Monday June 29th, 2015
Monday June 29th, 2015
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Fulfill campaign promises, diaspora Nigerians tell new administration

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Buhari

A large number of diaspora Nigerians have called on the new Nigerian government to put to practice the much campaigned love for Nigeria as well as ensure it diversifies the country’s economy.

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Julius Pondi: Recognizing a legislator of great promise

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According to William Shakespeare; “there is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken to the flood, leads to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries”.

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At the 8th National Assembly election: PDP giveth and PDP taketh

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The Holy Bible recorded the story of a man called Job, a Chaldean, from the land of Uz, around the present day Iraq [known as Far East in the days of old]. God Himself attested to his character in Job 1:8 “that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fear God, and eschew evil”. For this reason probably, God blessed him tremendously. But typically to its work, the devil brought great calamity on this upright man when in just one day, according to the Bible; Job lost everything he had, including all his children – seven boys and three girls.

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Imoke: A legacy of peace and political stability

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IT is leadership that defines a people. A people, nation or state draws its inspiration from its leader. Thus, a state is invariably a reflection of the quality of its leadership. On meeting the former governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, I was definitely taken by his coolness, humility, patience, willingness to listen and tolerance for alternative and even opposing views.

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Nigeria in need of electronic voting system

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Voting

The plethora of cases emanating from the 2015 Elections demands for total electronic voting system as the only panacea for credible, free and fair election in Nigeria. The election of 1993 that gave rise to the JUNE 12 debacle though adjudged credible and fair still had some concerns, which gave room for the obnoxious annulment that moved our dear country backward.

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Will Nigeria set the pace for the black race?

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I have always believed that the government has a responsibility to educate its citizens and this, apart from free tuition includes; provision of standard equipment to facilitate training and a good remuneration for teaching staff. However, most often than not, the resources available are not enough to meet this obligation and that is where the responsibility of the citizenry comes in.

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Ekweremadu: The bond of bipartisanship

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The above quote exemplified the kind of political matrix, horse trading and permutation that led to the historic emergence of a bipartisan leadership of the 8th National Assembly—especially the Red Chamber, where the unalloyed support of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led to the enthronement of Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki of the All Progressives Party, APC, as Senate President against all odds placed on his way by the leadership of the ruling party, APC. For years to come, political analysts and social commentators will dispense a lot of intellectual energy introspecting on the political tsunami that led to the formation of a bipartisan Senate in the 8th National Assembly.

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NASS leadership elections and APC’s double speak

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Treachery’, ‘Disloyalty’,  “Monumental act of indiscipline’, ‘Betrayal’ , ‘Ridicule’,   and ‘obstacles for the new administration.” These are harsh words used by the  Publicity Secretary   of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr, Lai Mohammed in his reaction to the election of Senator Olusola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara (both members of the APC)  

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Handover Notes: Buhari must take personal interest in the content

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Handover :  Jonathan presenting handing over notes to Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who has just been sworn-in, ended his last public assignment 16 years ago, when he voluntarily resigned as Chairman of the Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF). That was on the eve of the take-off of the Fourth Republic with the handover of power by the last military regime of Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.

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National Assembly: The law of natural consequence

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Dogara and Saraki

A lot of thoughts have been advanced by different interest groups on the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Rt Honourable Yakubu Dogara of Kwara and Bauchi respectively. Different power houses should realise that their power ends where the right of another power is affected

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APC unraveling

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BUHARI MEETS APC GOVS/GOVS-ELECT—Front row from left: Govs Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa); AbdulFattah Ahmed (Kwara); Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje (Kano); National Chairman APC; Chief John Odigie Oyegun; Vice President-elect, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; President-Elect; Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; Gov. Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Speaker and Sokoto Governor Elect, Aminu Tambuwal; Kebbi Governor-Elect Senator Abubakar Bagaudu Atiku and Deputy Governor-Elect, Ngeri. Back row: Governor Kashim Shettima (Borno); Muhammad Bundow Jubrilla (Adamawa); Kaduna State Governor-Elect, Nasir El-Rufai; Governor Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Governor Mohammad Abubakar (Bauchi); Plateau State Governor-Elect, Simon Lalong and former Governor of Ekiti State Dr. Kayode Fayemi when the President-Elect met APC governors and governors-elect, yesterday in Abuja to kick-start the new government as May 29 hand-over date approaches. Photo: Sunday Aghaeze.

ALL Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday, June 9, got a lesson in how not to be a majority party! Like many Nigerians, I was intrigued by the drama in the National Assembly

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Joyful Homes

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muma-G-and-family

For sometime now, the issue has been the focus in our home videos, daily lives and larger families. I mean the issue of waiting for children by couples.

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We have a new beginning

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By Col. Kemi Peters (retd) On April 28th 2015 our nation was given a new lease of life. The nation had one of the most transparent elections ever held in our country. All international observers rated it above average. All thanks to God almighty and Professor Attahiru Jega, the INEC Chairman. However it was not

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Uncle Sam @ 80 – An appreciation 

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Sam Amuka

I join the numerous friends and admirers of Mr Sam Amuka (Uncle Sam) to congratulate him on his 80th birthday and to wish him many happy returns in good health and contentment. My admiration for Uncle Sam dates back to his “Sad Sam” column in the Sunday Times that he edited between 1967 and 1971.

