Tuesday June 30th, 2015
Tuesday June 30th, 2015
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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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school-kids

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

  /   in Editorial 4:37 am   /   Comments

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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Mr. President won’t sign

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President Jonathan

MORE than two years of legislative work, expectations of millions of Nigerians and the new directions of democratic growth that the proposed constitutional amendment would have produced are about to be wasted.

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South Africans Attack Nigerians

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People take cover from a stun grenade and tear gas after a skirmish between locals and foreign nationals as thousands of people take part in the "peace march" against xenophobia in Durban, South Africa, on April 16, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma on April 16 appealed for the end of attacks on immigrants as a wave of violence that has left at least six people dead threatened to spread across the country. In the past two weeks, shops and homes owned by Somalis, Ethiopians, Malawians and other immigrants in Durban and surrounding townships have been targeted, forcing families to flee to camps protected by armed guards. AFP PHOTO

THE world watched in horror at the violence in South Africa, targeted at foreigners in several cities. Gangs of weapons-wielding youth descended on hapless foreigners, killing, maiming and destroying their property. Shops and restaurants were looted, and in most cases, these went on with law enforcement agents seeming to derive some pleasure from watching.

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Ekiti’s Impeachment Sagas

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Ayo Fayose

THE impeachment saga in Ekiti State is a political culture that escalated during the eight year reign of General Olusegun Obasanjo that might as well have been an extension of military rule.

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Awaiting N40 Per Litre Fuel

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TAMUNOEMI Sokari David-West’s fame as Professor of Virology at the University tends to obscure his involvement in politics where his services as Commissioner for Education (Rivers State), Minister of Petroleum, and Minister of Mines, Power and Steel, all under military regimes, are well known. He is one of those tipped for cabinet membership in the in-coming government.

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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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INEC, 2015 Polls, The Future

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NOW that the 2015 general elections have gone, save for the few States where the results were declared “inconclusive”, it is appropriate to assess the performance of the electoral regulator and umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which Professor Attahiru Jega heads.

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We, The People

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole and celebrated artiste, Patoranking at a concert held in Benin City, Wednesday, to celebrate the victory of General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC in the Presidential election held on March 28.

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.

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Our All Season Politicians

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POLITICIANS live for themselves. Conviction is not a value to associate with people, whose professed ambition is to access power, and its expansive opportunities, minding neither costs nor consequences. Nothing is new in the speed with which politicians change camp in their search for relevance in the new governments that would be formed.

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The return of the Monsters

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File Photo: Tankers on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.

IF you passed the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway in the last two weeks, you would recognise it. The tankers were gone, the beauty of the repaired road was visible and a trip to Apapa and parts thereof, did not take eternity.

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Winners Are – Nigerians

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NIGERIA-VOTE

THE mounting excitement about the results of the 2015 elections hardly leave room to consider any encumbrances to the change that has been promised since the herald of that buzz that at the beginning seemed like one of those slogans that manage to exist till the end of the campaign

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Change Nigerians Want From Buhari

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Sai-Buhari

THE change Nigerians need in their politics has started under out-going President Goodluck Jonathan. In an unprecedented but highly commendable spirit of sportsmanship and patriotism, he called the winner of the presidential election, Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari, admitted defeat, and congratulated him, more than eight hours before the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced the official result.

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2015 Final Hurdles

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Cartoon

WE are in the final hurdles of the 2015 elections. They are, however, as important as the presidential and National Assembly polls held on March 28. Elections to offices in the States affect our people more, but the skewed politics of looking up to Abuja for everything, sometimes tend to de-emphasise the importance of the States.

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Nothing Justifies Threats Against Ndigbo

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Akiolu

THERE can be no justification for the threats that His Royal Majesty Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, issues against Igbos days ago. The Oba told some Igbo leaders, who paid him a courtesy visit, that if Igbos did not vote for his preferred candidate, he would throw Igbos into the lagoon. He swore, by the Almighty, that he would carry out the threat seven days after the election unless he was not his father’s child.

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They Toy With Our States

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IN the ingenuity of the politician, the future is about elections. When politicians engage in phased discussions of Nigeria, they are not contemplating legacy projects that would enhance the development, as we have seen in most of the states that would be up for grabs on Saturday. Politicians’ concerns are elections, power, who becomes what, and those marked for nothingness.

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Happy Easter, Nigerians

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Mr Ernest Okorie and others of St Dominic Church Young Christian Workers performed the Passion of Jesus  as Christians all over the world mark Good Friday the day Jesus Christ was crucified yesterday. Photo by Biodun Ogunleye

MERRIMENT and excesses, the type associated with Christmas, are alien to Easter. The manner of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, whose death according to Christian doctrine, God used in saving mankind, is always filled with the sobriety of appreciating the depth of the sacrifice.

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Very Nigerian Moment

  /   in Editorial 4:50 pm   /   Comments

MARCH 31 (17.15) was a very Nigerian moment. It was when President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan called President-elect, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to concede the 2015 presidential election. It was unprecedented, almost unthinkable, if one judged the stridency of the campaigns and the testy contest for the votes.

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Justice For The Weak

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Cry-Justice

THERE is something about the brand of justice ordinary Nigerians get that requires attention, if our society recognises equity as an essential ingredient of justice. While we preach equality of all before the law, we must admit that one of the challenges of treating all equally, is that our laws rate us differently.

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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

  /   in Editorial, News 12:40 pm   /   Comments

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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