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Ban on modular refineries fuels attacks, violent deaths

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Illegal refinery operators

No one would have imagined that the creeks and waterways of Bayelsa State, given their serenity and alluring vegetation, on both sides, could be turned into killing fields by sea pirates.

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2050 Population Explosion: Is Nigeria ready for 397 million people

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Population-explosion

By 2050, Nigeria, currently the seventh most populous country in the world, will rise to the fourth spot with an estimated 397 million people, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), a Washington-based organisation that informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment has said.

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How ministries are coping without ministers under Buhari

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Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated May 29, but, three months after, he was yet to send names of his Ministers to the Senate for confirmation.

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2016: The battle for Bayelsa

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bayelsa

Until recently, I did not take keen interest in who becomes the next governor of Bayelsa State, but recent defection of some bigwigs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) since the emergence of the latter, as the ruling party, has attracted my attention to the issue.

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Corrupt practices: Igbo leaders’ position on probe of past govts (3)

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ACCORDING to a recent announcement, the Commission, (i.e. the ICPC), having completed its investigation, had requested the Chief Justice of Nigeria to appoint a Special Counsel to conduct interrogation of the 26 State Governors under section 26 of the ICPC Act. The announcement stated that President Obasanjo had approved the action of the Commission in this regard. In any case, the explanation that no complaints against President Obasanjo had been received by the Commission since Justice Ayoola’s assumption of office as chairman should surprise no one, and it proved nothing.

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Ponmo consumption: Nigeria losing out of $75bn global leather industry – survey

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ponmo fayose

Mr Olufemi Aluko, of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) , Ile-Ife, says Nigeria is losing out in the pack of countries competing for the 75 billion dollar global leather industry because of ponmo consumption.

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Corrupt practices: Igbo leaders’ position on probe of past govts (2)

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President Buhari

This group, whose most notable members are former Military President Ibrahim Babangida and Gen Abdulsalam Abubakar, both of whom were former Heads of the Federal Military Government, had declared support for Gen. Buhari in the March 2015 presidential election, as reported in the Vanguard Newspaper of Tuesday 20 January, 2015.

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The Kaduna ‘sacred cows’

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Stray-cows

Herds of cattle have become so common place on major Kaduna streets that they are beginning to gain the prestige of sacred cows found on the streets of Calculta in India. The only difference here is that the Kaduna cattle are almost always with a herdsman and most residents hate them but have no choice but to tolerate them.

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EDO FAILED RELOCATION MOVE!‘It was pathetic seeing Boko Haram orphans crying, trying to evade security agents’

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IDPs in Edo

Sunday, August 9, 2015 was one of the worst days in the life of Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, the Coordinator of the International Christian Center for Missions, who took it upon himself to cater for over 1,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who are victims of the Boko Haram insurgency, camped at Uhogua community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State. On that day, residents of the serene community woke up to find over 50 trucks of armed security men stationed in strategic areas of the IDPs camp.

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Our Cameroun horror, by Boko Haram returnees

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NIGERIAN RETURNEES FROM CAMEROUN WITH MATERIALS DISTRIBUTED TO THEM BY THE OFFICIALS OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, AT THE NYSC CAMP, DAWARE IN YOLA ON SUNDAY NIGHT.

On August 3, Cameroonian authorities began the repatriation of the over 12,000 Nigerian refugees, who fled to that country following continued assault by the Boko Haram insurgents. Some of the refugees stayed in that country for over four years as the insurgency attack continued unabated in their villages and communities back home in Nigeria. They were disorganized and detached from their homes and relations.

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National Carrier: Our ten failed attempts (1960-2014)

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Nigerian Airways grounded

From Independence in 1960 to date, Nigeria has made ten attempts to float and run a virile national airline but virtually all failed. The most successful of them was the erstwhile national carrier, Nigeria Airways that survived from 1971 to 2003, though the airline had existed as West African Airways Corporation for close to twelve years before it was renamed Nigeria Airways.

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Ibe Kachikwu: A technocrat comes to work

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Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, GMD, NNPC

When Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu was installed the 13th Odogwu of Onicha Ugbo, on August 28, 2013, little did he realise that becoming a War Commander in his community was going to take a wider significance of leading a battle to redeem the cash cow of national revenue generating institution that has become infested with a thousand demons.

