Nigeria’s MDI Poverty Rate Blame Debate and Lessons Therefrom

By; Abubakar Ahmed Since the disclosure after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting by Nigeria’s Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba insisting that the FG had done its part on poverty alleviation in the country; in response to the released document by the country’s National Bureau of Statistics that 133 million Nigerians are currently living in multidimensional poverty, reactions have trailed the disclosure especially from one of Nigeria’s tier of governments; the state governments under the auspices of Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF. According to Agba, 72…

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SPECIAL REPORT: CBN’s Naira Redesign: Scrutinising the raging debates

Aminu Imam The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) last month announced out-of-the-blue that it will redesign, produce, and circulate new series of banknotes at N100, N200, N500, and N1, 000 levels. According to the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, the management of the apex bank sought and obtained the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative. He said the new and existing currencies shall remain legal tender and circulate together until January 31, 2023, when the existing currencies shall cease to be legal tender. Emefiele noted that significant hoarding of…

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Between Slaughtered Cattle and Insecurity in Nigeria

By; Ishaq Moddibo Kawu. Recently, the video of hundreds of slaughtered cattle, was making the rounds, on various social media platforms. An old classmate posted it on my Secondary School Class WhatsApp platform; and because he neither spoke Fulfulde nor Hausa, he was sufficiently alarmed, to request for translation of what was being said, by the obviously distressed people, in the video. I made a translation of the conversation; but I thought it was proper to provide some more engaging context for the video. There have been circulated in.the recent…

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On the Emerging Narratives of Hausa/Fulani Animus in the Northwest

By; Dr Raji Bello. The past few years have witnessed a gradual emergence of references in public commentary and social media to a potential or actual rupture of relations between Hausa and Fulani groups in the Northwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria. Prior to this, the two groups had enjoyed a largely harmonious relationship for much of their history which was only punctuated during the period of the establishment of the Sokoto Caliphate. Since Nigeria came into being at the turn of the 20th century, conflict between the two groups was…

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Malagi: A frontrunner’s 6 guidelines to power

By Rabiu Ibrahim Just how did Mohammed Idris Malagi, media executive and publisher of the Blueprint newspaper become a frontrunner in the race to choose who becomes governor of Niger State in the upcoming delegates’ primaries election, a few days away, and the chase for popular votes in early 2023. Just how? It beats my imagination. He, Malagi, that was a while ago a quiet and unassuming media tender who mostly strutted the public relations and advertising space. Is this a 7th wonder? Apparently, I am not alone in this…

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Inimitable Inuwa And Gombe’s Plethora Of Accolades

By Bola Saliu Esteemed recognition only comes to a man who not only overcomes all odds, all the time, but also overwhelmingly exceeds expectations consistently. These are the attributes that come to mind anytime the name Inuwa Yahaya is mentioned in the media. When the bell for the Governorship race began to ring in 2019, very few people would give Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya a raving review of a man capable of transforming the fortunes of the Jewel in the Savannah into an enviable one. Yet, within less than 3 years,…

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2023 PRESIDENCY: RANDOM MUSINGS ON SUCCESSION

By Umar Kaltungo Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is in Borno State today, just a day after visiting Bayelsa. The Prof. has been traversing several States recently, supposedly on working visit, commissioning one project or the other, inadvertently enjoying limelight visibility, all-expense paid. I recall, President BUHARI said, in an interview not long ago, that he will not disclose his preferred successor because the successor may be eliminated.I also recall how prior to the 2019 elections, VP Osinbajo traversed this country sharing Tradermoni, Marketmoni, etc, which was interpreted in some quarters as…

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SANI ZORRO: THE COMING OF A SKILLED SHEPHERED AS THE SPIN DOCTOR OF THE SHIFT

By Bala Ibrahim I read this morning with delight, the news that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Muhammad Sani Zorro, journalist, politician and former lawmaker as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy, Office of the First Lady. The appointment is credited to a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu. Although I got the news from sources that are credible, nonetheless, I chose to ply the path of the persuasive, by…

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Health: X-Raying Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s Mid-Term Score Card

By Yakubu E. Bayambe I find it absolutely expedient to interrogate the mid-term score card of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, given the long list of accomplishments attributed to his administration, which I find rather unbelievable to swallow at face value. However, the long list of the milestones contained in the mid-term score card accompanied by pictorial evidence makes it almost impossible for me to look the other way or harbour any form of doubts in my mind as to its veracity. While I clearly understand the place of propaganda and…

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Kano Crisis And The Pre-eminence Of Personal Post-mortem

By Bala Ibrahim Pursuant to the thorny issue of factional control of the ruling party in Kano, and the distressful situation the state has found itself in today, a call is coming for the rapid rescue of the state from the hands of the politically insensitive, who seem to be showing the feeling of no concern for the future of the state. Yes, no evident concern, but apparent appetite for the aggrandizement of wealth, through the exploitation of situations that came not by reputation, but unmitigated opportunity. I know a…

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