Friday May 29th, 2015
Friday May 29th, 2015
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Cheers and tears

  /   in Sweet and Sour 1:52 am   /   Comments

Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan

SO, it has finally arrived – the day on which General Muhammadu Buhari will become the President of the Federal Republic for the second time.

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Jonathan’s exit, Buhari’s entry: A critical view

  /   in My Layman's View, News   /   Comments

Handover :  Jonathan presenting handing over notes to Buhari.

Nigeria, through the divine intervention, and the singular act of a statesman, is witnessing today the happy end of an era and the hopeful beginning of another phase. This would be a sad disappointment to the prophets of doom with their forecast of possible disintegration of the country in 2015. Perhaps the prognosis of apocalypse has turned to be a blessing in disguise.

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Seeking unity for a united people

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Africa

WEST Africans were more united in pre-colonial times than under the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which turned forty years yesterday, Thursday, May 28, 2015. There was generally, free movement of persons in the region before the colonialists, mainly French and British, imposed artificial boundaries even amongst the same ethnic group and introduced custom duties which have since then restricted movement and prevented integration.

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Handover 2015: Change and change agents

  /   in News, Owei Lakemfa, Special Report 7:53 pm   /   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 Owei Lakemfa PROLOGUE Change is natural and normal. Life is not static; like the sea, it is in a continuous, sometimes, turbulent flow. Since change is inevitable, it can be amazing that there are people who fear it. Whatever the case, it is futile to stop an idea whose time has come. Human beings,

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The Jonathan finale: No fuel, electricity, a diminished PDP

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu   /   Comments

Long queue of jerry cans at a petrol station as fuel scarcity bites harder, yesterday. Photo: Joe Akintola, Photo Editor.

NIGERIA will usher in President Muhammadu Buhari tomorrow. Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration should potentially, open up new vistas of development for our country. And if the new administration stays true to promises made during the campaign that preceded the elections, we should see some positive changes in the general situation in our country.

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Between party manifesto and the reality on ground

  /   in The Hub   /   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 Joef Omorotiomwan “Between the idea and the reality Between the motion and the act Falls the shadow”. -T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) IYAYI: It is an aberration for people to take on the responsibility of setting agenda for Muhammadu Buhari, the President-elect. Perhaps unwittingly, the impression is given that the man was elected as an independent

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Interrogating Amaechi’s murder charges

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amaechi

THAT Rivers State will continue to be a theatre of high political drama in the coming months could be an understatement. On Tuesday, 26th March 2015, evidences of this were playing out on two television networks. On the Africa Independent Television (AIT) the crowd of the pro-People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Rivers elite who worked for the victory of Governor-elect, Barrister Nyesom Wike, backed up by former Governor Peter Odili and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Barrister OCJ Okocha, held the fort, with Wike as the principal focus during a public lecture to usher in his administration.

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IGBOKAENYI: Philanthropist, Ezeemo remembers the forgotten tribe in Anambra

  /   in Human Angle, News 11:16 pm   /   Comments

Ezeemo flanked by members of St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Igbokaenyi.

Ekwulobia — Igbokaenyi, one of the seven Igala speaking communities in Anambra State that had been abandoned over the years by both the local and state governments. The seven Igala communities known as Olumbanasaa and located at Anambra West Local Government area of Anambra State include Ode, Igbedor, Odekpe, Alla, Onugwa, Odomagwu and Igbokaenyi.

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Boko Haram: We knew we were alive but didn’t understand how — Rescued victims

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Nigeria Army

“Slaughtering of human beings was very common and it was done with so much brutality. It was as if chickens had more prestige and importance. “Any time we had the opportunity to pray, we always called on God to have mercy on us and deliver us. Sometimes we fasted. One day, we got news that the military was coming – thanks to a small radio we got at Gwoza.

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I did not start out as a designer — Bose Adegunwa, Lawiza boss

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Bose Adegunwa

More often than not, people say the power of a woman lies in her husbands’ house. Interestingly enough, women have stepped out of that age old mold that limits them in being just mothers and wives. Women in Nigeria today have taken the business world by storm thereby increasing the net-profit the nation gets. Among such is Mrs Bose Adegunwa, who has taking the fashion business agog. Apart from owning Lawiza Creations, she is also the CEO of lawiza fashion school.

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Nigeria: Blackmailers beware or beware of blackmailers?

  /   in Tip of a New Dawn   /   Comments

debt2

HOW did we get here? How is it that a country like Nigeria borrows not to fund infrastructure and lift its people out of extreme poverty but to pay salaries and fund its recurrent expenditure? Quite honestly, I am not surprised that national debt now stands at 63 billion dollars. We are a country of showmen who would rather spend on frivolities than on anything of substance with long lasting effects on our lives.

