Why Trump Lies by Tobias Stone

Soviet propaganda poster Many people, mostly those outside of Trump’s supporter community, are both appalled and baffled by his lies. How can a President — even one like Trump — Tweet or otherwise give statements that are either clearly untrue, or implausible and totally without evidence. Trump has two types of lies. The first are those that are demonstrably …

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Herdsmen terror: Rising above ethnicity by Abdulfatai Ayobami Ibrahim

As Nigeria’s steady and seemingly inexorable drift into an abyss of anomie continues, it is difficult not to notice the striking resemblance between the way Boko Haram was propped up in the not-too-distant past, by those in a position to have nipped its incipient danger in the bud, and the way the marauding Fulani herders …

Sule Lamido on President Buhari: The Death of Nigeria By Pius Adesanmi

I have on occasion chastised the Nigerian media, especially Premium Times and Channels TV, for offering prestigious platforms to EFCC graduates and assorted political recidivists to wade in on national affairs, interviewing and seeking their opinion on national issues, thereby normalizing and legitimizing them. Sule Lamido is a career EFCC indictee with an illustrious legacy …

Yes, Donald Trump can be removed from the US presidency. Here’s how | Jonathan Freedland

The bar is set so low for Donald Trump that every day he doesn’t trigger a nuclear confrontation with a distant adversary is seen as a bonus. Today was one such day, as Trump signalled that he would not, after all, tear up the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, as many – including his closest …

Nigerians on air – Tolu Ogunlesi

This piece is inspired by the sad story of British Airways cabin executive Joanne Wickenden, who recorded a video that went viral. In it she lamented the ways of Nigerian Travelers (more like the Economy Class Gang, actually), saying, “All the Nigerians are gonna be there like ‘gimme Coca Cola, gimme me beef, why you …

Corruption report on police and judiciary – Punch Newspaper

THE ranking of the police and the judiciary as the most corrupt public institutions in the country, in a survey conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, only confirms a widely held belief, which not a few Nigerians would posit. The integrity barometer, which …

Lessons from IPOB – Niran Adedokun The Punch

For the record, I do not have any shred of sympathy for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra. I agree that the Igbo people of South-East Nigeria have been served the short end of the stick for too long. One should be honest enough though, to admit that Nigeria has been unfair …

Biafra and the burden of a warrior nation – The Nigerian Guardian

Nnamdi Kanu When the last Biafran War ended in 1970, Nnamdi Kanu, the founder and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was barely three. Whatever he may have known about the war he must have acquired from his parents, his peers, senior people who experienced the war first hand and from reading and …

Why Obama shouldn’t have had to ‘show his papers’ – GOLDIE TAYLOR of THE GRIO

“Show me your papers!” Major Blackard, then just 19 years old, dug into his trousers in search of his wallet. He patted his jacket, but could not find his billfold. “Sir, I done left my wallet…” Blackard said. Before he could finish his sentence, the young man was posted against the brick wall, cuffed and …

EFCC, AGF rift denting Buhari’s anti-graft war – Punch Editorial Board

A rift between two top government institutions is threatening to sink President Muhammadu Buhari’s crusade against corruption. Specifically, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation are at war over the procedure for the prosecution of high-profile corruption cases. While they are wrangling, corrupt elements in the society …

The Police is Your Friend By Pius Adesanmi

(This is a long read. I plead guilty. I humbly ask for one hour of your time to come along with me.) There are two research questions I have to start asking Nigerians who were at least 40-years-old between 1960 and 1970: what was your police experience? What was your perception of the sociology of …

Judicial lessons from Kenya – Punch Newspaper Editorial

THE annulment of last month’s presidential election in Kenya by its Supreme Court has set a new standard for the judiciary in Africa. In a continent where such decisions are more likely to be influenced by political expediency than legal sagacity, the annulment is a breath of fresh air, and a paradigm shift that encapsulates …

With Conrad on the Congo River – NYT

The Congo River. Christian Ziegler/National Geographic, via Getty Images The smoked monkeys brought the point home. During my first day on a boat on the Congo River, I’d embraced the unfamiliar: how to bend under the rail to fill my wash bucket from the river, where to step around the tethered goat in the dark …

The Weaponisation of History and Journalism – Paul Craig Roberts

Today our country is far more divided that it was in 1860. Identity Politics has taught Americans to hate each other. In the United States, facts, an important element of truth, are not important. They are not important in the media, politics, universities, historical explanations, or the courtroom. Non-factual explanations of the collapse of three …

Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions – Chatham House Report

That corruption is a destructive and complex practice is openly acknowledged in Nigeria, yet it remains ubiquitous in the functioning of society and economic life. Acts of diversion of federal and state revenue, business and investment capital, and foreign aid, as well as the personal incomes of Nigerian citizens, contribute to a hollowing out of …

Outside view of Nigeria – BBC

BBC's Martin Patience is leaving Nigeria after 2 years. listen to a recap of his lessons learned in a version of the 'From Our Own Correspondent' Below is a transcribed excerpt of his version. ''Nigeria is truly the maddest place I have ever had the pleasure of living in. It’s a country that constantly feels …

It’s time to stop using Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ as a guidebook for the Congo – Lynsey Chutel

Joseph Conrad sailed up the Congo River more than 100 years ago and yet the novella based on his experience remains the African guidebook for many contemporary writers. Heart of Darkness, first published in 1899 as a three-part magazine serial, tells the story of a steamboat captain navigating a primitive Africa and the brutalities of …

The EU withdrawal bill is nothing less than an executive coup – Rafael Behr The Guardian

When designing a weapon, it is a good idea to imagine it falling into the wrong hands. The same principle applies when politicians ask for new powers: benefits of the advertised use must be weighed against the potential for misuse. There are legislative weapons so powerful that no government can be trusted with them. The …

For the sake of the UK send Boris to the long grass – Owen Jones Guardian columnist

Brexit is the most important point in our postwar history, and our foreign secretary commands no respect in Europe. Enough is enough Please, Theresa May, for the sake of our country’s future, sack Boris Johnson. His continued presence as foreign secretary is a national humiliation. The influence of a leftwing Guardian columnist over the prime …

Supreme Court Nullifies Disputed Kenyan Election (video) – Council of Foreign Relations

Kenya's Supreme Court nullified the August 8 reelection of President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday and ordered new polls be held (The East African) in sixty days following a petition by opposition candidate Raila Odinga. The electoral commission claimed Kenyatta won with 54 percent of the vote (WaPo); Odinga accused the commission of irregularities (AP) in …

Odinga Should Heed His Own Words to Strengthen Kenyan Democracy – Chatham House

Editorial This was earlier published. The matter has now been judicially examined and the result and decisions published today. It is for the Kenyan people through its organs to determine its fate. Again like Buhari who was a habitual contestant in presidential election, Odinga progressed his country both legally and electorally. Raila Odinga is refusing …

International Election Observation and Monitoring (video)

The quick acceptance by the international election observers of the outcome of the vote was the operation of low expectation syndrome for anything African. Again even Africans suffer from similar syndrome. The electoral and judicial development is a welcome one for Africa and hopefully for the rest of the world. Do not support what you …

Ex- Speaker Okobonoh sent lawmakers on 3 weeks holiday to celebrate his son’s graduation – By SIMON EBEGBULEM, BENIN-CITY

Last Monday’s impeachment of the Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Mr Justin Esezobor Okonoboh, who assumed office in July, 2016, has created a fresh political tension in the state. And since he assumed office, it has been one bickering after another between him and his colleagues in the House. Mr Victor Edoror, an …

No ‘constructive ambiguity’. Labour will avoid Brexit cliff edge for UK economy by Keir Starmer

We need a transitional Brexit deal that provides maximum certainty and stability. Labour will deliver it. If we are to deliver a deal that protects jobs and the economy, we must be clear about the hard choices that need to be made.Constructive ambiguity – David Davis’s description of the government’s approach – can only take …

Nigeria’s woeful outing at London 2017 – Editorial Punch Newspapers

NIGERIAN athletics is in tatters. To cap it all, the country’s 17-man contingent to the 2017 World Athletics Championships returned home without winning any medal. Not even Blessing Okagbare could save Nigeria’s blushes as the world’s best gathered in London, England for the biennial event organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. For a …

Ex-legal chief attacks Theresa May’s ‘foolish’ claim on European court of justice by Jamie Doward of The Guardian

Theresa May’s Brexit strategy has been thrown into new doubt as a former head of the government’s legal services ridicules the prime minister’s claim that the UK can break free of all European laws while continuing to reap the economic benefits of the EU’s single market.Sir Paul Jenkins, who was the government’s most senior legal …

