Sunday July 13th, 2014
Sunday July 13th, 2014
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Pastors are Jesus Killers

  /   in Article of Faith 12:43 am   /   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

It is these pastors that decided to sacrifice Jesus. And their descendants are the pastors currently running our churches.

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Fifty-four sham states will not the federation make

  /   in The Orbit   /   Comments

Artists representing Nigeria perform during the opening ceremony of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, held before the Group A football match between Brazil and Japan, at the National Stadium in Brasilia on June 15, 2013.  AFP PHOTO /

I doubt very much that a majority of Nigerians are tuned in to the goings on at the National Conference. A lot of Nigerians still regard it with some distrust. For one, it was constituted without the consent or input of the voting public; the citizens of Nigeria.

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Osun: Let the people decide!

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

Aregbosola

My father was not too pleased when I wrote that I wish I was from Osun. For those that read my page you know that I find the Ogbeni’s leadership inspiring and refreshing. Ogbeni puts his opinion of leadership so well when he said, “Indeed, it is my belief that leadership offers a golden opportunity to serve the people and bring improvements to bear on their lives and existence.

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Assessing the performance of govs and presidents – My way (2)

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

Jonathan-wth-the-G5-governors

Permit me to try my hands at some elementary philosophy borrowed from Philosophy 1a, which I read as an undergraduate in 1964. It goes like this “Facts and truth are not always synonymous; but, anything claiming to be the truth must contain elements of fact(s) which are indisputable.”

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Notes on the origin and nature of religion (3)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

*Muslims at prayer

The things we long for, or dream about, sometimes correspond to an object in reality – for example, the glass of water we obtained in a dream – and sometimes not – for example paradise on earth. A belief constitutes an illusion when a wish-fulfilment is a prominent factor in its motivation.

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Inspector General of Police as a Traffic Warden

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

IGP, Mohammed Abubakar

I was pleasantly surprised to stumble into a television documentary during the week which featured Mohammed D. Abubakar, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) functioning as a traffic warden. Unfortunately, I did not get to watch the entire episode but the two short scenes I saw made salient points. In one case, he was portrayed directing the free flow of traffic at a busy location.

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Living by grace

  /   in Moment to Moment   /   Comments

the-gods

The world that we live in is changing, times are hard and there is no candy floss way to sweeten it. The entire world has been in the vice grip of a punishing recession and terrorism has added a new and bitter twist to hardship.

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FIFA BAN: Why my heart bleeds

  /   in Sports, Sports Bassey 9:10 am   /   Comments

Tamuno Danagogo, Sepp Blatter and Aminu Maigari

Last week Monday, I wrote in my column in the Vanguard Newspapers that we will be banned by FIFA. The closing paragraph was “…..Let no one be deceived that the bluff of a FIFA sanction can be called. It will paralyse football in this country, turn us into a pariah state and hit the youth of this country who will be thrown out of all football competitions until we learn to operate by the rules “

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The power of planned neglect

  /   in My World   /   Comments

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi shoots to score his second goal, during a Group F football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO

We have had many thrilling moments in this World Cup. We have seen extra-ordinary skills from extraordinary talents. As we salute those skills, we must also pause to appreciate the hours of devotion and discipline that have produced those inspiring achievements.

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Before number four (2)

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

pregnant-woman-cartoon

Leisure: A man with a family of eight I met recently mentioned some mind-boggling figures they spend on airline tickets and accommodation when they go on vacation, especially to the United States. Many Nigerian families cannot afford that kind of vacation.

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Stalemate?

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:49 am   /   Comments

From left: President Goodluck Jonathan; Sokoto State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Muktar Shagari; former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa and Vice President Namadi Sambo during an occasion to welcome Bafarawa  to the PDP, yesterday.

Last week, I said on this page that Boko Haram’s murderous sprees and heartless kidnappings have made Northern Muslims look bad and have strengthened President Jonathan’s chances of being re-elected next year.

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Glimpses of hope in a dark environment

  /   in My Layman's View   /   Comments

Delegates at the National Conference in Abuja

This week seems to be full of many interesting events – the usual carnage of Boko Haram killers and the assuring forecast that the reign of terror might, sooner than later, come to an end. It might be that the end of the month of July (month of fasting and sacrifice) could signify the start of the period of peace in the country.

