Friday August 29th, 2014
Friday August 29th, 2014
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I agree with IBB

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:12 am   /   Comments

Gen. Ibrahim Babangida

Last week, the media was replete with tributes marking the 73rd birthday anniversary of former President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB). I was also thrilled by the interview he granted on the occasion where he made two profound and related pronouncements-one, that it is dangerous to involve the military in elections and the other, that the Nigerian Military would soon be compromised. Last year, some top army personnel and the leadership of our electoral body were not too happy with me for expressing similar opinions. Now that a personality like Babangida has publicly expressed the same “offending” opinions, I have no option than to ‘agree with IBB’.

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Ebola confirms Liberia as Nigeria’s Cross

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:07 am   /   Comments

vaccine-Ebola

The Ebola disease that has caused so much panic in Nigeria in the last one month did not evolve from among our people. It was imported from Liberia thereby sentencing Nigeria once again to the burden of carrying Liberia’s cross. It is however not a new pain; that has always been our lot. But for Nigeria, Liberia would have been dismembered long ago over its fratricidal civil war

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Ebola: Should we discard the bitter kola story?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:17 am   /   Comments

iwu1

Why can’t we research into the herbs which kept our forefathers healthy and strong without western endorsement? Of course it is time for us to rise up to the trend where it is only African diseases that have no cure. We can’t make it if while others are positively using their brains to keep their people alive, we tune ours to convoluted impeachments and electioneering during the period for governance. Let those who have a mandate to take charge of our health overcome the current Ebola disaster NOW.

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Support for Insurgency Victims: Good Policy, Little Scope

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:03 am   /   Comments

FROM RIGHT President Goodluck Jonathan  the First  Lady, Wife of the Senate President Mrs David Mark Chairman of the Fund Raising Dinner Gen Ty Danjuma  and the Deputy Senate President  Senator Ike Ekweremadu arriving for the  Fund Raising Dinner for Victims of Terrorism at the State House Abuja Thursday

Joe, my friend was greatly agitated some two weeks back over the appointment of General Theophilus Danjuma as chairman of a new committee to help government cater for victims of the current wave of insurgency in Nigeria. Joe thought that the Danjumas of this world have had more than enough of public assignments insisting that recycling such individuals in a nation overflowing with dynamic and bubbling human resources suggested the failure of government to ponder outside the box.

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Murtala Nyako needn’t go to court

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:11 am   /   Comments

Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa

I was away from Nigeria last week but didn’t miss much of the drama which the Adamawa legislators described as the impeachment of their Governor, Admiral Murtala Nyako. I give much of the credit of my knowledge of the events to technology.

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Inspector General of Police as a Traffic Warden

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:13 am   /   Comments

IGP, Mohammed Abubakar

I was pleasantly surprised to stumble into a television documentary during the week which featured Mohammed D. Abubakar, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) functioning as a traffic warden. Unfortunately, I did not get to watch the entire episode but the two short scenes I saw made salient points. In one case, he was portrayed directing the free flow of traffic at a busy location.

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Do our Commanders-in-Chief live above board?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:00 am   /   Comments

Senate President David Mark

Last week, the Senate screened and approved four additional nominees as Ministers. On the occasion, Senate President David Mark admonished the nominees to assume office with a mindset to live above board. Since Ministers as leaders are expected to serve as role models by shunning all acts of impropriety, the admonition appears rational. But was I or any other citizen for that matter supposed to have faith in the said caution? Put differently, is it unlikely that David Mark himself, the author of the admonition may not have believed in it? Those who wish to see this viewpoint as cynical are free to do so but they cannot stop us from being skeptical about the possibility of any political office holder in Nigeria operating with any appreciable level of integrity. History does not seem to support a contrary view.

