Jerusalem as the capital of Isreal

Jerusalem, the per-christian capital of Israel according to Biblical accounts, is back in controversy over the declaration of the president of the United states of America, Donald Trump that he now recognize it as the capital of Israel. Many Christians see this as a fulfillment of Biblical prophecies, though Jews whose land they defend do not recognize Christianity as a genuine religion, claiming that Christianity is formed by followers of one who believed he was the Messiah. Since the destruction of the city in about 70 AD, and the subsequent…

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The Maina Saga: Brickbats still on

The Maina saga is a saga that has refused to go away. Recently, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, had accused the former pension boss, Abdulrashid Maina, of using his son’s account to Launder money, insisting that N1.7bllion was lodged in he son’s account. Maina has been declared a fugitive since stories started going round that the Bornu state borne civil servant, who has been dismissed by the Goodluck Jonathan administration for corruption, and has been living at Dubai since, was secretly brought…

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North Korea fires another missile

North Korea, after a period of quietus from throwing verbal missiles and game of harangue, claim to have tested another missile with the capacity to reach and cause havoc to the American mainland. This time, they claim that the new intercontinental ballistic missile is reputed to carry super large heavy warhead.  South Korean state news agency KCNA described the new missile as  “the most powerful ICBM” (that) “meets the goal of the completion of the rocket weaponry system development.” The missile reportedly reached the highest level that any North Korean…

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SEC: CACOL petitions presidency, EFCC

SEC-Security and Exchange Commission-is under scrutiny due to an ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. This followed a Presidential Directive to the commission based on petitions against Mournir Gwazo. Gwazo was accused by a Human Rights group, Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership,CACOL, of corruption to the tune of N104 million, a sum he allegedly paid himself as severance package, and award of contracts to firms he has interests in. “On January 2, 2013,” Adeniran wrote, “Mr. Mournir Haliru Gwarzo was appointed an Executive Commissioner in…

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Enugu Airport to be rehabilitated before Christmas, says FAAN

Enugu Airport is on the news again.Since the designation of Enugu Airport as being of International status, intrigues has been on for the Airport to remain moribund, with traffic still maintained at the traditional four major Airport in the country-namely, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Kano. Before the Jonathan administration, the Obasanjo administration, according to reports, deliberately stayed action on the categorization, even with delegation from south east leaders, including former governor Peter Obi of Anambra state. Under Jonathan, the Airport was upgraded to International status, with only Ethiopian Airline…

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Atiku defects and 2019 permutation changes

Atiku Abubakar contested for the presidential primaries three times, one at candidate level, two at nomination levels and lost. Muhammadu Buhari contested contested three times at candidate level and lost. Atiku has been contesting in different parties. Buhari was also contesting in different parties. There the similarity ends. While Buhari is a Northern iredentist and ethnic bigot, Atiku is a liberal minded politician that married from the three major tribes of Nigeria. Buhari concentrated on his Fulani tribe.Buhari contested a fourth time and won. Now Atiku wants to contest a…

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National Carrier: Sirika finetunes previous regime programes.

“National Carrier” appears to be an anthem for every minister of aviation that comes into power in Nigeria, though corruption and bureaucratic bottlenecks will always put the spanner in the works. Currently, it is the turn of Haddi Sirika, the current minister of state for Aviation, to pick up the tune. Speaking at an International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, conference ongoing, Sirika insisted that he is not predisposed to jettison the ideas of previous administrations, that he will only fine tune them as far as the National Carrier issue is…

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Nigerians’ cash hoarding starves banks of funds

Nigerians have devised means through which they address the issue of money laundering: Hoarding raw cash. Architect Ukpe (not his real name) was invited by a client who wants to build a house in Aja area of Lagos. The plan was for a block of six flats. The total cost of the land and erected structure was put at N420 million. After the whole negotiation, the owner called the architect inside his house at Lekki phase 2 and brought out 2 bags, one  full of dollars and the other full…

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EFCC under pressure to account for recovered loots

EFCC-The Economic and Financial Crimes commission- is currently under intense fire for not being able to account for recovered loots that was handed over to them. Moreover, the commission is more and more entangled in corruption scandals themselves. In the recent case of the discredited pension Boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, has been one of the high profile cases that the commission is belatedly investigating. Maina was dismissed by the immediate past government on charges of corruption. The Source reported last October how Maina was used as a fall guy and how…

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Anambra elections: Dancing on a knife edge

Anambra has been under scrutiny and a sort of siege because of Governorship elections coming up Saturday. Already the federal government has drafted a legion of security agents, as if it is a second Biafran war that is on. 26,000 policemen were dispatched to the state• The Army released 10,000 personnel, Navy 5,000, Air Force 3,000, Civil Defense 11,000 •There were 3,000 Security Dogs,100 Gun boats and 15 Armored Personnel Carriers. For the Federal government, this is a war that must be won. And for this, the All Progressives Congress…

