Saturday March 7th, 2015
Saturday March 7th, 2015
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More Important Than Football

  /   in Editorial 12:43 am   /   Comments

THE Africa Cup of Nations began on Saturday without Nigeria – the defending champion. Some Nigerians consider Nigeria’s absence from the championship painful. Nigerians would watch from the sidelines, following the inability of the Eagles to qualify, something some rate as a tragedy.

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Ignoring GSM Challenges

  /   in Editorial 12:10 am   /   Comments

MOBILE telecommunication services, which Nigerians have relied on for the past 14 years, are probably at their worst state since the teething problems. The lingering issues of dropped calls, unsolicited messages, voice clarity and access to certain parts of the country have tasked subscribers’ patience. Several things have been blamed for the situation. The telecommunication companies say poor infrastructure and vandalisation of their equipment are responsible for poor services. Consumers blame the companies for selling more services than their infrastructure can support. The regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, tries to tackle these issues, but wider collaborations are important

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Just Stomach Democracy

  /   in Editorial 12:44 am   /   Comments

Governor Fayemi and his wife sharing cooked jollof rice to elderly people in the state

HUNGER can do things to an individual. He could get angry, go for anything to quash the hunger, without minding the conditions, or hold on to his convictions, no matter what. Many of our politicians are hungry for power, just like ordinary Nigerians need food, water, health services, jobs.

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What Is Our Lives Worth?

  /   in Editorial 12:59 am   /   Comments

The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government – Section 14 (2b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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Saving Nigeria From Nigerians

  /   in Editorial 12:23 am   /   Comments

THE number of meetings Nigerians convene to save their country is impressive. What is disturbing is that these meetings achieve nothing, though some would argue that if things remain as they are, with all the meetings, they would have been worse without discussions about the future of Nigeria.

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Needed: Party Discipline

  /   in Editorial 12:02 am   /   Comments

NIGERIAN party politics since civil rule in 1999 has been dominated by factions, internal crises, irreconcilable differences, open disagreements among members of the same party, especially those in high public offices. Three parties at the starting line – Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the All Peoples Party, APP, later All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP, and the Alliance for Democracy, AD in 1999 – morphed at a point to more than 50 parties. Their politics is indiscernible.

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Can The Campaigns Begin?

  /   in Editorial 12:30 am   /   Comments

IT is amazing how Nigerians arrive at their decisions about how they would vote in the elections that are just weeks away. Neither the presidential nor the governorship candidates are saying why they want to be in office outside the trite line on change. The way things are going, it seems that the candidates are talking about change for themselves, not any of us, on whose behalf they claim they want to be in office.

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More To Elections Than Certificates

  /   in Editorial 12:54 am   /   Comments

THERE are great reasons for concerns about Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari, and any doubtful credentials in his forms for the 2015 presidential election. In an affidavit, Buhari told the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that all his academic credentials were with the Military Board.

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Killing local governments, finally

  /   in Editorial 12:07 am   /   Comments

TWENTY-THREE states — Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Ondo, Osun, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara — voted against local government financial autonomy. Their votes meant the required two-third majority required to change the law was not met.

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Billionaire yam farmers

  /   in Editorial 12:22 am   /   Comments

EVERYTHING is possible during campaigns. However, there is a lot that we can learn if we pay more attention to campaigns for the 2015 elections, especially the presidential one, where all the verve seems to b

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Our Future, Not Just Elections

  /   in Editorial 12:31 am   /   Comments

IN the ingenuity of the politician, the future of Nigeria is tied to elections. When politicians, who call themselves leaders, engage in phased discussions of Nigeria, they are not contemplating legacies that would enhance the development of Nigeria. Their entire concerns are elections, the struggle for power, the decisions about who becomes what, and those marked for nothingness.

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Happy New Year

  /   in Editorial 12:00 am   /   Comments

AS 2015 begins, people have high expectations. They dream their New Year ambitions. It is an annual ritual that helps brush aside failures of the faded year. The beginning of every year affords deep reflection on the past and the future. Some call these New Year resolutions.

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A Country Of Settlers

  /   in Editorial 12:53 am   /   Comments

NIGERIANS are getting to the reality that every part of the country wants to free space and whatever resources it can for itself. The arguments are not about who settlers are and who are the indigenes, they are about the fact that Nigerians are now grappling with issues of citizenship. It is an issue that deserves handling with uttermost sensibility and sensitivity.

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Corporate Contempt Continues

  /   in Editorial 11:06 am   /   Comments

CORPORATE Nigeria, a group that impetuously springs to life for a presidential election, contributed over N21 billion at President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent fund raising. In the 2003 and 2007 elections, Corporate Nigeria raised billions of Naira for Olusegun Obasanjo and Umaru Musa Yar’dua. In October 2010, it raised money for Jonathan before he became a candidate! According to Section 221 of the Constitution, “No association, other than a political party, shall canvass for votes for any candidate at any election or contribute to the funds of any political party or to the election expenses of any candidate at an election.” Corporate Nigeria is not a political party. Could donors at the event be Peoples Democratic Party members, in which case their action could qualify them as acting for a political party? It is unlikely. The secrecy on identity of donors says so.

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Make Christmas Merrier

  /   in Editorial 8:25 am   /   Comments

Christmas-today

TODAY is Christmas. It may just happen on millions of Nigerians who have survived one of the worst years of their lives. From security challenges to the pangs of the retracting economy, there are hardly resour-ces to make Christmas merry. While Christmas used to be awaited with anticipations of the joys of the season, 2014 has been a year of unequalled challenges in the race for survival. Survivors still bear the marks of a year of excruciating moments of doubts about governments or their purpose.

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Running Cheaper Governments

  /   in Editorial 12:52 am   /   Comments

FIVE years ago, the high cost of governments was a hot issue. The principal concern was the jumbo pay the National Assembly instituted for its privileged 469 members. Once the debate extended to other areas of government, it died. The Presidential Advisory Council, PAC, suggested reduction in the number of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

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Time To Tell Us

  /   in Editorial 12:08 am   /   Comments

ELECTIONS have been confirmed for February 2015, less than two months away since the first series would hold on February 14. We expected politicians would have deemed it important to start engaging the people in discussions about their future, about the competence they are providing as leaders and their expectations from those they lead.

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Terrorists In New Garbs

  /   in Editorial 12:10 am   /   Comments

FOCUS has been on the terrorists that have been attacking the North East, but a new set of terrorists have emerged, though ignored, they are cutting off whatever ameliorations are planned for victims of terror. The new terrorists disrupt aids meant for victims of terror. They are not new to their game, they only change garbs.

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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

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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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