Wednesday April 16th, 2014
Wednesday April 16th, 2014
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Oil or no oil, Nigeria has a problem

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OIL

The 2003 All Nigerian Editors’ Conference (ANEC) has ended in Asaba, the Delta State Capital. The Conference which had as its theme “Nigeria Beyond Oil: Role of the Editor”, was relevant and apt for the times and also fell in line with the universal role of the media to set the national agenda of its country. Indeed, the Conference underscored the all-important role of journalists to serve as the mirror and gatekeeper of society to point out danger signals in the horizon to avert a woeful end. From the tone of the welcome address entitled, “Diversify or Die”; the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr. Femi Adesina left no one in doubt of the grave consequences awaiting the country in the face of dwindling oil revenue.

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2015: Who says Nigeria cannot break?

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CARTOON-NIGERIA

A few years back, the Americans were reported to have predicted that Nigeria may not survive a likely turmoil in 2015. The date obviously gives a political undertone to the problem considering that it coincides with when our next general elections are due. The significance of the prediction does not lie in the maker as those who perceive America as omniscience would want the nation to believe.

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Is Gov. Fashola different from Gov. Peter Obi?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:36 am   /   Comments

Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi and Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola

I admire Governor Fashola of Lagos State a lot and would have volunteered to be part of his campaign team if he were to contest the 2015 Presidential elections. Recently however, one of his policies greatly upset me.

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Scrap the post of Minister of State

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:37 am   /   Comments

cartoon-Good-govt

When Dr Muhammad Ali Pate, Nigeria’s Minister of State (Health) resigned his appointment last month to assume the position of Professor in an American university, President Goodluck Jonathan, was reported to have seen it as evidence that “his star-studded cabinet was attracting global attention”.

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Happy Birthday to Governor Suntai of Taraba State

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File Photo: Gov Suntai (c) with his wife and family friend

On Sunday June 30, 2013, Governor Danbaba Suntai marked his 52nd birthday in far away New York, USA where he is recuperating from the injuries he sustained from a plane crash in October 2012. On the occasion, his deputy, Garba Umar who is currently acting as Governor of the State sent him a goodwill message on behalf of himself and the people of Taraba State.

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Crocodile tears in Benin

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:08 am   /   Comments

From left: President Goodluck Jonathan; former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar; and former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at the opening of an international seminar on peace support operations organised by the Ministry of Defence in Abuja, yesterday.

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as President of Nigeria lived in the Presidential Villa for 4 years (1999-2003) in the first instance. While seeking reelection in 2003, he left his residence in Abuja for his home in Abeokuta to vote. Could that be a sign of ethnic jingoism?

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PDP: Big for what?

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File photo: A cross section of supporters at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

Some few years back, a bosom friend who wanted to get into partisan politics after retiring from the Federal Public Service pleaded with me to sleep over the subject and come up with the most suitable political party for him. I promptly replied that he had no option but to pitch his tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – the only national political party in Nigeria. Of course until the recent merger arrangements by some groupings, every other Nigerian political party always operated like a small regional party. For me, my friend was too big to swim in any of the little streams when a big river was available.

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How to resolve the ASUU/Government conflict

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:15 am   /   Comments

Asuu cartoon

Like an anniversary celebration, this year’s edition of the annual closure of Nigerian Universities began on Tuesday July 01, 2013. As usual, no one knows when it will end. Indeed, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Dr Nasir Fagge says members of the Union are resolute that, only a complete resolution of the issues at stake would bring the current strike action to an end.

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2015 elections in Nigeria may fail

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ELECTION

On Saturday June 29, 2013, an election was held in Oguta constituency of Imo State. The umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it could not declare a winner because the contest was inconclusive. This time around, those who are usually fast at commending the Jega led INEC have been a bit cautious. The truth however is that INEC has never performed above average.

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Does President Jonathan have supporters in the sky?

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A cross section of supporters during the flag-off ceremony of President Goodluck Jonathan's Presidential Bid at the Lafia Township Stadium, Lafia Nassarawa State. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

Considering that Africans have come to be known as people who prefer to associate with a ruling political party, there is no need to dispute the claim of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it is the largest political party in Africa. These days, it is becoming clearer that the party is set to clinch another title-the party with the largest number of Nigerians in the diaspora.

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Which Governors can President Jonathan rely upon?

