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Nigeria's Minister of Petroleum Diezani Allison-Madueke speaks at a media briefing on a new gas price regime in the capital of Abuja

Diezani Alison-Madueke Launches N1 Billion Media War To Save Her Job

Diezani Alison-Madueke Launches N1 Billion Media War To Save Her Job

By The Paradigm The embattled minister of Petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke has launch a 1 billion Naira media war to save her job. The war as described by an aide in the minister’s camp is to save Ms. Diezani from losing her job. The source told The Paradigm that “having learn from what happened to her colleague

INVESTIGATION: How multibillion naira illicit tobacco trade thrives in Nigeria, putting millions at risk

Officials say fake cigarettes are huge public problems to Nigeria, heightening the existing public health concern posed by growing but uncontrolled tobacco market in Nigeria. Since 2008, Luka (he declined to provide his surname) has run a lucrative business a few hundred meters from Sheraton Hotel, one of Abuja’s most prominent hotels. At the moment,

Why Arogbofa Became Jonathan’s Chief Of Staff

By Eric Teniola It is a tradition for officers of the Signal Corps of the Nigerian Army to be given political appointments. Therefore the recent appointment of retired Brigadier General Jones Oladeinde Arogbofa as Chief of Staff to the President is a continuation of that tradition. There was General Murtala Ramat Muhammad (1938-1976). After gaining


Presidency 2015: Jonathan and Ijaws to teach Hausa-Fulani bitter lesson (1 )

BY OBINNA AKUKWE 2015 presidential election is going to be an epic battle as President Goodluck Jonathan and his Ijaw brothers are set to teach the entire northern establishment especially the Hausa-Fulani a bitter lesson. I have heard my northern friends and associates opine that come 2015, the opposition All Progressives Congress(APC), will drive Jonathan

2015: How Jonathan can win over North

BY ZAYYAD MUHAMMAD There are strong indications that President Goodluck Jonathon has kick-started the political manoeuvers to pave his way to contest the 2015 presidential election. Just like the 2011 presidential election, Jonathan’s splitting headache would be northern Nigeria. But this time around with a major difference- the opposition parties would be more united. PDP’s

Boko Haram: Between Amnesty and Dialogue for the ghost of Terror

BY THEOPHILUSILEVBARE The call by the Sultan of Sokoto and National leader of the Muslim faith, AlhajiSa’ad Abubakar III, to grant total amnesty to the dreaded Boko Haram members was rather outrageous and unfortunate. In what has become a public show of genuflection, prominent Nigerians from the north has since echoed the sentiments of the

As the Sun Sets in the West

The sun sets in the west and rises in the east. This fact has served as a compass to travelers for a thousand generations. Now has also become a metaphor for the Washington view of international relations. The number one long-term concern in Washington these days is not terrorism, tax cuts, or trade, but something

Gov Yero: Why muzzle and starve the Grassroots?

BY KYAUTA ILIYA IKARA AND MARYAM SULEMAN It is always good and desirable; both for the government and the governed, that a new government or the new man at the helm of affairs starts governance on beautiful note. Such is the expectation of the Kaduna State citizens. The hope; for a lot of people here,


EFCC: A Waste of Taxpayer’s Money

By Charles Ofoji If you spend, or employ uselessly without adequate return, it is a locus-classic case of profligate squander. Now, if you juxtapose the colossal sum spent on the so-called anti-graft agency, the EFCC since it was conceived and set up by former President Obasanjo`s government, with the results it has achieved in its