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Buhari’s fingerprints may be on the NNPC corruption scandal

In August this year, Minister of State for Petroleum Ibe Kachikwu sent a memo to President Muhammadu Buhari alleging that the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Maikanti Baru didn’t follow due process in awarding $26bn in contracts.  The leaking of that memo has kicked up a messy storm that is unlikely to subside soon. Baru has …

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Fayose declares presidential ambition, likens himself to Trump

On Tuesday Ekiti State governor Ayo Fayose put himself forward as a candidate for president under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).  Many see him as a rabble rouser with no chance of moving into the presidential mansion at Aso Rock in Abuja. Fayose may lack the intellectual capacity for the job, he may lack any discernible achievements in his two …

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Balarabe Musa: Many of those calling for restructuring are hypocrites

“Restructuring ” is all the rage in Nigeria.  Some are presenting it as the silver bullet solution to Nigeria’s many ills.  But former governor of Kaduna State Balarabe Musa had a different view, which he aired in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Musa said: “No doubt, many of the people calling for the restructuring of the country …

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Ohanaeze’s John Nnia Nwodo airs his half-baked “restructuring” recipe at Chatham House

Nigeria’s elite love nothing more than a speech at Chatham House, aka the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in St James’s Square at the heart of London. Speaking there conveys a sense of gravitas and international respectability.  Presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari made an appearance in February 2015 to claim that the collapse of the Berlin Wall convinced him about the …

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Like Oliver Twist, Obasanjo wanted some more punishment on BBC Hardtalk

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo must be a glutton for punishment.  About five years ago, the combative retired general went head-to-head with the BBC’s Stephen Sackur on the Hardtalk programme.  The journalist used that opportunity to embarrass the former president with his record of corruption and bad governance from his eight years in office from 1999-2007. However, Obasanjo seems incapable of …

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Let’s make homelessness history in Nigeria

Nigeria has a severe housing crisis.  Two-thirds of the population in its commercial capital and richest city Lagos live in slums.  According to the BBC, about 500,000 people move to Lagos every year and there is a housing deficit of 17m units across the country. In 2014, the finance ministry reported that there were only 20,000 open mortgages in the entire …

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Ifeanyi Ubah: Peter Obi wants his 7bn naira back from Willie Obiano

Business mogul Ifeanyi Ubah, who unsuccessfully attempted to secure the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the Anambra State governorship race in November, accused a former governor of the state, Peter Obi, on national TV of trying to extort 7bn naira ($19m) from the current governor Willie Obiano. Ubah alleged that Obi “installed” Obiano as his replacement with the money …

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Nigeria needs to make more progress on anti-corruption commitments – Transparency International

A report from Transparency International assessed the progress of 648 promises made by the 43 countries and six international organisations that attended the London Anti-Corruption Summit in May last year. The summit was held to much fanfare and followed after then UK Prime Minister David Cameron had described Nigeria as “fantastically corrupt”. On Nigeria’s progress since the summit, Transparency International stated: Nigeria made …

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Pro-Biafrans make their voices heard at the seat of the British govt

Nnamdi Kanu and his separatist movement, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who want southeast Nigeria to secede from the rest of the country, may have been silenced in Nigeria following the military raid on Kanu’s house in Afaraukwu, Abia State last week, and the decision to by the Nigerian government to proscribe the organisation.  But this didn’t stop the …

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