Wednesday April 23rd, 2014
Wednesday April 23rd, 2014
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Where is the Nigerian leader?

  /   in Talking Point 12:38 am   /   Comments

Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello

IN line with the spirit of the times, this column has of late taken an interrogative tone. The title of today’s piece bears this out. There are too many things going on in Nigeria today that demand answers nobody seems ready to provide. Those best placed to provide the answers, those whom history assigns this duty don’t seem conscious of, much less realise, the responsibility thrust on them by their position. Which is where we are today with President Goodluck Jonathan.

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The 2015 presidential election will not be televised

  /   in Femi Aribisala 1:05 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan’

THE Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria entitles the president to run for a term of four years renewable for another four.

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United States of Guns

  /   in Dispatches from America   /   Comments

Assault rifles seized from criminals by the police in two weeks. Photo by A S Muhammad, Kano

THE US human population is about 315 million. And the US gun population is about 313 million. Statistically speaking, therefore, every U.S citizen, old or young, sane or with mental problems, could potentially own a gun or have access to it.

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Beware of Bosnia, says FIFA expert

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:10 am   /   Comments

Bosnia-team

Walter Gagg is a FIFA Director with incredible knowledge of the round leather game.

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Budget Don Kpafuka Again

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

Okonjo-Iweala-budget

In keeping with our regrettable tradition of late enactment of Appropriation Bills, the 2014 budget was belatedly approved by the legislature, in April; i.e. well over three months into the fiscal year. In this event, this year’s budget, just like previous ones, will only be partially implemented, despite the adverse social impact of partial implementation. However, late passage is not our only challenge with annual budgets.

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Living among demonic enemies

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Abuja-bombing1

NIGERIA is a sad country to live in. This is because we are living in the midst of demons. Horned devils afflict us like vicious viruses. Look at what happened in the past one week. On Friday, 11th April 2014, Boko Haram terrorists invaded the venue of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Borno and massacred 200 candidates. Two days later, 60 people were killed in in Ngoshe and Kaigamari villages near the border with Cameroon.

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Christians are not saved

  /   in Article of Faith 4:01 am   /   Comments

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God did not send Jeremiah to unbelievers. He sent him to the “Christians” of his day. God told Jeremiah to stand at the gate of the Lord’s house and make a proclamation in the hearing of all those coming to church:

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Why Jonathan must run in 2015

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

JonaMua

“You can’t beat something with nothing.” American Baseball Team Manager; after his team lost seventeen games in a row.”

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A kidnap, the Nyanya Park bombing, and the last straw

  /   in The Orbit   /   Comments

The Nyaya explosion: Photo: Citizen
Irikefe Bubu-Joe .

A specter hangs above Nigeria. It is the specter of war and violence. The election year 2015 draws very close, and closer still rises this spectre that will mark the coming year as Nigeria’s second annus horriblis. Since the election of the current President, Nigeria has been inundated by serial acts of extreme violence and subversion, coming mostly from the North.

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How NOT to speak during national tragedy

  /   in Nigeria Today   /   Comments

Prseident Jonathan, Senate President david Mark and other at the scene of the blast at Nyanya , Abuja, Monday. Photo: Olamikan Olugbenga.

How to communicate is not as easy as many imagine. Those who tend to believe that communication is just the transmission of messages from one source to another need to know that it is not that simple because no sane person is likely to transmit messages to other people for the sake of doing so.

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The anti-intellectual character of Nigerians (3)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

File photo: From Left; Pastor Folu Adeboye, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and President Jonathan at the 2013 Holy Ghost Congress, Friday night.

I strongly believe that when the President, governors and other top public office holders regularly solicit for prayers and attend extracurricular religious programmes, superstitious emotionalism is being substituted for strategic thinking as the best approach to the challenges of leadership.

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Do we care?

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

BOKO HARAM VICTIMS—A relation of one of the officers and soldiers killed in Borno, Yobe states and Unamid weeping during their burial at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja, yesterday.Photo:  Abayomi Adeshida.

“There are things that I love – when mankind works together – helps each other – learns from each other – teaches each other – cries for one another – laughs with one another – builds with one another – heals one another – entertains one another – worships with one another. The unity of mankind. There is nothing so glorious.”

