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Tackling herdsmen’s menace before it destroys Nigeria

Even the most ardent supporters of the Buhari administration are beginning to agree that while it is receiving well-deserved commendation in the fight against Boko Haram, the equally deadly and more widespread attacks on Nigerians by herdsmen remains largely ignored while the body count mounts nationwide.

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Responding to global xenophobia

Nigeria’s illusion of grandeur and self-characterisation as the Giant of Africa is being exposed daily for what it really is. Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in many countries all over the world, particularly Africa, and the timid response by the Federal Government, portray us as a weak nation pretending to be strong. South Africa serves as a proxy for other nations now treating Nigerians in their country like scum.

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Rising unemployment and its consequences

That millions of Nigerians lost their jobs last year should come as no surprise to anybody with or without a basic understanding of economics. Virtually in every corner of Nigeria, businesses have closed down, companies down-sized their staff, abandoned projects formerly designed for expansion are forced into liquidation by banks and other creditors.

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Senate versus CGC Hameed Ali

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari went outside the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to appoint a new Comptroller-General for the organisation in the person of Hameed Ali, a retired Army colonel. It was seen as part of his agenda to fight corruption in the Customs, a Federal agency which plays a leading role in harnessing non-oil revenues of the nation.

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FG’s response to Amnesty International

The Federal Government’s response to the 2015/2016 report of the Amnesty International (AI) was not only hasty but also in many respects ill-advised. Issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government in its attempt to justify its disobedience to court orders to release some individuals on bail branded the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (The Shiites) and the pro-Biafra groups as “terrorist” or “unlawful”.

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Foreign Affairs whistleblower must be recalled

It is not only strange, but totally unacceptable that barely two months after the Federal Government announced the approval of a policy to offer generous financial rewards for whistleblowers who assist in recovery of stolen public funds, the first person to officially take up the challenge is relieved of his job. At least the news has not been denied by the Ministry involved.

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Now that free education is justiciable

In a landmark ruling, an Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice John Tsoho, last week affirmed that the right of every Nigerian child to free basic education (primary and junior secondary) is now justiciable, thus breaking the decades-old impediment to the compulsory enforcement of Section 18(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigerian (1999), which vitiates the right with the proviso: “when practicable”

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Task before CJN Onnoghen

It was an epoch making event on Wednesday, March 1,2017, at the Red Chambers of the National Assembly when the Senate unanimously confirmed His Lordship, Honourable Justice Walter Onnoghen, as the 15th substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria. The Upper Legislative House’s endorsement followed an unprecedented over three months of suspense during which  Onnoghen’s ascension to
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Gov Obiano and the highest law

It was Ify Unachukwu of the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) who put the question to me. We were at Igbariam in the Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State. Governor Willie Obiano had just commissioned the first phase of the Lynden Integrated Farms, a sprawling, N15 billion poultry farm set on 75 hectares of land, the largest such agricultural facility in the South East geo-political zone.

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Influx of dangerous arms, fake tyres

Recent reports of the successful passage of contraband or substandard goods through the Customs into the country call for concern. Operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on January 27, 2017, confiscated 661 pieces of pump action rifles illegally imported into the country from China. The weapons were packed in 49 boxes and concealed with
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