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So long Goodluck Jonathan!

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President Jonathan

WHEN Goodluck Jonathan steps down in two days time and Muhammadu Buhari takes over as president, he would have helped to give practical demonstration to that much remarked (in our parts) but hardly realised notion of popular democracy, that sovereignty lies with the people. By handing over power to Buhari, Jonathan would only be abiding by the will of the people who said, on March 28 2015, that they wanted a change of leadership.

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Goodluck, President-elect Buhari

  /   in Femi Aribisala 6:03 am   /   Comments

Women sit in a branded bus station as they support leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari 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. Elections will take place on March 28, with gubernatorial and state house assembly polls two weeks later.  AFP PHOTO

IT is all going to happen within four days. Four days to the great national revival and renewal. Four days to the rejuvenation and restoration of the Nigerian economy. Four days to the great “changi” we have all been waiting for. Four days to the arrival of the Nigerian messiah, Muhammadu Buhari. I am sure we all can hardly wait.

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Godswill Akpabio and the scrabble revolution in Nigeria

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:49 am   /   Comments

Gov Akpabio

Friday May 22: 62 scrabble players from all over the country gathered at the Ultra Modern Government Banquet Hall in Uyo for a farewell and thank you tourney in honour of the Pillar of Scrabble in Africa and the Grand Patron of the Scrabble Federation in Nigeria.

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Nigeria on the highway

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Thousands of people take part in the "peace march" against xenophobia in Durban, South Africa, on April 16, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma on April 16 appealed for the end of attacks on immigrants as a wave of violence that has left at least six people dead threatened to spread across the country. In the past two weeks, shops and homes owned by Somalis, Ethiopians, Malawians and other immigrants in Durban and surrounding townships have been targeted, forcing families to flee to camps protected by armed guards.   AFP PHOTO

NIGERIA is on the highway. This Friday, May 29, 2015, as we approach a major T- Junction, we shall stop to change drivers. Brother Goodluck Jonathan, who has driven us since February 10, 2010, will handover the steering to Comrade Muhammadu Buhari. As Buhari takes us to the T-Junction, we would either turn right, and start doing things right, or left, and continue on the familiar road of dependency, consumerism, ruinous market forces, prodigal privatisation, fuel importation rather than refining, and neo-liberal policies that take, rather than create jobs. Then, it will be business as usual.

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GEJ 2019? Forget it

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PRESIDENT JONATHAN INAUGURATES  ARMED FORCES RADIO STATION IN ABUJA

IN exactly four days, the days of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will be over. You must, like me, have wondered what this young man will be doing with his life at 58.

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Painless abolition of fuel subsidy with dollar warrants

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fuel-fight-1

In retrospect, the Naira was readily accepted in major cities like London and New York, ironically, at a time when our total foreign reserves hardly approached $10bn dollars! Indeed, as CBN consistently places Naira at a disadvantage in the market place against the dollar, the economy has also become dollarised by monetary strategies that weaken the Naira.

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My Party, Your Party, Our ‘Paddy Paddy’ Government

  /   in Diaspora Matters 8:59 pm   /   Comments

APC-PDP

In a few days from now, Nigerians will usher in a new set of leaders to administer the government for the next four years. May 29, 2015 – Nigeria’s Democracy Day is a day many Nigerians and the world at large are looking forward to. On this day, the baton of leadership will change hands, not only from individuals, but also from political parties.

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The measure of a man is what he does with power

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NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA

BBC scored an own goal last week by running a story about a restaurant in Nigeria, that served human flesh. There was no such restaurant and they did damage to the reputation on many Nigerians. They have since posted an apology:”

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Echoes from the past prophecies for the future –2

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

Jonathan and Obasanjo

If you want a short answer to the question: why is Nigeria not developing as fast as it should? Then take a look below, at the excerpts from an article published in 2007. The full text will appear in the book to be published later this year. Two characters featured in that piece – Obasanjo and Fani-Kayode. In no other progressive country do you find people who left their nation in the dark, literally, still being called upon to influence decisions. The two guys represent a nation spinning its wheels. So, why in 2015 were the PDP members still begging Obasanjo to support them? And why was Fani-Kayode running the PDP Presidential campaign in 2015? Please read on.

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Governor’s Forum for what?

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Eight-governors

The Nigerian Governor’s Forum which has been in coma since its controversial chairmanship election in 2013 appears to have resurrected a few days ago with the election of Governor Yari of Zamfara State as its chairman. Similarly, Governor Shettima of Borno State is taking over the chairmanship of the Northern Governors’ Forum. While both governors and their admirers can rejoice over the subject, there is doubt if the developments matter to anyone else. Put differently, of what use is a governors’ forum in Nigeria’s circumstance? To start with, governors being the greatest oppressors in Nigeria do not need a union to protect them.

