Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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    It may never be well with Nigeria

It may never be well with Nigeria

BY ADE INASA-THOMAS The way we go about celebrating sudden, short term, self serving and deceitful demonisation of CEOs of anti corruption agency (EFCC) from Ribadu to Magu says a lot about us as people that are utterly without values. We stand for nothing and we do not care about anything. We at the same time approbate and reprobate. We are [...]

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    Electoral reform as a step for citizens’ participation

Electoral reform as a step for citizens’ participation

BY MOSHOOD ISAH The steady decline in voter turnout in Nigeria remains a cause for concern and calls to question the nation’s 21 years of uninterrupted democracy. After six circles of general elections, citizens are yet to trust the electoral system enough to participate in it. This is rightly so because the system is yet to inspire citizens' confidence, and this [...]

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    Time to go after our ‘political Hushpuppis’

Time to go after our ‘political Hushpuppis’

Raymond Igbalode, a Nigerian Instagram celebrity better known as Hushpuppi, has continued to make the headlines after the police in Dubai busted him and his colleagues over alleged fraud amounting to N168 billion. The issue has continued to garner backlashes from majority of Nigerians across social media platforms. Such criticisms are understandable. Hushpuppi, by his action, has further denigrated Nigeria's [...]

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    Ganduje makes truth a casualty in proxy war with el-Rufai

Ganduje makes truth a casualty in proxy war with el-Rufai

BY DANJUMA MUSA There is absolutely no doubt, that the Kano State Government has for quite some time been spoiling for a fight with Nasir El-Rufai,the Governor of Kaduna State, over his unalloyed loyalty to Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, his long standing friend that as the last authentic Emir of Kano was a thorn in the flesh of Abdullahi Ganduje ,the Governor [...]

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    Hydroxychloroquine: The COVID-19 drug that continues to defy controversies

Hydroxychloroquine: The COVID-19 drug that continues to defy controversies

BY VIVIAN O.  IBEH In May 2020 National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)  said that it would be continuing its research into the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment protocol for COVID-19 even when some journals had published some reports that caused quite a stir in the pharmaceutical industry. The medical Journal Lancet in an observational study claimed [...]

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    The prerequisite for peace and stability on Korean Peninsula

The prerequisite for peace and stability on Korean Peninsula

By the Institute for Disarmament and Peace of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Seventy years have elapsed since the bursts of gunfire of war were heard on this land. The Korean War forced by the United States inflicted painful scars and tremendous human and material losses upon the Korean people. Continuing into this moment is the [...]

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    Nigeria navigates through coronavirus storm

Nigeria navigates through coronavirus storm

As headwinds from the coronavirus pandemic storm lambaste the world economy, the outlook for Nigeria appears more cloudy for the second half of the year. The next few months are critical for the country’s fragile economic recovery and the main question is whether Nigeria will sink or swim in the coronavirus storm. On the positive side, the federal government announced the second [...]

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    APC saga: As the Buni-led committee sails through historic contours

APC saga: As the Buni-led committee sails through historic contours

BY ABUBAKAR BUKA KAGU It is no doubt that intra-party feuds have the potential to cause great upset. Whether these challenges may lead to sufficient fractures which can slowly snowball into electoral reverses is another matter. The simple point is that such disputes, especially when they present themselves to the general public, give the impression of dysfunctionality in the party structure [...]

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    ‘Still focused on development’ – Tunji Olowolafe and others extol Babatunde Fashola at 57

‘Still focused on development’ – Tunji Olowolafe and others extol Babatunde Fashola at 57

BY EHI AGBEDE If Nigerians ever coalesce around a standard-bearer determined to draw a bright line between diligence to duty and a heart for the people, that person could emerge as an important force in a country with a problem the shape and size of quality leadership. Babatunde Raji Fashola might not be the most popular politician in Nigeria, but for many [...]

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    Open letter to my kins: We must rally to pull down systemic racism

Open letter to my kins: We must rally to pull down systemic racism

BY OSASU IGBINEDION Dear Queens and Kings,   The wind is finally behind us. After centuries of discrimination and racial injustice, the world is now waking up to our reality as black people. As a Black woman living in the African continent, Nigeria to be specific (which is the most populous black nation in the world), I feel a little relieved that [...]

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    Why Hushpuppi won’t be the last Nigerian fraudster

Why Hushpuppi won’t be the last Nigerian fraudster

BY SAMUEL OSHO As the footage confirming the arrest of Hushpuppi storms the internet, Nigeria’s reputation plummets a hundred feet down the abyss of fraudulence reconfirming Nigeria’s perceived pole position as the world capital of swindlers. If you can’t understand why PayPal stops Nigerian residents from receiving funds via their accounts, you can now see the clog in the wheel. If you [...]

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    Capt Hosa: Of diligence, honour and other matters

Capt Hosa: Of diligence, honour and other matters

BY SYLVANUS OJEH “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” Proverbs 22.29. The above eternal words from the wisest man that ever lived in Bible times, King Solomon, ring true of Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, the Benin-born billionaire business mogul, who straddles the socio-cultural, economic and political topographies of [...]

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    How critical is July in flattening the curve?

How critical is July in flattening the curve?

BY EZEKIEL O. KAYODE Now, more than ever, the government must get its decisions spot on. Nigeria is now the third African country with the highest number of coronavirus cases, behind South Africa and Egypt —twenty thousand and counting, and many are beginning to question if the government can effectively manage the scourge. If March and April were months when establishment of testing [...]

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    Arewa representatives: The need to deal with the social vices as the COVID-19

Arewa representatives: The need to deal with the social vices as the COVID-19

BY BB ZAKARI It is very unfortunate that Arewa is facing this unprecedented social crisis at a frightening scale – all sorts of social vices from banditry, armed robbery, insurgency, kidnapping for ransom, communal clashes, substance abuse, political thuggery, violence against and neglect of children, rape, etc, etc. Our society is almost broken and government alone cannot fix everything. We all [...]

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    Sanwo-Olu at 55: A simple man in the service of Lagosians

Sanwo-Olu at 55: A simple man in the service of Lagosians

BY OLUSEGUN FAFORE Without purpose, life is meaningless. With insight, our path is illuminated. When purpose and insight are embedded attributes of anyone’s life, such an individual will not only inspire others, but serve God through humanity. In the race of life and our quest to own the world we did not create, only few mortals remain led by insight and [...]

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    The giants of the ocean

The giants of the ocean

BY IKE OGALA Whales and sharks are the biggest and some of the deadliest and fastest ocean predators. Here we have: THE GIANTS OF THE OCEANS. Whales are the only confirmed mammals in the ocean but sharks are very like mammals and a few people wonder if sharks are actually mammals. They are very alike. Some whales filter food from the ocean [...]

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