Friday October 24th, 2014
Friday October 24th, 2014
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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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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Decision-making at the National Conference

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In our Friday edition, we published the strategies adopted by the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue in the execution of its assignment. Today we publish the fourth installment.

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Our concerns over Islamisation agenda, by CAN

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THE leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the South-west has accepted a challenge of mobilizing the Church to put an end to Islamic intolerance in the nation.
Chairman of CAN South-west also declared a 31-day fasting and prayers programme for the persecuted Church in Nigeria with effect from January 14.

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LASU is the most expensive public university – ASUU

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Barely four weeks after university lecturers under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) called-off their five months strike, lecturers of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, have threatened a showdown with the university Management over issues bordering on welfare, facilities and tuition fees.

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Highlights of the Senator Femi Okurounmu’s 69-page Report on National Dialogue

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* Conference to be managed by 13-member secretariat under Executive secretary with two members from each geo-political zone

* Majority of delegates to be elected directly on the principles of universal adult suffrage

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Rebel In The Church: My battles with Anglicans,Idahosa — Archbishop Christian Aggrey Apena

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Archbishop Christian Aggrey Ovwoma Apena of Bethseda Church International, close to tears, tells the story of how he parted ways with the late Archbishop of Church of God Mission, Benson Idahosa, and the Anglican Church. Apena’s father was the first pastor in Isoko land, having been ordained on December 31, 1931. Following in his father’s footsteps, he was close to being ordained an Anglican Church pastor before he was enmeshed in a crisis that led to his exit from the church. “I left the Anglican Church because I had the Pentecostal spirit that they didn’t have. I don’t blame them. I was the first Pentecostal reverend in Delta Province, I was the first Pentecostal bishop in Delta and I’m the first Pentecostal archbishop. I’m the one making bishops now,” said the retired school principal.

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Factors conspiring against N-east, Boko Haram hotbed, by Hon Gujbawu

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As a politician of northern extraction, I urge my people to give President Jonathan their complete support to get second term in the spirit of upholding the 60years of unbroken political alliance between the North and South/South initiated and consummated by our founding fathers- Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Chief Festus Okotie Eboh, Chief Melforf Okilo; and consolidated in the 2nd Republic by President Shehu Shagari, Chief Joseph Wayas, Alhaji Maitama Sule, Chief Melford Okilo, Chief Edwin Clark, and currently sustained by the dual mandates of the late President Yar’Adua, President Jonathan & co.

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Okolo, Enejere and Wike: War in UNN

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Does this government or indeed the Supervisory Minister of Education, Mr Nyeson Wike, take delight in allowing things to get out of hand before paying attention to it. This question is pertinent because similar bungling on the part of government was witnessed during the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and it seems to be happening now in University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). During the ASUU strike Wike talked down on the teachers and even threatened to sack all of them. President Goodluck Jonathan was said to have apologised to ASUU officials at a meeting, leading to the end of the strike.

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CALABAR CARNIVAL We are creating an alternative economy that is not oil-based — Gov. Imoke

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*Member of a the Seagull Band during the Children's parade of the 2013 Calabar carnival yesterday in Cross Rivers State. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke

After spending most of the day dancing round the carnival routes in Calabar at the weekend with band members, Governor of Cross Rivers State, Senator Liyel Imoke, did not show sign of fatigue as he took time out at about 2 am to chat with journalists on the Calabar Festival.
He shared the vision of his administration for tourism, adding that he has come to terms with the fact the state cannot possibly survive depending on oil revenues.

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KEROSINE SUBSIDY: How far does it get to the masses?

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The long queue for expensive and unavailable kerosine...but when will this scarcitystop?

ON the front burner of Nigeria is kerosene, its subsidy and availability. Asking an intricate question, is kerosene the best thing for Nigeria at this time? Do we really need subsidy for kerosene?

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An evening of honour for aviation

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It was a great day for Nigeria and indeed Africa as Dr.Bernard Olumuyiwa Aliu’s election by acclamation was confirmed on Monday, 18 November 2013

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A widower’s mite for the widow!

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*Oshiomhole and the widow, Mrs Ifijeh drinking tea yesterday.

*`My husband’s death in police station to blame for street trading’ What started like the end of the world for a 40-year-old widow turned out to be the beginning of a comfortable life for Mrs Joy Ifijeh and her family. Governor Adams Oshiomhole had, in his usual manner, set out, on Monday, November 25, 2013,

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My husband’s death in police station to blame for street trading — Widow

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My husband’s death in police station to blame for street trading — Widow

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Why Ogiadohme, Jonathan’s aide, did not attend Akhigbe’s burial

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*Mrs. Josephine Akhigbe and Comrade Oshiomhole after the occasion at the Government House.

Fugar, the home town of the former Chief of General Staff (CGS), the late Admiral Mike Okhai Akhigbe, aka NNS FEARLESS, stood still penultimate weekend, when the community hosted eminent Nigerians who attended the burial ceremony of their son. It was tears throughout the burial; the reason for the love which the people exhibited is not far-fetched.

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Mr. President, I present Gideon & Chibuisi

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*CP Mohammed Katsina addressing the boys

A SCARY but heart warming incident happened in Imo State on September 27, 2013. Two teenagers, Gideon Emenike and Chibuisi Nwafor, aged between 16 and 17 years, performed a feat which not only shocked their rural community of Umuchima Ubaha, Okigwe LGA, but the whole state. It also had the state Police Commissioner, Mohammed Katsina, scampering to the community. The teenagers launched a rocket, which both of them fabricated, into space.

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THE SURE-P LOOTED BILLIONS: Query for the NNPC, CBN, Petroleum Ministry

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Mrs Deziani Alison-Madueke

“By our own calculations here predicated on the records made available by the relevant government agencies, subsidy monies being remitted to SURE-P since inception last year have been on the template of N12.60kobo per litre of fuel sold as against N32 it is supposed to be, meaning that N18.60kobo has always been stolen per litre since then, which is amounting to N500 billion now”. With these words, the Chairman, Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Subsidy Reinvestment Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, Senator Abdul Ningi, alleged fraud in SURE-P operation during its interactive session with relevant stakeholders of the programme.

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ODUAH GATE: Inside story of Aviation Minister’s survival battle

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Stella Oduah at the House of Reps hearing..

The much talked about N255million BMW B7 series bullet proof cars allegedly bought by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, took a twist on Thursday as the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, who is at the centre of the controversy, said the cars were not purchased for her.

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No Retreat No Surrender: FG is deceiving Nigerians — ASUU leader

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Clement Chup is the zonal coordinator of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Abuja. Chup, in this interview, hints that there is no end in sight to the four months old strike by the university teachers which has kept students at home.

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We are monitoring gay marriage activists in our midst – Cardinal Onaiyekan

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Cardinal-Onaiyekan

BY CALEB AYANSINA Human existence is guaranteed by the coming together of a man and a woman to form a union known as ‘marriage’, the basic unit of the society. The family is God’s building block in the Church, the mosque and the world at large. If there will be fullness and fulfillment in our

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