Battle For 2019, Political Gladiators At Work

By Stephen Ubanna For the past two months, President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President  and   Chieftain of the opposition People’s Democratic party, PDP, were the only political gladiators that had declared their interest  to contest the 2019 presidential election.But as at last week other Candidates from both parties had declared interest as well. Buhari , who is seeking re-election for another four years in  office had made his intention known earlier to the party leadership and the public.…

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Nigeria Borders, Still Smugglers’ Haven?

By Stephen Ubanna President Muhammadu Buhari is no longer finding it funny that the government  Agricultural policy aimed at promoting local rice  production is not making the desired impact  on the economy as the Asian countries  of Thailand  grown  parboiled rice  and  Indian rice still  dominate the Nigeria market. From Lagos, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Calabar, Kano, Sokoto, Dutse, kebbi to Maiduguri, the story is the same: foreign parboiled rice dominate  the markets .  the situation is so bad in the south west and north west geo-political  regions where  there were  said…

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2019: Kalu Campaigns For Buhari Re-election Bid, As Rashidi Ladoja battles EFCC

By Stephen Ubanna In spite of the  fact  that Mahmood Yakubu, a Professor and Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and his electoral officials, have not officially lifted the ban on political Campaigns for the 2019, general elections, the political Elites appear to have jumped the jumped gun . This is evident going by what is happening in the states as the political Elites are taking advantage of every social gathering to sell their party manifesto and Candidates. The last Father’s day celebration in the country speaks volume. Orji Uzor…

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Mama Shekau’s Bombshell : Political Elites Behind Boko Haram

By  Stephen Ubanna For years, there had been rumours making the rounds that the political elites  were behind    the  Yobe state born terrorist  Abubbakar Shekau and Boko Haram , the Islamic Fundamentalist  group, terrorising Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states , in the north east geo-political region  but ”swept it under the carpet”. Even former President Goodluck Jonathan had  complained  that there were Boko Haram members in his government and the security agencies but nobody too him serious.  Again, the complaint was swept under the carpet by the political class   as…

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Election: How Wike Silenced Amaechi in Rivers State

By Stephen Ubanna Nyesom Wike, a former minister of state, Education, under for President Goodluck Jonathan Administration and now governor of Rivers state may have  finally settled the his scores with Rotimi Amaechi, a former governor of the state and now minister of Transport, over who is in control of the affairs of the state  with the conduct of the last Saturday, June 16, 2018,  local government election . The Magazine learnt that Amaechi never showed up in PortHarcourt throughout the election period for fear of his life. The Amaechi…

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CBN Moves To Boost Use Of Chinese Yuan

  By Stephen Ubanna Worried by the low patronage  of the Chinese  currency, Renminbi, Yuan,   by Nigeria importers ,  for their transactions in the Asian country of China, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,   has approved some  mouth watery  fresh incentives  for the importers who patronise the Chinese  currency in payment  for their importations  instead of using  the United States, US, dollar to settle the bills of their suppliers  in China. Ahmed  Abdullahi, the CBN Director of Bank Supervisions confirmed the Bankers Committee decision, stressing that the it was taken…

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Nigeria Greedy Political Class

By Stephen Ubanna Nigeria politicians appear not to have learnt anything  from  the United States  t and  the United Kingdom political class who had developed a lasting political culture which had had led to the formation of parties with subsisting ideologies. Take for instance the United States, where  the republican and Democrats parties had evolved over the years . The situation is the same in Britain, where the Liberal, Labour and Conservatives parties exist. Politicians in these countries, based on their ideology , had pitched their tent with the right…

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FOU: An Herculean Task

By Stephen Ubanna Barely one week after Ibrahim Jibrin, the minister of  State Environment, visited Federal Operations Unit, FOU, , Zone A, Ikeja, to see things himself with the officials of Convention for International Trade on Endangered Species, CITES, officials  from Geneva, Switzerland, and a promise to see Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel, and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,  on the need to reward officers and men of the Service who risk their lives to make spectacular seizures found in  Customs warehouses at Ikeja, it galvanised the officers in…

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Abiola Day Of Honour

By Stephen Ubanna For the past 25 years, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo in the south west geo-political region of Nigeria and Edo state in the south south  had kept the name of late Moshood Kashimawo  Abiola, the acclaimed  winner of the June 12, 1993, Presidential election alive. The 1993  election which threw up Abiola as the Presidential Candidate of the defunct, Social Democratic Party, SDP, and went to ahead to win the polls was annulled by Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, a retired General, and the then Military President…

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June 12: Nigeria Still Divided Over Buhari Policy Statement

By Stephen Ubanna Opinions appear to be divided  in  over the recognitions of June 12, 1993, presidential election that was  annulled by the then Military President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida and June 12, as Nigeria  newDemocracy Day by President Muhammadu Buhari, of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC. There were those who believe that the Presidential actions had healed the old wound which had hunted the nation  over the years.  One of such people was Bolaji Akinyemi, a Professor and former minister of External Affairs. incidentally, Akinyemi  was a member of…

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