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First term report card: Verdict of the examiner


The last session of the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja provided a very apt occasion for President Muhammadu Buhari to declare his verdict and he did not mince words or lose face. He rose in a robust defence of his cabinet ministers by deflecting orchestrated criticism of his decision to retain them till the end of his first term.

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Justice Karatu and Bagudu’s rejection of religious card

On any issue, there are always three sides to it – the ‘truth’ from both sides of the divide and the real truth. For some days now, there has been this hullabaloo about the alleged confirmation and sack of the former Acting Chief Judge of Kebbi State, Justice Elizabeth Asabe Karatu. It has been back and forth on the veracity of what transpired between the former judge, the governor, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu and the Kebbi State House of Assembly.

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Kachikwu: Winning big for three and a half years

With a testimonial that stands tall in three and a half years as the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources under President Muhammadu Buhari, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu is a desirable reference pointFrom his first day at work, starting with his days as the Group Managing Director at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu knew what he wanted and did not beat around it. As one who is familiar with the industry, he was a typical example of hitting the ground running. 

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The debt the black race owes the sickle cell disease patient

As we celebrate this year’s World Sickle Cell Day, Nigerians need to take a pause and appreciate what the disease means to us as nation, in particular and to the Black race, in general. I wonder how many Nigerians are aware that the country is the epicenter of the disease worldwide with the highest prevalence figures. While there are about 300,000 babies born with the disease in the world every year, about half of these are born in Nigeria! Indeed, it is estimated that 2% of all Nigerian newborns are affected by the disease, and about 30% carry the trait.

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