Saturday July 26th, 2014
Saturday July 26th, 2014
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To be a critic: A riposite

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Aregbosola

Whatever their rationale, it is important to have a sane and civil dialogue without reducing the discussions to a mudslinging match. It is not going be too good for anyone that we cannot deal with our differences without throwing the baby out with the bath water.

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To be a critic: Say nothing positive, do nothing positive and be nothing positive

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Aregbosola

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned that it will not accept the results of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra state if voting does not take place in all local governments, especially in the party’s strongholds of Idemili North and South as well as Akwa South

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We are the village….

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Domestic-Violence-3

Not too long ago, we acted as a collective, where we acted as one and believed in the mutuality of the collective. After all, African coined the adage that;” it takes a village to raise a child”. So, where is this village, the collective when some of our vulnerable are suffering in silence and we turn our face and ignore their sufferings? How can we pretend to be religious and pious and yet perpetuate this heinous crime?

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It is not over until this lady sings…..

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Aviation Minister, Princes Stella Oduah taking the oath before presenting her position beforte the House Committee on aviation during the Public Hearing on the procurement of two BMW Bullet-Proof cars by the NCAA at the National Assembly, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

Someone once asked the American actor, Will Smith the best advice his father ever gave him, he said that he told him that everything in moderation, that he could not drive more than one car at a time.

How I wish Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi had such advice, she might have not have got herself in this mess, evading questions from the senate and the people.

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Religion, politics and sectarian double dealing

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From left: Co-Chairman, Nigeria Inter-religious Council (Nirec), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; National Co-ordinator/executive Secretary,  Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, and Co-Chairman, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III, at a meeting of NIREC with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja. NAN Photo

They say that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. In Nigeria, it seems that the blind is leading the blind and they do so willingly and that is more the pity.

They seem to go towards the precipice without questioning the true intentions of the leader. The piped piper plays on and like the mice of Hamlin they follow doggedly leaping from one disaster to the next without a flicker of reflection or conscience.

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The land of sublime lunacy and ridiculous contradictions

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*Oshiomhole

I don’t know about you,but Nigeria is in a perpetual state of ignominy. We honour and fete the corrupt and the criminals, and then we punish the hard working and good people in Nigeria. Ever wonder why people think it does not pay to be good in Nigeria and why people think we all at it? Any wonder why it does not pay to be good at the same time we profess that we are godly and yet we serve ourselves and not others.

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What makes a good citizen?

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FROM LEFT: FORMER HEAD OF STATE AND CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF CENTENARY CITY, GEN. ABDULSALAMI ABUBAKAR; PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONTHAN AND VICE-PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO, DURING THE VISIT OF THE BOARD TO THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (7/10/13).

Couple of days ago, the national television station held its yearly national programme, called the PRIDE OF BRITAIN. Here the cream of human kindness at its best were showcased where the ordinary people up and down the country do the most incredible act of heroics to complete strangers, loved ones and colleagues. They were awarded for their selflessness and acts of bravery in the face of adversities.

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Education is the key

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Opon Imo

My father often tells my siblings and I, that “education is not an inheritance, any one can’t take away from you once you have it, “. I agree, but the sad reality is that in Nigeria the young are deliberately and systematically denied the opportunity to have an education. So between the poor leadership, to corrupt officials, Boko Haram insurgency, the abject poverty and the ASUU strike, the young are in dire situation.

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Reasons to feel valued – On Independence Anniversary

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Independence-day

I pointed out to you the stars and all you saw was the tip of my finger- Swahili Proverb

We are nearing that time of the year again, where we look back collectively as a nation. Nigeria is 53 and if the truth be told as a nation, there is so much more we should be doing at that age; in fact, we are worse off than we were at 10 or 20 than where we are at 53.

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Even the man of God is not immune

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Reverend-kattey

The Nigerian simply adjusts. He\she shakes off every volley of disaster, disgrace no matter how audacious. It simply rolls off the back of the Nigerian. Not so long ago, there were lines we did not cross as children, adults and as people. Now those lines have either disappeared or have been disregarded all together.

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Nigerian leaders are not what they should be

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Late Prof Chinua Achebe

“Nigerians are what they are because their leaders are not what they should be”
“They have not always elected the best leaders, particularly after a long period in which they have not used this facility of free election. You tend to lose the habit.”- Chinua Achebe

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Education in Nigeria: Status critical

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File photo: students protesting ASUU strike in Lagos

A couple of days ago, I was watching Al jazeera, where the presenter, had mentioned a special feature exchanging information about the current situation that Nigerian university students who are facing prolong the Nigerian’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.

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Let’s eradicate Polio 2

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polio--kids

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity-George Bernard Shaw

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Nigerian lawmakers are the highest paid in the world

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Senate President, David Mark and Speaker of House of Reps, Aminu Tanbuwal

Nice job if you can get it. No wonder the Nigerian Lawmaker fights tooth and nail to stay on the gravy train. It is a known fact that Nigerian Lawmakers are the highest paid in world.

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A time will come….?

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Artists representing Nigeria perform during the opening ceremony of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, held before the Group A football match between Brazil and Japan, at the National Stadium in Brasilia on June 15, 2013.  AFP PHOTO /

Can someone tell me the direction in which Nigeria is heading as am beginning to lose my orientation. In the last couple of weeks there have been so much going on and none of them any way to move towards the future

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Trouble rousing

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Deportees from Lagos

I am still trying to get a handle on what really happened, how 72 Nigerians of Igbo extraction were dumped in Anambra State. Really, can you be deported in your own country? So what exactly is going on? The former Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, was up in arms that the Governor of Lagos State acted unconstitutionally by deporting them that he has issued a 7-day ultimatum for the governor to apologise and stop future illegality from happening.

