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The business of terror

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  • As President Jonathan's government tries to modernise the economy, it is throwing money at a campaign to defeat the Boko Haram militia

By Patrick Smith

The government's confused strategy has made little headway against the Boko Haram militia's shootings and bombings across northern Nigeria. The security services have turned the capital, Abuja, into an armed camp replete with spy cameras at major road junctions. On 13 December, President Goodluck Jonathan announced that the government would spend a staggering 921 billion naira (US$5.5 bn.) of the N4,749 bn. budget for 2012 on the armed forces and security services. This is a Boko Haram campaign bonanza for the generals and private security companies but the huge diversion of resources will not achieve its aims without a clear strategy to address the grievances that the militants exploit.


El-Rufai: The man and his criticisms

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Recently, the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, now a chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) took a swipe at his former party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describing it a gang of criminals. In this piece, Abdulrahman Abdulraheem looks at the position of the former Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and the trend among Nigerians politicians  with penchant for criticisms toward governments whenever they fall out of tune with the powers that be


My 5th Anniversary gift to the Sultan

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By Dr. Aliyu U. Tilde

Last week, I saw a number of advertorials in our national dailies congratulating you on the 5th Anniversary of your turbanning as the Sultan of Sokoto. On my part, what I have as your anniversary gift is materially small, but big to the function of your office.


Issues in the restoration of Barewa College, Zaria

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By Adagbo Onoja


At one of the many Green Gardens in Abuja where lumpens, rascals and radicals congregate for reflective night time chitchats, there is an informed Barewa College 'chauvinist'. Once, he confronted me, asking where Governor Sule Lamido could be located at that moment. That was when speculations ran riot in this country about who became Vice-President to Goodluck Jonathan and Lamido


Plugging the leadership gap: Options for Nigeria (II)

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By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai


It also boils down to the fact that human beings are by nature strategic and just like a thermometer they will adjust their behavior to suit the leadership and their environment. So to change their behavior we have to change the quality and style of our nation’s leadership, and put in place a clear regime of rewards (for merit and good behavior) and sanctions (for poor performance and misconduct). There is simply no other way to develop a well-ordered, rules-driven and progressive society. The symptoms of Nigeria’s problems are many but the cure is just one thing. The cure is good leadership by example which gives the people vision, hope and exemplary behavior with which to model themselves and their institutions after.

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