Friday April 17th, 2015
Friday April 17th, 2015
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Happy mothers’ day to super mothers

  /   in Marriage and Family 12:40 am   /   Comments

Baby-mother

Tomorrow, Catholics in Nigeria celebrate Mother’s Day. Some denominations celebrated Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Some other countries, like America (May 11), are yet to celebrate Mother’s Day. Anyway, whether it is in advance or in arrears, I wish our beautiful and wonderful mothers a very happy Mother’s Day.

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The Chibok tragedy: Horror, absurdities and dirty politics

  /   in Frank & Fair   /   Comments

Some of the abducted Chibok girls

Chibok was a monumental national disaster. Cold horror instigated by religious extremism and lecherousness, savagely delivered. But that was not all. The other sacrilege was the presidency’s baffling indifference to that monstrosity .

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Living with the oracle of Niger Delta — Preye Evah

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

Preye-Magada-Evah-and-husba

My husband’s biggest fans are women. Most times when we are in public places, you see women coming to hug him. Some will tell me plainly that I should not be jealous, that he was made for the public, that he defends public interest. So many people who watch him on television are always excited whenever they see him physically.

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Tragedies

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:26 am   /   Comments

Wike and Peterside

I am sorry if I sound like a sore loser, but I cannot graciously accept the result of last weekend’s elections in Rivers State. Resounding wins were declared for the PDP’s gubernatorial flagbearer plus all of its State House of Assembly candidates. And Chief Nyesom Wike is now, officially, the Governor-Elect.

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2015 Polls: The dramatic end of the race

  /   in My Layman's View   /   Comments

Chairman of the Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega

The dreaded 2015 elections have been concluded and the umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had given its final decision. The results are clear except in the two states of Abia and Imo whose final results remain in abeyance–the election in each state was judged to be inconclusive.

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How Obasanjo destroyed PDP (2)

  /   in People & Politics 7:37 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan and Chief Obasanjo

FORMER President Obasanjo, as we can see, used the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to rule Nigeria for eight years. As soon as he assumed office in 1999, he made up his mind to reduce Nigeria to a one-party state, his pet party system which he canvassed vigorously while Nigeria conducted its transition to civil rule programmes.

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When Ndigbo shot themselves on the foot

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

Igbo-men

WANTED URGENTLY: President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – the nation’s Number Three Citizen. QUALIFICATION: Minimum, Primary Six Certificate; Applicant must be of the Ndigbo extraction – from the South-East Geopolitical zone; and must have won election to the Senate on the platform of the APC.

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Chibok girls: Sore on our conscience

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

Some of the abducted Chibok girls

By Is’haq Modibbo Kawu ON the first anniversary of the abduction of the 219 Chibok Girls, this week, the whole world returned to a troubled conscience. Troubled, that 365 days after, those young girls still haven’t returned home to their parents and communities; they have been deprived of the opportunity to fulfill the dream which

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27 NAUTH staff win merit award

  /   in Human Angle 11:20 pm   /   Comments

Award-winners

NNEWI—TWENTY seven staff of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi, have been honoured with Merit Award for distinguishing themselves in the area of their primary assignments in the hospital. The management of the hospital organised the ceremony through the newly created Corporate Affairs Department in the institution.

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Philanthropist bags award

  /   in Human Angle   /   Comments

Chimaobi  Anyaso receiving his award

‘’We carried out some detailed investigations on your philanthropic activities and were satisfied with what we got, hence, the board of Symbol of Hope Foundation chose to present these awards to encourage you to do more for the society,” Chibueze said. Receiving the awards, Anyaso said he had dedicated them to the students of his school, Ahuoma Educational Foundation and the less privileged in the society.

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Nation building and popular culture: Economic incentives to create the new Nigeria

  /   in Tip of a New Dawn   /   Comments

Asaba flyover bridge

DURING French philosopher and writer, Ernest Renan’s famous 1887 lecture at the Sorbonne, my Alma matter, he asked the question “what is a nation”? He answered, “a soul”, a “spiritual principle”. What is the “essence” of Nigeria? What are our common beliefs, principles? Unfortunately, the answer to that veers towards the negative.

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PDP defectors will kill Nigerian politics

  /   in Talking Point   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan displaying Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms  at the People's Democratic Party's Secretariat in Abuja on Thursday (30/10/14).

