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Mr President steps on the gas pedal

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Buhari

If there is one thing Nigerians agree with without any acrimony, it is that we do not do things in half measures. We are committed and passionate about whatever we do. We do not take prisoners in expressing our thoughts on the state of affairs in our country. As a result, every Nigerian is a commentator on the state of affairs in the sleeping giant of Africa as they analyse news and not shy to offer opinions.

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Delta: The prosperity journey begins with OkowaPlus

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Okowa

Amukpe, a sleepy town in Sapele Local Government Area wore a carnival look as the Job and Wealth Creation Scheme of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s S.M.A.R.T agenda was formally inaugurated. Inside Songhai Delta, venue of the inauguration of the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), excited participants beamed with joy as they commenced their journey to becoming self-employed.

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Religion must change its message

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The Church of Christ in Nigeria, must therefore rise with boldness, to preach a new message of Holiness, righteousness, obedience to and fear of God, Love for one another, and the salvation of souls. Prosperity is good, but it must only come from a purpose driven life of Vision, Mission, hard work, humility and integrity. The message must culminate in seeking the kingdom of God, and its righteousness first, for His blessings to flow, and not the other way round. May the ways of the church in Nigeria, become pleasing to our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Can the president govern with body language?

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Buhari

CHIEF Obafemi Awolowo S.A.N. was a man known for meticulous planning and attention to details. It is on record that he was the first man to propose a Federal system of governance for Nigeria and this he did as far back as 1947 in his work Path to Nigerian Freedom. It is remarkable that 68 years down the line, no better model has been proposed for the governance of this country. That seminal proposal had nothing to do with body language. Still on the self same Chief Awolowo. I had the good fortune of watching the same sage on National Television as a pre-teen being interviewed during his campaign for the 1979 general elections. From the dredges of my pre-teen memory I recollect a question and answer session that went somewhat like this: Interviewer: “Chief, why do you believe that you are qualified to lead this Country?”

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Compromise of the professionals

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Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, GMD, NNPC

IN every profession, there are ethics. These involve quality or standards of service, fidelity, community or corporate social responsibility, development of the profession,etc; each according to its peculiar demands. There is no way our country can get out from the doldrums without the positive contributions of our professionals. But,viewed from what they have done so far, they have not lived up to expectations, in other words, they have failed the people.

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Ooni Sijuwade changed whiteman’s perceptions of blacks with style

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Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuwade Okunade

Permit me to recount my encounter with the late Ooni Sijuwade of Ife as a way of tribute to the late Oba.
The European perceptions of Africans as heavers of woods and drawers of water were stylishly changed by late Oba Ooni Olubuse Sijuwade during his life time. He established that all the menial jobs performed by black man for the white that made the blacks appear inferior can actually be reversed in that order. This is the idea I got from his style during my encounter with him.

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Curtailing violent cult clashes

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ACTIVITIES of cult groups in the country have assumed a more frightening dimension as there is hardly any day that passes by without reported cases of clashes being recorded. The last few months have been a harrowing experience as hoodlums, social miscreants and cultists have engaged themselves in bloody battles for supremacy in many states while the law enforcement agents appear helpless in abating the tide despite the increased number of people being injured, maimed, killed and enormous properties destroyed.

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Buhari’s probe and the monstrosity of corruption

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FROM independence in 1960 till today, Nigeria has been turning out 99.9% corruptionists and psychotically corrupt leadership at all levels, so much so that corruption has become the domineering mantra and ingrained culture of Nigerians. Nobody is free, no, not one is free.

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Re:If only it was O’Tega in Delta

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I READ with consternation the myopic and uninformed piece by one Jesutega Onokpasa in the 19th August 2015 edition of Vanguard on page 39 of paper titled “If only it was O’tega in Delta”.

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Bishop Kukah is a bridge that should not be burnt

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*Bishop Kukah

People like Bishop Kukah are a bridge between Christians and Muslims, between North and South. What will we cross if we burn our few bridges?

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It is not O’tega in Delta

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By Odugba Ochuko In Vanguard of 19th August, 2015, on page 39, Barrister Jesutega Onokpasa, APC, chieftain in Delta State, published an article in which he made all manner of unfounded allegations against the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa. From the article titled, If Only it was O’tega in Delta, Onokpasa has shown that he

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My student, you almost killed me, but I forgive you

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When Vincent Uzomah left his home in Leeds, United Kingdom on June 11, 2015, he had no idea he was going to encounter death face to face. A sharp dresser he is, I can imagine him adjust his tie in front of the standing mirror, say goodbye to his wife, Uduak, and off to Bradford, a neighbouring city, for his day job.

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Obstacles to a joyful home

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It is not uncommon these days to find beautiful young girls with good careers and manners, who ought to have settled down, still believing God for life partners.

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Gen Boroh fires up amnesty programme

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Paul-Boroh

The retired infantry officer Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh reported for duty as the new man in charge of the Presidential amnesty Programme few hours after his appointment by President Buhari. Boroh is expected to rebuild fast dwindling confidence in the effectiveness of the programme. Weeks into his appointment saw moves for the verification of thousands covered by the programme and resumption of scholarship payment.

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When will this decimation of Imo state stop?

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*Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State

THE demand for autonomous communities will never stop, especially in Imo State, the more they create the more attractive it becomes for the agitators to ask for more and we are gradually atomicized into such tiny pieces of people, that do not qualify for an autonomous community properly so called.

