Tuesday April 28th, 2015
Tuesday April 28th, 2015
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For my Ibo brothers

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Oba Akiolu of Lagos

The wild joy over the double triumph of General Muhammadu’s election victory and President Goodluck Jonathan’s superlative gesture of statesmanship portends violent-free polls across the board. However, there appears to be a hiccup that may not be entirely ignored. It had been feared that Lagos, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States were among the areas where violence could flare up during these elections, and the general calm that saw the end of the presidential election had not entirely dismissed those fears.

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Buhari steps in

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Presidfent-elect, Buhari

And when all is said and done, what we all want is change. It is an organic element of the cosmos charting out the essential route of benign development, or otherwise, as humanity chooses. “Forward, forward let us range,” cries the poet, “let the great world spin forever, round the grooves of change.”

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This special day!

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This special day!

There was a time when Nigerians actually enjoyed politics. The rules were clear, though some of them were still being developed to keep up with the fast pace of our development as a nation. But it was a level playing ground on the pitch and the game was conducted with a finesse matched by a high sense of decorum. The players were mature men who knew the worth of material wealth as against the value of humanity. They made their choices and each left his mark.

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I love my country

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Igbo-men

This is a period of rarities. They occur in their original forms or in the variations of even familiar events. The desire to convince, the urge to prevail is so overpowering those normal limits of behaviour are ignored or forsaken. The results are sometimes bewildering. They emerge in outlandish statements from highly respectable sources and totally unexpected directions. A very unusually season.

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leaders of thought

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*Supreme Court Judgment:  Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko jubilating with his Supporters shortly after Supreme Court judgment in his favor in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

By Bisi Lawrence The phrase, “Leaders of Thought” has been frequently used these days with little regard for the function of context. Any collection of middle-aged opinionated citizens, especially if they had once represented a shade of political effort, feels entitled to retain hold on to some semblance of relevance by declaring themselves as leaders

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many of us are wondering what lies ahead now

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:26 am   /   Comments

Boko-Economy

By Bisi Lawrence We have been put through a harrowing period of political moves and countermoves featuring the defection of hordes of members of one party to another; fiery and undignified statements from several directions; political declaration of peaceful campaigns upon every lip amidst fearsome encounters whilst the security officers repeat what sums up to

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We shall overcome

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SOUTH SUDAN, Juba : The African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS), led by former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo (C), arrives in the South Sudanese capital Juba on April 24, 2014 for the start of its first field mission to the country that has been mired in conflict since December. The visit comes as fresh fighting and violence against civilians are reported in South Sudan. AFP PHOTO

By Bisi Lawrence Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has left the Peoples Democratic Party. Absolutely. Officially. At last. On record, it was the former Head of State who dramatically terminated his membership of the party by publicly causing his membership card to be torn, two or three hours before the party then announced his expulsion. What took

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*Happy Valentine!

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Valentine's Day chocolate treats at the Le Chocolatier fine chocolate store as they prepare for a Valentine's day rush. Chocolate is one of the most popular gift giving traditions during Valentines Day.   AFP

And so, we are now at cross purposes; it took us a while to arrive where we now find ourselves. It has been a journey of discontent, aided by promises broken, directed by false faith, driven by the zeal of obsession.

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Give me freedom

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Buhari, Jonathan and Atiku

By Bisi Lawrence It is a brand new year, and all its problems—which we fondly refer to as challenges—lie in wait for us. Each year has its own brand, but not often are the forebodings of a year so brightly etched on the distant horizon as we can appreciate in the beginning of the year

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*Not in my corner *sit-tight coach

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FEMI FANI KAYODE

Very seldom have I encountered such hate, backed by ill-applied quotations from the Holy Writ. In this season of goodwill to all, very rarely has such venomous abhorrence been let loose on the head of an opponent even in times of war.

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*a patent blaspheme

  /   in Columns, The Passing Scene 12:38 am   /   Comments

VISIT: Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin  during a visit to Vanguard Media  Ltd, Apapa, Lagos, yesterday.  Photo: Diran Oshe.

I am not ashamed, not even shy, to proclaim Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. Rather, I am proud to be Christian. Even beyond that, I consider myself fortunate to be one. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He came to this world to redeem sinners, being unmarked by sin himself, by shedding his sacred blood for the propitiation, that is the relief, of the guilt of our misdemeanour. Furthermore, He is for ever ready to extend His ineffable work of salvation to those who believe in His saving grace and put their trust in His abiding love. As one of the hymns of C.F.Alexander (Mrs.) aptly describes Him, He is:

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“The man dies in all who keeps silent in the face of tyranny.”…Wole Soyinka

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Obama

Earlier in the week, the United States of America made another mark in their record of what some people have described, and accepted, as the trait of their “exceptionality”—that, is their attribute of being exceptional, or of being like no other, in their ways.

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which one you dey (2)

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Diezani Alison-Madueke

It would be in keeping with the spirit of the times to join our cheerful voices with the rising chorus of congratulations to Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, the Minister of Mineral Resources, on her appointment as the President of OPEC. We live at a time when congratulations swamp the advertisement areas of newspapers, which a media animal like us would be the last to complain about.

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which one you dey? – (1)

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Kabiru Turaki

I am in one of my dull moments again when simple situations that are as clear as daylight fail to emerge from the depths of confusion for me to grasp and comprehend like all others around seem to do. Why can’t I understand what is going on? Just when I think I am on top of the unfolding events, something that leaves me panting turns up again.

