Monday April 21st, 2014
Monday April 21st, 2014
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Nyanya blast: Clarion call to safety consciousness

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JUST before I picked my pen to write a piece about the recent blast in Abuja, I was greeted with the news that about the 100 or 200 school girls had been abducted in a village in Borno State. It is quite unfortunate that Nigeria’s situation has got to this alarming level where virtually all aspects of life are calling for urgent attention. Nonetheless, the issue of insecurity is the most important as you can seek employment, good roads, electricity and other basic amenities of life, only if you are alive and well. In this vein, my heart goes out to all the victims of the insurgency and their families and I pray that God should bring an end to these inhuman activities.

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Fashola, Jonathan and that religious jibe

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SINCE he became governor of Lagos state in 2007, Babatunde Raji Fashola has largely avoided unnecessary controversies. Rarely did he engage in those acrimonies that usually distract his colleagues, which many believe accounts for his unwavering focus on issues of governance. Even when his predecessor-turned-godfather turns the heat on him, as he regularly does, Fashola keeps a cool mien. The result, you must concede to him, is that he has performed above average. However, for some inexplicable reasons, Fashola is now turning that legacy upside down by jumping into unnecessary controversies.

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Many Nigerian Christians mark Easter in pain, anguish

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DESPITE the security challenges facing the nation, Nigerian Christians have vowed to celebrate the resurrection of the proginator of the Christian faith, Jesus Christ who was crucified on Good Friday and rose again from dead on Easter Day as they join the rest of the world to mark Easter.

Many Christians worldwide celebrate Easter with special church services, music, candlelight, flowers and the ringing of church bells. Easter processions are held in some countries as they view Easter as the greatest feast of the Church year.

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President Jonathan’s verdict on Shema

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Politics is about development and not shouting on pages of newspapers.” This was the declaration of the highly-elated President Goodluck Jonathan during his two-day official visit to Katsina State recently. One can easily deduce two things from the statement. The first impression is that despite all the propaganda against Governor Ibrahim Shema-led administration, without reaction of any form from the state governor, the President saw many things on ground to disprove it. The adage, which says ‘seeing is believing,’ has been proved in Katsina.The second interpretation of the President’s statement is that ‘it is the empty drum that makes the loudest noise.’

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The filth called Boko Haram and a season of shame

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*Fani-Kayode

Permit me to begin this contribution with some basic truisms: Firstly that God is great and that He alone forges the destiny of nations and rules in the affairs of men. Secondly that He is faithful and true and that He alone is worthy of our fear and of our praise. Lest despair and despondency set in, it is right and proper to always remember this and to continue to reiterate these truisms given the horrific things that we are witnessing on a daily basis in our country today. This is a season of brutality, sadness and fear.

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National conference and Itsekiris exclusion brouhaha

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IT was simply natural that angry reactions had trailed the initiation of the National conference recently, coming as to did from the Itsekiri nationals all over the country, who had felt and rightly too, that they were being willy-nilly exorcised from the Nigerian nation, an insalubrious development that assumes dilating significance and irony when the commander in Chief happens to be a fellow delta who must here been living and interacting with the Itsekiri on a daily basis in the past to the surprise of Nigerians the Ijow have over to people representing and no one ogori and itsekiri .

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Together, we can make progress against neglected tropical diseases

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In Nigeria and across Africa, neglected tropical diseases, NTDs, are a daily reality for many children, families and communities. Despite efforts to control and eliminate them, trachoma, human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), lymphatic filariasis, leprosy, onchocerciasis (river blindness), soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis continue to threaten Nigeria’s citizens. NTDs disable and disfigure more than one billion people around the world. Beyond the lives impacted, NTDs also limit economic productivity and development, helping to perpetuate a vicious cycle of poverty.

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Fact-checking journalism gains momentum

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The facts are the focus as part of a trend in journalism spreading from the United States to many places around the world.

