Saturday October 25th, 2014
Saturday October 25th, 2014
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Lying to the world?

  /   in My World 12:46 am   /   Comments

jonathan-boko1

I stumbled across an advert on NTA last Sunday with the theme:‘They Lied To The World’. It was centred on the campaign for the release of the Chibok girls who were captured some six months ago.

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Shifting the goal post after…

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

*Some of the brides

Joan and John were attending different churches when they met and started dating. They were deeply in love and wanted to make the relationship permanent. But there was a snag: Joan is the “typical Catholic girl” and could “not imagine leaving the Catholic Church and …told John in very certain terms.” Love-struck John did not see any big deal in denominational differences; “after all we are all Christians.”

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*like ebola, like boko haram

  /   in The Passing Scene   /   Comments

Late Ameyo Adadevoh

Just a week ago, the nation was agog with the news of two breakthroughs, one factual while the other was uncertain even on the face of it. In the first instance,the World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of the onslaught of the dread Ebola Virus Disease, and only one other news could have been as welcome as that. The nation had also been under the menace of the Boko Haram terrorists who had become a massive thorn in the flesh of our security.

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Political reflections

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:40 am   /   Comments

APC NEC Meeting : Interim National Chairman ,All Progressives Congress (APC) ,  Chief Bisi Akande (right), Former Head of State , Muhammadu Buhari (middle) and a Party Chieftain , Ogbonaya Onu during the National Executive Council meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja on Tuesday. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

By Donu Kogbara LAST week, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, the former military Head of State, formally declared his interest in replacing President Goodluck Jonathan. This declaration surprised nobody, given that Buhari has been doggedly trying to re-possess the Number One slot for many years. And, until recently, I had reservations about his refusal to abandon this

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President Jonathan, where is the ceasefire with Boko Haram?

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 7:02 am   /   Comments

jonathan-boko1

By  Is’haq Modibbo Kawu LIKE other Nigerians, I was taken by surprise when news broke last week that the Nigerian government had reached a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram. The announcement was swiftly followed by the Chief of Defence Staff’s directive to all troops to stop engagement with Boko Haram. It became even more curious

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Another Boko Haram decoy?

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

File photo strategizing: The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Kenneth Minima (left); his Air Force counterpart, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (middle) and General Officer Commanding 3rd Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen John Zaruwa, aboard a Nigerian Air Force plane strategising with the aid of maps in the ongoing counter-terrorist operations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, during a visit to the area, weekend.

AS a commentator on unfolding daily events, I strive to keep within issues before they are overtaken by new developments. I gauge an issue, write, then pray to come out before something new takes away the interest of the reading public. But this time, I am making an exception. I am praying that as you read this article, it would have been overtaken by events.

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Ebola as grand conspiracy against Africa

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

A picture taken in Oshodi Heritage park in Lagos on October 20, 2014 shows an electronic information board on Ebola reading in pidgin English "No Shaking ! We go Chase Ebola Comot" which means "No cause for worry, we will chase Ebola away".  Africa's most populous nation Nigeria was on Monday declared officially Ebola free but warned that it remained vulnerable as long as the virus was raging elsewhere in west Africa. The country representative of the World Health Organization, Rui Gama Vaz, said 42 days -- or two incubation periods of 21 days -- had elapsed without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus. AFP PHOTO

Dangerous ignorance is more dangerous than dangerous knowledge. As his eyes open up, the African is bound to be enraged. Has anyone ever stopped to think of the agony of a people who are victimized in every sphere of life; a people who are dying daily out of no fault of theirs?

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60 hearty cheers for Bashiru Adekunle Okesina

  /   in Talking Point 12:57 am   /   Comments

Bashiru Adekunle Okesina

It’s not every day that academ-ics celebrate their birthdays. But it was an occasion for celebration a fortnight ago when Bashiru Okesina, medical doctor, professor and current Vice Chancellor of Osun State University, marked his birthday.

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Unforced errors

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad   /   Comments

boko-abducted-girls

Usually limited to the sport of tennis, an unforced error refers to bad play made entirely as a result of a player’s blunder, and not because of an opponent’s skills or effort.

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Obama’s Credit Card embarrassment

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:45 am   /   Comments

Meal out: Obama said his plastic problems occurred at a restaurant during the U.N. General Assembly last month, which is the same time he visited Estela.

