Today’s Daily Sun Newspaper Headlines Monday 21st January 2019

Today’s Daily Sun Newspaper Headlines, Monday 21st January 2019

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Presidential Debate: between Buhari and Atiku
Mon, 21 Jan 2019

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The much-talked about Presidential Debate has come and gone, but not without its drama, which has kept Nigerians wondering and talking about so many things. People are wondering why the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, shunned the debate, and why his closest challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, went to the venue and later excused himself.

The debate was supposed to be a Presidential Debate. Such debates world over lose their essence and savour once the incumbent is not present, and it is unthinkable that the incumbent in the US, for example, would miss out on such a debate since the debate is designed to scrutinise the performance of the incumbent/his party and extract commitments from the contenders.

It is therefore sad and unfortunate that President Muhammadu Buhari did not seize this all-important opportunity to engage his challengers and Nigerians through the debate. His absence totally vitiates the importance of the debate and obliterates its essence, just like a well advertised world heavyweight boxing match is scuttled by the absence of the reigning champion. Such a disappointment cannot even be assuaged or compensated for by the challenger no matter how much he tries to entertain the crowd with shadow boxing and showboating, which is what a Presidential Debate without the incumbent is.

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In fact, in developed democracies, presidential debates are usually organised for only the top contenders, and in the case of the US, between just two, the Democrats and the Republicans. While there are usually dozens of other political parties fielding candidates for the presidential elections in the United States, only candidates of the two major contending parties feature in Presidential Debates after the parties’ primaries.

Although candidates of the other parties have always been in the contest, their chances of victory are very slim and insignificant, to the extent that the debate features only the top two contenders. If it was in the US, the Presidential Debate would have been strictly between President Muhammadu Buhari and his closest challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The verdict, based on what happened on Saturday, would have been that the Debate would not hold since Atiku turned up but Buhari was nowhere to be found.

