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If APC wins Tinubu’ll lose

  /   in People & Politics 12:38 am   /   Comments

APC-toon

There is not doubt that if the All Progressives Congress, APC, succeeds in its current drive to absorb the new-Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, Nigerian democracy will be the better for it.

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Much ado about ‘Oduahgate’

  /   in People & Politics 1:54 am   /   Comments

Stella Oduah at the House of Reps hearing..

ODuahgate is the latest public scandal that has seized the public sphere in Nigeria in the past two weeks or so. It concerns an allegation that Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, colluded with officials of one of the departments in her ministry, the Nigerian Civic Aviation Authority, NCAA, to order from Coscharis Motors, two armoured BMW cars at a cost totaling N255 million (or $1.6) for her use as Minister.

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No to tribal delegates! (2)

  /   in People & Politics 12:28 am   /   Comments

national-conference

Left to me, this conference call by President Goodluck Jonathan will be transformed to a great opportunity for the nation.

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Confab: No to tribal delegates (1)

  /   in People & Politics 12:01 am   /   Comments

national-conference

Independent Nigeria was meant to be a country of unity in spite of diversity. It was supposed to be a country where, “though tribes and tongue may differ in brotherhood we stand” as our former National Anthem posited. The earliest political parties formed in the Lagos area, including the Nigerian National Development Party, NNDP, the Nigerian Youth Movement, NYM and the National Council for Nigerian and the Cameroons, NCNC, all had the same vision of an independent Nigeria united by a strong common bond of citizenship.

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Labour, a growing tyrant

  /   in People & Politics 12:05 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan (2nd right), with Labour leaders and Labour minister, Emeka Wogu (left)

Before they went on their annual recess this year, the Senate chamber of the National Assembly had taken a progressive step towards the decentralisation of Labour matters. They voted in the ongoing constitution amendment to remove Labour issues from the Exclusive List to the Concurrent List.

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Jonathan settles for a jamboree

  /   in People & Politics 12:26 am   /   Comments

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).

When Senator Ahmed Tinubu came back from his long medical trip abroad and thumbed down President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to convene a national conference, he drew rapid fire from certain quarters.

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Julius Berger: Lost the magic?

  /   in People & Politics 12:43 am   /   Comments

Road-construction

Few companies can boast of playing the partnership role that construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, has played in the infrastructural development of Nigeria. The advent of this company of German origin (which was originally a specialist in bridge building, and hence the moniker of its disbanded football team as “the Bridge Boys”) reads like a Cinderella story.

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Stella Oduah’s ‘act of god’

  /   in People & Politics 1:30 am   /   Comments

Princess Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi  Minister of Aviation

When the Dana Airlines plane crashed in Lagos on Sunday, June 3, 2012, the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah called a press conference, broke down and wept. But when the Associated Airlines aircraft plunged to earth on Thursday, October 3, 2013, she made a media appearance, this time defiant.

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Doesn’t this “conversation” stink?

  /   in People & Politics 12:25 am   /   Comments

National-Dialogue

I am a strong advocate of a national conference to redefine the foundation of Nigeria. That much is evident through my humble efforts on these pages. So, how come I am being skeptical when President Goodluck Jonathan grants an opportunity for a conference?

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Take note Fashola: Nigeria is 100

  /   in People & Politics 1:43 am   /   Comments

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State acknowledges cheers, during the 53rd Independence day anniversary, at Police College Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday. Photo: Akeem Salau.

During the celebration of Nigeria’s 53rd independence anniversary, Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, remarked about what he called “distortion” of Nigeria’s history, which I found interesting. He said he did not see the point in celebrating Nigeria’s centenary. Here are his words according to media reports:

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Behind Fashola’s “unreserved apology”

  /   in People & Politics 12:48 am   /   Comments

Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi and Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola

This year, Aka Ikenga, the Igbo think-tank, celebrated its 25 years in style. Its President, Chief Anayo Uwazuruike, an eminent lawyer, reflected the mood of the day by decking himself out in grand royal raiments.

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Junaidu’s empty sound and fury

  /   in People & Politics 12:00 am   /   Comments

Dr Junaid Mohammed

Dr Junaidu Mohammed is a Mallam Aminu Kano disciple gone bad. The revered leader of the Northern Elements’ Progressive Union, NEPU, and Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, espoused nationalist ideals in his lifetime.

