Monday March 2nd, 2015
Monday March 2nd, 2015
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. . .That Eaglets defeat

  /   in Sports Bassey 1:25 am   /   Comments

Golden Eaglets

By Pual Bassey I start by appreciating the Nigeria Football Federation for quickly stepping in to calm the nerves of coaches and players of the Golden Eaglets after they had been beaten by South Africa in the just ended CAF U17 Championship in Niger. I must confess that I was hit very hard by the

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Budget 2015: Planning to fail?

  /   in Rational Perspectives   /   Comments

money

Over the years, both the Legislative and the Executive arms of government have consistently demonstrated their faith in the popular axiom that “he who fails to plan, plans to fail”; consequently, they have, always ensured that an Income and Expenditure plan is passed into law annually; nonetheless, inspite of their apparent loyalty to the concept of planning, public expectation for improved infrastructure and enhanced social welfare has, ironically remained unfulfilled, such that some cynics may suggest that our economic and social welfare couldn’t be worse even if we ignored the need for a formal plan of action.

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Troops: To deploy or not?

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

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

THE issue of deployment of troops for elections in Nigeria has been an enduring dialectic in the annals of our democracy. Many chroniclers of the crises that led to the truncation of our democracy in the First and Second Republics have often blamed military intervention on the use soldiers to manipulate elections.

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Is PDP still the largest in Africa?

  /   in Nigeria Today 5:50 pm   /   Comments

PDP1

A few years back, it was a common practice among members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to describe their political party as the largest in Africa. None of us outside the party bothered to authenticate the claim. Perhaps some people just believed it. But it was indisputable that the party was Nigeria’s biggest judging by the overwhelming number of elected political office holders produced by the party from the level of a local council to the presidency. Indeed, the PDP won the Presidential elections of 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.

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Mr. president, I’ll believe it when it happens

  /   in Frankly Speaking   /   Comments

economy

“If you believe that, you will believe anything.” That was my comment on five different occasions when Nigerian Heads of State, three military and two civilians have made categorical statements about their intention to depart. And each time, events have proved me right. I remain firmly convinced that “Skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic”, thanks to James Russell, Lowell, 1819-1891. It is always sad, when Presidents and Heads of State, in Nigeria make the same promises, at very critical stages in their tenure of office, just to buy more time, while planning to disappoint the people later.

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The race ran (2)

  /   in Moment to Moment   /   Comments

JESUS

The human ego is the undoing of our peace and on a personal level, its a character flaw we all have to work on if we are ever to live and live well. Let’s even just leave the politicians and religious figures aside and focus on our personal peace and well being.

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We are our choices

  /   in Diaspora Matters   /   Comments

Nigerian-tech-start-ups

Today, being the first Sunday in March, let’s take a break from politics or any national discourse and talk generally on what we are facing in the new world dispensation of “development”. The new styles, new outlook on life and by extension, new way of doing things, that sadly, may not conform with acceptable norms in a society.

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The NNPC and its enemies(2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives   /   Comments

Alison-Madueke, Petroleum Minster

It is doubtful whether a purist Muslim like Gen. Buhari would have appointed a woman to oversee the petroleum ministry, let alone support her for OPEC presidency. For unrepentant critics of President Jonathan, his support that enabled Mrs. Allison-Madueke to be both the first female minister for petroleum resources and the first female President of OPEC is nothing.

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Buhari in Chatham House

  /   in The Orbit   /   Comments

Gen Buhari at Chatham House

The APC Candidate has been on a tour of the UK, chaperoned by his political campaign advisers Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Mr. Chibuike Amaechi. Two things are rather immediately clear from Buhari’s UK tours: one, the APC presidential candidate has been forced to sup on bitter gravy over lingering animosities with Britain following the Umaru Dikko affair. This trip it seems is in part, made on bended knees. Is this Buhari’s attempt to bury the ghost of the past and any other hatchets with Great Britain?

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Never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

BuhariChat

We have had so much rumblings about the Buhari’s visit to the UK. It has whipped the rumour mill to a frenzy. Depending on what was written by the conspiracy theorists; the London visit, did not really happen, he came for medical checks and anyway, the campaign is running out of funds and so on. The tittle-tattle has been going on for so long that, it would be wrong for me not to mention how this behaviour and how it comes across to rational human beings. Sadly, the reality of the situation is lost on those who cannot see sense.

