Tuesday July 7th, 2015
Tuesday July 7th, 2015
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Stop this borrowing madness

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THE way our state governors are clamouring for bailout from President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) shows that some of our political leaders are yet to come to terms with the emerging global oil economy.

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Seaports monopoly: The imminent economic crisis

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A cascade of directives in the dying days of former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s administration created eerie feelings in many a department of the country’s life.

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Between party and national interest

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THE happenings at the National Assembly in recent times have opened our eyes to the inevitability of change. When the time comes for change, you either ride with it or you’re blow away with it.

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A necessary scuffle

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HUMAN behaviours are mostly determined by interests, be them group, personal, ideological or class interests. These interests can be outrageous, dictated by selfishness, avarice, mean-spiritedness, etc. They can also be altruistic, determined by indisputably selfless concerns for the betterment of others.

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APC in early dance of self destruction

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THE slogan of CHANGE was the magical tonic the All Progressive Congress [APC] brought into the arena of the Nigerian political dance floor immediately the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] qualified the association as a political party, albeit a mega one for that matter. And it worked in uniting the people for some reasons.

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Jega’s exit and the uncertainty in INEC

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NOBODY in Nigeria until few days ago would think President Muhammadu Buhari could take a decision that would undermine the independence of INEC and public trust. The decision to direct the internal administrative workings of INEC through the choice of Amina Zakari to take-over the affairs of the Commision in the manner it was done came as a a great surprise.

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Right of Reply: Senate Beyond the Noise

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SARAKI'S FIRST PLENARY SESSION: Senate President Bukola Saraki (M) going in for his first plenary session as President of Senate yesterday. Behind him is Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. Photo: NAN.

It is just three weeks since the Eighth Senate was inaugurated on the proclamation prepared by President Muhammadu Buhari. Since then, a lot has happened within the institution which under normal circumstances should have attracted positive attention from members of the public, including the ardent critic of the nation’s legislature. However, all the developments in that upper chamber of our legislature had been overshadowed by the din emanating from the circumstances in which its leadership emerged.

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Headquarters

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Dr Dele-Cole

60 years ago, there was a handful of good secondary schools – Igbobi College; Methodist Boys High School; Kings College; Government College, Ughelli; Government College, Ibadan; Ibadan Grammar School; Christ School, Ado Ekiti; St. Gregory’s, Government Collage, Umuahia, Denis Memorial Grammar School, C.K. C, Hope Waddell etc.

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Ugwuanyi: In Enugu, health is first

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Just recently, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State was at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUTH) – Parklane Teaching Hospital, Enugu to officially flag off the 2015 1st Round of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCHW) week and re-launch of the State Free Maternal and Child Health (FMCH) Care Programme organized by the State Ministry of Health.

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Can Buhari break the solid minerals jinx?

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IF it is true, that President Muhammadu Buhari, PMB, will appoint his ministers, in two months’ time as reported, he must take his good time to look into the Ministry of Mines and steel, with the sole intention to breaking the strong lid, which they have used to cover and hold our solid minerals in captivity and bondage since the past over 20 years.

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No to handouts

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I AM tempted to dance naked for the new regime in Nigeria under the leadership of the venerable Muhammadu Buhari. Why? I am inebriated by the grandiose social safety net programmes that are about to be rolled out in the near future for the betterment of the ordinary Nigerian!

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Asset declaration: A paradigm shift in the fight against corruption?

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One of the promises of President Muhammadu Buhari during electioneering is to declare his assets and liabilities to stimulate other political appointees to do same.

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Sundiata Post: An Ode to Max Amuchie

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THE journalist is possibly the most endangered professional in today’s Nigeria. When I was growing up, the teacher had that cap. I heard it a lot of times that the reward of teachers awaited them in heaven, I guess we should hand it over to the journalist now.

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The quest to rebuild NANS: A tribute to Emma Ezeazu

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Emman Ezeazu

Upon learning about the unfortunate demise of Emma Ezeazu, I wrote on my facebook wall on May 18, 2015 as follows: “The news of the death of Emma Ezeazu, NANS President in 1986 is saddening and shocking. Emma’s presidency witnessed the continuation of mass students’ resistance to education commercialization and violation of students’ rights. He played his part when it mattered. May his soul rest in peace”.

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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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