Monday December 22nd, 2014
Monday December 22nd, 2014
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Those hawks circling Buhari

  /   in People & Politics 12:04 am   /   Comments

WE are still discussing matters arising from the emergence of the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) as we get set for the frenzy of presidential campaigns. The searchlight is more on the APC because it is the new kid on the block. The party is beset with a number of post-natal problems.

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Threats of a parallel government

  /   in People & Politics 12:12 am   /   Comments

L-R Founder, Leadership Group, Sam Nda-Isaiah, Governor Rochas Okorocha, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former head of state, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) displaying their Certificates of Clearance after receiving same from Chairman, Presidential Screening Committee of APC, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu at the APC National Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

WITH the emergence of the presidential candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), the stage is set for the February 2015 general elections. However, there are certain issues that give reason for grave concern as we get ready to embrace the polls. Of particular interest to me in today’s write-up is the series of threats by the main opposition APC to form a parallel government if the elections are “rigged”.

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A new signpost for disaster

  /   in People & Politics 12:43 am   /   Comments

Jonathan or Buhari  which will you pick ?

THE ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the “wanna rule” All Progressives Congress (APC) have chosen their flag-bearers for the presidential election of February 2015. The PDP, through a ratification convention on Wednesday, December 10th, affirmed President Goodluck Jonathan at the Eagle Square, Abuja. The APC took their act to Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos where Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari dusted four other contenders to the presidential ticket.

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Praying for Atiku Abubakar

  /   in People & Politics 9:05 am   /   Comments

ATIKU

THE title of this article may suggest the topic I am treating is already stale. This is because the result of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primaries, which started yesterday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos, will already be known, especially these days of the internet when news circulates across the globe just as it is breaking. But you will soon know why I settled for this title.

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Soyinka’s call to anarchy

  /   in People & Politics 1:17 am   /   Comments

SOYINKA

NOBEL Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka clocked 80 on July 14th 2014. He is, effectively, one of the surviving fathers of this nation. With his accomplishments in literature and social activism, Soyinka is now at that stage of his life when he should put himself above partisan politics and parochial sentiments. He should be like fellow octogenarian, General Yakubu Gowon, encouraging Nigerians to greater efforts and criticising with a view to correct, rather than turning himself into ammunition in the arsenal of any political party.

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Emir Sanusi and the Kano mosque attack

  /   in People & Politics 12:43 am   /   Comments

The emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sunusi II (C), visits the central mosque in northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano on November 29, 2014, a day after twin suicide blasts hit the mosque during weekly Friday prayers. At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque, a week after the emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders called on northerners to defend themselves against Boko Haram Islamists that have been carrying out deadly attacks and seizure of territory in the northeast. AFP PHOTO

By Ochereome Nnanna FOLLOWING the savage bomb and gun attacks on defenceless worshippers in the Kano Grand Mosque last Friday, some misguided commentators, especially in the North have, as usual, been looking for scapegoats or fall guys to carry the can of blame. Shortly after the ugly incident that claimed the lives of dozens of

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OBJ, the prowling goat seller

  /   in People & Politics 7:58 am   /   Comments

jona-obj1

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is haunting his hand-picked former protégé, President Goodluck Jonathan, like a malevolent ghost. You may wonder why OBJ, after four years as a military ruler and another eight years as an elected president, is still butting like a stubborn, demon-possessed ram at the doors of Aso Villa, Abuja? What does he still want? What did he forget in the seat of power after occupying it for 12 years? Why can’t he just go home and enjoy his new-found affluence after his latest eight years as president during which he doubled as Minister of Petroleum Resource for six years?

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Rage of impeachment hawkers

  /   in People & Politics 2:16 am   /   Comments

Police attack at National Assembly: Lawmakers scaling gate of National Assembly as Police blocked National Assembly gate in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

The impeachment clauses in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) are some of the powerful instruments granted the Legislature under the presidential system of government to hold the Executive Branch to account or actually remove them in extreme cases of serious misconduct. Sections 143 and 188 spell out the process in detail. The implications of this will be addressed shortly.

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Why Jega must go now (II)

  /   in People & Politics 3:32 am   /   Comments

APart from serial demonstrations of gross incompetence by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, under Professor Attahiru Jega, which we analysed in the first part of this article, the nation’s Chief Electoral Officer seems determined to implement a dangerous sectional agenda that will guarantee explosive outcomes starting from 2015.

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Why Jega must go now (I)

  /   in People & Politics 12:38 am   /   Comments

Anambra Supplementary Election: INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru  Jega addressing pressmen , announcing November 30 for Supplementary election at  Anambra State  while National Commissioner Lawrence Nwuruku looks on in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

By Ochereome Nnanna There is an adage which says: “be careful what you wish for; you might get it”. As the tempestuous tenure of former Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Maurice Iwu, drew to an end, there was near unanimity that his tenure should not be renewed. Iwu had presided over a presidential election

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Waziri Tambuwal for president

  /   in People & Politics 12:37 am   /   Comments

DEcamped—Speaker Tambuwal after decamping to APC, yesterday.