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Negation of the negation (1)

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Igbo-men

The German philosopher, Georg W.F. Hegel developed a dialectical logic that, contrary to the principles of traditional Aristotelian logic, extolled contradictions as an inherent mechanism in the development of reality. Karl Marx and Frederick Engels adapted Hegelian dialectics to formulate the theoretical framework for a philosophy of revolutionary social change called dialectical materialism. An important component of dialectical materialism is the principle of negation of the negation

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Taking Exams (2)

  /   in Article of Faith   /   Comments

When I was a new believer, the Lord told me a parable. He said a father came home from work one day to discover that his little daughter ran away and hid from him instead of running towards him and embracing him as she used to do. What was the matter with the girl? Someone had convinced her that her Father was a murderer. As a result, she was afraid for her life. Maybe her Father might want to kill her too.

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LASTMA is a coherent argument against state police

  /   in Frank & Fair, News 5:19 am   /   Comments

File photo: LASTMA officials on duty

Any real encounter with Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officials leaves you with only one impression – area boys in government uniforms. And true to type they stalk, hound and hunt in packs with the ferocity typical of wild cats. Vultures are patient , they circle and feast on carcasses . LASTMA’s preferred mode is more hyena -like. Isolate or entrap one or two confused , naïve or luckless motorists and pounce.

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Lust-induced suicide

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

suicide-cartoon

Sometime ago, the photo of a young lady who hanged herself in an uncompleted building surfaced in the media. The accompanying story alleged that the she committed suicide because her boyfriend left her for another girl. Before then, there was a story of a male youth corp member who, either in anger, anguish or disappointment, committed suicide because his female friend got engaged to another man.

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the things that abide

  /   in The Passing Scene   /   Comments

PRESIDENT JONATHAN INAUGURATES  ARMED FORCES RADIO STATION IN ABUJA

By Bisi Lawrence And so it has all come to this at last. We are one step from breasting the tape. The elections have come at last, though not entirely gone actually. For one thing, we shall now have to endure the prolonged cases involving the rejection of the results by the losers, on the

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You become what you consume

  /   in My World   /   Comments

where he ministered at this  year's Vanguard Media Christian Fellowship, yesterday.

As the weeks roll into days for the 80th birthday of Uncle Sam Amuka, Chairman of the Vanguard Newspapers, many articles as well as tributes will begin to pour in to celebrate this true icon of the Nigerian press.

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Wounded lion on the rampage

  /   in Owei Lakemfa 1:47 am   /   Comments

A file picture taken on 14 December 2006 in Nairobi at the UN-sponsored conference on the Great Lakes Region shows Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza. Burundi's presidency said an attempted coup by a top general had "failed" on May 13, 2015 and pro-president Burundi troops at state broadcaster fire warning shots over the heads of hundreds of protesters, an AFP reporter said. Burundian general Godefroid Niyombare on May 13 announced the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president's bid to stand for a third term. President Nkurunziza flew to Tanzania earlier Wednesday to meet regional leaders on the political crisis in his country but a coup was launched against him hours after his departure. AFP PHOTO

THERE is a wounded lion on the rampage in Africa. Before the attack on him, President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi and his pride had killed at least fourteen people, injured over two hundred and sent tens of thousands scampering into exile especially on the shores of Lake Tangayika and into Rwanda.

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Open letter to General Muhammadu Buhari

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Buhari

Sir, as a democrat and a patriot, I place my faith and trust in you; the notion of change sustains me, and I have to say, fuels me with the hope that I had completely lost some six months ago.

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Change for political unity and economic devt

  /   in My Layman's View   /   Comments

PDP-APC-logo

It is just another week to the change-over to a new administration following the unexpected defeat of the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The victorious party, All Progressives Congress (APC), under the leadership of a former army general and dictator, Muhammadu Buhari, who appeared to have become a born again into a world of enviable and delightful democracy, looks fully ready. The assumption is that Buhari could turn out to be a genuine democrat.

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Muhammadu Buhari and decent company

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 2:54 am   /   Comments

Muhammadu Buhari

EARLY this week, the All Progressives Congress, APC’s Policy, Research and Strategy Directorate, announced a 2-Day Policy Dialogue on the Implementation of the Agenda for Change, on the eve of the inauguration of the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency, by May 29th, 2015.

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The change you’re already getting

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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

YOU must have heard about the publication of the official portraits of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) and his Deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (should we say PYO?). Talking about portraits, have you heard what some evil-minded people did to those of President Goodluck Jonathan in Kano and some other parts of the North? Even before the man is out of office, some office rats removed his portraits, and no one seems to have raised their voices against such an ignoble and unpatriotic act that could promote politics of bitterness among Nigerians.

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