Saturday January 31st, 2015
Saturday January 31st, 2015
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My life has been a series of accidents — Peter (PAN) Enahoro

  /   in My World 2:00 am   /   Comments

Peter-ENAHORO4

The writings of Peter Enahoro who turned 80 recently played a part in my taking to journalism. I interviewed him in 1979 when he came back from a 13-year self –imposed exile. I also interviewed him in 1981 when he launched ‘Africa Now’, a pan African news magazine. These two interviews reveal a bit about his person and his craft. I have taken excerpts from them as my tribute to this icon of African journalism. Enjoy!

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DO IT LIKE NOLLYWOOD: Get skin like Rita, body like Ini Edo and legs like Kate

  /   in Woman to Women   /   Comments

Kate Henshaw

Rita Dominic: Rita Dominic’s heavenly skin is even more famous than her luscious lips, get-lost eyes and sweet voice and acting ability. Once asked the secret, she replies:

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This political race and definitions: Imo state in view

  /   in Bits and Pieces   /   Comments

Gov Okorocha

Imo State is one state where anyone who passes by would definitely ask questions. I am interested in one major question and that is: who is at the helm of affairs here? As simple as the question seems, it is indeed overloaded. I want to say, one would want to know the person or persons who are responsible for the developments or non-developments in the state. Should I say that I have asked the question, times without number; even though I think I know the answer.

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“Supreme betrayal”

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

Abiarape

The first time a woman came to us with a complaint that her husband was sexually abusing their three children—two girls and a boy—I told her: “Madam, two things, either you are mad to accuse your husband of such heinous deeds or your husband is mad to lay his hands on his own children.” Incest, specifically father-daughter liaison, has been with humankind for a long time. Lot not only slept with but deflowered his two daughters (please leave the drunkenness details for another day. Deflowering two virgins in two successive days without being conscious of the act must be one of the mysteries in the Bible) Genesis 19: 32-35.

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Waiting anxiously for the day: How about the Casandras’prognosis?

  /   in My Layman's View 12:53 am   /   Comments

Jonathan acknowledging cheers from the crowd in PH

It seems as if the minds of many Nigerians are finally fixed for the crucial election of February 14, 2015 even if some people have serious doubts about the ability of the electoral umpire to be fully ready for the show.

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Jonathan flounders on home turf

  /   in Sweet and Sour 9:44 pm   /   Comments

Jonathan in Port Harcourt

Longstanding readers of this column might recall that I was extremely unhappy when my Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, spectacularly fell out with the Presidential Duo – Dr Goodluck and Dame Patience Jonathan – in 2013.

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There can be no postponing the February 2015 elections

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

Jegacartoon2015

SPEAKING last week at the Chatham House in London, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki, suggested the postponement of the February 2015 elections by three months, in order to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) distribute outstanding Permanent Voters Cards (PVC). The figures being bandied around say that about 30 million of such cards were yet to be given out to prospective voters. The NSA who spoke during a Q-and-A session, told his audience that he had suggested to the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, that a postponement by three months was allowed by law and that it would be a good idea to delay, to give INEC more time to distribute millions of biometric voters’ cards to voters.

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Reduction in pump price: Half a loaf is worse than no bread

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

NNPC Mega Filling Station now selling at N138 per litre in Abuja yesterday.

TODAY, we shall attempt to follow petrol on its journey from 6 kobo to N97 per litre – from General Yakubu Gowon to President Goodluck Jonathan. It has been a journey in which the Federal Government has always portrayed fuel price hikes as the panacea to every problem in the economy.

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Time for creative solutions: An innovative approach to dealing with corruption

  /   in Tip of a New Dawn 10:03 pm   /   Comments

Jonathan or Buhari  who will you pick ?

THE King of Saudi Arabia recently passed away and I must confess that what interested me most in the news reports over the weekend were the images of Saudi streets, infrastructure and people. Saudi Arabia is not a democracy.

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When are the 2015 presidential debates?

  /   in Talking Point   /   Comments

Buhari and Jonathan

ONE of the cherished traditions of developed democracies is the creation of fora for contestants to public office to sell their programmes to the electorate before live audiences. Contestants present their party’s manifestoes and planned activities on attaining power in form of debates that are often transmitted live to audiences via the broadcast media. These events are organized and moderated by select members of the mass media and others, not party partisans. This is especially the case for contestants to high offices like that of president. Since the 1960s, no presidential election takes place in America without a presidential debate. It is just a convention of American democracy that is now widely accepted and practiced the world over. It may not be a constitutional requirement but no candidate into elective office who wishes to be taken seriously spurns it.

