Monday July 28th, 2014
Monday July 28th, 2014
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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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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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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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Let who is dying die quickly

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*Oshiomhole

WE see aspects of misinformation, and sometimes, outright disinformation, in the Edo hanging row.

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Sheltering African First Ladies

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Dame Patience Jonathan (2nd-l), African First Ladies and Heads of Delegation, Admiring the Model of the Permanent Secretariat of African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) in Abuja on Thursday (26/7/12). NAN Photo

THIS writer has been caught severally on the soft side of providing the good life for past leaders. During the debate at the Constituent Assembly on the pension scheme for past Presidents and Governors, I made this demand: “Hands up, all those who will be happy to see their former President driving a taxi or moonlighting as a charge-hand in a factory, trying to make ends meet”.

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What manner of marking scheme?

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*Abdulrasheed Maina,

NIGERIA today is fast drifting toward Plato’s definition of a degenerating society; a society that permits the voice of the mob to determine the affairs of government. By accepting unbridled protests as a way of life, we have tacitly suggested that the great issues of our time are best decided by posturing and shouting matches on the streets.

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In the collision of self-interests

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Constitution

QUITE often, when legislators are asked to write a law, they end up writing themselves into the law. That’s the way it has always been.

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The politricks of gay marriage

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WHETHER by accident or design, just about when Monsieur Vincent Autin, 40, and Monsieur Bruno Boileau, 30, (Mr. & Mr.?) were being wedded as husband and wife in far away France, in what has become the country’s first gay marriage, the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was also applying the last six-inch ban nail on the coffin of gay marriages in Nigeria.

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Miracles, baby factories and all that

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Some of the pregnant teens rescued during one of the raids.

WE SHALL rely on Webster’s’ Third New International Dictionary definition of a miracle as “an extraordinary event taken to manifest the supernatural powers of God fulfilling his purpose; and an accomplishment or occurrence so outstanding as to seem beyond human capability or endeavour”.

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Mark misses the mark on Almajiri

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President Goodluck Jonathan flanked by Governor Aliyu Wammako and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III while Governor Saidu Dakingari of Kebbi ZState (l) and others watched during the official ceremony to commission the Model Almajiri school at Gagi, Sokoto State.

THIS big elephant, Nigeria, still short-changes herself at every bend. Nigeria is simply satisfied with being the most populous country in Africa; hence it means nothing to her that her population is grossly understated.

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How not to honour Achebe

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Anglican priest Owen Nwokolo prays in front of the coffin bearing the body of late Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe upon arrival at Abuja airport, on May 21, 2013. The body of Achebe, the author of internationally acclaimed novel "Things Fall Apart" and a towering figure in African literature, arrived in Abuja two months after his death in a US hospital. He is due to be buried in his native town of Ogidi on May 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

PROFESSOR Albert Chinualumogu Achebe (1930-2013) would have quickly reminded us that there was a country.

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After the Edo LG elections (2)

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INEC official displays an empty ballot box

WE still wonder why the PDP expected the results to be otherwise. Of what stuff did they prepare their porridge that they expected it to come out thick?

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HRH Prince Enwaensefe Iyiewuaefo-Eweka

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THE people of Oghada Community in Isi Clan, Uhunmwode Local Governent Area of Edo State have every reason to count themselves blessed. While other people may yet be looking for an example of a perfect blend of royalty and excellence, the perfect example is located at the very heart of Oghada Community.

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After the Edo LG election (1)

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Voting in progress at Oza Primary School Igbesawnma Benin city. Photo: Citizen Wolbum

THERE is an innovation to electioneering campaigns in Edo State. Apparently, at the approach of every election, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, puts a basket in the hands of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to go to the river and fetch water, with instruction not to return until the basket is full.

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As the Rat pursues the Cat

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Corruptiony

TODAY, we are starting with a simple aptitude test in which the examiner expects us to be honest to ourselves: (a) We are fighting corruption (b) Corruption is consuming us (c) None of the above.

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One nation under siege

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RECENTLY, this Column ran a series titled “Which Way, Nigeria?” These series were not, and cannot be, concluded because with each passing day, the question is gaining deeper currency.

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Excess crude as excess fraud

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File Photo: Crude Oil

AMADIN: My brother, you should know by now that I am not easily given to pessimism. But the truth must be told. The way things are going in Nigeria, there is every cause for worry. I know you are equally concerned and that’s why I want to talk to you as often as I can.

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