Monday December 22nd, 2014
Monday December 22nd, 2014
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Jonathan vs Buhari: May the best man for 21st century Nigeria win

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Buhari and Jonathan

By Emeka Chiakwelu First and foremost, what do I mean by 21st century Nigeria? The word 21st century is now ubiquitous and superfluous in any political and economic dialogue but its significance have not diminished nor become pliable. 21st century has been called the century of possibilities and at one point it has been called

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Cornfield Transnational Blazes New Trail in Eco-System

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Presently, growth and acceptance in Information Technology initiatives are largely embraced virtually in every aspect of human endeavors. No serious minded organization can escape its positive effects.

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OBJ: The man, the Book and the law

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BOOK LAUNCH—From left: Former Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Ibidapo Obe; former Education Minister, Dr Oby Ezekwesili; author/former President Olusegun Obasanjo;  Guest of  Honour, Prof. Olu Akinkugbe and Publisher of the book, Dr Eghosa Imasuen, at the presentation of a book: "My Watch", by Olusegun Obasanjo in Lagos, yesterday.

IN the Nigerian political landscape, there is an individual that some believe to be larger than life. Whether he is a septuagenarian or octogenarian, is a subject for debate amongst many people. Nonetheless, he still maintains the record of being the only person to have been both a military Head of State and a democratic President. The jury is still out as to whether or not he should be considered a statesman. This may be because of his penchant for making statements when a true statesman may have chosen to remain silent or restricted his statement to a closed-door meeting

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Politicians, voodoo and power

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THE ruthless apotheosization of money, wealth, success, fame, greatness and power etc has stimulated the passion for multidimensional strategies for achieving them. The deification of money and power has ascended the dangerous crescendo where human spare parts, diabolical rivalry, spiritual poisoning, family feud, voodooistic proclivities…

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Understanding the new Head of Service in Delta

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The public jubilation that greeted the appointment of Sir Patrick Oyambevwe Origho as the Head of the Civil Service in Delta State re-enforces the high fidelity and depth of the Uduaghan vision in a revolutionary process never before witnessed in the annals of the state that prides itself as the finger of God.

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Boko Haram, Buhari and northern elite

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THE principal demand of Boko Haram is religious supremacy and inter-faith intolerance, this demand started in the current democratic era when a Sharia movement started declaring some states as sharia states in clear volation of the secularity of the federation contained in section 10 of the constitution of Nigeria .In declaring such states as Sharia

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Soyinka, Jonathan and vilification

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FROM the mysterious Amasuomo creek in Burutu Local Government I have canoed into the River Niger. This is prompted by two developments – the unceasing acidic verbal minimization of President Goodluck Jonathan by Professor Wole Soyinka and the desecration of Soyinka’s personality by John Udumebraye. My responses to both attacks are that of indignation, bewilderment, puzzlement and surprise (Soyinka’s article “under the sign of an iconoclast”) at a time such as this.

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Redefining Nigeria – China Trade Relations in the national interest

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SOME weeks ago, in the second week of October, an IMF report showed China overtaking the United States as the world’s largest economy. The UK Daily Mail stated in its October 9 edition, “America usurped: China becomes world’s largest economy – putting USA in second place for the first time in 142 years. The IMF figures showed the Chinese economy is worth $17.61 trillion compared with $17.4 trillion for the USA.

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Adamawa:Of Ribadu and Bindowo

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TWO candidates have finally emerged to run for the governorship of Adamawa State in the forthcoming 2015 elections. Let’s face it, the difference between Malam Nuhu Ribadu, the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APCs, candidate, Senator Bindowo Jibrilla is same as six and half-a-dozen, to many people who are awaiting the governorship contest of the State.

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How Corrupt is Nigeria?

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anti-corruption

How corrupt is the government of President Goodluck Jonathan? The answer may vary depending on who is interpreting the latest global corruption index from Transparency International.

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Edo 2016: Osunbor as an agent of change

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SENATOR Oserheimen Osunbor, a household name in the heartbeat of the nation, Edo, once again has signified his intention to govern the state he tried to rebrand within 18 months. In those 18 months Edolites knew that there was a man at Denis Osadebey House that gave governance a human face.

