Monday April 20th, 2015
Monday April 20th, 2015
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The Oxford and Cambridge Club Debate: Nigerian Democracy and the Economy

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Dr Dele-Cole

The Oxford and Cambridge Unions were the training ground for speakers who intended to climb the political ladder. Both universities were the recruitment centres – de rigour – for British political leadership. Both have produced more Prime Ministers and cabinet members than any other university. Each of the Unions was where orators horned their skills, and still do.

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Developing passion for make-up – Rahmatu Umar

  /   in Youthful Vibes 7:43 pm   /   Comments

By Victor Gotevbe B orn and raised in Bida, Niger State, Rahmatu who initially wanted to study law but eventually ended up bagging a degree in Political Science. What is most fascinating about her story is that her passion to beautify people became stronger than any other ambition. Her artistry skill is making a fortune

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Gov/State Assembly Elections of Violence: When death, destruction stalk the land

  /   in Features 4:07 am   /   Comments

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FOUR days after, the swirling dust of discontent is gradually settling following the crises generated by last Saturday’s governorship and states assembly elections in Nigeria. At some point while the elections lasted, the confusion engendered by disagreements between major contenders for elective positions threatened to spin out of control and sometimes climaxed into violence and bloodshed in some states.

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Venezuela envoy calls Obama to order, says both countries have cut diplomatic ties

  /   in Consular Advisory 8:27 pm   /   Comments

The Head of Mission, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to Nigeria, Mr. MiguelancelVecchia, has askedthe United States President, Barrack Obama, to make efforts toward retracting the executive order against his country, stressing that both countries have already severed the diplomatic relationship shared.

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Ireland assisting Nigeria fight terrorism through EU – Irish Ambassador

  /   in Consular Advisory 10:10 pm   /   Comments

Sean Hoy

The Ambassador of Ireland to Nigeria, His Excellency, Sean Hoy has described Ireland Nigeria relationship as cordial and prosperous.
Ambassador Sean who disclosed his country’s strong commitment to ensuring a most cordial bi-national relationship with Nigeria also expressed the need for Nigeria to look further within for increased economic growth.

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There is more appreciation for photography – Shola Animashaun

  /   in Youthful Vibes 8:23 pm   /   Comments

Shola Animashaun

Shola Animashaun is one of Nigeria’s leading photographers with exploits dotting the lines in and outside the country. An Accounting graduate turned photographer who specializes in editorial, wedding, event, commercial concert, model and sport photography. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) who has five awards to his credit. Shola teaches photography in his photography Academy.

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Rampaging Fulani herdsmen: The looming tragedy

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There is no love lost between farmers and herdsmen in many parts of the country. For quite some time now, the media have been inundated with reports of conflict after conflict between farmers and herdsmen in different parts of the country and at the end of the day, several innocent lives are lost, farms and cattle destroyed. Farmers in Benue State, the food basket of the nation, are worst hit, causing many to believe that if nothing is done urgently to stem the tide, widespread hunger may be staring Nigeria in the face. In this report, Vanguard Features, VF, takes looks at the recent attacks in Oyo, Benue and Enugu states and the best way forward.

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US supports Nigerian women entrepreneurs to boost economy

  /   in Consular Advisory 10:40 pm   /   Comments

The US government has declared strong commitment to ensuring that Nigerian women are supported in their efforts to growing and maintaining entrepreneurship principles.

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Presidential polls: Western diplomats call for caution

  /   in Consular Advisory 12:35 am   /   Comments

Edo-polls

AS Nigerians count days to the country’s general elections come March 28, 2015, many foreigners appear to be leaving the country in droves as witnessed by Vanguard Consular Advisory at both Lagos and Abuja international airports.

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Foreigners leave in droves for fear of post-election violence

  /   in Consular Advisory, Elections 2015 8:00 pm   /   Comments

Electioncartoon

As Nigerians count days to the country’s general elections come March 28 2015, many foreigners appear to be leaving the country in droves as witnessed by Vanguard Consular Advisory at both Lagos and Abuja international airports.

