Wednesday April 23rd, 2014
Wednesday April 23rd, 2014
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Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabab are helping Boko Haram — Rawlins, American security expert

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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

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*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

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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

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*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

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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

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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

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*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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2015 elections will be better – Jega

  /   in Interview 4:00 am   /   Comments

Jega-cartoon-2015

The Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega last Monday in an interactive session with Editors in Lagos talked about the preparations being made for the 2015 general elections especially the Osun and Ekiti gubernatorial elections . He also spoke on the mistakes made by the commission in the past and efforts being made to avoid repeating them in future.

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Constitution Amendment: Why we are stripping president, govs of immunity—Dep Speaker Ihedioha

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Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha

The House voted via Section 153 to establish an Electoral Offences Commission as one of the federal bodies in the Constitution. This is a bold attempt by the House to tackle the hydra-headed problem of electoral integrity and ensure effective sanctions for electoral malpractices. Furthermore, the word “Executive”, in the Section was expunged as it was felt that some of the bodies listed therein, like the National Judicial Council cannot really be called “an executive body”. The House also voted to establish an Electoral Offences Tribunal.

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The strong leader Nigeria needs, by Gov. Ajimobi

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Senator Abiola Ajimobi

So with Sen. Ladoja, I have a good relationship and I have no fear about him. If he wants to run (for governorship), we will meet on the field. We are ready for him.

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President, Govs should not enjoy immunity – Jubril Aminu

  /   in Interview 5:34 pm   /   Comments

Jubril Aminu

In this interview, he knocks governors, who defected from the PDP to the opposition, saying they should be honourable enough to step down and also insists that many northern politicians who are opposed to President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in 2015 are acting in their own selfish agenda, as they do not have the blessing of the North. He also says the current National Conference can be used to make some fundamental constitutional amendments despite the short time at the disposal of the delegates.

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The politics of state and federal roads is dicey – Onolememen, Minister for Works

  /   in Interview 1:41 am   /   Comments

Works Minister, Mike Onolememen

However, since 2012, that project has also benefited from enhanced funding as result of funds from the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P). As a result of the SURE-P funds and some other funds we are trying to access, I want assure you that the entire corridor would be rehabilitated

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Onolememen: Mending Nigerian roads!

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Onolememen

Onolememen presents himself as an individual who knows the situation of Nigerian roads like the back of his hand. He speaks on what the Jonathan administration is doing to fix the roads and the challenges that go with it.

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I want a successor that will surpass my achievements – Fashola

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Fashola

As apprehension and permutation thickens on who becomes the next governor of Lagos State, the incumbent Governor Babatunde Fashola, last Tuesday met with Lagos State House correspondents at the state House, Marina, Lagos Island and opened up on a number of issues, particularly who succeeds him come 2015.

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Senator Uzamere has become a political liability – Afegbua

  /   in Interview 3:52 pm   /   Comments

Afegbua: Former chairman

Prince Kassim Afegbua is Special Adviser, Media and Public Affairs to the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. In the wake of defection of Senator Uzamere, the Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District, where he gave some reasons for his defection, Prince Afegbua spoke to Weekend Vanguard, in reaction to some of the claims by the defected Senator; excerpts:

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Some politicians who left PDP are coming back – Gov Shema

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Gov Ibrahim Shema

Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema of Katsina State is a lawyer, Administrator, a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and a member of PDP National Executive Committee, NEC. In this interview with select Journalists, Shema bared his mind on his developmental agenda in his state, completion of projects started by his predecessor, late President Umaru YarAdua, 2015 Presidential bid of President Goodluck Jonathan, crisis in PDP, in Rivers State, the way forward, and other salient issues. there.

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Nigerians never agreed to live together as a nation — Mike Ozekhome, SAN

  /   in Interview 3:37 am   /   Comments

Nigeria

Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the Akpakpavighivighi of Edo land, was recently honoured by the palace of the Oba of Benin with the chieftaincy title. In his joyous mood at his Benin City residence, he bared his mind on the proposed National Conference, saying that though President Gooduck must be commended, the conference will be another jamboree if several issues are not taken care off before the kick off.

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It will be difficult for Nigeria to break up – Nduese Essien, ex-Minister

  /   in Interview 12:20 am   /   Comments

*Nduese Essien

Nduese Essien, former Minister of Lands and Housing, was also a member of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007 during which he served as the Chairman of the South-South Parliamentary Caucus in the NASS. He also served as a member of the Federal Government’s Technical Committee on Niger Delta and Chairman of the House Committee on Anti-corruption, National Ethics and Values.

