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Reuben Abati: The Nnamdi Kanu phenomenon

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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

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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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Consortium of banks take over Etisalat Nigeria

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A consortium of of local and foreign banks, led by Access Bank Plc, have taken over the management of telecommunication company, Etisalat Nigeria, effective June 15. The take-over followed a futile effort by Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services (EMTS), promoted by one time Chairman of United Bank for Africa, UBA, Hakeem Bello-Osagie, to ...

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Three Nigerian writers make 2017 Caine Prize shortlist

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Three Nigerians have been shortlisted for the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing. They are Lesley Nneka Arimah, Chikodili Emelumadu, and Arinze Ifeakandu. Other shortlisted writers are Magogodi oaMphela Makhene (South Africa) and Bushra al-Fadil (Sudan). Nii Ayikwei Parkes, chair of 2017 Caine Prize judges and award-winning author, made the announcement. ...

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Osinbajo hosts northern traditional rulers

AG PRESIDENT OSINBAJO BREAKING OF RAMADAN FAST 1. L-R; Acting President Yemi Osinbajo chats with His Eminence Sultan of Sokoto, Sultan Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar IIIduring breaking of Ramadan Fast at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE/STATE HOUSE. JUNE 19 2017

In continuation of his consultations with leaders across various spheres in the country, Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will meet on Tuesday with Northern traditional rulers. The consultative meeting with the monarch was initially scheduled for Monday. Although it didn’t happen, Osinbajo in Monday, held an Iftar (breaking of ...

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Reuben Abati: JAMB 2017: Matters Arising

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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

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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

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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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Oba of Benin suspends and strips Odionwere of his duties

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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has suspended the Odionwere of Evbiekoi village in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State, Pa Igbinake Aghaku. According to Mr. Desmond Agbama, the Chief Press Secretary to the Oba of Benin, in a statement on Saturday, Pa Aghaku was suspended and stripped of his traditional duties as Odionwere for allegedly violating the cultural, traditional ...

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#Anambra2017: APC’s Senator Andy Uba says Anambra needs someone like him

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An All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant in Anambra state, Senator Andy Uba has vowed to unseat the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, in the forthcoming November 2017 governorship election in the state. Uba, who represents Anambra West in the senate, made the vow during a sensitization tour to various local government areas in ...

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Gov. Ikpeazu dissolves Abia state executive council

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The governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, has dissolved the state executive council, including commissioners and special advisers as well as senior special assistants. Also affected in the cabinet dissolution is the Secretary to the State Government. The news was contained in a statement posted on the government’s website on ...

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Deja vu: Amaechi is now fighting with his APC allies

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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

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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

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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?

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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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Emir Sanusi visits Osinbajo at the State House

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In a meeting held behind closed doors, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday met with the Emir of Kano, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting took place at the Vice-President’s mini conference room and lasted for about two hours. The Emir declined to comment on ...

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

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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’

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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

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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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