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    Henry Ugboma: Wike Is Paranoid About Amaechi

    Henry Ugboma, chief medical director, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), has alleged that Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, at the outset of his administration set up a committee to discredit Rotimi Ameachi, his predecessor. Wike had served as chief of staff when Amaechi was governor of the state. Both men fell apart ahead of the 2015 election — with Ameachi defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Since then, Wike and Amaechi, the minister of transportation, have been at loggerheads. Speaking during a televised programme on Monday, the former member of the transition committee set up by Wike, alleged that the aim of the panel was to tarnish the image of Ameachi to prevent him from being appointed by the president. “I can rightly tell you that the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has this paranoid issue against the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi,” he said. “I noticed this as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and that was one of the reasons I left the party. “I was a member of the transition committee set up by Wike immediately after the election to marshall out and put together things that will destroy the …

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    The PTF, PSC And Matters Arising

    Following the successful transition of the presidential task force on COVID-19 to a presidential steering committee on Covid-19, I have come across several

  • Why I Initiated The #HarassBuhariOutOfLondon Protest – Reno Omokri

    I flew into London on April 2, 2021 to lead the #HarassBuhariOutOfLondon protest, and I went there straight from the airport. I did not eat, sleep, shower or rest. The President’s people called the City of London Police on me, and I was questioned. At the end of the questioning, which was streamed live to my followers, they announced with their mouths that I had committed no crime and that my protest was peaceful, orderly and within my rights. In fact, after General Buhari’s people called the police on me that afternoon, I calmly asked the officer questioning me this question: ‘’Officer, has Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, ever come to Nigeria to access healthcare? So, why should you be called on me when I am asking my President to return to Nigeria to use our hospitals? The police officer was touched. He told me I was within my rights and flashed the thumbs up sign, and allowed the #HarassBuhariOutOfLondon to continue. Buhari’s people failed big time! So, why did I decide to initiate this protest at great personal expense and risk? It is because I believe that General Buhari is not running a government. He is running a criminal …

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    Flying On The Wings Of Gas By Femi Adesina

    By the time we remove hatred, malice, indecent politics, and all the ills that plague our country and its leaderships across different governments, President Muhammadu Buhari would go down in history as the one that pioneered different kinds of revolution in our national life: agriculture, infrastructure (roads, rail, bridges, airports etc), and the latest; gas. In fact, Nigeria is set to fly on the wings of gas, courtesy President Buhari. But let me give due credit for the headline of this piece, which is the brainchild of Mr Tony Attah, Managing Director of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG). At the conference on the Decade of Gas, flagged off by the President on Monday, Attah declared: “Gas is now everything for Nigeria. We must use what we have to get what we want. Saudi Arabia and Dubai used oil to move their economies to becoming one of the best in the world. Qatar has used gas to transform from a fishing economy to global gas giant. Nigeria has both oil and gas. “However, Nigeria has thus far ridden on the back of oil for over 50 years, but the time has come for Nigeria to FLY on the wings of gas.” …

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    Pastor Oyakhilome Has Come Again By Olukorede Yishau

    The founder of one of Nigeria’s most popular Pentecostal churches, Believers Love World, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, is a man that should be avoided when COVID-19 is being discussed. Long before now, the founder of the church better known as Chris Embassy shot himself in the leg by doubting the existence of the Coronavirus. Since then, he has been labouring to justify his faulty position. Some days back, a video of the pastor started making the rounds. In it, Pastor Oyakhilome faulted his colleagues who are promoting vaccination as a way of putting the virus at bay. The man of God screamed: “What happened to you? Where is the word of God in your mouth? Do you realise if you believe in the word of God the way you believe in this vaccine, there will be power in your mouth? “He made us healers. What’s wrong? What happened to you? When did we start making such recommendations to God’s people? For God’s sake, think again! “How can they send to the churches, go tell them to take the vaccines. Listen if I say to someone, you shall live but not die, that’s it to him. Isn’t that the Bible that you …

  • What Tinubu Said About Gov Abiodun's Victory At Tribunal

    Tinubu At 69: 10 Quick Facts Of A ‘Jagaban’ Who Shaped…

    Though some people may not like the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the fact remains that he

