Saturday July 4th, 2015
Saturday July 4th, 2015
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The quest for a child

  /   in Periscope 6:15 pm   /   Comments

pregnant woman

Looking for a child has been a most harrowing challenge for a great number of men and women. The Bible tells the agonizing story of a woman who continuously wailed as she sought a child. God took pity on Hannah and gave her a child after the intervention of Prophet Eli. She became the mother of Samuel, a giant in the history of Jews.

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Petroleum Subsidy: What Corruption has made of it

  /   in News, Periscope 12:35 am   /   Comments

Subsidy-Incorporated

Nigeria has been entrapped by subsidy since 2011 when the Federal government envisioned the idea of subsidy removal. The regime of subsidy on petroleum products had been fraught with dishonesty or fraud as the case may be.

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The international community helped Nigeria to deliver credible polls – Ambassador Ekewenu

  /   in News, Periscope 12:39 am   /   Comments

2015-ELECTION

Karo Ekewenu, a United Nations Ambassador on Millennium Development Goals, speaks on the general elections in Nigeria, Delta State politics, President Goodluck Jonathan and the roles of the international community and personalities of note in the democratic journey to the polls.

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Oba of Benin’s Health: Omo N’Oba is hale and hearty — Prince Akenzua

  /   in Periscope 12:22 am   /   Comments

Edun-Akenzua

But what many may not know is that the Oba of Benin never dies, he transits from mortality to immortality. And from all indications, the Home Leopard lives and still reigns over his kingdom. In this interview, his younger brother and the Enogie (Duke) of Obazuwa, Prince Edun Akenzua, clears the air on the issue. He equally reacts to the call for the resignation of the Chairman of the Benin Forum and the Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri, by some groups loyal to the PDP, just as he explains why it will be difficult for the Binis to cast their votes for President Goodluck Jonathan during the general elections

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February 14 Explodes: ‘Blame my death on Attahiru Jega’

  /   in Features, Periscope 6:01 am   /   Comments

Jega

In this animated interview, we present February 14, 2015, with some tough questions. This was first done sometime in 2013 when we presented 2015 as an angry guest.

Today, with the hoopla generated by the argument on both sides whether or not to kill February 14, we present thoughts that will add a fresh perspective to the entire debate.

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Jonathan, Buhari and the bandwagon effect to come, by Ogiemwonyi, ex-Minister

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Ogiemwonyi

Engr.Chris Ogiemwonyi was Minister of State Works under President Goodluck Jonathan. The former Group Executive Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last month and since then has been working assiduously for the success of the APC in Edo State. It is speculated that the former NNPC boss is one of those eying the Osadebey Avenue, after Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s tenure in 2016.

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Soludo and his missing trillions

  /   in News, Periscope, The Soludo debate 7:35 am   /   Comments

Prof Soludo

CHARLES Soludo claims to be writing a three-part treatise on “Okonjo-Iweala and the missing trillions”. However, his first installment, which hit the Internet on Sunday, February 1, 2015, is so full of casuistry and subterfuges that, whatever else he subsequently dishes out will equally carry so much fire but very little light. In this connection, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, is advised to repudiate further temptations to waste precious time in dignifying Soludo’s tantrums with the benefit of any response.

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Vanguard Personality of the Year: Akpabio’s uncommon Legacy

  /   in Periscope 12:26 am   /   Comments

2014-man-of-the-year-akpabi

IN the consideration of many, the hallmark of Governor Godswill Akpabio’s success in government is the physical transformation of Uyo, the once rustic capital city of Akwa Ibom State and neighbouring towns.

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Kerry’s insult, joke- Keshi

  /   in Periscope 12:48 am   /   Comments

Joe-Keshi-2

FORMER Consul-General of Nigeria in Atlanta, United States of America and Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Nigeria, The Hague, Netherlands, Ambassador Joe Keshi, has advised the Federal Government to change strategy and rejig its foreign policy in response to what he describes as the U.S’ double standards.

