Tuesday April 21st, 2015
Tuesday April 21st, 2015
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Journey to Okeri’s untapped potentials

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TUCKED in the heart of the Ilorin – Kabba road, Yagba west local government area of Kogi state are hamlets of villages, under the suzerainty of Iyamerin (four junctions), and Okeri is the fourth junction and our destination. I will explain the purpose of my visit to Okeri later. For me, this trip was an eye opener.

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2015 gov elections: Turning Abia into a sore point

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AFTER the rain, a popular adage has it, comes the shine. With the statesmanship of President Goodluck Jonathan dousing the heavy downpour of crises largely envisaged across the world as a foregone result of the 2015 general elections, one would have expected the shine on Nigeria not just to become brighter but longer. Our democratic processes should have been the better for it.

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Xenophobia or Afrophobia

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People take cover from a stun grenade and tear gas after a skirmish between locals and foreign nationals as thousands of people take part in the "peace march" against xenophobia in Durban, South Africa, on April 16, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma on April 16 appealed for the end of attacks on immigrants as a wave of violence that has left at least six people dead threatened to spread across the country. In the past two weeks, shops and homes owned by Somalis, Ethiopians, Malawians and other immigrants in Durban and surrounding townships have been targeted, forcing families to flee to camps protected by armed guards. AFP PHOTO

UNTIL 1994, for over a century South Africa was locked against the rest of Africa and indeed the country and her people were not easily accessible to the rest of the world as the white minority used their might to impose racial segregation, which denied the majority black of everything, including quality life and the rest of the world rose in support of the majority black in popular agitation for the liberation of a country held in the worst and unusual form of domination in all spheres of life.

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ARSO president’s forum, bridgehead to greater inter-African trade

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TRADE is the very life of the economy. It is in trade that one accesses the value that the other party provides. It is trade that allows wealth creation to take place. It is trade that distributes wealth among the nations and continents of the world. In the records of trade, leaders can see where economic threats and business opportunities lie. It is the job of economic managers (and brand managers) to monitor trade and prescribe measures that will correct unfavourable situations. Sadly, Africa’s trade situation betrays an alarming neglect by those who ought to have watched over it.

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Abia guber race: Between winning and rigging

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otti ikpeazu

THE mass protests, negative public reactions, inconclusive results processing, etc that have trailed the March 28th and April 11 national and governorship elections in Abia State constitute food for thought for followers of Abia politics, particularly those genuinely committed to the struggle for change.

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APC’s quest for Speaker: The Catch – 22

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ORDINARILY, APC is endowed with intelligent, courageous and fair-minded leaders who would not fall for the temptation of egotism. But these are not ordinary times and the vibes from within the palaces of the movers and shakers in APC portend imminent danger to a stable all-inclusive government based on the federal character principle enunciated in section 14(3) of the Nigerian Constitution.

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Nigeria’s business sector and the change chant

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NIGERIA has been known to have the largest economy in Africa (based on figures announced in April 2014) and the country is still striving to become one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020.

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‘#BringBackOurGirls Now And Alive’

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Members of #BringBackOurGirls (#BBOG) group on a silence protest match to show  the sorrowful state of the abducted Chibok school girls who have being in captivity a year ago in Abuja yesterday. Photo  by Gbemiga Olamikan

#BringBackOurGirls, BBOG, an dvocacy group formed after over 200 girls of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, were abducted, started with sit-outs to press for the rescue of the girls.

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Hawks and the new govt

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COME May 29, General Muhammadu Buhari, Rtd,GMB, will occupy the throne of Nigeria, in Aso Rock. Guards , most if not all things that connect with President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,GEJ,in terms of taste of furnishing, worship in the Aso Chapel, personnel, will go, except for his picture that will graciously take its place among the line of former presidents.

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Buhari’s victory and the lessons for Nigerians

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Buhari Accredited

WITH God all things are possible. If men were God, something bad would have happened, but men are not God and can never be. The above assertion underscores the victory of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) in the just concluded presidential poll. The outcome of the poll is a big lesson, an eye opener to every Nigerian irrespective of your religion, status and tribe.

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Igbo and the fallacy of Mbaka’s God’s vindication

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Rev-Father-Mbaka

THE 1967-70 Nigeria Civil War, for the Igbo was a battle of historic survival against the forces of national darkness that roamed in the form of periodic unrestrained anti-Igbo riots and massacres, and subsequently the chilling pogrom of 1969.

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Activating the Ministry of Angels

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Omokri

God cannot lie and He promised believers in Psalm 37:4 as follows ‘delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart’. Yet, despite such a powerful promise, all over Christendom, many believers experience lack because they do not know how to activate the ministry of angels by saying an effective prayer. And since they do not know how to pray an effective prayer they are unable to transfer their burdens from their weak shoulders to the titanic shoulder of God.

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Tribute to a hero

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Jonathan and Buhari

THE titans clashed. The battle was lost and won. The winner celebrated. The loser conceded victory. The latter did not just stop there. He even went further to celebrate the winner (Quite unusual, wouldn’t you say?).

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Time to tame iconoclasts (1)

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ICONOCLASTS are fundamentalist jihadists, purists, conservative promoters of intolerance, invasive agents of pulverization who are dismissive and disdainful of the other in any identifiable permutation except their own parochial fanatical beliefs, convictions and theories. Having built, elevated and transformed pulverization into statecraft, daily drawing thousands into it like a whirlpool, iconoclasts are indeed the canoe

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Senate presidency: Akume as bride

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WITH the pendulum of the Nigerian intricate power calculus swinging in favour of the opposition All Progressives Congress,APC following its victory in the March 28, 2015 presidential and National Assembly polls, the question as to who and who would emerge as new leaders of the 8th Senate and the 8th House of Representatives, respectively, remains a matter for grave national concern.