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From the Master to a Columnist: A tribute

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My daughter, Aderenle, asked me: can you write a bit about Alhaji Alade, please? We need to honour him, sir. Don’t you think?

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Can the real Nigerians please stand up?

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Senator Ahmed Yerima

The emotive assault in the last couple of days has renewed the debate for the rights of women in Nigeria. I am not going to rehash the high voltage of sentiments of the current protest movement but what I am going to say is that the current debate has open old wounds and it is high time we lanced the boil and let the healing and progress begin.

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Dirty, rotten scoundrels

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Cartoon-Rivers-crisis

Words really fail me for what I am about to write but write I must. The behaviour of Nigerian law makers has sunk to the lowest depths.I would have thought any right thinking person could not have imagine a depth this low. The River state assembly had the dubious venue of the crime most foul.

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Lift up others to rise up

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Opon Imo

By Denrele Animasaun “There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.”-Walter Reuther As you know, I am a reverent supporter of the dynamic Ogbeni Aregbesola. I  cannot  say it enough and

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Imagine Nigeria

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*Obama

The Obamas made a trip to sub Saharan Africa with all the fanfare that one would expect from a consummate head of state, diplomat and an enigma.

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Show me the way to go home

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Elizabeth II and Cameron

You know how they say; East, West, home is best? Right. Well, I haven’t been to Nigeria for close to 25 years now so, where do I call home? I have always felt that Nigeria is my home but, my son came up with a happy medium that home, is where your family is. So I guess it is the UK because that is where my family and my heart is. When push comes to shove, though, I am a Nigerian born in the UK. I will always carry Nigeria with me, and I let people know that from the onset. Why haven’t I been home? And why that long? I don’t know, it just happened.

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Let’s do something

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cartoon-poverty

It has long been established that Nigeria is a country of extremes. Many of its appellations is not worthy of praise nor its citizens got much to be proud of lately. I know Jonah brought out his score card and gave his administration a pass. Well, I am sure those who mark their own score sheet are biased and they would do so dishonestly, especially if they are failing miserably. The facts speak for itself; too many Nigerians have never had it so bad and it is unlikely to change their lot any time soon, unless this government can honestly acknowledge like the other administrations before it; they are squandering our national wealth.

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We can stand together

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NADECO [National Democratic Coalition] Marks the 19th Anniversary of Late Chief  M K O Abiola s 1994 Epetedo Declaration of  president Elect held at Epetedo Multipupose Hall Lagos Pix Shows  the starture of late Chief MKO Abiola at Epetedo lagos  Photo Shola Oyelese

Wednesday 12, June 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of a free and fair election to have ever taken place on Nigerian Soil. That day, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola was the anticipated winner of the presidential election as figures coming in showed that he was in overall lead in fourteen states. The world was watching and the Nigerian populace was eagerly awaiting a real change to take place in Nigeria.

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The aggressor will fall on his own sword

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Amaechi and Jang

Couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article titled; Jet, ladies and all things tasteless(12.05.13) which mentioned Rotimi Ameachi and the trouble between him and GEJ. So, fast forward two weeks, it does not look as if the fight is abating anytime soon.

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The trouble with Nigerians

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File: London Police

Last week, Wednesday, evil visited the streets of South East London and in broad daylight too. The news came in trickles so as not to alarm people; it was in the evening that the full horror of the event was unleashed as we watched a surreal still picture of a young man clutching a bloodied cleaver and knife. It was very horrific, gruesome and shocking. Across the street, you could catch glimpse of a body lying on the floor. It was the lifeless body of drummer Lee Rigby, a serving soldier in the British army.

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Turning the other way….

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The suspects

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people” – Martin Luther king, Jnr.

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Berlusconi goes to prison

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Berlusconi

It seems the Teflon Don is finally getting his judicial just desserts or so it seems. On Monday when the Italian prosecutors demanded that the former Italian President Silvio Berlusconi, should be handed a prison sentence as well as a life time ban from politics, outside the court building the judgement was greeted with equal measures of cheers and jeers. Such reaction is typical Silvio he, often divides the emotions of Italians over the years and it seem that whatever he does or says, he gets away with it.

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Jets, egos and all things tasteless

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amaechi-plane

Pardon my ignorance; I really did not pay closer attention to the existence of Governor Chibuike Amaechi until the private jet situation. The River State governor,it must be said has a passion for the finer things of life. And I guess, he does feel his office demands the absolute respect wherever he goes in and out of his state. His ego must have taken a huge dent when he was told that his private jet cannot take off.

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Big Brother is watching

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Jonathan-cartoon-second-ter

I do not think much of our progress in relation to crime fighting and justice. And the federal government then goes and throws the proverbial spanner in the works and proved me right. If Nigerians regularly compile crime statistics, they will be staggered by how much crime is committed in our country on a daily basis and it shows no signs of abating.

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The White Elephant…

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nationaltheatre380

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” – Mahatma Gandhi

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An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind

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President Goodluck Jonathan and the 'ghosts'  Boko Haram

A quick disclaimer: I am a Muslim and no, I am not a terrorist and I do not have, never will have or harbour terrorist tendency and I wholeheartedly condemn any act of violence, killing and segregation in the name of Islam. Good, so that we are clear, very clear from the word go. The Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, put it so well that Boko Haram “does not represent Islam and that it is not a Muslim organisation.”

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