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Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and President Muhammadu Buhari

The presidency and ‘trial’ of the Nigerian Senate

IT all started with the arraignment and eventual trial for false asset declaration of Bukola Saraki, the Senate President. Saraki who had emerged president of the Senate against the wish of his party is being tried before Justice Danladi Umar of the Code of Conduct Tribunal for concealing information on his assets when he was governor some ten years ago. Specifically Saraki is accused of concealing information of his ownership of some choice properties believed to have been acquired with public funds.

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Nobody needs grazing reserves now

The appointment of an Acting Inspector General of Police,IGP, from the rank of Assistant Inspector General, AIG,has created another season of instability in the commanding heights of the Nigerian Police force. If precedent is followed,the choice of Mr Ibrahim Kpotun Idris by President Muhammadu Buhari as the new IGP will compel the premature retirement of the six serving Deputy Inspector Generals, DIGs. They were appointed after the immediate past IGP Mr Solomon Arase assumed office April 21, 2015.

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Labour’s new minimum wage demand: Maximum trouble

NIGERIA’s labour movement is surely in a state of intellectual crisis. The leadership of the leading associations of workers in the country needs both moral and intellectual revival. Even if one is inclined to think that the obvious moral deficiency that current labour leaders exhibit demands more immediate attention that any other matter that puts a question mark on their relevance to the life and plight of the Nigerian worker, their manifest display of intellectual vacuity might be more demanding of urgent amelioration than anything else.

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Buhari presents N6.08trn 2016 budget to NASS

Where are Nigerians in the fight over the 2016 budget?

IT is pertinent to ask where ordinary Nigerians who have no millions kept away as egg nests and have nowhere to go but live out the nightmare that being a citizen seems to have become in today’s Nigeria – it is indeed important to ask if such Nigerians have been considered in the struggle that has led to the failure or refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to give assent to the budget sent to him by the National Assembly several weeks ago. It is useless now denying there is a tug of war currently going on between the President and the leaders of the National Assembly. It is a war of will that both parties involved in have been shy to take into the public arena. They would rather do their battle indirectly, through proxies or by making oblique remarks that are neither here nor there.

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Ayodele Fayose

Why does Fayose want Buhari’s goat?

AYO Fayose, governor of Ekiti State, for more than a year now has been spoiling for a war with President Mohammadu Buhari who he has subjected to all kinds of verbal assaults. The attacks got more personal as the last presidential election drew closer and finally lost all pretence to decency when the PDP hierarchy called Buhari brain dead on account of his age.

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Kachikwu’s verbal gaffe

IBE Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, does not come across as a politician. Even as a long time player in the oil industry his resume proclaims him more of an intellectual or a technocrat rather than an oil merchant and, even less, a power monger.

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