EVEN if nothing else comes out of the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party in the presidential election of 2015, Nigerians should count themselves lucky once the defeat can lead to the consolidation of our politics by way of giving room for the formation of viable political parties. But this is if our politicians would allow it. From the look of things, however, Nigerian politicians are not prepared to see our so-called nascent democracy grow into something more enduring.

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A-Ibom ex-militants allege marginalization

  /   in Human Angle 8:02 pm   /   Comments

File: Ex-militants

The aggrieved ex-militants and youths brandished placards with various inscriptions such as “Akwa-Ibom is part of the Niger Delta, Give us our Right”, “Give us Surveillance Contract on Oil and Gas Pipelines”, “Oil and Gas Pipeline Goes Through Akwa-Ibom State: Mr. President Give Us Our Right” and “We Say No To Marginalization, Enough Is Enough.”

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Finally, Hillary Clinton joins the race

  /   in Dispatches from America   /   Comments

Hillary

FOR a long time, Hillary Rodham Clinton stood by the sidelines and let political pundits stretch their imagination about when she will formally declare her intention to run for the U.S. presidency.

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The Egyptian challenge

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:28 am   /   Comments

Egypt's Mohammed Abdel Shafi (R) is fouled by Nigeria's Daniel Akpeyi during their friendly football match in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on April 12, 2012. Egypt 3  Nigeria 2. AFP PHOTO

The fear of the Pharaohs is the beginning of wisdom” is a popular saying that is running through Nigeria’s football circles.

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Time to apply the breaks

  /   in Owei Lakemfa   /   Comments

JUNE 12—National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) marked the 19th Anniversary of Late Chief  M K O Abiola's 1994 Epetedo Declaration as President-Elect at Epetedo Multipurpose Hall, Lagos, yesterday. Rear Admiral Ndubisi Kanu, Chairman of NADECO (C) unveilling late Abiola's statue while Baba Omojola (4th right); Mr Kayode Opeifa, Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, (3rd right) and others watch. Photo: Shola Oyelese.

CHIEF Ayo Adebanjo, 83, is a mobile library of Nigerian politics. A politician, journalist and lawyer, he has been actively involved in politics and electoral contestations for sixty four years. In 1954, he was appointed a full time Organizing Secretary of the Action Group, AG.

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How Obasanjo destroyed PDP (1)

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Obasanjo

OUR people have a saying: “o na abu agbachaa oso a guo mile” – after the race you count the number of miles you covered. Now that the presidential race has been concluded, we can begin to ask ourselves what happened, why they happened and what they portend for our political system, democracy and good governance. A new party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and brand new president, General Muhammadu Buhari, are waiting to assume power at the centre, we can start asking those questions right now.

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AON tasks Buhari to address unemployed Nigerian pilots’ case

  /   in Human Angle   /   Comments

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari (L) waves in Abuja on April 1, 2015. Nigeria's new president-elect Muhammadu Buhari hailed polls that will lead to the first democratic change of power in Africa's most populous nation as "historic" hours after he secured a decisive victory. AFP PHOTO

“This is in addition to the 52 youths trained under the Federal Government Amnesty programme as well as the fresh batches of 100 graduating from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, NCAT, and the 40 from International Aviation College, IAC, in Ilorin, Kwara State.” Meggison said unless something fast is done, such development constitutes a disincentive to the growth and development of the Nigerian aviation industry.

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The Love of Life is the Root of All Evil

  /   in Article of Faith 1:39 am   /   Comments

Is it good to go to school; get a good job; build your own house and have lots of money? Not according to Jesus. These things are highly valued by men. But Jesus teaches that: “What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” (Luke 16:15).

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My long experience with Buhari – 1

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

•Buhari

I have never met the President-elect Buhari in my life. There were two occasions when we could have met; first in 2011, when he ran for president and I worked with his campaign team part time; the second, last year after he clinched the nomination as the candidate of the APC. It was providential that we never met; otherwise I could not have written that first line. On the two occasions, he changed his plans suddenly and there was no meeting. But, I first knew of General Buhari in January 1984, a few days after the coup of December 31, 1983, which first brought him to power.

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Beauty and strength of Lagos

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

oba-lagos

Is there something emotionally wrong with us Nigerians that while we had just about shifted our political trajectory some are now hell-bent in throwing the proverbial baby out with the bath water? Nigerians, we need to talk and clear the air or we run the risk of deepening the long held resentments and hatred for one another. The last couple of days as you will see below, shows that it is obvious that time has come for that conversation

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Who says change may not come?

