Thursday July 31st, 2014
Thursday July 31st, 2014
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The condition of the Nigerian state: Contradictions galore

  /   in My Layman's View 12:04 am   /   Comments

UPROAR OVER Revenue formula: Delegates to the National Conference argue during debate on revenue sharing formula as the conference degenerated into a rowdy session, yesterday.

THAT this country is blessed with both human and natural resources is axiomatic. Also, every day or week in Nigeria provides its own events – good or bad. It is the delight of any clever newspapers` columnist to either analyse or satirize. It is always fun.

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Oddities in our political and economic behaviours

  /   in My Layman's View 12:27 am   /   Comments

ADAMAWA—Acting Chief Judge of Adamawa State, Justice Ambrose Mammadi (L), administering Oath of Office on the  Acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru, at the Government House in Yola after impeachment of Nyako yesterday.

To many Nigerians and foreigners, Nigeria is a complex country, baffling in its complexity, difficult to manage and seemingly impossible to govern. Nigeria‘s newspapers‘ brilliant columnists are often caught and placed in confusing circumstances.

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Glimpses of hope in a dark environment

  /   in My Layman's View 12:16 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the National Conference in Abuja

This week seems to be full of many interesting events – the usual carnage of Boko Haram killers and the assuring forecast that the reign of terror might, sooner than later, come to an end. It might be that the end of the month of July (month of fasting and sacrifice) could signify the start of the period of peace in the country.

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Condition of the country: Politics of confusion and instability

  /   in My Layman's View 12:25 am   /   Comments

Senate President, David Mark; President Jonathan and House of Reps Speaker, Tambuwal

THERE is no doubt that many patriotic Nigerians would prefer to engage themselves in argument on how Nigeria could attain greatness and maintain such to merit the appellation of the gGiant of Africah bestowed on it by the benevolent foreign friends of the country.

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Some observable obstacles to national unity and social-political stability

  /   in My Layman's View 12:28 am   /   Comments

Ekiti state Governor Elect, Mr Ayodele Fayose addressing the press over his victory at the poll, Sunday.

IT is evident that many patriotic Nigerians are not happy with the current political and economic situation in the country. The condition of the ‘Nigerian situation‘ has always agitated serious minds since democracy returned to the country in 1999 after the hazy harmattan of military usurpation of power in the past decades.
As the Presidency was evidently celebrating the return of Ekitiland to the fold, the insurgents were busily engaged in killings and abductions in Borno and Kano States, Kaduna State not exempted. It is curiously observed that though Nigeria could geographically be described as one country, it is true that the problems of the country are viewed differently by different people in different parts of the country.

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Excess liquidity funds: Inflation and deception

  /   in My Layman's View 12:15 am   /   Comments

The Central Bank of Nigeria head office  in Abuja.

There is no doubt that many laymen, not excluding myself, are often confused about some sweet economic jargons and interesting elegant statistical figures being constantly thrown at them. However, some are no longer stranger to the melodious music of macro-economic stability of the domestic economy.

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Here they co-exist: Cynicism and realism

  /   in My Layman's View 9:08 pm   /   Comments

Nigeria

Some comments on my article in this column last week on “The Theory of many Nations within a Nation” and the concept of `National Unity` have exhibited a great deal of cynicism, little realism and a bit of vision. Some Nigerians are in the habit of viewing any opinion expressed, good or bad, from their own tribal or religious perspective.

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The theory of many nations within a nation and the concept of national unity

  /   in My Layman's View 12:12 am   /   Comments

Nigeria

MANY analysts have attributed the many ills of Nigeria to the ‘forced marriage‘ contracted in 1914 through the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Provinces by the British imperialist, Lord Luggard. In spite of many vicissitudes of life, Nigeria had managed to survive as a nation for more than 100 years

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Great Nigeria: The investors’ delight

  /   in My Layman's View 12:21 am   /   Comments

Nigeria-economy

THAT Nigeria is a great country is axiomatic; that the Nigerian economy (with all its imperfections) is the greatest in Africa has now been widely accepted through the rebasing of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Nigeria is so great that it is often described as the ‘Giant of Africa‘

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The insurgency tragedy: What next?

  /   in My Layman's View 12:39 am   /   Comments

Adamawa-boko

Any place, anytime, insurgency news appears always tragic. Nothing had become more tragic in USA than the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York, killing and maiming hundreds of people of various nationalities.