HE IS A 67 YEAR OLD FAAAA! By Hassan Mohammed

When I'm confused I engage in my usual circumlocution and rants. And today, I'm not even going to talk about politics or democracy. I'm want to talk about our culture, and especially religion related culture; not because I'm a cultural or a religious expert, but because the little I know helped me to identify and …

Meet Hajara Bashari from Jigawa, the first Hausa Muslim female wing commander in Nigeria

Hajara began her career as a non-commissioned officer in 1986. She rose to become the first Hausa Muslim woman from a core Northern state to reach the rank of Wing Commander, equivalent to Lieutenant Colonel in the Army.Hajara, a daughter of late Marafan Birnin Kudu, Colonel Bashari Umaru, from Birnin Kudu in Jigawa State, is …

Upper Tribunal provides guidance in cases of judicial bias By Nick Nason

In Sivapatham (Appearance of Bias: Sri Lanka)[2017] UKUT 293 (IAC) (7 July 2017) frustrated novelist and president of the Upper Tribunal McCloskey J considers the law surrounding judicial bias in the tribunal.As with previous exponents of the art (see Denning LJ, or Moses LJ), judgments of the President are almost always entertaining on some level, …

“The Foreigner from a Distant Land.” by Paula Addai | The Rants of a Ghanaian!

I am a foreigner, from a distant land.I speak your language but you don’t understand.I have hands like yours, that are never praisedI have eyes like yours that can also gaze.I know you came from the land of my fatherBut then why can’t we accept each other?It is sad you think that you are betterBut …

Now I’m in my 50s, young men want to date me: Welcome to the world of WHIPS

Dating in her 50s, Bibi Lynch has noticed a surprising trend: the men pursuing her are younger. Much younger. And she’s not alone…  Credit: Sophia SpringI’m in the Apple Store, praying to Steve Jobs that my laptop can’t be fixed. Because the last image on my screen as it died was an obscene selfie sent …

Stephen Hawking blames Tory politicians for damaging NHS – The Guardian

Stephen Hawking has accused ministers of damaging the NHS, blaming the Conservatives in a passionate and sustained attack for slashing funding, weakening the health service though privatisation, demoralising staff by curbing pay and cutting social care support.The renowned 75-year-old physicist was speaking to promote an address he will give on Saturday outlining how he owes …

British scholar: ‘Don’t take the bible literally’ – Dr Hugh Houghton

Dr Hugh Houghton said the earliest Latin interpretation of the Gospels tells readers not to take the Bible too literally ShutterstockA British academic has said that the earliest Latin interpretation of the Gospels tells readers not to take the Bible too literally.Dr Hugh Houghton, of the University of Birmingham, said “it’s not the literal meaning …

Mr Justice Darling: “an impudent little man in horsehair” By Henry Brooke

Mr Justice Darling, “Judicial Lightweight”, by SpyThis blog is written about an English judge who died, aged 87, a month before I was born, and inhabited a totally different age..He had served as a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division for 27 years and was made a peer (not a law lord) the …

COME TO EQUITY WITH CLEAN HANDS by Hassan Mohammed

There is a reason why it was stated that if you are coming to equity come with clean hands. You cannot preach against or fight a corrupt system when your hands may themselves be soiled and tainted.You can't instill financial/ethical discipline if you are not, culturally, financially and ethically disciplined. Ask Emir MSII, Prof. Mahmoud …

Trump is a blowhard – By Fareed Zakaria

How did we get here? Why does it appear that we’re on the brink of a war in Asia, one that could involve nuclear weapons? North Korea has had nuclear-weapons capacity for at least 10 years. Have its recent advances been so dramatic and significant to force the United States to wage a preventive war? No. The crisis …

Why do Buhari, Dos Santos and Mugabe go to hospital abroad? By Damian Zane BBC News

AFPNigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has been in London for medical treatment since MayThe presidents of Nigeria, Angola, Zimbabwe, Benin and Algeria all have something in common - an apparent lack of faith in the health systems at home.In terms of time spent abroad getting medical help, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, is the first among …

Diary of Buhari’s medical vacation – Punch Newspapers

President Muhammadu Buhari, who assumed office on May 29, 2015, had earlier embarked on a six-day vacation in the United Kingdom between February 5 and 10, 2016.On June 6, 2016, he embarked on another 10-day vacation to attend to what the Presidency described as “persistent ear infection.”It had said although Buhari was examined and treated …

South won’t accept northern military constitution again – Ayo Adebanjo

An elder statesman and chieftain of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, in this interview with TUNDE AJAJA, speaks on the origin of the calls for restructuring and why the time for the country to do it is nowThe late sage and former Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, said in …

