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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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APC members fight for “change”!

A fight broke out during a plenary session of the House of Representatives between two factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over who should be leader, deputy leader, chief whip and deputy. Attempts were made to snatch the mace from the chamber. The mace is now with the House security. Watch the show of shame here: One member held …

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All Progressing Crisis

What is wrong with the All Progressives Congress (APC)? They won the presidential (s)election on a platform of change, won most of the governorships, became the majority party in both houses of the National Assembly and yet it seems they are lurching from one crisis to the next. Three months after 16 years of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dominance of …

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The Lagos floating 4.1.9 white elephant hotel

I was in the Docklands in east London yesterday and was a bit taken aback when I saw the massive and luxurious Sunborn Yacht Hotel moored by the River Thames. I was like: “Is this the same boat that was taken to Lagos in November 2008 to help turn the city into a tourist Mecca and a Dubai of West …

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Diezani Madueke is very afraid

A very senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) source has confirmed that Diezani Madueke, the former petroleum minister, is very much afraid of being tried for corruption and jailed by the Buhari administration. Madueke has been staying in London since last month. Some sources, possibly close to the former minister, have claimed that she is ill and receiving treatment. Not so, …

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