Opinion

Why My Mission To The US Matters

By Atiku Abubakar It has become pertinent for me to speak about my ongoing visit to the United States of America, where I met and I am still meeting with US administration officials and business leaders. I travelled to the United States of America because I had a mission and my mission is to create the right economic atmosphere for ...

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Xenophobia Is Worse In Nigeria

By Casmir Igbokwe We are very good at pointing fingers. But while we point one, the other four point back at us. We are also very good at not learning from history. We expect change especially at the political front, yet we don’t do things that will bring about that change. For instance, the Oba of Lagos recently dabbled in ...

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Fighting Corruption Is Possible

By Patrick Okigbo III ….. Book Review: “Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines” by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala ….. Reading “Fighting Corruption is Dangerous” by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala provides a window into what it takes to reform Nigeria’s public service. It is not a glamorous game; in fact, it is a contact sport and people can get hurt. People ...

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Before Mbaka’s 2019 Prophetic Stones

By Casmir Igbokwe Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo used this phrase “prophetic stones” in January 2009. In an advertorial titled “The power of the prophetic stone,” Ashimolowo urged Nigerians to join him in his church and be the first to be launched into favour, breakthrough and excellence that year. Those who would join him in his church, he promised, would be the ...

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Blame Game And Bleak Christmas

Casmir Igbokwe Recently, Oluoma gave birth to twins – a boy and a girl. A bundle of joy you might say. Yes. But this young woman cannot feed her babies. Her breast milk is not the problem. Money is. She desperately needs financial assistance. On a regular basis, I receive calls from known and unknown people who need such help. ...

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Budget 2019 Is Fundamentally Flawed

By Atiku Abubakar President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2019 Budget Proposals to the Joint Session of the National Assembly on Wednesday 20 December 2018. Its key aim is to, according to the President, ‘further place the economy on the path of inclusive, diversified and sustainable growth in order to continue to lift significant numbers of our citizens out of poverty’. ...

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Isabel dos Santos And The Economic Empowerment Of African Women

By Haley Thompson At a United Nations debate in New York, Isabel dos Santos, who is currently the richest woman in Africa (https://bit.ly/2Gxf9aw), spoke of the economic empowerment of African women as a key to transforming society. This and many of her other hopeful and encouraging messages have inspired many citizens in African countries, mainly young women, to pursue their ambitions in ...

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As SETESCO Rises And Shines Again

By Ikechukwu Amaechi Seven years after Nigeria’s fratricidal war, the bucolic Obohia community in Ahiazu-Mbaise local government area, Imo State, came alive, rediscovering its soul, literally, with education as the tonic. What used to be Eastern Nigeria had been devastated by the 30-month civil war. But the people were not broken. Out of the ruins sprang up community secondary schools. ...

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The Imperative Of Creating Jobs, Growing Nigeria’s GDP

By Louis Okoroma As the 2019 elections draw near, the issue of how to create jobs for the teeming millions of young school leavers, graduates and adults in the country is taking center stage. Creating jobs and growing the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the mark of a sound economy and a sign that the government of the country ...

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Cry, The Beloved South-East

By Casmir Igbokwe Alan Paton wrote his famous “Cry, the Beloved Country” in 1948. In the novel, he chronicled the social inequalities and dichotomies that gave rise to apartheid in South Africa then. But it was as if he had the South-East people of Nigeria in mind. Today, like in Paton’s country of 1948, the cup of discrimination against Nigeria’s ...

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