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Nigeria: Two steps backwards on election transparency

By Fatoumata Oumar Earlier in the year as Egypt prepared for presidential election, the country became the cynosure of both local and international election observers and commentators. People were more interested in the electoral process than the election itself. Reason is that any wrong step in the process would ultimately affect the election itself. When it was established that President ... Read More »

That Diamond Bank, Access Bank romance

Chijama Ogbu I think that Diamond Bank should long have sacked the Managing Director/ Chief Executive of Diamond Bank Mr. Uzoma Dozie. The bank has been facing capital adequacy challenge for sometimes. But it was not alone in that league. Even the mighty First Bank faced the same challenge. In a time like this, the bank needs a more experienced, ... Read More »

The Igbo eat their own

By Fredrick Nwabufo That the Igbo are in a political freeze is largely due to their own “sleight of hand”; that they are in disarray is because they never agree. And that they have not had any success in politics since 1999 is because they still think Nigeria is Egypt where they are slaves. That the late Odumegwu Ojukwu did ... Read More »

Shittu, Adeosun and the NYSC

Festus Adedayo From the look of things, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) may kick-start the redemption in public service integrity that Nigerians have always craved for. Beginning with the whistle blown by the highly-respected news media, PREMIUM TIMES, on the dud NYSC certificate of former minister of finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and the latest revelation about the failure to undergo ... Read More »

Tinubu, Ambode alleged feud puts godfatherism in the spotlight

The alleged rift between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and his political godfather and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over the latter’s refusal to support the governor’s second term bid, has brought the issue of political godfatherism to the fore, JESUSEGUN ALAGBE writes A scene played out on Monday at the launch of a ... Read More »

Poor power supply hindering growth of Nigerian SMEs

BY JONATHAN EMMANUEL Access to power expands the number and variety of business and job opportunities available. Electricity means that small businesses, such as barbers hairdressing salons, laundromats, welders etc, rely on energy to function. Energy also leads to the creation of new markets, businesses and job openings, which provide more opportunities for individuals to earn an income and lift ... Read More »

Why Nigeria needs to be cautious about China

By Adamu Garba Usman Bello, a trader in fabrics at the popular Kanti Kori market in Kano, shared his frustration with me the last time I visited his store for my sallah shopping. “The Chinese have taken over our market” he lamented. “They now import these fabrics in large quantities from Mali, where they have acquired huge commercial farms to ... Read More »

Between Atiku’s and Buhari’s political tears

By Fatoumata Oumar “Is it true that in Nigeria, if you want to be the president and you have suffered defeat more than three times and you are nearing your retirement age, you must weep in the public while taking a nomination form”? “You ask too much questions. What is the weeping for? And by the way who and who ... Read More »

What is Yemi Osinbajo waiting for?

  By Fatoumata Oumar It is worrying that a lot of Africans do not consider good governance in their choice of political representation. But on the flipside, everyone yearns for good governance. In Africa, I have observed that people are madly attached to politicians. It does not matter what the politician does with them, the only thing they know is ... Read More »