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The Ultimate Maestro (Victor Efosa Uwaifo, (1941-2021) By Niyi Osundare

Siwo  siwo  siwo Siwooooooooooooooo      He was Nigeria’s closest instance of the Renaissance Man: musician, sculptor, inventor, sportsman, architect, scholar, mythmaker, lay philosopher, folklorist, and culture ambassador/impresario. A true Jack of many trades who strove so hard to be master of all, he was a man of  many capabilities , with a voice that was admirably polyphonic. His impulse was both idealistic and relentlessly pragmatic.  Endowed with a vision that was acutely focused and seamlessly eclectic, he developed a practice that was proudly traditional and transgressively modern. This plural propensity, this…

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Who Promoted Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami To The Rank Of Professor….? By Dr. Nasir Mansir

Professorship is only attained by active academics who devoted their time for teaching and research in the University. Besides, there are certain steps that are followed before any one in academia is promoted to the rank of Professor. Someone need to pass through the ranks like every other professional cadre. In the University promotion system, an academic needs to attain the rank of Senior lecturer, Reader and then Professor after having published the required number of scholarly articles in his research area. Time in rank is also important for promotion…

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Why Nigeria’s States Will Struggle To Collect VAT By Cheta Nwanze

The Federal Inland Revenue Service, on behalf of Nigeria’s federal government, has been locked in a legal tussle with the Rivers and Lagos state governments over the collection of value-added tax. In the last few minutes, a VAT collection Bill, similar to the aforementioned two states, has passed the second reading in the Ogun State House of Assembly. It is going to become a law.  The return to civilian rule in 1999 gave some states, starting with Lagos, the courage to challenge the Federal Government on various parts of tax…

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Buhari, Owerri And The Dot In A Circle By Ozodinukwe Okenwa

President Muhammadu Buhari visited Imo State last week. And during the working visit he commissioned some projects executed by the Uzodinma administration and addressed some selected stakeholders in the state including the Ebonyi state Governor Dave Umahi and the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor who came visting as well. The President spent just four hours or thereabout. The entire state was subjected to a military lockdown with combat helicopters hovering menacingly above. It was like a war zone with almost every  federal security structure represented in a show…

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“Biafra” Must Die So That Igbo Self-Determination Can Live – Part 2 By Ndidi Uwechue

Historians may well record that the use of the word “Biafra” to get self-determination has been the biggest scam of the 21st Century. Those pulling it off are banking on several things: a population that does not like to read, emotionalism, and corruption. By reading, one would have learned that the word “Biafra” does not meet the required criteria when it comes to obtaining self-determination, and thus escape being swindled. The “Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States” lists the four criteria for self-determination, as: (1) A permanent…

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The Dictatorship In Edo By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN

Believe it or not, Edo State is currently under the yoke of dictatorship, for many months running. Prior to his election for his second term in office, His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki had dissolved his cabinet, comprising Commissioners and Advisers. He became more of a lone ranger, trudging along with his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shuaibu, in the run up to the elections. This was after he had successfully emasculated the House of Assembly of the State, through the Courts. We all thought then that it was going to be a…

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Media Organisations In Nigeria Fuel Corruption In The Profession By Abimbola Abatta

On 25th August 2020, a Nigerian politician, Femi Fani-Kayode, publicly derided a journalist with Daily Trust, a Nigerian news publication outfit, who had asked him a question during a press conference. The journalist had only asked who was bankrolling the politician’s numerous travels across the country for political reasons during that period. Fani-Kayode took umbrage, considering it a “stupid question”. The journalist had innocently asked the politician: “Who is bankrolling your PR junkets these days?” One of the notable points raised by the politician was that he is not one…

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Thompson Usiyen And Oyarikhua: Heroes Of A Country In Amnesia By Owei Lakemfa

FOOTBALL is a game of passion. To some, it is a religion. So passionate is football that in 1969, two countries, El Salvador and Honduras, went to war over their qualifying matches for the 1970  Mexico City World Cup. The conflict, called the ‘Soccer War’ or ‘Hundred Hours War’ was a spill-over from disagreements and violence on the football field. In the first game played at Tegulcigapa on June 8, 1969, host, Honduras won 1–0, and there was violence. In the second leg played seven days later in San Salvador,…

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BOLA IGE: Remembering ‘Cicero’ @91 Posthumously By Richard Odusanya

Chief James Ajibola Idowu Ige, popularly known as Bola Ige. Uncle Bola was born on the 13th September 1930, in Kaduna the political headquarters of the northern region. Cicero was the real ‘Kaduna boy’ that some of us identified with. He was cerebral, intellectually mobile, a rare breed, one of the finest of his generation. A senior advocate of the legal profession, (SAN), ‘classic’. Bola Ige was an orator, a great mobilizer and a motivator. He was a linguist he could speak with accurate proficiency in the three major Nigeria’s…

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Sowore And Radical Democracy In Nigeria By Abolayo Afiz Mosope

You may not like Omoyele Sowore for reasons best known to you. But history will always remember him and posterity will forever be kind to him for his contributions to the present day Democracy we are practicing in Nigeria. We might not be enjoying Democratic dividends, but we can’t still but say we are practicing democracy. Sowore was part of the few Nigerians who risked their lives to making sure we have a Democratic system of Government in Nigeria. Sowore was one of those just like myself who believed that…

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