Thursday July 31st, 2014
Thursday July 31st, 2014
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Protest march against removal of judges’right to go on strike

  /   in Despatches from Benin Rep 12:34 am   /   Comments

Boni-Yayi

THE UNAMAB and unions hadcalled for a general mobilization. The judges were even more supported for this third march to the Parliament, Thursday, July 24. Unlike the first two, the mobilization was great and general.

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A seaman in exile from the sea

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

army

TODAY, we remember the Polish-born English intellectual giant, Joseph Conrad (1857-1924). We owe today’s title to his expose in his famous novel The Secret Agent – Lord Jim: “His incognito, which had as many holes as a sieve, was not meant to hide a personality but a fact.

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What a crowded week that was

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

MASTERMIND-BUHARI

WHAT has a poor transvestite (the Northern phenomenon of DAN DAUDU) got to do with Nigeria’s security challenge today? Everything apparently!

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Ebola: Liberia places senior officials under observation

  /   in ... in this Corner, Ebola Outbreak, News 9:36 am   /   Comments

The Liberian football association LFA said Tuesday it has suspended all activities in the country as a measure to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

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Obama: Managing off-shore crises beyond his control

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:06 am   /   Comments

Putin and Obama

WATCHING President Barack Obama as he addressed a number of press conferences last week, I recalled a book we read very long ago titled One Week, One Trouble by Anezi Okoro. It was about an urchin who got into trouble every week. But, the only similarity between Obama and the kid is their overwhelmed demeanor as both characters in their various ways and in different climes and era encountered a kettle of troubles.

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Why Goodluck Jonathan is Likely to Win the 2015 Presidential Election by a Landslide By Femi Aribisala

  /   in Femi Aribisala   /   Comments

Jonathan-hands-head

I have been a student of elections for 42 years. I obtained my first degree in History and Politics from Warwick University, Coventry, England in 1975.

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Gunning for Muhammadu Buhari

  /   in People & Politics 12:55 am   /   Comments

Black jeep of Gen Buhari attacked in Kaduna on Wednesday

The target-bombing of former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari’s convoy last week in Kaduna left me with mixed feelings. It would have been a very sad day for Nigeria if the bomber had succeeded. It certainly would have resulted in spontaneous bloodshed, especially in the Muslim North, and the usual targets would be Southerners and Igbos in particular. Buhari has a cult image among the youth of the Muslim North.

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Sweeping Brazil 2014 under the carpet

  /   in Sports Bassey   /   Comments

Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama saves a shot by Paul Pogba of France.

Last week, Thursday to be precise, the demolition process commenced.
Alhaji Aminu Maigari was booted out by his own board. Before now, all arguments that this board was perhaps the most successful in the history of Nigerian football fell on deaf ears. The simplistic answer was that “…..what goes round must come round.”

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The strategic blunders of CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee

  /   in Business, Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

The Central Bank of Nigeria head office  in Abuja.

The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee last week approved the sum of over N755bn for sharing among the three tiers of government. Ordinarily, the distribution of this relatively sizable revenue would elicit hope that the economy will become positively impacted, as the various tiers of government would be funded to achieve their budget expectations.

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Time for the liquidation of Boko Haram

  /   in The Orbit 10:35 pm   /   Comments

Buhari-kaduna-blast

Imagine this scenario: Boko Haram grows more sophisticated; more daring, recruits wider, establishes better training facilities, acquires deadlier arms and more potent military capacity, enough to subdue and carve out a wide swath of Nigeria from the Chad basin, to the Adamawa hills. It secures swaths of land from parts of Chad, parts of Cameroon, and parts of the Central African Republic, and it creates an effective new country in the very heart of Central West Africa. This scenario is not too far-fetched, and ought to worry Nigeria’s security analysts, because it seems to me that we have a new scale of a vast and unthinkable problem shaping from this insurgency.

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Breaking Strongholds (1)

  /   in Moment to Moment   /   Comments

It’s often a light bulb moment for me when someone casts a deeper understanding into phrases or situations I have hitherto ignored or just never really truly contemplated! I believe everyone has had such a moment where you suddenly get clarity and understand something that has never been clear before; it’s like being in the dark and someone suddenly puts on the light! That illumination or understanding is what I call a light bulb moment!

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You should not honour men more than truth — Plato

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

JonaChibok1

This meeting has been long time coming and I am sure that he realises that the gesture and words of comfort was not as complicated and or painful as he first thought. In fact, it must be quite cathartic. So should we be rehashing old grounds? Yes, we should. The delay to meet with the families should be a future lesson to all that it is important to reach out to those suffering such loss; is the only decent thing to do. Politics aside, we should always show compassion; it is the key to being a decent human being. I know that some may feel that he has put right the wrong by finally meeting with the distraught parents of the missing girls. But, we should not forget that the girls went missing in April and he did not meet with them until last Tuesday .

