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Who Is Scuttling The Anti-Corruption War? By Zainab Suleiman Okino

zainabsule@yahoo.com, www.zainabokino.blogspot.com   As the anti-graft war appears to have hit the brick wall, Nigeria is gradually becoming a laughing stock in the comity of nations. After the Senate rejected Ibrahim Magu, the EFCC acting chairman for the second time, it remains unclear the forces behind the travails of the acting chairman. Magu’s rejection has pitted the people against the Senate lea ...

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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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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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Before Nigerian Governors Wreck The Country, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

zainabsule@yahoo.com,  www.zainabokino.blogspot.com  Those who are familiar with the antics of our governors will not be surprised at the latest findings allegedly linked to ex-governor Gabriel Suswam, if allegations of complicity are eventually proven. Having been confronted with a Suswam perspective at the weekend when I travelled with some colleagues to Benue state and came face to face with the deplorab ...

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NLC, TUC and a dying legacy of protests,By Zainab Suleiman Okino

zainabsule@yahoo.com,  www.zainabokino.blogspot.com There was a time in this country when Organized Labour under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) would sneeze and the country would shiver. I don’t know whether anybody noticed the NLC protest to the Villa last week. It was meant to draw the attention of the federal government to the hardship largely occasioned by rising cost of living in the co ...

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The making of a democratic dictatorship, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

zainabsule@yahoo.com,  www.zainabokino.blogspot.com Though rarely applied awkwardly, there is a form of dictatorship embedded in the American brand of democracy. In one fell swoop, with a stroke of signature, America’s less than two week old President Donald Trump has put the whole world on high alert, pitting civilizations against one another; a throwback to the world’s ugly past—the Crusades, the Renaissa ...

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Much Ado about #BBOG’s invitation to Sambisa, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

zainabsule@yahoo.com,  www.zainabokino.blogspot.com The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, last week sent a formal invitation to the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) to join in the search mission, to the former supposed enclave of Sambisa and a part of Adamawa state, for the rescue of the remaining Chibok girls. The minister said the invitation was in recognition of the ‘unwavering commitment’ of the civ ...

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SIP-CCT: Resource Sharing And Not Wealth Creation, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

zainabsule@yahoo.com,  www.zainabokino.blogspot.com After much dithering by the government of the day, and battering from critics, the former has finally begun its own form of social security programme, the Social Investment Programmes Conditional Cash Transfer, SIP-CCT. By the programme’s procedures, government will disburse N5,000 each to the poorest and most vulnerable members of the society. In some of ...

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Ajibola’s odyssey: Reflections Of An Economist’s Sojourn In The Newsroom, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

The number of media personalities that gathered at Isiaq Ajibola’s book presentation last week was a reminiscence of the good times for the pioneer members of the Trust newspaper family. The nostalgia was intense but temporary. The convergence of representatives of leading media establishments and people, from all over the country, in honor of Ajibola is a testimony to the author’s huge influence and impact ...

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From US to Morocco: Buhari’s fortunes dwindling? By Zainab Suleiman Okino

zainabsule@yahoo.com, www.zainabokino.blogspot.com In the first year of President Muhammadu’s  presidency, he travelled to about 30 foreign countries, some of them world powers and the most developed, among which are US, Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Asian giant, China. Although the trips attracted criticisms from Nigerians, the presidency justified same and said the shuttle diplomacy was part of ...

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Succession By Imposition: An Unprofitable Venture And Electorate’s Loss, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

zainabsule@yahoo.com,  www.zainabokino.blogspot.com Desperation is a fundamental issue in succession crisis in our political development. Nowhere has this manifested than in the race for who becomes governor when the position becomes vacant in some of the states of the federation. The out-going worries about who his successor is because in most cases, he wants someone he can manipulate, and who will as well ...

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Timi Frank, Erisco Foods And Other Unsettling Stories, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

zainabsule@yahoo.com,  www.zainabokino.blogspot.com The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has dropped all pretences and is now true to itself—a typical Nigerian political party that makes campaign promises without the slightest intention to fulfill them; a party that brooks no criticisms and without internal crisis management mechanism; a party that uses and dumps and a party that dispenses with ‘errin ...

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