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29 Jan 2015
THE execution, for the offence of drug trafficking in Indonesia, of two Nigerians along with a number of others is regrettable, a dent on the image of Nigeria and an embarrassment to its citizens. While the outrage of many Nigerians who cringed at the news of the killing of their compatriots is understandable, the lessons…
28 Jan 2015
THE reduction of petrol price from N97 to N87 per litre has rightly failed to elicit excitement from Nigerians because what the government has offered is neither a palliative nor a truthful representation of what the price should be. The development has indeed inexorably shown the Federal Government to be unresponsive as long as it is unable to adequately provide answers to these questions: at what point would  the…
27 Jan 2015
THE allegations of sabotage of Federal Government’s rice policy by some investors deserve thorough investigations and sanctions where applicable. Attempting to get around rules and regulations at the expense of the consumers is bad enough, but the alleged loss of a huge sum of N36.56 billion by the government over exceeded import quotas is highly…
27 Jan 2015
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan’s surprise visit to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to commemorate the Armed Forces Remembrance Day the other day was very appropriate.  But it was also appropriately questioned in intent, merit and purpose by Nigerians. Besides his inexplicable inability to visit Borno and two contiguous others – Yobe and Adamawa –  ordinarily, as…
25 Jan 2015
WHEN Industry, Trade and Investment minister, Olusegun Aganga, disclosed the Goodluck Jonathan administration’s plan towards ending the country’s depressing regime of fuel importation in 2018 and highlighted its conscious efforts at making more of non-oil exports to boost revenue, the excitement that followed was not surprising. But if past initiatives and especially the conflicting policy…
24 Jan 2015
WHEN there are threats to the major source of its revenue, any responsible government would definitely consider a head-long confrontation of such. It is a shame, therefore, that the Nigerian government has instead chosen to neglect the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway in Lagos leading to the two ports which serve as gateways to the nation’s economy. Gridlock occasioned…
22 Jan 2015
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan’s recent declaration that his generation has failed Nigerians would ordinarily have been dismissed as an election campaign punch line against his political opponent. But when interpreted within the context of an earlier event, where he accused elderly Nigerians of being the cause of Nigeria’s troubles owing to their misguided utterances and indecorous…
21 Jan 2015
THE controversy over the alleged depletion of the nation’s foreign reserves and Excess Crude Account (ECA) offers Nigerian leaders and the citizens a lesson beyond who is right or wrong:  It is an urgent call for  more transparency in the management of the nation’s finances.    The controversy began when former President Olusegun Obasanjo and some other Nigerians…
20 Jan 2015
AS activities hit feverish pitch at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in preparation for the general elections of February 14 and 28, there are still many issues deserving urgent national attention, the most significant being those Nigerians whose likelihood of exercising their right to vote now seems more than a bit uncertain. This, therefore,…
19 Jan 2015
THE announcement of savings of about N500 billion through the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by the Federal Government would seem a commendable development but it has also confirmed the existence of  entrenched loopholes in the national treasury that have been exploited by public officers over the years. Before the scheme that has brought about these savings, such loopholes have been…
18 Jan 2015
THE presidential election campaigns are in top gear but not without a blight: a corruption of the electioneering process as exemplified by political parties’ mobilization of huge funds, which sources are suspect, to run the campaigns. This does not bode well for democracy and an end must come to this blatant commercialization of the electoral…
17 Jan 2015
AS Nigerians enter the fabled election year, the gracious transition of three eminent senior persons – Chief Festus Remilekun Ayodele Marinho, Chief Odoliyi Lolomari and Peter Enahoro – into the sagely class of octogenarians, should be a moment of reflection for younger generations in the hope that they can learn lessons of tenacity and patriotism.   …


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