Saturday August 30th, 2014
Saturday August 30th, 2014
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Pleasures and pains of newly-weds

  /   in Marriage and Family 12:58 am   /   Comments

*Some of the brides

As newly-weds settle into matrimony, they are confronted with new experiences and challenges.

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The gods must be angry

  /   in My World   /   Comments

Cartoon-ebola

The room was dark; matching his mood. But the grey light that filtered in through the slits between the heavy drapes showed dawn had finally broken.

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*the confab continues

  /   in The Passing Scene   /   Comments

Confab members

Among the recommendations of the recent National Conference of 492 delegates are some proposals that need to be seriously reviewed. One of them is the removal of the immunity clause from the Constitution.

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So sad

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:41 am   /   Comments

El-Rufai at the event.

My dear friends, Nasir and Hadiza El-Rufai, have lost two children in three years. First (in 2011), their beautiful daughter, Yasmin, passed away after suffering a seizure in the bathroom of her residence in London, where she was studying. Then (last month), their darling son, Hamza, died in a car accident in Abuja.

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The tortuous but less slippery bad 2015

  /   in My Layman's View   /   Comments

Jonathan-hands-head

Contrary to what an expartriate colleague said to me in 1976 (after the coup that toppled Gen Yakubu Gowon from power and the bloody overthrow of his successor, Gen Muritala Mohammed) that “I am happy that I am not a Nigerian”, I am proud to be a loyal Nigerian citizen Nigeria is a country of absolute beauty and of continually changing phases. But I must confess that Nigerians are as unpredictable as the English weather.

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Mr President, please stop this mess from your minister

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 8:56 pm   /   Comments

Tammy Danagogo

YOU may accuse President Goodluck Jonathan of not rescuing Chibok girls more than 130 days after their kidnap by the Boko Haram insurgents. You may accuse the Jonathan administration of not being decisive in handling security matters in the country.

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Issues and personalities of the National Conference

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

Confab Closes— From left: President Goodluck Jonathan receiving Report of 2014 National Conference from  Chairman of the Confab, Justice Idris Kutigi at the closing ceremony of conference in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

AS we return to our lives after the intensely lived months of the National Conference, 2014, many thoughts have crossed my mind about those truly crowded days and months of our lives.

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Government Of National Unity as a tasty poison

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

unity

WE are reminded of “Aggregate Seven” – an uncle of ours whose nick-name emanated from the fact that he had an aggregate of seven wives, none of whom was original. Uncle used his position as a Customary Court President to acquire second-hand wives.

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Please don’t reconcile OBJ with GEJ

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

President Jonathan and Chief Obasanjo

WHEN I saw the story in one of the newspapers it made me laugh. One of the headlines read: “1000 Bishops Storm Abuja To Reconcile Jonathan, Obasanjo”. The story had it that 1,000 Christian clerics from the southern part of Nigeria last weekend invaded the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abuja to pray and forge a reconciliation between President Goodluck Jonathan and one of his predecessors and estranged political godfather, former President Olusegun Obasanjo. It made me laugh for several reasons.

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Ribadu’s politics of defection and Nigerian politicians

  /   in Talking Point 12:29 am   /   Comments

Nuhu Ribadu

TWO phenomena are currently playing out and defining the Nigerian political space. This is the politics of defection and impeachment. Politicians are either defecting, that is changing party affiliations with the sole aim of positioning themselves, literally, for personal aggrandizement. Or they are being impeached from one position or another by erstwhile friends turned foes- also for the same selfish reasons of personal elevation.

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Nuhu Ribadu, m.n.i.

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad   /   Comments

Ribadu

IT is not easy finding anything new or profound to say over the defection of Malam Nuhu Ribadu from the APC to the PDP in search of a governorship position of his state, Adamawa. I know how deeply personal that decision has been for him.

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Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh: A Woman of Substance

  /   in Femi Aribisala, Remembering Adadevoh 12:02 am   /   Comments

Ameyo Adadevoh

I don’t like early-morning phone-calls, but this one was a distress-call from Femi-Kevin. “Do you know that the doctor at First Consultants that contracted Ebola is Dr. Adadevoh?” he asked. He had to tell me this twice because his call woke me up. I tried not to believe it. In a very selfish and foolish manner, I wished it were not her but someone else. But if it were someone else, that someone else would also be somebody.

