Friday April 18th, 2014
Friday April 18th, 2014
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Two-tier nation

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:22 am   /   Comments

Gov Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State

GOVERNOR of Rivers State and Chairman of the Governors Forum, Rotimi Amaechi provided a useful glimpse into the thinking of some governors on some of the key issues being discussed for constitutional amendments.

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Our misunderstood President

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:03 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan

“Politics – the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” -Oscar Ameringer

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Back to the trenches

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

File photo: President Goodluck Jonathan addressing the Nation at The State House in Abuja

THE President’s men are busy putting out lengthy repudiations of allegations and suspicions that he has an agenda to scuttle the numerous initiatives towards arresting corruption and waste in our oil and gas sector.

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Rules of disengagement

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:28 am   /   Comments

Buhari

THE dust raised by the chilling indictment of the Nigerian security agencies and the Jamaatu Ahlil Sunnah Diddaawati Wal Jihad (JASLIWAJ) (a.k.a. Boko Haram) by Amnesty International had hardly settled down when the war was taken up to new levels in Yobe and Borno States.

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Un-Due Process

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 1:57 am   /   Comments

Emmanuel Uduaghan, Olusegun Mimiko, Adams Oshiomhole and Kayode Fayemi

THE nation is being reminded that the interests of politicians is superior to all institutions, rules and processes, including the public service and procurement processes. Events are unfolding which explain why our politics in Nigeria is so anti-people, and how politicians are running our economy aground.

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The naked nation

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:40 am   /   Comments

University of Port Harcourt students brutally beaten and burnt alive

IMAGINE please what went through the minds of the four young men who were apprehended in Port Harcourt by a mob which tortured them, paraded them naked with tyres around their necks, and then set them ablaze.

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The case for Statelessness

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

Nigeria-map2

IT would have been interesting to hear what the outcome of the aborted North-East Summit would say about issues such as the clamour for additional State(s) in the South-East, or on the demand for “true” federalism. Alas, the powerful Governors torpedoed it by simply staying away, and hinting that the Summit could be hijacked by hostile interests.

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Crude, slippery arguments

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:49 am   /   Comments

File Photo: Crude Oil

THE Federal Government was, yesterday, accused of not stating the fact by claiming that Nigeria had no fresh evidence to contest the International Court of Justice, ICJ, judgment of 2002 ceding Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon.

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Tony who?

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:52 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan (middle); former British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair (left) and Chairman JP Morgan, Mr. Jamie Dimon during a consultative visit to President Jonathan at Aso Rock, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida.

A curious story in one of the news dailies a few days ago said that former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair advised our President Goodluck Jonathan to disregard the voice of Nigerian opposition and other citizens who complain over his policies.

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A prayer for Dame Patience Jonathan

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 6:00 pm   /   Comments

* Dame Patience Jonathan

JUST about everything that should be said about the illness and absence of Dame Patience Jonathan has been said. Her aides and Presidential spokesmen have been accused of lying, deception, cover-up, insensitivity and irresponsibility over her whereabouts and illness.

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The national horrors list

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:27 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan (l), presenting GCON  Merit Award to Chief Mike Adenuga at the 2012 National Honours Award in Abuja on Monday (17/9/12)

The uproar which greeted the publication of this year’s National Honours list has been very unfair to the majority of the those honoured. Most critics ignored the fact that many people on the list have eminently earned their recognition and rewards. A few are borderlines.

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Crude, slippery arguments

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 2:00 am   /   Comments

Gov Ahmed

The arguments over the legality and propriety of the onshore-offshore dichotomy are likely to get louder and more involving in the next few months. It is safe to assume that this issue will feed existing faultlines in the nation, and will quite probably play a pivotal role in determining security issues around oil and gas, and even the 2015 elections.

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The Edo-Kebbi bridge

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:35 am   /   Comments

Gov Dakingari

In the midst of doom and gloom regarding the future of the nation, a spark of hope was ignited in a small town in Kebbi State. On Saturday 25th of August the small town of Koko was filled to the brim with Nigerians from every nook and cranny of the nation, and a rich assortment of representatives of the international community.

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Squabbling at a problem

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

L-r: Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa of Kaduna State with chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Dr Babangida Aliyu of Niger State and Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State at one of their meetings in Kaduna

NORTHERN Governors set up a seemingly powerful committee on reconciliation, healing and security last week, three months into the silence of President Goodluck Jonathan over the long list of grievances and demands presented to him by Northern Elders.

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All decisions, great and small

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:00 am   /   Comments

Dr. Okupe

YOU really do have to wonder who assists President Goodluck Jonathan in terms of his engagements with the public. It is possible that he chooses what he says, when and where he says it, and why.

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Shhhh!

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:34 am   /   Comments

DrDoyinOkupe1

THE recent entry of Dr. Doyin Okupe into the image management team of President Goodluck Jonathan ought to have improved the manner the Presidency is perceived by Nigerians. Dr. Okupe brings an intimidating credential as a heavyweight with an intellect and a punch, and has been involved in many bruising battles in the corridors of power and on political streets.

