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Commercialization Of Public Office: How Ex-Pencom Boss Used Her Office To Support Family Business -By Emeka Samuel

  Many Nigerians, including yours sincerely, have been suffering from the malaise of political apathy for quite sometimes. We seem to be uninterested in what public officers do, provided we are comfortable in our respective businesses or vocations. We “hear nothing, see nothing, take no part in political life” and rarely call public officers to […]

  Although every human being is endowed with some prowess, they do not all exploit it or influence their world with it in the same way. While some individuals create a sublime place for themselves in history through the agency of their prowess; others plunge themselves into an abyss of mundanity through misplaced exploitation of […]

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  The bloodletting in the Benue is a classic case of ‘The Heart of Darkness’. Of course, there are ceremonies of death across the world. If ISIS or such Islamic terror organizations are not bombing the shit out of some global metropolis like London, Paris or New York; then hurricane and other natural disasters are […]

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On a sunny day in January 2010, in a small town in Kuru Karama, Plateau State, a Muslim mother watched helplessly as Christian men bludgeoned and hacked to death her two young children. About the same time, in a nearby village in Fan district, a Fulani pastoralist witnessed farmers from the Berom ethnic group—his neighbours—burn […]

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  I stand upright to urge the Federal Government to summon the management of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) over the unequal electricity distribution in IMO state. The community where I reside, Ihiagwa in Owerri west local government of IMO state and other neighbouring communities such as Emeabiam and Eziobodo in the same local […]

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  Many men and women, young and advanced in age, came from North and South, from different political parties, professional associations and representing various ethnic nationalities, to the small village of Oko about 46km from Awka, the Anambra state capital, but no one had a single bad or controversial thing to say. Across Nigeria, the […]

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  In the wake of the restive agitations by Nigerians from a re-jigging of the structure of the country, one issue that is almost drawing unanimous approval is the demand for state police. No less a person than the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo recently added his voice to this demand. The ruling APC through […]

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The proverbial excuse of the lazy American student is ‘‘the dog ate my homework.’’ We now have an analogous fable of the corrupt Nigerian official: ‘’the snake ate my loot.’’ Philomena Chieshe, a female cashier at the Makurdi office of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, told auditors who asked her to account for the 36 […]

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The first generation of voters born under a civilian administration, and who have not tasted a day of military rule ever in this country, will cast their ballot at the 2019 presidential election. They, and the generations after them, will (hopefully) find any idea of power through the barrel of the gun so repugnant that […]

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Just when I thought that I had made my final contribution to the controversy over cattle colonies (see “No, no to cattle colonies”, The PUNCH, January 30, 2018), two recent developments have made it necessary to revisit the topic. Both developments involve the Federal Government’s attempts at clarification. First, in two successive speeches, President Muhammadu […]

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