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Corrupt practices: Igbo leaders’ position on probe of past govts

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(FILES)- A March 2, 2012 file photo shows an Ohafia cultural troupe entertaining bystanders during the burial of Nigeria's secessionist leader Odumegwu Ojukwu at his native Nnewi country home, in Anambra State eastern Nigeria. Odumegwu Ojukwu, who championed the campaign for an independent Republic of Biafra in eastern Nigeria in the 1960s culminating in a 30-month civil war which left more than a million dead was buried at his Nnewi family home in Anambra State. Its name is synonomous with the declaration of independence and updates on the brutal conflict that followed, but nearly 50 years after Nigeria's civil war, Radio Biafra is again making headlines. AFP PHOTO

Corrupt practices: Igbo leaders’ position on probe of past govts

on August 13, 2015 / in News, Special Report 3:53 am / Comments / Edit Post

IN this write-up, the word “fight” is used instead of “war” to describe the efforts to stop corruption. It is an abuse of language to call the make-belief that has been going on until now by the name war.

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How the next Ooni will emerge – Priest

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VISIT: Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State (right) with and Lowa of Ile-Ife, High Chief Joseph Olasoji  Ijaodola (2nd left) and other members of Ife Traditional Council during their visit to the governor on the rumoured death of the Ooni of Ife at Govt House,Osogbo.

Vanguard met the Chief Priest of Ile Ife, Chief Olajide Farotimi Faloba, who gave stated how the next paramount traditional ruler of the ancient Ile-ife would be chosen, peradventure Oba Olubuse has joined his ancestors.“

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ODUDUWA REVISITED : The Story of Ooni Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II

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Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuwade Okunade

The story is simple enough and can bear endless repetition. In the beginning Olodumare created the universe. Then, He decided that Orunmila should complete the work of creation. But Orunmila was a great lover of palm wine. One day, he drank one keg too many and his richly endowed creative hands became wobbly.

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When will Arole Oodua return?

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Ooni of Ife: Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse 11

Among Yoruba people of South West Nigeria, even those in diaspora, kings don’t die, they join their ancestors.

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Social Security: Fresh attempts at accommodating the old, unemployed

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Abubakar NSITF boss

THE widespread poverty occasioned by massive unemployment especially amongst youths, rising cases of workplace injury and elderly lacking access to basic necessities of life combine to make adoption of social security an imperative.

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Buhari: From Washington with dignity by Femi Adesina

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It was an official visit that attracted not only national, but also international attention. President Muhammadu Buhari was going to visit the United States of America for four days, on the invitation of President Barack Obama. Was this going to be just another jamboree, or truly an event that would reset the buttons in the relationship between the two countries?

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Buhari’s diplomacy, Nigerian looters and Boko Haram

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File: US President Barack Obama speaks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, July 20, 2015. Obama welcomes Nigeria's freshly elected president after the country's first ever democratic transition. AFP

Continuous optimism is the phrase that best describes the attitude of foreign policy analysts and diplomats who watched President Muhammadu Buhari’s four-day visit to Washington where he met with his United States (US) counter part, Mr. Barack Obama. It was the first step aimed at normalizing the frosty relations between Nigeria and the US under the presidency of the first black man to occupy the White House.

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Switzerland has returned more illegal monies from former heads of state – Ambassador Hodel

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Hans-Rudolf Hodel, Ambassador,  Embassy of Switzerland to Nigeria, Chad and Niger

Hans-Rudolf Hodel, Ambassador, Embassy of Switzerland to Nigeria, Chad and Niger, speaks on the insinuation that his country remains a safe haven for looted funds by African government officials.

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Our relations with US must based on respect – Amb. Joe Keshi

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Joe Keshi

As President Muhammadu Buhari meets with his US counterpart, Mr. Barack Obama in Washington, today former Permanent Secretary in Foreign Affairs Ministry and Chairman of UBA, Ambassador Joe Keshi in this interview with Vanguard said that we must insist on being treated with mutual respect.

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Of Pedophiles and the agony of Nigerian girl child

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Child-marriage

By CHIOMA GABRIEL It is often felt and hardly spoken but the body language says it all. A pregnant woman who puts to bed perceives greater joy when the baby turns out to be a boy. The female child is welcomed with restrained joy by the parents. The expression of joy when a girl is

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Buhari’s visit: Is the US our friend or foe?

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Presidents Buhari and Obama

WATCHERS of Nigeria’s foreign policy and diplomatic practice are divided in their disposition to the proposed visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the United States. To members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), there is a sense of celebration that Nigeria is returning to international reckoning with the proposed visit but most Nigerians are not amused by Washington’s “Do Good Diplomacy” which is unravelling with the emergence of the new administration in Nigeria.

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Victory at dawn: A night of horror recalled

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Kidnap-syndicate

AS another holy month of Ramadan made its spiritually majestic and overwhelming arrival weeks back, it became imperative to reflect on the event of July 14 last year; a most gory occurrence in a month when men and women of conscience seek reconciliation with their Maker; a most violent and bloody event perpetrated by some sons of Lucifer who had long lost their souls.