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Sule Lamido and the Jigawa Narrative

  /   in Features 12:32 am   /   Comments

Gov Sule Lamido

Come May 29, Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido will bow out of office after eight years of stewardship. Navigating with an old school discipline and the panache of a 21st century diplomat, this Bamaina-born visionary from Birnin Kudu Local Government Area of the state has simply proven that when human resolve is wedded to genuine vision, critical transformation of the human condition occurs. For Jigawa, this is what Lamido has done.

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Why Nigerian visa applicants are denied Chinese entry – Liu Khan

  /   in Consular Advisory 12:30 am   /   Comments

Liu Kan

THE Chinese Consul General Liu Kan has advised Nigerian visa applicants to endeavour in efforts towards planning ahead of travel dates to avoid visa processing delays.

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Environmental pollution: Fear, crisis threaten peace of Ogun community

  /   in Features 12:55 am   /   Comments

Hazardous smoke from the company

UNTIL recently, Madam Aminat Egunjobi lived in Ogunrun-Ori, a community in Pakuro Town, Mowe along the ever-busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

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Street cultism in Lagos: When Police action is limited by law

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Mr. Kenneth Nwosu, Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command

Vanguard Features report, on Monday, underlines the alarming reality that cultism has become so widespread in Lagos that it is threatening to spin out of control. But the question remains: What are law-enforcement agencies, especially the Police, doing to contain threat that it poses to the society?

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We’ve not found love in Nigeria — Otunba Osokoya

  /   in Features 8:07 pm   /   Comments

Otunba Osokoya

Otunba Albertson Babatunde Osokoya, born in 1945, served virtually in every segment of the Ogun State Civil Service, became a Permanent Secretary at the age of 35 and Secretary to the State Government at 49. In this interview, the septuagenarian who still plays local football says the bane of Nigeria’s challenges is absence of love

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How Nigeria can help to end the war in Ukraine – Russian envoy

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Nikolay Udovichenko

I think the question sounds a bit strange, since never had Russia questioned the integrity of Ukraine. Quite the opposite, we consistently advocated and supported the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Our position did not change even after we saw a constitutionally elected government overthrown by a US-backed coup d’etat in Kiev, in February 2014.

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From the blood-soaked battlefields of Lagos: The chilling story of street cultism

  /   in Features, Metro 1:23 am   /   Comments

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Who goes there?!’’ they hollered. Those seated at the same relaxation spot with him were taken aback by this. Indeed, many could not help but wonder aloud what could have prompted a group of powerfully dressed young men to erupt into such a reckless outburst. It was at this point that a slim, dark complexioned man walked in.

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Disturbing tales of rape, child trafficking in IDPs camps

  /   in Features, Metro 1:54 am   /   Comments

Displaced Chibok people in a camp in Kuje

Call it a case of double tragedy, you will not be wrong. If disturbing reports from the camps of internally displaced persons located in parts of Northern Nigeria are anything to go by, then there is every reason to believe that these unfortunate Nigerians are in for more troubling times. Until situation and circumstance turned them to refugees in their own country, most of these people were living peacefully in their various communities and engaged in sundry means of survival. That was before the terrorist group, the Boko Haram, struck in their determined bid to overrun the North Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, ostensibly to impose extremist Islamic-style hegemony in these parts.

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A governor, pastors and the N6bn bribe

  /   in Features 12:35 am   /   Comments

*Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

OUR desire as humans, lead us to aspire, and propels our actions to reach or attain a goal or set of goals. Most goals in life are genuine and good, but the problem often lies in the choice of the route to reach the goal.

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2015 elections and the infrastructure of gullibility

  /   in Features 12:43 am   /   Comments

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IT will go down as one of the puzzling peculiarities of Nigerian politics that performance in terms of delivery of the dividends of democracy is not the determining factor in election success. It has been dubbed politics of “stomach infrastructure” by pundits, borrowing from Ayo Fayose’s imaginative reference to the effectiveness of dishing out food and clothing items instead of roads and hospitals in his marvellous defeat of Governor Fayemi.

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Fayemi: Celebrating a change agent at 50

  /   in Features, Politics 12:59 am   /   Comments

Fayemi: I am ready to defend my actions

It was a warm afternoon at the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa, sometime in March 2013. Dr Kayode Fayemi and I were returning to Lagos after receiving the Samsung Award for Best State Government in ICT Education at an impressive ceremony in Cape Town.

