Thursday September 18th, 2014
Thursday September 18th, 2014
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Prof Soyinka’s “Saint” Davis

  /   in People & Politics 12:53 am   /   Comments

Soyinka

OUR illustrious Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, waded into the controversy spawned by Dr. Stephen Davis and left cloud of confusion in his wake. Remember that Davis, the Australian negotiator, claimed he spent four months in the lair of Boko Haram.

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An Open letter to the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

Emefiele

DISTINGUISHED First Banker: Barely 41 days ago, this column carried the piece titled “Bank Charges As Criminal Overkill”. In that piece, we showed enough excitement at the prospect of one of our own attaining the enviable position of Governor of the apex bank in the land. In earnest, that article was intended to aid agenda-setting for your high office.

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President Jonathan’s billboards, sycophancy incorporated

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

Jonabringback

WE must thank DAILY TRUST for the investigative piece of Thursday, September 11, 2014, titled “161 pro-Jonathan billboards in Abuja”. The nut and bolt of the piece was that Abuja has literally become swamped in a surfeit of billboards “praising President Goodluck Jonathan’s achievements and urging him to seek re-election in 2015″.

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Jonathan’s Non-Negotiator and the moral black hole threatening our govt

  /   in For Crying Out Loud 1:57 am   /   Comments

Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, and Boko Haram commanders in 2013 after BH reportedly agreed to dialogue

IN my last column entitled “Jonathan’s Hostage Negotiator Puts Him in a Tight Corner” (3 September 2014), I argued that Australian hostage negotiator Dr. Stephen Davis did Nigeria a favour by daring to call by name two persons alleged to be sponsors of Boko Haram, and by pointing to an unnamed person alleged to be the evil sect’s banker ensconced in our Central Bank in Abuja.

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A tale of two nations

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad   /   Comments

File Photo: President Jonathan shaking hands with northern leaders

IN an interview with Daily Trust newspaper last week, spokesman of Borno Elders Forum, Dr Bulama Gubio lamented that the people of the north east feel as if they are not Nigerians.

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Fighting Ebola- between “irrational fear” and irresponsible capitulation

  /   in Talking Point   /   Comments

People carry a sick child on a stretcher outside the Elwa hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) in Monrovia on August 30, 2014. Liberia has been hardest-hit by the Ebola virus raging through west Africa, with 624 deaths and 1,082 cases since the start of the year. AFP PHOTO

THE last time I checked which was about ten hours before I started writing this on the night of Thursday September 11, the news out there was that the Federal Government had decided to stick to its decision to move the resumption date of schools forward.

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Baby’s sex pre-selection:My story(2)

  /   in Marriage and Family 6:20 pm   /   Comments

Britain's-royal-baby

I refused to tell Mba about the birth of Oghenemega and instead requested for the envelope I gave him to keep for me. He thought it contained some important documents and had diligently hidden it far away.

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Benin bans fake checks; carriers, military bicker

  /   in Despatches from Benin Rep   /   Comments

THE bickering between carriers and defence forces on Benin Republic roads, seems to be going in favour of the carriers. The head of state, Boni Yayi, last Saturday held a work session with the factions.

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Two Governors & U.S. Justice

  /   in Broken Links, Dispatches from America   /   Comments

*Obama

NEWS about the activities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS, and the International coalition that was formed to deal with the menace of the jihadist group, almost drowned all other notable items on the stable of the U.S. media. Two of those prominent events in the news that occurred as ISIS took

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Season of Carpet-Crossing from the APC back to the PDP

  /   in Femi Aribisala   /   Comments

Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola Formal Governor Of Osun State.

If you have not noticed it already, a new season has dawned in Nigerian politics. That season is one of carpet-crossing back to the PDP. About a year ago, there was a rash of defections from the PDP to the APC. Nearly 40 legislators left the ruling party for the opposition. Five PDP governors also followed suit. But now the movement is a one-way trajectory in the opposite direction. APC members are having buyers’ remorse and are making their way back as prodigal sons to the PDP.

