Tuesday October 21st, 2014
Tuesday October 21st, 2014
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Alhaji Umaru Dikko, nostalgia and PDP’s politics

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*Umaru Dikko

A WEEK can be a very long time in politics. This is even truer within the pressure cooker ambience of Nigerian politics. Two events this week, underline the central place of power and the incredible struggle to retain it, by the denizens of the PDP.

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The PDP finds its undertakers

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PDP

THE late Chief Mobolaji Bank-Anthony must be turning in his grave! It was on Igbosere Road in Lagos, if I recall properly, that he established his undertaking business in old Lagos. It was appropriately named “THE SYMPATHETIC UNDERTAKERS”.

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Nigeria: From an imperfect democracy to a perfect mess

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*Mbu-Amaechi

“The PDP appears to have added public brawling to its list of accomplishments. The self-proclaimed largest party in Africa has turned into a fight club that employs the police as ushers for its matches…When the interest of the nation is subjugated so that the narrow, parochial interest of a clique in power is served events like we see unfold in Rivers will soon become common place.

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The peculiar absurdities of Kwara politics

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*Chief Sola Saraki condolence register.

THIS week the Kwara State House of Assembly held a public sitting on a proposal to re-name the four-year old Kwara State University, after late Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, the politician that bestrode the state’s political terrain like a colossus for over three decades.

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Troubling issues from the security crises in northern Nigeria

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*Soldiers on patrol

A FEW weeks ago, I sent a text to General SarkinYaki Bello, the Coordinator of Counter-Terrorism in the office of the National Security Adviser. I received a response that he was away on an official assignment. I have been unable to speak with him.

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The T.Y. Danjuma effect in Northern Nigeria

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• Rtd Gen. T. Y. Danjuma

LAST weekend, the cream of the Northern Nigerian elite gathered in Zaria, for the turbaning of General TY Danjuma, as JarmaiZazzau.

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Nigeria’s out-of-school children

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Kids hawking in traffic

IN this season of high wire politicking, it probably means nothing to the Nigerian ruling elite. But the social consequences might sooner, rather than later, come to consume them.

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Who stole my ‘Bleashing’?

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In extreme cases of skin bleaching, the skin can become multi-coloured and marred with inflammation or scarring.

IT was one of those stories that might have been missed in a newspaper. But there it was in Vanguard newspaper of Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

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Isa Yuguda: The serial opportunist’s burden

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Shema,Yuguda and  Amaechi

ISA Yuguda, the Bauchi State governor, seems to be angry! So angry that he decided to do what amounts to a grand Northern regional version of “apostacy”. Isa’s grand posturing is related to the crisis within the Nigerian Governors’ Forum.

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The PDP, Governors’ Forum and democracy

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amaechi1

LAST weekend, the former governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu, was given an honorary degree by the Kano State University of Technology in Wudil. The university was established during Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s first tenure, between 1999 and 2003.

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Nigeria’s troubling epidemic of rapes

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:58 am   /   Comments

13-year-old  girl in agony after attempted rape

LAST week, the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development, an NGO, reported that in 2012, no fewer than 1, 200 girls were raped in Rivers state.

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State of emergency and national matters arising

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nyako1

IT has been the worst of times in Nigeria; this past month. The harvest of deaths has troubled Nigerians in ways that hack back to the frightening days of the civil war. There are very few places in Nigeria today that do not have the re-inforced presence of security forces.

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The Labour Movement and the Nigerian condition

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NLCA

LAST week working people celebrated May Day, the international day of working class solidarity. Since 1981, May Day has become a national holiday in Nigeria.

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Kingsley Kuku, dire consequences and democracy

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Amnesty-cartoon1

LAST Thursday in Washington, USA, Kingsley Kuku, President Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Niger Delta and chairman, presidential amnesty programme, gave us a peek into the mindset of the administration current in power in Nigeria.

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Jonathan’s super minister

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*Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

WHEN the story broke last week, that Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had ORDERED Information Minister, Labaran Maku, to punish Yushau Shuaibu, spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), for daring to criticise her, I wasn’t too surprised really.

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It’s a presidential directive: Capture 32 states

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File photo: A cross section of supporters at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

IT is certainly one of the biggest stories of the week. The embattled National Chairman of the ruling PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, took time away from the desperate battle he is fighting for survival, within the party, to rally the troops. Not the best of times at the head of the party, and more often than not, putting out the fires lit by political enemies, the chairman was for once receiving a friendly delegation of a Southwest caucus of the PDP.

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Margaret Thatcher: Heroine of capitalism,enemy of the people

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*Margaret Thatcher

WHEN Margaret Thatcher died on Monday, we were guaranteed an outpouring of emotions as diverse and divided as she was in her political career.

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Tales and travails of travel

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Lagbus-old

I LEFT Abuja last Friday morning to celebrate the Easter holiday in Ilorin. I had not been back home since the first week of January, because I have been sucked into the exacting job of trying to be a media entrepreneur, in the past five months. I have been travelling in many directions, but going to Ilorin was not part of the package.

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Chinua Achebe’s undying place in our memories

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Late Prof Chinua Achebe

MY earliest encounter with Chinua Achebe was not the usual “suspect”; his trailblazing work, Things Fall Apart. That came a bit later. I had my earliest encounter with Africa’s greatest writer, with Chike And The River. It was set in Onitsha, against the backdrop of the majestic River Niger.

