Thursday October 2nd, 2014
Thursday October 2nd, 2014
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It’s possible to be poor, live a life of honour, dignity, says Jonathan

  /   in For the record, News 9:49 pm   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan (L), presenting a 'Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)' Award To A Taxi Driver, Mr Imeh Usuah, who returned the sum of N18m (Eighteen Million Naira) forgotten in his car by a customer, in Abuja on Monday (29/9/14).

Let me now at this point specially appreciate three of the awardees: the taxi driver, Mr. Ime Usuah, the traffic warden, Cpl Solomon Dauda, and the steward, Mr. Michael Isaac Onuh, and ask that they should step forward and come to the stage. I read a story in The Vanguard on Sunday yesterday in which Michael Isaac Onuh was described as a pauper in the State House.

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It’s time to build on foundations laid by Igbo leaders – Jonathan

  /   in For the record 3:41 pm   /   Comments

President Jonathan

Great, progressive pillars of Igboland, I am indeed very happy to join you today in this unique initiative set aside to celebrate excellence and reaffirm the joint vision for the continuing development of Ndi-Igbo and Nigeria as a whole.

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Boko Haram sponsors are friends of President Jonathan, says Chief John Odigie-Oyegun

  /   in For the record 5:58 pm   /   Comments

APC briefing on Boko Haram Sponsors

Before I address you today, kindly permit me to play the full interview of Dr. Stephen Davis, the Australian negotiator who was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan to help secure the release of the over 200 girls who were abducted by Boko Haram on April 15th.

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2015: North VS South (1): INEC gives North fresh advantage

  /   in Features, For the record 12:52 am   /   Comments

Jega-cartoon-2015

In what many are describing as a gambit with the potential for dangerous and unimaginable consequences, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, led by Professor Attahiru Jega, may have set itself up for opprobrium from a section of the Nigerian nation. Its recently announced 30,000 new Polling Units, PUs, has been distributed across the country. Yet, in a curious twist of logic, the cleaning of the Voter Register, VR, which has seen many states in the northern part of Nigeria lose ‘GHOST VOTERS’ in their millions, have been allocated a whopping 21,615 (twenty one thousand, six hundred and fifteen) PUs, as against a meagrely 8,412 (eight thousand, four hundred and twelve).

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Gov Aregbesola s victory speech

  /   in For the record 7:31 pm   /   Comments

GOV. RAUF AREGBESOLA WINNER OF OSUN
GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION AT IFOFIN POLLING UNIT 1, WARD 8, IN ILESA ON
SATURDAY

After an unnecessarily tense, tortuous and even traumatic process, the Independent National Electoral Commission this morning declared me as the winner of the Osun state governorship election on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC). On behalf of my party, we are delighted to claim victory for our hard work, focus and dedication in this election. I thank the Almighty God for our triumph at the polls, against all odds.

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President Jonathan is destroying Nigeria – Odigie-Oyegun

  /   in For the record 5:11 pm   /   Comments

From left, All Progressive Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun; National Secretary APC, Allhaji Maimala Bunni and Deputy National chairman North, Alhaji Shaibu Lawal  addressing pressmen reacting to impeachment moves by Federal Government and PDP in the State of the Federation in Abuja yesterday. Gbemiga Olamikan.

Please permit me to start off this press conference with a quote by Chilean writer Isabel Allende, which goes thus: ”What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse.”

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Impeachment as a crude weapon: The Nigerian experience

  /   in For the record 12:45 am   /   Comments

Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa

HAD the major players in the British political system in the 14th century and the framers of the 1776 Constitution of Massachusetts lived till this moment, their verdicts on Nigeria’s political culture would be damning.

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Why nobody can save Nyako, by ex-minister Hong

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Hong

Dr Aliyu Idi Hong is a young man who is not afraid to call a spade a spade. As one time Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State before the 2007 general elections, he was not scared to take on the big names in the party. He was later appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, later Health before berthing at the Foreign Affairs.

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Ekiti Election: Read Gov Fayemi’s ‘Will of the people’ speech

  /   in Ekiti Elections, For the record 12:47 pm   /   Comments

Gov Fayemi

In o kun o Ekiti kete.

Yesterday, Ekiti State decided. Following the gubernatorial elections held in the land of honour, Ekiti State, Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially returned the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election.

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Democracy in danger as Nigeria comes under creeping fascism – APC Chairman

  /   in For the record 5:54 pm   /   Comments

Gov. Aliyu Wamakko Of Sokoto (m), Raising The Hand Of The Newly Elected National  Chairman Of Apc, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, at the tarty's National Convention In Abuja On  Saturday (14/6/14). With Them Are, Former Governor Of Lagos State,  Bola Tinubu (L); Former Head Of State   Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (2nd-L) And Former Vice President Atiku
Abubakar.

