Tuesday June 30th, 2015
Tuesday June 30th, 2015
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Removal of Military check-points is good omen

  /   in Nigeria Today 5:58 am   /   Comments

DEPLOYED— File pictures of military patrol and checkpoint in Maiduguri, Borno State. An estimated 3,000 troops have been deployed to embattled states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, following the proclamation of State of Emergency in the states on Tuesday. Photos: AFP.

The military is an institution to be jealously guarded by any nation because no contribution by any other group can equal the role of its members who are ready to pay the supreme sacrifice so that ordinary citizens can remain alive.

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Nigeria’s naked Lawmakers

  /   in News, Nigeria Today 7:40 am   /   Comments

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In July 2010, renowned law Professor, Itse Sagay, raised an alarm that Nigerian lawmakers were the highest paid in the globe. Sagay found that a Nigerian Senator earns N240 million ($1.7 million) in salaries and allowances while his counterpart in the House of Representatives earns about N204 million ($1.45 million) per annum. Realizing that an American senator earns $174, 000 while a UK parliamentarian earns about $64, 000 per annum, Sagay condemned the Nigerian situation as “a breach of public trust”.

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The Nigerian media too must change

  /   in News, Nigeria Today 12:02 am   /   Comments

MUHAMMADU BUHARI

In the final year of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, hardly was anyone not fed up with his lackluster performance. When therefore the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) smartly designed the catchy phrase ‘change’ the wind blew us all in its favour. The few people who purportedly remained with the government of the day were its own appointees and other lucky gainers of the spoils of office. Every other person including many members of the then ruling party wanted change by all means. Thank God those who promised change are now in control of the nation. While expecting change from them, the rest of us who earnestly yearned for change must ourselves be ready for change and its implications because change by leaders cannot make appreciable impact without commensurate support by followers. Accordingly, our civil society groups must change their ways. Among such groups, media organs stand out as they aggressively agitated for change through editorials and reports and helped to effectively publicize the views of other people demanding change. Therefore, the media itself must not only change, it must lead the change process. It must do so by changing its own ways which in the past encouraged the poor performance of government. The media must change from serving personal and sectional interests to serving the over-all public good

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Nigeria’s Legislature finally fails

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The Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria 1999 provides for a National Assembly made up of 2 bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives to make laws for the good governance of the nation. It also creates a House of Assembly in each state of the federation for the same purpose. Each of these bodies is expected to make laws through a process that is virtually universal. First, is the proposal stage of identifying the need for a bill to make a law.

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Jonathan’s last-minute appointments

  /   in News, Nigeria Today 7:59 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan presenting his hand over notes to the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari during the official presentation of Handover notes to the President-Elect at the Aso Chambers, State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

Now that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has formally ended, it is time for us to show interest in how to handle the reckless injury-time appointments he made. Although a renowned legal luminary Prof Itse Sagay has already used the appropriate words to describe the appointments as ‘morally improper and politically immature’, the posture of some analysts that the appointments be dissolved would be simplistic if not more juvenile. This is because a look at the modus operandi of Jonathan’s government does not in any way suggest that his last minute appointments were worse than those made much earlier.

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Governor’s Forum for what?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:21 am   /   Comments

Eight-governors

The Nigerian Governor’s Forum which has been in coma since its controversial chairmanship election in 2013 appears to have resurrected a few days ago with the election of Governor Yari of Zamfara State as its chairman. Similarly, Governor Shettima of Borno State is taking over the chairmanship of the Northern Governors’ Forum. While both governors and their admirers can rejoice over the subject, there is doubt if the developments matter to anyone else. Put differently, of what use is a governors’ forum in Nigeria’s circumstance? To start with, governors being the greatest oppressors in Nigeria do not need a union to protect them.

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Nigeria’s poor economy: Shame on our politicians

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:15 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan at famous Wall Street on Monday, September 23, 2013, closing the bell of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

There is a world-wide consensus that Democracy is the best form of government. Accordingly, people in different countries strive not to slide into any other form of government especially dictatorship. If so, how come the avowed ideal system brings more curses than blessings in Nigeria? Why is it that the nation often faces economic doom whenever it has an acclaimed democratic government? In the second republic for instance, many analysts readily testified that the economic dilemma the nation found itself was heralded by the profligacy of the democratic government of President Shehu Shagari.

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President ‘Okechukwu’ Buhari !

