Wednesday May 27th, 2015
Wednesday May 27th, 2015
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So long Goodluck Jonathan!

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Nigeria's President Jonathan speaks during an interview with ThomsonReuters in New York

WHEN Goodluck Jonathan steps down in two days time and Muhammadu Buhari takes over as president, he would have helped to give practical demonstration to that much remarked (in our parts) but hardly realised notion of popular democracy, that sovereignty lies with the people. By handing over power to Buhari, Jonathan would only be abiding by the will of the people who said, on March 28 2015, that they wanted a change of leadership.

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Delivering value through strategic partnerships

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RECENTLY the Nigerian Export-Import Bank, NEXIM Bank, embarked on a deliberate programme of building partnerships designed to deliver value to its stakeholders and target public as the Nigeria’s sole Government Trade Policy Bank. This development has been applauded by both players and watchers in the Nigerian SMEs, especially those operating in the manufacturing, agro-processing, solid minerals and services sectors.

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Senate Presidency: Moral burden of a purported adoption

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Media reports of the purported adoption of Senator Ahmed Lawan from North East as the consensus candidate weeks after the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had zoned the Senate Presidency to the North Central, are worrisome.

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The PDP and its phobia for election petitions

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I find rather amusing, the People’s Democratic Party’s unfolding dread for petitions challenging its self-awarded victories in the recently held elections.

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Nigeria’s Electricity Crisis is Leadership Failure

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Nigeria’s epileptic power supply has taken a turn for the worse in recent months. Despite investing over $30 billion in the sector in the past 15 years, the total electricity supply as at today is less than a mere 1,400 megawatts (MW) for a country of over 170 million people.

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Buhari and Saraki, an ideal complement

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Buhari-ook

THERE is no doubt that the AllProgressive Congress, APC’s victory in the last general election will take Nigeria in a different direction from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, leadership of the past 16 years. In recent times, the only presidential contender that has attracted enormous public confidence in his ability to tackle plethora of problems confronting our nation is General Mohammed Buhari, the President -Elect. The expectations are too high and the pressure for a quick-fix is already on.

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Ending in an anti-climax

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Jonathan Buhari

THE events that have taken place since the outcome of the 2015 presidential election opened us to new revelations, a sort of an eye opener to the reality of the type of people we have allowed to govern us these past sixteen years. In the last one month, the nation has been in stasis, no, in recess. The consequences of the electoral outcome have revealed to us that the PDP as a party was founded on nothing, governed on nothing and is leaving a legacy of nothing to write about.

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Ending in an anti-climax

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THE events that have taken place since the outcome of the 2015 presidential election opened us to new revelations, a sort of an eye opener to the reality of the type of people we have allowed to govern us these past sixteen years. In the last one month, the nation has been in stasis, no, in recess.

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Re: Osoba: The veteran politician at bay

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Olusegun Osoba

Dr Olatunji Dare’s piece, Osoba: The veteran politician at bay, published in Vanguard of May 14, 2015, was an elegant public relations stunt. Any reader without the knowledge of the politics of Ogun State in recent years will come to the conclusion that Chief Olusegun Osoba was shortchanged by the current governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

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APC, face the real issues

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RECENTLY, the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr. John Oyegun, was quoted as saying that he was “sad” that his party could not produce a lawmaker from the South East to be elected as senate president or speaker of the House of Representatives when the new National Assembly would be inaugurated in June. This was because during the last elections, the APC performed so poorly in the South East that it was unable to win a single seat in the two Houses of the National Assembly in the region.

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Angry Letter to the Nigerian Youth

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I am very angry and that is why I am addressing you. You are the source of my anger and I want to vent my spleen- maybe not at you directly- but at the arrogance of your ignorance. Of all nations of the world, you are to be most pitied. Do you still wonder what you have done?

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The coming era of penny pinching

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IT was President Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari (90) who first introduced the idea of having Ministers of State in a Presidential System of Government. He could be excused for the introduction, for he was a graduate of the first republic when Junior Ministers were allowed during the Parliamentary System of Government.

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Agenda tips for Okowa’s administration

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ACCORDING to Edmond Burke, the heights reached and attained by great men were not by sudden flight. They toiled all night whilst others slept, and this is the mien of Delta State Governor-elect, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa. This quintessential, political pundit is a personality who needs no introduction because he is presently a distinguished serving Senator.

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Chukwumerije and death in the Age of Brevity

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Chukwumerije

Sundays have a way of being languid. You could be recovering from a hangover induced by the previous night’s binge. Or, you went to church, if such was your convention. Or you sat in your house and watched television – if there was power supply, whether from the national grid or from your generator.

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Comrade Uche Chukwumerije, a book is closed

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Chukwumerije
Chukwumerije

Every age, every generation produces an iconoclast, an eclectic, eccentric, a quirky and unusual figure, who, ironically, represents the measure, the values ,and indeed ,the essence of that age or generation and becomes the icon of that age or generation.

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Honouring Kingsley Kuku

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Kuku

It has been said that the ultimate honour a person offering public service gets is when he is fulfilled in the work. I do not totally agree.

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For Anenih, a vibrant political era ends in dignifying style…

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On Wednesday, May 20, this year, two significant events happened in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which suffered a crushing defeat in the hands of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recently-held general elections, namely: the resignation, in quick succession, of the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih.

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The return of fake drugs

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A lot of fake products abound in the Nigerian markets. Fake cosmetics, fake electrical appliances, fake canned food, fake spare parts, fake drugs, fake designer shoes and clothing- the list is literally endless. It is just about a fake of everything you can think of. However, with fake drugs, the effect can be so far-reaching because it is a matter of life and death.

