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Jonathan’s exit, Buhari’s entry: A critical view1_/

  /   in My Layman's View, News 1:16 am   /   Comments

Handover :  Jonathan presenting handing over notes to Buhari.

Nigeria, through the divine intervention, and the singular act of a statesman, is witnessing today the happy end of an era and the hopeful beginning of another phase. This would be a sad disappointment to the prophets of doom with their forecast of possible disintegration of the country in 2015. Perhaps the prognosis of apocalypse has turned to be a blessing in disguise.

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Change for political unity and economic devt

  /   in My Layman's View 12:24 am   /   Comments

PDP-APC-logo

It is just another week to the change-over to a new administration following the unexpected defeat of the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The victorious party, All Progressives Congress (APC), under the leadership of a former army general and dictator, Muhammadu Buhari, who appeared to have become a born again into a world of enviable and delightful democracy, looks fully ready. The assumption is that Buhari could turn out to be a genuine democrat.

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Deregulating the downstream sector of the oil industry

  /   in My Layman's View, News 12:42 am   /   Comments

Oil

This week has shown some aspects of the absurd, and also, disdainful impunity. Nigeria is one of the leading world oil producers – producing about 2.5 million barrels of crude oil per day. And yet, motorists queue endlessly for a product that is not available at the official price of N87 per litre, but which smart guys sell around the corner at about N200. That product is called Gasoline, known by all as Petrol

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Multi-party system and the Nigerian factor in a democratic environment

  /   in My Layman's View, News 8:02 am   /   Comments

INEC Chairman, Prof  Jega

For the purpose of this article, it is assumed that Nigeria is a democracy and currently practising one of its cardinal principles – leaving the choice of governance to more than one political association or political party. During the just concluded elections, about fourteen political parties contested for a single position of the President.

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After the 2015 polls: Sweet victory and its problems

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

•Buhari: Decked out

The results of the 2015 elections are now known and believed to be accepted by all, without the familiar ‘Nigerian factors‘ of superficially crying over sour milk. A commendable standard has been set by the present Nigerian political leaders that whether win or lose , the post election period would be peaceful, leaving the doubtful aspects of the various results to the determination of the country‘s respected judicial system.

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2015 POLLS: The dramatic end of the race

  /   in My Layman's View 12:55 am   /   Comments

Local representatives of the Nigeria Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) collate figures from the general election in Port Harcourt, capital of Nigeria's southern oil-rich Rivers State, on March 29, 2015. Nigeria's closely fought general election went into a second day after failures in controversial new technology snarled the polling, including for President Goodluck Jonathan. AFP PHOTO

The dreaded 2015 elections have been concluded and the umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had given its final decision. The results are clear except in the two states of Abia and Imo whose final results remain in abeyance–the election in each state was judged to be inconclusive.

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2015 Polls: The dramatic end of the race

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

Chairman of the Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega

The dreaded 2015 elections have been concluded and the umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had given its final decision. The results are clear except in the two states of Abia and Imo whose final results remain in abeyance–the election in each state was judged to be inconclusive.

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The 2015 elections: The return of Buhari as a democrat

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

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari reviews a document in Abuja on April 1, 2015. Nigeria's new president-elect Muhammadu Buhari hailed polls that will lead to the first democratic change of power in Africa's most populous nation as "historic" hours after he secured a decisive victory. AFP PHOTO

After three unsuccessful attempts to become a democratically elected President of Nigeria, the former military Head-of-State, Gen Buhari (rtd) is now the President-Elect of Nigeria, having defeated the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan by 15.4 million to 12.8 million votes. Buhari‘s victory is a lesson in patience and doggedness. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has been magnanimous in defeat by congratulating the winner – a greater lesson in statesmanship and honour.

