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A Handshake Across the Niger

On December 5, 2017, three wise men came from the East. They had come to see me at the State House, Abuja. Who were they, and what message did they bear? Surely, not gold, frankincense and myrrh. Those are gifts for Divinity. The three men were Igwe Cyprian Madu Nevobasi, Igwe Omeluenyi of Aguneese, Ezeani… Read More »

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Liberia: The Rise of George Weah -by Reuben Abati

George Weah’s emergence as Liberia’s President-elect after the December 26 run-off election generated considerable interest among Nigerians for a number of reasons. Number one is George Weah’s popularity. The first African footballer to win the Ballon D’or, FIFA Player of the Year, three-time African Footballer of the Year, ex-Monaco, ex-Paris Saint-Germain, ex-AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester… Read More »

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Olusegun Obasanjo, Ph.D by Reuben Abati

Pic of the former President defending his PhD Thesis Perhaps in the long run, the most remarkable legacy of the Nigerian leader known as Olusegun Obasanjo would be his personal example, in terms of the manner in which he continues to creatively reinvent himself and the Renaissance quality and force of his achievements. In addition… Read More »

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PDP Convention: The Aftermath

The elective Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that took place at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Saturday, December 9, was a charade and an anti-climax. Everyone who had been a witness to the travails of the once-upon-a-time ruling party which lost power to the All Progressives Congress in 2015 – viz, the… Read More »

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Imo State: Where there is no Legislature by Walter Duru, Ph.D

In modern democratic societies, the legislature performs three conventional functions of representation, law-making and oversight responsibilities. The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) has provided the legislature in different sections, the powers to perform these functions at both the central and state levels. The legislature controls through legislation, all economic, social… Read More »

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A frolic on the Red Sea By FEMI ADESINA

It was a gust of chilly wind that said Akwaaba (welcome, in Ghanaian language) to me in the Jordanian city of Aqaba, that night of December 1, 2017. We had flown for about five hours from Abuja, as President Muhammadu Buhari was to attend a summit on combating terrorism in West Africa, convened by King… Read More »

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Libya: “No brother in the jungle” -By Reuben Abati

Arab countries have a tradition of slavery dating back to centuries. This has persisted despite the existence of international conventions and legal frameworks classifying slavery as a crime against humanity. The current situation in Libya, involving slavery and human trafficking, has been brought to global attention because we now live in the age of communication… Read More »

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Atiku, Atikulation And Other Stories by Reuben Abati

“I hear say Atiku don port oh, from APC to God knows where…” “He used to be a Customs officer. Going from one port to another should not be an issue or a problem for him. It is in the nature of Customs officials to go from one port to another. When they train Customs… Read More »

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My piece

For those who have an eye for political details, 2019 is right before us. Nigerian politicians have been described as having one of the most elastic tissues of patience ever. For them, 2019 began the very day the election of 2015 was won and lost. But now, preparations have become more frenetic. Political office holders… Read More »

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What World Bank Growth Report Says About African Enterprise -Benedict Peters CEO of Aiteo Group

Statistics don’t put food on the table. The World Bank named Nigeria as one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, but here’s how it can grow faster. This month the World Bank announced that Nigeria was among the fastest-improving countries to undertake business globally. After years in the economic wilderness, negotiating an unpredictable oil price and… Read More »