Tuesday October 21st, 2014
Tuesday October 21st, 2014
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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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Boko Haram is winning propaganda war

  /   in People & Politics, Viewpoint 12:47 am   /   Comments

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BOKO HARAM is, perhaps, the luckiest insurgent group operating in the world right now. It has at its easy disposal, an array of foot soldiers and avenues for the dissemination of its propaganda; that mind game of war and politics which, when effectively deployed, wears down the enemy before the weapons of military destruction arrive to finish him off.

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Please don’t reconcile OBJ with GEJ

  /   in People & Politics 12:18 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan and Chief Obasanjo

WHEN I saw the story in one of the newspapers it made me laugh. One of the headlines read: “1000 Bishops Storm Abuja To Reconcile Jonathan, Obasanjo”. The story had it that 1,000 Christian clerics from the southern part of Nigeria last weekend invaded the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abuja to pray and forge a reconciliation between President Goodluck Jonathan and one of his predecessors and estranged political godfather, former President Olusegun Obasanjo. It made me laugh for several reasons.

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Confab’s real winners and “losers”

  /   in People & Politics 12:18 am   /   Comments

Confab Closes— From left: President Goodluck Jonathan receiving Report of 2014 National Conference from  Chairman of the Confab, Justice Idris Kutigi at the closing ceremony of conference in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan received the 22-voume, 10,335-page report of the National Conference, along with its 600 resolutions last week Thursday, and went into a poetic rhapsody. He declared: “All those who had predicted the disintegration of our country at the end of our first centenary would wish they chose another country when the possibilities of the new vision for Nigeria are actualised”.N

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BRF’s new political face

  /   in People & Politics 12:27 am   /   Comments

Fashola

BABATUNDE Raji Fashola, BRF, a barrister, is one of the front liners among the 36 governors, especially the outgoing class of 2007 – 2015. There are those who like his handling of Lagos, especially his determination to recreate the mega-polis from a sprawling former federal political capital of the 20th century to a new, modern city; a befitting economic capital of the biggest economy in Africa.

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NEF’s Chibok girls ultimatum

  /   in People & Politics 12:59 am   /   Comments

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THE Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has spoken – again. The NEF has become the most garrulous elders forum in the country. In a statement issued on its behalf by Barrister Solomon Dalung and Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, but which had the overtones of the usual venom of Prof. Ango Abdullahi and Alhaji Lawal Kaita (Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s political loudmouths) the NEF told President Goodluck Jonathan that if by the end of October 2014 the Chibok college girls abducted by Boko Haram had not been rescued he should forget the 2015 presidential race.

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Let Al-Makura be

  /   in People & Politics 12:53 am   /   Comments

Al-Makura

THE impeachment clauses are among the most powerful enactments in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Section 143 provides the steps that can be taken to remove the president and vice president from office, while Section 188 does the same for governors and deputy governors.

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Between Boko Haram and Biafra war

  /   in People & Politics 7:47 am   /   Comments

biafra-awo

FOR once, President Goodluck Jonathan and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar are on the same page: Boko Haram is the worst security situation that has bedevilled this country. That is their opinion, not mine. I will tell you mine shortly.

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Goodbye to indigeneship? (2)

  /   in People & Politics 12:11 am   /   Comments

A Nigerian supporter attends the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying football match between Ivory Coast and Nigeria on July 27, 2013 at the Robert-Champroux Stadium in Abidjan. Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2 - 0.  AFP PHOTO

IN our first part of this topic on Monday, we analysed the ingrained factors which stand between us and the much-desired abolition of the indigeneship factor from our body politic.

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Goodbye to indigeneship? Really?

  /   in People & Politics 2:50 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-Omisore1

THE Council of State last week met, and top of the decisions it took was to see to the abolition of the concept of indigenes in our nation. It set up a committee of governors drawn from the six geopolitical zones to identify discriminatory practices in all parts of the country with a view to eliminating them either through the laws of the National Assembly or federal policies.

