Saturday December 20th, 2014
Saturday December 20th, 2014
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Hope, delusion and Jonathan’s National Conversation

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:23 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan 

EXPECTEDLY, Dr. Femi Okurounmu, chairman of the 13-person Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, was especially effusive about the committee’s assignment.

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Now they will have their national conference

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:52 am   /   Comments

*Chief Clark, Alhaji  Musa, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Femi Falana and Pat Utomi

Nigeria’s sundry ‘tribes’ of agitators, fromcivilsociety activists through to gerontocratic “have-beens” and ethnic entrepreneurs, finally scored a notable victory on Independence Day, when President Goodluck Jonathan appointed an AFENIFERE chieftain, Dr. Femi Okurounmu, to chair an Advisory Committee to work out modalities for a national conference.

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Gudu killings: Sorrow, tears and blood

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:29 am   /   Comments

SSS spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar

WHEN news broke last weekend of the killing of nine individuals by the State Security Service, Marilyn Ogar, the Deputy Director, Information, DSS, carefully couched her narrative in classic anti-terrorist speak. Ogar, very much like a disciple of Joseph Goebbels, the notorious propaganda chief of Hitler’s Third Reich, told how two alleged Boko Haram “elements”, Kamal Abdullahi and Mohammed Adamu, earlier arrested “for terrorist activities”, led security operatives to uncompleted buildings, “where arms were purported to have been buried underground”.

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Limitations of ‘new PDP’ discontent

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:24 am   /   Comments

pdp

WHEN the two sides of the raging PDP battle for supremacy addressed the press together on Sunday night, vowing to muster efforts to end the rift within the ruling party, they moved closer to a closure.

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Burdens of contemporary education

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

Jonathan and his Education Team

LAST Sunday, I drove my children back to resume the new school term. The night before, I held a discussion with them about the responsibility of being educated, as a holistic pursuit of the life process.

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PDP implodes like an old NEPA transformer

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:28 am   /   Comments

PDP-CRISIS

If we attempt a post-humous reading of his fertile imagination, the earth-shaking event of last weekend, with the walk out of seven governors, and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, from the PDP convention in Abuja, would certainly have elicited an absolutely quotable line for posterity!

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Delightful Delta State

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:06 am   /   Comments

CONFERENCE:  Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State (right) his wife Deaconess Roli Uduaghan (middle ) and D Banj dancing along side with other editors during the Gala-Night put together by the Delta Sate Government marking the end  of 9th Nigerian Guild of Editors Conference held at the Event Centre, Asaba, Saturday.  Photo: Henry Unin

I RETURNED to Abuja on an afternoon flight from Asaba, the Delta State capital, last Sunday. We had been attending the 9th Nigerian Editors’ Conference; an occasion which climaxed with a gala night of music, featuring D’Banj; Omawumi; the Delta State cultural troupe and some of the leading comedians that made Delta the capital of Nigerian stand up comedy.

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Olusegun Obasanjo’s selective amnesia

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

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo signed the green tree agreement

LAST week, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo was keynote speaker at the fourth annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit, organised by the University of Ibadan. Against the backdrop of heightening political tension in the country, he surveyed the landscape and delivered what the French call a coup-de-poing, against the “younger” generation of political leaders, especially those who emerged as the crop of leaders from 1999.

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Deportations, ethnic jingoism and political opportunism

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:24 am   /   Comments

Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi and Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola

I THINK Femi Falana’s well-argued piece on the on-going hysteria in the face of the forced repatriation of 72 Nigerians of Anambra state origin, by the Babatunde Fashola administration in Lagos, has been the most informed analysis of the core issues so far.

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Vice President Namadi Sambo’s Islamic Development Bank loan

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Vice President Namadi Sambo received the President of Islamic Development Bank, Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali  Al-Madani during a courtesy call  at  Makka Conference Palace Hotel  On Sunday

EARLY this week, reports emerged that Vice President Namadi Sambo, on behalf of the Federal Government, had “sought the support of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) for the provision of about $450M to expand the power transmission system to wheel up to 20, 000 megawatts of electricity”.

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Alhaji Umaru Dikko, nostalgia and PDP’s politics

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:03 am   /   Comments

*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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:24 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:23 am   /   Comments

*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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:54 am   /   Comments

*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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:16 am   /   Comments

*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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 4:59 pm   /   Comments

• 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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:42 am   /   Comments

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’?

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:45 am   /   Comments

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

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

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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:06 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:41 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:01 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:22 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:48 am   /   Comments

*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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:45 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:13 am   /   Comments

*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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:51 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:21 am   /   Comments

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’

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu, News 1:12 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:43 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:01 am   /   Comments

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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