5 Tips to Increase Blog Traffic Posted by Caitlin

I’m a firm believer in celebrating even the smallest of achievements, and at the end of last month I finally reached two long time goals with my blog: the first milestone I reached was receiving over ten thousand views in a month, and the second was gaining 2500 WordPress subscribers.My website has been a labour of love to …

SHINA PETERS VS JIM OVIA via WhatsApp

In 1990, Shina Peters built a house with N20 million naira; the same year Jim Ovia started Zenith Bank with the same amount.Today, you and I don't have a room in Shina's house but I have an account in Jim's bank and probably you do too.Shina's house was built in Iju Lagos and remains there …

The Guardian view on Donald Trump: beyond the moral pale | Editorial

In his angry and undignified press conference on Tuesday night, Donald Trump deliberately and shockingly crossed the line that separates the acceptable and the unacceptable in the conduct of an elected democratic leader in a multiracial society. Mr Trump must now face the consequences of this momentous and inexcusable decision. Those consequences should include the …

Linda ikeji cars and house

Linda Ikeji is deservedly considered the queen of blogging. She started her career about 9 years ago and now holds a top position in terms of blogging. In addition to her success and title as the most successful bloggers, Ikeji is also wealthy. If you count Linda Ikeji cars and take a look at her …

Soldiers force lady to undress for wearing camouflage – (video) The NigeriaLawyer

This is the rule against the non authorised use (wearing) of military uniform. This rule is in the context of the state of education in Nigeria.The governor of Ekiti state Peter Ayo Fayose is not a military governor and not entrolled in the services or an actor in a drame or TV series. However, he …

A genuine couple can enter in a marriage of convenience, says High Court By Nath Gbikpi

A couple may enter into a “marriage of convenience”, even if they are in a genuine relationship. This was, in summary, the finding of the High Court in the case of Molina, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 1730 (Admin).BackgroundThe Appellant, Mr Molina is a …

Lawmakers approve Umahi’s request of N2.5bn for construction of Ecumenical Centre Published August 5, 2017 Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki

EditorialWages of civil servants not paid, school attendance by children of the state less than 50%, no roads, no economy yet with their eyes open the House of Assembly approve the hugh sum of N2.5bn for a church. Constitutionally Ngeria is a secular state, no state religion.Ebonyi State House of Assembly has approved the sum …

New Home Office guidance on deciding partner/parent visa applications in wake of MM (Lebanon) and Others

Guidance on family life (partner or parent) 5-year routes published following July Statement of ChangesNew Home Office guidance on deciding partner/parent visa applications in wake of MM (Lebanon) and OthersFollowing the February Supreme Court judgment in MM (Lebanon) and Others on the minimum income requirement for partner visas and the subsequent Statement of Changes in …

Nigerian Graft Agency Traces $615 Million to Ex-Oil Minister – Bloomberg

Diezani Alison-MaduekeNigeria’s anti-graft agency said it traced at least $615 million of allegedly illegally acquired cash and properties to the West Africa nation’s former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.In addition to “boxes of gold, silver and diamond jewelry, worth several million pounds” found at her residence, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission identified more than a …

Why Trump can’t disavow the Charlottesville neo-Nazi carnage | Matthew d’Ancona

A thread twitches across time: I was only nine when the “battle of Lewisham” was fought on 13 August 1977, but four decades later I can still remember the frightening chants of the National Front marchers, audible from our street, and the charred bins and strewn rocks and glass left behind after the three-way clash …

How over N11tr for electricity was squandered under OBJ, Yar’Adua, Jonathan – SERAPe

A new report by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has revealed how over N11 trillion meant to provide regular electricity supply was allegedly squandered under the governments of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.Jonathan, Yardadua and ObasanjoAccording to the report, “The total estimated financial loss to Nigeria from corruption …

A Few Things I Learnt From Cyril Odu – Feyi Fawehinmi

During my recent trip to Lagos, I had the good fortune of having a meeting with Cyril Odu — current CEO of African Capital Alliance, Chairman of Union Bank Nigeria and all of that after 4 decades with Exxon Mobil Nigeria.To say the man is a fount of knowledge about Nigeria will be to state the blindingly …

Profile of one of our success series – Barrister Abimbola Badejo – 5 Pump Court

Abimbola was called to the Bar in England and Wales on 25th November 1993. He is called to the Nigerian Bar where he was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on 26th November 2014. Abimbola returned to independent practice at the Bar in July 2009 having worked in local …

