Wednesday November 26th, 2014
Wednesday November 26th, 2014
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Snakes in Aminu c’s compound

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Aminu Waziri Tambuwal,  Mutawallen Sakwato

Let me begin by expressing relief that House Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, finally dropped out of the race for presidency in 2015. Not that he is not eminently qualified; but in the circumstance, he was clearly being set up to fail, and it was also to scuttle the chances of the APC in the 2015 presidential election.

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USA: Thoughts from the heart of empire

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK AKNOLEDGING CHEERS FROM HIS SUPPORTES

I arrived in Los Angeles, California, on the 15-hour Emirate Airline flight from Dubai, last Saturday. This is the second leg of my four-week holiday, out of Nigeria. I spent last week in Dubai; and I think a conversation I had with a mother and daughter from Norway, just summed up the city.

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Burkina Faso’s Sub-Saharan spring

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A crowd gathers on October 31, 2014 in front of army headquarters in Ouagadougou, demanding that the army take over following the resignation of the president. Burkina Faso's army chief Navere Honore Traore said he was taking power on October 31 as head of state after President Blaise Compaore announced his resignation as tens of thousands of protesters demanded that he quit immediately after a day of unrest that saw mass protests and the storming of parliament and other public buildings.    AFP PHOTO

IT was a Law student, Lucien Trinnou, speaking last Friday in Ouagadougou, that gave this description of the uprising in Burkina Faso, which swept away, Blaise Compaore, one of the most despicable characters to ever seized power in any African country. When Compaore murdered the revolutionary icon, Thomas Sankara, in Octtober 1978, he murdered the hopes of millions of the working people, the youth and poor people, not only in Burkina Faso, but all over the African continent.

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On the edge

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A woman in Purdah casting her votes during the Gubernatorial and State Assembly Elections in Minna, Niger State. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

All Nigerian elections are like wars. Correction: they are wars, involving massive deployment of resources, losses of investments, political ambitions, lives and limbs. Victors emerge, but they rarely have time or space to savour victories because the war never really stops.

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National Assembly and national minimum wage

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N-Assembly

LAST week, the Senate removed wages from the Exclusive Legislative List and placed it in the Concurrent List, as part of the Constitution amendment process. Stripped of legislative language, it means there will no longer be a National Minimum Wage in Nigeria and each state can pay whatever it deemed fit.

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President Jonathan, where is the ceasefire with Boko Haram?

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By  Is’haq Modibbo Kawu LIKE other Nigerians, I was taken by surprise when news broke last week that the Nigerian government had reached a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram. The announcement was swiftly followed by the Chief of Defence Staff’s directive to all troops to stop engagement with Boko Haram. It became even more curious

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Obasanjo’s amazing apotheosis

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Obasanjo

THE NATION newspaper’s HARDBALL of Tuesday, October 14, 2014, mischievously described it as the “BEGGARS’ ORCHESTRA”.
The occasion was the triumphant return to their old PDP base of some political grandees, from Ogun State led by former governor, Gbenga Daniel (but wait a minute, didn’t incumbent governorAmosun say Gbenga isn’t from Ogun state?).

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From Kano to Kogi: Consolidating development, opening accesses

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Kwankwaso

IN the past two weeks, I have been travelling in Kano and Kogi states. Two weeks ago, we were back in Kano along with colleagues from other parts of the country, to see the fast paced developments of the past three years in the city.

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Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Mutawallen Sakwato

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Aminu Waziri Tambuwal,  Mutawallen Sakwato

LAST weekend Sokoto hosted the cream of Nigerian political society. They were in the ‘Seat of the Caliphate’ for the turbanning of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, as the new Mutawallen Sakwato. And in the Nigerian political manner of doing things, most of those who turned out were from the opposition APC party.

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Between the Pastor and the General Overseer: Nigeria’s moral burden

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Pastor Chris Oyakhilome; Ayo Oritsejafor; Enoch Adeboye; David Oyedepo and Mike Okonkwo

THE past week has not been a fine one for the rightwing Pentecostal Christian movement in Nigeria. And by extension, the moral burden of Nigeria’s ruling class and all our compatriots who swear loyalty to these two sets in our nation’s firmament, also got heavier.

