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The highest bidder won 2017 Anambra governorship election — South East CLO •Says democracy in danger

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Prof. Akin Oyebode’s ‘Exogural’ at 70, By Tony Iyare

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Buhari at 75: Why God kept him alive, By Femi Adesina

Buhari at 75: Why God kept him alive, By Femi Adesina Let me begin by telling a story. On June 1, 2015, the day I resumed work as adviser on media to President Muhammadu Buhari, he had admonished me: “Adesina, always tell me the truth. That is what I want from you. In this type of position I have found myself, it...... more

Ikpeazu’s media interaction and the charge to local government chairmen

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Major General Rogers Nicholas: Outstanding Officer leads war against Boko Haram

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Cut the risk: how to diversify your investments

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PDP’s umbrella without the South-West will suffer punctures

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What piece of information did Tinubu gift President Buhari in Cote d’Ivoire?

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A frolic on the Red Sea, By Femi Adesina

A frolic on the Red Sea, By Femi Adesina It was a gust of chilly wind that said Akwaaba (welcome, in Ghanaian language) to me in the Jordanian city of Aqaba, that night of December 1, 2017. We had flown for about five hours from Abuja, as President Muhammadu Buhari was to attend a summit on combating terrorism in West...... more

Understanding stool colour: 5 things to know, By Dr. Charles-Davies Omiete

Understanding stool colour: 5 things to know, By Dr. Charles-Davies Omiete  Most of us don’t really think it is important to evaluate the how our feces look like, not remembering that this might give us important information about our health, especially about our digestive system. In this article, we would be discussing stool colour. We would be differentiating what’s normal from what...... more

Amaechi and October 25, 2007: The significance, implications for Rivers State and the nation (II)

Amaechi and October 25, 2007: The significance, implications for Rivers State and the nation (II) Preamble Some weeks ago, in an article I titled, “Amaechi & 25th October: Implications on Rivers State and the nation a decade after (I)”, I examined the significant position of 25th October, 2007 in the political evolution of Rivers State, and Nigeria at large using some of the facts postulated by Herbert Swope...... more

Parable of The Terrorist, The Zoo Keeper and The Python

Parable of The Terrorist, The Zoo Keeper and The Python Once upon a time, 16 years after the Zoo returned to civil rule, there lived a terrorist named Mazi Kanu and his terror squad, the IPOB. Unlike most terrorists of his time – like Alhaji Shekau who led the Boko Haram sect which ran rampage in North Eastern part of the...... more

Zimbabwe: At Old Bob’s sunset, enters the Crocodile

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Obi and the Ostracism of Aristides, By Valentine Obienyem

Obi and the Ostracism of Aristides, By Valentine Obienyem Greece is acknowledged as the homeland of Democracy. Even as the people practised it, some rascals came in occasionally to interrupt it. A case was the dictatorship of Persistratus, who, on becoming popular, asked for a little guard to protect him. With the guard he took over government. As his dictatorship became harsher, like our several military regimes, the cry for freedom grew louder.  To enjoy...... more

The Gang-Up against Peter Obi, By Simon Ibe

The Gang-Up against Peter Obi, By Simon Ibe Mr. Peter Gregory Obi, a former Governor of Anambra State, is appreciated by people and organizations who desire the best for our country, Nigeria and for human society at large. On the contrary, he is rabidly disliked by those who crave a perpetuation of the old, sordid order of corruption, bad...... more

BBC pays tribute to legendary Nigerian composer Harcourt Whyte

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A DREAM EMBRACES THE AGES: Tribute to Dr. Alex Ekwueme By Prof. Pat Utomi

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Prof. Adebayo Williams: Celebrating my Mentor, Beacon of Hope, Inspiration and Voice of Courage, By Friday Olokor

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Wise men still come from the East, By Femi Adesina

Wise men still come from the East, By Femi Adesina At his incarnation, wise men gifted in astronomy came from the East, all the way to Bethlehem, in the south of Jerusalem, to worship Jesus Christ. They are today known as the Magi, who gave the newborn gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. There is a lot to say on the...... more

Dee Bob: A Legend, Pan-Africanist steps aside, By Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha

Dee Bob: A Legend, Pan-Africanist steps aside, By Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha It was my younger brother, Emmanuel Nonye Iwuoha, who drew my attention in the early morning hours of Tuesday August 22, 2017 of the passing on to higher glory of Chief (Sir) Bob Beremako Ewulonu Ogbuagu, OON, who was globally known as Dee Bob. Of course, I knew Dee Bob had been...... more

Anambra 2017: Season of smear campaigns

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Nzeribe: The Nostradamus of Nigerian politics clocks 79, By Collins Ughalaa

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Lagos releases list of hundreds of roads where motorcycles and tricycles are banned (PLUS: The Full List)

Lagos releases list of hundreds of roads where motorcycles and tricycles are banned (PLUS: The Full List) The Lagos State Government has released a full list of hundreds of routes where motorcycles and tricycles are banned across the state. The list, published on Tuesday on the State Government’s official website, includes major highways, bridges, MAJOR HIGHWAYS 1. Lagos Ibadan Expressway 2. Apapa Oshodi Expressway 3. Oworoshoki Oshodi Expressway...... more

President Buhari’s silent support for the South-East, By Garba Shehu

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An Unforgettable Renaissance Man: A tribute to Chief Aemecheta Hyacinth Ugwu By Dr Kenny C Acholonu

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For ‘a man of the people,’ Dapo Olorunyomi, at 60, By Chido Onumah

For ‘a man of the people,’ Dapo Olorunyomi, at 60, By Chido Onumah Dapo, ‘Daps,’ ‘Dapsy’ Olorunyomi, who turned 60 on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, is your quintessential humanist. It is impossible to spend an hour with Dapo without being smitten by his humility, compassion, sense of humour and deep appreciation and concern for his environment, including its human challenges and foibles    Since...... more

The many atrocities of Governor Obiano — Intersociety •Demolishes lies with facts and figures

The many atrocities of Governor Obiano — Intersociety •Demolishes lies with facts and figures In spite of availability of over N420B or $1.4B cash excluding the State’s N11.3B share of the Paris Club refunds, all at governmental disposal of Gov William Mmaduabuchi Obiano,  Anambra State under him had recorded a monumental failure in governance of the state in the past 43 months or between 17th...... more

Let’s reclaim Naija, na we get am!

Let’s reclaim Naija, na we get am! Community leaders in Ekiti and Osun states resolve to take the gauntlet, check impunity and constantly put public officials on the grill, in order to achieve better governance and management of funds at the local level, writes TONY IYARE Padeola Aderibigbe, 81, hardly betrays the looks of his four scores. Still...... more

How Obiano squandered Anambra’s N420bn and failed woefully as Governor: Intersociety

How Obiano squandered Anambra’s N420bn and failed woefully as Governor: Intersociety The eleven (11) foundations of successful governance in a civil government particularly in developing parts of the world including Nigeria and Anambra State are: (a) winning of election by popular votes or input legitimacy, (b)  intent and ability of the elected to serve the people in the context of  service to...... more

 

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