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Why insecurity persists in Nigeria

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:00 am   /   Comments

Scene of Emab plaza bombing

The agonies of residents of Nigeria’s federal capital city and its environs especially the impact of two consecutive bomb blasts in Nyanya a few weeks back were yet to subside when another bomb blast occurred again last Wednesday in Wuse, Abuja. On the basis of vicarious liability which in law, refers to the blame a leader bears on behalf of his team, it is rational to blame our numerous security challenges on our over-all leader, President Goodluck Jonathan. But since the security challenges are getting more severe and spreading as well as biting harder by the day, the direction of the blame game is probably too simplistic and narrow. A more realistic analysis of the unending nature of our current insecurity, is likely to show that there are many other leaders that are blame worthy concerning the subject.

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Politicians: Let Edo Develop

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:38 am   /   Comments

EDO ASSEMBLY CRISIS—Police at the Edo State House of Assembly as the crisis in the House continued, yesterday. Photo: Barnabas Uzosike.

The re-election bid by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as governor of Edo State was probably his publicly known stiffest challenge in life. The electioneering campaign leading to the July 2012 governorship election in the State was more or less a nightmare for him and his party, the then Action Congress of Nigeria. The heat brought to bear on the contest by the candidate of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was so intense that the previous daily beating of the chest by the governor that he needed no campaign ostensibly because of his development projects virtually fizzled away. Indeed, his tractors and caterpillars that were expected to campaign on his behalf were in reality inanimate.

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Will Emir Sanusi Lamido be controversial?

  /   in Nigeria Today 6:54 pm   /   Comments

Kwankwaso presenting the appointment letter to the new emir of Kano

The expectation in some circles, the other week, that Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the immediate past Governor of our Central Bank may not be selected as the new Emir of Kano because of his controversial nature is now stale. Only last Monday, he formally took over as the new Emir of Kano succeeding his uncle – the great Ado Bayero who died a few days earlier. Some analysts had opined however that he was not really or properly selected because of the riots which followed the announcement of his appointment.

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Where is our Defence Minister?

  /   in Nigeria Today 8:24 pm   /   Comments

Aliyu Gusau

At war times, such as the insurgency period we are in now, the Military is usually engaged in intense sacrifices as some of its members quite often have to pay the supreme sacrifice. It is therefore important for critics to exercise a high degree of restraint while analyzing delicate military issues. At the same time, those in charge of defence and security must not do anything, even if inadvertently, that can adversely affect the image of the military.

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Diezani and the National Assembly!

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:23 am   /   Comments

Diezani-Alison-Madueke,

Back to the issue of permanently delayed flights, we sought to compare the harm to the nation by our unconscionable commercial airlines with that of those opting for chartered flights. This led us into a long conversation on the intriguing relationship between Minister Diezani and the National Assembly – a discussion that was greatly illuminated by reports in the media the night before.

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Enough of Kekehebu Democracy in Nigeria

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:23 am   /   Comments

Chibok

For the third consecutive time in one month, this column has had to premise its thoughts on one issue – insecurity. It is not that it is hard to find something else to talk about; the rationale has been to underscore the overriding importance of the subject by using the mass communication theory of ‘force multiplication ’.

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Chibok Girls! Not a Debate!!

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:12 am   /   Comments

Ayomikun Omoyiola, 11 years old and Nigeria’s Youngest Peace Ambassador speaks on the abduction of the Chibok girls in her painting titled ‘stolen dreams’

Some innocent Nigerian school girls were last month abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno State. Painfully, the real number of girls involved is unknown. The first report said 100, another 200; yet another version said 234. When a fresh story suggested 276, many people opted to use the term ‘over 200 girls’.

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Who is misleading our President?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:04 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

Against the backdrop of his massive victory at the 2011 Presidential elections, it is difficult to dispute the obvious popularity of President Goodluck Jonathan among Nigerians. Recently however, it is also getting clearer that those opposed to him are increasing.

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Jonathan needs to sack more aides

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:10 am   /   Comments

Jonathan

To place governance on some measure of intellect is to officially seek answers constantly to recurring posers in society. One such poser in Nigeria is the increasing level of public rejoicing whenever a government official is relieved of his appointment. It does not really matter how highly placed the affected official is.

