Monday November 24th, 2014
Monday November 24th, 2014
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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

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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

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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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Obasanjo here, Obasanjo there

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

President Jonathan and Gen. Obasanjo (Rtd)

AT the zenith of his power, President Olusegun Obasanjo was credited with the quip that you should check your watch every time President Ibrahim Babangida said good morning to you.

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North: The goals of power

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

*Gov Aliyu Babangida of Niger State

Britain’s blue chip index fell on Monday for the first time this year, balking at technical resistance levels having reached its highest close for nearly two years in the previous session.

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The makers of 2013

  /   in Hakeem Baba-Ahmad 2:04 am   /   Comments

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PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan says 2013 will be the year of his greatest impact. Most Nigerians will hope so. Leaders of the opposition and skeptics who hope he will disappoint again will pay for their hostility with higher costs for diesel for their generators, higher costs to protect and secure life and limbs, and uncertainties over whether a President who performs badly all through his four year s will allow a free and fair election to determine his fate in 2015. If 2013 will be the year President Jonathan will affect our lives most, what factors will be in play in shaping it?

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God and us

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

File Photo: JAJI BLAST - Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa of Kaduna State with the Commandant of Command and Staff College, Jaji, AVM Ibrahim Abdullahi Kure when the governor visited the scene of the bomb blast at the military barrack church in Jaji. Photo: Olu Ajayi.

THE awesome power of the Almighty was visible on Saturday last week when the plane which was flying the Governor of Kaduna State and former National Security Adviser, among others, crashed, and all lives in it were lost. The nation was also reminded of the deep submission to the powers of God by President Goodluck Jonathan in the manner his pictures were splashed all over the media and social network sites kneeling, as he did in 2010, before Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

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The audacity of evil

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

File photo: Prof Kamene Okonjo and Minister of Finance, Prof. Okonjo-Iweala

THE kidnapping, last Sunday, of the mother of the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, from her home will shock even those who have been desensitized by the endemic nature of this crime.

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Who wants to be a Chairman?

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

President Jonathan and former President Obasanjo

THE Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) stumbled last week in its search for a chairman for its Board of Trustees (BOT). The position has been vacant since President Obasanjo walked away from it some months back.

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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

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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

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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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