Saturday November 1st, 2014
Saturday November 1st, 2014
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A Muslim/Muslim ticket

  /   in My World 12:43 am   /   Comments

Buhari and Atiku

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a Christian, last week slammed the very idea that APC was considering a Muslim/Muslim ticket for its Presidential campaign describing it as insensitive and naïve.

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the polity heated

  /   in The Passing Scene   /   Comments

President Jonathan

For those who have often found it comfortable to seek cover from serious discourse behind the mantra of, “Don’t heat up the polity”, the time is up! Election time is here, and the criss-crossing of political animals over party lines for the purpose of seeking comfort zones for themselves, has created a friction that is generating a rising heat allover the land.

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Just how blind is love?

  /   in Marriage and Family 7:59 pm   /   Comments

Love1

You must have heard the cliché at least once: “Love is blind.” What does it really mean and just how blind should love be? I decided to investigate. I suspected that responses will be varied and I was not disappointed. My finding is that the phrase is amoebic; it means different things to different people, though with some common denominators.

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Buhari versus Jonathan

  /   in Sweet and Sour   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

Last week, I congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for managing the Ebola problem well; but I also expressed disappointment in his overall performance and said that I used to support him because he is a fellow Niger Deltan but now believe that it’s wrong to base electoral choices on ethnic or regional considerations.

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National Assembly and national minimum wage

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 1:58 am   /   Comments

N-Assembly

LAST week, the Senate removed wages from the Exclusive Legislative List and placed it in the Concurrent List, as part of the Constitution amendment process. Stripped of legislative language, it means there will no longer be a National Minimum Wage in Nigeria and each state can pay whatever it deemed fit.

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Sheikh Gumi: Like father like son

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Sheikh Gumi

When I read the first letter by a certain Sheikh Gumi to All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential hopeful, General Muhammadu Buhari, I was a bit confused. But on closer inquiry, I discovered that this was Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, not Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, the late leader of the Izalatul Bidi’a wa Ikamatul Sunnah (Izala) Islamic sect whose utterances often set Kaduna and other parts of the North on fire up till the time he died on September 11, 1992.

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NFF as a metaphor for Nigeria

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

BEFORE THE CRACK: Dr. Rafiu Ladipo (m) raises the hands of Chief Mike Umeh (l) and Aminu Maigari after their election in 2010.

In Nigeria today, the 90 minutes of legal violence, which they call the game of football has come to dominate all other revenue-yielding sports. That’s Nigeria for you. The moment we discovered football, every other sporting endeavour was relegated to the background.

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Delta LGA elections 2014: The mockery of democracy continues!

  /   in For Crying Out Loud 12:28 am   /   Comments

LG polls to be held in Lagos State today

The original title of my last column was “As Delta State Gets Set for the Charade of Local Government Elections,” but it was published without the keyword “charade” (15 October 2014). According to the Oxford dictionary, a charade is “an absurd pretence intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance.”

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So much ceremony about Jonathan’s declaration for 2015

  /   in Talking Point   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

AFTER more than a year since the issue became a major talking point around the country, President Goodluck Jonathan, last week, finally declared his intention to re-contest as president. The President especially, and his aides and supporters had hedged and skirted like practiced lawyers on the question of whether he would seek re-election or not. Most of the talk around Jonathan’s re-election plans was at best academic.

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On saints and men

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

DR Ahmad Gummi, son of the late Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gummi and a leading cleric recently wrote open letters in the manner Chief Olusegun Obasanjo made public letter-writing a political art. He wrote to General Muhammadu Buhari and President Goodluck Jonathan, advising them to jettison ambitions to contest for the presidency in 2015 in the interest of peace, security and survival of the nation.

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Shootings in U.S. schools

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:14 am   /   Comments

Shootings

LAST week, 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg calmly walked to his school, Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington State, and took out his anger on his fellow students. He was armed with a .40 caliber handgun.