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2019: The Buhari Gameplan rolls out

2019 has become another danger zone for the history of Nigeria since it is becoming clearer by the day that President Mohammadu Buhari has no intention of vacating the seat at the expiry of his first term in office. Impunity, brigandage and the usual political shenanigans has heightened in recent times. Nothing buttresses the point more that the upcoming Anambra election. First, Buhari used the opportunity for a much desired tour of the east as a conquered territory. Beside the commissioning of low level project on the invitation of the…

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Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency, a disaster foretold

Muhammadu Buhari has his presidency moving from one scandal to another in quick succession in recent times. But the foundation was laid a long time ago. The similarity between the current presidency and his first coming in mid 80s has been well documented. but his failing health and age crisis has rendered the country a banana republic where the country is run by proxy. It is believed that the main persons who run the country even hold him in contempt, and this has become so bad that the belief of…

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2019:Buhari puting machinary in motion

By Uche Mbah   2019 election preparation is in top gear for politicians who are angling different positions. But, like his predecessors who became intoxicated with power once they step into Aso Rock, feelers appear to indicate that the preparations for the grand prize of presidency in 2019 is one of Buhari cards. And such preparations are in top gear. For starters, various humongous groups have started trying to convince him to run. Recently, the Buhari Support Organization, BSO, opened a new national headquarters in Abuja, preparatory for President Muhammadu…

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Anambra elections: Unusual clouds of uncertainty

Anambra governorship election has been in the news in recent times, because of the peculiar condition of the state. For the first time in election history, there has been threats of boycott of the election by Anambra members of Independent people of Biafra, IPOB, who are insisting their members must boycott the election. This was a spillover from the Nnamdi Kanu era when IPOB called for a sit at home and it got total compliance. The just concluded local government elections in Enugu state was a test run of the…

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2019: Buhari pulls Abacha style

2019 has taken center stage in the Nigerian polity. It is as if the year 2018 is not part of the Nigerian political calendar. Even though President Muhammadu Buhari has not officially acknowledged his interest, it is believed that their is tacit approval to the move by different groups to drag him into the race. In a subtle move reminiscent of the Abacha era, different groups are busy asking him to run, insisting-at least in principle-that their is no alternative to Buhari. Abacha, the late military maximum ruler, formed five…

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Maina: The story behind the story

Maina has become the buzzword in the Nigerian media space. Prior to this period, nobody mentioned Abulrashid Maina even though he has been known to be around in the country by to government functionaries. His is a story of intrigues, power play, and diversion by the powers that be to possibly divert attention from the Kachikwu-Baru saga. Unfortunately, it ended up as the greatest embarrassment this government has had so far in terms of anti corruption war. The Maina story is typical of the conspiracy among top Nigerian political class.…

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Abang to bailiffs: Serve summons to Jonathan in five days

Abang, Justice Okon, the Judge Presiding over the money laundering case of former PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metu, has asked the court bailiffs to within five days serve former President Goodluck Jonathan writ of summons. In the same breathe, he ordered the prosecution to produce the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in court. Metu has been accused of money laundering to the tune of N400million. a charge he requested the appearance of the former president in court to help his case. he was accused of receiving N400million from Dasuki. But…

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Southern governors’s meeting shrouded in mystery despite communique

Southern governors met last week and despite the photo op by the governors after a meeting at government house Alausa, Ikeja, and the joint communique issued by the group, the actual purpose and resolutions must be shrouded in secrecy. Members of the press were barred from being part of the meeting. Even the various aids to the governors were excluded from the meeting that hosted fourteen governors and two deputy governors. Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state was conspicuously absent. The Deputy governors of Cross River state was also there, …

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Synagogue becomes Mecca for Liberian presidential hopefuls

Synagogue Church of All Nations has become an anchor of hope for Liberian presidential hopefuls. On Sunday, 22 October 2017, George Weah, a senator and front runner in the presidential election, was in the corporate headquarters of the Synagogue Church at Ikotun Egbe, a suburb of Lagos. Joseph Boakai, the current Vice president of Liberia, was also in contact with the Man at the Synagogue, Temitope Balogun Joshua. He may visit the Church any time. Weah, brought into limelight as an international footballer, was addressed directly by Joshua during the…

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BVN: controversy trails decision to freeze accounts without Bank Verification Number

BVN, or Bank Verification Number, is currently drawing controversies since an Abuja High court ordered the closure of accounts without BVN. The court has ordered that the Nineteen commercial banks and that Central Bank Of Nigeria, CBN, should compile accounts without BVN including“fixed/term deposits and their liquidation and interest incurred, bank acceptances, commercial papers and any other relevant information related to the transaction made on the accounts”. The court also demanded that the banks should provide “any investments made with funds from these accounts without BVN in any products”. In…

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