Thursday November 27th, 2014
Thursday November 27th, 2014
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Rage of impeachment hawkers

  /   in People & Politics 2:16 am   /   Comments

Police attack at National Assembly: Lawmakers scaling gate of National Assembly as Police blocked National Assembly gate in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

The impeachment clauses in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) are some of the powerful instruments granted the Legislature under the presidential system of government to hold the Executive Branch to account or actually remove them in extreme cases of serious misconduct. Sections 143 and 188 spell out the process in detail. The implications of this will be addressed shortly.

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USA’s diversity plus a rich food culture

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

Good food

I arrived in London on Sat-urday after the two weeks that I spent in the United States, in California and Texas. Let me start by confessing that I love food, especially that opportunity to taste foods of the different cultures of our wonderful world.

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Mama Alice Mosheri Omorotionmwan: Tribute to a mother in a million

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

Mothering

Let us return to the countryside. Some Nigerian historians could work a bit harder. This is not intended to be a challenge but a statement of truth. They roam the streets of our cities endlessly in search of history; whereas with each passing day, our rural population is replete with history only waiting to be recorded. We look forward to such a time when students of history in our tertiary institutions would be required to do project works on their villages instead of the British Commonwealth or some abstract faraway places.

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Extension of emergency rule, Tambuwal and President Jonathan

  /   in Talking Point 12:52 am   /   Comments

If history is any guide, it almost always starts this way. Like a sick joke or high drama without an apparent plot, full of tension that nevertheless ends in tragedy. I am here talking of the violent attempt by the police to prevent Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker of the House of Representatives, from entering the House last Thursday. The House had reconvened for an emergency session to consider the request by President Goodluck Jonathan for further six months extension of emergency rule in three North Eastern states at the epicentre of insurgent unrest. The Senate which had been in session for two days to consider the same request by President Jonathan, prior to the incident at the House of Representatives, had failed to reach any agreement. Although no less tension-filled, matters had been better managed at the Senate. It was in the House that things fell apart.

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I don’t give a damn! as a standing order of impunity

  /   in For Crying Out Loud   /   Comments

Goodluck-Jonathan-new

By condoning, if not authorising,serial acts of impunity, is President Goodluck Jonathan transforming democracy by redefining it as minority rule? Or simply returning us to the forgotten epoch of might is right? The most popular definition of democracy remains that proffered by Abraham Lincoln in the famous Gettysburg Address to commemorate the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. In the long closing sentence of the short 278-word speech, Lincoln uttered the words that every junior secondary school student knows by heart:”government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

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Tambuwal and his Law-Breaker Supporters

  /   in Femi Aribisala 1:24 pm   /   Comments

L-R: Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Hon Kawu Sumaila during the Speaker's visit to Obasanjo today in Abeokuta.

By Femi Aribisala The APC did not win any seat whatsoever in the House of Representatives in the 2011 elections.  Therefore, it cannot provide the Speaker of the House. Have you ever heard the parable of a man who stole a goat and was arrested and prosecuted?  When brought before the judge, his line of

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Tambuwal and his shameful law-breaker supporters

  /   in Femi Aribisala   /   Comments

tear-gas-lawmakers

By Femi Aribisala Have you ever heard the parable of a man who stole a goat and was arrested and prosecuted?  When brought before the judge, his line of defense was that others had stolen goats in the past but had not been prosecuted.  How does that absolve him of guilt?  The man is a

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Why Jega must go now (II)

  /   in People & Politics 3:32 am   /   Comments

APart from serial demonstrations of gross incompetence by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, under Professor Attahiru Jega, which we analysed in the first part of this article, the nation’s Chief Electoral Officer seems determined to implement a dangerous sectional agenda that will guarantee explosive outcomes starting from 2015.

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Is diversification of the economy possible?

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

Okonjo-Iweala-budget

In the wake of public concerns on the impact of tumbling oil price on government revenue and expenditure in the 2015 budget, the Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Okonjo Iweala, recently assured a joint Legislative Committee on Finance and National Planning that “we have calculated that in order to help us regain stability, we need a minimum of about $5bn.”

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Making room

  /   in Moment to Moment 9:01 am   /   Comments

A sense of belonging is what most people spend their whole lives looking to find; its why we are attached to friends and relatives; its why we spend a major part of our lives looking for that special someone to share our lives with; its why we build our homes to particular tastes and fill it with all sorts of knick knacks that make it a home.. As much as we all aspire to greatness; to excel in all enterprises we set our minds to no; one really wants to be all alone! Those who seek lives of complete solitude have either been spurned by the world or driven away from civilisation to find deeper meaning in things that are totally outside the range of judgement and rejection. What is becoming very apparent to me is that quite a number of people are actually very lonely despite not being alone! Sounds ridiculous to be in the middle of a crowd yet be consumed by abject loneliness but surprisingly a number of people are in that very position. Robin Williams, one of the world’s most accomplished comedians this year committed suicide, he was full of life and made everyone laugh, who would have guessed how miserable he was? His state of mind was captured in a haunting quote. In his words “I used to think the worst thing in life was being all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone”

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Which God is the Father of Jesus?

