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As North threatens to cut food supply: Time for Southern Nigeria to invest heavily in agriculture

Editorial
It is no longer news that Northern Nigeria has finally let the cat out of the bag. They have obviously stated that piece of their mind which they have hidden under their heart over the years. In the past 50 years, the north had been accessing and cornering all agricultural loans and other incentives from within and outside Nigeria in the name of producing food that would feed all Nigerians. The Anchor Borrowers Loan, CBN, IITA, CSDP, World Bank, Agricultural Development Bank loans, name it, were and are being made available to Northern farmers. Their former and current political office holders more especially governors and senators own the biggest rice, poultry and other food commodity farms across Nigeria. Yes, they have that monopoly in Agriculture using state and federal powers to a...
Negotiating with terrorists, bandits in the North but bombarding IPOB/ESN in the East

Negotiating with terrorists, bandits in the North but bombarding IPOB/ESN in the East

Editorial
The age long “born to rule mentality” of the North has become wild and of deadly proportion this time under President Muhammadu Buhari. The North particularly the Fulani tribe has continued to exhibit this character of "we own Nigeria and determine whatever happens" with the highest degree of impunity and to the utter dismay of other tribes. Buhari came into power in 2015 using crude and unconventional means internally and externally to remove Goodluck Jonathan. He was aided by the Yoruba political force led by Bola Tinubu and a little support from the Southeast spearheaded by Rochas Okorocha. One of Buhari's strongest external support reportedly came from his Fulani brothers in Africa viz Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, etc. Jonathan saw the gathering of the Hawks and vampires, and dec...
Why Nigerian Senate should halt Buratai and Co from holding diplomatic positions

Why Nigerian Senate should halt Buratai and Co from holding diplomatic positions

Editorial
A time has come in our dear nation when men and women holding Public offices must start renting a soul. There's so much bitterness, anger and anguish in the land as a result of the wickedness and indifference of those on the corridors of power. None has a soul and conscience and it's about time we rented some soul for them. The mass murder of Nigerians which became very much activated with the senseless execution of one Yusuf by former Borno state governor, Ali Modu Sheriff has thrown Nigeria into an endless era of blood letting like never before. With Yusuf's extra-judicial killing in 2009, his men were more emboldened and Boko Haram was subsequently born. From that time till date, Nigeria has not known peace. Today herdsmen, bandits and other militia groups have all taken to arms, k...

NIN registration and its attendant hassles

Editorial
Following the directive by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that network providers viz – MTN, Globacom, Airtel, 9Mobile, should block all Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards not registered with the National Identification Number (NIN) within two weeks from December 15, 2020, Nigerians thronged to offices of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for the registration for fear of not having their mobile lines detached. National Identification Number otherwise known as NIN is a set of 11 numbers assigned to an individual at the completion of enrolment into the National Identity Database. NIN is non-transferable and does not expire. All citizens and legal residents including children are eligible to enroll for the NIN. According to the Federal Government, obtaining...
Orlu Massacre: Our Stand

Orlu Massacre: Our Stand

Editorial
It is no longer news that the clash between Nigerian Military and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has resulted to many deaths of innocent civilians and scores of injured persons in Orlu communities and some local governments in Orlu zone, what is news is the inhuman treatment meted to unarmed civilians by armed police men even after the withdrawal of ESN operatives. Reports from Orlu have it that the police have gone out of their way of maintaining peace and order to intimidate, molest and harass residents even in their homes.Carrot junction/Umuna road, Total/Owus avenue, St Joseph/Amaigbo road, Old Emezie street, Bank road, Ihioma road, Ngumoha/ Nkwuito, Banana junction and Afor Ogidi are now a ghost town as business owners h...

