Thursday October 30th, 2014
Thursday October 30th, 2014
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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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Our pussyfooting northern governors

  /   in People & Politics 12:29 am   /   Comments

From the left, Yobe State Governor Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam; Taraba State Deputy Governor Alhaji Abubakar Danladi; Sokoto State Deputy Governor Alhaji Muktari Shagari and Plateau State Deputy Governor Ignatius Detong  during the National Economic Council  Meeting chaired by Vice President Namadi Sambo at the Aso Chambers, Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 05/03/2012

LAST week Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, was engaged in an interesting exchange with the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, the self-styled Chief Servant of Niger State. Maku accused the Arewa governors of “not doing enough” in the effort to bring the Islamic insurgency being championed by Boko Haram to an end.

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The swap we want

  /   in People & Politics 12:53 am   /   Comments

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.

Boko Haram is as devious as the devil itself. From a ragtag band of misguided Islamic adherents which preached against Western education and everything Western as a whole, it has now become the most talked-about terrorist group in the world.

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Chibok girls as game changer

  /   in People & Politics 12:42 am   /   Comments

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.

IT is said he who wears the shoe knows where it pinches. Northern Nigeria, especially the Muslim zone of the North, knows where the shoe of Islamic terror and insurgency is pinching. That much is pretty obvious.

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American ‘troops’ in Nigeria

  /   in People & Politics 12:37 am   /   Comments

sambisa

IN accepting the offer of the United States government to intervene in the Boko Haram insurgency crisis, we, as a nation, have accepted failure.

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ACF’s anti-Igbo memo (2)

  /   in People & Politics 12:06 am   /   Comments

Ikenga figures

THE Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF’s, call on delegates from Northern Nigeria not to support the creation of an additional state in the South East Zone is a provocative negation of the national consensus agreed twice on that issue.

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ACF’s anti-Igbo memo (1)

  /   in People & Politics 1:17 am   /   Comments

Igbo-area

IN May 2006, the National Political Reform Conference (NPRC) convened by President Olusegun Obasanjo, reached a unanimous decision to approve the creation of an additional state for the South East Zone to raise its stake to six states just like the others, even though North West has seven.

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‘Domesticating’ of Fulani nomads

  /   in People & Politics 12:41 am   /   Comments

*Cattle

After the spate of mayhems committed by insurgents masquerading as Fulani herdsmen in the South West, North Central and isolated communities in the Niger Delta, an expanded security meeting of the federal and state governments has resolved it is time to end the madness. Part of the plan, we hear, is to persuade the cattle Fulani to exit their nomadic lifestyle and embrace the ranching option, a policy an official inappropriately called “domestication”.

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The shame of Murtala Nyako

  /   in People & Politics 12:20 am   /   Comments

Governor Murtala Nyako

SOMETIME in September 2006, I was in the Aso Drive, Abuja residence of Prof. Jibril Aminu, the Senator representing Adamawa Central in the Senate, conducting an interview for his biography. It was a sunny Friday morning. The interview was disrupted by the arrival of an important guest.

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Living among demonic enemies

  /   in People & Politics 12:03 am   /   Comments

Abuja-bombing1

NIGERIA is a sad country to live in. This is because we are living in the midst of demons. Horned devils afflict us like vicious viruses. Look at what happened in the past one week. On Friday, 11th April 2014, Boko Haram terrorists invaded the venue of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Borno and massacred 200 candidates. Two days later, 60 people were killed in in Ngoshe and Kaigamari villages near the border with Cameroon.

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Muslim-Muslim ticket is political arrogance

  /   in People & Politics 5:22 pm   /   Comments

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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