Ozubulu…death of the innocent

Yesterday gunmen stormed into a Catholic church in Ozubulu and gunned down members of the congregation who were attending Sunday mass. As the drama unfolded and social media was agog with gory pictures, the rumour mills started grinding and the blame was immediately directed at all sorts of terrorist groups. As the day progressed, however, …

A Grubby, Illegitimate Constitutional Amendment By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Editorial Chidi gets the politics wrong here. Constitutional amendments are not precise legal and academic excises. It's the juxtaposition of interests, selfish and selfless. It's the nature of breast. Democracy is messy and what is political is legal. Chidi OdinkaluNigeria’s legislators have chosen to trifle with the serious business of constitutional change. Driven solely by …

When a Candidate Conspired With a Foreign Power to Win An Election – Politico

Richard Nixon’s telephone calls came regularly during the 1968 campaign. And H.R. Haldeman took meticulous notes, jotting down the instructions he received from the candidate.Sometimes Nixon needed to blow off steam: demanding that a reporter from The Washington Post or The New York Times be banned from his campaign airplane for writing an offending story. …

The Real History of American Immigration – Politico

Trump supports curbing legal immigration APThe United States is currently experiencing a “historic flow of unskilled immigration,” warned Stephen Miller in a bruising press conference last week that saw the White House senior policy adviser harangue a CNN reporter over the famous Emma Lazarus poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Miller, who …

After his comments about African mothers, are we finally realising that Macron isn’t that liberal after all? By Nabila Ramdani

Macron's offending statement ‘Seven or eight children per woman,’ were Macron’s exact words, as he rehearsed a canard that is particularly popular among nostalgic colonialists who still speak of the Dark Continent. Nabila Ramdani examines what these comments tell us about the new French leader.Social media lynchings are as hyperbolic as they sound, but Emmanuel Macron …

Nigeria’s most experienced presidential aspirant comes again By Emmanuel Aziken

Only the ignoramus in today’s Nigeria will believe that the country’s most experienced presidential aspirant will abstain from the 2019 presidential election.AtikuAfter contesting in all presidential primaries/elections since 1993, the man who at the peak of his political power reportedly brought an incumbent president to his knees is again set for a make or break …

UNICEF report on the poor state of affairs with our primary education sector

Editorial Please read in conjunction with this article posted earlier African population problems Nigeria’s population growth has put pressure on the country’s resources, public ser-vices and infrastructure. With children under 15 years of age accounting for 45 per cent of the 171 million population, the burden on education has become overwhelming.Primary school enrolment has increased …

N700m “Guest House” Sokoto State Govt Purportedly Purchased For Sultan Belongs To The Sultan – SaharaReporters

Editorial The poor in the North has no Uhuru expectation anytime soon. Their elites, rulers elected and spiritual have failed and continue to fail them. They are the least educated and live shorter lives. In an effort by the Sokoto State government to cover up the fact it gave N700 million from Paris Club refund …

Why Nnamdi Kanu has not been re-arrested – IGP by Unini Chioma

Editorial While not happy at the fact of the non arrest of a suspect who is blatantly breaching bail conditions, it is right that those in authority are considering the matter and situation. And most importantly, the Police explaining why action has not been taken. This is a departure from past practices where the government …

How expensive are UK immigration applications and is this a problem? By Colin Yeo

The cost of making an immigration or nationality application has risen extremely steeply in recent years. Annual increases of 20% or 25% per year are now standard, bringing the current cost of an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain in 2017 to £2,297.The actual cost of processing such an application is £252, so the Home …

Photo shows low level security for President Buhari

The TV scene is a CCTV monitor and our president is his own security detail. In Abuja House London where the president resides has no security room with guards watching the CCTV monitor. There are four cameras for the whole building which will leave blind spots. How can you incur running costs for a parked …

Africa and it’s population problem

Editorial I very much wish our leaders had come to this conclusion and gave this speech. To allow this European to tell us our bitter truth is to fertilise the racism of Europeans and other non black races. Our elites are selfish and not willing to assist its people. However, this truth is true no …

Edo Traffic Law Offenders to face Sanity Test, Trial – Obaseki – Nigerian Observer

Editorial While we are at it, let's start with the rulers of the state. You must be insane to tell a poor widower, go die, when you destroy her own source of livelihood. What of the one who came to power but took six months to set up his government. Or the one who seeking …