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Gunning for Muhammadu Buhari

  /   in People & Politics 12:55 am   /   Comments

Black jeep of Gen Buhari attacked in Kaduna on Wednesday

The target-bombing of former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari’s convoy last week in Kaduna left me with mixed feelings. It would have been a very sad day for Nigeria if the bomber had succeeded. It certainly would have resulted in spontaneous bloodshed, especially in the Muslim North, and the usual targets would be Southerners and Igbos in particular. Buhari has a cult image among the youth of the Muslim North.

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Profiling will break up Nigeria

  /   in People & Politics 12:28 am   /   Comments

A Nigerian supporter attends the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying football match between Ivory Coast and Nigeria on July 27, 2013 at the Robert-Champroux Stadium in Abidjan. Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2 - 0.  AFP PHOTO

I don’t think that Nigerians, in their heart of hearts, are tired of living together in one country. Everything points to the fact that Nigeria still holds a very prime attraction for its people because this country gives so much to its citizens.

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Abia guber zoning controversies

  /   in People & Politics 12:30 am   /   Comments

*Gov Orji

AS the nation inches closer to the 2015 general elections, the issue of zoning of the gubernatorial seats in the states has thrown up complex political intrigues.

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Politics of Marshall Plan

  /   in People & Politics 12:25 am   /   Comments

From left, Chief Raymod Dopkesi discussing with Chief Mrs. Sani Felicia on Monday  during Consideration of Devolution of Power Committee’s Report at National Confab in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

The National Conference is ending exactly as some of us who had our reservations had predicted: a waste of time and resources.

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Changing dynamics of state creation (2)

  /   in People & Politics 12:08 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan presenting house keys to a beneficiary of of the Goodluck Jonathan Housing Estate, Idimu, Lagosousing Estate giving a salute to guests at the official unveiling of the  Estate on Friday July 19, 2013 in Lagos, watching with admiration are Mr. Olatunde Ayeni, Chairman, ASO Savings & Loans- financier of the Goodluck Jonathan Housing Estate, Idimu, Lagos; Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, Lieutenant Colonel Ogogbane Adegbe Aide de Camp to Mr. President, Special Guest of Honour Dr Ebele Jonathan, President, Commander in Chief of Armed Forces of Nigeria and Mr. Muhammed Abubakar, Inspector General of Police at the official unveiling of the 200 of the 504 units of 3-Bedroom block of flats. Photo by Lamidi Bamdiele

IN the first part of this article we showed conclusively that regions and states have never been created based on the much-touted concept of “viability”. They were created principally to grant groups self-determination and opportunity to develop at their own pace.

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Changing dynamics of state creation

  /   in People & Politics 12:25 am   /   Comments

confab2

I find it amusing when people use the concept of “viability” to discredit the clamour for more states in Nigeria.

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Nigeria: a Federation of 54 states?

  /   in People & Politics 12:42 am   /   Comments

BRAZIL, Curitiba : A Nigerian fan is pictured prior to a Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO

THE National Conference made far-reaching resolutions on Thursday, July 3rd 2014 when it approved the creation of eighteen additional states in the country. If this resolution is put in the constitution, Nigeria will become a federation of 54 states, with about 174 million people and landmass of 923,768 square kilometres.

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Re: Fashola’s Ekiti “takeaway”

  /   in People & Politics 12:03 am   /   Comments

Babatunde Raji Fashola

LAGOS Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, made an interesting foray into column writing last Monday (June 30, 2014) on the back page of THISDAY newspaper as a guest columnist with an article entitled: “Ekiti Poll: My Take Away”.

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“Boko Haram 486”: Handle with care

  /   in People & Politics 2:18 am   /   Comments

Cross section of Suspected Boko-haram Insurgence arrested between Aro-Ngwa and Imo gate along Enugu-Portharcort Express way in Abia state by the Nigerian Army attached to the state, insert are their
(33) buses.

I AM returning to the sensitive issue of the 486 Northerners (mostly indigenes of Jigawa State) nabbed in Abia State on suspicion that they were members of the Boko Haram Islamic terrorist group. Both states are of particular interest to me.

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