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2015 ELECTIONS: Impact of regional (party) alliances and ethnic bloc voting on results

  /   in My Layman's View 12:35 am   /   Comments

Osun voters during accreditation

The good news of the week was the clearing of the murderous gangs from some parts of the country which they have forcefully occupied and wantonly devastated. The country‘s gallant security outfits should be handsomely rewarded for the victories, and the support of all Nigerians is needed for the eventual victory over the Boko Haram insurgents also. The supporting forces of Niger and Chad should be appreciated for coming to the aid of their neighbour at the crucial moment.

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2015 Elections: Who will win should win

  /   in My Layman's View 12:48 am   /   Comments

Buhari, Jega and Jonatrhan

Political party adherents and commentators on public affairs are always interested in the final results of elections, especially the keenly contested ones. It becomes more interesting when it is a straight political duel between the ruling party which is accustomed to a period of easy victories and a resurgent opposition which is solidly bent on changing the political scenery.

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2015 Elections: Some vital national issues revisited

  /   in My Layman's View 12:41 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-Buhari

It looks as if the principal gladiators in the March 28, 2015 Presidential election are using the opportunities provided by the postponement of February 14, 2015 to re-emphasise their earlier promises of making the country more secure and prosperous. There is no doubt that all Nigerians are very happy with the exploits of our patriotic and fearless security outfits (aided by their neighbours) in overcoming the armed and murderous insurgents. It has been pleasant news that the brutally displaced persons are now returning to their homes.

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2015 Elections:Probable political and economical implications

  /   in My Layman's View 12:11 am   /   Comments

Buhari and Jonathan

There is no doubt that Nigeria is a lovely and likeable country. Many Nigerians like their country but many patriots love their country ‘where everything goes‘. Certainly, it is not unfair criticism to state that often, Nigerians place undue emphasis on things that matter less.

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2015 Elections: No interim but genuine unity govt

  /   in My Layman's View 7:34 am   /   Comments

Senate Questions Jega: INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega addressing pressmen shortly after interactive session with Senators at  Senate Chamber  at National Assembly Abuja.  Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

THAT the presidential election did not hold on February 14, 2015 (last Saturday) is a new hard fact. The reliable umpire (INEC) has rescheduled the election to March 28, 2015 to allow for a fair election in a peaceful atmosphere.

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2015 Elections: The dilemma of a postponement

  /   in My Layman's View 12:33 am   /   Comments

Jega-cartoon

The last postponement by INEC Chairman of elections scheduled for 14th and 28th February 2015 is not the first one under the present Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headed by Professor Jega. The first one under his watch happened in 2011. The postponement announced on 7th February seems to be divinely inspired and should be appreciated by all Nigerians who might have been saved the embarrassment of the century.

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2015 Elections:Some specific issues cleverly avoided

  /   in My Layman's View 8:04 am   /   Comments

jona-buhari

With the Presidential election about one week away, the amusing gyrations of the political gladiators continue unabated. There is little doubt the suffering masses are presumed to be enjoying the macabre daylight dance in the market. The Boko Haram insurgents (murderers) always make their presence felt by the dastardly acts of the female suicide bombers (an innovation in Nigeria).

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Waiting anxiously for the day: How about the Casandras’prognosis?

  /   in My Layman's View 12:53 am   /   Comments

Jonathan acknowledging cheers from the crowd in PH

It seems as if the minds of many Nigerians are finally fixed for the crucial election of February 14, 2015 even if some people have serious doubts about the ability of the electoral umpire to be fully ready for the show.

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The glamour of manifestoes: Are Nigerians being taken for a ride?

  /   in My Layman's View 12:58 am   /   Comments

jona-buhari

How interesting would it be if there is a final debate between President Ebele Jonathan and his challenger, General Muhammed Buhari on the topic of Security. The venue should be SAMBISA FOREST with Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and Rotimi Amaechi as Moderators.

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Who will save the nation and rescue the Naira

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

economy

I must apologise to my readers for absconding from my weekly assignment without due notice. I went in search of better sight and improved hearing. Though I can now see and hear a little bit better. I must confess that my sight is being blurred by the devastation of Boko-Haram bombs and my ears are blocked by nasty rumours of impending post-election reactions.

