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Diezani Madueke’s ally, Igho Sanomi, named in “Paradise Papers”

Oil trader Igho Sanomi, who allegedly collaborated with Nigeria’s ex-petroleum minister Diezani Madueke in several questionable oil deals during her term in charge of the notoriously corrupt oil industry in the country, has been exposed as the owner of a mansion in London’s posh Mayfair district. Writing about the district in Forbes magazine two years ago,  Carla Passino observed:  When …

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The hypocrisy of PDP propagandists on #AnambraDebate

The televised Anambra State governorship (s)election debate last night has attracted significant social media attention.  But rather than concentrate on who won between the aspirants and what it would mean on voting day 18 November, two prominent spin-doctors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chose to drag a non-participant in the debate, President Muhammadu Buhari, into the action. Shortly after …

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#AnambraDebate: A bad night for Willie Obiano

Governor Willie Obiano, who is facing reelection on Saturday, had the most to lose going into the (s)election debate with four other candidates on national TV tonight.  And he did his best to ensure he made the other candidates look good.  It was a combination of the arrogance of power and poor presentational skills and perhaps, the fact that he …

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Boko Haram: Journey From Evil

Greater humanitarian and media access resulting from the increased effort in 2015 by the Nigerian military to combat Boko Haram laid bare the devastating effects of the eight year insurgency in Nigeria’s north-east. Thousands have been killed, while millions more have been displaced and livelihoods decimated as a humanitarian crisis has unfolded. This Voice of America documentary, Boko Haram: Journey from …

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Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Sec-Gen & ex-environment minister implicated in $300m timber racket

The Rosewood Racket The results of a two-year investigation by Environment Investigation Agency (EIA), The Rosewood Racket details the journey of illegal African rosewood, also known as “kosso,” from the remote forests of Nigeria beset by illegal logging to luxury furniture boutiques in China, despite protections placed on this threatened tree species by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered …

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Biafran vets tell German reporter: Tools of war must stay in a museum where they belong

In southeastern Nigeria, the separatist IPOB wants a referendum like the unofficial one recently held in Catalonia. But those who remember the Biafran War of fifty years ago worry about rushing into a referendum that could lead to armed conflict. Watch the video below: This video was broadcast by Deutsche Well News – Germany’s international broadcaster. Follow @naijiant

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Nigeria’s decaying National Library – a symbol of the rot within

19th century American industrialist Andrew Carnegie said “a library outranks any one thing a community can do to benefit its people.  It is a never failing spring in the desert.” The state of Nigeria’s National Library in Abuja is an indication that the country’s rulers have no interest in what would benefit Nigerians and there is little chance of spring …

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Dike Chukwumerije dropping some knowlege at the 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit

Nigeria has had many “economic summits”, but the economy continues to plummet with no green shoots of recovery in sight.  Any growth witnessed is tied to the fluctuations in the oil price in an economy over-reliant on crude exports.  And it is usually “growth without development” as little of that economic growth, usually cornered by the elite, trickles down to …

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