Friday March 27th, 2015
Friday March 27th, 2015
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Finally!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:52 am   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

By Donu Kogbara I thank God that the D-Day or should that be E-Day? – has finally arrived, after months of toxic mud-slingings, comical episodes, tragic misfires, dramatic cross-carpetings, nail-biting suspense, fevered speculation and controversies galore. Ever since the CPC, ACN, ANPP and an APGA faction merged two years ago to create the most viable

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These elections won’t kill our country

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 2:40 am   /   Comments

People demonstrate to press for the release of missing Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 12, 2014. Boko Haram released a new video on Monday claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. AFP

By Is’haq Modibbo Kawu “We, therefore, do not believe that a country should die because it held elections. On the contrary, elections should strengthen democracy, and reinforce national development. In view of that, we do not agree with any group or interest threatening fire and brimstone over the outcome of the elections. Nigeria belongs to

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The longest 48 hours

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

Voters being accredited before the postponement last Saturday

IN the same way that the darkest part of the night is just before dawn, the most important part of an election could also reside in some of the things we do, or fail to do, immediately before the election.

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Concluding remarks (2): GEJ

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Jonathan

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan enjoyed, perhaps, the greatest goodwill of any elected president in the history of this country by this time four years ago. Everything was going his way until January 1, 2012 when he sought to remove the subsidy on petroleum products. The world was going through the “occupy” protests, and the budding opposition,

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Buhari/Jonathan: Saturday’s hard choice

  /   in Talking Point 8:15 am   /   Comments

President  Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari

IN just a matter of three days the long anticipated 2015 elections would have been under way. What took several years of arduous planning and billions of tax payers’ money that both the government and the election planners may never be able to account for would have come. Six weeks ago Nigerians felt ready for the elections before top members of the Jonathan administration engineered a shift in the electoral date.

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Who will bell the cat: Creating an opportunity society

  /   in Tip of a New Dawn   /   Comments

Nollywood Actress Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett  and others show women the way in  the drama, Hear Word

By Tabia Princewill BY now, most Nigerians know whom they will vote for. I would thus like to start a conversation, which is bigger than people and parties. It’s a conversation about social norms and our values as nothing we do happens in a vacuum. We all agree that things must change in Nigeria, but

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For a second war against indiscipline-after voting for Change on the 28th

  /   in For Crying Out Loud   /   Comments

A protester standing by the transformer abandoned for 16 yrs

IN all his utterances since 2003 when Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has been running to be an elected head of state, he has not once promised to launch a second War Against Indiscipline.

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Road rage in America

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:49 am   /   Comments

road-rage

Road Rage is an international phenomenon. If you have driven a car for any reasonable length of time, you may have encountered this form of rage on a number of occasions. It all begins when the person controlling the other car drives aggressively, leaving you in some form of danger. You honk your horn, and the other person responds in kind. Then, the altercation ensues.

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101 cogent reasons why Jonathan must be re-elected

  /   in Femi Aribisala   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during his visit to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in Lagos, on March 12, 2015.  President Jonathan visited the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on March 12, and launched a new online mobile platform, X-Gen, designed to increase local investment. The platform is targetted at increasing the number of local investors in the country and to enable about 30 millions domestic investors have access to the market. AFP PHOTO

WHERE two or three Nigerians are gathered, you can be sure we are busy running down our country. Nigerians like to bad-mouth Nigeria. This has played well into the narrative of the APC, which has used the social media to promote a false and prejudicial perspective of Nigeria under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

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NOC names Igali Technical Commission Chairman

  /   in Sports Bassey 1:01 am   /   Comments

File Photo: Nigeria’s Ajoke Odumosu (R) hands the baton to Regina George as they compete in the women’s 4X400 relay final of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. PHOTO - AFP.

The Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, has appointed President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Dr Daniel Igali as it’s Chairman of Technical and Development Commission as Team Nigeria looks set to better it’s third place finishing in the last All Africa Games in Maputo. President of NOC, Engineer Habu Gumel announced the appointment with the tacit approval of the Board and Exco members of the NOC during their meeting at the Boardroom of the NOC, National Stadium, Surulere.

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Shareholders as victims of devaluation

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

naira sign

The Nigerian Stock Exchange was founded in 1960 to provide a platform for buying and selling of shares of listed public companies. Consequently, the size and vibrancy of domestic stock markets generally provide a bird’s eye view of the degree of confidence and scope of activities in an economy.

