Monday September 1st, 2014
Monday September 1st, 2014
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Free Al Jazeera reporters in Egypt

  /   in Editorial 4:26 am   /   Comments

IT is more than eight months since four reportorial staff members of popular Middle-East based Al Jazeera Network were arrested, detained, tried and jailed by the authorities in Egypt for allegedly broadcasting false news and conspiring with the banned Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

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Adieu, Prof Dora Akunyili

  /   in Editorial 4:23 am   /   Comments

TODAY and the whole of this weekend will witness the funeral obsequies of a great Nigerian, an amazon and uncommon public servant, whose exploits in the past fourteen years were unlike any other ever witnessed in our shores.

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Making the confab count

  /   in Editorial 4:44 am   /   Comments

AFTER five hectic months, the 492-member National Conference set up by President Goodluck Jonathan, completed their assignment with the submission of a 22-volume report consisting of 10,335 pages and 600 resolutions to the president.

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Gwoza: Time For Decisive Action

  /   in Editorial 4:34 am   /   Comments

THE declaration of an Islamic Caliphate by Abubakar Shekau’s Boko Haram over the town of Gwoza in southern Borno State and other areas it is currently occupying in the North East is a clarion call for decisive action by the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Honour for Dr. Adadevoh, others

  /   in Editorial, Remembering Adadevoh 4:00 am   /   Comments

WE wish to add our voice to the growing clamour for the honouring of the late medical staff of First Consultants Medical Centre, Lagos, who paid the supreme prize after treating the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, the man who deliberately brought the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) to Nigeria.

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Going tough against saboteurs

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

THE greatest threat facing the nation’s war against the Boko Haram and other Islamist insurgents has to do with the unprecedented acts of sabotage that the national assignment is facing. Never at any other time in the history of Nigeria had the army been so bedeviled by internal and external undermining of efforts to rid the country of terrorists and other enemies of her unity and progress.

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Sack of striking doctors

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

THE decision by the federal government to terminate the appointment of striking doctors in its employ following their obduracy not to end the strike they started since July 1, 2014, is as condemnable as the strike itself.

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Regulating night travels

  /   in Editorial 12:59 am   /   Comments

NIGHT travels have been with us since economic activities and exchanges between one part of the country and the other evolved. It intensified in the 1990’s and well into the new millennium when luxury buses became truly more luxurious enough to attract members of the middle class, who felt safer travelling on land than by air.

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Police, your “friend, helper”

  /   in Editorial 9:40 pm   /   Comments

Whenever a new Inspector General of Police is appointed, he calls together the top echelon of the Police, with great media attention, to unfold his vision and mission. The recently appointed IGP, Alhaji Suleiman Abba, is no different. Abba has made it clear that the Nigerian Police under his charge would be modelled as, not just a friend but also a “helper”. According to him, it is only when a policeman demonstrates his eagerness to help members of society that he is accepted as a friend.

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Protest of soldiers’Families

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THE ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgency recorded another mutinous oddity recently when wives and children of army troops barricaded Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, thus preventing them from being moved to the war front.

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All-out war on Ebola disease

  /   in Editorial 4:14 am   /   Comments

THE dastardly “importation” of the dreaded Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) into Nigeria by the late Patrick Sawyer almost a month ago, has brought out the best in the government and people of Nigeria, surprisingly.

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Women, kids as suicide bombers

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

JUST five years ago, few believed that the alien and macabre incidence of suicide bombing was possible in Nigeria. Nigerians were known as easygoing by nature, and rated as “the happiest people in the world”.

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Osun – Result Not The Surprise

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

FEW expected Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State to have passed peacefully. For us the peaceful conduct of the election was the surprise. The result might have been predictable, but many expected violence to becloud Osun.

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Osun – Result Not The Surprise

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun celebrating his re-election in Osogbo on Sunday

FEW expected Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State to have passed peacefully. For us the peaceful conduct of the election was the surprise. The result might have been predictable, but many expected violence to becloud Osun.

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Ebola: FG to employ 490 environmental health officers to man border communities

  /   in Editorial, News 7:00 pm   /   Comments

A file photo taken on June 28, 2014 shows a member of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. Guinea announced on August 9, 2014 it was closing its land borders with Liberia, Sierra Leone over Ebola fears.    AFP PHOTO

The Federal Government has approved the employment of 490 Environmental Health Officers (EHO) to man border areas to prevent further spread of Ebola disease.

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Unsolicited Text Messages

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THE Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, often gets complaints from telecommunications subscribers about quality of services. NCC has applied sanctions, including asking the companies to make refunds to subscribers for poor services,but subscribers never get such refunds.

