One year of “OtoGe” in Kwara

By Raheem Adedoyin Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is easy going but he is a complicated leader. He is unfazed by hate-driven criticism; he is unmoved by  sychophancy. When you praise him, the best thing you get is a smile. The Kwara Governor is one year old in office. And the jury is out! To the common people who matter most in his political orbit, *Ramonu* ( as they call him) is on target. To the political …

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Revealed! Why US Wants AfDB President, Adesina Out – Akinterinwa, ex- NIIA DG

•‘The genesis of travails’ By Yinka Ajayi A new perspective into the travails of the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, was offered, yesterday, by a former Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Professor Bola Akinterinwa, who described Adesina as a victim of colonial repression. In a nutshell, Akinterinwa said the US wants Adesina out of AfDB because they believe he is not protecting their interest. Adesina, a …

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Is Sex Still a Big Deal Amongst Teenagers? Come Along

No musical video is complete without a skimpily dressed girls flaunting, to the delight of men, their feminine attributes. Sex is the world’s number one product, making it is the biggest and most profitable business. Everywhere one turns, it stares unblinking. Adverts are daily tailored in the way that messages are laced with sexual innuendoes to attract attention and patronage of the advertiser’s products. Films, clothes, music and books – all celebrate the mystery and …

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COVID-19: Gombe Govt Taking Steps to Reduce Population of Prison Inmates

By Zubair M. Umar, Esq. As part of the efforts to control the COVID 19 pandemic, the Gombe State Government intends to consciously reduce the population of prison inmates since physical distancing and self-isolation in such conditions are practically impossible. From available records, the inmates’ populations at the various custodial centres across the State presently are housing inmates beyond their capacities and that the overcrowded facilities pose a potent threat to the health of the …

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Keynes, Neoliberalism and Coronavirus

Segun Ayobolu As the global economy shrunk into the throes of a catastrophic recession over a decade ago, there was a resurgence of interest in the hitherto seemingly abandoned ideas of such unconventional economists as John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), whose policy suggestions had played a crucial role in enabling the advanced economic countries successfully emerge from the great economic depression of the 1930s. The illustrated cartoon sketch book, ‘Keynes: A Graphic Guide’ by Peter Pugh …

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Mohammed Babangida’s Large Donation

Mohammed Babangida took after his famed father, Retired General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, ex-Nigeria’s military president, in so many ways. In looks, Mohammed Babangida is his father’s split image. But beyond this striking physical feature, he also shares similar idiosyncrasies with the retired General. How? Like his father, he seemed to have entered a covenant of sorts with his creator to dedicate the rest of his life to the service of humanity. Seeming to have been …

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Lockdown: A Radical View

By Azu Ishiekwene The government did not extend the lockdown by two weeks to punish us. But the unintended consequence of the extension for a poor country such as ours will be just that: hardship beyond description, misery by default. Yet, that might not even be the worst thing. It appears that on top of the hardship, a good number of people would also have to endure the indescribable feeling that they’re being ripped off …

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June 2020: Hope Dims for Polio Eradication over Coronavirus

By Chukwuma Muanya Nigeria’s hope of being fully certified free of the crippling Wild Polio Virus (WPV) by June 2020 might have gone with the winds as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced the World Health Organisation (WHO) to suspend vaccination campaigns. Nigeria’s quest to be certified polio-free by the WHO was shifted from December 2019 to June 2020. The country was supposed be certified polio free after not reporting any case of wild …

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Evaluating Impact of COVID-19 on Aviation Sector

News analysis by Gabriel Agbeja, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) The International Air Transport Association (IATA), said disruption of air travels due to the continued spread of coronavirus would cost Nigeria 434 million US dollars revenue loss and 22,200 jobs. IATA, an umbrella body for 290 airlines globally, added that Nigeria would also lose approximately 2.2 million passengers, and that the spread of the virus, that was first reported in Wuhan, China, at the beginning …

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Why OAU Must Release Sex For Mark Victim’s Certificate

By David Adenuga Human right activist and Founding Director of the The Women Advocates Research and Documentation System, WARDC, Dr. Abiola Akiyode Afolabi has said the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife need to release Monica Osagie’s certificate, a victim of sexual harassment at the institution, for justice to prevail. Recall Osagie, a former post graduate student’s certificate was withheld after exposing a randy lecturer at the institution, Prof. Richard Iyiola Akindele, …

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Sanusi II…X-raying a Controversial Era

The reign of ex-Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Muhammadu Sanusi II as the emir of the Kano emirate ended on Monday. DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR RAYMOND MORDI examines his reign, which was filled with drama. Though Muhammad Sanusi II has been deposed as the 14th Emir of Kano and banished from the ancient city, he would be well remembered for his many controversies, particularly for using his position as emir to speak out on issues peculiar to northern …

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What’s Next For Dakuku Peterside?

By Olushola Victor People in power are often not certain of tomorrow. While it has become a common practice for Supreme Court to sack politicians from their positions, President Muhammadu Buhari has also been making changes in political offices. Dr. Dakuku Peterside, an ally of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, is reportedly the latest personality to leave his seat. During the week, news emerged that Buhari has appointed another person as the Director-General of …

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Aso Rock And The Battle To Contain Coronavirus

By Chris Last weekend, the dreaded coronavirus finally made its way into Nigeria through an Italian citizen. Immediately it was confirmed, the federal government and Lagos State government swung into action. The Italian was immediately quarantined and efforts were made to contact the other passengers that flew with him. So far, little success has been achieved in tracking the other passengers but the government is not resting on its oars as the minister of Health, …

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Nigeria in Handcuffs: The DISCOs and the Spirit of NEPA

By Dr. Ugboji Egbujo It’s 2020 but the ghost of NEPA lives on. Sometimes light sneaks in after two days and leaves before the DSTV decoder has finished booting up. I had been in a small meeting with the vice president in January 2015. At that meeting, he said many wonderful things his government would do to give the people 24 hour power. It’s been five years since, I haven’t seen any of the things …

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How Governor Inuwa Yahaya Is Addressing Basic Education Challenges In Gombe

By Ismaila Uba Misilli When Governor Muhammadu InuwaYahaya assumed the mantle of leadership in Gombe State, he knew there would be challenges but the nature and degree of crises in all sectors of governance were however hidden with the cosmetics of politics and propaganda by the immediate past administration. It is no longer hidden secret that Gombe State had one of the highest rates of educational exclusion in Nigeria despite being a state with great …

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Buhari, Service Chiefs and the Law: Reading the Commander-in-Chief’s Mind

…President Should Not Be Pushed – Buratai By Kingsley Omonobi Since the return of Nigeria to democratic rule in 1999, after decades of military regime, never in the history of the armed forces has the nation witnessed the type of animated controversy generated by the call to sack or retain Service Chiefs. Firstly, the argument was that the appointment of the Service Chiefs, made up of the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel …

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