Friday October 31st, 2014
Friday October 31st, 2014
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Sanusi, Jonathan: Between the prince, the president

  /   in Talking Point 1:49 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan and Lamido Sanusi

IS somebody surprised that Sanusi Lamido Sanusi who was until Thursday, last week, Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank finally had to vacate his exalted office before the end of his five-year term? Are there Nigerians confused that his exit had such direct presidential link, as there was no ambiguity to the statement announcing his removal by presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati?

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Jonathan sheds excess weight

  /   in Talking Point 12:40 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

ONE would not know exactly when President Goodluck Jonathan came to the conclusion that he could no longer pretend that all is well with his government or the party that produced it, the PDP. But it appears he must have reached that point for quite some time now. He only dithered on when to act to start correcting things or simply wished that the cup of such decision would pass him by.

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Trouble, yanga and religious palavers in Osun

  /   in Talking Point 12:40 am   /   Comments

Aregbosola

AMONG Nigeria’s ethnic regions and nationalities, the ecumenical spirit is arguably most at work in the Yoruba West. Unlike Eastern and Northern Nigeria that are respectively dominated by followers of Christianity and Islam, Western Nigeria presents a far more diverse and fluid picture of religion with Christians, Muslims and Ifa worshippers cohabiting and cooperating in relative harmony.

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As the APC fights the PDP fire with fire

  /   in Talking Point 12:54 am   /   Comments

APC-PDP

THE decision, a couple of weeks ago, by the APC to block passage of bills proposed by the PDP has naturally drawn diverse reactions from Nigerians. The reactions have been mostly as partisan as are reactions to the issue that led to the unprecedented decision of the APC in the first place, namely, the crisis in Rivers State that has been exacerbated by the involvement of the Commissioner of Police in the State, Mbu Joseph Mbu.

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Komla Dumor’s BBC

  /   in Talking Point 12:30 am   /   Comments

Komla-Dumor

BEYOND the media image I know pretty little about the late Ghanaian-born BBC presenter, Komla Dumor.

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If Jonathan sacked the military chiefs, did Tukur resign?

  /   in Talking Point 12:20 am   /   Comments

Tukur

THE National Executive Committee meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that led to the ouster of its beleaguered ex-chair, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, had all the gripping details of a tragic drama. The exit of Tukur was a tragic melodrama that underlined the superior voice of the majority over that of a very powerful but tiny minority.

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Jonathan and the ghost of Obasanjo’s letter

  /   in Talking Point 9:01 pm   /   Comments

Jonathan and Obasanjo

CHIEF Olusegun Obasanjo’s December 2 open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan certainly did more damage to the President than either he or his supporters care to admit. Aside the fact that Jonathan’s response to his estranged benefactor’s letter lacked both the interest and passion generated by the initial letter, his reply appealed more to the zealotry of his own supporters than it addressed the substance of Obasanjo’s allegations.

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A matter of trust

  /   in Talking Point 12:10 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

NIGERIANS believe the worst about their leaders. No, that’s not how I meant to say that. Or rather let me state it in another way. Nigerians believe nothing by their rulers. They hear them quite all right. They listen to the many words that are spewed at them by paid publicists; words too many to make any sense. But they believe nothing they hear.

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A government’s anti-people policy

  /   in Talking Point 12:00 am   /   Comments

Fuel Subsidy protest

IT’S the first day of January and it’s only proper to wish Nigerians a happy New Year with hopes and prayers that 2014 ends on a note of great joy and prosperity for us all. We pray it is a year in which the Nigerian Dream takes on the colour of reality. But the Goodluck Jonathan government ended 2013 with its ill-digested approach to revenue generation and overall development of the country.

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Iyabo’s public flogging of her father okay but…

  /   in Talking Point 12:20 am   /   Comments

Obasanjo-Iyabo

AFTER the initial attempt at putting up a disclaimer by an impostor Nigerians including her befuddled father must now be reconciled to the fact that Iyabo was the author of the letter that exploded the burble created by OBJ’s own letter to Goodluck Jonathan. It was beginning to look like a comedy of the absurd of the Baba Sala variety when the impostor purported to be Iyabo sent out her disclaimer denouncing the letter which was the equivalent of a public flogging of her father as a fabrication and threatening legal action.

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Obasanjo’s letter and Jonathan’s many sins

  /   in Talking Point 12:27 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan and Chief Obasanjo

IT was a kind of love letter, a labour of love the writer titled ‘Before it is too late’ but which has been variously renamed by commentators. I’m talking here of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to his political protégé, President Goodluck Jonathan. It was, or meant to be, a private letter which eventually found its way into the public space.

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Finally the cock crowed for Madiba

  /   in Talking Point 12:16 am   /   Comments

mandela-tribute1

TIME was about 10:30 pm Nigerian time and the BBC’s Hard Talk was on the screen on this dark night of December 5, 2013. I had only minutes before finished writing my original copy for the column this week.

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The insidious face of intolerance

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Sharia enforcers called Hisbah destroy thousands of bottles of beer outside northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano on November 27, 2013. The Hisbah destroyed over 240,000 bottles of beer along with over 8,000 litres of local brew called "Burukutu". AFP

IT’S by no means certain many Nigerians saw the bottle breaking event that took place in Kano last week as a form of the kind of intolerance the terror insurgents that have taken over many parts of Northern Nigeria are notorious for. But, however, insidious it may seem, what happened in Kano is but a variant of religious intolerance.

