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Muslim-Muslim ticket is political arrogance

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APC-toon

THE rumour has been making the rounds that the All Progressives Congress, APC, is plotting to unfold a presidential ticket made up of a Muslim for President and another Muslim for Vice President in the impending 2015 elections.

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Muslim-Muslim ticket is political arrogance

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APC-toon

THE rumour has been making the rounds that the All Progressives Congress, APC, is plotting to unfold a presidential ticket made up of a Muslim for President and another Muslim for Vice President in the impending 2015 elections. The rumour has it that retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari will be the presidential candidate while his co-leader of the Party, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will be his running mate.

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Lamido’s Abuja gaffe

  /   in People & Politics 12:28 am   /   Comments

Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Mustapha

THE Lamido of Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Mustapha, is turning out to be quite an outstanding delegate to the ongoing National Conference. I can imagine, by now, his colleagues will stop their side-talks, whisperings and murmurings whenever the royal turban is given the microphone to speak.

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Sit-tight defecting lawmakers

  /   in People & Politics 12:00 am   /   Comments

SENATE1

OUR democracy is being threatened by blatant refusal of the 37 defecting members of the House of Representatives to obey the rulings of a court of competent jurisdiction. On Monday, March 31, 2014, an Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Adeniyi Ademola, ruled that the members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who announced their defection to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, should resign and stop participating in the business of the House.

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Janjaweed in the Middle Belt

  /   in People & Politics 1:09 am   /   Comments

The term Janjaweed in Arabic translates to “a man with a gun on a horse”.

IN the Sudan, they are known as the Janjaweed, which in Arabic, is said to mean “spirits on horseback”. The dominant Arab regimes in the country responded to increasing armed struggles for self-determination by the Negroid indigenous minorities in the Darfur, western and southern Sudan by arming nomadic Arab pastoralists to attack and terrorise villages owned by farmers. The farmers and pastoralists had been historically locked in tussles over land down the ages.

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Making APC a credible option

  /   in People & Politics 12:05 am   /   Comments

APC FLAG-OFF: From left: Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr. Adewal Omirin; Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; Governor Kayode Fayemi, with other Party chieftains, at the unveiling/hoisting of the All Progressives Congress flag, in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday.

AS we count down to the May 24 first national convention of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Party should explain itself more to the Nigerian electorate. The recently published manifesto of the APC has not managed to project the Party as a credible alternative to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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Lamido’s Freudian slip

  /   in People & Politics 12:16 am   /   Comments

Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Mustapha

The National Conference is turning out, as usual, to be a theatre of the absurd, with the thespians being the overused, same old players noisily grandstanding and beating their ethnic and religious empty barrels over mere trifles. There was this picture on the front page of Vanguard on Wednesday, March 27, 2014, in which one elderly man of nearly 80 years old was spoiling for a physical combat with an unseen opponent, while an equally elderly female delegate representing the market women, Madam Felicia Sani, was restraining him. I wondered: if the fisticuff was allowed to proceed who could that pugnacious Baba possibly beat up? If he lands a blow his hand will surely break!

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Sanusi’s blunders Emefiele must avoid

  /   in People & Politics 12:45 am   /   Comments

Emefiele

ZENITH Bank Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Godwin Emefiele will assume the seat of Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, early in June 2014 if his nomination by President Goodluck Jonathan is ratified by the Senate. It will be the beginning of a new era and the close of the most tempestuous five years in the Bank’s history under Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

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Sidelining ethnicity and religion

  /   in People & Politics 12:06 am   /   Comments

National-Confab

For now, it is still a whimper, not a bang. But the octave is beginning to rise. Nigerians are gradually, so it seems, coming to the realisation that politics of ethnicity and religion has done us more harm than good, and should be put away in the cooler.

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Zik, Ndi-Igbo and their Southern neighbours

  /   in People & Politics 1:56 am   /   Comments

Late Dr. Nnamdi-Azikiwe

IN 1992, (then) Rev Father Matthew Hassan Kukah wrote an interesting book entitled: Religion, Politics and Power in Northern Nigeria. Though the focus was on the North, it ended up a great eye opener to understand the mentality of the Northern establishment that inherited power from the British colonialists. That book shot (now) Monsignor Kukah to national and international limelight as an intellectual titan.

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Soyinka versus Abacha orphans

  /   in People & Politics 1:55 am   /   Comments

*Sadiq Abacha, Wole Soyinka

FROM time to time, things happen and provide us the platform to interrogate Nigeria’s chequered history and relive its bitter impact on one section or the other of the country. When, about a year ago, Professor Chinua Achebe joined his ancestors, the system virtually exploded. His views in his last book: There Was a Country, portrayed Achebe’s views about the ways the nation handled the events before, during and after the Biafra/Nigeria war. It became an occasion to reopen an old wound, which, to our shock, we discovered was still sore and suppurating rather than healed even after forty three years.

