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Ayobami Oyalowo writes about the death of Governor Yakowa and co. in a plane crash warning the Nigerian elite, "if the roads aren’t safe for us, even the air will be contaminated for you"

DANA License Suspension: The good, the bad and the ugly, By Ayobami Oyalowo

On June 3rd 2012 at about 4 p.m., I got a BB message, that a plane came down in a residential area somewhere within a Lagos suburb, I initially dismissed it as another of the usual silly BB messages, especially as our dear NTA was busy showing us the wonders of cassava…

Reuben Abati, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck Jonathan

The Gains Of Jonathan’s Diplomacy, By Reuben Abati

The gains of President Jonathan’s diplomacy are often overshadowed by misrepresentations of the size of his delegation, ignorance about the value of his foreign travels, and the positives of his constant engagement with the international community. I have had cause on more than one occasion to expose the lie about…

Adeolu Ademoyo

Dame Jonathan, Diezani Madueke, Dignity and Africa As a Pathology, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Perhaps because of my family’s Diaspora location, the issue of how we Africans represent ourselves at home and in the Diaspora is very important to us as a family - children, mom and myself.  Sadly, some Africans - both at home and abroad  tend to see things differently. To this…

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Anglican Bishop tackles Governor Akpabio on massive poverty in Akwa Ibom

The Anglican Bishop of Uyo Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Isaac Orama, has advised Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom to fight the widespread unemployment and poverty in the state. Mr. Orama gave the advice on Saturday in Uyo, while delivering the Bishop’s Charge 2012 at the first session of the sixth Synod of…

First Lady, Patience Jonathan

Patience Jonathan, Okonjo-Iweala receive honorary doctorate in Delta

Patience Jonathan, Nigerian First Lady, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, were on Saturday awarded honorary doctorate degrees of the Delta State University, Abraka. Receiving her degree, Mrs. Jonathan, who was represented by Zainab Maina, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, thanked the Delta Government and the university authorities for…

Tunji Ariyomo

Between Cashless and Senseless Economy: Sustainable development challenged, By ‘Tunji Ariyomo

Nigeria’s penchant for doing what is not necessary with possessive passion while leaving what ought to be done with carefree abandon is legendary. As a result, capacity for sustainable development is whittled away which in turn undermines growth. Individuals can be excused for fitting into the damning description in Eric…

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Police arrest 200 suspected thugs in Zamfara

The Police Command in Zamfara said on Friday that  it had arrested  200 suspected  thugs, known as  “sara suka”. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Usman Hassan, told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), that the thugs  were arrested in Gusau and its environs. He said the police acted on information  it received from the public to…

Justice Ayo Salami

Suspension: Appeal Court dismisses Justice Salami’s application

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the application of its former president, Justice Ayo Salami, to compel the Federal High Court to hear the suit against his suspension. Delivering the ruling on Friday in Abuja, Justice Husseini Muktar held that the application was incompetent. He said the Federal High Court…

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Asiwaju Goes to Charlotte, By Pius Adesanmi

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was at the just-concluded convention of the Democratic Party held in Charlotte. Glossy pictures are already circulating in social media. There is one of him clapping excitedly in the audience. There is another of him in an outside pose with one of his men Friday, Governor Kayode…

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Telecoms and Boko Haram, By Dr. Aliyu U. Tilde

The much expected claim of responsibility for the attacks on offices and installations of telecommunication companies (telecoms) in Nigeria byJama’at Ahlus Sunnah lid Da’awati wal Jihad – or Boko Haram as they are popularly called – finally came yesterday. With it, it is certain that the two elephants are locked in…

Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

El-Rufai on Friday….Introducing Young Voices, By Nasir El-Rufai

Every other week, this column will introduce a young Nigerian and give him or her the opportunity to express views on governance and public policy issues that matter to their generation which, by the way constitutes more than 70% of our population. It is my singular honour to present ‘Yemi…

Onyeacholem tackles Fani-Kayode on his recent piece on Nigeria's troubles, saying he was part of those who dragged Nigeria into its current mess

14 years of PDP; 13 years of national calamity, By Godwin Onyeacholem

In its habitual unscrupulous fashion, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s crooked ruling party that likes to fraudulently describe itself as Africa’s largest party with all the deceitful boldness it could muster, recently remembered 14 years of its pathetic existence, thirteen of which it has spent superintending a fantasy wrongly…

