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New ministers: Amaechi out, Fashola in

President Muhammadu Buhari has decided against nominating the controversial former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, as a minister, a source has revealed. The source said that Buhari has decided that Amaechi, despite allegedly bankrolling the Buhari presidential campaign, has too much baggage and represents a huge reputational risk for the new administration. Buhari has also decided to go against …

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Nigerian police finally get treatment for madness

The Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase has issued a statement allowing hospitals to treat gunshot victims without “clearance” from the police. For many years, anyone with gunshot wounds had to provide police clearance at hospital before receiving treatment. This barmy idea was seen as a means for arresting armed robbery suspects. So in order to arrest suspects, every victim had …

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Dem all crazy

In the 75 days since they were inaugurated in June this year, the Nigerian National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) cost the country 13bn naira ($65.4m) in salary and allowances. They were in session for 15 of the 75 days and were in recess for 60 days. And they passed no bills in that period. In short, they are …

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Adams Oshiomhole seen exploiting child labour

Adams Oshiomhole, the governor of Edo State, who belongs to the All Progressives Congress (APC) likes to front as a “progressive”, and has been involved in a photo op to demonstrate his “man of the people” credentials. He is seen, surrounded by flunkeys, as he buys plantain chips from a child hawker. The child is clearly of school age and …

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The Federal Medical Centre Owo is bad for your health

An industrial dispute is going on between the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) and the management at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, Ondo State. The dispute seems to be about the stoppage of some benefits to the doctors that was approved by the federal government. But rather than address the issue, Adeniran Kolajo, the interim Medical Director, claimed during …

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Is the Oliseh honeymoon over already?

Sunday Oliseh, the new national team coach of Nigeria, seems to have already incurred the wrath of fans with his first squad selection. Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo were missing from the invited players for next month’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania. Many Nigerian fans would not have been too bothered with Obi’s omission after his …

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Vice President Osinbajo doesn’t seem to realise he is in government

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday that 110m Nigerians are poor. He claimed this number was from statistics available to him. He did not explain where the stats came from. He did not explain the yardstick for defining people as “poor”. But, most critically, he did not address what steps his government will take to reduce the number of Nigerians …

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Hospital bills, Governor Ayo Fayose and his wife

Feyisetan Fayose, the wife of the governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, viisited a hospital in their state and was pictured paying the hospital bills of poor women who gave birth and could not afford their bills. This photo opportunity was probably the idea of her husband, who seems to favour “man of the people” publicity stunts that include riding …

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