Tuesday July 29th, 2014
Tuesday July 29th, 2014
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the chase after amaechi

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*Amaechi

We seem to have gone through it all before. The Presidency, or The Party— seldom the President — feels uncomfortable about someone of influence, particularly in the party of the President, and swiftly various unsavoury things begin to happen to the man; all sorts of unsavoury information begin to float around about him; it suddenly becomes apparent that he is unfit for the post he holds; his face is turned to a downward route from the peak of a precipice, and every effort is applied to make him take the wrong step so as to tumble down.

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What next,for goodness’ sake!

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:41 am   /   Comments

alams-cartoon

All these events swirling around us embodying power outage, poor health delivery,bad roads, dysfunctional so-called amenities, brutal insecurity, stifling corruption and ineffective leadership strike one as a mirror of our society.

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bothered and bewildered

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:53 am   /   Comments

amnesty-boko

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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aspects of the amnesty deal

  /   in The Passing Scene 3:22 am   /   Comments

Dr Frederick Fasehun

On the horns of a dilemma, that is where President Goodluck seems to find himself right now. Or, as my friends used to put it in those sweet-scented ghettoes of North DC, “He’s damned if he don’t, and is damned if he do. “

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*enough!

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:42 am   /   Comments

Muhammadu Buhari

It is unfortunate that a former Head of State and perennial presidential candidate, like retired Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari, could expose himself to indefensible criticisms through his unguarded statements about this nation.

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dwarfed by his heritage

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:18 am   /   Comments

Oluwole Awolowo

Chief Oluwole Awolowo was definitely not a saint. He never had a chance. He was expected to be a “rascal”, a word freely used beyond and beside its real meaning, way back in our grapple with the English language in Yorubaland.

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goodluck to the President

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:08 am   /   Comments

babangida-jonathan1

Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, PhD, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Commander of the Armed Forces, must know something that the rest of us do not know. He wants another term in office, a desire which certain sections of the nation vehemently oppose. We all know that.

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No apologies

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:57 am   /   Comments

Oladipo-Diya

The recent call on the President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, by none other than His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, to grant amnesty to all the members of the Boko Haram, deserves a second look.

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With one eye open

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:18 am   /   Comments

*IBB

Whatever made General Ibrahim Babangida to deprive Nigeria of the fruits of that golden venture into democracy, dealt a severe blow on the future of this nation.

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up police

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:00 am   /   Comments

female-police

The forthcoming Police Games recalls the role of the police force in our sports development.

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The shoes of the fisherman

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:06 am   /   Comments

Pope Benedict XVI AFP Photo.

If you want to start an unending argument, say something even slightly disparaging of the Pope to a Roman Catholic
faithful. (And that, I confess, includes some of my loved ones.) I am very careful when I have to say anything about “Christ’s Representative on Earth” whom I actually hold in very high esteem, though my “Ave Maria” no longer swells with the passion of younger days.

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at last, another party?

  /   in The Passing Scene 3:48 am   /   Comments

OPPOSITION—From right: Gov Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); representative of Yobe State Governor, Senator Jejere Alkali; Govs  Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Kashim Shettima (Borno); Babatunde Fashola (Lagos); Umar Tanko Al -Makura (Nasarawa); Abdul-Aziz Yari (Zamfara); Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun); Rochas Okorocha (Imo) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), after the meeting of Opposition Governors on the proposed merger, held at Lagos House Marina, yesterday. Photo: Bunmi Azeez.

The recent gathering of ten State Governors in Lagos reminds me personally of a spectacle I used to cherish in my boyhood days around the late thirties and early forties.

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with respects to ezekwesili

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:34 am   /   Comments

Dr. Oby Ezekwesili

The early rains have arrived here in some parts, or shall we call them the threatening return of the f1oods so soon in the year? It would seem that this thing called “climate change” may be right after all.

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not in the name of allah

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:04 am   /   Comments

Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayer

The mindless attack of Islamic terrorists or insurgents in the country on His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano, has provoked a spate of comments expressing, absolute shock, downright condemnation, and utter dismay. One sees the attack as mindless because the object is one of the most eminent Muslims in the country.

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a gentle, gentleman

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:22 am   /   Comments

*The late Deacon Ayo Ositelu.

THE ENTRY OF Ayo Oshitelu into sports reporting was bound to bring one or two changes into the art of sports writing. Very seldom had the Ivory Tower released a choice product from its dizzy heights straight into the “Arena” of sports.

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“andrew “checks out

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:49 am   /   Comments

*Late Enebeli

“Andrew” eventually checked out, after all. In the TV commercial which captivated the imagination of the entire nation, he looked dapper, self-assured and fully determined to quit the country of his birth where nothing worked— the electricity supply, the telephone system, the public water supply, the health system, the roads … the lot.

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the true transformation

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:14 am   /   Comments

sanusi22

We keep pre-fixing his name with the prosaic title of “Mr.”, but I am sure that he must be an Alhaji—at he least. But then he is the prince of a great emirate, anyway.

