Saturday January 31st, 2015
Saturday January 31st, 2015
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Contending with Cultural clash in China

  /   in Periscope 4:58 pm   /   Comments

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’

  /   in Periscope 8:22 pm   /   Comments

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

  /   in Periscope 12:13 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Periscope 7:57 pm   /   Comments

#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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Why we agreed to let peace reign – Dr. Alex Ideh

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Dr. Alex Ideh

IT took the intervention of the Federal Government before the warring factions in the leadership crisis that engulfed the oil-rich Itsekiri community of Ugborodo in Warri South-West Local Government agreed to sheath their swords. Former Commissioner for Health in Delta State, Dr. Alex Ideh and Itsekiri youth leader, Mr. Alex Eyengho, who are leaders in both factions, spoke to Vanguard on the new-found peace.

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Mystery killings amid Delta kidnapping trial

  /   in Periscope 12:18 am   /   Comments

The abduction of Mackson Macaulay, son of Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Delta State, Mr. Ovuozorie Macaulay, in 2012, was allegedly organized by his (SSG) relation. This information came to light after the killing, March 27, of two kidnap suspects by gunmen, who attacked a police patrol team conveying them to court, along Oboh-Ogwashi-Uku Road. Two defence counsel in the main case were also killed on the same day.

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The illegality of Chief Clark’s call for the removal of govs of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states

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WHEN President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States in May 2013 he rejected the illegal advice of some power mongers to remove the elected governors and dissolve other democratic structures in the affected states.

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Boko Haram Big Trouble in Borno: 100 kidnapped girls in the Sambisa forest

  /   in Periscope, Politics 12:03 am   /   Comments

Chris Olukolade

April 15, 2014 will ever remain fresh in the minds of the people of Chibok in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State as a result of Boko Haram insurgents invasion of the Government Girls Secondary School in the town in the process of which scores of school girls writing their Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) were abducted. Borno State Governor put the number of the abducted at about 50.

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Nyanya Bombing: How we mitigated the pains – FEMA

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Alhaji Idris Abass, Director-General of the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, is not a novice in risk management having been an astute insurer and a broker. Abass, in this interview, speaks on managing disasters in the FCT and the need for residents and indigenes to avoid disaster in the best possible ways in the wake of last week’s Nyanya’s bomb blast.

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Killer Child-Bride Speaks: ‘I regret killing my husband, 17 days after wedding’

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Wasila

Child-bride, Wasila Umar, accused of killing her husband and three of his friends while injuring many others after she served them poisoned food, in Kano, says she regrets her action.

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Crimea crisis re-echoes Bakassi’s ordeal — Ekong

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In this interview, Chairman of Save Bakassi Movement, Chief Maurice Ekong, argues that the story of Bakassi people is not over as the ethnic Russian population in Crimea has exposed the West and the UN system on the right of indigenous people to determine their future.

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Evil People’s Apology! My kidnappers begged for forgiveness – Edwin Clark’s son

  /   in Periscope 7:31 pm   /   Comments

Mr. Ebikeme Clark

IT’S not easy to seize a prey from the mouth of the tiger, but that was exactly what the Delta Waterways Security Committee, DWSC, Warri, did, last Sunday, when it forced kidnappers of Mr. Ebikeme Clark, son of a former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, to unconditionally release him, four days after he was taken hostage in Kiagbodo, Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State.

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The President versus the Governor of governors (4)

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“The CBN external auditors who signed the CBN 2012 audited financial statements will be required to provide some clarification by the FRC (Financial Reporting Council) and even by the CBN board as they continue the investigation directed by the Presidency.” Industry source, PUNCH, March 7, 2014, p 28.

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The President versus the Governor of governors (3)

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“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) had severally made cases in support of the need to allow the apex bank retain its current autonomy. This is because it feared that if CBN’s power to manage the monetary policy and price stability is taken away, the Nigerian economy could suffer — ” Azimah Momoh Jimoh, THE GUARDIAN, March 2, 2014, p 20.

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Between Sanusi and the powers-that-be By Femi Fani-Kayode

  /   in Periscope 7:26 pm   /   Comments

Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is not my favourite person and I have differences with him on many issues. I must, however, commend his immense courage for speaking out and exposing the monumental corruption in the government that he once served as CBN Governor and that has now decided that they no longer require his services.

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2015 General Elections: Our concerns — United States

  /   in Periscope 5:59 am   /   Comments

US President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria before their bilateral meeting in New York on September 23, 2013 on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly. AFP

“We will be discussing ways we can partner to make Nigeria’s upcoming 2015 elections the most peaceful, free, fair and credible in its history. We will also exchange ideas on how we can arrest the malignancy of financial corruption that eats away at Nigeria’s democracy and economy”.

