A step to crisis

The recent quit notice given by the Arewa Youths to Nigerians of Igbo extraction who are agitating for the Sovereign state of Biafra has continued to elicit more reactions from Nigerians. It will be recalled that the a group that described themselves as Arewa youths have given the Igbos three months to leave the Northern zone or they will have themselves to blame, hinting at the intentions of confiscating properties left by fleeing Igbos- a repeat of the Post civil war situation when communities in the current Rivers state labeled…

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Nnamdi Kanu’s metamorphosis

The recent sit at home order by the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, which was adjudged successful by available standards, has dominated the media space since it was ended on May 30th. It was done ostensibly to remember the fallen heroes of Biafra. The whole of the South East and many parts of South south were completely on lock-down. Port Harcourt was a ghost of itself. So was Aba, Owerri, Enugu, and Onitsha.This was only a day after Nigeria celebrated Democracy day presided over by the Acting President,…

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Buhari buckles under pressure, Suspends SGF

President Mohamed Buhari surprised pundits by coming hard on some of the musketeers in Aso Rock, Babchir Lawal and Ambassador Ayo Oke. Lawal was axed due to the long standing case of Grass cutting at the Internally Displaced Person’s, IDP, camp. It was gathered that the president was being blind shielded as to the true situation of things by those who would want to rule on his behalf and feed him false information. sources indicated that the rubbishing of the anti corruption war- the only program the APC government is…

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Buhari’s Men Plot Magu’s Removal

By Bayo Bernard Barely few days after the Department of State Services, DSS released another damning report on the chairman of the Economic and Financial crimes Commission, EFCC, the anxiety looms in the anti-graft agency over the fate of the police officer. In the report the DSS narrated how the EFCC boss’ Abuja N40 million apartment was paid for outside the commission funds. The secret police also narrated how Magu was arrested during the tenure of Farida Waziri as EFCC boss. He was alleged to have stolen documents belonging to…

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Obasanjo On Buhari: The Shape of Things To Come?

Analysts smell 2019 as long drawn spat between two old foxes looms By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Former president Olusegun Obasanjo is not one to speak tongue in cheek. Last week when the former President took on President Mohammadu Buhari, he did not disappoint.At the first Akintola Williams Annual Lecture in Lagos last Wednesday,Obasanjo, for the first time since Buhari’s dramatic ascension to office as democratically elected president,threw punches on the APC-led federal government, asking President Buhari to stop the excuses and face governance. Its not immediately clear if the relationship between…

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Where is Sheik El Zakzaky?

Amid renewed bloody clashes between members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN and security forces, pressure mounts on President Muhammadu Buhari to release incarcerated leader of Shiites in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky By Bayo Bernard The Islamic Republic of Iran is closely watching events in Nigeria as security forces in the country intensify clampdown on the Shiite religious sect in the country. The Arab military power has also stepped up underground diplomatic moves with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to stem the continued bloody clashes by members of the sect…

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Uneasy Trump Card

Donald Trump wins the American Presidential election, but is haunted by election promises and disaffected Americans By Uche Mbah Fallout of Donald Trump election: California wants to opt out of the United States of America. And this is official. A”Yes California” campaign is currently gaining momentum backing an independence referendum supporting a constitutional exit of the state from the US. 60% of the state’s voters supported the presidential loser, Hillary Clinton. “As the sixth largest economy in the world, California is more economically powerful than France and has a population…

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Niger Delta: Buhari’s Olive Branch

Niger Delta  leaders  present a 16-point agenda for restoration of peace in the region amid raging violence By Oji Odu It was a long awaited landmark meeting aimed at finding lasting solutions to the Niger Delta crisis that had severely strangulated the nation’s revenue. How far will it go to check the increased militancy in the region that provides the revenue base of the nation and agitations by other separatist groups in the country who feel short-changed in the Nigerian union is the question many ask? Tuesday, November 1, 2016,…

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The Algerian Hurdle

Gernot Rohr-led Super Eagles faces a herculean task in the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers By Akinwale Kasali Can he successfully scale the Algerian hurdle? Will this be his third win in a row? Does he have the quality of players to defeat the Desert Foxes? These and many more questions are begging for answers, which only coach Gernot Rohr and his players has answers to. Come 12th November, 2016, the Godswill Akpabio International stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, will witness a massive crowd when the Super Eagles of…

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Edo: All Hail Oba Erediauwa

The Ritual Journey from Uselu signals the coronation of crown Prince, His Royal Highness (Amb.) Eheneden Erediauwa,  as the new Oba of Benin Kingdom By Walid Ogunseri /Benin City Penultimate Saturday, October 8th, Eheneden Eradiauwa, the Crown Prince of Benin kingdom left his palace at Uselu  and was escorted by Chiefs from the Uselu Community to Benin Kingdom ancestorial home of the Oba of Benin. The Source learnt  that immediately he left  the Edaiken Palace, the Ugha was closed and may not be inhabited again until a new Edaiken is…