IT seems implausible that the president of the United States of America could have his credit card rejected or declined when he tried to make a payment. But, it happened to President Barack Obama. Before you conclude that it might have been the handwork of some of his Republican Party opponents who were out to embarrass, if not humiliate him, please read the story.

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Muhammadu Buhari: Running for President with an Anti-Corruption Bank Loan

  /   in Femi Aribisala   /   Comments

Gen. Buhari

In Nigeria, nobody gets elected as president on the platform that he is going to be an anti-corruption crusader when he gets into office.

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Wanted in Nigeria: A new approach to street protests

  /   in Nigeria Today 1:39 pm   /   Comments

ballotbox

All over the world, there is considerable consensus that democracy is the best form of government. While some applaud its people-oriented nature, others are attracted to the freedom it gives to every individual in society.

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Buhari: What’s new?

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

BUHARI DECLARES: General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) declaring his intention to seek the All Progressives Congress, APC, nomination to contest next year’s presidential election yesterday.

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, former military head of state, retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari, made his much awaited declaration to run for the presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Eagle Square, Abuja. It was the fourth time since 2003 when he broke into the quadrennial vocation of seeking to rule Nigeria again.

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Workers’ welfare: has labour lost the plot?

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan (2nd right), with Labour leaders and Labour minister, Emeka Wogu (left)

Labour Unions in modern day nation states have the prime objective of enhancing and protecting the social and economic welfare of the working class, who invariably constitute, by far, the majority of the population.

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Should Christians Fight Wars?

  /   in Article of Faith 1:12 am   /   Comments

Gallant Nigerian soldiers

Christians claim to be followers of Jesus, but deny him at every turn. We don’t do what he asks us to do; but we do what he tells us not to do. We talk Jesus but contradict him at every turn. We call Jesus our Good Shepherd, but refuse to follow him. Jesus says: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).

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Political murders are in the air as race to 2015 progresses –1

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

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Long before Niccolo Machiavelli, 1469-1527, warned people in politics that “he who abandons what is done, for what ought to be done, will rather bring about his own ruin than his own preservation”, Critias, an Athenian statesman, had already foretold the use of murder as a political weapon. Since 1999, Nigeria had experienced political murders as we approached the Presidential and governors elections – in 2003 (Marshall Harry, Bola Ige), in 2007 (Funso Williams) and again in 2011( ten, in the “Arc of Evil” (Abia, Akwa Ibom and Imo alone). The bodies are about to start falling before the 2015 elections.

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Ebola virus disease and belief in an omnipotent good God

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

A seller of bananas walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading "Ebola" in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. Liberia on August 30, 2014 said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. AFP PHOTO

Ever since the Ebola virus disease (or EVD) bumped into public consciousness worldwide in March this year, a lot has been said and written on the subject both by experts in the relevant fields and those who know very little about the disease.

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How Uncle G Lost The Plot (1)

  /   in Diaspora Matters 11:43 pm   /   Comments

nigerian-eagle

Uncle G is a very popular and well loved man, especially among Nigerians in the city of Dundee, United Kingdom. Charming, well spoken and well dressed, Uncle G is a man with sweet stories of his social days back in Nigeria.

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Shifting the paradigm

  /   in My World   /   Comments

PDP Special National Convention:   President Goodluck Jonathan addressing at 2013 PDP Special National Convention . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

It is no longer news that the PDP leadership has presented itself—and us by implication—with a ‘fait accompli’. It has endorsed unanimously, the candidature of the incumbent President. Now the choice is ours come 2015, to reject or accept the endorsement.

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Spouses in jointly-owned businesses

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

1000-naira-notes

Marriage can be a minefield and needs careful navigation. Running a business with your spouse brings added risks. It is a double-edged sword. It can be so wonderful on the one hand and on the other hand it can put enormous strain on the marriage and even cripple it.

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Harvard Experience: Another view of USA and US

  /   in Bits and Pieces   /   Comments

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

Harvard University is in New England, Cambridge Massachusetts. It sits at the centre of the brawling Massachusetts Bay, undoubtedly, the very first place of settlement of the Pilgrim Fathers – the founders of the modern United States of America. Harvard University’s “next door neighbours” are Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of Massachusetts (UMASS).

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military ethics

  /   in The Passing Scene   /   Comments

Alex Badeh

Among the names that came out of the Nigerian Civil War is one that streaked out as the fiercest, or the finest—depending on your perception of military discipline. Some even described him as brutal. I perceive him as purely professional. The name is Achuziah.

