Saturday December 20th, 2014
Saturday December 20th, 2014
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Party Primaries: Kudos to Jonathan, Kwankwaso, others

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Rochas Okorocha,  Muhammadu Buhari, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Atiku Abubakar and Sam Nda- Isaiah.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC)-the two major Nigerian political parties have concluded their primaries to select flag bearers for the 2015 general elections. While many analysts have bothered about the appropriateness of the use of “consensus” or the role of money in the high-wire tension-soaked political process, the focus of this piece, is on political succession against the backdrop of a tradition where leaders often worked against their immediate aides at elections. Before the recently concluded primaries, there were strong indications that President Goodluck Jonathan would sacrifice his deputy, Namadi Sambo. Many had thought that as part of negotiating his way through the many booby traps, the President might be pressured to pick a new Vice, just to calm some frayed nerves. It is a great sign of dexterity that he did not do that. While commending him for the approach, it is hoped that if he is re-elected, he would hold-on to that level of matured leadership while selecting his aides and cabinet.

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Now that our Senate is shivering, whither Nigeria?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:21 am   /   Comments

The Senate

“Senate President David Mark is scared”. That was the title of a media report that caught my attention the other day. I could not immediately fathom what could scare the nation’s 3rd most powerful citizen until I read the story. It was only then I realized that despite the immense power of his office characterized by his retinue of aides as well as his background as a former military commander, there is not much difference between Senator Mark and my defenceless self who can shiver merely because the end of the year’s harmattan season when everywhere is cold has set in.

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What is the cost of Nigeria’s uncommon transformation?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:17 am   /   Comments

•Governor Godswill Akpabio and Paul Bassey at the Uyo International Stadium.

Godswill Akpabio has been in office as Governor of Akwa Ibom since 2007. He has since then done quite a lot for which he will be remembered in the history of the State. When compared with governors of other states and other Akwa Ibom governors before him, it is likely that he would stand taller than many in the pace of state development. Akwa Ibom International Stadium can probably be described as the last of the most grandiose projects he undertook. Perhaps that explains why he always advertises his work with the title “uncommon transformation”.

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The wages of political rascality

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:44 am   /   Comments

tear-gas-lawmakers

In January 1966, Nigerians witnessed the first ever military intervention in the politics of their nation. To the applause of many of us, they sacked the first republic and instituted military rule. Some 30 years later when democracy returned to the polity, the earlier ovation to the men in uniform had waned as they too were found guilty of the same vices that informed their sacking of the civilian government. Against this backdrop, it was imagined that perhaps the nation would have been better off if democracy, the acclaimed best system of government in the world had been allowed to grow in our nation. Nigerian politicians the argument continues would have matured and learnt to practice democracy in its true form. Since 1999 however, we have had no less than 15 unbroken years of civilian rule yet we have had nothing other than “democracy with tears”. Why on earth is Nigeria unable to produce “sane” politicians?

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What is the exact offence of Justice Gladys Olotu?

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Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Aloma Mariam Muktar,

About a year ago, the learned K. S. Okeaya Inneh, a renowned Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and leader of the Bar in the South-South had declared that he had in his privileged position recommended Justice Gladys Olotu of the Federal High Court to be elevated to the Court of Appeal.

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Government Score Card: Good initiative;but…

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:24 am   /   Comments

economy

Last week, the Federal Government presented its ‘score card’ featuring some of its notable Ministers throwing light on government activities in some sectors.

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How many political aspirants bought nomination forms themselves?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:21 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan displaying Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms  at the People's Democratic Party's Secretariat in Abuja on Thursday (30/10/14).

One obvious beauty of democracy is its flexibility. It can be in several forms. There is parliamentary democracy just as there is presidential democracy. Democracy can also be in different forms.

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Has Nigeria really conquered Ebola?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:32 am   /   Comments

HEALTH PERSONNEL IN PROTECTIVE  KITS AT THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY (12/8/14).

It was all joy last week as the World Health Organization (WHO) certified Nigeria as Ebola free. The organization arrived at the decision because no new cases were reported in the country since after the outbreak which a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer aided by his country brought on us.

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Wanted in Nigeria: A new approach to street protests

  /   in Nigeria Today 1:39 pm   /   Comments

ballotbox

All over the world, there is considerable consensus that democracy is the best form of government. While some applaud its people-oriented nature, others are attracted to the freedom it gives to every individual in society.

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Adamawa: What will be, will be

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:11 am   /   Comments

SWEARING-IN: Gov. Bala Ngilari of Adamawa (left), taking oath of office before Justice Lawan Lagre in Yola, yesterday. Photo: Nan.

The swearing-in of the erstwhile Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Bala James Ngilari as the new Governor of the State has in several ways changed the political climate in the State. It has also illuminated the vagaries and fragility of political weather.

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The Mother of all Political Parties emerges in Benin

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:54 am   /   Comments

APC-PDP

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has since 1999 been winning landslide victories to continuously form the federal government of Nigeria. Although not much has been achieved by the party in terms of good governance and appreciable improvement in the living standards of the people, she has continued to chorus its song of ruling the nation for another century.

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Who deserves Independence Anniversary dinner?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:13 am   /   Comments

VANGUARD-NATIONAL-AWARD

In less than 72hours from today, Nigeria would be due for another independence anniversary – the 54th

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Mutiny: Which 12 soldiers are to die?

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The soldiers during thier mutiny tral

The Nigeria Army last Tuesday announced the sentencing of 12 soldiers to death by firing squad for mutiny. The soldiers had allegedly attempted to kill their commanding officer during a mutiny in May at the Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri. Considering that mutiny is a serious military offence, we cannot but agree that a severe penalty that can deter a recurrence is in order. Several analysts have taken time to copiously comment on the subject but no one appears to be in favour of the judgment of the tribunal.

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FIFA needs to understand Nigeria

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:09 am   /   Comments

Fifa-nff

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the title of the apex governing body of football across the globe. One of the standing rules of FIFA is that governments are not allowed to interfere in its management of football.

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2015: Is PDP rejoicing at the wrong time?

  /   in Nigeria Today 8:39 pm   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan with PDP chieftains at the party's rally for August 9 governorship election in Osun State.

The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) who are clamouring for a second term for President Goodluck Jonathan may have excelled in their mobilization of many Nigerians to applaud their goal. Their South-South rally in Port Harcourt the other Saturday reportedly received the blessing of over four million citizens of the zone who demand that Jonathan should contest the 2015 Presidential elections. Their earlier shows in the South-East and South-West rallies were similarly impressive. They therefore appear to have put the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a joyous mood ahead of 2015. In fairness to the party, no one can afford to despair considering the kind of figures that are being reeled out from the TAN rallies.

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EFCC should probe Enugu House of Assembly

  /   in Nigeria Today 6:33 am   /   Comments

Onyebuchi: Chime asked me to take all instructions given by Mrs. Nwobodo

Section 188 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999 empowers a State legislature to remove from office a Governor or his deputy who is found guilty of gross misconduct. The Enugu State House of Assembly relied on the Section a few days back, to impeach the Deputy Governor of the State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, for the “gross misconduct” of running a poultry farm in his compound. The Enugu legislators didn’t do anything new.

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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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