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Single Term Pact:Northern govs misunderstood Jonathan – Prof. Jerry Gana

  /   in Interview 4:20 am   /   Comments

Jona-top-story-2

He comes from an area of this country that has not tasted power before now. Even if Jonathan says today that he cannot do a second term, do you think the people of the South-south would just sit down and allow him to go like that so that they wait for another 40 years before they can take power again? Then, he would not go back to Yenagoa. That is the reality and it is not a personal decision but a collective decision in a country where power continues to shift. It is the turn of the South-south and they want to do their complete term and conclude it. They seem to be telling Jonathan, ‘Look, you are the one who was given the mandate, don’t chicken out’.

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Fashola to Jonathan: ‘You will hand over whether you like it or not’

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*Fashola

In this session with Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, he explains the style of administration that has been put in place in the state such that successive governments can build and improve on what has been achieved so far. He also takes a swipe at President Goodluck
Jonathan and his aides who say no administration in the history of Nigeria has done as much as theirs.
You will find him as interesting as ever, with views that are unique both in thought and presentation.

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Why I want to govern Osun State – Wole Oke

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*Wole Oke

Hon Wole Oke is one of the leading governorship aspirants of the Peoples’ Democratic Party in Osun State for this year’s August 9, governorship election. The two- term member of the House of Representatives spoke with journalists on his aspiration and chances of picking his party’s ticket.

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Era of ‘garrison democracy’ is over — Gulak

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Gulak...President needs time to focus on issues

Faced with mounting criticism of being incompetent and weak as the president with enormous powers to bulldoze his way through several challenges facing the administration , the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Alhaji Ahmed Ali Gulak, in this interview, says it is unfair to describe the Presidency as weak.

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The June 12 Story : How Abiola, NADECO played into Gen. Abacha’s hands – Prof. Yadudu

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Late MKO Abiola and Late Gen Sani Abacha

In this concluding part of the interview with the former legal adviser to the late head of state, General Sani Abacha, Prof. Awwal Yadudu, he says the late Chief MKO Abiola won the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election but defends his incarceration by Abacha on the grounds of his self-declaration as president. Yadudu also speaks on other issues in the polity.

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The June 12 Story : How Abiola, NADECO played into Gen. Abacha’s hands – Prof. Yadudu

  /   in Interview 7:50 pm   /   Comments

Late MKO Abiola and Late Gen Sani Abacha

In this concluding part of the interview with the former legal adviser to the late head of state, General Sani Abacha, Prof. Awwal Yadudu, he says the late Chief MKO Abiola won the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election but defends his incarceration by Abacha on the grounds of his self-declaration as president. Yadudu also speaks on other issues in the polity.

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Legally, politically, Jonathan cannot contest in 2015 — Prof. Yadudu

  /   in Interview 4:59 am   /   Comments

Yadudu-11

Professor Awwal Yadudu was legal adviser to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha. In this interview, he forecloses President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in 2015 on political and legal grounds. Yadudu believes the proposed National Conference is a ploy by the Federal Government to divert attention from the problems besetting it, saying the plan will fail.

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Information Minister raises the alarm: ‘Why they are after the President’

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Information Minister, Labaran Maku

It is not every day that you meet the Information Minister, Mr.Labaran Maku, who also oversees the Defence Ministry. So when Maku met a team of editors in Abuja, last week, on the state of the nation, it was an opportunity to field questions on issues ranging from the economy to defence, power, agriculture, defence, politics, etc. Excerpts of interview:

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I almost went mad in prison over a coup I didn’t plan – Colonel Ajayi (rtd)

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Col. Ajayi (Retd)

Col. Gabriel Ajayi (rtd) was Colonel Administration and Quartermaster General, Lagos Garrison Command and author of End of the Road: The Travails of an Infantry Officer. By his appointment at the Garrison Command, he was second-in-command to the then General Officer Commanding, GOC, Major Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, whose hands the Ijesha-born infantry officer alleged were apparent in his travails over the alleged 1995 coup. Ajayi was accused of planning to overthrow General Sani Abacha, arrested, tried and sentenced to death along side former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the late Major Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and Colonel Gwadabe, among others. In this interview, Ajayi says the only thing government could do to make him happy with the system was for his ‘compulsory retirement’ to be reversed and his normal rank at discharge (major-general) be effected.

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