Tuesday December 23rd, 2014
Tuesday December 23rd, 2014
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The Obasanjo Tempestuous Watch

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*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

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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’

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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

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•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

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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’

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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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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?

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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

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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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The clog in wheels of Nigeria’s industrialisation, by Egesi, ex-NMA boss

  /   in Periscope 10:21 pm   /   Comments

Mr. John Egesi is a former director-general, National Maritime Authority (now NIMASA) and President, Nigerian Institute of Shipping (NIS). In this interview, he sheds light on how the peculiarity Nigeria shares with other sub Sahara African countries is both a weakness and a strength.

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Cement controversy in House

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Cement

The House of Representatives has endorsed the 42.5 mpa cement grade as the minimum in the Nigerian market. The House thereby bars the 32.5 grade which the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) had allowed to be produced and sold but limited to plastering jobs only. Following from the House Committee’s surveys and analysis, the 32.5 grade poses greater danger to largely uninformed Nigerians than the 42.5 grade.

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Malala’s Villa encounter with Jonathan

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Not many people have been shot in the head and lived to tell their stories. But for young Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, her close shave with death when Taliban terrorists shot her in the head has catapulted her from an unknown rural girl to international status, earning her a spot to address the United Nations, UN, General Assembly

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How Bayelsa is being made safe for investment, by Gov Dickson

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Gov. Dickson

As I took the oath of office as governor, most of the critical initial steps my government took were aimed at building this cardinal imperative upon which our policy thrust as government will be delivered. Accordingly, prime among this was the issue of insecurity, which made it impossible to live and do business in Bayelsa. By deliberate and determined deployment of legislation and policy, backed by decisive and clear-headed leadership, mobilizing the security asset of our country and the citizenry, our state within the short period of two years has now become one of the safest places to live and do business in the country

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Inside President Jonathan’s primary school

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The President’s school being rebuilt. Inset: Dr. Walton Liverpool

Dr Walton Liverpool is the Executive Secretary, Bayelsa State Universal Basic Education Board.
In this interview with Jimitota Onoyume, he speaks on why Governor Seriake Dickson ordered that the primary school attended by President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Bayelsa State be rebuilt. He dismisses the allegation by some members of his board that he operates as a sole administrator.

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S H O C K E R: Nyanya bombing suspect uses British passport- Sudan ambassador

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Aminu-Sadiq-Ogwuche

The Sudanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Tagelsir Mahgoub Ali, speaks on the difficulties being faced by his home country to extradite the man suspected to be behind the bombing of Nyanya, near Abuja, the FCT, who fled to Sudan, to Nigeria.

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US govt: Countering the Crisis of Credibility in Nigeria

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It is no longer news that the United States government is strongly committed in efforts to strengthening Nigeria’s democratic institutions, and electoral processes.

This, clearly explains the country’s extensive involvement in ensuring that the upcoming Ekiti and Osun states elections in the next few months are conducted credibly and peacefully.

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CHIBOK: Between Jonathan and Obasanjo

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Jonathan and Obasanjo

In all my years of reading articles written by some of the very finest in this noble profession called journalism, two articles are stuck in my brain like the hair planted on the scarf of the head.

The first of these TWO articles….WHY I WILL NOT FORGIVE MY TEACHER, was written many years back by Dare Babarinsa of the then Newswatch. I still remember it as if it were yesterday, cramped in the popular Lagos Danfo bus on my way from work, shuttling between Oyingbo through Orile and finally to Okokomaiko where I shared a two-room apartment with my cousin. I had started reading the article out of boredom, little did I know that it would hold a lifetime influence on my literary reasoning.

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Towards ending violence against women

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Itoro-Anaba-vio

Rape and sexual assault against women in Nigeria have become issues in dare need of global intervention. Although there has been concerted efforts towards protecting the rights of the girl child as well as women in their homes and society at large, there is still much to be done, to put an end to it.

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Insurgency has affected business with Nigeria— Belgium Amb. Dirk Verheyen

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BELGIUM may rank as one of the countries that do not subject Nigerians to cumbersome visa processing, both in Abuja and Lagos. This is in sharp contrast to what many intending travellers go through in the hands of embassy officials as well as touts while trying to obtain visas to developed nations.

