Thursday September 18th, 2014
Thursday September 18th, 2014
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As insurgents kill 13 in Bauchi…Bombers dress in military uniform

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A picture taken from a video distributed to journalists in recent days through intermediaries and obtained by AFP on March 5, 2013 reportedly shows Abubakar Shekau (C), the suspected leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, flanked by six armed and hooded fighters in an undisclosed place.

The wave of bombings by suspected Boko Haram insurgents across the country continued at the weekend after 13 persons were killed in an attack in Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi State.

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Abuja Bombing: How we stopped second bomber – Security forces

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Scene of Emab plaza bombing

But for the quick intervention of men of the security agencies, the bombers, who detonated the explosives that destroyed parts of EMAB plaza causing the loss of over 20 people, may have planned to set off another explosion in another part of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, Sunday Vanguard can reveal authoritatively.

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Abuja, Boko Haram attacks and the elusive $470 million CCTV cameras

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CCTV Cameras

From the 2010 Independence Day car bombing at the Eagles Square to the daring attack on Police Headquarters in 2011, down to the strike on the United Nations building, not forgetting the deadly ThisDay Newspapers’ building attack in 2012, the Nyanya bomb explosion and, of course, Wednesday’s devastating attacks on Emab Plaza in Abuja, acts of terrorism appear to have permeated the polity, leaving everyone and every place completely vulnerable.

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Events leading to Ekiti election negate the principles of a free, fair and credible election — Lai Muhammed

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Lai Mohammed

With thousands of armed troops, police, state security and civil defense personnel deployed to Ekiti, the state, during the June 21 gubernatorial election, was simply under lock down, according to the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while faulting the process that led to the outcome of the poll won by Mr Ayodele Fayose of the PDP and the APC candidate, Governor Kayode Fayemi, lost.

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Ekiti: Jonathan has case to answer – Soyinka

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NOBEL laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, wants President Goodluck Jonathan to tell Nigerians who authorised the military to prevent some governors of the All Progressives Congress,APC, from attending the final governorship election campaign in Ekiti State, describing the action of the army as unconstitutional.

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Extradition of Nyanya Bomber: Monarch under probe for Boko Haram links

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There were strong indications, yesterday, that the security services have commenced a high-level investigation of a monarch in northern Nigeria, suspected to have links with the members of the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which, in English, means, “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”, otherwise known as Boko Haram.

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I stepped on toes — VC

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Prof Obafunwa

The Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. John Oladapo Obafunwa, in this interview, links the crisis in the institution to the reaction of some people to the reform agenda of his administration

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How terrorism is shaping the Jonathan presidency

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Jonathan-worried

One of the most famous quotes from the President Goodluck Jonathan campaign during the run up to the presidential election in 2011 was his reference to his humble beginning in rural Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

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Jonathan is not ‘clueless’—Presidency

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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe has said that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is not clueless, stressing that he has achieved more than any president in the history of the country. He noted that the president has recorded success and transformed the country in the face of insurgency.

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#BringBackOurGirls: Why we want dialogue option — Abati

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In this interview with Ben Agande, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, speaks on why the Federal Government will not swap Boko Haram detainees with the Chibok schoolgirls abducted on April 14, some 50 days ago

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15 Faces of Democractic Rule (1)

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Ken Nnamani

As the number two man to a President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, widely regarded as dictatorial, Atiku had an overwhelming influence and relevance. So powerful was he that many state governors reportedly prevailed on him to run for presidency in 2003.

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Oh Anambra! A state as metaphor for Nigeria’s Fourth Republic

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PETER OBI: I have no ambition to go to senate

Because today has become yesterday’s tomorrow, good sense should compel every leader to sow good seeds today in the belief that when today becomes yesterday, people can look back and appreciate good deeds

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2015, The North and Jonathan: The consequences of baying for blood

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File: *President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife at 2013 PDP Special National Convention . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

But what this creates is a catch-22 situation whereby Jonathan, if seen to have been hounded out of power on account of this insurgency, would create a fresh life for another form of militancy, south of the Niger. The report would conclude that bad as things are today, Nigeria can ill-afford a country that may become discombobulate because of an insurgency from the North and fresh militancy affecting Nigeria’s crude production in the south.

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We’re closing-in on Chibok girls’ abductors — FG

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Chibok

“Already, our troops are smoking the terrorists out of their hiding places.

“For instance, one of their hideouts in Darazo, Bauchi State, has been bombed repeatedly and they are now on the run.

“The support we are also receiving from our foreign partners has upped the tempo and we are confident that soon, very soon, the parents would have their children back and, by God’s grace, in safe and sound health.

