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The government in Nigeria is yet to recognize the full rights and privileges of its citizens as guaranteed by the country’s constitution. ―Ebuka Onyekwelu It is evident that this Government only pays attention to national issues only when they are raised by foreign agencies Nigerians are already used to being ignored by their own government to the extent that in most instances, the government was nearly begged to talk to Nigerians on crucial issues as...

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Deeper Life School Masked Up Doctor to Conduct Test on My Son, Mother of Molested Pupil Alleges   Deborah Okezie, a mother who alleged that her son was sexually molested by fellow students in Deeper life High School, Akwa Ibom says the school management sneaked in a doctor to the hospital where her son, Don Davis was admitted to conducting tests on him. Pointing out that the school has been keen on covering up the...

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Malam Dauda Birma, a former minister of education, a technocrat, and a thoroughbred politician needs no introduction in Nigeria’s political and bureaucratic spaces. In this first part of the interview with newsmen in Yola, the elder-stateman bares his mind about some nagging issues afflicting the north and the way forward. Our Regional Correspondent, Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz,   Reports. _________ Reporter: The north known for its peaceful enterprise is currently at a tipping point as differences in...

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Please remember that when you left this world, the level of insecurity especially in the northern part of the country was not as bad as it is today. People in many northern states are now at the mercy of armed gangs who roam towns and villages, wreaking havoc and killing at will. ____ I write this postmortem letter to you, Your Excellency, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule Dan Masanin Kano of blessed memory, to intimate you...

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“Rural development and urban development go together, and until we get those dynamics right, making sure we develop our urban areas at the same time as we develop our rural areas, we won’t be able to achieve much” — Godwin Ezeemo Let me start by stepping back for a moment. I would like to remind all of us why urbanization, and in particular, integrated urban-rural development matters. Getting urbanization and rural development right is essentially...

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The undisputed fact, however, remains that the Southeast needs an urgent regional internal security outfit. ―Ebuka Onyekwelu There has been continued debate on the newly formed and unveiled Eastern Security Network –ESN- outfit for the old Eastern Region’s security, by the Indigenous People of Biafra- IPOB. The propriety of the establishment has been put into question by many Nigerians. While as many justify the formation of the group yet, the setup as a non-state actor...

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Obianuju Catherine Udeh, better known as DJ Switch, doesn’t think of herself as social media savvy. “The people that follow me know this, sometimes I’ll post a picture and forget to post another thing for several days,” says the 36-year-old Nigerian musician. But just under two months ago, it was her livestream on social media that changed her life—and that of many Nigerians. At the time, Nigeria had been in the news for nearly two...

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During the police brutality protests in Nigeria in October, bitcoin saved the day when the government shut out protesters from using local payment platforms for collecting donations to support it. The young, tech-savvy protesters quickly switched to using bitcoin, and in about a week bitcoin accounted for around 40% of the nearly $400,000 raised. It was just one high-profile example of how young Nigerians increasingly use bitcoin to navigate a complicated and restrictive banking and monetary...

Behind the suburban Amadi-Ama community in southern Port Harcourt is a vital inland water body. This is Amadi creek, an estuary which lies on the north of the Bonny River, upstream from the Bight of Benin. Aside the destructive oil spills, the waterway is also struggling with the swirly toxicity of plastic junks, exposing the fauna to more harm. Indeed, the negligence of Nigerians and the disinclination of the government to control single use of...

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The negligence of Nigerians and the disinclination of the government to control single use of plastic is exposing marine life and the entire ecosystem to its hazard. Beloved John who was in Port Harcourt, a populated coastal city in Nigeria, reports how the plastic plague is damaging aquatic life and it impacts on humans.   Behind the suburban Amadi-Ama community in southern Port Harcourt is a vital inland water body. This is Amadi creek, an...

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