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Rotimi Amaechi’s services don’t come cheap

The former governor of Rivers State Rotimi Amaechi is facing allegations of corruption from the new government in his state, who have set up a judge-led inquiry to investigate Amaechi’s administration. Among the allegations are claims that Amaechi has $757m in US banks. The former governor robustly denied the claims at a gathering in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, …

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APC pots calling PDP kettles black – Tunji Braithwaite

Activist and Second Republic politician Tunji Braithwaite has described allegations of corruption from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) officials against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as “pot calling kettle black”. Braithwaite spoke with Channels TV in an interview this evening, stressing that “many Nigerians were not taken in by the holier than thou attitude of the party pointing accusing …

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Ojukwu’s close friend Frederick Forsyth reveals he was an MI6 agent

Frederick Forsyth, author of bestsellers such as “The Day of the Jackal and “The Odessa File” has revealed he worked for British intelligence (MI6) for over 20 years. This revelation comes with the publication of his autobiography “The Outsider: My Life”. Forsyth told the BBC that he started working for MI6 when they asked him to send information from the …

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Should it matter where Buhari’s appointees come from?

The mainstream and social media have been awash with commentary on President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent apointments. The majority of the appointees are from northern Nigeria, just like the president. The president’s supporters have argued that adherence to the federal character provision in the constitution does not guarantee good governance. What is important is competence and not where the individual comes …

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Soyinka v Obasanjo: A man of letters and an “economic illiterate”

Most Nigerians know that Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president, don’t see eye to eye. Obasanjo once said of Soyinka: “He is surely a better wine connoisseur and a more successful aparo (guinea-fowl) hunter than a political critic.” Soyinka responded in kind last night during a programme: ‘An evening with Wole Soyinka’, organised by Globacom. “I …

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Osinbajo is a “toothless bulldog”

A source in the presidency has described Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as a “toothless bulldog” in a conversation with Naijiant.com. The source revealed that the vice president is hardly ever consulted by President Muhammadu Buhari on anything of national importance. Decisions, appointments and so on are made with no input from the VP. Osinbajo “can’t even talk to the president”. …

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Buhahari appoints a capable Senior Special Assistant

President Buhari yesterday announced the appointment of Suleiman Kawu aka Kawu Sumaila as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives). Kawu demonstrated his capability on National Assembly matters when, as as Deputy Minority Leader, he jumped over the fence at the premises last year after being prevented from entering by security personnel. This …

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President Buhari’s silence is deafening

In July the chairman of the Berom Youth Moulders Association claimed that Fulani cattle herdsmen had killed over 200 Berom villagers in six months. A few days ago, some Berom people in Jos appealed on national television to Nigerians, the world and the government to do something about the killings. Berom people are reportedly being dragged out of their beds …

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Owerri brought to a standstill over salary arrears

Owerri, the Imo State capital has been brought to a standstill by demonstrations over the last two days by state government employees over being owed salary arrears for seven months. Most major roads are said to be blocked, with little movement in or out of the city. The workers also blocked the entrance to the Imo State House of Assembly. …

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Oshiomhole v Orubebe: The lightweight contest

In the Broom Corner we have Adams “Baba Osho” Oshiomhole, governor of Edo State and from the All Progressives Congress (APC). In the Umbrella Corner we have Godsday “Elder” Orubebe, former Minister of State for the Niger Delta and from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Round One: Godsday comes out swinging hoping to make it his day by landing a …

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