Monday November 24th, 2014
Monday November 24th, 2014
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Will President Jonathan address the challenge of legitimacy in Africa?

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Gorgeous South African fans

JUST as the most stable form of the state is an empire so the most sustainable system of rulership for a people that have been enslaved or colonised is a republic and their most legitimate form of government is a democracy.

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The Armed Forces and the existence of Nigeria: The security issue (2)

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Chief of Civil Military Affairs, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Bitrus Kwaji (L), presenting the New Vehicle Stopper, Donated by the Nigerian Army to Executive Secretary, Abuja National Mosque,  Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar, in Abuja on Thursday (26/7/12).NAN Photo

THE most flagrant display of the conqueror’s attitude to the wealth of the people is the case of the Police Pension Funds.

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The Armed Forces, existence of Nigeria: The security issue

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THE constitution of this country has established the prime value of the currency of Nigerian citizenry, and our politics instead of being the cultivation of the appreciation of Nigerian citizenry, has been and continues to be a process of a structured depreciation of the value of citizenry. The dictionary defines citizenry as citizens collectively.

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Planned assembly of the nation in Uyo: Confab on insecurity (3)

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Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin (2nd left) and other security chiefs after a security council meeting chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

THE Uyo Confab ought then to have this present condition of the Nigeria society as the reference of all its deliberations.

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Planned assembly of the nation in Uyo: Confab on insecurity (2)

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THE Vanguard of Monday May 13, 2013 carries a story titled, “Terrorist may over-run Nigeria”. In it, the Senate President, David Mark “warned … that unless everybody comes together to tackle the security challenges, the perpetrators might over run the country…

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Planned assembly of the nation in Uyo: Confab on insecurity

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From left: Chief of  Air Staff Air  Marshall, Alex Badeh; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice  Admiral Dele Ezeoba; and Inspector-General of  Police, Mohammed Dikko Abubakar, after a security meeting with President  Goodluck Jonathan  at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.

THE Assembly described by the conveners of the confab on insecurity as the “national family meeting” was scheduled for July 2 and 3 at Uyo. It was also called a political summit on the future of Nigeria. The Vanguard Monday, June 24, 2013 titled its report thusly:

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US alarming misreading of facts about Nigeria (2)

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File photo: United States President Barack Obama and President Goodluck Jonathan

ONE person’s atrocity does not excuse another’s and revenge is not the motive. It is good governance.

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US alarming misreading of facts about Nigeria

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LAOLU AKANDE writing from New York in The Guardian Tuesday June 18, 2013, reports that “President Barack Obama is stepping up America’s military strategy against global terrorism and that Africa is on the list of his targets.

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National confab and the Arewa option

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2012 Bauchi State flood victims waiting at bank in Bauchi for money on Tuesday

THE Guardian Tuesday, May 28, 2013 carried the report of the interview of The Patriot’s Chairman, Prof Ben Nwabueze and Chief Solomon Adun Asemota (SAN) a member.

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Search for Nigeria’s security challenge: The Patriots’ proposal

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:32 am   /   Comments

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IN the President’s proclamation of state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, he made clear that this declaration of a state of emergency was part of “steps to unravel and address the root causes of these crises.”

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AU and the ICC: Issue of election violence in Africa

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INEC official displays an empty ballot box

THE Guardian Tuesday May 28 2013 carried a story recording the African Union outrage on the ICC’s global prosecution of those charged with crime against humanity. The African Union, reports The Guardian, “has accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of “hunting” Africans because of their race and hence, it expressed opposition to plans by the Court to try Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on charge of crimes against humanity.

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Rebels and govt forces: The case of CAR

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Francois Bozize

THE Ten Year Government of Francis Bozize fell to rebel incursion like a pack of cards. What does that tell us? It tells us that a straw cannot be transformed into steel by reinforcing it with steel, with bayonets.