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The many shades of Easter

  /   in My World 12:50 am   /   Comments

From  left: Acting President Goodluck Jonathan; his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan; mother of the Acting President, Mama Jonathan; Minister-designate, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia; his wife, Mrs. Ajumogobia, Special Adviser on Petroleum to the President,  Dr. Emmanuel Egbogha and others at the Easter Sunday Service at the Aso Villa Chapel, Abuja yesterday.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. The churches, synagogues and other places of worship will be full. Many of those in the congregation tomorrow go to church only twice a year— the other day being Christmas. Many will make it a family outing and an opportunity for the kids to show off their new Easter dresses.

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Are house helps necessary or necessarily evil? (2)

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

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You should enhance the lives of your house helps, especially since it will likely reflect in the quality of care they give your children.

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Realities of resurrection power

  /   in Columns   /   Comments

JESUS

When God made the heavens and the earth, He made them good. There was no evil, corruption, sickness, famine, death, etc. Everything was beautiful and in abundance.

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The changing phases of Nigeria

  /   in My Layman's View 12:18 am   /   Comments

Nigeria

The problems of today could be traced to the total neglect of the indigenes of Jos who had no access to education or any type of social services. They were not considered part of the emerging Jos metropolis of the decades before the 1950s.

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One day begins a story

  /   in Sweet and Sour   /   Comments

MMA Lagos.

A foreign girlfriend told me last week that she never ceases to marvel at the docility of the average Nigerian. To illustrate her point, she talked about a recent experience at one of our airports.

Shortly after she arrived to catch a flight that was supposed to take off at around 11am, it was announced that the flight had been postponed until 1pm.

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What I would ask Keshi on Tuesday

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports   /   Comments

Stephen Keshi

ON Tuesday, Stephen Keshi will face the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF. He is expected to submit a provisional list of players for the 2014 Brazil World Cup to the federation and thereafter answer some questions from members and defend the list.

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Muslim-Muslim ticket is political arrogance

  /   in People & Politics 5:22 pm   /   Comments

APC-toon

THE rumour has been making the rounds that the All Progressives Congress, APC, is plotting to unfold a presidential ticket made up of a Muslim for President and another Muslim for Vice President in the impending 2015 elections.

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The Heart of Gold of a First Lady

  /   in Columns   /   Comments

Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia State

TODAY, marriage, to many, is mainly for the purpose of procreation and materialism. But even with that, most marriages have crashed, many are on the verge of crashing, while some others are thriving even as the couples aged.

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Muslim-Muslim ticket is political arrogance

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

APC-toon

THE rumour has been making the rounds that the All Progressives Congress, APC, is plotting to unfold a presidential ticket made up of a Muslim for President and another Muslim for Vice President in the impending 2015 elections. The rumour has it that retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari will be the presidential candidate while his co-leader of the Party, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will be his running mate.

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National Conference, 2014: The politics of national security

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

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IN the best case scenario,countries rally together in moments of national crisis. They put aside superficial divisions; suspend deep-seated hostilities to create the necessary national accord to defeat a nation-threatening crisis. Many examples abound in history.

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When a Finance Minister turns money-doubler

  /   in For Crying Out Loud 9:25 am   /   Comments

*Briefing on Result of GDP in Nigeria: Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo –Iweala chatting with Minister of National Planning Amb. Bashiru Yuguda  and Statistician –General of the Federation and CEO of National Bureau of Statistics Dr. Yemi Kale during presentation of Preliminary Results of the Rebased Nominal Gross Domestic Product ( GDP) Estimates from Nigeria 2010 to 2013 held in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

I  COULDN’T help it. As soon as the new figures conjured by Dr Okonjo-Iweala out of Nigeria’s “rebased” Gross Domestic Product exercise came out, I shouted abracadabra! Then I chanted, “Come and see Ah-meri-ka wonder! Come and see Ah-meri-ka wonder!” I promptly substituted “Nigerian” for America in that spell-casting ditty of itinerant tricksters that used to haunt the busy bus terminals of our major cities. I completed the expression of my wonder by crying out loud, “The more you look, the less you see!” 

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Is it scarcity of fuel or pump price increment?

