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National Asset Sales and Elite Conspiracy, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Government should not stretch the patience of Nigerians to its elastic limit. The 2012 fuel scarcity strike set the stage for the eventual defeat of the Jonathan PDP government. The APC government of Buhari can at best take a cue from that ugly past. Just because the richest man in…
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Dame Patience: Back With a Bang!, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...how would a woman, who should be sued on behalf of the IDPs, nursing mothers, pregnant women, school children, market women and the sick, all of who had suffered deprivation, on account of the activities of her husband’s government, in which she was an active participant, have the effrontery to…
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Ondo Primary: Bloody Nose for the Money Bags, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

So while the APC godfather(s) got a bloody nose from the Ondo experiment, the final result was a vindication of the power of the people to decide who governs them; what Senator Alasoadura, himself a contender in the election, described as the triumph of the supremacy and sovereignty of the…
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Reforming EFCC or Restructuring the Federation?, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

We need to revisit the exclusive legislative list in the constitution and systematically reduce the responsibilities of the Federal Government vis-a-vis the states. Resources have to be handed back to the states that generate them but place an obligation on each state to contribute an agreed percentage to the common…
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Part-time Legislature: IBB’s Belated Panacea and Lawmakers’ Baggage, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Despite IBB’s later than never proposal, I’m convinced that one way to get out of our economic quagmire is to reduce expenditures, not only in the legislature, but even at the executive level. Former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), does not shy away from controversies. Consciously or inadvertently,…
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Religious Subsidy and Budget Padding In a Nation of Frivolities, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Nigerians should stop fighting proxy wars; instead they should demand for good governance, and why such a promising government is falling like a pack of cards. They should ask why there is so much mediocrity in a nation of millions of smart people. Above all Nigerians should ask Buhari, his…
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The Mess Gets Messier, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

- Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau In the face of the myriad of problems the country is faced with, it is disheartening that the authorities at the executive and legislative levels only engage in trivial supremacy battles, personality clashes and ego tripping, while serious issues of national concern are downplayed…
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Whose Interest Is AGF Malami Serving?, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

In all these anomalies, neither the minister nor his principal, the president appears perturbed. And instead of justice, what we have are intense power play, lobbying and unhealthy rivalry. Indeed, the minister’s actions, inactions and activities are not only threatening the anti-corruption posture of the government, they are capable of…
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Randy ‘Honourables’ Desecrating a Noble Concept, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

We must not allow the recklessness of a few bad eggs to taint the country’s reputation and encourage the US government to review the programme or stop future (Nigerian) participants from enjoying its benefits. In Nigeria, sexual misconduct by public office holders are at best discussed in hushed voices. When…
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