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No matter what the voters decide in next year’s presidential election; no matter the freeness and fairness of the poll; and no matter the weather on that day, the APC candidate should be declared...

After killing hundreds and driving thousands of villagers from their homes in Damboa, Gwoza and other villages on the fringes of Borno State, Nigeria, Boko Haram terrorists effectively seized a portion of Nigerian territory...

Nigeria’s highest advisory body, the National Council of State (NCS), has ordered President Jonathan to end terror attacks by December without telling him how he should do it. And why December? If a seer...

Innovative Enterprise Institute will run the following courses in September/October 2014 Writing Skills certificate course (2 weeks) Course fee: N50, 000 per participant   Aptitude Training certificate course (1 week) Course fee: N20, 000 per participant   Community Services certificate course...

Little known until recently, the Ebola virus disease is changing the way Nigerians live. Many no longer exchange greetings or welcome guests by shaking hands. “Ranka dede”, a form of greeting that is popular...

By Jay Parini In a long interview with an old friend who was writing for an Argentine magazine, the pope put forward a 10-point plan for happiness. Here are Pope Francis' tips for a happy life...

Every day brings fresh material for writers on the Boko Haram war in Nigeria. For those who had been groping in the dark while trying to unravel the mystery of Boko Haram, the events...

April 14 came with both shock and disbelief. Boko Haram terrorists had bombed Nyanya in Abuja early in the day, killing more than 100 innocent souls. When the news of missing girls came about...

Afrobeat maestro Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has died of AIDS-related reasons and heart failure. He died on Saturday, August 2, 1997, after several weeks of illness at the age of 58. "The immediate cause of death...

Although Nigeria gained independence nearly 54 years ago, the re-colonisation of the country’s public psyche, especially the youth segment, is gaining traction through our local radio stations today, particularly among those broadcasting on the...

Someone may seek to register a political party called “Language Murderers’ Party (LAMP)” soon in Nigeria. The first word every person learns to write or spell correctly is his name. Not in Nigeria –...

Among the several musketeers who have been redrawing the “Abuja master plan” in their own image are minister of FCT Bala Mohammed, director of development control Yahaya Yusuf, and director of urban and regional...
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Truly, it’s very easy to make money in this country if one had the right code. Consider currency speculation. To get information about the direction of government policies and make a killing, a speculator...

The current strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, is nothing short of an elite war. It may end in January 2014 but it is bound to recur in two years, that...

Every health-conscious person must have benefitted from association with health workers – doctors, lab scientists, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, radiologists and dentists. Today, I’m sharing mine with my readers. I would have mentioned names...

There are strong indications that thousands of supporters of the current National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Bauchi State Governor, Alhaji Adamu Mua’zu, may be considering an option...

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Justice, Dr. Ali Ahmad, has said that the National Assembly should be vibrant to ensure good governance and the sustenance of the nation’s democracy. He stated that there...

Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, has offered explanations on his decision not to seek any elective office in 2015. Contrary to the usual fall-back plan of many of his contemporaries to seek other...

This is the play that generated the first yellow card for diving. How is this not a penalty? This is the play that generated the first yellow card for diving. How is this not a...

In a bid to ensure to ensure that its customers are not subjected to the recently imposed charges on cash deposits and withdrawals as stipulated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),...