Thursday October 30th, 2014
Thursday October 30th, 2014
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Where is the hope for Nigeria?

  /   in Pini Jason 12:58 am   /   Comments

Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello

This title is actually a tinkering of the title of a paper delivered by Chief Phillip C Asiodu at a forum recently. The paper was titled: “Is There Any Hope For Nigeria?” (The Nation, 3 September 2012, page 21).

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State police and scare mongers (2)

  /   in Pini Jason 12:27 am   /   Comments

*IGP Abubakar

LAST week, while addressing the 52nd Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, President Goodluck Jonathan expressed his opposition to State Police. The President, like every Nigerian, is entitled to his opinion. But in this matter, he is like the chairman of a meeting.

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State police and scare mongers

  /   in Pini Jason 12:34 am   /   Comments

Lagos State CP,  Umar A. Manko

Apart from the arm-twisting tactics of the sadistic proxies of the thieving oil marketers and the blackmail by the National Union of Electricity Employees, whose years of corruption and incompetence kept us groping in darkness, no debate has arrested the attention of the nation like the issue of state police.

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Did we go to the Olympics? (2)

  /   in Pini Jason 12:27 am   /   Comments

WINNER ... Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce crosses the finish line first ahead of others in the women's 100m final  on august 4 in london. AFP PHOTO

I HAVE to return to the topic of our disastrous outing in the just concluded 2012 London Olympics for two reasons. One, the culprits in this national disgrace had resorted to their trademark blame-game.

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Did we go to the 2012 Olympics?

  /   in Pini Jason 12:58 am   /   Comments

Opening Spectacle •••Animals and actors enter the stadium for the  the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27 .AFP PHOTO

It was the 10 seconds the world awaited with a suffocating sense of expectation! It was the 10 seconds that defined the London 2012 Olympics.

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How did the Farouk/Otedola saga end?

  /   in Pini Jason 12:30 am   /   Comments

Otedola-farouk

WHEN last did you read about Rep. Farouk Lawan, Femi Otedola and the US$ 620,000 thriller? Where is Farouk Lawan? Where is Femi Otedola? Where is the 620,000 dollars bribe money? How did the story end?

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Power is nothing without control

  /   in Pini Jason 12:42 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan (middle); Vice President Namadi Sambo (left) and Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala during the opening of the Presidential Retreat on Maritime Security at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

MY caption today is borrowed form the pay off of the Pirelli tyre advertisement. I find it very profound whenever I contemplate the appeal to importance and the relish of power by people. Nigerians love their power and always like to wield it exclusively.

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When is an election credible?

  /   in Pini Jason 12:51 am   /   Comments

Voting in progress at Oza Primary School Igbesawnma Benin city. Photo: Citizen Wolbum

THE above hubristic statement was credited to His Excellency, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Governor of Edo State, as he savoured his re-election on Saturday 14 July. Comrade Oshomhole also tried to rationalise his false alarm against INEC and the PDP. He would not admit that he was hasty in condemning INEC’s conduct of the Edo election.

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When optimism is no longer enough

  /   in Pini Jason 12:59 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan (2nd left); Commissioner In-charge Of Ogun State, Mrs. Seyi Aderiokun Olusanya (left); new Chairman of National Population Commission, Chief Festus Odimegwu (2nd right) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim after the swearing in of the commission's commissioners, in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: State House.

LAST week, while receiving the report of the Alfa Belgore-led Presidential Committee on the Review of Outstanding Issues, President Goodluck Jonathan said: “Our enduring sense of brotherhood, unwavering desire for freedom, unique resilience and abiding faith in Nigeria, have seen us through sundry challenges over the past 52 years of nationhood.

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Legalism and anti- corruption war

  /   in Pini Jason 12:33 am   /   Comments

EFCC21

MY people say abomination in the community is good business for the diviner. Every time there is an abomination the diviner demands consultation fee of a goat, a chicken, kola nuts and gin to propitiate the gods.

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Corruption and Nigerian hypocrisy

  /   in Pini Jason 12:47 am   /   Comments

Corruption

MANY times I have hinted at what I call the ambivalence of Nigerians about corruption. Indeed, what I mean is that we are all hypocritical about our concern over corruption.