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Economic contradictions and mute victims

  /   in Rational Perspectives 12:21 am   /   Comments

cartoon-economy

A popular indigenous artiste cautioned in one of his lyrics that you cannot sow cocoyam and hope to harvest rice. Notwithstanding the above wise counsel, Nigerians inexplicably hope and believe that in spite of over 70% of our population, reportedly, currently living on less than $2/day, our country could still blossom to become one of the top 20 economies six years from now.

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Confab’s real winners and “losers”

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Confab Closes— From left: President Goodluck Jonathan receiving Report of 2014 National Conference from  Chairman of the Confab, Justice Idris Kutigi at the closing ceremony of conference in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan received the 22-voume, 10,335-page report of the National Conference, along with its 600 resolutions last week Thursday, and went into a poetic rhapsody. He declared: “All those who had predicted the disintegration of our country at the end of our first centenary would wish they chose another country when the possibilities of the new vision for Nigeria are actualised”.N

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A tale of two defectors: Fani-Kayode and Ribadu

  /   in Frankly Speaking 4:39 am   /   Comments

Nuhu-Ribadu12

A honest politician, like a chaste prostitute, is almost an oxymoron – a contradiction in terms. Still there are a few who are passably honest and stay true to the ideals associated with them from start to finish. By contrast, the nation had witnessed a tragic-comical episode of two young politicians who in the space of a few years have turned themselves into political nuisances.

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The chicken and cow business in Enugu Government House

  /   in The Orbit   /   Comments

Onyebuchi: Chime asked me to take all instructions given by Mrs. Nwobodo

The Igbo have a rather pithy saying about fortuitous revelations. It is good, they say, that the wind blows now and then, or so that men too would know that the chicken has an anus. The chicken indeed does have an anus, and there is evidence of this in the Enugu Government House where an impeachment saga has opened up some funny chicken business.

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Let him that would move the world first move himself

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

soldiers

I don’t usually agree with IBB, but he recently made rather valid point that it is difficult to ignore; the use of soldiers during elections. I did mention exactly this concern last week that I feared that the FG is setting up a dangerous precedent and the fear of breeding future guns for hire.

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I agree with IBB

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

Gen. Ibrahim Babangida

Last week, the media was replete with tributes marking the 73rd birthday anniversary of former President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB). I was also thrilled by the interview he granted on the occasion where he made two profound and related pronouncements-one, that it is dangerous to involve the military in elections and the other, that the Nigerian Military would soon be compromised. Last year, some top army personnel and the leadership of our electoral body were not too happy with me for expressing similar opinions. Now that a personality like Babangida has publicly expressed the same “offending” opinions, I have no option than to ‘agree with IBB’.

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Christians Are Not the Light of the World

  /   in Article of Faith   /   Comments

A blogger became so exasperated with my criticism of the Christian Church; he decided to launch what would be the definitive counter-attack. “Femi Aribisala,” he declared triumphantly, “is not a Christian!” When I thought about this, I concluded that, using the same logic, the prophets of Israel were not Israelites.

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Overcoming strongholds

  /   in Moment to Moment   /   Comments

prayer

Everybody prays; we pray in times of trouble, when there’s danger and when we really desire something! It’s almost second nature to pray! Praying means we agree that there is a higher power and we believe it can help us! We can tear down every imaginable stronghold with prayer but not all prayers are answered and that in itself could be a stronghold! No one is to blame as even students of theology hardly have the incontrovertible method of prayer but I have found that science and prayer are extremely compatible.

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Truth, reason and nation building (3)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

confab2

In fact, the delegates went further: they wanted a secession clause inserted in the new constitution that might be generated from the conference. But something remarkable happened after the governor of the region, Hassan Usman Katsina, came around: the delegates left hurriedly for the North their home base, and the conference was adjourned.

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Re: This beauty that makes me sad

  /   in My World 12:29 am   /   Comments

Two survivors of a suicide bomb blast sit in the emergency unit of Kano's hospital, 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

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article captioned ‘This beauty that makes me sad’. It was centred around my experience on a cruise where I touched on the beauty of nature and our inability as a country to harness and use nature for the common good. It was an article that led to comments on twits, blogs and emails. A friend and reader described it as ‘your soliloquy on the sea’. It was an apt description; why didn’t I think of it?