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Crises in some APC states won’t affect Buhari ‘ Abiola
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
By Chinelo Obogo Jamiu Abiola, the son of the late Moshood and Kudirat Abiola was recently appointed as a member of the Directorate of Contact and Mobilisation for the campaign organisation of President Muhammadu Buhari. He is also a member of the Buhari Support Organisation and explains in this interview his reason for accepting to []The post Crises in some APC states won’t affect Buhari ‘ Abiola appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019: Akeredolu/Oshiomhole rift threatens APC chances in Ondo
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure The chances of winning the 2019 general election in Ondo State by the All Progressives Congress (APC) is daily being threatened by the current prevailing political circumstances in the state. No thanks to the rift between the national chairman of the party, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole and the governor of the state, []The post 2019: Akeredolu/Oshiomhole rift threatens APC chances in Ondo appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019: Atiku won’t lose sleep over Miyetti Allah’s endorsement of Buhari -Yedimakudon
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
By Ismail Omipidan Garba Yedimakudon, journalist-turned politician and a former caretaker chairman of Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa State is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He is also the North-East Coordinator of Peaceful Movement for Atiku 2019, a support group for the actualisation of the presidential aspiration of the former vice-president []The post 2019: Atiku won’t lose sleep over Miyetti Allah’s endorsement of Buhari -Yedimakudon appeared first on
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Presidential poll: How we’ll deliver Delta to Buhari -Okorodudu
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
From Paul Osuyi, Asaba THE Buhari Support Organisations (BSO) is the umbrella body of all political support groups championing the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari. Coordinator of the BSO in Delta State, retired AVM Terry Omatsola Okorodudu, said that the group will collaborate with the people of the state to make sure that []The post Presidential poll: How we’ll deliver Delta to Buhari -Okorodudu appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019: Marwa tasks Buhari support groups on campaign
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team (W & YPC) of the All Progressives Congress chaired by Dr. Mrs. Aisha Buhari and Mrs Osinbajo comprising several support groups under the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) at the weekend, inaugurated state coordinators for the 36 states and the FCT at Top Rank Hotel Galaxy in Utako, Abuja. []The post 2019: Marwa tasks Buhari support groups on campaign appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Schalke 04 hunts for Victor Moses
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
Bundesliga side, Schalke 04 has joined the scramble to sign Victor Moses in the January transfer window, according to reports. Sport.de making reference to The Sun claimed Schalke 04 had targeted the Chelsea right-winger to assist the club in its quest to avoid relegation. After 18 matches in the German Bundesliga, The Royal Blues were []The post Schalke 04 hunts for Victor Moses appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Invitational tourney: Falcons fly past Romania
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
Nigeria’s Super Falcons responded to their China disappointing loss with a 4-1 hammering of European side, Romania yesterday. Having been thrashed 3-0 at the Wuhua Olympic Sports Stadium on Thursday, the pressure was on Thomas Dennerby’s ladies to redeem themselves and they ensured they bounced back. Late in the first half, Chinwendu Ihezuo marked her []The post Invitational tourney: Falcons fly past Romania appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Ebi Egbe slams Pinnick critics
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle Sports Facilities Company, Ebi Egbe has appealed to those fighting the NFF leadership to sheathe their sword in the interest of the nation’s football. Egbe, who spoke exclusively to this website yesterday in Lagos said what those distracting Amaju and his board members were doing was robbing off negatively on []The post Ebi Egbe slams Pinnick critics appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Gov Ortom flags off first Tito 32kms marathon race
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has flagged off the maiden edition of the Tito Makurdi Marathon Road Race, with a promise to subsequently partner with the organiser to make it global event. The event, which was organised by the Tito group of companies, attracted participants from Benue, Abuja, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau []The post Gov Ortom flags off first Tito 32kms marathon race appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup: Zonal stage kicks off in 10 centres
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
A total of 26 teams that emerged champions at Local Government levels will from today (January 21) begin hostilities, as the zonal stage of the third edition of the Delta State Principals’ Cup takes centre stage in 10 different venues in the state. It could be recalled that all secondary schools in Delta State were []The post Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup: Zonal stage kicks off in 10 centres appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Crisis rocks Nasarawa FA over electoral committee
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
From Linus Oota, Lafia Fresh crisis has rocks the Football Association in Nasarawa State over the composition of the electoral committee members ahead of the February 15th election. An aspirant in the upcoming election the state and a football stakeholder Mr. Ibrahim Shigafarta had kicked against the composition of the electoral committee constituted by the []The post Crisis rocks Nasarawa FA over electoral committee appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019: Commissioner hosts football tourney for PMB, El-Rufai
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
From Sola Ojo, Kaduna As 2019 elections’ campaigns heighten, Commissioner, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Ruth Geoffrey Alkali at the weekend organised a football tournament to mobilise support for the re-election of Governor Nasir El-Rufai. The commissioner said: ‘Apart from soliciting for vote for her principal, who was seeking re-election in the state, the []The post 2019: Commissioner hosts football tourney for PMB, El-Rufai appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Rangers qualify for CAF Confed Cup group stage
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
Enugu Rangers will feature in the money-spinning group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup after they eliminated Bantu FC of Lesotho 4-2 on aggregate yesterday. Rangers first featured at this stage of the competition in 2004. The Nigerian club won the first leg of the playoffs 2-1 in Maseru a week ago, but they were []The post Rangers qualify for CAF Confed Cup group stage appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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NECA decries increased alienation of OPS from capital
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has again voiced its concern at the persistent alienation of the manufacturing/real sector of the economy from accessing capital at reasonable cost due to increased government borrowing in the domestic market. Mr. Timothy Olawale, the director-general of NECA, at the weekend, stated that the private sector continues to be []The post NECA decries increased alienation of OPS from capital appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Minimum wage: FOBTOB tasks Rewane committee on quick passage of bill
