Wednesday July 23rd, 2014
Wednesday July 23rd, 2014
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My husband told me horrible stories about Boko Haram before they killed him

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File: The Baga attack by Boko Haram

It was a true love story when they met. She was just 15 and her country was in turmoil.
Mayhem was let loose and brothers killed brothers in a civil war that was snowballing into genocide. Could it be worse than Rwanda? It had the potential.

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Ekiti 2014 D-Day: Can rice, salt and pepper win votes ?

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

AFTER months of rancour-filled, mud-slinging and largely issue-lacking governorship election campaigns, the Ekiti electorate will storm the polling booths today to elect a governor from a motley crowd of 18.

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Life after service: The raison d’etre for NPF pensions

  /   in Special Report 12:00 pm   /   Comments

police

DAY and night, in peace as in times of crisis, they toil in spite of the elemental forces of the sun, heat, wind, rain and other adverse weather conditions. Herculean indeed is the task of providing effective security and safety for their beloved country and people. Yet, it is true that nothing bothers these unsung heroes and long-suffering Policemen as much as their retirement benefits.

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Echoes of Biafra: Fresh fears over a recurring agitation

  /   in Special Report 5:54 pm   /   Comments

*Members of Biafra Zionist Movement during a procession shortly before the re-declaration of independence of Biafra Republic by the group in Enugu, yesterday.

FORTY-four years after the Nigerian Civil War ended and the Biafra Republic which was led by the late Ikemba Nnew, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu collapsed, the agitation for the rebirth of the defunct republic has been kept alive in the minds of some die-hard believers of the Igbo secession bid

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Jonathan is the solution, not the cause of Nigeria’s woes! (2)

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Jonathan Goodluck

AS noted by Matthew Kukah, “although there was no evidence of hostility visibly shown by the visit of the Archbishop to Kano, it was not accidental that the site where he laid the foundation stone for the building of the new Church became the scene of the violence that erupted in Kano six months after the visit. The violence was targeted at Christ Church in Fagge, Kano Metropolis”

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Thoughts on identity, justice and politics of incorporation in Nigeria

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THERE appears to be a feeling that a leadership is diminished when it recognises, honours and accords the rightful place in history to its predecessor. Nothing can be further from the truth, because, rather than diminish the leadership, such a recognition enhances its stature and public perception as it is seen to be confident and selfless! Evidence, however, abounds of the leadership honouring itself while in office perhaps out of the fear that once out of office no one will remember their contributions.

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Jonathan is the solution, not the cause of Nigeria’s woes!

  /   in Special Report 8:44 pm   /   Comments

President Jonathan

TO assign to President Jonathan the woes that are plaguing Nigeria today is one of the greatest ironies in Nigerian contemporary history. This essay is geared to prove without any fears of contradiction that he is the solution not the cause or the source of Nigeria’s problems. For now, let’s consider the verdict of Nigerian history as it relates to the Nigerian romance with Muslims and Muslim leaders in Nigeria.

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How we are helping to rebrand Nigeria — Pastor Adefarasin

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Pastor-Adefarasi

Pastor Paul Adefarasin, the Senior Pastor of the House on The Rock, in this interview, speaks on Christianity, politics and leadership. He also speaks on the idea behind the Rock Cathedral, a Social Justice and Transformation Centre, through which the church makes special interventions in technology, education, training, and empowerment among others.

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Sambisa: A Day In A Dreaded Den

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sambisa2

IT would have looked like a scene from a movie. I knew it was not. I am neither an
actor, nor were the others with whom I drove into the dreaded Sambisa forest. I just wanted to have an idea of the den of the terrorists. I knew when to ask my escorts that I had seen enough.

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The South South Position: A stitch in time saves nine (2)

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S-SOUTH-GOVS

THE only non-oil revenue source accruing to the federation account is Value Added Tax (VAT), which proportionate contribution was 26 per cent in 2009, 20 per cent in 2011 and 24.4 per cent in 2012. It must be stated that even the VAT for which northern states receive larger chunk because of the introduction of very elementary and unjustifiable indices for horizontal distribution of a revenue is sourced from mainly Lagos State in Southern Nigeria.

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Dana Crash: ‘We watched as passengers struggled to come out of burning plane’

  /   in Special Report 12:41 am   /   Comments

File photo: a scene of plane crash

The atmosphere was tense. Residents of Olaniye Street and environs were busy trying to find a place to watch a match involving the Nigerian national team in the suburb of Iju- Ishaga in Akande Community Development Area, CDA, of Lagos State when the Dana ill-fatal air crash occurred in the densely populated area, killing 153 passengers on-board and 10 persons on ground.

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Chibok schoolgirls: Nigeria’s messy approach

  /   in Special Report 2:03 am   /   Comments

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.

APART from a few who escaped on their own, none of the over 200 school girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, has been rescued by our security agencies, exactly 54 days after. And this is in spite of assistance from a coalition of UK, US and other forces.

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20 Years Of World Cup Crises

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world-cup-2014

WHEN Nigeria qualified for the World Cup, for the first time in 1994, it was in the midst of the crisis that attended the June 12 presidential election of the previous year. Street protests were building up; the country was torn in shreds along belief and unbelief.

