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Buhari is still making haste slowly

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President Muhammadu Buhari

EVERY society has its stock of critics and cynics. Quite often, the former are preferred to the latter because in the course of their criticism, some critics would throw in alternatives or proffer solutions to problems; while the cynics never see anything good in a situation.

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Buhari: Making haste slowly

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President Muhammadu Buhari

To such Nigerians, since President Buhari was sworn into office on Friday, 29 May 2015, his ministerial list should have been submitted to the Senate on 30 May 2015 for confirmation on the 31st. Since they were racing against time, it would have made no difference that at that particular time the nominees would have been confirmed by the Seventh Senate.

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Vandalism, cable buy-back and associated scams

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Pipeline vandalism site along LASU-Isheri Road, Egbe-Idimu Local Council Development Area, LCDA.

WITH the sick baby of the Nigerian economy, the energy sector, no news is good news. This sector can only be in the news for the wrong reasons – because of its abysmal performances, either that the staffers have been beaten up somewhere or that some youths have carried their demonstration to headquarters.

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‘Ogogoro don dey sour’ but its ban is not a remedy (2)

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A woman hawking Ogogoro drinks in Akure

ADMITTEDLY, adulterated ogogoro has wreaked havoc on the Nigerian psyche but a wholesale ban on ogogoro is not only unjust but also counter-productive.

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“Ogogoro don dey sour” but its ban is not a remedy (1)

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Making of Ogogoro

OGOGORO is a local gin brewed originally from raffia palm. With time, a lot of adulterations produced from cheap chemicals have been located in most markets.

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Legislators: To whom much is given and less is expected

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Yusuf Dogara, House of Reps speaker and Bukola Saraki, Senate President

EVERYWHERE, there is a negative perception of the legislator. For many people, to be a legislator is to be self-serving and perhaps even corrupt and contemptible. The legislator finds himself between the devil and the deep blue sea.

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On neutrality and ‘Tambuwalisation’ of the legislature

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Tambuwal and Saraki

In every election year, the National Assembly has become the epicentre of political intrigues, particularly in filling the principal offices of both chambers. It is commonly asserted that the Constitution reserves no role for the political parties in the composition of these offices.

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The subsidy question: Fuel will sell for N40 a litre

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In their daily lives, Nigerians must cope with this open ambivalence – they have oil but they can’t see oil; they have petroleum, but they have no petrol; they pay for light but they get darkness. There is no better way to explain what we mean here than by telling our usual story of the so-called subsidy on petroleum products in its most elemental form.

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Taming the Nigerian First Ladies

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Aisha Buhari and Patience Jonathan

Since the days of Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, when his late wife, Maryan, brought flamboyance and lots of glamour to the office of First Lady with her pet project, “Better Life for Rural Women”, Nigeria has had First Ladies who attempted to complement the efforts of their husbands, sometimes to the point of absurdity and national embarrassment.

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Between party manifesto and the reality on ground

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A mother carries banner to drum support for the leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and running mate Yemi Osinbajo during a rally christened 'Walk for Change" in Lagos, on March 7, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.   Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamists Boko Haram meant that troops could not provide security on polling day. AFP PHOTO

By Joef Omorotiomwan “Between the idea and the reality Between the motion and the act Falls the shadow”. -T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) IYAYI: It is an aberration for people to take on the responsibility of setting agenda for Muhammadu Buhari, the President-elect. Perhaps unwittingly, the impression is given that the man was elected as an independent

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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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decamp

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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