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I am forced to write this open letter to you in the hope that someone who knows how to contact you directly or sincerely wishes to aid in the war you are waging to reform the Nigeria Customs Service in the interest of our country, will bring it to your attention directly. I am of course acutely aware of the threats made, that my company (and myself) run a serious risk of being victimised for daring to speak out, but that is a risk I am willing to take as quite frankly; ‘enough is enough’.

300,000 Nigerians Currently Living In US – Envoy


The outgoing Deputy Consul-General of the United States in Lagos, Ms Dehab Ghebreab, on Monday said that about300,000 Nigerians were currently living in different parts of the U.S. Ghebreab, who told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the number of Nigerians in America was increasing, also said that about 30,000 Americans were living in Nigeria.

‘’ It has been estimated that there are currently about 300,000 Nigerians working, studying or doing business in different states of America.

I Will Be Happy To Go To Jail, Says Saraki


Bukola Saraki, president of the senate, says he is prepared to carry his cross rather than yield to “the nefarious agenda of a few individuals who are bent in undermining our democracy and destabilising the federal government to satisfy their selfish interests”.

Speaking after his first appearance in court alongside three others for alleged forgery, Saraki described his latest legal battle as proof of the “persecution and distraction” that have been visited on him.

How Brexit Could Hurt Nigerian Footballers


The decision of the UK to leave the European Union has far reaching effects on the global economy, but who would believe that it also has its effects on the conduct of the round leather game in Africa’s most populous nation — Nigeria?

Perhaps we never saw this coming, but the realities of Brexit will definitely change the face of football in Nigeria and the rest of the world — forever.

BREAKING: Court Sacks Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu


The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has annulled the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting.

The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Samson Ogah, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, who contested the governorship ticket with the governor.

Brexit Voters Had the Wrong Idea About Immigration and Unemployment

Brexit map

Given that “What is the EU?” was a trending Google search after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, Americans rightly still had many questions Sunday about the Brexit vote.

Why did a majority of voters from the United Kingdom vote to leave? What does it mean for Europe, the world, the United States? Could it affect the U.S. presidential election?

Could Brexit Be The Trump Card In The US Election?

Don Triump

The serious issue, however, is whether these tectonic forces in the UK are also shaping the American political landscape, making a Trump victory in November more likely. After all, virtually no-one thought Trump would capture the Republican nomination – not with his temperament, his uncivil behaviour, his outrageous statements and provocations. And it is clear from the reaction to Brexit – complete and utter shock in the UK and worldwide – that most reputable authorities did not believe that Leave would pass.

Pope Francis Says Christians Should Apologise To Gays


Pope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated.

Speaking to reporters at he flew back to Rome from Armenia, the pope was asked if he agreed with comments by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx that the Church needed to say sorry for the way it has treated the gay community.

This devaluation ‘be like’ 419! By Henry Boyo


The “419”, otherwise known as advance fee fraud, scam is well-known in Nigeria for boasting empty promises of stupendous returns which induce victims to willingly part with their valued possessions. These fraudsters, ply their trade nationwide with targets which cut across the social spectrum and surprisingly include otherwise, highly successful businessmen and professionals, who are usually gullible and driven by the unreasonable expectation of clearly unrealistic returns on their “investments”. Ultimately, the bubble would burst and much pain and sorrow would follow.

Similarly, the International Monetary Fund and other respectable international financial agencies and local economic experts, have commended the recent devaluation via a floating naira exchange rate as “investments” that would ultimately yield great dividends. We are encouraged to believe that the new forex regime will recharge our economy and sustain inclusive growth with increasing job opportunities, and also reduce our almost total dependence on export revenue from crude oil, by facilitating the realisation of a diversified economy.

The Nigeria of possibilities By Eze Onyekpere


Nigeria is in crisis; but it is a crisis of opportunities and possibilities. It is a crisis of the road we decided to take and the road we ignored at the fork. It is a crisis of vision and lack of vision. It is a crisis of self-limitation where the bird refuses to use its God given wings to fly but rather hangs around like any other wingless animal. I see possibilities; I see probabilities, a vision of a Nigeria where things work but with a great caveat. The leadership must rise up to lead and if the extant leadership cannot lead, it must give way to the “philosopher kings”, the great men and women of vision, with a clear mission and understanding of the trajectory to the Promised Land.

Ambode’s “Cascade.” By Sam Omatseye


Twice he wanted to make it not about himself. Twice it inevitably became his show. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s birthday of June 14 was billed as an onslaught on cancer. But it became the effort of a governor. He brought captains of industry and men of charity to buy mobile cancer centres for Lagos. His compassion secured at least four mobile centres. All attempts to make his role beneath the radar failed as he had to walk from table to table to shake the money out of the money bags.

Last week, it was supposed to be about information commissioner Steve Ayorinde, who presented his book of columns. But all attention went to the governor and his first year in office. Reporter-in-chief Aremo Segun Osoba, who chaired the event serenaded Ambode not only as a doer but as an exemplar of humility. He extolled the virtue of continuity in Lagos. He also praised Ambode’s work in Lekki and roads across the state. Referring to his accessibility, he recounted how he drove to the governor’s office over a complaint and the chief executive wondered why he had to come over to him. He had only to call. The man walked Aremo to his car that was parked far away, opening office door for him as they walked out the building. “I wo na a da rugbo,” he prayed. (You too will grow old.)