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

IGP Abubakar as reason to believe , By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

President Jonathan has publicly declared that he is the most criticized president in the world. Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati followed up with the well-circulated attack on the critics of his principal, especially the ones using the social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The truth though is that it’s not…

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader

Boko Haram kills 4, including two students in Adamawa

The Adamawa Police Command has confirmed the death of four people, including two students, from gunshots in Mubi town. Confirming the development to the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN), the command's Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Ibrahim, said the incident took place on Wednesday night during attacks on telecommunication masts in the…

SEC DG, Arunma Oteh

What Oteh owes the Nigerian investor, By Onidare Somefun

From an all-time high market capitalisation of N13.5 trillion in March 2008, the Nigerian capital market crashed to N4 trillion by January 2009. The All-Share Index also nose-dived from a historic 66000 basic points to less than 22000 within this same period. The summary of this grim statistics is that…

Rochas Okorocha, Imo State governor

Okorocha accuses Ohakim of stealing billions, plans probe

The Rochas Okorocha-led Imo state government announced on Thursday it was finalizing plans to probe ousted governor, Ikedi Ohakim, accused by the government of stealing billions of naira. The incumbent governor, and his predecessor, Mr. Ohakim, have been embroiled in prolonged political wrangling after Mr. Ohakim lost a reelection in…

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Notorious Ugandan LRA commander, Dominic Ongwen, escapes capture

Dominic Ogwen, one of the most wanted members of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) survived capture in Central African Republic (CAR), the Ugandan military said on Thursday. Mr. Ongwen is second in command to the notorious LRA leader, Joseph Kony, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court(ICC) for…

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Zamfara residents live in fear of flood

  The residents say they contribute to the flooding of their community Residents of Gangaren, Tsohuwar, and Kwata in Gusau area of Zamfara have expressed fears that the ongoing  indiscriminate dumping of refuse exposes them to flooding. In separate interviews on Wednesday, the residents said that un-hygienic behaviour is responsible for the…

Attahiru Jega

INEC absolves self from electoral malpractices

The electoral body says the society is to blame for recurrent cases of electoral malpratice   The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is not to blame for electoral malpractices in Nigeria. The commission’s administrative secretary in Rivers, Edem Effanga, said this in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, when she…

CPC in alliance talks with ACN, ANPP, LP ahead of 2015 general elections — Galadima

The opposition party says it needs the alliance to be able to defeat the PDP The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) said in Abuja on Wednesday that it is working on multiple alliances ahead of 2015 general elections. The CPC National Secretary, Buba Galadima, said the alliances would lead to a change…

Fuel scarcity spreads nationwide

Fuel scarcity spreads nationwide, as long queues resurface

Motorists and commuters alike are presently groaning under the harsh condition occasioned by the artificial scarcity of fuel spreading across the states. Investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondents showed long queues in most fuel stations while some other shut their outlets against motorists. The petrol scarcity, especially in most state…

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My wife is diabolical, man tells court

Ambali Jimoh of Yidi Road, Ilorin, on Tuesday, approached an Ilorin Area Court for divorce on the ground that his wife, Wosilat Ambali, was allegedly "diabolical". The 42-year-old husband said that his wife was fond of visiting herbalists seeking for spiritual powers. “My wife believes so much in fetishism and found…

Governor Seriake Dickson

Kidnapped Bayelsa traditional ruler released

The kidnapped Paramount ruler of Okordia clan in Yenagoa Local Government Area off Bayelsa,  Richard Seiba, was set free by his captors on Tuesday  after nine days in captivity. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that Mr. Seiba, who  was kidnapped on Saturday from his palace, was found on…

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Enugu Varsity VC kidnapped in commando style

The gunmen wounded three police escorts before abducting the university boss. (more…)

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Niger to name strong squad against Super Eagles

 By Tunde Eludini The Nigeriens are taking the friendly game against Nigeria very seriously   The Federation Niger Du Football, FENIFOOT, will feature at least 8 professional players in Wednesday’s friendly match against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, its official has said. The Nigeriens, to indicate how seriously they are…