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Apo shootings: Questions arising

  /   in People & Politics 12:32 am   /   Comments

Dead bodies of suspected members of Islamist Boko Haram killed during a gun duel with the military are being driven away from uncompleted building near Apo Legislative quaters in Abuja on September 20, 2013. Nigerian forces battled Boko Haram insurgents in the capital Abuja on September 20 as the military sent troops to a town where the Islamists slaughtered at least 87 people, casting doubt on claims that the group's rebellion has been contained.  AFP PHOTO

On Friday, September 20, 2013, I was just rounding off my Monday page when a friend from Silverbird media group called me and disclosed that security operatives were engaged with Boko Haram members in a shootout at ApoVillage, near the Legislators Quarters, Abuja.

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Closer to a national conference?

  /   in People & Politics 12:42 am   /   Comments

Ekwueme, Gbonigi and Clark

It is said that when the time for an idea comes no force can stop it. For the Nigerian ruling class, the idea of a sovereign national conference, SNC, was viewed as treasonous just 20 years ago.

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Sweet relief from the M’East

  /   in People & Politics 12:39 am   /   Comments

(From L-R) Kuwaiti Minister of Planning, Development and State Minister for National Assembly Affairs Rula Dashti, Information and State Minister for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Mohammad Khaled al-Sabah and First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah, attend a meeting at the national assembly in Kuwait City on September 4, 2013, to discuss the state's emergency plan in case of a potential US military strike against Syria. AFP PHOTO

The Middle East is obviously the world’s number one trouble spot. It has been so forever. The Islamic Republic of Iran was a particular spot of bother, especially for the United States and its Western allies during the reign of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad as the president of the country.

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Weep not, Minister

  /   in People & Politics 7:55 am   /   Comments

Top: Zainab Kuchi, Erelu Olusula Obada,  Buka Tijani, and Ita Bassey Ewah
Below: Olugbenga Ashiru, Ama Peppel, Ruquyatu Rufai,  Shamshudeen Usman and  Hadiza Mailafia

There is a touch of cruelty developing among political chief executives in Nigeria. I am referring to governors and presidents of Nigeria whom the Constitution gives the power to hire and fire political appointees. The governor or president begins by floating rumours of impending cabinet shakeups.

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OBJ: Chicken farmer playing chicken

  /   in People & Politics 12:16 am   /   Comments

*Olugegun Obasanjo

In this unfolding crisis of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, I have kept my eye on the familiar antics of one man. This man has almost single-handedly shaped the type of democracy we are practising.

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PDP’s stormy tea cup

  /   in People & Politics 12:54 am   /   Comments

PDP Special National Convention: Delegates casting their votes at 2013 PDP Special National Convention . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

WHEN the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, election politics was raging and some commentators said Their Excellencies were wasting time on an irrelevant issue that had no bearing on the average Nigerian, I laughed.

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Arik stowaway, Boy Oi!

  /   in People & Politics 12:46 am   /   Comments

*Daniel Oikhena

FOR passengers on an Arik Air flight from Benin to Lagos, Saturday, August 24,2013 will be a day to remember like no other. On that day, they climbed down the gangway of their flight at the General Aviation Terminal in Lagos and met with a spectacle that gave them the psychedelic shock of their lives.

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The Lagos babaloja impunity

  /   in People & Politics 12:09 am   /   Comments

Tomatoes market

FOLLOWING on the heels of the recent “deportation” saga, another, perhaps more dangerous, storm that could threaten inter-ethnic relations in Lagos is brewing. I call it the babaloja controversy. Babaloja, in Yoruba, literally means “father of the market” just as iyaloja means “mother of the market”.

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Return of the trains

  /   in People & Politics 12:56 am   /   Comments

People coming down from the Ethiopian Airline on arrival at Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu PHOTO BY HILL EZEUGWU

THERE is an old, simple way of defining the news for fresh journalism students. “When dog bites a man, it is not the news. But when man bites a dog, that is the news”. It is also held that bad news sells.

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Show us Shekau’s corpse

  /   in People & Politics 12:26 am   /   Comments

File: A video grab made on March 21, 2013 from a video distributed to reporters by purported intermediaries of the Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram,  shows the suspected leader of the Nigerian Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Imam Abu Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Abubakar Ash Shekawi, also known as Abubakar Shekau, at an undisclosed location in Nigeria. AFP

HURRAY! I say it again: hurray!! The Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have announced the elimination of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, the religious sect that put Nigeria on the prime spot of terrorism map of the world.