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All Flesh is Grass (1)

  /   in Article of Faith   /   Comments

Rice farm

By Femi Aribisala Death was Jesus’ secret weapon.  Jesus triumphed over life by laying down his life. In Isaiah 40 in the bible, there is a voice crying in the wilderness, proclaiming the coming of the kingdom of God.  The voice declares that every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill brought low. 

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Re: The forces against Buhari

  /   in My World 6:13 pm   /   Comments

BuhariChat

Excellent article! Bottom line message is clear: Nigerians must seize the destiny of Nigeria from the hands of its oppressive and corrupt ruling elites and install intelligent, competent and patriotic anti-corruption crusaders. India, China, UAE and Qatar used to be Nigeria’s contemporaries. They were at one point worse off than Nigeria. But look at how they have leaped forward today.

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Anal Penetration

  /   in Marriage and Family   /   Comments

campus-sex111

Like leprosy, it is gradually eating into marriages and desecrating the sacred institution of matrimony. Some spouses are not finding it funny and are grumbling about their spouses’ “fetish habits,” “strange pleasures,” “unusual habits” and “irresponsible desires.”

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many of us are wondering what lies ahead now

  /   in The Passing Scene   /   Comments

Boko-Economy

By Bisi Lawrence We have been put through a harrowing period of political moves and countermoves featuring the defection of hordes of members of one party to another; fiery and undignified statements from several directions; political declaration of peaceful campaigns upon every lip amidst fearsome encounters whilst the security officers repeat what sums up to

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2015 elections : The card reader and ballot box ‘stuffing’

  /   in Frank & Fair   /   Comments

•Card reader

In 2003 we had elections and I happened to be in Orodo, my home town. I opted to observe rather than vote. The polling booth beside my house was quiet and all seemed to be going well until two young men ‘swooped’ on the officials with cutlasses and snatched the ballot box.

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Positively presidential!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 2:39 am   /   Comments

Gen Buhari at Chatham House

Chatham House, a prestigious independent policy institute in London, engages government, private sector and civil society people in open debates and confidential discussions about issues relating to international affairs.

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2015 Elections:Probable political and economical implications

  /   in My Layman's View   /   Comments

Buhari and Jonathan

There is no doubt that Nigeria is a lovely and likeable country. Many Nigerians like their country but many patriots love their country ‘where everything goes‘. Certainly, it is not unfair criticism to state that often, Nigerians place undue emphasis on things that matter less.

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Nigerians are united for democracy

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 1:36 am   /   Comments

Femi Falana

By Is’haq Modibbo Kawu LAST weekend in Lagos, activist lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), announced the emergence of a new organization, dedicated to the protection of the democratic project in Nigeria. The new organization is called Nigerians United for Democracy (NUD). The new body is a clear indication that Nigerian activists are prepared to go back

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Age of uncertainty: Resignation in protest

  /   in The Hub   /   Comments

OBASANJO—Ex-President Obasanjo (left) watches as Alhaji Usman Oladunjoye tears the PDP membership card. Right: Obasanjo's card after it was torn, yesterday.

WILLIAM Shakespeare was essentially right when he asserted, “What the great ones do, the less we prattle off”. In Nigeria, people change at will from one political party to another.

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Please don’t catch Shekau alive!

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

Shekau

One mid-morning early in December last year, I stood in the balcony of my house and watched as aircraft, as usual, lazily came in to land. I live along the very busy international plane route leading to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. But this morning, there was something unusual about the incoming flights. Within the space of 45 minutes, I was able to count thirteen Nigerian Air Force Hercules transporters. I immediately knew Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram was going to take a turn for the better.

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Joseph Mbu: An officer on rampage?

  /   in Talking Point 1:02 am   /   Comments

Joseph Mbu

By Rotimi Fasan JOSEPH MBU is supposedly a trained police officer and goes around with the rank of an Assistant Inspector General, but he behaves like his high office demands. How this man has managed to make it through the police force all these many years without evidence of ever being made to account for

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Nigeria, delusions of grandeur

  /   in Tip of a New Dawn   /   Comments

NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA

DICTIONARIES commonly define delusion as “beliefs or impressions that are firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder”. Now, let me tell you what else is said about delusion.

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Public warning: AIG Mbu is armed and dangerous!

  /   in For Crying Out Loud   /   Comments

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN (right) discussing with the Assistant Inspector- General of Police, Zone II, Mr. Joseph Mbu (left) during his courtesy visit to the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, February 03, 2015.

