Friday August 22nd, 2014
Friday August 22nd, 2014
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Bamidele Francis Aturu 1964-2014

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BAMIDELE Francis Aturu, who died, July 9, 2014, abandoned a career in the military to train as scientist. Precluded from public service by an audacious act of objection to military dictatorship, he discovered a vocation as arguably the foremost public interest advocate of his generation in Nigeria. A lawyer and a pastor, he was also former student leader and prisoner of conscience. He was 49.

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Nigeria Customs as instrument of oppression?

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WHAT we know today as the Nigeria Customs and Excise Commission was founded over a century ago, precisely in 1891, as the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, by the colonial masters basically for the collection of inland revenue in the Niger Coast Protectorate, the South of Nigeria. It later became the Department of Customs and Excise in 1922.

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Anti-tobacco advocates: Why push for harsh laws, ignore smuggling?

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HUNGER for forbidden fruits date as far back as creation: Adam and Eve are shining examples of man’s desire for anything that is prohibited.

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Bamidele Aturu : My mentor and leader was a rare national treasure

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Barrister Bamidele Aturu

BAMIDELE Francis Aturu was not just a lawyer but a patriot extraordinaire. He was my mentor, leader, brother, friend and colleague.

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Not Jonathan’s war

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JUST as the war against Biafra was not General Yakubu Gowon’s war, the fight against terrorism is not President Goodluck Jonathan’s war. The Nigerian civil war was of those who vowed to keep the country one and the others who swore to make it two.

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Delta 2015: The unfolding smear campaign

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THE recent publication of a cartoon advert entitled “”Delta 2015, Governorship Race” (Vanguard newspaperJuly 22,2014, page 61), to all intent and purpose is the onset of a series of smear campaign directed at assassination of the character of key political actors from Delta North who are considered to be strong contenders in the 2015 governorship race.

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The Osun guber election is here

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THE Osun state gubernatorial election is here. There is excitement and tension in the air; will it end up like Ekiti? Or, the status quo will be maintained? The significance of the election to the two major contesting parties cannot be over emphasised; if the APC wins, it assures them of a hold in the West, which has been their strong base. If they lose, it will be a continuation of the band wagon effect that started from Ekiti.

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Lawyers, heaven and the moral high ground

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AS the fraternal and identical twins are cantankerously different, so also idiosyncratic incompatibilities transverse the totality of most societies. But the mechanics and dynamics of consultative initiative, sound education, good laws and socio-political engineering processes help to build multidimensional bridges aimed at making society a better place and man a more civilized and conscientious homo-sapien.

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Aregbesola’s winning chance

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FRIDAY, May 24, 2013, 35 governors gathered to vote for the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF. With the initial postponement and intrigues that surrounded it, it was going to be a night of long knives.

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Towards free and fair election in Osun

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THE Osun election is about to commence in the next few days. The preparation has long been undertaken by various political parties and various interest groups. Attention is now shifted to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, a body assigned to conduct elections in the country.

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Between Oshiomhole and the late-comers

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A COLLEAGUE asked me recently while discussing the subject if I believed in the existence and powers of witches and wizards.

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Too little too late, Oshiomhole

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ALMOST all the post-mortem analyses conducted after the woeful defeat of Governor Kayode Fayemi of EKiti State at the governorship election of June 21, 2014, agreed in common that teachers in the State contributed majorly to the outcome.

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The Buhari attack: What happened in Colorado will happen here

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WHILE appreciating God for saving General Muhammadu Buhari’s life last week, it occurred to me that Nigerians have been too bothered about what would or wouldn’t have happened if the worst had occurred.

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CONFAB 2014 report is the way forward for Nigeria

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AS reported by Vanguard, of July 21, there is already a plot to kill the report of CONFAB 2014, which is only awaiting some finishing touches on it. The plot to kill the report includes lobbying senators and lawmakers to kill it after it must have been submitted.

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Why Aregbesola deserves another term

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I AM not a politician but a ‘political animal’. I am also not a card-carrying member of All Progressives Party, APC, but a Rauf Aregbesola sympathiser; and an unrepentant one at that! If I am therefore tagged a politician because of my belief in the progressive credentials of Aregbesola, so be it! In the same vein, if I am labelled an ‘Aregbe wrapper’ as a result of my love for this great man of honour, I owe nobody any apology!

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That bombing of Buhari’s convoy

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THE recent attack on the convoy of General Muhammadu Buhari, former Head of State and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, by a suicide bomber in Kaduna is a wakeup call to all politicians that the time has come to close ranks and stop playing politics with the issue of terrorism.

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When will Nigerians enjoy stable electricity?

