Wednesday May 27th, 2015
Wednesday May 27th, 2015
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The Speaker Nigeria needs

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Dogara and Gbajabiamila

THERE is a political philosophy that was popularised by Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), the 28th President of the United States of America, “To the victor belongs the spoil of office”. Besides, people talk of the winner-takes-all syndrome. What is not clear to many is why, for instance, Muhammadu Buhari, our President-elect, cannot, in the face of all these assertions, proceed to fill his entire cabinet and other openings in government with people from his home State of Katsina.

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A party in irreversible coma? (1)

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OUR first prayer point today is that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, shall not die. It shall live to provide the services of a minority party. It is only people who do not understand the full import of a minority party that will not say “Amen” to this prayer point. Among other things, it is the function of the minority party to provide the constructive criticism that keeps the majority party constantly on its toes.

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Guinness and Oregbeni community: Live and let die

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Erosion site

Gully erosion has today become a major problem in many parts of Nigeria. Thousands of buildings are threatened by erosion, which endangers the economy and makes it extremely difficult for people to earn a living.

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Nigerian Judiciary: Most needed, most neglected

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Judiciary-cartoon

There is one serious route not yet travelled by Nigeria in her quest for viable elections. It is the way of an enabled, enhanced and encouraged judiciary. Our attempts at any judicial reform have remained at the level of abstraction and total unseriousness.

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When Ndigbo shot themselves on the foot

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Igbo-men

WANTED URGENTLY: President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – the nation’s Number Three Citizen. QUALIFICATION: Minimum, Primary Six Certificate; Applicant must be of the Ndigbo extraction – from the South-East Geopolitical zone; and must have won election to the Senate on the platform of the APC.

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Life after the big storm

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Edo-polls

Evidently, we have just gone through the most keenly contested presidential election in the troubled history of this nation. At no time has the ruling class been so desperate to carve up the citizenry along the primordial lines of ethnicity and religion.

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The longest 48 hours

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Voters being accredited before the postponement last Saturday

IN the same way that the darkest part of the night is just before dawn, the most important part of an election could also reside in some of the things we do, or fail to do, immediately before the election.

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Nigeria has no reason to be broke

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From left,  Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Dr. Bright Okogu , Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Accountant General of Federation Mr Joseph Otunla addressing House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation on Budget Performance, at the National Assembly, in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

AT creation, God blessed Nigeria. All the necessities of life, He gave to us freely and in abundance – the precious air we breathe; the water we drink; and the expanse of fertile land – were just there. Where the terrain was difficult, He tucked underneath the earth, the wherewithal for its development.

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On Abuja Accord we stand?

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File: Jonathan and Buhari

PEOPLE of goodwill have been disturbed about the level of violence around our elections. Early this year, the fears here were succinctly captured in the words of Chief Emeka Anyaoku, the former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth: “Nigeria has a history of election and post-election violence and the signs are already there that the same would be repeated if nothing is done about it”.

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The Constitution and its endless amendments

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Senate President, David Mark; President Jonathan and House of Reps Speaker, Tambuwal

EVERY State, Country or Organization has a Constitution – the body of laws, basic principles, rules and regulations – by which it is governed. The Constitution is variously referred to as the ground-norms and the supreme law of the land.

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Age of uncertainty: Resignation in protest

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OBASANJO—Ex-President Obasanjo (left) watches as Alhaji Usman Oladunjoye tears the PDP membership card. Right: Obasanjo's card after it was torn, yesterday.

WILLIAM Shakespeare was essentially right when he asserted, “What the great ones do, the less we prattle off”. In Nigeria, people change at will from one political party to another.

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Coming of a great depression

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naira-Dollar

IN normal climes, many would be disappointed that, for the second week running, public discourse in Nigeria is still largely dominated by considerations around the desirability or otherwise of the election postponement.

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The looming spirit of ABN

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INEC Chairman, Prof. Jega

EVIDENTLY, the more things change, the more they remain the same. These people are taking us round in circles. Thank God, Prof. Humphrey Nwosu, the distant predecessor of Prof. Attahiru Jega, is still alive. He must be smiling somewhere as Nigeria gets set for a total re-enactment of the shameful scenario of his era.

