By ABBA MAHMOOD -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) began as a department in the office of the prime minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, in 1957 with the name “Department of Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Relations”. It was...
The Nigerian Senate is investigating alleged payment of 1% commission of all funds entering the Treasury Single Account (TSA) to an e-payment platform named Remita. It means that, out of about N2.5trillion that has accumulated in the TSA, the suspected...
The leak of 11.5million documents, being internal data of Panama-based offshore provider  Mossack Fonseca, has revealed how individuals use tax havens to hide their wealth. Global outrage has followed the ‘Panama Papers’ leak, involving a cache of secret financial...
Bill Gates is still the world’s richest person. According to the Forbes Rich List 2017, Gates is worth $86billion. The Microsoft founder has topped the Forbes Rich List for four consecutive years. He is followed by Warren Buffett, whose fortune is estimated...
Whenever “terror” is mentioned, especially since after September 11, 2001, the mind often goes to the activities of fundamentalists attacking American interests. But look down. Your brother next door could be a victim of terror in the next minute....
One of the most colourful politicians to come out of northern Nigeria, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, Sunday night breathed his last in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt. In old age – and for all practical purposes blind – Sule spent...
Each time I read stories of Nigeria’s past, I become convinced that leadership recession and economic recession are like Siamese twins. I wonder: Why do the leaders of Nigeria fail to learn from history? One man recently told me...
As February 14 approached, I couldn’t take a decision to move, along with my family, to a safer part of the world or to remain in Abuja. After listening to national security adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) speak at...
Incidents reported since last Sunday indicate that tempers are flaring up among the poor of northern Nigeria. When people get desperately poor, they become dangerously wicked. Religion is only a smokescreen. It’s the economy, stupid! Thus, at Pandogari, Rafi LGA...
By ABBA MAHMOOD – The federal government has been making frantic effort to curb the spread of hate speech. Hate speech led to the genocide of 1994 in Rwanda. Hatred has a way of destroying both the one hating and...

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