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Reuben Abati: The Stolen Pot of Soup

“I am depressed, my brother.” “You are always depressed. I am actually used to that. I can’t remember when last you were not choleric, depressed, obsessed, uptight, down-spirited, what’s that your word again, yes, anxious. You better watch it, buddie-bae-bff-bros, stop carrying the world on your back, man. There was Atlas before you. There was Sisyphus. But the world has never stopped moving on.” “I read this story” “What story?” “Pathetic story about how right now in Ilorin, Kwara state, it is risky to leave a pot of soup on fire because it is most likely to be stolen. Armed...
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Niyi Akinola: Ekiti And The Federal Government School Feeding Program; Where and How Did We Miss the Participation?

The True Face of Ekiti is a non partisan movement of Ekiti Sons and Daughters seeking to protect the interest of the common Citizens of Ekiti. You will agree with us that there is an urgent need to re-write the Ekiti story just the way we want others to view us. Our beloved state has been in the news for so many wrong reasons in recent past, this has misrepresented us as a people both on the national and international scene. We cannot continue with this negative identity and expect to see our dream State emerged overnight. The value system of an average Ekiti was ideal until corroded by external...
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Omano Edigheji: Nigeria; Petrol Price Increases And The Poverty Of The Proposed Strikes By Trade Unions

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has lost its relevance. For almost twenty years now, it has been more reactive than proactive. It has not been able to develop a comprehensive development agenda that represents the interests of workers and the poor that could form a basis to engage with government. Such a broad development agenda should have clearly set out the short term sacrifices workers will make for their long term benefits and overall development of the country. Alas, it has not been able to do that. Thus like the predatory class, the Nigerian Labour Congress and TUC have engaged in rent seeking...
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Olawale Rotimi: Violence in Nigeria; Causes, Effects And Solutions

Violence in Nigeria in its various forms has evolved over the decades; from use of traditional weapons, charms and hamlets, violence in Nigeria has taken sophisticated dimension. Political, electoral, religious, ethnic/tribal, cultism and other forms of violence are dominant in the Nigerian society, at varying degrees. Each region in Nigeria has its peculiar form of violence; in northern Nigeria, religious violence and extremist attacks is peculiar, in the South-South, militancy is popular and like extremist attacks in northern Nigeria, it has received global attention. In the South-East, cultism ferocity and...
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Samson Itodo: Understanding The Electoral (Amendment) Act 2015 (Part 1)

Introduction One of the pre-conditions for free, fair and credible elections is a coherent, unambiguous legal framework. This is so because elections are predicated on the viability and potency of a legal architecture anchored on the principles of inclusion, integrity, justice and equity. The Electoral legal framework defines political relationships, creates a framework for the actualization of citizens franchise and a conflict management system. The legal framework must be structured to ensure the sanctity of the votes, an ordered process and participation of stakeholders. Its non-existence could...
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Budget 2016 Impasse: Behind The Noise and Distractions – Theophilus Opaleye

I have followed with keen interest ongoing debates within Nigeria’s social media stratosphere regarding the 2016 budget, and the power tussle between the Executive and the National Assembly over the inclusion, or exclusion, of certain projects and appropriations. The details remain sketchy, even as the Executive remains reticent in driving home these accusations, but a major contention remains the absence of the Lagos-Calabar rail project as a line item in the budget of the Ministry of Transportation. Testimonies by those in the know, and details obtained from other credible sources on the matter point...
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Bemdoo Hulugh: Genocide In Benue And The Strange Response of The Nigerian State

It is no longer news that about 15 Local Governments in Benue state are affected by the on-going invasion and occupation by armed fulani herdsmen (Agatu remains the most affected). These attacks by herdsmen did not spare women or children. In some instances a whole family has been wiped out. It is so sad that these poor villagers have been forced out of their homes by armed herdsmen to take refuge in classrooms and open fields while their homes are now occupied by herdsmen and their cattle. It is even more sad and annoying that the Nigerian State is doing little or nothing about it. Beginning with the State...
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Michael O. Ogunjobi: This Bitter Change

A cursory look at the state of our polity barely a year after the ‘Change’ revolution ushered in by the 2015 General Elections brings to the fore the tortuous path trodden, like a ‘Long Walk To Freedom’. The plight of the average Nigerian can be best captured in these lines of the late renowned poet Kofi Awoonor, a casualty of the terrorist attack by al-Shabaab militants at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya on September 21st, 2013 in his poem- ‘Songs of Sorrow’- ‘My people, I have been somewhere If I turn here, the rain beats me If I turn there the sun burns me The firewood of...
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Adedayo Osho: Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Your Role in Nigeria’s Revival

Can we hope that with a reduction of about 17 billion naira from 6.077 trillion naira initially tendered, the passage of N6.060tn, being budget for 2016 will improve the lives of Nigerians under the Buhari presidency? In all sense of honesty, every single socio-economic development indicator is unfavourable to our 'average citizens' since past ten months. Only those who lie for a living would brand this proclaimed 'Change' as currently effective. And although sermons were preached upon APC ascension of how change usually takes time to materialise especially in fractured societies, the common man cannot...
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Things Guys Think When They Go Out On Friday Night