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Threats don’t win elections; good campaigns do

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AS we begin the countdown to the February 2015 elections, it is necessary to remind ourselves that these elections are merely the process of choosing the people who will lead us for the next four years. Elections are, therefore, not ends in themselves but means to ends.

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Reduction in pump price: Half a loaf is worse than no bread

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NNPC Mega Filling Station now selling at N138 per litre in Abuja yesterday.

TODAY, we shall attempt to follow petrol on its journey from 6 kobo to N97 per litre – from General Yakubu Gowon to President Goodluck Jonathan. It has been a journey in which the Federal Government has always portrayed fuel price hikes as the panacea to every problem in the economy.

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Mbaka vs.The Jonathans: N5 million in an offering bag?

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Rev-Father-Mbaka

CLEARLY, the Mbaka episode is multi-dimensional and it is getting messier by the day. It has reached a point where President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife cannot remain mute for too long, lest they will continue to be misunderstood. The theatricals are still unfolding.
Act I: Scene I – Dame Patience Jonathan visits the Catholic Adoration Centre in Enugu, a church headed by Revd Father Ejike Mbaka. Madam is pleasantly received and Father Mbaka eulogises her husband to the high heavens. So impressed was Dame that she dropped N5 million in the offering bag. And this was marvelous in the sight of Mbaka.

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Buhari and the qualification question

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Buhari

SOMEBODY should call the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to order for failing to ask Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari to take a bow at the recent screening of candidates for the 2015 presidential election.

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Oregbeni: Where the young have grown

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AFTER the very successful carnival organized by the Resident Youth Association, RYA, Oregbeni Housing Estate, Benin City, at which this writer was a Guest Speaker, it has become clear that the good life begins from the grassroots. The Oregbeni Community is situated at Ikpoba Hill on the Eastern flank of Benin City. A community that was once at the outskirts of Benin City in the Greater Oredo Municipality is today at the centre of Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area. The very interesting history of this community shall be left for another day.

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The leadership we want

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Buhari and Jonathan

AT yuletide, it is not uncommon to hear people proclaim that Christ is the reason for the season. This expression presupposes that our leaders must strive to be Christ-like in their leadership styles. They must emulate Christ in their actions and utterances.

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The true Majority of the Minorities

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Rochas Okorocha,  Muhammadu Buhari, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Atiku Abubakar and Sam Nda- Isaiah.

NIGERIAN politics is becoming more intriguing by the day. At last week’s national convention of the All Progressives Congress, APC, we thought, as usual, that money was going to make the essential difference.

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Selfish undertakings and useless oaths

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Rochas Okorocha,  Muhammadu Buhari, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Atiku Abubakar and Sam Nda- Isaiah.

ON entry into new offices, government officials take various oaths. Quite often these oaths are respected only in the breach. This past week, the All Progressives Congress, APC, added yet another new dimension to the abuse of the undertaking and oaths processes when the presidential aspirants were required to sign undertakings that if they lost at the primaries, they would not defect to another party. Not only does this typify the medicine after death syndrome, it also attempts to kill the patient beyond death.

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Impunity of a cop: Our fears for 2015

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FROM LEFT: IGP SULEIMAN ABBA, SHOWING THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICE MANUAL DURING A MEETING  WITH SECURITY STAKEHOLDERS AND SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS IN ABUJA ON  WEDNESDAY (12/11/14).WITH HIM ARE DIG LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY, MR MAMMAN TSAFE AND DIG TRAINING, MR SALIU HASHIMU

THE average Nigerian journalist is today torn between the need to obey the biblical injunction of confessing positive at all time, particularly in the face of the perceived power of the tongue, coupled with the need to engage in image-laundering on matters concerning his nation on the one hand; and the general atmosphere of deceit around him on the other, that determining the real truth becomes a Herculean task.

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Signs and sounds of the new year

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WITH time, we got to know that the dates for the Christmas and New Year were fixed for 25 December and 01 January respectively. The New Year’s Day, which is the first day of the year in this part of the world, is one of the oldest and most universally observed festivals. The New Year has often been welcomed with rites and ceremonies that express love and lots of jubilation over life’s renewal. Recorded history has it that New Year festivals have been celebrated for more than 5,000 years.

