Friday September 4th, 2015
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100 years after: Ibadan remembers Adelabu Penkelemeesi

  /   in Human Angle, News 2:38 pm   /   Comments

Lekan Alabi

He was a precocious child and student. He was a prodigy and a man of deep intellect, an orator and a man who always pulled crowd. He attended C M S Elementary School, Kudeti, Ibadan and he had double promotion. He proceeded to the primary school in Mapo and he also had double promotion. From there, he went to the famous Government College Ibadan in Apata-Ganga. He also had double promotion, and all on scholarship.

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On visiting the House Lenin lived

  /   in Owei Lakemfa   /   Comments

I WAS at the Baden International Business School (BIBS) Switzerland from August 23 – 29 as a Resource Person. My presentation was on Labour Unions and their Future in the Energy Industry. In the paper, I had written: “So fundamental had electricity become at the turn of the 20th Century, that it was one of the three reasons for the October 1917 Russian Revolution; the electrification of the country, under what became known as the National Economic Programme (NEP) The other two aims were to pull the country out of the First World War and provide food for the starving populace.”

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Buhari, the elephant of Hindostan

  /   in People & Politics, Trending 3:13 am   /   Comments

“We will never betray the people because they have risked everything. - See more at- http---www.vanguardngr.com-2015-05-we-wont-fail-nigerians-buhari-#sthash.FBqyHglO.dpuf

SOME of us must be familiar with the poem: The Six Blind Men of Hindostan by JE Saxe. These curious blind men went to learn about the elephant. They had to “observe” the huge animal by feeling with their palms the part of the body they found themselves touching. The first one touched its side and shrieked: “bless me, the elephant is very like a wall!”

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Delightful D’Tigers, African Basketball champions

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

KINGS OF AFRICA: Nigeria's men's national basketball team D'Tigers emerged African champions, Sunday night after beating Angola  74-65 in the final of the 2015 Afrobasket championship in Tunisia.

ON Sunday night this week, in Tunis, Tunisia, Nigeria’s national basketball team, D’Tigers, defeated the Angolan national team, to become African champions for the first time.

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Rumble in the jungle as corruption fights back

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

corrupt

IF only we knew that the entire world was watching us, we would have realised that it is too early to begin to derail the anti-graft war, which we all agreed upon a few months back.

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Dumbing down Nigerian politics: The disservice of Jonathan’s men

  /   in Tip of a New Dawn 2:34 am   /   Comments

FILE: JONATHAN'S LAST FEC MEETING—President Goodluck Jonathan (8th L); Vice President Namadi Sambo (7th L); with Federal Executive Council, FEC, members after the valedictory council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: NAN.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way”.

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Is Buhari naive or just a plain hegemonist?

  /   in Talking Point   /   Comments

Buhari in Igbo attire

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari may have started moving into dangerous territories. He may indeed have begun the process of his own unravelling and ultimately of the destruction of his presidency by his own action.

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Finishing well: The Osoba example

  /   in Candid Notes 12:15 am   /   Comments

Olusegun Osoba

AREMO Olusegun Osoba is known as one of the most celebrated journalists of the old era alive in Nigeria today. He was a hardworking and very mercurial practitioner of journalism and media manager who brought great panache to the industry in his active years in journalism.

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As US college students return to class

  /   in Dispatches from America   /   Comments

*Fashion Entrepreneur, Mai Atafo, addressing UNILAG students during the "Take A Girl Child to Work" initiative organised by South African High Commission in partnership with MultiChoice Nigeria held at MultiChoice Head Office in Lagos.

LAST week, most university students returned to class for the commencement of the new academic year. Usually, the first week of class is a dreaded moment for university administrators at various levels, but most especially the department student advisers.

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Settling Fashola’s hash

  /   in People & Politics 8:11 am   /   Comments

Buhari, Fashola and Ambode

EVERY Nigerian loudly proclaims their hatred of corruption. Corruption has made majority of us poor and our country backward, with only a handful of super-rich folks, most of them crooks. We all want corrupt people brought out to the public square and lynched. But how many of us can cast the first stone? When this question was posed to a Biblical lynch mob, none of them had the nerve or conscience to do it.

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The poison in further devaluation

  /   in Business, Finance, News, Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

Naira-Dollar

Indeed, Naira devaluation is probably the most potent weapon against the prosperity of Nigerians. Nigeria’s migration from a potential industrial power house with bustling social affluence, to a subdued and stumbling economy clearly began with the adoption of IMF’s Structural Adjustment Programme during Babangida’s regime: the chorus from International Agencies, at that time, was also that falling oil prices with an unserviced debt burden and the consequent restriction of trade credit to Nigeria, were the products of an allegedly overvalued Naira exchange rate.

