Sunday February 1st, 2015
Sunday February 1st, 2015
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God promises shall be accomplished

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Priest-Church

God is a God of integrity. He can never lie. I tell people always that even if God tries to lie, he cannot lie. It is not His nature. The one that lies is Satan. The bible calls Satan the father of all liars (John 8:44).

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The Ugly side of Buhari and Jonathan, by Atedo Peterside

  /   in Elections 2015, Viewpoint 7:03 pm   /   Comments

Jonathan-Buhari

Opinion polls commissioned by ANAP Foundation and conducted by NOI Polls (using Gallup methodology) show that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) and his main challenger, Major-General Mohammadu Buhari (Buhari) are currently running neck-to-neck in the 2015 Presidential race. The difference between them in terms of potential votes nation wide is statistically insignificant because it is dwarfed considerably by the much larger percentage of voters who remain “Undecided” – and so the race is truly too close to call

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The Broom or the Vacuum Cleaner?

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APC-PDP

On Tuesday the 27th of January, in Lafia, Nasarawa state, President Jonathan said “we are building a country for a digital generation”. Let us ponder on that for a second. That statement rings true, as I cannot imagine any truly patriotic Nigerian that will want Nigeria to remain in an analogue state.

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Cross-border interference: FG tasks ATU on spectrum harmonization

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Comm Tech Minister, Johnson

Ahead of the World Radiocommunication Conference holding later in the year, the Nigerian Government, yesterday, urged the African Telecommunications Union, ATU to come out with a voice and a strong position on the issues of spectrum utilization.

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Inside Gen Buhari’s mind

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Buhari

Buhari is a man of integrity when compared to the very worst of us that were like him our past leaders.

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Samsung Galaxy A Series: Fully metallic, slim and trendy

  /   in Technology, Viewpoint 9:19 pm   /   Comments

By Lolade Bamigbola Looking at its growth trajectory, it is safe to say that Samsung, which has been pushing the boundaries of design and utility of smart devices, has not relented in its innovative streak. The electronics giant believes that smartphones have become one of the most used devices by most people and design is

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Education and National Development: The Jonathan Example

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Gov Obi

Many years ago, the philosopher, Aristotle, observed that the difference between the educated and the uneducated is like that between the living and the dead. To Aristophanes, it is the dissimilarity between broken and unbroken horses. As President of the US, Lyndon Johnson declared: ”At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for all our national problems; the answer for all the problems of the world — come to a single word. That word is education.”

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Terrorism and the collective will

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If the Boko Haram is not tackled by the collective will of the people, nothing any government can do, the government can only act to the extent the people give it liberty to perform, even if you bring in the best generals in the world to govern.

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PMS Pump price reduction and the economy – my take away

  /   in For the record, Viewpoint 10:11 am   /   Comments

Fashola

IT is no longer news that the Federal Government has announced a reduction in the pump price of premium motor spirit (PMS), popularly called petrol.

While I have made my position known on my Twitter handle that ‘a little over 10% reduction in cost of the final (crude oil) product (PMS) in response to an over 50% drop in the cost of the raw material is a good try and that Nigerians can get a better deal’, I am constrained to make this further intervention for a few reasons.

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Buhari vs Jonathan: Beyond the Election, by Charles Soludo

  /   in Elections 2015, The Soludo debate, Viewpoint 1:01 pm   /   Comments

*Jonathan and Buhari

Let me admit that the two main parties talk around the major development challenges—corruption, insecurity, economy (unemployment/poverty, power, infrastructure, etc) health, education, etc. However, it is my considered view that none of them has any credible agenda to deal with the issues, especially within the context of the evolving global economy and Nigeria’s broken public finance. The UK Conservative Party’s manifesto for the last election proudly announced that all its programmes were fully costed and were therefore implementable. Neither APC nor PDP can make a similar claim. A plan without the dollar or Naira signs to it is nothing but a wish-list. They are not telling us how much each of their promises will cost and where they will get the money. None talks about the broken or near bankrupt public finance and the strategy to fix it

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Banking tears in a cashless society

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Emefiele

The banks depend on the GSM network which has been glaringly inefficient and over subscribed, and shows no appetite for progress and efficiency because of a suspicious cosy relationship between the regulators and the GSM companies. Has computerization come before its time? I am not sure; but it’s alright for the young ones and hell for older folks. But how about banking in the villages, in this push for a cashless society?