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Foreign policy decisions – Let’s make haste slowly

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THE Russian Federation on the one hand, and the US and her NATO allies on the other hand, are presently engaged in a cold war of sorts over the Russian annexation of the Crimea part of present day Ukraine. Economic and diplomatic sanctions have been announced against Russia; the Russians, on their part, have placed sanctions on some US interests.

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Rebased GDP, World bank and Nigeria’s realities

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FIRST it was the World Bank Country Director, Marie-Francoise Marie-Nelly who claimed that 100 Million Nigerians were living in destitution. Then the Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim while speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington early this month, rated Nigeria among the world’s extremely poor countries. Dr. Kim’s grouping of Nigeria in the same poverty bracket with the likes of India, China, Bangladesh, DR Congo, Indonesia, Pakistan, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya, was hotly disputed by Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. This is in spite of the fact that the country stands to benefit from the Bank’s policy aimed at ameliorating the economic hardship in those middle-income countries — including a $100 billion increase in lending.

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Of big country, economy and cynics!

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Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

HOW does this affect the price of fish?” was the cynical rider to a newspaper report early in the week that Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa’s leading economy. This followed the cheery news coming from the National Bureau of Statistics, which confirmed, of course, what many had long believed- that the Nigerian economy has been understated.

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Power shift in Delta State and politics of hate mongering

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DELTA State is one of those geo-political entities in Nigeria where social and inter-ethnic re-engineering have proved abortive as its history since the cloning of the state in 1991 has been that of virulent acrimonious relationship among the different nationalities that make up the state.

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NJC vs. Rivers State: Vertical and horizontal dividing lines

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*Justice P.C.N Agumagu (l) and Governor Amaechi

The vertical and horizontal lines that define our system of government are the key battlegrounds at which issues of democratisation will be joined. If we remain firm in our resolve, we will be well on the way to building the kind of institutions that are the surest bulwarks against the ever-present threat of the rule of man.

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Between the President and Okonjo-Iweala

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Jonathan and Okonjo-Iweala

It is interesting to observe the holier-than-thou attitude of the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. NgoziOkonjo-Iweala, whenever issues of integrity are raised against President Goodluck Jonathan administration,which has entrusted her with so much powers and responsibilities.

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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu: The best should lead the rest (2)

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ACN leader, Bola Tinubu and some ACN governors

What an endorsement of quality leadership! If a progressive African leader like Koroma attests to the excellence of Asiwaju Tinubu’s leadership, may be Nigerians have found the president they truly can trust. It is time to ask men of true competence to take the plunge. The best of us should lead the rest of us.
Run, Asiwaju, run!

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Africa prepares for economic growth (2)

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Africa

KEEPING up in these fast-paced modern times is no small feat for any organisation, but trying to maintain global standards while depending on the infrastructure and business realities of the developing world can sometimes feel like a real uphill battle.

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Corruption and Chop-I-Chop in Nigeria

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Geregu Power Plant

IN Nigeria, we cannot say that we are a bad people or corrupt people because we all greeted the government of Generals Muhammadu Buhari and Tunde Idiagbon in the late 1980s. Nigerians started queuing up for things and waiting for their turn.

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Time to audit banks’ 2009 stress test

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President Goodluck Jonathan and Lamido Sanusi

SANUSI Lamido Sanusi realised how gullible Nigerians can be and that we love to bay blood. After alerting bank customers that banks are about to collapse and they would lose their monies if nothing is urgently done, he carried out a stress test on banks to determine those that will collapse if nothing is urgently done, and pronounce some bank CEOs guilty of stealing depositors funds.

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The attempted jail breakers nemesis

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Soldiers called in to stop the rampaging Boko Haram detainees, Sunday morning.

In the early hours of Sunday, March 30, 2014, while going through twitter for usual updates, the news of gunshots at the Department of State Services, DSS, headquarters close to the state house went viral. Even though the news of gunshots and bombing are now usual in the country, attacking the headquarters of the state security service is awkwardly audacious. The news immediately gained ground, leading to unease in and around the city of Abuja, as people scampered for safety.

