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Odion Ighalo – deadly striker with a heart of gold

Odion Ighalo, the Nigeria and Watford striker, has set the English Premier League alight this season. He also scored last week for Nigeria in a 3-0 friendly win over Cameroon. He aims his shooting boots against Arsenal this evening. This article is from the Daily Mirror. Watford’s Odion Ighalo discusses his heart of Gold and hopes of reuniting with Arsenal’s …

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Some facts about Kate Osamor, British MP

Kate Osamor, the 47 year old MP for Edmonton in North London, was elected to the UK Parliament in May. She was born in Tottenham and her mother is Nigerian-born activist Martha Osamor. The current edition of Private Eye magazine provided this lowdown on Kate and Martha. In 1989, Martha Osamor won the most local nominations to be Labour’s candidate …

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Alex Iwobi in focus

Arsenal’s young forward and Jay-Jay Okocha’s nephew, who has pledged to play for Nigeria, is profiled here. This article was originally published in the UK’s Telegraph. Arsenal tie down young Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi to a new long term contract: but who is he? We profile the teenage forward Alex Iwobi, who has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal …

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Buhari, was this “change” necessary?

Dr Fatima Akilu, a British-trained psychologist working on a deradicalisation programme with former Boko Haram militants has been removed from office. This article was originally published in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper. Fears for Nigeria’s counter-radicalisation programme as British-trained head is ousted Removal of ex-NHS psychologist Fatima Akilu sparks concerns that UK and EU-funded programme may be mothballed By Colin Freeman, …

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Pumping up the tax volume

With dwindling oil prices, Nigeria has to take a serious look at taxes as a critical source of government revenue. This article was first published in Public Finance International. Africa: pumping up the tax volume By: Mark Smulian African countries urgently need to expand the revenue they raise from taxes. How can this be done in a sustainable way, without …

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The British role in the Nigerian Civil War

Historian Mark Curtis breaks down the role of the Brits in the war. His book Web of Deceit is a classic. Nigeria’s war over Biafra, 1967-70 By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Right Abuses The formerly secret files on the Nigerian civil war in the late 1960s show very clear British complicity in the Nigerian …

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Nigeria’s new export to the UK

The non-payment of the salaries of public sector workers in Nigeria has been exported to London. This time it is private sector, with businessman Nduka Obaigbena, whose capacity for self-promotion knows no limits, leading the way in this show of shame. From the current edition of UK magazine Private Eye More trouble for the London-based staff of Arise TV, the …

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El-Rufai’s alleged billions: who is telling the truth?

A Lagos-based newspaper reported that the new Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had declared his assets to be worth 90bn naira (about $452.7m) and he owned 40 houses in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. El-Rufai used to be the minister for the Federal Capital Territory under the Olusegun Obasanjo regime. The declaration of assets …

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Machine gun blast from the past

Many Nigerians are already complaining about the slow pace of the new Buhari administration. It looks like history is repeating itself, as this piece from Buhari’s first time as head of state from the New York Times in May 1984 shows. NIGERIAN MILITARY IS SEEN AS LOSING SUPPORT By CLIFFORD D. MAY Published: May 1, 1984 LAGOS, Nigeria, April 29— …

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June 12 means nothing to me

It’s that time of the year again in Nigeria. So it is time to recycle an article on June 12 a few years ago, that should hopefully bring some perspective to the canonisation of Moshood Abiola and the elevation of June 12 beyond any other day on the calendar. June 12 means nothing to me June 12, 2011 by CIC …

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