Lawal: EU, US sad about Nigeria, arm twists Buhari to suspend him

The phoney anti corruption war of the Buhari administration has become a source of embarrassment to international donor agencies as they watched with bemusement as buhari looks the other way while his acolytes loo the country dry. The last straw was watching money for humanitarian rescue mission being brazenly looted by government officials, particularly those in the presidency while Buhari pretends that all is well and pursues his vendetta and political emasculation of the opposition, using Ibrahim Magu as a hatchet man. The European Union and the American has watched…

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Nigeria ranked 152nd in human development index by UNDP

By Akinwale Kasali Nigeria is now at the bottom of economic growth in new rating involving 188 countries. The oil rich country is only fairly better than 36 poorest countries in the world. The 2016 Global Human Development Index Report of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) ranked Nigeria 152nd out of the 188 countries surveyed. The magazine gathered that the 2016 Human Development Report focuses on those communities that are left behind, despite the development progress over the last 25 years. The report, released in Abuja, saw Nigeria retaining…

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Buhari: Two years on, Nigerian Economy gallops back to the past

On the second anniversary of the APC led government, critics and analysts are divided on how the economy will be rated-whether it can be rated as an economy that is going no where very fast, or one that is galloping backwards to the mid eighties. A third group of analysts, made up mainly of the core of Buhari Media Campaign group and some young and semi literate Northern iridentists,who seem to have graduated in the school of insults rather than reason, are sticking out their worn out reputation in defense…

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AMCON sells Keystone Bank to Northern interests

In line with the current Northernisation policy, the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, has sold Keystone Bank to the Sigma Golf-Riverbank consortium, comprising of Sigma Golf Nigeria Limited and Riverbank Investment Resources Limited. Keystone Bank, formally BankPHB, is the last of the three banks to be sold.Already, Mainstreet Bank and Enterprise Bank has been sold. The consortium is being financed by the Modibos-Umar Hamidu Modibbo and Adamu Mu’azu Modibo. Over a year ago, AMCON asked for expression of interest in the sale of the Bank, resulting in 18 firms…

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Memo: El Rufai fires first Salvo towards 2019

The current trending memo by the diminutive Kaduna state governor,Ahmad Nasiru el-Rufai, appear to have exposed the underbelly of the ruling elite group, generally regarded as the hawks around President Buhari, generally referred to as The Cabal. El Rufai has last week written a memo to president Buhari, which was conveniently leaked online and immediately topped the trending items online.In the memo he complained of those who have taken over the running of the government, indicating that the presidency is not in charge.He questioned, for example, why ministers hardly see…

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Kaduna Airport: Passengers prefer Train as the Aviation Industry count losses

The relocation of Abuja airport has began to take its toll as passengers shun the Kaduna-Abuja shuttle buses and opt for trains, resulting in high demand for first class train tickets. Besides that, helicopter shuttle has become the preferred mode of transport from kaduna to Abuja by elite travelers. But the ministry suddenly woke up and decided that helicopter airlift be banned due to security reasons-the same reason critics objected to the closure in the first place. With promises of patrol vans monitoring the roads, passengers still feel unsafe using…

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Biafra has no future – France

France , a former friend of Biafra in the 1967 secession bid, has ruled out any support for the secession of any part of the country, particularly Biafra. France’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, told The Guardian, that his country would not in anyway work with any group agitating for the dismemberment of the nation. He said France was working with Nigeria and supporting it as a country. Speaking against the backdrop of France’s previous support for Biafra during Nigeria’s civil war, Gauer pointed out that Nigeria has evolved since…

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NCAA: Professional considerations jettisoned in Appointment of New Directors,Says Aviation Unions

The recent appointments of Directors in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is already causing turbulence in the industry as Unions take up arms against what one staff called pecuniary considerations for technical and sensitive positions. A cross section of staff talked to by this magazine felt that imposition of some Directors on the Agency was tantamount to the killing of aviation in the industry. “Every decision taken by the ministry under this government appears directed to kill the industry. Look at Arik. Every body knows that any airline taken over…

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Kaduna Airport: Fears of missing deadline as Foreign Airlines desert Kaduna

Despite heavy security promised by the security agencies, foreign airlines are still reluctant to carry their passengers to Kaduna en route Abuja.Only Ethiopian Airline has agreed to fly in to kaduna even after the invitations by the government for inspection of the facilities. Lufthansa, for example, has been equivocal in their position on the issue, and British Airways have categorically decided it is not worth the risk. The flight diversion is effective march 8 to April 9. The Police has declared their preparedness for the month long diversion, while the…

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Rumbles in the Presidency over Osinbajo’s Performance

The five odd weeks (and counting) of Medical vacation by President Muhammadu Buhari is churning up anxieties in political quarters as political configurations are being broken and series of political alignments and realignments intensify towards the 2019 elections. This is particularly evident in the activities of the power brokers in the Aso Rock, who, this Magazine was informed, are miffed that the country seem to have woken up under the Acting Presidency of Yomi Osinbajo. For One, more strains are being put on Aso Rock staff who are now compelled…

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Huricane Sirika makes landfall at NCAA, stirs up dusts in FAAN

The crisis rocking Aviation industry took a new turn when the Federal Ministry of Aviation swept off eight directors of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority , NCAA, directing them to hand over to their deputies while awaiting substantive replacements. Before the dust could settle, the Ministry retracted the sack letter of two of the directors in what an insider described as a product of high powered lobbying. Sources within the ministry however are towing the official line of errors in the distribution and signing of the letters. Two of the…

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Group Calls for the Resignation of President Buhari

By Akinwale Kasali This is not the best time for President Muhammadu Buhari. The Daura born President is under heavy criticism for his poor state of health, which has affected him in discharging his duty as the number one citizen of the country. This has prompted some Nigerians to call for his immediate resignation. A Non-Governmental Organisation called the Youth Rebirth Advocacy, under the auspices of Youth Initiative for Transparency said that an already prepared script is been played out by the President and his kitchen cabinet, which Nigerians won’t…

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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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Long Walk Ahead

The Super Eagles of Nigeria kick start its 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign with a win, but pundits predict a long walk ahead By Akinwale Kasali The last time the Super Eagles of Nigeria recorded an away victory in a competitive match was against the Red Devils of Congo in Brazzaville over 20 months ago. This was during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, which Nigeria failed to qualify despite humbling the Congolese 2-0 at their backyard. The ‘Battle Royale’ of Ndola, was one of the star matches of…

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Rumbling Authority

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is thrown into turmoil with a revaluation of work status and mass purge By Uche Mbah There was palpable fear during week at the Corporate Headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN at Murtala Muhammed Airport Ikeja. Members of staff were seen with long faces while some discussed in groups. Reason: At that time, a meeting was going on that seek to sack, demote and redeploy some staff. This was sequel to the recommendations by a Presidential Committee on the restructuring of…

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Re: Nigerian Economy Since 1999: Myths, Lies and Data

Letter By Uzoma Ngozi When will Nigeria come out recession? Who will deliver Nigeria? But for Nigeria to come out of this economic state, our leaders must speak and act in truth. Opeyemi Agbaje wrote an article titled, “Nigerian Economy Since 1999: Myths, Lies and Data” in August giving a rundown of economic management in the country in past administrations. Against several mis-information in the public, the past administration is not to blame for the economic woes of the country. With Dr Okonjo-Iweala at the economic seat of the country,…

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