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16 Mar 2015
As events unfold, I am sure I will be decisive by the eve of the proposed election date. But then, a part of me as a young scientist keeps wondering: What could possibly take off the minds of Nigerians from the desperation for change?
11 Mar 2015
FORMER world heavyweight boxing champion, Mohammed Ali, had once remarked that a challenger needs to “whop the champion” if he wants to win the championship belt. He had made this remark following one of his very few controversial fights, which most boxing enthusiasts adjudged a tie.
11 Mar 2015
SOME of our monarchs, to be more elastic, the traditional rulers, do not realise that they are losing grips on their residual authorities. They do not see themselves through the same lenses as their subjects see them.
11 Mar 2015
INFORMATION dissemination is key in any democratic dispensation. Lack of it creates rumour and disenchantment. This is why the media is a partner in progress, in any meaningful democracy.
11 Mar 2015
OLUWAKEMI Babatunde is a fish trader based in Epe, a small town about 40 kilometres from mainland Lagos. She’s been in the fish trade for ages, with clients in diverse places that included Lekki and Ajah in Lagos.
10 Mar 2015
IN ancient Rome, Julius Caesar’s wife had dreamed about his assassination, while a soothsayer had warned him about the “Ides of March.” Both had a sense of foreboding. Caesar was killed in March 44 BC in a meeting of the Roman Senate. The upcoming election in Nigeria also seems to portend similar bad omens of a Shakespearean tragedy. There are signs that the administration of Goodluck Jonathan is playing for time, having lost much support across the country. It is a dangerous game of political poker that could threaten the stability of Africa’s largest economy. As ethically challenged politicians from various parties continue to spread apathy across the country, there are dark murmurings of a plot to shelve the March 28 election and install what would be a constitutionally questionable interim government.
10 Mar 2015
IT has been one hell of a week for Turkey as the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan-led government has yet given the European Union (EU) more good reasons to keep the country away from joining the union. It was bad press all through, as the international press broke the news of the arrest of Taraf Daily columnist, Mehmet Baransu.
10 Mar 2015
ON Wednesday February 18, 2015 the announcement finally came to douse the anxiety of keen followers of the developments at the foreign exchange market that the Central Bank has closed the twice weekly Retail/wholesale Auction window for the allocation of foreign exchange to the preferred real sector operators in the economy. The signs were all there that something was about to give when the Central Bank proceeded to intervene at the interbank foreign exchange market on a few occasions at the rate of 198 Naira to the dollar outside the extant range of 160 to 176 Naira at the official auction window effectively signaling a reprising of the rate of exchange. The Bureau De Change operators were also refused access to allocation from the Central Bank for a period of about three weeks prior to the announced closure and were advised to approach the interbank market for funding. It will be recalled that only recently the Central Bank suddenly made a one off enhanced allocation to the BDCs of 30,000 dollars which was a substantial increase from the weekly allocation of 15,000 dollars a week.
10 Mar 2015
ASIDES all the politics, propaganda and jokes, there are serious issues in Lagos that need to be addressed; the rich are getting more comfortable while the poor are living in circumstances that are becoming more unbearable by the day. As we approach the elections, it is imperative that we know just what the candidates are offering as their agendas and policies to change these dire circumstances. Only upon such knowledge should we cast our votes. Don’t vote for someone whose policies are actually voting against you. It’s like selling your soul and forgetting to collect the payment.
9 Mar 2015
ORDINARILY, the glut in the global oil market ought to bring succour to consumers of fuel products in not only enjoying surplus supply but also low price of the commodities. When there is surplus in product supply, the market price naturally falls due to low demand. This simple economics principle applies to the current oil…
9 Mar 2015
NIGERIANS still wonder if their problems with having regular electricity will ever be solved. Electricity is undoubtedly an essential part of the good life and development in the modern age. Without electricity, to talk of “democracy dividends,” a popular phrase in Nigeria since its return to civilian rule in 1999, is like contemplating cooking without…
9 Mar 2015
THE myth that an incisive or trenchant exploration of the essence of Nigeria’s corporate existence (the rationalist, demythologising or disinterested investigation of her history and sociology or the exposure or santo of the chicanery, fib or taradiddle which have become a veritable part of her national architecture) is necessarily unpatriotic or willy-nilly conduces to the…

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