Monday April 21st, 2014
Monday April 21st, 2014
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In politics we are amiss: In economics, we’re amiss

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sanusi1

A friend took me to task last week on what he described as a “notorious” bias against the current President by the Nigerian media. To him, many commentators have not shown enough understanding of President Jonathan’s Transition Agenda. Like all apologists of the present federal government, there is always a lively progress report to make.

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Politics and economics in immature society

  /   in My Layman's View 12:08 am   /   Comments

sanusi1

There is one thing many Nigerians agree upon without any dissent either in thought or action: that is that the country does not deserve the lowly place it is in today in view of its natural blessings. God has provided Nigerians with a fertile land and the people, with abundant raw talents to be developed at will.

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Viewing the future through the tainted glasses of the past and present

  /   in My Layman's View 12:17 am   /   Comments

jonathan-obj-yar

In order to present a simple analysis, the past will reflect only the period after Independence which was won on a ‘platter of gold‘ in 1960, covering the Civil War (1967 – 1970) and the end of the military rule in 1999 when democracy returned from captivity.

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Prosperity through economic and political stability

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Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello

There is little doubt that the present Nigeria owes its fragile existence to the amalgamation in 1914 of the Southern and Northern provinces by Lord F. Lugard. It appears like a miracle that of all the world‘s painfully contrived associations of multi-ethnic groups in the 20th century, Nigeria alone remains superficially united. Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and other mature societies have dissolved themselves into smaller, but independent countries.

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The world of professional politicians and woes of Nigerians

  /   in My Layman's View 12:07 am   /   Comments

sanusi1

IT has been a long way from the 1950s when politics was forced on the best of any community (when the best educated were begged to represent the people) to the present time when any candidate (with minimum of a school certificate) would force himself on the people as their representative.

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The world of professional politicians and woes of Nigerians

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From Right, President Goodluck Jonathan and PDP National Chairman Bamanga Tukur at 61th National Executive Committee of PDP held in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

It has been a long way from the 1950s when politics was forced on the best of any community (when the best educated were begged to represent the people) to the present time when any candidate (with minimum of a school certificate) would force himself on the people as their representative.

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Policy of sensible politics and commonsense economics: A revisit

  /   in My Layman's View 12:09 am   /   Comments

sanusi1

A critical reader once asked me to define the concept of sensible politics and commonsense economics that I always refer to in this column, and also, to differentiate between that concept and President Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda. My logical answer is that the President’s Transformation Agenda is now in vogue and Nigerians are familiar with the consequences of some of the actions of the Federal Government.

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Romance of politics and the delight of economics

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

Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Ahmadu Bello - founding fathers of Nigeria

The joy of political freedom is the realization of the fact that free people are their own masters. After independence in 1960, Nigerians assumed responsibilities for their own destiny as a nation endowed by nature with immense human and mineral resources. In size alone, Nigeria is known as the ‘Giant of Africa’.

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PEACE AND PROSPERITY: Alternative route

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

cartoon-politicans

ANOTHER ‘Democracy Day’ (29th May) has passed innocuously with the usual songs of dividends of democracy from the mouths of many Nigerians (especially supporters of the ruling party, PDP). The opposition, as usual, has continued to remind Nigerians of the woes of missed opportunities under the present Federal Government.

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Political and economic stability: So far

  /   in My Layman's View 12:14 am   /   Comments

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN PRESENTING HIS ADMINISTRATIONS MID-TERM REPORT AT THE 2013 DEMOCRACY DAY CELEBRATION IN ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY (29/5/13). STATE HOUSE PHOTO

In management parlance, a periodic appraisal is necessary to consider and compare the present position with the last one as a means of planning for the future. Therefore, it may be rewarding to assess the progress of the present administration from the time of its inception in 2011 to the present time. Some analysts might question the justification for judging a President half-way to the end of his term.

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Why we’re where we are today

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Late Prof Chinua Achebe

Today, everybody talks about corruption without any concrete suggestion as to how this common disease could be cured. The general impression is that every Nigerian is corrupt in one way or the other. It is like the ailment of malaria whose causes are well known, yet Nigerians prefer usage of drugs rather than the eradication of the causes of the disease, as an effective solution.

