Thursday November 27th, 2014
Thursday November 27th, 2014
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Ogwuche As Opportunity

  /   in Editorial 8:05 am   /   Comments

Nyanya bomb blast suspect Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche sits in the courtroom in Abuja on November 24, 2014.  A Nigerian court on November 24 struck out terrorism related charges against Ogwuche, the alleged mastermind of an  April 14, 2014 bus station bomb blast in Nyanya, an outskirt of the capital city of Abuja, which was claimed by Boko Haram islamists, that killed 71 people and wounded 124. AFP PHOTO

JUSTICE Ademola Johnson’s ruling that struck out the charges against bomb blast suspect Aminu Ogwuche, “for want of diligent prosecution”, opens an opportunity for the judiciary to examine many cases before courts, where prosecution has not been diligent, resulting in suspects awaiting trial for years.

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Health Workers Strike Again

  /   in Editorial 12:43 am   /   Comments

JUST a couple of months after the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, arm of the public sector health workers ended its protracted strike, the National Union of Allied Health Professionals, NUAHP, and the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, again, withdrew their services. You have a right to wonder how often they are at work in a year. The fresh strike followed even after the Federal Government approved their demand to be allowed to become consultants, just as their peers, the medical doctors.

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Our Inequality Before Police

  /   in Editorial 12:39 am   /   Comments

DEBATES about the barricade of the National Assembly are more about the infringement of the rights of one arm of government to assemble.

What some consider offensive was that the executive invaded the territory of the legislature. People are aghast. We are anticipating various consequences to this abuse.

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Engaging 2015 Candidates

  /   in Editorial 4:26 am   /   Comments

UNLESS we do more than we are doing now, the 2015 elections would produce the same unsatisfying outcomes we have had since 1999. We complain loudly without addressing our concerns. The lengthening complaints about politicians have little to do with political parties.

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Give Judiciary Its Money

  /   in Editorial, News 3:09 pm   /   Comments

Senior Advocates Of Nigeria and other  dignitaries,  at the Valedictory Court Session in honour of retiring Chief Justice of  Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday (20/11/`14).

AS a people of many words, we appreciate the essence of justice. The speed of justice is something we use to illustrate the essence of ensuring that justice is done, and in a fashion, that does not vitiate

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No Rights, Just Plights Of The Child

  /   in Editorial 4:35 am   /   Comments

EVERY child has a right to life
Every child has the right from birth to a name, a nationality, and cared for by parents
•Every child has a right to health and health services
•Every child has the right to be protected from hazardous or harmful work and economic exploitation

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Where Are The Ports, Rails?

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (2nd left), Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa (2nd right), and the Chairman, Lagos State Task Force on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, Chief Superintendent of Police, Bayo Sulaiman (right) during the Governor’s inspection tour of the abandoned Nigerian Railway Corporation Port Work Yard at Marine Beach Apapa on Sunday, August 31, 2014.

NIGERIA cannot survive on partial implementation of promised policies.The foresights on which planning of the country were based at independence have been jettisoned for measures that sustain impressions that Nigeria exists for the moment. A simple example is the infrastructure used in distributing fuel, when it is available.

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Policing the Police

  /   in Editorial 1:08 am   /   Comments

JUVENAL was said to have uttered these words in relation to the challenges, maybe, futility, of ensuring marital fidelity. In our context, we would apply them to the inabilities of the Nigeria Police to look after their affairs. The matter is becoming embarrassing, even shameful.

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We Are Still Not Broke

  /   in Editorial 5:35 am   /   Comments

IS it possible that the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is supposed to have commanding stands on the economy, as other appendages to her title suggest, is the last person to know that the Nigerian economy is in dire straits?

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More To Nigeria Than Figures

  /   in Editorial 4:47 am   /   Comments

CRITICS would surely feed on President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration speech, shred it, score it and deliver a damning verdict in line with the times. We are in the campaign season; not a time to admit that the opponent has a trumpet, talk less of agreeing that he has musical skills.

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2015:Voting Without Voters

  /   in Editorial 6:19 pm   /   Comments

THE Independent National ElectoralCommission (INEC) Director of Voter Registry, Mr. Emmanuel Akem, recently said potential voters who failed to obtain their permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) by December 2014 would not be allowed to vote in the 2015 general elections.

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INEC Must Make 2015 Work

  /   in Editorial 8:40 am   /   Comments

INEC Chairman, Prof  Jega

THE outcry over the failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is a bit late in the day. Politicians and their parties have often seen advantages they could gain from the foibles of INEC, which makes strong cases for itself about its imperfections. It expects us to claim them, maybe, as national assets. INEC believes in the magic of words. It is ready for every election.

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As Our Oil Goes…

  /   in Editorial 11:45 am   /   Comments

Oil-Thief-cartoon

OIL has a central importance in our lives. Some have reasoned that without the easy revenue oil heaves into government coffers, the attractions of elective office would have dried up long ago. Oil runs government budgets, and with it the web of corruption often associated with oil. An erroneous belief that relevance of oil approximates

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A Society That Devours Its Children

  /   in Editorial 4:46 am   /   Comments

THE increasing cruelties our society harbours have moved to insistent assaults on children by guardians, who descend on their wards with the most puerile excuses.Gory media images of children dismembered, beaten to death, with shrivelled fingers, or reduced to skeletons are becoming common.

