Saturday March 28th, 2015
Saturday March 28th, 2015
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A Twilight Impeachment in Ebonyi: Governor Martin Elechi’s sins

  /   in Special Report 12:52 am   /   Comments

Sam Egwu

THE impeachment notice served on Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi, less than three months to the end of his tenure, has long been anticipated since he lost control of the state House of Assembly.

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Ebonyi Assembly and the impeachment debate

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*Gov Elechi

The power of impeachment or removal from office of the governor or deputy governor by the state House of Assembly is provided for in Section 188 of the Constitution. According to the Constitution, “The governor or deputy governor of a state may be removed from office in accordance with the provisions of this Section. Section 188 (2) (a, b, c) and subsections (2 to 10) provided for the various steps that will be taken for legal impeachment of the governor or his deputy”

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Australia’s role to combat Al Qaeda, Boko Haram – Ambassador Richardson

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Richardson

We have fared well in diplomatic context. For example, during the visit of President Jonathan to Australia, we had a bilateral meeting. That was in 2011. We also initiated high level talks between our two foreign ministries which happen on annual basis. We have expanded our development cooperation; we have a number of development scholarships, we are into training Nigerians from the public sector, developers from the private sector; giving them post graduate studies and other short term training courses in Australia in the areas of agriculture, mining, government regulation and infrastructure.

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Kehinde Young-Harry And Daughters – Walking the talk!

  /   in Allure, Special Report 4:49 pm   /   Comments

Tabia, Kehinde-Young Harry and Helen

Anchor of the famous news feature programme, ‘Newsline’, on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Kehinde Young-Harry, was one of the most famous TV hosts in her days of TV. For years, she kept viewers glued to their TV sets for the ever-intriguing Sunday tonic, Newsline, which brought true life experiences and some times, weird stories to the fore.

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I want to have an impact on people’s lives – Tabia Princewill

  /   in Allure, Special Report 9:54 pm   /   Comments

Tabia Princewill

Tabia holds a B.Sc. in Journalism from the Sorbonne University and an M.Sc. in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.Growing up literally in the NTA newsroom, Tabia linked her early start in journalism to her admiration for her mother’s job. Although writing is her first love, she soon discovered that a lot of Nigerians are easily influenced by what they see on television, a thought which I want to have an impact on people’s lives – Tabia Princewill Tabia Princewill gave birth to ‘Walk The Talk’, a talk show on TV. The programme focuses on reaching a wide audience while providing a means of expression for the new talk show. For Tabia, a former editor of ‘Guardian Life’ magazine and now Executive Producer of ‘Walk the Talk’, the show is dedicated to promoting positive mindsets with intent to use its upbeat,personally affirming message to inspire the lifestyle of everyday Nigerians.

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I have learnt to be grateful for all I have – Helene Ibru

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*Helen Ibru

Helene Ibru, a lawyer of Nigerian and French parentage, obtained her first degree in Paris, where she also earned her Master’s degree. She worker for some years in France, then decided that it was time to return to Nigeria.The mother of four, who changed careers at different times in order to be available for her children, is co-host of ‘Walk the Talk’, and older sister to Tabia.

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These days, broadcasters fake accent – Kehinde Young-Harry

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Kehinde-Young Harry

Several years after the news and off the scene, Kehinde Young-Harry settles in as a proud grandmother who takes delight in watching her grand children evolve.

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Jonathan, perception and the war against corruption

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Jonathan

THE general perception amongst Nigerians, wrongly or rightly is that President Goodluck Jonathan’s government is not fighting corruption with adequate vigor. As worrisome as such negative perception amongst Nigerians is, re -echoing such sordid views on corruption in Nigeria by foreign media organs amounts to double jeopardy not only for President Jonathan and the ruling

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Boko Haram: Inside liberated territories!

  /   in Special Report 1:03 am   /   Comments

•Troops with a dismantled Boko Haram flag

The six weeks postponement of the polls the security forces demanded to enable them flush out Boko Haram fighters from occupied territories in the North-east states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa appears to be paying off. Military sources claimed that many of the towns captured by the Islamist group had been liberated.

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I hate war but love covering it – Prof. Don North

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*Prof. Don North (2014)

Don North, professor of journalism, is so many things rolled into one. He is the Director of Northstar Productions, Inc., Virginia, USA, a communications expert, teacher, writer, documentary filmmaker and above all, a veteran war correspondent having covered the wars in Vietnam, Borneo, Cambodia, Afghanistan, El- Salvador, Egypt, Israel, the Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. He has worked for ABC News and NBC News.

