Sunday April 19th, 2015
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Daura: Simplicity, Contentment redefined in Buhari’s abode

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Buhari

Hardly will anyone argue that the contemporary Nigerian society is not such that is riddled with avarice and corruption.

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Airline operators lose millions of Naira to presidential movements

  /   in Special Report 8:25 pm   /   Comments

People coming down from the Ethiopian Airline on arrival at Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu PHOTO BY HILL EZEUGWU

Many times passengers on inbound flights to Lagos, Abuja and major cities that sometimes play host to Mr President are told by the pilots that in another five minutes the plane will begin descent to the city to land, only to be informed minutes later that they have to hover round the airports and stay longer in the sky as there is “presidential passenger or movement”.

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Chibok ‘ambassadors’ vow to keep fighting for hostages’ release

  /   in Special Report 7:49 pm   /   Comments

Children under the auspices of  Chibok Girls Ambassadors march to press for the release of 219 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists during a demonstration at ministry of education in Abuja, on April 14, 2015.  Nigeria's president-lect Muhammadu Buhari cautioned he could not make promises on the return of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram, as the country marked the first anniversary of their abduction. AFP PHOTO

The 219 schoolgirls who marched through Nigeria’s capital on Tuesday said they will never tire of fighting for the rights of their kidnapped “sisters” who cannot speak for themselves.

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Guber polls: Will Buhari’s Victory throw up bandwagon effect?

  /   in Elections 2015, Special Report 5:07 am   /   Comments

Sai-Buhari

As Nigerians head back to the polls today to elect fresh governors and state legislators, there is no doubt that it would also be another titanic battle between two major political parties.

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Marital Infidelity: Why women have joined the men

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Breast-Sucking

Nigerian women are the most unfaithful in the world! This is the conclusion arrived at by Durex in a survey it conducted on women across the world. The survey had interviewed 29,000 women across 36 countries of the world, including Nigerians to arrive at this. According to the report, Nigerian women scored a total of 62% to beat 35 other countries to the first position.

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PDP fights back against one party rule

  /   in Elections 2015, Special Report 5:02 pm   /   Comments

pdpelec

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is today fighting to stop a possible slide of the country into a one-party rule under the suzerainty of the recently emerged All Progressives Congress, APC. It is an ironical change of fortunes for the party whose officials once boasted of running the affairs of the country uninterrupted till 2059.

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The Oxford and Cambridge club of Nigeria debate: Nigeria democracy and the economy

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Nigeria-economy

THE Oxford and Cambridge Unions were the training ground for speakers who intended to climb the political ladder. Both Universities were the recruitment centres – de rigour – for British political leadership.

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The Igbo giant strides against all odds

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Igbo-area

Nearly fifty years ago, it is said that people in Enugu, Nsukka, Ngwo, and Abakaliki had little clothes to cover themselves. In 1947, the District Officer prohibited nude people coming to the Ogbete Market in Enugu. Yet, in 20 short years the Igbo were the number one traders in textile. The Onitsha Market was brimming with it. People came to buy from all over Nigeria. In Broad Street, the only competitors in textile trade were those we called Syrians – who were probably Lebanese.

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PDP was Jonathan’s biggest problem – Jimi Disu

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Jimi Disu

Again, national commentator Jimi Disi was on Classic FM for his usual Front Page News, a review of newspaper headline news on Wednesday, the morning Mohammadu Buhari was declared winner of the March 28 elections. Below is what he said:

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PDP’s rough pathway to opposition life

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From left: PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN ; Otunba Gbenga Daniel former governor of Ogun State and VICE PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO  DURING PDP PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIN RALLY IN  ABIOKUTA

BY HENRY UMORU THE Peoples Democratic Party’s loss of the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) came to its supporters across the country as a rude shock. It is the first time a ruling party would lose the presidency or control of the National Assembly after an

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Democracy: It’s not always about money

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democracy-day

When it was just a few hours to the end of campaigning before Nigeria’s presidential election, there was an unruly crowd at the headquarters of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The crowd was not there to cheer PDP. The crowd was there to collect their money.