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February 14 Explodes: ‘Blame my death on Attahiru Jega’

  /   in Features, Periscope 6:01 am   /   Comments

Jega

In this animated interview, we present February 14, 2015, with some tough questions. This was first done sometime in 2013 when we presented 2015 as an angry guest.

Today, with the hoopla generated by the argument on both sides whether or not to kill February 14, we present thoughts that will add a fresh perspective to the entire debate.

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PDP keeps dribbling me, 17 years after designing its umbrella logo – Gbenga Amobonye

  /   in Features 7:08 pm   /   Comments

Gbenga Amobonye

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, in one of the on-going campaign rallies for this year’s general elections, told on excited crowd that the party will continue to do well if it refrains from the habit of using and dumping its members. To situate this statement in its proper context, until 1998, there was no name like the PDP.

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Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria’s fortunate leader

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan greets supporters at a ceremony in Abuja on November 11, 2014. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on November 11 declared his bid for re-election, vowing to finally defeat Boko Haram whose rise in strength during his first term has threatened the country's sovereignty. The 56-year-old made the announcement to tens of thousands of supporters in the red, white and green of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at a carefully orchestrated ceremony including patriotic music, dancing, prayers and speeches. AFP PHOTO

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s rise to the top of his country’s ruthless political world has been described as accidental — or simply a matter of luck.

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Muhammadu Buhari: military ruler seeking political return

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Buhari

Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari has tried three times to become president of Nigeria since the return to civilian rule in 1999 — and failed on each occasion.

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Rapists on rampage: Shocking stories of how minors have become endangered in Plateau

  /   in Features 2:10 am   /   Comments

rape-toon

AS you approach her, she averts eye contact, preferring to look at the ground; call her name, she nods her head without saying a word. She is equally not forthcoming when you try to engage her in a conversation. Yet this is a girl who was said to be outgoing and playful before her most recent traumatic experience.

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Appraising the UNESCO/NUJ confab on safety of journalists

  /   in Features 1:20 pm   /   Comments

*Some of the newly acquired gunboats to tackle kidnapping, piracy

All across the world, at least one journalist is killed every week for doing his or her job, while nine out of 10 killers often go unpunished. These are the words of Mr Ronald Kayanja, Communication Advisor, Regional Office of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Abuja. Kayanja made the observation in his

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Elections: Nigeria will remain one after all the noise — Ashimolowo

  /   in Features, News 5:50 pm   /   Comments

Ashimolowo

Tele-evangelist and Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC, Rev. Matthew Abiodun Ashimolowo, is not known for sensational prophecies. However, in this encounter with Sunday Vanguard in his hometown Ode-Omu, Osun State, during his New Year party for widows, the cleric, besides speaking on his younger days in the army barracks, 34-year-old marriage and

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Panic in the Senate over the workability of the 2015 budget

  /   in Features 12:23 am   /   Comments

The Senate

Budget estimate is an annual ritual encapsulating expected income generation and expenditure within a specified time.

It is an essential ingredient for planning and allocation of resources for the overall development of a country or an organization.

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Fall in Oil Prices: What alternatives for state governments?

  /   in Features 9:28 am   /   Comments

File: Okonjo-Iweala

THE fall in the revenue accruable to state governments in Nigeria, occasioned by the falling crude oil price, has raised questions about the capacity of state governments at handling the multiplier effects of the fall

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Islam and the threat to peace, the second coming

  /   in Features 7:44 pm   /   Comments

Dr Dele-Cole

I have read the Quran over seven times, page by page. As I have been at pains to point out education is universal and every culture, religion, group contributes to its gigantic trough. Islam, the Arabs, shintos, Confucius have done their bit by contributing their wisdom into this pot. I do not claim to be an Islamic scholar and my piece was not about the doctrines of Islam.

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Father Mbaka Saga: I’ll close Adoration Ground if…. —Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie

  /   in Features 12:07 pm   /   Comments

Cardinal Okogie

Retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, explains why the clergy should not mix religion with politics. He speaks against the backdrop of the statement by the Enugu-based Catholic priest and founder of Adoration Ground, Father Ejike Mbaka, that members of his congregation should reject President Goodluck Jonathan in the general elections.

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