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Mama Alice Mosheri Omorotionmwan: Tribute to a mother in a million

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Mothering

Let us return to the countryside. Some Nigerian historians could work a bit harder. This is not intended to be a challenge but a statement of truth. They roam the streets of our cities endlessly in search of history; whereas with each passing day, our rural population is replete with history only waiting to be recorded. We look forward to such a time when students of history in our tertiary institutions would be required to do project works on their villages instead of the British Commonwealth or some abstract faraway places.

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Lest we forget, 2014 in review

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The Lagos State Ebola quarantine centre and Late Nurse Obi Justina Ejelonu

Last week, we started a series, which we hope to sustain in the remaining part of this year — attempting to remind ourselves of some salient issues raised during the year, which we consider important enough not to be swept under the carpet. Given the frailty of the human mind, there is the constant need to follow up on our actions, lest we forget.

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Automatic ticket to disaster

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND THE FIRST LADY DR(DAME) PATIENCE JONATHAN  DISPLAY THEIR NEW PDP MEMBERSHIP CARD AT THE OTUABULA 11,   WARD 13 PDP WARD CONTRESS IN OGBIA  LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF BAYELSA STATE

At first, the title of this piece was to be “Follow-up Action: 2014 in Review”, in obvious acknowledgement of the fact that we are terribly defective in follow-up actions. An issue would arise, and no matter how threatening it is, we would entertain ourselves pleasantly with it and allow it to be swept under the carpet.

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Hijack of African democracy by mediocres

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Africans in diaspora

There was a Continent, the Dark Continent, so-called. The continent had leaders who were accepted at home and respected across the world. At the mention of such names as Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Aminu Kano, Kwame Nkrumah, people knew them and what they stood for. Long after the death of the first Prime Minister of Zaire, Patrice Lumumba, from that distance, young Nigerians were still proudly identifying with his name.

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NFF as a metaphor for Nigeria

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BEFORE THE CRACK: Dr. Rafiu Ladipo (m) raises the hands of Chief Mike Umeh (l) and Aminu Maigari after their election in 2010.

In Nigeria today, the 90 minutes of legal violence, which they call the game of football has come to dominate all other revenue-yielding sports. That’s Nigeria for you. The moment we discovered football, every other sporting endeavour was relegated to the background.

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Ebola as grand conspiracy against Africa

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A picture taken in Oshodi Heritage park in Lagos on October 20, 2014 shows an electronic information board on Ebola reading in pidgin English "No Shaking ! We go Chase Ebola Comot" which means "No cause for worry, we will chase Ebola away".  Africa's most populous nation Nigeria was on Monday declared officially Ebola free but warned that it remained vulnerable as long as the virus was raging elsewhere in west Africa. The country representative of the World Health Organization, Rui Gama Vaz, said 42 days -- or two incubation periods of 21 days -- had elapsed without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus. AFP PHOTO

Dangerous ignorance is more dangerous than dangerous knowledge. As his eyes open up, the African is bound to be enraged. Has anyone ever stopped to think of the agony of a people who are victimized in every sphere of life; a people who are dying daily out of no fault of theirs?

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Before the auctioneer’s hammer falls on our airports

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*Airport

Our system has become so warped that some of the things that bring happiness elsewhere only succeed in producing the opposite effect in Nigeria. This is where corruption has landed us.

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Strains on government-owned media

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jonathan-press

The importance of the press cannot be overemphasized. There is hardly any aspect of human endeavour that is today not covered by the activities of the press – from the maternity ward to the mortuary; from agriculture to zoning; and, indeed, in every sphere of life, we see traces of the press.

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Sitting on a keg of gunpowder

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PDP supporters at the rally.

THE Christian in Nigeria is constantly faced with a serious dilemma: He must confess positive all the time, because in the church’s belief of the self-fulfilling prophesy, the power of the tongue is very strong. At the same time, he is enjoined to remain truthful, even at the edge of doom.

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