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Thoughts and ideas for Kwara State’s liberation

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:41 am   /   Comments

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I was in Ilorin last weekend, to present a paper at a retreat organised by the Kwara State branch of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Most of my readers might recall that I have been a most scathing critic of Nigeria’s ruling party,over the past fifteen years.

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2015: Shall we ever get there?

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

Late Dr. Umaru Dikko signing the condolence register during his condolence visit to the family of the late Alex Ibru, at their Ikoyi residence, on Tuesday.

GOING by the lessons of history, it is clear that the cane reserved for Iyale (the first wife) shall someday be used on Iyawo (the new wife).

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Changing dynamics of state creation

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

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I find it amusing when people use the concept of “viability” to discredit the clamour for more states in Nigeria.

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Jonathan and Nigerians must not abandon the Chibok girls

  /   in Talking Point 12:41 am   /   Comments

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist

IN a few days time it would be three full months since nearly 300 or perhaps more girls were brazenly abducted from their school in Chibok in Borno State. In the last three months a lot of tears have been shed. Homes have been ripped apart and sorrow has overtaken the hearts of many.

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Nigerians: A completely different kettle of black Africans

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:16 am   /   Comments

IT SHOULD BE OUR DAY: Celebration of Children's Day in Abuja, yesterday. NAN photo.

I am a student of politics. However, I hate politics. It is ungodly, it is false, and it is practiced with deceit. You cannot be a successful politician and, at the same time, be committed to the truth. Therefore, my interest in politics does not go beyond the academic. I write about politics primarily to expose the deceit of politicians. I could never be a politician. Neither can I ever be interested in occupying a political office.

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Economy & Reserves: Between the truth and government clarifications

  /   in Rational Perspectives 12:52 am   /   Comments

OKONJO-Iweala in SENATE—From Left, Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama , with the  Minister of  Finance , Dr  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at the Senate Joint Committee on Appropriation, and Finance interactive session on the implementation of 2012 budget at the National Assembly Abuja.

In apparent response to the opposition’s admonition that the nation’s economy was “gradually grinding to a halt” last year, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, conversely painted a brighter economic picture, and sought to clarify popular misconceptions on the issue of our external reserves balance of about $45bn and the alleged discrepancies between the reported Excess Crude Account balances of the Finance Ministry and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) reserves.

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Nigeria: a Federation of 54 states?

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

BRAZIL, Curitiba : A Nigerian fan is pictured prior to a Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO

THE National Conference made far-reaching resolutions on Thursday, July 3rd 2014 when it approved the creation of eighteen additional states in the country. If this resolution is put in the constitution, Nigeria will become a federation of 54 states, with about 174 million people and landmass of 923,768 square kilometres.

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No, ….Not again

  /   in Sports Bassey   /   Comments

Tamuno Danagogo, Sepp Blatter and Aminu Maigari

I was convinced that last week was the best time to go watch the World Cup, so off I went to Brazil, with the intention of taking in the match against France and from there, who knows?

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Where is Emenike Ihekwaba?

  /   in The Orbit 12:16 am   /   Comments

As I write this, Hurricane Arthur lashes against the Cape Hateras, in the Outerbanks of North Carolina’s Atlantic Coast, where I’ve been vacationing with my family in the summer cottage of our friends, the Kladakis.
We are in the true eye of the hurricane. It is 2 am; the wind has gained strength, all is dark and silent; calm even; but for the eerie roar of the sea outside.

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What a country! We are the people!

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

EDO ASSEMBLY CRISIS—Police at the Edo State House of Assembly as the crisis in the House continued, yesterday. Photo: Barnabas Uzosike.

I pray that we all take time to be the best that we can be, be tolerant and extend peace and love to everyone we meet, that through these good deeds we indeed, show the true meaning of being a good Muslim.

In the UK, during the summer months fasting is a long affair that lasts up to 18 hours. We wake up very early and break our fast after nine in the evening.