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President Jonathan’s billboards, sycophancy incorporated

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Jonabringback

WE must thank DAILY TRUST for the investigative piece of Thursday, September 11, 2014, titled “161 pro-Jonathan billboards in Abuja”. The nut and bolt of the piece was that Abuja has literally become swamped in a surfeit of billboards “praising President Goodluck Jonathan’s achievements and urging him to seek re-election in 2015″.

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Dimgba Igwe and our dysfunctional social spaces

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Dimgba Igwe

IT was late afternoon on Saturday last week that I heard of the tragic killing of THE SUN newspaper columnist, Dimgba Igwe. I put through a call to THE SUN MD and President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Femi Adesina.

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Of National ID card, Mastercard and the slave mentality

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (L), DISPLAYING A DUMMY OF HIS NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD AT THE LAUNCH OF e-ID CARD IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY (28/8/14). WITH HIM ARE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, DR AKINWUMI ADESINA AND BOARD CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT COMMISSION, PRINCE UCHE SECONDUS. BJO/NAN -

LAST Thursday, President Jonathan launched the National electronic Identification Card. The national ID Card project has been one of the most scandalous avenues of heist in Nigeria for decades. In cahoots with all kinds of crooked foreign businessmen, members of the Nigerian political elite have exploited the absolutely necessary need for a national identification system to fleece Nigeria of billions of dollars.

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Issues and personalities of the National Conference

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Confab Closes— From left: President Goodluck Jonathan receiving Report of 2014 National Conference from  Chairman of the Confab, Justice Idris Kutigi at the closing ceremony of conference in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

AS we return to our lives after the intensely lived months of the National Conference, 2014, many thoughts have crossed my mind about those truly crowded days and months of our lives.

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And then the national conference’s finale

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Confab members

WE resumed National Conference last Monday, to be confronted with huge tomes of publications that were reports of the conference. We then got the unrealistic time line of two days to read these reports and by Wednesday, to adopt these as the finale of the work that we did over the previous four months. The standout volume was the third, which was titled “DRAFT CONSTITUTION”. Now, that volume was to threaten the outcome of the National Conference, because it proved to be the most controversial documentary outcome of the Conference. The roots of that controversy, on the one hand had been sown even before the Conference and it actually reflected the conflicting views of the different sides in the contestation for Nigeria. There was a tendency, which was basically Southern, which believed that there was the need for a new constitution as a replacement for the 1999 Constitution, often derisorily described as a military-imposed document that was not reflective of the aspirations of the Nigerian people.

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Ebola virus and the salt water of ignorance

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By Is’haq Modibbo Kawu “A Medical Doctor who is a very senior officer with one of the key FGN agencies involved in managing this crisis confirmed… that he also bathed in salt! Can you imagine the implication of this…?…This has brought to the fore how vulnerable our people are to narratives that could harm them!

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Zionist Israeli crimes in Gaza

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GAZA

We must salute Femi Aribisala, the intrepid VANGUARD columnist, for his remarkable piece this week, titled: “WHY CHRISTIANS MUST STOP SUPPORTING ISRAEL AGAINST PALESTINIANS”. He spoke for our collective humanity, and sufficiently stoked our indignation against the Zionist state of Israel and the crimes it is currently committing against the Palestinian people, in the largest open prison on earth, the Gaza Strip.

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What a crowded week that was

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MASTERMIND-BUHARI

WHAT has a poor transvestite (the Northern phenomenon of DAN DAUDU) got to do with Nigeria’s security challenge today? Everything apparently!

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Registration and deportation of Nigerians in Nigeria

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Deportees

Early this week, the National Security Council, presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, and attended by the nation’s top security chiefs, directed states registering and deporting “non-indigenes”, “to stop the practice forthwith”.

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#Bring back our girls campaign, the blackmail franchise

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Bring Back our Girls Group Visit At NASS: Speaker House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Wazir Tambwal discussing with Coordinators of #Bringbackourgirl, Former Minister of Education Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Mrs. Mariyam Uwasi, Mrs. Hazati  and others during Visit of the group to National Assembly Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Last Sunday, many newspapers commemorated the 90th day of abduction of the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls. The incredible abduction remains a major blot on the conscience of Nigerians and has continued to shock people around the world.

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Thoughts and ideas for Kwara State’s liberation

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kwara logo

I was in Ilorin last weekend, to present a paper at a retreat organised by the Kwara State branch of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Most of my readers might recall that I have been a most scathing critic of Nigeria’s ruling party,over the past fifteen years.

