Tag: Nigeria

Of big country, economy and cynics!

Of big country, economy and cynics!

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

BY HAMISU ABUBAKAR HOW does this affect the price of fish?” was the cynical rider to a newspaper report early in the week that Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa’s leading economy. This followed the cheery news coming from the National Bureau of Statistics, which confirmed, of course, what many had long believed- that […]

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’135 Civilians Killed’ In Boko Haram Attacks Since Wednesday – BBC

’135 Civilians Killed’ In Boko Haram Attacks Since Wednesday – BBC

| April 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Senator Ahmed Zannah has told the BBC that gunmen have killed 135 civilians in at least three separate attacks in Northeast Nigeria since Wednesday. According to Amnesty International, at least 1,500 people, half of them civilian, have been killed in the restive region this year, the BBC noted. The organisation blamed both “an increase in […]

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What you don’t know about the name NIGERIA

What you don’t know about the name NIGERIA

| April 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

We have been taught that the name Nigeria was derived from the River Niger and coined from Niger area to Nigeria by lord Luggard’s Mistress Flora Shaw. In fact, the name first appeared in print in the Times in 1897 and Flora Shaw was then the colonial Editor. The area presently known as Nigeria used […]

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Does Nigeria need a Guantanamo Bay type detention camp?

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

THE  ramming of two planes into the New York Twin Towers  and co-ordinated attacks on other selected targets in the United States by suicidal Al-Qaeda agents  on September 9, 2011, changed the face of terrorism in the world. America and the developed world expectedly responded promptly by fishing out the culprits and dealing with them […]

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Dissecting giant strides in import/export sector

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

BEFORE the discovery of oil, Nigeria had made great advancements in textile, agricultural, solid minerals and manufacturing sectors. It is then baffling why countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia, which sustained the tempo of their economic growth, are now ranked among global economic heavy weights, while Nigeria remains a consuming and import-dependent nation. But happily […]

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Nigerian Army Says 288 Rifles, 35 Rockets Seized From Terrorists In Cameroon

Nigerian Army Says 288 Rifles, 35 Rockets Seized From Terrorists In Cameroon

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Nigeria military claimed on Tuesday to have seized 288 rifles and 35 rockets from terrorists in Cameroon at the weekend. A statement signed by the Director of Defence Information at Defence Headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade, attributed the seizure to the collaboration in fighting terrorism in the sub-region, as Cameroon security forces made the […]

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Nigeria is on the rise, don't talk it down, minister says

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Pascal Fletcher and Tim Cocks ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria has a strong, buoyant economy receiving billions of dollars of foreign and domestic direct investment in power, petrochemicals, agriculture and consumer goods, but it needs to grow faster to reduce poverty, its finance minister said, In a spirited response to what she called a trend […]

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The Confab, Itsekiri, Urhobo and Bugaje’s grandstanding

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

THESE are certainly not the best of times for the Itsekiri and Urhobo ethnic nationalities in Nigeria. Things are even unimaginably critical for Itsekiris in comparison to other ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Yet, the oil-rich but unarguably impoverished homeland of the Itsekiri people (Warri South, Warri North and Warri South-West […]

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Oil Block “OPL 245”  Fraud :  Italian Police Launch Probe Into How President Jonathan And Cronies Shared Controversial Oil Block Funds

Oil Block “OPL 245” Fraud : Italian Police Launch Probe Into How President Jonathan And Cronies Shared Controversial Oil Block Funds

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The police in Italy have launched an inquiry into Nigeria’s most infamous deep water oil block, OPL 245. By this action, they join the British, who in July last year also began a probe of the allegation that money laundering may have been involved in a $1.3 billion Nigerian oil bloc deal involving Royal Dutch […]

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Jonathan and the burden of national unity

| March 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Peri-Monday Okonny These days, several important national issues are competing for attention in the polity, but at the centre of it all is the question about the unity of Nigeria which has been given a fresh spark by the centenary celebrations to mark the amalgamation of the country, as well as the upcoming National […]

