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Yamai Patrick: Nigeria; 7 Years Of Plenty vs The Great Famine

Since the government announced the deregulation of PMS I have seen different versions of interpretations, some in support, some against the policy and some reflective of the previous attempt by the government in 2012 to deregulate the PMS. In all of this the simple explanation is we failed to save when we had plenty and it has coming back to hunt us badly. While the previous administration inherited crude in its best years which sold for the average of $77.38, $107.46, $109.45, 105.87 and $96.24 between 2010 to December 2014 respectively, the current government inherited rather lowest price of crude in more...
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Rahaman Onike: Saraki And His Running Battle

The latest disclosure by the embattled senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki that his current travail was a price he has to pay for opposing muslim-muslim ticket when APC as the ruling party was to decide its presidential/vice-presidential candidates sounds  like a belated excuse. Assuming he has raised the allegation ab initio probably it might have received greater public sympathy. The media boost given to the assertion notwithstanding, many Nigerian still find it difficult to believe his untoward accusations.It appears Saraki is employing every form of subterfuge to evade justice.From all indications, there...
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Uzoigwe, Chimezie Daniel: Why Africa Must Not Get Stuck With Fossil Fuels

Modern, efficient and affordable energy services are among the essential ingredients of economic development, including the attainment of zero poverty as recognised in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Energy is the life blood of the global economy – a crucial input to nearly all of the goods and services of the modern world. Stable, reasonably priced energy supplies are central to maintaining and improving the living standards of billions of people (The World Economic Forum, 2012).   In spite of the recognized role of energy in economic development, it is worrisome to note that...
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Reuben Abati: The President As Chief Diplomat

I read an interesting article recently in which the author, objecting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s frequent travels abroad pointed out that Presidential spokespersons since 1999, including this writer, have always justified such trips using essentially the same arguments. The fellow quoted copiously and derisively from my State House press statements and an article by me titled “The Gains of Jonathan’s Diplomacy”. Those who object to Presidential travels abroad do so for a number of reasons: (a) the cost on the grounds of frequency and size of estacode-collecting delegation, with multiple officers...
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Olalekan Waheed Adigun: Politics Aside; Time Has Come to Take the Climate Seriously!

Let us take the statement credited to Professor James Hansen, NASA’s Chief Climate Scientist, which he wrote in a report (in 2007): ‘The Earth today stands in imminent peril and nothing short of a planetary rescue will save it from the environmental cataclysm of dangerous climate change’. This statement only proves that the challenge of climate change is real. Since the turn of this century it has become a global (if not) security challenge. What everyone- at least those who agree with the reality of this menace- agrees with is that only a concerted global effort, involving the governments of all...
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Usman Usman: #IStandWithBuhari Should Have Stood By Patriotism

Majority of Nigerians by virtue of the outcome of the 2015 election and the general goodwill enjoyed by President Muhammadu Buhari already stand with Buhari. His integrity, years of resilient struggle and preparedness, his antecedents and his austere lifestyle when compared with other former Heads of State, endeared him to many. This was why he was able to beat an incumbent president from the largest party in Africa and in the most populous African Nation. This was almost an unreachable feat few years ago when the then ruling party boasted that it will be in power for sixty (60) years. The rest is now...
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Itodo Samson: When Working For Elections Is Signing Your Death Warrant

  Professor Wahira, a lecturer in the University of Port Harcourt returned from the state Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to find his wife and kids on their knees. Since, it was lent, daytime devotion is expected and welcome. The no-nonsense Professor of Biochemistry had gone to reassure the Resident Electoral Commissioner of his commitment to serve as a returning officer in the #RiversRerun elections despite threats and intimidations from different quarters. On closer contact with his wife and kids, he discovered this was no prayer session instead his family members...
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Richard Tayo: Hypocrisy And Ben Murray Bruce

Before I can clearly communicate my ideas, i must go through the painstaking process of eliminating any ambiguity that could arise from what I really am trying to say. A hypocrite is a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess. Or a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements. I agree that Until we unite to condemn our leaders when they are wrong irrespective of whether we voted them or not, or they are our kinsman...
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Olalekan Waheed ADIGUN: #iStandWithBuhari And The Limits Of Political Opportunism

It has been almost a year now that some of us, swept by the euphoria of the “Change Mantra”, went all out to support perhaps the most persecuted presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari. We were told severally how the General intends to “Islamize Nigeria”; we were told he was a member of the Islamic State (or ISIS); we were equally told of how he once promised to make “Nigeria ungovernable for Jonathan”. All these notwithstanding, we shunned every obvious temptation for ethnicity or religious bigotry to support and vote the most hated man in certain quarters as president. Since he...
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Olawale Rotimi-Opeyemi: Nigeria’s Public HealthCare Pitfalls and Solutions in Context