You must have noticed the newest political speculation in town. It must have been invented in the ongoing political transition period because I don’t seem to have noticed it before. It is the act of buying nomination forms for candidates for high office. President Goodluck Jonathan was favoured with this uncommon benevolence by thousands of groups drawn from across the polity.

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A reminder to retiring governors

  /   in People & Politics 12:44 am   /   Comments

Uduaghan, Oshiomhole, Imoke, Amaechi, Dickson and Akpabio

I have watched the disengagement antics of retiring governors with interest over the past six months, and I feel impelled to pen them this open advisory about the vanity of political greed and godfatherism. The retiring governors are those who have occupied the exalted seats for the maximum two terms and will be handing over to fresh hands by May 29, 2015.

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Marshall Badeh as a metaphor

  /   in People & Politics 12:16 am   /   Comments

Alex Badeh

On January 16, 2014, the President appointed new service chiefs to man the principal commands of the Nigerian armed forces. Among them was Air Marshall Alex Badeh, who was promoted from Chief of Air Staff to the Chief of Defence Staff. Badeh thus became the absolute top gun in the Nigerian military. He coordinates the effortsto flush out the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

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Fr Kukah’s Witness to Justice

  /   in People & Politics 12:00 am   /   Comments

*Bishop Kukah

It was nearly one year in transit before arriving on my desk after the author, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, promised to send it to me. Looking at the amount of intellectual effort and physical exertion that must have gone into the 519-page excellently packaged tome, I decided to delay it further to this, more auspicious occasion, of launching the new logo to commemorate 20 years of myPeople and Politics column here in Vanguard.

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Tambuwal: Kudos to Police

  /   in People & Politics 12:37 am   /   Comments

Sulaiman Abba and tambuwal

By Ochereome Nnanna Section 68: TENURE OF SEATS OF MEMBERS (1)    A Member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if: (g) being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member

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Sheikh Gumi: Like father like son

  /   in People & Politics 12:58 am   /   Comments

Sheikh Gumi

When I read the first letter by a certain Sheikh Gumi to All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential hopeful, General Muhammadu Buhari, I was a bit confused. But on closer inquiry, I discovered that this was Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, not Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, the late leader of the Izalatul Bidi’a wa Ikamatul Sunnah (Izala) Islamic sect whose utterances often set Kaduna and other parts of the North on fire up till the time he died on September 11, 1992.

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General Gowon, saint or sinner?

  /   in People & Politics 2:31 am   /   Comments

Gen. Yakubu Gowon

Whenever we interrogate the roles a man like General Yakubu Gowon played in the history of Nigeria, it is time to be reminded how we made our diversity to work against us rather than for us. Gowon is one of those giants of Nigeria’s history about whom you cannot discuss without reopening the unhealed sores of our past.

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Another Boko Haram decoy?

  /   in People & Politics 12:55 am   /   Comments

File photo strategizing: The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Kenneth Minima (left); his Air Force counterpart, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (middle) and General Officer Commanding 3rd Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen John Zaruwa, aboard a Nigerian Air Force plane strategising with the aid of maps in the ongoing counter-terrorist operations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, during a visit to the area, weekend.

AS a commentator on unfolding daily events, I strive to keep within issues before they are overtaken by new developments. I gauge an issue, write, then pray to come out before something new takes away the interest of the reading public. But this time, I am making an exception. I am praying that as you read this article, it would have been overtaken by events.

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Buhari: What’s new?

  /   in People & Politics 7:37 am   /   Comments

BUHARI DECLARES: General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) declaring his intention to seek the All Progressives Congress, APC, nomination to contest next year’s presidential election yesterday.

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, former military head of state, retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari, made his much awaited declaration to run for the presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Eagle Square, Abuja. It was the fourth time since 2003 when he broke into the quadrennial vocation of seeking to rule Nigeria again.

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Fintiri: Come easy, go easy

  /   in People & Politics 12:05 am   /   Comments

ADAMAWA—Acting Chief Judge of Adamawa State, Justice Ambrose Mammadi (L), administering Oath of Office on the  Acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru, at the Government House in Yola after impeachment of Nyako yesterday.

Deputy governors are supposed to be dumb. Vice presidents are expected to be morons, at least, in Nigeria. Here in Nigeria, the personal interests of a governor are more important than those of the state he bestrides. The individual concerns of a Nigerian president are put above those of the nation.

