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Saving the economy, PMB at cross roads

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I STILL don’t get the feeling that Nigerians realise how bad things have become for the economy and that we are facing a future of slow growth. The change mantra is going to be hard and painful no matter what the government and politicians say.

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The minority as underdog

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YOU may agree or disagree, like it or not, the truth is that the foundation of all of Nigeria’s problems is injustice. This is further compounded when those who have taken advantage of others will not enjoy their spoil quietly but will, as they say, ‘piss in the face’ of their victims.

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INEC and Yakassi’s asertion

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IT was a shock to many last week, when respected former lawmaker, top civil servant, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, revealed that he knew the “Acting-Chairperson” of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “Mrs Amina Zakari since childhood, and that her late father, the former Emir of Kazaure, was married to President Buhari’s elder sister”.

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Mobile solutions needed for healthcare

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smart-apps

The utility value of mobile technology is almost second to none. In sub-Sahara Africa, the mobile phone has proven to be an innovative and transformative tool for positive social and economic change, empowering individuals, communities and organizations in a variety of ways.

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Anenih @ 82 and the longing for more odysseys

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Chief Anthony Akhakon Anenih

“Mr Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it. – “ Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, to his Portrait Painter, Sir Peter Lely.

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Misunderstanding Wike’s visit to CJN

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*Nyesom Wike

The hysterical reaction in some quarters to the visit by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike to the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) is a well-known perception management technique that seeks to, through deliberate misrepresentation and misinterpretation, cast aspersion on the integrity of a targeted individual. It is hardly surprising that the usual suspects in character assassination are in the forefront of those who have sought to discredit Wike and, in the process scoop political capital out of their reaction to a harmless undertaking by the governor.

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Towards the Buhari probes

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Buhari

I fully endorse President Buhari’s commitment to initiate a probe into the past administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. He would of course require the legislature to commence this probe, because by law, the legislative arm of government, that is the National Assembly, specifically the senate, is the arm empowered, through its various committees, to investigate the activities of the government, following which the president may be compelled to establish or initiate, through the Attorney-General, prosecutorial remediation.

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The Tales of Two Presidential Visits

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Buhari-Obama-Vanguard

The ‘historic’ visit of President Muhammad Buhari to the United States of America has long come and gone. Mr President had returned to Nigeria, while his host, Barrack Obama had afterwards undertaken a tour of certain African countries, including his ancestral home, Kenya. The U.S. President’s visit to Africa immediately after Buhari’s sojourn had somewhat over shadowed the importance of meeting the president of the country once referred to as “Giant of Africa”.

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DESOPADEC AMENDMENT BILL: The true picture

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CRUDE-OIL

Many informed observers of Delta State politics must find the current rumpus over the DESOPADEC Amendment Bill, initiated by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, disturbing.

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Boko Haram – the solution

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Boko Haram

One can guess that the Nigerian Army is numerically better than Boko Haram, but as we have witnessed since 2009, the battle is still on and the number of internally displaced people is increasing. As at June 2015, there were 1,385,298 internally displaced persons (IDP) from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states and they are being supported by the Federal Government, host families and benevolent donors.

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Kudos to Buhari over bailout for states

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President Buhari

Please let me use this medium to sincerely commend President Muhammadu Buhari for giving a comprehensive bailout package worth N713.7 Billion to cash strapped states, to pay arrears of salaries and pension of pensioners who have not been paid for months.

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Understanding the Centenary City Project

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There have been media comments on the Centenary City Project and we have deliberately refrained from responding to most of them. The reason is quite simple: Some are outrightly mischievous, uninformed or speculative, while others, in countering the mischief, sought to advance public discourse. With both sides of the debate out in the public domain, our view was that truth would emerge in the course of the exchanges.

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Oil sector as scapegoat

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BETWEEN the summer and autumn of 1940 when Britain stood in grave danger of being overwhelmed by the all-conquering German air machine, the small Royal Air Force (RAF) of Britain braved the odds to defend the Island in World War II’s first major campaign fought entirely by air forces. Known as the Battle of Britain, it was also the largest and most sustained aerial bombing activity to that date

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The Buhari lacuna

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I DIDN’T vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the last election, though I know that Nigeria needed change. I just disagreed with the change agent due to reasons I have explained in various write-ups in the lead up to the election.

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Which way for Biafra?

