Voters Beware! Voter merchants on the prowl

Who are the real candidates in the forthcoming general elections? This is the question on the lips of many voters in Nigeria. Voters are caught between pretenders and contenders who parade themselves as candidates. For the first time in the history of Nigeria, fears of fake candidates are beginning to emerge. According to reports, some persons whose names were not forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the next election by their respective parties are still going about claiming to be the preferred candidates. Some politicians have even…

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Where are the BRT Buses commissioned by Buhari?

There are indications that the newly branded buses acquired by the Lagos State Government to ease transportation system in the state may have developed wings.  This has prompted Lagos residents to start murmuring regarding the whereabouts of the well over 100 buses recently commissioned by the President  Muhammadu Buhari. Our source claimed that three weeks ago, the buses seen being moved out of their station at the newly commissioned Lagos Bus Terminal that is still under construction, along Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja. According to sources who reside close to the…

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Repetitive theme of political campaigns in Nigeria

In a matter of days, precisely as from November 18, 2018, “Nigeria will be on the match again in search of Mr. President”. The airwaves, newspaper pages and the bill boards will be inundated with political campaign messages by political party aspirants for sundry positions in the forthcoming general election. What should Nigerians expect as the themes of the campaigns ahead? Same of the same old stories of “how Mungo Park discovered River Niger” which is the repetitive theme of Nigeria’s political campaigns? Or will there be a paradigm shift?…

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NDLEA promotes 6 officers to the Rank of Assistant Commander General of Narcotics

Chairman/Chief Executive, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd.) has approved the promotion of six officers to the rank of Assistant Commander General of Narcotics, ACGN. The officers were until their promotion Commanders of Narcotics. The affected officers are: Anthony Nkem Ohanyere, mni, Mrs. Audu Ikharelu Wasilat, fsi, and Hamza  Umar, mni, OON. Others are Ahmed Suleiman Ningi, Omolade Eniola Faboyade and Pius Nuhu Gamde. The promotion reflects the six-geo-political zones of the country. The promotion is consistent with the approval by the Office of the…

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Minimum Wage: Civil Servants lay ambush

Nigerian workers are no longer losing sleep over the seeming reluctance of the authorities to approve and commence the payment of the minimum wage. They have rather resorted to fate and to lay ambush for the vote seekers in 2019. According to some of the civil servants who spoke to Daily Mandate on grounds of anonymity, it was very obvious that the authorities were not serious about the minimum wage. “Just a few months to the expiration of this administration, it is still romancing with the minimum wage imbroglio. What…

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Atiku Abubakar: The Untold Story

The celebration that greeted the election of Atiku Abubakar when he emerged the flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, was as electrifying as it was earth-shaking, reminiscent of a general election victory. Reason: he does not only deserve it but many Nigerians think the country deserves a change. Ask an average Nigerian what he knows about Atiku Abubakar, he will tell you “everything”. But the much he can tell you about this great son of Africa is that Atiku was vice-president to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and has…

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Ogundipe celebrates Nigeria at 58

… Gives out cash, grinding machines to less-privileged persons Ekeh James: Founder and General Overseer of the Genesis Celestial Church, Prophet Israel Ogundipe has expressed optimism that Nigeria would be better and called on Nigerians to continue to pray for peace and progress of the country. Prophet Ogundipe who stated this on Monday, the first of October to mark Nigeria’s 58th independence celebration at the church site along Isheri-Igando road, Lagos state charged country men and women not to lose faith in the leadership of the country. In the carnival-like…

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Broken Truths: Nigeria’s Elusive Quest fo National Cohesion by Bishop Mattew Hassan Kukah, PhD

Let me start with a conceptual clarification regarding the title and topic of this lecture. Not unexpectedly, my first reaction is to ask what is a broken truth? What does an unbroken truth look like? When we speak of truth, we immediately recall the trial of Jesus before Pilate: When Jesus said to Pilate that He had come to bear witness to the Truth, Pilate replied, ‘Truth, what is that’? (Jn.18: 38). Truth has been and remains a contested concept precisely because its very veracity depends on a range of…

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Emir of Kano speaks truth to power

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi HRM Tribalism is not our problem. Tribalism and religion are artificial problems created by selfish leaders for their own personal interest. There are only two major tribes in Nigeria. The Elites and the Masses. Once you make lots of money, you belong to the elite tribe. When you are a commoner or suffering, you belong to the tribe of the masses. If you are an elite, and you need more power, or elective position, you sow seeds of tribalism and religion among the masses, so as to…

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Codeine lands mother of two in jail

The Federal High Court sitting in Calabar has convicted Ezea Isidore Chekwube for illegal dealing in cough syrup with Codeine. Chekwube, aged 27, and a mother of two children was charged by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA for her involvement in sales of cough syrup with codeine and other psychotropic substances using Gadd Pharmaceutical (Nigeria) Limited. The presiding Judge, Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo directed NDLEA Cross River State Command to rehabilitate the convict for the six months of her jail term and that in the event that she cannot…

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JEBBA-MOKWA: A BRIDGE TOO FAR

Nats Onoja Agbo Nigerians woke up on Sunday, 10 June 2018 to learn that the Tatabu/ Gidan Moin bridge along the Jebba-Mokwa road had collapsed. The collapse of that bridge is a national tragedy for several reasons. First, the signs were there: a week earlier, another bridge on the same road, the Bokani bridge, along Tegina-Makera road, collapsed. The major tragedy is that despite the signals that those bridges, which were constructed more than 40 years ago, had fallen on bad times, there was no conscious effort on the part…

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German Government lauds NDLEA for operational efficiency

The German Government has applauded National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for its “professionalism and operational excellence” in preventing and countering drug trafficking. The commendation was handed down by the Vice President of the German Federal Criminal Investigation Office, Michael Kretschmer during a visit to the national headquarters of the Agency. According to Kreschmer, “We are here to acknowledge your consistent excellent performance over the years. Your indices are professional and reliable. I am here to appreciate your professional work and to ascertain whether our intervention meets your needs and…

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Unbelievable!!! A village in Abuja where twins are killed

The arrival of baby is no doubt a blessing for couple. It is so desired and couple plan ahead for it by buying items for the baby or babies as the case may be. But this is not so in kaida village located in Gwagwalada Area Council, a surbub of the federal Capital territory Abuja. In this community the arrival of twins is seen as a nurse and they are killed few days after birth. For Kaida community twins are considered evil right from immemorial. In any case, mary Slessor…

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” Doctor who rejects gunshot victims are criminal liable”

Lagos State commissioner of police,” Doctor who rejects gunshot victims are criminal liable”. The commissioner who reacted to a media report that doctors at Reddington Hospital in Ikeja, Lagos State rejected  Engineer Adebayo Akinwunmi who suffered bullet wounds after armed robber attacked his home in ofada mokoloki, ogun State. The hospital rejected the victim claiming that there was no police report. The PRO of Lagos State command, SP Chike Oti, said ” The attention of the Nigeria police Lagos State command, has been drawn to the punch newspaper publication of…

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Codeine now similar to Cocaine, Heroin or Cannabis

The outright ban of Codeine by the Nigerian government has automatically changed the status of the pharmaceutical drug of prescription from an over the counter drug to an illicit drug. By this step taken by Nigeria, Codeine attracts the same weight of the law as other hard drugs like Cocaine, Heroin, Cannabis sativa and Methamphetamine. Last week, the Federal Ministry of Health issued a statement proscribing the importation of Codeine as precursor chemical for cough syrup preparation. The proscription, according to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, became necessary…

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