could have chosen any of these options instead of what they consider less-than-ideal ...

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Sani wants El-Rufai punished for memo which tries to position him as “competent alternative” to Buhari

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Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna are not best friends. Their rivalry in has been one of the sub-themes of Kaduna politics in the last two years. Following the leak of a memo sent last September by El-Rufai to President Muhammadu Buhari, the senator has ...

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Simon Kolawole: The trial of Hameed ‘Netanyahu’ Ali

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by Simon Kolawole Retired Col. Hameed Ali was sitting gently on his sofa and watching TV on August 27, 2015 when some news flashed on the screen: he had been appointed the comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). He was shocked. The previous day, he was with President Muhammadu ...

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Adewunmi Emoruwa: Presidents Buhari, Osinbajo and body language as policy

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by Adewunmi Emoruwa Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, a former speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives and current governor of Sokoto state, mainstreamed the term “body language” into our national discourse. Presenting a paper during the international anti-corruption day 2014 roundtable organised by the Nigeria Bar Association, Tambuwal said, “The President’s (Dr. ...

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Jonathan visits Gov. Wike in Rivers Govt. House

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday visited Government House, Port Harcourt. The Former President was received by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike. Also present during the visit were the Chief of Staff to Governor Wike, Engr Emeka Woke, the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Hon Kenneth Kobani and ...

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How to quickly sell anything online

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(Sponsored) The invention of online shopping has made life easier in a number of ways. Now we can find something we’ve always wanted to buy in a matter of minutes. Getting rid of the stuff you no longer need is another thing you can do online. Find out how to ...

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Osho Samuel: The unexpected arrival of Mr. President and the future of the economy

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By Osho Samuel The unexpected arrival of ‘Baba Go Slow’ may stop Nigerians from savouring the delightful taste of minute proceeds emanating from the transitory moment of governance chaired by a decisive acting President. During the medical leave of President Buhari which lasted for 51 days, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo did ...

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The Nays have it: Senate votes against confirmation of Magu as EFCC chair

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The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Wednesday voted against the nomination of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). President Muhammadu Buhari had late last year submitted Magu’s name to the Senate for confirmation as substantive Chairman of EFCC having ...

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Chude Jideonwo: How did Obasanjo allow his legacy get off the rails?

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by Chude Jideonwo In the world these days, it is impossible to have a nuanced discussion about too many things. The lure of 140 characters disincentives the complexity that ideas sometimes demand, and until we evolve to that point where we can condense complicated thoughts into this inevitable format, we ...

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Customs suspends controversial policy on vehicle duty

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The Nigeria Customs Service has suspended its policy on vehicle duty. This is contained in a statement signed on Wednesday by the acting public relations officer of the service, Joseph Attah for the Comptroller-General, Hameed Ali. The Service said it put the policy on hold due to its misinterpretation and ...

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Apostle Suleman blames El-Rufai for his travails

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Omega Fire Ministries has accused Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai of masterminding the recent series of allegations of infidelity against its General Overseer, Apostle Johnson Suleman. In a statement issued in Abuja Tuesday, the church, through its spokesman and Communications Manager, Phrank Shaibu stated that facts and available intelligence ...

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Reuben Abati: Buhari’s return: Matters arising

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By Reuben Abati As someone who has been in that corridor recently, I do not share the view of those who insist that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent 50-day medical vacation was mismanaged by his  handlers, up to this point. I said this much during a recent interview on Channels TV’s Politics ...

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Chude Jideonwo: Yemi Osinbajo’s performance is beside the point

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By Chude Jideonwo You could feel the sense of panic when some of the enablers and voters (of which I am one, having personally and professionally supported him) of President Muhammadu Buhari heard that the president was returning to Nigeria last week. The question – uncomfortable, perhaps unseemly – hung ...

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New FAO report: Nine million Nigerians going hungry in 16 states

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Up to nine million people in 16 northern Nigeria states may experience food insecurity between the period of March and August 2017, according to the newly launched United Nation Food and Agriculture Cadre Harmonisé report. The investigation carried out in 16 states of Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Kastina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi, ...

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Abraham Ogbodo: Welcome back, Mr. President; please don’t listen to gossip

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by Abraham Ogbodo Sir, I am glad you are back. My purpose today is not to report to you what transpired while you were on medical vacation. I know some self-appointed good men and loyalists are already doing so. They are going to tell you how they prayed for your ...

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Simon Kolawole: Long road to recovery

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by Simon Kolawole President Muhammadu Buhari is back. Thank God. But seeing his pictures after his arrival on Friday morning shook me a bit. Surely, he looked better than this before he travelled. Contrary to repeated claims that “the president is hale, hearty and witty” by top government officials, Buhari ...

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“I intentionally came back on a Friday so Osinbajo can keep acting” – President Buhari jokes

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his gratitude to Nigerians who called and also prayed for him while his medical vacation abroad lasted. ‘‘I am deeply grateful to all Nigerians, Muslims and Christians alike who have prayed and have continued to pray for my good health. ‘‘This is a testimony that ...

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