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    Nigeria’s dependence on foreign shipowners and tonnage is threat to national security

Nigeria’s dependence on foreign shipowners and tonnage is threat to national security

BY BEM IBRAHIM GARBA The term Cabotage originates from the French word “caboter” which means to sail along a coast. From a legal perspective Cabotage refers to principles that assure a country’s citizens of opportunities to participate in trades that are domestic to that country especially when the capability to do so exists. A country’s Cabotage Act protect the country’s economy by [...]

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    Nigeria: When shall we take responsibility?

Nigeria: When shall we take responsibility?

BY JAMES EZE In his lecture at the Silver Jubilee of The Guardian in October 2008, Chinua Achebe observed that; “Nigeria is neither my mother nor my father. Nigeria is a child; gifted, enormously talented, prodigiously endowed and incredibly wayward. Nigerian nationality was for me and my generation an acquired taste – like cheese.” I will always remember the above submission by [...]

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    North-south imbalance: Nigeria in free fall to self-destruct 

North-south imbalance: Nigeria in free fall to self-destruct 

BY MICHAEL OWHOKO Praying for Nigeria’s redemption from its current woes is like asking God to prevent a building with defective foundation located in the Lekki area of Lagos from collapse.  Even intercessions by best of prayer warriors cannot save such a building.  As long as Nigeria continue with its current inapt political structure, its descent to self-destruct is definite.  The [...]

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    Africa’s highest paid CEO: A brief history

Africa’s highest paid CEO: A brief history

BY MICHAEL JIMOH Between March and June last year, I was part of a team that interviewed Austin Avuru at two different places in Lagos. The first was an office in Ikoyi and the second a well-appointed residential building in Lekki Phase One.  Austin Avuru is CEO of Seplat Petroleum, one of a few O&G companies in Nigeria quoted on the NSE [...]

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    Enugu state, Nsukka, Ugwuanyi deserve better

Enugu state, Nsukka, Ugwuanyi deserve better

BY REGIS ONYISHI From the green Nsukka and Udi hills, to the award-winning, sustainable city of Enugu, Nkanuland to Awgu, Enugu State is a beauty to behold. Above those, Enugu has many attributes that are skin-deep, beyond what the eyes can see. As the former capital of the old Eastern Region, the seat of governments headed by the Rt. Hon. Nnamdi Azikiwe [...]

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    Why Nigeria needs Chinese loans

Why Nigeria needs Chinese loans

BY AMINA ADO Nigerians want to be rich and occasionally, as a nation, we behave as if we are. How rich a country and her citizens are, can be measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and GDP per capita. By these measures, Nigerians are, unfortunately, not rich, despite our collective desire to be so. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a measure of [...]

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    2023: Much ado about Mamman Daura and the north

2023: Much ado about Mamman Daura and the north

BY GBENGA ADEBOYE In a recent interview, Mamman Daura, a northern leader and nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari, stated: “Rotation has been done once, twice and three times; it is important that this nation should be united as one. The most qualified, competent should be elected and not someone who comes from a particular zone”. This has set the political firmament crackling [...]

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    Who is afraid of Sadiya Farooq?

Who is afraid of Sadiya Farooq?

BY ERNEST ATTAH I have watched in absolute disbelief the series of coordinated attacks on the personality of the Honourable minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. At some point, I got confused and wondered what her sins were and whether it was worth the scathing attacks on her person. First and foremost, I must add that we are a [...]

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    The price of underpolicing

The price of underpolicing

BY CONFIDENCE MACHARRY Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari, on Monday 3 August 2020, said that there are just 30 policemen providing security for 100 villages in the state. Masari’s comments came on the heels of renewed attacks by cattle rustlers, robbers, killer herdsmen and other armed groups the federal government collectively calls “bandits”.  While there is a problem with the nomenclature--which [...]

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    Rape: Confronting the new pandemic

Rape: Confronting the new pandemic

BY HADIZA ISMAIL The numbers and dynamics of rape cases and sexual assault victims are troubling. On Monday, July 13, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen made a startling revelation when she visited Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege. According to her, over 3,600 rape cases were recorded across the country during the lockdown alone. The number, as [...]

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    Adieu, Baba Sama

Adieu, Baba Sama

BY MOHAMMAD ISA Finally, the day is here. The day I have feared all along and always pray that it should never come, though I know it will ultimately come. The day that, whenever I think of it, I always nurse the wishful thinking that will immediately vanish. It is the day that with shaking fingers and teary eyes, I would have [...]

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    Boko Haram/ISWAP: Who is after the military?

Boko Haram/ISWAP: Who is after the military?

BY SANI MUHAMMDU The seeming recent castigation of the military by Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has revived new posers in Nigeria’s grapple with terrorism. That poser is: who is the Nigeria military fighting in its anti-terrorism war? The answer to this poser would be instructive in how Boko Haram’s campaign of terror would be ended. The Borno State Governor’s convoy had [...]

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    The Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi of our lives

The Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi of our lives

BY CALIXTHUS OKORUWA I was already seated somewhere towards the backrow at the hall in the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, waiting for the meeting to commence, when I saw him walking from the high table towards the rear of the hall. So I walked up to him and introduced myself, upon which he gracefully took my hand and ushered me to [...]

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    Brave new bar

Brave new bar

BY OLAOLUWA ONI First, to Olu Akpata: Congratulations! The seed for this victory was planted in 2015, when the Alegeh, SAN-led administration introduced universal suffrage to the system of voting within the Nigerian Bar Association. With the introduction of one-vote-per-person, power shifted to the bloc with the most numbers – young lawyers. In the 2020 election, young lawyers tested the strength of [...]

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    Mamman Daura and southern presidency

Mamman Daura and southern presidency

BY NDUBUISI NWIGWE The Nigerian media space has been agog with a cacophony of opinions over the recent exclusive interview by a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), and President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura, on the British broadcasting Service (BBC) Hausa Service. It is doubtful that the elder statesman, who is hardly heard from, expected the torrents of interests [...]

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    AGF: Tribute to the illustrious children

AGF: Tribute to the illustrious children

BY RAHEEM ADEDOYIN The week closed with deadly force. Iconic lawyer and statesman, Alhaji AbdulRazaq AbdulGaniyu Folorunso ( aka AGF) exited with grace. It is heartbreaking and there will be plenty of wailing; but unlike the trending deaths, Baba's departure was neither gory nor premature. Alhamdullilahi. Tributes have been pouring on the Great Man. Even if you don't know him, there is enough [...]

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