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Closing ranks for Lagos Airport Road

FOR those who have wondered why the road linking the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) and the rest of Lagos through Oshodi remains derelict in spite of Lagos State and the Federal Government coming under the same ruling party for the first time ever, the recent exchange of accusations and counter-accusations between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), is an eye-opener.

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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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Commendable mindset change on the Niger Delta

When Vice President Yemi Osinbajo commenced his tours of Niger Delta communities in January this year, most sceptical observers saw them as just another round of jamborees by the Federal Government to buy time and sustain the current relative calm which pervades the oil-rich Niger Delta. The area had, hitherto, been wracked by a riot of militant attacks of crude oil infrastructure.

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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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