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This is an emergency, rescue the police!

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Policeman get sets to quell protect of students of Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-Iwoye in Abeokuta

THE Presidency in announcing that 10,000 more policemen and women are to be recruited, accompanied it with a warning that there must be no extortion of potential recruits. This is not only an indictment, but also a vote of no confidence in the police. The public Presidential warning, tears away at the self-esteem of the police.

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Areas of concentration for President Buhari (3)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 6:07 am   /   Comments

Buhari

Remember, a committee of the Senate of the Second Republic, headed by the late Dr.Olusola Saraki, was about to scrutinise the Ayo Irikefe Report concerning the purported missing NNPC funds when Buhari came to power through a military coup in December 31, 1993. Since then, the Report seems to have disappeared without trace. So where is the Irikefe Report? Was Buhari cleared or indicted by the panel?

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Which Nigerian Governor does not fight his predecessor?

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

Wike and Amaechi

Last week Saturday, I was greatly entertained by a drama piece I watched as a guest of my Bauchi State born colleague, Comrade Yakubu. The play, an exciting satire was about enemies who are fond of publicly professing friendship.

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In praise of the maligned Peace Committee

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

PEACE COMMITTEE—President Muhammadu Buhari flanked by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Sultan of Sokoto (5th R) while Chairman, National Peace Committee, Gen. Abdulasalami Abubakar (4th L); President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor (4th R); Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah (2nd L); the Catholic Bishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan (3rd R); former president, Nigerian Bar Association, Mrs. Priscila Kuye (3rd L); Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, Bishop Nicholas Okoh (2nd R); Retired Justice Rose Ukeje (R) and Publisher of Vanguard, Mr. Sam Amuka (L) with others during an audience with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

Very few issues in Nigeria had generated so much heat, and so little light, as the recent visit of the Peace Committee to President Buhari and the interview which Bishop Hassan Kukah granted afterwards.

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Buhari’s 100 days in office

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari attending to some files in his office as he resumed duties at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

My brother and his family visited Nigeria last month and they stayed for three weeks. He told me that the power supply has changed for the better. He was pleasantly surprised that there are longer days with power compared to the way it was in the past. He told me that the change was not just the power supply but in other aspects of peoples’ lives.

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Governors as rascals

  /   in The Orbit   /   Comments

Economy

The president of Nigeria has always come under intense public scrutiny. His actions, or inactions, often translate into any sense of failures, or the general sense of accomplishment attached to Nigeria.

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The God Whose Strength is Made Perfect in Our Weakness

  /   in Article of Faith   /   Comments

Children are the glory of marriage. Then there is the glory of the first-born and the glory of the last-born. The first-born is given pre-eminence in all things. He gets the best and the biggest portions. He goes out without being chaperoned. He is treated with great respect by his siblings.

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“My fiancée is HIV +…”

  /   in Marriage and Family, News 7:25 am   /   Comments

HIV

Last Saturday, I was a member of a panel of discussants at a youth forum. One of the questions that came via SMS was from a young man who claimed his fiancée is HIV positive, what should he do? In my response, I said the first issue is, does he love the lady sufficiently enough to want to spend the rest of his life with her? If the response is yes, then he should deal with the HIV issue along with the other issues people involved in courtship should deal with.

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One year after: Life without Dimgba Igwe by Mike Awoyinfa

  /   in Human Angle, News   /   Comments

Late Igwe

They were like identical twins from different mothers. From the now rested Concord Press of Nigeria Limited, publishers of defunct National Concord, Saturday Concord and Sunday Concord newspapers, where they nurtured their friendship and got bonded in the early 1990s till last year, when death snatched one of them, Dimgba Igwe and Mike Awoyinfa have indeed proved to everyone that their friendship was beyond this world.

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Women must be empowered economically — Maureen Ochem

  /   in News, Woman to Women   /   Comments

MAUREEN OCHEM

According to UNICEF Women do 60% of the worlds work but earn only 10% of the world’s income, while reinvesting 90% of their income into families and community.

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Buhari is working

  /   in News, The Passing Scene   /   Comments

Buhari

Buhari is working. As the first 100 days in office approaches, many pundits are presumably getting their pens ready to deliver their judgment on the President’s performance during the period which now seems to have been accepted as a critical point of assessment, at least, in the short term. The President has himself named three critical areas as his initial starting point—economy, security and employment, with no clearly stated priority. His performance will, of course, be examined beyond that.

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Fashola, Lagos’ Pigs of Bida, a Truth Commission

  /   in Frank & Fair, News   /   Comments

*Gov Fashola

Suicide is bad but one would understand why Hitler preferred it. The boko haram variety is propelled by the lust for heavenly virgins. The delusional is sick , so his plight is perhaps understandable. But when my undergraduate second cousin drowned herself in shaving powder some years ago because her school boyfriend jilted her, anger more than sorrow took hold of me. Lagos APC is currently possessed by such a terminal folly. Vindictiveness is pathetic.

