Tuesday March 31st, 2015
Tuesday March 31st, 2015
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Nnachetta denies involvement in Anambra FA election tussle

  /   in Editorial 10:38 pm   /   Comments

Nnachetta

The Anambra State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Tony Nnachetta has debunked claims that he was interested in contesting for the chairmanship of the state football association in an election holding later this month.

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Nigerians, Their Future

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THE scandalous performance of governments, with very rare exceptions, should be one of the issues to be judged as Nigerians vote for their future,a future that exceptional incompetence has suspended in the past 16 years. It is frightening that those who failed to make positive changes in Nigeria’s affairs, are once again at the verge of hijacking it to sustain their selfish interests.

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Cholera – A Country’s Shame

  /   in Editorial 4:30 am   /   Comments

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TWO ignored factors that emphasise governments’ insensitive to Nigerians – overwhelmingly unacceptable sanitary conditions and the abysmally low levels of access to medical services – have helped in the ricocheting cholera outbreaks. Contaminated water, unhygienic handling and poor food preparations are among factors that aid rapid spread of cholera. Its high mortality rate is evidenced by the number of States reporting deaths.

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Let’s Ask More Questions

  /   in Editorial 1:16 am   /   Comments

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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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Pass The Petroleum Industry Bill

  /   in Editorial 9:22 pm   /   Comments

President Jonathan and Petroleum Minister, Diezani

HOW much longer would the journey of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB that began in 2000 last? The bill deals with concerns about transparent management of the oil and gas sector

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INEC’s Postponement Of 2015 Elections

  /   in Editorial 3:40 am   /   Comments

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ANY number of reasons could be given for the postponement of the elections billed for February 14 and 28, but none would ameliorate the disappointment of Nigerians that the numerous experiments the Independent National Electoral Commis-sion, INEC, has performed since 2011 came to such sorry conclusion. INEC never indicated it was not ready for the elections.

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Cancer – Not Beyond Us

  /   in Editorial 12:53 am   /   Comments

THE annual World Cancer Day – February 4 – is set aside by the World Health Organisation, WHO, to raise awareness on cancer, encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment, passed quietly with appropriate speeches that have been recycled over the years.

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Debating The Debate

  /   in Editorial 12:57 am   /   Comments

File: Jonathan and Buhari

IN a serious democracy, a candidate who refuses to present himself for a major debate like the presidential debate would lose the election. Neither his reasons, nor his name would be important in the public reaching the decision on this. He would suffer the consequences of ignoring the public, and his party would be entangled in the resulting public odium his decisions would generate.

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Violence Can Consume All

  /   in Editorial 1:12 am   /   Comments

File photo: Protesters during the post-election riots in Kaduna

ELECTIONS are the best opportunities for Nigerians to say the worst things about their opponents. Threats and counter threats appear are also making increasing appearances in the news. Are they the selling points of candidates in the elections? We heard similar threats in the governorship elections that passed peacefully in Ekiti and Osun States last year.

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Fighting One Corruption

  /   in Editorial 12:31 am   /   Comments

CORRUPTION has been a buzzword for years. It is a minor surprise that it has not assumed a major role in the campaigns. Political correctness demands some general noise about corruption. Politiciansare more interested in “one type of corruption”, not the other, the one that affects them. Why is corruption an issue? It exists; it has devastating consequences for operations in the public and private sector. Corruption distorts economic activities, diverts public investments into private holdings.

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Soludo’s Untaken Challenge

  /   in Editorial 7:39 am   /   Comments

CHARLES Soludo, former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, has been accused of attention-seeking. Another accusation is that he mixed facts with fiction to the annoyance of today’s governments. He has been named a poor manager, whose skills resulted in huge bank liabilities – N5.67 trillion, according to government.

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Change Nigerians Want

  /   in Editorial 12:35 am   /   Comments

IF Nigeria is ours, we should protect it; we should place the interests of Nigeria above personal ambitions. We want to see such thinking in action during the elections. Change in our attitude is more important than who wins and loses the elections. The most important attributes of the elections should be the equanimity, grace, humility with which contestants accept the results. It is the responsibility of contestants to lead their supporters to change that would ensure there is no violence during and after the elections. It is an important change that would secure the lives of Nigerians quicker than the long speeches we hear.

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John Kerry’s Insult, Joke

  /   in Editorial 12:18 am   /   Comments

THE United States of America is never short of arrogance in its relations with Nigeria. The threat of its Secretary of State, John Kerry that sponsors of election-related violence would be denied American visa, was not a joke, but some in the audience applauded. It is either the United States has elevated the importance of its visa to such heights that mention of its denial amounts to a death sentence, or it was another opportunity to declare its unwillingness to help Nigeria fight the violence that has been ravaging the country, especially the North East.

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We The People…

  /   in Editorial 12:35 am   /   Comments

STUDENTS of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, FUPRE, Effurun in Delta State, laid siege to the East-West Road this afternoon disrupting traffic for some hours over the increase of their school fees by the authorities.

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Rigging – PVC, Card Reader To Rescue?

  /   in Editorial 12:10 am   /   Comments

THERE are no easy answers to how the coming elections would be free and fair. The experiments the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been conducting since the 2011 elections are continuing. Issues are assuming complications that should not be round major elections within weeks of their conduct.

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PVC – Like Sultan, Like 30m Nigerians

  /   in Editorial 12:04 am   /   Comments

THE coming elections hold vast handles for assessing fairness and readiness of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The most important issue appears to be the permanent voter’s card, PVC, which INEC has not delivered to prospective voters. More than 30m – almost 50 per cent of the registered voters – have not collected the cards.

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These Elections Are About Nigerians

  /   in Editorial 12:34 am   /   Comments

AFTER the 2012 elections in the United States of America, our politicians bickered over the conduct of American politicians. They accused each other of not following the American tradition of accepting defeat and congratulating the winner.

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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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