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Why I focus holistically on women, children—Obioma Liyel-Imoke

  /   in Woman to Women 6:22 pm   /   Comments

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BY JOSEPHINE IGBINOVIA-AGBONKHESE In the last seven years of her husband, Senator Liyel Imoke, piloting the affairs of Cross River State, Mrs. Obioma Liyel-Imoke has devoted her soul to advancing the status of women and children across the nooks and corners of the state. “I’m making sure Cross River is fit for women and children,”

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Patrick Okpomo house

  /   in Sports Bassey   /   Comments

League

At the last Delta State Challenge Cup, I had the privilege of being honoured by the Delta State FA as a contributor to the development of football in Nigeria.

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SAS as presidential consort

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

MEETING: From right;  President Idriss Deby of Chad; President Goodluck Jonathan and former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff at a meeting in Chad on  Monday. Photo: NAN.

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan’s sizzling political romance with Alhaji Nmodu Sheriff (alias SAS), the widely acknowledged godfather of the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency group, has confounded even some of his diehard sympathisers. Let me tell you a little bit about Sheriff.

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Greed and N65 ATM levy

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

atm2

The Financial Punch of Monday 8th September, 2014, carried a story titled “12 banks earn N1.4tn in six months”; the report explained that the published trading results showed that 12 banks made a combined after tax profit of N223bn between January and June 2014.

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Seeing God-Given Visions (2)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:36 am   /   Comments

A nightmare occurs when an invisible person presses us down on the bed while we are sleeping. Literally, it means someone rides us like a mare at night. According to European myth and legend, a nightmare is a demon or evil spirit that harasses and suffocates people in their sleep.

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A tale of two defectors: Fani-Kayode and Ribadu(3)

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

Former EFCC Chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu

Let me conclude my series on the “dandy duo” who defected to the PDP from the APC (can you spot the difference please?) – each of them bringing with them more liabilities than assets to the parties they join; and increasingly becoming political jesters. For sure, none has ever won an election; none has a political structure of his own. All they bring to a political party is noise and nuisance value. Wait and see. Let me remind our readers about one of Ribadu’s escapades.

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The health of our people

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

health

I have wanted to write about the health concerns of our people for some time, but other issues kept getting in the away and so it had been consigned to the back burner for some time until…now. In my day job, I work with the black community in South London.

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On the manifold faces of death (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

Death-cartoon

According to Sherwin B. Nuland, author of the illuminating book, How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, everyone wants to know the details of dying, although few willingly acknowledge that fact

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FIFA needs to understand Nigeria

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

Fifa-nff

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the title of the apex governing body of football across the globe. One of the standing rules of FIFA is that governments are not allowed to interfere in its management of football.

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*It is all out war at last

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:53 pm   /   Comments

INSECURITY—Right: Members of local vigilante called Civilian Jtf on  patrol in Maiduguri, Borno State, yesterday.  Left: Lt. Col. Adeboye Obasanjo. Photos: NAN/Sahara Reporters.

It was nothing short of war from the beginning, but we seemed reluctant to admit it to ourselves. Boko Haram must been laughing their heads off. They were obviously toying with us while we kept playing games with ourselves, and they joined us. They bombed and killed and committed all manner of mayhem on the people almost at will, until at last a state of emergency was imposed on the three States which had borne the brunt of the onslaught from the enemy. That was what, as far back as February this year, (on the 22nd, to be precise) prompted this page to come out with the comment reproduced hereunder:

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Mourinho vs Wenger: as the fever begins

  /   in My World   /   Comments

Mourinho and Wenger

This article is not on the Ebola fever about which much has been written. It is about a different kind of fever; the type that gripped the world (World Cup) about the time Ebola gripped West Africa. This is the season of soccer.

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Nigeria and Ebola: So far so good

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:58 am   /   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

EARLIER on this week, the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, released a statement about Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in Nigeria.