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Boko Haram: Survivors’ tales of 14 days of hell in Borno

  /   in Periscope 8:05 pm   /   Comments

A victim of the attack in the hospital.

For 14 days beginning from February 11, the people of Borno, particularly those residing around the bushy Sambisa Forest, have seen what could be described as ‘hell on earth’ following deadly attacks, bombings, killings and destruction of property. No fewer than 500 people were reportedly killed, 15,000 residents displaced/sacked, 200 still missing, while property worth billions of Naira including houses, shops and vehicles were destroyed all in the name of insurgency.

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The ups and downs of Oduah’s tenure

  /   in Periscope 12:10 am   /   Comments

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MIXED reactions from aviation stakeholders and others have greeted the removal of Princess Stella Oduah as the Minister of Aviation. She was sworn in on July 2, 2011 and deployed as Minister of Aviation on July 4. She was last Wednesday relieved of her post alongside the Minister of the Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, Minister of Police Affairs, Chris Olubolade and the Minister of State for Finance, Yerima Ngama.

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Prof. turned monarch takes on traditionalists: ‘The vain moves to dethrone me!’

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THE Obuzor of Ibuzor, Oshimili North Local Council, Delta State, Obi (Prof.) Louis Chelunor Nwoboshi, spoke to Sunday Vanguard against the backdrop of his alleged dethronement. He described the allegations against him as the handiwork of his opponents. The monarch also spoke on other issues

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Bode George’s Prison Memoirs: First week in jail was tough because I was viciously angry!

  /   in News, Periscope 8:40 pm   /   Comments

Bode George

“Nigeria has invested so much in me than for me to misbehave or mess up with the nation’s image. I will forever be grateful to Nigeria for the kind of military discipline that I have,” said the retired commodore.
“I need to talk about the whole experience just for generations coming behind to have the true picture of what actually happened. And I am saying it now so that it should never happen to anybody again. People who have the opportunity to be in positions of power should never use it to persecute. These are wicked people, who thought that they could do what they did to us and get away with it.”

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Customs, PAAR and its ignorant critics (2)

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AS the customs prepared to take full control of destination inspection in Nigeria, it put in place the following as the pillars that will hold the NCS destination inspection:

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Ondo, Mimiko and a paradigm shift in community devt.

  /   in Periscope 12:21 am   /   Comments

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It is not in the character of Nigerians to have confidence in government. The reason is not far-fetched. Successive governments – at all tiers – over the years failed them. Lack of infrastructure and poor service delivery were the order of the day. So, when at the outset of the 3i’s initiative, designed by the Mimiko government of Ondo State to get the people to participate in the process of deciding the project that was close to their heart for implementation, Community Change Agents were sent to Oyin in Akoko North West LGA, the people simply sent them away.

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ALAERE ALAIBE: ‘The virtues of Please, Sorry and Thank you’

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To those who knew her at close quarters, the visage of ALAERE AUGUSTINA TIMI-ALAIBE keeps hitting them in the face as if she is standing next to them – including this writer. Her facial expression, always alluring, can be very infectious. But all that disappeared five years ago when she passed on. Today, a special thanksgiving service holds in honour of this late gem.

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Shaping agenda for national dialogue amid doubts

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President Goodluck Jonathan flanked by Vice President Namadi Sambo (4th right) and the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on the National Conference, Dr. Femi Okurounmu while other committee members watched shortly after the inauguration of the Committee at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida.

BEYOND “the feel good factor” being expressed in government circles about plans to celebrate 100 years of amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates to form a country called Nigeria, there is a widespread discontent on the perceived mistakes of the amalgamation. But more importantly, there is a determined push to dialogue on the future relations between and among ethnic nationalities that make up the world’s most populous black nation on earth.

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A Peep into Oyo Empire: The Alaafin and his 100 court cases

  /   in Metro, Periscope 12:06 am   /   Comments

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Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, Iku Baba Yeye, on Wednesday, January 14, 2014, clocked 43 years on the throne of the Alaafin of Oyo. How time flies! Time has moved at such a fast pace that one of the Yoruba most revered traditional rulers, during an interaction with Sunday Vanguard, could not understand how the feat of two scores and three that he has been on the throne was achieved. He, however, was certain that, “It is God Almighty; not by my power or effort. I give glory to Him.”

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Decision-making at the national Confab

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President Goodluck Jonathan flanked by Vice President Namadi Sambo (4th right) and the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on the National Conference, Dr. Femi Okurounmu while other committee members watched shortly after the inauguration of the Committee at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida.

That the Executive and the National Assembly should cooperate as partners to put in place an enabling law that should lead to a successful and hitch-free National Conference. In that context the Committee recommends that the President should send an Executive Bill for the purpose of the National Conference to the National Assembly, which shall enact it into the enabling law. The Committee is convinced that, on balance of probability, it is safer to have such an enabling law, than to assume it is not needed.

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