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Interesting Times: Danladi Umar’s Clearance

The Senate President Bukola Saraki case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal may end up becoming the most controversial case in the history of our nation. At every point, new twists and turns come up. Last week, we saw how the defence team filed an application accusing the Tribunal Chairman, Mr. Danladi Umar, of bias and calling on him to recuse himself from the case. The motion was predicated on a 2012 case of bribery involving Umar and his Personal Assistant, Gambo Abdullahi.

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Fulani cows, Grazing Reserve Bill and the looming trouble

On April 18, 2016, Mr. Okonkwo Afamefuna wrote the following on his Facebook wall:”I decided to read a copy of the National Grazing Reserve Bill and I was surprised at what I saw. The Bill creates a Council to be chaired by a Chairman to be appointed by the President. The Council shall have the power to take your land anywhere the land is located in the country and then pay you compensation. Your land, when taken, shall be assigned to herdsmen who shall use your land for grazing purposes. They shall bring cows to the land and you shall lose the land permanently to those Fulani cattlemen”. This is the Sudan downloading right here in Nigeria.

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Saraki in court

I’m ‘persecuted’ because I frustrated Muslim-Muslim ticket in APC — Saraki

My dear brother Dele, let me thank you most sincerely for your article last weekend, “My Candid Letter to Saraki.” I take everything you said in that article to heart and I must commend you for your candidness indeed and the sincerity of your intentions.
As you said in your article, you are someone I have known more by reputation than by any personal relationship, until recently when we struck up some personal acquaintance based on our shared political interests, especially during the last presidential election. However, I understand why you had to sound so defensive for knowing me at all and had to publicly map the boundaries of our relationship. We have got to that point in our country when we no longer believe that anyone could stand for anything based on principles and convictions alone. Moreover, in the growing culture of media crucifixion and presumed guilt; it is rare to find a voice like yours that calls for fairness and justice.

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Dele Momodu briefing State House journalists after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja on Wednesday

My candid letter to the Senate President

Your Excellency, I’m convinced the time has come to write you this letter despite the fact that I have some measure of access to you. I decided to do this in order to tackle the mischief makers who believe I’m your very close friend and as such must be a rabid supporter of yours. I have been accused of all sorts of garbage including being paid heavy sums of money from your bottomless pocket. I’m aware that most of these guys can never believe that anyone could stand up for principle without pecuniary gains. But before I go into the meat of this letter, I need to state my background briefly as I’m sure you don’t even know me well enough to understand and appreciate my socio-political trajectory.

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The Money Transfers & The Truth About The Presidential Campaign Funds – FFK

”The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it lose and it will defend itself”- St. Augustine. For the last few weeks I have been the subject of absurd and outlandish headline stories in various newspapers who have accused me of being a fraudster and who have claimed that funds were transferred into my bank account by the former National Security Advisor, Col. Sambo Dasuki and by the Governor of the Central Bank Bank of Nigeria.

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The national grazing bill

A NATIONAL Grazing Bill which the leadership of Senate has said is not with it continues to generate heated debate. And for good reason. This bill should be questioned because of its ethno-religious implications. It is important that we know this bill, even if in a general way, so as to make useful discourse of it.

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Davido and Sophia

The baby-mama palaver

One of the most popular slang in the Nigerian entertainment industry of recent is the term “Baby-Mama” which literally describes a single mother or a lady who gave birth outside marriage. This practice has being in existence for so long but it gained headlines when entertainers, especially musicians popularized it by impregnating and having babies from their girlfriends and groupies.

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Niger Delta Oil piracy and the worm in the Kolanut

SOME Ijaw / Urhobo / Itsekiri adages runs thus, “the worm that eats the kola-nut is inside the kola-nut” and “how can a man be circumspect and careful with a witch in his own house” and “it is the rat in the house that invites the ones outside into the house”. It is clear without a tincture of doubt that the petroleum industry is filled with all kinds of players and the oil pirates are from there and beyond. It is now clearly obvious, that pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft, and illegal oil bunkering and other horrendously fraudulent acts in the oil industry are carried out by Nigerians and their recruited surrogates in the NNPC, some of its subsidiaries and oil multinational companies etc.

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Fuel scarcity and a culture of scapegoating

READING some of the public commentaries – and other forms of reactions – on the current fuel crisis and associated issues, I was reminded of why I opposed the controversial call to kill the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) made last year by a prominent Nigerian politician. The politician reportedly summed up his justification for the call with the words: “If you don’t kill the NNPC, it will kill Nigeria.”

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Edo: Onaiwu’s solution matrix

THE Edo state governorship election slated for September 10, 2016 presents both an opportunity and a challenge to reposition a state with the sobriquet Heart Beat of the Nation. Getting it right starts from the party primaries especially that of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state. For a party that held sway from May 29, 1999 to November 12, 2008 and suddenly found itself in opposition in the state, there is a compelling reason to get it right owing to the wobbly performance of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.

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Ayade: New bride of organised labour

THE Bible did not make a mistake when it amply said in Proverb 22:29 “that a man found diligent in his ways will dine before kings.” This clearly depicts the commitment his Excellency Governor Ben Ayade has shown towards workers welfare in cross river state that have earned him great accolades across the country and
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