Sunday May 3rd, 2015
Sunday May 3rd, 2015
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Tribute to Tony Momoh @76

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MOST Nigerians still remember him as the author of “Letter to My Countrymen” during the Babangida years, a medium he used to sermonise on the virtues of patriotism, honesty and commitment to the service of God andcountry. Tony Momoh is a prince of the famous Auchi Kingdom in Edo State. Members of Momoh family are spread across the entire globe due to their huge numerical strength.

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Uduaghan’s 3rd term or Okowa’s tenure?

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UNDER comparative analysis and the human reasoning, the dynamics and calculus of leadership redounds to the fact that,the principles of “SaluspopuliSupremaestlex” (the welfare of the people is the ultimate law). It is also cardinally imperative for equity, objectivity, egalitarianism, altruism, vision, patriotism and the Aristotelian concept of the pursuit of the greatest good for the largest number be infused into the matrix of Leadership and Governance in any society.

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Ogun Guber Poll: Between facts and fiction

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Gov Ibikunle Amosun

Just as it is said in law that there must be an end to litigation in any dispute, there must also be an end to electioneering in any political contest. I am not aware of any rescheduled election in Ogun State that could warrant an indirect return to the soap box to canvass for votes. Losers emerged while winners were officially declared.

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Who is afraid of Tinubu’s war chest…?

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Who is afraid of Tinubu’s ‘war chest, vast network and very effective political structures?’ These are valuable outstanding points that the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has used to achieve results that are being widely applauded today.

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Right of Reply: Do not falsify Nigeria’s political history: Give Jonathan his due credit

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President Jonathan

“But those of us who are a bit more historically minded should know that concessions have been made in power by those who consider Nigeria far above their personal interest. It is on record that Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe won the 1957 elections, for which the British colonial Governor-General, Sir James Robertson, first setting the standard of electoral manipulations and gerrymandering in Nigeria, invited Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa to come first to head the government at the centre even before the votes had all fully come in 1957 for the first home rule government. Azikiwe conceded and bid his time even though his party was compensated by having the highest number of ministers in 1957 – 60 in the independence elections of 1959, again Azikiwe’s party had the highest plurality of votes nationwide and would very easily have formed the National government with the Action Group. But against a threat of Northern secession, much like today’s Boko Haram, compelled Azikiwe to agree to join the Northern Peoples Party in a ‘government of national unity”, one from which Awo’s Action Group opted out, but which along the road torpedoed the AG in due course.

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M.D. Yusufu and Uche Chukwumerije: A surprising partnership

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Chukwumerije
Chukwumerije

In the annals of Nigeria’s left wing radical intellectual discourse, there could hardly have been any more surprising collaboration than that which once existed between my two recently deceased mentors, Alhaji M.D. Yusufu and Comrade Uche Chukwumerije, at a particularly volatile period in Nigerian history. I sincerely regret having to write about this now because I had actually thought that both of these incredibly committed and principled gentlemen would have survived late into their eighties or even nineties.

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Bogoro: An eye on Tetfund opinion

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By Abdulfatai Ibrahim We have antecedent in this country that when education is given premium, it will yield dividends”, so says Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, the  Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund). It is worthy of note to profess that tertiary education in Nigeria has gone through turbulent times and it is against this backdrop

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Ugwuanyi: An encounter with simplicity

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Just recently, the Amube Ohum Orba polling centre of the Governor-Elect of Enugu State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi played host to various media houses, INEC officials, security agencies as well as local and international observers who monitored the March 28 and April 11, 2015 general elections in the area.

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Oronto Natei Douglas: A Man of Uncommon Courage

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Oronto Douglas

My last Lunch with Oronto was February 22, 2015. Venue was his hotel room on the 9th floor of Eko Hotels, Lagos. President Goodluck Jonathan was just few kilometres away, making frantic consultations on his presidential campaign. Oronto had visited the President briefly in the morning, came back and went straight for a quick nap.