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The Benue Battle: David Mark, Suswam, Moro join forces against Akume, Gemade, Ortom

  /   in Periscope 10:21 am   /   Comments

Senate President, Sen. David Mark

Barely two weeks to the general elections, political activities in Benue State are gaining momentum with the two notable parties in the state, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, making subterranean moves to outdo each other.

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Enahoro joins the octogenarian club

  /   in Periscope 12:34 am   /   Comments

Peter Enahoro

CELEBRATED media icon, Mr. Peter Enahoro turns 80 today with a legacy undiminished and unfaded even as the profession where he made his mark in Nigeria and abroad faces revolutionary changes in its processes.

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Teenager recounts seven-week ordeal in Boko Haram den

  /   in Periscope 2:28 am   /   Comments

•Escaped women in Damboa area of Borno State

The dream of pretty fifteen-year-old Abigail John, a senior secondary two student of Government Day Secondary School, Jang, Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, was temporarily dashed on October 29, 2014 at 11.00am when the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists attacked Mubi and caught her in her house alongside others.

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Nigeria is repeating the mistakes of 1964/65 – Nnadi

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Barr Tony Nnadi.

Tony Nnadi is the Secretary of Lower Niger Congress (LNC), a group working to have Nigeria restructured. He holds the view that Nigeria has been run into a cul-de-sac by the insincerity of its leaders from certain sections of country. In this interview, he says holding elections in Nigeria at the moment, without resolving the issue of the country’s ‘illegitimate’ Constitution, would amount to courting violent disintegration.

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My problem with UNIBEN, by Oshiomhole

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Oshiomhole

Edo State government has taken step to recover some landed properties around the old GRA that over years have been occupied by some officers of UNIBEN. When the University of Benin was set up, the then military governor, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, in his wisdom, decided to assist some of the officers with that accommodation.

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Over 2,000 people came to demolish my house—Homeless Ex-UNIBEN VC

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Osayuki-Oshodin

It was a pitiable sight on Monday, January 5, 2015 seeing the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof.Osayuki Oshodin, at his official residence in GRA, Benin City, as bulldozers were unleashed on the building on the orders of Edo State government. It was about 5pm that day when the bulldozers went to work. Oshodin, who was relaxing after the day’s job, was shocked.

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Mayhem as oil union factions battle for Kaduna refinery

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refinery

Nothing stampedes Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State into taking action than security issues, those who are close to him are wont say.

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Bolaji Akinyemi replies Jonathan: ‘I have done my part’

  /   in Periscope 10:53 am   /   Comments

Prof Bolaji Akinyemi

A Minister of External Affairs, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, said he was not moved by the Presidency’s dismissal of his advice that possible post-2015 polls unrest be forestalled through an anti-violence agreement by the two major contestants, Peoples Democratic Party’s Dr. Goodluck Ebelle Jonathan and All Progressives Congress’ General Muhammadu Buhari. He said he had done his part.

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The Obasanjo Tempestuous Watch

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wole-soyinka-obasanjo

BRAYAN Johnson, in his 2012 piece, titled: 10 Most Influential Books That Were Controversial”, observed that books are often written as a result political and economic contigenences as well as religious inclinations.

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The unseen dangers confronting Nigeria, by Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke

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•Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke

At the Oxford University’s Smiths School of Enterprise and the Environment, SSEE, a Nigerian scholar, Chukwumerije Okereke, a Professor at Reading University, brought home the dangers of Nigeria’s approach to the issue of sustainability and the environment in a constantly changing world.

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Women as suicide bombers

  /   in Periscope 7:15 am   /   Comments

AT about 11 a.m., Monday, a bomb explosion went off at the popular Dukku Motor Park in Gombe State, killing scores of people at a park that was filled with passengers “who wanted to travel” for the Christmas and Boxing Day holidays. It was not the first time female bombers are taking the centre stage. All over the world, women are respected as custodians of the home, wives and mothers are becoming home wreckers. The “givers of life”, the “keepers of home and family” are now becoming the murderers.