Fear of real change By Emeka Omeihe


It is obvious all is not well with this country at the moment. Increasingly, it is getting clearer that fundamental modifications in the structure of the Nigerian state are inevitable to stave off systemic dysfunctions that are at the root of the cycle of crises that have been buffeting this federal contraption.

Resurging tempo of centrifugalism; a plethora of challenges at the economic level leading in the main, to inability by governments to pay salaries, loss of jobs at the private sector with the banks taking the lead and deteriorating living conditions especially of the poor, are clear evidence that we need to get back to the drawing board to get our bearing right. Though this thinking is not entirely new, for some inexplicable reasons, it has failed to receive the support of some vested interests.

A leap of faith By Femi Macualay


It is eye-opening news that Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State, described as “a privately owned Islamic faith-based university”, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) towards research in the Osun Osogbo Grove, a significant ritual ground of Yoruba indigenous religion.

A report said: “The MoU which was signed at the grove was to enable the university to conduct researches to establish some of the medicinal benefits that can be derived from certain plants and organisms that have been preserved in the sacred grove over the years.”  It quoted the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Bashir Ademola Raji, as saying that a researcher from the university, Dr Afolabi Nusra Balogun, had made certain discoveries in the Osun Osogbo water and some plants in the grove which would contribute to health care delivery when fully developed.

Immoral proposal ….. NATION


•Why do National Assembly’s officers want immunity and pension?

Even as Nigerians are still struggling to live with the allegation by the American ambassador to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle, that three Nigerian legislators engaged in sexual misconduct while on a programme sponsored by the American government in April, the nation is again regaled with another galling story from the National Assembly.

The issue this time is the proposal by the lawmakers to secure life pension and immunity for principal National Assembly leaders, including the senate president Dr Bukola Saraki; speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and their deputies – Ike Ekweremadu and Yusuf Lasun, respectively.

Reflection on taste and these times By Debo Adesina


Those who questioned or still question President Muhammadu Buhari’s educational qualifications, especially his secondary school leaving certificate, certainly know a thing or two about jokes.

They have never met his classmates or, better still, his students or subordinates in the artillery brigade of the Nigerian Army!I have met a few but one especially comes to mind. And his testimony, many years ago, long before Buhari became president, can be summed up thus: if Buhari did not have a school certificate and he was that good as a student, then an officer as well as a trainer, glory be to God! A voracious reader then and a meticulous teacher who was always ahead of his peers, he was so disciplined in class and stingy with marks that to pass through Buhari with whatever grade was enough a badge of honour.

To everything, its place – Part 1 By Wole Soyinka


The issue, I understand, is the flaunting of religious markers in public educational institutions. Let me begin by confessing that I envy the French to whom those choices have only been recently thrust to the fore – they have always been with us in Nigeria. I also envy those to whom the issues are straightforward, and permit of dogmatic positions.

In normal circumstances, perhaps I would agree that it should be a non-issue. It is tempting to simplify the debate by evoking the nature of club membership – a public school has certain rules, and if you wish to be a member, or make use of its facilities, then you must conform to those rules or seek alternatives elsewhere.

Adenuga’s Mountain of Debt: Several firms, AMCON chase billionaire for unpaid bills ……. PREMIUM TIMES


ConOil, owned by Nigeria’s second richest man is being pursued for a combined debt of over $140.5 million by two foreign and one local companies, PREMIUM TIMES has learned.

Despite making several pledges to pay, ConOil and other companies owned by Mr. Adenuga have reneged on paying the debts, multiple sources in the oil and gas sector have told this newspaper.

Dangote: we lost N50b to ‘flexible exchange’ policy ……… NATION

Photo copyright Eric Miller / World Economic Forum 2008 Africa Summit, Cape Town, 3 - 6 June 2008 Aliko Dangonte

Dangote Group President Aliko Dangote said at the weekend that his company lost N50 billion to the flexible foreign exchange policy.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) last week scrapped the dual exchange rate policy, creating a single window for the trade in naira.

Dangote spoke when Vice President Yemi Osinbajo toured the project sites of Dangote Fertiliser and Dangote Refinery in Lekki, Lagos.

Saraki urges court to quash case against him, Ekweremadu, others ……… NATION


All is set for today’s arraignment of Senate President  Bukola Saraki and three others for alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules 2015(as amended).

The others are Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, the immediate past Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa and the Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly, Benedict Efeture.

The four are billed to face trial at a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Jabi District Abuja, which is a stone’s throw from the Code of Conduct Tribunal where the Senate President is responding to some charges.

EFCC seizes 29 properties from three ex-Air Force chiefs ……. PUNCH


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized 29 properties from the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu; a former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun (retd.); and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo (retd.).

No fewer than 11 properties were seized from Amosu; 12 were seized from Adigun and six from Gbadebo.

Our correspondent learnt on Sunday that the properties included three plazas, six mansions, a quarry, a hospital, a block of flats, animal farms, a school, two hotels, some uncompleted buildings and some parcels of land.