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The promise of death in Akwa Ibom – 1

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

*Akpabio

I expected a response from Akpabio. But, threat of death for those he described as “politicians seeking power through backdoor”, whatever that means, was not one of them. I had also hoped that Akpabio through his spokespersons or directly to the public would disclaim the statement credited to him. “I was misquoted” has, after all become the standard cry of politicians who realize that they have said something better left unsaid. But, three days had passed and there had been no denial. Are we then supposed to understand that a governor in the democratic Federal Republic of Nigeria is declaring death on people who have not been tried for any crime warranting a death sentence?

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The Falsehood in the Book of Hebrews

  /   in Article of Faith   /   Comments

In the debate about sacrifices, Christians put great reliance on the book of Hebrews. However, Hebrews is very unreliable. It is one of those books in the bible that is full of falsehood. As a matter of fact, there is more falsehood in Hebrews than in any other book in the bible except Romans.

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Understanding the role of emotional intelligence in corporate success (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

To explicate the role of EI in the quest for corporate success, we shall use the insurance industry as an illustration. This is because an overwhelming percentage of Nigerians, including the educated ones, are yet to embrace the practice of insuring themselves, their loved ones and their belongings. Secondly, since insurance is typically concerned with compensation for every form of damage or loss incurred by the insured, the emotional factor plays a preeminent in insurance. The questions that naturally rise at this point are, what is insurance?

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Turbulence of adolescence (2)

  /   in Marriage and Family 1:00 am   /   Comments

Islam-parent

By Francis Ewherido I often beg my children that they should not allow pollutants to contaminate their thoughts and minds; that their thoughts should be the dominant paradigm in their peer group. I also remind them that nobody in this world, except God, can love them more than their parents. In addition, I drum it

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This beauty that makes me sad

  /   in My World   /   Comments

A man checks the wreckage of a car at the scene of a suicide blast at the predominantly Christian Sabon Gari neighbourhood in Kano, northern Nigeria, on May 18, 2014. Five people including the bomber were killed when an explosives-laden car exploded near an open-air beer garden, destroying six cars and shattering windows of several buildings. AFP PHOTO

I had slept with the blinds raised up because I wanted to see the sun rise. But I was more tired than I thought and I over slept. But the sun found me as I hoped it would, and its warmth woke me up. The sun rise was gone, but the view that greeted me was still breathtakingly beautiful.

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Tribute to a titan

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:30 am   /   Comments

rilwanu-lukman-111

I was absolutely devastated when I heard, at the beginning of this week, that my former boss, Dr Rilwanu Lukman, had died in Vienna, following a prolonged period of ill health. And my profound sorrow about the passing of this globally revered Nigerian is combined with a deep sense of guilt.

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The condition of the Nigerian state: Contradictions galore

  /   in My Layman's View   /   Comments

UPROAR OVER Revenue formula: Delegates to the National Conference argue during debate on revenue sharing formula as the conference degenerated into a rowdy session, yesterday.

THAT this country is blessed with both human and natural resources is axiomatic. Also, every day or week in Nigeria provides its own events – good or bad. It is the delight of any clever newspapers` columnist to either analyse or satirize. It is always fun.

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Between Lamentations and Song Of Solomon

  /   in The Hub 12:45 am   /   Comments

Fashola

THE same spirit that propelled “the weeping prophet”, Jeremiah, to write the book of Lamentations at the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon, with her people killed, tortured or taken captive, is more than enough to make us reside permanently in lamentation for today’s world that is filled with injustice, poverty, crime, war and all forms of rebellion.

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Profiling will break up Nigeria

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

A Nigerian supporter attends the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying football match between Ivory Coast and Nigeria on July 27, 2013 at the Robert-Champroux Stadium in Abidjan. Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2 - 0.  AFP PHOTO

I don’t think that Nigerians, in their heart of hearts, are tired of living together in one country. Everything points to the fact that Nigeria still holds a very prime attraction for its people because this country gives so much to its citizens.

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Registration and deportation of Nigerians in Nigeria

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

Deportees

Early this week, the National Security Council, presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, and attended by the nation’s top security chiefs, directed states registering and deporting “non-indigenes”, “to stop the practice forthwith”.

