Kanu: Beyond casting off the chains

FELIX NWANERI reports on the controversy over the stringent bail conditions given to the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, who is standing trial for treasonable felony Was the bail granted to leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, meant to still keep him in chains? That is the question many have asked given the conditions of the bail granted to him by the Abuja division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday. Kanu was arrested on October 18, 2015 in Lagos…

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Investment in infrastructure, key to Nigeria’s recovery – Olowo

Hon. Rotimi Olowo represents Shomolu I Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly. He speaks, in this interview, on the need for a cordial working relationship among the three arms of government, among other issues. WALE ELEGBEDE reports It is now two years that the APC got into power at the federal level. How would you assess the government so far? The expectation of the people was so high when we came to power, but until you appreciate the fact that Nigeria almost collapsed when we came on board…

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As the nationwide CVR commences

One of the key activities of the National Electoral Commission (INEC) preparatory to the 2019 general elections commenced yesterday as the commission rolled out the nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in all the 774 local government areas of the country. Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, officially flaged-off the CVR in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) while the National Commissioners launched the exercise in states in their respective zones. The commission derives its power for this exercise from Section 10 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which…

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PDP: Sheriff pulls out of Jonathan’s peace move

Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has pulled out of the peace process initiated by former President Goodluck Jonathan. Sheriff walked out on Jonathan and other PDP stakeholders earlier this month at a meeting convened by Jonathan to reconcile the warring factions. Sheriff’s appointed Acting Deputy National Chairman, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, in a statement Thursday, said Jonathan lost control of the meeting he convened. “We are opting out and focusing our efforts at making the party the darling of Nigerians again. We had…

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Ranching, solution to herdsmen’s menace – Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, was among 15 Nigerian governors who participated in the justconcluded Business and Investment Forum in China. He speaks, in this interview, on the gains of the trip, his party’s recent council congresses and other issues. Cephas Iorhemen reports   You just returned from a trip to China, what would you say are the gains of the trip to Benue people? Of course, I attended the business forum organised by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, which had about 15 Nigerian governors including myself and Chinese businessmen in…

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Borishade: Passage of another political icon

At a time when Nigerians are still mourning former governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who passed on at the weekend, death struck again, yesterday, taking former Minister of Education, Prof Babalola Borishade, FELIX NWANERI reports     News of the death of former Minister of Education, Prof. Babalola Borishade, reechoed the words of a German scientist and satirist, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, who said: “I am always grieved when a man of real talent dies. The world needs such men more than Heaven does.” The Ekiti State born academic,…

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PACAC’s endless battle of wits

SGF’s suspension rekindles attack on Sagay’s committee For the umpteenth time, the Prof. Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) is under fire. In this report, WALE ELEGBEDE writes on the call in some quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari should scrap the committee because it has outlived its relevance When President Muhammadu Buhari took over the country’s mantle of leadership in 2015, he made no pretence of his desire to fight corruption head on. The fight against graft which is one of the three-pong missions of the current administration…

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