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Diezani and the National Assembly!

Back to the issue of permanently delayed flights, we sought to compare the harm to the nation by our unconscionable commercial airlines with that of those opting for chartered flights. This led us into a long conversation on the intriguing relationship between Minister Diezani and the National Assembly – a discussion that was greatly illuminated by reports in the media the night before.

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Chibok Girls! Not a Debate!!

Some innocent Nigerian school girls were last month abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno State. Painfully, the real number of girls involved is unknown. The first report said 100, another 200; yet another version said 234. When a fresh story suggested 276, many people opted to use the term ‘over 200 girls’.

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Jonathan needs to sack more aides

To place governance on some measure of intellect is to officially seek answers constantly to recurring posers in society. One such poser in Nigeria is the increasing level of public rejoicing whenever a government official is relieved of his appointment. It does not really matter how highly placed the affected official is.

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In Nigeria, what is news?

To constantly follow events in the media should ordinarily place a person in a position to promptly appreciate new events and happenings around him and elsewhere. In Nigeria however, an ardent newspaper reader or radio listener or television viewer cannot be too sure to read, hear or see new events. It is not that media practitioners in Nigeria are not proactive enough to meet their mandate of public enlightenment.

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Oronsaye Report: No one should panic

Although, I am yet to meet anyone who has seen the ‘White Paper’ on the report of a panel headed by Steve Oronsaye, a former Head of Service of the Federation to rationalize government organizations, the media has disclosed the release of such a 105-page document. With proactive investigative journalism aided by our new law on freedom of information, why not get the details; I asked myself? I was honestly not excited about that because history teaches me that in Nigeria, an official document called ‘White Paper’ is by tradition a “stereotype”- something that takes the same pattern all the time.

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Rotimi Amaechi and the Verdict of History

In today’s Nigeria, Rotimi Amaechi the current Governor of Rivers State is likely to emerge as one of the great personalities that shaped the Nigerian political history of his time. From 2007 till date, he has been a dogged fighter. First, he fought his former political party – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – over the latter’s breach of internal democracy.

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When Attorney General becomes a high jumper

IN several countries, the position of Attorney General is usually held by a lawyer because the holder is expected to serve as the permanent legal adviser to the government. In Nigeria, it is one post that has always attracted top legal experts especially during the military era. At a point, it was resolved that only a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) could be the Attorney General of the Federation.

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