September 20, 2021
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VAT: Wike, FG And Authority Stealing

By Azu Ishiekwene The guns of Nigeria’s three-year civil war were silenced 51 years ago, but in the battle for a truly federal state, the echoes of warfare have never been more resonant.   On August 10, Rivers State, which at an average monthly federal receipt of N12b, is the third richest by dole amongst Nigeria’s […]
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Gumi is wrong, war can end banditry

By Mahmud Jega The widely disseminated statement by Kaduna-based Muslim cleric Dr. Ahmed Gumi titled “War has never been a solution anywhere anytime” is too sweeping to be true. He was referring to the Nigerian Army’s recently stepped-up campaign against bandits in Zamfara and other north-western states, which he says will not end banditry. He […]
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Nigerian embassies of shame (1)

By Tunde Odesola Lacking the speed of the cheetah, the strength of the bull and the ferocity of the tiger, the chameleon, with its camouflage of many colours, tip-toes daily in cautious slow-motion, living on the wisdom of adaptive wits. Appearing unconcerned, unpurposed and uninterested, the chief of stealth and the lord of disguise, the […]
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Ending the war over Value Added Tax (VAT)

By: Simon Kolawole. The evolution of Nigerian federalism has undergone major genetic variations in the last 20 years, but the war that has just broken out over the value-added tax (VAT) may become the turning point because of the potential impact on fiscal federalism and the political economy. On December 11, 2020, Justice Stephen Pam […]