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A misguided tour and the plight of Boko Haram victims – By Musa Hassan-Tom

As the battle against the book haram terrorists draws close to an end, the Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government should not allow itself to be cornered into a situation of winning the battle and losing the war by pandering to vested interests. While the battle to defeat the insurgents has largely been successful, the task of attending to the needs of both internally displaced persons and refugees in neighbouring countries with a view to ameliorating their plight in the short term and creating conducive environment for their return to their ransacked communities have largely remain un-addressed by the...
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Sustaining Peace Talks With The Niger Delta Agitators, By Kunle Somoye

A KALEIDOSCOPE INTO THE RECENT PAST Pearl Buck once said “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday”. Why Nigeria is in a state of recession today is not unconnected to the events in the past, in just five years, between 2010 and 2015, the last administration sold crude oil for $120 and most times $110 (the highest) earning N55 trillion in total while the total earning from sales of crude oil since independence was 96.212 trillion, please kindly do the maths. Some of us beclouded by sentiments and hatred are quick to forget that the international price of crude began to drop...
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Bukola Ogunyemi: Appraising Kaduna’s Smart Infrastructure Plan

Bukola Ogunyemi: Appraising Kaduna’s Smart Infrastructure Plan Kaduna State knows that infrastructural development is a straightforward way to inject money into the economy and lay the foundation for long-term growth. This is why it has committed N108 billion of its 2016 budget to capital expenditure and will further commit N130 billion in 2017. Already, 421 contracts have been awarded for renovation of public primary and secondary schools in the state. These renovations are complete with the provision of solar-powered bore holes and cubicle toilet blocks. The aim is to expand class sizes to the...
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Corruption, wealth creation and the Nigerian elite – By JJ Omojuwa

Nigeria is a tough place to start a business, and even a much tougher place to run one. When you check the World Bank’s annual Ease of Doing Business Report, you’d actually see that doing business in Nigeria that was a tough ordeal has only got tougher over the years. From its best ranking of 120 in 2008, the country sank to the depths ranking 170 in 2014 and 2015. There was actually a downward spiral between 2012 and 2014 when in 2012 the country was ranked 138. The 2016 number at 169 was just an insignificant movement from 170. The poorest ranking is about 190 with the best country ranked 1. Capital...
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Moses Ochonu’s Demonization Of El-Rufai, A Rejoinder By Mukhtar Garba Maigamo

“….. Ochonu once asked el-Rufai for a job and got turned down. He has been unable to put behind him that incident, but the truth is that at that time, el-Rufai could not provide him a job because only candidates with technical and numeracy skills were required. Available facts indicate that el-Rufai informed Ochonu and others with non-numerate and or science based degrees that they did not meet the criteria. Though Ochonu left for the US where he has done rather well, he has been unable to hide his disdain for el-Rufai mainly because of the latter as inability to bend the rules to suit primordial personal...
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OPINION: The morning after #Christmas – By Reuben Abati

“How was your Christmas Day?” “Comme ci, comme ca” “What’s that?” “I am speaking French. You mean you don’t even understand elementary French?” “No, I don’t. Speak English. How was Christmas?” “Low-key. Like this, like that”. “For me, it was a dead-end Christmas” “God forbid. May we never have a dead-end Christmas. I reject it in Jesus name.” “If you like, summon the Holy Ghost. We have never had a Christmas like this one. On Christmas eve in Lagos, come and see people just going about, many of them aimlessly. The kind of shopping that heralds...
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Turkey: Erdogan’s Macabre Dance In Africa, By Joshua Ocheja

This is indeed a fascinating topic and a product of great research work. I decided to undertake in this research work to put in public space a motive expressed by the Turkish President, Recep Erdogan to extend his clampdown on Hizmet movement affiliated institutions as he has done in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed July 15th Coup. And with sheer disregard for the sovereignty of other countries, especially in Africa. For a start, it is pertinent to shed light on the Hizmet movement and its activities. The Hizmet movement is a civic initiative rooted in the teachings of internationally respected...
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Allegations Of Corruption In The Justice Delivery Sector: Implications For Rule Of Law & Democracy By Femi Falana

Introduction  For the past three decades, I have been involved in the struggle against human rights violations, corrupt practices and abuse of powers by certain principalities in Enugu State. In the 1980s I was here to defend the late Chima Ubani and other leaders of the student union of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka when they were expelled on grounds of political extremism. I also defended them when they were later charged before a Special Military Tribunal which sat at Enugu. In the 1990s I was equally here to launch legal battles against the proscription of the Academic Staff Union of...
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4 Things That Could Happen When You Hold In Your Pee for Too Long

1. An Embarrassing Accident Just to keep it real: Peeing your pants is a real possibility because the crossing your legs really tight trick is only going to work for so long. "As your bladder gets fuller and fuller, there's a good chance you aren't going to make it to the bathroom on time," Streicher says. Imagine your bladder like a water balloon that's filling up — the longer you hold off going to the bathroom, the bigger and heavier it gets. And the muscles that contract to keep your bladder sealed can only withstand the pressure for so long before it will start to leak. So the next time the bathroom...
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‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 Things We Learnt From Nigeria vs Algeria

