Wednesday October 22nd, 2014
Wednesday October 22nd, 2014
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military ethics

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:04 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:53 pm   /   Comments

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

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:42 am   /   Comments

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-worried

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

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:11 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:36 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:42 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:30 am   /   Comments

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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Pigs may fly

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:53 am   /   Comments

nigeria3

So here we are in the year 2014, a much expected year like others but much more because of the brand of expectations it has engendered. It is the year of big preparations for tremendous happenings with the trail of events they will have in their wake. It is the year, you see, that will follow the year we have been waiting for —the year that must decide many issues for us as a nation, more than several epoch-making years have ever done.

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Happy new year? eko O ni baje O, a crying shame

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:49 am   /   Comments

OBJ-n-Jonathan-300x182

President Goodluck Jonathan’s reply to Chief Obasanjo’s celebrated letter left me nonplussed. I wondered if I was reading an abridged form. I expected a response enlivened by some pungent statement of repudiation and counter-accusation, laced with some vitriolic flavour. Perhaps it was far removed from the influence of one or two of his well-known aides who shall be nameless here. Their input, which would’” naturally be of an acerbic nature as usual, could have generated some heat but also added a bit of feeling to the reply.

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a nursery of killers

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:52 am   /   Comments

Obasanjo-Iyabo

It is so easy for anyone to criticize Olusegun Obasanjo — General, war hero, military head of state, civilian president, et cetera, et cetera, — because he finds it so easy to criticise anyone himself.He does it in season and out of season, and so, hardly anyone winces when he too is made to have it good and hard.

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a thought for “our heroes past”

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:07 am   /   Comments

Dr. Nelson Mandela

Not all the story of the exploits and achievements of Nelson Mandela would have been told decades from now. His towering sense of patriotism, his indomitable spirit of resistance to evil, his soaring charity of forgiveness and several other facets of an unforgettable character which he has bequeathed to the world as a model for sterling human interaction, will survive him for a long time.

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on the brink of disaster

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:23 am   /   Comments

Stella Oduah

The visit of a minister to a state should not ordinarily excite comment, except that in some special cases it could invite attention, especially when it involves a personality who had been making headlines of an unsavoury nature, like Princess Stella Oduah, the Minister of Aviation.

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he who hires, fires

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:05 am   /   Comments

Oshiomhole-new

I strongly feel I should bring you all that Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State said in Benin City at the meeting of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference/Dialogue, despite the attempts to gag him by a mob of hired hooligans. You might have been aware of it anyway, though I believe some parts of it can bear repeating for a number of reasons..

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Not giving a damn!

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:30 am   /   Comments

Jonathan

It is very clear that President Goodluck Jonathan is determined and almost desperate to seek another term of office. His refusal to put it in so many words can be described as his stock in trade. He did precisely that, the last time around, before ferociously pursuing his ambition. Not many people were fooled then. Hardly anyone is fooled now.

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a Nigerian politician

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:24 am   /   Comments

Senate President David Mark

The futility of a National Conference of any kind was very clearly described by none other than Senator David Mark, President of the Senate, recently. It was consistent with his normal views readily expressed on previous occasions. It made good sense.

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i love my country

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:41 am   /   Comments

INDEPENDENCE—President Goodluck Jonathan (6th right) flanked by Vice-President Namadi Sambo (7th right); former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (5th right); Senate President David Mark (9th right); former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan (8th right) and service chiefs, cutting the 53rd Independence Anniversary Cake at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

Happy Independence Anniversary. Maybe I should have said that last week, but then there were many things I should have said last week that I didn’t.

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with a forked tongue

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:31 am   /   Comments

Okonjo-Iweala

Could it be that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, is being economical with the truth? One must confess that the people are not fully let into the true state of affairs concerning the health of the nation’s wealth.

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a law should be made

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:52 am   /   Comments

Kawu Baraje

The lady must have been a natural southpaw the way she lashed out at her fellow legislator, who was, fortunately a real gentleman.

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we, the people

  /   in The Passing Scene 3:30 am   /   Comments

His Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse II The Olu of Warri Photo by
George Osodi

We are at the mercy of the politicians who rule us as masters rule slaves. They do not have any consideration for our needs and desires. They do not care to honour even their word to us. They care less still for the pride of the nation, or her progress. They hold us in utter contempt.

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never the same again

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:52 am   /   Comments

Kawu Baraje

The entire country —or almost the whole country— has been startled by the sudden decision— well, at least, it seemed unexpected —of a sizeable chunk of the pecking order of the Peoples Democratic Party to break away and form another—if not a different — political group.

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high cost of law-making

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:12 am   /   Comments

Senate President, David Mark and Speaker of House of Reps, Aminu Tanbuwal

The pages of newspapers have been rustling, in the past few days, about what is so cheaply described as the “jumbo” remuneration of our legislators. It has been reported that they each make over two million naira or more a month, with all sorts of allowances. No one seems really sure because it appears that the salaries and details of other items of remuneration paid to our law-makers are the best-kept secrets outside Fort Knox.

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one massive action

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:37 am   /   Comments

Nigerian-Footbal-Fan

This country today is awash with ill-feelings. The land crawls with bad faith. Anguish and bitterness compete for space, and our vision is blurred by bad faith in high places.

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what we are saying

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:04 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-2015---2

Notice was given earlier in the week that President Goodluck Jonathan would soon announce his interest in contesting the presidential ticket in 2015.

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the reps got it right – almost

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:51 am   /   Comments

House of Representatives during plenary

I applaud the efforts of the House of Representatives whose ad hoc committee’s recommendation on the review of the 1999 Constitution has found their approval on the floor of the house. It was a fair appraisal of the yearnings of the people for a better future for the country. However, I find one aspect of the recommendation most appalling.

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