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NIGERIA POLITICS: Vice President Osinbajo Makes Case For Competent Deputies

NIGERIA POLITICS: Vice President Osinbajo Makes Case For Competent Deputies

Vice President Osinbajo is a priced asset that has proven roundly that contrary to the impression some people hold, Nigeria has an abundance of competent and well-honed leaders that can steer its ship from perdition. His stellar showing in the period he managed the affairs of the country is a credible and resounding testimonial that the offices of Vice President and Deputy Governors are critical and should not be filled with pawns that merely acquiesce to whatever the boss wants.

Prof. Osinbajo has proved that the office of a deputy is as important as the main office and Nigerians must tap the critical lesson from his worthy performance in that office and make good use of the office instead of merely tolerating it, as is mostly the case today.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Case For Arming Pro-Biafra Agitators In Nigeria – Part II

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Case For Arming Pro-Biafra Agitators In Nigeria – Part II

By and large, if this could be done for the hitherto peaceful and hapless Syrian anti-government protesters by the then Barrack Obama administration in the U.S, there is no gainsaying therefore that the no-nonsense, responsible and responsive government being led by President Donald J. Trump could do it better for the peaceful, unarmed and endangered people of Biafra – who are currently under heavy military siege in Nigeria. A stitch in time saves nine.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Zannah Mustapha Wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for Mediating in Chibok Girls Release from Boko Haram Deal

NIGERIA POLITICS: Zannah Mustapha Wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for Mediating in Chibok Girls Release from Boko Haram Deal

Hauwa Madu, 13, is among the displaced children at the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School. Three years ago, Boko Haram gunmen stormed her small home in a northeast village near Damboa and killed her father three years ago. Her mother, who was pregnant, died in childbirth soon after.

“When I think about my parents I become sad, I miss them,” Hauwa recounted in a recent interview with UNHCR, as tears rolled down her cheeks. “This school is really like my home now. I can think of tomorrow again because of what Mustapha has done for us here.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Time to Tame IPOB Agitation, Lest History Repeats Itself

NIGERIA POLITICS: Time to Tame IPOB Agitation, Lest History Repeats Itself

It is time to end ‘agitations’ for securing narrow political interests which in the end don’t even address the cause of such agitation which are socio-economic and widespread in nature. A Yoruba man heralded the current republic riding on the grievances of the Southwest in the June 12 imbroglio; a Goodluck Jonathan got to presidency under the agitation of Niger Deltans for resource control. Looking back neither the country nor the zones which produced these leaders could point to any meaningful development, despite humongous advantage in foreign earnings.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Biafra, IPOB Terrorist Threat And The Need to Stamp Out Genocide

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Biafra, IPOB Terrorist Threat And The Need to Stamp Out Genocide

There will be no good outcome here. The Federal Government must (in accordance with the law) declare the Biafra seeking IPOB movement a terrorist organization. Newspaper organizations should be warned that there is a thin line between reporting events and serving as propaganda vehicles for the terrorist organization.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Pat Attah to Igbos: Vacate North!

NIGERIA POLITICS: Pat Attah to Igbos: Vacate North!

Pat Attah said: “Please, all Igbos and Biafrans in general should evacuate the north as soon as possible because Buhari and his men are up to something bad but they shall be buried in the pit they are digging.

”I curse the day Fraud Lugard and the British fraudulently and forcefully created this company called Nigeria!”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Interview: 2019: Nigeria Youths Uninterested In Politics- Young Party Leader

NIGERIA POLITICS: Interview: 2019: Nigeria Youths Uninterested In Politics- Young Party Leader

Youths are not speaking with one voice in Nigeria. And the older ones know the tricks to dismember them whenever they unite as one. Two of the tricks are money and positions. If the youth of the country can unite as one and establish a formidable political platform where they can express their political ideologies then all will be well. And they also must have it in mind to serve and not to be served. Federal government and other stakeholders should also work towards creating conducive environment and providing the tools for them to work with. Parts of the tools are the Nigerian Youth in Politics Endowment Fund (NYPEF) and the national enforcement committee to see towards the actualization of the Not Young to Run Bill.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Curfew in Southeastern Nigeria After Clashes

NIGERIA POLITICS: Curfew in Southeastern Nigeria After Clashes

The curfew, which will run from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, was announced by the Abia state governor late on Tuesday, who told residents to remain at home and avoid any form of confrontation with the security forces or military. Abia governor Okezie Ikpeazu suggested the presence of soldiers, who began operations against kidnapping and violent crime across southern Nigeria this week, may be at the root of tensions. He attributed Sunday’s clashes to the start of the crackdown on crime, which is codenamed “Python Dance II”.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Disunited Yoruba Will Stumble

NIGERIA POLITICS: Disunited Yoruba Will Stumble

We must stick to the 16-point demand reached at the Yoruba Summit. Buhari administration has chosen a time and a moment that would prove to be a great calamity if it fails to act wisely and promptly. To the agents of disunity, history will hold you accountable for the rupture of a dream of Yoruba people. That will be the inscription etched deep on your tombstones.

The die is cast. The revolution has begun. There’s no turning back!

