Tuesday June 30th, 2015
Tuesday June 30th, 2015
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How We Can Reject Change

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A mother carries her child during a rally to drum support for the leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari during a rally christened 'Walk for Change" in Lagos, on March 7, 2015, in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.   Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamists Boko Haram meant that troops could not provide security on polling day. AFP PHOTO

A MAJOR challenge that change faces is the attitude of Nigerians who believe the only government in Nigeria is the federal government. We have at least 812 governments in Nigeria – the Federal Government, 36 States, the Federal Capital Territory, and 774 local government councils. In Nigeria, we have governments, not just the one in Abuja.

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Robberies We Permit

  /   in Editorial 12:09 am   /   Comments

WHEN we read stories of the type of bank robberies that take place in Ikorodu, the most recent was last week, one gets the impression that the security agencies have conceded that part of Nigeria to armed robbers. They could rob and depart without any hindrances. It should not be so.

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Widening Subsidy Concerns

  /   in Editorial 4:03 am   /   Comments

subsidy-cartoon

THERE are hardly new reasons to adduce for the removal of fuel subsidy, except that the huge figures associated with the opaque practice are increasing in an economy that is almost on its belly. In simple terms, the burden of subsidising fuel is too heavy for the economy. The people, who the economy should serve, have their reasons for asking for subsidy.

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Kidnappers – Why They Prosper

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Soka-Forensic

SOKA, Oyo State, on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, made the map last year when police said they uncovered a den of kidnappers there. The graphic images of the discoveries were causes for concern. Public expectations that the police would investigate the matter were dashed.

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Desperation drives death

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Imigrants1

IT is easy to misunderstand any position on Nigerians who are literally toying with their lives – and dying in the process. Some are trafficking drugs; if they are caught in some Asian countries they have procured death for themselves. Others make the long, dangerous and torturous journey to Europe through illegal routes in the Sahara Desert. If they survive, they could still perish at sea, crossing into Europe in over-loaded boats that hardly withstand the turbulent waters of the Mediterranean.

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What Legislators Don’t Earn

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The Senate

NIGERIANS have invested so much effort in discussing what legislators earn that the bigger question about what they do is rarely considered. This is not a debate on return on investment – if resources deployed to legislators could be so addressed – but an inquiry into what all arms of government do. Our grudges with legislators are mostly personal.

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Rape? No; Infant Marriage? Yes

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A CLOSER look at the last laws the previous National Assembly passed in its final sitting reveals a trap – one of the most applauded laws, the stiff sentences against rape and sexual abuse, supports child marriages. It is a legal assault on our future.

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Awaiting G7 Benefits

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MUCH has been made of the invitation G7 extended to President Muhammadu Buhari. There are high expectations of new waves of relationships from the meeting.

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Tragic Migrations To Europe

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IT is a great and tragic irony of history that about 200 years after Africans were being trafficked across the Sahara Desert and the Atlantic Ocean to the Europe and the Americas as slaves, Africans are willingly heading to Europe, in worse conditions than when they went as slaves. The new slavery has arrived.

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Ogogoro Ban Not Solution

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Making of Ogogoro

WHY should a suggested ban of ogogoro, the locally produced gin linked to deaths in Ondo and Rivers States, be the first solution that crosses the minds of the authorities?

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June 12 Under Change

  /   in Editorial 4:07 am   /   Comments

NIGERIANS 30 years – and older – would remember series of meetings at Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s farm in Otta to resolve the political jam the military created with the annulment of the June 12 presidential election of 1993.

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Winner Is… Unknown

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Gbajabiamila, Dogara, Saraki and Lawan

MANY interpretations can attend Tuesday’s event at the National Assembly, when leadership of the Assembly went against choices of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Who power belongs to, after the elections, would remain a matter of speculations. APC is aghast, the opposition is celebrating.

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Epidemic of fuel tanker disasters

  /   in Editorial 4:15 am   /   Comments

Tanker-fuel

WITHIN two weeks, a series of deadly petrol-laden tanker accidents brought sorrow, tears and blood to Nigerians, most of them uninvolved in the process. In Onitsha, disaster reaped a grim harvest of over 90 lives when a fully loaded fuel tanker ran into a bus and set it and everything else around on fire. A

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When Legislators Fight

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Senator Bokola Saraki  and Ahmad Lawan

NIGERIANS may get a better glimpse of the direction of our democracy when the leadership of the National Assembly is elected today. Ordinarily, it should be the members who should elect their leadership, but it is obvious that there are more external influences than any of the parties would be willing to admit.

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Limits Of Legislative Licence

  /   in Editorial 9:39 pm   /   Comments

OUR legislators have their ways with matters Nigerians consider weighty. Since we are not legislators, rigours that resulted in the passage of 46 bills in 10 minutes, a record unlikely to be contested elsewhere, could be lost on us.