ASSISTANT Inspector-General of Police Mbu Joseph Mbu is armed and dangerous! It is necessary to serve this warning to the people of Lagos and Ogun States over whose security of lives and property Mbu has been given immediate charge. Mbu did not wait to set down his heavy luggage trucked from Port-Harcourt to Lagos via Abuja before he loudly announced how he proposes to maintain law and order on his new turf.

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The end of APC’s fabricated momentum

  /   in Femi Aribisala 7:51 am   /   Comments

APC Joint Leadership Meeting:  From left, National Publicity Secretary of APC Alh. Mohammed Lai, National Chairman John Oyegun, National Auditor Chief Morgan, Senatorial Candidate of APC, Hon Dino Melayi  and APC Presidential Campaign Organization and River State Governor Rotimi Amechi discussing during APC Joint Leadership Meeting held in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

I HAVE news for APC stalwarts. You don’t win an election in Nigeria by being the champion of social media. You don’t win by renting crowds to fill up your rallies. You don’t win by putting up your billboards everywhere while tearing down those of your opponents. You don’t win by master-minding in the media a false sense of the inevitability of your victory. When you do all this successfully, you simply end up deceiving yourself.

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Rudy Giuliani gets nasty with Obama

  /   in Dispatches from America   /   Comments

Rudy Giuliani

JUDGING by the energy Republicans deployed to opening up a number of battlefields against President Obama last week, you might have mistaken the entire scenario for an indication that the president had managed to convince Americans to give him a chance to run for a third term in office. They attacked from all angles, reenacting their plans and vituperations that did not deter Americans from voting twice to confirm Obama as their president.

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Save The Naira, Save Nigerians

  /   in Rational Perspectives 12:59 am   /   Comments

naira

I am afraid the ordinary citizen will not like to be told that the banks can and do create money. And they who control the credit of the nation direct the policy of Governments and hold in the hollow of their hand the destiny of the people.” Reginald McKenna, Chairman of the Midland Bank, 1924.

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How the rigging odds favour Buhari

  /   in People & Politics   /   Comments

BUHARI-optimism

ELECTION rigging is not just about falsification of the results of elections, snatching of ballot boxes, illegal thumb-printing of ballot papers or announcement of results different from the expressed wishes of the electorate. Any action that violates the Electoral Act will automatically result in election rigging. Any act that renders an electoral contest not FREE, FAIR and CREDIBLE means the election has been rigged.

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The Distinguished Family of God

  /   in Article of Faith 3:25 pm   /   Comments

From right: GEN. Mohamodu Buhari, Presidential Candidate of All Progressives Congress[APC], Dame Abimbola Fashola, first lady of Lagos, Gov, Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General overseer of RCCG, his wife Pastor Folu, Prof. Yemi Osibajo and his wife Dolapo, during the Lagos state Government 2015 Annual Thanksgiving service, held in Alausa, Lagos. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

God is not a Father through creation. He created so many things to which he is not a Father. He created the heavens and the earth, but he is not the Father of the heavens and the earth.

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‘My pastor-husband left me with four children and ran to Nigeria to be with another woman’

  /   in Ekerete Udoh   /   Comments

Marriage-Cartoon

Let me start first by apologizing for the absence of this column for the past two weeks. I was under severe weather related illness, but thank God I am now well..

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The gloves are off…

  /   in Outside looking in   /   Comments

LG polls to be held in Lagos State today

It is becoming painfully obvious that the electioneering is going to be one long gerrymandering mean fest; who can shout the loudest, spend the most money, wear the most colourful attires, pull the most crowd, insult the most, the most incorrigible, most abusive, throws the most blows or cause the most upset and rent the largest crowd.

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Political Peace, Lagos, America and Treaty

  /   in Diaspora Matters   /   Comments

President Jonathan with US Secretary of State, John Kerry at the State House, Marina, Lagos

It is an interesting development to see Nigerians of different persuasions and political ideologies coming together to sign peace accords or agreements in preparation for the 2015 General Elections. This is indeed something worth commending the initiators and the participants for.

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The race ran (1)

  /   in Moment to Moment   /   Comments

Church-of-England

There is a great fable of a race ran by the tortoise and the hare. Both animals are healthy, capable and very able to live well and survive their environments. They are as different in looks as they are in gifts and abilities, they each had different tastes and different needs but they were an integral part of the animal society they lived in.

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