Saturday August 30th, 2014
Saturday August 30th, 2014
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Dokubo-Asari at 50: ‘My encounter with Boko Haram leaders in jail’

  /   in Interview 9:22 pm   /   Comments

Asari-Dokubo

He means different things to people. To some, he is a militant. To many others, he is a social crusader. But to several people in the Niger-Delta, especially the Ijaw community, his tribe, he is both a warrior and liberator. This is even as many people believe the former Ijaw Youth Council President and leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, is enigmatic. The son of a former judge in Rivers State judiciary, Asari appears unstoppable in the fight to liberate his people. He clocked the golden age of 5O on June 1, 2014. In this interview, he tells the story of his many struggles amongst others.

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Why militancy may return to Niger Delta, by Ledum Mitee

  /   in Interview 12:56 am   /   Comments

Ledum Mitee, Chairman, N-Delta Technical Committee.

Militancy was a reaction to the problems of the Niger Delta. So, to deal with the consequence without addressing the core issues did not solve the problem.
My regret is that most of those recommendations have not been implemented.

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Northern leaders branded me a traitor for working with Jonathan — Ex-SGF Yayale

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Mahmud Yayale Ahmad

Alhaji Mahmud Yayale Ahmad can be described as one of Nigeria’s outstanding technocrats, who has had the rare privilege of serving at the top echelon of the nation’s political class, public service and the defence institution.

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‘Boko Haram has ridiculed our security profile’

  /   in Interview 7:21 pm   /   Comments

Jide Ologun

A public analyst,Barr. Jide Ologun in an interview with Saturday Vanguard speaks on Chibok girls and Boko Haram.

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We are all working with Nigeria to bring our girls back – Wendy Sherman

  /   in #BringBackOurGirls, Interview   /   Comments

Wendy R Sherman

THE abduction of over two hundred school girls from Chibok by the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram and the response of the Federal government to their release has taken an international dimension.

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Boko Haram: We need Nigerians’ support to win — Maku, Information Minister

  /   in Interview, News 1:16 am   /   Comments

Information Minister, Labaran Maku

It is the nature of the war that has been part of the problem. Our forces have fought wars outside the shores of this country and we have always excelled. What we need now is the intelligence from our people to volunteer intelligence and help our forces to root out these criminals. If Boko Haram were to stand on one side and our forces are to stand on another side, the war would not last 30 minutes. What we need is every layer of support from all Nigerians. There is no better trained armed force in Africa than Nigeria; I can tell you that confidently on record.

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Ekiti Polls: We will attack trouble makers from the air, on ground—CP

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Ekiti-CP-Felix-Uyanna

COMMISSIONER of Police in Ekiti State, Mr Felix Uyanna, is working round the clock to ensure that the June 21 governorship election in the state is conducted in a peaceful atmosphere

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National Conference is Nigeria’s last hope — Diete-Spiff

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Alfred Diete-Spiff

In this interview, he bares his mind on the conference, what Nigerians expect from it, state police, federalism, resource control, the role of traditional rulers, NYSC, among other issues.

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Girl forced to watch father, brother killed by Boko Haram tells her story

  /   in Interview 11:16 pm   /   Comments

Deborah Peter

Deborah Peter was 12 years old when gunmen from the Nigerian terrorist group burst into her home in northern Nigeria and shot dead her father, a Christian pastor, and her 14-year- old brother Caleb, and then forced her to lie with their corpses.

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Brown Oyitso – Amazing Work Of Grace

  /   in Allure, Interview 6:19 pm   /   Comments

Brown Oyitso

Although he is a Provincial Pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, and the MD/CEO of Brunnel Nigeria Limited, if a man’s beginning determined his ending, he would have amounted to nothing. According to his personal testimony, the penury to which his widowed mother was thrown after the demise of his Area customary court judge father, left his future hanging in the balance.

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It is crazy to have 36 states — Maj. Gen. Momah

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Sam-Momah1

How can a governor collect up to one billion naira (minimum is half a billion) monthly? It is scandalous and they don’t account for it; that is why it is so convenient for them; you cannot probe them. That should be expunged from the Constitution. The police is there to protect them, I don’t know what security vote they need. I don’t know who put that thing in the Constitution and they are capitalizing on it and just scooping up the entire money and taking home.

