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Excess Crude Account

THE illegality of the Excess Crude Oil Account and the uses it is put into, are among issues everyone talks about, and nobody does anything about them. For 10 years Nigerians, including the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), noted the illegality. No action followed. A member of the House of Representatives last year
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Govts Without People

The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government. – Section 14, 2 (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria IT is difficult to convince Nigerians that governments are for the people. Long ago, it was established in these parts that governments are not by the
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Death of Boko Haram chiefs

Various versions of the story the police told fuel suspicions around their deaths. The police claimed Yusuf died “in action”, the story changed to he died from injuries sustained during the attack, later he was killed while trying to escape. What is certain is that the police paraded his bullet-riddled body to the media hours after the soldiers who captured him in his hideout handed him over to the police.

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North: Stop Blames, Act

They denied their people education, the basics for sustainable existence, locking them out of the opportunities of modern living, especially in a technology driven, global economy. The leaders are more concerned in keeping them in perpetual servitude as evidenced in the fact that the children of these leaders attend the best schools in the world.
Poverty is not peculiar to the north.

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Niger Delta – Unfair Fair

EFFORTS  at redeeming the damage done to the Niger Delta region are increasingly becoming facades, charades and circuses – government actions consistently fail to match the intent of those acclaimed efforts. The activities of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, starting from the location of its headquarters in Abuja, rather than the ravaged Niger Delta,
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Immortalising Abiola

The election broke other grounds when Nigerians ignored the religious and ethnic implications of the Social Democratic Party’s choice of two Muslim candidates on the same ticket. Abiola even defeated Alhaji Bashir Tofa, his opponent of the National Republican Convention in his ward and in his State.

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Apapa Expressway Again

Minister of Works, Dr. Mohammed Hassan Lawal on visit to the road was trapped for about two hours in the traffic jam that is a permanent feature between Cele and Coker Bus Stops. By the time he arrived in Mile Two, his officials advised him not to proceed further as it was impossible to reach Apapa.

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N8.2 Billion NTA Scandal

The House of Representatives Committee on Information had reminded the Ministry of Information and Communication that the budget has no provision for the N8.2 billion that would be applied to converting NTA’s standard definition equipment to high definition, but the Ministry is determined to continue with the dubious move that would waste tax payers’ money.

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Stringent Bail Terms

NIGERIANS who talk about revolutions should be interested in the revolutions taking place in the judiciary, especially as they affect bail conditions for suspects. Under what most judges term “stringent bail conditions” suspects are given conditions that are almost impossible to meet. From the fantabulous sums to the calibre of persons who should be sureties,
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‘Nigerians Are Thieves’

TWELVE days after Vanguard reported that the Ambassador of Greece in Nigeria, Mr. Haris Dafaranos and his wife, Haralambo,  labelled Nigerians thieves, there has been no reaction whatsoever from the Nigerian authorities. Mr. Dafaranos and his wife were at the reception area of Transcorp Hilton in Abuja on July 11 when the wife found a wristwatch, which
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What Critics Must Know

IT is interesting to know that President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua is aware of the criticisms that trail his administration. His long silence gave the impression that he was either unaware or he was not bothered over whatever Nigerians thought about him. Chief Ojo Maduekwe, Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke when he  represented the President at
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How smuggling thrives

STORIES abound about corruption in the Nigeria Customs Service. The Service told its own story at a public hearing of the joint Senate Committee on Agriculture and Industry. While everyone accuses the Customs of failing to stop smuggling, Customs Comptroller (Import and Export), Mr. Julius Nwagwu threw the issue back to the high and mighty
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MEND: Reasons To Worry

THE attack on Atlas Cove should worry those who thought amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta would stop militancy and criminality. It is a long distance from the Niger Delta to Lagos, where the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, struck on Sunday night. What informed this attack at the height
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