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‘Our members are hungry, our members must not be hungry’

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pdp-umbrella-fight-cartoon

OUR quotation above was taken from the impromptu speech made at the weekend, by Godswill Akpabio, the Akwa Ibom governor, during the South-South leg of the PDP’s reconciliation tour. As newspapers all reported last Monday, the six South-South PDP chairmen all chorused that they were truly “hungry”, and before anyone could spell Uyo, Akpabio gave a total of N6 million to the “hungry” chairmen for “lunch”.

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President Jonathan’s missed Borno opportunity

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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

AFTER running out of a stock of ridiculous excuses, President Goodluck Jonathan finally plucked the courage to visit Borno and Yobe states, last week. As if to underline the various strands of prejudice which have informed official security thinking since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency, three thousand policemen were deployed to secure the presidential visit, commanded by the IGP himself!

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Before President Jonathan touches down in Borno

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President Goodluck Jonathan (l) addressing newsmen shortly on arrival at the Yamoussoukro International Airport, Cote D'ivoire for the 42nd Ordinary Summit Of Heads Of State and Government of ECOWAS on Wednesday (27/2/12).with him is President Alassane Ouattara of Cote D'ivoire.

THE story broke last week that President Goodluck Jonathan will soon visit Borno state.

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Chief Tony Anenih: The political dinosaur returns

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SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE, AMINU TAMBWAL; CHIEF TONY ANENIH AND FORMER VICE-PRESIDENT, DR ALEX EKWUEME AT THE PDP BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING IN ABUJA ON MONDAY NIGHT.

HE was the “most natural” choice for the position. Chief Tony Anenih, is the “new” Chairman of the PDP’s Board of Trustees. The old dinosaur is back to where he loves the most: as the central figure, inside the smoke-filled, inner recess of PDP politics.

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The wonder world of Dame Patience Jonathan

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*Dame Patience Jonathan

LAST Sunday evening, Nigeria’s nomenclatura gathered inside the Banquet Hall of the Aso Villa, to celebrate one of the wonders of modern Nigeria; the return from death of First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. It was a solemn spiritual event; a power show; a fashion statement extraordinaire and a political gathering, all rolled into one.

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Super Eagles, Keshi and matters disturbing

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EAGLES-A

IT was no surprise to followers of Nigerian football, and the cutthroat politics underlining it, when Coach Steven Keshi announced his resignation, after becoming the second African to win the Nations Cup as player and coach.

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Between Yesterday’s men and Today’s Lords of the Manor

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*Abati

REUBEN ABATI was at his most combative last Sunday, with his withering attack on “The Hypocrisy of Yesterday’s Men”.

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Chief E.K. Clark: The oldman, governors and the PDP

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:14 am   /   Comments

Chief Edwin Clark

THE struggle for factional hegemony within the PDP got messier last week, when Chief E.K. Clark, the grand Mandarin of Ijaw nationalism and “honorary godfather” to President Goodluck Jonathan, frontally took on the president’s most formidable ‘in-house’ opponents: The PDP governors and former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

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Neoliberal capitalism isn’t just working

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dangote-otedola1

What Oxfam will not say, is that neoliberal capitalism has put loads of money in the pockets of the Aliko Dangotes and Femi Otedolas (with their new yachts toys), but it has pauperized the mass of Nigerians.

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PDP: Turmoil inside the basket of Scorpions

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File photo: From Left, President Jonathan, Ag Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, Former President and Bot Chairman, Chief Obasanjo and Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Ogiadomhe at the PDP convention

IT was the much-lamented Chief Sunday Awoniyi, a founding member of the party that once described the PDP as “a basket of scorpions stinging themselves to death”. Judging by all that happened in recent weeks, there can be no better description of the behemoth which holds Nigeria in a stifling bear-hug since 1999!

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Presidential posters, presidential denial

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:19 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-poster-cartoon

THE beginning of a New Year has become very instructive in understanding the Jonathan presidency. Last year as Nigerians were coming to terms with expenses incurred during the Christmas/New Year festivities, President Goodluck Jonathan imposed a punishing increase of prices of petroleum products on the country.

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Resolutions and a peek into the life process

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:39 am   /   Comments

school-kids

IT is a New Year. We all renew hope and make resolutions. I have never been particularly conformist about many things in life. From childhood, I have asked uncomfortable questions and thrown pebbles at orthodoxies. The conventional wisdom has never satisfied my search for answers about our often mysterious but lovely world, either the natural world that conditions us and which we are very much part of or the social canons of existence. So resolutions at the beginning of a new year often resembled for me, an admission of human weakness. If there is a thing to change, why wait till the beginning of a new year? But just for once, I fell into line and made a resolution which I have never betrayed.

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Goodluck Jonathan and the potency of symbolism

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Pastor Adeboye praying for Jonathan

THE most iconic image last week might have been lost to most of our compatriots; what with the tragic chopper accident which claimed the lives of leading politico-security officials of the Nigerian state, in Bayelsa state. As we commiserate with the families of the deceased, the accident underlined further, the sorry pass that we arrived at as a nation.

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