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Age of scandals

SCANDAL is brewing over the ages of our players, who  have been camped for two years in preparation for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which Nigeria hosts in October. From the competition’s title, a player should not be up to 17 years old. Nigerian authorities pretended they were acting in line with this provision
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Minister’s Missed Mission

THINGS that get our Ministers angry are the very things that benefit Nigerians. Our country appears marked out for Ministers who have missed their mission. The sight of Nigerians accessing any comfort disconcerts them. Minister of Aviation Mr. Babatunde Omotoba is against promotional fares. He has ruled that low airfares undermine safety. Government, he said,
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2011 Like 2007

NIGERIA is replete with experts in post mortem. We operate mostly with hindsight. There are no lessons to be learnt, there are no changes to be made. The 2011 elections could finally confirm the country’s inability to change – the elections are only 20 months away, though we carry on as if those 20 months
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Challenges For Onovo

FOR the first time in a long while, the appointment of the new Inspector General of Police not only followed due process but also resulted in the selection of the most qualified, competent and one of the most respected in the top echelon of the Nigeria Police – Mr. Ogbonnaya Onovo.

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Sanusi’s Bank Quake

CENTRAL Bank of Nigeria Governor Lamido Sanusi would not have been under any illusions that his decision to sack managing directors of five banks, with their executive directors, would result in a tremor in the banking industry, even if the decision was meant to halt an accumulating quake. Friday’s sack of managing directors  and  executive
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Angry? Then act

REACTIONS to the visit of Mrs. Hillary  Clinton, the  American Secretary of State, will continue with the same vacuity the visit re-emphasised guaranteed to continue. The anger that is running through the land after the visit  has reached new level in official matters. Senate President, David Mark , is among those who are angry over
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If ASUU Were Militants

ONE of the few good things about our governments is that they do not leave us guessing about their real agenda for too long. Nobody can fail to praise the present administration for its relentless push for peace in the Niger Delta. It is becoming clearer that nothing is more important to President Umaru Musa
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Goje’s Judgement

An eye for an eye will make most of the world blind. – Moshe Dayan, former Israeli Minister of Defence, more famous as the one-eyed general Alhaji  Muhammad Danjuma Goje, Governor of Gombe State supports the killing of the Boko Haram leaders. He also professes his respect for human rights, but Boko Haram has to
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Clinton Came, So?

WE do not know what informed the high expectations the Nigerian authorities built around the visit of American Secretary of State Mrs. Hilary Clinton. It might well be that the visit soothed their jangled nerves after President Barack Obama visited Ghana. The comparisons Nigerian leaders make with other countries do not relate to imitating progress
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Excess Crude Account

THE illegality of the Excess Crude Oil Account and the uses it is put into, are among issues everyone talks about, and nobody does anything about them. For 10 years Nigerians, including the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), noted the illegality. No action followed. A member of the House of Representatives last year
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Govts Without People

The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government. – Section 14, 2 (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria IT is difficult to convince Nigerians that governments are for the people. Long ago, it was established in these parts that governments are not by the
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Death of Boko Haram chiefs

Various versions of the story the police told fuel suspicions around their deaths. The police claimed Yusuf died “in action”, the story changed to he died from injuries sustained during the attack, later he was killed while trying to escape. What is certain is that the police paraded his bullet-riddled body to the media hours after the soldiers who captured him in his hideout handed him over to the police.

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North: Stop Blames, Act

They denied their people education, the basics for sustainable existence, locking them out of the opportunities of modern living, especially in a technology driven, global economy. The leaders are more concerned in keeping them in perpetual servitude as evidenced in the fact that the children of these leaders attend the best schools in the world.
Poverty is not peculiar to the north.

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