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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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NGF: A body of creative minds or pressure group for power mongering?

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JANG'S NGF FACTION: Cross section of Jonah Jang's faction of Nigeria Governors' Forum at their first meeting in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

By Levinus Nwabughiogu It is supposed to be a body of creative minds and problem solvers but unfortunately, it has practically become a burden on the nation, always playing Oliver Twist in financial matters but doing little to improve the economy. What exactly is the responsibility of Nigeria’s Governors Forum, NGF? Is it constitutional? Were

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Sex: How much do you know?

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sex1

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in many countries of the world. In Nigeria, many factors, including cultural and economic challenges make effective taming of STDs difficult. Coupled with these are the challenges of social stigmatisation, education and lack of access to accurate diagnosis and treatment.

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Obasanjo secretly repatriated 13,000 women from Italy — Patrick Dele Cole

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Dr Dele-Cole

Dr. Patrick Dele Cole served during the first term of former President Olusegun Obasanjo as Special Adviser on International Relations. In this piece, Cole speaks on the ill of African immigration to Europe.

War costs money and, at the end, someone has to pay. In the 17th, 18th, 19th centuries, the vanquished usually paid in cash or by loss of territories. Germany had been asked to pay unitive damages after the First World War which it did for a while and, as recently as a few weeks ago, Greece called on Germany to pay war reparations to it for Germany’s Second World War activities to enable it settle its debts. Germany was supposed to have paid reparations for two World Wars but the experience of the aftermath of the First World War may have deterred the losers from seeking full reparations.

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Abiola, June 12 and the road not taken

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MKO-ABIOLA

Twenty-two years down the road, it is necessary to evaluate and understand the centrality of Chief Moshood Abiola’s sacrifice in bringing us the Fourth Republic.

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Monopoly in maritime industry: Why Buhari must act now

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Buhari

By Zik Zulu Okafor It was on April 27, 2015. The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) sent a simple, concise but corrosive letter to sea ports operators. This letter carried a directive from the immediate past President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. This directive carried two confounding instructions. The first is

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Immigrants (Boat people): Pay and send them back home

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African migrants' 75 foot fishing boat capsized off Libya

War cost money and at the end somebody has to pay. In the 17th, 18th, 19th centuries the vanquished or defeated usually paid either in cash or by loss of territories. Germany had been asked to pay punitive damages after the First World War which it did for a while. As recently as a few weeks ago, Greece called on Germany to pay war reparations to Greece for Germany’s World War ll activities to enable it settle its present debts.

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The Seventh National Assembly: A reflection

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Dakuku Peterside

The Seventh National Assembly finally came to a close last Thursday. The legislative journey which began on June 6, 2011, took off on an impressive note. In the House of Representatives where I chaired the Committee on Petroleum Resources, Downstream, there were high and low moments but the House obviously gave a good account of itself.

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Buhari’s inaugural speech: As seen by the world (1)

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Kerry--n-Shoukry

“The fact that this has happened in Nigeria in the manner in which it has – particularly if we take Nigeria as one of the leading countries on this continent which must lead by example – this is a very perfect example. It is encouraging to us. We are very happy,” Zuma said in an interview with a national TV.

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Speech, Spark, Strides

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Buhari

NOTHING compares to a presidential inaugural speech, whether in America where its first President George Washington delivered the first on 6 April, 226 years ago, in New York City, America’s first capital, or our domestic adoption of it as we swear in our Presidents. The best part of an inaugural speech, in the hands of the politician, is that he can explore the fact that the law does not require the speech, so there are no limits to what it may rule in, or what it may rule out.

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‘I BELONG TO EVERYBODY AND I BELONG TO  NOBODY’:

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buhari-change-LOGO

Nigerian society has actually transformed President Muhammadu Buhari, a ‘converted democrat’, setting aside the memorable military bloody reign of terror; still displaying that military orientation with a resounding powerful, very concise, heavily loaded Mission Statement in 1,863-1,916 words. He avowed to serve as the President of all, irrespective of political, ethnicity, or religious affiliations, detached from being categorized as a religious zealot, Buhari philosophically stated, Friday, May 29, 2015, 1:39:34 pm, “Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians. I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.”

