Wednesday November 26th, 2014
Wednesday November 26th, 2014
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The leadership you deserve, Chissano tells Nigerians

  /   in Special Report 4:58 am   /   Comments

Joaquim Alberto Chissano

At the 4th MBA International Literary Colloquium  held in Minna, Niger State, last week, chairman of the Forum of Former African Heads of State and Government, and winner of the 2007 Mo Ibrahim African Leadership Award tasked Nigerian and African leaders on what could be described as principles of leadership. Here are excerpts from his

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Battle for the House! : Jonathan, Tambuwal and the police

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Lawmakers at the National Assembly Thursday.

Since the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, defected to the main opposition party, the All Progressives Party, APC, in the country, President Goodluck Jonathan must have vowed to match him action with action.

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Weird week in Ekiti!: When 7 is bigger than 19

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FayoseSpeaker

In Ekiti State, there is no love lost between the All Progressive Congress (APC) dominated House of Assembly and the state government under the control of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since October 21 when Governor Ayo Fayose came on board.

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Harvest of deaths … and the emergency rule extension bitter controversy

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The peaceful atmosphere in Yobe State has been disrupted since the advent of Boko Haram insurgency five years ago and relative peace enjoyed by the populace became a thing of the past. Thousands of people have lost their lives in the three states of north-east of Adamawa,Borno and Yobe as a result of the insurgency that persisted despite the different measures taken by the federal and state governments to end it.

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Curious Nasarawa insurgency!

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fulani-widows

Nasarawa State, the Home of Solid Mineral, has turned to be an enclave of Fulani insurgents, a state where innocent citizen is killed on daily basis with impunity. There is hardly one ethnic group which has not faced bloody hostilities from the Fulani insurgents in the state.

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Why I won’t remarry — Bianca Ojukwu

  /   in Special Report 7:43 pm   /   Comments

Bianca

Bianca Ojukwu, is the widow of the late former Biafran leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, and Nigeria Ambassador to Spain. In this interview, she reveals why she would not remarry.

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Inside the labour room: Our near-death experiences

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By CHIOMA GABRIEL The birth of a child is almost always a cause for celebration. Although the good book says that the faithful would deliver like ‘Hebrew women’, what many don’t know is that childbirth is sometimes dangerous for women. Nigeria records one of the world’s highest rates of maternal death. One in 13 Nigerian

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Residents groan over 102-yr-old abandoned Ojutu bridge

  /   in Special Report 12:30 am   /   Comments

*Gridlock on Ojutu bridge...

One hundred and two years old Ojutu bridge is an ancient bridge in Ilobu, headquarters of Irepodun Local Government Area of Osun state with remarkable history. The most interesting history of Ojutu river is that it has been a force against external attack of the town during wars.

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Insecurity in Nigeria: The legal challenge by Femi Falana

  /   in Special Report 5:40 pm   /   Comments

Femi-Falana

By Femi Falana Being the paper delivered by Femi Falana SAN at the seventh annual Emeritus Professor D.A. Ijalaiye SAN Distinguished Personality Lecture at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State  INTRODUCTION: A former American Ambassador, Mr. John Campbell, has predicted that the Nigeria would not survive the 2015 General Election on account of unprecedented

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Slum In Oil Prices: A Progressive Way Out by Bola Tinubu

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APC leader, Bola Tinubu

AWASH in the great tide of politics, we must not forget why politics can be a noble endeavor. It leads to governance. When done correctly, governance can reform a nation and improve the lot of the people. In the hands of the ignorant and the mean, governance cast abundant misfortune upon a nation and upon the welfare of its citizens.

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I came into a deeply divided family— Bianca Ojukwu

  /   in Special Report 7:00 pm   /   Comments

Amb. Bianca Ojukwu

“I came into a deeply divided family – a lot of my husband’s relatives, I never saw physically before he died. Ojukwu Transport Company issues have been in court, they still have not resolved the issues concerning their father’s wealth, and this was an issue that started in 1966.. I am very comfortable if not for anything, for being the daughter of Chief C.C.Onoh, and my father took care of me, so the issue is not just about their family. But my husband was also a very serious person, so he anticipated all what is happening now by making sure that the most of my inheritance is bequeathed to me by the Deed of Gift, so prior to his death, most of those gifts had already been registered under my name.

