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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

Fani-Kayode and the treatise on independence, By Godwin Onyeacholem

Before embarking on a disinterested scrutiny of Femi Fani-Kayode’s published essay on the Nigerian condition at the 52nd independence anniversary which he foregrounded with a denunciation of his former British classmate Lord Aspley’s characterisation of Nigeria as a faecal space with the repulsive smell of horror, it is important to…

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Eagles step up preparation for Liberia.

The Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has upped his team’s training schedule from once a day to twice, starting from Tuesday as the duel with the Lone Stars of Liberia draws nearer. Keshi said on Tuesday that he has been very impressed with the response of his players in training…

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148 killed by floods in 21 states- Red Cross

At least 148 persons have died as a result of the flooding in 21 states of the federation, the Head, Disaster Management of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Umar Mairiga, said on Tuesday. Speaking at a news briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr. Mairiga said that about 64 thousand others…

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N43m scam: EFCC closes case against ex-minister, Hassan Lawal

A former Minister of Works and Housing, Hassan Lawal, used a former bank staff to launder N43.4 million naira, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alleged in its submission to a Federal High Court, Abuja. The EFCC on Monday closed its submission, in court, on money laundering charges it…

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Flood: Bishop decries congestion in Edo relief camps

The relief camps in Etsako Central and Etsako East Local Government Areas of Edo are congested; causing people, displaced from floods, to live under dire conditions. While lamenting the situation, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Gabriel Dunia, who went round the camps on Monday to distribute relief…

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Hajj 2012: Saudi Arabia repatriates another 50 Nigerian women

Efforts by the Federal Government to intervene in the crisis rocking Nigerian Hajj pilgrims seem to be failing as Saudi Authorities have deported at least 50 Nigerian women in the last three days. A statement issued in Abuja on Monday, and signed by Uba Mana, the commission's Head of media,…

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2015: Kalu takes campaign to Igbo land

The controversial former Governor of Abia, Orji Kalu, on Monday, clamoured for the Igbo’s to unite before the 2015 presidential election. Mr. Kalu, who has been consulting with leaders across Nigeria, including the Oni of Ife, Okunade Sjuade, for his presidential ambition, held consultations with prominent Igbo leaders in Anambra.…

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Henry Okar’s trial begins in South Africa

South African authorities, Monday, opened the trial of Henry Okar, former controversial leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, two years after he was arrested for allegedly masterminding the Independence Day bombing that killed more than a dozen people in Abuja. Mr. Okah denied the 13…

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President Jonathan’s broadcast on Nigeria’s 52nd independence anniversary

AN ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN, GCFR, ON THE OCCASION OF THE INDEPENDENCE DAY ANNIVERSARY ON MONDAY, 1STOCTOBER, 2012 Beloved countrymen and women, on this day, fifty-two years ago, our founding fathers brought joy and hope to the hearts of our people when they won independence for our great country. Nigeria…

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How Not to Build a Nation: Reflections on Nigeria @ 52 (Part 1) By Chido Onumah

“Except in the eyes of the extremely naive and incurable swindlers in the corridors of power, this country has already collapsed; only that the horror of its probable disintegration would be difficult to face.” This fascinating quote by journalist and activist, Godwin Onyeacholem, truly captures the Nigerian reality today. It’s…

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Police intercept Christian trying to board hajj flight in Sokoto

A 29-year old Plateau state's born teacher, Lohnan Joseph, has been intercepted while trying to board a Saudi-bound flight at Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto, on Sunday. Mr. Joseph, a christian and a former  teacher at Global Kids Academy, Sokoto, was said to have  joined the screening line of Zamfara…

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Gunmen kill police officers in Minna

The Police Command in Niger State has confirmed the killing of two policemen by gunmen. Pius Edobor, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on phone on Sunday that the two personnel were shot at their duty post between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Kpakungu…

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Army destroys 27 houses, kills 2 Boko Haram insurgents in Zaria operation

Two suspected members of the extremist Boko Haram sect and 10 others were killed on Sunday in Zaria, Kaduna State, during an early morning military operation in a suspected hideout, an army statement said. The agency also destroyed about 27 houses after shooting at a suspected mini bomb factory. A statement…