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The Botched Ceasefire

  /   in Editorial 10:45 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan

ABOUT a fortnight ago, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badey, to the surprise of many Nigerians, gleefully announced a ceasefire with the Boko Haram insurgents. He also disclosed that a deal brokered by the Chadian President, Mr Idris Derby, would see to the release of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped over six months ago.

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Our Really Busy President

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan is a busy man. We have reasons to assume so. The insecurity in the North-East, the turmoil in his party, and debates about how well he has run Nigeria, should fully occupy anyone.

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Indices Of Our Healthy Economy

  /   in Editorial 11:56 am   /   Comments

CONCERNS about the health of our economy are easily confused with governments being worried about funds to run their businesses. They are different. A healthy economy means favourable price of crude oil.

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Dictators Like Compaore Learn Nothing

  /   in Editorial 2:48 pm   /   Comments

Blaise Compaore

BLAISE Compaore, 63, was in power for 27 years. If he had got another five-year term next year, he would have spent almost half his life as the ruler of Burkina Faso, one of the world’s poorest countries, whose misfortunes have benefitted from stalled leadership.

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Aganga – Words No Longer Enough

  /   in Editorial 3:17 pm   /   Comments

THE Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, runs matters under his watch with mere words. After practising for years, he must believe his duty is done once he is able to make a speech. He began this gambit as Minister of Finance and has extended it to his current office.

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Time To Amend Our Lives

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

*National Assembly

PROPOSED amendments to the Constitution are the latest efforts to creating a “working” Nigeria, a country where the burdensomeness of politics is replaced with practical lawful steps to enhance the efficiency in governance.

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Multiple Personal Taxes

  /   in Editorial 10:25 am   /   Comments

PROBLEMS associated with multiple taxation are almost as old as Nigeria, yet when multiple taxation is discussed, many think they affect only businesses. We are all victims of multiple taxation, and unlike businesses that can pass on the tax to their clients, individuals bear their damaging impact directly.

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A Future Without Nigerian Child

  /   in Editorial 8:20 am   /   Comments

IT is time politicians told us their plans for the Nigerian child. Politicians speak mostly about the future on realising that they have ignored Nigeria’s present in their sustained search for personal interests. The rights of the Nigerian child, which Child Rights Act 2003, CRA, broadly covers are observed mostly with breaches. Will Nigeria’s future be built without children?

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Bring Back Our Country

  /   in Editorial 7:37 am   /   Comments

Nigeria

POLITICS is replacing the attention our country needs to make progress. The biggest casualty is the people. Politics should focus on the collective future of Nigeria.

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Abuja – Here We Come

  /   in Editorial 11:04 am   /   Comments

*Abuja commercial buses

ABUJA is threatened by its fame as the place where all the opportunities are, especially for making quick money. Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians have their eyes set on Abuja. They have heard that once there, they can make something for themselves.

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Question For Our Leaders

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan (3rdR) and wife Patience cut the anniversary cake, flanked by (from L) Vice President Namadi Sambo, former Interim President Ernest Shonekan, former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon and Senate President David Mark as they celebrate Nigeria's 54th independence anniversary in Abuja on October 1, 2014.

NIGERIA is populated by leaders. We probably have more leaders than the led. Everywhere you turn, there is a leader, where he leads, and his ideas of leadership do not seem to be issues that bother the people.

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To Gowon @ 80: Time Runs

  /   in Editorial 4:46 am   /   Comments

Gowon

FORMER Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon is 80. Time really flies. The image of Gowon, in the minds of those who lived through the Civil War, was of a dashing officer, not one to be associated with 80 years and its frailties. Gowon has been known for his openness on some issues. His admission of his ill-preparedness to lead Nigeria was one.

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Our Money Politics

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

PREPARATIONS for the 2015 elections again raise the issue of the highly monetised nature of Nigerian politics. It gets worse each political season.

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Awaiting Dividends Of Democracy

  /   in Editorial 4:12 am   /   Comments

NIGERIANS and their democracy are unique. If elsewhere people delight in the capacities of their government to deepen their liberties, broaden opportunities, our democracy is delivered as structures, visible and tangible. We call them dividends of democracy.

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Teachers’ Day Tells A Story

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

CAN we imagine our world without teachers? October 5, World Teachers’ Day passed quietly. Nigerians consider teachers important. Sadly, the importance is only in words.

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A Season For Thugs

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

THUGS

THUGS understand the business of violence. The boldness that has grown from not punishing them is evident in the havoc they are causing. They are appropriating space, the law watches.

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Again Jail Break, Same Reaction

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

Soldiers called in to stop the rampaging Boko Haram detainees, Sunday morning.

HOW many prison breaks would it take to secure our prisons? Like in Akure in July 2013, where armed robbers let 175 criminals loose, while freeing their colleagues, last week’s incident in Kirikiri, Nigeria’s prime jail, Kirikiri would soon be history.

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2015: Voting without voters

  /   in Editorial 4:06 am   /   Comments

PDP1

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Director of Voter Registry, Mr. Emmanuel Akem, recently said potential voters who failed to obtain their permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) by December 2014 would not be allowed to vote in the 2015 general elections.

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