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Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century

Waterstones Bookshop in Trafalgar Square London was the venue for the book launch for Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century by Richard Bourne on 11 November. The author is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London University and Secretary to the Ramphal Institute, London. He is also a former journalist for the UK’s Guardian …

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Oby Ezekwesilly’s twitterings

Prolific tweeter Oby Ezekwesili has called for “tough reform measures that a time like this demands” from the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. Never hesitant to offer unsolicited advice, she further tweeted: “In such parlous economic condition, the COST of bad policies become too high. So, the FG [federal government] would do well to AVOID BAD POLICIES.” Other tweets from …

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Obasanjo and Okonjo-Iweala should be charged with treason

Veteran academic and activist Toye Olorode has said that former president Olusegun Obasanjo and the former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala should be charged for the “treasonable scam” they perpetrated in handing over $12bn to “our so-called creditors” This was celebrated in 2006 as “debt relief”. But the professor dismissed such claims as part of the “neo liberal siege of Nigeria”. …

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Buhari’s “change” is fraudulent

In Muhammadu Buhari’s first speech after the coup that overthrew the government of Shehu Shagari on 31 December 1983, he claimed the military had intervened “in pursuance of the primary objective of saving our great nation from total collapse.” He also said: “The change became necessary in order to put an end to the serious economic predicament and the crisis …

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Reality check from Shekarau

Ibrahim Shekarau, a one-time presidential candidate, who was a minister for education and governor of Kano State, injected a much-needed dose of reality to the fanciful claims of President Muhammadu Buhari. Shekarau told newsmen in Abuja yesterday: “Buhari has said that he has come to right the wrongs of 16-year mess by the PDP. So, I said, ‘Mr. President you …

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Aisha Buhari and the Halliburton bribery scandal

A source, who was involved in a House of Representatives committee investigation into the Halliburton bribery scandal in the early 2000s, has indicated that Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari was paid $1.8m in bribes. The Halliburton bribery scandal started from 1994 when the Nigerian government kicked off plans to build the Bonny Island Natural Liquefied Gas Project. …

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The hypocrisy of Nasir el-Rufai

The governor of Kaduna State, and some may say de facto prime minister of Nigeria, Nasir el-Rufai took to Twitter on Independence Day to highlight what he termed: “The APC/PMB change we voted for”. He listed the costs of Independence Day celebrations for the past five years: 2011 – 13bn naira 2012 – 15bn naira 2013 – 14bn naira 2014 …

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No power for power show

There were several power cuts yesterday during a Senate committee session looking into corruption in the supply of electricity in Nigeria. The committee was meant to investigate what happened to the billions of dollars invested in power supply by the Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan administrations. Obasanjo was alleged to have spent about $16bn on power projects …

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Ojukwu’s close friend Frederick Forsyth reveals he was an MI6 agent

Frederick Forsyth, author of bestsellers such as “The Day of the Jackal and “The Odessa File” has revealed he worked for British intelligence (MI6) for over 20 years. This revelation comes with the publication of his autobiography “The Outsider: My Life”. Forsyth told the BBC that he started working for MI6 when they asked him to send information from the …

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