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Sunmi Smart-Cole: An authentic role model

  /   in Pini Jason 12:55 am   /   Comments

From left,Chief Phillips Asiodu unveiling  the Books while Mr Oge Udeagha  Prof David Aradeon  and Mr. Sunmi Smart-Cole, celebrant ,look on during the launching of Sunmi's Lens- Medum Between Man and Nature Book, by Sunmi Smart-Cole and Exhibition of Photographs [Spanning 36 Years] held at Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos. on. 23/06/2012. Photo: Bunmi Azeez and Diran Oshe.

SOME years back, I think around 1985-86, while we were working in the African Guardian, I noticed that for some weeks, Uzor Maxim Uzoatu, (the intifada poet!) had been waltzing in and out of the office, without anyone knowing precisely what he was onto. One day I asked him pointedly what he doing loitering about for. He said, as breezily as only Maxim could conjure, “Oga Pini, am doing a story on Fela!”

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Farouk Lawan’s penkelemesi

  /   in Pini Jason 12:25 am   /   Comments

Rep. Farouk Lawan

NOWADAYS, the temptation is to preoccupy oneself with the mating habit of porcupines than to follow the typical Nigerian debate. As I said here last week, every issue spawns a polyglot of pseudo-experts and professional public affairs pundits, all climbing, clobbering and falling over one another to arrest our attention.

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Another flying coffin drops from the sky

  /   in Pini Jason 12:41 am   /   Comments

File Photo: Wreckage of  Dana Airline which crashed at Iju Isaga area of Lagos.

“I boarded a Dana Airline on my way back from Abuja. First, the flight was delayed for about two hours. Passengers were frustrated. Thank God I had my laptop with me to do some work whilst waiting at the stuffy departure room. When eventually we boarded I discovered to my great surprise that the plane was a very old one.

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What President Jonathan must do now

  /   in Pini Jason 12:03 am   /   Comments

Jonathan  launches energy saving bulbs

THE Democracy Day observed last week offered many Nigerians another opportunity for a promiscuous criticism of the system. Well, what a better way to celebrate democracy than to exercise our freedom of speech? I am reminded of what an actor once said: “opinion is like an a….h; everybody has got one!”

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Power, generator mafia and political will

  /   in Pini Jason 12:05 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

A WEEK ago, I read a story in a newspaper that I found very interesting. Nigerian traders in Ghana were appealing to the Federal Government to intervene on their behalf over Ghana’s refusal for them to sell generators in Ghana.

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Buhari and 2015: The blood next time

  /   in Pini Jason 12:59 am   /   Comments

CPC Presidential candidate, Gen. Buhari

A FEW years ago when I interviewed Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for the Chinua Achebe Foundation dialogue series, I discovered a man millions of Nigerians never knew.

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Port reform and superflous agencies

  /   in Pini Jason 12:36 am   /   Comments

tin-can

LAST year or so, the Federal Government did the wise thing to send many so-called security agencies packing from the nation’s ports.

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Akpu-na-ogwu patriot

  /   in Pini Jason 12:10 am   /   Comments

*Minister of Agric & Rural Development, Dr. Akin Adesina, with a sample of the  pro-vitamin A cassava roots at the launch of the pro-Vitamin A cassava varieties and their assorted products last week, at the National Root Crops Research Institute, NRCRI, Umudike.

THERE is this story about an era in the forties when an epidemic hit my village. People were dying in great numbers. Medical science was very rudimentary and people were simply bewildered.

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They are distracting us again!

  /   in Pini Jason 12:10 am   /   Comments

File photo: From Left, President Jonathan, Ag Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, Former President and Bot Chairman, Chief Obasanjo and Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Ogiadomhe at the PDP convention

IT is not yet one year since President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as president, yet the nation is being dragged into a vulgar fight over who succeeds him in 2015! That is the nature of Nigerian politics that is very disgusting.

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Boko Haram, 2015 and difficult days beyond

  /   in Pini Jason 12:59 am   /   Comments

wasters

ONE of the reasons why Nigeria is in a state of near-anarchy today is that we hardly reckon that our actions have consequences, and the state has never been decisive in letting Nigerians know that there are consequences for their actions.

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Cabinet reshuffle? Why so soon?