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•Buhari: Decked out

Nigerians are beginning to know more about our President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari. During the electioneering campaigns which preceded the Presidential election of March 2015, a repeated documentary profiled him as a candidate who did not meet the basic educational requirement of the West African School Certificate. After he won the election, a new documentary surfaced crediting him with a Master’s degree in Defence Studies. If he had lost the election, perhaps the new documentary would have shown how he didn’t get near a primary school.

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The so-called APC’s ban on AIT

  /   in Nigeria Today 1:12 am   /   Comments

Chief Raymond Dokpesi and President-elect Buhari

One of the headline news of the week which ended yesterday was the story that the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari had directed his aides to ban the Africa Independent Television (AIT) from covering his activities. From my personal knowledge of Buhari, I ourightly disbelieved the story.

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Enter, Solomon Arase: The Real Police

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:40 am   /   Comments

Mr Solomon Arase Acting IGP

While briefing me on my role as class prefect in my primary school several years ago, my class teacher left in my sub-consciousness, an unforgettable slogan-“First impressions matter”. On another occasion, it was my lot to recommend to my colleagues the career that would suit each of them. When it came to the turn of John, the tallest member of the class, I didn’t hesitate to ask him to join the police force because most policemen seen around in those days were usually similarly “lanky and hefty”.

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Worrisome Gangsterism in the South West

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:22 am   /   Comments

Chief Awolowo

Our brethren in the South West have so much to thank God for. To start with, they easily constitute the largest group of Nigeria’s educated citizens; courtesy of having a visionary leader, Obafemi Awolowo early in the nation’s development process. Consequently, they are ahead of us all in the capacity of a people to know and demand their rights.

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Who says change may not come?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:04 am   /   Comments

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At an informal gathering a few days back, some discussants expressed concern over the possibility of the much awaited change in the nation’s public affairs turning out to be a mirage. Their position is based on a number of concerns.

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A Second look at Nasarawa’s Governor Al-makura

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:57 am   /   Comments

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Virtually everyone who knows Umaru Tanko Al-makura, the incumbent Governor of Nasarawa State would testify that the man is an achiever having made a success of every previous assignment he handled. As if he was destined to take Nasarawa out of the woods, he sought to reverse with much passion his discovery that the state had “since its creation been held hostage to the folly and excesses of its rulers”, Governor Al-makura on assumption of office, did two rather simple things which his predecessor for inexplicable reasons couldn’t dare.

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It’s time to support INEC

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:43 am   /   Comments

Buhari, Jega and Jonatrhan

Not many Nigerians have in the last 4 years criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as much as this columnist. A few of the issues which influenced the posture can be recalled for ease of reference. First, Prof Attahiru Jega, chairman of the commission at his screening by the Senate, hinted that under him there would be massive voter education, aimed at bringing about attitudinal change among the citizenry. We thought the National Orientation Agency and the media would handle the assignment better. On November 11, 2010, INEC was reported to have told the fifth Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) summit in Lagos that it had adopted the option for resolving political and pre-election disputes. We were not persuaded that it is INEC and not the Judiciary that should develop grey hairs over the settlement of election disputes.

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Wanted in Nigeria: A more Proactive Legislature

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:23 am   /   Comments

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The Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria 1999 provides for a National Assembly made up of 2 bodies, the Senate and the House of representatives. It also creates a House of Assembly in each state of the federation. But does Nigeria at the federal level really require a bi-camera legislature, that is, two branches of a legislature whrn both bodies have the same mandate –to make laws for the good governance of Nigeria?

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When will the Nigerian Broadcast Media grow?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:47 am   /   Comments

Nigeria-map

Confronted severally about a so called golden era of broadcasting in Nigeria, the first point of interest of a young journalist whenever he comes across a much older colleague is to plead for some comparison between the state of the media today and what obtained in the past in the country.

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Is PDP still the largest in Africa?

  /   in Nigeria Today 5:50 pm   /   Comments

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A few years back, it was a common practice among members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to describe their political party as the largest in Africa. None of us outside the party bothered to authenticate the claim. Perhaps some people just believed it. But it was indisputable that the party was Nigeria’s biggest judging by the overwhelming number of elected political office holders produced by the party from the level of a local council to the presidency. Indeed, the PDP won the Presidential elections of 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.

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2015: Bogus Oracle at work again in Benin!

