Wednesday July 1st, 2015
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APC: Of the voice of Jacob and hidden hands

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SINCE Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara emerged Senate President and Speaker, House of Representatives respectively, several narratives have emerged to justify, reject or accommodate what transpired on that June 9th morning.

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Ogogoro deaths and proposed ban on local gin

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THE recent outbreak of deaths of over 60 persons arising from the consumption of local gin (Ogogoro) is outrageous and scaring, noting that local gin has been in consumption in years without such detrimental effect.

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Obajana: When suffering is unnecessary

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Cement

THE multinational corporation is a large firm that has operations in more than one country. MNCs have been the main source of a debate which has been waged since the early 1960s. The argument is based around the idea of whether or not multinational corporations, such as Dangote Group have a non-profit role in society. Specifically, this is referring to the notion of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

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Kukah’s take on what Buhari was elected to do

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In the Monday, June 15, edition of the Vanguard, an interview granted the Vanguard by Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, was published in which, unlike the beloved bishop I know him to be, he astonishingly claimed that “we elected a President not to look for scapegoats. We elected the President to get a job done.” As

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Fulfilling a divine mission Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah

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Ifeanyi Uba

Every so often, God throws up certain persons to help salvage the situation of their people. Shakespeare puts it succinctly when he wrote that some people are born great, some achieve greatness whilst others have greatness thrust upon them.

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Recovering from catastrophe

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President Muhammadu Buhari chairs the meeting of the Peace and Security Council at the 25th AU Summit in Johannesburg on Saturday

THE moment we become fixated with our past, our ability to move forward positively is handicapped. Fixation with the past; that has been the Achilles heels of successive Nigerian governments. It began with the military coup plotters of the ’60s up until the Sani Abacha regime. They begin by reeling out the so called rot in the system caused by the outgoing (overthrown) regime and by the time they have stayed two, three, four years, the situation remains the same until another coup takes place, a new government takes over and the whole process is recycled again.

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Religious extremism and global genocide

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ISLAMIC scholars in their various dissertations agree that “Islamic Fundamentalism” connotes the universal absolutisation of Islamic doctrines as propounded and entrenched in the Koran as a format for governance. A form of Muslim theocracy based on Mohammedanism, Sharia and traces of Uthman Dan Fodio’s Jihad.

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“Power is transient, Justice Eternal”: Why Nigeria needs to address impunity

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•Troops with a dismantled Boko Haram flag

Observing the public debate following the publication of Amnesty International’s recent report on war crimes committed by the military I am reminded of the words of Wole Soyinka: “Power is transient, justice eternal”.

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Help! The Giant of Africa is in a Coma

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Nigeria-map

Nigeria is a very unique country. So also are the citizens. They are regarded, all over the world, as very special. If you are a Nigerian and in doubt of the last sentence, I implore that on your next holiday, pick up your green passport and make Indonesia or China your choice destination. The “royal”‘treatment you will receive will convince you that you are from a very UNIQUE country. No thanks to the Nigerians who have been able to convince the world we are good at hiding illegal stuffs in the cavities of our bodies.

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Why the delay?

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JESUS

Today, we are discussing issues relating to the cause of the delay. . Let me reiterate that while this column is not about medical science, it is not in any way dismissive of medical science. A combination of both is necessary for the breakthrough to be received.

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Unveiling the APC power game

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PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI (M) WITH MEMBERS OF THE APC TRANSITION COMMITTEE AFTER THE SUBMISSION OF THEIR REPORT  TO  PRESIDENT BUHARI AT THE DEFENCE GUEST HOUSE  IN ABUJA ON FRIDAY (12/6/15)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) bridge of change is gradually undergoing avoidable turbulence at the federal level and nobody seems to be in control at the centre except one, two or three ambitious northerners camouflaging individual interests as those of the entire country. And without equivocation, the avoidable leadership squabble in the National Assembly must have emanated from the antics of these men who have stayed long enough in the corridors of have now forgotten that they have nothing more to contribute to the country but trouble.

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Jimi Disu tells Channels, AIT what to present to Buhari

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Jimi Disu

National affairs commentator, Jimi Disi was on Classic FM for his usual Front Page News analysis, a review of newspaper stories and said the following on Wednesday, June 24 edition:

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In support of Innoson’s revolution

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INNOSON Nigeria Ltd as many Nigerians know the company is the first indigenous company to start motor manufacturing, and today has become a source of pride to all Nigerians. Initially, many skeptics thought it was impossible to realise that dream until the company began to roll out different brands of vehicles such as buses, cars, trucks and refuse bin collectors.

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Okiro and a failed blackmailing scheme

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Retired Inspector-General of Police Mr. Mike Okiro, hit the nail on the head over the hullabaloo regarding the N275.5 million election fund fraud. He asserted that the whole scheme was an attempt to blackmail him.

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Thinking outside the box: New approaches to old demons

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These two stories are not in isolation. This approach has been the standard solution to the problem of illegal refineries. The problem is that it is not a solution. The supposed solution has become the problem in itself. What an anomaly. In the present state of scarcity of refined PMS, we destroy refined PMS, not because it is fake, because if it is fake, nobody will buy, and if nobody buys, nobody will produce it.

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Letter to President Buhari

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ALLAH ne ya chanja mana ba kowa ba (God is the one who changed it for us; no one can lay claim to it) was the chant of a disabled man carrying a placard showing the picture of President elect – General Muhammadu Buhari on the day the indefatigable Professor Attahiru Jega announced the final results of the 2015 Presidential election. The young man was reminding all about the content of Saint Paul’s letter to the people of Rome. My prayer to God is that everyday President Muhammadu Buhari governs this country; he will always remember this truth.