"Yo, it's finally Friday." Who isn't excited for Fridays? I'm pretty sure this is a mantra everyone quietly chants to themselves every Friday until 5:01 PM. "It's time to pick out my Friday night shirt." This is easy because most guys have 3-5 shirts that are acceptable "going out" shirts. "Time to group text 'what r u doin tonite?'" There are two kinds of people: those who have Friday night plans, and those who desperately try to latch onto Friday night plans. "Do I look like I'm trying too hard?" Most guys have a getting ready ritual. I don't think any guy will admit to spending hours in front of the...
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Abdullahi Kasimu Abubakar: #KADInvest2016 Kaduna State On The Path To Greatness

Mark these dates, 6 & 7th of April, the Government of Kaduna State under the leadership of Mallam Nasir Elrufai will hold an Investment Summit hoping to turn around the fortunes of our underdeveloped state, Kaduna. The summit is organized by the recently established Kaduna State Investment Promotion Agency – KADIPA. The mandate of KADIPA is to lead and coordinate all investment promotion activities undertaken by the State and to be the prime negotiator in finalizing deals with private sector investors on behalf of the State. Kaduna state was a lead state in Northern Nigeria with most of the...
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Lekki Building Collapse and the Action Oriented Steps Taken by Ambode – Lanre Olagunju

Ambode has shown clearly that he is a no nonsense leader, as against the perception by many at the very beginning of his administration in 2015 that Lagos has elected a go-slow-leader.  It is crystal clear from all indications that he is a careful manager of resources and situations, essentially on peculiar issues that concerns the people of Lagos. He has shown this in many ways, and a recent example is his swift response to the security crisis that enveloped Lagos in the last quarter of 2015 and the recent rescue of the 3 abducted students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary in Ikorodu. If we had a smart...
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Ogundana Michael Rotimi: Ese Oruru, Yinusa Dahiru And The Tragedy Of A Divided Nation.

We may not have been together if not for the 1914 amalgamation. But since the artificial wedding took place over a century ago, it is quite surprising how and why we remain divided in the face of various integration plans and programs to keep us united. Few weeks ago when the Ese Oruru saga broke out, it again showed to the world how divided a nation amalgamated over a hundred years ago is. The Ese Oruru saga, prove once again that we have only been struggling to live in harmony with one another and always looking for the slightest opportunity to go against each other. Worse as our division is, we are not...
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Festus Ogun: President Buhari, Work, And Pray!

While in primary school, I could remember vividly how our headmaster always reminded us of the need to work –or read – hard and pray harder. Similarly, throughout my years in secondary school, the song of ‘Work and Pray’ is being sung to our hearing, virtually, everyday by the proprietor of the school. Since the ‘motto’ has being, we, the students’ watchword, virtually all of us in the school during my days, were successful. This clearly shows the importance of hard work and prayer –to both the gods and our God. I could also remember, how one of my friends, who was a ‘Born Again’...
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Dear Ladies, Stop Dating Men Who Want To ‘Fix You’

Men love to fix things. It probably has a lot to do with the toys they played with when they were little boys. Boy toys are things like Lincoln Logs, or plastic tool belts, or train tracks that come in pieces to be put together and taken apart and put back together in a new way, whenever they want. Girls can play with these toys too, but most of them are marketed towards boys, who are taught early on that it's an admirable and masculine quality to be able to fix things with your own hands. A lot of those boys grow up and become men who forget about fixing things and become bankers or writers instead....
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Ololade Ajekigbe: I’ll Buy Nigeria, But…

In the past couple of weeks, there has been some clamour for Nigerians to patronise made-in-Nigeria products. The hashtag "Buy Naija To Grow The Naira" was even created to drive its awareness on Twitter. The aim is simple - Buy locally made goods to save the naira from its current alarming slope downhill. For all intents and purposes this campaign has become imperative especially in the light of the dwindling fortune of the naira against the dollar. Since the price of crude oil has been on a steady decline for a while now, oil producing countries have had to turn their attention to other sectors of their...
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Mustapha Saddiq: ‘Half A Billion For The Upgrade of Old Government House? Governor Masari, No Please’!

It was quite long since I wrote on my beloved state -Katsina, since before the 2015 general elections. Of course that is not because I have nothing to write about or no opinion to express as many things happened (both good and bad) since the inception of H.E. Governor Aminu Masari's administration. But as many optimists are quick to sing (or rather cry or wail) anytime an issue of incompetence or ineptitude is raised about this government -not withstanding wherether it is born out of genuine patriotism and the desire for the governor himself to step up or in some cases initiate or stop certain policies that...
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Turkish Democracy on Trial By Mustafa Demir

How Democratic is Turkey? Not as democratic as Washington thinks it is. Since the general election which held in Turkey on June 7, 2015, various happenings suggests that indeed Turkish democracy is on trial. It is thus becoming increasingly clear that Turkey is sliding into autocratic presidentialism since the announcement of the corruption allegations in December 2013 that implicated President Erdogan, his immediate and extended family, as well as the highest echelons of his party (AKP), all resources of the Turkish state have been mobilized to protect and increase the power base of President Erdogan and the...
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