Friday December 19th, 2014
Friday December 19th, 2014
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The true Majority of the Minorities

  /   in The Hub 2:19 am   /   Comments

Rochas Okorocha,  Muhammadu Buhari, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Atiku Abubakar and Sam Nda- Isaiah.

NIGERIAN politics is becoming more intriguing by the day. At last week’s national convention of the All Progressives Congress, APC, we thought, as usual, that money was going to make the essential difference.

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Threats of a parallel government

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

L-R Founder, Leadership Group, Sam Nda-Isaiah, Governor Rochas Okorocha, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former head of state, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) displaying their Certificates of Clearance after receiving same from Chairman, Presidential Screening Committee of APC, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu at the APC National Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

WITH the emergence of the presidential candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), the stage is set for the February 2015 general elections. However, there are certain issues that give reason for grave concern as we get ready to embrace the polls. Of particular interest to me in today’s write-up is the series of threats by the main opposition APC to form a parallel government if the elections are “rigged”.

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Dr. Adesina’s agriculture reforms: Food for thought, food for the stomach

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

Akinwunmi Adesina

By Is’haq Modibbo Kawu LET me honestly admit that the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, permanently leaves me breathless in my effort to understand the statistics he regularly churns out about the successes Nigeria’s agricultural sector has recorded under his watch, in the past three years. My friend, MD Abubakar, is one of

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The dilemma of a radical progressive in Nigerian politics

  /   in For Crying Out Loud 12:23 am   /   Comments

Awolowo: Founded Action Group and Azikiwe: Succeeded Macaulay as NCNC president

I HAD intended my post-primaries statement as the last word on my rude initiation (baptism of fire, if you like)into our country’s rough-and-ready politics. But the main aim of my statement — to congratulate my opponent on his victory and to thank my supporters — did not allow much room for critical reflection.

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Between Buhari and Jonathan: A straight race to 2015

  /   in Talking Point   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

THE crowded field of presidential aspirants has been cleared up for a straight contest between two individuals, with the emergence of candidates for the two leading parties in the land, the APC and the PDP. The contest for Aso Rock Villa has come to a two horse race between Gen. Mohammadu Buhari and President Goodluck Jonathan. The 14 February, Valentine’s Day presidential battle, will be far from being a lovers’ affair when the two combatants square up for action. If anything, it promises to be full of intrigues, surprises, suspense and a lot of tension.

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Who Is Afraid of Goodluck Jonathan? (2)

  /   in Femi Aribisala 11:25 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan speaking at the 54th Independence
Anniversary Interdenominational Church Service at the National Christian  Center, Abuja On Sunday (29/9/14)

On September 24, 2014, Atiku Abubakar of the APC declared at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja that he was running to be president of Nigeria. The occasion was without incident. This was followed on October 15, 2014 by Muhammadu Buhari of the APC who declared in Eagle’s Square, Abuja that he was also running for president. Again, the occasion was without incident.

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CIA Torture Report

  /   in Dispatches from America   /   Comments

CIA

By Uche Onyebadi IT is not easy for any country to tell the world that it engages in some form of torture in breach of international conventions against inflicting brutality on other human beings in order to extract information from them for whatever reason. It is even more unlikely that a country would publicly do

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A new signpost for disaster

  /   in People & Politics 12:43 am   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

THE ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the “wanna rule” All Progressives Congress (APC) have chosen their flag-bearers for the presidential election of February 2015. The PDP, through a ratification convention on Wednesday, December 10th, affirmed President Goodluck Jonathan at the Eagle Square, Abuja. The APC took their act to Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos where Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari dusted four other contenders to the presidential ticket.

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Sports spectacular

  /   in Sports Bassey   /   Comments

US goalkeeper Tim Howard (R) reacts after Portugal's forward Silvestre Varela (L) scored during a Group G football match between USA and Portugal at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014.   AFP PHOTO

By Paul Bassey Early last week, the latest addition to the vibrant list of national teams media officers Timi Ebikagboro, called to enquire about FIFA and the Appeal Committee imbroglio. I told Timi to go to sleep and dream, soundly. “Oga if you say so” I told him I am saying so, that nothing will

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Victims of devaluation

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

cartoon-economy

Regrettably, inspite of the earlier assurance to maintain the stability of the Naira in his inaugural address, Emefiele, the CBN Governor’s, policy summersault with Naira devaluation shortly afterwards, has since led to the National Currency trading above N173=$1, thus establishing Naira depreciation of about 13%; alarmingly, the pressure remains unabating and there are real fears that sooner than later, the Naira exchange rate may tumble below N200/$1 with the attendant severe social and economic consequences.

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Pastors Are Planning a Major Robbery in the Churches in January

  /   in Article of Faith 10:56 am   /   Comments

Jesus berated the mercenary religious leaders of biblical days. He told them: “‘It is written, my house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’” (Matthew 21:13).

