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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Southern Kaduna: Audu Maikori won’t shut up and he’s letting his attackers know


Audu Maikori made a big mistake. He shared a photo and claimed that it was from Southern Kaduna, where a bloody ethnic crisis has resulted in too many deaths. The photo was fake. He claims to have been unaware at the time that it was fake as dozens of pictures ...

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.@dr_kaduru: 2017 health budget is a lost opportunity for economic growth in Nigeria

Isaac Adewole

By Chijioke Kaduru Political leaders around the world continue to commit to ending global poverty and improving the lives of the world’s poor. This commitment rhetoric is also well documented across political and governance manifestos around the country. The Federal Government of Nigeria as part of its commitment to improving ...

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Five things we learnt from Buhari’s letter to the Senate


President Muhammadu Buhari sent two letters to the Senate on Tuesday renominating Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC; and rejecting the senate’s indictment of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) over fraud. Below are five takeaways from the letters: 1. Some ...

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Fact Check: Is the deployment of Nigerian troops to Gambia legal?


In a statement issued by Nigeria Air Force spokesman, Group Captain. Ayodele Famuyiwa, Nigerian military authorities confirmed the deployment of a 200-man strong Nigerian contingent as part  of  the Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG) to enforce the mandate of Adama Barrow as the elected president ...

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Is the governance code for non-profits an attack on the church in Nigeria? The Scoop Explains


A growing number of people believe that Saturday’s announcement by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) that Pastor Enoch Adeboye will step down as national overseer of the church due to a governance code (PDF) by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is an attempt to weaken the church. Gov. ...

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Chinyere Akataobi: The made in Aba campaign: One of government’s empty hypes?


By Chinyere Akataobi I grew up in Lagos and the name Aba was just not a place my parents called their hometown, it also represented the fake shoes, bags and clothes I and my friends wore (even if they were made elsewhere). Aba was for us a manufacturing heaven for ...

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Victor Famubode: A somewhat mediocre public


By Victor Famubode There is a confusing public and many Nigerians do not see yet. This work invariably examines Peter Ekeh’s; Colonialism and Two Publics, a journal written in 1975. It further examines the case of morality in the Nigerian state. History teaches us a lot and for every historical ...

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Ugochukwu Amasike: President Buhari is not the problem


by Ugochukwu Amasike Our biggest problem is NOT President Muhammadu Buhari, nor was it former President Goodluck Jonathan – even as “wonderful” as his Government was. Our abiding and biggest problem is our asinine and unjust political and economic arrangement that engenders ethno-religious strife and ensures the continuing reproduction of ...

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Ministry of Information and Culture – Saatah Nubari’s Budget series


by Saatah Nubari This is the third part of my 2017 budget analysis series. In the second part, I analysed the budget of the Ministry of Defence and agencies under it. In this third part, the Ministry of focus will be the Ministry of Information and Culture. MINISTRY OF INFORMATION ...

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Ministry of defence – Saatah Nubari’s Budget Series

Minister of defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali with some service chiefs

by Saatah Nubari This is the second piece in my 2017 budget analysis series. The first analysis focused on the budget of the State House (which was referred to as the Presidency in previous budgets). MINISTRY OF DEFENCE Today, we will take a look at the budget for the Ministry ...

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