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Ahmadu Bello’s Legacies Live On, Require More Dedicated Adherents

By Jim Pressman, Freelance, Abuja The legendary simplicity, generosity even in poverty and all-inclusive leadership style of the late Sardaunan Sakkwato, Sir Ahmadu Bello, KBE First Premier of the Northern Region who managed despite all the pressures to resist corruption throughout his life, till he died without a house of his own and his bank account in the red, were some of the many legacies remembered an ...

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Karim: Where 5 People Die Of Water Diseases Weekly

                                           Holes for drinking water In Karim, 5-10 persons are estimated to be daily diagnosed of water related diseases, while 2- 5 people die weekly of same diseases, Ayodele Samuel Ayokunle, Journalist and  blogger at www.ayodelenews.blogspot.com writes My encounter on the road to Karim Village wasn’t a palatable experience for me. The Village had just been ravaged by the ...

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Ghana Decides 2012; Second Report: The Route to the Kumasi Declaration-By Jibrin Ibrahim

The mood in Ghana is one of high optimism that the sixth general elections taking place on the 7th of December will be free, fair, and credible and above all - violence free. The country is on the bounce. Ghana has just made the transition from a low to medium income country with an average income of $1,000 per head. Newly found petrol adds $600 a year to the national revenue and agitations for resource con ...

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Inside The Lion’s Den of Nigeria’s Boko Haram

By Yvonne Ndege   Boko Haram has killed hundreds in bomb blasts [EPA]   My five days in Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria - the epicentre of violence perpetrated by the armed group, Boko Haram - was fraught with danger. I had been trying to get access to report from the city for over a year. I had been told that I needed clearance from the head of Nigeria's armed forces to report from the ground. ...

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Beyond Military Intervention in Mali, Experts Seek Enduring Solutions to Insecurity

By Danlami Nmodu Despite the determined efforts by West African leaders to intervene militarily to end the insurgency in Northern Mali, experts are worried that it may take more than military action to guarantee security.These  fears were expressed on Wednesday in Abuja at   the  Abuja Debate  organized by Fredrich-Ebert Stiftung ,FES at Transcorp Hilton.The episode ,the third in the series  was titled:The ...

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‘Coming Revolution’ & Unusual Silence from Presidency:Who is Afraid of OBJ?

By Wale Odunsi Over 72 hours after former President Olusegun Obasanjo predicted a revolution in the country, the presidency curiously has yet to respond or make any official statement. Obasanjo had over the weekend made this assertion at the West African regional conference on youth employment in Dakar, Senegal. Baba as he is fondly called, stated  that the ravaging unemployment in the country had given bir ...

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How National Good Governance Tour ‘Tackled’ Non-Performing Road Projects

(Picture:Panyam) By Joseph Mutah On 23rd October, 2012, The National Good Governance Tour team was in Plateau State in continuation of the inspection of completed and ongoing projects across the country.The team, which was led by the Honourable Minister of Information Mr. Labaran Maku, comprised the media and civil society organisations. Various state and federal government projects were inspected in the co ...

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Analysis:Nobel Peace Prize for Nigeria?

Since 1901, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has been awarding the Nobel Prize to deserving citizens and institutions of the world in different categories which include Medicine, Physics, Economics and Literature. However, the Nobel Peace Prize, adjudged as the most prestigious of the Nobel Prize categories has been described as the “world’s most prestigious prize”, and is, according to the Nobel Committee, aw ...

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For Those Who Made The 2012 National Honours List

By Jim Pressman,Freelance, Abuja So much has been written and said about tomorrow’s National Honours List, and I appreciate the anger and disgust of many with the appearance on that list of some names certain people who, left to this reporter, should be behind bars or be awaiting trial, and all that…with all due respect to many other deserving, good citizens of this great nation, on the same list. As we wai ...

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Kashim Shettima: The Emerging ‘Talakawa’ Governor At 46

By Ismail Omipidan But for what I found out about two weeks ago, this tribute to Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, as he clocks 46 today, Sunday, September 2, 2012, would have waited till 2016, when by the special Grace of God, he would not only have attained the Golden Age of 50, but would have marked his first year in office, in his second term. So, what did I  find out? It was during the just conc ...

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