Friday October 31st, 2014
Friday October 31st, 2014
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This adversarial style of politics

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WHEN the All Progressives Congress, APC, was born in July 2013, it raised hopes that it would play the role of Nigeria’s major opposition party in the best tradition of a presidential democracy.

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Femi Fani-Kayode @ 54

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*Fani

On October 16, 2014, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation and PDP chieftain, celebrated his 54th birthday, coincidentally, with the inauguration of the governor of Ekiti State, Chief Ayodele Peter Fayose. For the love a friend like Fani-Kayode has for Fayose, he preferred to be in Ado Ekiti to felicitate with the new governor and defied the usual merry making, thanksgiving and prayers with friends, political associates and family members at his Abuja residence.

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Boosting healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa

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NIGERIA recently overtook South Africa to become the continent’s biggest economy, hosting the World Economic Forum in May 2014 and showcasing the potential of the country.

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Lagos 2015: The cap fits Senator Solomon

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The major contenders for the 2015 governorship race in Lagos State from the two prominent parties – APC and PDP – are known to the politically astute among us. However, my take today is to stir the interest of the Lagos residents and all progressives in taking more than a passing glance at the candidature of Senator Ganiyu Olarewaju Solomon (GOS) of the APC.

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Nigeria’s mercantile Christianity

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THIS is not a critique of the Church in Nigeria, because, I belong to the church. I belong to the church now, tomorrow and forever.

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Politics of spurious figures

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THE amount of falsehood based on either ignorance or outright mischief peddled in the Nigerian public space by highly placed persons is alarming and sickening.

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Once-in-a-life time opportunity for Orji

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THE entire concept of Salvation is nothing but the experience of being “saved” from danger, loss, or harm. To “salvage” from imminent damage or destruction.

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Politics of spurious figures

  /   in Viewpoint 7:48 pm   /   Comments

THE amount of falsehood based on either ignorance or outright mischief peddled in the Nigerian public space by highly placed persons is alarming and sickening. It is even worse when a top government functionary who is expected to know the facts goes public with information that is half-truth.

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TAN and opponents of Jonathan

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Barely five months to the 2015 general elections, and as most political parties and likely contestants are still ‘consulting’, a new unique phenomenon called the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, has taken over the polity.

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Tribute to an icon of our time

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DEATH no doubt is an inestimable end which must come when it will come. If it comes to a beloved one, the grief of all those affected as a result of the death can best be imagined, especially when it becomes very obvious that never again can such a fellow be seen or heard.

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Of new wine and old bottles

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economy

These are strange times in Nigeria. Change is in the air and I do not just mean the transformation agenda of the present administration.

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Nigeria’s corruption challenges — what to do

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Corruption

We have succeeded in establishing the fact that the foundation for corruption in this country was in the beginning, through the falsification of records and distortions in geographical mapping, coupled with rigged census and elections.

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APC’s Ebola mischief

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THE All Progressives Congress, APC, is at it again. The party does not fail to live to its billing in raking up unnecessary controversy all in an effort to play what it understands as “opposition politics.”

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Lai Mohammed’s Ebola controversy

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WOLE SOYINKA’S Madmen and Specialists is, at its heart, a satirical play featuring a perverted medical specialist whose lust for power during wartime leads him to imprison and torment his father, a well-regarded physician.

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Delta 2015: How Jonathan will determine PDP candidate

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When the delegates to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries gather in Asaba next month to elect the party’s flag bearer in next year’s Delta State gubernatorial election, the interest of President Goodluck Jonathan, whose name will not be on the ballot, more than anyone else, not even that of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and the aspirants, will determine who wins the party nomination.

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Of Akinkunmi, Presidential steward and national honours

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AS the Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, handed out about 306 awards at the 2014 National Honours Award Ceremony in Abuja recently, critical newspaper editorials and other comments have trailed the process of selection of recipients who are mainly Nigerians. Yet this year’s national honours award was significant in many respects.

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Why destroy the UNIBEN brand?

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THE University of Benin, alumni and key stakeholders around the world are shocked over untoward and negative news about their institution and have all recoiled with disgust at the recent tyrannical and atavistic tendencies of the out-going Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Oshodi, who it is reported, recently took his personal feelings beyond administrative and academic ambits, with the assistance of the University Registrar Mrs Ogboghodo, carried out what could be described as administrative mob-lynching of an academic and administrative icon of the university, Professor Andrew G. Onokerhoraye.

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EPB: New management, fresh challenges

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Recently, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Senator Bala Mohammed, re-organised the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, the territory’s agency vested with the responsibility of ensuring a clean environment in the nation’s capital city.