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In Nigeria, what is news?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:03 am   /   Comments

Boko-Haram1

To constantly follow events in the media should ordinarily place a person in a position to promptly appreciate new events and happenings around him and elsewhere. In Nigeria however, an ardent newspaper reader or radio listener or television viewer cannot be too sure to read, hear or see new events. It is not that media practitioners in Nigeria are not proactive enough to meet their mandate of public enlightenment.

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How NOT to speak during national tragedy

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:25 am   /   Comments

Prseident Jonathan, Senate President david Mark and other at the scene of the blast at Nyanya , Abuja, Monday. Photo: Olamikan Olugbenga.

How to communicate is not as easy as many imagine. Those who tend to believe that communication is just the transmission of messages from one source to another need to know that it is not that simple because no sane person is likely to transmit messages to other people for the sake of doing so.

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Oronsaye Report: No one should panic

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:09 am   /   Comments

*Mr. Stephen Oronsaye

Although, I am yet to meet anyone who has seen the ‘White Paper’ on the report of a panel headed by Steve Oronsaye, a former Head of Service of the Federation to rationalize government organizations, the media has disclosed the release of such a 105-page document. With proactive investigative journalism aided by our new law on freedom of information, why not get the details; I asked myself? I was honestly not excited about that because history teaches me that in Nigeria, an official document called ‘White Paper’ is by tradition a “stereotype”- something that takes the same pattern all the time.

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Rotimi Amaechi and the Verdict of History

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:03 am   /   Comments

Gov Amechi

In today’s Nigeria, Rotimi Amaechi the current Governor of Rivers State is likely to emerge as one of the great personalities that shaped the Nigerian political history of his time. From 2007 till date, he has been a dogged fighter. First, he fought his former political party – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – over the latter’s breach of internal democracy.

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When Attorney General becomes a high jumper

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:00 am   /   Comments

*Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke

IN several countries, the position of Attorney General is usually held by a lawyer because the holder is expected to serve as the permanent legal adviser to the government. In Nigeria, it is one post that has always attracted top legal experts especially during the military era. At a point, it was resolved that only a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) could be the Attorney General of the Federation.

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Immigration Tragedy: Minister Abba Moro will remain

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:30 am   /   Comments

TRAGEDY: Interior Minister, Abba Moro, with one of the victims of Nigeria Immigration Service aptitude test tragedy, at the National Hospital, Abuja, yesterday.

An interesting fall-out of the death of some Nigerians last week while in search of employment at the nation’s Immigration Service was a statement credited to ‘Comrade’ Abba Moro the Interior Minister in charge of the sector. According to media reports, the Minister was convinced that the tragedy was caused by the refusal of the applicants to adhere to the rules of engagement designed for the recruitment exercise.

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Aviation reforms: Nigeria still too far behind

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:24 am   /   Comments

Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

Exactly one week ago, I left Nigeria for Dubai to attend the annual international broadcast exhibition -CABSAT 2014. Considering that the Dubai Emirate is a rich country, it was easy to appreciate the magnificent difference between Dubai, its main city and Abuja – our own self-acclaimed fastest growing city in Africa. However, some of my professional colleagues could not help discussing some of the structures that were put in use during the exhibition.

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Who actually is holding-on to Nigeria’s money?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:33 am   /   Comments

IGP, Mohammed Abubakar

Last week, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar announced the promotion of 24,118 police personnel in the country. According to Police spokesman, Frank Mba, the exercise ranks as the highest number of Police Officers promoted in one fell swoop in the history of the Force. The announcement was a happy one for many families including that of this writer-our own cousin Joe, being one of the beneficiaries.

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So, can’t we count even our dead?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:13 am   /   Comments

DAMAGE—Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam with Speaker Yobe House of Assembly, Adamu Dala Dogo (below left) inspecting the damage in the school, yesterday.