Femi Fani-Kayode

Is Nigeria a toilet of a country? By Femi Fani-Kayode

''Nigeria is just a toilet of a country where evil reigns''- Lord Apsley. Lord Apsley and I were colleagues at Harrow School in England approximately 36 years ago. I have never forgotten his uncharitable remarks about Nigeria, which led to a heated argument between us. At that time I found it ironic, and I still…

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Deportation of Nigerian Pilgrims: The world is teaching us a lesson, Aliyu U. Tilde

Other nations will continue to teach Nigeria basic lessons in civilization and governance so long as its leaders fail to live up to their responsibilities by ensuring that rule of law in entrenched in our society. Three things have happened of recent in this regard. After the corrupt Nigerian judicial…

From Left: Gov Babatunde Fashola of Lagos; Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun; ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo; Former Head of State, Ernerst Shonekan, and Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa'ad... at the burial Saturday...Photo:NAN

Sultan, Obasanjo pay tribute at Lateef Adegbite’s burial

The late former Secretary-General, Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Lateef Adegbite, was on Saturday buried in his compound at Onikolobo area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital. Mr. Adegbite’s burial at 4 p.m. was witnessed by thousands of people, some of who arrived at the deceased residence as early…

Governor Babatunde Fashola, Sultan Abubakar Sa'ad and other dignitaries... at the burial on Saturday...PHOTO: NAN

Jonathan, Muslim groups, others mourn Adegbite

Tributes have continued to pour on the late Secretary General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Abdul-Lateef Adegbite, who died Friday in Lagos at the age of 79. President Goodluck Jonathan described the late Mr. Adegbite as a bridge-builder who reached across ethnic and religious divides to promote…

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UNIBEN blames flooding on FG, Edo State’s nonchalance

The University of Benin has faulted the claims by the Federal Government that the government had done all it could to prevent and address the flood ravaging some parts of the country, as the University claims that the government could have helped it prevent its present suffering. Some buildings at…

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Kaduna Governor says Kaduna is too dirty

Over two years after emerging governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa went round the state capital and concluded that the state capital was too dirty. Mr. Yakowa, who went round Kaduna city on Saturday to assess the conduct of the state’s monthly sanitation exercise, stated that the city has remained dirty…

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Impeachment: Taraba Deputy Governor challenges Panel’s competence

The Deputy Governor of Taraba State, Sani Abubakar, on Saturday challenged the competence of the panel investigating allegations of gross misconduct against him. The Judicial Panel of Inquiry was set up by the state Acting Chief Judge, Josephine Tuktur, to investigate the allegations by the state House of Assembly, which is seeking…

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Nigeria protests denial of consular access to detained female pilgrims by Saudi Arabia

Foreign Affairs Minister, Olugbenga Ashiru, on Friday in New York, protested against the denial of consular access to detained Nigerian female pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Saudi authorities had detained about 1000 female pilgrims from Nigeria since Tuesday on the pretext that they…

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EFCC arrests 24-year-old smuggling N1.1billion cash out of Nigeria

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it on Thursday arrested a bulk currency smuggler, one Abubakar Tijani Sheriff for attempting to smuggle $7million (about N1.101billion) out of the country. According to a statement by the agency's spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the 24-year-old was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in…

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Artistes deny receiving Jonathan’s N32 billion “entertainment” loan

Nigerian artistes have denied benefiting from a N32 billion federal facility approved by President Goodluck Jonathan to boost the entertainment sector, disputing official claim that part of the funds had been disbursed. The Nigerian Export-Import bank, NEXIM, had claimed paying artistes N700 million of the money last week, in reaction…

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South African miners defy threat of sack in fresh round of strike

South African miners on an illegal strike against the world's top platinum producer defied management threats of dismissal on Friday, throwing down the gauntlet as another wildcat stoppage hit the country's restive mining sector. Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the top producer of the white metal and a unit of global…

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Electoral Reform (2): To be or not to be, By Nasir El-Rufai

Our first installment on electoral reforms ran through the history of elections in Nigeria, the definition of free and fair elections and the inherent flaws in the process. It was in the light of these flaws that the Late President Umaru Yaradua initiated the reform of the electoral system with…