Saturday September 20th, 2014
Saturday September 20th, 2014
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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

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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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Ekiti guber: Matters arising

  /   in Ekiti Elections, People & Politics 12:49 am   /   Comments

91 years old man casting his vote at Iyin Ekiti. Pic by Dare Fasube

ON Friday, June 13, 2014, a grand reception was held for the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank Plc, Dr Alex Otti, by the umbrella body of traditional rulers in his native Ngwa land, Abia State. Alex is widely believed to be warming up to contest the Abia governorship election on the platform of the PDP come 2015.

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Why Nyako must go

  /   in People & Politics 12:48 am   /   Comments

Governor Murtala Nyako

Nyako, a retired admiral of the Nigerian Navy and mainstreamer during the military era that lasted between 1984 and 1999, had retired to his large mango farm in his native Adamawa. It was not even clear if he was a card carrying member of any political party when, in August 2006, he was conscripted by then President Olusegun Obasanjo and his long time ally, Professor Jibril Aminu, to govern the state, which had just been snatched from the control of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

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Boko Haram in Igboland?

  /   in People & Politics 12:06 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.

Since 2011 when the Boko Haram Islamic sect transformed into a terrorist gang, targeting churches, crowded places and security establishments, I have always lived in dread of the day when they might be tempted to export their demonic activities to the South. Up till now, the Islamists have restricted their activities to their core native areas in the North East, Abuja and environs as well as selected targets in the North Central.

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Army’s tangle with the Press

  /   in People & Politics 12:16 am   /   Comments

press

The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr. Abdulmajid Ali, said on Sunday in Owerri, that six persons had been arrested in connection with two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted at the Living Faith Church (a.k.a. Winners’Chapel).

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SLS as Emir of Kano

  /   in People & Politics 12:19 am   /   Comments

Sanusi

ORDINARILY, the appointment of an emir should not draw comments from me. But the emir of Kano is not just another traditional ruler. Kano is touted as the second largest population centre in Nigeria after Lagos, though official figures insist it is the most populous state

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Abia: happy ending to a bitter saga

  /   in People & Politics 12:54 am   /   Comments

Jonathan and Theodore Orji

THE Abia State Government has decided to reabsorb most of the non-indigenes it disengaged from its civil service about three years ago. When it took the decision to “back load” or “transfer” the services of the workers to their states of origin in 2011, there was a great uproar, especially in the social and traditional media, with the Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji being called names.

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Let’s support our mighty army

  /   in People & Politics 12:36 am   /   Comments

Nigeria Army

YES, ours is a mighty army. The Nigerian Army is a tested and certified war machine with degree and pedigree; an all-conquering military behemoth that has never lost a war, be it internal insurrection or external peace enforcement.

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North’s lovers and deceivers

  /   in People & Politics 12:00 am   /   Comments

2012 Bauchi State flood victims waiting at bank in Bauchi for money on Tuesday

As a writer I get all sorts of feedbacks through text messages, emails and phone calls. Some say nice thing, others go the other way.

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EK Clark, titan at 87

  /   in People & Politics 12:49 am   /   Comments

E. K. Clark

IN August 2000, Prof Jibril Aminu celebrated his 60th birthday. In appreciation of his contributions to their community, the authorities of Eti Osa Local Government Area named a street after him close to his Parkview Estate twin mansion, and yours sincerely was an invited guest.

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