Saturday April 19th, 2014
Saturday April 19th, 2014
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Trouble in Assemblies of God

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Assemblies of God Church Nigeria General Superintendent, Rev. Paul Emeka, suspended over allegations of misconduct, financial misappropriation and other matters by a group in the church, in this interview, fires back at his accusers, saying his only offence was that he tried to protect the church. The embattled Rev. Emeka was reinstated by a court order but denied access to his office

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GDP Rebasing: Large economy, poor infrastructure, by Hon. Yusuf

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Tajudeen-Yusuf

In the first place, it is a welcome development, but with the state of our infrastructure we may not get to the promised land. We need to put regular supply of electricity at optimal level, revive the rail sector and try to reduce the present road transportation by one third.

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Nigeria: Huge economy amid widespread poverty – Agboola, CIBN boss

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Agboola-CIBN

The decline in the nation’s economy is not unexpected but the reality is that we are not producing enough locally. We must remember the fact that there was a global economic crisis between 2008 and 2010 and we are just recovering . Crude oil price, which has been the main stay of our economy, declined in 2008 from 147 dollars per barrel to about 40 dollar, and, today, it is just about $100.

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The paradox of rebased GDP—Chukwu

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Mr. Johnson Chukwu

For Nigerian citizens, what counts is the availability of jobs, the size of their personal income, access to basic amenities such as light, water, transport infrastructure, security, etc. With the continued dearth of these basic necessities of life, the increased size of the GDP does not make much meaning to Nigerians. The existence of abject poverty in the midst of a big and growing economy seem to be a paradox.

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GDP Rebasing: Questions Jonathan and Okonjo-Iweala must answer

  /   in Business, Top Stories 6:24 pm   /   Comments

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If that is true, one exercise should have been conducted in 2009 and another in 2004. Okonjo-Iweala was the Finance Minister in 2004. Why was the rebasing exercise not conducted at the time? Or is she just hearing about this for the first time in her career?

President Goodluck Jonathan was the Vice-President in 2009 and he became President in 2010. Why was there no rebasing at that time?

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Largest Economy: Irony of Numbers 

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*Briefing on Result of GDP in Nigeria: Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo –Iweala chatting with Minister of National Planning Amb. Bashiru Yuguda  and Statistician –General of the Federation and CEO of National Bureau of Statistics Dr. Yemi Kale during presentation of Preliminary Results of the Rebased Nominal Gross Domestic Product ( GDP) Estimates from Nigeria 2010 to 2013 held in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Nigeria is now Africa’s largest economy and the 26th world over. True or false? Saturday Vanguard in this special report tried to get answers from Nigerians
It is a miracle but the reality is lost in its own incredibility.

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Why we cannot run away from genuine federalism —Obong Attah

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CONFAB

The CONFAB resumed its daily routine of predictable motions and meaningless expressions of gratitude to the Head of State. That was how General Sani Abacha wanted it, until Obong Victor Attah, who later became the governor of Akwa Ibom State for eight years, dropped a bombshell on Wednesday, July 20, I994

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Failure of National Confab will have grave consequences — Okoh, Primate of Anglican Church

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Nicholas-Orogodo-Okoh

ow, again, I go back to where I started. In the new generation churches, some of them actually have a lot to do by way of travelling around. Outside the country they have churches. Within the country they have. So they do it like the secular CEO, now they believe that programming themselves to scheduled flights may not solve their problems and they have enough money to acquire these machines.

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Confab: How to reconcile North/South conflicting interests, by Fasheun

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Dr. Fasheun

Nigeria, the biggest black nation, should be a leader in world affairs and leadership involves a lot; you must be able to meet and overcome challenges. That is what leadership is. A leader should leave the stage as an icon and let the people feel nostalgic that he is leaving the stage.

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Confab: North must make the best of bad situation, by Usman Bugaje

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Usman Bugaje

Structuring the Nigerian federation along the principles of the so-called “true federalism”. Here, it is being erroneously inferred – either out of political ignorance or political maneuver or both – that the 36 States of the Federation are “federating units” and should therefore operate and derive their powers and functions on the classical meaning of federalism, as in the case of the United States of America

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Citizen stories: Report news as it breaks near you!

  /   in Citizen Reports, Top Stories 12:05 am   /   Comments

File photo: Flooded Lamoye street, Ijesha, Surulere by citizen Simon Anionwe

Vanguard invites its numerous readers to be part of our citizen journalism initiative.
You can send us stories that are happening where you are. This may also include photos and videos of events you consider fascinating enough to be shared around the world.

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The Borno bloodletting

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Borno State has witnessed serial Boko Haram attacks since the beginning of this year. The attacks were mostly executed in the villages of Borno, the Sambisa forest and the mountainous villages of Gwoza and Gamboru Ngala council areas which share borders with Cameroon and Chad Republic.

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Yobe killing fields

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Scene of the mayhem in Damaturu. Photo: sahara reporters

Insurgency ceased in Yobe State for 11 months after two years of attacks. Consequently, indigenes praised the gallantry efforts of security forces enforcing emergency rule in the state and the pragmatic manner with which government handled the matter

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Adamawa: Two months of horror

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Boko Haram in Adamawa State has become a phenomenon, following wanton killings between January and February. The phenomenon created an atmosphere of fear in the state.

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Boko Haram: Exodus hits Adamawa, Borno

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They move in droves: men, women and children; even the sick and those with bullet wounds. The able bodied ones among them carry what is left of their belongings, especially mats, food stuff and household items.

