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  • Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, who won reelection for another four years has a 100-man Transition Committee / Photo credit: Leadership .ng
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    What’s It With Transition Committees?

    Chinyere Fred-Adegbulugbe writes that Transition Committees appear to be the next waste conduit for some governors-elect after the March 9 governorship poll

    Nigerians have an irredeemable propensity for the extra. I’m yet to see that exorcist that will help purge the spirit of overdoing and complicating even the simplest processes from most of us. Shortly after the last gubernatorial election in 29 states and the announcement of the results, it appeared the task for winners was to […] More

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    Buhari Must Stop NNPC Digging Our Grave

    Azu Ishiekwene writes that President Muhammadu Buhari needs to urgently restructure the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), so it can work for all Nigerians rather the few currently feeding fat on it

    Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar made an unpopular statement during the campaign worth a second thought. He said if he was elected president, he would sell off the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), even if it would cost him his life. It didn’t seem anyone was interested in his life, really. Or the point he […] More

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    Daddy Freeze Is Our Conscience

    Tunde Odediran writes that the recent and constant attacks on the Pentecostal church leaders in Nigeria, by popular On-Air-Personality, Daddy Freeze (Ifedayo Olarinde), has become inevitable due to the level of greed that has become the trademark of the church today

    Things have been going well for many Nigerian Pentecostal pastors for so long. Many have become multi-billionaires as leaders of mega churches. They are far richer than their peers in other parts of the world. This is through a version of the Christian theology branded as “name it and claim it,” another word for prosperity […] More

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    Regulating Anambra’s Obituary Economy

    Louis Odion writes that the new Anambra funeral act the State Assmbly recently passed, while not lacking in merit, will almost be impossible to implement without due consultations with all stakeholders

    Anambra, the mercurial pearl of Igbo nation nestling River Niger, is in the news again. We are not about to revisit the ferment of executive intemperance that led the sitting governor into allegedly calling the whole leader of the pan-Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze, “an idiot” for endorsing the presidential candidate of the main opposition party ahead […] More

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    20 Years Of Democracy: The Politics And Upheavals

    Shuaib Shuaib writes on the different shades of political intrigues and upheavals that have shaped the last 20 years in Nigeria; the longest stretch of democracy the country has ever recorded.

    If you were young, courageous and had ambitions or dreams of being president in 1960s Nigeria, the place to be was in the Nigerian Army. That description could easily fit Yakubu Gowon, Odumegwu Ojukwu or officers that lost their lives at an early stages in the struggle for power like Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, Aguiyi Ironsi […] More

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  • Senators Ali Ndume and Ahmed Lawan, both of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), are unyielding in their individual quest to emerge the next Senate President
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    Ndume v Lawan: The Danger Ahead

    Azu Ishiekwene writes that the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), appears doomed to find itself in the position it was four years ago, when the National Assembly ended up with leadership that was almost always antagonistic to the executive despite belonging to the same party

    What would it take President Muhammadu Buhari to get the politics of the National Assembly right? Four years ago, he had a problem which, like a stubborn fly, has refused to go away. After his election victory speech in 2015 when he was for all and for none, things went haywire, leading to the emergence […] More

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  • Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, is not happy with the extreme poverty level in Northern Nigeria / photo credit: Nollywoodcommunity.com
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    Aliko, Arewa And The Multi-billionaire Truth

    Louis Odion writes that Aliko Dangote’s recent lamentation over the extreme poverty level in Northern Nigeria must trigger immediate and sustainable actions from the region’s political leadership

    It is not exactly new talk; the news is that it came from the lips of Aliko Dangote, thus breaking the age-old culture of silence. Summoning a moral courage rare among the elite, the Forbes-certified richest black man came down hard on northern governors while lamenting the clear and present danger extreme poverty poses to […] More

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  • Nigerians spend hundreds of billion Naira yearly to train their children abroad / Photo credit: Pulse.ng
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    Studying Abroad Ravages Nigeria

    Tunde Odediran writes that Nigerian parents who send their children abroad to study are enriching foreign universities to conduct research, employ the best talents, build infrastructure and innovate but,drain the system in the country of funds and creates a dichotomy between the generation of Nigerian students.

    Nigerian parents spend a fortune on education in foreign countries, but who can blame them for giving world-class education to their children? Perennial closure of the universities, brain drain and a lack of proper investment in the education sector has taken its toll - and good slice of students with it. For nearly three decades, […] More

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    Nanny Vice Chancellor Confronts Helicopter Parenting

    Azu Ishiekwene writes that running a university effectively in the 21st century shouldn’t be as dramatic and frustrating as portrayed by the Vice-Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo Asaju, in his recent (now viral) WhatsApp message to parents

    At first, I thought it was fake news. But I read it to the end and later noticed that it had also been shared on a number of other serious platforms by serious people. And it was signed by the Vice Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University (ACU), Rt. Rev. Professor. Dapo Asaju. The right reverend […] More

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  • Abdulaziz Yari is the governor of Zamfara State and also the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum / Photo credit: leadership.ng
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    The Shame Of Zamfara’s Zig-Zag

    Louis Odion writes that the political travesty curently unfolding in Zamfara State was activated by the All Progressives Congress leadership with its bungled primaries last October

    The old squirrel, according to an ancient Edo riddle, habitually sips from the gourd of iniquities. His lineage is forbidden from eating the palm kernel near its warren. But out of ancestral curse, the duplicitous mammal soon finds himself in an abominable web. Not only is he caught mating a neighbour’s maiden, he, forever triggered […] More

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