Mixed Feelings As Lagos Gets Youngest Head of Service

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By Uche Mbah The appointment by Akinwumi Ambode, the Lagos state governor, of a new Head of the Civil Service, has been received with mixed feelings by the civil service community. At 47, Hakeem Muri-Okunola was sworn in on 31st December 2018 as the 21st Head of Service, the youngest ever to head the Lagos Civil Service. He took over from  Folashade Adesoye who retired four days earlier. The ceremony, which saw the Godfather of Lagos, Bola Tinubu, in attendance, attracted who is who in the ruling party in the…

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Buhari’s Interview With Arise TV Generates Negative Criticisms

By Uche Mbah Ahead of the presidential debate coming later this month, Preesident Buhari has granted an interview to Arise Television, a sister station to ThisDay Newspapers. But the interview has been trailed with controversies. First, it was alleged that the TV station was not allowed to use their microphone and cameras for the interview, but that Aso Rock Media protocol recorded the interview, edited it themselves and sent it to the station to air the following day. The interview was, however, labeled ‘live’. Even with the heavy editing, Twitter…

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Amina: PDP Bigwigs in Crucial Strategic Meeting, Buhari Seeks Audience With Obasanjo

By Uche Mbah Following the scandal of the appointment of Amina Zakari as the head of Election Collation arm of the Commission, a top level strategic meeting was called for by former president Olusegun Obasanjo in Lagos. The Meeting, which held on Sunday, January 6, was said to be geared towards the checkmating of the desperation that seem to be marking  the actions of the ruling party in recent times. Recall that Amina Zakari, hitherto the Director of Health in INEC, has been appointed the Coordinator of INEC Collation of…

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Rabia: How the Four Finger Sign is becoming Popular Among Nigeria’s Ruling Elites

By Uche Mbah The Rabia sign has in recent times become a symbol of a quiet movement going on within the Nigerian political space, imperceptibly creeping into our National psyche. The sign, believed to have originated in Turkey, was first used in 2013 to garner support for the Muslim Brotherhood uprising in Egypt. The Turkish president, Tuyyep Erdogan,  was said to have used it in solidarity for the so called anti Morsi demonstrations in Egypt. But in Nigeria, it is currently being made popular among the ruling elites, who are…

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INEC: Amina’s Appointment sparks Outrage, PDP Plans Counter Rigging Measures

By Uche Mbah The appointment of Amina ZakarI, an INEC Director in charge of health and medicare, to head the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC collation of results have sparked off a deluge of anger among the populace, especially in the social media with many wondering at the audacity of the Commission to appoint the Niece of President Buhari to such a sensitive electoral position. During the evening of the Jonathan administration, and Attahiru Jegga, former INEC chairman, billed to retire immediately after the 2015 elections, former president Jonathan then…

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US Congress, Others Query Clampdown on Opposition by FG

The subcommittee of the United States congress for Africa has taken the Trump administration to task on what they are doing about the human rights abuses and the Federal Government clampdown on the opposition during the run up to the 2019 elections. The subcommittee, which oversees Human rights, Global Health, and International Organizations frowned at the US government responses to happening in Nigeria, citing reports from Vanguard Newspapers and Premium Times, representing the main stream and online media. During a hearing on Nigeria earlier this month, which was titled “Nigeria…

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Lagos: Internal Wranglings In APC might Give An Edge To Agbaje

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By Uche Mbah Lagos, hitherto the political empire of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, appears to be at a political crossroads since an incumbent was denied a second term by the widely acclaimed political godfather. Recall that the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, was unceremoniously sacked by Tinubu on the grounds that though he is acclaimed to be performing, he is not a faithful party man. He has since been replaced by Babatunde Sanwolu, who is currently the APC governorship candidate in Lagos. But…

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Amid Boos and Crisis, Buhari Presents Budget Without Economic Plan

By Uche Mbah President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2019 budget yesterday amid boos, jeers and accolades from the joint sitting of the national Assembly. The budget, which degenerated into a campaign speech by the president, was received with boos and shouts of “it’s a lie”, “no more years”, four more years” etc. It was a rancorous session, which prompted the president to take a break from reading the budget and caution the National Assembly, saying they should not be behaving this way, and that “the world is watching us”. Amid…

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2019: FG Clampdown On Opposition Intensifies, Opposition Warns on Rigging

By Uche Mbah Despite warnings by the opposition and predictions by western intelligentsia, there appeared to be a desperation to clamp down on opposition and international donor agencies as long as their position is at variance with the position of the ruling party, the opposition has alleged. This comes on the heels of the alleged freezing of the accounts of Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP The PDP had earlier in the year warned of the plan by the APC led government to clamp…

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