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Anambra’s stalemated (s)election

  /   in Anambra Elections, Talking Point 12:23 am   /   Comments

85 year old Chief Michael Iwoba, a pensioner being accredited to vote at Eri Primary School, Aguleri.

Nobody with some knowledge of Nigerian politics would be surprised by the outcome of the so-called election that took place in Anambra on November 16. The result of the charade which has been declared inconclusive by INEC was always going to end up as such.

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Festus Iyayi: Too much a sacrifice for executive lawlessness

  /   in Talking Point 12:05 am   /   Comments

TEARS FOR IYAYI—Relations and sympathisers console Mrs Grace Iyayi (4th L), widow of former president of ASUU, Late Prof. Festus Iyayi at Ekosodin in Benin City. Photo: Barnabas Uzosike.

It all looks and sounds so surreal that Festus Iyayi is dead, victim of yet another case of executive lawlessness. By executive lawlessness I’m not just referring to the irresponsible and rampaging conduct of Idris Wada, one of the sorry cases now functioning as state governors in a Nigeria supposedly under the rule of law.

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Peter Obi, adoration ground deaths and a culture of irresponsibility

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Governor Peter Obi with Rev Fr. Emmanuel Obinma before the tragic stampede

These are political times in AnambraState and any comments critical of politicians and the parties they belong in are likely to be controversial and read from partisan standpoints. There is, however, nothing inevitable about such readings which are in fact no more than a reflection of the dismal nature of our politics.

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Goodluck Jonathan’s women (2)

  /   in Talking Point 12:38 am   /   Comments

jonathan-women

MRS. OKONJO-IWEALA may want Nigerians to believe that her father, a respected professor turned monarch, is a trustee of ASUU as her spokesman seems keen to advert

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Goodluck Jonathan’s women (1)

  /   in Talking Point 12:47 am   /   Comments

jonathan-women

THEY are extremely ambitious and determined. They also wield enormous powers and are without the shred of a doubt the most influential clique of President Goodluck Jonathan’s kitchen cabinet.

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Security agencies, stowaways and air safety in Nigeria

  /   in Talking Point 12:46 am   /   Comments

*would-be stowaways: From left— Onyedikachi Ukpabio 14; Lateef Popoola 13, and Joshua Amadi, 14.

AS I got down to write this a day after the Muslim holidays one of the items in a review of newspapers on television is the report that airline fares have been increased. Above the headline of this report in the National Mirror was a photograph of the Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, whose tenure seems perpetually steeped in controversy ranging from charges of corruption, ethnic bias to highhandedness.

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Making sense of Jonathan’s view of corruption

  /   in Talking Point 12:39 am   /   Comments

Corruptiony

EVEN though he obviously wants another term in the presidential villa in spite of his reluctance to make an open declaration of it just yet, it should worry us all that President Goodluck Jonathan seems to be swamped by the demands of his office. The office appears to be taking too much out of him.

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A country held hostage

  /   in Talking Point 12:15 am   /   Comments

TRAGEDY—The crash scene and rescue operations.

For the third time in as many years the national Independence Day celebrations usually marked with pomp and ceremony were held in the relatively safe confines of Aso Rock Villa. Eagles Square, venue of the event in Abuja since the movement to the Federal Capital, is now a no-go area for such matters even though the states still manage to hold relatively public celebrations at parade grounds and parks.

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Still on the Nigeria Police and its new uniform

  /   in Talking Point 12:19 am   /   Comments

* Manko

By March next year it would have been two years since the Inspector General, M.D. Abubakar first unveiled the new camouflage uniform of the Nigeria police to the public.

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Where victims are pronounced guilty

  /   in Talking Point 12:19 am   /   Comments

police-college

Even though it was tucked away in the middle of other highlights in the online edition of the Vanguard of August 19, the headline seemed sensational enough to draw attention.

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Jonathan’s head-butting of ministers

  /   in Talking Point 12:34 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

It’s been many weeks in speculation that President Goodluck Jonathan intended to effect a change in the roll call of his ministers. During these weeks of speculation every other meeting of the ministers with the President presented the press another opportunity to speculate on which of the ministers would not make it back into the President’s cabinet.

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PDP’s tales of the absurd

  /   in Talking Point 12:55 am   /   Comments

cartoon-Jonathan-pdp-split

The house of cards that is the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seems to have finally fallen apart. From the beginning, the PDP like the typical Nigerian party was a marriage of convenience among persons and groups united by no greater purpose than the desire to share in the Nigerian national cake that everyone is loathe to bake.

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ASUU and Abuja: ‘No agreement today; no agreement tomorrow’ (3)

  /   in Talking Point 12:01 am   /   Comments

*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)

  /   in Talking Point 12:56 am   /   Comments

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)

  /   in Talking Point 12:33 am   /   Comments

*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)

  /   in Talking Point 12:28 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Talking Point 12:11 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Talking Point 12:36 am   /   Comments

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)

  /   in Talking Point 12:50 am   /   Comments

*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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