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Atiku Abubakar Biography

NIGERIA POLITICS: Atiku Abubakar Biography

Atiku Abubakar was born 25 November 1946 to an itinerant Fulani trader and farmer Garba Abubakar, and his second wife, Aisha Kande, in Jada village in what is today Adamawa State, formerly Gongola state. He was named for his paternal grandfather, Atiku Abdulkadir.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Atiku’s Increasing Mischief And The APC

NIGERIA POLITICS: Atiku’s Increasing Mischief And The APC

If Atiku does not see anything good in either the APC or its present government, to the extent that he willingly constitutes himself to a predictable opposition within the party, the party must weed him out. And the earlier APC does this needful act, the better for both the APC and Atiku.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Revealed! N7.51tn Borrowed By Buhari Government in Two Years

NIGERIA POLITICS: Revealed! N7.51tn Borrowed By Buhari Government in Two Years

President Muhammadu Buhari government and the 36 states of the federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory have borrowed N7.51tn in the last two years, statistics have revealed. As of June 30, 2015, just a month after the present crop of leaders took over the leadership of the country, Nigeria’s total debt stood at N12.12tn. However, as of June 2017, the nation’s total debt had climbed to N19.63tn, according to the latest debt statistics obtained from the Debt Management Office.

The DMO said in a statement posted on its portal on Sunday, “The domestic debt stock of the Federal Government and sub-nationals accounted for 76.56 per cent of the total public debt stock, while their external debt stock accounted for 23.44 per cent. “Furthermore, the total public debt stock increased by 2.5 per cent from N19.16tn (about $62.54bn) to N19.64tn (about $64.19bn), during the period under review.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Yoruba Advance And The Afenifere Attempt At Sabotage

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Yoruba Advance And The Afenifere Attempt At Sabotage

Afenifere supported Buhari in 2007 at a time when Buhari’s running mate was non-Yoruba and at a time his ethnocentric impulses were at its worst. This same Afenifere also supported GEJ in 2015 when it became clear to the Yoruba nation that the government of GEJ was implementing an insidious anti-Yoruba agenda. Today, Afenifere is doing all to Sabotage the current alliance between the Yoruba and the Buhari government not because of any matter of principle but because of its jealousy about the success of that one time governor Govenor of Lagos state whose party has morphed into the party of governance at the Federal level and whose Yoruba contingent hold positions of power and influence under Buhari.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Herdsmen Kill 19 in Plateau State, Buhari Urges Calm

NIGERIA POLITICS: Herdsmen Kill 19 in Plateau State, Buhari Urges Calm

“I urge all our communities in the state and the other parts of the country to embrace peace and bring to a stop these painful and unnecessary killings,” said Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, in an emailed statement.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Still on Buhari’s 32′ TV and the Epistle According to Garba Shehu

NIGERIA POLITICS: Still on Buhari’s 32′ TV and the Epistle According to Garba Shehu

Instead of wasting precious time and efforts dwelling on a TV model of the president, Shehu should have utilized such time and resources to write essays on why ASUU, resident doctors and those planning to go on strike soon should have a rethink and cooperate with government. He has rather exposed Buhari as a man left behind by time because TV sets of these days are now packed with a lot of functions that can even make one use them for other very useful purposes apart from just watching programmes.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Aisha Alhassan Endorses Atiku Abubakar for 2019 Presidential Election

NIGERIA POLITICS: Aisha Alhassan Endorses Atiku Abubakar for 2019 Presidential Election

Popularly called Mama Taraba, Aisha Alhassan said, “Your excellency, our father and our president by the grace of God come 2019. Before you are your people, your supporters for life, the people of Taraba State.”

Although Mr. Abubakar has not publicly declared his intention to run in 2019, he is believed to be mobilising and getting ready for the election. He came third in the APC presidential primaries in the build up to the 2015 elections, losing to President Muhammadu Buhari and ex-Kano governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: APC Begins Campaign for Buhari’s Second Term in  Ebonyi State

NIGERIA POLITICS: APC Begins Campaign for Buhari’s Second Term in Ebonyi State

Acting state APC Chairman, Mr. Eze Nwachukwu, who addressed the rally, commended party faithful and other teeming supporters of APC for turning out in their large numbers for the rally.

“We thank God for the recovery of Mr. President from his sickness and successful return from the medical vacation in London to resume his normal duty as president. The overwhelming crowd that attended the rally is a clear indication that Ebonyi State is indeed an APC state and by massively attending this solidarity rally is another indication of the love Ebonyi people have for our president and his populist government.

“This is the third time APC in Ebonyi is organising this type of rally to demonstrate its love, support and loyalty for Buhari and APC led central government,” Nwachukwu said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Ozubulu Church Massacre And The Moral Question In Igboland

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Ozubulu Church Massacre And The Moral Question In Igboland

Ozubulu tragedy should serve as a wakeup call for the Igbo nation that there is indeed fire on the mountain. It is a reminder that our society is in dire need for redemption, which can only come from returning to the ancient values that reward truth, honesty, disciple, hardwork and integrity and shun the negative and corrosive effects of illicitly-acquired money. The Ozubulu massacre ignites a take-action-or-perish urgency all Igbo must adhere to or prepare for a generalization of such bloody theaters all over Igboland. The tragedy is not more of an Ozubulu problem as it is an Igbo problem.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Hate Speech Law Is a Resurrection Of Decree 4

NIGERIA POLITICS: Hate Speech Law Is a Resurrection Of Decree 4

The hate speech law is to restrict or abridge free speech of Nigerians. It’s a law based on viewpoint, an egregious form of content discrimination which is presumptively unconstitutional. The Constitution does not entrust freedom of speech to government’s benevolence. Instead, our reliance must be on the substantial safeguards of free and open discussion in a democratic society. It cannot be stressed enough that speeches that governments or their agents, and enemies of free speech view as offensive are protected not just against outright prohibition, but also against lesser restrictions.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Governor Fayose Sacks Idowu Adelusi Over Eid el-kabir Prayers

NIGERIA POLITICS: Governor Fayose Sacks Idowu Adelusi Over Eid el-kabir Prayers

The source said, “The governor was livid that there were no journalists in his entourage and that they were not on the ground to cover his entry into the prayer ground. The governor felt he had taken more than enough from the gentleman and ordered his sacking.”

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