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Let girls be girls, not brides

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LURKING BEHIND ••• Nigerian player challenges a Chilean player in one of the group matches at the on-going FIFA U-17 Women World Cup. The Flamingoes face Korea tomorrow in a quarter final clash.

Tecla, a young Zimbabwean girl, was sold for a few cows by her father to help alleviate the family’s poverty. She was raped by her husband, became pregnant and contracted HIV. Her baby died soon after birth. Tecla was only 12 years old.

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Delta ready for female governor

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Now that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has released its timetable and the primaries for governorship set for November 29, pundits are scrutinising the aspirants.

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Tackling insecurity: A new era in Bayelsa

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The incorporation of a commercial security outfit – the Izon-Ibe Security Company Limited- by the Bayelsa State government has, understandably, attracted a lot of positive comments from various quarters. Without doubt, it demonstrated the commitment of the Governor Henry Seriake Dickson administration to tackling the problems confronting the state head-long.

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Okunbo’s heart of gold and royal recognition

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Okonjo-Iweala

I WAS not surprised when on Thursday, October 2, this year, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Erediauwa, Oba of Benin, adorned an illustrious son of Benin, Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, JP, with the “Traditional Beads” for being a worthy son of the ancient Kingdom.

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Nigeria’s raging war and 2015 elections

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NIGERIA at 54 as a nation, has survived many challenges, including religious ,and ethnic violence that led to three years civil war, from 1966 to 1970.Nigeria has fared reasonably well, some will say; after all, today, we have mobile phones with communications technology growing and spreading very fast; we have more roads, many villages have become state capitals with dual carriage ways, more exotic cars on our roads, many private jet owners.

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Nigerians, slackers @ 54

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THE excellent performance of the Falconets in the recent FIFA World Cup was a source of pure unadulterated joy to many of us. I stayed up late into the night and watched all their matches, for apart from being good entertainment, those teenagers exhibited such flair and dexterity in a game previously monopolised by men. The wonder girl Aishat from Ikorodu mesmerised the opposition.

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Urhobo and the crisis of confidence

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Two publications provoked this writing. Both publications say so much about how contemporary Urhobo politics has entered the doldrums and how if this trend is not immediately arrested we as a people in spite of our majority status in Delta State will remain political underdogs.

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Re – ‘Withdrawal of Professor Emeritus’: How Senate was misled

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Following the publication in the Vanguard, on the issue of the so-called ‘withdrawal of Professor Emeritus’, I am forced to exercise my right of reply and to make some comments.

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General Aziza: A soldier-statesman’s final salute

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When Senator Pius Ewherido died prematurely in June 2013, the Urhobo people grieved and prayed that such a loss should not be their lot again. Unfortunately, just one year after, another Urhobo personage, General Patrick Aziza (rtd) fell to the Grim Reaper.

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The Ethics of Ebola

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AS the Ebola virus grips an unprecedentedly wide swath of Africa, many are asking whether it is time to begin administering untested drugs and vaccines.

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Leave TB Joshua alone

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I HAVE followed the series of reactions trailing the disaster at the Synagogue Church of all Nations with a sense of shock and disbelief. It is as if some people have been waiting in the wings for the man of God to fail, forgetting that he is a mortal indeed, like the rest of us. No human can be God, so we must make our comments with a great sense of responsibility, in the spirit of fairness and objectivity.

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Nigeria @ 54: Gridlock and the illusive eldorado

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Nigeria's fans hold a banner reading "World Unites Against Boko Haram" before the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO

WITH peremptory magistracy and awesome gallantry our founding fathers fought for the political independence of our glorious country, Nigeria. They were like the Roman hero Horatius, who fought with Spartan intrepidity in defending Rome from the Etruscan invaders. Horatius asked like our founding fathers: “And how can a man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods”?

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Interrogating the minister’s health agenda in FCT

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AS Nigerians rolled out the drums and cymbals in celebration of the nation’s 54th Independence anniversary on October 1, 2014, expectations are rife that analysts will put several public officials on the spotlight on account of their stewardship.

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Understanding an aspirant’s politics of ‘people first’

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THAT “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government is the take-off point of Nigeria’s Federal Constitution section 14(c).”
But how this injunction is fulfilled by elected public officers, leaves much to be desired. Millions of Nigerians strongly believe that the political class has betrayed the people. That is the plank of this analysis of Chief Clement Tudonemem Ofuani’s appeal to the people of Delta State in his campaign slogan anchored on “the people first.”

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