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Of Inauguration Speech and Ominous Signs

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Sai-Buhari

The inauguration speech of a new President is unique in a number of ways and for a number of reasons. It is the first after a campaign and thus provides the newly-elected President an opportunity to articulate, in a bipartisan (non-partisan) manner, his vision of development for the nation. It is one speech regarded as being from the heart of the man-of-the-moment, knowing that the speech-maker is no longer under the debilitating pressure represented by political hustings.

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Messages to President Muhammadu Buhari: Bringing development to Niger Delta requires commitment — Timi Alaibe

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Timi Alaibe

Timi Alaibe cuts the picture of a young, cute Nigerian.
But beneath that veneer is a very strong character steeped in intelligence, foresight and an uncommon determination to ensure that Nigeria is made great using the vast resources of the Niger Delta, his geopolitical zone, as a catalyst.
This was what then President Olusegun Obasanjo and late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua saw before appointing him Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC; and later, as Honourary Special Adviser to Yar’Adua on Niger Delta Affairs. It was Timi Alaibe’s well-grounded understanding of the region, it’s nuances and all that recommended him to Yar’Adua. And the story of Amnesty cannot be told without the pivotal role he played, working with some leaders of the region, which eventually led to the disarmament of the Niger Delta militants.
Last week, Alaibe pricked the conscience of the Nigerian state in a paper titled “PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI CHANGE AGENDA AND THE NIGER DELTA STRUGGLE FOR DEVELOPMENT”.

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A Critique of Buhari’s Inaugural Speech

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Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari swears to an oath during his inauguration at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015. Buhari, 72, defeated Goodluck Jonathan in March 28 elections -- the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition candidate had beaten a sitting president. AFP PHOTO

But if Mr. President, a devout Muslim, recognises the sect as “a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of,” why would he criticize the fight against the group as an injustice against the North, a terrain dominated by adherents of Islam? Could he have been referring to a variant of the group, perhaps a political clone as opposed to the original religious one he refers to in his speech?

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Darkness welcomes Buhari

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Darkness welcomes Buhari

Nigerians who witnessed the 1950s,’60s and ’70s hold fond memories of their country. “In those days’’, they often reminisce, “Nigeria used to be a very good country to live in.”

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Uduaghan fulfills last wish, exits power without crisis

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Gov Uduaghan

GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan’s first baptism as a troubleshooter was not as the chief executive of Delta State, but as a Commissioner under the administration of his political tutor and ex-governor, Chief James Ibori, starting from his very first day in public office in 1999. The trial case was the Warri crisis and he remained a principal peace broker for the government until 2006 when he resigned as Secretary to the State Government, SSG, to contest for governorship.

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Recent developments in funding the economy inherited by Buhari

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Idiroko-Market

As we continue to give independent review of what the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari is taking over from ex-president Goodluck Jonathan some issues in the private sector-driven economy that has defile solutions by successive governments at the centre appears worsening. They key amongst these is the funding gaps in the real sector and the associated issues are presented here.

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Hard decisions awaiting Buhari

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Buhari handover

The country that Muhammadu Buhari takes control of today, in the estimation of some, has literally fallen under. It is a country where the primary ingredients of a functional state are in many cases in immeasurable deficit to the harrowing plight of the citizenry.

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How Buhari’ll play his politics

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Sai-Buhari

By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor How Nigeria’s new president will play his politics is a sort of mystery to many people including his close aides. However, almost everyone agrees that the advent of the Buhari era in Nigeria’s democratic dispensation will bring a change to the way and manner former holders of the office of

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Ndigbo in the new government

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Igbo Chiefs

THE Igbo stirred up controversy by the way they voted in the last presidential and national assembly elections. This has put the people in a very precarious position in the new government of Muhammadu Buhari and has generated a question of what fiddle they could play in the scheme of things.

