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15 Years Of Uninterrupted Democracy In Nigeria


On May 29, 2014, Nigeria marked 15 straight years of transition to democratic rule or the Fourth Republic. It is historical; and a pleasant one at that. Though that journey began on a note of skepticism, it was however not without hope for a better, greater and prosperous Nigeria. That ... Read More »

Random Thoughts on Admiral Murtala Nyako’s Impeachment by Nkannebe Raymond


The ‘greatest’ news, although one that didn’t come as a surprise to many, especially members of the ruling PDP last week, was the Impeachment of retired real vice Admiral Murtala Nyako-the governor of former Gongola state and his deputy, Barr. James Bala Ngilari by the Adamawa State House of Assembly ... Read More »

Exclusive: ‘Benue state must strategize to avoid another Fulani Herdsmen massacre’


Few months back, the middle belt region was struggling to contain invasion of unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen, and later Boko Haram insurgents because of their moduls operandi. When the attacks resumed, majority assumed it was another episode of the recurring crisis between the tiv farmers and herdsmen, ... Read More »

EFCC’s Double Standard in Taraba and Accountant Joel Lenbang’s travails by Victoria Adamu


The arrest and arraignment of Taraba state’s Accountant General, Joel Lenbang, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has raised more dust than it has settled them.  It has also generally questioned the real motives behind the current activity of the anti-graft agency in the state. And unless the ... Read More »

Why Suarez May Fail At Barcelona


Barcelona made the club’s record signing when they fulfilled the buyout clause in Luis Suarez’s contract despite a four-month ban hanging over the footballer’s career. While many believe the trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and the new guy would devastate any defence in Europe and bring the Catalan club back ... Read More »

Current Efforts on the War against Insurgency


Nigeria’s security agents have no doubt recorded a major breakthrough in the present war going on to fight Boko Haram insurgency in our country going by the recent capture of the suspected major master-minder and kingpin Chibok girls’ abduction, Babuji Ya’ari. It is believed that this arrest will put more ... Read More »

The Demand For State Creation and Delegates Illogic at The CONFAB by Raymond Nkannebe


I was everything but flabbergasted, when last week, delegates at the Ongoing Talk shop to ostensibly reposition the basis of the continuity of the nation, unanimously moved the motion for the creation of 18 additional states to the 36-state structure already in practice. A move which if it ever sees ... Read More »

When Will Jonathan Apologize to Nigeria?


In his article When Will Jonathan Apologize to Nigeria? Dr. Peregrino Brimah, inspirer of the Every Nigerian Do Something group, criticizes President Goodluck Jonathan and the government headed by him, arguing that Jonathan has allowed “incomprehensible wickedness” to unfold freely under his watch. Dr. Brimah reacted to President Jonathan media aide Reuben ... Read More »

Opinion: Sanchez signing a big statement from Arsenal


Sanchez is a gooner The announcement of Alexis Sanchez must have sent chills down spine to the Arsenal faithful. During this period last year if I can remember, the fans were expressing their disgust to Arsene Wenger’s parsimonious and snail antics in the transfer market. That same year, Luis Suarez ... Read More »

POLL: Brazil to miss Neymar?


Neymar His dazzling runs; fakes; passes; occasional amazing shots were simply the antidote to avoiding a WorldCup elimination for his country. Even when he’s not performing, his presence alone is influential. And defenders are always anticipating his next trickery plan. Brazil beat Colombia in the Quarter-Final of the Fifa World ... Read More »

Deconstructing Jonathan’s Theory of Tiny Men


The Punch Newspaper, on December 9, 2013 reported that: “Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said Nigerian politicians lacked the virtues of great men and that none could be compared to the late former South African President, Dr. Nelson Mandela.”  Furthermore, it alleged the President said, “Nigerian politicians were ‘tiny men’.”  Odia ... Read More »

Exclusive: 5 irony excerpts from Washington Post mockery article to Goodluck Jonathan.


Jonathan After President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan wrote a piece for the Newyork Times, answering sensitive questions about his administration slow tactics in rescuing the abducted Chibok Girls, Washington Post’s Karen Attiah decided to orchestrate a sarcastic version of it. If you have not read it, you can do so HERE ... Read More »

Nationwide Cash-less Policy: Is Nigeria Ready?

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When the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) introduced the cash-less policy in January 2012, it was kicked off in Lagos, the country’s commercial hub, with a promise to extend it to other parts of the country by July 1, pending a successful flagship roll out. The apex bank was clear ... Read More »

What Are Nigeria’s Politician’s Doing In Brazil?


The 2014 World Cup has kicked off in Brazil. I am happy and proud that Nigeria is competing with other nations for this most coveted football trophy. The Nigerian delegation arrived at the Guarulhos International Airport, Sao Paulo, Brazil, at about 5 p.m.local time Wednesday, 11th June. The team, led by the ... Read More »

If You’re In Your Twenties, Here’s Why You May Never Be Rich (And How To Stop It)

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What’s the worst thing that could happen if you went totally broke today? This is not a rhetorical question. Answer it before you read further. What’s the very worst thing that could happen if you went dead broke today? Think about it for ten seconds. For most people our age, the answer ... Read More »

The Opposition Nigeria Needs by Nkannebe Raymond


I was among the many Nigerians who literally took to the streets in celebration of the successful coalition of the three legacy parties namely, All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), Congress For Progressive Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (A.C.N) and a faction of APGA led by sen. Annie Okonkwo that ... Read More »

Uprising In Nigeria, Iraq, Ukraine: Are We Sliding To World War III?


Armed troops have taken over territory in Eastern Europe. First-world navies are jockeying for territorial waters in the South China Sea. Barbarous rebel forces are overrunning regime troops in Iraq and Syria. And the jailing of Australian Peter Greste has shone a spotlight on the unrest in formerly stable countries ... Read More »

JUSTICE CHUKWUDIFU AKUNNE OPUTA(1918-2014) by Raymond Nkannebe


Yesterday, the remains of one of Nigeria’s most distinguished legal personalities, the late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa was finally interned at his country home of Oguta, in Imo state amidst pomp and pageantry that is due to such a man whose life remains a veritable source of inspiration to many generations ... Read More »

Dear Boko Haram, Could You Please Spare Us An Attack-free Ramadan?

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I have hoped year after year that the world would have a month’s break from terror attacks, but every year my hope has been dashed with attacks. It makes me wonder the kind of Islam extremists practice. Permit me for not calling them terrorists outrightly – they were first Muslims, ... Read More »

Is Governor Fayemi A Nigerian?


The people of Ekiti State of Nigeria, on Saturday, June 21, 2014 went to the polls to elect a new governor. Months, weeks and days leading to the election were full of fears of conflict and rancor as experienced in previous elections, and at the same time full of hopes ... Read More »

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