Thursday October 2nd, 2014
Thursday October 2nd, 2014
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Time and Place

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:41 am   /   Comments

File: Voter casting her vote

WITH just a few months before Nigerians go to the general elections, the outlook on a nation ready to confront and successfully deal with a major turning point is poor. Vital requirements for the success of the transitional processes between this administration and the next are missing, and there is little evidence that capacities exist which will re invent or develop them.

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A tale of two nations

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:51 am   /   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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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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A place for elders

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:04 am   /   Comments

Northern-people

I GOT to know the late Alhaji Magaji Dambatta personally only in the last one year of his accomplished life. Of course, it is impossible not to have been aware of a rare titan who from a very young age, began a life that was entirely dedicated to God and his community.

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Nuhu Ribadu, m.n.i.

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:19 am   /   Comments

Ribadu

IT is not easy finding anything new or profound to say over the defection of Malam Nuhu Ribadu from the APC to the PDP in search of a governorship position of his state, Adamawa. I know how deeply personal that decision has been for him.

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The week after

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:06 am   /   Comments

Confab members

THIS time last week, the nation held its breath in anticipation of the final episode in the four months old saga that was the National Conference. The key actors themselves did not have the final pages of the script. Or, to put it another way, there were many versions of the final scenes of a melodrama that threatened to either tear the nation apart, or facilitate massive distortions in political power and resource mobilisation and allocation.

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Sticks and stones

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

Sultan of Sokoto and President Jonathan

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.” George Bernard Shaw.
IN the space of two days, President Goodluck Jonathan and Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Saad, raised alarm over the damage which elders cause by the manner they comment on political issues. The President spoke during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Church Service in Abuja.

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2014

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:07 am   /   Comments

Crowd at the  Abubakar Gunmi Central Market in Kaduna State on June 24 after relaxation of 24hrs curfew engendered  by multiple bomb attacks which killed many in the state  Photo by Olu Ajayi.

“Does a man not know if he has pepper in his eyes? If we forget today, how shall we remember tomorrow?” Nigerian Proverb.

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A beginning, or an end?

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:06 am   /   Comments

Jonathan and Obasanjo

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN has finally responded to President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter. The nation will pour over its language, nuance and content, to see whether it represents an end or a beginning of a relationship between two of the most powerful people in Nigeria today. There is one point which will not be disputed.

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Is it too late?

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:10 am   /   Comments

Obasanjo

PRESIDENT Obasanjo’s poison letter to President Jonathan laid everything bare, except the full intent behind its title, “Before it is too late.” On the face of it, the title suggests that Obasanjo’s blistering survey of all the ills of Jonathan’s personality and administration holds out the hope that the President can fix himself and his administration in a manner that will save the nation from a looming disaster.

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PDP: Tough times ahead

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:10 am   /   Comments

pdp

Following the meeting with party leaders and PDP governors as well as two former PDP governors who re-affirmed their full and final defection, President Goodluck Jonathan was reported to have summoned an emergency meeting of top guns of the party on Monday night.

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When in a ditch, dig

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:17 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan wave to the crowd shortly after the conferment of se -lo-lia (Star of the Nation) on him during the courtesy visit to the king for the burial of the first Lady's mother , Madam fynface Oba in Okireka , River state ...yesterday

There is evidence around that President Goodluck Jonathan is toughing up his mien. He is not heeding the caution that you stop digging when you are in a deep hole. This can be explained by a number of possible reasons. One is poor appreciation of the circumstances in which he takes decisions.

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Atiku

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 1:23 am   /   Comments

Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar just turned 67. Naturally, friends and well-wishers, employees and political associates rolled out the drums and took volumes of pages in newspapers to remind the nation that he is still in the market, calling on Nigerians to come forward for service.

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Anambra: Its 2015!

  /   in Anambra Elections, Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 1:47 am   /   Comments

ANAMBRA RESULT—From Left: Inec Resident Electoral Commissioner for  Anambra, Prof. Emeka Onukaoga; Head of Operations, Inec, Anambra, Mr Okon Ewa and Returning Officer for 2013 Anambra  Governorship Election, Prof. James Epoke during the announcement of result at Awka, Anambra State, yesterday.

BY the time you read this, INEC would have returned the APGA candidate as winner in the Anambra gubernatorial elections held on Saturday, November 16. The APC, PDP and Labour Party candidates would have rejected the results outrightly.

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PDP: Bloodied dog, bloodied monkey

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 3:09 am   /   Comments

PDP

By the end of this week, the nation would be regaled with another twist in the PDP leadership saga. As I write, the nPDP faction is strategising for the next battle, while the President Goodluck Jonathan faction is digging in for a final battle. This bruising, all-consuming fight is unlikely to end without massive losses on all sides.

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Salami: The face of Nigeria’s judiciary

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:06 am   /   Comments

KATSINA-ALU & SALAMI

FORMER Chief Justice Muhammadu Lawal Uwais is not a man given to outbursts or postures that should attract more than the most minimal of attention to himself. He has been very selective in his public appearances and comments and although he has been active in support of many laudable causes, he has steered clear of controversial issues. This could not have been easy.