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The humbling of the nation: Time for realism

  /   in My Layman's View 12:00 am   /   Comments

One of the mothers of the missing Chibok school girls wipes her tears as she cries during a rally by civil society groups pressing for the release of the girls in Abuja on May 6, 2014, ahead of World Economic Forum. Members of civil society groups marched through the streets of Abuja and to the Nigerian defence headquarters. AFP

The last few weeks have shown the strong resolution of Nigerians to withstand the shock of the abduction of more than 200 girls from Chibok in Borno State; the World Economic Forum was also successfully held in Abuja under strictly controlled atmosphere of peace. Agreed, it was not a normal situation when an important business discussion would be held in a situation where shops and offices remained closed for three days.

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Towards the dreaded Sambisa forest’s funeral pyre

  /   in My Layman's View 12:20 am   /   Comments

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Since the abduction of more than 200 female students from a College in Borno State about three weeks ago, the “Sambisa Forest” has been associated with a place of terror where any type of infirmity could not be ruled out.

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Peace, politics and the polls

  /   in My Layman's View 12:20 am   /   Comments

kaduna-crisis-new

IT is a fact that some of the economically advanced nations in the Western World practice and embrace democratic institutions.

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Searching for economic and political stability: Is party politics necessary?

  /   in My Layman's View 12:03 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan (centre) inspecting parade during the Nigerian Army Day Celebration in Abuja On Saturday (6/7/13)

It is better for the present politicians to be agents of peace and prosperity in the country rather than agents and apostles of disunity and ethnic warfare. Perhaps, this was one of the topics discussed by President Jonathan at his all inclusive Security meeting of Governors early this week.

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The changing phases of Nigeria

  /   in My Layman's View 12:18 am   /   Comments

Nigeria

The problems of today could be traced to the total neglect of the indigenes of Jos who had no access to education or any type of social services. They were not considered part of the emerging Jos metropolis of the decades before the 1950s.

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The condition of the nation: Poverty and insecurity

  /   in My Layman's View 12:05 am   /   Comments

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THE statement that Nigeria is a poor country has become an axiom and that majority of Nigerians wallow in abject poverty is no longer news. The fact is that the Nigerian authorities at all levels have resigned themselves to the salient fact and are thus immersed in seeking remedy, howbeit, ineffective to confront the menace. It must be agreed that the Nigerian colourful bird is from the patient specie – waiting without struggle until it is roasted.

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NATIONAL CONFERENCE: It must be a success

  /   in My Layman's View 12:43 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the on-going national conference

In a sign of maturity, the delegates to the National Conference have been trying to grapple successfully the logistical and procedural problems encountered in the first few days of sitting.

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In search for stability:Try swiss democracy

  /   in My Layman's View 12:51 am   /   Comments

Nigeria

After the bloody army coup of 1966, General Yakubu Gowon, as the Head of the Military Government was reported to have said that “in a press conference on 8th October, 1966, I therefore put before you the following forms of government for consideration:- (a) Federal system with a strong central government (b) Federal system with a weak central government (c) Confederation and (d) an entirely new arrangement which will be peculiar to Nigeria and which has not yet found its way into any political dictionary”.

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Towards the national conference of hope

  /   in My Layman's View 12:31 am   /   Comments

confab-delegates

There is no doubt that many Nigerians would express profound satisfaction that the awaited National Conference has begun in spite of negative attitude of certain notable politicians. The hope is that the spirit of give-and-take would prevail during the serious discussions

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After the centenary celebrations: What next?

  /   in My Layman's View 1:01 am   /   Comments

Centenary-leaders

The superbly organized celebrations to mark the 100 years of amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorate to form Nigeria have just ended in a justified mild form. The Federal Government and the people of Nigeria should be congratulated for the success of the spectacular ‘Remembrance‘ inspite of unstable security environment and the constant threats to the stability of the Naira from the greedy importers with insatiable demand for foreign goods.

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Crushing the obstacles towards national development

  /   in My Layman's View 12:04 am   /   Comments

Jona-top-story

There have been some reactions to my article in this column last week titled: DOING THE RIGHT THING AT THE RIGHT TIME. Some have, I think without justification questioned my sincerity since President Jonathan has been trying his best for the country since he was duly elected in 2011

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The 2015 dateline: First things first

  /   in My Layman's View 12:39 am   /   Comments

Electioncartoon

It is generally believed that the year 2015 would mean different period to several people both in Nigeria and friendly countries. However, to the local politicians, especially the Opposition, it is the year of ‘change‘. The pessimists think otherwise – the year 2015 will signify the doom of the country.