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A Pregnant pause

  /   in Moment to Moment   /   Comments

Debbie-olujobi-logo

Spontaneous reactions are occurrences most of us describe as unexpected and unplanned. Things we do without deliberate intent or forethought; explosions of sorts triggered by emotions on rampage. The beauty of hindsight is that we actually give ourselves enough time to think about how we should have reacted and then see a different turn of events to those we most likely come to sorely regret. One of the most notable features of older people is their unhurried gait and pace. They seem to have got the memo from heaven that everything and everyone can wait. Spontaneity and rash impulses get hammered out with time and at a particular age the wisdom of the elders is more a direct dividend of patience and energy deficiency. A truly mature and wise individual knows the value of an extended pause; they know just how important it is to buy some time before giving in to emotions; anger is a tonic only for the mad!!

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Assessing the performance of governors and presidents – My Way

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

Daily, if not every minute, people all over Nigeria are passing remarks reflecting their assessment of the performance of their elected officials. President Jonathan, who, unfortunately, is the first President to rule during the Age of Facebook and Twitter, had been known to lament that he is the most insulted President in the world today. He has my sympathies. But, I can assure GEJ that the lashes he is now receiving will be love pats compared to what his successors will experience in the future – if that is any consolation.

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Do our Commanders-in-Chief live above board?

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

Senate President David Mark

Last week, the Senate screened and approved four additional nominees as Ministers. On the occasion, Senate President David Mark admonished the nominees to assume office with a mindset to live above board. Since Ministers as leaders are expected to serve as role models by shunning all acts of impropriety, the admonition appears rational. But was I or any other citizen for that matter supposed to have faith in the said caution? Put differently, is it unlikely that David Mark himself, the author of the admonition may not have believed in it? Those who wish to see this viewpoint as cynical are free to do so but they cannot stop us from being skeptical about the possibility of any political office holder in Nigeria operating with any appreciable level of integrity. History does not seem to support a contrary view.

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Notes on the origin and nature of religion (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 7:17 pm   /   Comments

For example, the notion of projection cannot account for the psychology of fear and devotion associated with religion. Besides, human nature is multi-dimensional and difficult to define. Therefore, if the idea of God is just the projection and worship of human nature, what determines aspects of human nature that are projected unto God and the ones that are not? It is difficult to answer these pertinent questions based on Feuerbach’s theory.

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Before number four (1)

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

Abuja-women

Friday, July 11, 2014, is World Population Day. The day was declared in 1987 to draw attention to the world’s population growth and ensuing issues and challenges. Religious bodies, governments, the United Nations, concerned civil society groups and other relevant organisations are all firm and uniform on one issue: the need for family planning and/or population control.

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That toast to victory

  /   in My World   /   Comments

Ayo Fayose casting his vote yesterday...

I am still trying to understand the loss of Dr Olukayode Fayemi in the gubernatorial election of Ekiti State and it is not because ‘I am involved’ by lineage. As a bystander, and as a professional journalist, I am involved and therefore curious.

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Anti-Northern Muslim sentiments

  /   in Sweet and Sour 2:00 am   /   Comments

Muslim-faithful

In the past few months, no day has gone by without grim news of yet another traumatic, enraging, despair-generating Boko Haram atrocity being announced by media houses and hogging the Nigerian and international headlines.

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Condition of the country: Politics of confusion and instability

  /   in My Layman's View   /   Comments

Senate President, David Mark; President Jonathan and House of Reps Speaker, Tambuwal

THERE is no doubt that many patriotic Nigerians would prefer to engage themselves in argument on how Nigeria could attain greatness and maintain such to merit the appellation of the gGiant of Africah bestowed on it by the benevolent foreign friends of the country.

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National Conference 2014: Headed for the home stretch

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:20 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the ongoing national confernce

I got caught in the eye of a storm this week at the National Conference. Pure serendipity really! SUNDAY TRUST’s cover was an exclusive report titled: “NATIONAL CONFAB HIDDEN AGENDA EXPOSED”. The report had gleaned from a 102-page document entitled: “The National Conference 2014 Terms of Agreement of the six Geo-Political Zones”.

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Injustice somewhere is injustice everywhere

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

Cry-Justice

THIS lame-duck Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has brought to the fore, the obvious fact that a fundamental premise of the democratic system of government is the capacity for peaceful leadership change through the ballot box.

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