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Youth Unemployment In A Rebased Economy,By Chido Onumah

A few days after the figures of Nigeria’s rebased GDP were made public last week, The Punch newspaper carried a very frightening front page story about a young unemployed Nigerian, Sunday Omotayo, who wanted to commit suicide. The picture that accompanied the horror story showed Omotayo sprawling along Wellington Bassey Way in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, after jumping off a speeding Toyota Hiace bus, expecting to ...

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Dancing On The Graves Of The Nyanya Victims,By Babayola Toungo

My heart goes out to the families of those who were senselessly slaughtered by the representatives of Lucifer in our midst. One cannot fail to empathise with the bereaved who moments earlier had waved goodbyes to their loved ones – children off to schools, parents going to search for the elusive bread, hawkers targeting early morning travellers and the ubiquitous Okada riders ferrying these people to the mo ...

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Nyanya: He Doesn’t Give A Damn Alright!,By Ali M Ali

Lets face it. The country is steadily collapsing. And our president ,Goodluck Jonathan, is progressively not giving a damn. This is evident from his Tuesday’s public square dance at a campaign rally in Kano to formally welcome into his party, the PDP, former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shekarau. The way he and his coterie of fawning aides wriggle their waists to drumbeats must have made the souls of Nige ...

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Nyanya Bomb Blast: Clarion Call to Safety Consciousness,By Moshood Isah

Just before I picked my pen to drop a piece about the recent blast in Abuja, I was greeted with the news about the 100 or 200 school girls abducted in a village in Borno State. It’s quite unfortunate that Nigeria’s situation has got to crescendo level where virtually all aspects of life are calling for urgent attention. Nonetheless, the issue of insecurity is the most important as you can only seek employme ...

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Nigerian Censuses And Their Discontents (I) By Mohammed Haruna

Last week when I reproduced my column of nine years ago on the composition by religion of delegates to President Olusegun Obasanjo’s 2005 National Conference as proof that President Goodluck Jonathan’s version which opened last month was merely a replication of Obasanjo’s strategy of political manipulation of religion, I promised that the controversial issue of the religious composition of this country will ...

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Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Good Option for APC (Part 1) By Obinna Akukwe

Muslim-Muslim ticket in the forthcoming 2015 Nigeria’s presidential polls may be good option for the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) if they intend to get more votes than the 12 million they garnered in 2011. Many Nigerians have condemned the Muslim -Muslim ticket but they forgot that APC is neither a charity organization, neither is it a football club nor a talk show association- rather it is a p ...

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Diezani Alison-Madueke: All eyes on Jonathan, Mark,By Zainab Suleiman-Okino

The Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke, is one woman who can be said to have broken the glass ceiling. She must have surmounted a lot of obstacles in a male dominated society like ours to get to the peak of her career, even as some will argue that in Nigeria, it takes only the right political contact and goodwill (or as we say in Nigerian parlance, right connection) to get to the top. To the ad ...

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Ken Ogbechie Vs INEC ,By Dele Agekameh

I recently stumbled on a story in one of the national dailies. It was captioned “Journalist wins contract breach case against INEC”. The story reads: “For breaching the payment of N7.5 million to Godson & Godman Ventures Limited, a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Apo has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to pay the firm the sum and a 10 per cent interest, run ...

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Boko Haram and Nigeria’s New Conflict Economy (II) By Uche Igwe

The cowards crept into the ever-bustling crowd in Nyanya and probably pretended to be passengers masking their sinister motives. These vendors of death with cruel hearts hidden beneath a deceptive smile waged a suicidal war against those who prefer to work. Seventy one or more people died in most gruesome way and more than 124 people are lying critical in many hospitals with several levels of injuries. My s ...

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Nigeria’s Economy; Rebased or Transformed? By Issa Aremu

We were promised and daily reminded of the transformation of the economy but we seem to have a Rebased economy to the bargain. Of course there are those who would argue that rebasing and transformation are not mutually exclusive. Some would even say rebasing (which accurately and commendably reflected changes in the Nigerian economy in the last two decades) is a function of a transformation. May be. But cer ...

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