I have called this World Press Conference today to alert Nigerians and our international friends of the grave threat posed to our democracy and indeed the very survival of our nation by an increasingly-tyrannical federal government.

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Corruption is corruption, says Bisi Akande

  /   in For the record 9:17 am   /   Comments

*Chief Akande

Apart from our regular media interventions, which are undoubtedly very constructive, our party has launched a Road Map that will lead us to the creation of a new and prosperous nation. Time will not allow me to go into the full details of the Road Map. Suffice to say that the agenda we have placed in the public domain to showcase our party’s determination to change the face of the country includes job creation; war against corruption; free, relevant quality education; restoration of agriculture; housing, improved healthcare; social welfare plan for the less privileged; greater attention to roads, power and infrastructure; better management of natural resources and strengthening peace, security and foreign policy.

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That midnight call from Dora Akunyili

  /   in For the record, Health 12:17 am   /   Comments

Prof. Dora Akunyili

The phone call came just after midnight. As the strident and persistent tone startled me out of fatigued slumber, I clawed for my handset on the bedside table wondering who could be calling so late and why.

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Global terror networks deeply involved with Boko Haram— Jonathan

  /   in For the record 6:56 pm   /   Comments

Jona-Paris1

Without doubt, your concern and empathy with the government and people of Nigeria is a clear demonstration of true solidarity and brotherhood in ensuring that the current security challenges facing our country are addressed in a definitive and conclusive manner.

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President Jonathan’s speech at the regional summit on security in France

  /   in For the record, News 1:36 pm   /   Comments

PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE OF FRANCE (L), WELCOMING PRESIDENT GOODLUCK  JONATHAN TO THE PARIS SUMMIT FOR SECURITY IN NIGERIA AT THE ELYSEE PALACE, FRANCE ON  SATURDAY (17/5/14).

But let me state clearly from the outset that what started as a local insurgency in North Eastern Nigeria has now evolved into the new frontier of the global war of terrorism against our civilisation, our way of life, and against the many prospects of stability in our region

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Nigeria On Auto Pilot, Let’s Rally To Save her! By Bisi Akande

  /   in For the record, News 1:50 pm   /   Comments

*Chief Akande

Nigeria is at war! And Nigerians are asking: How did we get to this sorry pass? Could we have averted the situation in which we have now found ourselves, a situation in which Africa’s most populous nation, and one said to have the largest economy on the continent, is now lying prostate, begging the world for help? How did a country that has been at the vanguard of maintaining peace in other countries since 1960 now become something of a panhandler? How can we restore peace to our country and provide safety and security for our people?

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Tribute: Pini Jason: One year after

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Pini-Jason-book-cover

Contrary to their protestations, most politicians first think of themselves, and themselves last! Politics, for many politicians of whatever hue, is about how much money they share at the end of the day. They hardly think that their acts lay the foundation or dig the grave for Nigeria. The attitude is that it does not matter now; get what you can, Nigeria will sort itself out.

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Tribute: Pini Jason: One year after

  /   in For the record 8:52 pm   /   Comments

It is one year exactly today since ace columnist, Pni Jason Onyegbado, passed on. In his memory, we present extracts from the book he was working on at the time death came entitled, ‘Nigeria-The Years of Impunity’.
The book, now ready, will soon be out.

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The lingering memories of Pini Jason

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*Pini Jason

Pini, my very good friend, those of us you left behind in this wonderful, sinful and godless world are still grieving your demise 365 days after. It is unbelievable that a whole year has rolled by since death enveloped you. We will not see you or read your column on the pages of newspapers or hear your voice calling me “Enerable” again. All I am left of you is your book, “A Familiar Road”, and memories of your screaming philosophical words reminding me of what we should not have ordinarily known. Like a properly tuned acoustic percussion or guitar, your inspirational words and kind deeds echo in my mind.

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Pini Jason: One year after: Let’s have an inclusive dialogue now!

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Pini-Jason-book-cover

In August 2010, Ambassador John Campbell published the following views about Nigeria: “Nigeria is in trouble.  National elections scheduled for 2011 have the potential to undermine the country’s current precarious stability by exacerbating its serious internal ethnic, regional and religious divisions. Since 1999, national presidential elections have adhered to an informal power sharing arrangement between

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My ‘Sambisa’ Tale – Chibok Girl

  /   in For the record, The Arts 9:56 am   /   Comments

You will not be wrong if you think we have taken oaths…

The heights of all imaginations have been done to me Mama…

I will be 13years tomorrow and I have seen it all

Mama, my tender eyes have seen the other side of Life

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The Olubadan at 100 on the intriguing throne

  /   in For the record 12:02 am   /   Comments

olubadan

As the events marking the centenary birthday of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I, was rounded off, yesterday, a new record was set in the history of Ibadan. Since the ancient city started the monarchical system in 1820 with Baale Maye Okunade as the first king, Odulana is the first king to attain the age of 100 years on the throne. Others who reigned before him were actually old due to the well-arranged traditional structure that is adjudged the best in the South-west.