  /   in Talking Point   /   Comments

Black market thrives as fuel scarcity hits Lagos. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

IN the last two months, Nigerians have groaned under the pain of fuel scarcity. Since February they have been wondering if and when solution would be found to the persistent scarcity.

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There is nothing progressive about the APC

  /   in Femi Aribisala 7:34 pm   /   Comments

APC-toon

Regressive alliance: Rather than being a progressive party, the APC is regressive. Indeed, it is a cruel joke to describe it as progressive. A party led by a former military dictator and a civilian dictator cannot be progressive. Can any right-thinking person actually mistake Buhari for a progressive? Would a progressive truncate a democratic government? Would a progressive muzzle the press? Would a progressive arrest and jail people without trial? Would a progressive call for rioting and bloodletting if he loses an election? Certainly not!

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Admitting a mistake and fixing the problem

  /   in Dispatches from America   /   Comments

*Obama

UNTIL recently, Kathleen Sebelius was the U.S. Health Secretary. As April unfolded, she sent in her letter of resignation to her boss, President Barack Obama. That move caught practically everyone by surprise because there was hardly any indication that she was about to quit. But she did, and it was not a forced move as the highly authoritative New York Times newspaper reported that she quit entirely of her own volition.

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Lamido’s Abuja gaffe

  /   in People & Politics 12:28 am   /   Comments

Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Mustapha

THE Lamido of Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Mustapha, is turning out to be quite an outstanding delegate to the ongoing National Conference. I can imagine, by now, his colleagues will stop their side-talks, whisperings and murmurings whenever the royal turban is given the microphone to speak.

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…That I did not write last week …

  /   in Sports Bassey   /   Comments

The Nigeria Team Group during the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup match between Nigeria and North Korea at the Hasley Crawford Stadium on September 5, 2010 in Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths - FIFA/FIFA )

Yes I did not. You may want to ask, “so what?” Exactly. For one reason or another, Columnists fail to write regularly. I try as much as possible to tell my bosses (Onochie and Tony) in advance, so that they can help me apologise to my readers.

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The hype of GDP revaluation and matters arising

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

OKONJO-Iweala in SENATE—From Left, Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama , with the  Minister of  Finance , Dr  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at the Senate Joint Committee on Appropriation, and Finance interactive session on the implementation of 2012 budget at the National Assembly Abuja.

In the aftermath of the announcement that Nigeria’s current Gross Domestic Product (GDP) had risen to $510bn, the question on the street was simply, that of, whether or not food will become readily available on the table for the common man, and whether or not the teeming millions of Nigerian youths who are currently unemployed will quickly be provided with jobs.

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“Why is Dele Sobowale introducing religion into politics?”— (2)

  /   in Frankly Speaking 12:59 am   /   Comments

APC-toon

I wrote the first part of this series on Sunday, March 30, 2014. On Monday, March 31, 2014, THISDAY published a lead story alleging that a Muslim-Muslim ticket was being planned by the All Progressive Congress, APC. According to the paper, General Buhari (rtd) is proposed to be the presidential candidate, while Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, would be the Vice Presidential candidate. I smiled; because it was no news to me. First, I have been informed about the development a few days before. One of the two had visited someone in Abuja; and, he made the point that ‘ANYBODY CAN DEFEAT JONATHAN’ [capitals mine]. And on that basis, it was decided that A Muslim-Muslim ticket was safe – after all Christians voted overwhelmingly for the Abiola-Kingibe ticket. Christians, again, failed to protest, vigorously, the Buhari-Idiagbon military leadership – both of which were Muslim-Muslim teams. I had smiled when this was mentioned to me – because I expected it. Why? Let me explain. But, first, permit me to make two pertinent comments.

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Money Is Not Valuable

  /   in Article of Faith   /   Comments

The recovered stolen money.

A woman brought an alabaster jar of very costly perfume and poured it all on Jesus. Jesus’ disciples were indignant, asking: “Why this waste? This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” (Matthew 26:8-9). But ultimately, perfume is meant to be used. Even if it is sold, the person who buys it would still “waste it” by using it.

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The anti-intellectual character of Nigerians (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

Jonathan arriving COCIN church in Abuja, yesterday.

Notwithstanding overemphasis on publications by the system, I give priority to good performance in the classroom, lecture theatre, and laboratories where students are expected to learn from their teachers.

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