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Concluding remarks (1) Buhari

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Buhari ooo

AFTER about four months of frenzied campaigns, we have just five days to the rescheduled presidential election 2015. I consider it necessary to make a few concluding remarks on the two major presidential candidates: President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, the flag bearer of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and General Muhammadu Buhari of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

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CAF club licensing system

  /   in Sports Bassey   /   Comments

Enyimba in action

Permit me to go back to the seminar I attended last week in Cairo and its attendant coincidences.

The CAF Club Licensing System (Already operational in FIFA and UEFA) is a bold attempt aimed at professionalizing clubs in Africa.

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God blesses us with trouble

  /   in Article of Faith 3:34 am   /   Comments

The wise man says: “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.” (Proverbs10:22). However, trouble is often the instrument of God’s blessing

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Deconstructing Buharimania (3)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

•Buhari: Decked out

Dyed in the wood Buharimaniacs seem oblivious of the fragility and dangers of APC’s excessive reliance on Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s reputation for electoral success. No matter how incorruptible a presidential candidate might be, democratic governance is a complex undertaking that requires coordinated efforts from various individuals at different levels of authoritative decision-making to make a meaningful impact.

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It’s time to support INEC

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

Buhari, Jega and Jonatrhan

Not many Nigerians have in the last 4 years criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as much as this columnist. A few of the issues which influenced the posture can be recalled for ease of reference. First, Prof Attahiru Jega, chairman of the commission at his screening by the Senate, hinted that under him there would be massive voter education, aimed at bringing about attitudinal change among the citizenry. We thought the National Orientation Agency and the media would handle the assignment better. On November 11, 2010, INEC was reported to have told the fifth Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) summit in Lagos that it had adopted the option for resolving political and pre-election disputes. We were not persuaded that it is INEC and not the Judiciary that should develop grey hairs over the settlement of election disputes.

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Time we moved the dogma

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

File photo: Protesters during the post-election riots in Kaduna

Violence and politics seem to go hand in hand, at least in Nigeria, it does. People have come to expect mayhem and disorder in the run up to any election and the youths are paid to carry out these dastardly activities by the politicians.

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Them and the rest of us

  /   in Moment to Moment   /   Comments

Voting

Manipulation is a trait of humanity that is despicable; the compulsion we all seem to have to do whatever it takes to bend people and twist situations and circumstances to our favour.

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Nigeria needs an entrenched APC

  /   in Frank & Fair 1:17 am   /   Comments

A mother carries banner to drum support for the leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and running mate Yemi Osinbajo during a rally christened 'Walk for Change" in Lagos, on March 7, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.   Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamists Boko Haram meant that troops could not provide security on polling day. AFP PHOTO

By Ugoji Egbujo When two elephants fight, the grass , they say , suffers. And many ordinary Nigerians , downtrodden and dispossessed, may thus be rightly apprehensive of not just the menace posed by the attitude of the elephants we have in the PDP and the APC but by the enormity of the storm that

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Final appeal to fellow Nigerians

  /   in My World   /   Comments

Buhari, Jega and Jonatrhan

Nigerians go to the polls Saturday to choose their next President. If all goes well, it would be a fresh mandate for the lucky winner and a new lease of life for Nigeria. The two main contestants, Buhari and Jonathan, by now have a pretty good idea what the problems of the country are simply by going round the country and listening to the people.

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Is marriage a building?

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

*The fanfare of `a hole in the pocket’

By Francis Ewherido Erecting a building starts with planning, design, construction, financing and continues until the structure is ready for occupation. Thereafter, the building should be occupied and maintained. If not, it becomes dilapidated and may collapse over time. Normally, a marriage starts with courtship, agreement to get married, planning and the marriage ceremony. Thereafter,

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Food for thought

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:35 am   /   Comments

Abba Moro

An anonymous sage made the following comments in a letter he wrote to the British Guardian newspaper. He was talking about the behavioural, psychological and ideological transformation he had undergone between youth and middle age.

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2015 ELECTIONS: Impact of regional (party) alliances and ethnic bloc voting on results

  /   in My Layman's View   /   Comments

Osun voters during accreditation

The good news of the week was the clearing of the murderous gangs from some parts of the country which they have forcefully occupied and wantonly devastated. The country‘s gallant security outfits should be handsomely rewarded for the victories, and the support of all Nigerians is needed for the eventual victory over the Boko Haram insurgents also. The supporting forces of Niger and Chad should be appreciated for coming to the aid of their neighbour at the crucial moment.