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The brewing Nigerian Xenophobia

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A local resident holds a stone and a traditonal Zulu weapon after a skirmish with foreigners as thousands of people take part in the "peace march" against xenophobia in Durban, South Africa, on April 16, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma on April 16 appealed for the end of attacks on immigrants as a wave of violence that has left at least six people dead threatened to spread across the country. In the past two weeks, shops and homes owned by Somalis, Ethiopians, Malawians and other immigrants in Durban and surrounding townships have been targeted, forcing families to flee to camps protected by armed guards. AFP PHOTO

XENOPHOBIA is an abnormal or strange fear or contempt, of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or people from different countries or cultures. A wave of xenophobia carries with it, racism, isolationism, ethnocentrism, jingoism, racial or ethnic intolerance.

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The Uche Chukwumerije I knew

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Chukwumerije: Ndigbo must think of 2015

I HAVE a burden in my spirit after the death of Comrade Uche Chukwumerije, erstwhile Secretary of Information under the Interim National Government, ING. I find the passing of Comrade Chukwumerije very painful to bear. Not that he was too young to die, but that he was too good to depart at this time.

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An Economic Intervention: the case of Nigeria

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Buhari-Nigeria

The tenure of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala may have brought a rigorous, intellectual and analytical approach to government economic policy, and an end to decades of voodoo economics. It also resulted in the death of Keynesian economics and heralded the dawn of a new era of neo-classicism. Neo-classicism is the economic doctrine favored by international agencies like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Okowa: The struggle, pain and victory

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HE is fondly called ‘Ekwueme’ by close associates and when he signaled his intention to contest through consultation; he felt the pulse of the masses. Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa was aware of what the journey entails, that there will be friends and distractors, that sycophants and jesters will come on board, that traitors and fair weather friends will be there, just as there would be committed disciples.

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How not to politicise the Chibok girls’ imbroglio

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IT is about twelve calendar months since more than 200 young Chibok girls between 15 and 20 years of age were allegedly abducted by a group of extremist Islamic militants from the famous Government College in Chibok, community of Bornu state. This dinvasion of the students of that institution most of who had just finished their senior school certificate examination has been described as the first of its kind in the annals of history of the country called Nigeria.

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Senate Presidency: The case for North central

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TRUTH be said, it is in the interest of national inclusiveness and pragmatic politics that the number three position in the country remains in the North Central as the jostle for the Senate Presidency ramps up. Let me explain.

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Off-loading the presidential fleet

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UNTIL 1999, the Presidential fleet was under the control and supervision of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

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Delta guber: Great Ogboru’s debacle

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I WAS in Warri, Delta state, during the ember months of 2014 and observed the enthusiasm shown by the folks in the streets for the candidacy of Chief Great Ogboru. As a result, I sent a text message to my friend Sir Richard Odibo, a top promoter of Ogboru.

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Advice on fighting corruption

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WE shall strongly battle another form of evil that is even worse than terrorism – the evil of corruption. Corruption attacks and seeks to destroy our national institutions and character… corruption will not be tolerated by this administration; and it shall no longer be allowed to stand as if it is a respected monument in this nation —Muhammadu Buhari’s Acceptance Speech, March 31, 2015

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What’s wrong in Opposition?

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SOME years ago, Friday May 14, 1999 , I wrote an article along this line and it was published in Vanguard newspaper. As a result of the present political situation, it is necessary to reflect extensively on the content and spirit thereof, vis avis the current political situation. After much deliberation, one has come to conclusion that our politicians have not changed really in character and actions.

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Itsekiri: One Nation, One King

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The Itsekiri nation of Delta State has kick-started the 28th coronation anniversary of their revered monarch, Ogiame Atuwatse II, the Olu of Warri. There is no gainsaying the fact that there are many reasons for His Royal Majesty, the 19th Olu of Warri to celebrate his 28th years on the throne of his forefathers.