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Security precedes defence

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From left: Chief of  Air Staff Air  Marshall, Alex Badeh; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice  Admiral Dele Ezeoba; and Inspector-General of  Police, Mohammed Dikko Abubakar, after a security meeting with President  Goodluck Jonathan  at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.

I HAVE written this piece to show why the PDP and for that matter all electoral parties must understand the causal connection between the Jihadist Politics and the possible extinction of liberal constitutionalist electoral politics in Africa. It is a must understanding for the BoT Chairman and Mr. President.

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Will Nigeria-led ECOWAS be a footnote to the French in Mali?

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MALI is one of the Achilles heels of the territorial arrangements of the global inter-state order. And Africa is the region where opportunities for re-drawing of the global political map is most fecund. Al Qaeda’s search for a regional space for its global anti-secular anti-westernisation Islamist statecraft is a fundamental interest in the politics of the Malian crisis.

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Africa in the Central African Republic politics

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President Goodluck Jonathan (5th left), and other African leaders with the President of France, Nicholas Sarkozy, at the opening ceremony of the 25th Africa-France summit in Nice, France, yesterday.    Photo: State House.

TO appreciate the title of this news analysis a map has been generated. This map is a geopolitical map of the Central African Republic, CAR.

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From empire to country: Framework for security planning in Nigeria (2)

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Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello

NIGERIA is waking up to the fact that elections are not about constitutional administration of government but are indeed contestation for power. The formation of the All Progressive Congress (APC) is informed by this understanding. This realignment only polarizes the contestation for power and fails to address the need to de-fuse electoral politics to owing to the fateful fusion of the two politics, the electoral and state formation politics. The increasing call for a Conference may perhaps reflect what is now seen as untenable structure of power and authority in Nigeria, and a need to do something about it in the present condition of large-scale endemic insecurities.

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From empire to country: Framework for security planning in Nigeria

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MAN-OF-THE-YEAR-SECURITY

IF we understand how we became a country we would approach issues of insecurity quite differently.

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Implications of plans for tackling insecurity in Niger Delta

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PETER Ishaka’s Sunday Comment in ThisDay, Sunday March 3, 2013 on the above subject is introduced by this summary excerpt:

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Overhauling the national security management system

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PROFESSOR Julius Ihonvbere, the Secretary to Edo State Government, provided an insight that is useful in the appreciation of the challenges confronting the President’s National Security Advisers. It is as C-in-C that a President is intimately involved in national security management through the appointment of his National Security Advisers.

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Boko Haram and the Nigerian political elites

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:40 am   /   Comments

File photo: Members of Boko Haram splinter group during a news conference in Maiduguri, recently where they insisted on a cease-fire. Photo: Nan.

By John Amoda CAN the governing elites in Nigeria be divided on the intentions of the Boko Haram? The answer is yes, they are divided. But should they be divided, the answer is no- they should not be divided. Why? The Boko Haram have not hidden their intentions to transform Nigeria into a Sharia state

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Mining the cultural wealth in our traditional rulers

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AS a republican in a Republic of Nigeria I have not harboured kind thoughts on the value of the institutions of traditional rulership. I saw their survival in an empire as a function of the strategies of pacification and policing of populations ultimately ruled by imperial force.

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The politics of excellence:The superior Eagles

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Nigeria's national football team players hold the trophy as they celebrate winning the 2013 African Cup of Nations final against Burkina Faso on February 10, 2013 at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg.     AFP PHOTO

SIMON Kolawole’s “A Lesson Or Two From Super Eagles” in ThisDay of Sunday February 17, makes the connection between politics and excellence. The Super Eagles, according to Kolawole, exemplified the relevance and wisdom of decision made on the merit of what is the case.

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Nwabueze, failing states and urgent calls for national confab

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*Chief Clark, Alhaji  Musa, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Femi Falana and Pat Utomi

THISDAY, February 17, 2013 in the Sunday News page carries the story titled, “Nigeria Sliding into a Failed State, say Nwabueze, Akinrinade, others- seek convocation of National Confab”. It is this phrasing of the National Question that informs the title of this particular column.