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Oil sales and NNPC’s controversial remittances

  /   in Business, crude oil, Top Stories 2:46 am   /   Comments

Oil Installation

Remittance of oil proceeds to the Federation Account by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), has been enmeshed in controversy. Central Bank Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, raised the alarm that a huge sum of the proceeds had developed wings without any trace in the Federation Account where it is supposed to be domiciled. But the management of NNPC came up to say no single kobo was missing

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Is $20BN Oil money really missing?

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The exchange between the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over oil funds has generated interest in the polity. This is hardly surprising since the bulk of the money that sustains the nation comes from oil.

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‘We sue for independent audit of $10.8 billion’

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Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy’s statement at the Senate Committee hearing

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Nasarawa Killings: Ombatse goes to court!

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The much anticipated report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry probing the May 7, 2013 massacre of security operatives in Alakio, Nasarawa State has been partially released following the commission and Governor Tanko Al-makura’s response to an affidavit filed by the legal adviser of Ombatse group, Zachary Zamani Allumuga.

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‘There is a plot to wipe out southern Kaduna people’

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Adamawa-boko

It was rough for the people of Maroa and Atakad communities in Kaura Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State, and bordering Plateau State, last week, as unknown gunmen, suspected to belong to a Fulani militia, killed not less than 40 people in two separate raids in which at least a soldier and a police man were also slain.

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House can pass 2014 Budget without APC Reps – Hon. Leo Ogor

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House of Representatives during plenary

On the 17th of January, some 37 members of the PDP went to court to seek an injunction against the clear provision of Section 68 (G) of the 1999 Constitution, which says that a member should vacate his seat if he crosses over to another party if there is no crisis in the party. But because these members are aware of this provision of the law, they went to court to seek an injunction over an action they have not taken.

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Kaduna and the Politics of 2015

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*Gov Yero of Kaduna State.

In many ways, the politics of Kaduna State mirrors that of the country not only because the state is sharply divided along religious lines but also because of its ethnic composition that engenders a fierce competition for power between the geo-political sections. Even at that, the significance of Kaduna goes beyond its locality, essentially because it has, for decades, been the political headquarters of the North.

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The Senate Defection Game

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The Senate has in the past weeks been turned into a political theatre with all sorts of drama and the principal characters being the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The drama has been characterized by confusion and intrigues while the bone of contention is the passage of the 2014 Appropriation Bill and the defection of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

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Season of political buccaneering!

  /   in Top Stories 7:21 pm   /   Comments

APC-PDP

The dislocating effects of defection from one political party to another can be debilitating.But it can only be debilitating in so far as the losing party is not sure of itself.“Indeed, that is what the All Progressives Congress, APC, is throwing at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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2014:Year of the Locusts

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“If the President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria insists he wants something and you say you will not allow him to have it, what do you think will happen?”

The above was the question asked by a former state governor in Nigeria’s South-west. He answered the question himself: “War”

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2015: Niger Gov in custody of single term pact — Gov. Nyako

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Gov. Nyako

The Niger State governor has the agreement. He is the one who handled it.
We want to deal with people of honour and integrity and not those who dribble others and treat others with no sense of respect and not respecting their vows. Leaders must be honest with their colleagues and the larger society. Without that, we would run into serious crisis in this country.

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£3,000 UK VISA DEPOSIT: FG, Reps kick against new policy

  /   in Headlines, Top Stories 12:01 am   /   Comments

*David Cameroun

he Federal Government, yesterday, vowed to defend the interests of Nigerians, following the introduction of a new visa policy by the British government. The policy requires Nigerians travelling to the United Kingdom to produce a cash bond of N730,000 (3,000 pounds, $4,600 or 3,500 euros) before they enter the UK.

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Police kill 7 suspected abductors of Lagos council boss, nab 2

  /   in News, Top Stories 9:44 pm   /   Comments

The suspects

The Lagos State Police Command has smashed a kidnap syndicate comprising nine Nigerians based in Ghana. They are said to have been responsible for the kidnap of the Ejigbo Local Council Development Area boss, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, two months ago and a Federal High Court Judge.

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Eagles need a foreign coach – Kojo

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NO HARD FEELINGS•••Spain’s Roberto Soldado smiles as he falls on Super Eagles defender Azubuike Egwuekwe during their FIFA Confederations Cup match on June 23. Spain won 3-0. PHOTO: AFP

Kojo Williams, a former chairman of the Nigeria Football association (NFA) has blamed the Super Eagles technical crew headed by Stephen Keshi for the ouster of the national team from the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

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Nigerians to pay £3,000 to enter Britain

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, standing onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London. Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's 90-year-old husband, was hospitalised June 4, 2012 with a bladder infection and will miss the rest of her diamond jubilee celebrations, Buckingham Palace said.   AFP PHOTO

Britain is planning to force visitors from India, Pakistan, Nigeria and other countries whose nationals are deemed to pose a “high risk” of immigration abuse to provide a cash bond before they can enter the country, a report said Sunday.

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Chinua Achebe had nothing personal against Awolowo, others — Ike, son

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biafra-awo

It was a big shock to many when the news came that renowned novelist and ceberated author of Things Fall Apart, Prof. Chinua Achebe, was dead. This was so as the controversy generated by his autobiography, ‘There Was a Country’, was still fresh. The book had narrated Achebe’s experience in the Biafran war, accusing some principal actors of genocide against Igbo people.

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PDP makes U-Turn on Amaechi, to settle out of Court

  /   in Headlines, News, Top Stories 2:10 am   /   Comments

Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State

STRONG indications emerged yesterday that the lingering political problem between the Governor of Rivers State and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP would soon be resolved.

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