Monday November 24th, 2014
Monday November 24th, 2014
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How Boko Haram can be defeated — Col. Umar

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Col-Umar

Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd), former governor of Kaduna State, has called on the Federal Government to recall all armed forces personnel in reserve and other able-bodied personnel who had served in peace-keeping in the army to prosecute the war against Boko Haram. He said Nigerians must cooperate with government in this war as only a united Nigeria will prevail against the insurgents. In this chat with Vanguard, Umar outlines the steps that government, politicians and peace-loving Nigerians must take to win the battle for the soul of Nigeria; noting that there is need to support the Nigerian military instead of playing into the hands of Boko Haram by castigating them

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Jonathan is turning the 2015 race into war – Oshiomhole

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Oshiomhole

For the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), it was time, penultimate Wednesday, to clink glasses in celebration of the sixth anniversary of the APC – led Adams Oshiomhole administration in Edo State.The leaders stormed the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin-City where they took turns to eulogise the labour leader – turned governor on the giant strides of his government. At the occasion, Oshiomhole himself regaled the audience with his achievements while setting agenda for the remaining two years of his administration. In an interview afterwards, the governor spoke on his government, the 2015 general elections, among other issues.

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Watching Ojukwu dying was traumatic — Bianca

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Amb. Bianca Ojukwu

Let me thank you dear readers for the overwhelming reception you accorded the maiden outing of this column last week. Today, we continue serving you the exclusive details of the interview with the delectable and deeply intellectual Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu.

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Kwara 2015: Much ado about PDP delegates list

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Jani: Changing permutations

Suspense can best capture the political situation in Kwara State as the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is eagerly awaiting the candidate of the opposition PDP in the state that would challenge the party in the 2015 gubernatorial election that is fast approaching.

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My vision for Delta State – Ochei

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Victor Ochei

Former Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt, Honourable Victor Onyekaci Ochei, is a frontline governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP).

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Don’t negotiate with Boko Haram – Pastor Oritsejafor

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President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, Chairman, CAN, Ondo State Chapter, Bishop Emmanuel Igbokoyi and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr Kola Ademujimi, during the inspection of Ondo state projects by the members of the National Executive Council of CAN after their National Conference, in Akure, on Tuesday

National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, on Monday, celebrated his birthday by giving out cheques of N50,000 each to about 30 disabled individuals from different parts of Delta State. In this interview, he laments that for two years now, Nigeria Inter-religious Council, NIREC, has not seen the need to meet despite the growing menace of insurgency in parts of the country. When asked whether constant attacks on his person will deter him from speaking his mind, his answer was: “God forbid. It cannot!”

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Negotiation with boko haram is waste of time – Pastor Oritsejafor

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Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor....Islamic banks illegal but functioning

National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, on Monday, celebrated his birthday by giving out cheques of N50,000 each to about 30 disabled individuals from different parts of Delta State. In this interview, he laments that for two years now, Nigeria Inter-religious Council, NIREC, has not seen the need to meet despite the growing menace of insurgency in parts of the country. When asked whether constant attacks on his person will deter him from speaking his mind, his answer was: “God forbid. It cannot!”

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There’s no monopoly in the Pay-TV sector

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John Ugbe, MD Multichoice Nigeria

Well, I think if we go back to the definition of the word monopoly I could talk for a whole day. Just using that definition alone actually proves that very wrong. We’re in an industry where there is competition.

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PFN National President joins the fray: ‘Why pastors need private jets’

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Pastor-Omobude

Pastor Felix Omobude is the General Superintendent of New Covenant Gospel Church, an arm of Gospel Light International Ministries ,GLIM, and the National President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). In this interview, he speaks on some national issues as well as life as the PFN President and its challenges

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Phantom Boko Haram ceasefire deal: FG playing politics with the lives of Chibok girls —Junaid Mohammed

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Dr Junaid Mohammed

Dr Junaid Mohammed, a northern leader, was a member of the House of Representatives in the second republic, Mohammed, in this interview, speaks on the ceasefire the federal government was said to have agreed with the Boko Haram Islamist group, the 2015 presidential contest and the ripples generated by the defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, from the ruling PDP to the opposition APC.

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Why pastors need private jets, Pastor Omobude, PFN President

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Pastor Felix Omobude is the General Superintendent of New Covenant Gospel Church, an arm of Gospel Light International Ministries ,GLIM, and the National President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). In this interview, he speaks on some national issues as well as life as the PFN President and its challenges.

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How Igbo will vote in 2015 – Umeh

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Victor Umeh

Of recent, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has been beset by defections, the latest of which was that of former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State.

