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Humanitarian workers are under threat in sub-Saharan Africa. Can Nigeria be an exception?

Mid-year 2019 data on aid worker security incidents shows that 9 humanitarian workers have been killed, 13 kidnapped and 17 wounded in sub-Saharan Africa, according to research based on the Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD).1 This toll is a result of 25 incidents that took place across 10 sub-Saharan countries including Nigeria, where two deaths are recorded so far in two separate incidents.

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Debt, Nigeria

Rising national debt: The danger signals

Once again, the educated and discerning Nigerians in what had been described by Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State as “the developing South” of Nigeria are almost alone in raising the alarm regarding rapidly rising debt. This is a national issue that will define the fate of our nation for years to come. With the exception of a few patriotic individuals from what Rufai called “the backward North”, the matter of the national debt rising from N19.16tn in March 2017 to N24.95tn in March 2019, representing an increase of 30.22 per cent in just twenty-four months can only be alarming to the educated and those who can think deeply. It can certainly not be expected to disturb those with low educational qualifications – irrespective of status in society. 

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When death lurks in Nigeria’s airspace

TRAGEDY was averted recently as 94 passengers and six crew members of a plane operated by Air Peace narrowly escaped death after the aircraft almost crashed in Port Harcourt. The aircraft on flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt reportedly skidded off the runway at Port Harcourt International Airport in Omagwa, Rivers State, on Saturday June 22, 2019.

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Oshiomhole,Nwokobia, Nass Leadership

Oshiomhole is victim — Ex-Rep Osagie

A former Minority Whip in the House of Representatives, Mr Samson Osagie, in this interview, dismisses the assumptions that the crisis rocking Edo State House of Assembly is between the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and Governor Godwin Obaseki, saying the latter’s alleged failure to carry party leaders along is at the root of the impasse. Osagie, an insider, who also describes the recent inauguration of the state House of Assembly as illegality, speaks on other angles to the controversy

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Bandits

133 highways of terror: Survivors’ heart-touching tales

One week after Sunday Vanguard published a story in which investigation revealed that no fewer than One 133 highways across Nigeria are under kidnappers and bandits siege, some victims, in this package, speak on their harrowing experiences on some of the roads. Only last Wednesday, 28 travellers along one of the fingered roads, Ikere Ekiti – Akure road, were abducted by gunmen. This happened four days after the Nigerian Army claimed to have deployed drones in Ekiti and Ondo states to fish out kidnappers terrorising the two states.

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