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dialogue overcomes everything

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President Goodluck Jonathan

The religious sect known as Boko Haram is at war with Nigeria. It attacks and kills men, women ‘and children indiscriminately for no other reason than that their victims are Nigerians.

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three men of courage

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:15 am   /   Comments

Lam, Eso and Saraki

It is a common belief that each year rolls on, albeit gently or turbulently, towards its end and then, in the “ember” months, suddenly bears many of “its children” away.

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the way of peace, the way of the wind

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A PHOTO JOURNALIST NATH JIBRIN WITH THE DAILY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS  WHO IS VICTIM OF THE TRIKANIYA CHURCH  BOMB  EXPLOSION ON HIS ST. GERALD CATHOLIC  HOSPITAL, KADUNA ON SUNDAY. PHOTO BY OLU AJAYI.

The greater Beiram Festival of the Muslims has ended in another glorious flourish leaving in its wake the echoes of pleas and prayers for peace all over the world. It has been thus for years past.

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The inheritor and the heir

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:00 am   /   Comments

Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko

It is no longer news that Olusegun Mimiko was returned as the Ondo State governor in the recent election. That fact was released after the votes had all been cast, counted and collated to the satisfaction of INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission), the official institution invested with the authority to conduct the polls.That was when it became certain that the incumbent governor had been returned by the people of the state whom he had striven to serve for the past four years. That is what elections are for.

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the sublime principle

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:21 am   /   Comments

University of Port Harcourt students brutally beaten and burnt alive

Not many people knew anything about Aluu until two weeks ago. And then, on the 5th of this month, the sleepy suburb of Port Harcourt began to make headlines for the wrongest of reasons.

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A horribly scarred heart

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:07 am   /   Comments

biafra-awo

As ugly a human undertaking as any kind of war is, none is as gruesome as a fratricidal conflict and that describes every civil war. Our three year-long experience could not have been devoid of some shameful acts on both sides, soured as it was by ethnic prejudices. But the mature and cultured mind takes it all in and allows the finest touch of the human spirit to mellow it down. That is the quality of the mentality that one would expect in an accomplished writer like Chinua Achebe.

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the waning glories of NAFDAC

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:26 am   /   Comments

Prof. Dora Akunyili

NAFDAC once dazzled our eyes by its operations .. Its charismatic Director, Dr. Dora Akunyili, captured the affection of many Nigerians, though there were some who were very eager to see her off the scene.

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Whither, Nigeria?

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:13 am   /   Comments

Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Ahmadu Bello - founding fathers of Nigeria

Where were you in 1960? That is fifty-two years ago, the year of Nigeria’s independence, and what should be considered a memorable year, in any event. It was on the first day in the month of October, and the anniversary is actually in two days’ time, which brings it to the first burner at this time.

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5000 naira: Reprieve from the pangs

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:19 am   /   Comments

CARTOON5K

I entirely disagree with those who are calling for the sack of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi. Rather they should recommend him for a place in the next national honours list. He is qualified.

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The Press and Sport

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:08 am   /   Comments

I find myself writing sports again in spite of my vow not to ever undertake such a depressing exercise after seeing more than half a century of a joyful career gradually dissolving into sheer dismay.

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Olatunde Vincent to glory

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:55 am   /   Comments

Late Ola Vincent

Against the background of the sad passing away of a “master banker”, Pa Olatunde Vincent, the furore rages on about the introduction of the 5000 naira note into our already shaky economy. The contrast between his benign era and the abrasive style of the present administration presents a picture of dismay. Old Lagos has lost one of its icons again. Apartheid is still very much with us,

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Cyclone of events

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:44 am   /   Comments

Songo

It seems there is no let on in the cyclone of events which succeed after one another; now we have a shut out in the Ministry of Power out of the blues, as it were.

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one national flag, one national anthem

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Rehearsal , callisthenic flag bearers  during the rehearsal ahead of Presidential Inauguration at Eagle Square Abuja Wednesday . Photo : Gbemiga Olamikan

*The signing into law of the symbols of nationhood by the Bayelsa State Government, this past week, adds a warning note to the anxiety expressed about the crumbling unity of Nigeria—but who is listening? The subsidy “robbery” raised a bit of noise in the recent past, but did the indictment stop where it should? More about that in the future.

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Boko Haram

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:56 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan (2nd left); Commissioner In-charge Of Ogun State, Mrs. Seyi Aderiokun Olusanya (left); new Chairman of National Population Commission, Chief Festus Odimegwu (2nd right) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim after the swearing in of the commission's commissioners, in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: State House.

President Goodluck Jonathan was asked to resign and become a Moslem by the irrepressible Boko Haram, while Dr. Doyin Okupe has been hired as the vocal defender of the President, though there appears to be no direct link between the two happenings.

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*the Olympics begins

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:41 am   /   Comments

A picture taken on July 25, 2012 in London at night, shows the Tower Bridge adorned with the Olympic Rings, two days before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP.

The Olympic Games is the highest celebrations of sports in the universe, while sports have become the loftiest carnival of the human spirit on earth.

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