Sunday July 13th, 2014
Sunday July 13th, 2014
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2015: Shall we ever get there?

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Late Dr. Umaru Dikko signing the condolence register during his condolence visit to the family of the late Alex Ibru, at their Ikoyi residence, on Tuesday.

GOING by the lessons of history, it is clear that the cane reserved for Iyale (the first wife) shall someday be used on Iyawo (the new wife).

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Injustice somewhere is injustice everywhere

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Cry-Justice

THIS lame-duck Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has brought to the fore, the obvious fact that a fundamental premise of the democratic system of government is the capacity for peaceful leadership change through the ballot box.

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Whither separation of powers?

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Ayo Fayose casting his vote yesterday...

ON a matter of urgent public importance, we heartily congratulate the people of Ekiti State for showing a good example of how to behave in an election.

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Who owns the purchase price?

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APC National Convention:  River State Governor , Rotim Amechi and his delegate at the Convention . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

SOLO: I heartily congratulate the APC on a most successful National Convention, which culminated in the election of Chief John Odigie Oyegun as the party’s First Citizen. Bravo! A better choice, none could be! APC is now set to make history.

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Okonjo-Iweala: The pot, the kettle

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Okonjo-Iweala

WE salute the Nigerian spirit – the spirit of enterprise. It is the spirit that rewards excellence and punishes indolence. We have seen the Nigerian team in a football match with another country on our home ground. In the beginning, Nigerians applauded their team to the high heavens but as soon as the Nigerian team fell into goal deficit, Nigerians switched their support to the visiting team and at the very height of their disappointment, they even started hurling stones at the Nigerian players.

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In the de-worming of Edo State APC (2)

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*Oshiomhole

Saint Thomas: Occupy till I come.

Decampees: OK Boss but you must continue to do all the collateral damage from within so that the party shall be totally decapitated by the time you leave.

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In the De-worming of Edo State APC (1)

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Voters set to cast their votes at Oza Primary school Igbesamwman Benin city. Photo: Citizen wolbum

THE more things change, the more they remain the same. In those days, our parents certainly knew what they were doing.

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Beware: Third-term agents around

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Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

These politicians may, after all, not be as smart as they pretend to be. Some of them are daft or simply hard of hearing. How else does anyone explain a situation where they keep doing the same old thing in the same old way and be expecting different outcomes?

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As I remember Elder Isemede

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ARMY

s I remember Mac, I remember “Yahoo don come”. That was a pet name we shared as we were entering into the computer world. We threw up the name freely, even at the middle of church services, particularly on those rare occasions, at the Church of God Mission, when the preaching was getting pall and uninteresting.

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All the black market injunctions

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peter-odili

NORMALLY, we don’t have to justify telling the truth but we do have to justify not telling the truth. The plain truth is that from the beginning, these smart guys — men who at times even attempt to outsmart themselves — have the same modus operandi. They think they are bold and with their boldness, they can intimidate the rest of society and browbeat all of us into submitting to their whims and caprices.

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Between our locomotive and their train

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File photo: Passengers hanging on a moving train in Lagos at Ikeja Railway Station, Lagos...

At creation, all men were equal but the circumstances of birth and the accident of geography played major roles in determining the final outcome.

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Illegality fuelled by insensitivity

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Abuja-blast

AS soon as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, issued what it called the time-table for the 2015 general elections, there were, expectedly, general outbursts about some items on the programme.

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Who were Sanusi’s supervisors?

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Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

WE have already embarked on a gradual descent to anomie. Some day soon, when we arrive at destination, we shall have no difficulty in recognising it. The early signs are very clear: we now have a country where evil is constantly celebrated and where people get away with murder in the manner of providing comic relief. We just laugh and get entertained.

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The NIS debacle: Harvesting the dead

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*Immigration

TRAGICALLY, somebody must now die for other members of his family to be offered jobs. The policeman must be cut down by the assassin’s bullet for his children to get scholarship to go through their university education.

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Campaign, sensitisation and gimmickry

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Another view of party supporters.

WE live in a world of oddities where one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. The best time to decide whether to climb up or not is when one is yet on the ground, not after one has climbed half way. In essence, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should by now be deciding if it is honestly prepared to conduct the 2015 general elections. We think INEC is unprepared.

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ABACHA LOOT: Unborn tomorrow, dead yesterday

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Jonathan hands to late Gen Sani Abacha's widow, Mariam Abacha. Source: Goodluck Jonathan FB wall

STRONG man, Sani Abacha, had no reason to begin to provide for failure since he was sure that nothing was going to prevent him from transforming himself to the life president of Nigeria. Such a man had no cause to begin to disguise his loots. He was, therefore, an archetype of a Nigerian thief who could steal with impunity.

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Still on Lamido Sanusi

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Lamido Sanusi

THE witch hovered over the house and cried all night. In the morning, the baby died. We do not need to search too far for the killer of the baby.

