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US, EU and UK’s stand against election-riggers

As recently as  January  24, 2019, the US and UK threatened not to issue visas to those identified for abetting election-rigging. The US warned: “We and other democratic nations will be paying close attention to actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process or instigate violence against the civilian population before, during and after the elections.”

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Onnoghen

Onnoghen: Our democracy in danger

THE purported suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Hon Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari may have put our hard-won democracy in great danger. It was an assault against the Judiciary, the third arm of our presidential democracy; a cynical violation of the principle of separation of powers.

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Presidential debate dodgers

While Buhari claimed he was too busy to attend, Atiku cut short his tour of the US and attended only to boycott the exercise when Buhari did not show up. Only Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, Mr. Fela Durotoye and Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili represented their respective political parties at the event which took place at the Congress Hall of the Abuja Hilton.

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minimum wage

There should be one National Minimum Wage

As expected, Organised Labour and its various affiliates have rejected the N27,000 which officially stands as the new proposed National Minimum Wage, NMW, sent as an Executive Bill to the National Assembly. The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, argues that the two minimum wages negate the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 131 of 1970 which defines equity as the cornerstone of an NMW.

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Obasanjo

Obasanjo’s letter of “concern”

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is neither a stranger to letter-writing nor is he a newcomer to controversies. Since he first came to power in 1976 following the assassination of his boss, General Murtala Mohammed, General Obasanjo has bestridden our political firmament; some say like a colossus, while others say like a “monitoring spirit”.

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Our overcrowded trains

AFTER many years in the cooler, our rail system began to undergo a revival through efforts which began with the President Olusegun Obasanjo regime. Between then and now, strenuous efforts and a lot of money have been invested across several regimes in efforts to enable Nigerians resume using the railway system of transportation.

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Onnoghen

Onnoghen: A call for due process

Coming against the background of numerous largely ignored cases of impropriety pending against key political players and regime officials, including the former Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr. David Babachir Lawal (who is yet to be charged after being sacked over a contract scam about 15 months ago), the Onnoghen case set the polity agog.

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Freedom from Egmont hammer

WITH President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Mr. Modibbo Hamman Tukur as the Acting Director General of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, pursuant to Section 5(1) of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit Act 2018, Nigeria has finally complied with all requirements of the Egmont Group and secured her freedom from threats of expulsion.

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