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US Gay Marriage Ruling: We Say No!

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THE United States Supreme Court crossed the Rubicon when it ruled recently that same-sex couples are legally permitted to marry. It was a judgement that sent homosexuals, lesbians, and transgender people in America and elsewhere cheering, while leaving opponents of such queer marital unions in shock.

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Bracing For The Floods

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THE rains are back with heavy flooding also staging a come-back. Nigeria over the years has battled flooding disasters across the states. Recently, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA ) identified states and local government areas prone to flooding in Nigeria, cautioning against environmental habits that compound the disaster. These include Niger, Kogi, Benue, Adamawa, Anambra, Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa states.

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Before Dialogue With Terrorists

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THE Presidency has emphasised its resolve to embrace dialogue with Boko Haram Islamist terrorist fighters if they agree to negotiate. However, according to presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari will bargain with the jihadists “from the position of strength”.

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EFCC’s Worrisome Losing Streak

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IN the last one month or thereabout, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has lost three high profile court cases.

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Jega’s Tenure As INEC Chairman

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Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ,Attahiru Jega (right) handing over to the Acting Chairman, Ahmed Wali during the handover ceremony at the commission’s Headquarters in Abuja on. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

PROF. Attahiru Jega, whose tenure as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ended last week has etched his name on the positive side of Nigerian history. He led the country through the least litigated presidential elections in his five years stewardship of the country’s Election Management Body.

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The Proposed Roads Fund Bill

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FEELERS from the Federal Ministry of Works indicate that a bill to create a special fund for the construction and rehabilitation of federal roads nationwide will soon be forwarded to the National Assembly for promulgation into law. According to the Director of Federal Highways in the Ministry, Alhaji Shehu Dankano, the bill, when it becomes law, will go a long way in reducing the nightmares motorists go through on many roads in the country.

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Ending The National Assembly Crisis

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SQUABBLES, even fisticuffs, are considered “normal” in legislatures all over the democratic world. Here in Nigeria, issues of power and money sharing are constant factors behind every open confrontation among our lawmakers.

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Central Bank’s Forex Restrictions

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ON June 23, the Central Bank of Nigeria released a circular titled: “Inclusion of Some Imported Goods and Services on the List of Items Not Valid for Foreign Exchange in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Markets,” and listed 41 items that can no longer be imported with foreign exchange sourced from the apex bank, deposit money banks, bureaux de change and other authorised sources.

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Cutting Cost Of Governance

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WITH the stark realities of the current economic downturn staring all tiers of government in the face, it has become obvious that something drastic has to be done to reduce the high cost of governance in Nigeria. But the question remains, how far is the country ready to go in order to achieve optimal success in this direction?

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Buhari’s Delayed Cabinet

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President Muhammadu Buhari attending to some files in his office as he resumed duties at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

WHEN former President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari emerged as the presidential candidates of the two major political parties – the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) respectively, it was taken for granted that the government that would assume office on May 29th 2015 would start work immediately. The reason behind this was simple: both men had occupied the highest office in the land and would not need to learn from the scratch on the job.

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How We Can Reject Change

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A mother carries her child during a rally to drum support for the 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. 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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Robberies We Permit

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WHEN we read stories of the type of bank robberies that take place in Ikorodu, the most recent was last week, one gets the impression that the security agencies have conceded that part of Nigeria to armed robbers. They could rob and depart without any hindrances. It should not be so.

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Widening Subsidy Concerns

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THERE are hardly new reasons to adduce for the removal of fuel subsidy, except that the huge figures associated with the opaque practice are increasing in an economy that is almost on its belly. In simple terms, the burden of subsidising fuel is too heavy for the economy. The people, who the economy should serve, have their reasons for asking for subsidy.

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Kidnappers – Why They Prosper

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SOKA, Oyo State, on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, made the map last year when police said they uncovered a den of kidnappers there. The graphic images of the discoveries were causes for concern. Public expectations that the police would investigate the matter were dashed.

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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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What Legislators Don’t Earn

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NIGERIANS have invested so much effort in discussing what legislators earn that the bigger question about what they do is rarely considered. This is not a debate on return on investment – if resources deployed to legislators could be so addressed – but an inquiry into what all arms of government do. Our grudges with legislators are mostly personal.

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Rape? No; Infant Marriage? Yes

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A CLOSER look at the last laws the previous National Assembly passed in its final sitting reveals a trap – one of the most applauded laws, the stiff sentences against rape and sexual abuse, supports child marriages. It is a legal assault on our future.

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Awaiting G7 Benefits

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MUCH has been made of the invitation G7 extended to President Muhammadu Buhari. There are high expectations of new waves of relationships from the meeting.

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Tragic Migrations To Europe

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IT is a great and tragic irony of history that about 200 years after Africans were being trafficked across the Sahara Desert and the Atlantic Ocean to the Europe and the Americas as slaves, Africans are willingly heading to Europe, in worse conditions than when they went as slaves. The new slavery has arrived.

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Ogogoro Ban Not Solution

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Making of Ogogoro

WHY should a suggested ban of ogogoro, the locally produced gin linked to deaths in Ondo and Rivers States, be the first solution that crosses the minds of the authorities?

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June 12 Under Change

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NIGERIANS 30 years – and older – would remember series of meetings at Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s farm in Otta to resolve the political jam the military created with the annulment of the June 12 presidential election of 1993.

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Winner Is… Unknown

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Gbajabiamila, Dogara, Saraki and Lawan

MANY interpretations can attend Tuesday’s event at the National Assembly, when leadership of the Assembly went against choices of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Who power belongs to, after the elections, would remain a matter of speculations. APC is aghast, the opposition is celebrating.

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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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