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Boko Haram members burn their university certificates – Shehu Sani

  /   in Interview 10:16 pm   /   Comments

Shehu Sani

The first surprise in the encounter was that the representatives of the terror group spoke fluent English. The bigger surprise was when some of the insurgents revealed that they had university degrees. It is a prerequisite for new Boko Haram members to burn their university certificates or any paper identification that links them secular schools.

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How ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign went viral— Matthew Daniel

  /   in Interview 12:55 am   /   Comments

Laila

How could this happen in a state under emergency rule? Terrorists had four hours operation and carted away the girls without help from anybody after which they journeyed into the forest. Remember the principal was said to be there; and the next minute, they said she was at her daughter’s place. There is discrepancy about the number of the kidnapped students. At times you wonder if we have leaders.

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Chibok girls must be rescued by May 27 — Joe Okei-Odumakin

  /   in Interview 8:53 pm   /   Comments

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin

This clearly shows that the northern leaders are not serious about the rescue of the girls. The Federal Government has not been able to rescue the girls despite the much acclaimed military might of Nigeria. Is it then wrong to seek help outside Nigeria?

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Chibok Girls: Jonathan’s c’tee can’t achieve anything – Audu Ogbeh

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Audu-Ogbeh

Chief Audu Innocent Ogbeh, one-time Minister of Communications; former National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and now a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, is a politician and an administrator.
In this interview, he bares his mind on the present security challenge in the country, what President Goodluck Jonathan must do, the on- going National Conference, among other salient issues.

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Fayemi’s other side, by Opeyemi Bamidele

  /   in Interview, Politics 12:49 am   /   Comments

Rep. Opeyemi Bamidele

MIchael Opeyemi Bamidele, erstwhile Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State, Special Adviser to Governor Ahmed Tinubu and once a darling of the Asiwaju crowd is today on the other side, flying the kite of Labour Party in next month’s gubernatorial election.

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Three fears Nigeria must address to survive, by ABC Nwosu

  /   in Interview 7:21 pm   /   Comments

*ABC Nwosu

Professor Alphonsus Bosah Chukwurah (ABC) Nwosu was a political adviser and later Minister of Health in the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2003. Before then, he superintended the Igbo secretariat at the 1995 Constitutional Conference. At the ongoing National Conference, he is a delegate representing Anambra State. In this interview, Nwosu speaks on resource control among other issues.

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Nigeria ahead in optometry practice in Africa – Dr  Udom

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Uduak Christabel Udom

Dr. Uduak Christabel Udom, the immediate past President of the African Council of Optometry, has just been elected the President of the World Council of Optometry (WCO). In this interview, she speaks about the problem of optometry in Nigeria and Africa and what can be done to move the profession forward.

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Only northern govs, leaders can stop Boko Haram – Oritsejafor

  /   in Interview 12:30 am   /   Comments

•Oritsejafor

Amid the raging insurgency in the North-east, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, says, contrary to the claim in some quarters, Christians, rather than Muslims, are the targets of the Boko Haram Islamist group. Oritsejafor lists six ways to end the insurgent attacks including northern leaders engaging Boko Haram in dialogue. The CAN leader spoke to Sunday Vanguard after the Daughters of Sarah convention, co-hosted by his World of Life Bible Church, Warri, Delta State.

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I left $86bn in govt coffers – Peter Obi

  /   in Interview 5:22 pm   /   Comments

PETER OBI: I have no ambition to go to senate

Former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State in this encounter with Saturday Vanguard speaks on his legacy, life after governance, APGA and other issues not connected with government.

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Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabab are helping Boko Haram — Rawlins, American security expert

  /   in Interview 12:59 am   /   Comments

A picture taken from a video distributed to journalists in recent days through intermediaries and obtained by AFP on March 5, 2013 reportedly shows Abubakar Shekau (C), the suspected leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, flanked by six armed and hooded fighters in an undisclosed place.

What I would say is that it has got to the point where Boko Haram is killing people because Boko Haram is now proving a point that it can kill and get away with it. It has gone beyond religion, politics and ideology. It is a belief: ‘I can kill people and I can get away with it and let me show you I can do it.’ That is what it is now. It is a showman thing. I know most people won’t think of that because they always believe it is religious or political.

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Why APC will not zone the presidency – Gov. Oshiomhole

  /   in Interview, Issues 5:41 am   /   Comments

Governor Oshiomhole

As far as I know, there is no provision for zoning in the APC constitution. And, therefore, it means that there is no zoning.

