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Papa has a new bag of debts

  /   in News, Rational Perspectives 9:15 am   /   Comments

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Unfortunately, the National Assembly in its self-serving wisdom ignored this faux pas, and it is doubtful if the banks ever repaid this loan. Nigeria’s external debt stock has alarmingly continued its unrestrained spiral and now exceeds $10.3bn as at 30th June 2015, while the outstanding Domestic stock has also risen to N8.4 Trillion; furthermore, the debt stock of state governments has also risen above $10bn to make up a consolidated outstanding National debt of almost $64bn.

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Removing the JAMB and jam from admissions

  /   in Owei Lakemfa   /   Comments

CANDIDATES WRITING UTME IN ABUJA

THERE is a jam in our tertiary institutions admission. Unfortunately, the regulatory Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) which last month, raced to decongest the process, became part of the problem; creating more chaos leading to protests by students, teachers and parents. JAMB was forced to abandon its new policy.

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Dogara’s expensive price for peace

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Yakubu-Dogara

IT is no longer news that peace has finally been restored in our House of Representatives. The Senate and House of Reps can now settle down and attend to the heavy workload that has accumulated in the past two months. But before we proceed with business as usual, we must take note of some of the worrisome and unsavoury things the deal for peace left in its wake. First, let us recapture the issue in brief.

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LMC and the burden of club licensing

  /   in Sports Bassey   /   Comments

League

So much has been written about the success of the ongoing Glo Premier league, on and off the field that I have very little to add.
I do appreciate however the constant assertion by the operators that there is still much to be done before we can relax and thump our chests. Such an area is in the Club Licensing structures.

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Saraki on tiger’s back needs help (1)

  /   in Frankly Speaking 12:53 pm   /   Comments

Saraki

Last month, about three weeks after Senator Saraki and Honourable Dogara caught everybody by surprise and pulled off the civilian equivalent of a political coup against the leadership of their party, I published an article titled SARAKI PROVOKES MOTHER OF MEDIA WARS.

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Going to America: The Buhari-APC style (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

President Buhari at the Joint Base Andrews Airport in Washington, DC.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s vuvuzelised state visit to the United States has been generating a lot of commentary in the media. Expectedly, the key issue people are arguing about is the possible benefit of the event to Nigerians as the new government struggles to overcome multi-faceted economic, security and infrastructural challenges facing the country at this time.

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What Does Jesus Save Us From?

  /   in Article of Faith   /   Comments

Many Christians don’t even know what Jesus saves us from. Some believe he saves us from God. But that would make God evil for no man is saved from good but from evil. However, Jesus affirms that: “Only God is good.”(Matthew 19:17). Moreover, God is Almighty; therefore no man can be saved from him. God declares: “I am he; and no one delivers out of my hand.” (Isaiah 43:13).

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Nigeria’s Concept of VIPs

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

Mrs Jonathan acknowledging cheers from well-wishers on arrival

The term VIPs which stands for ‘Very Important Personalities’ is used in some parts of the world especially Africa to refer to distinguished persons but in Nigeria it is used to identify persons who operate without recourse to law.

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Let your health be your wealth

  /   in Outside looking in 5:56 pm   /   Comments

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Let the truth be known that many of us are more concerned about our outlook appearances than what is going on inside us. When it comes to our health, we often do not prioritise it as our number one. In fact, it is often consigned to number four or five on the list. We are often chasing money, prestige, adulation, and physical trappings of wealth more than being concerned about health.

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Buhari’s teething problems : Gaffes upon gaffes, blunders unlimited

  /   in Frank & Fair   /   Comments

Buhari

Igbos will tell you that the taste of the coming faeces can be known from the flavor of the heralding fart.

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One healing story

  /   in My World   /   Comments

sickle-cell-tree

Back in the 70s,my close friends and I fantasized about speed as most young people are wont to do. We loved those sleek, ugly- beautiful cars that promised, not just driving pleasure, but also speed in the realm of Formula One.

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Let’s tackle this violence

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

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When many of us read or hear about cultism and violence in secondary schools, it all sounds so distant until you experience it firsthand. I was around a government-owned secondary school when I noticed some students and some people arguing outside the school gate. In a twinkle of an eye the argument degenerated into mayhem.