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Edo Attacks: My case against PDP — Oshiomhole

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Oshiomhole

Following the political violence that enveloped Edo State in the past one month, Governor Adams Oshiomhole held a town hall meeting last Tuesday which was attended by traditional rulers across the three senatorial districts of the state, students, civil society groups, youth organizations and many others. He briefed the gathering about the political situation in the state, just as he used the opportunity to respond to the allegations by two chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Prince Frank Erewele, who accused him of masterminding attacks on Ize-Iyamu’s wife’s clinic and Erewele’s home

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2015: Why I insist Jonathan, Buhari should not run – Sheik Ahmad Gumi

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Buhari, Jonathan and Atiku

Sheik Ahmad Gumi welcomed us into his  modestly furnished, new apartment somewhere in a highbrow part of Kaduna town. He was there waiting for us, with broad sparkling grin that seemed to illuminate his gray beards. As we exchanged pleasantries, the man who had sparked a national debate with two letters he had written to

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2015: Why it will be difficult to stop Jonathan – Ex presidential adviser Monye

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monye2

Professor Sylvester Monye, in line with the guidelines of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, resigned, last week, as Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Performance Monitoring and Evaluation to enable him contest the 2015 gubernatorial election in Delta State.

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‘How civil servants sell govt land’

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*Nduese Essien

By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North Nduese Essien, former Lands and Housing Minister, former Chairman of South-South Parliamentary Caucus in the National Assembly and a delegate to the last National Conference was last week honoured by the Eket-speaking people of Akwa Ibom State to mark his 35 years active service to the community and Nigeria.

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Day I was kidnapped with 4 Dutch Nationals —Ofehe

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Sunny Ofehe

On the 5th of May 2014, Executive Director and Founder of the Hope for Niger Delta Campaign (HNDC) and Environmental Activist, Comrade Sunny Ofehe and four other Dutch nationals, Erhard Leffers, Jandries Groenendijk, Miss Marianne Vos and Femi Soewu were kidnapped in the creeks of the Niger Delta, Bayelsa state to be precise when they visited the Idodo River community to do a documentary film on a hospital project in the community. One person was shot dead during the kidnap operation.

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How politics destroyed labour movement -Adeyemi, ex-NLC Deputy President

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Peter-Adeyemi

PRINCE Peter Adeyemi, the General Secretary of Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Other Institutions, NASU, and a former Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Sunday Vanguard, speaks on politics in labour government, leadership, challenges and prospects.

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Why governors are the most powerful politicians in Nigeria – Ebute

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Senator Ameh Ebute

Chief Ameh Ebute, a lawyer and politician in the Peoples Democratic Party, was the Senate President in the Third Republic and has continued to play active in the current dispensation. He is the Chairman of the National Open University of Nigeria and a major stakeholder in national and Benue State politics.

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2015: Adoption of Jonathan was a product of sacrifice — Gov Akpabio

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Gov Akpabio

In this interview, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State bares his mind on why the PDP governors endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for 2015 ahead of the December 6 National Convention of the party, the achievements of the PDP-led Federal Government, his state, his massive support for Jonathan, and his next political move, that is, his senatorial ambition, among other issues. Akpabio spoke after the PDP performance tour team, anchored by the Chief Olisa Metuh-led National Publicity Secretariat department of the PDP, visited his state.

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Why the tax system in Lagos is transparent — Fowler, LIRS Chairman

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Tunde Fowler

Mr. Babatunde Fowler, Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Inland Revenue Service and Executive Chairman, Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue, explains why the state is the model in tax administration and development in the country at a time when there are fears that the dwindling revenue from crude oil sales may get worse

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Australian negotiator, Davis, sends a message to Boko Harm

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Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, and Boko Haram commanders in 2013 after BH reportedly agreed to dialogue

In this interview, Australian negotiator, who has been working closely with the leadership of the Boko Haram sect, pleads with the group to seize the window provided by the death of Shekau to end the destructive cycle of insurgency in parts of Nigeria, free captured Chubok girls and return to normal life.

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One year after, the pain of losing my husband lingers – McPhilips’ widow, Tina Nwachukwu

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Tina Mcphilips Nwachukwu

September 29, will be exactly one year Mcphilips Nwachukwu, former Arts Editor of Vanguard died after a protracted illness. His widow, Tina, has decided to immortalise her late husband, whom she describes as her closest friend, brother and husband by organizing a memorial lecture in his honour.