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The joy of patience in a culture of impatience

  /   in My Layman's View 12:06 am   /   Comments

Map of Nigeria

Every week and every day, many Nigerians will like to discuss about the good fortunes or otherwise, of their country which bears the title of Nigeria since 1914. Even if the word, ‘Nigeria’, to some, is merely a ‘geographical expression’, the country is still geographically, a reality.

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Let truth be heard by many as being told by a few

  /   in My Layman's View 12:17 am   /   Comments

nigeria-cartoon

There is a salient fact on which many have agreed without any dissent. It is the apparent poverty of Nigerians in spite of abundant human and naturally endowed mineral resources.

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Peeping into the realm of economic nationalism

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cartoon-insecurity

THE other day a friend gave me as Easter gift, a Chinese made Electric/Solar Lantern. After charging, the magical lantern could provide an uninterrupted brightness for at least eight hours.

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The politics of amnesty: Ghosts vs politicians and the rest of us

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President Goodluck Jonathan and the 'ghosts'  Boko Haram

FOR the purpose of this article, amnesty means general pardon being proposed for members of the Boko Haram Sect by the Federal Government. As matter of fact, the definition of a ‘ghost’ is not that clear, considering its usage in the Nigerian political scene. I must confess that though I have heard about ‘ghosts’, I have not been that fortunate to have seen one. Leaders should therefore, excuse my flight into the world of fantasy.

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The reluctant ally in a confused nation

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

Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello

It is a pity that after about 100 years of forced marriage, Nigeria still remains a big country of many nations (tribes) devoid of a national identity. Everyday brings a sad reminder of a disunited nation, but naturally blessed with human and material resources.

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State of the nation: Is PDP beatable In 2015?

  /   in My Layman's View 12:07 am   /   Comments

APC-PDP

Many followers of Nigeria‘s political development are worried about the year 2015. The prophets of doom have serious doubts about the future of Nigeria as one country before or after the 2015 elections. Many think that the year 2014 (when Nigeria will be 100 years old as a nation) would certainly foretell what the events would look like in 2015. Those who are planning for the centenary celebration are yet to be unanimous on what the celebration would represent- success or failure.

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Nigeria’s political system and the people

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Map of Nigeria

It can be safely assumed that democracy returned to Nigeria after the death of that military dictator, General Sanni Abacha. The return of democracy started in 1999 after the often forgotten character named General Abdusallam Abubakar terminated the 16 army rule that featured General Buhari, General Babangida and General Abacha. Thus, the Nigerian democratic experiment started in 1999 under the 1999 Constitution (as now amended).

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Poverty and gradual descent into a state of anarchy

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

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The statement that Nigeria is a poor country with widespread poverty is axiomatic. It is estimated that more than 75% in the Nigerian population live in squalor and could hardly make a decent living from what they do. This situation calls into question the general assumption that a country blessed with crude oil and other mineral resources and also endowed with natural human talents would have anything to do with deepening poverty and its attendant sufferings and deprivations.

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State of the nation: Economic and social integration of the South West zone

  /   in My Layman's View, Style 12:07 am   /   Comments

Gbonigi, Olajumoke & Falae: Fighting the Yoruba cause

BY now, the Clinton family of US would have become unpopular in the Federal Government circle because of the forthrightness in the speeches of the famous members of that family. About five years ago, Hilary Clinton, as America‘s Secretary of State expressed her shock and disbelief that an oil rich Nigeria could be an heavy importer of oil refined products.

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Growth of democracy and multi-party system

  /   in My Layman's View 12:06 am   /   Comments

democracy

If we accept the simplistic description of democracy as a government of the people by the people for the people, then, there should be room for a multi-party arrangement. We should accept Thomas Hodgkin’s definition of political parties as, “all organizations which regard themselves as parties and which are so generally regarded.”

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Growth of democracy and multi-party system

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

Democracy-cartoon

If we accept the simplistic description of democracy as a government of the people by the people for the people, then, there should be room for a multi-party arrangement. We should accept Thomas Hodgkin’s definition of political parties as, “all organizations which regard themselves as parties and which are so generally regarded.”