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For peace in LASU

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

THE Lagos State University, LASU, has acquired notoriety for crises. In the past two decades, the institution the administration of Alhaji Lateef Jakande built has been shut more often than it was in session. The crises are mostly internal. LASU was once labelled one of the most restive universities in Africa.

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Challenges Before Buhari

  /   in Editorial 4:10 am   /   Comments

Buhari-tasks

THE momentous 2015 political transition successfully closed with the swearing into office of the various elected executive officers, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari and the various state governors on May 29.

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Freedom For Wasila

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AFTER one year of legal mishmash, Wasila Umar, regained her freedom: she allegedly killed her husband, his three friends, and injured others. She was 14. Wise men in her community in Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State found her a husband.

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How We Can Reject Change

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Women sit in a branded bus station as they support leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari during a rally christened 'Walk for Change" in Lagos, on March 7, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.  Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamists Boko Haram meant that troops could not provide security on polling day. Elections will take place on March 28, with gubernatorial and state house assembly polls two weeks later.  AFP PHOTO

A MAJOR challenge that change faces is the attitude of Nigerians who believe the only government in Nigeria is the federal government. We have at least 812 governments in Nigeria – the Federal Government, 36 States, the Federal Capital Territory, and 774 local government councils. In Nigeria, we have governments, not just the one in Abuja.

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Buhari sketches change

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Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari swears to an oath during his inauguration at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015. Buhari, 72, defeated Goodluck Jonathan in March 28 elections -- the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition candidate had beaten a sitting president. AFP PHOTO

AS inaugural speeches go, President Muhammadu Buhari’s presentation achieved a lot through sound bites that sketched the strands of change while stretching responsibilities change entails. It was a great speech in more ways than a literary exchange. It was a feast of words, an enterprise in creating hope, a labour in extricating change from chaos.

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A Different May 29

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handover-jonathan

FOR the first time in 16 years, May 29 would elicit more emotions than celebrations of a new government, rather another government, assuming office. May 29 is laced with trepidations about what the new government would do. The fears are mainly among those who have run the affairs of Nigeria since the 1999 season of civil administrations.

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Importance of Bank Verification Number

  /   in Editorial 4:07 am   /   Comments

THE Bank Verification Number, BVN, is an-other important step the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, is using to strengthen the security of banking transactions and to ensure that fraudulent transactions are minimised, if not totally eliminated. The campaign is on, but the public may not realise its importance until it closes in June 2015.

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Rethinking subsidy removal

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cartoon-subsidy1

THE latest round of petroleum products scarcity, which held the country hostage in the past three weeks, has re-ignited the debate over whether to keep or remove the so-called subsidy on the price of these essential energy products.

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Children’s What?

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Children in Abuja, today.

FEW would be surprised if governments forget today is Children’s Day, the United Nations designated day to focus global attention on the plight of children round the world and strategies to mitigate them.

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Our Unique Democracy

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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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Fighting One Corruption

  /   in Editorial, News 4:09 am   /   Comments

corruption

CORRUPTION has been a buzzword for years. Political correctness demands some general noise about corruption. Politicians are more interested in “one type of corruption”, not the other, the one that affects them.

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Measured Anti-Corruption Fights

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THERE are enough reasons to fight corruption. The enormity of the dangers corruption imposes on our entire well-being justifies legal measures to keep it in check. Anti-corruption messages were a major plank of Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari’s change campaign. Since his election, there have been hints about limiting the new government’s fight against corruption.

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Messy Amendments

  /   in Editorial 4:08 am   /   Comments

ONE of the assignments the out going session of the National Assembly set for itself very early in the day was to ensure certain sections of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria were amended.

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Will Adesiyan Keep His Promise?

  /   in Editorial 4:11 am   /   Comments

IF you do not remember Alhaji Abduljelili Adesiyan, we would not hold it against you. As introductions go, he is the Minister of Police Affairs. His most remarkable action in office could be a promise he made to Nigerians in April 2014. It had nothing to do with improving the police.

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Minimal Presidential Disruptions

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OFFICIAL PORTRAITS OF BUHARI, OSINBAJO

PRESIDENTIAL security is priority everywhere, so it is not out of place for the same rule to apply in Nigeria. We commend decision of President-elect Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari that his convoy would obey traffic rules, but many situations would see the presidential convoy roar through the streets without Buhari knowing what colour of traffic light it obeyed.

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Nkurunziza Learnt Nothing

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PIERRE Nkurunziza is one of Africa’s least known dictators. The 10-year ruler of Burundi wants another five years. His ambition has upset the fragile peace instituted after a brutal 13-year civil war between Tutsi and Hutu. People are protesting another Nkurunziza tenure, a coup was staged against him on Wednesday.

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Measured Anti-Corruption Fights

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

THERE are enough reasons to fight corruption. The enormity of the dangers corruption imposes on our entire well-being justifies legal measures to keep it in check. Anti-corruption messages were a major plank of Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari’s change campaign. Since his election, there have been hints about limiting the new government’s fight against corruption.

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