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Digital economy sets the stage to accelerate growth for African entrepreneurs

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The technology world has always been prone to buzzwords, some of which make the cut into day-to-day conversation, while others disappear in a lexicon haze. For example, the cloud is now very much a player, whereas you seldom, if ever, hear about the information superhighway anymore.

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The change must start now

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DAYS have turned into weeks since May 29, 2015, when Muhammadu Buhari assumed office as President of Nigeria. But the much promised change is nowhere in sight and seems to have died with the election campaigns. The President’s most ardent supporters and loyalists are already running out of excuses for the apparent inaction that has characterised his government, unless you count foreign trips, which are becoming the hallmark of his presidency.

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Much ado about Okowa’s critics

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RACISM is a heinous crime tolerated among Africans who are themselves victims. Its demonic venom is entrenched in our socio-political life, to achieve narrow ambitions through tribal periscope. Despite the pretence, we don’t access people who offer themselves for leadership on competence but on tribal or selfish considerations and no matter who is there, as long as he is not from our ethnic or political divide, we must pull him down. This is the “kabu-kabu” politics bedeviling our development. Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa who inherited a financially poor state is already a victim.

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Bracing up for tariff increase

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IT has been a pleasant week of nonstop electricity supply. I cannot remember when I last enjoyed uninterrupted power supply for two straight days. Suddenly, the supply has kept coming for one straight week and it has not stopped. I remember the days I use to go to bed with a book in my hands and wake up to find the book on my chest, with the lights still on. How I crave for those good old days.

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The change must start now

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President Muhammadu Buhari chairs the meeting of the Peace and Security Council at the 25th AU Summit in Johannesburg on Saturday

DAYS have turned into weeks since May 29, 2015, when Muhammadu Buhari assumed office as President of Nigeria. But the much promised change is nowhere in sight and seems to have died with the election campaigns. The President’s most ardent supporters and loyalists are already running out of excuses for the apparent inaction that has characterised his government, unless you count foreign trips, which are becoming the hallmark of his presidency.

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Bracing up for tariff increase

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electricity-NIGERIA

IT has been a pleasant week of nonstop electricity supply. I cannot remember when I last enjoyed uninterrupted power supply for two straight days. Suddenly, the supply has kept coming for one straight week and it has not stopped. I remember the days I use to go to bed with a book in my hands and wake up to find the book on my chest, with the lights still on. How I crave for those good old days.

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Why Akpabio should not join APC

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The shocking revelation that the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, GodsWill Akpabio and his successor, Udom Emmanuel, have been visiting key leaders of the APC to pave the way for their defection to the party has once again brought to the fore the inherent weaknesses in our politics. Should they be welcomed into the party, the APC would appear more as a group of people with weak moral content and poor ideological standing than an ideologically driven political party.

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Chibuike Rotimi Ameachi: The Man in the silhouette

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Not many Nigerians considered the possibility of General Muhammadu Buhari ever becoming the President. The tribe of the die-hard doubting Thomases failed to reckon with the man who stood staunchly behind the dream of the CHANGE that was to come the way of Nigeria.

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The old bureaucracy is back

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FROM January 15, 1966 till June 3, 1967, Nigeria had no Ministers. That is a period of over fifteen months. The two military rulers who ruled during that period——Major General Johnson Thomas Umanakwe Aguiyi Ironsi(1924-1966) and General Yakubu Dan-Yuma Gowon (80) constituted permanent secretaries as members of the Federal Executives Councils.

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Ignoble call for Ekweremadu’s resignation

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Ike Ekweremadu

As lovers of true democracy acknowledge the historic emergence of a bipartisan legislature—made possible by the return of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President of the 8th National Assembly, there have also been disenchanted voices of some anti-democratic elements who appear hell-bent on subverting the nation’s nascent democracy. Some of them have even gone to the extent of calling for the resignation or impeachment of the duly elected and constitutionally-backed Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu just to satisfy their greed.

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Buhari’s non-interference in NASS affairs

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Buhari

IN ideal democracies which Nigeria is copiously adopting, the principle of separation of powers is one of the pillars on which such societies are built. Indeed, since they (judiciary, legislature and executive) exist independently, they are meant to perform the role of checks and balances. In doing so, they avoid encroaching on each other’s responsibilities and constitutionally assigned roles.

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NASS Leadership and Kwankwaso’s Bad Verses

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The recent outburst by the former governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, over the emergence of the National Assembly leadership, leaves no one in doubt that the development, especially the election of Senator Bukola Saraki and Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Senate’s presiding officers, has given him sleepless nights.

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Bayelsa 2016: Will a dark horse succeed Dickson?

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Indications are that between now and next year when gubernatorial poll will take place in Bayelsa State, much is bound to happen. The Peoples Democratic Party’s loss at the last general elections and festering interpersonal frictions with key personalities in the state may have truncated Governor Seriake Henry Dickson’s lone-star run. What remains to be known now is the likely dark horse that would be the beneficiary of what many critics perceive as the governor’s excesses.

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NASS Leadership and Kwankwaso’s Bad Verses

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The recent outburst by the former governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, over the emergence of the National Assembly leadership, leaves no one in doubt that the development, especially the election of Senator Bukola Saraki and Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Senate’s presiding officers, has given him sleepless nights.

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Joyful Homes: Coping with social pressure

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muma-G-and-family

For couples trusting God for children, they must be hopefully. With hope, faith and belief that “ With God all things are possible”, joy unspeakable will arrive at last.

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ENUGU: Gov. Ugwuanyi’s peace and development initiatives

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Just recently Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State played host to journalists in Enugu at the Government House to interact with them, brief them on his action plans for the state and also give an insight into his administration’s approach towards achieving a harmonious relationship amongst the political class in the state.

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