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A DIVORCEE REMARRIES – BY MAHMUD JEGA

In the days when each Nigerian university had enough money to publish a bulky annual “prospectus” which outlined in great detail its academic programs and staff members, a copy was often made available to every student and staff member. One part of the prospectus that fascinated me in those days was the number and composition […]

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Palliatives Can’t Cushion Effect Of Subsidy Removal – Jigawa Gov.

Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido yesterday ruled out the provision of palliatives measures by government as a cushion for the economic problems created by the removal of subsidy on petroleum products. Such measures, according to him, merely keep Nigerians perpetually in a state of helplessness, as it is gradually becoming apparent that government had failed […]

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Nigeria: GEJ seek loans more than doubling external debt

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has asked parliament to approve $7.9 billion in loans to fund pipeline projects between 2012-2014, which if approved would more than double the country’s external debt. Nigeria’s external debt stood at around $5.7 billion at the end of last year, equivalent to around 2.6 percent of GDP, which is low compared […]

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Nigeria: Police IG admits extra-judicial killings

Abuja – Nigeria’s new police chief said on Monday the force has carried out extra-judicial killings, detained innocent people and lost the public’s trust, among the frankest ever admissions by a top police leader. “Justice has been perverted, people’s rights denied, innocent souls committed to prison, torture and extra-judicial killings perpetrated,” Mohammed Abubakar, who was […]

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Corruption Partly Blamed for Poverty in Nigeria, says Analyst

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said Monday poverty is fueling the religious violence in Nigeria. In a speech in Lagos, Clinton reportedly said the northern part of Nigeria remains one of the poorest in the country and suggested more direct investment and opportunities for those in the north. His comments followed a report Monday by […]

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The Boko Haram terror chief who came back from the dead

Two years ago, Nigerian security officials thought they had killed Imam Abubakar Shekau. But the leader of the Boko Haram Islamist group is alive and has released a new video threatening the Nigerian state. Wearing a camouflage flak jacket over a pristine white shirt, flanked by two Kalashnikov rifles, the leader of the Nigerian Islamist […]

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Nigeria: Do not touch my subsidy!

The economics make sense. ­Nigeria spent N1.3tr ($8bn) in fuel subsidies in the first nine months of 2011 – just less than one-third of our national budget. The argument is ‘… that is money the government could have spent on mending crumbling roads, improving dismal power service and fixing the creaking health and education systems.’ […]

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HISTORY: BUHARI’S FIRST SPEECH AFTER THE MILITARY COUP OF 31ST DECEMBER 1983

In pursuance of the primary objective of saving our great nation from total collapse, I, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari of the Nigerian army have, after due consultation amongst the services of the armed forces, been formally invested with the authority of the Head of the Federal Military Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of […]

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Nigeria, US to address #BokoHaram onslaught

The United States and Nigeria said they will address the Boko Haram onslaught and Niger Delta issues under their bi-national commission. Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the regional security cooperation working group under the Nigeria, USA Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Abuja yesterday, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mr. William Fitzgerald said that the security […]

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Goodluck Jonathan: Once hailed as man of destiny

He is the son of a canoe-carver, a mild-mannered academic who wears a fedora but eschews the flowing robes and bombastic brashness that often characterize Africa’s “Big Man” leaders. When elected president in April 2011, he was described as “Nigeria’s Obama,” a leader who would bring change to the oil-rich but poverty-ridden nation. His countrymen […]

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