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Damned if they do, damned if they don’t

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:16 am   /   Comments

*IBB and OBJ

FORMER Presidents Obasanjo and Babangida issued a joint statement last week appealing to Nigerians to stand back from the abyss. Just any public collaboration between these two these days is matter of considerable public interest. These two leaders have given the nation its most defining characteristics today.

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Many wrongs over our rights

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:11 am   /   Comments

Nollywood actor, Ramse Noah leading the campaign with some human rights advocates.

ON the 8th of December, 2011 the Senate approved the President’s request to appoint the Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission.

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Nigerian Military: One egg in all baskets

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

*Army

THE rather untidy involvement of the military in the relocation of villagers around Jos to enable operations against identified terrorists has thrown into sharp relief the current engagement and disposition of the military in the affairs of the nation.

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Living with mass death

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:32 am   /   Comments

TANKERS-fire-FARM

ON Thursday last week, our nation lost a little bit more of its humanity, after over one hundred people perished in a fire while scooping spilt petroleum from a crashed tanker. Exactly how many people died in those circumstances, in a State literally sitting on oil resources may never be known.

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Edo guber election: Ballots and bullets

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:47 am   /   Comments

Gov.Oshinmhole of ACN and Gen. Airhiavbare of PDP

IF you are voter in Edo State who believes that your vote should and must count, you must be wondering whether it is safe to exercise your right to decide who becomes Governor of the State this coming Saturday.

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Full closure

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

cartoon-leaders1

Among the many vital requirements for good governance, the existence of openness and transparency in the manner Nigerian leaders manage our affairs is the most visible by its absence. An accountable leadership with a capacity to submit to the highest moral standards is absolutely essential as a requirement for the growth and development of our democratic system.

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From the frontline

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

President Goodluck Jonathan

I AM writing this on the sixth day of the near-total lockdown of Kaduna State where I live. Since two bombs went off in two churches in my hometown, Zaria, and another in Kaduna, my fellow citizens have been back to familiar trenches or behind closed doors counting losses and licking wounds.

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Progress of the well-digger

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:24 am   /   Comments

Rep. Farouk Lawan

A WELL-DIGGER makes progress only by digging himself further into the ground, until he reaches water. Sometimes, he goes so deep into the earth that by the time he strikes water, he is too deep. Climbing up, or being pulled up and out of the well becomes a very hazardous affair and by the time he is out it seems as if it really wasn’t worth all the trouble.

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The anatomy of failure

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

Some of the victims of Dana Plane crash: Fatokun and daughter, Olusola Arokoya, Ajuonuma, Onita, Ike Abugu and Kunbi

THE crash of the Dana Aircraft last week in Lagos raises many issues regarding the manner our government relates to its citizens. It provides an opportunity to highlight basic flaws in the structure and operations of governance institutions in Nigeria, and identify critical areas where genuine improvements must be made.

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Saving President Jonathan

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

President Goodluck Jonathan

IF you dropped into the country from outer space in the last one week; and read newspapers or listened to private radio and television or browsed the social media, you would wonder what can possibly be done to save President Goodluck Jonathan from the Nigerian people.

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Leaders behaving badly

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 5:41 pm   /   Comments

File photo: President Goodluck Jonathan addressing the Nation at The State House in Abuja

YESTERDAY, President Goodluck Jonathan celebrated his first year in office. If the last one year has been eventful, what will the next three be like? Better for Jonathan and the nation? More trying? Can we tell?

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2015, or something like it

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

President Goodluck Jonathan

YOU would be forgiven if you think we are already in 2015, or thereabouts, and the election campaigns are in full swing. We are watching a drama unfold, which has many parts that are chilling in their effects. In a few days, President Jonathan will be celebrating his first year in office as a President sworn-in after an election he contested as a candidate.

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Jonathan’s watch

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:08 am   /   Comments

Goodluck Jonathan and Yar'Adua in the early days of the administration.

A LITTLE over two years ago, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua died, providing a natural solution to a messy political and legal logjam that was to haunt the rest of his planned four – year term. It is a sign of the present times and the conditions we live under that the Anniversary was barely noticed.

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I am a Deltan

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:45 am   /   Comments

Gov Uduaghan

ALL columnists are used to having feedbacks, some abusive, others encouraging. Indeed, these feedbacks mean a lot, even if, in many instances, they come from people who have either not read what you have written, or understood it.

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Expensive sand

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 12:32 am   /   Comments

ASABA-CONSTRUCTION

BY the time you read this piece, a pile of sand around the Asaba Airport which had been planned for removal at the reported cost of N7.4b to allow President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential plane to land at Asaba may have been cleared, or may still be there.

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A cynic’s guide to constitutional amendments

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 1:05 am   /   Comments

TECHNICALLY, we could claim to be at another starting point in terms of amending the Nigerian Constitution. Our constitution amendment attempts have been like races.

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