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Above the Noise of Governance By Owei Lakemfa

I was in Lagos, our commercial capital. I had a paper to deliver to some youths on the future of the country. Although there is a popular talk about ‘African Time’ I am a stickler for keeping time. Since I have no control of the airlines and traffic, I thought it …

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Now that Ekiti election is over… – By Segun Dele Dipe

There is no gain saying that the election of Saturday 14 July is a vista to how Ekiti will be viewed among the comity of Nigerian states in the next four years. The much talked about election has come and gone, but it will continue to resonate, teaching some lessons. …

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Macron’s Pilgrimage To The Afrikan Shrine By Owei Lakemfa.

It is night in the mega city of Lagos, the city that never  sleeps. It is Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic of France, one of the world’s most powerful leaders, takes a late flight to Lagos, and walks into the New Afrikan Shrine. He had …

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On Tobacco, Its Two Step Progress

June has turned out the month of double celebration. With fears about possible job losses already sufficiently debunked by economic experts, the much talked –about upward review of excise duty on tobacco and alcohol kicked off Monday 4, June 2018. Minister of Finance, Dr. Kemi Adeosun had said the government …

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Super Eagles And Marcus The Pig At The World Cup By Reuben Abati

There has been nothing in recent memory like the build-up to Nigeria’s first match at the on-going 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia. Football is Nigeria’s greatest unifier: when it is football, our compatriots drop all ethnic, religious and ideological differences and profess the missing faith and ideology of …

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In the Belly of the Plastic Whale By Nnimmo Bassey

It was a surreal feeling for me to literally step into the belly of a whale in December 2017. It was an unforgettable experience, to say the least. One could not but imagine what would have been the fate of biblical Jonah if he had found himself in the belly …

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Stop The Killings, Protect The People: A Reminder To The Government Of The Responsibility Of The State By Jaye Gaskia

Let us begin by clearing the air on the contentious issue of the legitimacy or otherwise of the current constitution. I like many others who old or young, nevertheless date back to the Anti-Military and Pro-Democracy struggles have very serious reservations about this current constitution – the 19999 Constitution Of …

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A Note on the Economic Implications of the New Tobacco Tax Policy

The Nigerian government recently reviewed the excise duty rate and structure applicable to tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. Specifically, the government approved an additional ₦1 specific tax on each stick of cigarette (₦20 per pack), which would increase to ₦2 per stick in 2019 (₦40 per pack) and eventually ₦2.90 …

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Synagogue Building Tragedy: A Case Beyond The Ordinary By Dare Adejumo

As Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) is about to open its defence in the criminal charges brought against it over the collapse of its six-storey guest house in September 2014 in which scores of people died, the world is waiting eagerly for this historic titanic legal battle. Clearly it …

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Alleged Kano Underage Voters: INEC is not culpable By Mahmood Yakubu

  Following the Kano State Local Government election held on 10th February 2018, there were several reports in the media, particularly the social media, alleging that underaged persons voted in the election. Both explicit and implicit in some of these reports was the suggestion that since the National Register of …

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