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Aisha Buhari: The Inside Story of An Unsettling Spat

The public spat between President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha throws  up shocking revelations By Chidiebere Onyemaizu The dust raised by Aisha Buhari’s unexpected outburst about her husband in the foreign media  and the President’s stinging response, is far from settling. Political analysts, credible party  and Aso Rock sources have spoken of disturbing theories that could have given vent to the Buhari-wife spat. There is the Tinubu angle to the exchange of darts between the President and the First Lady. It has been alleged that Mrs Buhari played a…

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War On Judges

President Muhammadu Buhari bares his fangs against judges in his avowed quest to clean the Augean stable of the Nigerian judiciary By Bayo Bernard President Muhammadu Buhari delivered a bitter parting gift to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Mohammed Mahmoud few days to his retirement due for later this year. The judiciary under you is corrupt was the verdict passed on Mahmoud whose tenure as CJN terminates  in November. In the middle of the night of October 9,  the president ordered the nation’s secret police, the Department of State…

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Freedom For Some

More than two years after  276 Chibok schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram, 21 of them are released by the sect. What could have informed this  gesture? By Femi Oluokun On Thursday, October 13, 2016 Nigerians awoke to a cheery news; that 21 of out of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls herded from their beds in April 2014 have been freed.  This declaration was made known by  presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, who told newsmen that the released girls are safely in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS. But…

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IDPs: Buhari’s Big Headache

Worsening condition and corruption in Internally Displaced Persons camps in the North easat has  become an embarrassment for  President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration By Bayo Bernard By the time the over N32 million Senate’s donation gets to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in Nigeria’s north east, it might be too late as many of them would have died of hunger and malnutrition. Recently, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state, during a visit to IDP camps in the state, was  moved by the plight of 61 persons with acute   malnutrition and immediately…

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APC: Broom And its Loosening Bunch

APC explodes as its  muted crisis berths in the public domain By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Internal wranglings brewing in the All Progressives Congress, APC has now boiled over. And its reverbrating effects on the party, according to political analysts, will be dire and blistering. It took APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s scathing attack on the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun last week, for the simmering crisis in the ruling party to blow open.Tinubu took Oyegun to the cleaners over the latter’s role in the controversial Ondo APC guber…

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Alarm Bell

The 2019 elections may not hold if Resident Electoral Commissioners are not appointed on time By Uche Mbah The Independent National Electoral Commission,  INEC handling of the Edo governorship election has become controversial, adding to the uncertainties that are currently bedeviling the commission and its ability to conduct credible elections. Last week, the senate expressed concern over the nonchalance of the All Progressivs Congress APC-led government in replacing INEC commissioners whose tenures have expired. INEC commissioners are absent in 20 of the 36 states of the federation. For that reason,…

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Survival Strategies

Nigerian banks adopt cost cutting measures to stay afloat amidst harsh economic situation and cash crunch By Emmanuel Uffot In the past five months, it has been a common sight to see smartly dressed young men and ladies with bank T- Shirts and suits at Ikeja bus stop in Lagos wooing passersby to come and open accounts with them. The magazine gathered that the banks have also enlisted casual workers canvass for deposits. The latest strategy adopted by banks for deposit is a clear departure from the past when staffs…

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Contentious Sale

Opposition continue to mount against governments plans to sell key national assets, as government retraces its steps. By Oji Odu Following heightened anger by Nigerians from different quarters against plans by the Federal Government to sell key national assets with the hope to shore up foreign reserves to bail the country out of recession, government is back tracking on the decision. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, said  the Federal Government was yet to decide on the sale of national assets. The Minister, while…

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Edo: Battle Royale; Who Laughs Last

Candidates of the ruling All Progressive Congress APC, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki and the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu,  who are front runners in the rescheduled September 28 governorship election engages in the mother of all political battles for the soul of Edo State By Walid Ogunseri /Benin City The passion with which political parties and stakeholders campaigned for the rescheduled governorship election in Edo State in the past few weeks is an indication of how anxious their preferred candidates are in occupying the plum seat at the Edo…

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Not Business As Usual

Regular patrol of the nation’s waterways by officers of the Western and Eastern Marine command put smugglers on the run By Stephen Ubanna For  years,  the nation’s waterways had remained a haven  for smugglers of rice, vegetable oil, textiles and petroleum products. Officers and men of the Western  and Eastern Marine Commands had no answer  to the slippery activities of the smugglers  who had better crafts. The case of the  two marine enforcement Commands  was made worse by  broken down Crafts. A vistor  to  Western Marine Command premises at Apapa…

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