Wednesday October 1st, 2014
Wednesday October 1st, 2014
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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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Political stability and economic prosperity: The agenda for 2014

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

INEC

There is little doubt that the year 2014 would mean different things to different people at different times and on different occasions. However, one fact remains unchanged: the year 2014 reminds us of the amalgamation of Southern and Northern Provinces in 1914 by the British to form the present Nigeria.

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The old and the new: Which way forward?

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

national-conference

Since the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Provinces in 1914 of a ‘geographical expression‘ called Nigeria, various ways have been devised by imperialist Britain and later, by Nigerians to forge unity out of diversity. The desired political unity has become elusive and far, as Kaura Namoda (North) is to Arindiziogu (East) of Nigeria. It is, however interesting to note that the search for natural unity continues unabated.

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The many troubles of Nigeria

  /   in My Layman's View 12:30 am   /   Comments

Nigeria

It has been observed that not much good news have greeted President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan since his return from the Holy Pilgrimage to Israel. The Boko Haram insurgents‘ struck in Bama (Borno) killing about 30 people and also in Maiduguri where an unfortunate groom was among the numerous victims after a wedding ceremony. It is unfortunate to have such bad news when ‘ODUAGATE‘ (coined by the mischievous media to describe the purchase of armored vehicles) is fastly receding into its characteristic Nigerian base.

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The tortuous journey to 2015 and the politicians dilemma

  /   in My Layman's View 12:47 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

In a fortnight dominated by what looks like official corruption (purchase of two armored vehicles at a prohibitive cost of about N250 million), the successful pilgrimage of the President, Goodluck Jonathan to Israel appears a welcome relief. It is appropriate to pray for the sins of Nigeria at many consecrated and holy places, especially at the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem.

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Here they come again: Cynics and sceptics

  /   in My Layman's View 12:10 am   /   Comments

national-conference

If there is one thing on which many Nigerians and the friends of Nigeria agree upon without any reservation, it is that the country‘s economic and political achievements since 1960 are below expectation. The naturally endowed nation which should be the undisputed ‘giant of Africa‘ is however, unfortunately, has become a pitiable crawler in the race for development.

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From the Archives: The forgotten political crisis of 1964 and the coup of 1966

  /   in My Layman's View 12:40 am   /   Comments

Tafawa Balewa

Between 1960 (the year of Independence) and 1966 (the year of first military coup), many events of great political importance had taken place. The area called Mid-Western State (consisting of non-Yoruba people) was carved out of the Western Region – leaving the Eastern and Northern Regions (with their restless minorities) intact.

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The new road to Nigerian unity

  /   in My Layman's View 12:50 am   /   Comments

National-Dialogue

Following the conversion to the exalted principle of Dialogue, Dr Goodluck Jonathan (like a born-again Christian) has sworn in the members of the Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, which by itself has become popular with majority of Nigerians.

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Looking back at the starting block

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

PDP-crises

The month of September which daily bears news of surprise attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri, other isolated places, and of recent, Abuja seems to be crawling to its uncertain end. However, the crisis within the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remains unsolved at this moment.

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There was a party and there is a party

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

APC-PDP

After the assassination of General Murtala Mohammed, his successor General Olusegun Obasanjo handed over the responsibility of government to a civilian President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari of the victorious National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in 1979. The change of baton which did not happen until after the Supreme Court has ruled, also witnessed the end of army rule since the military coup of 1966.

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Lessons of politics of the past

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

Ibrahim Babangida, Atiku Abubakar and Olusegun Obasanjo

IT has become the habit of the old politicians of romanticizing the past golden age of positive politics when viewing the present dispensation of “everything goes”. Perhaps former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was right recently when he expressed disappointment on the political rascality or naivety of some young political leaders.

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Nigeria’s many problems and politicians dilemma

  /   in My Layman's View 12:23 am   /   Comments

CARTOON-NIGERIA

Many Nigerians and also friendly foreigners agree that the country is facing various problems on political stability and economic reconstruction. The major problem is that of national unity in an atmosphere of the rising profile of ethnicity and religious bigotry.

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Oddity in economic and political life of Nigeria

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

sanusi1

From the time when Independence (with democracy) was joyfully handed over to Nigeria and Nigerians on a golden plate by the British colonial masters and to the period when the military rulers under General Abdulsalami Abubakar repackaged democracy in the 1999 Constitution, Nigeria and its people have witnessed many changes in social, economic and political spheres.

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What a jargon: Common sense economics and sensible politics

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

sanusi1

A constant reader of this column has politely asked me to point out the difference between the Transformation Agenda of President Jonathan on the economy and my own often repeated but seemingly crude phrase of commonsense economics.

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The govt and opposition in a slippery environment

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

APC-PDP

It is gratifying that after several false alarms, the voluntarily merging parties have been recognized by the electoral umpire (INEC) as All Progressives Party (APC). Its registration has been hailed by the media as a triumph for the growth of democracy. Truly, democracy can blossom when opportunity exists for the citizens to make a choice between parties during elections.

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In politics we are amiss: In economics, we’re amiss

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

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

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

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

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

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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