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They’re talking more about politics and less on commonsense economics

  /   in My Layman's View 12:05 am   /   Comments

APC-PDP

The good news about Nigeria is that life is never dull – there are always moments of drama and fun. The movement of the former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakir from the Peoples‘ Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Party (APC) has been described by Atiku as normal in Nigeria‘s political evolution. It should be recalled with considerable amusement that the former Vice-President is not new in the game of seeking political green pastures. Perhaps, he is an adept in such a game of political opportunism. Who would not seek the prime political prize in a country where ‘everything goes‘?

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They’re talking more about politics and less on commonsense economics

  /   in My Layman's View 12:16 am   /   Comments

Jonathan

The good news about Nigeria is that life is never dull – there are always moments of drama and fun. The movement of the former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakir from the Peoples‘ Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Party (APC) has been described by Atiku as normal in Nigeria‘s political evolution. It should be recalled with considerable amusement that the former Vice-President is not new in the game of seeking political green pastures. Perhaps, he is an adept in such a game of political opportunism. Who would not seek the prime political prize in a country where ‘everything goes‘?

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Blame not the economy or politics, but the operators

  /   in My Layman's View 12:12 am   /   Comments

Many optimists who are just chewing before digesting the beautiful economic blueprint (adorned in its elegant presentation with unassailable statistical figures) by the Finance Manager and Minister for Economic Co-ordination (what a romantic name!), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in her answer to the 50 Questions raised by members of the House of Representatives might be a bit confused on another story about the danger facing the economy.

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The usual viscious triangle

  /   in My Layman's View 12:15 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan (middle); Vice President Namadi Sambo (left) and Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala during the opening of the Presidential Retreat on Maritime Security at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

As last week was closing with the news of the sorrowful departure of the Peoples‘ Democratic Party‘s (PDP) Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, the new week has brought the pleasing news of a new Chairman, Adamu M‘uazu, a former Governor of Bauchi State. This is a credit to PDP Party for saving Nigerians the horror of witnessing a long drawn battle with the dire consequences of a fractured political party.

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Statistical elegance and the reality on ground

  /   in My Layman's View, Politics 12:01 am   /   Comments

jonathan office

THE reality of the Nigerian situation has remained an enigma as the Nigerian people themselves. It is a fact that the many nations that had inhabited a lovely and naturally endowed plain called Nigeria in the past one hundred years are yet to understand themselves to actually evolve as one nation.

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What to do and how to do it

  /   in My Layman's View, Politics 12:05 am   /   Comments

SEASON-OF-LETTERS

NIGERIANS are now familiar with the regular arguments between the supporters of the present Federal Government led by President Goodluck Jonathan and the known antagonists represented by the Opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and other ordinary, but well-meaning Nigerians. The argument is always on the “The State of the Nation”.

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2014: The old but new strategy

  /   in My Layman's View 12:00 am   /   Comments

Map of Nigeria

It is happy news that the New Year 2014 has brought its freshness into an atmosphere contaminated by the foul saga of letter-writing that pervaded the last few weeks of last year, 2013.

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The art and act of solving Nigeria’s problems

  /   in My Layman's View 12:00 am   /   Comments

BADLEADERS

As repeated in this column many times, the country‘s problems are many, varied, complex and fundamental. And like the United States of America‘s balance of payments, would always end in fundamental disequilibrium. The main reason is that as a watchdog of the world, its foreign exchange expenditure is always more than the surplus on its balance of trade.

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Reshaping the destiny of Nigeria

  /   in My Layman's View 12:01 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan wave to the crowd shortly after the conferment of se -lo-lia (Star of the Nation) on him during the courtesy visit to the king for the burial of the first Lady's mother , Madam fynface Oba in Okireka , River state ...yesterday

IT is a matter of fact that the great statesman is gone, and gone also with all his attributes recognized throughout the world. Never in African history has such array of dignitaries (including 91 Heads of governments) ever assembled in African soil to honour a departed soul. The other great African, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana became dictatorial in his last days before he was ousted in a coup organized by his country’s military adventurers.

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Issues of Nigerian unity: Quo Vadis?

  /   in My Layman's View 12:01 am   /   Comments

Wither Nigeria in another 50 years?

Events in the last two weeks have moved so fast and quite dramatic that only stable and experienced minds could catch up with such dynamic pace.  However, the political dictionary has been enriched by strange words like ‘inconclusive‘ and ‘supplementary‘ elections and the ‘merging‘ of G7 Governors with APC.  It was also the time to

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