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EDITORIAL: Why El-Rufai’s Concept of Equal Citizenship Deserves Support

It’s the 21st century, but some Kaduna elites are saying no to citizenship and residency. A southern Kaduna group has triggered shock with its campaign against the principles of citizenship and residency. The group, in a document titled “May Day Clarion Call”, says it rejects the Kaduna State Government’s citizenship…
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EDITORIAL: Halt Harassing Electoral Officials

PREMIUM TIMES observes with increasing alarm the bullish behaviour and lack of restraint of the Nigerian state, as well as the blatant disregard for the requisite separation between the state and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The recent dastardly action of the State Security Service (SSS), summoning senior officials…
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EDITORIAL: Onnoghen: Time To Halt Nigeria’s Slide To Anarchy

On Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. He immediately swore in Justice Tanko Muhammad as his interim replacement in a development that had precedence in what happened over four decades ago under military rule. The president said his action followed an order he obtained…
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EDITORIAL: Buhari Must Act Now To End the Sordid Affair At NHIS

As usual, the government has handled the saga of the executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, with spectacular lack of tact, or common sense. A timeline of the debacle reads like a poorly scripted melodrama, and comedy of errors. In just over a year, beginning…
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Editorial: Mischaracterising the Nigerian Youth Issue

President Buhari seized the opportunity of another trip outside the country to weigh in on matters of serious importance to the economy and society. And, once again, reactions to the president’s comments are unlikely to have been what he intended. A youthful phalanx has taken umbrage, if postings on social…
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EDITORIAL: When Bill Came Calling, and Spoke Startling Truth To Power

When President Muhammadu Buhari and his advisers agreed to have Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft Corporation, address what was described as an expanded meeting of Nigeria’s Economic Council, they must have thought, among other things, that it was a public relations opportunity too good to miss. After all, Bill…
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EDITORIAL: The Central Bank and Mismanagement of the Nigerian Economy

On Tuesday, last week, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) republished the communiqué of the 114th meeting of its Monetary Policy Committee, which held on July 24 and 25 2017. Whereas the meeting’s communiqué was released in the evening of July 25, 2017, the CBN only recently released the personal…
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EDITORIAL: Time to Address the Biafran and Other Agitations

The recent surge in secessionist rhetoric across Nigeria came to us with little surprise; the signs have loomed in the horizon for long. Years of agitations, claims and counter claims, as well as invectives, even from erstwhile respected statesmen were bound to strain the fragile bond between the constituent nationalities…
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EDITORIAL: Building the Critical Mass for the National Anti-Corruption Strategy

After 18 years of groping in the dark, Nigeria has finally presented a National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS 2017-2021) Framework to stakeholders. This feat, occurring during a recent adoption/validation meeting in April in Abuja, is a watershed, as no administration, since 1960, has managed to place such a framework before the…
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EDITORIAL: Nigeria Must Not Transform the Shiites Into Enemies

Nigeria is a multi-religious country in which the two main faiths, Christianity and Islam, are sub-divided into numerous sects and groups, not all of which accept each other. Our Constitution protects all of them by guaranteeing religious freedom. Any attempt to deprive any religious group from the freedom to practice…
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