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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Nigerian Judiciary By The Truckload

By Prof. Pius Adesanmi I have very long legs in the Nigerian judiciary. If you are a Judge of any consequence, including at least one current Judge on the Supreme Court, there is a good chance that I know you and we have had nkwobi together. That I know you is not the issue. The issue is how we met. Some of my friends who are aware that I am friends with many Ogas at the top in the judiciary often wonder: Payo, na wa o, how you take sabi…

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The Rise And Fall Of “Emperor” Rochas Anayo Okorocha

By Emeka Ejere Rochas Okorocha, as an elected governor of Imo State, governs like an emperor whose order must be obeyed, but his political future looks imbalance If the withholding of his certificate of return as a senator-elect eventually graduates to total reversal of his controversial victory at the polls, then Rochas Okorocha, the outgoing governor of Imo State may be heading to the twilight of his relevance both in the state and national politics. It looks even more so with the unfortunate development coming on the heels of Uche…

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Nobody Has Right To Ask Igbo, Others In Lagos To Leave, City Belongs To All Nigerians

By Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe Lagos State belongs as much to the ethnic Igbo as to the Yoruba, Ijaw, Hausa, Fulani, Efik, Idoma, Urhobo, Itshekiri, Edo, and so on who live in it, pay tax, identify with it, and settle in it. That compact was made the moment Nigeria became a single nation, and a successor power to the old principalities who were subdued and who ceded their sovereignty for the new commonwealth of Nigeria. It was pragmatic. The Igbo had the skill and the industry, and Lagos was the seat…

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As 65 Candidates Contest Governorship Election In Imo State

By Ikechukwu Amaechi As Nigerians vote again on March 9, all eyes will be on Imo State for two reasons. First, with the exception of Rivers State, Imo, the Eastern Heartland, has acquired the notoriety of being the country’s electoral malevolence capital under Governor Rochas Okorocha’s watch. In the eight years that he has been at the helm of affairs, all rules of civil engagement have been torpedoed. He has taken the state hostage, literally. The chairman of the All Progressives Congress Imo State Governorship Primary Committee, Ahmed Gulak, narrated…

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How To Be A Great PR Professional – Emeka Oparah

By Emeka Oparah This piece was inspired by an article published by Business Insider entitled “Meet the 25 Most Influential PR People Behind the Success of Corporate America,” which is led by Facebook’s VP Communications/Public Policy, Elliot Schrage. Formerly VP of Communications at Google. Schrage holds degrees from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government and has testified before the US Congress. Others named in the US list include Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman Public Relations, the largest PR firm in the world, with clients like PepsiCo, Hewlett-Packard-Packers…

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Playing ‘Politricks’ With The 2nd Niger Bridge

By Okey Ibeke It is classified as a critical national infrastructure. As the major bridge across the Niger river in the southern belt, the Niger Bridge linking Asaba, the capital of Delta State with Onitsha, the nerve centre of commerce in Anambra State, is the gateway to eight states in the southeast and south south. Travelers to Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers, Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu and Abia States from Lagos have to traverse through the imposing bridge. But having been rehabilitated shortly after the civil war, the sheer volume…

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Lest We Forget AMCON’s Role As Saviour Of Ailing Businesses

AMCON MD/CEO, Ahmed Kuru ———————————————————————————————————————————————————— By Bashir Ibrahim Hassan I am bold to say that the future of Nigeria is bright. Our current dispensation of democracy is under 30, but we are building institutions that are at par with those built by democracies that boast of centuries of experience with similar democratic institutions. One is tempted to question why older democracies, for that matter, tend to expect much from us, despite our fledgling democracy and budding experience at institution-building. But the high expectation is the more reason why we should…

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