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Reuben Abati: The Nnamdi Kanu phenomenon


By Reuben Abati The most discussed subject in Nigeria today is what is called “restructuring” and indeed so popular is this subject that it has attracted the attention of roadside commentators, the bright, the not-so-bright, the mischievous and the outrightly unintelligent all united by the singular claim that Nigeria belongs ...

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Osinbajo appoints former Head of FG’s Efficiency Unit as new DMO DG

Patience Oniha

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday approved the appointment of Mrs. Patience Oniha as the new Director-General of Debt Management Office (DMO). The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, announced the appointment in Abuja. Oniha, from Edo State, takes over from the former Director-General, Abraham Nwankwo, who retired after ...

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Osinbajo appoints 14 INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners


The Federal Government has approved the appointment of 12 new Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In addition, the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, retained two RECs in the list. A statement signed by Bolaji Adebiyi, the Director Press, Office of the Secretary to the Government ...

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Reuben Abati: JAMB 2017: Matters Arising


By Reuben Abati I attended a meeting recently at the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in Bwari, Abuja: the post-2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination review meeting chaired by the JAMB registrar, Professor Ish-aq Oloyede. Participants included Professor Oloyede and his technical team, field officers and other staff, ...

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Going, going…: 52% of registered voters reportedly sign register to recall Sen. Melaye


The march by some members of the Kogi West electorate to recall their senator, Dino Melaye, is on course as indications emerged on Monday that 52.3% of voters in the Senatorial district have signed the recall register. If that milestone is verified by INEC, it means that opponents of the ...

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Fatu Ogwuche: Where elections are now a norm, Africa must leapfrog into the future with innovation

Fatu Foto

by Fatu Ogwuche  Elections in Africa have seen remarkable improvements since the 2000s. However, the democratic process of electing leaders into office which is now a norm in many parts of the continent is not without its own challenges, the most obvious being the deep rooted distrust in the system ...

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#ClearTheAir: FG steps up its tobacco free campaign with launch of two ads (Watch)


The Federal Ministry of Health has released two public service adverts targeting second hand smokers. The advert narrates that about 10% of the 6 million annual tobacco-related deaths are those of people who do not directly smoke a cigarette or use tobacco. The first video shows people moving on as ...

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Umaru Maina Kidaffa: Nigerian youths and the clamour for 2019


By Umaru Maina Kidaffa Many may argue that youthful leadership is not the solution to Nigeria’s numerous problems. They may have valid points, but youthful leadership is sure an alternative to the comatose situation we currently have. One common fallacious narrative in Nigeria is that ‘the youths are the leaders ...

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Deja vu: Amaechi is now fighting with his APC allies

Rotimi Amaechi

When the history of the crisis that engulfed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the Goodluck Jonathan administration is written, ample space would be dedicated to the role played by the then governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi. Amaechi believed that Jonathan and his wife, Patience, were interfering too ...

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“I’m the next president”: Fayose vows to unseat Buhari in 2019

Ayo Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, is not making any pretenses about his desire to become Nigeria’s next president. The governor, whose tenure expires in 2018, said on Friday that he would defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election. “I want to be the next president of Nigeria. ...

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These are the agencies that would now interface with passengers at Nigerian airports

Murtala Muhammed International Airport

In line with the recent executive order signed by Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has effected a new inward and outward security arrangement at the nation’s airports. In a notice to airlines, passengers and the general public, FAAN’s Acting General Manager, Mrs Henrietta ...

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Dele Momodu: Why are we playing with fire?


By Dele Momodu  Fellow Nigerians, I write movingly today because those who have the platforms to reach a mass audience should rise to rescue Nigeria from those hell-bent on unleashing stupendous terror and horror on our dearly beloved country. It is necessary for me to repeat some of my life ...

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Okey Ikechukwu: Issues in Anambra politics

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by Okey Ikechukwu The Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council recently organized a statewide seminar to discuss several issues. Central to it all was the need for a sustainable approach to managing the politics of the state, especially as events are seriously warming up towards the governorship elections. An Igbo proverb ...

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Two gays allegedly fight over payment for sex in Lagos… and now they are in court


A Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday heard the case between two men, Promise Oluwabunkenoye, 24, and Kehinde Abiola, 29, who allegedly indulged in anal sex, a crime punishable with up to 14 years in jail in Nigeria. In addition to the charge of having sexual intercourse, the ...

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“This is not time to retreat behind ethnic lines”; Osinbajo tells Northern and Southeast leaders

Osinbajo-South East

As vocal regional groups continue to beat the drums of war and division, Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has adopted a tack of dialogue and consultations. Osinbajo kicked off a series of engagements this week with leaders of thought from the Northern and Southeastern states of Nigeria. He first ...

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“He lacks proper parental care”: Gov. Bello has a theory on Sen. Melaye’s ‘recklessness’


The Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, and the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district in the national assembly, Dino Melaye, both now spend their waking moments attacking and plotting against each other. The days when they were allies united against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is now a distant memory ...

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Olusegun Adeniyi: Buhari and the 2019 debate


by Olusegun Adeniyi Thanks to Speaker Yakubu Dogara, I was on the floor of the House of Representatives last Friday as guest speaker at a special session to mark the mid-term of the 18th National Assembly. I was invited to speak on “Image Perception of the Legislature: Causes and Possible ...

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Court of Appeal clears Orubebe; sets aside CCT’s guilty verdict


The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, nullified the October 2016 judgement of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, which found a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, guilty of false asset declaration. The three-member Appeals Court ruled that Orubebe was not expected by law to declare ...

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Osun West Senatorial Bye-Election: Aregbesola’s commissioner to face off against Adeleke’s brother


On July 8, the people of Osun West senatorial district will go to the polls to choose a successor to their late former senator, Isiaka Adeleke, who died on April 23, 2017. The two main candidates for the bye-election would be Mudashiru Hussein, representing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ...

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Reuben Abati: Igbo-haters, the Arewa ultimatum and our nation


By Reuben Abati Fifty years after the civil war ended, Igbos do not yet feel a sense of belonging, acceptance or safety in the Federation called Nigeria. The sad part is that this belief is shared not just by the generation that witnessed the war and its deadly consequences, but ...

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