  • OPL 245: The Milan Prosecution And Lessons For Nigeria By Reuben Abati

    I have written on this subject before now: the politics and drama of OPL 245 involving ENI, Royal Dutch Shell, Malabu Oil and Gas and the manner in which President Goodluck Jonathan’s officials were dragged into the matter, particularly Emeritus Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke. The big issue is that there were allegations of corruption, money laundering and unsavoury practices in the transactions. On Thursday last week, after more than three years, and 74 hearings, and about 200 witnesses, the Italian court looking into the matter ruled that none of the parties involved in the matter has a case to answer. In other words, the trial court discharged and acquitted, Etete, Adoke, ENI, AGIP, and Shell. What the Italian court has said is that there is, there was not, any fraud over the transfer of the ownership of the OPL 245 and government’s management of the process. OPL 245 was projected by interested parties as one of the biggest symbols of corruption in Nigeria, from Presidents Obasanjo to Yar’Adua, and as a major minus for the Jonathan administration. The Italians in whose courts the natter was first initiated have now just ruled that there is no case …

  • In A Sentimental Mood For Nigeria

    In 1935, Duke Ellington — God rest his soul — gave the world ‘In a Sentimental Mood’, one of the greatest jazz pieces ever. He composed it impromptu at a party for a friend, reportedly to calm the nerves of two feuding ladies. They stood by either side of his piano as he did his thing. The 1962 version which he recorded with John Coltrane is one of the most beautiful and magical jazz compositions I have ever listened to in my young life — and I say that with due respect to Miles Davis, arguably the greatest jazz artist and composer that ever lived. Davis, I have to say, made me love the trumpet when I ordinarily would choose the sound of a sax, even deep in my sleep. Why do I love ‘In a Sentimental Mood’ so much? I wish I could say. I go to sleep many nights listening to the insanely delightful ballad in which Ellington played the piano and the supremely talented Coltrane blew the alto sax. Two geniuses spinning my head with piano and saxophone, and me lying down there under the duvet trying to forget all the struggles and stress in the land …

  • Femi Adesina

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    Those who are younger than 55 or thereabouts may not easily get the joke in the expression, ‘We are all together,’ which I’ve chosen as headline of this piece today. The event happened 45 years ago in the country. A drunken military officer, Lt Col Buka Suka Dimka, led a military coup in which the then head of state, Gen Murtala Ramat Muhammed, was killed. He then proceeded to Radio Nigeria, made a rambling broadcast, which he concluded thus: “Everyone should be calm. Please stay by your radio for further announcements. All borders, air and sea ports are closed until further notice. Curfew is imposed from 6 am to 6 pm. Thank you. We are all together.” Dimka was so uncoordinated, possibly tipsy and inebriated, that he declared a curfew from 6 am to 6 pm, instead of the other way round. So, the whole country was to be shut down from dawn to dusk, instead of from dusk to dawn. Laughable. But the one that became the subject of scorn and derision for many decades after was the concluding phrase: ‘We are all together.” You only needed to use it in any enlightened setting, and guffaws followed. The country …

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    Reading Through Gumi’s Lines By Nnanna Ochereome

    The Bible says that two cannot walk together unless they agree. Nigeria is perhaps, the only country in the world where over 300 tribes of different religious and cultural persuasions are walking together though they clearly do not agree. Every effort being made to foster that agreement and chart a common course forward is thwarted by a single member of the group in the name of nonexistent “oneness”. How many of us who are not from the Muslim North understand what is really going there today? How many of us can fathom why members of a community will rise with arms and abduct students for ransom and destroy schools built to give the children of the poor masses a better life? How many of us understand why people would collaborate with armed foreigners to kill their own kinsfolk and destroy their communities? How many of us even understand the mental attitude that is still driving a tribe in this 21st century to leave their ancestral lands, travel very far away with their livestock, settle in the forests on people’s lands without prior permission, destroy their farms, kill their farmers, rape their women and kidnap innocent travellers for ransom? Can we …

  • Biafra, Oduduwa Republic – ’Liberation Struggle’ As The New Hustle

    In the tome of liberation struggles, a few names resonate infinitely. One name that rings trenchant to this day is Ernesto ‘’Che’’ Guevara. ‘’Che’’ envisioned a world as recreated in the dialectics of Karl Marx – where those in the lowest rung of the social strata can command their destiny. Che fantasised about an ‘’international revolution’’ which would sweep across the world beginning from Latin America. The Argentine revolutionary found an ally in Fidel Castro, the late leader of Cuba. But Castro found in him a useful marionette. Che was disinterested in acquiring political power. It was all about spreading the Marxist ideology for him. However, Castro, his ‘’comrade’’, had other plans. Castro desired political power, and he courted it, gaming his guerrilla leader. Che, dauntless and irrepressible, became a pliable device in the actualisation of Castro’s ambition. But he was later killed in Bolivia in circumstances that taint Castro of culpability. There is always a personal interest – most times not so kosher — in every struggle. There will always be users, and there will always be the used. To be on any of the divides is a personal choice. However, the Cuban struggle must not be blemished or …

