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Issele-Uku: Our heritage, our pride, By Echefuna' RG Onyebeadi

Issele-Uku: Our heritage, our pride, By Echefuna' RG  Onyebeadi Preparatory to our family visit to Issele-Uku for the first time sometimes in the early 1960s, my father, Diokpa, Prince MNC Onyebadi of blessed memory, used to arouse our interest in our home town, Issele-Uku, with several folktales on Issele-Uku. My father was fond of constantly referring to Issele-Uku as “Issele-Uku – London”. With time,...... more

Echoes of floods as Buhari delays assent to Climate Change Bill

Echoes of floods as Buhari delays assent to Climate Change Bill In the last two weeks, there has been a downpour of rainfall in the county. And the flooding effect is ravaging towns and villages, from the East through the West to the North, with varying degrees of devastation in its trail. Until it rains, Nigerians never see the demerits of poor...... more

Nasir el-Rufai’s Budgets: Why implementation has been key

Nasir el-Rufai’s Budgets: Why implementation has been key  “Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value” — Joe Biden                                                                                    From the 2016 Budget of Sacrifice, Restoration and Change to the 2020 Budget of Progressive Renewal, Nasir el-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State, has been unambiguously consistent as to the critical...... more

Lai Muhammed’s minions fight over non-vacant NBC seat

Lai Muhammed’s minions fight over non-vacant NBC seat It was at a broadcasting industry event on Monday this week, that the story first came out. It was also set like a whisper. Those present were asking themselves, if the other persons present had heard the story. What story? The main purveyor of the news said that he had been...... more

Nzeribe: The living legend at 81, By Collins Ughalaa

Nzeribe: The living legend at 81, By Collins Ughalaa Of the 365 days in a year, there is one day on the calendar we do not forget or play with. That is the second day of November. It is a historic day, a day we cherish and thank God Almighty for his magnanimity in giving us our leader, Chief Senator...... more

South Africa: A violent people, a violent nation, By Security Expert Gareth Newham

South Africa: A violent people, a violent nation, By Security Expert Gareth Newham It is common knowledge that SA has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Less well understood is why this is the case. Most people tend to think the problem lies with the violent behaviour of problematic people who live elsewhere. In reality, the genesis of the problem is...... more

FCT in the throes of insecurity

FCT in the throes of insecurity The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), though not one of the 36 states of the federation, has all the trappings of a component unit – Area Councils (local governments), Mandate Secretariats (ministries/departments, parastatals), Permanent Secretary, statutory budget among others.  More importantly is the fact that Abuja, which is in the heart of...... more

Kaduna State Local Government Reforms: One year after

Kaduna State Local Government Reforms: One year after “No nation develops beyond the capacity of its public service” – Nasir el-Rufai Several studies by multi-lateral institutions have clearly established that: Individual investment projects are less likely to succeed in a distorted policy environment, and that neither good policies nor good investments are likely to emerge and be sustainable in an...... more

How God made me a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) six years after I was disqualified at the first round: Ebun-olu Adegboruwa

How God made me a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) six years after I was disqualified at the first round: Ebun-olu Adegboruwa The stories you have read about the painful experiences of my past were all orchestrated by God to glorify His Holy name and to perfect His divine will for my life. I was born into a Christian family from a generation of church leaders and founders, but I was more of...... more

If presidency goes to South-West in 2023, Osinbajo – NOT Tinubu – will get my vote, By Fredrick Nwabufo

If presidency goes to South-West in 2023, Osinbajo – NOT Tinubu – will get my vote, By Fredrick Nwabufo Why are Nigerian politicians ravished by the thought of election? They complot and machinate over it. And when they eventually get into office, they spend four years scheming for another turn instead of honouring their contract with citizens. There is always a blue-print for the next election, but a subterfuge for...... more

Onitsha black Wednesday: Traders count losses, bemoan delay by fire service that wreaked monumental havoc

