Wednesday March 4th, 2015
Wednesday March 4th, 2015
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How Urhobo can realise governorship quest

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URHOBO is the largest ethnic group in Delta State which homogenically occupies a senatorial district, parts of Delta south and Bayelsa State. Urhobo are industrious, accommodative, culturally sensitive and proud of their heritage. In the First Republic, the Urhobo supported NCNC in alliance with NPC, against Chief Alfred Rewane, a disciple of Awolowo’s Action Group,

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Ericsson, Rwanada sign agreement on smart city initiative

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World leader in Communications and technology and services, Ericsson yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding, (MUo ) with Government of Republic of Rwanda on smart Rwanda project.

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Between Jonathan and Buhari (2)

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Buhari and Jonathan

MY presidential ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.”So said President Goodluck Jonathan before the 2011 presidential ballot. To this day, he has continued to reiterate his pacifist message.

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The future is ours

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Akinwunmi Ambode

TO the memories of our founding fathers and the visionary leadership of Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, February 17, 1966 remains a landmark date for all of us.

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Odebala as a macrocosm

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LAST week, all the Local Government Areas chairmen and chairwomen celebrated their first 100days in office, the first of the kind for Delta State under Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s eight years on the saddle.

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Getting Nigerians in dispora to work

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NIGERIANS are found all over the world. We must be one of the greatest migratory people on planet earth. Added to this is our acclaimed intelligence in almost every field of human endeavour; for there is always a Nigerian ranking very high up in one field or the other somewhere in the world. Unfortunately,inspite of this truth, the perception is that we have used our intelligence more on the negative than the positive.

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Buhari vs Jonathan: On the road to Czech?

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Buhari and Jonathan

NIGERIA’S body-politick is currently befuddled by a cacophonous preponderance of Boko Haram’s insurgency, Niger Delta militancy, politicians’ s kullduggery, psychotically corrupt leadership, hate speeches, military interlopers, economic bastardisation, INEC’s tergiversation, grandiloquent poverty and Buhariánd Jonathans ventriloquism. Can any nation remain as one united sovereign and indivisible body with these kinds of protean contretemps? NO!

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Ambode: An old school perspective

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ONE would naturally feel proud to share the same Alma Matar with the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate for Lagos State, Akinwunmi Akinbode. It is even double in our case because we were not only school mates at the Federal Government College, Warri but also at the University of Lagos, where he was my senior.

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Apologies Edo deserves

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I HAVE taken time to read several times over the reported apology tendered to the people of Edo state by Pastor OsagieIze-Iyamu, a defected member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state, for allegedly being in the vanguard which drafted Comrade Adams Oshiomhole into the gubernatorial race under the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state in 2007.

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Turkey’s eroding democracy

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IT is deeply disappointing to see what has become of Turkey in the last few years. Not long ago, it was the envy of Muslim-majority countries: a viable candidate for the European Union on its path to becoming a functioning democracy that upholds universal human rights, gender equality, the rule of law and the rights of Kurdish and non-Muslim citizens.

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Lessons from Forensic Audit report on NNPC

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NNPC

Finally, the PricewaterhouseCoopers Forensic Audit Report draws the curtains on the fifteen-month drama in which the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was docked in the court of public opinion.

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On qualification for national leadership

  /   in Viewpoint 12:39 pm   /   Comments

NIGERIA’S 2015 Presidential election campaigns are getting murkier and murkier by the day and indeed disappointingly personal and vain. There is too much mudslinging and little or no enlightenment. Currently, loud and mischievous questions are being raised by the ruling party and its agents about Buhari’s qualification to lead the country. If they are not saying that he is too old for the job, they are telling us that Buhari cannot possibly be healthy enough for the task.

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Election 2015: Before the cookie crumbles

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IF any one prophesied to APC kingpins of ‘Change’ this time last December, that they would still be involved in planning to win the 2015 elections,by end of February this year, they would have responded with ‘get thee behind me Satan’ to such a prophecy. But as we say in typical pidgin English: ‘cunning man die, cunning man buri am’. The Igbos say that you cannot be taller than me and the same time shorter than me.

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Delta and the Uvwiamughe Declaration

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AFTER reading the interview of Francis Ehwerido in the Vanguard of ThursdayFebruary 19 2015 on the unending controversy surrounding the Uvwiamughe Declaration (Delta: Where the UPU erred), I could not but conclude that the Delta State governorship race has inadvertently been reduced to a one-horse race, instead of the three-horse race it is expected to be.

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Checking State Assembly legislative excesses

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THE recent happenings in the Ebonyi State House of Assembly needs to be examined critically because of its political and constitutional implication and the danger it poses to the principles of separation of power as contained in the 1999 constitution as amended under our nascent democratic dispensation.

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Okowa’s ‘SMART’agenda and a sustainable Delta?