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JOMECHI-Cartoon

Quite often, many State Governments in Nigeria openly express dissatisfaction with the sharing of the proceeds of the federation account. Last week, the trend took a rather serious turn when Commissioners for finance from the States walked out on the Minister of State for Finance, Dr Yerima Lawal Ngama who chaired the May 2013 Federation Account Allocation Committee meeting in Abuja.

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Is military rule over in Nigeria?

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President Jonathan; Senate President, David Mark and Speaker, House of Reps, Hon Aminu Tambuwal

In far away Prague, Czech Republic, David Mark, President of the Nigerian Senate and a retired Brigadier General in the Nigerian Army affirmed a few days back that Military rule in Nigeria was gone forever. The affirmation appears heartwarming especially if it is binding on Mark’s successors in the military.

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Do Governors win elections in Nigeria?

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Governors of the new mega party, APC in Lagos last week

In 1983, Chief Sam Mbakwe, incumbent governor of Imo State, was declared winner of the governorship election in the State that year. Did he really win the election? Perhaps he did but it was rather absurd that it was Mbakwe himself who was the first to formally declare his own victory through the broadcasting outfit of his State.

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The burden of party supremacy

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APC-PDP

My former hall mate and compatriot, Adeseye Ogunlewe, was clearly seen by all as a fiery student in our days at the nation’s premier university at Ibadan. It is indeed difficult to forget how he radiated confidence at all times and easily passed for those generally regarded as serious students. Seye, as we fondly called him was in the same elements a few days ago when on national television, he espoused the essence of party supremacy.

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Moles all over Nigeria!!!

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Troops getting ready

When President Goodluck Jonathan observed not long ago that members of a dreaded insurgent group had infiltrated his own government, some people thought it was politics. From the look of things, it is becoming difficult to doubt the assertion.

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When is it good to be poor?

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Street traders on the Expressway in Abuja

Different write-ups attract different readers. While some people prefer light-hearted articles that relax the mind, other persons that are often described as ‘serious’ readers are hardly interested in storylines. Rather, they want the point to be quickly but logically made. What such persons tend to overlook however, is the ease with which stories enhance the quality and opinions being made by writers. Indeed, stories can help readers to easily comprehend the issues in focus in a write-up. This is why today’s article is softened with a few stories on prosperity and vanity.

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Our new ultra modern Government Houses

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:04 am   /   Comments

Democracy is acclaimed worldwide as the best form of government but its features appear rather easy to bastardize. In a democracy, power is said to belong to the people and that they exercise it through a government that is made up of a group of persons selected by the people.

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When will Nigeria cease to be an analogue nation?

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Battle ready soldiers to be deployed to Mali...

Last month, Joe my cousin, who is always frightened of the Military called me on phone to warn me never again to offend, in his words, “dangerous persons and institutions like the Army”. His call came one day after I delivered a rather combative paper at a military conference in Lagos. He sternly asked me: what do you know about security that makes you think you can publicly criticize the Army? While agreeing that I know just a little about warfare, I opined that professionalism in military operations is a different subject from public perception of what the Army does or chooses not to do.

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Miracle in Edo as FEDECO resurrects after 30 years

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole

The July 14, 2012 Governorship elections in Edo State, were reportedly overwhelmingly won by the incumbent Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. According to the election results, the Governor won in all the 18 Local Government Areas of the State.

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UCH: Give unto Caesar, what belongs to him

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From the right, Vice Prresident Namadi Sambo; SGF, Senator Pius Anyim; Head of Service, Alhaji Saleh Belo; Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomen; National Security Adviser, Gen. Owoye Azazi; Youth and Sports Minister, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi and the Works Minister, Arc. Mike Onolememen singing the national anthem during the opening of the Federal Executive Council Meeting chaired by the Vice President at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

There are 2 main enviable professions in Nigeria – Law and Medicine. It is only a lawyer for instance, that can serve as Attorney General and Minister of Justice. The same is true of the position of Commissioner for Justice in a State. However, lawyers can be Ministers and Commissioners of other sectors – Education, Foreign Affairs and Commerce etc.

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PDP: A body without a head?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:08 am   /   Comments

pdp-umbrella-fight-cartoon

One question which a committee I once belonged to could not find an answer for was why every Chairman of our electoral bodies of old was always booted out of office. For example, Professor Eme Awa who was appointed to Chair the Commission in 1987 was holding a crucial meeting with electoral commissioners when a radio announcement removed him from office barely a year later.