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A Jonathan like ‘Judas’

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If not for the fact that the National leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has been pocketed by the Jonathan administration, and also probably because new testament Christianity does not permit ‘an eye for an eye’, maybe a ‘fatwa’ would have been issued today, by the Christian community against Presidential spokesman Doyin Okupe for his widely reported megalomania and blasphemous statement, that ‘President Jonathan is like Jesus Christ’. Particularly, coming less tot 10 days to Christmas.

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The changing face(s) of the Police Force

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AFTER serving in the regional capacity in Port Harcourt and a greater part of the eastern region, I was transferred back in January 1995 to the Lagos headquarters office of my company, an indigenous conglomerate with over a thousand staff and sixty five branches, spread over the nation.

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Gambari, quintessential diplomat at 70

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IT is significant that a few days before Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari turned 70, he was on November 20th appointed as Co-Chair with Mrs Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations, to lead High-Level Commission on Global Security Justice & Governance.

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Why Jonathan will win in 2015

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (R) and Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo greet supporters at a ceremony in Abuja on November 11, 2014. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on November 11 declared his bid for re-election, vowing to finally defeat Boko Haram whose rise in strength during his first term has threatened the country's sovereignty. The 56-year-old made the announcement to tens of thousands of supporters in the red, white and green of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at a carefully orchestrated ceremony including patriotic music, dancing, prayers and speeches. AFP PHOTO

My dear brothers and sisters, a number of you have asked me, particularly on Social Media, why I think President Goodluck Jonathan deserves your vote. I will use this space to answer that question headlong and unequivocally, because I believe with every fiber of my being that reelecting President Jonathan is the best course of action that Nigerians can take if we do not want to go back to the old ways in which the government dictated to us rather than related to us.

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Boko Haram: The West and Francophone WA conspiracy

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LONG before the Boko Haram crisis reached the present crescendo, a former American Marine combatant, believed to be an accredited diplomat, managing one of the world’s largest private intelligence organisations, Gordon Duff; writing in an American publication, Veterans Today, had weaved a plot of how western powers, some Francophone West African countries, and some powerful Nigerians were involved in an insidious conspiracy to undermine Nigeria.

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Changing tide for the Niger Delta

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ALMOST every Nigerian leader, has attempted to solve the problems of the Niger Delta region. Some did by establishing bodies to ameliorate the problems of the region while some created more states for the region.

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Sustainability in power reforms

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MODERN economies, institutions, families and day to day life require power, particularly electricity. From a review of high level national standards, the goal of the Nigerian electric power sector reforms is to build a power sector that is self reliant, environmentally friendly, sustainable, promoting universal access to affordable and quality electricity to support national development.

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Awaiting Diezani’s distinction at OPEC

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Diezani Alison-Madueke

When less than 40 days after Diezani Alison-Madueke became Petroleum Minister President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Nigerian Content Bill into law, not a lot of persons saw the good tidings of her appointment in that singular act.

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Time for New borns

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FACED with the enormous challenge of overcoming Ebola earlier this year, Nigeria now has cause to celebrate. In October, the World Health Organization officially announced Nigeria as free from Ebola. Our nation applied the lessons and resources from our extremely effective polio programme to respond to Ebola.

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Questions General Buhari must answer, by Fani-Kayode

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BUHARI DECLARES—Arrival of Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, during his declaration of intent for All Progressives Congress, Apc, Presidential candidate in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

Major General Muhammadu Buhari has emerged as the APC flagbearer for the 2015 presidential election and President Goodluck Jonathan for the PDP. Now the battle for the soul and future of our nation begins. The forces of light shall surely prevail over the forces of darkness and God’s counsel alone shall stand over Nigeria. I stand with Jonathan and I say ‘’lets dance’’, ‘’lets get it on’’ and ‘’may the best man win’’. Yet whilst doing so we ought to consider the words of Miss Dora Ade Bentley. On December 11 on her Facebook wall, she wrote the following:

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Will politics of blackmail help Nigeria?

