Monday May 25th, 2015
Monday May 25th, 2015
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APC, face the real issues

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RECENTLY, the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr. John Oyegun, was quoted as saying that he was “sad” that his party could not produce a lawmaker from the South East to be elected as senate president or speaker of the House of Representatives when the new National Assembly would be inaugurated in June. This was because during the last elections, the APC performed so poorly in the South East that it was unable to win a single seat in the two Houses of the National Assembly in the region.

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Angry Letter to the Nigerian Youth

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I am very angry and that is why I am addressing you. You are the source of my anger and I want to vent my spleen- maybe not at you directly- but at the arrogance of your ignorance. Of all nations of the world, you are to be most pitied. Do you still wonder what you have done?

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The coming era of penny pinching

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IT was President Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari (90) who first introduced the idea of having Ministers of State in a Presidential System of Government. He could be excused for the introduction, for he was a graduate of the first republic when Junior Ministers were allowed during the Parliamentary System of Government.

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Agenda tips for Okowa’s administration

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ACCORDING to Edmond Burke, the heights reached and attained by great men were not by sudden flight. They toiled all night whilst others slept, and this is the mien of Delta State Governor-elect, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa. This quintessential, political pundit is a personality who needs no introduction because he is presently a distinguished serving Senator.

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Chukwumerije and death in the Age of Brevity

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Chukwumerije

Sundays have a way of being languid. You could be recovering from a hangover induced by the previous night’s binge. Or, you went to church, if such was your convention. Or you sat in your house and watched television – if there was power supply, whether from the national grid or from your generator.

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Comrade Uche Chukwumerije, a book is closed

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Chukwumerije

Every age, every generation produces an iconoclast, an eclectic, eccentric, a quirky and unusual figure, who, ironically, represents the measure, the values ,and indeed ,the essence of that age or generation and becomes the icon of that age or generation.

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Honouring Kingsley Kuku

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Kuku

It has been said that the ultimate honour a person offering public service gets is when he is fulfilled in the work. I do not totally agree.

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For Anenih, a vibrant political era ends in dignifying style…

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On Wednesday, May 20, this year, two significant events happened in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which suffered a crushing defeat in the hands of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recently-held general elections, namely: the resignation, in quick succession, of the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih.

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The return of fake drugs

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A lot of fake products abound in the Nigerian markets. Fake cosmetics, fake electrical appliances, fake canned food, fake spare parts, fake drugs, fake designer shoes and clothing- the list is literally endless. It is just about a fake of everything you can think of. However, with fake drugs, the effect can be so far-reaching because it is a matter of life and death.

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His Excellency may soon be on the run

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THE Nigeria Labour Congress ,NLC, the apex labour organisation for all workers, announced five months ago, that 11 state governments had not paid December salaries to their workers.

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Much ado about the Delta guber results

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I HAVE watched with utter dismay O’tega Emerhor’s attempt to discredit the results of the governorship and House of Assembly election in Delta State. Not a few in Delta are amused and puzzled by his antics given the obvious facts on the ground that APC and Emerhor did not stand a chance of winning the governorship election in the State.

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His Excellency may soon be on the run

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THE Nigeria Labour Congress ,NLC, the apex labour organisation for all workers, announced five months ago, that 11 state governments had not paid December salaries to their workers. The President of the NLC, Mr. Abdulwahed Omar, who made the comment in an ‘End of Year Message’ stated that three of the states, Benue, Plateau and Osun, were also owing between three to eight months workers’ salary arrears.

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Wounded lion on the rampage

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Demonstrators take part in a protest in Bujumbura on May 13, 2015. A top Burundian general announced today the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president's bid to stand for a third term.  AFP PHOTO

Nkurunziza may be technically right or wrong in his argument for a Third Term, but is it worth so much bloodshed and instability for his country? Is his ambition worth the blood of Burundians? An Idi Amin might have insisted in running, no matter the costs, but definitely, not a Nelson Mandela. One reason why leaders like Nkurunziza fester on the African continent, is the lack of Social Movements comprising workers, students, the informal sector, conscientious intellectuals and other progressive forces who can bring pressure to bear on the AU or any African leader.

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Abuja housing challenge and Winning Clause Estate example

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Only very few cities in the world can match the cost of living in Abuja, the Federal Capital City of Nigeria. Of all Abuja’s mounting needs, as in all new cities, housing remains the most acute. It is so bad that one-room self-contained goes for up to half a million Naira in the city centre, and only slightly less in the adjourning districts.

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Open letter to all Igbo elected politicial leaders

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YOUR Excellences, Kindly permit me to use this medium to congratulate all of you on your most deserving but hard earned victory at the polls. I thank God for finding you worthy to occupy this position of responsibility and pray for wisdom and good health to enable you succeed in this national assignment.

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Yakubu Dogara: Making a case for a Speaker from North-East

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A new Speaker of the House of Representatives will emerge in less than a month. The change promised by the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had been apparent in the former’s refusal to meddle in the process of (s)electing a new Speaker. While this does not necessarily prohibit other stakeholders from attempting to install a preferred candidate, it is the hope of many that the eventual choice resonates with Nigerians and inspires hope for the future.

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NDDC: Between facts and fiction

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A RECURRENT feature of the politics of in this country is petition writing at all levels of Government – Local Government, State and Federal. There is no government Agency, no matter how good intentioned that is not unduly criticised, harassed or blackmailed by petition writers. The ridiculous thing about most of these petitions is that the allegations contained therein are false when investigated and sometimes, fabricated.

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Why die for government?

