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The Essential Buhari: NNPC GMD’s Testimony

On Friday last week, Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari, Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), help an engagement with energy editors across diverse media platforms. Yours truly was invited. I currently serve as media adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, but I remain essentially a newspaper man. There’s nothing I love better. And when done in government, the media still beckons, by the grace of God. So I felt quite at home at the NNPC event, which was designed to update the media on current developments in the petroleum…

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See What Buhari Has Done To Nigerian Air Force

When a bird loses its wings, it is no better than a chick running round and merely looking up longingly. It can’t soar into the azure sky, and is just doomed for a certain time to walk the night. That was the state of the Nigerian Air Force years back, until President Muhammadu Buhari came. The Force was wingless. Forlorn. Grounded. Comatose. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, gave an idea of what was, and what now is, in Abuja February 2020, when President Buhari inaugurated two…

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#EndSARS: Inside PMB’S Parley With Former Heads Of State

It was very touching, poignant, as President Muhammadu Buhari met with all living former heads of state on October 23, 2020, to discuss the state of the nation. For about two weeks, the country had been suffused with unrest, later violence, precipitated by what began as legitimate protests against police brutality, code-named #EndSARS. In the words of the President, the protests were later “hijacked and misdirected “ by hidden hostile hands, who wanted to destabilize the country. Lives had been lost in scores, countless public and private properties burnt, there…

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President Buhari’s Address To The Nation On EndSARS Protests

ADDRESS TO THE NATION BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE ENDSARS PROTESTS, 22ND OCTOBER, 2020 Fellow Nigerians, It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs. I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well – intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad…

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PMB, THIS SON OF A TEACHER SAYS THANK YOU

“A good teacher is like a candle-it consumes itself to light the way for others,” said Turkish statesman, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. And that is what teachers in Nigeria had been for ages. They burn themselves out to light the way for all other professions, and we thereafter ask them to go get their rewards in Heaven. We squeeze and suck them dry, and throw away the chaff. Goodbye basket, I’ve carried all my apples. Till the man from Daura, Muhammadu Buhari came, and has now turned round the fortunes of…

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For The Record: Budget Of Economic Recovery And Resilience

Delivered By: His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari President, Federal Republic of Nigeria At the Joint Session of the National Assembly, Abuja Thursday, 8th October 2020 PROTOCOLS It is with pleasure that I present the 2021 Federal Budget Proposals to this Joint Session of the National Assembly. Distinguished and Honourable Leaders, and Members of the National Assembly, at this juncture, I wish to commend your tremendous efforts in approving the revision of the 2020 – 2022 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, and passage of the 2020 Appropriation (Repeal and…

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Gov Abiodun’s Largess Amid Tuber Of Yam, N200 Rewards For Nigeria’s Best Graduating Students

Sequel to the trending reports on Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, who gifted the winner of BBNaija 2020, Laycon, with a house and a cash sum of N5m, I decided to do a brief research on what best graduating students in our tertiary institutions, especially the public ones, have been getting for their outstanding academic performances and I was able to come up with these few prizes, some shocking, I must admit. But for the picture of Best Somadina published in a reputable online newspaper, holding on to his prize of a…

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Nigeria @60: Of Government Impunity And Need To Review Our Electoral Process

As Nigeria marks its 60th anniversary, I just can’t help but ponder on the inherent complexities and contradictions in its system. Some things appear so contradictory in this country that oftentimes, one is forced to wonder until the person probably becomes “a wonder.”  Now, let me start with this example. How do you explain a situation where government officials mount a roadblock on terribly bad roads that are sure to reduce the value of any motor vehicle, no matter its state of fitness, and ask you to present your own…

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Yes, Nigeria Is Collapsing Forward

In the past one week, those who think they own Nigeria, and their cohorts, have been making magisterial pronouncements on the state of the nation. What they couldn’t get through the ballot box in 2019, they are attempting to achieve through misinformation, disinformation, malevolence, false narrative, and outright malediction. Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, wants us to believe that the country is collapsing, and is now a basket case, with the economy and unity in tatters. Fine. Nigeria has a lot of challenges. Insecurity. Insularity. Fallen economic fortunes. Rising costs.…

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Buhari’s Applause For Akinwumi Adesina

The strife is o’er, the battle done. But it was by no means easy. It took so much: tact, diplomacy, guts, deft footworks, prayers, yes, prayers, and so many other things. But today, we can noise it all around. Dr Akinwumi Adesina is now elected for another five-year term as President of African Development Bank (AfDB). If America and some other world powers come after you, you have every right to shiver in the broiling sun. It’s like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo telling you to dismount from the horse of leadership…

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