“We are closing-in on them. But there is a limit to what I can volunteer”.

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‘Why Nations Fail’

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Nigeria

United states of America, USA, and Mexico are countries that border one another. Yet, their evolution as nations set them apart with the former far more prosperous. These excepts from ‘Why Nations Fail’ should be a reminder to Nigerian politicians who see 2015 as a do-or -die matter.

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Chibok: Boko Haram, northern elders and Americans

  /   in Special Report, Top Stories 4:54 am   /   Comments

File Photo: President Jonathan shaking hands with northern leaders

On May 4, 2014, Abubakar Shekau, the leader Boko Haram, proclaimed: “I am going to marry out any woman who is twelve years old, and if she is younger, I will marry her out at the age of nine. I am the one who captured all those girls and will sell all of them. Slavery is allowed in my religion and I shall capture people and make them slaves. We are on our way to Abuja and we shall also visit the South

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Chibok: I revealed the names of 180 abducted girls at great risk — Evangelist Owojaiye

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Pastor-Owojaiye

EVANGELIST Matthew Owojaiye, penultimate week, released a list of 180 girls among those taken away by Boko Haram from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 14.

The radical preacher was in Lagos where he spoke to journalists on the controversy that trailed the list of the 180 students, and how he came about it when the Federal Government is asking the affected parents to assist security operatives with the pictures of their missing children.

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We are engaging in a forensic exercise —Kingsley Osadolor

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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.

*Fact-finding Committee tackles  abduction assignment Mr Kingsley Osadolor, member/ spokesperson for the Presidential Fact-pfinding Committee on the Chibok abduction, speaks on the body’s job. On May 2, the day after the second Nyanya bombing in the Federal CapitalTerritory, President Goodluck Jonathan summoned a top-level security meeting at the Presidential Villa. By then, the world was abuzz

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Boko Haram: The negotiated settlement, resolution we need, by Lai Mohammed

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Jonathan-Lai

If they do, good for us, because these European countries have lots of experience in fighting insurgency. But we believe that the matter wouldn’t have gotten this far, if government from the beginning had focus on the matter rather than alleging the opposition as the cause of it.

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12,000 lives lost to Boko Haram— Jonathan

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Jona-Paris

The havoc visit ed on the nation by Boko Haram was laid bare by President Goodluck Jonathan who, yesterday, claimed that the Islamist group’s insurgency in Nigeria had claimed over 12,000 lives.

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The Maiduguri Civilian JTF model as solution to Boko Haram insurgency, by Hon. Gujbawu

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*’Why it is difficult to access Sambisa forest’ Hon Kaka Kyari Gujbawu, a member of the House of Representatives, represents Maiduguri Federal Constituency, Borno State. In this interview, he speaks on the move to extend the state of emergency in the troubled states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. By Emman Ovuakporie There is a fresh

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Nothing is wrong if our int’l friends assist us contain Boko-Haram —Dosunmu

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Jona-Paris

BY IKENNA ASOMBA Lagos State governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2011 election and former Director-General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Ade Dosunmu,  in this interview, says there is nothing wrong if international friends offer to help Nigeria  contain Boko-Haram insurgency, stating that his party has

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State of Emergency on Boko Haram: The emerging battleground

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Events in the country are moving in rapid succession as if they are shifting sands. Ever since the Boko Haram sect decided to wage war against the state and its people, particularly, Christians, who Abubakar Shekau, the sect leader, refers to as enemies of Allah, the nation has been cowering in fear and intimidation, principally handing over its fate to God

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Boko Haram attacks to end in 3 months – Northern govs

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“Boko Haram should be eliminated at the maximum of three months”.

With these words, northern governors expressed their expectation from the Federal Government and the international community that the insurgency spearheaded by the Boko Haram Islamist group should end within three months.

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‘Boko Haram got N11bn to kill, maim’

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President Goodluck Jonathan and the 'ghosts'  Boko Haram

They made about $70million (about N11 billion) between 2006 and 2011. That was what members of the Jama’atu Ahliss-Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, popularly known as Boko Haram, harnessed. This revelation was made last week by a retired American military personnel of Nigerian descent, Major Chris Moghalu, on national television.

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Inside Boko Haram’s Hideout: The story of Sambisa forest

  /   in Top Stories 12:51 am   /   Comments

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Sambisa is a vast area of land located south of Borno State. The thick forest area with swampy condition during rainy season is believed to be harbouring make shift- camps of suspected members of Boko Haram Islamists.

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Trouble in Assemblies of God

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AG-Emeka

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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