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Largest Economy: Why I can’t celebrate – Jonathan

  /   in e-trending, e-trending, For the record 6:51 pm   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan addressing Rio+20 Earth Summit Thursday in Rio De Jenario, Brazil.

President Goodluck Jonathan has said he will not celebrate the recent feat of the country as the largest economy in Africa and 26th in the world.

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US slams Nigeria: Corruption extremely high – Dep. Asst. Secretary of State

  /   in For the record, Special Report 1:17 am   /   Comments

Bisa-Williams

If you ask me, I would say that corruption is extremely high in this country; there is no other polite way to say this.

It is extremely unfortunate, because Nigeria as a country has tremendous intelligent people who do not have to be corrupt, because they have all it takes to be successful. Nigerians are resourceful and they are living in abundance of wealth and to acknowledge the fact that there is corruption in Nigeria is disheartening.

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Jonathan’s Speech At The Inauguration of National Conference

  /   in For the record 6:17 pm   /   Comments

national-conference

History also teaches that nation-building is a journey of dedication, commitment, diligence, perseverance and patriotic vision. To be successful, nation-builders must continually strive to evolve better and more inclusive societies in which every citizen is a proud and committed stakeholder.

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The Canonisation Of Terror By Wole Soyinka

  /   in For the record 1:45 am   /   Comments

wole-soyinka-cry

For the name of that hospital, it is reported, is none other than that of General Sanni Abacha, a vicious usurper under whose authority the lives of an elected president and his wife were snuffed out.  Assassinations – including through bombs cynically ascribed to the opposition – became routine. Under that ruler, torture and other forms of barbarism were enthroned as the norm of governance.

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FG predicates Sanusi’s suspension on loss of confidence in his ability to lead CBN

  /   in For the record 7:33 pm   /   Comments

Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

The decision is predicated on the loss of confidence in your ability to lead the Apex Bank towards the achievement of its statutory mandate. Of particular concern is the fact that, under your watch, the bank has carried out its functions in a manner characterised by disregard for due process and accountability.

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Jonathan’s administration creating jobs, building infrastructure, Okonjo-Iweala replies Reps

  /   in For the record, News, Reps vs Okonjo-Iweala 11:08 am   /   Comments

Okonjo-Iweala-budget

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has
responded to the 50 questions posed by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance during the 2014 budget presentation.

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Read Tukur’s reply to OBJ

  /   in For the record 12:14 am   /   Comments

Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

It is an honour that you deemed it fit and proper to intimate me with an issue important to your mind and our party in the South-west zone. It is my wish and prayer that such cordial and positive relationship will continue between your good self; former President and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of our great party on one hand, and my humble self, the National Chairman of our party on the other hand.

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Read Kashamu’s reply to OBJ

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Kashamu Buruji

My attention has been drawn to yet another letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the National Chairman of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, frowning at my allegedly being made the leader of the party in the South West. He called me “a wanted habitual criminal…for whom extradition has been requested by the US Government…”

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Read OBJ’s letter to Tukur

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Obasanjo-letter

“While I believe that a good and truly national political party must be a microcosm of the nation in its membership, made up of all sorts of characters from near-saints to near-satan, I also believe that on no account should a known habitual criminal that is wanted abroad to face criminal charges levelled against him be extolled as a political leader in a respectable and wholesome nation-building political party.

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Read Clark’s letter to Obasanjo

  /   in For the record 2:00 am   /   Comments

Clark-obasanjo

This indeed is a season of open letters, the session of which you heralded with a contemptuous one to His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Your eldest daughter and a former Senator. Dr. lyabo Obasanjo, feeling uncomfortable with your antics quickly fired a response to your now infamous letter that has gone viral and continue to generate negative national discourse.

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Read Jonathan’s letter to Obasanjo

  /   in For the record, News 8:32 pm   /   Comments

*Jonathan

But I feel obliged to reply your letter for a number of reasons: one, you formally requested for a reply and not sending you one will be interpreted as ignoring a former President.

Secondly, Nigerians know the role you have played in my political life and given the unfortunate tone of your letter, clearly, the grapes have gone sour. Therefore, my side of the story also needs to be told.

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