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If there’s no subsidy…, we’ll end up buying a dollar at N500 – Dangote

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Aliko Dangote

Media men had a piece of Aliko Dangote last weekend. And when they were done many appreciated why he is one of the richest in the world. In an interactive session with senior editors Dangote discussed state of the nation while explaining some details in his businesses that are geared towards a better life for Nigerians.

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Civil service and governance in Nigeria: Issues and possible solutions

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Workers during an industrial  action.

By Ladipo Adamolekun I would like to congratulate Dr. Goke Adegoroye on the publication of his compendium in two volumes: Governance in Nigeria, Vol. 1 – The Civil Service Pathway and Vol. 2 – Leadership and Political Will. Through this book and his memoirs, Beyond Yours Faithfully (published in 2010), he has followed the footsteps of

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Who protects the president? Controversy as DSS leaves Presidential Villa

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Aso-Villa

The rivalry between the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Army came to a head on Thursday when the aide-de-camp to President Muhammadu Buhari, an army officer, Lt Colonel Lawal Abubakar, through a memo, disengaged the DSS from providing close body protection for the president as they have always done for many years. It was the climax of the distrust of the DSS operatives by the president’s team since he won the election of March 28

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APC: The Crisis Within

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•Oyegun and Buhari

Their collective effort massively won them the general elections, but now they are in disarray. This is the story of a ruling political party in search of peace after the elections of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker, House of Representatives of the 8th National Assembly respectively.

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Boko Haram orphans: We ate grass, drank urine

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Boko-Edo-3

It may be difficult to feel the pains of these over 1,300 victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, until you visit the children where they are camped in Uhogua community, in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State. The camp is situated on a large expanse of land acquired by the President of the International Christian Center for Missions, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, in 2005, with a view to rendering assistance to less privileged children in the area, but unknown to him, a Herculean task was ahead of him. The camp resembles a monastery where you see missionaries who left their families to dedicate their lives to the service of humanity. A 28- year-old German lady, who identified herself as Linda Shoes, works in the camp. Sunday Vanguard saw her at the kitchen assisting the natives to cook for the children.

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Boko Haram’s Winning Strategy (1)

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Boko Haram

After two weeks of investigation, Sunday Vanguard presents exclusive details of the dirty war going on between the military, members of the Jama’atu Ahliss-Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad (Western education is evil), otherwise known as Boko Haram, some influential Nigerians who appear to have lent support to the terrorists on the one hand, and some officers and men of the military who are aiding the operations of the terrorists in this war, as well as the sometimes naïve yet complicit contradictory disposition of Europe and America, that have both wittingly and unwittingly allowed the terrorists to gain ground and have become somewhat difficult to defeat.

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States’ request for bail out and its consequences

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BUHARI MEETS APC GOVS/GOVS-ELECT—Front row from left: Govs Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa); AbdulFattah Ahmed (Kwara); Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje (Kano); National Chairman APC; Chief John Odigie Oyegun; Vice President-elect, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; President-Elect; Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; Gov. Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Speaker and Sokoto Governor Elect, Aminu Tambuwal; Kebbi Governor-Elect Senator Abubakar Bagaudu Atiku and Deputy Governor-Elect, Ngeri. Back row: Governor Kashim Shettima (Borno); Muhammad Bundow Jubrilla (Adamawa); Kaduna State Governor-Elect, Nasir El-Rufai; Governor Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Governor Mohammad Abubakar (Bauchi); Plateau State Governor-Elect, Simon Lalong and former Governor of Ekiti State Dr. Kayode Fayemi when the President-Elect met APC governors and governors-elect, yesterday in Abuja to kick-start the new government as May 29 hand-over date approaches. Photo: Sunday Aghaeze.

The request by seven All Progressive Congress, APC, Governors, namely, Okorochas (Imo), Ambode (Lagos), Al-Makura (Nassarawa), Aregbesola (Osun), Masari (Katsina), Ganduje (Kano) and Ajimobi (Oyo) raise several questions before consideration of the content of the request itself, as well as the reasons adduced for it.

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Highways to hell: How Buhari can avert fuel tanker tragedies on Nigeria’s highways

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President Buhari

The spate of fuel tanker explosions on Nigerian highways is getting curious by the day, once again, raising questions about what has became of the rail-line projects of past administrations as an alternative routes to Nigerian highways. Nigeria bemoans losses everyday caused by heavy duty vehicles on the nation’s highways but yet nothing concrete is being done to alleviate the problems, a situation which postures the nation as one whose leaders play the fiddle while the country burns. Otherwise, the leadership of any serious country would call a spade by name and tackle the issue head-on.

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