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Confronting the North-East war

  /   in People & Politics 12:47 am   /   Comments

TERROR ATTACK—Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno State, yesterday, inspecting a burnt mosque and some houses after Sunday's attack by a terror group in Kawuri, Konduga Lga of the state, where about 85 persons died and 300 houses destroyed. Below: Governor Shettima visits some victims of the attack in the hospital. Photos: NAN & Inusa Ndahi.

I AM wondering how former Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Nmodu Sheriff, is still strutting around the political landscape a free man. He ought to be cooling his heels somewhere for the roles he played in lighting the spark that has become a full-scale insurgency of international scope.

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Malam Sanusi, Governor of CBN Emirate

  /   in People & Politics 12:45 am   /   Comments

sanusi

Suspended (not “sacked’, as some mischievously or ignorantly put it) Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, is a double-edged sword: he cuts both ways. In his five years of reign at the apex bank he has been able to demonstrate his ability for good and foul deeds almost in equal measure.

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On ‘renegotiating’ Nigeria

  /   in People & Politics 12:10 am   /   Comments

A Nigerian fan celebrates on October 13, 2013 her team's victory over Ethiopia after a 2014 World Cup qualifying match in Addis Ababa.    AFP PHOTO

AS you read this piece, Nigeria will officially be marking her 100 years of amalgamation by her British colonial forebears.

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Amaechi and OBJ’s circus show

  /   in People & Politics 12:13 am   /   Comments

Obasanjo Commissioning of Projects in PH

Many Nigerians were shocked when embattled Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, invited former President Olusegun Obasanjo to commission some projects in his state recently. They were even more shocked when Obasanjo honoured the invitation amidst great fanfare.

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Orji Kalu’s ‘right of association’

  /   in People & Politics 12:10 am   /   Comments

* Orji Kalu

FOLLOWING the emergence of Alhaji Adamu Muazu as the new National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a stampede of goodwill visitors to his Wadata Plaza, Abuja office started. One of the stakeholder groups that paid him a visit was the delegation from Abia State led by the Governor, Chief Theodore Orji.

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EK Clark, PHD

  /   in People & Politics 12:30 am   /   Comments

E. K. Clark

NIGERIA is saddled with a number of problematic elders. These are people raised in the system by the system. They grew up and occupied so many enviable positions as youth. Now, they are in their late seventies and eighties. They are supposed to have vacated the stage for the generation of today to tackle today’s challenges with the vision and vigour of today’s people. But they do not have much chance because the people who stole their tomorrow are still on the stage, causing trouble and haunting the system like diabolical ghosts. Yet they are called: “elder statesmen”. The “elder” part is obvious. But the “statesmen aspect” is a dubious misnomer.

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As Peter Obi bows out…

  /   in People & Politics 12:48 am   /   Comments

GovPeterObi

THE simplicity of the Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, never fails to shock on first encounter. Take this sampler. Sometime in November 2010, The SUN organised an economic summit for the South East in Owerri. It took place at the Hotel Concorde. Obi was to give a keynote address as the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum. He came late to the event.

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‘Boko Haram’ deportations

  /   in People & Politics 12:40 am   /   Comments

Deportees from Lagos

THE controversial issue of “deportation” of Nigerians to their states of origin reared its ugly head once again in the past couple of weeks. This time, the venue shifted from Lagos in South West to Rivers in the South-South and Imo in the South East. Coincidentally, they are all states under the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors!

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Mark, Tambuwal in survival footwork

  /   in People & Politics 12:30 am   /   Comments

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

SENATE President, David Mark and Speaker of the House of Reps, Aminu Tambuwal, are riding fierce storms to keep their seats and defend the interests of their political parties. On the surface of it, Mark and Tambuwal belong to the same People’s Democratic Party (PDP). But below the surface where the real action is, Tambuwal has his heart fully in the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

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NEF’s irresponsible ICC threat

  /   in People & Politics 12:10 am   /   Comments

Emir of Suleja, Mallam Muhammadu Awwal Ibrahim welcoming other Traditional Rules to his Palace.

FOLLOWING the recent retirement of military service chiefs, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) threatened to take former Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Azubuike Ihejirika and six other unnamed officers to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over alleged extrajudicial killings by soldiers in Bama and Giwa Barracks in Borno State.

