Friday December 19th, 2014
Friday December 19th, 2014
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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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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!

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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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How Boko Haram became an octopus – Ogbeha

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Ogbeha

Brigadier General Tunde Ogbeha (rtd) was a two-term member of the Senate, representing Kogi West Senatorial District (1999-2007); and a former military governor of the defunct Bendel State. Ogbeha bares his mind on topical issues

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Why I want to be Governor of Zamfara State – Sagir

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Sagir Hamisu Gusau

Alhaji Sagir Hamisu Gusau, a seasoned Administrator, served as the Director of Protocol to virtually all the Ministers of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA in the present political dispensation and retired as Director of the Federal Capital Territory administration. He joined politics soon after he retired and he is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Terror sponsors can’t hide for too long – Maku

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Labaran Maku

Some of them outgrow their sponsors and become a societal problem. Every problem that you see that has developed at the national level started at the local level, it was not tackled by those responsible at that level until it becomes a national headache.

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Once oil dries up, some states will not survive – Abonta

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*Uzoma Nkem-Abonta.... Some people abroad are very fearful of Nigeria

Since the late 1950s when crude oil was first discovered in Nigeria, it has become the core of the nation’s economy. Attention has shifted from agriculture and other natural resources, to the liquid gold that has become both a blessing, and a curse for the country. In this interview, Hon. Nkem Uzoma Abonta who represents Ukwa East/West Federal Constituency of Abia State in the House of Representatives, calls for the speedy passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB into law, less dependence on oil revenue, and the fact that Nigeria does not need eighteen more states.

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20 DAYS TO OSUN 2014: Aregbesola’s anti-people policies will sweep him out — Omisore

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*Omisore

Senator Iyiola Christopher Omisore is the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State in the gubernatorial election that holds in 20 days time, specifically on August 9. In this interview, Omisore bares his mind on the Aregbesola administration, his electioneering campaign, his plans for the people of the state and what INEC must do to ensure a hitch free election.

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21 Days to Osun 2014: Aregbesola’s anti-people policies will sweep him out — Omisore

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*Omisore

Senator Iyiola Christopher Omisore is the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State in the gubernatorial election that holds in 20 days time, specifically on August 9. In this interview, Omisore bares his mind on the Aregbesola administration, his electioneering campaign, his plans for the people of the state and what INEC must do to ensure a hitch free election.

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CONFAB is a waste of billions of naira – Prof.Utomi

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Prof Utomi

rof.Patrick Okedinachi Utomi is a distinguished Nigerian professor of political economy and a renowned, internationally aclaimed public affairs analyst with a unique leadership acumen that separates him from his equals.

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Boko Haram: Stop blaming Jonathan for the lapses of northern politicians —Jude Tabai

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Tabai

A former Special Adviser to Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State on Niger Delta, Mr. Jude Tabai, in this interview, defends the steps taken by President Jonathan to tackle insurgency and re-position Nigeria, contending that those who facilitated the emergence of Boko Haram for political reasons should rise up and find an answer to the monster rather than blaming Jonathan for their atrocities.

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Please, forgive me, Ohakim begs Imo people

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Gov. Ikedy Ohakim

The immediate past Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, spoke to our correspondent, CHIDI NKWOPARA, on a number of issues, including his days in office, the scores of allegations leveled against him and his aspirations.

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