Nigeria continued their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with a 3-1 win over Algeria, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Victor Moses scored twice for the Super Eagles, while John Mikel Obi also found the back of the net. The North Africans grabbed what proved to be a consolation through Nabil Bentaleb. But what else did we learn? Moses saves his people Victor Moses was Man of the Match by a mile. The Chelsea man has been reinvented by Antonio Conte as a right wingback this season and his improvement was evident today at the Godswill Akpabio...
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Understanding The Hizmet Movement In Nigeria By Joshua Ocheja

This topic is probably one of my best in recent times because it is as a result of real life encounters. And somewhat a response to a certain Huseyin Oztunc, who has been spreading outright falsehood on the Hizmet movement in Nigeria. For starters, Mr. Huseyin Oztunc is not a Nigerian, and his recent outburst is an affront to us as a people and tantamount to repeating what the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Hakan Cakir did when he requested that the government should close down Turkish schools in Nigeria. I will start on high-note. The Hizmet movement is not a cult. The participants of the Hizmet...
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Mary Olushoga: Supporting Nigeria’s Young Entrepreneurs

In 2015, I tested a hypothesis on youth entrepreneurship which I had held onto for quite a while. My question was whether we can foster and enable entrepreneurial ideas in young Nigerians than what currently ails. I decided to test this hypothesis at Lagos State Model College, Meiran in collaboration with Covenant University's Hope Foundation Center. We set out to train students on how to write business plans, pitch business ideas with the AWP Network providing seed funding for this initiative. Out of the 300 entries we received the panel of judges selected the top three ideas. The AWP Network's agenda was...
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6 Signs That Your Partner is Going to Propose

1. Your partner is talking to your friends more, which seems odd If your significant other has not been too fond of your friends or just not overly friendly with them, and now all of a sudden is talking with them and asking them about your schedule or things that you like, something is up. This digging for information is leading to something. Danielle Rothweiler of Rothweiler Event Design explained to Bustle, “If your S.O. isn’t a big planner and all of a sudden seems concerned about where you will be, and when you will be available, he is looking for a clear date to get on the calendar and pop the...
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Married or Not, Here’s Why Couples Therapy Is a Must

1. You nip issues in the bud . . . before it's too late. I'm an in-depth talker and my husband is a selective listener, yet we thought we had excellent communication skills. It's not like my husband and I didn't know how to resolve issues, but there were definitely many times where we both agreed to disagree and pushed issues under the rug in hopes that they would never came back. Unfortunately they come back in one form or another, and usually with a vengeance. With me, he says "I'm angry." Period. In counseling, he says "I'm angry because . . ." and with the word "because" we are able to make emotional...
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Ebola: Where Is It Hiding And When Will It Be Back?

Ebola is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can spread between animals and humans. It burns hot and fast through people. Its ruthless nature means that we are often the end of the line for the virus: a host like us that gets too sick too fast, that dies too quickly, cuts down the virus's ability to jump into a fresh body. To remain a threat, Ebola needs a safe house in which to lie low and hide. Such a long-term host, the quiet refuge of a pathogen, is known as a reservoir species. If a reservoir species is Ebola's safe house, we are its luxury retirement property, a place for it to live out its last days...
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The 1 Thing Happy Couples Do Every Day

Happy couples communicate with each other. Constant communication seems so obvious, but it can easily slip through the cracks. In order to keep your relationship healthy and happy, there's three things you need to do to communicate successfully. 1. Express your needs and feelings. There's no way for your partner to know what you want out of your relationship if you don't say so. Make sure to clearly express how you are feeling — whether that be happy or upset — so that you and your partner are on the same page. Your significant other is not a mind reader, so it's up to you. You may learn something...
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If Someone REALLY Loves You, They’ll Do These 6 Things

1. Drop by for a surprise face-to-face visit In a study conducted by Ford and YourTango, 55% of participants polled said that when a friend surprises them with a face to face visit, it made them feel totally loved.. Can you remember the last time you dropped by a friend's house just to see their face, and say hello? Yes, we text about our day and communicate constantly, but nothing beats actually being in each other's presence. Studies have shown that being in the presence of the people we love is vital to keeping us happy and healthy. And it makes sense! Think back to the last time you hung out with a...
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Samsung Struggles With Critical Note 7 Recall

Samsung said Wednesday it was doing its best to push through a challenging recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, as it offered a software fix to jolt users into returning defective devices. The success of the recall is seen as crucial to Samsung retaining brand trust and loyalty and preventing customers defecting to arch-rival Apple’s new iPhone 7 or cheaper Chinese-made models. The South Korean electronics giant moved quickly earlier this month to suspend sales of its latest large-screen smartphone and announced a recall of 2.5 million units already sold, after faulty batteries caused some handsets to...
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