Friday October 31st, 2014
Friday October 31st, 2014
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Unlike Judaism, Christianity and Islam are evangelistic

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:21 am   /   Comments

File photo: Church choir

THE title of the essay implies that both religions, Christianity and Islam are anti-ecumenist, and depend on the growth of their adherents on convertion of non-believers.

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Tony Blair’s religious reconcilatory efforts

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:38 am   /   Comments

From left Bishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury Designate, the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Saa’ad  Abubakar;  Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair,  President Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and the Estu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar attend the launching of Tony Blair Foundation Led-work in Nigeria to Encourage Reconcillation Between Christain and Moslems Communities in Abuja on November 22,  2012AFP

THE front page of Friday, November 23, 2012 Vanguard carries the prominent picture captioned “Reconciliation: From left were: Bishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury Designate; the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar; former Prime Minister Tony Blair; President, Christian Association of Nigeria, C.A.N, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, and Estu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar at the launching of Tony Blair Foundation Led-Work, to encourage reconciliation between Christian and Moslem communities.

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The State and demand for state police(3)

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:16 am   /   Comments

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THE colony of Nigeria was not federalist, the British did not co-ordinate contesting and putative rival sovereigns.

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The State and demand for State police (2)

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:57 am   /   Comments

File photo: Police officers

IS it possible to speak of national insecurity in view of such regionalist dichotomy in the assessment of the present security challenges?

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The State and demand for State police

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:05 am   /   Comments

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Amoda
THE recent resurgence of demand for state police stems from observed security lapses or deficit at the Federal level. The introduction of this column will consist of appreciation of a sample of opinion advocating or opposing the proposal.

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Conflict prevention: Imperatives of reform Security agencies

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:45 am   /   Comments

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TWO changes have been made at the apex of government’s security management and development.

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Nigeria’s security politics: Who rules or who governs

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:43 am   /   Comments

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 Guardian, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 carried the following story headlined: “police unveil new strategy against terror”. Vanguard, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 headlined its own story on the Police thusly.

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Nigeria-US Bi-National Commission and Nigeria Security Interests: How to Make the Commission A Win-win Project (5)

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:01 am   /   Comments

STABILITY operations, domestic and foreign, therefore, constitute the routine tasks of the security forces.

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Nigeria-US Bi-National Commission and Nigeria Security Interests

  /   in Tuesday Platform 6:35 pm   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

OBVIOUSLY, we are concerned that what is going on in northern Mali could have destabilizing effect on the entire region which could provide a haven for those who wish to do obvious harm, to train.

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Nigeria-US Bi-National Commission and Nigeria Security Interests: How to Make the Commission A Win-win Project (3)

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:03 am   /   Comments

THE American Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Terence McCulley was interviewed by a Vanguard team led by the Political Editor, Emmanuel Aziken. The two perspectives on what led US Army Field Manual FM 3- 07 describes as stability operations are identified in the lead question of the Vanguard Team and the US Ambassador’s answer of the question.

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US Army stability operations manual: Govt approach to security planning

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:50 am   /   Comments

Men of the Colour Party on parade during the exchange of Presidential Guards as part of events to mark the 51st National Day Celebrations at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

A colleague of mine who taught in South Africa informed me that President Nelson Mandela had regular meetings with the heads of departments of political science. Mandela’s practice would, therefore, appear as a validation of Colonel Sir William F. Butler’s recollection of the following opinion of Charles Gordon:

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Method for choosing option in US Army stability operations (3)

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:33 am   /   Comments

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

THE Vanguard of Monday July 30, 2012 carries an alarm on its front page titled: “State of insecurity: Nigeria must not break up OBJ, IBB warn”.

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Method for choosing option in US Army stability operations(2)

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:07 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

INSECURITY of life in Nigeria has become the context of social life in the country. The wonder is that government is adapting to this condition of insecurity.

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Dispersals and emigration: The notion of diaspora in the Nigerian usage

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:52 am   /   Comments

Africans in diaspora

THE notion of Diaspora attained public policy relevance during the Olusegun Obasanjo presidency. Nigerians who had emigrated to the United States were engaged by President Obasanjo to become partners with government in the promotion of the nation’s development.

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Recruitment into organised criminality: The supply side of potential insurgents

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:44 am   /   Comments

THE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER OF OGUN POLICE COMMAND, MR MUYIWA ADEJOBI (L) WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IN OGUN, MR IKEMEFUNNA OKOYE AT A SHRINE DISCOVERED BY THE COMMAND AT IGANKE TOWN, IN OGUN, ON TUESDAY (26/6/12).

VANGUARD, Tuesday July 24, 2012, Crime Alert carried a story by Evelyn Usman and Ruth Chukwuemeka titled: “We were caught after renewing our charms on penetration of bullets”. This is a story of eight-man trans-state gang of armed robbers.

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US’s approach to Security planning (2)

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:02 am   /   Comments

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THE Saturday Vanguard July 14, 2012 carries the comment of the Attorney General of the Federation: “The Federal Government, yesterday, expressed its concern over the increasing spate of violence across the country, saying it is working hard to stem the gradual descent into anarchy by diligently prosecuting all those indicted for civil disturbances to serve as deterrence”.

