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Nigeria political cross carpeting: Danger to democracy (4)

The main reason many Politicians go to great lengths to win elections, is to enjoy the financial ‘rewards’ that come with occupation of public office

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Poverty: The role of the Constitution and cost of governance (6)

I have over the course of five weeks highlighted the rising spate of poverty in the land. I have discussed how the gap between the rich and the poor appear to be widening. I have identified the failure of successive governments to stop the over reliance on oil revenue as the major reason for the present situation as a result of which I advocated a return to agriculture as a means of improving the revenue base of the country. This week in conclusion, I intend to discuss how our present constitution make-up has contributed to the economic downfall of the country and the way out

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Poverty/Begging Cause: Abandonement of farming (3)

Over the last two editions I have undertaken an examination of extreme poverty which now pervades the country and how the gap between the rich and the poor appear to be widening by the day. However ours is a country rich in resources and which at one time in its history exploited those sources to the good of its citizenry. This however was before the discovery of Oil.

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Poverty: Are the poor to blame? (1)

Nigeria, with over 70% of its population in abject poverty ended the year 2017 with a return of scarcity of Petroleum products. This singular event had a domino effect on all other aspects of economic life so much so that many Nigerians had a very bleak Christmas and end of the year celebration. It was a stark reminder that poverty is real and is much with us as a nation, decades after independence. Most newspaper screening headlines read as follows:

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Forced slavery and self imposed slavery in Nigeria and beyond (2)

Last week I traced the origin of the slave trade and how slaves captured in Africa were transported to the New World in harrowing conditions which left millions dead. I detailed the efforts made to curb the trade and how within Africa itself there was some form of opposition to the eventual abolition of the trade in slaves. However as stated last week modern Africans seem intent in imposing themselves different variants of the slave trade. How else can one describe the lengths many go to “flee” Africa for Europe, an objective that often involves a dangerous perilous walk through the sahara desert and a very dangerous journey across the Mediterranean sea? Thousands upon thousands including Nigerians have drowned in the Mediterranean. As at October 2016, the UNHCR reported that 3,740 migrants had lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Africa into Europe and the said figure was just short of the 3,771 reported for the whole of 2015. Writing on the subject an online commentator stated as follows:

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