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Party Primaries: Kudos to Jonathan, Kwankwaso, others

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

Rochas Okorocha,  Muhammadu Buhari, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Atiku Abubakar and Sam Nda- Isaiah.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC)-the two major Nigerian political parties have concluded their primaries to select flag bearers for the 2015 general elections. While many analysts have bothered about the appropriateness of the use of “consensus” or the role of money in the high-wire tension-soaked political process, the focus of this piece, is on political succession against the backdrop of a tradition where leaders often worked against their immediate aides at elections. Before the recently concluded primaries, there were strong indications that President Goodluck Jonathan would sacrifice his deputy, Namadi Sambo. Many had thought that as part of negotiating his way through the many booby traps, the President might be pressured to pick a new Vice, just to calm some frayed nerves. It is a great sign of dexterity that he did not do that. While commending him for the approach, it is hoped that if he is re-elected, he would hold-on to that level of matured leadership while selecting his aides and cabinet.

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Buhari or bust

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

General Muhammadu Buhari

Black Friday, cyber Monday and don’t know about you but if the last couple of days has been nothing to go by, then last Thursday is definitely a super Thursday. Well, for our politicians and those who have a stake in their progress or lack of? To be honest, it was predictive; a two horse race. There was a lot of horse-trading, double dealing, political musical chairs and defections. Threats, legal wrangling, and innuendos, bargaining, pleading, begging and blaming.

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Now, the die is cast….

  /   in The Orbit   /   Comments

Buhari and Jonathan

By noon on Thursday, it became clear that Muhammadu Buhari, retired Major-General of the Nigerian Army, and former Military Head of State of Nigeria (1984-1985), had emerged as the Presidential candidate for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2015 General elections. Buhari is not a stranger to Presidential elections. He has had a go at it consistently since 2003: he ran against Obasanjo; he ran in 2007 against Yar Adua; he also ran in 2011 against Jonathan, the incumbent President. In all of these cases, the Daura born Army General lost. He did not let such humiliating losses deter him. It rather seemed to have fuelled a greater resolve to continue on the marks. In his last outing, Buhari had publicly declared very solemnly to Nigerians that he was on his last elections and would not run for public office again after 2011.

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Immigration as big issue in UK 2015 general elections

  /   in Diaspora Matters   /   Comments

*Desperate visa seekers defy the rain as they kept vigil outside one of the embassies in Lagos

It will be an overstatement to say that the April, 2015 UK General Elections will be “fought” and won on the immigration front. All indications are that this is the catch word for the politicians. It is no news that the path line to immigration as an election issue was drawn so many years ago.

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Characteristics of agbata ekee democracy (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

Successful democratic practice requires wide diffusion of two seemingly conflicting qualities in the citizens, particularly among politicians. On the one hand, the citizens must cultivate an appreciable degree of intellectual self-reliance and willingness to back their own judgment with good reasons inspite of opposition. On the other, they must be prepared to submit to the decision of the majority even when it goes against them. These two dispositions, according to Bertrand Russell, may appear inconsistent at first glance. But they are important for the degree of commitment and tolerance needed for democracy to work.

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God’s time

  /   in Moment to Moment   /   Comments

It is a bit difficult to celebrate with others when one is not so joyous, it can be a little trying to be happy for others when one is anything but that. I like to engage people in often painful and truthful arguments, the truth can be very bitter but it is also liberating; misery likes company and happy is not always best of friends with sad. I was sitting down listening to the heartfelt angst of a young friend and it took me back to the years when I was in the group of “misery likes company”, you know that group, all of us have one time or the other been active members.

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Umana O. Umana AKS game changer

  /   in Frankly Speaking 8:06 pm   /   Comments

Oyinlola

I met Obong Umana O Umana, October last year at the Catholic Church in Uyo, when he attended the first year memorial service for the late first Lady of Akwa Ibom State, Alison Attah. He had only recently ceased to be the Secretary to the State Government, SSG under conditions still shrouded in mystery. Until then, he was regarded as one of those on the other side by those close to Obong Victor Attah, the former Governor; including me. We got together after the service and exchanged cards. Something told me that this was a man to watch closely. Thank God, my instincts, on matters like this, never deceive me. It is already news that Umana had emerged as the flag-bearer for the All Progressive Alliance, APC, in the state just a few weeks after decamping from the PDP where he had been a member since 1998.

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“The man dies in all who keeps silent in the face of tyranny.”…Wole Soyinka

  /   in The Passing Scene   /   Comments

Obama

Earlier in the week, the United States of America made another mark in their record of what some people have described, and accepted, as the trait of their “exceptionality”—that, is their attribute of being exceptional, or of being like no other, in their ways.

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The power of little things

  /   in My World   /   Comments

xmas-shopping

This season, called the Ember months, always fills me with some trepidation and I usually heave a sigh of relief when it rolls to a crescendo on January 1. About this time next week, it would be a year since a dear friend Sesan Ogunro lost his life to armed car snatchers. Till today, to the best of my knowledge, none of his assailants has been apprehended.

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How much are children worth?