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AN American president once made the statement; “don’t ask what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country”. In the same vein, there is this question that we usually ask ourselves; “can one die for his country?” Many people in countries like the United States, Japan, Canada, Russia, etc will answer in the affirmative but why can’t we Nigerians do same? Why are we unwilling to make the supreme sacrifice for our country? Is it in our genes or environmental make up or simply the faulty foundation as a country?

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Enugu: Intrigues, permutations, as politicians jostle for PDP chair

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The battle for the chairmanship of Enugu State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is already hotting up and throwing up interesting permutations, even though the outgoing executive committee is yet to be formally dissolved.

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The Petroleum Industry Bill: A Call for Prudence and Circumspection

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Ben Bruce

By personal choice and discipline, I act and think on the basis that I am first a Nigerian, before I am from the Niger Delta.

It is on that basis that I want to urge stake holders to not only take action on the Petroleum Industry Bill, but to take the appropriate action.

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Turkey and the cost of presidential ‘insults’

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EVENTS in Turkey regarding onslaught on individuals accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have over the recent times continue to question my belief on the type of governance that holds sway in that country. While it is widely known that every democratic leader must be willing to receive criticisms and sometime insults from the

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Politics and development of Bayelsa state

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CREATED by the late General Sanni Abacha’s military government on Tuesday 1st October 1996, Bayelsa State is agreeably the capital and home of Nigeria’s fourth largest tribe – the Ijaws – also known sometimes as Izons.Due to its linguistic homogeneity, Ijaws who spread across Bayelsa,Rivers, Delta, Edo, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, and Ondo States consider the creation of Bayelsa State a dream come true as it was expected to be the fulcrum of socio-cultural activities spanning the entire Ijaw tribe. More importantly, the Ijaw people, two of whom had been chief executives of the old Rivers State – Chief Diette Spiff and late Chief Melford Okilo – considered the creation of Bayelsa State as an opportunity to correct infrastructural defects and deficiencies which they had witnessed inRivers State, one in which they were previously domiciled. This makes the development of Bayelsa State of paramount importance to the people.

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Military as victim of malicious campaign on BBOG Platform

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Chris Olukolade

To the Leadership of Bring-Back-Our-Girl Group. I have followed your activities with due interest. I personally have nothing against your organisation or its advocacy concerning efforts to recover our girls from captivity of terrorists. I believe that someday, both your efforts and that of the Nigerian military will be duly understood and appreciated

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Empty treasury awaits General Buhari

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If the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan had known that the bubble will burst in March 28, 2015 presidential elections, I bet they would have been a little bit cautious and prudent in dealing with the nation’s finances.

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How to stop kidnapping in Ekiti State

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Last week, Mr. Ayo Fayose, the governor of Ekiti State was reported to have sent SOS to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, over the increasing wave of kidnapping sweeping across the state.

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X-raying Ogboru’s attempted foray into APC

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Labour Party, LP, gubernatorial candidate for Delta State, Chief Great Ogboru, was recently reported to be lobbying All Progressives Congress, APC, leaders for admission into the party. Ironically, this is the same party he fought tooth and nail against in the last elections, having been recruited by out-going President Goodluck Jonathan to campaign for him and split APC votes in Delta on a promise of being later rewarded with the governorship of the state.

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Dropped F/Eagles return Wednesday

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Nigerian players pose before the final football match of the 2015 African U-20 Championships Senegal against Nigeria, on March 22, 2015 in Dakar. AFP PHOTO

The nine Flying Eagles players who failed to make the final 21-man squad for the forthcoming U20 World Cup in New Zealand will return to Nigeria from Germany on Wednesday, officials disclosed.

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Buhari and the numbers game: US$ 2.8, 10, 12, 29, 49 billion

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Buhari-oil

I am not going to give Professor Jega a pass mark, he has fallen for the trick. Many Nigerians now employ lets actually count you, your eyes, fingerprints, etc. Do not worry about people who have studied facial recognition techniques, your PVC will prove once and for all that you cannot cheat a scientifically based system. It is like accountancy.

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Oshiomhole’s Wedding: Age is never a limit to love

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Apart from the superlative media coverage, glamour and the vastly dignified personalities which coloured the high profile wedding, between 63 year old, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomole, and an amazingly young Lara Forte from Cape Verde Island, now Mrs. Oshiomole, there is something more captivating about their nuptials and it is the manner at which ‘His- Excellency’ dazed his public as a newly rejuvenated governor, who is as fit as ever, even in the affairs of running the race of love.

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Bola Tinubu’s place in history

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TODAY, we rejoice in the unfolding of a new dawn as Nigeria is on her way to becoming the choicest jewel of Africa; crown of stars would soon sit on her head, stars twinkling in our eyes, a big smile is gradually forming on parted lips.

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Ndigbo and 2015 elections: The correctness of a mistake

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THE 2015 general elections have come and gone but the echoes are getting louder by the day with parties celebrating, taunting, warning or even blaming one another depending on the side of the divide one belongs to. This trend has not been limited to the principal actors of the elections; it has also taken the dangerous and unhelpful dimension of tribal diatribes among citizens.

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The story of non indigenes in Lagos

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FOUNDER IGBO YOUTH MOVEMENT (IYM) COMRADE ELLIOT UKO (4TH L) WITH MEMBERS OF IYM AND SOUTH-EAST SELF DETERMINATION COALITION ON A PEACEFUL RALLY ON VIOLENCE FREE 2015 ELECTIONS IN ENUGU ON SUNDAY

Lagos or Eko, apart from being cosmopolitan, is the largest city in Sub-Saharan Africa, whose population is as large as that of Ghana. Apart from being the business hub of Nigeria, it is the Second fastest growing city in Africa and the Seventh in the World.

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