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Nigerians expectations from President-elect, Buhari

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Adebesin

BY ADERONKE ADEYERI He should bring back our refineries – Adekunle Adebesin, civil servant The President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, will liberate Nigerians from our sufferings. Some  Nigerians believe he should probe most of the corrupt leaders, but I think he should concentrate on restructuring the system, especially the executive arm of  government. He should see

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#GEJismyHERO: Nigerians join World leaders to hail Jonathan

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN LOOKING  CALM AND UNRUFFLED AFTER CONCEDING DEFEAT TO HIS OPPONENT AT THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Nigerians have joined World leaders such as Barrack Obama of the United States of America, Mr François Hollande of France; Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and others in hailing the decision of President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria in conceding defeat to the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) of the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 Presidential election.

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Elections: Still work in progress…

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Main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari casts his ballot at a polling station in the "Gidan Niyam Sakin Yara A ward" at Daura in Katsina State on March 28, 2015.   Voting began in Nigeria's general election but delays were reported countrywide because of technical problems in accrediting electors.
 AFP PHOTO

MARCH 28 has come and gone and here we are. The days after the presidential election continue to unfold. The results of one of the most keenly contested elections in the history of Nigeria’s democracy have not been released yet but snap shots of the results are emerging.

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The sad story of three Nigerians on death row in Indonesia — Ambassador Purwanto

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Purwanto

In this interview, the Indonesia Ambassador to Nigeria, Harry Purwanto, shares the story of Indonesia legislation that recognises capital punishment for serious crimes

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Elections Like No Other

  /   in Elections 2015, Special Report 8:00 am   /   Comments

jega

NO two elections are alike, but the 2015 general elections would defy compartmentalisation in more ways. We have two presidential candidates who have clawed their ways into the consciousness of an electorate that thought it had seen it all.

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Presidency: Will opposition break the jinx today?

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•Buhari

MAIN opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) is going into today’s presidential and National Assembly elections with two goals in mind. The first is to win the presidential election and the second is to corner two-thirds of the 109 senatorial and 360 House of Representatives seats to enable the party run a seamless administration as from May 29, 2015.

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Presidential election: Finally, Nigeria decides today

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Nigeria-2015

By Chioma Gabriel Today is the D-day! Nigerians are trooping out en-masse to elect the next Nigerian president, Senators and members of the House of Representatives for the next four years. As early as 7 am, eligible voters are expected to to be at their polling units for accreditation through the card reader to clear

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Buhari’s case for presidency

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•Buhari

Finally, the D-Day is here. Nigerians have waited so long for it. It is a day of a great decision via elections. Nigeria’s presidency is the soul of the contest which has obviously been narrowed between Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and General Mohammadu Buhari. Who carries the day? The answer is just hours away. Read the profile of General Buhari, how he emerged the candidate of opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, the formation of party and the issues that have made Buhari hopeful of becoming Nigeria’s next president.

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Fear of Violence: Learning from our past experiences

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Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello

For the first time a coalition of diverse political parties sank their differences and coalesced into a mega party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the sole aim of pushing the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) out of Aso Rock, the Presidential villa.

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Whatever we had done in the past , we’ll triple it -

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Jonathan

Following the setting up of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in 1998 by the then Head of State, General Abdulsami Abubabar and the appointment of late Justice Ephraim Akpata as the Chairman, federal Government’s announcement that democratic elections would be held the following year, ending 16 years of military rule in the second republic, the doors for political activities were opened for politicians with euphoria.

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Who will break the jinx Jonathan or Buhari ?

  /   in News, Special Report 6:22 pm   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan is Nigeria’s 14th Head of State. Born on November 20, 1957 at Ogbia, Bayelsa State, he attended St. Stephens Primary School Otuoke (1961-65), St. Michaels Primary School Oloibiri (1966-69), Mater Dei High School Imiringi (1971-77) and the University of Port-Harcourt (1977-81), (1983-84) and (1987-95).
He holds a B.Sc Hons Zoology (1981), M.Sc Hydrobiology and Fisferies Biology (1984 and PhD in Zoology (1995).

Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was Nigeria’s seventh head of state (December 31, 1983 – August 27, 1985). Born on December 17, 1942, he joined the Nigeria Army in 1962, attending the Nigerian Military Training College the same year. He attended Mons Officer Cadets School in Aldershot, England; Defence Services Staff College, Wellington in 1973 and United States War College Pennsylvania.