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Princess (Lady Dr.) Augustina Onyeagu: A story that ended without conclusion

  /   in Bits and Pieces   /   Comments

Life is a tale … constructed by each person. While some are poetic, parading grand and elegant structures; some come in fine prose, flowing mellifluously; there are also others not too grand and not in any way mellifluous.

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Beyond the Niger Delta Amnesty

  /   in Oil & Gas Summiteer   /   Comments

File:  Ex-militants  under the amnesty programme in South Africa

The Willink’s Commission of July 1958 was to enquire into the the fears of the minorities and the means of allaying them in the Nigerian Federation. A mixture of governments from General Yakubu Gowon in 1967,General Murtala in 1976, General Ibrahim Babangida in 1987 and 1991 to the late General Sani Abacha in 1996 created States. Before then the civilian government of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa created the Mid-West Region in 1963.

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Peace at last?

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:58 am   /   Comments

House Leader:  House Members celebrating with Hon.  Femi Gbajabiamila New House Leader  House of Representatives  in 8 Assembly. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, an APC stalwart, has just become the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. According to news reports, his emergence was preceded by weeks of tense horse-trading and negotiation between rival factions in the National Assembly and the body politic in general.

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Cuba: The fabled islands of humanity

  /   in Owei Lakemfa   /   Comments

PANAMA-AMERICAS-SUMMIT CUBA -US-OBAMA-CASTRO

THE Cuban flag has gone up in Washington DC. It had come down 54 years ago. The American flag is to go up in Havana on August 14. It had come down in 1961. Cuba had on July 20, packed about five hundred guests into its 16th Street mansion Embassy to raise its flag. It has two primary requests of its big brother neigbour; lift the 54-year embargo on Cuba, and get out of our Guantanamo Bay.

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Yams and goats: A systematic regime of heists

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 3:07 am   /   Comments

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EVALUATED from whichever direction, it is now clear, that President Goodluck Jonathan’s defeat in the last election was one of the greatest things that happened to Nigeria in recent times. With hindsight now, it would have been the ultimate disaster to continue what we experienced from 1999 that culminated in the sordid and most absurd of the last five years under Jonathan.

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Buhari is still making haste slowly

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari

EVERY society has its stock of critics and cynics. Quite often, the former are preferred to the latter because in the course of their criticism, some critics would throw in alternatives or proffer solutions to problems; while the cynics never see anything good in a situation.

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Buhari’s American jamboree

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

US President Barack Obama speaks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, July 20, 2015. Obama welcomes Nigeria's freshly elected president after the country's first ever democratic transition. AFP

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to America to see President Barack Obama was quite obviously the most controversial foreign trip taken by a Nigerian leader in recent history. It was famous for its jamboree atmospherics, though he came back with a $2.1 billion World Bank loan to fix our embattled North East even when Boko Haram is far from being subdued.

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An agenda for the North: Redefining culture and orientation

  /   in Tip of a New Dawn 12:38 am   /   Comments

Young men dance in front of a makeshift figure of former military ruler and presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in Kaduna, which was hit hard by interreligious violence during the 2011 election, on March 29, 2015. Nigeria counted ballots in its closely fought general election after failures in controversial new technology pushed voting into a second day, with officials calling for calm in the tense wait for a winner. AFP PHOTO

Watching Obama in Kenya, I’m brought to think about the African story and Nigeria’s place in this world. Despite many of our self-styled and self-proclaimed heroes and founding figures, Nigeria is yet to figure out a unifying culture and purpose which if taught to our children would enable peace and prosperity, moulding our country into a global sphere of influence, a voice to be reckoned with on the world stage.

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A quick look at Buhari’s US trip

  /   in Talking Point   /   Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari and President of US Barack Obama during a meeting

DAYS before President Muhammadu Buhari embarked on his official visit to America at the invitation of the US President, Barack Obama, many Nigerians appeared anxious. It was clear they could not be sure what would be the outcome of that visit. Their anxiety level had been raised by some commentators who could neither see nor be bothered by what the trip would achieve.