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What Exactly Is ‘Clueless’ About Goodluck Jonathan? (3)

  /   in Femi Aribisala   /   Comments

His Excellency, President Goodluck Jonathan (right) going for the commissioning of over 100 buses purchased by Anambra State Gov. for Schools in Anambra State and over 50 patrol vehicles for security agencies while in the state on official visit yesterday. On his left Gov. Peter Obi aad Prof. Dora Akunyili

It is increasingly apparent that if Jonathan is “clueless,” his “cluelessness” is the magic that Nigeria needs at this very moment in time. By the time you are reading this, by the grace of God, the 218 kidnapped Chibok school-girls may have been released. If not, their release is imminent. A ceasefire with the Boko

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General Gowon, saint or sinner?

  /   in People & Politics 2:31 am   /   Comments

Gen. Yakubu Gowon

Whenever we interrogate the roles a man like General Yakubu Gowon played in the history of Nigeria, it is time to be reminded how we made our diversity to work against us rather than for us. Gowon is one of those giants of Nigeria’s history about whom you cannot discuss without reopening the unhealed sores of our past.

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Labour, subsidy and economic dysfunction

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

Cross section of Nigerian workers, during the 2014 Workers day commemoration, THEME: Building Enduring Peace and Unity, Panacea for Sustainable National Development, at Onikan, Stadium, Lagos Island. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

The feelers from snippets of information so far available from the 2014-15 budget projections clearly suggest that, inspite of dwindling revenue due to prevailing lower crude oil prices and output, Nigerians may still be compelled to dedicate almost N1500bn or over 20% of next year’s federal budget to the intangible and unsubstantiated benefit of subsidising fuel consumption nationwide.

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The contradictions of Muhammadu Buhari (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:50 am   /   Comments

*Buhari

The emergence of All Progressives Congress (APC) after the 2011 presidential elections was considered by many Nigerians fed up with the mediocre performance of the federal government as a great opportunity for credible opposition to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, the PDP.

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Ministers of Grace

  /   in Moment to Moment   /   Comments

economy

In the Nigeria of my dreams we would all live under a state of grace. The grace of God bestowed on man and the grace of man to man. Grace would be the lubricant that keeps the engine of humanity running.

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Has Nigeria really conquered Ebola?

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

HEALTH PERSONNEL IN PROTECTIVE  KITS AT THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY (12/8/14).

It was all joy last week as the World Health Organization (WHO) certified Nigeria as Ebola free. The organization arrived at the decision because no new cases were reported in the country since after the outbreak which a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer aided by his country brought on us.

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So what makes you a Nigerian?

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

Nigerian-fans

We often take our citizenship for granted, we automatically assume the privilege of being a Nigerian is ours for the taking and that we can jolly well use it, discard it at will,when we choose and when it pleases us. We should know that with these privileges come responsibilities. And we should take our responsibilities seriously if we value the privilege of truly being a Nigerian.

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Vote of thanks on behalf of the old people of Nigeria

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

Retired Military men protesting at the Confab

Thank God October 21, 2014 came on schedule and it was a glorious day in every way possible. Threatening rain gave way to a bright sunshine and a cream of the Old People in Nigeria assembled at the United Nations Information Centre, UNIC, to celebrate the Older Persons Day, 2014. To Allah be the Glory.

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The Bible: A Book of Wheat and Weeds

  /   in Article of Faith   /   Comments

The bible is the most important book ever compiled. However, it is also one of the most dangerous. It is used to edify and it is also used to deceive. Christians like to pretend that the bible was written by one person. But in reality, it was written by 40 different authors from three continents in three different languages.

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Politics and poverty in Nigeria

  /   in The Orbit   /   Comments

Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State, Gen  Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Prince Tony Momoh at  African House , Government House Kano. Photo by A S Muhammad, Kano

Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, former Major-General and Military Head of state of Nigeria (January 1984 – August 1985) is back to the hustings. Politics is in the air and so too much of its confusing doublespeak, chicanery, and contradictions.

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Lying to the world?

  /   in My World 12:46 am   /   Comments

jonathan-boko1

I stumbled across an advert on NTA last Sunday with the theme:‘They Lied To The World’. It was centred on the campaign for the release of the Chibok girls who were captured some six months ago.

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Shifting the goal post after…

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

*Some of the brides

Joan and John were attending different churches when they met and started dating. They were deeply in love and wanted to make the relationship permanent. But there was a snag: Joan is the “typical Catholic girl” and could “not imagine leaving the Catholic Church and …told John in very certain terms.” Love-struck John did not see any big deal in denominational differences; “after all we are all Christians.”