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Romance of referendum and Nigeria’s political devt

  /   in My Layman's View 12:26 am   /   Comments

Pix From Left; Chief Oladode George, Arc Namadi Sambo, Vice President of Nigeria,  President Goodluck Jonathan, During the South West Sensitization/ Unity Rally by Peoples Democatic Party, On Saturday 20-9-2014, At Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan Lagos. PHOTO; Kehinde Gbadamosi

I MUST confess that I have no pity, sympathy or regret for those ‘checking out‘of Nigeria for good. They are the losers because of many things they would miss in their miserable absence. In Nigeria, there is no dull moment as this is a wonderful country where there is that notion that “everything goes”. Beautiful Nigeria, I hail thee.

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Condition of the nation: Delight and dilemma of journalists

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

*Some of the newly acquired gunboats to tackle kidnapping, piracy

I love my country, Nigeria dearly and I cherish its loving people immensely. In Nigeria, there is no dull moment as everyday brings its own contrasting news from sadness and hopelessness to happiness and hope. That is Nigeria for you and its own peculiar characteristics. Unlike Denmark which contains the happiest people in the world, Nigeria portrays a delightful mixture of sadness and happiness.

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National economy: Surplus liquidity and stomach infrastructure

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

cartoon-poverty

THE week that the Bureau of Statistics announced the healthy state of the Nigerian economy (with impressive growth rate of 6.3 per cent also carried the pleasing news of the recapture of Bama (in North-East of Nigeria) by the gallant security forces from the ravaging Boko Haram insurgents

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State of the nation: Some controversial issues

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

Great Nigeria Insurance Company Limited, popularly called Great Nigeria House on  fire.

Nigeria is an interesting country where “everything goes” and where all things are possible even as the events look clumsy. Amidst claims and counter-claims about the loss of Gwazo and Bama, the gallant security forces are fighting ferociously to maintain the Nigerian territory against the onslaught of the Boko Haram insurgents.

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The tortuous but less slippery bad 2015

  /   in My Layman's View 12:24 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-hands-head

Contrary to what an expartriate colleague said to me in 1976 (after the coup that toppled Gen Yakubu Gowon from power and the bloody overthrow of his successor, Gen Muritala Mohammed) that “I am happy that I am not a Nigerian”, I am proud to be a loyal Nigerian citizen Nigeria is a country of absolute beauty and of continually changing phases. But I must confess that Nigerians are as unpredictable as the English weather.

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The national conference and national conscience

  /   in My Layman's View 12:27 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.

IN a week free of the usual news of violence, it is not out of place to look at other national matters of great importance. This does not exclude funny comments, howbeit uncharitable, on political events.

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Osun guber election: What next?

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

Aregbe-returns2

THE Osun State gubernatorial election, bitterly contested has been won by the incumbent governor, Ogbeni Aregbesola in a hard way. Following the PDP victory in the neighbouring Ekiti State, the political pressure was on the APC to show that it controls the political soul of the South-Western zone of Nigeria.

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The 2015 elections: Some unresolved issues

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

6 months to election,who and  where are the presidential aspirants?

As Nigerian politicians are busy preparing for the 2015 elections, perhaps the murderous gangs of insurgents are also busy perfecting the logistics of throwing their deadly weapons on their selected spots at the time of their choice. There is that simple theory that notorious insurgents have infiltrated everywhere.

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State of the nation: Duel between stubborn and recalcitrant forces

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

Jonathan

In the normal (by Nigerian standard) week that witnessed shedding of innocent blood in Kaduna and other places, I join other Nigerians in celebrating the miraculous escape of the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari from attempts on his life. The country has been saved from the proverbial “monkey and baboon soaked in blood” episode, perhaps on a larger proportion to the last bloody clashes witnessed after the 2011 presidential election. It was also pleasing news that President Jonathan recognized this while expressing sympathy on those who lost their lives in the dastardly attacks.

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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

File: Ekiti state Governor Elect, Mr Ayodele Fayose.

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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