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Failed rigging plot and 30,000 polling units: Jega threatens southern commissioners

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Anambra Supplementary Election: INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru  Jega addressing pressmen , announcing November 30 for Supplementary election at  Anambra State  while National Commissioner Lawrence Nwuruku looks on in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Professor Attahiru Jega, National Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has issued a query laden with an ultimatum to Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, in some southern states of Nigeria. This is not unconnected with the failed attempt by some individuals at the Commission, who misled its Chairman, to create additional 30,000 Polling Units, PUs, which were then shared in a most bizarre manner, giving the North over 21,000 and allocating a little over 8,000 to the entire South of Nigeria. A copy of the query, in the possession of Sunday Vanguard, is seething with rage. Issued on November 11, 2014 – the day the Commission bowed to national pressure on the lopsided allocation of the PUs – it was signed by Jega himself.

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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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‘Life as a homeless princess ‘

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•Genevieve with brother, incumbent Obi of Agbor

Armed with awful memories of growing up in Nigeria as an orphan despite being a princess, Genevieve Ikenchuckwu, second child of the late Obi of Agbor Kingdom, Obi Ikenchukwu I, has decided to return home. Genevieve, who has since 1999 found succour in the UK, is coming back to Nigeria solely to rescue vulnerable orphans and victims of abuse on the platform of the Obi Ikenchukwu Foundation which she is floating in memory of the late Obi and his queen, Grace.

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Drama as ‘teacher saves school from bomber’

  /   in Special Report 7:15 pm   /   Comments

It was never imagined that two schools could be targeted by bombers within two days in Niger State , but it happened.

The first was a tertiary institution – Federal College of Education, Kontagora – while the other was Maryam Babangida Science College named after a former first lady, Maryam Babangida, by the government of Dr. Mua’zu Babangida Aliyu. Two bombers were involved. That of the Federal College of Education, Kontagora was perpetrated by a female and the mission was accomplished but with low casualty while that of Minna by a male was aborted.

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Iroko Legacy Platform: Akinlaja extols the virtues of Mimiko

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Hon. Joseph Akinlaja, Prof. Femi Mimiko and Governor Olusegun Mimiko

Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Rahman Mimiko, has received commendations for what has been described as his timely and strategic intervention in running governance since his inception into office since February 24, 2009.

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Oba Akinruntan celebrates fifth coronation anniversary

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UGBO kingdom in the oil rich Ilaje council area of Ondo State, Saturday, stood still, as its Paramount ruler, the Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Fredrick EnitiOloruna Obateru Akinruntan (CON), celebrated his 5th coronation anniversary in grand style.

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Why FG/Boko Haram ceasefire deal failed

  /   in Special Report 11:50 am   /   Comments

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By Chioma Gabriel NIGERIANS heaved a sigh of relief when mid last month, the Federal Government announced ceasefire deal with the Boko Haram sect. Nigerians were happy that finally, the siege was over especially with the promise that the over 200 kidnapped Chibok girls would soon be released. With the directive to the service chiefs

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A stable and secure Nigeria: An Asset to America

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Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S, Prof. Ade Adefuye

Being a Text of an address delivered by Prof. Ade Adefuye, Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States, at the meeting with U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C, Monday, November 10, 2014

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2015 AND 30,000 PUs: Plans to rig presidential poll exposed!

  /   in Special Report 12:20 am   /   Comments

Jega-cartoon-2015

In what now appears to be an ego problem for Professor Atahiru Jega, National Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, his messianic pursuit of the lopsided allocation of 30,000 Polling Units, PUs, fresh strong signals suggest that his ability to deliver on successful general elections next year may be suffering a massive discount on account of the many deceptive postulations that he recently made on the matter.

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Superb rhythms, senseless lyrics and the Naija music goes on

  /   in Special Report 9:22 am   /   Comments

Mi-1

Our cover last week was on Nigerian music. We titled it NIGERIA’S MUSIC IS NOW ALL ABOUT SEX AND NO SENSE. We pointed out the emptiness in the lyrical content of Nigerian music but commended their rhythms for providing danceable vibes.