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Defeating Boko Haram with mercenaries

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 1:42 am   /   Comments

Jonathan in combat fatigues congratulating troops after the recapture of Baga

LET me first start, that like all Nigerian patriots, I feel happy that in a few weeks, the Nigerian Army and allies from Chad and Niger, inflicted backbreaking blows on the Boko Haram insurgency. As a result, many communities hitherto occupied by the terror organization have been liberated, including the complete liberation of Adamawa and Yobe states.

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Nigeria has no reason to be broke

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From left,  Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Dr. Bright Okogu , Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Accountant General of Federation Mr Joseph Otunla addressing House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation on Budget Performance, at the National Assembly, in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

AT creation, God blessed Nigeria. All the necessities of life, He gave to us freely and in abundance – the precious air we breathe; the water we drink; and the expanse of fertile land – were just there. Where the terrain was difficult, He tucked underneath the earth, the wherewithal for its development.

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Join the troops; say “never again!” (2)

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A handout picture from the Nigerian military taken on February 26, 2015 shows troops posing with a flag of Boko Haram after dismantling a Boko Haram camp along Djimitillo Damaturu road, Yobe State in northeastern Nigeria, following fierce fighting that resulted in the capture of machine guns and rifles as well as the death of a number of the insurgents. Boko Haram has vowed to disrupt March 28 elections, which originally were planned for February 28 but rescheduled following security threat. AFP

BEFORE I go on with the concluding part, let me appreciate my readers for the rush of support for our Armed Forces in their reactions to the first part of this article. You are all great patriots indeed.

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Ethnicity, Nigeria’s drug addiction (2)

  /   in Tip of a New Dawn 1:16 am   /   Comments

IT SHOULD BE OUR DAY: Celebration of Children's Day in Abuja, yesterday. NAN photo.

I DECIDED to prolong last week’s discussion on ethnicity due to the number of responses I got from it. I was pleased (and reassured) to find that Nigeria is not as divided as some politicians would have us believe. We are still able, as a people, to listen to sound arguments and debate.

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Lessons Dame Jonathan can learn from Simone Gbagbo

  /   in Talking Point   /   Comments

From Left: Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose; Wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose and the Wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan acknowledging the cheer during the PDP Women Rally in support of the 2nd term of President Goodluck Jonathan in Ado-Ekiti on Monday....Photo. Government House Ekiti.

By Rotimi FASAN THESE are times when every statements made of political figures are read through partisan lenses. This is surely not the first time I will be making this point since the contest for the Nigerian presidency in the elections due next week became a two horse race between Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan.

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Buhari and the Lion of Bourdillon

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:49 am   /   Comments

File photo; Tinubu and Buhari - leaders of ACN and CPC

ONE month ago, the APC had whipped its supporters into frenzy in believing it is bound to win an election it really has no chance of winning. In truth, if the election had been conducted then for chairman of the EFCC, Muhammadu Buhari would have been declared winner by a landslide. However, with postponement of the election, a lot of water has passed under the bridge. Even Buhari’s self-styled credential as Mr. Integrity has unraveled.

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Letter to Iran, affront to White House

  /   in Dispatches from America   /   Comments

President Barack Obama of the United States

IN a space of one week, U.S. Republican law makers in Congress acted most disrespectfully to President Barack Obama in particular, and the White House in general. First, it was Speaker John Boehner’s undiplomatic snub when he unilaterally invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, without the courtesy of informing the White House about the invitation.

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One dead, many wounded as C-River communities fight over land

  /   in Human Angle   /   Comments

Men mobbing a man

CALABAR—A long-drawn-out land squabble between Kasuk Qua and Ikpai Qua clans in Calabar, Cross River State, has claimed the life of a 21-year-old villager, Asuquo Duke with many others wounded. Niger Delta Voice gathered that hostilities broke out between the two communities at a sand quarry in Ikot Uduak, last week. Counsel to Kasuk Qua, Barrister Orok Ironbor, stated that fight erupted following the contravention of a subsisting Zone Six Police Command order barring the contending from the land in contention, which was allegedly infringed by the Ikpai people, who kept on excavating sand from the pit located on the land.

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Akpabio, wife build bungalow for widow

  /   in Human Angle   /   Comments

Akpabio

IKOT OBIO NDOHO— WHEN the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Obong Godswill Akpabio, breached protocol while on a state function, September 14, last year, by making a spur-of-the-moment stopover at the rural Ikot Obio Ndoho community, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state, his security aides and other members of his entourage were taken aback.

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