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US’s approach to Security planning

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:22 am   /   Comments

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A COLLEAGUE of mine who taught in South Africa informed me that President Nelson Mandela had regular meetings with the heads of departments of political science. Mandela’s practice would therefore appear as a validation of Colonel Sir William F. Butler’s recollection of the following opinion of Charles Gordon:

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INEC and Nigerian elite formation electoral politics

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:52 am   /   Comments

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IS’HAQ Modibo Kawu summed up in the following the import of the imminent gubernatorial elections in Edo State in his Vanguard Thursday, July 12, 2012 column.

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Nigeria’s security politics: Who rules or who governs

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:14 am   /   Comments

soldiers

THE Guardian, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 carried the following story headlined: “Police unveil new strategy against terror”.

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Dispersals and emigration: The notion of Diaspora in the Nigerian Usage

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:30 am   /   Comments

The Libyan returnees...

THE notion of Diaspora attained public policy relevance during the Obasanjo Presidency. Nigerians who had emigrated to the United States were engaged by President Obasanjo to become partners with Government in the promotion of the nation’s development.

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Govt policy on prosecution of the corrupt (2)

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:43 am   /   Comments

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IN addition, also, are such allegation as the illegal purchase of 20 refurbished graders at the cost of N950 million for local government councils and subsequent deduction of the same from their allocation from the Federation Account; illegal purchase of 20 Toyota Prado SUVs to the tune of N200 million for local government councils and the illegal deduction of the same from their allocations.

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Govt policy on prosecution of the corrupt

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:19 am   /   Comments

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THE Guardian Tuesday May 22 2012 interview of Yele Delano (SAN) made explicit the government policy on corruption. Government has defined corruption as a crime and set up the process of prosecuting those accused of corruption with the aim of having the accused convicted and punished.

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Suicidal Nigerians

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:39 am   /   Comments

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THERE is no better way to state the point but to put it as starkly as it is: Nigerians are a suicidal lot. A traffic caution broadcast through social media in the wake of the DANA air disaster in Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, captures this aspect of the Nigerian character very well.

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Review of the concept of peer review mechanism

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:13 am   /   Comments

Constitution

THE problem in the Concept of Peer Review is the notion of Peer. Once who is a peer is understood, then the process of peer review can be evaluated.

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Corruption, representative electoral democracy and prebendal governance

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:45 am   /   Comments

Nigerian-Footbal-Fan

REPRESENTATIVE electoral democracies are opposite of direct rule democracies. In the latter, every member of the rulership participates directly and with equal voice in the government of their society.

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Lamentations and explanations of current insecurity (2)

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:04 am   /   Comments

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HE noted that of the three amalgamation of the British colonial government, India, Sudan and Nigeria, only Nigeria stands at present… “We can’t ignore these facts. We can’t take these facts for granted. We either sit down and talk on them or we will wish them away as our leaders are trying to make us believe”.

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May 1st lamentations and explanations of current insecurity

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:15 am   /   Comments

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GENERAL Danjuma’s view made on the current security situation in Nigeria on the occasion of the 50th birthday celebration of the publisher of The Leadership, Mr. Sam Nda Isaiah in Abuja, is a summary description.

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Sharing leadership experience: The South-South and Rwanda

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:32 am   /   Comments

L-R Prof.wole Soyinka, Prof.Graciana Del Castillo of Columba University and Mr.Jim Ovia Chairman Visa Phone Nigeria Ltd, Photos Nath Onojake and Akpokona Omafuaire

I say the South-South initiative was reminiscent of the constitutional autonomy of the regional governments of the First Republic in the foreign policy arena, and not that they had identical autonomy.

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Soyinka, Azazi and Jonathan: Moments from the South-South Summit

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:31 am   /   Comments

L-R Prof.wole Soyinka, Prof.Graciana Del Castillo of Columba University and Mr.Jim Ovia Chairman Visa Phone Nigeria Ltd, Photos Nath Onojake and Akpokona Omafuaire

TWO approaches to the present security and governance crises have been floated. The one, a Northern approach, was presented to the public by Professor Ango Abdullahi, former VC of ABU and former Adviser to President Obasanjo.

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The politics of security strategy

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:21 am   /   Comments

cartoon-security

THE Wall Street Journal of Thursday-Monday April 5-9, 2012 highlights the relationship between the politics and process of regime change and insecurity. That relationship is structural. Why? Because insecurity is a feature of all transitions- the transition between an established regime changed by revolution or reform and the implementation of a substitute regime.

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Towards a casual understanding of poverty

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:13 am   /   Comments

An abode in Lagos

OCHEREOME Nnanna in his piece on ‘Why The North May Remain Poor’ provides an answer to his implied question- ‘Why Is The North Poor?’

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2011 and 2015: What transformation agenda entails

  /   in Tuesday Platform 12:12 am   /   Comments

jonathan-CARTOON

WE run an executive driven government and this is why unconstitutional change of the executive government is followed by constitutional retooling of the political system. In this process, the legislative and judicial branches offer no barrier to unconstitutional change of government.

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