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“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way”.- John C. Maxwell DELTA STATE has been described as a mini-Nigeria. This assertion stems from the fact that she is endowed with five major ethnic groups with divergent nationalities but similar culture and traditions. The Aniomas are mostly Ibo- speaking

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Between Jonathan and Buhari (1)

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jona-buhari

SOMEONE recently placed on the table an impossible proposition. She said to do a comparative analysis of President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari! Among her interlocutors, the suggestion instantly elicited an argument. How does one compare day and night? Is not the former resplendent light and the latter pitch darkness?

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Agony of the South-south electorate

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Jonathan or Buhari  who will you pick ?

TORN between President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari as the choice of the 2015 presidential election, is the dilemma of the South-south electorate. What has happened to our man? Why is he in a tight corner? Has he met our expectations? If no, why did he fail to do so? Based on his over all performance, should he be given a second chance? Is Buhari a better alternative?

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PwC’s Forensic audit report on NNPC: Matters Arising

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THE long-awaited report of the forensic audit of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which the Federal Government hired PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to conduct has finally been released.

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Corruption, stealing and 2015 poliics

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IT is amusing that when the President, Goodluck Jonathan, said corruption should be called by its true meaning, “stealing”, there were people who had a lot of disagreement with it. While there may be very sophisticated definitions and understanding of corruption, there is no doubt that with most Nigerian communities, the meaning is clearer when you say “ a man is a thief” than when you say “ a man is corrupt”.

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OBJ’s exit and PDP’s future

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THE dramatic departure of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo from the PDP marked a major turning point in the dynamics of national politics, which may not be easily recognized amid the high level propaganda war triggered by the electioneering season.

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Itsekiri’s collective reasolve

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THERE is no doubt that “the taste of the pudding is in the eating”. Leadership is best appraised when an individual is placed under close watch before he or she was given responsibilities, during the period of assumed or relieved of such responsibilities. The essence is to check for competence, humility and element of arrogance (if any) usually associated with power.

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The fabled N7bn ‘shared’ by pastors and Obasanjo’s naked dance

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I finally read ‘My Watch’ by former President Obasanjo which can safely be described as a ‘Book of Hoax’ where everyone is a villain but Obasanjo a ‘saint’.

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Conspiracies against President Jonathan

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The conspiracies against President Goodluck Jonathan are no longer hidden from the public glare. These plots started several months ago, even before INEC fixed the election time table. Foremost amongst the plotters are : 1) General Olusegun Obasanjo, (1) Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (3) The Northern Elders Forum (4) Boko Haram and now Chukwuma Soludo, among others. These people or group of persons have not hidden their hatred for GEJ and the Federal Government.

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2015 presidential election and the broadcast media

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Voting in session at Ophori-Olomu.during the election. Photo: Akpokona Omafuaire.

Now that there is a break, half time break, in political campaigns or a postponement of the elections by six weeks, it is time to take stock of the various political activities, and possibly prepare for a more refined, purposeful and positive approach contrary to what some have taken as “do-or-die”.

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Defeating Boko Haram in six weeks

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FOLLOWING the postponement of the 2015 elections, now scheduled to commence on March 28, rather than February 14, 2015, questions have arisen as to the possibility of the Nigerian Army and its allies from the neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroun and Niger defeating Boko Haram in six weeks.

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Election 2015: Quo vadis Ndi Igbo?

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ELECTION 2015 is very crucial. It was predicted by a Director of CIA some time ago, to be the last Nigeria will have as one nation. Although some may want us to believe that it never happened, we know it was said, and some Nigerians weigh the stand of America over our national survival issues against that prediction. They also watch and follow political developments to see how they fit into that prediction. From developments so far, one disturbing question remains, what becomes of Nigeria after these elections?

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Spice this democracy with equity, justice and fairness

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Jonathan-Buhari

Couple of days ago, one of the national newspapers published what it headlined: S’South Got Lion’s Share Of PTF Projects Under Buhari, struggling as it were to give an account of the stewardship of former head of state and Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, retired General Muhammadu Buhari in his four years as Chairman of the defunct Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund.

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Corruption and arrested development

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“No form of society can be reasonably stable in which the majority of the people are not fairly content. People cannot be content if they feel that the foundations of their lives are wholly unstable.” -James Truslow Adams (1878-1949) ECONOMIC prosperity, peace and progress are the rewards which the people get in return for their

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Buhari in the public eye

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NOT since the days of Awo and the Action UPN has Nigeria witnessed the level of enthusiasm that we see these days when Buhari shows up for a campaign rally. I was at the Lagos rally of the APC at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. What I saw and experienced was nothing short of euphoria and

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Why Thabo Mbeki’s illicit financial flows report will do little to stem the problem

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The joint report by the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on illicit financial flows from Africa has made good headlines. Some have described the report as “a turning-point”; others said its recommendations are “game changing,” and capable of addressing the problem both within Africa and globally.

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Battle for Oyo State

  /   in Viewpoint 12:14 pm   /   Comments

BY March 28, Nigerians will go to the polls to elect the person that will govern the country for the next four years. Although fifteen political parties are fielding candidates for the presidential election, the two parties to watch are the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC and their candidates. However, some factors are emerging that may influence the outcome of the presidential election in different regions and states of the country.

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