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  The authorities have to do more to protect the people A Lagos-based comedian Chinedu Paul and two others were last week named the latest victims of mob justice. Paul, aka Think Twice, accompanied by two mechanics, was on a mission to retrieve his broken-down vehicle. But the trio was mistaken for members of “Badoo,” a cult group which has been terrorising some areas in Ikorodu, Lagos, and lynched by some angry residents. Within a…

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For declaring, the other day, that a more fruitful battle against corruption must begin from the churches or different houses of God, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has officially extended the searchlight on corruption into the inner sanctuaries of spirituality. Osinbajo, who did not mince words about his convictions over the anti-corruption crusade, said religious leaders “need to talk far more about honesty in the same way we talk about giving,” and must brace up to…

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FOLLOWING the quit notice issued by 15 northern groups under the aegis of the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups, asking the Igbo to leave the North by October 1, a move which has been condemned across board, the fragile peace among Nigeria’s ethnic nationalities has become even more delicate. Not only did this hate-provoked notice engender further animosities among the ethnic groups in the country, retaliatory quit notices have since sprung up from different ethnic…

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Kidnapping for ransom is becoming something of a career for many bandits in our country today. But the most dangerous dimension to the crime is that it is impacting negatively on the education of our children as the nation’s primary and secondary schools are increasingly under siege. In Lagos State particularly, these criminal gangs now find it very easy to carry away innocent students after which they demand outrageous amounts of money before releasing them…

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  MEDIA hype is an awkward cachet of Nigerian public life. Not surprisingly, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, in its media hype, indict, try and convict suspects in the media, and then, with its shoddy investigations and sloppy prosecution, loses the case in court. In the characteristic media show-off of Nigerian public officials, the Nigerian Army Chief of Staff, Tukur Buratai, told Nigerians that some army officers, in-concert with their political sponsors, were…

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Failure of immunisation in Nigeria, disturbing FAR too slack in implementing its policies, Nigeria’s notoriety for spurning scientifically-proven solutions to its health needs has provoked international anxiety. Notably, two United Nations agencies have raised a fresh alert about the failure of immunisation in the country. The World Health Organisation and United Nations Children’s Fund blame a host of factors for the costly negligence. Diseases are escalating here because immunisation programmes are handled with levity. Therefore,…

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Building the Critical Mass for the National Anti-Corruption Strategy After 18 years of groping in the dark, Nigeria has finally presented a National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS 2017-2021) Framework to stakeholders. This feat, occurring during a recent adoption/validation meeting in April in Abuja, is a watershed, as no administration, since 1960, has managed to place such a framework before the public, despite the seemingly bold rhetoric against corruption by successive governments. PREMIUM TIMES congratulates the government…

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  ICAN and the source of Nigeria’s economic failure Blaming years of neglect and mismanagement for the country’s unsatisfactory state and convinced of the urgent need to reinvent the economic wheel, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) on April 24, 2017 invited “experts in various fields” to an economic discourse to help identify and articulate the economic challenges, find short, medium and long-term solutions to them as well as to chart “how to…

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  Buhari, Turkey and the meaning of democracy Although it seemed like an ordinary congratulatory message from one head of state to another of a friendly nation, President Muhammadu Buhari’s public felicitation with the government and people of Turkey on the successful conclusion of the country’s referendum was an unfortunate utterance and a dubious eulogy. The generous but needless accolades on the regime of controversial President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose leadership has been lampooned by…

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FG, get serious about Malabu bribery probe Prospecting oil Licence 245, originally owned by Malabu Oil and Gas Limited, but sold to two oil companies operating in Nigeria, has spawned a web of corruption likely to haul the country into the abyss of infamy.  It is estimated to be worth about $500 billion. Reported to be the country’s richest oil asset, but sold for a little above $1 billion, the oil block has spiralled into…

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