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SINCE Boko Haram started in Nigeria around 2009, fear and blackmail have remained the main planks for their growth, and expansion. Politicians, especially those from the north, birthed and nurtured violence, in the name of Boko Haram as an instrument of blackmail in order to wrest power from the hands of the South of Nigeria. These men, as experienced and knowledgeable as they are in Nigerian politics, think that the killings would force Nigerians to give them power

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Re: Why North should support Jonathan

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IN a recent article of the above title written by an analyst from Kano, one Mohammed Abdulkadir, he related compelling and mutually beneficial reasons why the North, particularly the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) elite in the north will support the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan, and urged for a rapprochement between the Northern power elite and the present and future leaders of the South-South zone.

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This politics of performance

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IT is preposterous to argue that President Goodluck Jonathan has shown the world that performance is the focal point, the pivot, the driving force of politics. Performance is the strength of Jonathan’s transformation magic.

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Soyinka’s demonisation of Jonathan

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IN a feat of acerbic verbal tantrums, Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka Tuesday December 2, attacked President Goodluck Jonathan and likened the Nigerian leader to Nebuchadnezzar the biblical autocrat and king of Babylon who initially denounced the Living Supreme God. Soyinka who addressed a press conference on the state of the nation at the popular Freedom Garden in Lagos, said that Jonathan is tyrannical because the Inspector General of Police Suleiman Abba stopped the attempt by the defected speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal to enter the Green Chamber of the National Assembly with thugs.

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Safety tips as APC holds Presidential Primaries in Lagos

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Rochas Okorocha,  Muhammadu Buhari, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Atiku Abubakar and Sam Nda- Isaiah.

The main political issue today is the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) taking place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, where the Presidential candidate of the main opposition party for the 2015 elections will emerge — Muhammed Buhari, Abubakar Atiku and Sam Nda Isaiah are in the race even as an unconfirmed report claimed Rabiu Kwankwaso and Rochas Okorocha would step down.

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Solving the N/Delta, South-East menace: The Jonathan example

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The history of the end of militancy in the Niger Delta cannot be completely written without acknowledging the role played by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who at great cost to his presidency, and with the assistance of his then Vice President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, traversed the delta region, bringing militancy to its knees on the negotiation table.

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Season of story-tellers

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STORY-telling is an age-long tradition in Africa that has refused to died even in the face of invasive Western culture. Didacticism is the surviving strength of this age-long tradition. However, African politicians are good story-tellers:they always tell good stories to convince the electorate during the fevered electioneering campaign period.

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The time for newborns is now

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Faced with the enormous challenge of overcoming Ebola earlier this year, Nigeria now has cause to celebrate. In October, the World Health Organization officially announced Nigeria as free from Ebola. Our nation applied the lessons and resources from our extremely effective polio program to respond to Ebola. And our successful approach to stopping Ebola is now a model for other countries. Nigeria has the chance to lead again to save lives. For every mother-to-be and her newborn child in Africa, this could be a turning point

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Soyinka on President Jonathan

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THOSE of us who were already adults when, in 1986, Professor Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka won his Nobel Prize in Literature, knew very well that he won the laurel, not so much because of his literary prowess but for what he did as a political activist. So extreme was Soyinka’s radicalism that as far back as the 1960s he seized a radio station at gunpoint in Ibadan during the political crisis in Western region. To be honest, although Wole Soyinka is a scholar by profession, he is more known for his extreme political views. And, sadly, he has always been partisan and biased.

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Jonathan, PDP and the no-alternatives narrative

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IN Nigerian politics, it is a waste of campaign efforts to try to canvass for the votes of some categories of the electorate. The first category comprises voters who have firmly made up their minds concerning whom to vote for. Given the nature of their support, nothing can possibly change their choice.

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Boko Haram, OBJ: Breaking the myth

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IF you ask me, all the points Chief Olusegun Obasanjo raised on the Boko Haram insurgency, as published in the Vanguard newspaper of Thursday November 27, were all valid. But the paradox is; he spent a good eight years in the saddle of the Nigerian government, why did he fail to put any of these measures he highlighted into place? After all, the seeds for Boko Haram were sown during his regime, with many state governors illegally foistering the sharia laws on hapless citizens.

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