Thursday October 23rd, 2014
Thursday October 23rd, 2014
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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

  /   in Interview, Politics 8:32 am   /   Comments

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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How I survived Ebola – Dennis Akagha

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Dennis Akagha  and Late Justina Ejelonu

He and his wife-to-be had lofty dreams of living fulfilled lives and raising wonderful children together. She was two months pregnant and their traditional marriage had been fixed for October.

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Why I won’t fight Osoba, by Gov Amosun

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Chief Segun Osoba and Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State says it is an insult to the people to reduce governance to the distribution of kerosene and rice. He speaks, in this interview, in reference to the Ekiti State election in which ‘politics of stomach infrastructure’ was said to have played a role in determining the winner.

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Gbenga Daniel set booby trap all over Ogun— Amosun

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Former Gov Daniel and Gov Amosun

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State says it is an insult to the people to reduce governance to the distribution of kerosene and rice. He speaks, in this interview, in reference to the Ekiti State election in which ‘politics of stomach infrastructure’ was said to have played a role in determining the winner.

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Gov, godfather in battle for Borno

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Bwala

Since he was relieved of his position as Commissioner for Information in Borno State, INUWA BWALA has maintained a low profile.In this interview, he alleges a plot to denigrate a former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu, by linking him with Boko Haram, while telling the story of his experience in governmen

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We shouldn’t blame insecurity on opposition parties — Anyim

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Nyerere Anyim

With the over 200 kidnapped Chibok girls still missing, and frequent bombings in northern Nigeria, it goes without saying that insecurity is the greatest challenge facing Nigeria today. In the light of this, many have traced the root cause of the insecurity to the opposition parties simply playing politics. National Vice Chairman, South East of the All Progressive Congress, APC, and Abia State gubernatorial aspirant, Dr. Nyerere Anyim, says instead of playing the blame game, Nigerians should come together and bring an end to the current wave of insecurity. He also speaks on the future of Abia and the possibility of an Igbo president.

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2015 Elections: Mantu jabs Northern Elders, says APC dead on arrival

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Ibrahim Mantu

One would think that as a prominent northerner, he would join in the campaign by the leading opposition party and some of his kinsmen to edge President Goodluck Jonathan out of office in 2015. But that card is not on the table.

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IBB @ 73: ‘Why Boko Haram will not survive’

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Gen. Ibrahim 		Babangida

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, is 73 years old today. In this interview to mark the occasion, Babangida, fondly called IBB, speaks on some critical issues in the country, including the continuous detention of the Chibok girls by the Islamist group, Boko Haram, the power situation in the country, the 2015 general elections, among others

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Boko Haram: Why it was difficult to negotiate – Igah

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Emmanuel Igah

Boko Haram demanded the release of nearly 100 of their men who are currently held in detention. This is an unacceptable starting point in any eventual negotiation. We all know what happened when a Boko Haram activist was released from detention following pressures from various quarters – he later became the brain behind the first bombing of Nyanya motor park in the outskirts of the federal capital, Abuja, which claimed dozens of lives. At this point, Boko Haram believes it has the upper hand and so can dictate the tune. For any meaningful negotiation to take place, the Federal Government must first regain the military initiative and break the backbone of Boko Haram.

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Ibrahim Gambari lists Confab’s controversies, achievements

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Ibrahim Gambari

Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, academic and former diplomat, was
Nigeria’s Minister of External Affairs and subsequently, a senior official of the United Nation’s bureaucracy, rising to the post of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (USG) for the Department of Political Affairs (DPA).

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‘Gbaramatu Ijaws anger on Ogidigben EPZ now beyond renaming project’

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Benemowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom and frontline Ijaw interests agitator on the contentous EPZ project, Chief Godspower Gbenekama told Vanguard that Gbaramatu have padded their communal demands that Federal Government and NNPC must meet before ground breaking is done for the $ 16B project.Excerpts.

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Ijaws have no claim to Ogidigben EPZ – Eyengho

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Alex Eyengho

Alex Eyengho, member of the Ugborodo Interface Committee on the Ogidigben Export Processing Zone Project speaks to Vanguard’s Egufe Yafugborhi in Warri on the continued unrest in Ugborodo and Gbaramatu Ijaw’s discontent on the coming $16B Gas City project.

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Osun Poll: You are hypocrites!

  /   in Interview, Osun Polls 12:54 am   /   Comments

Obanikoro

MINISTER of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, in this interview, says there is a nexus between the delay at rescuing the abducted Chibok girls and the need to avoid losing the girls in the rescue process. He also dismisses the criticism against the deployment of soldiers for the Osun State gubernatorial election, held, yesterday, as a standard practice.

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My problem with Obasanjo, Osoba, Amosun, by Gbenga Daniel

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Gbenga-Daniel

By Dapo Akinrefon Otunba Gbenga Daniel governed Ogun State between 2003 and 2011. In this interview in Lagos,OGD, as he’s fondly called,  bared his mind on his new political platform, Labour Party, his relationships with former President Olusegun Obasanjo and erstwhile Governor Segun Osoba, and why he is throwing his weight behind the alleged re-election

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UNEP Report: We’re tackling Ogoni clean-up with sincerity – Alison-Madueke

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Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Maduekwe

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke speaks on renewed moves by the Federal Government to rev up environmental restoration work in Ogoni land in a chat with journalists in Abuja.

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Orubebe opens up on his ministership, hopes to govern Delta

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Godsday Orubebe

SINCE Elder Godsday Orubebe left his job as Minister of Niger Delta, early this year, to pursue his craving to become the governor of Delta State in 2015, many controversies have leaped on why he threw in the towel, why he is gunning for the seat, his performance as minister, camaraderie with South-South leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, who had publicly kicked against his aspiration.

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I have no reason to fight Oshiomhole – Odubu, Edo Dep Gov

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Odubu

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Dr Pius Odubu, marked his 57th birthday recently in Benin-City, but it was low keyed. Odubu said he decided to mark it that way due to the kidnapped Chibok girls. In this interview, he speaks about his life, the crisis in Edo Assembly, his loyalty to Governor Adams Oshiomhole among other issues

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