Saturday December 20th, 2014
Saturday December 20th, 2014
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2014 MARE festival:Celebration of cultural heritage

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MARE festival in Idanre, ondo state which has become a yearly ‘pilgrimage’ witnessed an unprecedented traffic into Ondo state this year as both the high and low came from within and outside the state to celebrate God given cultural heritage.

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Top 5 Online Stores That Shaped Business In 2014

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Top-5

In recent times in Nigeria, online shopping which was alien to us is fast becoming an alternative means of transaction. This nascent sector of the economy which is not only limited to supply of products, is also providing quality services that meet the needs and expectations of consumers.

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AIDING THE GROWTH OF TERRORISM: Hillary Clinton, don’t designate Boko Haram a terror group – American Experts

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Hillary-Clinton

Nigeria’s battle against the terror group, Jama’atu Ahliss-Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram, was at best shambolic in the early part of 2012 and disgusting to say the least. It was as if there was no government in place and the mere fact that the terror group was beginning to dare more, and bomb more and kill more, became a serious matter of concern at international platforms.

Some Nigerians who called for the designation of the group as a Foreign Terror Organisation, FTO, rather than receive support from home, got a shocker. The Nigerian government, their government, forcefully moved against the action

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Deaths at Dusk in Jos: Boko Haram finally reached my family — Bereaved son

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BOKO-WOMEN

Thursday, December 11, 2014 is another day residents of Jos, Plateau State capital will not forget in a hurry as twin blasts rocked the city.

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The Iron Lady, Auchi Poly and the mechatronic equipment

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Phillipa Idoho

Dr (Mrs) Phillipa Idoho is the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Edo State. As a product of the institution, Idogho understands its problems and has made efforts to fix them since assuming office six years ago. As the polytechnic marks its 50th anniversary today (Sunday), Idogho, referred as the Iron Lady, due to her efforts to end cultism and instil discipline in the institution, says the Auchi Polytechnic remains the best polytechnic in the country.

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US moves against gender-based violence in Nigeria

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US President Barack Obamar) talks 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 Photo

Globally, an estimated one in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. According to the World Health Organization, at least 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced such violence at the hands of an intimate partner.

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Sensual Nudity an emerging trend in fashion threatening dignity

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Sensual Nudity

By Onochie Anibeze & Charles AdinGUpu Gabriella Sabatini looked sexy on court. She was elegant and late Ayo Oshitelu once wrote that the Argentine tennis girl would easily win a beauty contest if she entered for any. Her figure was amazing and facial beauty incredible. Walking from the net to the baseline after making a

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Holy Ghost Congress kicks off

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The hospitality group of the Redeemed Christian Church of God dancing during the praise and worship on the first day of the on-going 2014 Holy Ghost Congress of the church at Km 46, Lagos Ibadan expresway. Photo Lamidi Bamidele

THE 17th Holy Ghost Congress of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, with a unique theme, ‘The great Shepherd’ kicked off with an impressive crowd of worshippers on Monday night with the General Overseer of Sword of the Spirit Church, Bishop Francis Wale Oke preaching the first message.

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Our Future: An invaluable thesis on Uduaghan’s political strategy

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Uduaghan

WITHOUT doubt, there would be, no, there already are, heated debates about what Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has, to date, accomplished in his tenure as Governor of Delta State. When that time comes, or rather, as that process continues, in earnest, a most critical instrument for such an assessment would be what Governor Uduaghan deliberately and purposefully set out to accomplish, in the first place, as clearly articulated by himself, in his own words.

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We could no longer run from insurgents — Borno residents

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Adamawa-boko

At least 100 people including civilians, terrorists and security operatives lost their lives, while several others sustained gunshot wounds in three separate attacks on Damaturu, Yobe State capital, Maiduguri Borno State capital as well as Lassa village, Borno State. The attacks lasted three days.

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Rita Lori-Ogbebor: Life as a serial protester!

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CHIEF RITA LORI-OGBEBOR

The name Chief (Mrs.) Rita Lori-Ogbebor is synonymous with humanitarian works. The Igba of Warri (Irojowo) and Chairman/CEO, Rita Lori Hotels, in this interview, speaks on his life as an unrepentant protester against the ills of the society.

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OH! Suleiman Abba: Twice as bad

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Suleiman Abba

ADC to the wife of a late dictator: That is the only nugget in the profile of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Suleiman Abba.

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Who fails? Who Succeeds? The Ides of December as PDP Senators battle Governors

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Orji, Yuguda, Elechi, Babaginda Aliyu, Jang, Uduaghan, Akpabio and Suswam

THE battle line has since been drawn between outgoing State governors and serving Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria elected on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as the governors who are rounding off want to leave the comfort of State Government Houses for the three Arm Zone, the Senate.