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Change, chance, chant

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Women sit in a branded bus station as they support leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari during a rally christened 'Walk for Change" in Lagos, on March 7, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.  Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamists Boko Haram meant that troops could not provide security on polling day. Elections will take place on March 28, with gubernatorial and state house assembly polls two weeks later.  AFP PHOTO

IT may be too late in the day – at the sunrise of the Buhari administration – to interrogate the content of the change Nigerians have. Change is change, someone retorted, when another tried a conversation on what the change chants that seized the airwaves since last year meant. He may be right. Some argued that change took place on 13 April when President Muhammadu Buhari defeated Goodluck Jonathan in the election.

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The Buhari phenomenon should also spread to states – Attah

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Obong Victor Attah

Obong Victor Attah, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State and a life member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in this interview reviews the events that led to his party’s defeat in the recent presidential election and how the party can recover its steps.

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There are challenges in Delta, but I’ll be focused – Okowa

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Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State was until today the senator representing Delta North Senatorial District and was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. In this interview, he speaks on his plans, politics and prospects as governor of the state.

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I’ll focus Jigawa’s economic revival through agric devt – Badaru

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•Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru  Abubakar, Jigawa State Governor

As a successful international business man, with diverse background, Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar, is the Jigawa State governor-elect. In this interview with Tina Akannam and Aliyu Dangida he spoke on his plans, vision and dreams for Jigawa State.

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Three days of horror, pandemonium in Ekiti

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, inspects the Oja Oba market in Ado-Ekiti  torched  hoodlums on Friday

It all started as a minor argument between two persons, but later degenerated into a free-for-all which lasted for three consecutive days.

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Agriculture: Break the vicious poverty circle in Nigeria, stakeholders tell Buhari

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*Poor northern school

Engineer Idowu Asenuga, Managing Director, Agri Supplies and a farmer, said he wants to see the new administration deepen and broaden the gains already made in the area of funding of agriculture as well as agricultural insurance. “The outgoing administration has made great effort in the area of the macroeconomic stability especially in the area of funding and agricultural insurance. Several initiatives have been put in place that allows farmers to access single digit interest facility with tenor as long as 10 years. Hence l wish to see the new administration deepen and broaden the gains already made in this area. “

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I’ll lead Benue by example – Ortom

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SAMUEL ORTOM

Governor Samuel Ortom ahead of his inauguration spoke on his plans for the state, the perceived challenges that may confront his administration, the issues surrounding his emergence as the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate among other issues

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Handover 2015: Wearing new, ill-fitting shoes: PDP as opposition

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Jonathan, Haliru and Fayose

In the presidential system of government, there is no official opposition, as evident in the Parliamentary type. But opposition parties do exist. In a multiparty system, there are political parties outside power which would like to take over governance from the ruling party. When the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was in power, political platforms regarded as the “opposition” included the All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), all now defunct.

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God has brought change to Plateau – Lalong

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Simon Lalong

I will not say we are not prepared, we came into the campaigns, we have a manifesto, and we have a blueprint for the people of Plateau state. This is not my first time of being in government, I was the Speaker of the State House of Assembly for six years and as a Speaker, I had full knowledge of some of the problems we had

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Handover 2015: Change and change agents

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A mother carries banner to drum support for the leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and running mate Yemi Osinbajo during a rally christened 'Walk for Change" in Lagos, on March 7, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.   Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamists Boko Haram meant that troops could not provide security on polling day. AFP PHOTO

By Owei Lakemfa PROLOGUE Change is natural and normal. Life is not static; like the sea, it is in a continuous, sometimes, turbulent flow. Since change is inevitable, it can be amazing that there are people who fear it. Whatever the case, it is futile to stop an idea whose time has come. Human beings,

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The economy: Break the vicious poverty circle in Nigeria, stakeholders tell Buhari

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An abode in Lagos

The Nigerian economic situation can be aptly described as an interlocking set of vicious circles that perpetuate economic stagnation and rural poverty. One of these circles involves the savings – investment gap in rural Nigeria.

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