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War against the poor

  /   in People & Politics 12:39 am   /   Comments

Deportees

THE Lagos deportation saga exposed our collective poor attitude to issues of citizenship rights. It is a collective, national guilt because what happened in Lagos occurs in all parts of the country in one form or the other, such as employment, educational and sundry opportunities, from which non-indigenes are excluded.

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There’s no ‘No-man’s-land’

  /   in People & Politics 12:31 am   /   Comments

*Free Lagos highway

The Lagos deportation saga degenerated into a free-for-all between Igbos and Yorubas. I am gratified to note that majority of the commentators on both sides have been sane, objective and committed to putting issues in their proper perspectives to minimise damage and learn useful lessons.

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Who leads the APC?

  /   in People & Politics 12:01 am   /   Comments

APC-toon

THERE is no doubt about it – the registration of the All People’s Congress (APC) is very well received and acclaimed.

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Lessons from ‘deportation’ saga

  /   in People & Politics 12:04 am   /   Comments

*Sranded persons numbering about 70 allegedly dumped at the upper axis of Onitsha, Anambra State at about 3:20 a.m. by unknown persons, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN. lSee story on page 14.

Some called it “deportation”. That was not quite correct because those removed from Lagos State by officials of the Kick Against Indiscipline, KAI, to the shore of River Niger in Anambra State were Nigerian citizens. The state officials tried to dress it in nicer terms. They called it “relocation” and “re_unification with families”.

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No to local government autonomy

  /   in People & Politics 4:48 pm   /   Comments

Good-govt

IT will fail for the simple reason that autonomy for local governments is like one wearing a borrowed robe. It will either be oversized or undersized since it was not your measurement that was used in sewing it.

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Immunity question

  /   in People & Politics 12:15 am   /   Comments

cartoon-game

ANOTHER issue is that of immunity for presidents and vice presidents as well as governors and deputy governors. I am unequivocally for the retention of the immunity clause. It is not in the interest of the tax paying public that the immunity clause should be removed, contrary to improperly “chewed”, popular view.

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My takes on constitution amendment

  /   in People & Politics 12:37 am   /   Comments

Senate President, David Mark; President Jonathan and House of Reps Speaker, Tambuwal

BETWEEN 2005 and 2006, the regime of President Olusegun Obasanjo started elaborate amendment of the 1999 Constitution. He empanelled the National Political Reform Conference (NPFL). The effort died on the floor of the Senate due to Obasanjo’s insertion of a clause seeking to extend his tenure.

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Generals of the unjust war (2)

  /   in People & Politics 12:46 am   /   Comments

*The Public Presentation of the Book The Tragedy Of Victory on-the-sport Account of the Nigerian-Biafra War in the Atlantic Theatre by Brigadier-General Godwin Alabi-Isama (rtd) took place at the NIIA in Lagos yesterday   Px shows General T Y Danjuma (Rtd) Chief Presenter of the occasion presenting the book at the occasion    Px  Biodun Ogunleye

BEFORE I proceed, let me recap the essentials of the first part of this essay. I described the Nigerian civil war as an “unjust war”.

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Generals of the unjust war

  /   in People & Politics 12:15 am   /   Comments

*The Public Presentation of the Book The Tragedy Of Victory on-the-sport Account of the Nigerian-Biafra War in the Atlantic Theatre by Brigadier-General Godwin Alabi-Isama (rtd) took place at the NIIA in Lagos yesterday   Px shows General T Y Danjuma (Rtd) Chief Presenter of the occasion presenting the book at the occasion    Px  Biodun Ogunleye

ON Thursday July 18th 2013, the cream of generals and political/bureaucratic czars that worked for the federal side during the Nigerian civil war gathered in Lagos.

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‘Game on’ in Rivers (2)

  /   in People & Politics 12:06 am   /   Comments

One of those wounded in the crisis

IN an earlier article (“Amaechi’s rebel war”, June 3, 2013) on the ongoing political crisis in Rivers State, I made this observation on the Governor of Rivers State: “Chibuike Amaechi is an intelligent man. But he is not a wise man. He is action-packed, but he lacks self control.”

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