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Obama’s recurring nightmare

  /   in Dispatches from America 1:10 am   /   Comments

US President Barack Obama gestures while giving a speech during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations Compound in Nairobi on July 25, 2015. The sixth annual summit will highlight investment, innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. AFP PHOTO

YOU wouldn’t be off the mark to conclude that President Barack Obama’s greatest nightmare is what to do to preserve his signature law, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), from being overturned by Republican legislators with their majority in Congress; or that he dreads losing momentum in the economic near-miracle he has achieved in America; or how to ensure that a fellow Democrat succeeds him in office. None of these is true.

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Re: Na only Fulani waka come

  /   in Candid Notes   /   Comments

Buhari-cartoon

Thank you for transporting the grand recollections, hopes and outlook that we shared during our days in what we knew as the greatest citadel of learning in Africa. In search for greener pastures, shortly after we left Obafemi Awolowo University, I stumbled on a closely held secret. Our academic curriculum was enormously designed by and after the University of Michigan.

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After US trip, back to pressing matters

  /   in Owei Lakemfa 12:48 am   /   Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari

I AM interested in President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to the United States last week not because of the over N2 billion allegedly spent or the long retinue of aides that tagged along with the official delegates. I am not interested in whatever controversy arose from the trip or the brick bats in the social media.

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The challenge of BJ Foundation

  /   in Sports Bassey   /   Comments

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The NFF calls it the Federation Cup, yet I have come across thousands who prefer to remember it as the Challenge Cup, that competition that ignited football in this country and brought out the best in our clubs thanks to its knock out, no second chance format.

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Double whammy of fuel import subsidies

  /   in News, Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

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It is ironical that despite the raging public debate on whether or not to sustain the regime of fuel price subsidy, our government may have, regrettably, once more, inadvertently doubled the existing N50/litre subsidy. The Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency’s template indicates that as at June/July 2015, the “subsidy free” price of petrol hovered around N140/litre; thus, the regulated pump price of N87/litre, implies that motorists currently pay over N50/litre less than the actual recovery price.

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Buhari’s futile visit to Obama

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari and President of US Barack Obama during a meeting

AMERICA has long been regarded as Nigeria’s strategic ally. In fact, Nigeria has essentially been modelled after the USA. When oil boom derailed our economy in the 1970s and 1980s, we set out to transfer the economy to the private sector. We removed government from the business of doing business. Before then in 1979, we

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Who steals Nigeria’s crude oil? – 2

  /   in Frankly Speaking 5:58 am   /   Comments

CRUDE-OIL

I was not surprised because the revelation only confirmed what I had written as far back as July 2013 on these pages titled WHO STEALS NIGERIA’S CRUDE OIL? Below is the 2013 article; and when you finish, if you are honest, you should send me a bottle of GULDER for pin-point accuracy on deduction and prediction. Now we are beginning to understand why the problem of crude theft was not solved, and would never have been solved if Jonathan was still in charge. Otherwise, how could a President who started work two months ago solve a “puzzle” which GEJ could not in five years? Expect more revelations from me on oil theft later.

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President ‘Go-slow’ in America

  /   in The Orbit   /   Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari and President of US Barack Obama during a meeting

Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari was in the United States for a state visit. During this visit to Washington, the Nigerian president had bilateral meetings with President Barrack Obama of the United States in the White House.

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The absurdity of primitive accumulation (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

File photo

To be fully human entails the ability and freedom to manifest optimally the creative powers inherent in homo sapiens. This is achievable not through amassing wealth one does not really need but by engaging productively in meaningful work and love. According to the German-born American psychoanalyst, Erich Fromm, freedom can be looked at from two main perspectives, namely, “freedom from” and “freedom to.”

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Help! Corruption and insecurity are no joking matters

  /   in Diaspora Matters, News   /   Comments

Buhari-Obama-Vanguard

Last week, Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America, had the honour of hosting our own President Muhammad Buhari. It was a glorious occasion for Nigeria, as we learnt from “historians” that Mr. Buhari was the second Nigerian leader to have stepped foot into the prestigious Blair House in Washington. The first, they recollected, a few decades ago was Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

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Is it Ishmael or Is It Isaac?

  /   in Article of Faith   /   Comments

Are today’s Christians the seed of Isaac or the seed of Ishmael? It all depends. Don’t be too quick to generalise and say it is Isaac. The promise was Isaac but many have ended up with Ishmael and are reconciled to Ishmael: “It is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called.’” (Galatians 9:6-7).

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