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*like ebola, like boko haram

  /   in The Passing Scene   /   Comments

Late Ameyo Adadevoh

Just a week ago, the nation was agog with the news of two breakthroughs, one factual while the other was uncertain even on the face of it. In the first instance,the World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of the onslaught of the dread Ebola Virus Disease, and only one other news could have been as welcome as that. The nation had also been under the menace of the Boko Haram terrorists who had become a massive thorn in the flesh of our security.

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Political reflections

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:40 am   /   Comments

APC NEC Meeting : Interim National Chairman ,All Progressives Congress (APC) ,  Chief Bisi Akande (right), Former Head of State , Muhammadu Buhari (middle) and a Party Chieftain , Ogbonaya Onu during the National Executive Council meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja on Tuesday. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

By Donu Kogbara LAST week, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, the former military Head of State, formally declared his interest in replacing President Goodluck Jonathan. This declaration surprised nobody, given that Buhari has been doggedly trying to re-possess the Number One slot for many years. And, until recently, I had reservations about his refusal to abandon this

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President Jonathan, where is the ceasefire with Boko Haram?

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 7:02 am   /   Comments

jonathan-boko1

By  Is’haq Modibbo Kawu LIKE other Nigerians, I was taken by surprise when news broke last week that the Nigerian government had reached a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram. The announcement was swiftly followed by the Chief of Defence Staff’s directive to all troops to stop engagement with Boko Haram. It became even more curious

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Another Boko Haram decoy?

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

File photo strategizing: The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Kenneth Minima (left); his Air Force counterpart, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (middle) and General Officer Commanding 3rd Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen John Zaruwa, aboard a Nigerian Air Force plane strategising with the aid of maps in the ongoing counter-terrorist operations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, during a visit to the area, weekend.

AS a commentator on unfolding daily events, I strive to keep within issues before they are overtaken by new developments. I gauge an issue, write, then pray to come out before something new takes away the interest of the reading public. But this time, I am making an exception. I am praying that as you read this article, it would have been overtaken by events.

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Ebola as grand conspiracy against Africa

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

A picture taken in Oshodi Heritage park in Lagos on October 20, 2014 shows an electronic information board on Ebola reading in pidgin English "No Shaking ! We go Chase Ebola Comot" which means "No cause for worry, we will chase Ebola away".  Africa's most populous nation Nigeria was on Monday declared officially Ebola free but warned that it remained vulnerable as long as the virus was raging elsewhere in west Africa. The country representative of the World Health Organization, Rui Gama Vaz, said 42 days -- or two incubation periods of 21 days -- had elapsed without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus. AFP PHOTO

Dangerous ignorance is more dangerous than dangerous knowledge. As his eyes open up, the African is bound to be enraged. Has anyone ever stopped to think of the agony of a people who are victimized in every sphere of life; a people who are dying daily out of no fault of theirs?

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60 hearty cheers for Bashiru Adekunle Okesina

  /   in Talking Point 12:57 am   /   Comments

Bashiru Adekunle Okesina

It’s not every day that academ-ics celebrate their birthdays. But it was an occasion for celebration a fortnight ago when Bashiru Okesina, medical doctor, professor and current Vice Chancellor of Osun State University, marked his birthday.

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Unforced errors

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad   /   Comments

boko-abducted-girls

Usually limited to the sport of tennis, an unforced error refers to bad play made entirely as a result of a player’s blunder, and not because of an opponent’s skills or effort.

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Obama’s Credit Card embarrassment

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:45 am   /   Comments

Meal out: Obama said his plastic problems occurred at a restaurant during the U.N. General Assembly last month, which is the same time he visited Estela.

IT seems implausible that the president of the United States of America could have his credit card rejected or declined when he tried to make a payment. But, it happened to President Barack Obama. Before you conclude that it might have been the handwork of some of his Republican Party opponents who were out to embarrass, if not humiliate him, please read the story.

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Muhammadu Buhari: Running for President with an Anti-Corruption Bank Loan

  /   in Femi Aribisala   /   Comments

Gen. Buhari

In Nigeria, nobody gets elected as president on the platform that he is going to be an anti-corruption crusader when he gets into office.

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