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The Spark Sage: Dr Marinho encourages creativity through mentorship

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Dr. Tony Marinho

The renowned Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Dr Anthony Olatokunbo Marinho, has conducted over 3000 C-sections. He is the author of over two dozen works of literature and the founder of Educare Trust, which has provided IT training to more than 6000 Nigerian youths. He dragged his first breath of air on January 8, 1949, and have continued a family tradition of service to humanity. In homage to his late wife, he also drives the Lola Marinho Breast Cancer Foundation. Vanguard Spark is proud to present this social crusader as our Sage of the Month (September Edition). In this interview with Amatesiro Dore, Dr Marinho personified wisdom and also provided very important articles on “The Future of Medical Practice in Nigeria”, “The Fear of Ebola”, “Time to Retire”, and “A Spark for the Rookie of the Month”.

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Jonathan is too patient — Ex- Gov Akala

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Adebayo Alao-Akala

Otunba Christopher Alao- Akala was governor of Oyo State between 2007 and 2011 when he vacated office for the present governor, Chief Abiola Ajimobi shortly after that year gubernatorial election. Penultimate Thursday, Akala formally declared his interest to run for the office of the governor of his state.

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June 12 Controversy: I have a strong feeling Abiola’s aide betrayed me — Frank Kokori

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Frank-Kokori-2014

A FORMER General Secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Chief Frank Kokori, is taken aback at the effort by Frank Eno, one-time Special Assistant to the undeclared winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 election, Chief Moshood Abiola, in an interview published in Sunday Vanguard, last month, to allegedly pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians concerning the June 12 re-validation struggle and his (Kokori) arrest. Eno’s interview was in reaction to the remarks about him by Kokori in latest book, ‘FRANK KOKORI: The struggle for June 12’. But Kokori, who fires back, in this interview at his country home in Ovu, Ethiope East Local Government, says Eno was standing the truth on the head.

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TB Joshua will not die but will suffer – Congolese Prophet

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Jean-Claude

Cogolese Jean-Claude Kibondzi is one of the thousands of worshippers who crave to see TB Joshua. He said that he is based in Sweden and that he has not been able to meet TB Joshua since he started coming to Nigeria in 2012. He calls himself a prophet and predicts that more buildings at the

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1966 Coup: Ironsi rejected our nominee to replace slain Prime Minister Balewa – Mbazulike Amaechi

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Amaechi Mbazulike

Nigeria’s first Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi lives in Nnewi, Anambra State. In an encounter with Sunday Vanguard, he spoke on the Nigeria of his days as minister and how, despite the resolve of his colleagues in the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa-led cabinet to continue the First Republic following the assassination of the Prime Minister, the military, led by General G.T.Y. Aguiyi-Ironsi, sacked the democratic process.

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2015: The danger signals from the opposition — Prof. Alkali, Political Adviser to the President

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Professor Rufai  Ahmed Alkali

Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali, a political scientist from Gombe State, is the immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters. Alkali, in this interview, speaks his mind on his new office, support groups for Jonathan ahead of 2015, the opposition parties and the 2014 National Conference, among other issues

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Did Late Dr Enemou know that his patient had Ebola and treated him secretly?

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HEALTH PERSONNEL IN PROTECTIVE  KITS AT THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY (12/8/14).

Until a few weeks ago, Dr. Sam Ikechukwu Enemuo was a relatively unknown name. But today, the very mention of his name and everyone is quick to identify him as the doctor who knowingly treated an Ebola patient in a hotel in Port Harcourt, contracted the disease and died of the illness after infecting others he had close contact with. An elderly woman who shared hospital room with him also died of the disease.

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Why Nigeria needs to bring morality to the fore – Adeniji

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adeniji

Oloye Adegboyega Adeniji is the Chairman of Movement For Fundamental Change, MFC, a coalition of about 150 civil society groups, non governmental organisations high networth activitists who believe that governance in Nigeria should not be left in the hands of present crop of leaders.

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The three options to bring back Chibok girls, by Oby Ezekwesili

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Oby during her visit to Vanguard Newspapers.

Former Education Minister and leader of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, visited the Lagos Head office of the Vanguard Newspapers, last week, with some members of her group in what can be described as a sustained move to rescue the over 219 Chibok school girls, who were abducted on April 14 by the Boko Haram insurgents. Ezekwesili, who cried for over five minutes during a chat with Vanguard senior editors, said she and her group would not stop the campaign until the girls were rescued. She dismissed as balderdash insinuations that joblessness is responsible for her campaign, and the campaign is politically-motivated and being funded by opponents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Federal Government. With her during the visit were Mrs Wonu Folami (former Lagos State Attorney General), Mrs Sekinat Yusuf (former Lagos education commissioner), Maureen Iyasele, Dr M. Adefeso and Debola Williams among others.

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