  /   in Article of Faith   /   Comments

Mr Ernest Okorie and others of St Dominic Church Young Christian Workers performed the Passion of Jesus  as Christians all over the world mark Good Friday the day Jesus Christ was crucified yesterday. Photo by Biodun Ogunleye

Is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ behind the wars, massacres and genocide of the Jews in the Old Testament? Certainly not! God says “love your enemies;” he does not say annihilate them. Jesus’ Father is merciful; and “he does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17). As a matter of fact, “his mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 106:1).

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This House of Disrepute

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

Lawmakers at the National Assembly Thursday.

Those that seek evidence that our highest hallow House in the land has badly behaved, must have seen on TV and read in the papers how uncouth and disgraceful they are. Those that still are not convinced, I have nothing more to say to them as they have obviously lost their moral compass. What we saw were grown men behaving like rent a mob and scaling the fence to force their way into the inner sanctum of the House.

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Jonathan and the 2015 presidential elections (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (R) and Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo greet supporters at a ceremony in Abuja on November 11, 2014. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on November 11 declared his bid for re-election, vowing to finally defeat Boko Haram whose rise in strength during his first term has threatened the country's sovereignty. The 56-year-old made the announcement to tens of thousands of supporters in the red, white and green of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at a carefully orchestrated ceremony including patriotic music, dancing, prayers and speeches. AFP PHOTO

By Douglas Anele In my estimation, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former military President, Ibrahim Babangida and President Goodluck Jonathan are three of the luckiest prominent Nigerians alive today. For one thing, they came from very humble backgrounds and rose to occupy the highest political office in the country, not because they really merited it but because

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The wages of political rascality

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

tear-gas-lawmakers

In January 1966, Nigerians witnessed the first ever military intervention in the politics of their nation. To the applause of many of us, they sacked the first republic and instituted military rule. Some 30 years later when democracy returned to the polity, the earlier ovation to the men in uniform had waned as they too were found guilty of the same vices that informed their sacking of the civilian government. Against this backdrop, it was imagined that perhaps the nation would have been better off if democracy, the acclaimed best system of government in the world had been allowed to grow in our nation. Nigerian politicians the argument continues would have matured and learnt to practice democracy in its true form. Since 1999 however, we have had no less than 15 unbroken years of civilian rule yet we have had nothing other than “democracy with tears”. Why on earth is Nigeria unable to produce “sane” politicians?

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Requiem for Ekwueme’s ‘Baby’ – PDP(1)

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

muazu

It was no news that Jonathan would seek another term in office. Never mind that well-orchestrated deception about going to Jerusalem to seek “divine guidance”. Obama did not go there for the simple reason that nobody has ever seen God in Jerusalem. Even the “merchants of miracles”, who accompanied new “prayer warrior” know that. It was just another opportunity to collect bountiful estacodes from a depleting national treasury by the “Haves”. The former “shoeless boy” has discovered new friends – they are the jet owners. He has abandoned all those poor people gullible enough to buy his “sob stories” in 2011.

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God, why did you create the poor?

  /   in Achebe: Exit of a literary giant, My World 3:06 am   /   Comments

An abode in Lagos

This is a true story. A close friend was driving on a fairly busy road on Lagos Island when he was stopped by a traffic light. He looked right and his eyes caught a nine or ten year old child crying uncontrollably by the side. The sight so moved him that he parked his car and got down to see what was making the child so distraught. It turned out that the figures didn’t add up for the poor child.

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which one you dey? – (1)

  /   in The Passing Scene   /   Comments

Kabiru Turaki

I am in one of my dull moments again when simple situations that are as clear as daylight fail to emerge from the depths of confusion for me to grasp and comprehend like all others around seem to do. Why can’t I understand what is going on? Just when I think I am on top of the unfolding events, something that leaves me panting turns up again.

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This life!

  /   in Marriage and Family 8:31 pm   /   Comments

life

Sometime ago, I went on a business visit to a client and friend. Inevitably the discussions veered from business to life. We talked about the ephemeral nature of life and vanity. As if preempting me, he told me that when he goes to bed, he sleeps like a baby.

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A significant improvement!

  /   in Sweet and Sour   /   Comments

Jonathan1

Last week, President Goodluck Jonathan made his way to Eagle Square in Abuja; and, surrounded by a large crowd of cheering supporters, firmly and formally declared his intention to run for a second term in 2015.

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Snakes in Aminu c’s compound

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 2:49 am   /   Comments

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal,  Mutawallen Sakwato

Let me begin by expressing relief that House Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, finally dropped out of the race for presidency in 2015. Not that he is not eminently qualified; but in the circumstance, he was clearly being set up to fail, and it was also to scuttle the chances of the APC in the 2015 presidential election.

