Monday April 27th, 2015
Monday April 27th, 2015
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Cholera – A Country’s Shame

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Cholera patients at a hospital

TWO ignored factors that emphasise governments’ insensitivity to Nigerians – overwhelmingly unacceptable sanitary conditions and the abysmally low levels of access to medical services – have helped in the ricocheting cholera outbreaks.

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Mr. President won’t sign

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President Jonathan

MORE than two years of legislative work, expectations of millions of Nigerians and the new directions of democratic growth that the proposed constitutional amendment would have produced are about to be wasted.

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South Africans Attack Nigerians

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People take cover from a stun grenade and tear gas after a skirmish between locals and foreign nationals as thousands of people take part in the "peace march" against xenophobia in Durban, South Africa, on April 16, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma on April 16 appealed for the end of attacks on immigrants as a wave of violence that has left at least six people dead threatened to spread across the country. In the past two weeks, shops and homes owned by Somalis, Ethiopians, Malawians and other immigrants in Durban and surrounding townships have been targeted, forcing families to flee to camps protected by armed guards. AFP PHOTO

THE world watched in horror at the violence in South Africa, targeted at foreigners in several cities. Gangs of weapons-wielding youth descended on hapless foreigners, killing, maiming and destroying their property. Shops and restaurants were looted, and in most cases, these went on with law enforcement agents seeming to derive some pleasure from watching.

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Ekiti’s Impeachment Sagas

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Ayo Fayose

THE impeachment saga in Ekiti State is a political culture that escalated during the eight year reign of General Olusegun Obasanjo that might as well have been an extension of military rule.

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Awaiting N40 Per Litre Fuel

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TAMUNOEMI Sokari David-West’s fame as Professor of Virology at the University tends to obscure his involvement in politics where his services as Commissioner for Education (Rivers State), Minister of Petroleum, and Minister of Mines, Power and Steel, all under military regimes, are well known. He is one of those tipped for cabinet membership in the in-coming government.

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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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INEC, 2015 Polls, The Future

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NOW that the 2015 general elections have gone, save for the few States where the results were declared “inconclusive”, it is appropriate to assess the performance of the electoral regulator and umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which Professor Attahiru Jega heads.

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We, The People

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole and celebrated artiste, Patoranking at a concert held in Benin City, Wednesday, to celebrate the victory of General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC in the Presidential election held on March 28.

AS dates go, 10 November 2012 may not have a place in our political history, but it was the day the House of Representatives held simultaneous peoples’ public sessions in Nigeria’s 360 federal constituencies – they all started at 10am.

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Our All Season Politicians

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POLITICIANS live for themselves. Conviction is not a value to associate with people, whose professed ambition is to access power, and its expansive opportunities, minding neither costs nor consequences. Nothing is new in the speed with which politicians change camp in their search for relevance in the new governments that would be formed.

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The return of the Monsters

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File Photo: Tankers on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.

IF you passed the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway in the last two weeks, you would recognise it. The tankers were gone, the beauty of the repaired road was visible and a trip to Apapa and parts thereof, did not take eternity.

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Winners Are – Nigerians

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NIGERIA-VOTE

THE mounting excitement about the results of the 2015 elections hardly leave room to consider any encumbrances to the change that has been promised since the herald of that buzz that at the beginning seemed like one of those slogans that manage to exist till the end of the campaign

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Change Nigerians Want From Buhari

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Sai-Buhari

THE change Nigerians need in their politics has started under out-going President Goodluck Jonathan. In an unprecedented but highly commendable spirit of sportsmanship and patriotism, he called the winner of the presidential election, Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari, admitted defeat, and congratulated him, more than eight hours before the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced the official result.

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2015 Final Hurdles

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Cartoon

WE are in the final hurdles of the 2015 elections. They are, however, as important as the presidential and National Assembly polls held on March 28. Elections to offices in the States affect our people more, but the skewed politics of looking up to Abuja for everything, sometimes tend to de-emphasise the importance of the States.

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Nothing Justifies Threats Against Ndigbo

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Akiolu

THERE can be no justification for the threats that His Royal Majesty Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, issues against Igbos days ago. The Oba told some Igbo leaders, who paid him a courtesy visit, that if Igbos did not vote for his preferred candidate, he would throw Igbos into the lagoon. He swore, by the Almighty, that he would carry out the threat seven days after the election unless he was not his father’s child.

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They Toy With Our States

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IN the ingenuity of the politician, the future is about elections. When politicians engage in phased discussions of Nigeria, they are not contemplating legacy projects that would enhance the development, as we have seen in most of the states that would be up for grabs on Saturday. Politicians’ concerns are elections, power, who becomes what, and those marked for nothingness.

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Happy Easter, Nigerians

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Mr Ernest Okorie and others of St Dominic Church Young Christian Workers performed the Passion of Jesus  as Christians all over the world mark Good Friday the day Jesus Christ was crucified yesterday. Photo by Biodun Ogunleye

MERRIMENT and excesses, the type associated with Christmas, are alien to Easter. The manner of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, whose death according to Christian doctrine, God used in saving mankind, is always filled with the sobriety of appreciating the depth of the sacrifice.

