Wednesday April 23rd, 2014
Wednesday April 23rd, 2014
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ASUU and Abuja: ‘No agreement today; no agreement tomorrow’ (3)

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*Law lecture theater, University of Ibadan

THERE are very practical but undesirable consequences to the terrible situation in our universities. The wrong people, staff and students, find their way into our universities, the very space in which we expect to train and provide leadership for the country’s quest for scientific and cultural rebirth and development.

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Will Jonathan address challenge of legitimacy in Africa? (2)

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File: *President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife at 2013 PDP Special National Convention . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

GENERAL T. Y. Danjuma’s observation that there is yet to be a government in Nigeria that the people can defend is the thesis addressed in that Presidential Address.

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ASUU and Abuja: ‘No agreement today; no agreement tomorrow’ (2)

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*Law lecture theater, University of Ibadan

WHEN I wrote those series I had no idea that two months down the line ASUU would embark on a paralysing strike that would do serious violence to the academic calendar. One doesn’t need to be prophetic, Godspower Oyewole-style, to see our public universities are headed for the rocks.

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ASUU and Abuja: ‘No agreement today; no agreement tomorrow’ (1)

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ASUU-strike-Cartoon

NGOZI Okonjo-Iweala has two designations. She is Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy. Without intending to be perverse, I wonder what the differences are between both titles. What would a Finance Minister of a country such as ours be doing if she is not responsible (call it coordinating, managing, overseeing or whatever) for the entire economy?

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Tony Anenih, Goodluck Jonathan and his trouble-making elders

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ANENIH @ 80—President Goodluck Jonathan flanked by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan (2r) and Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Chairman PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih and his wife, Mrs. Anenih (l) watch after a Holy Mass celebrated to mark Chief Anenih's 80th birthday at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria, Pro-Cathedral, Area 3, Garki, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

SO Chief Tony Anenih, the BoT chair of the PDP, marked his eightieth birthday last week and provided President Goodluck Jonathan an opportunity he must have been craving to send some verbal missiles at those Nigerians he thought haven’t been particularly friendly to him and his administration.

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Islamic terrorists, Presidential C’ttee on Security Challenges

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File Photo: A car burns at the scene of a bomb explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja, on December 25, 2011.

THERE are yet no accurately verifiable figures on the number of casualties from last week’s terror attack by Islamic terrorists in Sabon Gari area of Kano.

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Mummy Patience Jonathan, one wife too many (1)

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*Patience Jonathan

YOU only get to see one even if there are many more living out of public glare in semi-retirement. We are talking here of executive wives, women married to men of means and ways- inflated balloons turned power houses by virtue of straying into the corridors of power either by the imposition of powerful brigands misnamed godfathers or rigged elections.

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Jonathan’s privatisation and misuse of power

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President Goodluck Jonathan (centre) inspecting parade during the Nigerian Army Day Celebration in Abuja On Saturday (6/7/13)

EVIDENTLY President Goodluck Jonathan, as the Yoruba proverb goes, has eating his fill of his food and is now actively looking for what will deflate his round belly.

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Madiba: Autumn of the Patriarch

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Nelson Mandela

THE Eastern Cape Province is the birth place of Nelson Mandela, the 94 years old ailing father of South Africa’s multi-racial society. It is the natal home of the Xhosa and arrival point of the 1820 settlers.

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Nigeria, the desperate giant

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Team Nigeria 2003 Photo; african-sport

ONE wouldn’t know if the Jonathan administration has made any official pronouncement on the matter but the issue seems serious enough to warrant a response from senior members of the Obama administration.

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June 12 election: Twenty years after

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Late Chief MKO Abiola

JUNE is the month of Nigeria’s controversial election that was held in 1993, precisely on 12th, a day many Nigerians believe was specially set apart to make all that was wrong with electoral matters in Nigeria right.

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Ajimobi’s Oyo

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Ajimobi

ABIOLA Ajimobi, governor of Oyo State, has been in the news of late. Only weeks ago he was honoured with a chieftaincy along side his wife by the Olubadan, Oba Odulana Odugade. There has been much talk before and since then about how well the Governor has transformed Oyo State, particularly, Ibadan, the state capital, into a working city.

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Search for Nigeria’s security challenge: The Patriots’ proposal (2)

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MAN-OF-THE-YEAR-SECURITY

THIS is so because in the three periods relevant for support for The Patriots choice of the basis of sovereign representation, the sovereigns in the societies that were united to form the Nigerian Province of the British Empire were never normally and universally ethnic nationality sovereign. In the pre-colonial period, sovereignty was variously monarchical, imperial, and age groups stratified.

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These ugly Lagos BRT buses

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BRT ...can break down on the road.

MERE five years separate 2008 from 2013 and that could seem a long time. In the life of a transport system that is meant to cater for millions of commuters weekly if not daily, five years is quite short.

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A crude game of power

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Rotimi Amaechi and Goodluck Jonathan

IT’s no longer news that all hasn’t been well between Chibuike R. Amaechi, RiversState governor, and President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Preaching hate in the name of free speech

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This handout image released by Britain's Ministry of Defence on May 23, 2012 shows Drummer Lee Rigby, who was killed in an attack on a London street on May 22, 2013, posing for a photograph. AFP

THE brutal murder of British soldier, Lee Rigby, by two religious terrorists on May 22 is the immediate trigger for this week’s column.

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Jonathan, the fire fighter

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President Goodluck Jonathan and the 'ghosts'  Boko Haram

NOW it looks like President Goodluck Jonathan has decided to take on the beast of religious terrorists ravaging different parts of Northern Nigeria, particularly the North-Eastern part, with his imposition of emergency rule on the three states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa last Wednesday.