UK Home Office announces crucial changes to Family Immigration Rules by Andrew Nyamayro

THE Home Office has published a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules which was presented to Parliament on 20 July 2017.  The purpose of the statement is to make changes to the family Immigration Rules following the decision of the Supreme Court in the Case of MM (Lebanon) v SSHD [2017] UKSC 10.The case of …

Looting of ex-President Jonathan’s home -Vanguard Editorial

The stripping of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s home in Gwarinpa, Abuja, went beyond mere burgling. It has since been  disclosed that all moveable items were removed from the house and apparently sold. The Police have since arrested their men on duty at the house as prime suspects. That such a scale of robbery can take place …

Wike now brags he has CJN Onnoghen, Judiciary in his pocket – Amaechi

Editorial Wike and Amaechi are the enfant terrible of Nigerian politics. Their moral and political bankruptcy is an open wound on our political landscape. If Amaechi want to clear his name and continue his infertile public juvenile battles with his former friend, he must resign and properly get into the gutter a place he seems …

“President Buhari Is Sick, Fayose Is A Mad Man” – Oshiomhole. Dailypost.Ng

Editorial Of course it takes one to know one. He who caused a widow to go die while on an ego trip as a jumped up Napoleon. The APC apologists who failed to fill the gaps in the narrative of their leader's health leave others to fill the gaps. The onus is on them who …

Minimum income threshold for UK visas under fire – Economic Times

Campaigners have threatened a legal challenge against the UK government for failing to act on the Supreme Court's ruling to prevent hardship on children as a result of minimum income requirements for its citizens to bring in their foreign spouses from countries like India. British citizens must earn more than 18,600 pounds a year before …

To be a Nigerian politician

This lady and gentleman should be the only reason to be a Nigerian politician. Upgrade their lives and our nation will be uplifted We have enough resources for them to better than this, of course, we do. Their lives close to the soil as they return to the soil in their thirties, uneducated, unclothed, without …

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif Resigns After Supreme Court ruling following a probe into his family’s wealth after the 2015 Panama Papers leak.

Editorial When the Panama Papers leaked, the Nigerian senate president, his wife were named as using illegally the facilities of Panama money laundering scheme. A country as corrupt as Nigeria, Pakistan is doing something about it. Yet our senate president is sitting sweet in Nigeria and in position. Nawaz Sharif has resigned as prime minister …

Trump escalates clash with LGBT community by Madeline Conway

President Donald Trump prompted the quick rebuke from advocacy organizations when he announced on Twitter early Wednesday that the military would reverse an Obama administration decision to allow transgender troops to serve openly. | Alex Brandon/APPresident Donald Trump’s decision to bar transgender Americans from serving in the military is ammunition for gay rights activists who …

The deconstruction of the USA by Trump, GOP, FOX News, Radio by Fareed Zakaria

In London last week, I met a Nigerian man who succinctly expressed the reaction of much of the world to the United States these days. “Your country has gone crazy,” he said, with a mixture of outrage and amusement. “I’m from Africa. I know crazy, but I didn’t ever think I would see this in …

Buhari and his health tour

Whether President Muhammadu Buhari has been irrevocably hobbled by ill health or he is sound in body and mind and prancing around in the Abuja House in London is a puzzle that would not be unravelled until he returns home. Even if all the state governors, the officials of the presidency and political parties travel …

Edo Varsity refutes media reports Posted By: By CASSIUS LAMAI

Editorial It's taken the university for rich Edo / Nigeria people a month to react to statements credited to its acting Vice Chancellor. They either sent their rejoinder by pigeon or that's how long it takes their brain process to produce a late response to what and how the university sees itself. The management of …

Lagos has 4 billionaires, 360 multi-millionaires, 6,800 millionaires •Ranks 4th wealthiest in Africa: From The Tribune

Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria has been ranked the fourth wealthiest city in Africa.With no other Nigerian cities listed in the ten-city fortune club, the nation’s commercial nerve-centre automatically clinches the wealthiest spot among Nigerian major cities.In a report by AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth, Lagos, considered to be home to US$120 billion …

Why? (Yam and Wood) by Feyi Fawehinmi

A couple of days ago, The Guardian Nigeria committed a serious act of journalism with an excellent multimedia story on the wood industry and market in Lagos. If you haven’t read it yet, leave what you’re doing and read it here now.It’s an example of what is not being done by the Nigerian media — bringing stories …

