I am looking for someone to replicate what Alhassan Dantata did with the groundnut trade in Kano. During World War Two, allied troops were supplied with Nigerian peanuts in their packs

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[1] One of the hallmarks of a visionary leadership is its ability to multi-task. When it comes to running your economy, this means diversification, whereby you expand into several sectors at the same time as China and India are currently doing so successfully

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NFF pleads with fans saying it does not gave the funds to sack Peseiro and pay him compensation

NIGERIAN Football Federation (NFF) officials have pleaded with the fans to bear with them and the Super Eagles as the association does  not have the funds to sack head coach Jose Peseiro despite it being obvious he has to go.

 

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Our trade and industry minister needs to launch a Christmas Industry Programme aimed at generating foreign exchange earnings from this annual festival

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[1] Nigeria should have the world's largest Xmas tree plantation. Imagine how much we would generate in foreign exchange if we were exporting trees all over the world

[2] By now, we should have patented a special red ankara Father Christmas suit. Our ankara in particular is actually well suited to sewing Father Christmas suits

[3] Every Christmas, the poor should get a special Xmas hamper with Nigerian palliatives. Maybe call it the Naija Hamper

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Nigeria's hopes of qualifying for 2026 World Cup suffer another blow after 1-1 draw with Zimbabwe

NIGERIA'S hopes of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup took a further knock today as the Super Eagles played their second successive draw in the qualification series sharing the spoils in 1 -1 draw with the Warriors of Zimbabwe.

 

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One good thing President Tinubu has got going for him is that he is not a man who creates ethnic mistrust. He now needs to build on this by unveiling a Nigerian Inter-Marriage Support Bill

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[1] One headache that has always plagued Nigeria since independence is the problem of ethnic mistrust. It is like a cancer that simply refuses to go away. Ethnic mistrust will always act as a check on economic growth as apart from breeding insecurity, it stifles attempts to eradicate illiteracy

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Ondo State Executive Council passes a vote of confidence in Governor Akeredolu despite his absence

MEMBERS of the Ondo State executive council have passed a vote of confidence in Governor Rotimi Akeredolu despite him being away at his private residence in Ibadan where he is recovering from an unexplained illness after receiving medical treatment abroad.

 

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Just looking at the amounts handed out in Nigerian elections today, has it occurred to you all that a man like Obafemi Awolowo would be totally unelectable

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[1] One of my favourite quotes ever is Henry Mattise’s “Every people get the government they deserve.” Ironically, Obafemi Awolowo, Nigeria’s most visionary sage used that quote after the 1983 elections

[2] Despite his flaws, the more I read about Awolowo, the more I just marvel at his unique ability to envisage the future

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Interior minister promises to overhaul passport regime with fully biometric structure

INTERIOR minister Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has revealed that his ministry intends to overhaul Nigeria's current passport issuance regime and introduce a structure whereby a fully biometric application structure is introduced cutting out lengthy queues at centres.

 

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Peseiro expected to go for the tried and tested sticking with error-prone Uzoho against Lesotho

SUPER Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro is set to stick with Francis Uzoho as his goalkeeper today when Nigeria kicks off her 2026 World Cup campaign with a qualifier against Lesotho despite his incessant blunders during recent matches.

 

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Now that Governor Diri has been returned for a second term, he should launch a radical lowland rice production programme that will turn Bayelsa into a major food-producing state

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[1] As we all know, Nigeria is the world’s largest rice dumping ground. We are the victims of an influx of cheap Asian rice which is exported to neighbouring countries and then smuggled into Nigeria

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