Uche Igwe: Open Government Policy and Liberia’s political future


By Uche Igwe One of the most fascinating quotes I have come across lately was the one I read on my way to Liberia which says that Africa is not poor and Africa is only looted. Coincidentally, no other country confirms that sad reality better than the resource rich west African ...

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Raymond Eyo: The Aso Villa’s “two too many” gaffes


By Raymond Eyo “How on earth would rats invade President Muhammadu Buhari’s office?” –Reuben Abati, Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity A September 5, 2017 press release signed by Segun Adeyemi, the Special Assistant to the Minister of Information and Culture stated that “This week’s ...

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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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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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Saatah Nubari: The trash that is the passed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB)


by Saatah Nubari The Nigerian Senate passed its version of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill on the 26th of May 2017, a day before Children’s Day without any provision whatsoever for the previously documented and well thought out 10% for the Petroleum Host Community Fund (PHCF). It might not carry ...

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Pamela Braide: Cross River at 50 and the rebranding fiasco


by Pamela Braide I have free advice for the Prof. Ben Ayade led Cross River State Government. I am paid well to strategize but I will give free consultation today on the directionless hubris highlighted by an ill-thought-out rebranding exercise to mark Cross River at 50. So, how would one ...

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Samuel Osho: The Nigerian Law School grading system negates common-sense

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By Samuel Osho Every prestigious institution seeks to exude uniqueness in the execution of its plans; but not all signs of distinction connote outstanding excellence. There is a threat to the dimensions of intellectual engagement possible in institutions of higher learning where policies are implemented to frustrate the efforts of students. ...

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How to quickly sell anything online


(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


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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Teingo Inko-Tariah: Whistle blowers in Nigeria remain at risk: blow the whistle at your own peril


by Teingo Inko-Tariah In December 2016, Nigeria’s finance Minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun announced following a Federal Executive Council Meeting, that the Federal Government had approved a payment of up to 5% of recovered loot to any person whose act of whistleblowing leads to the successful recovery of illegally acquired wealth. ...

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Saheed Animashaun: The rise and rise of the “corruption-fighting-back” brigade


by Saheed Animashaun A vast number of Nigerians have over the years proven to be piss poor students of history. This is why “Politricksters” can repeatedly employ the same gimmicks – the same rhetoric – and still achieve the required impact on the average Nigerian. It’s important to lay down ...

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Ugochukwu Amasike: Towards greater private sector participation in infrastructure financing in Nigeria

Onne Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone

by Ugochukwu Amasike If there is a consensus right now in Nigeria, it is on the urgent need for investment in infrastructure in order to reduce the cost of doing business in Nigeria and make Nigerian businesses competitive, whilst improving the living standards of the people. Infrastructural development is a ...

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Makua Eyisi: We are all in this together: The parable of the woman who wanted more


by Makua Eyisi Few years ago, a lady got married to a man she considered the best of all her suitors. But shortly after, it felt like a huge mistake.  The sex was terrible. Yes, the man occasionally bought her clothes and some times, he looked like the man she’d ...

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.@chizobawonodi: As Gavi withdraws support, can Nigeria sustain immunization financing beyond 2017?

dr chizoba wonodi

By Chizoba Wonodi In the past two decades, Nigeria has made good progress in the routine immunization programme. With the introduction of new vaccines and expansion of the immunization coverage, child survival has improved as evidenced by a 31 per cent reduction in infant mortality between 2003 and 2013 (NDHS ...

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.@tarimartins10: Nigeria: ‘I told you so’ and the defence of critical thinking


  by Tari Martins There’ve been so much hullaballoo about the 2015 general elections and the resultant effect on the polity. While the battle-like election might have come and gone, the scars wouldn’t just go away. Since the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates in 1914, the country has never ...

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.@MsNemah: Open letter to libelous Twitter: How I disbursed donations to Borno IDPs


by Arigbabu Neemah I am confused, I feel betrayed and heartbroken. However, much more than any of those I am very angry. Contrary to the title of this piece, this letter is directed to the many reasonable people whose intent is to know the truth of the matter. My social campaigns ...

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Ikenna Ugwu: Tuface’s cowardice and Nigeria’s waning democracy

Tuface Idibia

by Ikenna Ugwu When someone says you are poor, it does not necessarily mean you have a tag of indigence dangling from your neck; lacking food, water or roof over your head and other ‘very’ basic necessities of life. Poverty too, is the lack of power and choice, especially in ...

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Time for full disclosure: Can Buhari think clearly, act appropriately and communicate effectively?


Femi Adesina, the spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, released a statement on Sunday afternoon disclosing that the president who was supposed to return to the country today and resume work on Monday will no longer be able to do so. “The President had planned to return to Abuja this evening, ...

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Adetunji Adeniran: Why prices of goods will continue to rise in Nigeria

Inaugural meeting of the task force on food security

by Adetunji Adeniran When I read in the Guardian that the federal government is setting up a ‘joint task force’ on rising food prices across the country, my mind went straight to the small business owners and traders I met in the course of the week. How does a task force ...

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Bomi Ehimony: Kogi government and the politics of alternative facts


By Bomi Ehimony When I got back to Ilorin on January 2nd, after the holidays which I spent in Lokoja, Kogi State, a neighbour of mine who followed the polity of Kogi voraciously since he was interested in the success of the Governor because he is the youngest governor in ...

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