London visit: How much does it cost Nigerian taxpayers? By the Nigerian Guardian

Last Sunday, five governors from the All Progressives Congress (APC) including the party chairman, John Oyegun and Aviation Minister Rotimi Amaechi visited President Buhari who has been on medical vacation in London since May 7.The recent visit by a dozen party leaders to London, United Kingdom where President Muhammadu Buhari is recuperating costs only a few …

PDP still not learnt their lessons from Ali Modu Sherif debacle

PDP chapter in Adamawa state says they are working hard to bring back former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, into their fold. The Adamawa State chairman of the party, Abdurrahman Bobboi, disclosed this at a press conference in Yola the state capital yesterday July 24th. Recall that Atiku defected from PDP to APC in February 2014. His attempt to …

Inside Trump’s snap decision to ban transgender troops By RACHAEL BADE and JOSH DAWSEY

A congressional fight over sex reassignment surgery threatened funding for border wall.President Donald Trump’s sudden decision was, in part, a last-ditch attempt to save a House proposal full of his campaign promises that was on the verge of defeat, numerous congressional and White House sources said. | Andrew Harnik/AP PhotoAfter a week sparring with his …

UK criminal check plan for EU citizens is sticking point in Brexit talks

British demands to carry out criminal records checks on every EU citizen seeking "settled status" in the U.K. after Brexit have proved a major sticking point in talks with Brussels, according to individuals familiar with the negotiations. | Juan Mabromata/AFP via Getty ImagesUK criminal check plan for EU citizens is sticking point in Brexit talksBrussels …

ANALYSIS: Nigeria’s budget reforms: Lessons from U.S. Congressional Budget Office by Adeshola Komolafe

Nigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo signed the nation’s Appropriations Bill into Law on June 12, 2017, well over five months into the 2017 financial year. What this means is that for over five months, the government was spending funds that were not appropriated.While this misnomer is not new to Nigerians, it runs contrary to the …

APC: The Obstinate Journey to Shame via London by Pius Adesanmi

Those interested in the dustbin of Nigeria's history will one day find APC inside the rubble, among the putrefaction, just beside PDP, and bring out her carcass for examination.Such students of the dustbin of history will likely conclude that APC's signature contribution to the Nigerian tragedy is not in the empirical failure to deliver on …

Edo University, Iyamho ‘established for rich students who can afford the fees’ by The Cable

Editorial The revolution shall be televised. This silly action adds to the fire which continues to burn in the minds of the people. The use of state funds, commonwealth of the people to advance and privilege a select few. To correct the flaw in the composition of this policy, consideration must be given to awarding …

The UK peddles a cynical colonialism and calls it aid by Zoe Williams

Most of the Conservative 2017 manifesto read like a sloppily constructed plot point in a tale of hubris. All platitudes, jingoism and bear traps, it was it was like the document you produce when you think you can’t lose, just before you do. Yet on the matter of international aid, it was precise: we were …

The Sharia that I Love By Pius Adesanmi

Proponents and lovers of sharia law in the Sharia Republics within Nigeria have a siege mentality. There is this sense that the rest of Nigeria is against our "way of life" and we are often told to mind our business when we drag our unwanted mouths and noses into sharia issues.Alas, my mouth and nose …

Donald Trump’s lost opportunity by Fareed Zakaria

There are many ways to evaluate the Trump presidency at the six-month mark. What I am struck by is the path not taken, the lost opportunity. During the campaign, it was clear that Donald Trump had many flaws, but he tapped into a real set of problems facing the United States and a deep frustration …

Excerpts From The Times’s Interview With Trump By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Video In edited audio excerpts from an interview with New York Times reporters, President Trump discussed Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump Jr., Robert S. Mueller III and the newly disclosed conversation he had with Vladimir V. Putin. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times President Trump spoke on Wednesday with three New York Times reporters — Peter Baker, …

The Supreme Court Partially Allowed Trump’s Travel Ban. Who Is Still Barred? By ALICIA PARLAPIANO and ANJALI SINGHVI

Portions of President Trump’s travel ban went into effect at the end of June, after the Supreme Court temporarily lifted legal blocks on the ban and agreed to review the case this fall. The court granted an exception for people with “bona fide relationships” in the United States. Last week, a federal judge in Hawaii …

Magu By Obi Nwakanma of Vanguard Newspapers 

In Taoism, the word “Magu” means something quite powerful: the transcendent and immortal divinity of life, who protects the sacred order of the universe, and the female principle. It is like “Ala” – the female goddess of the earth and protector of life and the sanctified in the Igbo aetiological systems. On the other hand, …

