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President Buhahari’s heli-padding expenses

President Buhari is allegedly getting a helipad built in his Daura hometown. This is to save the president the inconvenience of the one and half hours’ drive (about 52 miles) when he lands at Katsina Airport with the presidential jet. The president is very much entitled to travelling in a style presidents have become accustomed to. At 72, his comfort …

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Plane madness from a latter-day Nero

Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha plumbed to new depths when, with typical senseless arrogance and insensitivity, he claimed in an interview yesterday on the issue of flying around in a private jet: “that should not affect my private life. I hate poverty, I hate injustice. So seeing me in a private jet shouldn’t be a big deal.” He went on …

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A test case for Buhari’s claims to be a “reconstructed democrat”

A Sharia court has sentenced nine people to death for insulting the Prophet Muhammad in Kano. The head of Kano’s religious police (Hisbah), Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa told the BBC: “There has been consensus among Muslims scholars that insulting the prophet carries a death sentence.” President Muhammadu Buhari said in 2001: “I will continue to show openly and inside me the …

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The Nigerian police have no shame

There was an armed robbery in Ikorodu, Lagos on Wednesday morning. The robbers first attacked a nearby police station before crossing the road and raiding banks in the area. Witnesses said there were at least four of them and they carried on for about two hours, firing sporadically and burning some cars before they escaped. Watch the video of the …

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Presidential spokesman confirms presidential incompetence

If President Buhari likes he can function without ministers. The Constitution states that: “There shall be such offices of Ministers of the Government of the Federation as may be established by the President.” It doesn’t state that ministers should be appointed immediately. The “shall” in the statement makes it mandatory to have ministers, but the “may” allows for some presidential …

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Is the President being seen and not heard?

Ever since President Buhahari spoke off the cuff about “President Michelle of West Germany”, apart from a brief clip in which he addressed Nigerians in South Africa, Nigerian TV stations no longer seem to show any footage of the president speaking, beyond reading a prepared text. This also seems to coincide with the appointment of presidential media handlers. Enquiring minds …

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Why Nigeria’s legislators need a wardrobe allowance

Nigeria’s senators were set to receive a “wardrobe allowance” of 21.5 million naira ($108,000) each while the 360 members of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, were each to receive 17.5 million naira, until many Nigerians kicked up a fuss. The fighting yesterday on the floor of the House of Representatives, with some legislators ending up with torn clothes, …

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Na only one senator waka come?

The crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) over senior legislative positions in the National Assembly first degenerated into fights and then farce. One lawmaker took the law into his own hand with the old five finger rude salute, known as “waka” in Nigeria. It was not clear whether the senator’s leadership skills resulted in other senators following his lead …

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