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Curtailing attacks on communities

People fleeing their ancestral homes

Penultimate week’s violent attack on a border community between Lagos and Ogun States by petroleum pipeline vandals in which 14 people were killed again spawned the nagging issue of insecurity across the country.

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Theresa May

British Premier May’s delicate burdens

British democracy has been displaying its brilliant colours for those who have eyes – especially developing democracies like ours – to see. Following the Thursday, June 23, 2016 vote by the electorate to leave the European Union in the Brexit/Bremain referendum by 52% to 48% former Premier, David Cameron, offered to quit in October 2016, having led his government to a major defeat.

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Rising kerosene misery index

Kerosene is largely the preferred domestic energy supply for the lower class in Nigeria, mainly for cooking. The landmark deregulation policy has led to a steady rise in pump prices which was the consequence of persistent scarcity. As at last week, the retail price had reached about N220 per litre in Lagos and as high as N300 in many parts of the country.

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People stand outside the hideout building of the kidnappers one day after the failed rescue operation of a pair of British and Italian hostages by Nigerian special forces at Mabera Area in Sokoto on March 9, 2012. Italy on Friday condemned as "inexplicable" Britain's failure to warn it ahead of time of an operation to rescue a pair of British and Italian hostages in Nigeria that resulted in their deaths.  "The behaviour of the British government, which did not inform or consult with Italy on the operation that it was planning, really is inexplicable," President Giorgio Napolitano told reporters a day after the assault. AFP PHOTO

Shocker from Sokoto

It came as a great shock to learn that 102 years after the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorate to form Nigeria as by the former British colonial masters and 56 years after her independence, one of the 774 local government areas in Nigeria does not have a secondary school.

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