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As Panama and Paradise Papers Produce Heroes In Nigeria, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...from France, where Societe Generale used the firm to set up 979 offshore accounts, to Salvador, Azerbaijan, China’s red aristocrats, Zimbabwe, Iran, Austria Russia to Argentina, FIFA and Transparency International officials, Panama Papers’ revelations have ended the careers of many public officials, except in Nigeria, where they are rather pampered…
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Social Media Incursion and Publishing In the North, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

My advice is for us to be more innovative as writers and news media organisations to survive the threat posed by the social media and other challenges to publishing, particularly for those of us in North. When I chaired the special publication marking the 10th anniversary of Media Trust Limited…
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Politicising Health Matters, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...the rather lame, belated and uncoordinated response of the military, health authorities and information managers of the government did very little to douse the suspicion. For instance, it took nearly one week before the minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole acknowledged that there was vaccination going on in some parts…
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The Rise and Rise of Ethnic Champions, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...the case of Kanu is not in isolation; it is a trend perpetuated by group interests to blackmail the rest of us and for the federal government to acquiesce to their demands. And unless we elect foresighted leaders who view Nigeria as one constituency, ethnic champions will become common place…
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Their Wars, Our Woes: A Case of Buhari’s House of Chaos, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Notwithstanding the monumental failure of the government and the internal wrangling within the inner caucus, collectively there will always be an avenue for them to reconcile and iron out their differences, while the rest of us continue to wallow in the throes of woes. The appointment of a new deputy…
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Restructuring: This Too Shall Come To Pass, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...that the merry-go-round called restructuring today, a sovereign national conference and constitutional conference etc. will change nomenclature the next time around is annoying. Besides, the more we clamour for change the more things remain static. The agitations appear louder now than the president has given the agitators the cold shoulder,…
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Will Biafra Go the Way of Catalonia and Kurdistan?, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...for my Biafran wannabe brothers, please do some reflection and introspection, and seek other means of redress rather than the present course of action. The inspiration from Catalonia and Kurdistan is tempting, but all the indices that sustained their agitations up to the referendums are absent here. South Sudan, the…
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Needless Furore Over JAMB Cut-off Mark, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

- Professor Ish'aq Oloyede, JAMB registrar Although 120 was agreed on, it is, however, not binding on all because each university sets its own standard and is bound by it, while JAMB has an oversight function, supervises and ensures the criteria and standards of the institutions are adhered to. The…
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