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Stomach Infrastructure: The newest vocabulary in Nigeria’s political dictionary

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Governor Fayemi and his wife sharing cooked jollof rice to elderly people in the state

The vocabulary crept into Nigeria’s political lexicon after the Ekiti governorship election when voters were given gifts of bags of rice and other foodstuffs to vote in certain directions. Distributing foodstuff during campaigns in Nigeria did not start with the Ekiti election. It has been happening in many parts of the country but it was heightened during the Ekiti election.

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Unsolicited advice on running a ‘lean government’

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Women sit in a branded bus station as they support leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari during a rally christened 'Walk for Change" in Lagos, on March 7, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.  Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamists Boko Haram meant that troops could not provide security on polling day. Elections will take place on March 28, with gubernatorial and state house assembly polls two weeks later.  AFP PHOTO

By Prof. Ladipo Adamolekun ALTHOUGH it is only the APC candidate who has committed to running a “lean government” if he is elected president on March 28 (The Nation, February 16, 2015), this unsolicited advice is for whoever becomes president after the election. In my considered opinion, running a lean government will be a necessity not

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The man for the job

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Bode Olajumoke

I AM writing from the temple of absolute sincerity this time, which of course, is not uncustomary to my usual appearances and analyses. I feel seriously concerned about this issue because, when a people are being led by a leader whose political approach is anathema to the real concept of quality leadership, their silence in the face of such anomaly is tantamount to sheer hypocrisy, which may plunge them into wallowing in the hallucination of realities of genuine progress and development with no remedy in sight.

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Arise, let’s take our Sapele, out of comatose – Eyide

  /   in Special Report 9:11 pm   /   Comments

Eyide

Barrister Gabriel Otuedon Eyide is a man of many parts. He is an economist, management consultant and lawyer in Sapele, Delta State. In this interview with Vanguard, he juxtaposes the earlier great fortune of the ancient town of Sapele and its current palpable willful abandonment by successive state and federal governments, especially its political class whom the people have consistently entrusted their mandates, leading to the declining fortunes of the area in recent times. He also spoke on major political issues in the state and the nation.

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The Yorubas: Our politics, yesterday and today

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Okupe: Mind my roar

THE Political era of the second Republic 1979-1983 saw the Yoruba playing a role which was not too different from the one played in the first republic. The only difference was that unlike in the first republic when the role of opposition was officially recognized in line with the Parliamentary System of government, the Presidential system created no specific role for the party outside government.

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The road to a restructured Nigeria

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Artists representing Nigeria perform during the opening ceremony of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, held before the Group A football match between Brazil and Japan, at the National Stadium in Brasilia on June 15, 2013.  AFP PHOTO /

WITH his determination to expand the space for political and social discourse, to determine the future of Nigeria and to create a new political direction for Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan announced the setting up of the Presidential Advisory Committee, saddled with, among others, the responsibility of fashioning out modalities for a National Conference where Nigerians would brainstorm on the future of the country as well as proffer solutions to knotty national issues.

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CONFAB Report Implementation: Jonathan’s Moment of History?

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Confab Closes— From left: President Goodluck Jonathan receiving Report of 2014 National Conference from  Chairman of the Confab, Justice Idris Kutigi at the closing ceremony of conference in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

Nigerian history, like the history of the United States of America, which Nigeria mirrors in extant constitutionalism, is full of historical epochs of regional tensions and the conflicts of powerful political interests.

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Benue killing fields: We are no longer safe —Residents

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*The house where family perished

This is certainly not the best of times for the people of Benue State following communal conflicts and the recent bloodbath at Egba village, in Agatu local government area of the state.

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Saboteurs engineer vandalisation of power plants gas pipelines — Sir Okolugbo

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Okolugbo

He is very articulate and confident. Combine this with the passion of someone that would want to change every thing for good overnight, if it were in his power: what you get is Sir Kenny Okolugbo, who knocked down this reporter’s recording device in the heat of making a point (‘Oh God,’ he laughs. ‘This is the second time it is happening to me.’). He spoke about his experience representing Ndokwa/Ukwuani on the board of DESOPADEC and what President Goodluck Jonathan’s men are doing wrong.

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Mothers abandone their children in search of money – Ogudoro

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*Chinaza -  The fleeing teenager with her baby before she disappeared and the widow with the abandoned baby

By Simeon Ndaji Rape and ritual killings are aberrations people condemn all over the world. These despicable acts become harrowing when minors are victims. A cursory look into the root causes of this malady is traceable to the lapses in the up-bringing of children by parents at homes. In this interview with Peter Ogudoro, a

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