Saturday October 25th, 2014
Saturday October 25th, 2014
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Jonathan: A president’s development strides amid doubts

  /   in Special Report, Trends In Politics 12:50 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan

THE thrust of the Transformation Agenda at the commencement of the 2011 presidential election campaign was that Nigeria would be transformed into a new nation in various aspects of human endeavours.

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Theatre of the absurd

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:20 am   /   Comments

Patience Jonathan

We are not yet done with theatrics and distractions. It was like rehearsing a scene from a movie. But this is not Nollywood live! Dame Patience broke down in tears over the unresolved issue of the abducted school girls; alleging that the Borno State First Lady was trying to frustrate her efforts about helping the State Government to rescue the missing school girls.

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National Confab redrawing Nigeria’s foreign relations

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:31 am   /   Comments

confab-new

Perhaps, the report of on-going National Conference in Abuja would not be complete if it does not take into consideration the voting right and well-being of Nigerians living abroad.

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Questions without answers

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:11 am   /   Comments

Gov. Nyako

When Gov Nyako’s memo to Northern Governors’ Forum first leaked to the press, there was a huge argument on whether the letter was real or forged.

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The litany of terror

  /   in Trends In Politics 4:05 pm   /   Comments

Boko-Haram1

As a little girl, I had the privilege of watching a lot of British television series in our Black & White TV and later on, colour Televison. I loved horror movies and would always wait till late night of certain days to watch the Hammer House of Horror, a British television series.

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The jagbajantis of Nigeria’s GDP

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:27 am   /   Comments

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Ordinarily, I have no cause to pay serious attention to the lyrics of some of the songs released by the young generation of Nigerians because of their tendency to be lurid.

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..Of national honours and national horrors

  /   in Trends In Politics 2:31 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan presenting  a National Award to  a recipient

Penultimate Friday, the Federal Government inaugurated a new board for the Nigeria National Merit Awards, NNMA, with Professor Francis Idachaba as Chairman. The Board is saddled with the responsiblity of ensuring that the right people are nominated and honoured by the Goodluck Jonathan administration which pursues promotion of merit, hardwork and intellectuallism in the nation’s quest for sustainable development.

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Confab of discordant concord

  /   in Trends In Politics 10:37 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan flanked by Vice President Namadi Sambo and the Conference Chairman, Justice Legbo Kutigi  (4r) while the Speaker TIONAL CONFERENCE House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal (3l); Vice Chairman of the Conference, Prof. Boolaji Akinyemi (3r); Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Aloma Mukhtar (4l) and other dignitaries watched in a group photograph with delegates after the inauguration of the 2014 National Conference of the People of Nigeria at the National Judicial Institute, Airport Road, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 17/03/2014

Of course, we saw the handwriting on the wall before the inauguration. It was obvious that there would be more questions than answers. One would have been surprised had things happened differently. In fact, one cannot say for sure that President Jonathan had not anticipated this.

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Peter Obi – An uncommon Governor

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:22 am   /   Comments

Gov Obi

Ordinarily, I shouldn’t be the one writing about the outgoing governor of Anambra state being an indigene of the state and a stakeholder. But on the other hand, I think I’m in the best position to write as the ‘son of the soil’.

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Centenary: How it all goes down

  /   in Trends In Politics 1:15 am   /   Comments

From Left: Former President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari; former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; President Goodluck Jonathan and former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, at the Centenary Dinner and Awards in Abuja on Friday (28/2/14). NAN

The centenary celebration brought back memories I cherished so much. My literature teacher in secondary school had a penchant for asking me to paraphrase poetry and I always obeyed. I was the comedian in his class, discussing serious issues jokingly.

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NNPC: Cock and bull story

  /   in Trends In Politics 9:35 am   /   Comments

Mr. Andrew Yakubu  GDM NNPC

When the news broke that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Africa’s biggest oil producer, is facing questions about where billions of dollars in oil money is going amid suspicions of fraud and it being siphoned among other things, the first thing that came to my mind was how my own family missed out on the whole thing.

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The ‘sin’ of the tongue

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:36 am   /   Comments

sanusi

It was over two years ago that I had the closest encounter with Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. He is a man whose dress sense is always very striking.

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Oduah: End of a reformer?

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:20 am   /   Comments

Stella Oduah

It is the reformer who is anxious for the reform, and not society, from which he should expect nothing better than opposition, abhorrence and mortal persecution — Mahatma Gandhi

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Of Zombies and Follow-Follows

  /   in Trends In Politics 5:07 pm   /   Comments

*National Assembly

When Nigerian Afro beat musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti released Zombie by Coconut Records in 1976, one was not sure whether he knew it was going to be a hit.

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2015 conversations

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:18 am   /   Comments

Jega-cartoon-2015

By Chioma Gabriel “Mchshh” “ You hissed, Saka” “I didn’t,”Aminu answered. “ But you just did” “Ah! It’s just these papers, one cannot believe  everything written on the pages of newspapers” ‘ Why do you think so? But you are reading it upside down” “ Are you blind? The matter is also upside down. Didn’t

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City of gays ?

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:30 am   /   Comments

Gay-Marriage

I thought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more! Macbeth is murdering sleep.” Innocent sleep. Sleep that soothes away all our worries. Sleep that puts each day to rest. Sleep that relieves the weary labourer and heals hurt minds. Sleep, the main course in life’s feast, and the most nourishing—William Shakespeare.