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The Armed Forces …The security issue

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The Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim, other Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police, taking the salute during the Wreath Laying Ceremony to mark the 2013 Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at the Cenotaph, Eagle Square, Abuja, yesterday.	 Photo:Abayomi Adeshida

THE Constitution of this country has established the prime value of the currency of Nigerian citizenry, and our politics instead of being the cultivation of the appreciation of Nigerian citizenry, has been and continues to be a process of a structured depreciation of the value of citizenry.

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Hakeem Baba Ahmed and the definition of relevant Nigerian leadership

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File Photo: South East Group meeting with the President at the State House, Abuja, July 2010.

HAKEEM Baba-Ahmed reviewed the meeting of Eminent National Leaders of Thought arranged by the National Summit Group.

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Boko Haram, security challenges of presidency of Goodluck Jonathan

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A still of the interview.

OCHEREOME Nnanna’s Vanguard, Monday, January 28th, 2013, is devoted to President Jonathan’s explanation of the Boko Haram insurgency in his recent interview by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Ochereome quotes the President:

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American democracy and President Obama

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US President Barack Obama waves to the crowd after taking the oath of office during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in Washington, DC.    AFP PHOTO

THE text of President Barack Obama’s second inaugural speech delivered January 21st, 2013 at the National Mall of the Capitol, Washington DC is similar in tone, gravity and perennial lucidity and clarity to any of the chapters of Moses’ Deuteronomy in the Holy Bible.

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Arepo, the Police and the outline of an outlaw economy

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File: pipeline fire at Arepo

IN the News page of Vanguard, Monday, January 14, 2013 one finds these captions- “There is no security at Arepo”- Amosun; 3 more bodies recovered; pipeline vandalization, a big business- DPR”. All of these captions are perspectives on Arepo as a structure of anarchy.

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Appreciating Hakeem Baba-Ahmed’s north: The goal of peace

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Atiku AND Buhari

HAKEEM BABA-AHMED approaches issues of Nigerian political ethos with the energy and perspicacity of Chidi Amuta and I read him for his reading of politics in Nigeria. In his North: The goals of power, he attempts analysis of the political North in a way politics that should encourage politicians in the South to engineer a Political South.

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Defining the current security challenge of the country

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WHAT is the context of the present security condition of society in Nigeria? Is it one of continuity from the colonial to the post colonial or is it one of transition between the colonial and the post colonial? The process of decolonisation in Nigeria was one of change of the officeholders of the British colonial government. The statecraft of the Nigerian Independence Politicians, or more cryptically phrased, the Nigerian Political Class, from Independence to the present has been one of governance adaptation of the institutions of British Administration for the colony of Nigeria. Independence was instituted by both Britain and colonial Nigeria as succession in office. In the gallery of succession in the offices of heads of ministries or agencies, there is first the picture of the last British Office holder and then the picture of the first Nigerian successor.

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Why opposition parties do not flourish in Nigeria

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File photo; Tinubu and Buhari - leaders of ACN and CPC

OCHEREOME Nnanna in his Vanguard, Monday November 26, 2012 View Point explains why the planned Alliance between Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu “Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN) and General Muhammadu Buhari’s Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) may not work. In the course of his explanation he brings to the fore the larger problem of the fate of opposition parties and the apparent futility of opposition politics in Nigeria. It is this latter problem that is addressed in this version of the Tuesday Platform.

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Prof. Akinyemi’s appreciation of Nigerian federalist parxes: A critique

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PROF. Akinyemi’s treatment of nationality as the unit of Nigerian federalist statecraft is his strategic framework as affirmed in the following: “Nigeria, made up of 250-300/350 nationalities (depending on which 1 study one consults) of disparate population sizes, was obviously a candidate for federalism”.

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