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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



President Goodluck Jonathan has announced the appointment of Chairman Daar Communications PLC, operators of African Independent Television, AIT, Chief Raymond Dokpesi,  as the new Chief Of Staff. Dokpesi replaces Mike  Oghiadomen, who also resigned on Monday. Both Dokpesi and Oghiadome hail from Edo State. It is believed that the appointment of Dokpesi like most others

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

N10.8 trillion 2012 revenues: Where is the evidence?

In this exclusive report, Economic Confidential reveals that even as it has become apparent that Nigeria may not meet any of the key points in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Debt Management Office (DMO) and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) crowd out the private sector from the debt market, a large chunk of


Counting the cost of Boko Haram Crisis

By Ahmad Salkida Just a few years ago, cross border trading used to account for a dominant part of the economy in Borno, and partly, in Yobe and Adamawa states in the north-east. The states’ defining outline landmarks are a significant part of Nigeria’s border with Cameroun, Niger and Chad Republics respectively. Intense large scale