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Epidemic of fuel tanker disasters

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WITHIN two weeks, a series of deadly petrol-laden tanker accidents brought sorrow, tears and blood to Nigerians, most of them uninvolved in the process. In Onitsha, disaster reaped a grim harvest of over 90 lives when a fully loaded fuel tanker ran into a bus and set it and everything else around on fire. A

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When Legislators Fight

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Senator Bokola Saraki  and Ahmad Lawan

NIGERIANS may get a better glimpse of the direction of our democracy when the leadership of the National Assembly is elected today. Ordinarily, it should be the members who should elect their leadership, but it is obvious that there are more external influences than any of the parties would be willing to admit.

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Limits Of Legislative Licence

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OUR legislators have their ways with matters Nigerians consider weighty. Since we are not legislators, rigours that resulted in the passage of 46 bills in 10 minutes, a record unlikely to be contested elsewhere, could be lost on us.

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For peace in LASU

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THE Lagos State University, LASU, has acquired notoriety for crises. In the past two decades, the institution the administration of Alhaji Lateef Jakande built has been shut more often than it was in session. The crises are mostly internal. LASU was once labelled one of the most restive universities in Africa.

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Challenges Before Buhari

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Buhari set for his tasks

THE momentous 2015 political transition successfully closed with the swearing into office of the various elected executive officers, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari and the various state governors on May 29.

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Freedom For Wasila

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AFTER one year of legal mishmash, Wasila Umar, regained her freedom: she allegedly killed her husband, his three friends, and injured others. She was 14. Wise men in her community in Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State found her a husband.

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How We Can Reject Change

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Women sit in a branded bus station as they support leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari during a rally christened 'Walk for Change" in Lagos, on March 7, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.  Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamists Boko Haram meant that troops could not provide security on polling day. Elections will take place on March 28, with gubernatorial and state house assembly polls two weeks later.  AFP PHOTO

A MAJOR challenge that change faces is the attitude of Nigerians who believe the only government in Nigeria is the federal government. We have at least 812 governments in Nigeria – the Federal Government, 36 States, the Federal Capital Territory, and 774 local government councils. In Nigeria, we have governments, not just the one in Abuja.

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Buhari sketches change

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Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari swears to an oath during his inauguration at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015. Buhari, 72, defeated Goodluck Jonathan in March 28 elections -- the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition candidate had beaten a sitting president. AFP PHOTO

AS inaugural speeches go, President Muhammadu Buhari’s presentation achieved a lot through sound bites that sketched the strands of change while stretching responsibilities change entails. It was a great speech in more ways than a literary exchange. It was a feast of words, an enterprise in creating hope, a labour in extricating change from chaos.

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A Different May 29

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FOR the first time in 16 years, May 29 would elicit more emotions than celebrations of a new government, rather another government, assuming office. May 29 is laced with trepidations about what the new government would do. The fears are mainly among those who have run the affairs of Nigeria since the 1999 season of civil administrations.

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Importance of Bank Verification Number

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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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Rethinking subsidy removal

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THE latest round of petroleum products scarcity, which held the country hostage in the past three weeks, has re-ignited the debate over whether to keep or remove the so-called subsidy on the price of these essential energy products.

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Children’s What?

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Children in Abuja, today.

FEW would be surprised if governments forget today is Children’s Day, the United Nations designated day to focus global attention on the plight of children round the world and strategies to mitigate them.

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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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Saving Ekiti, Saving Us

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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