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Key Takeaways From President Buhari’s Engagements in Turkey, By Garba Shehu


PRESIDENT Recep Tayyeb Erdogan hosted Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria for a fairly long one-on-one meeting in Ankara, the Turkish capital on Thursday before the bilateral meeting that involved their ministers and members of their delegations. This was President BUhari’s first visit to Turkey since his election in 2015, but the second meeting with President Erdogan who as Prime ...

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Abati didn’t write that… By Reuben Abati

Dr Reuben Abati

I had dedicated Saturday, October 21, to two important events: attending to family duties and participating in a farewell funeral party in Abeokuta in honour of a doughty elderly woman whose paths and mine crossed for many seasons. She was the mother of a childhood friend, who became the mother of many others because she was a dependable ally in ...

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In search of the ‘detribalized’ Nigerian, by Jideofor Adibe

Nigeria Map

Nigerians love buzzwords – slogans that are repeated frequently enough, (and imbued with assumed values), that they begin to sound like established facts or self-evident truths. One of the favourite mantras in Nigeria today is the notion of the ‘detribalized’ Nigerian. Depending on the context and the speaker, this could often mean anything – that the person being referred to ...

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Unresolved Atrocities of Python Dance, by Emmanuel Onwubiko


Just before the National Assembly resumed from the last vacation, which coincided with the launch of the highly controversial military operation in the entire South East of Nigeria, there were video evidence of massive human rights violations by the Army in the South East. These human rights violations ranged from gruesome physical torture of suspected members of the unarmed indigenous ...

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House of Reps, INTELS and National Interest By Abang Asuquo

House of Reps

I watched with bemusement on Wednesday night as members of the House of Representatives, once again, put themselves on the line for the assessment of Nigerians. It is no secret that possibly since 1999 when the country retuned to civil rule, no set of legislators has courted public opprobrium like Class 2015. And the question has mostly been about whether ...

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Endless Probe On NNPC, By Eric Teniola

Eric Teniola

My guess is like yours when I read a recent report that the Senate is to probe the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the NNPC.I can’t tell the outcome of the Senate probe this time but like many probes conducted by the National Assembly I don’t have much anxiety at all. Thirty-Seven years ago I was anxious about such a probe. ...

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Biafra: Igbo Governors Must Also Go, By SKC Ogbonnia


Nnamdi Kanu of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been declared wanted for not showing up in court. That is normal. But if the truth is told, the main culprit for the Biafran crisis are the politicians—not Kanu. The authorities should be knocking at the doors of the seven Nigerian governors of Igbo extraction, namely: Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (Rivers); Ifeanyi ...

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When generosity becomes a liability for Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar

By Bello Bala Shagari   There are some certain people in life who are inherently generous and charitable. Nothing pleases them than the act of “giving”. They are natural born givers! A famous artist once said, “Because you love something, you want to do it all the time, even if no one is paying you for it. At least that’s ...

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Okorocha and Jacob Zuma’s statue, by Reuben Abati

Dr Reuben Abati

What is it about South African President Jacob Zuma and statues? Two statues in one month-  generating controversy from the streets of Pretoria to the streets of Owerri in Nigeria. In the first week of October, a 30-feet monument was unveiled in honour of President Zuma in the North West region of his country. South Africans had opposed the idea ...

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Pre-Election Observation and Impact on Credible Polls, by Moshood Isah

Ballot Box

While there has been appreciable improvement in Nigeria’s electoral process in recent years, every election no matter how small usually serve as a litmus test towards what can be described as ‘almighty’ 2019 general elections. As the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), political parties and other election stakeholders continue to prepare for the November 18 Gubernatorial Elections in Anambra state, it ...

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