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Magu and Daura as Signifiers that Presidential Authority Has Crumbled, By Jibrin Ibrahim

On the 19th of December last year, I published my column with the title: “The Magu Affair and the Crumbling of Presidential Authority”. I argued then that the issue was not the rejection of the nominee by the Senatebut the subversion of presidential authority by the Department of State Service (DSS) that would work with the opponents of the President and send in a letter questioning the integrity of the per ...

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Buhari’s Return: Matters Arising, By Reuben Abati

As someone who has been in that corridor recently, I do not share the view of those who insist that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent 50-day medical vacation was mismanaged by his  handlers, up to this point. I said this much during a recent interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today with Seun Okinbaloye. In the face of the people’s rising and insatiable expectations, it is often an uphill task to balance ...

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Mr. President, while you were away… By Zainab Suleiman Okino

zainabsule@yahoo.com, www.zainabokino.blogspot.com Mr President, I heartily welcome you back. Those who saw the Yar’Adua scenario in your case were disappointed, at least for now. All of us will face death at God’s appointed time not man’s as it were.  I’m equally excited that the ship of state was not derailed in your absence. For those who believe in you and want you to succeed, your departure to London f ...

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Etisalat and the big cover up by Telcos By Isah Ismail

Last week, Nigeria woke up to the disturbing news of a possible takeover of Etisalat, one of the big four  telecommunication companies in Nigeria by some commercial banks to which the Telco is indebted to the tune of $1.7 billion (over N500 billion depending on which foreign exchange window you are using). Etisalat Nigeria was said to have secured a total of $1.7 billion medium term syndicated loan facility ...

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Aminu Masari: Focused Confident Strides By Emmanuel Ado

Aminu Masari,the governor of Katsina State embodies the key essentials of a remarkable leader. He is decisive in taking very tough decisions, has empathy, guiding subordinates through challenges,he is focused,always planning ahead and most importantly is his unquestionable commitment to changing the fortunes of his dear Katsina State.His appearance belies the real Masari,that is blunt and never afraid of go ...

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Canada @ 150: Lessons for Nigerian youth By Chido Onumah

On July 1, 2017, Canada, the world’s second largest country after Russia, will be 150 years old. There is a year-long celebration of this milestone for a nation that prides itself on being one of the best, if not the best country in the world. Before the European colonialization in the early 16th century, Canada was inhabited by aboriginal people (the indigenous people of Canada). Canada’s history of coloni ...

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Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP; Better Late…By Issa Aremu

Many thanks to the Vanguard group for the extended invitation to yours comradely to the Weekend Economic Discourse to proffer solutions to the nation’s economic problems. Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, was the Keynote Speaker at the Discourse. He was as cynical of the recovery plan as he has been almost dogmatically hard on what he long dubbed Buharicomics ...

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Soludo’s Vanguard Lecture:‘The Hard Facts To Rescue The Nigerian Economy’

Introduction: Let me thank the leadership of Vanguard Newspapers for inviting me to lead the discussion on “The Hard Facts to Rescue the Nigerian Economy.” As I reviewed three of my recent interventions on the economy (“Buhari vs. Jonathan: Beyond the Elections” (January 2015); “Can a new Buharinomics Save Nigeria?” (November 2015); and “A Fragile State with a Failing Economy: Making Progressive Change work ...

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Who are We, Who are They? By Hassan Hassan

There is a new bipolarity among Nigerians replacing the class groups of upper and lower. The new divide is WE and THEY. What is the isle of difference between us? Who are WE? Who are They? We are talking, communicating and raising understanding. They are mute, don’t answer questions, don’t ask questions but operate undercover. We are working, helping our government to serve, and giving out everything in con ...

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Kidnappings in Lagos, By Dele Agekameh

At about 3pm on Friday, February 24, 2017, I received a phone call. The caller was Bola Frazer. She introduced herself as the producer of a programme on Channels Television. She expressed the station’s growing concern about the spate of kidnappings in Lagos and the need to seek expert opinion on how to curb the menace. She was, therefore, inviting me to appear on the programme scheduled for 7:30pm that Frid ...

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Is the 2019 Election programmed to fail? By Samson Itodo

The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the dates for the 2019 elections. The Presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on February 16, 2019 while the Governorship and State House of Assembly will hold on March 2, 2019. This according to a statement on their website is to allow for proper planning by the Commission and all stakeholders involved in the electioneering p ...

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A Feather in Hosa Okunbo’s Cap By Sufuyan Ojeifo

Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, popularly called Captain ‘Hosa, has received a feather in his cap with his nomination by the Vanguard Board of Editors - a nomination which was ratified by the management - as the newspaper Businessman of the Year 2016.  The investiture holds this weekend (Saturday, March 11, 2017) in Lagos and will be witnessed by a quality gathering of distinguished Nigerians. Captain ‘Hosa, ...

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