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2015: X-raying the gains, losses of postponed polls

  /   in Special Report 1:34 am   /   Comments

Jega-Buhari-GEJ

AMID overwhelming suspicion that the readjustment of Nigeria’s general election calendar by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, was done to sway political momentum in favour of a political party, an in-depth analysis, reveals that the aftermath of the decision has so far been characterised by profound gains and losses in some key areas. IT was

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If I were Jonathan, I ‘ll crack Nigeria – Agbakoba

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Agbakoba

Ex-President of the Nigerian Bar Association and human rights activist, Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, in this interview with Saturday Vanguard maintains that Nigeria is a sick patient in the accident and emergency ward which requires an orthopedic President who will crack the structure and heal it just as he berates the two major political parties, APC and PDP for not providing an answer to this dilemma

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Experts see improvement in industry, trade

  /   in Special Report 12:26 am   /   Comments

Cement being loaded from ship into silo before being bagged at Dangote Cement Plants, Onne, Port Harcourt

By Omoh Gabriel, Business Editor The Federal Government’s policies on industry, trade and investment activities are yielding modest results, according to industry stakeholders GIVEN the slowdown in economic growth globally as a result of the 2008 financial melt down from which various governments across the world are beginning to retool and realign their economic policies, towards

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Nigerian diplomatic missions out to attract investments — Teneilabe

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Geoffrey Teneilabe

AMBASSADOR Geoffrey Teneilabe is the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Atlanta, with jurisdiction over 17 Southeastern States of the United States of America.

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Sambisa Forest: Blow-by-blow account of the assault against Boko Haram

  /   in Special Report 8:00 am   /   Comments

Army-war

The emergence of Boko Haram in 2009, with base in Maiduguri, Borno State capital and the late Mohammed Yusuf as the leader, has become an issue of serious concern not only to the people of the North-east and Nigeria but also the world at large.

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Boko Haram: Why military offensive is yielding results – Dasuki

  /   in Special Report 12:47 am   /   Comments

National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki,rtd

IN the last seven days, the Nigerian military has been recording series of victories against Boko Haram insurgents, recapturing towns after towns from the terrorists in the Northeastern part of the country.

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2015 elections: How to make Nigeria the winner by Abdulrahman B. Dambazau

  /   in Special Report 8:13 pm   /   Comments

85 year old Chief Michael Iwoba, a pensioner being accredited to vote at Eri Primary School, Aguleri.

THE theme “2015 Elections: How to make Nigeria the Winner” appears simple, but I found it very complex and thought provoking. Certain assumptions could be made with regard to our theme today: first, that although most of the elections conducted in Nigeria in the past had presented some serious challenges, the 2015 elections are likely to present much more serious challenges that could jeopardize national security interests unless plans are made to ensure hitch-free elections.

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Thinking aloud before a nation unravels

  /   in Special Report 9:00 am   /   Comments

Prof Utomi

THE hate speech is everywhere. They are coming from people you expect to be more responsible. The so called campaign adverts do more damage than the young people, on social media, who seem not to realize how Rwanda happened, even though one of them has generously been circulating a warning from the Sierra Leone experience authored by one Omar Bangura. Then there is Obasanjo in the broth. Quo Vadis Nigeria?

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Before any vote is captured

  /   in Special Report 9:56 am   /   Comments

Voters exercising their franchise in Ejigbo area of Lagos

AS a confessional, this very intervention was previously made when the State of Anambra was in the throes of being captured. That was just before the election that begat the gubernatorial tenure that expired in 2014. It appears that that effort is worth being revisited since the agonizing peril of capturing persons and their constitutional votes as well as entire swat of States is at stake again.

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I will propose a Niger Delta Empowerment Bill – Ben Murray Bruce

  /   in Special Report 7:38 pm   /   Comments

Some supporters of Ben Murray-Bruce at a rally.

By Our Special correspondent THE Peoples Democratic Party’s, PDP, candidate for Brass East Senatorial District Ben Murray Bruce had in the four weeks preceding the February 14 presidential and National Assembly elections campaigned vigorously across land and sea to position his 10-point agenda for the next session of the National Assembly. He insists that the

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Polls’ postponement: Uneasy calm in APC!

  /   in Special Report 2:08 am   /   Comments

File: APC chieftains with Obasanjo yesterday during Buhari's presidential campaign to Abeokuta.