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How to treat detractors – Stephen Keshi

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Coach Stephen Keshi

Before you won the 2013 African Nations Cup you made it clear you had chosen a young squad with the 2018 World Cup in mind. So is this Nigeria side now one for Brazil 2014 or still for 2018?

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WORLD CUP OPENER:

  /   in Special Report, Sports 11:15 pm   /   Comments

2014 FIFA World Cup trophy

With the likes of Neymar, Daniel Alves, Silva, Hulk and Willian in the side, few would bet against Brazil beating Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup this Thursday.

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Will today’s Eagles differ from the past teams?

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1994 Eagles Squad

Nigeria’s first appearance at the World Cup was in USA ’94. Nigerians still refer to the team as their best.
World football governing body classed them as the most entertaining side alongside winners, Brazil.

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World Cup: France ’98 Squad

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France '98 Squad

The gold medal winning feat at the Atlanta ’96 Olympic Games was good for Nigeria but what followed marked the beginning of the plunge Nigeria’s football took after the era of Clemens Westerhof.

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Japan/Korea 2002 Squad

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eagles-JAPAN

The downward trend in Nigeria’s football continued at the Japan/Korea 2002 World Cup.Amodu Shuaibu and Stephen Keshi had qualified Nigeria for the World Cup, a feat that was slipping until the FA sacked Bonfrere Jo who had lost to the likes of Liberia and Sierra Lone before he was sacked. Amodu and Keshi were brought in for a rescue mission.

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South Africa, 2010

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Gorgeous South African fans

The coaching problem that had now become a common feature in Nigeria’s World Cup teams continued when the Presidential Task Force set up by late President Umar Yar ‘Adua insisted on a foreign coach after Shuaibu Amodu led Nigeria through the qualifying matches. The Football Federation wanted Amodu to continue and planned to bring in Keshi to assist him. But the Task Force would have non of that.

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Our vision for Nigeria’s economy, by Emefiele

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Emefiele

This vision draws inspiration from our understanding of the multiple mandate of the Bank to pursue both price and financial system stability as well as provide complementary developmental functions by creating an environment for Nigerians to live better and more fulfilled lives. Rather than being competing goals, as some may argue, these mandates are truly complementary.

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The South South Position: A stitch in time saves nine

  /   in Special Report 6:02 am   /   Comments

S-SOUTH-GOVS

INTRODUCTION: One subject that has remained contentious since contributions of oil and gas proceeds became dominant in the fiscal arrangements of the Nigerian federal state has been how the revenue should be shared between the federal government and the constituent units.

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Northern agenda: A backbone without coccyx? (2)

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rig

BIOMETRICS must be voluntarily given without inhibitions. Second, the national identity card project must be allowed to succeed at all cost.

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Northern Agenda: A backbone without coccyx?

  /   in Special Report 3:29 am   /   Comments

NORTH1

PREAMBLE: Part of the fundamental considerations for the convening of the on-going National Conference is to provide a platform for Nigerians across ethnic and geo-political divide to sit together to resolve all divisive issues that appear to have set our dear country in the recent past on the seeming state of conflagration.

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Suspected Killer Child-Bride Begs Court: ‘Set me free!’

  /   in Special Report 12:50 am   /   Comments

Wasila

Wasila Umar, 14, the child-bride suspected to have killed her husband at Yansoro village, Kademi general area of Gaya local government council of Kano State broke down in tears while pleading with the trial judge handling her case at the juvenile court to set her free because she was home sick.

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Boko Haram: Why the armed forces, police are handicapped

  /   in Special Report 2:43 am   /   Comments

Army-war

On May 14, 2014, it was one year that Nigeria’s President Jonathan declared a “state of emergency” to curb the murderous activities of the Boko Haram terrorists group in the North-eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

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CEMENT: Other producers grumble as FG adopts Dangote’s high standard

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Aliko Dangote

To say that the last four months have been sleepless nights for local cement producers is no exaggeration.

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Boko Haram: The forces against Nigeria

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Army-Jonathan

IN his Democracy Day message, President Goodluck Jonathan ordered the military to spare nothing in wiping out terrorism that is now rocking the foundation of the country.

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Dangote pushes for implementation of new cement standards

  /   in Special Report 10:24 pm   /   Comments

cement

DANGOTE Cement Plc has called on the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, to begin immediate implementation of the new cement standards for the industry in the country even as it denied de-marketing Lafarge products.

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Invitation of foreign forces dangerous – Balarabe Musa

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*Musa

National Chairman, Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), Alhaji Balarabe Musa, criticised the invitation of United States and British forces to assist in securing the release of the school girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorist group some weeks ago, saying: “the invitation of foreign forces is completely unnecessary, it is dangerous and unpatriotic.”

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President Museveni’s hypocritical attack on Nigeria

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Yoweri Museveni of Uganda

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni attended the grand finale rally for the National Resistance Movement woman flagbearer, Mrs. Rebecca Nalwanga at Kalanga in Uganda last week.

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Shape, colour of political opposition (1999 to 2014)

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PDP-APC

FIFTEEN years ago, precisely on May 29, 1999 General Abdulsalami Abubakar supervised the transition that heralded the Fourth Republic which made the former military leader Olusegun Obasanjo the new president.

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Pending political permutations

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2015-cartoon1

IT is an unusual suspense that many political stakeholders may not have bargained for. That is, the inertia that has suddenly gripped the Nigerian political class nine months to a decisive presidential election.

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