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biafra

SINCE the pogrom against Ndigbo of 1966, that led to the the declaration of the Republic of Biafra among the South Easterners of Nigeria , and the subsequent civil war, from 1967 to 1970, in which Biafrans were defeated, many do not know what to do with the name Biafra, which was drawn from the Bight of Biafra at the South of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Managing oneself in the Digital Age

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Tanzania Digital migration: Lessons for Nigeria

In today’s ever varying marketplace, one wonders: How do we manage oneself in the digital age? Most businesses believe that they have a digital presence but it is not sufficient for them to just have a website and a few social channels. To have an overall digital marketing presence, one must stand against the competition, and more significantly, drive more clientele to their business

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Niger Delta: Imperative of intellectual militancy

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“The fact that man knows right from wrong Proves his intellectual superiority to the Other creatures; but the fact that he can Do wrong proves his moral inferiority To any creature that cannot.” -Mark Twain THE anecdotal portrayal of Greek mythologist and substantiated by an Urhobo adage, explicitly posits that, “When a hunter of antelopes,

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Okowa, DESOPADEC and vested interests

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IT was Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the former Central Bank Governor (now Emir of Kano) who in January 2014 enriched our political lexicon with the coinage of the term Vested Interests. At a youth summit geared towards national rebirth and renewal, Mallam Sanusi declared that Nigeria can only become great when as a people we “overcome the fear of vested interests.”

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Nigerian football and the albatross of technical deficiency (2)

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Being the concluding part of an opinion by Paddy Ezeala. The first part was published last week. Read on: A technical analysis of our semi-final exit against Senegal in Mali 2002, against Tunisia in Tunisia 2004, against Cote d’Ivoire in Egypt 2006, and against Ghana in Angola 2010 will reveal in-depth tactical deficiencies on the part

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Behold the Kuru declaration

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IT was with the best of intentions that President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered the fourth retreat for Ministers and Permanent Secretaries at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos between February 23rd and 25th, 2001.

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Time to jettison petrol subsidy

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FUEL is any material used to produce heat or power by combustion and that includes diesel, gas, premium motor spirit, otherwise called petrol or gasoline; fuel oil materials from atomic energy, aviation fuel and rocket fuel. In Nigerian parlance however, fuel is synonymous with petrol so this discourse will be limited to PMS. Fuel to Nigerians is petrol.

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Thinking about John Mikel Obi

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Delightful... Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi celebrate with team-mates

The question on everyones’ lips would be, why is she thinking about Mikel Obi. Surely, Mikel Obi’s girlfriend Olga’s eyes would pop out at the headline. Seriously, this is all about his dwindling career.

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Religious bias, nepotism inimical to good governance

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FOR those who keenly observed the formative process of the All Progressive Congress,APC about two years ago; courtesy of President Goodluck Jonathan’s liberalised democratic posture and his godly creation of Professor Attahiru Jega Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, the truth of where the APC would take Nigeria to was not lost on them.

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Ogbonnaya Onu and the reward of perseverance

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IF and when President Mohammadu Buhari decides to appoint somebody from the South East to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as is been speculated in many quarters or to any other key position, the first and best choice is Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu. His academic qualification, pedigree and wealth of

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The logic and significance of El Rufai’s call: ‘Kill NNPC or NNPC will kill Nigeria’

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nnpc

ON Monday, July 13, 2015, at two separate events, two elected prominent, influential and powerful public officers, one a Governor, the other a national legislator, made similar policy advocacy on fundamental aspects of the economy, which could determine the direction of civil society-government relationship in the coming period. They are the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

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Okorocha’s symbolic handshake with Obama

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Okorocha

A picture they say speaks a thousand word, because of its ability to quickly convey so much meaning with so little, if any, explanation.

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Let justice reign

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A SCHOOL of thought wants to see the old Muhammed Buhari – with swagger and a hardliner against indiscipline and corruption. Another school wants a more pliable and democratic Buhari, the politician-cunning, witty and evasive. We are happy that, from what we have seen so far, he has remained the middle course. There is no path that Buhari embarks upon that will not attract criticism from the people. The best for him therefore, is to work according to his conscience first, followed by the interest and benefits to the nation.

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Mobile solutions needed for healthcare

  /   in Viewpoint 3:11 pm   /   Comments

The utility value of mobile technology is almost second to none. In sub-Sahara Africa, the mobile phone has proven to be an innovative and transformative tool for positive social and economic change, empowering individuals, communities and organizations in a variety of ways.

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Understanding the rumpus in the National Assembly

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IT all looks as the clash of desperate and vaunting ambitions. It is, and a lot more. Mr. Bukola Saraki, who emerged senate president from the pit of political debauchery and vicious backstabbing of his political party, evidently believed that Nigeria is a sort of unfinished family business. Son of the former senate majority leader

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That Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa may succeed

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Prayers for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa are necessary because from experience factors that hinder political leaders are usually around them. Sycophants and political bed bugs equate leaders to immortal gods. This is where decay starts and a people’s leader becomes a prisoner of characters around him.

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Bala is right leader for the PDP chairmanship

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*Bala Mohammed, FCT Minister

Months after Sen. Bala Mohammed left office successfully as FCT Minister, a few critics or do I call them dissidents still haul insults at him. Though Bala is not a saint but many people will certainly not agree with the desperate attempt by his opponents and perceived enemies to disparage him.

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Sylva and Bayelsa politics

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IN sane climes, Chief Timipre Sylva, self- acclaimed opposition leader in Bayelsa State would bury his head in shame for putting Bayelsa, the glory of all lands in reverse gear for about five years.

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