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What’s next after Buhari’s victory

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ONE of the happiest moments for many Nigerians was when the cool-headed Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, finally announced the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari, as the winner of the just-concluded presidential election in the country.

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Who will help Ndigbo?

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THE recent verbal threat against Ndigbo in Lagos by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has brought to fore, once again, the endangered position of Igbos in Nigeria. It is foolhardy for anyone to pretend about this.

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Carpetbaggers of Nigerian politics

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THEY could not wait for the elections to be over. They could not wait for the incoming government to be settled and analyze what they have to offer the people, and they could not wait for a brief period to savour the aura of the projected change people have longed for.

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Nigerian 2015 elections: In search of God of technology?

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Smart-technology

Verily, Verily I say unto you, Children of Nigeria: Unless you consciously change your ways and attitude and fully embrace Science and Information Technology, God may surprisingly shock the nation and her citizenry, if Nigeria fails to take advantage of the Digital promise and opportunities of knowledge automation presented by 21st century information society!

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Task before the Buhari presidency

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THE immediate task before the in-coming Buhari government is to restore unity in this extremely divided country. General Buhari has truly persevered and has secured victory at the rougher ends of political struggle in the country; he now needs to win the peace by playing the role of unifier in this battered country. There will be two sides to the achievement of this goal –the short and long-term aspects.

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FCT minister deserves commendation, not vilification

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WITH the successful conclusion of the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday 28th March 2015 and the emergence of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as the elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a lot of energy and ink have been expended by commentators, including hack writers and pseudo-analysts, who specialize in muddling the political water or worse still, fouling the fresh air Nigerians are currently savouring.

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Heading for a one party system?

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IS Nigeria heading for a one party system? Are opposition parties being swallowed by the waves of CHANGE that is blowing across the country? Is the PDP boat sinking considering the spate of defection? What kind of opposition would the left-over be? These are questions that have agitated in my mind since the dismantling of PDP’s wing from the centre few days ago.

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Tough battle for Okorocha in Imo

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LAST year, as the political gladiators in our beloved nation plotted to remove President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GEJ, former president Olusegun Obasanjo,OBJ was quoted in the print media as saying that for him it was ” Anything But Jonathan, ABJ ” .

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Who is killing “Hotel De Jordan”, NTA or Joe Ihonde?

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THE above title belongs to an extremely popular television slot started precisely in 1973 at the then Midwest Television (MTV) which later became Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) following the take over of all television stations nation-wide by the then Federal government.

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The man of the decade

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TEARS dripped from my eyes as I watched President Goodluck Jonathan’s nationally televised address. His speech was short but momentous. He conceded defeat, and accepted the electoral victory of his political opponent, Mohummadu Buhari. In the lawless and unprincipled milieu of Nigerian politics, that concession of defeat by an incumbent president was unparalleled, almost, inconceivable. With that speech, President Jonathan levitated from a politician to a statesman; he left a footprint in the sand of time.

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Anambra House election: The votes must count this time

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THOUSANDS of voters who endured the scorching sun and malfunctioning card-readers to cast their votes in penultimate week’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Anambra State are still reeling from the shock of the dubious results announced by INEC at the end of the exercise.

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Nasarawa: A vote for equity and ability

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THE governorship election in Nasarawa State on Saturday presents an interesting scenario. It perhaps will be one of the toughest in the country and may be shaped by the same factors easily accepted to have determined the outcome of the just concluded presidential elections.

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MD Yusuf – A guardian angel just departed Nigeria

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Muhammadu Dikko Yusuf

THE death of Alhaji Mohammed Dikko Yusuf on the first day of this month should have been a silly April Fool’s day prank for me. But alas it wasn’t. For many, the death of MD would have been another attestation of the mortality of man. But to me, MD Yusuf was not just another man who had attained high position in Nigerian governance.

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Emerhor: The Good Samaritan

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EVEN non-Christians have heard the cliché, the Good Samaritan, at least once. It is the parable of the non-Jew who came to the rescue of an armed robbery victim along the Jerusalem-Jericho route where a priest and a levite, who should know and do better, had passed, and left the victim to a die a slow, painful death. The good deed of the Samaritan was totally unexpected from Samaritans at that time.

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Mark @ 67: The Journey so far

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Senate President, Sen. David Mark

To fully bring to the fore an understanding of the man Senator David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark the President of the Nigerian Senate since 2007, it is necessary to take a historical excursion of the man who has become a recurring decimal in the socio- political landscape of NIGERIA.

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 Abia 2015: Ikpeazu is the man

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I have watched the ongoing political battle in Abia State with some reservations. I have not openly adopted any Candidate up till now, principally because, I deemed it necessary to study all the dynamics and make an informed choice. I have refrained from joining the bandwagon and condemning a man just because others are condemning him. All factors considered, especially meritocracy and fairness, I believe Okezie Ikpeazu stands a shoulder taller than all Candidates.

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Igbo in Lagos: Ire oma eju ji ga n’ogwu 

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Igbo-in-Lagos--Ire-oma-eju-

Many are the fulminations arising from the unfortunate outburst of the respected Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu. This was an intemperate, in-your-face assault. Many Igbo and non-Igbos alike are up in arms. It is important however to note that this unfortunate outburst is illuminating and provides opportunity for stock taking and strategic realignment by all parties.

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