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Straightening Amaechi’s K-leg

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Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State

A MAN’S journey in life reminds us of the antelope and the lion. When the antelope wakes up in the morning, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion, lest it would be consumed. When the lion wakes up, it realises that it must outrun the fastest antelope or it would starve to death.

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Sanusi’s inconsistent consistency

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Sanusi

EVIDENTLY, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has been quite loquacious. Since his ascendancy to the position of CBN Governor, there has been no holding the parrot’s mouth. He has made his opinion readily available on every topic, including those vexatious political issues that had nothing to do with his role as the CBN Governor.

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Climbing a tree from the top

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SAVE-US-cartoon

By Josef Omorotionmwan NIGERIA reminds us of the case of the smart messenger with a short memory. This messenger soon turned his mother into a money spinning machine of sorts. One morning, he came to the office to announce that his mother was critically ill and he needed money to procure her medication. Out of

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As we approach the 2015 war

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2015-cartoon

IT was in the spring of 1974. My letter of admission to Mercy College, DobbsFerry, New York, to study Criminal Justice arrived our Bronx residence, in the presence of an American friend, Meredith. This letter produced an open ambivalence: while I was obviously elated, my friend was totally pensive. Her feeling emanated from the fact that the Jehovah’s Witnesses, to which she belonged, had predicted that Armageddon – the apocalypse that would consume the world – was coming in the winter of that year. She rued the prospect of anyone wasting money and time, entering into a venture at the edge of a precipice.

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Homosexuality: This new Western religion

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Gay-couple

ADMITTEDLY, our relationship with the West has been defined by undue duplicity. Close to 54 years of our so-called independence, we are still largely in chains. Nigeria’s annual Balance Sheet is perhaps still prepared in Washington, DC. Even in the area of our much touted oil wealth, when the multi-nationals sneeze, Nigeria catches cold because they hold the key to the industry.

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Fish Import: Fishing in troubled waters

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Cat-fish

NIGERIA, like any other country, needs genuine foreign investors. These investors must be kept under close watch. Otherwise, they could end up doing more harm than good. Occasionally, we must critically re-examine the role of some of the adventurers who come into the country under the guise of investment but with the sole aim of devastating our economy. Their modus operandi is to move in with big capital, plunder the country and leave it in ruins. Meanwhile, they have repatriated, a hundred-fold, the dubious capital they brought in.

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Igue, the Ultimate Thanksgiving

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*Oba of Benin

TO this villager, going to Benin City from Oghada, a distance of some 64 kilometres, was an annual pilgrimage of sorts. From an early age, I accompanied my parents to the city where they sold yams, the main product from the farm.

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Policy somersault, inconsistencies

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*Jonathan

WHAT is happening? At the end of last year, President Goodluck Jonathan finally robbed himself of the immense benefits of appearing before the National Assembly to present his Appropriation Bill, thus further whittling down the glamour of his exalted office. This is quite a negative development.

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Too corrupt to fight corruption

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*Caught on Camera

WE wonder for how long our governance will be left at the level of comic relief. In most of the plays of Shakespeare, there are serious acts and scenes. In-between, there are breaks during which jesters are brought on stage to make people laugh and to lighten eyes that are already heavy.

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Who wants to defend Kidnappers?

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*Suspected kidnappers

THIS is a spill-over from last week. It is becoming clearer what people mean when they talk of running from pillar to post. In 2011, the ink on President Goodluck Jonathan’s inaugural papers had hardly dried when he started toying with the idea of a single tenure – first, of eight years; then seven years; and finally, six years.

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Hypocrisy in the eye of Mandela

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File photo: Nelson Mandela

WE still remember the old prayer point: When we were born, we cried and people rejoiced. Our lives should be such that at the point of departure, people should cry while we rejoice into eternity.

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This politics of confrontation

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nPDP MergeS with APC: From left, former nPDP Chairman Abubakar Kawu Baraje, former Nasarawa State Governor, Senator Abdulahi Adamu,  APC Leader Bola Tinubu, APC Leader Ogbonnaya Onu; Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and others shortly after merger of  nPDP  with APC in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

OPPOSITION politics can be alluring if played without bitterness. One thing that cannot be easily taken away from EdoState is that she has a large stock of refined opposition politicians.

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Budget scare and NASS phobia

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senate-Jonathan

Who is afraid of the National Assembly? We have no reason to think that our Presidents are not. During the administration of the late President Musa Yar’ Adua, the man developed cold feet whenever it was time to appear before the National Assembly to present his budget proposals.

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As casualisation kills Nigeria

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Waiting for employment?

Some organisations, public and private, are hanging perilously in the air, waiting to drop dead, and die they will, except urgent steps are taken. The idea we have here will benefit from predictions:

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Governor’s wife in Government House

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Chime and Clara

Ordinarily, it might be unethical, or at least seemingly immoral, to be prying into a man’s life; except that the moment a man accepts public office, he also accepts to subject his total being to public scrutiny in which case, his life becomes an open book or a farm that cannot be hidden.

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