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Contending with Cultural clash in China

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AS the presence of Nigerian immigrants continue to grow in the People’s Republic of China, many Nigerians have begun to demonstrate utmost displeasure towards the country’s public display of cultural barriers. Their major concern has been that the cultural barriers have in many diverse ways, contributed in dampening business relations between them and the Chinese.

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Dokubo-Asari At 50: ‘I became radicalised after converting to Islam’

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Asari-Dokubo

During the anti-SAP riot, after the demonstration in Jos, students in the University of Calabar also demonstrated. We were demonstrating outside the main campus when the police started shooting. And there was a female student, Nnenna, behind me. She was shot. She fell. I started wondering. I was taller than she was. How come she got shot standing behind me? How did the bullet pass me to hit her? I carried her with all the blood and everything

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Emir Sanusi Saga: Jonathan does not know where his rights begin and end – Gov Kwankwaso

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Following the death of the Emir of Kano and the selection of the former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, trouble descended on the ancient
Kingdom like a plague, forcing the new emir to operate from the Government House while security agents take over the palace.
But the state Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, in this interview defends the choice of the new emir, saying it was not influenced by any political consideration and accuses the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of instigating the violence to bring down his government. The governor also serves notice that his life is in danger and that Nigerians should know who to hold responsible if he is killed.

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Expose On A Cocooned Emir: How Sanusi is ruling Kano Emirate

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Sanusi surrounded by Royal Guards as he entered the palace

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s name can simply be substituted with controversy. His many controversies during his days as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) made him a popular name in Nigeria and abroad. A thorough bred intellectual, he never hid his ambition to become the Emir of Kano. Those close to him attested to the fact that becoming the emir was the last thing left for him to achieve.

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OSINKENNIA: Unravelling the mystery in herbs, roots

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Osinkennia

Certain ailments that defy western drugs are believed to respond to African herbs and roots.

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BIRTHDAY EVE HORROR: How gunmen shot NYSC member dead

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All is not well with Edo State Police Command and the family of Edeghonghon Aziegbe (a.k.a Eddy) of Ekpoma. Edeghonghon graduated from the Department of Geography, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, and deployed to Asaba, Delta State for his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) before meeting his untimely death in Ekpoma, last month. Edeghonghon was shot dead by some persons yet to be identified a day to his 30th birthday after he went out with friends for a drink.

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Goodluck Jonathan: A President in need of help!

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Jonathan

This was to be the fourth meeting between the man Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and this writer.
However, last Sunday’s meeting with the man who is now President brought home some truth. From the preparation for the live broadcast of the PRESIDENTIAL MEDIA CHAT, to the post-event dinner at the President’s residence, one point remained very critical: Nigeria’s President needs help.

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Chibok Affair: The Emerging And Uncomfortable Facts, By Fani-Kayode

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#BringBackOurGirls

Now that the operational leadership and visible face of Boko Haram, in the person of the filth called Mr. Abubakar Shekau (aka Darul Tawheed), has finally admitted that they were responsible for the abduction of hundreds of our school girls and that they intend to ‘’sell them in the market like slaves’’, it is pertinent and necessary for us to consider some of the emerging, though uncomfortable, facts.

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Abubakar Shekau: The face of terror : A ruthless leader with twisted ideology

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Shekau

He is the face of terror. A ruthless leader with a twisted ideology. And the sadistic architect of a campaign of mayhem and misery.

And yet, very little is known about Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram.

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Ugborodo peace accord: We support Uduaghan’s peace efforts — Alex Eyengho

  /   in Periscope 10:41 pm   /   Comments

Alex Eyengho

The simple answer to that is yes. There is a truce, an accord as a result of the peace initiative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigerian through the offices of the Chief of Naval Staff and the Inspector General of Police. I can say that the effort of the Federal Government Peace Committee which started since January this year has finally yielded positive results. All the grievances by the two sides have been addressed and everybody I can say has now sheathed his swords. Both sides have resolved to work together.

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