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National Conference is incapable of engaging the future — Pat Utomi

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Pat Utomi

Professor Pat Utomi is an economist and a politician. He co-founded the Lagos Business School, now Pan African University. In this interview, Utomi speaks on the on-going National Conference and the economy among other issues.

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2015 Break-Up Prediction: Nigeria will shock Western world – CAN leader

  /   in Interview 2:00 am   /   Comments

*Archbishop God-Dowell Avwomakpa

I will not tell you what the agenda of the Christian body is until it is made public in the conference. As I have always said, we need to pray. Some people will say ‘but things are still rough with all the prayers’, but I tell you, Nigeria cannot survive without prayers, even for one week. Prayer is the glue that gums Nigeria together; if you remove that glue, Nigeria will break into pieces. Let us put aside tribal and religious sentiments. Nigeria has long awaited this conference; so, I advise that those who have not been chosen to attend the conference should take away malice and sentiments and pray for its success.

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2015: North must negotiate with Jonathan or lose out — Ogbemudia

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Dr Ogbemudia

I think the governors there can help the security to overcome the excesses of these people. They are the chief security officers of their states; therefore they have a duty to ensure the safety of their people. These are matters that there should be outside publicity; if I have serious suggestions, I will channel them properly, not on the pages of newspaper, it will not work.

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This National Conference is waste of time – Prof. Nwabueze

  /   in Confab Debate, Interview 1:59 am   /   Comments

Prof Nwabueze

Nothing, it’s just a talk-shop. We must realise that it’s a talk-shop. It’s functions are merely deliberative and advisory. So, there is no harm in talking. If they talk for three months, something good may come out of it but, certainly, not the adoption of a new constitution.

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2015: Second term govs may cause problem for the PDP — Hon. Akpan

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Hon-Akpan

I don’t think people should argue much about President Jonathan contesting election in 2015. The reason for saying that is that the President has performed creditably. He has been fair to every part of Nigeria. He has done a lot in transforming critical sectors like education, health, roads, etc. As is the practice world over, if a President has done well, people repay him with re-election . Jonathan is good enough for second term.

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Out next challenge is to move from cashless to paperless transactions – Systemspec CEO

  /   in Interview 12:30 am   /   Comments

*John Obaro ...what Remitter does is promote payment electronically, paperless

John Obaro is the Managing Director/Chief Executive, Systemspec Limited, an indigenous I.T firm that developed Remita, an information technology platform used by the banks, federal government and some states for e-payment, e-collection and e-payroll. In this interview, during a conference on, Winning Big With E-Payment, organised by the company, Obaro spoke on the state of the e-payment industry in Nigeria and the role of Remita in future of the industry.

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Why I sponsored same sex prohibition bill – Senator Obende

  /   in Interview 12:56 am   /   Comments

Domingo Obende is a Senator representing Edo North Senatorial District in Edo State.

Senator Domingo Obende is the senator representing Edo North senatorial district of Edo state, where Governor Adams Oshiomhole hails from. In this interview with Saturday Vanguard, the APC senator gave reasons for sponsoring the same sex prohibition bill and why he wants his people to support his second term bid

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I will miss nothing when my husband leaves office – Roli Uduaghan

  /   in Interview, Special Report   /   Comments

Roli Uduaghan

Her Excellency, Deaconess Roli Uduaghan, the First Lady of Delta State, is well positioned to tell the Emmanuel Uduaghan story having been married to the governor for 24 years. Last Sunday, she sat down to tell the story. Her narration laced with never-before-told tales of the inner life of the Delta State first family also reveals Roli’s role as a supportive spouse and spiritual shield.

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Uduaghan I know – Ogeah

  /   in Interview, Special Report 8:05 pm   /   Comments

Chike Ogeah

Well, like I said when I started the job, I said he is like an elephant. It depends on which part of him. You know when a blind man is feeling an elephant, he will feel the ear and he will think that it is a massive fan. When he feels the tusk, he will say what kind of tree is this? The point I am trying to make is basically that he is a man that has so many sides to himself. And it depends on what side of him you are dealing with before you will be able to come to that conclusion.

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My Boko Haram Story, by Senator Khalifa

  /   in Interview 12:45 am   /   Comments

*Senator Ahmad Zannah Khalifa

Senator Ahmad Zannah Khalifa represents Borno Central Senatorial District in the Senate. In this interview, he tells the story of Boko Haram from his own perspective, saying over 100, 000 people have died as a result of the insurgency in his state and accuses government of complicity on the killings. Excerpts:

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