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Obasanjo’s amazing apotheosis

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 3:42 am   /   Comments

Obasanjo

THE NATION newspaper’s HARDBALL of Tuesday, October 14, 2014, mischievously described it as the “BEGGARS’ ORCHESTRA”.
The occasion was the triumphant return to their old PDP base of some political grandees, from Ogun State led by former governor, Gbenga Daniel (but wait a minute, didn’t incumbent governorAmosun say Gbenga isn’t from Ogun state?).

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Before the auctioneer’s hammer falls on our airports

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

*Airport

Our system has become so warped that some of the things that bring happiness elsewhere only succeed in producing the opposite effect in Nigeria. This is where corruption has landed us.

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Fintiri: Come easy, go easy

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

ADAMAWA—Acting Chief Judge of Adamawa State, Justice Ambrose Mammadi (L), administering Oath of Office on the  Acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru, at the Government House in Yola after impeachment of Nyako yesterday.

Deputy governors are supposed to be dumb. Vice presidents are expected to be morons, at least, in Nigeria. Here in Nigeria, the personal interests of a governor are more important than those of the state he bestrides. The individual concerns of a Nigerian president are put above those of the nation.

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Islamists

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 3:00 am   /   Comments

File photo: Muslim pilgrims gather to pray at Mount Arafat near the holy city of Mecca during the annual pilgrimage. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ

I spent the last two weeks in Saudi Arabia among Islamists. These are Muslims who recognize the imperatives of complying with the demands of their faith to visit Makkah for the Hajj, and are blessed with the means to do so. There were millions of us, all submitting to the incomparable awesomeness of the entire exercise.

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How rich is President Goodluck Jonathan?

  /   in Talking Point   /   Comments

Jonathan

The question of how rich President Goodluck Jonathan is should not come as a surprise to any Nigerian that has been following report of his curious listing by an American publication as the sixth richest head of state in Africa.

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As Delta State gets set for local government elections

  /   in For Crying Out Loud   /   Comments

LG polls to be held in Lagos State today

When announcing the date oflong-overdue local government elections in Delta State, the chairman of the state’s independent electoral commission, Mr Moses Ogbe, said, in that grating grandiloquence bordering on bombast that Nigerian public servants love so much, as follows: “Having regard to the desire of Deltans for the conduct of a smooth and hitch-free Local Government Election in the state, the commission has resolved that the elections will hold on Saturday, 25th October, 2014.”

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Does America underrate her women?

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:18 am   /   Comments

America women

WOMEN in America have recorded phenomenal achievements and left indelible marks in U.S. history. Take a look at the U.S. Supreme Court. There, three women sit on the bench with six men. This is a statement that women have paid their dues so to speak alongside men in this country that consistently boasts of equal opportunity based on ability, and uses every chance it gets to preach the same message to the rest of the world.

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What Exactly is ‘Clueless’ About Goodluck Jonathan? (2)

  /   in Femi Aribisala   /   Comments

Jonathan

I am the Chairman of Financial Nigeria International Limited. As chairmanships go, it is an honorary position. All the work is actually done by the Managing Editor, Jide Akintunde, who is really my employer; and his able assistant, Martins Hile. The company publishes Financial Nigeria magazine; a development and finance journal that provides an in-depth digest of the Nigerian economy and other frontier economies in sub Saharan Africa every month. I write a column in this on “Nigeria and the World.”

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Nigeria: Why America is confused

  /   in People & Politics 12:57 am   /   Comments

President Barack Obama of the United States

ENtwistle, the ebullient and dynamic Chief Envoy of America here reportedly made this assertion in a media briefing at a private university in Yola, Adamawa State, when asked why his country was blocking efforts by Nigeria to procure arms and ammunition to tackle the Islamist insurgency in the North East. He also alleged that his country’s reluctance to sell crucial military equipment to Nigeria was based on what he described as “human rights violations” by the Nigerian military personnel.

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EPA as “Enslavement Partnership Agreement

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

Aganga...our laws are friendly, just that investors are not even aware

In a newspaper report titled “Nigeria rejects EPA over $1.3tn Revenue Loss” (Daily Independent Newspaper of 15/8/2014, Pg. 30), the Director General of Manufacturer’s Association, Mr. Remi Ogunmefun commended the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Olusegun Aganga for “reiterating government’s commitment to pursue the implementation of the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan” which accommodates “local content policies and transformation in the agricultural sector among others.”

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