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Akanbi, Ribadu, Oshiomhole, Fashola Lament Corruption in Nigeria

| March 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

 Justice Mustafa Akanbi By Chuks Okocha    and Gboyega Akinsanmi Corruption took the centre stage at the third edition of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) loyal to the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, as participants spanning various strata of anti-corruption fight in the country lamented its inability to tame the scourge. Former Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices […]

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CANAN Says Boko Haram Attacks Worsening Refugee Situation In Nigeria

CANAN Says Boko Haram Attacks Worsening Refugee Situation In Nigeria

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nigerian-American Christians, under the umbrella of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN), on Wednesday called on the Nigerian government to do its utmost to care for refugees spilling out of the country as the Boko Haram attacks in northern Nigeria grow in intensity. In a statement in New York by its Executive Director, Pastor Laolu […]

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Nigeria Presidential Boeing Business Jet Develops Technical Problem In Minna

Nigeria Presidential Boeing Business Jet Develops Technical Problem In Minna

| March 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan and some top government officials on Saturday escaped an air mishap at the Minna Airport, Niger State, when a presidential jet developed a technical fault, while they were aboard. The presidential jet, Nigerian Air Force 001 (5N-FGT), had earlier conveyed Jonathan to Minna for the -Peoples Democratic Party’s North-Central rally which held […]

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Tinubu, Buhari, Oshiomhole offer road map to new Nigeria – Sun Newspaper

| March 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar has declared that a fresh mandate for the incumbent President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 could spell doom for the country democracy as he claimed that President Jonathan could transform himself to a civilian dictator. Speaking yesterday in Abuja at the APC national summit tagged, “Road map to a New Nigeria, […]

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Tinubu, Buhari, Oshiomhole offer road map to new Nigeria

| March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

FROM TAIWO AMODU, ABUJA Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar has declared that a fresh mandate for the incumbent President, Dr  Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 could spell doom for the country democracy as he claimed that President Jonathan could transform himself  to a civilian dictator. Speaking yesterday in Abuja at the APC national summit tagged, “Road map  […]

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Nigeria Government Votes N300 Million To Fight Foreign Media ‘Propaganda’

Nigeria Government Votes N300 Million To Fight Foreign Media ‘Propaganda’

| March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nigerian authorities are signing off a N300 million war chest to contest what an official called “negative publicity” on Nigeria in foreign media, as the government faces increasing criticism over its handling of a rampaging terror crisis in three northeast states. The amount will be spent on “External publicity/media insertions in foreign media: print media, […]

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Nigeria Sacks Heads Of All Aviation Agencies

Nigeria Sacks Heads Of All Aviation Agencies

| March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some four months after Saharareporters exposed monumental fraud and corruption at the ministry of Aviation in Nigeria, the Nigerian government today fired all directors working in various aviation agencies in the country. Saharareporters had exposed how the former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah,  forced several cash strapped agencies in her ministry to purchase several luxury vehicles including […]

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Nigeria Military ‘Intensifies’ Campaign To Stop Boko Haram

Nigeria Military ‘Intensifies’ Campaign To Stop Boko Haram

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Nigeria’s Military Defence Headquarters today said it had intensified a new approach aimed at containing the Boko Haram insurgency, but it gave no details except to solicit information of the public.  In a statement on the security situation in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, which are under emergency rule, the army described the upswing in […]

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Original Copy Of Report By The Financial Reporting Council Of Nigeria That President Jonathan Relied Upon To Suspend CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

| February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

I am impressed with Shaka Momodu of THISDAY newspaper for standing in the gap for a quiescent Nigeria media, and for being the first and only Nigerian journalist resident in the country till date to take a look at this Financial Reporting Council document, and draw the correct conclusion that treasonable financial crimes occurred at […]

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Why A Northern Christian Candidate For President Won’t Work By Sheik Ahmad Gumi

Why A Northern Christian Candidate For President Won’t Work By Sheik Ahmad Gumi

| February 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Outspoken Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi has said that a Northern Christian candidate for President under the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) would not work in Nigeria’s 2015 elections. He made the comment while analyzing the political developments in Nigeria in an interview with SaharaTV on Saturday. Northern Christians he said needed to rebuild confidence […]

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