  /   in Pini Jason 10:01 am   /   Comments

From the right, Vice Prresident Namadi Sambo; SGF, Senator Pius Anyim; Head of Service, Alhaji Saleh Belo; Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomen; National Security Adviser, Gen. Owoye Azazi; Youth and Sports Minister, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi and the Works Minister, Arc. Mike Onolememen singing the national anthem during the opening of the Federal Executive Council Meeting chaired by the Vice President at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

TWICE in recent times, the media have speculated that President Goodluck Jonathan was poised to reshuffle his cabinet. As usual, the reported consequence of such speculation was that ministers were feverish with anxiety. On the one hand, during such intervals of uncertainty, public officers lose the confidence to step out and do their work.

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What if Jonathan runs?

  /   in Pini Jason 12:10 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

IN one of the several interviews to mark his 60th birthday, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT) was asked by the SUN editors if he was interested in becoming the president of this country. “Why not?”, he countered and went ahead to boast that he can make a better president than many of his peers. But two down the line he began to distance himself from the ambition.

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Hard to survive, easy to die

  /   in Pini Jason 12:53 am   /   Comments

Kano-blast

IN June 2011, I started an exercise on jotting down in my diary the number of deaths as reported by the newspapers everyday. On 22 June 2011, a newspaper reported the following: Two soldiers, 18 others killed in Tiv/ Fulani clash in Beme; an undergraduate murdered by cultists in Bauchi; an ASP killed and five civilians injured in Kano; man butchers neighbour over political argument in Kaduna; bodies of two little siblings found buried under the rug in Uyo.

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Do we really want to fight poverty?

  /   in Pini Jason 12:49 am   /   Comments

povertypix1

IN the brouhaha that followed the agitation by the Northern Governors for increased revenue allocation to their states, I was conscious of the fact that we were missing a point. The point was whether we really want to deal with poverty in the land.

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Ojukwu’s burial: A referendum on Nigeria

  /   in Pini Jason 12:42 am   /   Comments

The Great Ikemba,  Victor Umeh, Peter Obi with Bianca during APGA  Campaign for Peter Obi.

ONE can rightly say that anybody who, in his or her lifetime, witnessed a blackman, Barack Obama, become the President of the United States of America and who also witnessed the glorious burial accorded Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu has had a fulfilled life.

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Now that the ‘North’ is talking…

  /   in Pini Jason 12:17 am   /   Comments

(L –R) Minister of States for Interior Mr. Humphrey Abba with Prof. Jerry Gana and Minister of States for Information and Communication Mr. Labaran Maku at the Northern Political Summit at the International Trade Fair Complex, Kaduna on Thursday. Photo: Olu Ajayi

NIGERIANS, naïve as ever, have been implying that Boko Haram is “faceless”. But it was clear that with the increasing audacity of the Northern intellectuals, technocrats and journalists free lancing for Boko Haram, it was a matter of time before we linked up all the dots. Boko Haram is no longer so faceless, given the audacity of its apologists and spokesmen.

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Ojukwu: He kept his promise

  /   in Pini Jason 12:45 am   /   Comments

Ojukwu

SOMEHOW death brings out the hidden side of the Nigerian. I mean, really, that death, especially that which offers photo opportunity, exposes the hypocritical side of the Nigerian.

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Nigeria: Unitary, not united

  /   in Pini Jason 12:10 am   /   Comments

Nigeria

THE call for National Conference has received several reactions, including opposition, from Nigerians. Those opposed to a National Conference fall into three main categories: Those who subscribe to the doctrine of “settled issues”, those who say it would be used to dismantle the Nigerian state and those who believe that it is aimed at further weakening the stranglehold of the North on the nation.

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Do we jaw-jaw or war-war?

  /   in Pini Jason 12:36 am   /   Comments

protest3

THE Igbo say that you can tell a blind man that there is no oil in the soup. But you cannot tell him that there is no salt or pepper in the soup. It is self evident that Nigeria is in a serious turmoil. In the last 12 years angry Nigerians have wielded as much illegal guns against the country as the Nigerian Armed Forces wielded during the civil war.

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Our airports: Windows to our disgrace

  /   in Pini Jason 12:10 am   /   Comments

MM-AIRPORT

LAST week, the Minister for Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, was meeting with some stakeholders in trade and investment, and I presume, some investors too. As usual the issue of cost of doing business in Nigeria came up.

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A nation that constrains itself

  /   in Pini Jason 12:00 am   /   Comments

cartoon-boko

I CAN imagine that the question on everybody’s lips now is: is this the beginning of the end prophesied for Nigeria? Can Nigeria make it to 2015? If Boko Haram has infiltrated the government and the nation’s security agencies, as President Jonathan admitted, can the nation hold together?

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