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:43 am   /   Comments

*Oba of Benin

In Nigeria, any claim whatsoever can easily be made to look correct; all that is required is to repeatedly make the same claim overtime and after a while it sticks in the sub consciousness of people. The claim in Benin, the home city of this writer that there is an oracle which has capacity to determine the political direction of the people falls into this theory.

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Our Military must not die

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:31 am   /   Comments

Army-Jonathan

What do Nigerians and indeed the media expect of the military in the face of contemporary challenges? This was a question I sought to answer in April 2013 at an interactive session on civil military relations organized by the Nigerian Army in Lagos. At the end of my paper, it was clear I had upset the military judging by the responses of the top most military officers who were participants at the conference. The session was so combative that I was forced to fight back by telling them not to invite me to future sessions if they only want to hear what would please them.

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Presidential Debate on what?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:21 am   /   Comments

* President Jonathan

The refusal of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Buhari to participate in this year’s Presidential debates has once again thwarted our efforts at organizing a debate to enable Nigerians assess the candidates properly so as to determine who to vote for.

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Can Abuja Peace Accord stop political violence?

  /   in Nigeria Today 2:09 am   /   Comments

File: Jonathan and Buhari

Political events of the last one month in Nigeria seem to place doubt on the workability of the recent accord signed by our political leadership. First, the accord was not comprehensive as it tended to rely on the existing erroneous impression that the only cause of election violence in our clime is the desperation of politicians. While not playing down on that because it is certainly a prime factor, it is obviously incorrect to think that it is the only factor.

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Certificate controversy: The Buhari example

  /   in Nigeria Today 1:26 am   /   Comments

Buhari

. Even if the PDP was out for mischief or to score a political point, the nation has much to gain from the resolution of the saga. To dismiss the issue by describing it as a distraction is wrong because every Presidential candidate has a legal obligation to possess a minimum of the West African School Certificate. If General Buhari does not have it, he cannot qualify to contest a Presidential election in Nigeria. It is immaterial that he had been “allowed” previously to contest such an election.

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Edo State versus UNIBEN: Uncanny squabbles

  /   in News, Nigeria Today 12:13 am   /   Comments

*Uniben

Largely, I am not the kind of person that sheds tears easily. Therefore, I cannot remember the last time I cried – really cried. But on the morning of penultimate Thursday, something quite unexpected happened to me.

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The political party I will vote for

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:48 am   /   Comments

APC-PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by its own claim is the largest political party in Africa. Perhaps everyone ought to be there in a country like ours which runs the winner- takes-all political system. Unsurprisingly therefore, the PDP has been ruling Nigeria without a break since 1999.

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2014: Nigeria’s year of deceit and self-denial

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:27 am   /   Comments

IT SHOULD BE OUR DAY: Celebration of Children's Day in Abuja, yesterday. NAN photo.

Only 3 days ago, Nigerians crossed over to a new year from one that was characterized by lies, deceit and self-denial. Historians would no doubt remember the year as one where fake patriots denied, all year through, the obvious vanishing life of their nation.

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PDP must not spend its N21billion on elections!

  /   in Nigeria Today 9:15 am   /   Comments

PDP FUND From left Senate President Senator David Mark, Vice President Arc. Namadi Sambo President Goodluck Jonathan, National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party PDP Alh. Adamu Muazu, Chairman  PDP Board of Trustee Chief Tony Anineh , Deputy Speaker Chief Emeka Ihedioaha and the Party Deputy National Chairman Prince  Uche Secondus  at  for the Party Fund Raising Dinner at the State House Abuja Saturday 20th 12 2014 STATE HOUSE PHOTOS

Nigerians, who once a while, wonder why the rest of the world hardly comes to our aid even in times of danger often lose sight of the fact that we are to a large extent, a wealthy nation. Other countries are aware that we have enough to meet all our needs. At least, we are better placed to meet our needs than many other countries.

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Re-instate ‘sacked’ prisons officials

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:21 am   /   Comments

*The demolished stalls and open space

The grave impact which insurgency has had on the nation this year, may make many Nigerians think of nothing else that marks year 2014. But there are associated developments that would also go down in history as monumental. Incessant jailbreaks across the country would no doubt be one of them. If we are lucky to have no new cases before the year runs out in a couple days, we can then say we had no less than 5 breaks during the year.

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Party Primaries: Kudos to Jonathan, Kwankwaso, others

  /   in Nigeria Today 2:35 am   /   Comments

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?

  /   in Nigeria Today 1:00 pm   /   Comments

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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