Saturday July 26th, 2014
Saturday July 26th, 2014
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The Church: Sanctuary to moral mortuary

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St. Stephen Anglican Church, Ifewara, which used to be the family church

THE Church is not just a superstructure or building for Christian public worship. It is the Body of Christ- a universal ecumenical collectivity of Salvation Armies dedicated to professing, evangelising and possessing the “Spirit of the Word” of God through Jesus Christ. The élan and verve of the Church is hallmarked by the move of the Holy Spirit and Divine afflatus with Christ as its primus interpares.

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Taking Ashakacem to greater height

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WITH over 21 years cognate experience in banking, pension, manufacturing and trading, when he found himself in the position of Chairman of the Board of Ashaka Cement, AshakaCem, he knew he is now a global player in an industry with a market size estimated to hit $394,553 million dollars by 2016.

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Cashless society policy and security challenges

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LAST week, a friend was travelling from Oturkpo in Benue State to Lagos, in a Toyota Haice bus of a popular transport company.

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Who wins Osun governorship election?

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By most accounts, elections are usually preceded by political intrigues and subterfuges which may mar the processes and conclusion of the elections if not checked on time.

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Conducts worthy of emulation from public officers

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TWO incidents occurred recently that show us all that leadership can change the way we do things in this country, and within a short period. In fact, the entrenchment of a “new order” in the way we carry out our respective assignments – at any level, or even in our individual businesses – could be much sooner than we can ever envisage.

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Why PDP thinks it can win Osun

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BASKING in the euphoria of gaining and sustaining the upper hand in Ekiti with its decimation of the support base of the loud but ineffective All Progressives Congress, APC, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been strutting around like a cock in the midst of female fowls.

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INEC’s weird voltage on Osun REC

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THE common refrain from the Prof. Attahiru Jega-led Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is that it is doing all within the confines of its powers to conduct a credible governorship election in Osun State on August 9. Certainly, a majority of the electorate expect nothing below the bar of excellent performance from INEC.

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Fayose and stomach infrastructure

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STOMACH Infrastructure, this is the new maxim, the new political ideology given to us by Ayodele Fayose, the governor elect of Ekiti State.

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What has Chief Tom Ikimi got to do with it?

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I READ with disgust the at tempt of Sunday Dare to salvage the image of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the media through his purported response to the dossier written by Mr. Femi Aribisala. In his response, Dare grappled for sensation by trying to malign Chief Tom Ikimi, an elder statesman of repute.

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Aribisala: When hatred destroys credibility

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I READ Sunday Dare’s article first before I read that of Femi Aribisala, in which the former’s piece was a response to the latter’s vituperations on what he hoped would be the impending political demise of Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu. I stumbled upon the response of the Special Adviser on Media to Tinubu on Premium Times during one of my earmarked times for browsing Nigeria-oriented internet news portals.

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Ekiti: Shifting paradigm of South west politics

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A NEW sociology of the Ekiti people is emerging…”, so said Kayode Fayemi, the state’s outgoing governor in his major speech after losing the last governorship election in the state.

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Two projects Uduaghan must complete

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WARRI is a city with a big reputation. The vibrancy of its people can only be matched by that of Lagos: Welcoming, inviting and open to all manner of people, irrespective of race, tribe or religion.

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Nigerians and today’s ‘Good Press’

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SINCE the “BringBackOurGirls” protests started after we learnt that about 276 girls were abducted by the radical Islamic group called Boko Haram on April 14th, 2014, there is nothing that many commentators have not compared President Goodluck Jonathan to in this trial period of our history as a nation. There has been what I perceive as induced slams on the President.

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#Bring back our lives

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THE price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” There is some controversy regarding the exact origin of this quotation. What is not in doubt is that those who negate it invariably pay dearly for their folly. With the rampant terrorism of the Boko Haram sect, can it truly be said that Nigerians are eternally vigilant? Hardly.

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APC and Osun elections

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FOLLOWING the recent Ekiti gubernatorial election in which the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governor Kayode Fayemi- despite having the advantage of incumbency – lost to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, some troubling news have filtered out of Osun State where the next gubernatorial election will hold on August 9, 2014.

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Free speech and the lessons of history

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DEMOCRACY is the best form of government. Consequently, the most successful countries of the world are mostly democracies. These are countries that allow independence of thought and freedom of expression.