Stop using us as slaves, house helps or face our wrath- Apprentices warn their Bosses

Editorial
A mega nation wide protest which might be as violent and intense as ENDSARS is in the offing in Nigeria, Nigerian Newsguide can authoritatively report. Information at our disposal has it that large number of trainees and apprentices across the country are spoiling for a show down with their bosses in their various training centers and offices.Majority of them are now fed up with those training them due to the way they are being treated by their bosses without a drop of mercy. According to some of these apprentices who spoke to our medium weekend particularly those learning Auxiliary Nursing in hospitals, hair dressing salons, tailoring, furniture houses, mechanic and other artisan workshops, their bosses whom they actually paid some sign-up fees have all turned them to slaves and offic...
2021: Our expectations, our aspirations

2021: Our expectations, our aspirations

Editorial, News
Every New Year, the temptation is to dream big. To fantasize about a sudden turnaround of poverty to wealth, from despair to hope, from curse to blessing, from bad governance to good governance etc. So, this year just like previous years, what many Nigerians yearn for, is an end to bad government, end to kidnapping, end to banditry, end to carnage, end to ASUU strike, end to non-payment of salaries and pensions, end to bad leadership, end to buck passing, end to hike in petrol pump price and other commodities, end to everything that is bad about the country, Nigeria.Indeed, last year did not go down well with many of us. There were lots of disappointments from both friends and foes, colleagues and associates, politicians and even the government of the day. From ASUU strike to lockdo...
Imo among Nigeria’s poorest states in tax revenue – Survey

Imo among Nigeria’s poorest states in tax revenue – Survey

Editorial
Only Civil/Public Servants and less than 1.5 percent of registered companies pay tax in Imo.By Chidi Emeagi With the dwindling monthly federal allocations to States which is not helping matters as per meeting with the financial needs-wage bill, over head, infrastructure and otherwise, states across Nigeria are in for the worst and hard times in the months and years ahead. Experts have long warned of the inherent danger in sole dependency of states on federal allocations hence neglecting the weightier matter which boils down to harnessing the internally generated revenue potentials in various states. Currently, some states cannot pay salaries talk of doing any project without federal allocations as the they lack the political will and technical know-how to enforce their tax laws and ...

In solidarity with Nigerian students

Editorial
Students of Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Imo State recently protested the decision of the school management to disenfranchise those yet to pay school fees from participating in their examination. It could be recalled that academic activities were brought to a halt at the wake of coronavirus pandemic as a measure to curb the spread of the disease.During this period, economic activities were on stampede, markets and churches were shut. Most affected, were families - most of whom have four to five school children who rely on daily income for survival. Somehow, they survived the hard times, to the point of allowing their wards return to school when the pandemic appeared 'over'. While Nigerians are still grappling with the effects of over four months' lockdown occasioned by the fast-sp...
Unending Killings in Nigeria and Clueless Leadership

Unending Killings in Nigeria and Clueless Leadership

Editorial
For over a decade now, there has been a scourge of killings under different banners; Militants, Boko Haram, Herdsmen, Bandits etc. In turns, these groups have waged a severe war against Nigerian people, killing tens of hundreds for nothing. As at today, wave of insecurity is still ravaging the Northeast and Northwest and spreading like wildfire to other parts of the country. Our security operatives appear defeated in the whole war and simple task of protecting lives and properties of Nigerian people. The government has failed woefully and admittedly too. A simple promise made during electioneering to protect lives and properties is now difficult to fulfill. Nigeria as a nation has lost great sons and daughters to the activities of terror groups. Both the high and mighty have fallen ...

Christmas season, crime and anti-social activities

Editorial
Each end of the year, people more especially the young ones put themselves into unnecessary pressure and dreaming big about the kind of opulence and display of emergency riches aimed at impressing others. In most cases small business owners tend to sell everything they have in their shops and proceed home with all the proceeds only to come back to base by January and start life afresh again. Some go as far as borrowing to buy new or fairly used cars and other mobilities to impress their parents and or girl friends and possibly convince them that they are doing well in the cities when that is not correct. This undue pressure during the Yuletide lead men into indulging and committing all sorts of crimes and heinous acts. While the female ones go into prostitution, the male folks go i...