Nigeria, RUGA Controversy And Buhari’s Place In History

By Onyema Omenuwa Let me state without equivocation that the controversy and debate, which the Federal Government-proposed Ruga policy has generated will not abate so soon. I’m not a pessimist but not with the sheer intransigence being exhibited by Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to foist the policy on the country, willy-nilly. Buhari is from the Fulani ethnic group, which the Ruga agenda is designed to benefit. You may argue that there is nothing wrong with an ethnic group being favoured for a governmental programme; yes but not when such a programme…

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Debt Recovery: AMCON Goes Into Unsparing Enforcement Mode

By Bashir Ibrahim Hassan Although Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has recovered about N1.22 trillion of the bad debt – with about 5trillion still outstanding –the agency’s reputation has for long been blemished by the impression that, while recoveries are made from those without political clout, well-connected people known to be big debtors walk the streets freely. The situation is about to change for the better. “I think the time has come for us (Federal Government) to set some examples with some of these top debtors of AMCON, which…will…

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Should We All Become Bootlickers In Nigeria?

By Onyema Omenuwa When Chief Bola Ige was appointed minister by a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administration in 1999 and he seemed to carry on with the conviction that it was a call, on merit, to serve the nation, Chief Sunday Afolabi had to, unapologetically, caution restraint, telling Ige that he was only invited to “come and chop.” For the fact that Chief Ige was a chieftain of a rival political party, the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Afolabi considered him undeservedly lucky, of course owing to the belief,…

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Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha Says The State Is Ready For Business

By Charles Odibo “My vision for Imo is a South East Nigeria State that will become one of the top three (3) most developed state economies in Nigeria by year 2025… leveraging on the abundant human capital and natural resources the state is endowed with to build an economy anchored on good governance, wealth creation, rule of law and sound management of state resources.” – Governor Emeka Ihedioha In the lead-up to his inauguration and swearing –in on May 29th, 2019 as the sixth democratically elected Governor of Imo State,…

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The Resurgence Of Igbo Scare Of Old And Humans Not Learning From History

By Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike The Republican News The so-called Igbo “scare” in the British Cameroons between 1945 and 1961 allegedly led the southern part of the British mandate to opt to leave the federation of Nigeria on the 11th of February 1961. The fear of Igbo domination in all the sectors of social and political life in the former German and British territory was given as a major factor. Kumba, Mamfe, Bamenda, Tiko and Victoria had a large number of NdiIgbo who dominated the economy. This led to local resentments,…

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The Forgotten Drainage System In Owerri

By Dozie Nwosu Okereke It is quite disheartening, that over 99% Imo citizens and Owerri residents, are not aware there is a central drainage system in the entire Old & New Owerri, which is connected to a 12-feet high tunnel that stretched from Owerri municipal to Owerri West & North. The last administration that evacuated this all-important drainage, is Col. Tanko Zubairo’s regime in the days of military regime. Since the inception of democratic government in 1999, Chief Achike Udenwa (eight years), Chief Ikedi Ohakim (four years), Mr. Rochas Okorocha…

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Imo State: Replacing Mediocrity With Intellectualism

By Ikechukwu Amaechi Although the swearing in ceremony of Hon. Emeka Ihedioha had come and gone on May 29, 2019, this master piece from Mr. Ikechukwu Amaechi, the Managing Director of TheNiche newspaper, and the former chairman of the Inauguration lecture sub-committee of the Imo State 2019 Inauguration Planning Committee is worth our attention. Emeka Ihedioha will take the oath of office as the sixth democratically elected Governor of Imo State on Wednesday, May 29, a dream come true both for himself and for Imolites who have suffered for long.…

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How Northern Nigeria Parents Traffic In Their Own Children

By Ismail Adamu The man in a village at the outskirts of Tsafe in Zamfara State is just one in thousands, may be millions, of parents in Northern Nigeria, but he provides a perfect example. He produces so much more children than he can cater for. Once his male child is around age four to five, he buys a plastic bowl for him and takes him to the bus station in Tsafe and gives the driver N500 and says ‘a daura min shi a injin’ (let him sit at the…

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Why Rebuiding Imo State Won’t Be A Sprint, But A Million-Man March

By Ogu Bundu Nwadike Any careful fan of mine may remember that, once upon a time during the days of electioneering verbal hostilities for primary elections and the general elections proper, I wrote that the 2019 gubernatorial election will be a cup final between Imo United FC and Agburu Rochas FC. It is now part of our history that at the end of the 2019 general elections, Imo United won and Agburu Rochas lost. That, to me, is the practical evidence of democracy at work. Government of the people, for…

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Decentralizing Port Operations And Ending The Chaos In Lagos

By Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa Last week, I was trapped for hours on the Isolo-Apapa Expressway in an unprecedented traffic gridlock. Many lanes of the so-called expressway were seized by articulated vehicles especially trailers carrying containers and fuel tankers, forcing other vehicles to drive against the traffic, in an effort to move forward since most of the articulated vehicles seemed stationary. Nigerian road users were sweating and cursing. A friend of mine who was riding with me in exasperation asked “When will this war end?” I turned to look at him…

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