For the NSA, his advisory statement paid off. Many may have, before now, accused him of being too silent on the seeming security situation in the country. But his recent trip to London proved that he could at least speak. Read about the shock wave that flashed through the camp of the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, following the postponement of the general elections, which would have commenced yesterday, by the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, at the early hours of Sunday, last week.

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Inside the politics of polls’ postponement: INEC did not compromise autonomy – REC Igini

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Mike Igini

Mr Mike Igini is the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Edo State. The INEC chief spoke to Sunday Vanguard in Benin-City on Friday, in reaction to the postponed general elections and the integrity of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead the rescheduled elections. He insisted that the Prof. Attahiru Jega-led Commission was determined to supervise the “best elections in the history of the nation”, assuring that electoral body remained independent and cannot be controlled by any political party

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Prologue: 2015 Elections: A postponement foretold

  /   in Politics, Special Report 10:00 pm   /   Comments

Jegacartoon2015

Between Attahiru Jega and his God, he knows what has gone down.
For this column, we also know, in details, what went down on Saturday, February 7, 2015. But do Nigerians know? Do Nigerians care to know? Do Nigerians want to know? Do Nigerians need to know?
We take them one after the other. Nigerians in their millions, across the partisan divide, do not know what went down before Jega’s announcement of the postponement of the 2015 elections.

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The Agatu killing fields!

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Yero-women

The traditional stool in every African society brings with it awe, wealth and imperial satisfaction to make the traditional ruler the envy of most people. However, for the Oche Achega, the paramount ruler of Achega in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue, his reign has been marred by the burden and sorrow of being a continual mourner. Agatu, once a serene, prosperous local government area, producing large quantities of food stuff and fish, is now a ghost of itself, no thanks to deadly attacks by Fulani fighters since 2013.

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Valentine Day Special : What’s love got to do with it!

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love femi

“ Love is patient, love is kind; it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud; It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

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Coup against the Constitution by security chiefs by Femi Falana

  /   in Special Report 1:04 am   /   Comments

Femi Falana, SAN

AT a public lecture delivered at the Chatham House in London last month, the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, (retd), disclosed that he had “advised” the Independent National Electoral Commission to postpone the election.

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Teenage Pregnancy: Anatomy of ‘the number one killer of girls!’

  /   in Special Report 8:51 am   /   Comments

*Pregnant girls allegedly found in an orphanage...

About 16 million girls, aged 15 to 19, and some one million girls, under 15 years, give birth yearly in developing countries with Nigeria inclusive. Complications during child-birth and pregnancy are the second causes of death for 15-19 years old girls worldwide.

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Babatunde Raji Fashola: Success in tackling challenges head-on

  /   in Special Report 12:44 am   /   Comments

Fashola

In 2006 when he emerged the favourite of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, then incumbent governor of Lagos State, as well as governorship candidate of then Action Congress, not many people gave him a chance, least of all residents of the bustling metropolis of Lagos.

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Kwankwaso: Transforming Kano via open governance

  /   in Special Report 12:35 am   /   Comments

*Kwankwaso

NOT many took him seriously when he plunged himself into the highly competitive presidential election under the All Progressives Congress, APC, which threw up Gen. Muhammadu Bunari at the last count.

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Vanguard Personality of the Year: Imoke’s bold imprints on tourism

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Senator Liyel Imoke

IT was the ambition of Senator Liyel Imoke on Assumption of office to make Calabar, capital of Cross River State, one of the five leading destinations for meetings, conferences and conventions in the country. However, few months before his exit from office, his success in that regard would be measured by the fact that Calabar is today only third after Abuja and Lagos for MCCs in the country. That landmark is complemented by the fact that Calabar, the capital of Cross River is about the country’s number one destination for holidays and tourism.

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Danger to February 14 Election: NSA compounds INEC’s woes

  /   in Special Report 4:29 am   /   Comments

Jega

Facts emerged, yesterday, suggesting that Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was grappling with problems which may have compelled it to postpone the February 14, 2015, presidential election, had the National Security Adviser, NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, not publicly called on the electoral body to consider the option of postponement.

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‘Lakemfa, a victim of international conspiracy’

  /   in Special Report 8:55 pm   /   Comments

Owei Lakemfa

The travails of Nigerian born Secretary General of Organisation of African Trade Unions Unity, OATUU, Comrade Owei Lakemfa, have been ascribed to international conspiracy.

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