Friday November 28th, 2014
Friday November 28th, 2014
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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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Today, content doesn’t sell in music, ‘beats’ do

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Wizkid, Tiwa, Olamide and P-square

A large chunk of what we now listen to as music are products of energetic dissipation of empty sounds. Only few musicians are trying to keep up with the trend of the legends. But 10 out of 100 percent is not a pass mark.
The Nigerian music industry has undoubtedly achieved overwhelming success in many areas and is unarguably one of Nigeria’s biggest job-creating sectors today as it creates opportunities for complementary services like music/movie production, event management, DJ services, equipment purchase/leasing, marketing, retailing, etc.

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‘Nigerian musicians project very shameful lyrical contents in their song’

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ABBA

Now take this: If your marriage has crashed and you listen to ABBA’s KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU, there’s something you must feel. The lyrics hit you and you may be emotional about the emptiness that envelops in you when you cast your mind back to the house once made busy by the kids and their mum.

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Nigerian Music: It’s Now All About Sex and No Sense

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D'banj, Tuface, Wizkid and Tiwa

At the mention of the name, Fela Kuti, one might conjure up images of a half-naked man, ‘strutting his stuff’ on stage, accompanied by over a dozen half naked women following his lead. But the actual impression of many Nigerians and people all over the world is much more than that; Fela embodied a struggle for a truly democratic, free Nigerian state.

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I don’t know where my father, stepmother, seven siblings are – Victim

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Victims at the camp

Like an innocuous flame, it started and no one paid attention. Then, it became a flickering flame, yet no one took them seriously. Today, the flickering flame has become a wild fire, a hydra-headed monster threatening to squeeze the very life out of Nigerians.

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Local content Act, 2010: Caverton trains 15 Nigerian Engineers on AW139 Helicopter

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The 15 Nigerian Engineers type-rated on AW139 Helicopter.

AS part of Caverton Helicopters, a member of the Caverton Offshore Support Group, conscious policy to support the Federal Government efforts to implement the Local Content Act of 2010, the company, weekend, held a graduation for 15 Caverton Engineers who successfully completed the AW139 Type rating course.

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Chibok Girls: How conflicting security reports scuttled ceasefire deal

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The current efforts by the Nigerian Government to rescue the over 200 girls taken by members of the Boko Haram fighters from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State, on April 14 this year, could itself be described as a war of some sort. But after many strident but failed attempts to liberate the captives from their captors, it has become clear to the Nigerian security men that the job requires more than bullets, tanks and fire but more of serious intelligence to keep the malevolent but ingenious men at bay.

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An economy on bended knees: Nigeria’s belated contingency economic plan

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Okonjo-Iweala

That was how the PUNCH reported it the following day. The VANGUARD, on its front page, reported the Minister to have said that NIGERIA IS NOT BROKE. Apart from the fact that economics/finance does not recognize the word “broke”, the Minister had, on the one hand, denied there is a serious problem while, on the other hand, admitting there is one.

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Rich Churches, Poor Members

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Pastor Chris Oyakhilome; Ayo Oritsejafor; Enoch Adeboye; David Oyedepo and Mike Okonkwo

By Nkem Jacobs, Chioma Onuegbu, Peter Duru, Juliet Ebirim, Emmanuel Edukugho and Onochie Anibeze In the early days of Christianity in Nigeria the church was at the forefront of society’s development building schools, hospitals, vocational skills acquisition centres, farms and cottage industries, among others. They offered scholarships, gave free books and teaching aids, and gave

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Ebola – Open Letter to the ECOWAS presidents

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AS the spectre of Ebola stalks the world, people everywhere are looking accusingly at the ECOWAS presidents. Like the commandants from whose prison a jailbreak of very dangerous prisoners has just happened, they had better have a damned good explanation of the event or face court martial, etc. The citizens of ECOWAS demand no less. How can these presidents allow such a thing to happen on their watch and disgrace all Africans? Aspersions of all sorts are being cast on us as incompetent to manage our countries.

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OIL THEFT, VANDALISM & PIRACY: Navy’s surveillance sensors, battle-ships to the rescue

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Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, Chief of Naval Staff

Before April 2013, when President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the North East states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno because of the escalation of the Boko Haram insurgency, other criminal activities like illegal bunkering, oil thievery, piracy and pipeline vandalism were ignored or received less attention. Consequently, the nation has been the worse for it in terms of poor revenue outlay.

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Ceasefires that shaped global conflicts

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Army-Jonathan

Since the end of First World War , there have been many peace plans and many negotiations among warring camps globally.Some of these have been successful, while others  failed to achieve peace. Here are some peace proposals and what happened to them

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Ebola Virus-free country:15 days of Ebola survivors horror in isolation centre!

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L-R: The Chief Medical Director, First Consultans Hospital, Dr. Benjamin Ohiaeri, and the Ebola survivors; Dr. Ada Igonoh and Dr. Akinniyi Fadipe .

It is no longer news that Nigeria has not recorded any Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, case since the last Ebola patient was discharged from the isolation centre at the Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos. What is news, however, is that many countries of the world are impressed about the strategies applied by Nigerian experts to contain the spread of the disease .

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Marked for life? Are your tribal marks attractive or repulsive?

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By CHIOMA GABRIEL As incredible as it may seem, many people find tribal marks repulsive. The first time Akinwunmi travelled to the United kingdom several years ago, he recalled how a little white girl approached him where he was seated at the airport and studied his face. Akinwunmi had four long horizontal lines deeply etched

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What the Bible says about tattoos and cutting of bodies

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A supporter of Liberian opposition presidential candidate Winston Tubman shows her Tubman's CDC party tattoo AFP PHOTO

The Bible warns against tattoos  in Leviticus 19:28 (Amplified) which says, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” However, just because society approves of something does not make it right in the eyes of God. The Bible warns

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Apapa-Oshodi chaotic traffic: No end in sight despite assurances

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Traffic gridlock on the Oshodi Apapa expressway...but when will this nightmare end?

