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Nigerian youths at global music’s biggest night

NIGERIA’S rich music culture and the creative talents of its youths were reaffirmed on the global stage on March 14, 2021, during the 63rd Grammy Awards held at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, United States. Two Nigerian Afrobeat superstars, Damini Ogulu – a grandson of veteran music critic, Benson Idonije – and Ayo Balogun, aka...

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Improving the lot of the Nigerian woman

LAST Sunday, sons and daughters celebrated their mothers in Nigeria and many other countries. Earlier on March 8, the 2021 International Women’s Day was commemorated. Strikingly, the two annual events are meant to draw the world’s attention to motherhood and the steering role of women in engendering political and socio-economic development in society. They are...

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On return of Ibori’s looted funds

THE controversy surrounding the agreement between Nigeria and the United Kingdom that facilitated the return of the £4.2 million funds looted by a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, raises the need to institutionalise the anti-corruption mechanism at the subnational level. The Federal Government recovered the loot after a Memorandum of Understanding with the...

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Ogun State and scourge of criminals

EARLIER this month, killer herdsmen gruesomely dismembered a woman, Elizabeth Pascal, in a pattern that is turning Ogun State to a safe haven for sundry criminals. Unfortunately, Pascal’s brutal daylight decapitation as she returned from the local stream to fetch water is not an isolated occurrence in the state. The whole of the Yewa area...

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Accounting for unremitted N4 trillion funds

A storm of controversy is raging again over the unremitted funds by the revenue-generating public agencies. At a recent plenary, the Senate Committee on Public Accounts and officials from the Auditor-General for the Federation’s office accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation of withholding trillions of naira due to the Federation Account. These strong allegations are […] Read Full Story

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In support of Myanmar’s democracy

FACING antipathy from abroad and defiance at home, Myanmar’s (Burma) generals who seized power in a coup last month have responded with characteristic barbarity. Troops and police have brutalised protesters on the streets, stepped up arrests, torture, and censorship and resorted to massacres. But there should be no respite for the usurpers; the international community […] Read Full Story

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Defending Maiduguri from terror attacks

THE recent rocket attack on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, signals another dangerous dimension in the 11-year-old terrorist insurgency ravaging the country. In the deadly attack, rocket-propelled grenades were fired from the outskirts of the city into densely-populated neighbourhoods, killing 16 persons, wounding scores of others and spreading panic among the population of a fortified […] Read Full Story

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Tasks before new EFCC chairman

ACTING on a recommendation by the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has departed from the tradition of appointing police officers to steer the affairs of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Instead, Buhari has appointed Abdulrasheed Bawa to head the country’s prime anti-corruption agency for the next four years. […] Read Full Story

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Adesina’s imperative of economic restructuring

IN an era blighted by economic recessions and general malaise, the recent declaration by Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank Group, on the imperative of economic restructuring enlivens the debate about the fundamental weaknesses hobbling the Nigerian state. Calling for transformation, the erstwhile Minister of Agriculture traced the current seismic downturn in […] Read Full Story

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Okonjo-Iweala, WTO and Nigeria’s trade priorities

THE appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the first female and first African director-general of the World Trade Organisation has elicited pride among Nigerians, Africans and women worldwide. She overcame stiff competition from an initial field of eight candidates, including another female, Yoo Myung-hee, the South Korean backed by the United States. Confirmation of the appointment […] Read Full Story

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Nigeria’s lamentable voter apathy

VOTERS’ rising disinterest in Nigeria’s electoral system was raised afresh by the Independent National Electoral Commission recently with the disclosure that voter turnout hovered between 30 and 35 per cent in the last two electoral cycles, including off-season elections. Nigerians should begin to embrace the opportunity — better yet, the responsibility — to make themselves […] Read Full Story

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Averting Nigeria’s catastrophic collapse

THE red flag by a former military head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, that the country could disintegrate amid ongoing convulsions should compel immediate interventions by all critical stakeholders. His warning was hinged on an unprecedented level of insecurity featuring daring, spectacular acts of criminality, bitter feuding among ethnic nationalities, a dysfunctional national government, mass poverty […] Read Full Story