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Lest we forget, 2014 in review

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

The Lagos State Ebola quarantine centre and Late Nurse Obi Justina Ejelonu

Last week, we started a series, which we hope to sustain in the remaining part of this year — attempting to remind ourselves of some salient issues raised during the year, which we consider important enough not to be swept under the carpet. Given the frailty of the human mind, there is the constant need to follow up on our actions, lest we forget.

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Why Jega must go now (I)

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Anambra Supplementary Election: INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru  Jega addressing pressmen , announcing November 30 for Supplementary election at  Anambra State  while National Commissioner Lawrence Nwuruku looks on in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

By Ochereome Nnanna There is an adage which says: “be careful what you wish for; you might get it”. As the tempestuous tenure of former Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Maurice Iwu, drew to an end, there was near unanimity that his tenure should not be renewed. Iwu had presided over a presidential election

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Goodluck Jonathan’s military, local militias and the security of Nigeria

  /   in Talking Point 8:24 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

The United State’s government once more showed its disdain for the Goodluck Jonathan administration and by extension our so-called fight against terror by its last week insistence that it would not sell fighter helicopters to Nigeria. The US government spokesperson was reacting to the claim by the Nigerian Ambassador to the US, Ade Adefuye, that the US had refused to sell fighter aircraft to Nigeria.

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The Impending Betrayal of Muhammadu Buhari

  /   in Femi Aribisala 10:32 am   /   Comments

File photo; Tinubu and Buhari - leaders of ACN and CPC

When Muhammadu Buhari ran for president in 2011, he made a solemn pledge to Nigerians: “This campaign is the third and last one for me. I will not offer myself again for election into the office of president.”

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College Sports

  /   in Dispatches from America   /   Comments

MY normal Saturday morning rituals consist of tracking local and international news and watching the English Barclays Premier League football, or soccer as the game is known in the United States. Last Saturday, I ignored both rituals. The league had taken a break due to international soccer tournaments in Europe. As for news, I guessed the world would still be there later in the day when I would catch up with what I might have missed earlier. What I did was to watch all sorts sporting activities when I was not grading students’ papers.

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Waziri Tambuwal for president

  /   in People & Politics 12:37 am   /   Comments

DEcamped—Speaker Tambuwal after decamping to APC, yesterday.

You must have noticed the newest political speculation in town. It must have been invented in the ongoing political transition period because I don’t seem to have noticed it before. It is the act of buying nomination forms for candidates for high office. President Goodluck Jonathan was favoured with this uncommon benevolence by thousands of groups drawn from across the polity.

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What is the dollar exchange rate?

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

naira-Dollar

The CBN recently restricted direct sales of the federation’s official dollar reserves to some sectors of the economy; consequently, the importation of electronics, information technology, generators, and telecom equipment, finished products and invisible transactions will henceforth be funded with more costly dollars from the Interbank foreign Exchange market.

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What is the exact offence of Justice Gladys Olotu?

  /   in Nigeria Today 1:00 pm   /   Comments

Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Aloma Mariam Muktar,

About a year ago, the learned K. S. Okeaya Inneh, a renowned Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and leader of the Bar in the South-South had declared that he had in his privileged position recommended Justice Gladys Olotu of the Federal High Court to be elevated to the Court of Appeal.

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The Lord God Almighty: The Love of My Life

  /   in Article of Faith   /   Comments

JESUS

I was a baby Christian, basking in newborn fellowship with the Lord. I woke up one morning to discover I was singing a new song. I had never sung it before; but it was clear I had been singing it in my sleep and continued now awake. How do you sing a song you never knew before? How come you know the words?

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Another Samuel steps forward to lead his people (1)

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

DECLARATION: All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential aspirant, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah during his declaration to contest for the APC presidential ticket in next year's election in Minna, yesterday.

“And Samuel spake unto all the [house(s) of Nigeria] saying, “President Jonathan had not been able to perform the most basic responsibility of any leader, which is provision of security to the people of this country”. I Samuel 7:3 joined with the third paragraph of the Declaration Address by Samuel Nda-Isaiah, APC, Christian, Northerner, presidential candidate, Minna, Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

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‘My heartfelt sympathy‘- we’ve heard it before

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

Yuletide-tragedy

Tragedy once again has revisited our shores and being in the UK watching the news, makes me feel saddened and despondent. Yet, again there is no decisive plan as to what will be done to rid the country of these nefarious cold blooded murderers.

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We are all Boko Haram

  /   in The Orbit   /   Comments

Boko-Haram1

Boko Haram’s latest onslaughts in Potiskum and Mubi this past week draw our attention once again to the growing strength and defiance of its terrorist operations. If anything has defined the Jonathan presidency, it has been the Boko Haram insurgency, the single most dangerous political development in Nigeria since the civil war. In a sense, Jonathan is struggling with history, and the nature of his presidential legacy.

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