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Our Brand New Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Finally, after 20 months in office, the Government published its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) last Wednesday. Experts, local and foreign had been confounded on the absence of a recovery plan after two years of debilitating recession. The Medium Term Plan, which is for 2017 – 2020, builds on the assumption that the role of government in the 21st century must evolve from that of being an omnibus p ...

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Coming After Abike Dabiri With A Sledgehammer, By Azu Ishiekwene

 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs finally came out of the woodwork. And it did so with a sledgehammer aimed at President Muhammudu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri. Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama who, besides addressing occasional press conferences and taking pictures, has yet to do much else, lounged at Dabiri after she made a statement advising Nigerians to make only essential ...

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IWD 2017: Remembering Patience, By Imam Imam

International Women’s Day is a day set aside by the United Nations to highlight achievements of the womenfolk, as well as commemorate their struggles for basic rights. I always chose a day like this to pay tribute to women whose different roles have molded me into who I am today. Looking back, many have achieved the status of ‘jewels of inestimable value’ with the responsibilities they’ve shouldered, knowin ...

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PDP, Obasanjo and Hubris, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

Let me state from the outset that I am not a card-carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but I have sympathy for the party for some personal reasons.  With that kind of sympathetic or empathic mindset, it becomes difficult to maintain a dispassionate position - privately or publicly- when matters in issue have direct or indirect bearing or reference to the PDP. It was against this backdrop a ...

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Immortalising Adinoyi Onukaba Ojo, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

zainabsule@yahoo.com, www.zainabokino.blogspot.com On Sunday we lost a journalism giant and colossus. I cannot claim to know him closely enough to write about his lifetime and career. However Dr Adinoyi Onukaba Ojo’s reputation, which was clearly ahead of him, gave me a glimpse into his person, until recently. Besides, as a senior colleague — I started my journalism career in the late 1980s from Kaduna—I he ...

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South African Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, Speaks On Harmonious Coexistence

Address by Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba MP, on the occasion of the debate on ‘Promoting harmonious co-existence and respect for the rights of all persons, inclusive of foreign nationals, as enjoined by our Constitution’ in the National Assembly on 7 March 2017 At the June 1994 OAU Summit in Tunis, President Mandela said: “Finally, at this summit meeting in Tunis, we shall remove from our agenda t ...

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Obasanjo: Nigeria’s Best And Worst @80, By Musa Simon Reef

No trumpet was blown when a child was born to illiterate and poor parents from the backwoods of Ibogun-Olaogun in Ogun State on March 05, 1937. There was nothing to reveal that this young child, whose later dream was to be a mechanic, would cast defining moments in the life of a nation. Presently, wherever two or three people are gathered, when the name of that child that was christened, ‘Olusegun Obasanjo’ ...

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Indian Garri, Plastic Rice And Brazilian Hair, By Owei Lakemfa

Many Nigerians are angry. They discovered  that their prized  garri, the cassava flakes staple food they  assume proprietorial ownership over, is being imported from India! The outrage seems justified as we produce eighty percent of world cassava (Manihot Esculenta)  across 33 of our 36 states. Also, we are the world’s largest exporter of cassava. Again, based on the economics of scale; given the fact that ...

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The Man Who Sat On The Tor Tiv’s Throne, By Reuben Abati

This is about Stephen Nyitse, the young man who on the day of the coronation of the new Tor Tiv managed to beat security and went straight to where the king’s coronation seat, stool, throne had been placed and sat on it. We are told this caused a stir, and not a few in the crowd must have shouted: “abomination!”,  Even the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Benue branch, Bishop Mike Angou c ...

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Of A Tragic Nation And Prodigal Leadership By Sufuyan Ojeifo

Nigeria’s leadership, at every crossroads of our political history, has been largely underwhelming in the task of nation-building and provision of sophisticated infrastructure.  Ours is a tragic nation, bogged down by the prodigality of our leaders.  The best that leadership offers here is tokenism in terms of commitment to real development, adequate security of lives and property, and genuine welfare of th ...

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Osinbajo, March conspiracy and Ekiti women By Ariyo-Dare Atoye

Sometimes when you do some introspection of how dates and circumstances bind people together or give effects to situation, you cannot but describe the entire universe as the conspiracy of the Almighty God. God is awesome: yes, He is the beginning and the end of creation. I am convinced that every human being must have experienced the conspiracy of God at one point or the other: experiences that trigger fear ...

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From Buhari to Osinbajo: Implications of Personality Brand in Leadership By Isah Ismail

When President Muhammadu Buhari announced Professor Yemi Osinbajo as his Vice-Presidential candidate in the 2015 general elections, I had high hopes that the pair would make Nigeria great again. They were on a mission to rescue Nigeria from the monumental fraud and financial burden that the previous administration had inflicted on Nigeria and her citizens. But on assumption of office in May, 2015, President ...

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