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    Emmanuel Onwubiko: Did Buratai Deepen CSR

    Just before this year’s Valentine’s Day celebrations, the first set of service Chiefs appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari few months after he was sworn in on May 29th 2015, voluntarily disengaged. Since their disengagement, a lot of waters have passed through the bridge. Also the Nation’s security climate has further taken a nose-dive thus demonstrating without any doubt that purging the service chiefs out of their commanding positions was never going to be the solution to the widening spectre of violent attacks targeting civilians by terrorists. Aside the fact that terrorists attacks have heightened including the dastardly criminal terror acts of kidnapping school children, there is also a steady rise and a spike in the attacks by all forms of armed non- state actors targeting military officers. There have been reported cases of violent killings of soldiers that have occurred across the geopolitical zones since the voluntary departure of the erstwhile military chiefs including the then Army Chiefs lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai who is known to have strongly acted to forestall such reckless and lawless killings of his operatives. Apart from adopting strict military actions in the event of the killings of soldiers, the former Army Chief of staff …

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    Wars And Rumours Of Wars By Femi Adesina

    It’s often intriguing to hear eminent and well appointed Nigerians talk about disintegration, destabilization and outright war, as if it’s a picnic. War? Not a tea party, and not something you should wish even upon your enemy. Nigeria fought a war before, in which about two million people died. There was sorrow, tears and blood, till good sense prevailed, and we said there was no victor, no vanquished. The scars of that internecine conflict are still very evident in some parts of the land. Why then do some newspaper columnists, public commentators, ethnic warlords, even academics, talk of war as something they long for, an affliction they want to inflict their country with? War? Is it a picnic or tea party? Hear what President Muhammadu Buhari once said to the agents of discord, beating drums of war: “Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad, they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood. “I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to …

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    Fredrick Nwabufo: The Media And Framing: Wakili Is Fulani Warlord But Igboho An Activist

    The media possesses near-celestial powers. It calls into existence what must be and what must not be. It can actuate change and mobilise consciences to a cause. It can destroy, it can build; it can hurt and it can heal. Yes, it can call into existence ‘’the things that do not exist’’, – the power of god. I must say, the power of the media is also its burden. The ‘’omnipotence’’ of this public institution straps on great responsibility. After all, ‘’with great power comes great responsibility’’. The media exists to serve public interest. And there should be no higher interest other than that which promotes peace, justice, unity and security. It is my view that the Nigerian media is a patriotic institution, but I will be papering over a lie if I do not admit that there is a tinge of ethnic prejudice in some media reports. The osmotic ethnic and religious poisons somehow find their way into the newsroom. But this does not obviate the commitment of the media to the country’s unity. That Nigeria still stands as an entity is largely because of the media which rises to the occasion when need be, deploying its omnipotence to …

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    The Last Wailing Wailer Is Dead By Femi Adesina

    Wailers, is dead, can we see it as an allegory? Is it not also time for the wailing wailers here to keep their peace? Instead of grumbling, murmuring and complaining about everything, can they rather begin to wish the government well, pray for those in authority, and give constructive advice? Instead of cavilling about our military and the security challenges, can they begin to applaud them for their exploits, and say ‘God bless our troops?’ Can they see the many good works that President Buhari is doing for the country, and not just wail about the shortcomings? Heck! There’s no perfect administration anywhere, not in the Americas, Europe, Asia, not anywhere in the world. And there won’t be.

  • OPINION: Not if, but when

    I woke up to the good news that the 279 girls kidnapped last week from Government Girls Junior Secondary School (GGJSS), Jengebe, Zamfara State, had been released. I had my piece for this week all ready and had to discard it, but I have never been more grateful for a curve ball being thrown at me. When the news of their abduction broke, parallels were immediately drawn with that of the Chibok girls which happened seven years ago. Everyone wondered if in 2028, the Zamfara girls would  still be in captivity. Of the 276 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Government Secondary School Chibok in 2014, 103 were released, 57 fled and four later escaped while 112 are still missing. Insecurity in Nigeria did not start with the Chibok girls’ abduction. Insecurity  across the nation has been there for years and has gotten increasingly worse as bandits, including Boko Haram, operate  with increasing impunity. Kidnapping  for ransom has become so commonplace that when people go out and do not return, in whatever part of Nigeria, their families’ first thoughts are that they have been involved in an accident or have been kidnapped. The wealthy hire armed escorts. Those who cannot afford …

