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Focus on national interest as NASS reconvenes

NATIONAL ASEMBLY

Representatives – will reconvene soon to attend to emergency issues of high national interest. Last week, President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, had already made moves for the leadership of the two chambers to meet but the siege to the Assembly Complex by the Directorate of State Services, DSS, disrupted it.

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Don’t abandon Nigerians in South Africa

NIGERIANS in South Africa feel increasingly abandoned to their fate as the spate of xenophobic killings continues. As at May this year, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had on a visit to South Africa’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Lulu Mnguni, declared that 116 Nigerians were killed in the past two years.

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Celebrating our tragic hero, Joe Blankson

NIGERIA is a society whose fabric has been warped by decades of misgovernance by an extremely self-centred power elite. As a result, what is considered as noble and worthy of emulation in more sedate societies are generally overlooked while valuable attention is focused on barbaric political contests which have little or nothing to do with the interests of the common people.

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The Constitution must prevail in Benue

The eight assemblymen were purportedly aggrieved over an alleged misappropriation of N54 billion by the Ortom government. According to them, of this amount, N22 billion was embezzled as security vote, while N32 billion was taken from funds belonging to the local governments while months of workers’ salaries remain unpaid. They served a seven-day impeachment notice on the Governor.

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Thank you, Carl Ikeme

IN July 2017, the news that Nigeria’s first choice team goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, came to many Nigerians as a rude shock. He had returned abnormal blood results during the pre-season medical of his English Championship club, Wolverhampton.

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Probe alleged police assault of magistrate

NO matter how one looks at it, what happened at the premises of the Umuneke Ngor Magistrate’s Court in Imo State on Thursday, July 19, 2018 was an act of gross indiscipline, lawlessness and unprofessionalism on the part of some police officers. Even though they appeared to have acted out of “righteous rage”, there is no excuse for taking the law into their hands in addressing a perceived wrongdoing. Two wrongs cannot make a right.

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Halt the Press Council Bill

IT is curious that nearly 20 years after the end of military dictatorship in Nigeria, elements in the governing circles have continued to explore ways of gagging the media. In March 2016, the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill (also known as the Social Media Bill) was being pushed in the Senate. It was later thrown out due to massive opposition.

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