Monday November 24th, 2014
Monday November 24th, 2014
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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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The question concerning miracles (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

Miracle-593x371

In otherwords, when people claim they have received a miracle in one form or another, a sufficient number of critical and well-educated people of trustworthy character and good sense to occlude the possibility of deliberate deception invariably dispute such claims – and for good reasons too, because appearances do not always reflect reality. Human beings, especially in underdeveloped communities where majority of the population are poor and undereducated cling dogmatically to the teachings of Holy Scriptures concerning miracles, even when the phenomena in question are amenable to scientific explanation.

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As The UK Clock Changed, Milliband Almost Got Sacrificed for Halloween

  /   in Diaspora Matters   /   Comments

us-embassy

On the last Sunday of every October , the UK clock is set back by an hour. Three Sundays ago, on the 26th October, 2014, we observed this act which signifies the start of the British winter period. No surprise therefore when after this annual “set back” the cold settles in immediately. This year was a bit different though, winter did not set in as fast as it does yearly. The sun is still out and the cold is bearable with a light jacket.

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We can never know the depth of their anguish

  /   in My World 1:31 am   /   Comments

BOKO-WOMEN

By MUYIWA ADETIBA First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionist and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out—because I was not

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You can change your destiny

  /   in Columns   /   Comments

tourism

Too many people are today being deceived that their future is hopeless and that nothing good can come out of it. They have been lied to by Satan that change is not possible.

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Grace,not beauty

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

love-is-blind

I went with my wife to an office I visit often, but that was the first time I was going there with her. Immediately I introduced her to the two young ladies at the reception, in unison they chorused: “no wonder.”

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USA: Thoughts from the heart of empire

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:45 am   /   Comments

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK AKNOLEDGING CHEERS FROM HIS SUPPORTES

I arrived in Los Angeles, California, on the 15-hour Emirate Airline flight from Dubai, last Saturday. This is the second leg of my four-week holiday, out of Nigeria. I spent last week in Dubai; and I think a conversation I had with a mother and daughter from Norway, just summed up the city.

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A reminder to retiring governors

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Uduaghan, Oshiomhole, Imoke, Amaechi, Dickson and Akpabio

I have watched the disengagement antics of retiring governors with interest over the past six months, and I feel impelled to pen them this open advisory about the vanity of political greed and godfatherism. The retiring governors are those who have occupied the exalted seats for the maximum two terms and will be handing over to fresh hands by May 29, 2015.

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