Sunday December 21st, 2014
Sunday December 21st, 2014
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A Society That Devours Its Children

  /   in Editorial 4:02 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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While We Play PDP, APC

  /   in Editorial 11:38 am   /   Comments

EFFORTS to apply the 2011 Freedom of Information Act, FOIA and 2003 Child Rights Act, CRA, nationally, indicate that Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Peoples Congress, APC, – Nigeria’s major political parties – reject these laws primed on accountability and Nigeria’s future.

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Not About Buhari Or Jonathan…

  /   in Editorial 9:59 am   /   Comments

Buhari and Jonathan

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 politicians, instead of the larger interests of Nigerians, without which the country would remain mired in its many challenges.

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Corruption: Shekarau’s Surprise

  /   in Editorial 2:37 am   /   Comments

MINISTER of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, is alarmed at the depth of corruption among university graduates. He wondered about the situation during an assessment visit to the University of Lagos. Does Mallam Shekarau live in Nigeria?

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Rashes Of Jail Breaks

  /   in Editorial 11:23 am   /   Comments

BETWEEN November 2 and December 6, criminals struck at prisons in Koton Karfe, Kogi State, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State and Minna, Niger State, leading to escape of 695 convicted criminals. A similar break in Akure last year, freed 175 criminals.

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Rumbles In The Parties

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

Buhari and Jonathan

FIDELITY is not an attribute of Nigerian politicians. The ease with which they jump from one political party to the other removes all doubts that the politician believes only in himself and causes that foster his expansive interests.

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Global Corruption, 11 Years On

  /   in Editorial 9:06 am   /   Comments

corruption52

CORRUPTION is a global problem with various dimensions that many do not realise. The United Nations, UN, admits that much in its attempted definition of corruption and its consequences.

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APC Primaries, Battles Ahead

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

Rochas Okorocha,  Muhammadu Buhari, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Atiku Abubakar and Sam Nda- Isaiah.

THE All Progressives Congress, APC, had to extract an undertaking from its aspirants ahead of today’s APC presidential congress at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. They have promised to remain APC members no matter who wins. Our quick sand politics has latitudes that accommodate tendencies, especially changing camps when we lose positions.

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Looking Towards Russia

  /   in Editorial 9:01 am   /   Comments

THE “Memorandum on Interaction and Cooperation” which Nigerian government officials signed with their counterparts from the Russia Federation should mark a turning point in efforts to confront internal security challenges, which the international community, at the instance of the United States of America, refused to pay any attention.

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They All Want To Serve Us

  /   in Editorial 10:12 am   /   Comments

OUR politicians are the same. They want to serve us. They seek any platform to serve us. They insist on serving us. To achieve their burning desire, they break rules, even the rules of the parties through which they want to access power. Their understanding is that power is so important that they should do anything to acquire it.

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A Quiet Victory In Taraba

  /   in Editorial 9:04 am   /   Comments

MORE than two years after he was impeached, the Supreme Court on 21 November ordered immediate reinstatement of the former Deputy Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Sanni Abubakar Danladi. The court was unanimous in its judgment, that the impeachment panel the Taraba House of Assembly set up to investigate allegations against Danladi violated his rights to fair hearing.

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Greed Rules Us

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

WHEN cocksure governors complain about others obstructing their political space, we are again reminded – as if it really matters for more than a few moments – that we are all human, with needs, including the need for others. The issue at stake is the seemingly small matter of representation at the Senate, where some governors want as retreat after eight years of executive control of their States.

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Ending Escalating Impunity

  /   in Editorial 8:05 am   /   Comments

File: Ekiti state Governor Elect, Mr Ayodele Fayose.

THOSE aghast at attacks on judges in Ekiti State seem not to appreciate the implications of impunity. Criminals – of all shades – act mostly in the comfort that the law would not inconvenience them. Where they are able to intimidate law enforcement agents, they become more brazen.

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Abuses Of FRA Continue

  /   in Editorial 4:14 am   /   Comments

EMERGENCIES have their place even in politics. What emergency could have necessitated last minute loans some States are obtaining? How would the burden sit with in-coming administrations, especially in the light of the financial burdens dwindling oil prices pose?

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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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