The Minister said that, as of Wednesday, the total number of confirmed cases of EVD in Nigeria was 19 (15 in Lagos, four in Port Harcourt) and that the total number of deaths was seven (five in Lagos, two in Port Harcourt).

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National economy: Surplus liquidity and stomach infrastructure

  /   in My Layman's View, Politics   /   Comments

cartoon-poverty

THE week that the Bureau of Statistics announced the healthy state of the Nigerian economy (with impressive growth rate of 6.3 per cent also carried the pleasing news of the recapture of Bama (in North-East of Nigeria) by the gallant security forces from the ravaging Boko Haram insurgents

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Dr.John Odigie-Oyegun -Excellence personified

  /   in The Hub 12:30 am   /   Comments

Newly Elected National  Chairman of APC  Odigie-Oyegun at APC National Convention in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

THIS column is today taking time off from the murky waters of politics to bring you the profile of a purist; a true democrat of our time; and one man in whom there is hope that Nigeria is still possible – Chief (Dr.) John Odigie-Oyegun.

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Stephen Davis: in whose interest?

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

MEETING: From right;  President Idriss Deby of Chad; President Goodluck Jonathan and former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff at a meeting in Chad on  Monday. Photo: NAN.

DR. STEPHEN DAVIS is an original case of loose cannon. He is both a muckraker and fisher in troubled waters; a man whose real mission to Nigeria can only be understood through proper investigation. He came dressed in the borrowed robes of “federal government negotiator” with Boko Haram.

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Dimgba Igwe and our dysfunctional social spaces

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

Dimgba Igwe

IT was late afternoon on Saturday last week that I heard of the tragic killing of THE SUN newspaper columnist, Dimgba Igwe. I put through a call to THE SUN MD and President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Femi Adesina.

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Something in Adamawa’s water

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:30 am   /   Comments

Adamu Fintir

IF the disastrous collapse of the defences around the civilian populations in much of the north-east is not the tragedy it is, developments in and about Adamawa state will provide a fascinating subject for political discourse.

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Ebola: Not over until it’s over

  /   in Ebola Outbreak, Talking Point   /   Comments

People carry a sick child on a stretcher outside the Elwa hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) in Monrovia on August 30, 2014. Liberia has been hardest-hit by the Ebola virus raging through west Africa, with 624 deaths and 1,082 cases since the start of the year. AFP PHOTO

AT what point is it safe to declare a place and a people safe from the menace of a dangerous disease? When can a potential plague of devastating proportions be viewed as under effective control?

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Help! We Are Losing the War Against Boko Haram

  /   in Femi Aribisala 9:30 am   /   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.

We need to admit the truth; Nigeria no longer has an army worth its salt. The Nigerian army of today is a pathetic shadow of its glorious past. This explains why it is proving grossly inadequate at checkmating a Boko Haram army of some 10,000 men. As a matter of fact, ranged against the insurgency in the North-East, the army is now staring abject defeat in the face.

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U.S. and the ISIS challenge

  /   in Dispatches from America   /   Comments

Abu Bakr al-Baghdad

THIS is how U.S. vice president Joe Biden last week articulated his country’s resolve to deal with the increasingly vicious fundamentalist, jihadist group of militants known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS: “We came back after 9/11. We dusted ourselves off and we made sure that Osama bin Laden would never, ever again threaten the American people.

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PDP, APC are desperados

  /   in People & Politics 12:26 am   /   Comments

Mohammed: Promised not to dignify PDP's allegations and Metuh: APC is championing anarchy

WE have a very poor quality democracy. Our constitutional order is in shambles, which is why within fifteen years we have already held two constitutional conferences to try and correct the makeshift 1999 constitution hurried assembled by the departing regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

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Economic redemption: Why is government uncaring?

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

1000-naira-notes

This week, we will feature excerpts from comments of three regular readers who obviously agonise on the seeming aloofness of government and its economic Team to the selfless and realistic suggestions made in this column to induce economic growth and rescue millions of our countrymen from the jaws of poverty

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