Onitsha black Wednesday: Traders count losses, bemoan delay by fire service that wreaked monumental havoc Many traders are now counting their losses in the aftermath of the fire disaster of Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Apart from the destruction of people’s means of livelihood by the inferno, it took with it about eleven souls including a mother and child who went out that fateful day in search...... more

‘League of sit-tight African leaders’: How Paul Biya, Idriss Deby, others bending and break the laws to cling to power

‘League of sit-tight African leaders’: How Paul Biya, Idriss Deby, others bending and break the laws to cling to power  Guinea erupted in protest this week over proposals to draft a new constitution that could allow President Alpha Conde to extend his legal mandate and run for a third term in 2020. If Conde tries to stay, he would be copying from an established playbook in Africa, where incumbent presidents have...... more

How Citizens of Southeast and South-South Nigeria Paid N306B ($1B) at roadblocks in 50 months •Full version of Intersociety’s Special Research Report

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Poor diets damaging children’s health worldwide, including in Nigeria, UNICEF warns

An alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them, UNICEF warned yesterday in a new report on children, food and nutrition, and as the United Nations and partners commemorate World Food Day. The State of the World’s Children 2019:...... more

Tremor rocks communities in Abia threatened by 171 erosion sites

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Sex-For-Grades: What every girl must know

Sex-For-Grades: What every girl must know From demanding monetary favours for good grades to pestering female students for sexual favours, educational institutions in the country have been reduced to dens of sexual predators, becoming increasingly dangerous for the development of girls. Although major legislation, the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institution Bill, had been passed in 2016,...... more

Horrors of Asaba Massacre, lest we forget, By Tony Eluemunor

Horrors of Asaba Massacre, lest we forget, By Tony Eluemunor I know that in 2002, Gen Yakubu Gowon (retd), Head of the Federal Military Government during the Civil War, apologised for the Asaba massacre. Unfortunately, all through the war and immediately after, Gowon said not a word about the Asaba massacre. He did not punish the perpetrators. When the war ended...... more

Why Okorocha planned to scuttle Ihedioha’s inauguration as Imo State Governor, By Uche Onwuchekwa

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Role of real estate valuation in economic development, By Lansar Aghaji

Role of real estate valuation in economic development, By Lansar Aghaji Today, Real Estate is a cliché in every country. Real estate property is regarded as a sure-banker investment for persons who can afford this form of asset, and it is ranked higher than financial instruments. This article is not to argue about its societal placement as a form of an asset over...... more

Elder Monday Nwachukwu: Exit of an influential wordsmith

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My ordeal in the hands of Tizeti/WiFi.com Internet, By Rihanat Matthew

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Woodlands, forests are treasures worth-protecting, By Chima Nwafo

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Nigerian students join global fight for climate action

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Questions . . . questions as Enugu businessman battles for life following Police brutality

Questions . . . questions as Enugu businessman battles for life following Police brutality The stark reality that glares at you is that of a traumatised Osy Ikediashi, CEO of Gabriana Entertainment, owners of Enugu-based Gabriana Band and Unique Restaurant. Ikediashi, a multi-instrumentalist and music producer is the latest victim of bad Nigeria Police brutality; bad in the sense that there are many good members...... more

Sadiya Farouq: Setting agenda for Nigeria’s Humanitarian Affairs Minister

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How Plateau governorship election was won, lost at tribunal

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Justice Ojukwu’s Bail Order: Will Sowore get Dasuki’s treatment?

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Jonathan reveals why he doesn’t comment on national issues

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How authoritarian governments are exploiting Interpol to harass political enemies

How authoritarian governments are exploiting Interpol to harass political enemies For decades, Interpol, the France-based global police network, has played a critical role in fighting crime across international borders. Among other things, it promotes global cooperation among law enforcement agencies. But the same agency that has helped catch thousands of criminals is increasingly being exploited by authoritarian regimes such as Russia...... more

Economic and Institutional Restructuring for the Next Nigeria, By Chukwuma Soludo

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