Sunday March 29th, 2015
Sunday March 29th, 2015
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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

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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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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 ?

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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

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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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Where have the parents gone?

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With good governance, rights of these children would be guaranteed.

Charity begins at home. When a student of Redeemers University stabbed his father to death recently, that statement ran through the minds of many. It could not have been an isolated incident as no child drops from the sky. If this is the case, then there is one thing commercial sex workers, armed robbers, fraudsters, corrupt politicians, terrorists etc, have in common—parents.

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Parenting: We lost our values to foreign culture – Akinsola

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Cross section of School Children during the 1st Parenting Summit in Nigeria in commemoration of ' 2011 International day of the African Child ' organised by Vanguard Media Limited in collaboration with Unicef and Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization [CBAAC],  held on Tuesday 14-6-2011, at Agip Hall ,Muson Centre Onikan, Lagos PHOTO; Remi Adebisi

Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola is the Vice Chairman, House Committee on Environment representing Ikorodu constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly. In this interview, she blames moral decadence on poor family values.

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The relevance of TAN in this democracy

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President Goodluck Jonathan (2nd l) in a handshake with the  president, Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria, archbishop  Ignatius Kaigama, after mass preceding the bishop conference in  Abuja on Sunday (22/2/15). With them are, Archbishop of Abuja, John cardinal Onaiyekan (l), Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Augustine Kasujja (2nd r), and Senate President David Mark.

INFORMATION dissemination is key in any democratic dispensation. Lack of it creates rumour and disenchantment. This is why the media is a partner in progress, in any meaningful democracy. If government is doing what is expected of it, it is through effective dissemination of information that the citizen is made aware and if the reverse is the case, then, the government would be on its toes to redeem.

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Reading the card reader issue by Bola Tinubu

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APC leader, Bola Tinubu

DESPERATION surges within the presidency and PDP camp. Postponing the election to March 28, this group thought they had bought added time to alter the electoral equation in their favour.

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The best answer for Ajimobi’s court jesters

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*Gov Ajimobi

AJIMOBI’s political cum media spokesman should be pitied because he has turned his professional position to that of a glorified praise singer and lately a court jester blessed with the obsession to fabricate lies all in the name of providing service for his paymaster and seeking public attention.

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Media, politics and nation building

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President Jonathan with Ibanga Isine, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Deji Badmus & Ibrahim Sheme..during a presidential media chat today.

MEDIA, politics and nation building: I am honoured and quite pleased to be asked to give the lecture marking the establishment of Anambra Broadcasting Service. I am quite sure why Uche Nworah and his team targeted me for this role. I wonder if it is because I am an in-law, having been gifted with a very dear wife from Anambra, or because I was, as they say, the first non-Anambra person by birth to become a ‘member’ indeed a ‘founding member’ of the League of Anambra Professionals.

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Boko Haram: Convicted soldiers should be released

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WITH the support of the multinational force drawn from neighbouring countries the Nigerian armed forces have carried out successful operations against the satanic Boko Haram sect in the last couple of weeks.

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Card Reader Test Review: Worries over failure rate in parts of the North

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INEC OFFICIAL CHECKING THE THUMB OF A PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED VOTER, DURING THE TESTING OF SMART CARD READER AT HORARE WARD AND JOGEL POLLING UNIT IN JAMA,ARE LGA OF BAUCHI STATE ON SATURDAY.

Despite the supposed good intentions of Professor Attahiru Jega, National Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the much touted magic of the Smart Card Reader, SCRs, may have suddenly become a victim of the Nigerian syndrome. Whereas there had been clamour for Jega to use the Card Readers at previous elections (like Ekiti and Osun States) with a view to perfecting the use of the machines before this year’s more sensitive and strategic general elections, the INEC Chairman behaved as though every other opinion did not matter

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2015: Critical issues before the electorate

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PDP1

We have the honour to welcome you to this press conference, which we have called in furtherance of our continued genuine intervention in national affairs but particularly in the yet-to-be-held 2015 general elections in Nigeria. Only in January this year, we called a similar world press conference in Abuja to address certain critical national issues with regard to the 2015 general elections earlier scheduled to hold on February 14, 2015 but postponed to March 28 and April 11.

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Marital Infidelity Why do married women cheat?

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When the Durex report was published, the question on the lips of many was why on earth would Nigerian women be the most promiscuous? The authenticity of the report has been queried and the question is, why should a sample of 29,000 people be used to make hasty generalisation for whopping populations of 36 countries when Nigeria alone has population of 160 million with half of them being women? Why would Nigerian women emerge the most sexually promiscuous?

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‘The making of the digital Almajiri’

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President Goodluck Jonathan flanked by Governor Aliyu Wammako and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III while Governor Saidu Dakingari of Kebbi ZState (l) and others watched during the official ceremony to commission the Model Almajiri school at Gagi, Sokoto State.

The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, NOTAP, regulates the inflow of foreign technology into Nigeria. Its position is that Nigerians are consuming foreign technologies because they have no alternative.

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Illegality of Jega’s terminal leave

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Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,  Prof. Attahiru Jega

BEFORE the simulated postponement of the general election scheduled to hold on February 14 & 28, 2015, Chief Edwin Clark and some ethnic champions had called for the removal of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega. On account of the closeness of the group to the Presidency not a few Nigerians believed that the Federal Government had decided to fire the INEC helmsman.

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Citizen Nigeria

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People demonstrate to press for the release of missing Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 12, 2014. Boko Haram released a new video on Monday claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. AFP

WHAT is the price of being Nigerian? Every U.S. citizen is proud of his country? How many Nigerians can say that they are proud to be Nigerian?

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Marital Infidelity: Are Nigerian women truely the most unfaithful?

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CLABAR-WOMEN

By CHIOMA GABRIEL How would a woman explain to her husband of over fifteen years that he is not the father of any of their four children? Worse still, how does she explain to him that each child has a different father? This is a puzzle facing a female worshiper in a pentecostal church in

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