Tuesday March 31st, 2015
Tuesday March 31st, 2015
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Importance of Bank Verification Number

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THE Bank Verification Number, BVN, is another 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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Peace Committee’s Herculean Task

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CONCERNS for peaceful outcome of the 2015 general elections have led to two major initiatives to promote peace in the country. The first was the signing of an accord on violence-free conducts before, during and after the election by presidential candidates of 14 political parties, notably President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Peoples Congress, APC, on 14 January 2015.

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It’s Still Our Country

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Nigeria Football Supporters Club in South Africa

POLITICS is replacing the attention our country needs to make progress. The biggest casualty is the people. Politics should focus on the collective future of Nigeria, a future that appears to be in abeyance. The consistent and flagrant abuses of individual and group rights, with a veneer of official seal, muddle issues to resolve Nigeria’s unworkable politics. These abuses have become features of our politics. They are dangerous and must be stopped.

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2015 – Managing Electoral Expectations

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FEW elections have had the hype of the 2015 elections, which has created strands of expectations that would be challenging to manage. They are principally on two fronts – expectations of victory and campaign promises to change the country.

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Jega Not The Issue

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THERE are more issues in the 2015 general elections than the tenure of the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega. A focus on them, instead of Jega, is critical for the free and fair elections Nigerians desire.

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ICPC’s Partial Shocks

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IF Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, intended to shock Nigerians with his disclosure to the Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics, Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption, that some contractors presented forged tax certificates, he at best produced partial shocks.

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Keshi – Problems Are Solved

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OUR humour can be electric. It must be in drawing from its eclectics that someone came up with the line, “every problem has an expiry date”. Stephen Keshi, Eagles coach, whose cognomen, Big Boss, tells its own story, defies every logic about dates retiring problems.

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Kudos To Our Troops

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A handout picture from the Nigerian military taken on February 26, 2015 shows troops posing with a flag of Boko Haram after dismantling a Boko Haram camp along Djimitillo Damaturu road, Yobe State in northeastern Nigeria, following fierce fighting that resulted in the capture of machine guns and rifles as well as the death of a number of the insurgents. Boko Haram has vowed to disrupt March 28 elections, which originally were planned for February 28 but rescheduled following security threat. AFP

THE Nigerian military and the security agencies would wish to forget 2014 because of the strange, nightmarish experiences they went through. It was a year things became so bad that people wondered aloud if this was the mighty military that fought the civil war, effortlessly put down other insurrections and became the reliable guard of troubled countries in the West African sub-region and beyond. In the past 50 years, our troops have been in high demand internationally and they always returned with accolades.

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At Last, The NNPC Audit

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SEVERAL reactions have trailed the report of the PricewaterhouseCoopers forensic audit of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, which resulted from the allegation of unremitted $49.8bn that former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi made. Mallam Sanusi at various points reviewed the figure to $10.8bn, $12bn and $20bn. The Federal Government was accused of delaying the audit. Some had concluded the report would never be made public.

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Why PVC Thefts Should Bother INEC

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BY its admission, more than one million permanent voters’ cards have been stolen from the Indepen-dent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which prefaces this story with the trite line that the cards are useless since only their authentic owners could use them. INEC should get wiser as the thefts continue.

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Robbers Question Our Morality

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WHAT do we do when robbery suspects question society’s morality? We dismiss them as justifying their crime. We found this incident and its knocks on our laws profound. Garba Sani, 24, a private guard accused of robbery, and Okwudili Godwin, 30, said to have received the stolen goods, gave reporters a treatise on commonness of crimes in Nigeria.

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Sierra Leone reports sharp spike in Ebola cases

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Ebola-virus

Sierra Leone said on Wednesday it was seeing a spike in Ebola infections, blaming unsafe burials that threaten to undermine the recovery from the deadly epidemic.

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Again, Dividends Of 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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Ebola drug trial shows limited promise

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Early results from an Ebola trial using the experimental drug Avigan (favipiravir) showed Monday it was somewhat effective at saving lives if given early in the illness, but not later.

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We Want Electricity, Not Power

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Prof Chinedu Nebo

PERHAPS, if we called the Minister of Power the Minister of Electricity, we would have been speaking the same language about the poor state of electricity supply. The Minister speaks about “power generation”, we are interested in “electricity supply” to places we need them.

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We, The People

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Nigerian-Footbal-Fan

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. People offered their views on amendments to the Constitution, the only time the people have had a say in the making of the document that governs us. On 24 July, 2013, the House of Representatives voted in tandem with the people, another landmark of the amendments.

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Okonjo-Iweala’s Verdict On Corruption

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OKONJO-Iweala in SENATE—From Left, Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama , with the  Minister of  Finance , Dr  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at the Senate Joint Committee on Appropriation, and Finance interactive session on the implementation of 2012 budget at the National Assembly Abuja.

AFTER investing billions of Naira in fighting corruption, the verdict of the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is that corruption persists in Nigeria because we do not have institutions, systems and processes to prevent corruption. She should know.

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Our Future At Stake

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POLITICIANS are suddenly awake. The smartest beings in existence think it is time they said a few words to the Nigerians. Power belongs to the people, it is time to wrest it from them democratically.

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