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Revisiting electronic voting

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iNEC-CARD

NOW that the elections are over, we should be looking ahead to 2019 general elections. However, before that major election, we must first deal with Bayelsa governorship election in August 2015 and Kogi in December 2015. These two States promise to be battlegrounds for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the new opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Dialectic of Okunbo’s politics and ethnic consideration

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THE 2015 general elections have come and gone, but the ripples of victory and defeat that they have generated across the country have been so profound that they are yet to settle.

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8th Senate Presidency: A spade caller’s view

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The Senate

The 8th National Assembly will be inaugurated in June. The election of the Senate President in the upper chamber will take the centre stage, ditto for the House of Representatives’ speakership.

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Legislators and party switch

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ON March 3, 2015, a legislator got up on the floor of the House of Representatives and announced he was moving from party A to Party B. Three weeks later, the same member again announced he was returning to party A.

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Where is Nigeria heading to?

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IT does not matter where you are coming from.All that matters is where you are going – Brian Tracy.
Nigeria, since after independence, has been struggling with the creation, development and sustenance of a stable, and acceptable democratic political party system.

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The Gift of Joy

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Omokri

Only foolish folks say money cannot buy happiness. Happiness depends on happenings. And money can make things happen. In fact, Ecclesiastes 10:19 says “money is the answer for everything”. It is joy that money cannot buy. Joy is a fruit of The Spirit

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Turkey’s Erdogan macabre dance on democracy

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IT is no longer news that democracy in Turkey has been in the eye of the storm in recent years, no thanks to the often unpopular policies regularly churned out by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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UNIPORT host communities land dispute claims 2

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land-a

ALUU—TWO communities in Rivers State, Rumuekini in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area and Umuchiolu-Aluu in Ikwerre Local Government Area, are locked in a fierce land dispute, which has left two people dead. Both communities play host to the prestigious University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, and the hostility between them is chancy, especially as the demarcation between Aluu and Rumuekini has been allegedly altered paving way for land speculators.

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Okonjo-iweala has run a good race

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I AM often times baffled at the way some so-called intelligent Nigerians express their frustrations, play out their fantasies and reveal their dark thoughts. In the days following the release of the results of the presidential election, all sorts of opinion articles have been published, most revealing the inner workings of the minds of their

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Journey to Okeri’s untapped potentials

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TUCKED in the heart of the Ilorin – Kabba road, Yagba west local government area of Kogi state are hamlets of villages, under the suzerainty of Iyamerin (four junctions), and Okeri is the fourth junction and our destination. I will explain the purpose of my visit to Okeri later. For me, this trip was an eye opener.

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2015 gov elections: Turning Abia into a sore point

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AFTER the rain, a popular adage has it, comes the shine. With the statesmanship of President Goodluck Jonathan dousing the heavy downpour of crises largely envisaged across the world as a foregone result of the 2015 general elections, one would have expected the shine on Nigeria not just to become brighter but longer. Our democratic processes should have been the better for it.

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Xenophobia or Afrophobia

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People take cover from a stun grenade and tear gas after a skirmish between locals and foreign nationals as thousands of people take part in the "peace march" against xenophobia in Durban, South Africa, on April 16, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma on April 16 appealed for the end of attacks on immigrants as a wave of violence that has left at least six people dead threatened to spread across the country. In the past two weeks, shops and homes owned by Somalis, Ethiopians, Malawians and other immigrants in Durban and surrounding townships have been targeted, forcing families to flee to camps protected by armed guards. AFP PHOTO

UNTIL 1994, for over a century South Africa was locked against the rest of Africa and indeed the country and her people were not easily accessible to the rest of the world as the white minority used their might to impose racial segregation, which denied the majority black of everything, including quality life and the rest of the world rose in support of the majority black in popular agitation for the liberation of a country held in the worst and unusual form of domination in all spheres of life.

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