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    CBN And Cryptocurrencies By Arize Nwobu

    The primary functions of central banks are formulating and implementing monetary policy, regulating and supervising the banking and financial system, managing foreign reserve and ensuring financial market stability, determining interest rate and directing money supply to achieve price stability. The financial system is of prime importance in driving the economy. It is the axle on which the wheel of economy revolves. Financial system stability is linked to monetary policy. A stable financial system engenders macro-economic stability which enables businesses to plan. Financial system instability is detrimental to the economy. Experts have identified that financial system instability is caused by multiple factors with complex dynamics such as global imbalances, under-regulation/supervision, market liberalisation and insufficient transparency. Other factors include complex risks, exchange rate risks and contagion, interest rate risks, information asymmetry, poor corporate governance, moral hazards and irrational exuberances. After the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, central banks became more strategically sensitive and agile about the architecture of their financial systems. They became more alert to recognise changes in the global financial landscape and act more swiftly as appropriate to forestall undesirable consequences. Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, places financial system stability on the front burner. The Bank had developed a framework and …

  • What Will Happened To Nigeria If FG Keeps Detaining El-Zakzaky, Dasuki - Popular Islamic Scholar

    Femi Fani-Kayode Shares Opinion On Sheikh Gumi

    In 1989, when IBB was in power, the founder of the Izala Muslim sect, Sheik Abubakar Gumi, said it would only be over his dead body that another Christian would rule Nigeria. He died 3 years later & one year after that a Christian called Ernest Shonekan became Head of State. In 2021 his son, Sheik Ahmed Gumi, told Fulani terrorists, who he claims are fighting an “ethnic war” because they have been neglected by Govt.& who he believes ought to be forgiven, compensated & rehabilitated for their crimes against humanity)that Muslim soldiers are not the ones that are killing them but rather the Christian ones.He also told them to stop kidnapping Muslims as it causes them to loose sympathy amongst the Muslim population.His father’s comments were bad enough but Sheik Ahmed’s comments are worse: they are irresponsible reckless, dangerous & incendiary & could spark off a a chain of events that can cause Nigeria & West Africa to be engulfed in the fire & horror of war for the next 50 years. I appreciate his efforts to rescue the kidnapped but must this be at the expense of Christian blood? Are the Christians of the North expendable? Should they …

  • APC Leadership Crisis: Uzodinma Reacts To Calls For Oshiomhole’s Removal

    OPINION: The Governor As A Quisling By Ikechukwu Amaechi

    THE idea of democracy is straightforward. “Democracy is government of the people for the people and by the people,” said Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, a definition that borrows heavily from its meaning in Greek – “rule by the (simple) people.” Lincoln simply amplified the essence of the concept, and his definition presupposes that in a democracy, the interest of the people is preeminent. It superintends over every other interest, including the interests of government officials. But the idea in an ideal democratic setting is for the interest of the people to resonate with the leaders since the ultimate goal is the promotion of the common good. For this to happen, there must be a constitution, which, among other things, guarantees basic personal and political rights, fair and free elections, and independent courts of law. In a democracy, the inalienable right of the people to choose, in a free and fair election, those that will allocate their collective values, is sacrosanct and inviolable because the fidelity of a leader to the common good is predicated on the fact that he owes his office to the sovereign will of the people expressed through the ballot box. But …

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    EFCC, Bawa As Game Changer By John Oloruntoba

    WITH the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa, President Muhammadu Buhari may have finally found the magic wand to reinvigorate the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and combat graft. This was the preponderant thinking among stakeholders following the statement announcing a change of guard at the iconic Tunde Idiagbon House, thus sealing the hopes of embattled Ibrahim Magu to return to his exalted office after his dramatic suspension last year and even melodramatic trial by the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel. EFCC came into being in 2003 as part of a national response to address the challenge posed by the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering, FATF, which had indicted Nigeria as one of 23 countries that were not cooperating in the global efforts to fight money laundering. In seeking power in 2015, President Buhari had anchored his promise to the nation around three key pillars – security, anti-corruption and economy. Aside sundry allegations of impropriety levelled against Magu which necessitated his removal, government insiders had often confided that the president’s vision of the anti-graft agency all along is one driven by core professionals independent of the police. From his own rich experience in governance over the past five decades, President …

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