Nigeria ranks lower on transparancy international corruption index

Nigerian anti corruption war has been dealt a deadly blow by the recently released transparency international corruption perception index. For the fourth consecutive time, the country has slipped in the rating from last year result The country scored 27/100 and was ranked 136th in 2016, but the latest CPI scores Nigeria 28/100 and ranked it   No. 148 out of 180 countries surveyed. This represents 12 places below it’s level the previous year. Anti corruption is the major leg with which the current administration stands, but events tend to showcase…

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Hate speech: FG to come hard on the media

Buhari: Crackdown imminent

The All Progressives Congress has become increasingly intolerant of criticisms and opposition since the press releases from two former presidents and retired Generals, Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida. It will be recalled that the missives has sparked controversy and resulted in emergency security meetings with the presidency, after  which the the security agencies stated boldly that there is going to be monitoring of online activities, particularly as it relates to prominent Nigerians. This was apparently a knee-jerk reaction to the hue and cry over the nonchalant attitude shown by the…

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2019: Where are the Presidential aspirants?

Buhari: No alternative?

Since Atiku Abubakar, former vice president and Business Mogul, declared his interest as a presidential candidate, his declaration came with a bang and ended up in a whimper. Then came hounding from security agencies. Intel, a firm Atiku has interest in, was suddenly known to be evading tax, and operating license became under scrutiny. Rumors were flying around that some of the foreign Directors of his companies were humiliated out of the country. But This magazine’s inquiries indicates that Atiku is still consulting Nationwide. Hints came that David Mark, former…

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2019: President Buhari under pressure to jettison plan

Buhari: Under pressure

Pressures are continuing to mount on President Mohamadu Buhari to reconsider the option of withdrawing from the presidential race and face his retirement. And he appears to be in a dilemma on what to do. Since the former president Olusegun Obasanjo, a retired General, released a statement advising Buhari to leave the scene for younger generation, all have not been well with the presidency. And it was compounded with another release from another president, Ibrahim Babangida, who, through his spokesperson, Kassim Afegbua, reiterated the Obasanjo plea. While Obasanjo’s letter forced…

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Again, Airpeace runs into turbulence

Air peace: under turbulence

The Aviation industry has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent times. Last week, Dana Air flying from Lagos to Abuja suffered door mishap on arrival to Abuja Airport, a situation that generated controversy with passengers exchanging crossfire with the Airline. Why the Airline insisted that a passenger pushed down the door, passengers claimed that the door was making funny noise during flight. This time, reports indicate that there was a robbery incidence involving an Arik aircraft taxing for take at the off in Lagos. The…

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Dana Air door fall off after landing

Dana plane

Reports from passengers who flew Dana Air indicated that the door of the Aircraft fell off on landing. The Aircraft was said to be coming from Lagos to Abuja, and on landing at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, and taxing on the runway, the exit door reportedly fell off. Not all passengers, however, noticed the fall off, as some though it was an explosion. But a passenger, Ola Brown, took to her twitter page to report the issue. “Flew Dana. Exit door was unstable throughout flight. As we touched down, it…

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Kassim: Babangida’s letter opened old wounds

Kassim at force headquarters

Kassim Afegbua, the media aid to former military dictator, who has been declared wanted by the inspector general of police, arrived force headquarters to satisfy the force demand. He arrived with his lawyer after filing a case against the Inspector General of Police. This is in protest against what he descrbed as harassment and persecution by the Police over a statement he issued on behalf of his principal that the police considered critical of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. Afegbua, in the suit marked FHC /ABJ / CS / 129/…

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The story behind IBB’s letter

Buhari: Under fire

Confusion has trailed the letter purportedly written by the former Military president, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, popularly known as IBB, advising President Buhari to leave the political stage to younger generation who are no longer operating at analogue level. In a press statement released on Sunday by Kassim Afegbua, his spokesman, Babangida said that this does not mean he is advocating that Buhari’s right to vote and be voted for should be abrogated. “I do not intend to deny President Buhari his inalienable right to vote and be voted for, but…

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Obasnjo’s Third (term) force

Obasanjo: third force third term?

By Uche Mbah Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former president, made good his threat to form a new coalition against the present government in his much advertised third force, which critics are beginning to equate with the desire to bring back third term through the back door. He recently launched The Third Force at the Shehu Yar’Adua Center in Abuja, barely one week after he threatened to do so n the controversial press release he issued asking President Buhari not to seek a second term. “We need a Coalition For Nigeria, CN,(a)…

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Security: Nass at loggerheads with presidency

Saraki: Between the devil and the deep sea

The ongoing security crisis in the country has reached an alarming proportion prompting the National assembly to propose a security summit to discuss the issue. Since after the Benue massacre, more killings have gone on in Benue and Nassarawa state, according to reports. Only recently, the Security agencies invaded and allegedly killed the native doctor that has been involved in the preparation of protective fetish for the Benue Vigilante youths that are being trained to defend themselves against Fulani herdsmen. There are rumors that the military-particularly the Nigerian Air force-were…

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