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Buhari please emulate Sir Ahmadu Bello, The Sardauna of Sokoto

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MOHAMMADU BUHARI

Ahmadu Bello the Sardauna of Sokoto was the architect of the development of the Northern Nigeria. Together with Zik and Awolowo, they fought for the Independence of Nigeria. He was one of the three selected to represent the North at the drafting committee for the new Macpherson Constitution in 1951.

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Otan Ayegbaju: Two palaces, one king

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Owa of Otan Ayegbaju, Oba Lukman Adesola Ojo Fadipe

Otan Ayegbaju, headquarters of Boluwaduro Local Government Area of Osun State is an historic town in Yorubaland founded about 500 years ago by some of the direct descendants of Oduduwa, who migrated from Ile-Ife, the cradle of Yoruba race.

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Oshodi-Apapa traffic nightmare: The tank farms connection

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By Jude Njoku & Michael Eboh

AYO (as he was fondly called by his colleagues) worked with one of the Flour Mills located in the heart of Apapa before his death in a recent boat accident. The deceased worked with the defunct Ideal Flour Mills before the company retrenched him. He used his entitlements to build a low-cost house in Ikorodu where he lived with his wife and children.

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Don’t blame Jonathan for falling crude price, devaluation

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Jonathan-austerity

Arthur Dewing’s observations, written a little over ninety one years ago, remains evergreen — for the simple reason that it illuminates the predicament in which Nigeria finds itself today with regard to the economy.

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Why irritating comments from America should stop, by Prof Akinyemi

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Prof Bolaji Akinyemi

My contribution is going to be largely restricted to laying facts on the table.
Firstly, the amnesty agreement with the Niger-Delta militants was concluded under Yar’Adua and not Jonathan. In fact, the only militant group, which held out, intensified its bombing campaign under Jonathan. This clarification is relevant to the issue raised as to whether the Boko Haram will respond favourably to a northern President overture. There is no evidence of that. Apart from the fact that the insurgents are virulently against the northern establishment as evidenced by the attacks on several Emirs, there was an attempted assassination targeted the leading northern presidential candidate, Gen M. Buhari.

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Terror should never compel concession of power — AKIN OSUNTOKUN

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I try to refrain from commenting on a forum like this for two reasons. First, I write a weekly column for Thisday newspaper prominently displayed on the backpage every Friday-it provides a regular opportunity to pour out my thoughts. Second is the fact that i advertise myself as a member of the PDP and a supporter of President Jonathan

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Invasion of NASS: IGP turns interpreter of the law

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Malam Suleimam Abb

Last Thursday in the history of the 7th Assembly is one day members of the House of Representatives will not be in a hurry to forget.

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Rage in the Senate over police invasion of National Assembly

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Nigerians were bewildered watching the event of Thursday, November 20, 2014, when the police barricaded the National Assembly Complex, preventing some lawmakers from having access to their offices under the pretext that there was an ‘intelligence report’ that some ‘hoodlums’ planned to invade the complex.

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‘Ojukwu was irredeemably romantic’

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Amb. Bianca Ojukwu

In this concluding part of the riveting Bianca Ojukwu interview (I was told Sunday Vanguard, last week, sold out – because of the second part and that it was difficult for people to get copies) and, as the events marking the fourth anniversary of the passing of Dim Emeka Ojukwu, the Ikemba Nnewi, get underway, this week, with lectures and other festivities, leading to a grand finale on December 10, we pray for the continuous repose of his life, there is no better way to celebrate his memory than a story of love, passion and companionship as told here by his widow, Bianca.

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2015: Between the ‘gun’ and the ‘mace’

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Tambuwal adjourns sitting till Dec 3, says House under siege

T he story began from Rivers State. Then followed up in Edo, Ekiti and then, the grandfather of all battles, the National Assembly. Before this time, there were occasional hiccups here and there but not seriously damaging to the political culture as recent development. The Nigerian police had done noble jobs of policing the polity, combating crime and ensuring hitch-free elections in the past. Without them, the crises that characterise many elections would have been worse.

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Austerity Measures: Too little, too late and dangerous

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Jonathan-austerity

NOTHING is more pathetic than great economists in government, at a time of looming national economic disaster; when they are forced to mix partisan politics with economic policy decisions. No Minister of Finance, anywhere on earth, is ever the first to tell the people the bad news, especially with an election round the corner. That would amount to political sabotage against the government of the day.

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What really makes an effective tobacco control law?

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Cigerette-Smoking

ONE of the most discussed issues in our media lately has been one about the desirability of a National Tobacco Control Bill (NTCB) to regulate the production, importation, advertising, sale and distribution of tobacco products in the country.

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The leadership you deserve, Chissano tells Nigerians

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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

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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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