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Alex Badeh

The assassination of Alex Badeh, insecurity and privatisation of police

THE images from the scene of attack, what political mourners and others of their ilk have variously described as a ‘dastardly act’ and other words to that effect, are not only graphic but are as gory and disturbing as they could possibly be. This episode harks back to the murder in 1976 of then Head of State, General Murtala Ramat Muhammamed, by renegade soldiers of the Nigerian Army during a botched attempt at a forceful takeover of government.

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NCC

NCC’s war against consumer abuse in the telecoms sector

ONE of the few things for which the 2018 debate for the vice presidential slot will be long remembered are the quips round the fight against corruption. Peter Obi, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate had, while arguing that corruption is not an economic policy, gone on to add that one cannot close one’s shop to chase thieves. To which the All Progressives Congress candidate and current Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, had instantly retorted that one couldn’t leave one’s shop open to be plundered by thieves or there would be nothing left to sell.

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APC, PDP and the waiting game of the Electoral Act amendment

ANYONE in doubt about Nigeria being a country of political journeymen, jobbers and wheeler dealers, only has to look at the fate that has befallen the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 to be convinced. The ding-dong between the executive arm, specifically, President Muhammadu Buhari, and the National Assembly, tells any discerning person that this country is under the vice grip of politicians blinded by self-interest. Nigerians themselves have not been impartial arbiters in the ongoing cold war that the Electoral Act Amendment Bill has made inevitable.

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Buhari, the son of Abraham and the children of Yahweh

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari must have surprised many Nigerians when he took the quite unprecedented step of writing an op-ed that was obviously meant for Nigerians in a foreign newspaper, Christian Times. The surprising thing about the entire episode is that a notoriously taciturn President, one who apparently finds it difficult to talk, to say nothing of him offering an explanation for any of his action, chose to put down his thoughts in print.

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Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu’s strange war dance

IT is both unexplainable and depressing (for what it says about his public persona as a lawyer, and erstwhile critic of previous governments) that of all possible options open to him in his apparent dissatisfaction with media report of his administration, Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo State, could think of nothing better than to ostracise sections of the media perceived as critical of his administration from the Ondo State Government House Press corps.

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Oshiomhole

Adam’s Oshiomhole, the witch cried last night!

WHEN  Adam’s Oshiomhole, erstwhile Labour leader and governor of Edo State, took over as chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, party few months ago, he was in dead earnest. He made clear that he was a new broom that would not only clean the mess that the party he was heading had become but was determined to break with the past and make a change. He told anyone who cared to listen that he was different from everyone that had had the fortune or misfortune of holding any leadership position in the APC.

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The NLC and the nationwide strike for increased minimum wage

IN  deciding to embark on a nationwide strike to press home its demand for a significant increase in the minimum wage payable to workers, the Nigeria Labour Congress , NLC, and its affiliate bodies have chosen on, perhaps, their only and most potent weapon of offence against a recalcitrant government. In this battle, the NLC is pulling all plugs and its members, it would appear, have been adequately mobilised and braced for the success of the exercise.

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Buhari’s school certificate saga

AS the 2019 elections  hot up , Nigerians are once again clamoring for President Muhammadu Buhari to produce evidence that he attended secondary school up to school certificate level. This is not just an idle but a constitutional demand that requires contestants for the office of president to be secondary school graduates at the very least. Mr. Buhari, as Nigerians well know, has not been able to produce this evidence. His explanation is and has been that the original copies of his school certificate are with the Board of the Nigerian Army where he submitted them at the point of enlistment in the military.

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Oshiomhole

A party in turmoil, a vulnerable government and a confused presidency

TO say that the All Progressives Congress, APC,  is a party currently in turmoil is stating the point mildly. The APC is reeling in trouble, stumbling from one crisis to another even as the country inches ever closer to the 2019 election. The just concluded party primaries through which the various political parties produced candidates to stand for elective offices from February 2019 have left in their wake armies of discontented stalwarts across the different parties.

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