The indisputable breaking news of the immediate past week was the killing by suspected insurgents of several students of the Federal Government College, Bun Yadi, Yobe State. Whereas, different accounts of what transpired centred on about the same content, everyone had a different version of the number of students affected. During a sympathy visit to the school by the state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, a Senior Master in the institution, Ibrahim Abdul, confirmed that Twenty-nine students were killed. He added that 11 other students sustained gunshot wounds in the attack. Abdul’s report was corroborated by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Sanusi Rufai who also confirmed 29 dead.

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One-man one-vote: Edo’s futile slogan

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:17 am   /   Comments

nasselection

On October 22,2013, the Edo State Electoral Commission organized an election into the Esan North-East Local Government Council. Somewhere along the line, it declared the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the chairmanship election. The opposition party- the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cried foul alleging that it was a travesty of justice as the rightful winner was reportedly short-changed.

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APC’s Lai Mohammed has upset me

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:29 am   /   Comments

Alh. Lai Mohammed

For quite a while during the life of this present government, many Nigerianslooked forward with eagerness to the emergence of a strong political opposition to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Thus, the birth of the All Progressive Congress (APC) brightened the hopes of many citizens that better governance was on its way. The APC seems to have done fairlywell so far especially in bringing down the high degree of impunity of the ruling party. Their rather unpopular directive to their legislators to block the passage of the 2014 may have started, even if inadvertently, to refine our crude democracy – a good example being the end of the police control of Rivers State.

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Does Jonathan also have a pact with Lord Lugard?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:10 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

Indeed, the ‘democratic’ government of President Olusegun Obasanjo decreed same for the nation as if our leaders had a secret pact unknown to the rest of us with Lord Lugard to preserve his creation. Is this suspected pact also binding on President Goodluck Jonathan whose government recently declared the same no-go-area which bars Nigerians from debating whether or not they wish to continue to belong to the Lugardian nation?

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Focus on 2015 Presidential Election is a grave error

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:15 am   /   Comments

*Jega

Last week’s announcement of the time table for the 2015 elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has no doubt opened a new vista in the nation’s political landscape. Already, it has elicited a number of viewpoints from different analysts. To some people, it is a pro-active welcome development. In fairness to such analysts, it is the first time in about 2 decades that our electoral body has been forward-looking with respect to its mandate thereby creating a path way for the nation’s electoral process. To other people however, the time table is nothing more than the script of the ruling party. The nature of politics and elections particularly Nigeria’s winner takes all, zero-sum game system, would make it difficult for anyone to dismiss either of the viewpoints.

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Adamu Mu’azu: Not as we hear

  /   in Nigeria Today 1:03 am   /   Comments

muazu

The selection of Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu former Governor of Bauchi State as Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) no doubt opens a new chapter in the affairs of the party. Mu’azu means different things to many people. To this writer, he is a large-hearted philanthropist and consummate development activist. No one should blame me for being so charitable to him because my impression is the product of an unforgettable personal encounter with the man some years back. It happened early in 2006 when my goal of achieving 2 projects for my organization – the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) – ran into a critical cash-flow challenge. The projects were the establishment of NTA International and the conversion of the NTA TV College Jos into a degree awarding institution.

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Election rigging as a national hobby

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:59 am   /   Comments

INEC official displays an empty ballot box

Section 7 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999, provides for the system of democratically elected local government councils making it mandatory for every state to ensure their existence under a law which provides for their establishment, structure, composition, finance and functions.Thus, the conduct of local government elections in Nigeria is the responsibility of the state government hence each state handles hers.

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Let’s allow Independent Candidates in 2015

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:03 am   /   Comments

APC-PDP

In democratic societies, political parties naturally evolve within a polity. Thus, when the government of President Ibrahim Babangida (IBB) decreed for Nigeria, two political parties-the Nigerian Republican Convention (NRC) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), in 1989, many critics faulted the move. The critics condemned such a mechanical and rigid approach to politics without recourse to what influenced Babangida to so act. Rather than spending a few minutes to reflect on the Presidential broadcast of October 7, 1989 which adduced several reasons for the action of government, everyone suspected Maradona, as IBB is generally called, to have been up to some mischief.

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