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Saraki and Dogara: Not guilty as charged

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THERE have been consistent efforts by reactionary forces within the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to portray Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara as disobedient and treacherous party men since June 9, 2015 when the election of presiding officers of the National Assembly. But nothing can be farther from the truth.

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Demystifying Judas: a hard look at Jonathan, Amaechi and Wike

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THE term Judas can be found in many languages as a synonym for betrayer, and Judas has become the classic exemplar of the back-stabber, in art and literature.

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As Buhari plans his cabinet (3)

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This is the concluding part of this article. The second part was published in the penultimate Wednesday’s edition of Vanguard By Obi Nwakanma THERE is Dr. Alvan Azinna Ikoku III, who studied Medicine, and is an MD from the Harvard Medical School and also has a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Columbia. He is currently

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Bayelsa:Heart of Dickson’s politics

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GOVERNOR Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State is a leader who defies the familiar categorisations and typologies of Nigerian public service. Since his swearing in on February 14, 2012, he has always been at home with the values and sensibilities of the creeks and Bayelsa’s rural communities. But he is also comfortable in the world of wonky policymaking and urbane governance. The governor is thus as close as it gets to the archetypal 21st century public servant. These attributes, in conjunction with his organic involvement in the Ijaw struggle, have earned him the adulatory name of the Countryman Governor.

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Saraki, Modibbo and I

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RIGHT OF REPLY RECENTLY, Mallam Modibbo Kawu, a columnist with Vanguard Newspapers wrote an article entitled, “Bukola Saraki in Maiduguri: Tentative first steps for 2019 presidency”. For those of us who know the writer pretty well, that compilation of fictions, fantasy and alleged hearsays that his article represents is not unusual. What is strange is

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If only it was O’tega in Delta

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OF late, I’ve kept wondering what would be happening in Delta today, if it was Olorogun O’tega Emerhor of the All Progressives Congress, APC, rather than Senator Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that was Governor of the state. Perhaps rather than Senator Okowa’s administration, we would have had a people-oriented and focused APC administration determined to prove itself to the electorate as a superior alternative to the PDP.

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ICPC, Okiro and graft allegations

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THE much awaited outcome of the investigations by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) on allegation of fraud against the Chairman of Police Service Commission (PSC), Sir Mike Okiro by one Aaron Kasse was finally made public on Wednesday August 12. But contrary to the expectation of the blackmailers, the ICPC absolved Okiro of the allegations. Today, the elder statesman who has spent all his life diligently serving the nation is in the eye of the public, nevertheless for good reasons.

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Abia election tribunal: Spoilation and quest for justice

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ON Sunday, August 2, it was reported that the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia state was razed down by unknown elements. It does appear the new mantra of the ruling-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is “If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence and blame it on your opponent.’’

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How we can federate Nigeria

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Omokri

Two weeks ago, I asked a question-Who Will Federate Nigeria? It was actually a rhetorical question which was prompted by recent happenings in the polity which exposed deficiencies in our current federal set up.

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Of musical chairs, Nigeria and the West

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LET us play a little catch up. Cast our minds back to may, 1999. Olusegun Obasanjo has just been sworn in as president of a new democratic government, with the whole world hailing his coming.

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Battle to sustain change

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FOR most Nigerian’s, 2015 began on a sour note, with little or nothing to cheer about. But for the hope for a better tomorrow, which has become the palliative of majority of the populace who bear the brunt of the disappointing run of successive governments; dying may have often times appeared to be a better option to living in the present uncertain state of the nation.

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Buhari: Snail or Sniper?

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DEMOCRACY envisages Freedom of expression and the press. As a result, Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states that “(1) Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference. (2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) of this section, every person shall be entitled to own, establish and operate any medium for the dissemination of information, ideas and opinions.”

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Celebrating Ngige @ 63

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AGING, they say is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Age on the hand is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. But to Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige (OON)’s friends, well-wishers, relations, and even enemies, it matters because he has just added another year, healthy, hearty, and wavering undeterred. There is no doubt that right from outset, the personality called Chris Ngige had always has a date with history one way or the other. As a growing young child, Ngige has always carved a niche for himself in all his endeavours.

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Motions of change by 8th Senate

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Notwithstanding the predictions of catastrophe that followed the emergence of the leadership of the 8th Senate, the upper chamber has continued to prove critics wrong as it has since settled down to work.

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Who is afraid of Bukola Saraki?

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Senator Saraki

I am moved to write this piece after reading an article in the VANGUARD of Thursday, August 6, 2015 by Is’haq ModibboKawu titled, “ Bukola Saraki in Maiduguri: Tentative first steps for 2019 Presidency”. It is evident that the article reeks of hate and seems aimed at either getting President Buhari to regard Saraki his enemy, or fortifying whatever grievances might exist, if that is the case.

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National Health Act: Translating the Law into Quality and Accessible Healthcare

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Okowa

As a distinguished Senator in the 7th National Assembly, I was dedicated and devoted to the sponsorship of various bills to regulate, develop and manage the National Health System. Of particular interest were my concerns for improvement of the regulation, development, and access to health services through the following Bills that I sponsored or supported in its passage

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God can change your story

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JESUS

As recorded in 1 Samuel 1 verses 10 and 11, Hannah “was in bitterness of soul and prayed unto the Lord and wept sore.”. Verse 11, our main peg, states, “ And she vowed a vow and said , `O Lord of hosts, if you wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine hand maid, and remember me and not forget thy handmaid, but will give unto thine handmaid a child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head”.

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