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How Dasuki confirmed Nigeria as the never-ready country

  /   in For Crying Out Loud   /   Comments

National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki,rtd

THE other day in London, National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki called for a postponement of the February elections. I am vexed by both the call and the venue, so a word first on the latter. For news so important, you would think that Nigerians ought to be the first to know, and that it would come at the end of consultations with the electoral commission (INEC), National Assembly, and political parties, if as usual the general public is to be ignored. But I’m assuming that Nigeria’s public officials respect Nigeria’s public institutions or the Nigerian people.

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Good governance isn’t by Goodluck

  /   in Dispatches from America   /   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 Uche Onyebadi LAST week, I watched with intense attention as President Obama presented his annual State of the Union address to the joint session of the U.S. Congress. He did so with a sense of accomplishment reserved for seasoned matadors. There he stood on the presidential podium, gleefully reeling off layers of his administration’s

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Muhammadu Buhari lied under oath

  /   in Femi Aribisala   /   Comments

Buhari certificate

THESE are interesting times. Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate whose only policy plank is that he will fight against corruption without wavering, is not as straight-forward as he would have Nigerians believe. Buhari lied under oath. He perjured himself claiming his school-leaving certificate is with the military. This has now been revealed to be a tissue of lies.

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Attacks on GEJ must stop

  /   in People & Politics 1:03 am   /   Comments

JONATHAN

ELECTORAL violence has been an ugly face of our political culture. It comes before, during and after most elections. The only election that went without the slightest stirrings of electoral violence was the annulled 1993 presidential election won by the late Chief Moshood Abiola. That of 2011, which was highly acclaimed by local and international observers, would also have been violence-free but for the organised killing of many youth corps members who helped the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to carry out the assignment in parts of the north.

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Nigeria in Group E!

  /   in Sports Bassey   /   Comments

BRAZIL, Curitiba : (From top L) Nigeria's team midfielder John Obi Mikel, forward Emmanuel Emenike, defender Kenneth Omeruo, defender Godfrey Oboabona and defender Efe Ambrose (from bottom L) forward Victor Moses, goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama, forward Ahmed Musa, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, midfielder Ramon Azeez and defender Juwon Oshaniwa pose during a Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO

By Paul Bassey The last time we communicated on this page, two matches had been played in the ongoing competition. As you are reading this, 16 matches have been played, including the last group matches in Bata yesterday which has  seen the elimination of two teams from the competition. Today, two other matches will be

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Is fuel price now deregulated?

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

oil platform

In the wake of the steady decline in crude oil prices in recent months, Nigerians anticipated the good news of a drop in pump price of petrol. Sadly, however, last week’s announcement of a new price of N87/litre quickly deflated the high public expectation for a price well below the existing, previously subsidized N97/litre.

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Buhari has Momentum

  /   in The Orbit 9:56 am   /   Comments

BUHARI-MILITARY

By some indications, simply by tracking all the polling numbers measuring possible outcomes for the February elections, it seems that Muhammadu Buhari, former Major-General of the Nigerian Army and former Military Head of state of Nigeria, has gained momentum in the polls in his current run for the presidency. The latest numbers by INEC showing the distribution of registered voters nationwide and by their regional or zonal propensities, pretty much reveals interesting realities in the current voting landscape.

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Certificate controversy: The Buhari example

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

Buhari

. Even if the PDP was out for mischief or to score a political point, the nation has much to gain from the resolution of the saga. To dismiss the issue by describing it as a distraction is wrong because every Presidential candidate has a legal obligation to possess a minimum of the West African School Certificate. If General Buhari does not have it, he cannot qualify to contest a Presidential election in Nigeria. It is immaterial that he had been “allowed” previously to contest such an election.

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I have no PVC, but on Facebook I stand

  /   in Diaspora Matters   /   Comments

Lagosians checking their names on the INEC list of permanent voters cards (PVC) around 3 pm. at Sunday Adigun  polling Unit, Alausa, Ikeja yesterday.

The journey to the 2015 Nigerian General Elections is gradually coming to an end. Everybody has been involved one way or the other in the run up to the elections. It is not surprising to see Nigerians from all geo-political zones contributing to the elections’ “debates”. They are raising their voices, outdoing each other, “hyping” their candidates and condemning opponents to “rubbish bins”.

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A New Nigeria

  /   in Moment to Moment   /   Comments

Nigeria

Exasperation is at best the word that comes to mind when I am faced with ineptitude; especially amongst leaders who lack the ability to lead. I will freely admit that patience as a virtue is something I am lacking, that all the self help books and psychoanalysis have achieved is just rage control and and a leash on my sometimes acerbic tongue.

