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The Dream, The Distress

Let us proceed by provoking Nigerians, especially the youths of today, without apologies. If the tweeting and face-booking tribe of largely uninformed Nigerian youths become aware of, or had been privy to, the private discussions of most politicians and public office holders, they would rise against them.

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We agree that Nigerians are hungry but…— Tony Momoh, APC leader

Nigeria as a nation is highly stressed and Nigerians as a people are under stress and that stress can only be cured through attending to the causes of the stress. President Muhammadu Buhari is the “stubborn” man who is not swallowed by problems and I can say that he is the man at the moment who can address that stress. When you look at w3hat is happening in Nigeria economically, even in the area of security and politically too, they are signs of the time. In other words, they are worldwide. And the solution needs a wide approach, not in terms of our training to take and take and take but the need to establish value to enable us give and give and give.

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Hayford Alile...We can sell a portion of our hydrocarbon

Modest borrowing, transparent asset sale will rescue economy – Hayford Alile

APOSTLE (Dr.) Hayford Ikponmwonsa Alile, pioneer Director General/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Stock Exchange, NSE, served on the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, for six years after his 24-year-stint at the NSE. In this interview, the spiritual leader of St. Joseph’s Chosen Church of God, SJCCG, throws his weight behind the sale of the nation’s assets to reverse economic recession.

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Guy Ikokwu to Buhari on restructuring: Don’t ignore Soyinka, Ekwueme, Atiku, Anyaoku, others

Civil war hero and second republic politician, Chief Guy Ikokwu, in this piece to mark Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary, asks President Muhammadu Buhari to resist the temptation to reject the calls, especially from eminent people, to initiate immediate moves to restructure the nation, saying that is the only way to prosperity. In the last few
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Patrice Lumumba

Most of the people elected into public office in Africa are thieves – Lumumba

In this interview with Professor Patrice Lumumba, a former Director of Anti-Corruption Commission in Kenya and the Director of the Kenya School of Law, he discusses the challenges of fighting corruption. Lumumba, who was on Channels Television, expresses the hope that with a sustenance of the momentum in President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption, the dividends of a corrupt-free society would be there for all to benefit.

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June 12, 1997 ‘phantom’ Coup, Abacha years: Everybody has his own blame – Diya

Chief of General Staff (Vice President) under the Abacha regime, Lieutenant General Oladipo Diya, says every citizen has a role to play to make the country great as Nigeria celebrated its 56th independence anniversary, yesterday. Diya also speaks on the Abacha regime’s handling of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, the detention of the presumed winner, the late Chief MKO Abiola, and the 1997 coup plot he was accused of mastermiding.

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Anthony Olatujoye

ECONOMY : How states can be self-sustaining, by Olatujoye, ex-CBN Director

Mr. Anthony Olatujoye is a legal practitioner, and Managing Partner, Difgland Partners, a law firm based in Abuja. Before his foray into private practice, he worked with the Central Bank of Nigeria for 31 years and retired as Legal Adviser/Director, Legal Services. In this interview, he talks about the economy and restructuring among other national issues.

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Nigeria @ 56: The path to recovery

Permit a personal dimension to this prologue. There were trenches in many neighbourhoods and we all rushed into them and stayed there all day to avoid air raids. Bombings were not restricted to the battle fronts or military targets. Civilians were even bombed most. The fighter jets came so low that we saw some of the pilots and saw the jets drop bombs that killed, maimed people and destroyed houses. If we were not in the trenches we were always outside, largely to alert parents and other older people on sighting the jets.

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E. K. Clark

Nigeria @ 56: You can’t separate by force – Clark tells Igbo youths

When you have a powerful ruler, you have more local government councils, then you have more states created in your area. But as I said earlier on, in the first republic there were three regions; Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe was in charge of Eastern Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the Western Nigeria and Ahmadu Bello for Northern Nigeria. They created this federation and they said everyone must be equal. No citizen of one region was superior to the other.

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Nigeria Aviation at 56: Experts, stakeholders support concessioning of Airports

Players, experts and stakeholders in the aviation sector have said the current state of the country’s airports can only be improved if some of them are concessioned to private investors. The stakeholders made their views known while reviewing the state of Nigeria aviation in the last 56 years in a conference on Privatisation and Concession of Airports organised by Check In Nigeria, an industry resource and consultancy outfit.

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