Opinion

Oil & Gas Reforms: The Legacy Kachikwu Left Behind – 2

By Desmond Kazim Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, immediate past Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, worked diligently to reposition Nigeria’s oil and gas sector for stability, efficiency and transparency. A major landmark of Kachikwu’s tenure was that the lingering problem of cash call which plagued the Nigerian government was frontally tackled. Through his international contacts and global industry exposure, the country ...

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When The Bell Tolls

By Mahmud Mustapha In the past few weeks, alarm bells have been ringing about the danger facing the Nigerian economy. These alarm bells cannot be said to be frivolous or borne out of partisan inclinations because they are coming from tested economists and those who know about how well-run economies look like. The most recent is by the Emir of ...

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Oil & Gas Reforms: The Legacy Kachikwu Left Behind – 1

By Desmond Kazim Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, immediate past Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, worked diligently to reposition Nigeria’s oil and gas sector for stability, efficiency and transparency. When Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu was earlier appointed Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, and later became Minister of State for ...

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INEC Server: Between What The Court Said And Did Not Say

By Ifeanyi Izeze The behaviour of some educated Nigerians when it comes to national issues is outrightly incomprehensible. Must we always view critical issues within our partisan political frames rather than being broad enough to call a spade a spade and not a farm implement? Is it right to condone criminal behaviours and rationalise obvious aberrations in our polity simply ...

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Miyetti Allah’s Monkeypox Romance With South-East

By Casmir Igbokwe There is anger in the South-East of Nigeria, and understandably so. For one, there is total exclusion of the zone from President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. The dust of that exclusion was yet to settle when Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) raised another one. At a South-East security summit in Enugu last Thursday, MACBAN proposed the ...

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Between The Settlers And Owners Of Nigeria

By Aloy Uzoekwe I think it was the Jos crisis of 2001 that entrenched the term ‘settlers and indigenes’ in the Nigerian lexicon. The dichotomy between the rights of an indigene and those of a settler was the principal cause of the crisis which engulfed the then peaceful city of Jos and has since then like a malignant sore refused ...

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Is South-East Still Part Of Nigeria?

By Casmir Igbokwe The All Progressives Congress (APC) went on an ego trip last Tuesday. In its triumphant statement on the emergence of its candidates as the presiding officers of the National Assembly, the ruling party boasted that “the landslide victory by APC candidates was a triumph of democracy and party politics over the brazen lawlessness of anti-democratic forces that are ...

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Kokori As Metaphor For June 12 Heroes

By Felix Oboagwina Frank Ovie Kokori has suffered, really suffered! Physically. Psychologically. Politically. Professionally. This diminutive labour leader has passed through “hell.” Today, he spends his life savings nursing a wife virtually turned vegetable from a debilitating stroke. Esther Kokori has been in that condition since 1999, shortly after her husband secured his freedom from three years of detention (August ...

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Dictatorship Moves To Next Level

By Casmir Igbokwe President Muhammadu Buhari has never hidden his dictatorial tendencies. He exhibited it fully as a military ruler in 1984. Being a General then, he could be pardoned and his sins overlooked. But as a civilian President, it is difficult to fathom why his government still behaves as though we are still in the jackboot era. The suspension of ...

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Between Herdsmen’s Terrorism And Fulani Radio

By Casmir Igbokwe I was moved to tears. And the reason was the account of a Nigerian woman in Diaspora who was on a visit to Nigeria with her husband and nine-year-old daughter. According to the story, which has gone viral, some gunmen suspected to be Fulani kidnapped them on their way to Ibadan via Akure-Ilesa Road. The five of them ...

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