Thursday August 21st, 2014
Thursday August 21st, 2014
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Money – Yes, Mr. Speaker

  /   in Editorial 4:13 am   /   Comments

MOST Nigerians would agree with the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly Emmanuel Terhile Ayua that money was the challenge State Assemblies faced. However, they would not see the matter the way legislators view it.

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Military Must Admit, Check Lawlessness

  /   in Editorial   /   Comments

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WHERE laws are flouted with impunity, lawlessness reigns. Impunity nurtures the constant lawlessness of the military. Nothing justifies lawlessness or its perpetration.

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Unending Doctors’ Strikes

  /   in Editorial 12:19 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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Law To Make Nigerians Poorer

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

TODAY, the House of Representatives will hold a public hearing on the bill for an Act to “regulate the acceptance and utilisation of financial/material contribution of donor agencies for voluntary organisations”.

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A Ramadan Call To Action

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

THERE is more to Ramadan than the abstinence from food and water. Ramadan is a time of evaluating one’s relationship with the Almighty, his Maker. It is a month for major decisions about life and the hereafter.

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Nothing Shocks Again

  /   in Editorial 4:18 am   /   Comments

THE body counts from the war against terrorism are getting abnormal. Whether the losses are on the part of the security agencies or mere standbys, like school children, it is becoming clearer .that government needs to do more.

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Tomorrow’s uncaring Pensioners

  /   in Editorial 12:03 am   /   Comments

WE treat pensioners with levity for two major reasons: today’s active people never think of ever being pensioners; some are having their “pension” in advance, mostly by corrupt means.

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Search Tambuwal, Why Not?

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

IT is time we decided what we want as a people. We are all upset about the unflagging security situation in Nigeria. When moves are made to take serious measures, we pull our privileges cards to insinuate we have been insulted.

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Minister Ready To Fight

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

HAS Nigeria degenerated to the extent that a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would regret that his ministerial position was standing between him and a public brawl? He sounded as if the shackles of office distressed him in the matter.

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Ekiti – Fayemi Is The Difference

  /   in Editorial, Ekiti Elections 4:12 am   /   Comments

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti (l) and Governor-Elect, Mr Ayo Fayose, during Fayose's visit to the Governor in  Ado-Ekiti on Monday

THE most important thing about last Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State was the equanimity, grace, humility with which Dr. Kayode Fayemi conceded victory. Such moments are rare in our politics and made all the difference to how both sides received the result.

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Our Country Needs Attention

  /   in Editorial 12:49 am   /   Comments

POLITICS is replacing the attention that our country needs to make progress. The biggest casualty is the people. Politics should focus the collective future of Nigeria. How can politics help our situation, when it is not serving the people by creating opportunities to sustain society?

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Rehabilitation, New Route To North East

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

THE proposed N15.8 billion National Emergency Relief Programme, with the bulk expected to be invested in the rehabilitation of the North East, is a major proposal in countering the effects of the insecurity’ in the region. It must be stated that the amount would prove inadequate for the damage long drawn security challenges have visited in the area.

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Long Talks On Prison Decogestion

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

EVERY administration claims it has concerns about prison decongestion. Many conferences and seminars down the road, the prisons are more congested. The slow pace of judicial processes is guaranteed to keep them over flowing.

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Ekiti: Another Attempt At Free, Fair Poll

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

NUMEROUS assurances that Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ekiti would be free and fair, are not enough to address fears that malpractices could mar the election. The serial failure of the police and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in stopping electoral malpractices has reached a point where their assurances elicit indifference.

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We The People…

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

CONCERNS about the future of Nigeria are growing. Many groups talk about Nigeria without attention to rectifying the issues. The 1999 Constitution, which some have pointed out, began with a fallacy, bears the brunt of the blames for our collective.

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NDDC’s 4,000 Uncompleted Projects

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

THE Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, is in a pitiable state it may never recover from, if it continues operating in its current ways. The 14-year-old interventionist agency, while defending its 2014 budget, claimed it had 4,000 uncompleted projects.

