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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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Women and the struggle for gender parity

MANY of those close to me accuse me of being a feminist but that’s an assumption that depends on one’s definition of the term. Personally, I have struggled with finding where I fit in in this sphere, so I chose to do away with the concept and focus more on the cause which is of greater importance than definitions and personal interpretations

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Buhari and the impending death of the naira

THE Naira, Nigeria’s national currency, has been very much in the news in the last couple of weeks. The naira is seriously ill and the prognosis from the ‘experts’, many of them full of bile and ill-will, is indeed dire. They have written the naira’s obituary and are already summoning the burial party of undertakers that would complete the final task of their death wish- ensure the untimely death of the currency.

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Will the budget rats shame Buhari?

WHEN President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2016 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly on 22 December 2015, he couldn’t have envisaged the type of controversy that has since trailed it. No, Buhari couldn’t have anticipated that what was initially praised as a budget of great promise would turn out to be the non starter that it is fast turning out to be- except somebody takes the bold step necessary to salvage it from imminent asphyxiation.

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Tope Aluko

Fayemi, Fayose and the perjurer called Tope Aluko

THERE was always something odd about the victory of Ayodele Fayose over Kayode Fayemi in the June 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State. This, not simply because Fayemi was an incumbent whose incumbency status should stand him in good stead, but because of the comprehensiveness of the defeat by a man whose departure as governor from the government house, eight years earlier, took place in a cloud of shame and ignominy.

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Nigerians, social media and public office holders

NIGERIANS are becoming ever more creative in the way they employ social media as tools of mass communication. In terms of their engagement of everyday reality and narration of contemporary events, the virtual world is fast becoming not just a familiar but indeed comfortable terrain for many Nigerians. A lot of what goes on social media platforms should, in terms of their mobilisation of popular consciousness, truly be of concern to many of those who abuse positions of leadership in this country. Social media are becoming a veritable means of mass mobilisation and tool of political education in a way never before seen in these parts and that should necessarily get those with soiled political image to worry.

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