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APC must shine or perish

  /   in People & Politics 12:54 am   /   Comments

APC-toon

AS we begin our historic journey into the new, pre-election year with its promised political tumult, I wish to congratulate the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its great success story so far. When Senator Bola Tinubu of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), his partner, Major General Muhammadu Buhari of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the National Chairman of the defunct All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, started the merger moves that spawned the APC, few who were conversant with Nigeria’s history of failed mergers expected the venture to come to this juncture where APC is almost co-equal rival of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

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OBJ’s hypocritical outburst

  /   in People & Politics 12:56 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-obj

IN my years of watching current affairs in Nigeria, particularly the role that former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has been playing in it, I have developed a profile of him that never fails to click each he makes his public outings. He has perfected the chicken approach to foraging.

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Discard wrong power sharing formula

  /   in People & Politics 12:49 am   /   Comments

From Left: Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga; President Goodluck Jonathan and The Council Co-Ordinator, Honorary Investors Council (HIIC), Baroness Lynda Chalker Of Wallasey At 15th Meeting Of HIIC in London On Friday

THOSE of us who declared the National Dialogue soon to be convened by President Goodluck Jonathan as a jamboree might be justified after all. The Monday, December 9, 2013 issue of Vanguard gave an insight into what we are to expect in the coming few weeks.

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Is Nigerian Mandela possible?

  /   in People & Politics, remembering mandela 12:56 am   /   Comments

Nelson Mandela

How do you define Nelson Mandela?
It is only when you do so that you are able to answer the question whether Nigerian Mandela is possible. Nelson Rolihlalala Mandela, the first president of democratic South Africa finally bowed to the superior argument of death as all mortals must last week Thursday, December 5, 2013. He was renowned for so many inspiring statements and speeches both before and after he went to jail, came out, climbed into the presidency and bequeathed a stable and prosperous country to posterity.

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Nigeria’s second civil war?

  /   in People & Politics 6:10 pm   /   Comments

One of the burnt school buildings in Maiduguri

A NEW debate has broken out as to whether the Boko Haram insurgency has assumed the status of a civil war. Way back in April 2012, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, had described it as “more dreadful than a civil war”.

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G7 defection: Matters arising

  /   in People & Politics 12:29 am   /   Comments

G-5 govs

When a major political event like the defection of the rebellious members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, takes place, it is easy to get confused. When confusion sets in, you will see people who should be sober or suspicious rejoicing as though they have won a major trophy.

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APC’s new mega-headache

  /   in People & Politics 1:12 am   /   Comments

Some of the faces at the merger includes Ogbonaya Onu, nPDP chairman, Kawu Baraje, Senator Bukola Saraki, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu, chair of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande,

It is a great misnomer to call the joining of the All Progressives Congress, APC, by the G.7 and other rebel PDP members two days ago a “merger”. It was more of a defection. The difference between these two political expressions is clear.

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Decisive factors of Anambra guber

  /   in People & Politics 12:46 am   /   Comments

Senator Dr Chris Ngige, APC gubernatorial candidate for Anambra State elections protesting the attack of his campaign vehicles  and seizure of two  in Agulu, Obi's home town and disruption if his campaigns to the Inspection General of Police ad the Chairman of INEC in a stakeholder's meeting held in Awka , before the election.

By Ochereome Nnanna THE much awaited governorship election in AnambraState has come, though it has not quite gone. The election was declared by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, as “inconclusive”. Chief William Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, established a commanding lead with 174,710 votes, with

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Abia sacked workers’ recall

  /   in People & Politics 1:10 am   /   Comments

Jonathan and Theodore Orji

The decision by the Abia State Government to to recall the non-indigenes discharged from the state’s civil service and throw the doors open for an all-inclusive hiring of new staff comes as a big relief. It was certainly not the easiest or best decision to take, even by those who initiated it.

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Away with population terrorism

  /   in People & Politics 12:41 am   /   Comments

A picture taken on February 6, 2006 shows people struggling for space between public transport buses and trucks at the burstling Oshodi bus stop in Lagos. The world's population of seven billion is set to rise to at least 10 billion by 2100, but could top 15 billion if birth rates are just slightly higher than expected, the United Nations said on October 26, 2011.AFP PHOTO

MY attitude to any notion of a constitutional conference is that it should be used as an instrument for achieving a peaceful revolution.

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Falana should hands off Chimes’ case

  /   in People & Politics 1:18 am   /   Comments

Clara Chime, Sullivan Chime and Mr Femi Falana, SAN

When the story broke out about a week ago, it predictably sparked off an outrage. Reclusive Governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, was portrayed as detaining his wife, Clara, against her will in the Government House. There were other stories credited to the troubled First Lady, of the Governor’s alleged prolonged neglect of his marital duties.

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