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

PDP-APC-logo

At an informal gathering a few days back, some discussants expressed concern over the possibility of the much awaited change in the nation’s public affairs turning out to be a mirage. Their position is based on a number of concerns.

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Lagos politics : The return of the Igbo

  /   in Frank & Fair 7:04 am   /   Comments

APC Presidential Campaign Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, (middle) flanked by APC National Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, APC Chieftain and former Goverinor, Chief Ogbonnaya Ono, Eze Ndi Igbo Suleja, Amb (Dr.) Igwe Collins Chibueze Okoli, Uche Eginti Eze Udo, President General Igbo delegates Assembly (IDA) of the19 Northern States, Chief Damian Sunny Inyamah and others adopt GEN Muhammadu Buhari for 2015 Presidency at the APC Presidential Campaign office in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE

The pogrom was on in the north and Igbos were being hounded and slaughtered indiscriminately . Many of the Yoruba elite read opportunity into the disturbances.. And Lagos, home to many Igbos, convulsed with hatred for the Igbo.

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The deadly AS/AS combination

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

*The fanfare of `a hole in the pocket’

Sometimes issues you have dealt with come up again, prompting a revisit. On February 8, 2014, on this column, I wrote about a mother who stopped her son from getting married to his fiancée because both of them carry the AS genotype which can lead to giving birth to children with sickle cell anaemia.

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Nigerian Capacity: The Process of Construction

  /   in Bits and Pieces   /   Comments

Cultural  dance by children at the   Children Day  Celebration  organised by Close Up at the Lagos  University  Yaba Lagos. Photo by Diran Oshe

Recently I have become literally obsessed with the term capacity. I have also tried to look at the term from some perspectives, but as I discuss it now, my intention is not to commercialize it, rather I will domesticate (privatize) it. By domesticating it, I shall be treating it in my “capacity” as a Nigerian, who lives and works in Lagos. I wish I could say, with deep and sincere conviction that I am a Nigerian and a Lagosian.

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For me, dancing is serious business — Ukalina Opuwari

  /   in Woman to Women   /   Comments

Ukalina-Opuwari

I would like to see Dance institutions in every state and performing art centers. I want dance to be a profession on its own and to see more trained dancers, teachers and choreographers. I want people who are gifted to be able to channel it in the right direction and for Nigerian Dance styles to be exported and known worldwide. I want to see people appreciated for their contribution and hard work, for the kids to take dance as part of their subjects.

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Lest we forget

  /   in My World   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan’

By Muyiwa Adetiba Eminent personalities from within and without have been effusive in their praise of President Jonathan since the remarkable concession that gave the electoral victory to General Buhari. And so it should be. Very few men in history and fewer still from Africa, have conceded defeat even before the final count was announced.

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Thugs invade Surulere community, render residents homeless

  /   in Human Angle   /   Comments

Suleiman Abba

No fewer than 15,000 residents living in Surulere village, Suberu-Oje in Alagbado, Lagos state now live in fear as some unknown miscreants regularly invade their community, making life uncomfortable for them. One of the residents who spoke to Saturday Vanguard lamented that more than 200 thugs in 15 vanagon buses recently invaded the community, armed with dangerous weapons, damaging property and rendering thousands of families homeless.

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For my Ibo brothers

  /   in The Passing Scene   /   Comments

Oba Akiolu of Lagos

The wild joy over the double triumph of General Muhammadu’s election victory and President Goodluck Jonathan’s superlative gesture of statesmanship portends violent-free polls across the board. However, there appears to be a hiccup that may not be entirely ignored. It had been feared that Lagos, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States were among the areas where violence could flare up during these elections, and the general calm that saw the end of the presidential election had not entirely dismissed those fears.

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Unfair criticisms!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 2:18 am   /   Comments

*Olisa Metuh

In a statement released on Wednesday, Chief Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, complained about the APC’s alleged misconduct in Ekiti State and accused General Buhari and his party of “moving around the country instigating division, engineering crisis and heightening tension” (“instead of settling down to plan a smooth transition and design ways of deepening democracy in appreciation of the mandate given to him”).

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Oba Akiolu’s expensive gaffe

  /   in People & Politics 3:26 am   /   Comments

Akiolu

When, at first, I heard that the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, had threatened to drown any Igbo person who does not vote for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, I did not believe it.

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Life after the big storm

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

Edo-polls

Evidently, we have just gone through the most keenly contested presidential election in the troubled history of this nation. At no time has the ruling class been so desperate to carve up the citizenry along the primordial lines of ethnicity and religion.

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