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Very Nigerian Moment

  /   in Editorial 4:50 pm   /   Comments

MARCH 31 (17.15) was a very Nigerian moment. It was when President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan called President-elect, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to concede the 2015 presidential election. It was unprecedented, almost unthinkable, if one judged the stridency of the campaigns and the testy contest for the votes.

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Justice For The Weak

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Cry-Justice

THERE is something about the brand of justice ordinary Nigerians get that requires attention, if our society recognises equity as an essential ingredient of justice. While we preach equality of all before the law, we must admit that one of the challenges of treating all equally, is that our laws rate us differently.

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Thanks Nigerians

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Voters from an Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Maiduguri queue to get registered for Nigeria's presidential elections in Maiduguri on March 28, 2015. Polling stations opened in Nigeria today, the electoral commission said, as voters went to the polls to elect a new president in what is being seen as the closest campaign in the country's history.  AFP PHOTO

NIGERIANS are determined to save their country. They may never get credit for the efforts they make to get the country going, but there are instances when the Nigerian spirit is too obvious to ignore. March 28 was one of such days when the patriotism of the Nigerian was put to test. Nigerians excelled.

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Let Peace Initiatives Continue

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FOUNDER IGBO YOUTH MOVEMENT (IYM) COMRADE ELLIOT UKO (4TH L) WITH MEMBERS OF IYM AND SOUTH-EAST SELF DETERMINATION COALITION ON A PEACEFUL RALLY ON VIOLENCE FREE 2015 ELECTIONS IN ENUGU ON SUNDAY

THE signing of two peace accords within three months underlines imperative for peace before, during and after the elections. President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, signed the first accord in Abuja on 14 January. Among witnesses were former United Nations Secretary-General, Dr. Kofi Annan and former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku

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Tinubu-Ojo shuts Lagos markets for Ambode

  /   in Editorial, News 12:40 pm   /   Comments

Ambode; Will he succeed Fashola?

LAGOS—Under the leadership of the President General, Mrs Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, market traders kept Lagos markets shut yesterday to hold a rally at the Onikan statdium in support of Akinwunmi Ambode, the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in the state, ahead of the elections.

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Beyond Buhari, Jonathan

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Jonathan and Buhari

OUR country is in more danger each day. Every move to pull her from the brink is set for ruination by those who think that the country is all about them. They have narrowed issues to a few politi-cians, instead of the larger interests of Nigerians, without which the country would remain mired in its many challenges.

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For Votes To Count

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VOTES counting would ordinarily mean that people are casting their votes with a certain wakefulness that informs their decisions. For politicians, votes counting would mean that adequate numbers of votes to ensure victory are in their favour.

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As 2015 Countdown Begins

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WHO are contesting for seats as your legislators: State House of Assembly, House of Representatives, and Senate? Do you know them? Have they spoken to you? What would be the bases of your decision about these men and women, who in their numbers and memberships really rule Nigeria? Do you realise the importance of their decisions? Do you appreciate the implications of the stand you take when you tick one, and not the others?

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Kidnappers’ Dens – Why They Persist

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*Arrested suspects

LAST year, the police raided Soka area of Oyo State on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway where, by police’s account a den of kidnappers was uncovered. The graphic images of the discoveries are causes for concern. Public expectations were high that the police would act swiftly on the matter – the issue died quickly.

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Water – Important, Now, Forever

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Lagos residents at a public water supply point

MARCH 22 was the World Water Day. It was the 22nd anniversary of the United Nations World Water Day.

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Desperation To Serve

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Jonathan-Buhari

POLITICIANS have foresight. They see things that non-politicians do not see. For them the future is always bright, glistering with optimism of victories at elections. Politicians see power, its uses, for themselves, and frighteningly, the challenges of being outside the spheres of power. They dread it; they can do anything to be in power.

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Arik Air – The Stowaway Sagas

  /   in Editorial 4:03 am   /   Comments

FOR the third time in four years, a stowaway ‘flew’ Arik Air, the largest commercial airline in Nigeria. In October, 2012, the lifeless body of a stowaway was found in the hold of Arik’s Lagos-New York flight.

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Benue Massacres, More Massacres

  /   in Editorial 4:54 am   /   Comments

NEITHER the official reaction, nor the reasons adduced for the killing of more than 40 students of tertiary institutions in Mubi, Adamawa State, three years ago could excuse another in the series of loss of lives. Many other killings, with the circumstances different, the gruesomeness outstanding and the brutality on women and children have not elicited the reactions and actions that could stop the killings

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When Security Fight Each Other

  /   in Editorial 4:46 am   /   Comments

THE tragedy of the continued clashes among various security agencies is that each episode is quickly consigned to a long list of similar incidents that failed to stop new dangerous incidents. Why do agencies that should work together clash? Is there anything the commanding officers teach their rank and file?

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Thugs – Well, Alive

  /   in Editorial 10:12 am   /   Comments

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, they are becoming the law.

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Looking At Our Prisons

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Time for sports for the inmates

WHAT do we want to do with our prisons? Better still, what do we intend to do with our prisoners? Prisons are not a favourite subject of many. Prisoners are outcasts, considered worse than the scum of society. Politicians exclude them from their trite campaign messages.

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