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DASA-CWAS celebrates African newspapers

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news

AFRICAN newspapers take centre stage this week in the United Kingdom as the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, DASA, incorporating the Centre of West African Studies, CWAS, of the University of Birmingham, holds its annual Cadbury International Conference on 17th and 18th of May.

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Umaru Musa Yar’Adua: Three years after (2)

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Late President Umar Yar'Adua...had kidney transplant in 2002

FOR at least six months before he finally passed on, President Yar’Adua was no longer in charge of himself to say nothing of the country. This made the three people who surrounded him at this time the actual leaders of the country.

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Umaru Musa Yar’Adua: Three years after (1)

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Yar'adua

IT’s exactly three years ago this week since President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua died after an unhappy presidency that was from the very beginning marred by ill-health.

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A mixed British farewell for the Iron Lady

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Flowers and mementos left by members of the public and admirers sit outside the home of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in central London on April 8th 2013. Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on April 8, 2013 at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO

IT was April 8 and I was browsing the net when I came upon the news on Yahoo News: Margaret Thatcher dead. The 87 years old former British Prime Minister, the news said, had died at the Ritz in London just seven hours before.

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The ICPC Report on the Nigerian university system (2)

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File photo:  Cross section of students

IN its holistic appraisal of corruption in Nigeria, from the individual through family and up to different larger sectors of society, the ICPC Report conservatively estimates that between $4 billion to $8 billion is stolen from the national treasury yearly and goes on to cite the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index for 2011 which ranked Nigeria 143 among 183 countries.

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The ICPC Report on the Nigerian university system (1)

  /   in Talking Point 12:16 am   /   Comments

Cross section of candidates during an exam

IN the March 20 and 27, 2013 editions of this column entitled “The ICPC/NUC report and sexual harassment in Nigerian universities”, I questioned the validity of the claim attributed to the ICPC chair, Ekpo Nta, based on a pilot study conducted by the anti-graft body and the NUC, that corruption ranked very high among corrupt practices in our universities.

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Eagle on iroko for Chinua Achebe

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Acclaimed Nigerian author Chinua Achebe (L) and former South African President Nelson Mandela chat on September 12, 2002 prior to Achebe receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature and delivering the third Steve Biko Memorial Lecture at the University of Cape Town.  Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, the revered author of "Things Fall Apart" who has been called the father of modern African literature, has died aged 82, his publisher said on March 22, 2013.   AFP PHOTO

Akuko gagara akuko gagara to fori apata se ’bugbe… Can things ever fall apart in the home of the teacher Chinualumogu the vaulting eagle on the riverside iroko

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The ICPC/NUC report and sexual harassment in Nigerian universities (2)

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Abiarape

SEXUAL offence is therefore a fact of human life, perhaps more so now than in the past. In the particular instance of tertiary institutions, ‘sexual harassment’ is by no means the most serious of the problems confronting them. And this for reasons that there are regulations/laws within the university system, apart from the wider laws of society that can take care of this as that there are more pernicious factors that defeat the purpose for the existence of tertiary institutions than the advertised case of sexual harassment.

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The ICPC/NUC report and sexual harassment in Nigerian universities(1)

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sex-workers

ON Wednesday March 13, 2013, Rebekah Havrilla, a former sergeant and bomb disposal expert in the US Army appeared before the US Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel investigating sexual offences.

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Benedict XVI: The Pope Emeritus

  /   in Talking Point 12:30 am   /   Comments

Pope Benedict XVI (POPE EMERITUS)

HAD he remained in office Joseph Aloisius Ratsinger would have clocked eight full years on the throne of St. Peter as the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church in April.

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PDP, power mongering and the APC (2)

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Merger-cartoon

ALL Progressive Congress, the political party that was cobbled together from at least four other major parties, is the opposition answer to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, behemoth in a Nigeria where the idea of independent candidacy is yet to gain sound footing however desirable.

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PDP, power mongering and the APC (1)

  /   in Talking Point 12:29 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-cartoon-second-ter

ONE look at the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and it’s clear it is one mad house of hostile room mates with clashing ambitions. But these apparently hostile roommates are nevertheless united by their common greed for power and the unmerited perks that come with it.

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Northern Nigeria in the grip of bigotry and ignorance

  /   in Talking Point 12:47 am   /   Comments

Northern-people

THERE is yet no news of any arrests of members of the group that attacked health workers in different parts of Kano many days ago. The most we’ve heard is that the Police have ordered additional security for health personnel working for the eradication of polio in the affected areas.

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The Armed Forces, …: The security issue

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The Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim, other Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police, taking the salute during the Wreath Laying Ceremony to mark the 2013 Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at the Cenotaph, Eagle Square, Abuja, yesterday.	 Photo:Abayomi Adeshida

THE Constitution of this country has established the prime value of the currency of Nigerian citizenry, and our politics instead of being the cultivation of the appreciation of Nigerian citizenry, has been and continues to be a process of a structured depreciation of the value of citizenry.

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If Chris Huhne was a Nigerian…

  /   in Talking Point 12:11 am   /   Comments

CHRIS HUHNE

CHRIS HUHNE, 58, was until last week a member of Parliament representing the Eastleigh constituency in Hampshire, England. But after more than seven years in the parliament, the leading Liberal Democrat resigned his seat after admitting to swapping speeding points with his former wife, Vicky Pryce, in order not to lose his driving license in 2003.

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