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The Obasanjo Tempestuous Watch

  /   in Periscope 12:23 am   /   Comments

*Olusegun Obasanjo

BRAYAN Johnson, in his 2012 piece, titled: 10 Most Influential Books That Were Controversial”, observed that books are often written as a result political and economic contigenences as well as religious inclinations.

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Gov Okorocha is destroying the traditional institution – Eze Ilomuanya

  /   in Periscope 11:23 am   /   Comments

Eze Ilomuanya

Eze Ikechukwu Ilomuanya, the Obi of Obingwa Owerri, Imo State, and a delegate to the defunct National Conference, here speaks on Igbo presidency, governance in Imo and some other issues in the polity

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‘How American experts allowed growth of boko haram’

  /   in Periscope 10:09 am   /   Comments

Jean Herskovits

GOVERNMENTS and newspapers around the world attributed the horrific Christmas Day bombings of churches in Nigeria to “Boko Haram” — a shadowy group that is routinely described as an extremist Islamist organization based in the northeast corner of Nigeria.

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Irritating comments from America should stop, by Prof Akinyemi

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Prof Bolaji Akinyemi

Firstly, the amnesty agreement with the Niger-Delta militants was concluded under Yar’Adua and not Jonathan. In fact, the only militant group, which held out, intensified its bombing campaign under Jonathan. This clarification is relevant to the issue raised as to whether the Boko Haram will respond favourably to a northern President overture. There is no evidence of that. Apart from the fact that the insurgents are virulently against the northern establishment as evidenced by the attacks on several Emirs, there was an attempted assassination targeted the leading northern presidential candidate, Gen M. Buhari.

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Terror should never compel concession of power — Akin Osuntokun

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Akin Osuntokun

Mr Akin Osuntokun, a former political adviser to erstwhile President Olusegun Obasanjo, responds to Prof Joseph’s interview

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I am very very romantic —Gov Aliyu

  /   in Periscope, Special Report 12:37 am   /   Comments

•The Aliyu family

It is not always easy for people, especially those at the helm of affairs like president, governors, senators, ministers, commissioners and many others to discuss their private lives particularly their families.

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Speaker Tambuwal’s Defection: Again, President Jonathan, PDP, IGP miss it

  /   in Periscope 12:33 am   /   Comments

Mallam-Aminu-Tambuwal

Who is the Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria?

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In Imo, Catholics go to war over new bishop

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*Some of Reverend Father Akanekus’s men allegedly brutalised

Catholic Diocese of Ahiara, Imo State has not known peace since the pioneer bishop, Rt. Rev. Victor Adibe Chikwe, died in September 2010.

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‘Lagos govt has technically taken over Synagogue’

  /   in Periscope 8:03 am   /   Comments

TB Joshua-Synagogue Church

General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, Mrs. Abimbola Animashaun-Odunayo, in this interview, speaks on the recent collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, the intricacies surrounding it, the next line of action by the state government, among others.

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The President’s Steward: A pauper in Aso Rock!

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sat frontpage

Many Nigerians would like to think that having a job in the Presidential Villa would be the opportunity to avail oneself of his/her share of the national cake. That, however, is not the case with the presidential steward, Mr. Micheal Onuh, who lives in a rented apartment on the outskirts of Nasarawa State and survives on two hours sleep daily.

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Row over Ebola and Schools Resumption: Did FG breach global norm?

  /   in Periscope 1:09 am   /   Comments

pupils-in-Lagos-schools-11

Concerns from stakeholders have continued to mount over the decision of the Federal Government to review the resumption date for private and public schools to September 22 due to Ebola Virus Disease, EVD. To many parents, the decision is not in the best interest of children. They warned that the reopening of schools, which will involve about 80 million Nigerians adolescents, pupils and teachers, is a high-risk strategy.

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20 years after allegation of betrayal! Kokori clears Osoba

  /   in Periscope, Special Report 1:08 am   /   Comments

frank1

Kokori, a former Secretary-General of National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (NUPENG), who was incarcerated by the Abacha regime, relates, in his autobiography, “The struggle for June 12, the facts about how he was nabbed by the military.Extracts from the book, entitled, Frank Kokori: The Struggle for June 12.

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