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Africa prepares for economic growth

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Africa

WE live in volatile times. With economies all around the world caving in on them, causing ripple effects that spread throughout our increasingly global planet, investors and governments alike are frantically searching for signs of hope. And many are finding that hope in a region with its own share of rocky histories and failed economies.

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Still on Jonathan and his many critics

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Goodluck-Jonathan-new

THESE are times for concern in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The emergence of All Progressives Congress, APC has enriched political space. The PDP that emerged from Abacha’s draconian rule project unity and cuts across ethnic and political divides.

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A minister and her many enemies

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ANYONE with an ear to the ground probably would have heard quite a bit about the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. If the minister has not heard, there has been quite a groundswell of murmuring around town about how she sits atop the wealth of the nation and not allowing others a piece of the action, whatever that means. If you think that the complaints against the minister are coming from the opposition camps alone, then you are mistaken. Even from her native Bayelsa, there is a creeping opposition against their daughter. It really baffles.

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The Strange Dream of a Muslim/Muslim Ticket (2), By Femi Fani-Kayode

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FEMI FANI KAYODE

All the clever rationalizations and justifications in the world for presenting a Muslim/Muslim ticket will not enable us to escape this ugly tag. As a matter of fact they will simply confirm it. We have a lot of work to do in this respect and permit me to share just one of the things that we ought to do very quickly if we wish to avoid the consequences of our own folly. We must go out of our way to redress the religious imbalance in our Interim National Executive where you have virtually ALL the KEY positions in the hands of Muslims and where it is only the lesser positions that the Christians enjoy.

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Why there will never be revolution in Nigeria

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Nigeria-map

SINCE the uprisings and violent protests that have rocked some Arab nations 2011, some people had feared that such would be replicated in Nigeria, with the level of corruption across the country and the impunity with which our politicians loot the treasury.

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Killing the people, killing the business(es)

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THERE is the direct killing, like the one happening in the Boko Haram-ravaged states. Some human beings have to be eliminated for the country to move forward. So, for anyone Boko Haram gunned down, it is one less of the bad guys in our society; such people are not fit to co-habit with decent individuals.

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Still on the centennial awards

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THE Nigerian centenary celebration was to honour hundred persons, some, post-hummus. The number of the award recipients was deliberately pegged at one hundred so that it will conform exactly to the number of years of Nigeria’s existence. A number of questions ran through my mind.

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Killing us softly

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IN a famous major musical hit by the Black American female singer Roberta Flack, she described a man as “killing her softly, with his song”.

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Does Nigeria need a Guantanamo Bay type detention camp?

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THE ramming of two planes into the New York Twin Towers and co-ordinated attacks on other selected targets in the United States by suicidal Al-Qaeda agents on September 9, 2011, changed the face of terrorism in the world.

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Dissecting giant strides in import/export sector

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BEFORE the discovery of oil, Nigeria had made great advancements in textile, agricultural, solid minerals and manufacturing sectors.

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2015: Jonathan’s supporters, detractors and the rest of us

  /   in Viewpoint 11:09 am   /   Comments

ONLY the politically naive can fail to see that President Goodluck Jonathan will contest the 2015 presidential election. Even if his now famous body language is the only signal we can read, the signs are evident that the man will stand for re-election. Naturally, his supporters see nothing wrong in that. And, expectedly, his detractors do. But what do the rest of us who are neither his supporters nor detractors think about the issue?

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How Nigerian citizens are maltreated in China

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I KNOW these are no easy times for the President so I will skip the details and present the facts unedited. About 1508 Nigerian citizens are dying needlessly in China detention camps and prison facilities for travel offences.

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YouTube 101: How to use the world’s largest video sharing platform

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YouTube is the world’s largest video platform in the world with more than one billion unique monthly users accessing and interacting with the platform. More often than not, these users are viewing a video which was shared on their social networks on Google+, Twitter or Facebook or via an e-mail received from a family member or a friend. Few users realize the endless potential which the platform has to become an entertainment/information/education hub if the user taps into its full potential.

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