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Warning to Jimi Agbaje: Your “affirmative action” proposal is illegal

15 January 2019 Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the governorship of Lagos State, said during a debate with other candidates last night: “Our people, who are indigenes of the state, must appreciate that it is the contributions of other people who come to Lagos that make it tick. Lagos is a cosmopolitan city, where everyone should …

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Buhari shows he can’t be trusted to run a bath

8 January 2019 Many Nigerian politicians specialise in running their mouths, but can’t run much else. President Muhammadu Buhari showed in his so-called interview with This Day newspaper that he can’t talk like a leader, can’t lead the country, and can’t even be trusted with something as mundane as running a bath, let alone run a large country like Nigeria. …

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A brief look at Shehu Shagari’s presidency

30 December 2018 The death of Second Republic president Shehu Shagari on Friday has kicked off quite a bit of historic revisionism from some quarters. Shagari was president from 1979 until his government was overthrown in a military coup on 31 December 1983 that installed Muhammadu Buhari as head of the ruling junta. Some have argued that Nigeria could have …

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Ben Murray-Bruce: So bereft of common sense

29 December 2018 Ben Murray-Bruce, officially the senator for Bayelsa East, but unofficially the “Senator representing Twitter”, also has other more disparaging nicknames including “Ben Murray Dunce” and “Senator Alabi Yellow”. But Bruce prefers to be known as “the Common Sense Senator”, announcing via his Twitter handle that he is a “Common Sense Advocate” and that he is the author …

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British peer accuses Buhari of “ineffectiveness” in dealing with Fulani herdsmen violence

20 December 2018 The House of Lords in the UK held a debate titled “Nigeria: Intercommunal violence” on Tuesday. During the debate, Liberal Democrat Lord Chidgey said: “… following Amnesty International’s report yesterday which confirmed that more than half of the 3,600-plus deaths over the past three years of the conflict in Nigeria have occurred this year, what discussions are …

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Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan asks the questions Nigerian journalists fail to ask

15 December 2018 Nigerian journalists should watch Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan and always do so with pen and paper ready for note-taking.  Hasan was at his best again on the Upfront programme titled: “Who will be Nigeria’s next president?”, and trying to hold Nigerian politicians to account – something Nigerian chequebook journalists consistently fail to do. This time, Hasan had within …

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President Buhari is frankly a disappointment – Congressman Chris Smith

14 December 2018 Rep. Chris Smith (Republican-New Jersey’s 4th District), Chairman of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organisations, spoke yesterday  a Subcommittee hearing he chaired on “Nigeria At a Crossroads: The Upcoming Election”. Watch his remarks below: Excerpts from his remarks are reproduced below: “Nigeria today is clearly …

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Nigeria in Top 10 countries at risk of humanitarian disaster in 2019

14 December 2018 The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has named the countries most at risk of being hit by humanitarian catastrophe next year.  Top of the list is Yemen, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo and then South Sudan. The next countries are Afghanistan, Venezuela, the Central African Republic, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Somalia.  The IRC “responds to the world’s worst …

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Oshiomhole can’t tell his spots from his stripes

12 December 2018 Adams Oshiomhole, the chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and former two-term governor of Edo State, issued a statement yesterday denying he had said some uncomplimentary stuff about Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari. The statement was issued by Oshiomhole’s press secretary and dismissed the claims. “This is part of the fake news …

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