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB) has tasked the technical advisory committee on the implementation of an increase in national minimum wage on the quick signing into law of the new Minimum Wage Bill by the President. The president of FOBTOB, Quadri Olaleye, in a congratulatory letter to the chairman of the []The post Minimum wage: FOBTOB tasks Rewane committee on quick passage of bill appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Nigeria leads trade unions to make case for industrialised Africa
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
Around 80 participants from 20 sub-Saharan African countries attended the IndustriALL Global Union’s Conference on Industrialisation in Africa, in Johannesburg, South Africa, last month, to explore union strategies on sustainable industrialisation of the continent. ‘Africa should boost its manufacturing, which is low, according to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation,’ said Issa Aremu, vice-president of []The post Nigeria leads trade unions to make case for indus
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Nominee chairman of RMAFC escapes death overattack
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
From Isaac Anumihe, Abuja Chairmanship nominee for Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) and APC stalwart, Elias Mbam, was at the weekend attacked by persons suspected to be political thugs. The attack which was said to have lasted for over 30 minutes left more than 100 bullets on the ground. An eyewitness said []The post Nominee chairman of RMAFC escapes death overattack appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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FG begins implementation of renewable energy policy
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
By Adewale Sanyaolu The Federal Government has commenced the implementation of its renewable energy policy with the connection of about 450 shops at the popular Iponri Market in Lagos with solar power. Speaking at an inspection tour of the off-grid facility powered by solar at the Iponri Market at the weekend, Minister of Power Works []The post FG begins implementation of renewable energy policy appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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AMCON saved 2,600 jobs in Arik Air ‘FG, experts
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
From Uche Usim, Abuja Two years after the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) appointed an interim management for ailing Arik Air, then on the brink of collapse, the Federal Government and aviation experts have hailed the move that brought the local carrier back to life and saving up to 2,600 jobs in the process. []The post AMCON saved 2,600 jobs in Arik Air ‘FG, experts appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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9mobile appoints Oki as new CFO
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
By Chinenye Anuforo 9mobile, has announced the appointment of Phillips Oki, as its new Chief Financial Officer. Oki, who has already assumed duty, emerged through a meticulous process that sought to identify the best fit for the towering requirements of the critical position, given the new phase of the business which targets to explore new []The post 9mobile appoints Oki as new CFO appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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$9bn Dangote refinery to begin test production May 2019
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
By Chinwendu Obienyi The Dangote Industries Group has disclosed that its fertilizer plant would be ready for operations in May 2019. This is even as the Group revealed that plans are also in place to start selling petrol, diesel and aviation fuel by early 2020 on completion the huge refinery being constructed in Lekki. Speaking []The post $9bn Dangote refinery to begin test production May 2019 appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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PIDF to aggregate N2.5trn investment capital ‘Ahmed, Finance Minister
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
From Uche Usim, Abuja After over three years of being in the Buhari administration, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, the incumbent Finance Minister, recently unveiled the scorecard of the Ministry recently. At the event, she revealed that the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) has been programmed to attract and aggregate investment capital of $2.5 trillion for the []The post PIDF to aggregate N2.5trn investment capital ‘Ahmed, Finance Minister appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2018: Multiple taxation, policy summersault weigh down real sector
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
By Charles Nwaoguji 08032715118 defeminternational@yahoo.com The Nigeria’s manufacturing sector in 2018 witnessed heavy down-turn as many of the manufacturing companies shut down their factories and relocated to other West African countries due to the untold hardship in the country. Despite its slow-paced growth, the nation’s real sector had its share of gains and pains in []The post 2018: Multiple taxation, policy summersault weigh down real sector appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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AGAIN, OBASANJO HITS PRESIDENT HARD , Presidential poll: Buhari desperate like Abacha
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
By Ismail Omipidan, Laide Raheem, Abeokuta & Romanus Ugwu, Abuja Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday came hard on President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of allegedly plotting to rig the February 16 presidential election. This is the third time Obasanjo would attack Buhari in less than one year. The first major attack came through a formal []The post AGAIN, OBASANJO HITS PRESIDENT HARD , Presidential poll: Buhari desperate like Abacha appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Boko Haram: NAF to establish base, airstrip at Gembu, deploys fighter jets to Sokoto
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
From Molly Kilete, Abuja The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it has concluded plans to establish a base at Gembu, Adamawa State. The NAF base, according to the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, would be equipped withhelicopter landing pads (helipads) and an airstrip. Abubakar made this knownwhen he paid an operational []The post Boko Haram: NAF to establish base, airstrip at Gembu, deploys fighter jets to Sokoto appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019 elections: No cause for alarm over terrorists’ plan to attack Abuja ‘ Police
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
From Molly Kilete, Abuja The Nigeria Police headquarters in Abuja has assured the public of adequate security before, during and after the upcoming general election in the country. The police authorities said they have put security measures in place to identify, isolate and neutralise all possible security threats to the peaceful conduct of the elections, []The post 2019 elections: No cause for alarm over terrorists’ plan to attack Abuja Police appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Soldiers kill 2 terrorists, rescue 2 female hostages in Borno
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
From Molly Kilete, Abuja, and Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri The Nigerian Army has said its soldiers engaged in the counter-terrorism fight in the North East killed two terrorists and recovered several arms and ammunition from them over the weekend. Soldiers from 112 Task Force Battalion, who were on clearance operations around Zaza, Kajeri Maye, and Kajeri []The post Soldiers kill 2 terrorists, rescue 2 female hostages in Borno appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Omega Church endorses Wike for second term