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Finally, Tukur bows out

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:30 am   /   Comments

*PDP Chairman, Bamanga Tukur

The owl farted, and demanded that his kinsmen eulogise him for that. But they couldn’t, telling him that no man gets eulogised for doing evil. Indeed, a child that dances to the rhythm of surugada should know it is the dance of the spirits. It is only a fly that does not listen to advice that follows a corpse to the grave.

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My new year resolutions

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:20 am   /   Comments

Jonathan

On my honour, I promise that in this new year, I will do my best. I will do my duties to God and my country. I’m a prominent Nigerian politician. I love my country with all my heart and all my soul. I am a strong believer in the anti-corruption crusade. I believe in the brand called Nigeria and the fact that Nigeria should be re branded, but not the Dora Akunyili way.

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Et tu Jonathan

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:18 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan and Chief Obasanjo

So, President Goodluck Jonathan finally responded to Obasanjo’s letter after sixteen days of receiving it and when many Nigerians were already thinking he had nothing to say or that the allegations made against him were true. Some mischief makers even suggested that perhaps, the President was waiting for Dame Patience Jonathan to respond on his behalf or give him the go-ahead to do so.

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Spellbinders

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:36 am   /   Comments

Olusegun Obasanjo and Iyabo Obasanjo

After reading the letters of both Obasanjo and his beloved daughter Iyabo, I fell in love with the Obasanjo family all over again.

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OBJ: So long a letter

  /   in Trends In Politics 1:42 am   /   Comments

obj-jona-church

As a child growing up, I had in my possession, one of the most auspicious letters of all times. It was a letter that for years, I pasted on the wall of my room and committed it’s contents to memory so well that even if I was suddenly woken up from sleep, I could recite it. Beyond committing the letter to memory, I also had a mental picture of the writer of the letter.

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Revisiting the impunity of PDP

  /   in Trends In Politics 1:19 am   /   Comments

Tukur, Jonathan and Baraje

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, impunity means “exemption from punishment or loss or escape from fines”.

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Pity, Jega failed this test

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:24 am   /   Comments

From left, Prof. Attahiru Jega displaying result sheet at Collation Center in Abuja, while His Personal Assistance Abdullahi Usaman and INEC Commissioner Hamina Zakare look on at Collation Centre in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

It was the picture of Tony Nwoye, the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Anambra gubernatorial election on the front page of Sunday Vanguard of November 17, 2013 that touched me the most. The candidate looked beaten and frustrated, sweating profusely after he could not find his name in INEC voters register.

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Pity, Jega failed this test

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:20 am   /   Comments

election-cartoon

It was the picture of Tony Nwoye, the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Anambra gubernatorial election on the front page of Sunday Vanguard of November 17, 2013 that touched me the most. The candidate looked beaten and frustrated, sweating profusely after he could not find his name in INEC voters register.

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Finally, Anambra decides

  /   in Anambra Elections, Trends In Politics 12:15 am   /   Comments

Acting President Goodluck Jonathan vowed that never again shall Nigeria witness elections that would be characterized by fraud.

Today Saturday, the 16th day of November 2013, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, an illustrious son of AnambraState and a great man of Africa would have been 109 years old.

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Waiting for implosion of APC

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:57 am   /   Comments

R-L Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Former Governor of Lagos State/APC Leader and Engr Tele Ikuru, Rivers State Deputy Governor  yesterday at the Rivers State Government House during a visit of the APC Leadership to Rivers State. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke

The All Progressives Congress seems to be having an owambe party all over Nigeria; from the North to the South and is getting all the media attention required. The party also appears to be mocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and celebrating the implosion of the ruling party.

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When silence is golden

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:07 am   /   Comments

Col Tony Nyiam (rtd),   shouing at Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

Nigerians have a way of killing ideas whenever any is suggesed. Anytime any government comes up with ideas, opposition will equally take a pessimistic disposition to kill whatever idea and even when government means well, that is largely misinterpreted or misjudged. The pessimists always go to any length to destroy whatever is being suggested.

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ASUU strike: When market women take to the streets

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:00 am   /   Comments

Market women and Men Association of Nigeria protesting over the prolong ASUU strike in Federal Secretariat, Abuja yesterday . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

When market women took to the streets to protest the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike which has lingered for about four months now, it portrayed a very dangerous signal. Many wondered which of the parties involved in the face-off mobilised the market women, but I tell you, they needed nobody to mobilise them.

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Anambra guber:Do they want to rope in Igwe Achebe?

  /   in Trends In Politics 1:08 am   /   Comments

Obi of Onitsha  Igwe Alfred Achebe

Traditional institutions are supposed to play a neutral role in politics but one cannot say same of Nigerian traditional institutions. Now it appears they are trying to rope in the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe into the politics of the up-coming Anambra guber election.

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Reign of gunmen

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:22 am   /   Comments

Kelvin's LIMUP gang...waiting for amnesty

I don’t know if Nigeria will survive this but I hope and pray she does. The impunity of gunmen is getting more scary. Could it be that our leaders are running out of ideas on how to go about it? Is President Jonathan losing the battle against the menace of terrorism?

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Made in Nigeria

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:20 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan

Nigeria is a great country and Nigerians are beautiful people. The average Nigerian is enduring and enterprising and can survive any challenge in life .

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Will this centre still hold?

  /   in Trends In Politics 12:05 am   /   Comments

Tukur, Jonathan and Baraje

Has the last been heard of the ongoing Peoples Democratic Party, PDP crisis? Will democracy survive this onslaught on the ruling party? Will Nigeria ever be the same again after this in-house politicking?

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