Is It Racist to Say Africa Has ‘Civilizational’ Problems? BY REMI ADEKOYA Foreign Affairs Journal

French President Emmanuel Macron should have known his comments about Africa at the G-20 summit this month would spark an angry backlash. Responding to a reporter’s question as to why there is no Marshall Plan for the continent, he cited “civilizational” problems that are different from those faced by Europe after World War II: “Failing …

What Did Trump Know About His Son’s Meeting, and When Did He Know It? – MAX BOOT. Foreign Policy Journal

The administration has resorted to slippery statements and obfuscations, but the truth is closing in around it. Donald Trump is not noted for his sense of humor — he is witless in every sense of the word — but he got off an unintentionally hilarious line the other day when he praised his son Donald …

Employment standards in universities unacceptable, says Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has spoken against employment standards in universities, pointing out that universities were not established to create jobs, but to advance learning, promote research, and develop cultured students. He stated this at the 21st Convocation Ceremony of Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, which held during the weekend at the University’s Auditorium …

The Diary of Donald Trump: June 9th, 2016A glimpse inside the mind of a presidential candidate.Sarah Cooper

The following is an excerpt from Donald Trump’s diary entry dated June 9th, 2016. Slept like a billionaire last night (because I am one) (don’t forget that diary) Checked Fox News after my fried chicken and taco breakfast and saw Stupid Obama (still don’t know what to call him) endorsed Crooked Hillary Unbelievable. No one …

Missing President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari receives visit from his deputy. Why now? – Conor Gaffey of Newsweek

For a short time this week, Nigeria—one of the world’s most populous countries and Africa’s biggest economy—was leaderless. The current president, Muhammadu Buhari, has been off grid for more than two months since stealing away to London on May 7 to receive treatment for a mystery ailment. He has not been seen publicly (and has …

Nigeria has let a crisis go to waste Economic collapse was meant to spur diversification — that has not happened – david.pilling@ft.com (Financial Times UK)

The term “dead cat bounce” derives from the fact that even a dead cat will bounce if it falls from a great height. If you imagine a dead cat soaked in crude oil and dropped from a 50-storey building, you get a rough picture of how Nigeria’s economy is performing these days. Nigeria is expected …

Police reform – PUNCH NEWSPAPERS

SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, recently reignited public attention towards the vexed issue of rampant insecurity, the apparent weakness of the Nigeria Police and the consequent deployment of the military to take up the slack. Not only are lives and property at risk with ineffective policing, the country’s sovereignty and survival of …

PDP: A lifeline from the Supreme CourtByReuben Abati

On Wednesday, July 12, the Supreme Court saved our democracy and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). It did with its ruling in the matter between Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi, to determine who among the two is the authentic Chairman of the PDP. The Supreme Court of Nigeria practically threw the party a lifeline. …

Magu, Presidency, Senate, EFCC. Man or Institution 

Magu: Let Supreme Court decide, say SANs The ding-dong between the Presidency and the Senate over Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu continues. For the umpteenth time, the Presidency has restated that Magu, whose nomination as EFCC chair the Senate has rejected twice, is the man for the job. The Senate …

Confusing Stormzy and Lukaku? Using the N-word? This is not trivial. This matters by Kehinde Andrews

I must admit that my first reaction to seeing that the Irish Herald had mistakenly used a picture of Stormzy on its back page announcing Manchester United had signed Romelu Lukaku was laughter. In contrast, I hope that not many people were laughing when the Conservative MP Anne Marie Morris was caught saying that no …

Campaign what campaign by Pius Adesanmi

I have not seen a single update about a single issue the new Senator from Osun campaigned on... Today, you can take a canoe ride around Lekki, campaiging door to door, asking residents to vote for you to represent them in some capacity, everybody will want to know your party, religion, ethnicity, and godfather affiliation. …

Outcome of Trump and Vladimir Putin meeting

America was not present at the meting.  Rex is a receipent of the highest civilian award Russia bestowes on people who advance their cause.  Trump is the beneficiary of their electoral war on the US and he is financially tied to Russian controlled banks. He is selfish as he sees what benefits him as being …

Edo State Government propose to privatize the state-owned Nigerian Observer newspaper and Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS) 

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki said his administration will privatize the state-owned Nigerian Observer newspaper and Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS). His reason is that the state media outfits were not self-sustaining. This was at the annual public lecture series organized by the Correspondents’ Chapel, Edo State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) …