Friday July 3rd, 2015
Friday July 3rd, 2015
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The Freedom Charter for humanity

  /   in Owei Lakemfa 12:05 am   /   Comments

Freedom-Charter

IMAGINE a binding Charter for America that reads, “We, the People of United States, declare for all our country and the world to know: That United States belongs to all who live in it, black and white…that our country will never be prosperous or free until all our people live in brotherhood, enjoying equal rights and opportunities (that) The preaching and practice of national, race or colour discrimination and contempt shall be a punishable crime”

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“Ogogoro don dey sour” but its ban is not a remedy (1)

  /   in The Hub 1:27 am   /   Comments

Making of Ogogoro

OGOGORO is a local gin brewed originally from raffia palm. With time, a lot of adulterations produced from cheap chemicals have been located in most markets.

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Most Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon: Commitment to inter-faith peace

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

Most Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon

IN 2013, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, conferred the award of Cross of St Augustine on the Bishop of Kaduna Diocese, Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon.

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“Exporting” terrorists to Anambra?

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Soldiers taking on rampaging Boko Haram suspects

By Ochereome Nnanna WHEN at first I heard that traders all over Anambra State had shut down the markets and were protesting over alleged plans by the Federal Government to send Boko Haram convicts to jails in the state, I did not take it serious. There are things you hear and you simply dismiss them

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Federalism and religion in Nigeria

  /   in Tip of a New Dawn 2:42 am   /   Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari; Saraki, Senate President and Dogara, Speaker

The Supreme Court decided to legalise same sex marriages across America. Let me say now that this article is in no way asking for the legalisation of same sex marriages in Nigeria or in Africa.

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APC and the death wish turned prophecy

  /   in Talking Point   /   Comments

A mother carries banner to drum support for the leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and running mate Yemi Osinbajo during a rally christened 'Walk for Change" in Lagos, on March 7, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.   Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamists Boko Haram meant that troops could not provide security on polling day. AFP PHOTO

EARLIER this year, in the wake of the rather comprehensive defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 polls, Nigerian academic and Sahara Reporters columnist, Pius Adesanmi, had rechristened Doyin Okupe, presidential aide on media to Goodluck Jonathan, by turning ‘bastard’ into a proper noun and making it one of his middle names.

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Now, Mary can marry Maria anywhere in US

  /   in Dispatches from America 8:41 pm   /   Comments

Gay-Marriage

SAME-SEX marriages in the US are not a novelty. What is new is that last week, the U.S. Supreme Court affixed a stamp of legitimacy on such marriages anywhere in the country. Now, Mary can marry Maria, from New York to California, and from Arizona to Montana. In the same vein, James can take his lovely Jeremiah to a marriage registry anywhere in the United States and have a marriage official pronounce both men husband and wife, and they will be so recognized in the eyes of the law.

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Saint Finbarr’s College, Principals Cup and the glory days

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:38 am   /   Comments

Friday, June 25 was the final of the GT Bank sponsored Masters Cup Season 4 at the good old Onikan Stadium, Lagos.

On the invitation of Bashorun Adeyinka Augustine DC and Ifeanyi Njoku President and Secretary General respectively of the Saint Finbarrs College Old Boys Association, I set out with some pride to cheer my school to victory against old foes St Gregory’s College.

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Mr. President: Beware of the day of subsidy removal

  /   in News, Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

Buhari-oil

According to recent media reports, almost N5tn was disbursed as subsidy payment on fuel consumption between 2006-2012? Thus, the annual average provision of about N1tn is probably equivalent to about one fifth of total annual federal budget in the same period. In effect, subsidy payments clearly exceeded the consolidated annual allocations for health, education, transport and agriculture every year.

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Buhari must break the APC impasse

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Rowdy-reps5

NEIL Armstrong, one of America’s greatest icons of the 20th Century and the first man to walk on the moon, was only two years old when he developed interest to become an aircraft pilot. His dad took him to the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio, and that was it. At six, he became convinced that he would devote his life to flying when he was taken on his first plane ride. He became a combat pilot for the US Navy. Later, Armstrong was chosen as a NASA astronaut. At the age of 35, he led the US Apollo space mission that fulfilled President John Kennedy’s boast to the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the world that he would “put a man on the moon” to outshine the Soviet Union’s feat of landing Sputnik, the first unmanned spaceship, on the moon.

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Wages of labour, wages of sin

  /   in Owei Lakemfa 9:20 pm   /   Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari flanked by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Nasir El Rufai while Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and Governor Nyesom Wyke of Rivers State (r) as they discussed after the first meeting between the President and State Governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 23/06/2015

SOME years ago when I was in the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the leadership of the Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ) invited me to a closed meeting. It wanted my professional advice and assistance on two matters. First, it was concerned about ethics in journalism and wanted to present a private bill to the National Assembly (NASS). Second, was the non-payment of salaries by some media houses with some owing between twelve and twenty months.