“Nigeria faces some fundamental issues some us may not even take cognisance of. We have a population of N182million thereabout in 36 States of the country, but we only have 20 Federal Teaching Hospitals and 23Federal and State Medical Centres, some States like Lagos host more than one; 43 Federal and StateMedical Facilities for a population of 182million? That's an average of about 4.2m people per hospital! Can our Teaching Hospitals and Federal Medical Centres accommodate fifty thousand patients each? We aren't near standard healthcare system and no visible signs we are pressing close...
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4 Relationship Tips From Donald Trump

1. Looks are important, but so is intelligenceTrump has dated and been married to the most beautiful women in the world: Anna Nicole Smith, Carla Bruni, Marla Maples (his second wife), and current wife Melania Trump, just to name a few. However, it was his first wife Ivana that taught him that beauty and brains are the winning combination:I knew from the start that Ivana was different from just about all of the other women I’d been spending time with. Good looks had been my top — and sometimes, to be honest, my only — priority in my man-about-town days. Ivana was gorgeous, but she was also ambitious and...
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Celebrating ‘Mr. Integrity,’ the Iconic Soji Apampa at 50

Mr. Soji Apampa is one of those Nigerians who have been at the forefront of change in the real sense of it for decades and decades after continue to drive reforms without the noise often associated with most activists who are more about the fame than the essence of their activism. He has taught and inspired me as a person over the years. Not only have I been privileged to work with him, his organisation trusted me to facilitate Social Media trainings long before today that that seems to be the norm. His organisation also gave me my first speaking opportunity in the city of Abuja. I have gone on to do tens...
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Christian Okwori: The Menace Of Herdsmen in Nigerian Communities; A Panacea

Since the beginning of human civilization and even in Bible times, herdsmen are generally resented and loathed by most people due to the peripatetic, precarious, and rugged nature of their jobs which makes them ferocious, violent, and horribly unsociable with little or no empathy for human lives except for their beloved herds. The Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria of today are no less crude, bestial, and savage when it comes to issues that compromise the safety or wellbeing of their cattle. The Fulanis rarely eat beef and mourn whenever a member of their herds dies whether killed by wild animals, illness, cattle...
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Mubarak Jarmajo: Naira Devaluation, Naira Rise And A Patriot

Time has brought us to the moment when the economy isn't debated by economists alone. We are freely "poke-nosing" into matters that are primarily not ours to debate. Nonetheless, given that this is democracy and the economy cannot be separated from politics, we are all good to stand before the podium. As I have maintained here and elsewhere in discussions, there is no basis to devalue the Naira given that we hardly export any good or service. The essence of devaluing the currency was to create an enabling environment for foreign investors to come invest thereby creating employment opportunities and thus...
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Rotimi Fabiyi: North Korea And Counter Intelligence

 North Korea, called officially called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK (Strong: 1956) is a country in Asia that has a total land area of 120,540km2 (Wikipedia: 2016 A) and an estimated population of 25 million people in 2014 from 11.4 million people in 1960 (Trading Economics: 2015). The country North Korea with another present-day country named South Korea were once a single unified country known as Korean Empire since the 14th Century AD but its problem started in 1910 when Japan invaded and occupied it by force of arms and remained on its soil till 1945 when Soviet Union and United States of...
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MUSTAFA DEM?RL Turkish Democracy on Trial

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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AMAZING! Find Out What The Chinese Zodiac Says About You

The Chinese zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle, with an animal representing each year. As 2016 is the year of the monkey, it is believed that those born under this sign will have a good year with plenty of luck and opportunities ahead. The Chinese zodiacs are determined by birth year, and every zodiac gets the spotlight every 12 years. Chinese folklore says that their order was determined by a race, which the rat won, only by riding on the ox's back until it was able to cross the finish line first. According to Chinese zodiac, your birth year is telling of more than just your age. The Chinese believe...
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Adeyemi Adedokun: How Safe Is That Child In Your Vehicle?

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), more than 500 children lose their lives on the world’s roads every day. Many are killed on the journey to or from school, hit by speeding traffic while attempting to cross a highway, falling from the family motorcycle, or becoming a casualty while sitting unrestrained on the school bus. And for every child that dies, another four are permanently disabled. Road accidents are rarely investigated and under-reported across the country as there is no known government agency dedicated to road accident investigation, which makes data of accidents...
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