Thursday October 30th, 2014
Thursday October 30th, 2014
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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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A nation in search of itself

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nigeria3

Ordinarily, you do not share, with your teeth, the meat you forbid. Our faith in the proposed National Conference is less than a mustard seed. We see it as another diversionary ploy intended to remove the attention of people from the failings of government and the 2015 project.

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Local govts beyond oil

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Good-govt

OIL has since become the mainstay of our economy. But oil is a depleting asset, which means that someday oil wells will dry up. Besides, the entire world is busy seeking alternatives to oil. Essentially, oil will not remain on the king’s throne much longer. Our desire is that oil boom should not degenerateto oil doom.

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Still on the shame of our pensions

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*One of the protester Mr. Felix Adewale Balogun, Chairman Shomolu Local Government Education Authority bin cary out, during  A Protest by Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Lagos state, on non payment of Pensioners arrears and gratuities by Lagos state Government, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

IT is barely two months now since we wrote the article, “Pension: Waiting for the Dead man’s Shoes”. The reaction to that work has been absolutely overwhelming; hence we are impelled to return so soon to the issue, as an up-date to our readers. In our type of situation, salient points cannot escape being repeated.

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Charity does not begin in Russia

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Assam Ekanem Assam

Even before the Nigerian civil war, my father had always advised that if anyone offended us, we should resist the temptation to invite a soldier to fight for us, maintaining that if we invited a soldier to fight for us, he would beat up all those we wanted beaten up but when there were no more people to beat, he would pounce on us.

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Paralysis of the Judiciary

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Judiciary-cartoon

Even without all the niceties that normally accompany major policy shifts, the Nigerian Judiciary was quietly sentenced to death some four years ago, when President Goodluck Jonathan was yet functioning in an acting capacity.

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Ostentation and reward of corruption

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Corruptiony

President Goodluck Jonathan should have realised that because he wears this big crown, there are many people out there wanting to do things his way, particularly because our society remains largely one of monkey see, monkey do.

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Who is now the President?

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President Goodluck Jonathan closely followed by Vice President Namadi Sambo at the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the State House, Abuja yesterday. . Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

Last month, this column dealt exhaustively on the case of the screening of primary school teachers in Edo State. At the peak of an encounter between one of the teachers and the State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the latter asked: “Who is now the teacher?” The former responded: “You are the one, sir”.

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PDP crisis: The messier it comes

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Newly elected Vice-Chairman, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara, Dr Yinka Olayonu (R), being administered Oath of  Office and Oath of Allegiance by Magistrate Kudirat Ambali in Offa On Sunday (8/9/13). Nan

Our readers deserve to know that their Column is interested in silent revolutionaries who are unsung and uncelebrated largely because of society’s default and its apparent preference for rabble-rousers who only succeed in heating up the world around them.

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Stop the blames game

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*Daniel Oikhena

THIS column today is dedicated to two Nigerians – Master Daniel Ohikhena, that wizkid who flew from Benin City to Lagos without paying a kobo; and Alhaji Danbaba Suntai, the Executive Governor of Taraba State, who travelled to hell and back.

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When a teacher cannot read

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Oshiomhole and one of the state's  teacher

EVIDENTLY, we are not listening enough to Albert Einstein (1879-1955): “Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”. We keep increasing the level of rationalisation in our society, in the process of which we get fixated at offering excuses for our failure.

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Pension: Waiting for the dead-man’s shoes

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*Pensioners

WITH the virtual collapse of the African welfare system, it was thought that the pension scheme would cater for the welfare needs of the worker at old age.

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Benin Airport saga: The delusion of impunity

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Benin-Airport

UNDER normal circumstances, reasonable people would not expect to be pressurised to remit the money they have collected on behalf of others to their rightful owners.

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Legislators, cats of nine lives

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File Photo: Cross section of  House of Representatives members at the National Assembly in Abuja Photo : Gbemiga Olamikan

PEOPLE asking for Sovereign National Conference for the purpose of giving this country a Constitution certainly know what they are talking about. There is no way serving legislators can amend the Constitution without amending themselves into it.

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Rape in the sanctuary

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rape-toon

THE Church has since become a cracked record, no thanks to the randy pastors. Leaders fight dirty for positions. If the full facts were known, we would easily find that 50 percent of the case loads in our courts emanate from the pulpit.

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Merit, quota system and all that

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*Pupils listen with rapt attention in their ‘modernised’ classroom

OUR sense of democracy may be warped. There is still a large group of Nigerian youths who are deprived of freedom to learn because of poverty or prejudice or the absence of adequate educational facilities.

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State of the Nation Address

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Nigeria's President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan addresses the 66th UN General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 21, 2011. PHOTO

SOME have asked: “Who wants the President to appear on national television annually to deliver one more boring speech?” Such people see the State of the Nation Address as an avenue for the President to blow hot air on us for a whole hour. We think otherwise.

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