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We were young, idealistic and in many ways not sufficiently experienced says Peter Enahoro

  /   in Interview, Viewpoint 1:13 am   /   Comments

Peter-ENAHORO4

Still reputed to be the youngest ever to edit a national newspaper, Peter Enahoro’scourageous commentaries were known for the wit and satire. He was forced into exile but remained unbowed. In an exclusive interview with Ben Asante, long-time political analystand contributing editor of internationalpublications specialising on Africa, Peterspeaks on Nigeria and life at eighty.

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Peter Enahoro: They don’t make them anymore

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Peter-ENAHORO3

I do not remember when I first stumbled on Peter Enahoro or which of his articles I read first. All I know is how awestruck I was when I first read his article in Daily Times. His way with words was astonishing.

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Learning at the feet of Peter Enahoro

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Peter-ENAHORO3

There is never a dull moment with Peter Enahoro. I started working with Peter in 1978, some thirty-seven years ago, when he asked me to join him in London to serve as political editor on a magazinehe was about to rebrand and edit. I was not a stranger to the Enahoro family name. We had an expression in the student community in Ghana: to ‘Enahoro’ someone arose from a story involving Tony Enahoro and S. G. Ikoku, his fellow refugee in Accra but that is another story. Also, in those days the Nigerian Sunday and Daily Times newspapers in which Peter’s name cropped up and which we were encouraged to read under Kwame Nkrumah’s fervent pan-Africanism were circulated in Accra.

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Between technological obsolescence and consumer spending

  /   in Viewpoint 10:02 pm   /   Comments

By Toyin Obire In today’s fast-moving markets, new technologies have a proclivity for becoming old news fairly quickly. Against this backdrop, consumers now have to deal with the challenge of technological obsolescence, a situation where technology-based products and services lose their appeal, even though they are still in good working condition. What was stylish and

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Leading through volatility in Africa

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Africa

Barely two years ago, foreign businesses and analysts were hailing Africa as the world’s economic miracle. With economic, political and social reforms sweeping the continent, a burgeoning middle class and growth rates hovering around the 6% mark, people were queuing up for a slice of a $1 trillion opportunity.

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Udenwa’s slant to the Imo campaign

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THE PDP presidential rally that took place in Imo State at the weekend was predictably a huge success. The massive turnout of Imo sons and daughters, aged and young and the genuine solidarity they expressed to President Goodluck Jonathan and his campaign team underscore this and set the stage for what to expect from the state in the February 14 presidential elections.

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Charlie Hebdo and the fear of islamization in the Nigerian context

  /   in Tips of a New Dawn, Viewpoint 3:52 pm   /   Comments

Some have described Charlie Hebdo’s work as “Muslim Baiting” i.e. going out of one’s way to anger the Muslim community and to portray Islam as backward and intolerant.

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Neglecting Lagos

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Lagosmarket

There are numerous examples of old capitals but none was abandoned by the central government, except of course, Nigeria.
On August 7, 1975, the then Head of State, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed (1938-1976) inaugurated a five man panel on the creation of more states in the country. The committee was headed by Justice Ayo Gabriel Irikefe (1922-1996). It was the panel that increased the number of states in Nigeria from twelve (12) to nineteen (19). Justice Irikefe later became the ninth Chief Justice of the Federation between (1985-1987).

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Urhobos,Okowa and 2015

  /   in Viewpoint 11:29 pm   /   Comments

SOME years back, I wrote a piece titled “The Dilemma of the Urhobos.” This was right before the 2013 Delta Central Senatorial By-election and after my return from America. The outcome of the election brought Urhobos back to the majority ruling party of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Subsequent to that, Dr. Steve Oru was also appointed as the Minister for Niger-delta Affairs.

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When OBJ became Buhari’s forerunner

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I HAVE always been one of those who pooh-poohed former Vice President Atiku Abubakar anytime he sought to curry public sympathy over the manner in which his former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo, harassed him with investigations, in desperate bids to shoot down his political career.
But like Malam Nuhu Ribadu, I guess I have to apologise to Atiku, not because I think he is clean as a whistle as he wants us to believe, but because I now believe that his former boss was unfair to him.

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Tarzoor: Return of the native

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SINCE 1999, Benue State has been a core PDP state. The people always cast their vote en mass in all elections for the largest political party in Africa. Indeed it was in recognition of this that Benue State had produced two national chairmen of PDP and other sensitive positions in the party’s apparatchik.

