Presidency, Osuntokun clash over alleged Sallah bombing

Olalekan Adetayo and Eniola Akinkuotu

The Presidency on Thursday came down hard on the Spokesman for the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, Chief Akin Osuntokun, for allegedly claiming on Tuesday that a bomb explosion occurred on Eid-el-Kabir day in Maiduguri, Borno State, killing 88 people.

In a swift reaction, however, Osuntokun lambasted Adesina, accusing him of telling lies.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement, said telling lies of that kind betrayed a mind taken over by ill wishes against his own country.

Adesina urged Osuntokun and others to realise that Nigeria was the only country they had and they could not swallow poison and expect it to kill the next person.

He said till the Sallah holidays ended, no bombing was recorded in any part of the country.

This, he said, was contrary to what used to happen before the advent of the present administration, when insurgents turned such festivals to orgies of killings in many…

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Remove import tariffs on renewable energy products, group urges FG

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt

A group, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, has appealed to the Federal Government to do away with import tariffs and Value Added Tax on renewable energy products.

ERA explained that Nigeria could blaze the trail in renewable energy if government could invest in it (renewable energy) and boost power supply in the country.

Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday, the Programme Manager of the group, Mike Karikpo, observed that more than 70 per cent of countries in Africa were without renewable energy.

Maintaining that the new form energy in developed countries was environment friendly, Karikpo added that a zero tax policy on renewable energy products and components would address the challenges of regular power supply in Nigeria.

He commended the Federal Government for approving a zero import duty for machinery and equipment used in the power sector.

Karikpo said, “We call on the Federal Government to immediately…

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Falola and Olubadan’s 90th birthday lecture

Ayo Olukotun

 “When (Adegoke) Adelabu died, the money in his account was less than two thousand pounds, and his family could not maintain his compound at Oke Oluokun. The politician of today wants to take the eggs and the chicken that lay them”

–Distinguished Humanities scholar at the University of Texas, Austin, Professor Toyin Falola, at the 90th Olubadan Birthday Lecture, Mapo Hall, Ibadan, August 23, 2018.

Ibadan may have been in the news lately for the wrong reasons, however, the ongoing 90th birthday celebration of its paramount ruler, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has provided its own source of merriment and cultural revalidation. One of the highlights of the celebration is Thursday’s anniversary lecture, delivered by the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin, around the subject of culture as a bridge builder to modernity and transformation.

As the opening quotation, derived from the lecture suggests, culture is not a…

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Abacha loot: Foundation demands information on N7bn legal fee

Oladimeji Ramon

The Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation says it has written to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, demanding information on the $16.9m (about N7bn) allegedly paid as a legal fee to two Nigerian lawyers, following the recovery of $321m Abacha loot from Luxembourg.

The foundation, in a statement on Thursday by its Programme Officer, Mrs Abiose Adams, said its request was anchored on the Freedom of Information Act.

It said it would like to know the circumstances under which the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), engaged the two Nigerian lawyers – Messrs Oladipo Okpeseyi and Temitope Isaac Adebayo – and paid them about N7bn, for a job believed to have already been done and finalised by a Swiss lawyer, Enrico Monfrini.

The foundation recalled that online news platform, TheCable, had done a report, suggesting that Monfrini, who was engaged by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, had already finalised the legal…

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South-East govs’ forum inaugurates regional health committee

The South-East Governors’ Forum on Thursday in Enugu inaugurated its Consultative Committee on Health as one of the thematic areas of priority for the development of the zone, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

Inaugurating the 12-member committee, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State said that the body would harmonise health-related issues and activities in the zone.

Ugwuanyi, who was represented by his Deputy, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, said the committee would also create a multi-sectoral platform for improving health outcomes in the zone.

He said that the forum would harness and mobilise abundant private resources to complement government budgetary allocations towards improving public health.

The governor said the forum was desirous of optimising health service delivery and the overall well-being of the people of the area.

“This committee will serve as a medium for community-level mobilisation and information dissemination on guidelines for achieving improved health…

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Understanding the Season of Decamping, Defection and Confrontation

Ignatius Muotoh writes that political defection or decamping have always been the trademark of Nigerian politicians, especially towards the end of each administration for selfish reasons and never in the defense of democracy

Amongst other definitions, politics is described as activities associated with governance of a country or a group. It is embedded in ideology which is a body of doctrine, myth, belief and so on. It guides an individual’s social movement.

With ideology as the heart, politics includes the activities associated with improving people’s lives.

It is very often said that politics is about power. And a political system is a framework which defines acceptable political methods within a given society. Its objective is not to defraud, deceive or shortchange the electorate. But in some situations, that may be the case.

I’m going to begin by defining two key elements which is in the body and soul of politics. The two key elements according to a worldwide and…

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