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Ebola: There Must Be Solution

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

PANIC has overtaken many homes over the latest scourge. Nothing dominates discussions these days like Ebola, the virus that defies cure, and appears to defy diagnosis until the patient is at death’s gate.

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Impeachment, Threats, Thrills

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

Nyako, Al-Makura and Onyebuchi

IMPEACHMENT is in the Constitution for a good reason. While constituents can recall their elected representatives, in the case of governors, the Constitution prescribes impeachment, a lengthy process with enough legal checks to protect a threatened governor from the caprices of legislators whose motives could be self-serving.

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Terror Victims’ Fund

  /   in Editorial 6:31 pm   /   Comments

PERENNIAL presidential friends, public supporters of launchings and newer arrivals who preferred to dissolve in anonymity, shelled out over N58 billion in one night for the Terror Victims’ Fund. The performance exceeded the President’s expectations by N8 billion.

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Osun Unlike Ekiti

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

EKITI and Osun take too many things for granted. The victor or loser in the Osun State governorship election on Saturday would be decided by issues that are strictly Osun.

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Give Judiciary Its Money

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

HE 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 the essence of justice. We are a people of many words. Anyone who knows official postulations about justice would be shocked about minimal efforts the authorities make to facilitate justice.

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Our Football Reflects Us

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

Nigeria's forward Peter Odemwingie (3rd-R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 21, 2014.  AFP PHOTO /

WHAT happened to the Super Eagles in Brazil? Nobody is asking the question, so do not expect any answers. Were fast-paced actions that dismantled the Nigeria Football Federation, restored it to office and finally consumed its President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, enough to blot out questions about Brazil?

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Unending Doctors’ Strikes

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

SADLY, the current doctors’ strike, like the series of strikes that preceded it, would not change anything. The reason is simple – it is not based on sustainable principles. Doctors want improvements on their welfare, not even facilities for their work.

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Another Look At Our Prisons

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

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.

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Chibok – 100 Days, Counting

  /   in Editorial 4:08 am   /   Comments

WEDNESDAY, 23 July, marked 100 days since the abduction of 279 female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. The circumstances of the 14 April abduction were graphic portrayals of the failure of government and leadership at different levels.

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Happy Eid el-Fitri

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

THE Ramadan has ended. Its demands of abstinence from food and water are some of the easily remembered aspects of the month-long observation, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.

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Auto Imports Indecisions

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

NEXT month, the National Automotive Council, NAC, would be 21 years old. Its mandate in Act 84 of 25 August 1993 is to ensure the survival, growth and development of Nigeria’s automotive industry using local human and material resources.

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Nigeria’s Dying Future

  /   in Editorial 4:15 am   /   Comments

OUR governments are immensely proud of their attitude towards Nigeria’s future. This attitude is not entirely surprising since governments are completely interested only in the present as it affects them and their cronies. Governments never see the future beyond the next elections.

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Budget Bothers

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

ANY things are instructive about the way our country runs. The most recent concerns about the Federal Government’s intention to borrow $1 billion for its war against insurgents, is the pedestal for calls to probe the expenditure on security. Some want the probes to range as far as 1999.

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Nyako – Why Do They Celebrate?

  /   in Editorial 8:00 am   /   Comments

ADAMAWA—Acting Chief Judge of Adamawa State, Justice Ambrose Mammadi (L), administering Oath of Office on the  Acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru, at the Government House in Yola after impeachment of Nyako yesterday.

WHY would anyone celebrate the impeachment of Murtala Hamman-Yero Nyako as governor of Adamawa State?

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Derivation Would Serve All

  /   in Editorial 12:41 am   /   Comments

AN erroneous belief that relevance of oil approximates to the life span of Nigeria’s oil reserves partially fuels the laxity with which the authorities treat diversification of the economy. Concerns over dependence of the economy on oil raged more than three decades ago. Now, Nigeria’s dependence on oil is total, yet the matter is discussed as one of several issues beleaguering Nigeria.

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Extradition Of Ogwuche

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

NYANYA BLAST CO-MASTERMIND—Nyanya bombing co-mastermind, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche (M), arriving with Interpol officials at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, yesterday. Inset: Mohammed Zakari, Boko Haram's alleged Chief Butcher arrested by Police in Bauchi.

THE successful extradition of suspected Nyanya motor park bomb mastermind, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche restates the importance of international cooperation in the fight against terrorism. The dispatch with which the extradition processes was concluded was remarkable.

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