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    HERDERS VS LOCALS: Bitter lessons from Agatu

    Benue State is counting its losses in the aftermath of the bloody crisis that raged like wild fire in the last two months between suspected Fulani herdsmen and local farmers. Though some parts of the state may be enjoying truce amid rising tension owing to the outcry that trailed the dastardly killings in Agatu, Logo, Guma, Tarka, Buruku Kwande and Katsina/Ala local government areas, the signs of the crisis still dot the landscape.

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    Gov. Obiano

    Obiano: Two years, two good

    By James Eze ON Thursday March 17, 2016, Governor Willie Obiano marked his two years in office. There were no ceremonies. Not even the usual state banquet or the solemn high mass. In fact, the governor kept a busy schedule on that day; commissioning the House of Assembly Complex and playing host to some important
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    Some of the abducted Chibok girls

    Chibok Girls: Why Evil Thrives

    Just imagine. Imagine, that, in 2010, at the height of the contestation for power, between the leadership of the Northern Political Leaders Forum, NPLF, a wing of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the fledgling Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, there was a consensus on how to deal with members of the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which, in English, means, “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”, and otherwise known as Boko Haram!

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    President Muhammadu Buhari

    Change slogan is losing melody 

    A good campaign slogan is like a good fortune: concise, clever and crisp. The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, found one in the slogan Change, which was to drive home the party’s campaign for the change of what was considered as the difficult situations Nigerians believed they were living under in the years before the historic May 29, 2015, handover from the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the APC.

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    File: Buhari during the 2016 budget presentation to the National Assembly.

    Lingering controversy over 2016 budget: Old order versus ‘change’ regime

    Though it has been approved by the National Assembly, three months after it was presented, the 2016 Budget estimates can only come into effect only when assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari. But looking at the unfolding events, this appears to be a mirage. Yet, Nigerians are facing what could be called a grave economic situation. Why the delay in the presidential assent to the Appropriation Bill? What has gone wrong? This piece tries to find answers.

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    THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR PETROLEUM RESOURCES, DR EMMANUEL IBE KACHIKWU

    How, with Nigerians’ help, we will fix oil sector complex problems — Petroleum Minister

    WORRIED by the pains Nigerians have been going through in the last couple of weeks following the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, otherwise known as petrol, which has led to long queues at filling stations and panic buying, the Senate, last Tuesday, played host to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

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    Apostle Suleman

    Kaduna’s anti- preaching bill is like fighting God – Apostle Suleman

    The President of the Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, last week, took his mission to Lagos where a crusade, tagged, Raw Power, was held. Also, the preacher will be celebrating his birthday this week with a plan to touch lives. In this interview, he shares his plan with us, including his views on the Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s’ anti-preaching bill.

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    An abode in Lagos

    POOREST NIGERIANS: Buhari, Osinbajo and ripples over u – turn on N5,000 stipend

    They appear not to be on the same page on the campaign promise of paying N5,000 stipend to the unemployed youth. While President Muhammadu Buhari, in his usual candour, chose to be realistic, his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, a professor of law, resorted to logic and prevarications. Is there a disconnect somewhere? Why is the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, keeping mum on the issue? Endless controversy …

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