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    Nigeria’s kind of distress

    THE Holy Bible declares that no man shall prevail by force. God who made the heavens and this earth intended that man should rely on Him to achieve success in all endeavours. But man changed his ways so much that God himself concluded that the heart of man is desperately wicked.

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    The dogged Nigerian masses

    As I went round the city of Lagos observing things during the past few weeks and from feelers received from other parts of the country since the fuel price increase, I could not but wonder about the resilience of the Nigerian masses. They displayed strong character and bravery in the face of daunting challenges that have been put in place by people they elected to bring succor to their existence. They were ready to bear, suffer more for the change that has been promised them. For those people that have specialized in type casting the average Nigerian as fraudulent both at the international and local media, they are seeing the true Nigerians now; resilient, hard working, patient and faithful.

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    Akinde: A Prelate counts his blessings

    QUITE lately, conversations among both the clergy and laity of the nearly 10-year old Diocese of Lagos Mainland have revolved mostly around the imminent retirement of their incumbent bishop, the Most Revd (Prof.) Adebayo D. Akinde. Clearly, many are already missing this servant of God (even before his due date of August 23) whose style of leadership, rare humility and effusive love for people deserve a more copious treatment than this article can afford.

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    Ikpeazu: A workman and his tools

    HOW time flies! One year is gone, just like yesterday! It is a time of stock-taking and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State is stepping out to the village square, his score card in his hands, to show himself approved a workman that needs not be ashamed. He has, with every zeal and energy, taken the tide at the flood and it is today clear where the Abia journey is headed.

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    Buhari’s first road?

    LET us start with a confession: I frankly do not know the first road contract which the Muhammadu Buhari administration, now about to mark its first anniversary, awarded. But it would not be surprising if it turns out to be the rehabilitation of the terribly failed Ihiala section of the federal road which connects Anambra, Imo and Rivers states and passes through the towns of Okija, Ihiala and Uli in Anambra State; Egbuoma and Oguta in Imo State; and Omoku in Rivers State. Contract for the road construction was awarded in 1982 by the Federal Government following a Federal executive Council (FEC) which Vice President Alex Ekwueme chaired because President Shehu Shagari was out of the country.

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