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Removal of Military check-points is good omen

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

DEPLOYED— File pictures of military patrol and checkpoint in Maiduguri, Borno State. An estimated 3,000 troops have been deployed to embattled states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, following the proclamation of State of Emergency in the states on Tuesday. Photos: AFP.

The military is an institution to be jealously guarded by any nation because no contribution by any other group can equal the role of its members who are ready to pay the supreme sacrifice so that ordinary citizens can remain alive.

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Order! Order in the House, these dishonourable fellows

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

House of Rep: After the fracas

“It is not the rich man you should properly call happy, but him who knows how to use with wisdom and the blessings of the gods, to endure hard poverty, and who fears dishonour worse than death, and is not afraid to die for cherished friends or fatherland”- Horace

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How Ndigbo underdeveloped Igboland

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

Igbo-men

In our discussion last Sunday, I made the point, which was almost distorted by editorial pusillanimity, that ideally, in order to render justice to Ndigbo Nigerian leaders who participated in genocide against them during the civil war should be prosecuted at the International Court of Justice. But I also argued that given the very low level of political maturity and moral consciousness in the country presently, that would never happen.

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The insolvent state

  /   in The Orbit   /   Comments

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The Federal government is running on half its lungs: President Buhari’s inability to constitute a government nearly thirty days after taking his own oath of office is worrisome, and does provide some perverse humour for those whose thinking about Nigeria is often in the breach. It is true that the constitution does not give a time bar for when the president can constitute a federal executive council, but the law is quite clear that there shall be an executive council to make for the full governance of the republic.

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Saraki provokes mother of all media wars – 1

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

Senator Saraki

Professor of Economics and Noble Laureate, John K. Galbraith, once observed that a man who makes his entrance by breaking down the front door of the house deserves some criticism for excessive violence; but, something also needs to be said about the condition of the door. Saraki’s emergence as Senate President, against the wishes of the leaders of the All Progressive Congress, APC, is a classic case of a weak door meeting an individual determined to gain entrance – even if it means breaking down the door.

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What makes women age faster?

  /   in Marriage and Family, News 9:16 am   /   Comments

; L-R; Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, wife of the President of the Senate, Mrs Toyin Bukola Saraki and wife of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hajiya Gimbia Yakubu Dogara at a dinner hosted by the wife of the President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Saturday, 13 June 2015.

Sometime ago, I listened to Ms Grace Zemaye Egbagbe, lawyer and television personality, on Metrofile, Channels Television. Her hostess asked her the secret of her youthful looks. She responded that two reasons make women age faster: husbands and children. In other words, she looks young partly because she does not have a husband (Although she said she still nurses the hope of getting married someday if the right man comes along) and has only two children to contend with.

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Common sense and just nonsense

  /   in News, The Passing Scene   /   Comments

Ben Bruce

The past governments controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party, at both the federal and state levels, left a record of shame in governance. They mismanaged the financial resources available to them. The upshot is the painful result of wages, monthly wages, not being paid in many areas. One needs to be involved to appreciate the agony of the people so blatantly denied of their due remunerations.

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Our rickety hospitals and a health system in shambles

  /   in Frank & Fair, News   /   Comments

ABANDONED: ABOVE: The children ward of Agbowa Primary Health Centre, Ikorodu, Lagos, yesterday.

When you hear some of the cases of medical malpractice that have become all too rampant now you can’t but conclude that some medical doctors have become petty fraudsters. It’s one thing to commit a mistake that falls below the standard expected of doctors or even one that borders on ‘criminal’ negligence , it is however egregious evil to engage in activities aimed primarily at defrauding patients. And tragically, in many of these cases, hapless victims must “leave it to God”

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The power of choice

  /   in My World, News   /   Comments

Dutse acb

If you get up in the morning expecting a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. It’s about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly and the customers were unhappy.

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The enemy called distraction

  /   in Bits and Pieces, News   /   Comments

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

I am a little confused about the things I hear and things I see. We seem to be romancing with a certain demon that ensures that we remain at the level of beginning all the time. My confusion is simple: when it appears as if there is going to be a measure of advancement, then we see ourselves slipping down again and I wonder; why? I ask, is it possible for us to, at least remain, at a spot, for some time, so that we don’t really degenerate. I am only asking that we be given the grace not the move at all since if we must, we always slide ‘downward’. There was a mad man, I mean a crazy man, not really an angry man, in my home some time ago who advanced this philosophy of “remaining where one is.” He had come to sympathize with some folks who were bereaved.