‘WHAT kind of country is this”! An exasperated Bidemi yelled at nobody in particular. Bidemi who has his forwarding and clearing business in Apapa, was trapped in the traffic gridlock that stretched from Sanya Bus Stop to Apapa for over five hours last Tuesday.

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Reign of terror in Edo: How Majority Leaders, lawmakers escaped death

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Vehicles destroyed by the hoodlums at the Edo Legislative Quarters

THOUGH those who have been following the crisis bedevilling the Edo State House of Assembly for some time now knew that the centre cannot no longer hold between the 15 All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers and the nine Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members. But what they never knew was that it will result to reckless bloodbath. Last Saturday, at about 6:30am, armed men numbering more than one hundred stormed the Assembly quarters which houses mainly the APC lawmakers, singing wars songs and screaming PDP!PDP!

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Fashola, Onolememen abandon Oshodi/Apapa road

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File: Traffic gridlock on Apapa/Oshodi express road, due to slow construction job of the road by Julius Berger and commuter spent sever hours on the road. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

THE unending traffic gridlock along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, especially at Mile 2, the major route to Nigeria’s busiest seaports such as Tin Can and Apapa ports, appears to be worsening by the day, as motorists and commuters spend several hours to get to their various destinations.

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Anenih remains Edo political oracle

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BENIN— The Iyasele of Esan land and chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, is the most powerful living political leader in the present day Edo state.

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Imoke, Cross River’s man of power

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By Emmanuel Unah CALABAR—Since his assumption of office in 2007, the Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke, has fully metamor-phosed as the political C in C of the state. His calm appearance could be deceptive to those who do not know him closely, but anybody conversant with his persona knows that his political

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2015 Presidential Series: The big ideas to transform Nigeria, by Sam Nda-Isaiah

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SAM Nda- Isaiah

Sam Nda-Isaiah, publisher, entrepreneur and politician, is one of the presidential hopeful on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. He shares his thoughts on Nigeria and why he wants to be the President of Nigeria.

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30,000 New Polling Units’ Crisis Ahead of 2015: Jega dares Senate

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File: Voter casting her vote

Fresh information available to Sunday Vanguard suggests that, barring any last-minute change of plans, the advisory by the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that it should not proceed with the allocation of the new 30,000 Polling Units, PUs, for sundry reasons, may be ignored – and this is authoritative.

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Sex in the city: The shame of campus prostitution

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Prostitution—It is the oldest profession in the world; from before Deliliah’s seductive ways with Samson in Bible times, to last night in a dark corner at Ojuelegba bus stop in Lagos.

Women, selling their bodies for money; some pushed into this nefarious profession out of poverty, some, out of sheer greed and some others, simply for the love of sex. In this piece, Saturday Vanguard explores the lives students in our tertiary institutions who now appear more remarkable in their runs for men and money than their primary purpose of acquiring quality education.

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Aig-Imoukhuede to face $1 trn capitalisation target challenge

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Agboje-Aig-Imoukhuede

THE emergence of Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede as the President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE has been described as a good omen for the Nigerian capital market. it is expected that he will bring his vast experience to bear, to surmount some of the challenges facing the stock exchange and the market in general

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Yes, Nigeria is great; but can be greater!

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Nigeria's forward Peter Odemwingie (3rd-R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 21, 2014.  AFP PHOTO /

ANYONE who has visited other countries would know that Nigeria is a great country. I have several reasons to back this assertion.

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Prof. T. M. Yesufu, pioneer UNIBEN vice chancellor passes on

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THE pioneer vice chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. T. M. Yesufu, a world renowned economist passed on during the Sallah break and has been buried in his home town, Agbede Etsako West in Edo Stae on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, according to Islamic rites.

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2015: Theodore Orji’s ideal successor

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AS the Holy Bible puts it in the Book of Ecclesiastes, ‘to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven’.

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Delta 2015: Trends and Challenges before aspirants

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Evenwith the contention on whether power shift to Delta North is a desirable political option, there are new dynamics in the trends of the shaping contest that points to the fact that the key to the Government House in 2015 will go to the Anioma nation unless the political actors from the region bungles the opportunity.

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2015 Presidential Series: I can replicate Kano success story for Nigeria — Kwankwaso

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*Kwankwaso

Governor Ibrahim Kwankwaso of Kano State is among the contenders for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2015 general elections. Kwankwaso, in this piece, unfolds his agenda for Nigeria.

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The President Nigeria needs @ 54: Will any of these contenders,pretenders meet the bill?

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President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd)

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Thursday, officially lifted the embargo on campaigns for the 2015 general elections. Thus, the hordes of presidential contenders and pretenders in the polity are legally free to market their potentials to the electorate.
In doing so, Nigerians are expected to seek out the best among the aspirants and thrust upon him the onerous task of charting the way forward for the country, which after 54 years of independence is plagued by basic challenges.

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“When we went to school in those days…’’

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Senior Citizens recall

The phrase ‘‘Things were better in those days,’’ is a favourite among Nigeria’s senior citizens. It represents a flashback into a time that the younger generation cannot truly understand with words alone.

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Disruptions in higher education shape the classroom of the future

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Cynthia-Baum

DR. Clayton Christensen, Harvard School of Business professor and author of The Innovative University, defines a disruptive innovation as “a product or service that may not be the highest quality, but which rattles the status quo by succeeding in its simplicity, convenience, accessibility, or affordability. It targets a job that needs to be done, providing just good enough performance as to appeal to an underserved or even non-existent consumer in the current marketplace.”

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