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The Columnist As A Salesman, By Mohammed Haruna .

By now the reader may have heard of the Council of State’s approval about four weeks ago of my nomination, along with five others, by President Muhammadu Buhari to serve as INEC national commissioners. This was to complete the commission’s full compliment of 13 national commissioners, including the chairman, as opposed to the current seven. Last week, news came that our names have been forwarded to the Sena ...

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To Sell Or Not To Sell? By Mohammed Haruna

Last week Africa’s top business mogul, Aliko Dangote, along with Emir of Kano and former governor of Nigeria’s central bank, Malam Mohammed Sanusi II, stirred the hornet’s nest when they proposed that government should sell off some of its assets to plug the huge gap in its revenue stream caused by the collapse in oil price and of oil production. In this, the two were supported by another business mogul, fo ...

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The Case Of Buhari’s Alleged Plagiarism, By Mohammed Haruna

Easily the biggest news last week was the allegation that President Muhammadu Buhari committed plagiarism in his speech “Change Begins With Me,” with which he launched his national re-orientation programme on September 8. The speech itself had come under a lot of flak for seemingly transferring the onus of bringing about the much-needed change in attitude in the country from its leadership onto its ordinary ...

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Education: Aregbesola As An Exemplar, By Mohammed Haruna

Last Thursday, September 1, all roads led to Osogbo, the Osun State capital. The occasion was part of the state’s celebration of the Silver Anniversary of its creation by military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, on August 27, 1991, along with 11 other states, namely, Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Delta, Edo, Enugu, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Taraba and Yobe. The significance of Osun State’s celebration lied, in p ...

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Still on Obasanjo, Buhari and the rest of us, By Mohammed Haruna

Once in a while I find it difficult to resist the temptation of breaking my own rule of not publishing reactions to my column that are longer than 300 words. With apologies to my readers, today is one of such rather arbitrary exceptions. I am sure, however, that the reader will find the irst two lengthy reactions to my column of last week on the subject above - along with the short ones - interesting readin ...

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Obasanjo, Buhari And The Rest Of Us, By Mohammed Haruna

Last week former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, was widely reported to have claimed himself and two or three other  “eminent” Nigerians brought General Muhammadu Buhari into power to salvage Nigeria from what looked like an impending doom under Buhari’s predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. He made the claim at a reception in Jalingo, Taraba State capital. Obasanjo did not name the other two or three Nig ...

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IBB At 75, By Mohammed Haruna

Five years ago today, I wrote a birthday tribute on these pages to Nigeria’s one and only self-styled Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. At 75 today, he is the youngest living former military head of state, bar General Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar, his childhood friend, class mate and neighbour on the Niger State capital, Minna’s, exclusive hilltop neighbourhood; General Abubakar was 74 ...

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“Oil Money: Honey or Poison?” By Mohammed Haruna

Last weekend Tahir Guest Palace, Kano, played host to the country’s Energy Correspondents for a workshop on reporting oil and gas. This was at the invitation of Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) which has made it an annual event it organises jointly with the Kaduna State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in the last four years. The theme this year was “NNPC in transition: Transform ...

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In Defence of Osinbajo, By Mohammed Haruna

Last weekend former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, returned to what seems to have become his hobbyhorse of late: restructuring Nigeria. The occasion was a memorial conference on July 30 to mark the death of Northern Region’s first and only military Governor, Major-General Hassan Usman Katsina 21 years ago on July 24. The former vice-president spoke on “The challenges of national integration and survival of ...

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No End In Sight To Erdogan’s Hubris, By Mohammed Haruna

Three Wednesdays ago I wrote a cautiously optimistic piece on these pages titled “An end to Erdogan’s hubris?” It was about what I thought could be the beginning of the end of what I described as Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s, hubris. As arguably the most successful politician in modern Turkey, the man has pulled all stops to make himself the country’s first executive president since he stepped ...

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Still on Marafan Sokoto, By Mohammed Haruna

Last week I paid tribute to Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, Marafan Sokoto and one of Nigeria’s foremost politicians and respected leaders, who died on July 6. Today I am giving up the page for another tribute by one of his closest confidants, Saidu Mohammed Dansadau, a two-term Senator from Zamfara State who served with distinction, dignity and integrity. Dansadau’s tribute is followed by some of the reactions to m ...

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Exit Of A Spymaster, By Mohammed Haruna

Among the most effective propaganda weapons the South has used all too often to denigrate the North has been the claim by its politicians that their Northern counterparts have always believed they were “born to rule.” One of the most frequently sited evidence in support of the claim is the motto of Niger State which is “Power State”, never mind the fact that the motto refers not to the status of the state a ...

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