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Nigeria: Why America is confused

  /   in People & Politics 12:57 am   /   Comments

President Barack Obama of the United States

ENtwistle, the ebullient and dynamic Chief Envoy of America here reportedly made this assertion in a media briefing at a private university in Yola, Adamawa State, when asked why his country was blocking efforts by Nigeria to procure arms and ammunition to tackle the Islamist insurgency in the North East. He also alleged that his country’s reluctance to sell crucial military equipment to Nigeria was based on what he described as “human rights violations” by the Nigerian military personnel.

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Leave the Army to repair itself

  /   in People & Politics 12:35 am   /   Comments

Members of the court martial sit during the inauguration to try soldiers accused of mutiny tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Abuja on October 2, 2014. Nearly 100 soldiers tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's far northeast appeared at a military court martial on Thursday, facing a range of charges including mutiny. The hearing comes just weeks after a tribunal sentenced 12 soldiers to death following their conviction for shooting at their commanding officer in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, in May. AFP PHOTO

That the Nigerian Army has problems is pretty obvious. Perhaps, the challenge extends to the entire armed forces, but the Army is the one that has been in the news.

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Kwankwaso and the ‘two Kano’s’

  /   in People & Politics 1:54 am   /   Comments

Kwankwaso

About a fortnight ago, I received a text message inviting me to visit Kano. It was sent by Alhaji Halilu Baba Dantiye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

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What is “North’s” Plan B?

  /   in People & Politics 3:30 am   /   Comments

Gowon, Sultan of Sokoto, Yakowa and Sambo

A national newspaper over the past weekend carried a bold headline: “North Vows To Stop Jonathan”, with riders: “We will ensure PDP loses” – Ango Abdullahi; Arewa Chair Commassie: “We are keeping Plan B to our chest”.

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Two Shekau’s down; next?

  /   in People & Politics 12:56 am   /   Comments

SHEKAU

BY now, the Nigerian military should be picking up a few useful insights into guerrilla warfare, which is going to be the preferred face of armed confrontation in the foreseeable future. During the conflict in the Niger Delta between the militants and the Nigerian Armed Forces, the militants used two names to issue public statements and threats: Jomo Gbomo and Cynthia Whyte.

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Jonathan on the run – again

  /   in People & Politics 12:26 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan wave to the crowd shortly after the conferment of se -lo-lia (Star of the Nation) on him during the courtesy visit to the king for the burial of the first Lady's mother , Madam fynface Oba in Okireka , River state ...yesterday

When they say the office of the president of Nigeria is the most powerful in the world, some take it with a pinch of salt. But when you look at certain factors, you will find it difficult to fault the claim in its entirety.

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Col. Adekunle: we remember differently

  /   in People & Politics 12:30 am   /   Comments

General-Benjamin Adekunle

I NEVER met retired Col. Benjamin Adekunle. But I had an encounter with him, which I will narrate, to give you an insight into the strange man he was.

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Prof Soyinka’s “Saint” Davis

  /   in People & Politics 12:53 am   /   Comments

Soyinka

OUR illustrious Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, waded into the controversy spawned by Dr. Stephen Davis and left cloud of confusion in his wake. Remember that Davis, the Australian negotiator, claimed he spent four months in the lair of Boko Haram.

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SAS as presidential consort

  /   in People & Politics 12:56 am   /   Comments

MEETING: From right;  President Idriss Deby of Chad; President Goodluck Jonathan and former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff at a meeting in Chad on  Monday. Photo: NAN.

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan’s sizzling political romance with Alhaji Nmodu Sheriff (alias SAS), the widely acknowledged godfather of the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency group, has confounded even some of his diehard sympathisers. Let me tell you a little bit about Sheriff.

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Stephen Davis: in whose interest?

  /   in People & Politics 12:29 am   /   Comments

MEETING: From right;  President Idriss Deby of Chad; President Goodluck Jonathan and former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff at a meeting in Chad on  Monday. Photo: NAN.

DR. STEPHEN DAVIS is an original case of loose cannon. He is both a muckraker and fisher in troubled waters; a man whose real mission to Nigeria can only be understood through proper investigation. He came dressed in the borrowed robes of “federal government negotiator” with Boko Haram.

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PDP, APC are desperados

  /   in People & Politics 12:26 am   /   Comments

Mohammed: Promised not to dignify PDP's allegations and Metuh: APC is championing anarchy

WE have a very poor quality democracy. Our constitutional order is in shambles, which is why within fifteen years we have already held two constitutional conferences to try and correct the makeshift 1999 constitution hurried assembled by the departing regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

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Much ado about ‘missing oil money’

  /   in People & Politics 12:34 am   /   Comments

Oil-Report

THE All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday, August 18, 2014, published a full page advertorial in some national dailies entitled: “Why Diezani Alison-Madueke Must Resign Over The Missing $20 Billion Oil Money”. It was signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. In it, the party listed the reasons it is determined not to leave the issue of “missing” oil money alone, and why the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Madueke, must resign.

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