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Why Stella may get her groove back

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:04 am   /   Comments

Minister of Aviation, Mrs Stella Oduah  and President Goodluck Jonathan

A 1998 movie titled “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”, adapted from Terry Sullivan’s bestselling novel of the same title was a huge success. It was about a married, successful woman who went on a vacation alone and then fell in love with a much younger man.

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Getting what you wished for

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:23 am   /   Comments

national-conference

THE outcome of the public engagements by the Advisory Committee on National Dialogue may offend one of the basic assumptions which informed the need to subject the nation to critical scrutiny and review.

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When Governors sneeze…

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:23 am   /   Comments

*PDP governors

AN amusing report in one of the dailies last week claimed that PDP governors are demanding N46b worth of projects for their states for voting for President Jonathan in 2015.

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Boda Lati Femi Fani–Kayode

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:58 am   /   Comments

Femi Fani-Kayode

AN electronic medium last week reported Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode as saying that he has Fulani blood in his veins. His full name, following an ancestral line which descended from a Muslim grandfather, Shiekh Nurudeen Sa’id from Ilesha, is Abdullateef Femi Fani-Kayode.

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The Oga not on top

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:42 am   /   Comments

PDP Chairman, Bamanga Tukur .

THE grounds are rapidly shifting away from the chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
For a man who came into the office under very controversial circumstances, his current travails should not surprise anyone. Still, you have to marvel at the speed of his declining powers, and wonder if it symbolises a massive decline in the fortunes of the PDP.

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Achebe’s people

  /   in Achebe: Exit of a literary giant, Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:34 am   /   Comments

Late Prof Chinua Achebe

THIS column last week was about Chinua Achebe, his works and his legacies. I knew that there will be a backlash, and had even attributed some of it to the legacies the late legend left behind.

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Chinua Achebe

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:13 am   /   Comments

Chinualumogu  Achebe, Professor of English, father of modern African literature

THE dust raised by his last controversial book There was a Country has not settled. A former Military Governor of North Western State during the Nigerian Civil War, Alhaji Usman Faruk has just published his own version of the war in which he casts the Northern leaders who executed the war as patriotic heroes. On the very day he died, alarming statements were being made by people who were not even born before the Nigerian civil war, most of them threatening mayhem, revenge and even another civil war following the bombing of buses in Kano which, as it turned out, mostly took the lives of people from the same stock as the presumed bombers. One or two prominent writers even hinted that the bombing in Kano may have hastened his death. Chinua Achebe’s Nigeria is falling apart at a rate no one could have imagined. The tragedy is that history will record him as a symbol of its cultural wealth, as well as a symptom of its failure to utilise its assets.

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Beyond pardon

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:04 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Anyim Pius Anyim and Head of Service Isa Bello Sali at the Federal Executive Council meeting summoned by President Jonathan Wednesday, in Abuja.

Something is seriously wrong at the highest decision-making levels of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government. A number of elementary but expensive errors of judgement are being made which, cumulatively, will cost the nation very dearly.

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PIB: A basic guide

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:36 am   /   Comments

pib

THE Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, is a piece of legislation initially intended to address endemic structural, policy and managerial issues in the Nigerian oil and gas sector. Its goals were to enhance the value of the asset for the Nigerian people by plugging loopholes in policies and management and improving transparency and efficiency of the sector.

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State Electoral Commissions

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:44 am   /   Comments

inec

IT will be difficult to find enthusiastic, independent support for the continued existence of State Electoral Commissions. But they will continue to exist because they serve very powerful interests that have nothing to do with the growth and development of the democratic system.

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Democracy, elections

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:42 am   /   Comments

Voters being accredited before the postponement last Saturday

THE way our President, Governors of the PDP, major opposition parties, eminent, perennial actors and fixers in the political system are running around in pursuit of 2015, you would think our democratic process is all about elections.

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No ordinary servant

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:05 am   /   Comments

*Abdulrasheed Maina,

THE charade around the conduct and fate of an Assistant Director in the Federal Civil Service who exercises responsibility as Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdurrasheed Maina appears set to continue.

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And now for the hard part

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:26 am   /   Comments

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

THE planned merger of three or four parties is a major development in the nation’s current political disposition. Whether it lives up to its billing as the most significant development since 1999, or it falls flat on its face in the next few weeks will be determined by many issues and challenges.

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Days of our lives

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:54 am   /   Comments

obj-jona-church

PEOPLE who have taken ringside seats in the on-going bruising fight between President Goodluck Jonathan and President Olusegun Obasanjo must have been jolted when news filtered out that the two had attended a church service at the Presidential Villa, last Sunday and had a private lunch afterwards.

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Governors

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:14 am   /   Comments

govs2

DO State governors deserve the approbium directed at them from all informed sections of the polity? What does it feel like to be a governor and exercise the type of powers that make you at once a major source of power and patronage, and an albatross around the neck of our democracy?

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Usurping the political space

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:21 am   /   Comments

CENTRAL Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

AS he is wont to do, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi triggered another quarrel when he called for the banning of ethnic and religious organisations on the grounds that they inhibit the growth of an all-inclusive political process, threaten national unity and heighten the state of insecurity in the nation.

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