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Unarguably, the provision of stable and uninterrupted power supply is key for accelerated economic and industrial development of any country.

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A golden fish in a fishbowl

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THERE comes a time in the developmental process of every society when the desired opportunity or quest for true and indelible growth and development beckons like a shining light with insurmountable illumination and transparency in the face of the deep. By this, the dark cloud and delicate interface ravaging a society or nation gives way for new hopes, yearnings and aspirations for a better and brighter tomorrow.

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Challenges before Chidoka

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PERHAPS, if there is any sector of the Nigerian economy that requires urgent attention, the aviation industry should top the list even though there is hardly any facet of our national life that is not in comatose and critically distressed. This is the burden the new helmsman in the Aviation Ministry should be ready to bear.

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PDP and its abuse of due process

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NIGERIAN politicians and their apologists prefer to describe the country’s democratic evolution as nascent. In their view, it is inappropriate for anyone to upbraid its many ugly sides or describe it as a sham compared to its American model.

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The way we are and our slow and stunted growth

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STUDYING Nigeria over the years, it has become easy to identify a pattern of behaviour; that is to say: you will be able to identify a Nigerian anywhere in the world through his or her behaviour. The question therefore is: can the way we are – our culture and way of life – be the cause of our stagnated and slow growth?

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Education initiatives and fight against insecurity

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THE appointment of educationist and former Governor of Kano state, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, as the new minister of education has no doubt made immediate impact. Thumbs up should be given to the new minister as his first assignment of meeting the striking Polytechnic lecturers led to the immediate suspension of the 11 months old strike.

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Between Malala and #BringBackOurGirls franchisers

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OBY Ezekwesili and her gang have shouted themselves hoarse, yet have been unable to get anywhere near President Goodluck Jonathan. However, a Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan visited and, within 48 hours, met with the most powerful president in Black Africa. Why should the President ignore the former director of the World Bank, Mrs. Ezekwesili, and meet a teenager from a country in the middle of nowhere but terrorism?

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Fueling the culture of impunity

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LONG ago, that relentless nonconformist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, in one of his many sad songs, Sorrow, Tears and Blood, lamented official brutality in Nigeria. He sang about people running helter skelter and confusion was everywhere because the police and the soldiers were coming.

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Of Nyako’s naivety and Atiku’s hypocrisy

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THE story of Murtala Nyako, the retired naval officer who was penultimate week removed as Adamawa State governor, will continue to interest analysts. His fall from power is a typical story of the selfish, self-destructing Nigerian politician. For a man who became governor by popular acclaim in 2007, with the backing of the state’s political heavyweights like Professor Jibril Aminu, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Mr. Boni Haruna and many others, he had lost their comradeship soon after assumption of office. He had either trampled on them in his senseless accumulation of power or sidelined them effectively in running the affairs of state

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Bridges and the cost of democracy

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ON January 4, 1966, the then Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912-1966) commissioned the Onitsha/AsabaBridge popularly called the Niger Bridge. It was his last engagement outside Lagos.

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Job creation: The Abia example

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Recently at Bende headquarters of Bende council area in Abia State, the state governor, Chief Theodore Orji in continuation of his government’s youth empowerment programme gave out 200 vehicles to unemployed youths, and N2 million each to 13 unemployed graduates.

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Bamidele Francis Aturu: Last man standing

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I woke up to that fateful midnight SMS: “So Sad. We lost Bamidele Aturu.” At first I thoughtfully concluded it was a bad dream, an ugly night mare. So I waved it away and tried to continue from where I left off my sleep.

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CBN, agriculture and venture capital funding

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WHEN the immediate past Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria ,CBN, came into office in 2009, people hoped that funding for agriculture, manufacturing and the real sector will be enhanced and thereby build on the foundations already made by his predecessor in office. But instead he had began by tearing down everything his predecessor built.

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Sokoto and sokoto trouser

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IN recent weeks, the major political parties have accused each other of hiring the services of foreign media advisers to launder their images and make them eligible for election in next year’s presidential ballot. Reports claim that each of the foreign media firms in question is to receive in excess of $3 million for their troubles.

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“Missing” oil revenue: Between Emir Sanusi and Senate?

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WHEN the mouth of the former Central Bank Governor, and now Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was running riot, and the ever busy bees of the opposition trumpeted his lies about missing oil funds, many Nigerians, so used to the corruption of top government officials in times past and present, were aghast and lent their voice to the debate for and against the bogus claim.

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Still on Ekiti: The nobility in defeat

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HAS it ever occurred to us, how beautiful and peaceful the world will be, if everyone will learn to apologise, when he/she is on the wrong or at fault? Because, people want to take what is not theirs, the world is assailed with different forms of crises.

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