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We need a fourth tier of government comprising traditional rulers —Oba Ajayi

Oba Michael Odunayo Ajayi, the Elerinmo of Erinmo Kingdom, Ijesha, Osun State, is among well-educated monarchs in the country.

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We need to return to 1963 Constitution to get Nigeria right—Femi Okunnu

Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing in the first republic and former pro-chancellor and chairman governing council of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi , Alhaji Lateef Olufemi Okunnu, SAN, in this interview, x-rays the Nigerian state 58 years after independence and says only a return to the 1963 constitution will revive Nigeria.  Excerpts:

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Seinye  Lulu-Briggs: I do not see the world as being ‘male dominated’

From humble beginnings, she has ramped up an impressive resume from the time she joined the civil service, through her times at the apex bank as a pioneer staff of the Computer Services Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the banking sector at the defunct Oceanic Bank, to where she is now as Executive Vice-Chairman of Moni Pulo Ltd, an indigenous oil producing firm.

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I started doing business with my lunch money at the age of nine – Kudirat Fashola

Mrs. Kudirat Fashola is the CEO of Kuddy Cosmetics. From her small beauty shop located on Lagos Island in 1986, she now has 17 shops and centres all over Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Abeokuta with over 100 staff strength. She ventured into business at the age of nine. Now at 60, Fashola takes us through her journey into beauty products, challenges, her lifestyle and lots more.

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You do not have to be in power to help your community — Oluwakemi Alao Akala

The cosy grounds of the home of former Oyo state governor Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala was already a beehive of activities by the time WW went calling  on a sunny  Sunday  morning. The lady of the house and a woman of faith had already coordinated the day’s worship and was on hand, as was their 10 year old  son  Olamikunle, himself a budding but highly talented saxophonist.  First Ladies are generally taken for granted as being seen, not heard, and their roles are hardly appreciated. Not one to lose sight of herself, her values and her essence, Oluwakemi Akala offers a peek into how she was able to adjust to public life while remaining ‘real’.
Well known as a philanthropist and counselor, everyone who knows the beautiful former First Lady knows that her quietness does not detract from her style; and Oluwakemi was at her most urbane and gracious as WW engaged her on this and  a few issues. Excerpts:-

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Davido, Wizkid are inspiring a lot of singers in Nigeria — Adene

Adene Eromosele Peter, an Edo State-born graduate of Computer Engineering, Babcock University is a Nigerian musician who began his music-making craft with the formation of a music group called ‘The Corpershun Diaries’,TCD, while observing his compulsory National Youth Service Corp program. In this interview with Star Tracker, the budding singer speaks on his music, aspirations and what he’s doing to empower Nigerian youths .

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Insecurity has no religion, party affiliation, or ethnic identity—Umar

Capt Aliyu “Blade’ Umar, a security expert, is the chief executive officer of Goldwatetr & RiverSand Consults, an organisation that offers consultancy and oversight advisory services on a broad range of national security issues. In this interview, he examines Nigeria’s security architecture and advises that politics, religion and ethnicity should stay out of security issues

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Security Challenges: We have satisfied all indicators of a failing state – Ayodeji

Major General Garba Ayodeji Wahab (Retired) is graduate of the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies, UK. Nicknamed ‘Sankara’ in the armed forces, he was highly revered for his abilities in the training of officers and men as well as his charisma. He was at several times, Principal Staff Officer to COAS, Director of Operations, Army Headquarters, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Infantry Division, Kaduna, and Chief of Administration at Army headquarters. In this interview with Vanguard, he bares his expert opinion on the security challenges confronting the country, the war against Boko Haram, Herdsmen-Farmers crisis and some decisions of the present administration concerning spending of funds ($1billion) which has raised questions. He then suggests the way forward.

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What FG must do to save Nigeria from Collapsing —PANDEF Chair, Idongesit Nkanga speaks on Niger Delta too

EditorIn his first major interview after being elected National Chairman of the Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum, PANDEF, former Military Governor of Akwa Ibom State and former Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, Rtd, speaks on what could bring about lasting peace to Nigeria’s oil-producing region and equally stabilize the foundation for the country’s peace, growth and development in general.

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