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Biotechnology, ‘Scientists’, ‘Experts’, Government Agencies and Patriotism By Nnimmo Bassey[*]

The need to interrogate what patriotism means in the context of the challenges of the push of modern agricultural biotechnology into Nigeria and Africa has been instigated by an article published in EnviroNews by a “Lagos-based research scientist” titled “Biotech agencies NIREC report and unpatriotic activism.” That article opened with ...

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Ambode, don’t sign this bill

A perfect definition of irony in the Nigerian context is when legislators break their recess to pass a bill. For the farce that passes for legislation in our part of the world, citizens should be wary of a hastily passed bill. When you then factor in the incestuous relationship between ...

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System Change Will Not Be Negotiated By Nnimmo Bassey

We frequently hear calls for system change at public mobilisations, in conference halls and even in negotiation halls. The calls come as slogans, they come in anger and they come as a strong rebuke to the systemic scaffold on which our pains, exploitation and denial of voice and rights are ...

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As Soot Blankets Port Harcourt By Nnimmo Bassey

The air in parts of Port Harcourt has been darkened by soot over the past few months, raising a cloud of concerns about the attendant health impacts. Citizens in parts of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, are getting worried about the air they breathe. To put it another way, many citizens are ...

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The Long, Winding Superhighway By Nnimmo Bassey

The controversy surrounding the 260 km Superhighway proposed by the Cross River State government (CRSG) of Nigeria will not go away. Notably, the bulldozing of forests, farmlands and sundry properties commenced last year without an approved Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Curiously, the government issued an edict dispossessing individuals and communities ...

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Air, You’re Under Arrest!

By Pius Adesanmi President Buhari’s administration, its supporters and well-wishers, do not want Tu Baba to have his say in a democracy. They do not want him to organize a protest against the direction of Nigeria under President Buhari’s supervision. They have denigrated him. They have abused him. They have ...

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Revisiting The New Import Duty On Tobacco

That the federal government hiked the import duty on tobacco is no doubt cheery news. The wider implication of the policy, announced by Finance Minister, Ms. Kemi Adeosun is that imported tobacco products flooding the country would no longer be cheap and on the long run not easily accessible to ...

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Full Text: President’s Trump’s Inauguration Speech

: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: Thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we ...

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THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY ARE THE SAME

By Jaye Gaskia This will be very short. This ‘government of change’, and its ‘governing party’ never ceases to amaze. The Vice President [VP] comes out to announce that they have started making their promised N5,000 monthly payment to indigent families as part of their much trumpeted [and i am ...

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Corruption Has No Class In Nigeria- Tim Newman

  Somebody once said that there is much to write about Russia, but when one tries you can never find the words to write the first line. Nigeria is much the same, and indeed there are many similarities between the two countries. I have tried to describe Nigeria to people ...

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