Saturday November 1st, 2014
Saturday November 1st, 2014
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Labour strike without Oshiomhole : Power changes

  /   in Stomach Democracy 12:04 am   /   Comments

resident ,Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC),Omar Abdulwaheed (middle) addressing protesters on the outcome of the meeting with the President on the fuel subsidy in Abuja yesterday. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

I am still in the realm of the metaphysical, trying hard to rationalize a number of things that took place in the country in the last two weeks. I have seen strikes before in this country but not one that was peacefully conducted. I think the Arab Spring mentality has come home to us and gladly too because it will help mitigate the unmitigated powers of our leaders who feel they can sit in their cocoon to dish out choking air for us to swallow.

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In a “shoeless” economy, inexperience is very costly, corruption is worse

  /   in Stomach Democracy 2:14 am   /   Comments

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The so-called complete deregulation of the downstream sector and the removal of subsidy may seem like a purely economic policy decision, but it is so tied to larger Nigerian questions that it ought to be more rigorously debated, and government should make haste slowly. As at this moment, Nigeria operates a partial deregulation regime in the downstream sector.

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Oshiomhole: Nigeria will not crash

  /   in Stomach Democracy 12:57 am   /   Comments

Governor Oshiomhole

I watched the punctured imageries of the so-called government induced debate at the Muson Centre in Lagos penultimate week, and I could see how difficult it was for the protagonists of subsidy removal to sell their unpopular motive.

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Does PDP have manifesto?

  /   in Stomach Democracy 12:27 am   /   Comments

PDPC

Truly, we are in difficult times in Nigeria. Anywhere you turn, the responses one gets as a direct output of interaction, are hisses and sighs. Such dismissive conclusion isn’t the best way to show satisfaction.

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I lost a great uncle;Prince Bello Afegbua [1931-2011]

  /   in Stomach Democracy 12:00 am   /   Comments

Late Bello  Afegbua

The remains of Prince Bello Afegbua, a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, will be interred today at Okpella, a border village between Kogi and Edo States of Nigeria. He had died penultimate week at Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State after a brief illness, marking the end of an era and a journey that saw him dominate his environment for 80 years on this putrid plane.

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Where is President Jonathan taking us?

  /   in Stomach Democracy 1:26 am   /   Comments

Why does the country appear insecure and spineless in the last one year or so? Each time one expresses an opinion, no matter how logical and objective, what you get are phone calls from anonymous callers threatening hails and brimstones. When has it become a crime to express an opinion?

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FARIDA WAZIRI : Jonathan’s misplaced venom

  /   in Stomach Democracy 12:46 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan bared his fangs two days ago by announcing the unceremonious removal of the EFCC chairperson, Mrs. Farida Waziri in a manner that defeats the anti-corruption crusade. Under the universal rules governing anti-corruption, you cannot hire and fire anybody just like that; trying to use corruption to fight corruption, without stating the reason for the removal.

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National Honours: Achebe and the Nigerian narrative

  /   in Stomach Democracy 12:48 am   /   Comments

Chinua Achebe

The Senate on Tuesday gave an inkling of why Professor Chinua Achebe turned down his National Honours Award the second time when the Upper House raised queries about President Jonathan’s inability to confront the security challenges in the country.

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Nigeria: celebrating corruption

  /   in Stomach Democracy 1:03 am   /   Comments

WAZIRI AND HER CATCH: File pictures of EFCC Chairman Farida Waziri (2nd right) and from left, former governors Doma, Daniel and Alao-Akala arrested by EFCC operatives yesterday.

One is getting unusually stressed up these days as a result of the very unsavoury news we get about our economy, politics and the future of Nigeria. Everything we do in Nigeria has a corruptive undertone; appointments, fiscal responsibility, allocation of resources, distribution of wealth, and appropriation of responsibilities, patronage, and general lifestyles.

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Edo State: Oshiomhole’s awards and matters arising

  /   in Stomach Democracy 12:07 am   /   Comments

There has been a systemic underestimation of the achievements of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in Edo State to the extent that newspaper advertorials are easily published to rubbish whatever he claims to his credit. Amongst the several presentations by these respective “visioners”, who in their moralizing tedium claim to be representing the aggregate views of Edolites, the position of Edo Collectives on Oshiomhole’s NUT award is at best indubitably misleading.

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Anti-corruption versus pro-corruption: New perspectives

  /   in Stomach Democracy 12:54 am   /   Comments

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I have watched with very keen interest the anti-corruption fight as shouldered by the relevant agencies namely the ICPC, EFCC and NDLEA amongst others. I have seen through my binoculars several contradictions and inadequacies in the whole fight to address the prevalence of corruption in our Nigerian society.

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From Laggerback to Siasia, the racket continues

  /   in Stomach Democracy 12:10 am   /   Comments

As much as one tries to find succour in the fullness of the socio-political maladies in the country, one gets trapped in the vainglory thoughts of non-performance in all sectors of our economy.

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“President” Boko Haram; President Goodluck Jonathan

  /   in Stomach Democracy 3:55 am   /   Comments

Just as I was about putting pen on paper to put down my thoughts for this weekend, I saw screaming headlines about the plan by Federal Government to remove the much-talked about fuel subsidy which has dragged on for so long. Reactions to the subsidy removal proposal have been expectedly interesting; each one threatening hails and brim tones, the usual Nigerian way.

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Tambuwal and his politics of no bitterness

  /   in Stomach Democracy 1:20 am   /   Comments

In the midst of a plethora of happenings around the country, one is often at sea as to what should occupy one’s attention. Nigeria is a country that is usually entrenched in fluctuating moments, with palpable fear walking on the streets. Everywhere you turn, the fear of fear grips you with uncultured fervor. Yesterday, it was bomb scare, today it is bomb blast. Only God knows what tomorrow holds for us.

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Presidential “Missile” Chat

  /   in Stomach Democracy 12:41 am   /   Comments

This week and weeks to come,altercations and counter-altercations would form the theme of the political discourse in Jos, the Plateau State Capital over the directive of Mr. President that there should be an occupation of soldiers in that troubled but once serene and peaceful conclave in the middle-belt part of the country.

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Pharaoh, Lion or Obama? Just be a President

  /   in Stomach Democracy 12:46 am   /   Comments

I had a rare opportunity to interview the highly celebrated political scientist and author, the Chicago-born Professor Francis Fukuyama on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 during his visit to Nigeria as a guest lecturer at a conference organized by Muregi Associates.

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