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Naira/Dollar atm cards and inexplicable profligacy


ONE cannot be certain whether Nigerians should celebrate or decry the recent decision by the Central Bank to reduce the existing annual limit from $150,000 to $50,000, per person on usage of Naira/dollar debit cards abroad.

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A picture taken on January 1, 2016 shows the nine-metre tall statue of Jesus Christ carved from white marble, thought to be the biggest of its kind in Africa, unveiled in Abajah, southeastern Nigeria.
Standing barefoot with arms outstretched, the "Jesus de Greatest" statue weighs in at 40 tonnes. More than 100 priests and hundreds of Catholic worshippers attended the nine-metre (30-foot) statue's official unveiling in the village of Abajah in southeastern Nigeria. It was commissioned by Obinna Onuoha, a local businessman who hired a Chinese company to carve it and placed it in the grounds of a 2000-capacity church that he built in 2012. / AFP

The believer’s authority

Jesus was a man under God’s authority. This placed him: “far above all principality and power and might and dominion.” (Ephesians 1:21-23). He exercised complete authority in all areas of life. He healed the sick and cleansed the lepers, exercising authority over sickness. He stilled the storm and walked on water, exercising authority over nature.

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President Buhari

Buhari and the judges: Anti-corruption or fascism?

In one interview which dwelt on the subject of the 1985 overthrow of the military government he led, orchestrated by members of the inner circle of that government, Muhamadu Buhari claimed that some of the actions undertaken in his name, like the invasion of the home of the politician Mr. Obafemi Awolowo in Apapa in 1984, were carried out without his knowledge or authorization. Some of those actions undermined his government and lost him significant political capital among the Nigerian population.

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Late Dele Giwa

Dele dared to tell the truth

19th October, 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Dele Giwa, the Editor-In-Chief and founding member of Newswatch, the eponymous newsmagazine. Thirty years on, the person or persons unknown that carried out this dastardly and cowardly crime remain at large. The truth, no matter how long will eventually out. One day, it will happen but it will not matter. We know what happened: a good man died that day. A man on top of his profession ladder was cruelly killed because he dared to tell the truth.

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Arrest and detention of justices: A legal and moral dillema confronts us

The same Justice Brandeis had been credited with saying that “Difficult cases make bad law.” The raid on the houses of Justices last weekend is perhaps the most difficult case most Nigerians have ever had to comment upon. For me, it was a heart-breaker – the sort of thing you wish would never happen. Yet, you also know that unless the veil of secrecy covering corruption in the judiciary is lifted, there will not be much progress on corruption elsewhere. Unless Nigerian courts, once again, become the hope of the common man we will get nowhere.

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State presents the Staff of Office to His Royal Majesty, Omo n'Oba n'Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, Oba of Benin after his coronation, Thursday

Benin: A New Era And Its Prospects

In 1861, when the British sought to annex Lagos, they sought the consent of the Oba of Benin who used the territory as Eko meaning camp for his many expeditions to conquer towns and villages which made the Benin Empire exceedingly large. The empire reportedly stretched from Onitsha in the east, through Owo, Akure and some Yoruba settlements in the southwest and into present-day Ghana.

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