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Wole’s wailing about economic woes

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka seems worried about looming economic decline in Nigeria, with falling oil revenues, and said yesterday: “I agree with those who say the economy is bad. It is obvious and it is so bad. I think the Presidency should call an emergency economic conference where experts will be enlightened. We really need an emergency economic conference, bringing …

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Lai Mohammed and the lies that keep on coming

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Minister for Propaganda was at it again yesterday. The man that gave us “Buhari’s body language”, as an explanation for fanciful claims of progress last year, unleashed a new phrase to justify the president’s endless globetrotting. The spin-doctor aka “Comical Lai” claimed: “You do not run a country by being isolated. The personal presence of Mr President …

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Wole Soyinka accuses Goodluck Jonathan of gross dereliction of duty

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka was interviewed last night by John Snow of Channel 4 News in the UK and he spoke about Boko Haram terror in Nigeria. On the kidnap of the Chibok girls in April 2014, Soyinka condemned the administration of then president Goodluck Jonathan for failing to act swiftly to rescue the girls, calling it a “gross dereliction …

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What does a Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Affairs do?

President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Abike Dabiri-Erewa his “Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora” yesterday. There were other appointments, but this one stuck out. Since taking over in May last year, in the midst of an acute drop in government revenues due to low oil prices, the Buhari administration has been banging on about the need to cut costs. …

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Najatu Muhammad: The woman that “rejected” Buhari

Najatu Muhammad, a fiery activist and politician, rejected the appointment from the Muhammadu Buhari administration to chair the governing council of Federal University Dutse in Jigawa State. She wrote in the rejection letter: “It’s however, unfortunate that I was not consulted before the announcement in the media”. The failure to inform her that she was being considered for appointment and …

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Buying made in Nigeria is not enough

With the fall in oil prices hitting Nigeria where it hurts the most (90% of foreign exchange earnings come from oil), the country has been forced to seek alternative forms of revenue and wean itself from the overreliance on imports funded by oil exports. The government has backed a “Buy Nigeria” campaign, which has gained a lot of support on …

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