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*The challenge of Ebola

  /   in The Passing Scene   /   Comments

adadevoh-now1

A lot of issues keep cropping up over the pres-ence of the dreaded Ebola disease in Nigeria since that miscreant, Patrick Sawyer, brought it here from Liberia. What one finds rather disturbing is the fact that his trip into the country was deliberate.

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When God instituted marriage…

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

Marriage-Cartoon

Marriage is a formal union of man and woman, but each letter of the word “M-A-R-R-I-A-G-E”, does have some significance and together bring to fore the character of marriage.

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The national conference and national conscience

  /   in My Layman's View 12:27 am   /   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.

IN a week free of the usual news of violence, it is not out of place to look at other national matters of great importance. This does not exclude funny comments, howbeit uncharitable, on political events.

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Farewell to a really great guy

  /   in Sweet and Sour   /   Comments

Henry Abebe

My dear friend, Henry Abebe, who quietly passed away a few days ago in an Abuja hospital after a bout of ill health, is being buried today.

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And then the national conference’s finale

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:56 am   /   Comments

Confab members

WE resumed National Conference last Monday, to be confronted with huge tomes of publications that were reports of the conference. We then got the unrealistic time line of two days to read these reports and by Wednesday, to adopt these as the finale of the work that we did over the previous four months. The standout volume was the third, which was titled “DRAFT CONSTITUTION”. Now, that volume was to threaten the outcome of the National Conference, because it proved to be the most controversial documentary outcome of the Conference. The roots of that controversy, on the one hand had been sown even before the Conference and it actually reflected the conflicting views of the different sides in the contestation for Nigeria. There was a tendency, which was basically Southern, which believed that there was the need for a new constitution as a replacement for the 1999 Constitution, often derisorily described as a military-imposed document that was not reflective of the aspirations of the Nigerian people.

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The pepper syndrome and Ebola

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

Cartoon-ebola

IN this part of the world, until recently, there was no scientific explanation for death because all deaths, including those from fatal accidents, were attributed to witchcraft.

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BRF’s new political face

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Fashola

BABATUNDE Raji Fashola, BRF, a barrister, is one of the front liners among the 36 governors, especially the outgoing class of 2007 – 2015. There are those who like his handling of Lagos, especially his determination to recreate the mega-polis from a sprawling former federal political capital of the 20th century to a new, modern city; a befitting economic capital of the biggest economy in Africa.

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The week after

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:06 am   /   Comments

Confab members

THIS time last week, the nation held its breath in anticipation of the final episode in the four months old saga that was the National Conference. The key actors themselves did not have the final pages of the script. Or, to put it another way, there were many versions of the final scenes of a melodrama that threatened to either tear the nation apart, or facilitate massive distortions in political power and resource mobilisation and allocation.

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Elections as military operations

  /   in For Crying Out Loud   /   Comments

Aregbesola

BY all sober reckoning, Professor Attahiru Jega has done quite well in his last two outings as Nigeria’s chief electoral officer and, so, democracy’s chief midwife in our turbulent country. If Ekiti broke the hearts of progressives, of those who believe that “man does not live alone by bread” — in other words, that the gospel of “Man shall live alone for his stomach,” according to Saints Adedibu and Fayose, is perversion itself — Osun offered them consolation. With the hard-fought but clear victory of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in the August 9 election, Jega gave hope to a nation pining, panting even, for a sign of change in the still uninspiring effort of governing ourselves sensibly. If against the seemingly unstoppable electoral machine of the ruling party, oiled by its ability to dispense power and privilege, a harried governor from a new collation party still getting to know all of its new members could win re-election, then 2015 might not be all the predicted gloom and doom. Electorally speaking, only, I must be quick to add, for the forces that tear at corporate Nigeria are legion!

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#Bring Back Our Northern Domination

  /   in Femi Aribisala 8:49 am   /   Comments

2012 Bauchi State flood victims waiting at bank in Bauchi for money on Tuesday

The Northern Elders Forum, the apostles of “the North is born to rule,” finally played their joker. They maintained that if the government does not #Bring Back Our Girls by the end of October, 2014, Jonathan should forget about running for re-election.

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