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Kongi’s Harvest

  /   in Talking Point 12:58 am   /   Comments

Nobel Prize laureate Wole Soyinka smiles during a lecture to celebrate his 80th birthday in Abeokuta on July 11, 2014. The lecture was organised by the National Association of Seadogs, also known as the Pyrate's Confraternity, founded in 1952 by Wole Soyinka, a student at the time, with six others members of the University College of Ibadan to combat tribalism and ethnic alignments on campus. AFP PHOTO

MANY months before it finally came on Sunday July 13 many celebratory events had been lined up to mark the 80th birthday ceremony of the one famously called Kongi, after one of the more memorable characters of his highly fecund imagination, Wole Soyinka.

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Let us end the pretence and declare Nigeria a unitary state!

  /   in For Crying Out Loud   /   Comments

Nigerian-fans

The Vanguard of Monday, July 14, 2014 carried three full page advertorials on one issue: the impasse at the National Conference over a proper derivation formula. The Committee on Devolution of Powers, whose report was the last to be debated at plenary, had recommended retaining the 13% in General Abacha’s 1999 Constitution against the Northern delegates’ insistence on reducing it to 5%.

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Nigerian Politicians are Thieves, But They are Not Corrupt

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:36 am   /   Comments

VICTIMS' SUPPORT COMMITTEE—President Goodluck Jonathan (3rd left); Vice President Namadi Sambo (2nd  left); Chairman of the Committee on Victims'    Support Fund, Lt. Gen. T. Y. Danjuma and other members at the inauguration of the committee at State House, Abuja, yesterday.

If you have been wondering why the government of Goodluck Jonathan has achieved precious little in the monumental fight against corruption in Nigeria, the answer is very simple. There is actually no corruption in Nigeria. Nigerian politicians are thieves, but they are not corrupt.

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Boko Haram as excuse for $1bn loan

  /   in Rational Perspectives 12:50 am   /   Comments

BOKO-WOMEN

There can be no denial of the threat of the Boko Haram insurgency to security, the economy of the north-eastern states, particularly, has become seriously dislocated while thousands of people in several communities have been viciously traumatized by the indiscriminate killings of kith and kin and the continuous decimation of their homes and livelihood.

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Abia guber zoning controversies

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

*Gov Orji

AS the nation inches closer to the 2015 general elections, the issue of zoning of the gubernatorial seats in the states has thrown up complex political intrigues.

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Murtala Nyako needn’t go to court

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:11 am   /   Comments

Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa

I was away from Nigeria last week but didn’t miss much of the drama which the Adamawa legislators described as the impeachment of their Governor, Admiral Murtala Nyako. I give much of the credit of my knowledge of the events to technology.

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Dirty, rotten scoundrels

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai (L) watches on July 14, 2014 Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan look at a book at the State House in Abuja. Malala on July 14 urged Jonathan to meet with parents of the schoolgirls kidnapped three months ago by Boko Haram. Malala, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 and has become a champion for access to schooling, was in Abuja on her 17th birthday to mark the somber anniversary of Boko Haram's April 14 abduction of 276 girls from a secondary school in the northeast Nigerian city of Chibok.
AFP PHOTO

The window of opportunity was three months ago and now he weasels out of the promise he made to a 17-year old. There is no amount of spin doctoring that can make Jona look lily white. The facts are there for the world to see: on his watch, he and his administration failed and they failed spectacularly. The girls remain missing and there is an almost daily onslaught by Boko haram, with no end in sight of abating. All the entire world and our people witness from Jonathan is more posturing, lame pronouncements and no action.

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The Sacrifice of Fools

  /   in Article of Faith   /   Comments

God said to the Israelites: “What do I care about incense from Sheba or sweet calamus from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable; your sacrifices do not please me.” (Jeremiah 6:20).

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Understanding the role of emotional intelligence in corporate success (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

Emotional intelligence (or EI afterwards) is one of the most exciting concepts that appeared occasionally in the literature of psychology in the 1970s and 1980s. Therefore, it is fair to say that the concept is relatively new when compared to more established Freudian and behaviourist notions such as Oedipus complex, superego, reinforcement and conditioned reflex among others.

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Aregbesola deserves second term

  /   in Frankly Speaking 7:44 pm   /   Comments

Aregbosola

Certainly, most good leaders are enigmatic individuals who invariably sharply divide the society. Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State is one such political leader. Since making his grand entrance into political office in Lagos State, Aregbesola had carved for himself a niche as a workaholic and an original thinker. He is also totally passionate about what he chooses to do. And like late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, late General Murtala Mohammed, late Gani Fawehinmi and late Chief Bola Ige, you always know where he stands on any issue. That, to me, is the most important attribute of a leader. One might not always agree with him, but, you know where he stands. Very few Nigerian leaders who had occupied executive positions could be so described. So despite the setback to the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Ekiti, there is no hesitation endorsing this most complex of all the governors in Nigeria.

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