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AITEO Cup Victory: Divine Intervention, Enugu Rangers And Asaba ‘Miracle’

By Emmanuel Jonathan, JP. The 2018 Aiteo Cup (otherwise known as the Federation Cup) may have come and gone but the drama and miraculous manner with which the Rangers International Football Club clinched the Cup would remain a story that would be told and referenced while discussing issues relating to the power of possibilities in every circumstance of life and human endeavour. Stephen Keshi International Stadium Asaba was the venue for the 2018 Aiteo Cup finals between Kano Pillars and Rangers International Football Club. The stadium was filled to the…

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Poultry Farm Now Made Easy For Every Family

It may surprise you how limited or distorted the average Nigerian knows about the processes involved in egg production before it gets to the supermarket or neighbourhood kiosk. Recently, a friend of mine strongly insisted that commercial chickens globally are chemically induced to produce eggs, after all, how else would a hen lay eggs without being mounted by a cockerel. Obviously we need a lot of education and enlightenment to correct various errors and distorted views. I also strongly suspect that there are many with distorted views like my friend, who…

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PMB At ICC: Proud To Be Nigerian

I’ve seen him address the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Seen him speak at AU (African Union) summits. Seen him address the European Parliament at Salzburg, France. Watched him speak to the world a number of times at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). And on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, he stood ramrod straight to address the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, Netherlands. It was a time one felt tremendously proud to be Nigerian. I have been on the entourage of President Muhammadu Buhari to scores…

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Ekiti Election: Question Marks On Democracy

The Ekiti State governorship elections recently concluded, won and lost, not only ushers a new Governor into the Government house on October 15, 2018; but raises salient questions on Nigeria’s democratic path so far uninterrupted since 1999. Interestingly, the newly elected Governor Kayode Fayemi will be returning to the Ayoba villa, the posh government house built towards the end of his first tenure reportedly for N3.3billion, but largely unused by his successor,  out- going Governor Ayodele Fayose. It seems on reflection, that fate might have been  keeping the mansion for Fayemi ‘unspoilt’…

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Nigeria And Challenge Of Leadership

The greatest challenge facing the Nigerian nation is not restructuring, insurgent militancy, corruption, economic recession, youth unemployment, or energy crisis, but the dearth of selfless and visionary leadership. There is a crisis of bad governance. All myriads of problems the nation is facing are the effects of poor quality  of leadership that has failed over the years to transform the national wealth to commonwealth. It is obvious, that bad leadership seems to be plaguing Nigeria with each cycle of election raising hopes, and dashing expectations; translating into bad governance at all…

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Tributes: South Africans Hail Hero Winnie Mandela

South Africa on Tuesday paid heartfelt tributes to Winnie Mandela, who died aged 81, as politicians hailed her as an inspirational anti-apartheid campaigner and defended her often controversial record. The former wife of Nelson Mandela died in a Johannesburg hospital on Monday, mourned by many who praised her as one of the most charismatic and energetic activists who fought white-minority rule. Her convictions for kidnapping and fraud, and her reputation for overseeing brutal gang violence in black townships, were largely brushed aside by eulogies of her bravery, independence and integrity….

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RE: Open Letter To Governor Dankwambo

I bumped into an open letter written to Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, Talban Gombe,Dailytrust of 14th February 2018 by one, Abubakar Isyaku from the state. But that piece should have read, ‘Open Falsehood To Governor Dankwambo’, because that is all the article entails – lies and falsehood.   In the said letter, Isyaku struggled to paint Governor Dankwambo in a bad light. Initially my thinking was to ignore the said as a mere mischief of an individual who not only lacks knowledge of the subject matter, he…

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Air Transport Liberalisation Takes Africa Closer To Economic Integration

Travelling by air from one African country to another, as those familiar with the routes and processes would testify, is often strenuous, expensive and time-wasting due to poor air connections borne out of ill-advised protectionist policies. As Umaru Fofana, a BBC journalist, detailed in his experience in 2017 flying between the West African capitals of Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Banjul (The Gambia), a journey of 700km (400 miles) which should take about an hour could take 24 hours or 72 hours due to the non-availability of direct flights. Travelers from Freetown sometimes…

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FEMI ADESINA: Why I stand with Buhari

These are very difficult times in our country. Sad, mournful and dolorous times, as the New Year opened with killings in Rivers, Kaduna, Taraba, and Benue states, among others. Of course, there had been gruesome carnage on the Mambilla plateau mid last year, and bloodletting in Numan, Adamawa State, as well as in other places. Hell suddenly seemed to have enlarged itself against Nigeria. Sincere condolences to those who are grieving and mourning the loss of loved ones. But instead of finding solutions, and joining to chart the way forward,…

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