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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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Ese-Oruru

Ese: The Nigerian child as an endangered being

The abduction of Ese Oruru from Bayelsa to Kano State and three Lagos schoolgirls from their hostels generated so much heat in the polity. Meanwhile, Nigerians can heave a sigh of relief that the children are back home. The two cases, which demonstrate the abuse of the rights of children are minute, considering what Nigerian children go through daily in the hands of abductors, molesters, evil men and sometimes in the hands of parents and relations.

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ifeoma

16-yr-old Ifeoma, like Ese, was forcibly converted to Islam

When in October 2014, Sunday Vanguard interviewed Mr Ndubuisi Nicodemus on the alleged forceful conversion of his daughter, Ifeoma, to a Muslim, he was not sure if he did the right thing. As Sunday Vanguard was about to publish the interview, he called to beg that his family was under the threat of being killed, hence we should not go to press with it. Meanwhile, the successful removal of Ese Oruru from his abductors has given him the courage to cry out.

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Rose and Charles Oruru, parents of Ese.

How parents breed immorality, raise armed robbers

The impropriety of the love story or rather infatuation between Yunusa Dahiru, 25-year-old Muslim tricycle operator from Kano, and Ese Oruru, 14-year-old Christian student in Bayelsa has brought to the fore the role of parents in building society. Why would a youngster elope with (or abduct) a minor lover from Bayelsa to faraway Kano to be married? Why would the minor agree to elope (or be abducted)? What role did the parents of these lovebirds play in their behaviour? The young girl is a minor and could have been lured especially going by the unfolding circumstances which are questioning proper parenting on both sides. Could Yunusa have abducted a 14-year-old girl if he went through proper parenting? And why did Ese’s mother ask of Yunusa immediately her daughter went missing? Did she know of any illicit move and still failed to talk sense into her daughter and rebuke Yunusa?

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Kemi Adeosun

Financial Discipline… making every naira count by Kemi Adeosun

ECONOMISTS have long found Nigeria to be something of a conundrum. The macro picture has always appeared compelling – large population, oil reserves, mineral reserves, endless tracts of arable land, land and sea borders for regional domination. Indeed the absurdity of our underperformance is only surpassed by our ability to accurately quantify our losses and missed opportunities.

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Edo women5

Salvaging the pride of womanhood

I GET all aswoon in our perennial gridlock, which of course, may have become a phobia for me. As I got cut up in it one good evening and couldn’t deal with its nettlesome taunt, I alighted from our car and loathly walked into a shop to get a cold drink, but the snag was, it took the shop owner, a man of about fifty close to a minute to realise that someone was actually in the shop. He was so engrossed with what he was ogling at that it took a sharp clap of my hands to drag him back to reality.

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