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State of the Nation: Yoruba and their political agenda

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

GOVS MEET—Old  Western Region governors met yesterday at Government House Abeokuta, Ogun State. From Left:  Govs. Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti, reading the communique;  Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun;  Babatunde Fasola, Lagos and Rauf Aregbesola of  Osun after the meeting. Photo: WUMI AKINOLA.

During the Olusegun Obasanjo years before his re-election in 2003, there were cries of marginalization from Arewa and Igbo quarters and attempts were made to impeach President Obasanjo.

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Understanding Nigeria and its people

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

Nigeria-map

NIGERIA, which has been described as a mere “geographical expression”, is also to many people, a funny place where “anything goes”.

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STATE OF THE NATION: Yesterday and today

  /   in My Layman's View 12:08 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan and former President Obasanjo

IT is absolutely necessary at times, even without being asked to consider what is often regarded as the state of the nation. It is believed that a period of a decade should be reasonable enough to examine the political, social and economic conditions of our dear country called Nigeria. We are assuming that it would not be out of place if we refer the year 1999 as our yesterday and the year 2013 as our today.

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Opposition or Confrontation: Which way forward?

  /   in My Layman's View 12:13 am   /   Comments

File photo; Tinubu and Buhari - leaders of ACN and CPC

The pleasant news in the last few weeks is that the country would see a ‘Mega‘ Political Party through the merging of some important opposition parties. Thus, the merging of ACN, CPC and ANPP could give the country the semblance of a strong and virile opposition party, if everything goes well. For the first time, it might be possible to have an alternative party to the ruling PDP at the Centre.

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The problems of the North: The caliphate in politics

  /   in My Layman's View 12:06 am   /   Comments

As many attempts has been made by the political leaders of the North to forge unity in order to bring power back to the North in 2015, the question is being asked, why the Northern political leaders want power so desperately?. The answer is that the ‘North‘ is so used to having an exercising ‘political power‘ that it feels unfulfilled without it. It is a matter of fact that since independence, power (headship of Federal Government) has resided in the North for more than three quarters of the period.

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Leaping into the dark: The fears of 2014 and 2015

  /   in My Layman's View 12:07 am   /   Comments

Nigeria-map

As many Nigerians do often forget memorable events, it is necessary to remind ourselves that 1st of January 2014, Nigeria will be 100 years old as a nation and in 2015, the life of the present Federal Government would need renewal in another national election.

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A new year and imperatives of a new strategy

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President Jonathan

THE impression of the year 2012 by many Nigerians is that, though the Government of President Goodluck Jonathan has tried to transform the economic and political scenes, the efforts have been less edifying. Many commentators and analysts believe that the country has got much less than it desired in the past years, considering the opportunities afforded by immense material and human resources.

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Not prayer alone but…

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

Pastor Adeboye praying for Jonathan

Even if one is not a religious fanatic, one is bound to be captivated by the simplicity of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at the recent Annual Convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). At the Redemption Camp (Lagos/Ibadan Expressway), the President was reported to have asked Nigerians to continue in their prayers for the country and his administration, asking also for the advice of people at anytime he is making mistakes.

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Multifarious problems of Nigeria

  /   in My Layman's View 12:17 am   /   Comments

It is true that there is no country in the world without its peculiar problems. Even among the politically stable states like USA and Great Britain, there are problems of how to maintain a high standard of living and to remain prosperous. In the United States for example, unemployment rate at 8% has surpassed a tolerable rate of 3%, while in Britain, the cost of living has risen with the introduction of harsh economic measures.

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The dangerous path towards prosperity

  /   in My Layman's View 12:06 am   /   Comments

sanusi1

In the week dominated by the sad news of attack by gunmen on the police detention facilities (SARS) in Abuja and the bombing of St Andrews Military Protestant Church in Jaji, the welcome relief was the reported statement of the Central Bank Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi that half of the civil service work force should be sacked to curb wasteful expenditure. Though comical, Mallam Sanusi‘s statement confirm the observation of many people over the years.

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