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The anatomy of fundamentalist terrorism (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

The difference between the Holy Bible and the Holy Koran, therefore, is not that the former does not contain belligerent injunctions while the latter does. Generally, Christians seem more benign than Muslims now mainly because for centuries philosophers and intellectuals some of whom were devout Christians subjected Christianity to severe criticism from every possible angle, thereby exposing its weaknesses and irrationalities.

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For Christ’s Sake!

  /   in Article of Faith   /   Comments

We use the expressions “for God’s sake” and “for Christ’s sake” very often. When we use them, it is to insist on getting something from somebody. We might say: “Give it to me for God’s sake.” Or we might say in frustration: “Why don’t you just leave me alone for Christ’s sake?” But these things are mostly said in ignorance; without our fully realising what they mean. “Father, forgive us, for we do not know what we are saying.”

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House of cards

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

*Jonathan and Buhari

I don’t know about you, but this certificate thing is getting tedious. We need to move on to talk about what really matters; the future of Nigerians. GMB has come out and rejected claims that he did not obtain his school-leaving certificate and as we know, that prospective presidential candidates must have it as a minimum requirement to run for office. The government spin doctors are hell bent on diverting attention away from campaign issues such as unemployment, insecurity and corruption.

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Akwa Ibom State goes APC; Jonathan blunders

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

Okon-Umana

Nothing is more pathetic that when a contestant, out of hubris, and refusal to listen to all sides, loses a contest he should have won easily. President Goodluck Jonathan had just handed over Akwa Ibom State to the All Progressive Congress – on a silver platter.

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Sex secrets of Nigerian wife in the US uploaded to Youtube

  /   in Ekerete Udoh, Entertainment 7:58 pm   /   Comments

Photo: AFP

Unknown to the lady, the act for the day was fully recorded and, still unable to fulfill her promise and not yielding to the blackmail, the incensed lover decided to upload the video on YouTube and what a feeding frenzy it generated by the Nigerian community in the U.S. The video was shared within minutes on Whatsapps and a major league embarrassment was created for the married mother of four.

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Happy Spouse Day to Super Spouses

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

Love1

Monday, January 26, is another Spouse Day, a day set aside to celebrate and honour our spouses. It is a day when we should not only tell our spouses we appreciate them, but show it. Actually we should appreciate our spouses always; this day is only meant to draw attention to the need to appreciate our spouses. I dedicate this year’s Spouse Day to some super spouses. The first group of super spouses is those who have stuck to their spouses through childlessness.

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A Nigeria Without Prisons

  /   in My World   /   Comments

*Nigerian prison

I must confess I didn’t hear it: I read it in one of the publications but then neither the PDP nor President Jonathan has denied it. I am referring to the statement that the President was reported to have made in one of his campaign rallies that the Nigeria of his dream is a country without prisons. This was supposed to be a sort of dig at General Buhari who had many politicians jailed for long terms under his watch.

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It is your turn for God’s favour

  /   in Columns   /   Comments

JESUS

The favor of God is the best thing that can happen to anyone. When you find favor with God, your life will never remain the same. A moment with the King will change your life forever. When you find favor with God and then with men, everything will just fall in place for you.

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Business unusual

  /   in Woman to Women   /   Comments

*Alakija

By virtue of their population, women constitute more than half of the professional and technical workforce in Nigeria. However, most women still struggle for equity and equality in certain occupations, particularly male-dominated fields where sex segregation still persists. In this edition, we celebrate some Nigerian women who are blazing the trail in male dominated professions.

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Do it like Nollywood: Get skin like Rita, body like Ini Edo and legs like Kate

  /   in Woman to Women   /   Comments

INI Edo

Rita Dominic: Rita Dominic’s heavenly skin is even more famous than her luscious lips, get-lost eyes and sweet voice and acting ability. Once asked the secret, she replies:”Bright skin?. I’ve always been called silky skin and you even used to call me that. I thank my parents for my skin. I’ve been using the same cream for years now. Four years ago, I added a few things to my beauty regimen.

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Why?!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 1:03 am   /   Comments

Shekau in the video released to AFP. Photo: AFP.

A week after Islamic terrorists murdered 12 employees of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the victims’ colleagues defiantly featured a provocative cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on the magazine’s front cover.

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The glamour of manifestoes: Are Nigerians being taken for a ride?

  /   in My Layman's View   /   Comments

jona-buhari

How interesting would it be if there is a final debate between President Ebele Jonathan and his challenger, General Muhammed Buhari on the topic of Security. The venue should be SAMBISA FOREST with Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and Rotimi Amaechi as Moderators.

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