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Debts, VAT and States’ Gold Mines

Debts, VAT and States’ Gold Mines

(Published in the Nigerian Tribune on Monday, 20 September, 2021) The National Assembly last Tuesday received a presidential request for yet fresh foreign loans. This time, it is $4billion and €710million (N2 Trillion) to finance ‘critical projects’ in the 2021 budget. Our lawmakers will approve the loan request without asking any question. It is not

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Igbo and Buhari’s Peace Speech in Imo State

(Published in the Nigerian Tribune on Monday, 13 September, 2021) President Muhammadu Buhari last week in Imo State acknowledged the resourcefulness and enterprising spirit of Igbo people. He said: “The fundamental thing about the Igbo people is that there is no town you visit in Nigeria without seeing the Igbo being in charge of either

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FIRS & Rivers State Government: Who should Now Collect VAT?

The Court of Appeal, Abuja division, has just ruled that both parties maintained the status quo in an appeal filed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS against the judgement of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, validating the Rivers State law that empowered Rivers State Government to collect VAT, as against the FIRS that

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Will There Be a Crash, Nigeria?

(Published in the Nigerian Tribune on Monday, 30 August, 2021) Scary! One spring night, the pilot of a small plane experienced a complete engine failure. On top of that, he lost his electrical system, and with it, the use of his radio and navigation instruments. Mist filled the sky. The moon had not yet risen.

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The President is back

(Published in the Nigerian Tribune on Monday, 16 August, 2021) Twenty-four hours after paying an inter-infirmary visit to his co-Londoner, co-APC founder, comrade and power-sharer, President Muhammadu Buhari came back last week to meet his Nigeria as dying as he left it. Nigeria’s definition under him has remained sorrow, tears and blood. In his absence,

Kyari and his hushpuppy

Kyari and his hushpuppy

(Published in the Nigerian Tribune on Monday, 2 August, 2021) The mountain top is a great place to be, but it is very slippery. History is full of cases of very promising heads lost to the sharp edges of indiscretion, of meeting or making bad friends, and of taking wrong bends. The most ‘popular’ names

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