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

A girl offers her story book during a family visitation to mark Children's Day at the Heritage Orphanage Home, Gwarimpa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

John came back from his village recently. For some reasons he has not been there since the new millennium. His trip was a mixed bag: happy to be back to his root, but came away with a cultural shock: Many of his relatives and age mates had 10 or more children with some having many wives. But that was not his concern; his concern was that many of them are poor and unemployed, with those employed not earning more than N15, 000 monthly. “What goes on in these people’s minds? How do you just breed without thinking about how to cater for them?

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Jonathan versus whoever!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 8:06 pm   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

At the time of writing, APC delegates’ votes are still being sorted at the APC Convention venue in Lagos, so I cannot offer Vanguard readers any comments about the APC’s Presidential candidate because I don’t yet know which of the aspirants will win. And if I hang on any longer to await the result, I will not be able to complete this column before the printing deadline for Friday’s paper.

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Praying for Atiku Abubakar

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

ATIKU

THE title of this article may suggest the topic I am treating is already stale. This is because the result of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primaries, which started yesterday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos, will already be known, especially these days of the internet when news circulates across the globe just as it is breaking. But you will soon know why I settled for this title.

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This exciting season of Nigerian politics

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

PDP-aspirants

THERE are very few spectacles on earth that compare to Nigeria’s season of politicking. And what is politics without the intrigues; the suspense; drama and colour and the inevitable dollop of treachery? I returned home last week to run into a headstream of politicking as the posturing for the 2015 elections began to take a much more concrete shape. The most consistent stream of contemporary politics is the relative lack of substance in the political party system.

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Selfish undertakings and useless oaths

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

Rochas Okorocha,  Muhammadu Buhari, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Atiku Abubakar and Sam Nda- Isaiah.

ON entry into new offices, government officials take various oaths. Quite often these oaths are respected only in the breach. This past week, the All Progressives Congress, APC, added yet another new dimension to the abuse of the undertaking and oaths processes when the presidential aspirants were required to sign undertakings that if they lost at the primaries, they would not defect to another party. Not only does this typify the medicine after death syndrome, it also attempts to kill the patient beyond death.

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Iweala’s economic recipe: Not austerity but panicky measures

  /   in Talking Point 12:50 am   /   Comments

Okonjo-Iweala

THERE’S palpable panic if not fear in the land. For those who know, Nigeria is heading for an economic precipice that should get all of us truly worried and looking beyond the false hope being hawked around by the Goodluck Jonathan government. The price of crude oil, Nigeria’s one and only economic mainstay, is crashing with the rapidity of a pack of cards.

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28 Internet acronyms every parent should know

  /   in Marriage and Family 9:26 am   /   Comments

phone1

Internet has affected virtually every aspect of human lives, and the increasing way at which children immerse themselves in this new order, opens new challenges making parenting.

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Time to Get Rid of Tinubu’s Cronies in Lagos

  /   in Femi Aribisala   /   Comments

Tinubu-APC

By Femi Aribisala Bola Tinubu is not a democrat, has never been a democrat and will never be a democrat. There is a popular Yoruba song that says: “Eko o gba gbere rara o.” It means: “Lagos does not take any nonsense whatsoever.” It is high time for Lagos to fulfil the intent of this

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Police Brutality and Race Relations

  /   in Dispatches from America   /   Comments

A suspected offender being forcefully arrested  by policemen attached to a task force team.

THE hottest issue in the U.S. today arguably is police brutality and its impact on race relations. But, it is not a new topic. Like a dormant volcano, it was activated by the gruesome and apparently unconscionable killing of two African American men by white policemen. Even more infuriating was how the bodies of both men were recklessly allowed to lie in the streets, stripped of any form of human dignity or decency.

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Soyinka’s call to anarchy

  /   in People & Politics 1:17 am   /   Comments

SOYINKA

NOBEL Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka clocked 80 on July 14th 2014. He is, effectively, one of the surviving fathers of this nation. With his accomplishments in literature and social activism, Soyinka is now at that stage of his life when he should put himself above partisan politics and parochial sentiments. He should be like fellow octogenarian, General Yakubu Gowon, encouraging Nigerians to greater efforts and criticising with a view to correct, rather than turning himself into ammunition in the arsenal of any political party.

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Waiting for Godot

  /   in Sports Bassey   /   Comments

Nigeria's forward Peter Odemwingie (3rd-R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 21, 2014.  AFP PHOTO /

I suddenly found out that I was repeating myself, sounding like a scratched record. Jarring a menace to the ears and a nuisance. The gramophone pin had to be lifted from the record. I was tired of saying that at the end of the world cup, our football story had run full cycle and there was a need for a reappraisal; auto criticism. That you could not do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result.

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The CBN act and the oppressive failure of monetary strategy

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

The Central Bank of Nigeria head office  in Abuja.

The public’s usual refrain to rising prices is that “manufacturers/suppliers/farmers have increased prices of their respective goods and services; the supplier is evidently the villain in public consciousness; it would indeed require the patience of Job to convince most Nigerians that such condemnation was misplaced and it may even be more difficult to put the blame for high cost of funds at the doorstep of Central Bank. Consequently, it would be unbelievable to even suggest that CBN is infact the ‘devil in our economic workshop’.

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