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Doctor drain: An exodus from Nigeria threatens its healthcare system

Nigeria is losing $1bn a year due to medical tourism as its doctors head to Saudi Arabia, the US and UK.  The hospital waiting room overflows with people. It’s an unusually hot day in Lagos, Nigeria, the temperature over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Sweaty patients silently clasp their hands in prayer, hoping to see a doctor. In a nearby room, physicians wrestle with …

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Lai Mohammed loses it during Arise News interview

Nigeria’s minister for propaganda Lai Mohammed went head to head with interviewer Charles Aniagolu on Arise News’ “Democracy Day Special”.  The minister was questioned why President Muhammadu Buhari was not following up on his allegations of corruption against ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo.  Mohammed claimed it was the president’s “prerogative” on who to prosecute.  This actually compromises the alleged independence of the …

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Why Tinubu remains more influential than Obasanjo in Yorubaland

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo and the former governor of Lagos State Bola Tinubu have hardly ever seen eye to eye politically.  Although both men backed Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential bid about three years ago, they were at loggerheads when both were in office as Tinubu helped to prevent Obasanjo’s Peoples Democratic Party secure dominance in Western Nigeria – both men’s home …

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Atiku atikulating nonsense at Chatham House

Former vice president and perennial presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar was at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London on Wednesday, hoping to burnish his reputation as the capable hands Nigeria needs at the helm in these unstable times.  But instead of looking like a stand-up leader, he fell flat on his face. Atiku, who was VP from 1999-2007 …

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Wole Soyinka seems embarrassed by Buhari’s blundering

Wole Soyinka is one of a handful of Nigerians with a colossal stature on the world stage.  His Nobel Prize in Literature and command of the English language give him the platform for his commentary on all matters Nigeria to be heard across the world. In the 1960s, Soyinka was a prisoner of conscience when he was jailed by Nigeria’s …

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Buhari has failed and should go back to Daura in 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari announced yesterday that he is seeking re-election in 2019.  If anyone was in any doubt about his lack of emotional intelligence (constitutional expert Ben Nwabueze also claimed that he lacked the intellectual capacity to rule Nigeria) and his insensitivity, the president’s bid to continue in office was made public as he left Nigeria for London. Buhari campaigned …

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