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There is now a generation of Igbo youths who have never experienced sound political leadership and the same group of youths is faced with disappearing opportunities amidst suffocating economic realities. The Indigenous People of Biafra – IPOB, led by Nnamdi Kanu who was arrested in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria to face alleged sundry charges bordering on terrorism, has apparently taken their agitation to the next level, as latest developments would suggest. Vocal on the...

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has suspended its Gombe State Caretaker Chairman, Rev. Sunday Congo for congratulating Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami. Congo was suspended after he wrote a congratulatory letter to the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, without the approval of the association’s National Executive Committee. CAN State Secretary in Gombe, Apostle John Adedigba, in a letter on behalf of all the members of the caretaker committee...

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ENUGU — Governors of States in the Southern region of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has reaffirmed their earlier commitment to fiscal federalism as resolved at the inaugural meeting of the Southern Governors’ Forum held on Tuesday, 11th May 2021 at Asaba, Delta State; they resolved that power to collect Value Added Tax, VAT, be vested on the states. In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting on Thursday in Enugu State Government...

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ENUGU — The arrest and detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kalu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, led to the group issuing a sit-at-home order every Monday throughout the five states in the southeast from 6am to 6pm until his release. The development degenerated to loss of lives, properties even academic set back as hoodlums capitalize on the order to perpetrate dastard acts; disrupting WASC examination and setting teachers’ motorcycles ablaze. In this light,...

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ABUJA — The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the loans obtained by the federal government are directed toward improving the welfare of the citizens. According to the ruling party, the series of debts incurred by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was a result of the desire to uplift the living standard of Nigerians. In a statement issued on Wednesday, John Akpanudoedehe, the party’s caretaker committee national secretary, said borrowings are based on a genuine need...

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LAGOS — Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the house of representatives, has denied nurturing any motive to contest for the Lagos state governorship election in 2023. This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by Gboyega Akosile, chief press secretary to the Lagos governor. According to the press secretary, Gbajabiamila stated that such a plan would only be a source of distraction to him as the speaker of the house. He noted that the...

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By John Campbell, Guest Columnist and Blogger   As of today, I am retiring from the Council on Foreign Relations, where I have held the Ralph Bunche Chair for Africa Policy Studies since 2009. I am delighted that my successor is Michelle Gavin, former senior director for Africa at the National Security Council, former ambassador to Botswana, and now a senior fellow at the Council, based in New York. She has been a close professional colleague,...

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The former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has warned the national assembly against embarking on any legislation over the collection of the value-added tax (VAT) and stamp duties. According to him, permitting the litigations to run the full course could strengthen the nation’s federalism. He asserted that any constitutional amendment to transfer VAT collection to the exclusive legislative list, as requested by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) would be unjust. “In April 2012, I...

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ENUGU — Little did Nigerians know that the arrest and extradition of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, will trigger a weekly show of dissatisfaction and defiance of the government. Kanu’s ordeal sparked off a Monday-Monday sit-at-home order in a show of solidarity with their estranged leader. Since 9th August 2021, the level of compliance to the order has been total as schools, markets, business premises, motor parks are...

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LAGOS — The bill which seeks to prohibit open grazing was passed by the Lagos state house of assembly on Thursday. The anti-open grazing bill was passed after two public hearings with different groups. They were invited to air their views on the bill on Thursday The assembly also passed the bill on value-added tax (VAT) during the plenary session. Both bills were passed after unanimous votes by the lawmakers. Thereafter Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker,...

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