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His Excellency may soon be on the run

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THE Nigeria Labour Congress ,NLC, the apex labour organisation for all workers, announced five months ago, that 11 state governments had not paid December salaries to their workers.

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Much ado about the Delta guber results

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I HAVE watched with utter dismay O’tega Emerhor’s attempt to discredit the results of the governorship and House of Assembly election in Delta State. Not a few in Delta are amused and puzzled by his antics given the obvious facts on the ground that APC and Emerhor did not stand a chance of winning the governorship election in the State.

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His Excellency may soon be on the run

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THE Nigeria Labour Congress ,NLC, the apex labour organisation for all workers, announced five months ago, that 11 state governments had not paid December salaries to their workers. The President of the NLC, Mr. Abdulwahed Omar, who made the comment in an ‘End of Year Message’ stated that three of the states, Benue, Plateau and Osun, were also owing between three to eight months workers’ salary arrears.

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Wounded lion on the rampage

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Demonstrators take part in a protest in Bujumbura on May 13, 2015. A top Burundian general announced today the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president's bid to stand for a third term.  AFP PHOTO

Nkurunziza may be technically right or wrong in his argument for a Third Term, but is it worth so much bloodshed and instability for his country? Is his ambition worth the blood of Burundians? An Idi Amin might have insisted in running, no matter the costs, but definitely, not a Nelson Mandela. One reason why leaders like Nkurunziza fester on the African continent, is the lack of Social Movements comprising workers, students, the informal sector, conscientious intellectuals and other progressive forces who can bring pressure to bear on the AU or any African leader.

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Abuja housing challenge and Winning Clause Estate example

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Only very few cities in the world can match the cost of living in Abuja, the Federal Capital City of Nigeria. Of all Abuja’s mounting needs, as in all new cities, housing remains the most acute. It is so bad that one-room self-contained goes for up to half a million Naira in the city centre, and only slightly less in the adjourning districts.

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Open letter to all Igbo elected politicial leaders

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YOUR Excellences, Kindly permit me to use this medium to congratulate all of you on your most deserving but hard earned victory at the polls. I thank God for finding you worthy to occupy this position of responsibility and pray for wisdom and good health to enable you succeed in this national assignment.

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Yakubu Dogara: Making a case for a Speaker from North-East

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A new Speaker of the House of Representatives will emerge in less than a month. The change promised by the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had been apparent in the former’s refusal to meddle in the process of (s)electing a new Speaker. While this does not necessarily prohibit other stakeholders from attempting to install a preferred candidate, it is the hope of many that the eventual choice resonates with Nigerians and inspires hope for the future.

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NDDC: Between facts and fiction

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A RECURRENT feature of the politics of in this country is petition writing at all levels of Government – Local Government, State and Federal. There is no government Agency, no matter how good intentioned that is not unduly criticised, harassed or blackmailed by petition writers. The ridiculous thing about most of these petitions is that the allegations contained therein are false when investigated and sometimes, fabricated.

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Why die for government?

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AN American president once made the statement; “don’t ask what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country”. In the same vein, there is this question that we usually ask ourselves; “can one die for his country?” Many people in countries like the United States, Japan, Canada, Russia, etc will answer in the affirmative but why can’t we Nigerians do same? Why are we unwilling to make the supreme sacrifice for our country? Is it in our genes or environmental make up or simply the faulty foundation as a country?

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Enugu: Intrigues, permutations, as politicians jostle for PDP chair

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The battle for the chairmanship of Enugu State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is already hotting up and throwing up interesting permutations, even though the outgoing executive committee is yet to be formally dissolved.

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The Petroleum Industry Bill: A Call for Prudence and Circumspection

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Ben Bruce

By personal choice and discipline, I act and think on the basis that I am first a Nigerian, before I am from the Niger Delta.

It is on that basis that I want to urge stake holders to not only take action on the Petroleum Industry Bill, but to take the appropriate action.

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Turkey and the cost of presidential ‘insults’

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EVENTS in Turkey regarding onslaught on individuals accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have over the recent times continue to question my belief on the type of governance that holds sway in that country. While it is widely known that every democratic leader must be willing to receive criticisms and sometime insults from the

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Politics and development of Bayelsa state

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CREATED by the late General Sanni Abacha’s military government on Tuesday 1st October 1996, Bayelsa State is agreeably the capital and home of Nigeria’s fourth largest tribe – the Ijaws – also known sometimes as Izons.Due to its linguistic homogeneity, Ijaws who spread across Bayelsa,Rivers, Delta, Edo, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, and Ondo States consider the creation of Bayelsa State a dream come true as it was expected to be the fulcrum of socio-cultural activities spanning the entire Ijaw tribe. More importantly, the Ijaw people, two of whom had been chief executives of the old Rivers State – Chief Diette Spiff and late Chief Melford Okilo – considered the creation of Bayelsa State as an opportunity to correct infrastructural defects and deficiencies which they had witnessed inRivers State, one in which they were previously domiciled. This makes the development of Bayelsa State of paramount importance to the people.

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Military as victim of malicious campaign on BBOG Platform

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Chris Olukolade

To the Leadership of Bring-Back-Our-Girl Group. I have followed your activities with due interest. I personally have nothing against your organisation or its advocacy concerning efforts to recover our girls from captivity of terrorists. I believe that someday, both your efforts and that of the Nigerian military will be duly understood and appreciated

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