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You Tambuwaled Me, I Sarakied You

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Tambuwal and Saraki

Senator Bukola and Hon. Dogara are not the candidates of the APC and a majority of its National Assembly members-elect for the positions of Senate President and House Speaker…. The party is supreme and its interest is superior to that of its individual members.

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National Assembly’s remunerations: It’s a matter of conscience

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At the onset of a new administration in Nigeria, it is appropriate to have a new look at many things that bedevil the nation.

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Saying no to kidnapping in Imo

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Kidnap-syndicate

Kidnapping for money is an evil that came to the South East, for whatever reasons, about seven years ago. Ndigbo fought it ruthlessly; houses belonging to kidnappers were simply bulldozed, and culprits were promptly prosecuted.

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Lessons from the emergence of leaders for the 8th National Assembly

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As the results for the leaders of the 8th National Assembly were being announced, what came to my mind was that ‘democracy has finally come to stay in Nigeria’. Imagine in Nigeria where members with minority status were elected Deputy Senate president and the Senate leader? There is no gainsaying the fact that democracy is fast taking its rightful place in our politics.

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Buhari and Nigeria’s future

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Muhammadu Buhari is in trouble. However, I am not cringing in sympathy for him: he asked for it, and he must bear his cross alone like a messiah. Nonetheless, I must confess that I am not treating his plight lightly because I know he is a human being who is devoid of any tripartite personality.

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MTN boosts subscribers’ experience with callerFeel service

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Supporting its customers with value added services, Mobile phone operator, MTN Nigeria has introduced CallerFeel, an innovative service that allows subscribers display personalized messages during calls.

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2015: Jonathan’s place In history

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All over the world, people choose their heroes for different reasons. Some designate legendary creatures from every historical epoch and every field, such as Christopher Columbus, Florence Nightingale, Joan of Arc, Louis Pasteur, Alfred Nobel or even Napoleon Bonaparte. Yet, there are also those who believe that some heroes are unknown to the general public, their heroic deeds unrecognized but far from insignificant.

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8th NASS: Can APC stand?

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Nigeria’s democracy is quite speedily evolving, especially with the relative peaceful and transparent conduct of the 2015 elections which resulted to the humiliation of the arrogant and contemptuous Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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ARSO President’s Forum: The winners are the private sector

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One might think that when the heads of national standards bodies, NSBs, gather, they would have time for only their type, but in the ARSO President’s Forum being hosted by Nigeria at the International Conference Centre, Abuja June 22 – 24, 2015, it will not be so and this is perhaps the largest gathering of NSB chiefs in Africa! Fifty-five of them will fly into Abuja at the countdown to the great convention. And to the company of hundreds of manufacturers and service providers some of whom are sponsors of the event or just exhibitors or seminar participants.

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Anymore roles for the god fathers?

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With the exit of Chief Tony Anenih as the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the role of godfathers in our politics has again been brought into focus.

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Oil subsidy: Will APC allow President Buhari to play ball?

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One of those few Nigerians well grounded in the nefarious and technically slippery Nigerian oil terrain is the Managing Director of Capital Oil, IfeanyiUbah. He is a colossus in the industry, mostly at the downstream sector. He has invested heavily in the promotion of the trade. He knows all the department of the sector. He has made stupendous wealth from moving the “black gold” product from one place to another. Yes, the gossip in some quarters is that the man, by this trade, is richer than his home state of Anambra in the South East of Nigeria.

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As the journey of CHANGE begins…

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The wind of Change whose silent whistle emerged on March 28, 2015 finally reached its crescendo, when General Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as the fifth democratically elected president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Chibok: Bring back other girls and boys

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He hardly grants media chats because of the sensitive nature of his office. When he speaks, it is with bluntness and sincerity delivered with deliberate measurement. He knows that he can be misquoted out of mischief or ignorance.

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Why Buhari must fight corruption

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Buhari-General-to-Democrat

On the fictionally derived blackmail that Nigerians voted for “change” and not for “anti-corruption”, an irritating clamour has arisen from a rabble of interest groups for President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore corruption and concentrate rather on delivering “change”! Instructively, many of these loudmouths simply cannot bring themselves to acknowledge Buhari as a hero and embrace him as President.

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As the governor of excellence takes a bow

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Fashola

He literally barged in on the political consciousness of the Lagos political mainstream, almost turning to shreds its well known uncompromising proclivity to doing business with only those schooled and weaned by the denizens of the old political establishment. In sum, you must have been in the eye of the people and have a track record.

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INEC and the blunder in Abia

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Jega.

Prof. Attahiru Jega’s INEC had a disastrous showing in Abia State, in the governorship election. The wishes and aspirations of the people, who had clamored for change in the state, were thwarted by some unscrupulous INEC staff, in collaboration with the PDP. It is only in Abia State that all the contested positions and declared results by INEC are in contention and vigorously challenged in the election tribunals.

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Nigeria: Using the past to reshape the future

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Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Ahmadu Bello - founding fathers of Nigeria

I have pondered on the rot that made some people to refer to Nigeria as a failed state and I came to the conclusion that the problem lies not only in the hands of our leaders, but also in the formation of the country. The geometrical decline of the infrastructures and the socio-economic welfare of the citizens call for stock taking, re assessment of our value and charting new strategies for a fresh start.

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Petroleum Refining: Why Super Majors ‘Shun’ Nigeria

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refinery 7

Nigeria became a top drawer when she joined the league of crude oil exporters in 1958. With that achievement, Shell d’Arcy, the company that first struck oil, took significant move to construct the first Port Harcourt refinery in 1965.

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