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aminu tambuwal is not a traitor

  /   in The Passing Scene 10:55 am   /   Comments

File: Tambuwal

By Bisi Lawrence Aminu Tambuwal is not a traitor. He is an honourable man, deserving of that title as a member of the House of Representatives, and its highly respected Speaker to boot. His activities in that position in the past three years have bequeathed an aura of decency to the conduct and disposition of

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the polity heated

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:20 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan

For those who have often found it comfortable to seek cover from serious discourse behind the mantra of, “Don’t heat up the polity”, the time is up! Election time is here, and the criss-crossing of political animals over party lines for the purpose of seeking comfort zones for themselves, has created a friction that is generating a rising heat allover the land.

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*like ebola, like boko haram

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:28 am   /   Comments

Late Ameyo Adadevoh

Just a week ago, the nation was agog with the news of two breakthroughs, one factual while the other was uncertain even on the face of it. In the first instance,the World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of the onslaught of the dread Ebola Virus Disease, and only one other news could have been as welcome as that. The nation had also been under the menace of the Boko Haram terrorists who had become a massive thorn in the flesh of our security.

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military ethics

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Alex Badeh

Among the names that came out of the Nigerian Civil War is one that streaked out as the fiercest, or the finest—depending on your perception of military discipline. Some even described him as brutal. I perceive him as purely professional. The name is Achuziah.

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Thoughts about the season

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:11 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

We have once again just passed through the season when all the insufficiencies of our amenities are paraded for us to throw at the government of the day. For the past decade, or so, it has been the theme song on the occasion of our National Day celebrations as the routine answer in the consideration of how well we have fared as a nation in the preceding years.

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a season of sycophants

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:03 am   /   Comments

Udenta O. Udenta

Flatterers have abounded down the corridors of history. They lurk in the shadows or dare the glare of public awareness in various forms and shapes. They grovel on the floor as toadies, or crawl on all fours as creeps, or put on the bold face as full-blown lickspittles. Whatever their colour, they are distinguished by one fell purpose:cupidity.

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*It is all out war at last

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INSECURITY—Right: Members of local vigilante called Civilian Jtf on  patrol in Maiduguri, Borno State, yesterday.  Left: Lt. Col. Adeboye Obasanjo. Photos: NAN/Sahara Reporters.

It was nothing short of war from the beginning, but we seemed reluctant to admit it to ourselves. Boko Haram must been laughing their heads off. They were obviously toying with us while we kept playing games with ourselves, and they joined us. They bombed and killed and committed all manner of mayhem on the people almost at will, until at last a state of emergency was imposed on the three States which had borne the brunt of the onslaught from the enemy. That was what, as far back as February this year, (on the 22nd, to be precise) prompted this page to come out with the comment reproduced hereunder:

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*the media is your friend

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:06 am   /   Comments

jonathan-press

WHEN Muhammadu Buhari came into the saddle as Nigeria’s military ruler he astounded quite a number of people by one of his early statements: “I am going to tamper with the press,” he announced.

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*the confab continues

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Confab members

Among the recommendations of the recent National Conference of 492 delegates are some proposals that need to be seriously reviewed. One of them is the removal of the immunity clause from the Constitution.

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*The challenge of Ebola

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:22 am   /   Comments

Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh

A lot of issues keep cropping up over the pres-ence of the dreaded Ebola disease in Nigeria since that miscreant, Patrick Sawyer, brought it here from Liberia. What one finds rather disturbing is the fact that his trip into the country was deliberate.

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questions, questions

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:02 am   /   Comments

Major-General Chris Olukolade

Some developments in the continuing saga of uncontained terror visited on Nigeria by the Boko Haram terrorists are becoming frightening. They indeed need to be carefully evaluated as their implication may call for a better apprehension of our predicament, and thus the ordering of a more adequate responsibility in our conduct.

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created jobs wanted

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:31 am   /   Comments

Abba Moro

The tragic circumstances in which no less than nineteen young Nigerians recently lost their lives in vain search for jobs in the immigration office is heart-rending enough without the sloppy manner in which the authorities have reacted to it. The details are odious in the extreme.

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the lectern as a rostrum

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:17 am   /   Comments

Jonathan

President Ebele Jonathan is easily recognizable, by virtue of his surname, as a Christian. He is also apparently the church-going variety with an appreciably increasing frequency in his public appearance in churches over the past two years, or so.

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centenary and other distractions

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:50 am   /   Comments

File: CENTENARY—From right: Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; former President Shehu Shagari; former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar and President Goodluck Jonathan at the Nigeria Centenary flag-off ceremony in Abuja, Monday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

An elected member of the National Assembly stood in the hallowed halls of the legislature and asked,”Have we got a government in this country?” One of his colleagues tried to shut him up.

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Sanusi

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Lamido Sanusi

The media outlets have been full of the news…on the television, in the radio and newspaper. The CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has been suspended.

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*this is war

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Senate President, Sen. David Mark

Are we then at war? Can we admit it at last? The proclamation that slapped a state of emergency on three States—Yobe, Adamawa and Borno —would seem to suggest that much especially from the launching of all-out hostilities on certain areas of the region.

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Garment of honor

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Aregbosola

The President (Female) of the Muslim Student Union of Nigeria, Lagos Area Unit, Hajia Hafsa Badru almost stunned me as she addressed a crowd of supporters at the Gania Fawehinmi Freedom Park, Ojota, recently. The occasion was the World Hijab Day, said to be observed all over the world ostensibly to proclaim the precept of chastity and propriety among Muslim . women as symbolised by the wearing of the Hijab. This is the fascinating headgear won by women in the Middle East, from where it spread to various Muslim communities across the world.

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Throwing out the closet *a well-considered directive

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Anti-Gay-Marriage-1

This is something that President Jonathan did not do; he did not make any law against same-sex marriage.

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