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Quixotic Femi Fani-Kayode, By Chike Chidolue

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*Fani-Kayode

Your joy knew no bounds when the All Progressives Congress (APC) was registered as a political party. You interpreted it to be a landmark event, the most wonderful thing that happened to the Yoruba. In your euphoria, you would have made the event, if you had the power – The Eighth Wonder Of The World, or, better still, made it to displace either The Leaning Tower Of Pisa or The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon to become one of the Seven Wonders Of The World! Ahmed Bola Tinubu turned into a deity before you overnight for that ‘miracle’. You recalled that S.L. Akintola had much earlier shared that ‘glorious’ vision with your father, Remi Fani Kayode, who was once known as Fani Power, when he was in the Nigerian patriotic team, but ended his political journey as Fani Powder,as confirmed by Major Adewale Ademoyega in his historic work – WHY WE STRUCK in which he said:

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Aregbesola and his resistance army in Osun

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Aregbosola

Although the Ekiti governorship election of June 21 was celebrated nationally and internationally, the All Progressives Congress (APC) acted true to type in its refusal to accept defeat. While the US government hailed the election as a landmark, Mr Babatunde Fashola of Lagos called the intelligence of the Ekiti people to question, saying the PDP induced the people with money.

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History will be on Tinubu’s side

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“Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past…” Karl Marx Good people are hard to come by. The uncomfortable truth is that this world despises good people. Human beings have

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NFA, Super Eagles and the code of conduct

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BRAZIL, Curitiba : (From top L) Nigeria's team midfielder John Obi Mikel, forward Emmanuel Emenike, defender Kenneth Omeruo, defender Godfrey Oboabona and defender Efe Ambrose (from bottom L) forward Victor Moses, goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama, forward Ahmed Musa, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, midfielder Ramon Azeez and defender Juwon Oshaniwa pose during a Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO

The loss of Nigeria’s Super Eagles to France hit me real hard.
For some unexplainable reasons I had been filled with the optimism that the team were going to beat France in the round of 16 and for the first time make the quarter-final cut at the World Cup.

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Will politics of fear help Nigeria?

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NIGERIA has been ruled by soldiers for most of our years of independence, and so we had become conditioned to doing things in fear of our rulers. Due to this fear, we accept and submit to the whims and caprices of the ruler.

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Are all religions the same?

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THE Bishop of Hereford was once being patronised by a great lord who talked very proudly. “I never go to church,” boasted the lord. “Perhaps you have noticed that, Bishop?” “Yes, I have noticed it,” answered the Bishop gravely.

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Much ado about roads in Abia

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WHILE it is clear that the present government in Abia State will not and cannot tackle all the infrastructural decay it inherited in 2007 following several years of neglect by successive governments in the state, it is unfair for any one to allege or insinuate that most infrastructural developments, especially road construction and rehabilitation, have been concentrated in Umuahia the state capital.

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The map of the future is here today

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In the future, maps will not be documents you keep in the glovebox of your car or do battle with when hiking in the wind and rain, but living, breathing assistants that help you go about your day.

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Trovan victims: A war without end

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THE Nigerian judiciary was jolted last year by a suit filed by the so-called Trovan Victims Association, TVA, represented by Mustapha Maisekeli and their lawyers against Pfizer Inc., Pfizer Specialties Limited, the Healthcare Meningitis Trust Fund, Chief Anthony Idigbe and Bode Technology Inc.

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Dasuki: Power of apology and constructive engagement

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AT a recent private engagement with the media, a prince of the Sokoto caliphate, former aide de camp to former President Ibrahim Babangida and current National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) lamented that terrorists have succeeded in changing the way Nigerians see and relate with each other but observed the only way to defeat them is for all of us to remain united in constructive engagements and mutual dialogues and confront their threat as one united nation under God.

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Terror attacks on football viewing centres: Reversing the Trend

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THERE is no argument that Nigerians are coming to terms with the realities of terrorism, but what many do not know is that their seemingly safest haven may be the softest target of terrorists.

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Edo and politics of defection

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ON the political chessboard, moves and counter-moves are sometimes so furious in pace as to confound bystanders and interested democratic watchers. The unpredictably turbulent political space in Edo State presents even more complicated and sphinx-like scenario.

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Ekiti: ‘Clueless’ Jonathan runs APC aground

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THE above statements came from an exchange between two users on a social network medium to express their opinions on the outcome of the Ekiti governorship election, which Ayodele Peter Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, emphatically won. As inappropriate as their language may sound, nobody can capture what has just happened in Ekiti State any better.

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Ekiti election: Lessons to learn

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THE Ekiti State governorship election has come and gone. The result has caused serious shock waves amongst some of us, but to others like me, it did not come as a surprise.

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Ekiti election: Lessons to learn

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Ayo Fayose casting his vote yesterday...

THE Ekiti State governorship election has come and gone. The result has caused serious shock waves amongst some of us, but to others like me, it did not come as a surprise. When I canvassed for a concerted approach by everyone, irrespective of political affiliation, to join hands and fight the common enemy of insurgency, some ascribed names like ‘Jonathanians’ and ‘PDP appologist’ to us. Now the picture is becoming clearer and the blind will soon begin to see clearly.

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Babalakin @ 54, a discourse in forbearance

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*Babalakin

HE clocks 54 tomorrow, Dr. Bolanle Olawale Babalakin, SAN, and the need to celebrate this Nigerian legal and business frontliner becomes necessary.

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