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Our music is empty – Ray Nwachukwu

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Ray Mike Nwachukwu... A singer is supposed to be a musician

Ray Mike Nwachukwu is arguably one of the few Nigerians who have traversed the whole gamut of communication. From radio to television, from television to advertising and from advertising to music production even with a stint in Daily Times in the 70s. Nwachukwu who hails from Agbor in Delta State anchors a music programme on Classic F.M

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Victor Olaiya speaks on Tuface, new generation musicians

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Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya will be 84 years old on December 31,2014. He was born in Ijesha-Isu, Ikole Local Government Area, Ekiti. His father was a church organist while the mother was a traditional cultural band leader. They did not oppose his interest in music, but rather tried to be source of inspiration to him. He learnt to play E-Flat French horn, the B-Flat trumpet after leaving Africa School, Onitsha and came to Africa College also in Onitsha.

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2Face, Sultan react

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2face Idibia

There are a few who try to be different. However, they may not be more than ten per cent and that cannot be a pass mark as we pointed out in the cover last week. Below are the reactions of 2Face and Sultan after which we bring you the interview with the legend, Victor Olaiya.

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Boko Haram: Air Force plane’s intervention led to our escape – Victim

  /   in Special Report 5:27 pm   /   Comments

victim-cartoon

The man on the roof called out to his colleague and the two of them came to the door and were hitting the door, asking us to come out. In our midst were two elderly women who asked them to stop hitting the door, that they will open the door for them. They opened the door and the two insurgents asked us to come outside; we went out and they asked which among us refused to answer their call earlier. I stepped forward and said I was the one and he asked why I refused to obey him and I said I didn’t know who he was, besides, he was wielding a gun and that was why I refused to obey him.

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Amosun’s LG Tour: Wooing electorate or saying goodbye?

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Amosun-tour

After three years on the saddle, Governor Ibikunle Amosun recently went on a circuit of the 20 local government areas of the state. It was couched as an assessment tour, but given the resonance of politics in the polity it was not surprising that many stakeholders took the tour to be a political venture aimed at shoring support for the governor’s re-election bid.

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Falling crude oil prices and Nigeria’s response

  /   in Special Report 6:07 pm   /   Comments

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THERE is understandable concern in the country about the drop in crude oil prices over the last several weeks. From a figure of $104 per barrel on August 1, 2014, the OPEC basket of prices collapsed to about $82 per barrel on October 28, 2014. The basket of prices used by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is the average price of all the varieties of crude sold in the international market.

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We can make petrol sell below N97 per litre – Titi Governor

  /   in Business, Special Report 2:01 am   /   Comments

One of the illegal refinery site scuttled by operatives of JTF

Activities of operators of illegal refineries have been blamed for the drastic drop in crude oil production. Illegal refining and crude theft have grown beyond the Niger Delta. To stop the trend, several billions of Naira has been expended to secure pipelines and fight oil bunkerers.

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Boko Haram survivors: ‘How we outwitted insurgents to escape’

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Suffering, indeed, is an equalizer in the human experience. It knows neither rich nor poor, religion nor ethnicity.

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2015 and 30,000 PUs: Plans to rig presidential poll exposed!

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Jega

In what now appears to be an ego problem for Professor Atahiru Jega, National Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, his messianic pursuit of the lopsided allocation of 30,000 Polling Units, PUs, fresh strong signals suggest that his ability to deliver on successful general elections next year may be suffering a massive discount on account of the many deceptive postulations that he recently made on the matter.

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Right of First Refusal: Manifestation of Anenih’s declaration

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President Goodluck Jonathan displaying Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms  at the People's Democratic Party's Secretariat in Abuja on Thursday (30/10/14).

When last year Chief Anthony Anenih came to town with his declaration that the best thing to do in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, regarding its choice of a presidential candidate for the 2015 presidential election would be to grant incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan the Right of First Refusal, many frowned at the thought.

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Situation of Boko Haram survivors critical —Bishop Mamza

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Boko Haram insurgency in parts of the North-East has seen many people killed and those who survived managed to escape after losing all their possessions to the insurgents. Sunday Vanguard visited the Most Rev. Stephen Dami Mamza, Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese who, in conjunction with other organisations, is seeing to the welfare of thousands of internally displaced persons taking refuge in the homes of friends and relations in and around Yola.

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