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
From Tony John, Port Harcourt The General Overseer of Omega Power Ministries (OPM), Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, has declared that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has been ordained for a divine second term because of his projects delivery. This was even as Governor Wike has stated that Christians must fully participate in the electoral process to []The post Omega Church endorses Wike for second term appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Ekere’s prospectus for Akwa Ibom’s rebirth
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
By Eseme Eyibo IF anyone really wants to know how Akwa Ibom has fared as a state in the last three years, the state of education is a good index, particularly performance in the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) in the past three years. From 14th position in 2015, the state dropped to 17th []The post Ekere’s prospectus for Akwa Ibom’s rebirth appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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The Sun Award my most cherished ‘ Chukwudozie, Dozzy Group boss
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dozzy Group of Companies, Sir Daniel Chukwudozie, has said among all honours he has ever received The Sun Manufacturer of the Year is the most cherished. Chukwudozie will on January 25, 2019 receive the award along 20 others who would also be honoured at The Sun Awards ceremony holding []The post The Sun Award my most cherished ‘ Chukwudozie, Dozzy Group boss appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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ASUU gives FG condition to end strike
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has said the only condition the union would consider to suspend the ongoing nationwide strike is for the Federal Government to pay, at least, N50 billion Revitalisation Fund; out of one tranche of N220 billion. Prof. Ogunyemi told newsmen in Ibadan, at []The post ASUU gives FG condition to end strike appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Presidential poll: Prophet predicts Atiku’svictory
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
By Christopher Oji General Overseer of Save the World Love Evangelical Ministry, Asaba, Delta State, Apostle Little-David Foc, has predicted victory for the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, in the February 16, presidential election. The Asaba-based cleric, who made 27 predictions in his ‘new year’s prophecies for 2019’, also predicted []The post Presidential poll: Prophet predicts Atiku’svictory appeared first on The Sun Nige
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Okowa scoops media awards
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
From Paul Osuyi, Asaba Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, at the weekend, received awards as Governor of the Year (2018) by three media organisations in the country. While Okowa was recognised as governor of the year for his diligent delivery of democratic dividends by The Independent and Vanguard newspaper organisations, DAAR Communications, []The post Okowa scoops media awards appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Memory lane of a president’s memory losses
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
He gave us enough signals that he would be an unaware President. But we did not realise it on time. Prior to his inauguration as Nigeria’s President in 2015, Muhammadu Buhari had claimed he was not aware of the temporary ban imposed on Africa Independent Television (AIT) to cover his official functions. He said nobody []The post Memory lane of a president’s memory losses appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Man is the foolishest of animals
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
Last Wednesday, an event reminded me that although human beings were made beautiful and wonderful and in the image of God and company, we are worse than animals. Let me reword that since it isn’t as harsh as when I concocted it in my head. Our overhyped higher animal-ness notwithstanding, human beings are stupider than []The post Man is the foolishest of animals appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Dawning of reason on South-South
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
I came across an article by Donald Ekpo and it blew my mind. I did not know that such a voice of reason could be heard from the South-South. That nomenclature was the main grouse of Ekpo (I hope it is not a pseudo name). He was grieved by the seed of discord and []The post Dawning of reason on South-South appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Encounter with hellish fraudsters
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
ON Friday, January 11, 2019, three hellish scammers’two men and a woman (Rita Eke, most likely a fictitious name just like her co-conspirators)’working in liaison cloned Dr. Alex Otti’s number and his voice (yes, on grounds of his quintessential Abia State governorship electioneering and scintillatingly profound public presentations being a first-class economist!) to fleece me []The post Encounter with hellish fraudsters appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Towards a peaceful 2019 general election
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The time has come again. The Nigerian political landscape is once again agog with plethora of political activities. Political gladiators are rolling out campaign drums and scrolls of carefully crafted manifestoes. There is a fierce contest of ideas by politicians traversing the Nigerian political space. It is yet another election year, and the nation is []The post Towards a peaceful 2019 general election appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Women’s poor participation in politics
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
As the 2019 elections draw near, stakeholders, male politicians, political parties and all have been called to give women the chance to participate fully during the forthcoming general elections. Given that the place of a woman is a disadvantaged, deprived, and disempowered entity in the societies of many a developing country and it has been []The post Women’s poor participation in politics appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019: Ihedioha and Imo agenda
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
Undoubtedly, the coming governorship election in Imo state will be a very challenging one. It is challenging not only from the viewpoint of the array and strength of the candidates but also the critical issues to the election. The way things stand; it is certain that Imo is available for grabs and this will depend []The post 2019: Ihedioha and Imo agenda appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Gabon’s failed coup: Shame of Africa ‘ Ojo
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
By Emma Emeozor emma_globecomm@yahoo.com Fifty-four years after the first coup attempt in Gabon failed, the country has recorded the second coup attempt since the former French colony attained independence on August 17, 1960. Expectedly, the international community was taken aback because of the relative peace and economic stability in the country. It is instructive that []The post Gabon’s failed coup: Shame of Africa ‘ Ojo appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Nigeria’s worrisome debt burden
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The alarm raised by the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) over the nation’s rising debt burden should worry the nation’s economic planners. NECA’s warning came after the release of the third quarter report of the Debt Management Office (DMO) on the nation’s debt burden and the 2019 budget assumptions. The Director-General of NECA, Mr. Timothy []The post Nigeria’s worrisome debt burden appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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