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The change we need

  /   in Viewpoint 9:06 pm   /   Comments

*Jonathan and Buhari

UP until the mid eighties, the million was seen as an almost invincible attainment. A judge of the calibrer of Ovie Whiskey, who had served many years on the Bench and reached the peak of his career as a Chief Judge of the entire Bendel state, claimed thus; “If I see a million naira cash, I will faint”. That shows the value to which money was placed in the good old days.

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The dilemma of neo-Buharists

  /   in Viewpoint 9:47 pm   /   Comments

THERE are two kinds of Buharists: The Classic Buharists and the Neo-Buharists. The Classic Buharists genuinely love Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. To them, he is the epitome of a true leader. They truly believe he is all they say he is. They think he is not corrupt and that he is even incorruptible. Their devotion to the man they like to call the “People’s General” is total; bordering on worship. No contrary argument can burst their bubble. In fact, you dare to persuade them that Gen. Buhari is not the man they think him to be at your peril. Violence, verbal and/or physical, comes natural to them when they think you denigrate GMB.

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Fashola on Buhari: Age is More Than Just a Number

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*Buhari

The most amazing thing happened Thursday. Amazing, because in a rare Freudian slip, the Governor of Lagos state, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola revealed what he really thought about old people in governance. Splashed on the Front Page of The Tribune on Thursday the 15th of January, 2015 was the headline ‘Agbaje too Old to Rule Lagos’.

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Who will ask Obasanjo to shut up?

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Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

I promised to shut up and take a long break but since I had asked Obasanjo to disappear and he won’t, I thought I should dart in with some justification as to why he really ought to be told to shut up and disappear, and, for me, personally, also to say to him: you can’t fool me. It is a slightly revised version of a comment I offered in another discussion. It should explain itself.

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Paris, Baga Attacks: While one tragedy rattles the world, another doesn’t

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This combo shows handout photos released by French Police in Paris early on January 8, 2015 of suspects Cherif Kouachi (L), aged 32, and his brother Said Kouachi (R), aged 34, wanted in connection with an attack at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in the French capital that killed at least 12 people. French police on January 8 published photos of the two brothers wanted as suspects over the bloody massacre at the magazine in Paris as they launched an appeal to the public for information.   AFP PHOTO / FRENCH POLICE
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Almost immediately following the news of the first terrorist attacks that eventually killed 17 people across France, the global community united around a Twitter hashtag “Je suis Charlie” and just days later foreign leaders linked arms with their French counterparts to lead a historic million-person strong rally.

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Mrs. Buhari Will Vote for Jonathan

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Buhari and Jonathan

As a father of five daughters, whenever I think of Muhammadu Buhari, what comes to my mind is a regime that was completely insensitive to the feminine gender.

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Why I am in support of Mbaka, by Rev Okwara

  /   in Viewpoint 3:00 pm   /   Comments

The Catholic priest, Father Ejike Mbaka, of Enugu Diocese does not need any introduction in Nigeria. He is by far, the most popular and well known priest in the country. His fame, ministry and preaching style are well known. There are very few Catholic clerics in Nigeria and Africa that can attract the type of mammoth crowd that follows him to his Adoration Ministry ground and wherever else he goes to. When it comes to fame and popularity, he does not need any introduction; so, I would not spend my time doing that. But I want to share my view on the most recent controversial sermon he delivered on New Year eve.

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The Okowa plan

  /   in Viewpoint 3:10 pm   /   Comments

AS transitions go, the unity of purpose and inclusiveness in the PDP politics of Delta state is remarkable even if it is not sometimes recognized such. After a fierce governorship primary in the party, the coming together of majority of the contestants and their followers to work and to promote a common front in the February general election is a masterstroke in political bridge-building. Credit should naturally go to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and other political leaders for making this happen.

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Projecting 2015 elections cautiously

  /   in Viewpoint 7:45 pm   /   Comments

THERE is this general saying that; “if wishes were horses, beggars will ride”. We have started dreaming and assuming positions on what will be the outcome of the 2015 elections but like I have always noted, we have short memories in this country.

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X-raying the Jonathan years

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RECENTLY, some APC stalwarts principally the party’s chairman claimed that Nigeria has deteriorated under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and that APC offers a better solution, but is that true ? Rather than make subjective claims, it is better to examine the facts by global verifiable standards.

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