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Child marriage: Practice, consequences and remedy

  /   in Human Angle, News 12:36 am   /   Comments

Child-marriage

“As a father, I can’t stand that for my daughter, I treasure my daughters, and I believe in girl-child education. African should begin to change our attitude and mentality, our thinking of female child. I want to believe, I may be naïve, if we begin to have women leaders at the highest political level, we will overcome some of these problems.”

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Addicted to drama!

  /   in Sweet and Sour   /   Comments

One of the former Commissioner's vehicles being carted away.

Last week, Nyesom Wike,the Governor of Rivers State, ordered the forcible confiscation of official vehicles that had been allocated to Ibim Seminatari, his predecessor Rotimi Amaechi’s Commissioner for Information.

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The Black Church

  /   in News, Owei Lakemfa   /   Comments

Dylann Roof

After the church shooting, President Barrack Obama lamented “this type of mass violence doesn’t happen in other advance countries”. But which other country has three hundred million guns in private homes? It is not military might, technological advances or economic power that makes a great nation; but the worth of every life in it.

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Legislators: To whom much is given and less is expected

  /   in The Hub 12:17 am   /   Comments

Yusuf Dogara, House of Reps speaker and Bukola Saraki, Senate President

EVERYWHERE, there is a negative perception of the legislator. For many people, to be a legislator is to be self-serving and perhaps even corrupt and contemptible. The legislator finds himself between the devil and the deep blue sea.

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Justice made in Rivers State?

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Wike and Amaechi

WHEN former President Olusegun Obasanjo went on a campaign to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital in December 2007, he told his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rally: “you all know that anything that concerns Rivers State I take it personally”. Rivers matters a lot to Nigeria, indeed, for obvious reasons.

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Empty treasury, wardrobe allowances and redoubts of corruption

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

treasury-Buahri

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari (PMB), finally moved into the Aso Villa this week, signaling the real commencement of work, as leader for the change that Nigerians voted for last March. But the portents are frightening; as if we don’t already have a foggy idea of the seriousness of the situation! Buhari made it clear during his maiden meeting with the State House media corps, that he inherited from former President Goodluck Jonathan, a country with virtually empty treasury, running into millions of dollars; and indicative of the sorry pass, even the Federal Government cannot pay salaries of its workers.

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Buhari’s time to start running

  /   in Talking Point 3:03 am   /   Comments

Buhari-tasks

By Rotimi Fasan THIS week makes it the fourth since the Muhammadu Buhari administration was inaugurated amid much hope and high expectations. But while the new president has taken a few significant steps locally and internationally in his personal capacity, not much has been heard concerning those he would be working with and depending on

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Should everyone go to university?

  /   in Tip of a New Dawn   /   Comments

A Cross Section of the Final Year Students  Photo By Diran Oshe

By Tabia Princewill I AM aware that by the time this article is published, I will most probably be inundated with emails asking me to clarify my position. So I will do my best to do so from the onset. In the Western world, a university degree has long been the prerequisite for gaining middle

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Onwubiko! Mourning cry at Emman Ezeazu’s untimely death

  /   in For Crying Out Loud   /   Comments

Emman Ezeazu

SINCE that accursed day of 12 May 2012, when Olaitan Oyerinde, former student activist, trade unionist and principal private secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, was murdered in his living room, death has been a deliriously happy visitor in the camp of Nigeria’s radical humanists. So much so that hardly are the bereaved done wiping away tears of the last funeral than news of another untimely death arrives to set them wailing afresh. The list grows is long: Oyerinde, Festus Iyayi,Baba Omojola, Bamidele Aturu,Oronto Natei Douglas. Did I mention Chima Ubani? And now Emman Ezeazu.

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I was alarmed at the unemployment level in Nigeria – Emmanuel-Tella

  /   in Business, News, Woman to Women   /   Comments

Olufolahan Emmanuel-Tella

Unemployment must be tackled with business decline which has progressively worsened over the years with many business executives having to sell their properties, with them driving their cars as unpainted taxi for survival. About 1.8 million fresh graduates, millions of unskilled youths, yearly enter into the ever-swirling labour pool.

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Onwubiko! Mourning cry at Emman Ezeazu’s untimely death

  /   in For Crying Out Loud, News   /   Comments

SINCE that accursed day of 12 May 2012, when Olaitan Oyerinde, former student activist, trade unionist and principal private secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, was murdered in his living room, death has been a deliriously happy visitor in the camp of Nigeria’s radical humanists. So much so that hardly are the bereaved done wiping away tears of the last funeral than news of another untimely death arrives to set them wailing afresh.

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