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sex makes the world go round

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Sahr Ngaujah acting Fela in Lagos.

A lot of excitement was recently aroused in Nigeria with the law which allows men to marry men, and women to marry women in the United States of America. So what?

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Let the music play

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TONY-benson

There was a time when music was very much a part of the peoples’ lives in Lagos. I guess it very much still is. Since people dance to music and there is still a lot of dancing going on, the sound of music is still heard all over the place.

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the dividends of defection

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Saraki

It tasted sweet on some lips while it lasted, that dish of defection. There were two parties in the main, and so there was only one other to defect to. It was, of course, bitter to the side on which the defection took place. And so, the loss of the Peoples Democratic Party was the gain of the All Progressives Congress. The applause rose from one side to the other.

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Common sense and just nonsense

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Ben Bruce

The past governments controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party, at both the federal and state levels, left a record of shame in governance. They mismanaged the financial resources available to them. The upshot is the painful result of wages, monthly wages, not being paid in many areas. One needs to be involved to appreciate the agony of the people so blatantly denied of their due remunerations.

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uncle sam and i

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Sam Amuka

The first time I saw Uncle Sam, it was on a football field in Enugu. It must have been in the 50s. We warmed to each other without anyone introducing us to each other.

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Opposition mentality

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Saraki and Ekweremadu

Apologies are in order, for a start. The office of Femi Adesina, veteran journalist and newly appointed spokesman for President Muhamadu Buhari, was merged with that of Akinwumi Adesina, newly elected President of the African Development Bank, on this page last week. The error is regretted.

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A zealous heart for God

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God1

Apologies are in order, for a start. The office of Femi Adesina, veteran journalist and newly appointed spokesman for President Muhamadu Buhari, was merged with that of Akinwumi Adesina, newly elected President of the African Development Bank, on this page last week. The error is regretted.

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The first seven days

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President Mhammadu Buhari and President of Niger Republic, Issoufou Mahamadou while waiting for the Press conference shortly after the bilateral meeting at the presidential palace in Niamey on June 3rd 2015

It has become customary with different countries, or even communities, to remark on the first few days of newly elected or appointed citizens in office.

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Buhari: A new dawn

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Buhari

It is their time to jeer and mock. However, they shall be here and see Boko Haram defeated; normal power established; corruption deflated; the economy renewed; our educational structures strengthened; and a sense of purpose among the people of this country solidified. They have seen the cruel dawn. They shall live to see the glorious days.

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the things that abide

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PRESIDENT JONATHAN INAUGURATES  ARMED FORCES RADIO STATION IN ABUJA

By Bisi Lawrence And so it has all come to this at last. We are one step from breasting the tape. The elections have come at last, though not entirely gone actually. For one thing, we shall now have to endure the prolonged cases involving the rejection of the results by the losers, on the

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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