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Mutually assured destruction (MAD)

  /   in My World, News   /   Comments

Babatunde Raji Fashola

Fashola is also—or should be—the poster child for APC. He set a bench mark for what governance should be and his achievements were recognised by friends and foes alike. Yet by all accounts, judging by the way political outings are rated, it was a dismal outing. None, as in none, of the political heavyweights was in attendance. The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu who normally loves these things could not find the time to honour one of his own. If the de facto Chairman of APC was absent for reasons best known to him, what about the de jour Chairman?

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Relationships that transcend politics

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:57 am   /   Comments

Buhari in Igbo attire

Last weekend, a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, senator I’ve known for many years heard that I had a personal problem that was giving me sleepless nights; and he contacted me, invited me to his home and went out of his way to help me solve my problem.

I was deeply touched by his brotherly concern and practical assistance, especially since we had been on opposite sides during the recent elections.
I had vociferously campaigned for the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Muhammadu Buhari, while he had thrown his weight behind ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Those setting fires in other countries can’t complain

  /   in News, Owei Lakemfa   /   Comments

Imigrants1

EUROPE is in panic. No, not because of tumbling stocks over what they see as China ‘slowing down’. This itself is intriguing; fanatical prophets and apostles of market forces, begging the Chinese Government to intervene in the Stock Market. The panic is about the tidal waves of migrants from war torn countries, surviving the seas, especially the Mediterranean, to make landfall on European coasts.

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We are looking forward to scaling up HIV/AIDS service delivery – Ogugua

  /   in Human Angle, News   /   Comments

Chinyere-Ogugua

Anybody that is HIV positive, we refer them to the hospitals and we don’t just stop at that we follow up and make sure they are well taken care of, we make sure they take their drugs but the issue is that we also engage them to be on our support group where we take care of our clients that are positive and they benefit from our support group.

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We hope to bring relief to out-of-school girls – Action Health Incorporation

  /   in Human Angle, News   /   Comments

Out of school girls becoming parents

AMINAT Yusf (real name withheld) is a 16 years old girl who resides in Iwaya, Lagos. Having been denied of having any basic form of education by her parents, she ran away from her home and came to live in Lagos. She was fortunate enough to meet some girls while hawking who helped her get a place to stay in. She was a victim of rape a few years later. As a result of shame, she never spoke about this ordeal to anybody. All she wants from the government and able bodied parastatals is for them to bring aid to these communities.

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Consolidating a steady pace of progress

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 2:09 am   /   Comments

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FORMER President, General Olusegun Obasanjo, was obviously caught up in a moment of effusiveness last weekend, while receiving a delegation of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), at his Abeokuta residence.

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Could it be corruption?

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

BUHARI-ANTI-GRAFT

SOMETIME in September last year, I came across an interesting article in an online newspaper, accusing the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) of “lying” that it had not received a petition from ARCO, a Nigerian oil services company detailing its travails at the hand of Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) over a maintenance contract in the Niger Delta.

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Thou shall not steal: Whither the National Peace Committee?

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

PEACE COMMITTEE—President Muhammadu Buhari flanked by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Sultan of Sokoto (5th R) while Chairman, National Peace Committee, Gen. Abdulasalami Abubakar (4th L); President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor (4th R); Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah (2nd L); the Catholic Bishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan (3rd R); former president, Nigerian Bar Association, Mrs. Priscila Kuye (3rd L); Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, Bishop Nicholas Okoh (2nd R); Retired Justice Rose Ukeje (R) and Publisher of Vanguard, Mr. Sam Amuka (L) with others during an audience with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

THOU shall not steal”. As expressed in the telling chapters of the Bible, this is the eighth Commandment of God, the disobedience of which has, from early times, been visited with grave consequences as happened when King Ahab of Israel and his wife, Jezebel, caused Naboth the Jezreelite to be stoned to death so that they could take his land (I Kings 21:1-19). By God’s decree, Ahab and Jezebel were paid back in their own exact coins.

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What’s the point of a first lady?

  /   in Tip of a New Dawn 7:26 am   /   Comments

Turai Yar’Adua and Dame Patience Jonathan

Renaming the “First Lady” the “Wife of the President” is a subtle change which shows a shift in the principles guiding public thinking. Indeed, “First Ladies” in Nigeria have previously wielded virtually as much power as their husbands if not more. The era of First Ladies allocating oil wells, shaming and insulting governors isn’t so far away. However, Nigerians are glad to see the end of it, with a clear return to sanity: first ladies aren’t elected officials.

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