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Ending Higher Education Fees Crises

  /   in Editorial 4:37 am   /   Comments

LAST month, students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, protested hike in fees. Last week, Lagos State University, LASU, students started picketing the Governor’s Office and disrupting traffic in parts of Lagos. University of Port Harcourt students, this week, protested hike in fees. There are other muted cases.

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Diminishing Our Constitution

  /   in Editorial 4:10 am   /   Comments

THE thought that some operators of the Constitution and their cohorts think they are more important than the Constitution is disconcerting – it is actually illegal. Times over, politicians – especially those who are holding elected positions – believe that their agreement is needed for the Constitution to be law.

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Safety During World Cup

  /   in Editorial 4:06 am   /   Comments

WOULD Nigerians be able to watch the World Cup at viewing centres? The recent bomb attacks at viewing centres in Mubi and Jos, during football matches, are warnings to the dangers the FIFA World Cup in Brazil could harbour for Nigerian fans.

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Newspapers – Latest Explosives

  /   in Editorial 4:07 am   /   Comments

THERE is more to the military’s clamp down on newspapers than it disclosed in an obviously hurried statement that failed to notice the contradictions in the defence it provided. According to Defence Headquarters, newspaper circulation vans were stopped based on security reports that they were to be used to ferry bombs from the North East to other parts of the country.

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Fraudsters, Photo Opportunists

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

NIGERIAN “big men” are drawn to publicity, name-dropping, and anything that could promote their causes, usually self-serving.

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Delta’s SME insurance

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

CAPACITY building has become a favourite lingo of all who claim to be improving the economy. The abuses can be imagined. Small and medium enterprises are hailed for the promises they hold. The Bank of Industry’s efforts apart, empowerment schemes have become platforms for containing the youth rather than exploring their zeal and passion.

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Libya’s Guns For All

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

LIBYA has a more dangerous transition phase that is easily overlooked. Muammar Gaddafi’s death 30 months ago has left a country in more turmoil than most opponents of Gaddafi expected.

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Nigeria’s Oily Economy

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

AN erroneous belief that relevance of oil approximates to the life span of Nigeria’s oil reserves partially fuels the contentment with which the authorities treat diversification of the economy.

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FOIA: Will The Illegality Stop?

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

EFFORTS to establish applicability of the Freedom of Information Act nationally indicate ineptitude of the National Assembly in stopping the illegalities State Assemblies are perpetrating. They erode powers of the National Assembly.

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They are Lives, Not Statistics

  /   in Editorial 4:03 am   /   Comments

WE are already in danger of not appreciating the enormity of the loss of lives that Nigeria has witnessed, with varying intensity, since 2010. The statistics flummox us. We strip them of the stories they tell.

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Memories Of May 29

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

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THE trite debates about its importance apart, May 29 frightens politicians – it annually reminds them of how close they are to leaving office or worse still, the nearness of the mandatory renewal of their electoral mandate.

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Threats, Simply Not Acceptable

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

IT is possibly only in Nigerian elections that opponents and proponents of candidates proudly offer threats and counter threats as the only selling points of their candidates. We see more threats as politicians jostle for relevance, ahead of elections.

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Everyday Is Children’s Day

  /   in Editorial 4:08 am   /   Comments

WE delight in ceremonies. We also like the headlines. The vogue is support for the abducted school girls of Chibok. Once they are released, Nigerians would relapse to the child abuse mode the country runs on full time.

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Fresh Vs INEC: Threat To Elections

  /   in Editorial 4:10 am   /   Comments

SECURITY challenges in the North-East are seen as threats to the 2015 elections. Another threat to elections, beginning with the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, is the legal squabble between the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Fresh Democratic Party, FDP.

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Our Endangered Future

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

THIS is not about Chibok girls. It is about Nigerian students, the unceasing uncertainties of concluding studies in Nigerian public schools, the scant attention the authorities pay to education, and our endangered future.

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Free Meriam Yahia Ishaq

  /   in Editorial 4:09 am   /   Comments

MERIAM Yahia Ibrahim Ishaq, until recently an unknown 27-year-old pregnant Sudanese mother, is on the death row, after a court in her country convicted her of adultery and apostasy. She was sentenced to 100 lashes of the cane and death by stoning.

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