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Edo teachers and their Governor

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:06 am   /   Comments

*Oshiomhole

Until a few months ago, the topical issue in my State – Edo – usually centred on the beautification of major towns in the State. The story-line appears to have changed as a new topic has since taken over. These days, the matter of the moment is the directive of the State Government to teachers to produce their primary school certificates.

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Forget centenary, build ‘Goodluck’ City

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*Windows made of PVC materials

In the last one month, I have been far more excited about being a citizen of Nigeria than before. Thanks to President Goodluck Jonathan who is set to organize the building of one model city in the country. According to the President, the new city will be better than Abuja and it will not experience power outages. It is this announcement that has lifted my spirit high.

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Let us beware of Abia State University degrees!

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:09 am   /   Comments

* Orji Kalu

When a Nigerian University bestows honorary degrees on certain persons, the recipients need not meet any academic requirement. Some of them may be elementary school drop-outs or tradesmen like carpenters, sometimes described as ‘furniture makers’.

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After water summit, what next?

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Nigerian woman fetch water from a local pond, which is  a source of drinking water making her susceptible to Guinea worm larvae infestation. Photo by E. Staub, courtesy of the CDC and The Carter Center.

On Monday February 18, 2013,the federal Ministry of Water Resources organized a Presidential Summit in Abuja. The event was well attended as it attracted the nation’s number one citizen and a host of other dignitaries described on the occasion as stakeholders.

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Who sent killer-soldiers to Keffi University?

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:05 am   /   Comments

*Soldiers on patrol

On Monday February 25, 2013, some students of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi were killed by armed men suspected to be soldiers. The dead were some Nigerians including students who were on a public demonstration against continued lack of water in the town. No one knows how many people actually died.

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National Budget as a Communiqué

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File photo:  President Jonathan laying the Budget Proposal before the National Assembly members

The last time I spoke with my brother, Joe on phone, he wondered how my weekly column is always able to follow with ease, the ‘goings-on’ in Nigeria when I am hardly in the country these days. What my brother did not immediately appreciate is that people abroad do not need to spend too much time searching for Nigerian events or indeed what the details are. A few minutes of “browsing” will expose the typical issues and because Nigerian matters take the same pattern all the time, any analyst can easily fill in whatever gaps there are.

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Enough of noisy politics in Nigeria

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:01 am   /   Comments

Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) South East zone presidential campaign rally yesterday in Enugu. President Goodluck Jonathan (middle); Vice President Namadi Sambo (right), Gov. Sullivan Chime of Enugu (left) and others. Photo: State House.

The issue of the moment in our clime is obviously the coming together of opposition political parties to wrestle power from the dominant ruling party- the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The activities of the opposition in this respect have been many and perhaps exceedingly loud.

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Good Governance Tour: Questions begging for answers

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Information Minister, Labaran Maku

The inability of government to persuade the people to embrace its policies is not new in Nigeria. During the Babangida days, the then Minister of Information, Prince Tony Momoh thought he could redress the situation through what became known as ‘letter to my countrymen’- a write-up by the Minister to his fellow citizens to change their perception of government.

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Wanted in Nigeria: One good hospital

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File photo: Surgeons at work

One vital aspect of Nigeria’s public affairs that is not transparently part of the transformation agenda of government is health care delivery. No one in authority appears to be genuinely interested in it. Indeed, not much happens even in the basic area of primary health care because the local government councils to which the subject is assigned merely pocket the little that their state governors allow them to have of their monthly allocations.

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Deploy Agric Minister to INEC

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:13 am   /   Comments

Agric Minister, Akinwumi-Adesina

In 1999, the military organized an election for the return of democracy to Nigeria. Whether the election was free and fair did not quite matter because everyone, having become tired of dictatorship, accepted its outcome so as to prevent the military from finding an excuse to stay-put in the political terrain.

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Senate should not probe Nigeria’s employment irregularities

  /   in Nigeria Today 12:00 am   /   Comments

The Senate

Last week, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs, Senator Dahiru Kuta publicly asserted that civil service jobs in Nigeria now go to those who can bribe their way through. Senator Kuta named 3 federal bodies involved in the reprehensible act.

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