Ezekwesili to Buhari’s ‘rescue’

While Adesina did what was expected of him (to defend his principal), former Minister of Education and leader of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign, Dr. Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, who cautioned against misconstruing the statement of the World Bank chief, however blasted Buhari’s media handlers for worsening what she termed “a fractious debate.” In a Twitter thread, Ezekwesili, who was vice-president of the World Bank at the time Buhari made the request, explained what really happened. She wrote: She said: “I want everyone to know that the statement made by…

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HURIWA: Instruction, an impeachable offence

Also reacting, a pro-democracy and non-governmental organisation – Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), described the President’s directive as an impeachable offence. The rights body said the disclosure by the World Bank president has confirmed the long held perception that Buhari is a Northern irredentist, who has scarce regards for the constitutional principles of equity, equality and social justice to all Nigerians and that he has no care about respecting the constitutional principles of Federal Character in the appointments and execution of government policies. The group said it is…

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The N’East burden

Nigeria is saddled with the burden of rebuilding the North- East geo-political zone that has been ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency. However, the task is at a time when the country is facing a serious financial crunch due to falling prices of oil. The chairman of the Presidential Committee on North East Initiatives (PCNI), Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma, recently gave an estimate for rebuilding Boko Haram devastated North-East at above N2 trillion. The former minister of Defence also noted rebuilding of the zone would demand maximum cooperation and resources,…

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PDP treading old path of crisis?

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have suspended two of its prominent members in Anambra State after the primary and issued queries to some others, for misconduct. But the fear now is not about restoring party discipline but about the party’s ability to manage crises that emanate there from, writes ONYEKACHI EZE   In the four weeks in the month of August, the hammer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fell on two erring members of the party, while some others were referred to the National Disciplinary Committee for investigation.…

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Keshi: Why Dangote, Elumelu are exploring African market

Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and one rime Nigeria’s Consul-General in the United States, Ambassador Joe Keshi in this interview with BIYI ADEGOROYE, ascribes Nigeria’s business moguls’ successes on the African continent to the nation’s Afro-centric foreign policy since independence   On October 9, 1960, on the floor of the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa said the focus of Nigeria’s foreign policy would be Afro-centric. Fifty seven years after, to what extent has this implemented and at what cost? The answer is in…

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Sin City turns death city

Last week, we got a reminder that terrorism is not a problem domiciled in the Middle-Eat and carried out by offspring’s of that geographical area. We all saw that terrorism does not always wear a turban or a burkkah, but can indeed be clothed in any form of human attire. Last week, we also got a reminder that terrorism is not a poor man’s venture, but even millionaires with cash to spare and burn can be filled with hatred to the point of killing their fellow man on a large…

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APC’s wobbling leadership

In this analysis, JOHNCHUKS ONUANYIM, examines the current ineffective leadership in the All Progressives Congress and its clear disregard for its own constitution   It is obvious that all is not well with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and by extension the government of the day in the last one year. The party that came to power on seemingly popular mandate has lost touch with the people. It has not been able to assert itself as a ruling party and, therefore, has attracted negative comments to itself. These insults…

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Restructuring not a North and South issue -Ajulo

Following the recent proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s declaration as a terrorist organization, a public interest lawyer, unionist and rights activist Dr. Olukayode Ajulo , blames IPOB for its misfortune in this interview with ONWUKA NZESHI   What is your assessment of the crisis in the South-East zone and the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra? The recent developments in the South-East are very unfortunate. They are unfortunate in the sense that some people just decided to flout the laws of the land. In…

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My resolve to bless others drove me into politics –Gov. Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State recently clocked 55 years, and in this interview with LANRE ODUKOYA, he reminisced his waltz from poverty to riches, his political odyssey and adventure into philanthropy, among sundry issues. Excerpts…   What are your life’s reflections at 55? My 55 years in this world bring a lot of memories of the past. Looking back, I can only say, to God be the glory, because in 55 years, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly sides of life. The bad is: I…

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Include churches, mosques in NGO Bill –Aduwo

Mr. Olufemi Aduwo, the Executive Director of Rights Monitoring Group (RMG) and Country Director, Centre on Convention for Democratic Integrity (CCDI) speaks with WALE ELEGBEDE on sundry issues. Excerpts…     How do you see the delayed action on the presidential committee report on the suspended Secretary to the Governor of the Federation? It beats the imagination of many of us that President Muhammadu Buhari will put in place a committee to investigate government officials for alleged abuse of office. This is surprising because we have security agencies; the Police,…

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