Tuesday May 26th, 2015
Tuesday May 26th, 2015
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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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Saving Ekiti, Saving Us

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

IF stories about the series of kidnaps in Ekiti State do not end with statements from the police, we would think Ekiti State was without the security agencies that dot Nigeria. However, the statements from the authorities in Ekiti State underline empty efforts to halt a cascading decline in the State’s security.

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Rights Of Our Children

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school-kids

LEADERSHIP of the in-coming National Assembly, like ones before it, is about privileges. None of the aspirants to these important offices has deemed it necessary to tell Nigerians his leadership direction. What do they think about our children? Will rights of Nigerian children ever command passion? Will change include our children’s rights to meaningful life?

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No To Culture Of Entitlement

  /   in Editorial 4:08 am   /   Comments

THE more we claim we are building our nation, the more we recline to primordial leanings that expose our pretences, and affirm that politicians are in business just for themselves.

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Desperation Drives Death

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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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For Smooth Handover

  /   in Editorial 4:48 am   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

THE rapidity of the increasing open verbal exchanges between officials of the departing government of President Goodluck Jonathan and the President-elect, Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari should worry anyone interested in appropriate decorum for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – a creation of the Constitution – and distinction between the office and its occupant.

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Sambisa Discoveries

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BY the last count, almost 700 women and children have been rescued from Sambisa Forest, where insurgents have made their base f0r attacks on Nigeria.

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Does Abuja Know Hogan Kid Bassey?

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PDP BoT Chairman, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (r); PDP Ag. National Chairman, Alhaji Haliru Belo (left); D.G. Jonathan/Sambo Campaign Organisation, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida (middle); PDP Presidential Candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan (2nd right); his runningmate, Vice President Namadi Sambo (3rd right) and other dignitaries at the grand finale of the PDP Presidential Campaign at the Eagle Square, Abuja, Saturday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

IF we are to judge the future of Nigeria by the promises that appear on election posters, Nigeria is about to become one of the most developed countries in the world. Candidates and their parties have managed to capture issues affecting Nigerians and listed them for solution, once they get our votes. Are we not used to politicians and their pranks? What is different from what they promised in 1999 and 16 years after?

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Special Labour Day

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Protesters along Ikorodu Road in Lagos.

FEWER speeches could be hollower than the ones that would be made nationwide to mark Workers’ Day, today. Speeches are traditional, their contents remain traditionally empty, especially during transitions, as we are witnessing. Millions of jobs have vanished with the turbulent economy, globally, but particularly in our economy that depends mainly on crude oil exports.

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Buhari’s AIT Ban

  /   in Editorial 4:12 am   /   Comments

Chief Raymond Dokpesi and President-elect Buhari

MAJ-GEN Muhammadu Buhari’s orders barring the crew of the Africa Independent Television, AIT, from the courtesy visit of the Cuban Ambassador to him at Defence House, Abuja, has set off an uproar that connects to Buhari’s first administration 31 years ago.

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Importance of Bank Verification Number

  /   in Editorial 4:12 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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FAAN Should Be Serious

  /   in Editorial 4:37 am   /   Comments

WE expect the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, should know the importance of its business of managing airports. Why is it unconcerned over incidents that make airports unavailable for use because either its workers are on strike, or they are taking the laws into their hands by stopping airlines from operating?

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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

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:04 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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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

  /   in Editorial 4:19 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:46 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:19 am   /   Comments

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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