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National Conference 2014: Headed for the home stretch

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:20 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the ongoing national confernce

I got caught in the eye of a storm this week at the National Conference. Pure serendipity really! SUNDAY TRUST’s cover was an exclusive report titled: “NATIONAL CONFAB HIDDEN AGENDA EXPOSED”. The report had gleaned from a 102-page document entitled: “The National Conference 2014 Terms of Agreement of the six Geo-Political Zones”.

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Ekiti election: Deconstructing the Fayemi meltdown

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Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, praying for Governor Kayode Fayemi during the latter's visit to his palace in Ado-Ekiti over the weekend.

AN honest disclosure is the appropriate way to start today’s piece. Kayode Fayemi, the outgoing governor of Ekiti State, is my friend.

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Believe in Allah but tie your camel

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A cross section of Muslim faithfuls praying at the Agodi Muslim prayer ground in Ibadan. Pix by Dare Fasube

The idea of writing a column with my title today came during my visit to Maiduguri, two weeks ago. The thought was triggered by a number of related ideas. On June1st, 2014, many Nigerian newspapers used on their front pages, a picture of President Goodluck Jonathan, receiving a delegation of the head of the Islamic Tijaniyya Brotherhood, led by Khalifa Sheikh Ahmed TijaniInyass, at the Aso Villa.

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The Emir died, long live the Emir

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HOMAGE—International business magnate and Africa's richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, paying homage to the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, yesterday.With them are Makama, Alhaji Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim; Wali, Mahe Bashir Wali; Jarma, Professor Isa Hashim; Dallatu, Alhaji Muhammad Aliyu and the Deputy Secretary of the Emirate Council, Alhaji Sarki Waziri.  Photo: Govt. House, Kano.

Last Friday, Alhaji Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano died at the age of 83. He had reigned for 51 years, and with his death, a most significant chapter in the history of leadership, sourced from the traditions of the Sokoto Jihad, closed.

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Borno: Witness to leadership in a season of killings

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Shettima in tears

IF I say I was not petrified travelling through that 135km of road to Gwoza, I would be lying because that road had been designated a no-go area for about two months now due to incessant attacks and killings that occur there. But leadership requires courage and sacrifice. Courage, I believe is not the absence of fear but the belief that there is something greater than that fear”- Kashim Shettima, Borno state Governor

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Provisioning our military for successful counter-insurgency

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Cross Section of Top Military Officers

Last week, I made a case for Nigerians to support our armed forces as they confront the greatest security challenge facing the nation since the Nigerian Civil War. I illustrated my narrative with examples drawn from my years of encountering our valiant soldiers in far-flung areas of the world.

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Nigeria’s armed forces and the crisis of insurgency

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Army-war

Early this week, Nigerian newspapers carried on their covers the picture of local vigilantes in Borno State allegedly preparing to enter the dreaded Sambisa forest. They were ostensibly ready not only to rescue the Chibok girls, but to also confront Boko Haram insurgents.

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President Goodluck Jonathan’s fallouts from Chibok

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Jonathan and Netanyahu

“Statistics say Nigeria is the richest country in Africa, with an average annual per capita income of 1,200 pounds, great wealth in most of the continent. But this is the greatest kleptocracy on Earth, whose oil wealth is pillaged by an elite which claws not millions, but billions…

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Bring back our girls: The worst and the best of times

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Some women, led by Mrs  Oby Ezekwesili,  protesting the abduction of 230 school girls in Chibok, Borno State.

NOT since the OCCUPY NIGERIA demonstrations of January 2012, against the Jonathan administration’s hike of petroleum products prices, has an event shocked and united Nigerians like the on-going #BRING BACK OUR GIRLS manifestation.

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National conference 2014: The Diaspora vote debate

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:25 am   /   Comments

national-conference

Despite my hope and preferred choices, I was made a member of the Political Parties and Electoral Matters Committee of the National Conference. Frankly, I had wanted, above all else, to serve in the committee dealing with political restructuring issues.

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Between President and Governors: A dip in the gutter

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President Goodluck Jonathan (C, R), standing next to Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima (C, L) waves upon his arrival at Maiduguri international airport on March 7, 2013. Jonathan visits two cities in northeast Nigeria, where Islamist group Boko Haram has carried out scores of attacks, his first trip to the embattled region since taking office in 2010. AFP PHOTO

LAST week, I argued that in moments of crisis, the political elite must unite the country, to ward off a nation endangering process.

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