Wednesday April 1st, 2015
Wednesday April 1st, 2015
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Political power not for sale

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THERE are so many novelties in the present political dispensation in the country. First, this is the first time since independence that elections, especially at the federal level will be a keen contest between the ruling party and the main opposition.

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Are nursing educators becoming endangered species?

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For the last 15 years, Nigeria and other African countries have been struggling to answer the increasing demand for skilled healthcare professionals, and the deficit looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.

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That unpresidential outburst

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Gen. Muhammadu Buhar

THE latest outburst by General Muhammadu Buhari, presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), if anything, has cemented the well founded concern that the former military strongman is too unstable to be president of Nigeria. Buhari let go his emotion, which was a doomsday wish for the nation, as is his nature, during a rally of the APC in Kaduna last week.

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Elections 2015 and Nigeria in distress

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Voters being accredited before the postponement last Saturday

IN eight days time, we will vote to decide who leads us for the next four years, and that decision may choose which way we head to as a nation; whether we will continue to grow, or slip into confusion that may consume the nation. Thank God, for the Shift in date for who knows where we would have been by now, with our level of unpreparedness, in spite of the deception by the elections umpire!

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Spice this democracy with equity, justice and fairness

  /   in Viewpoint 12:42 pm   /   Comments

Couple of days ago, one of the national newspapers published what it headlined: S’South Got Lion’s Share Of PTF Projects Under Buhari, struggling as it were to give an account of the stewardship of former head of state and Presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, retired General Muhammadu Buhari in his four years as Chairman of the defunct Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund.

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Analysing the chances of Ikpeazu’s candidature

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IN 1991, the administration of Major General Ibrahim .B. Babangida created additional states including Abia State, God’s Own State. Administrators were appointed to run the state’s affairs until 1993 when Dr. Ogbonnaya Onuh became the first democratically elected Governor of the state. He couldn’t complete his term because of ministry intervention.

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Jonathan and the angry Nigerian youths

  /   in Viewpoint 11:16 am   /   Comments

NEVER has the power to determine who becomes Nigeria’s next president been at the behest of Nigerian youths more than now. Let me explain why:Nigerian demographic records indicate that over half of Nigerian population, perhaps 60% is comprised of youths (18-35) so the bulk of voters are the youths.

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Ogboru’s critical assignment in Delta

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NO question, Great Ovedje Ogboru will easily fall within the pantheon of Delta state’s political icons. This venerated stature remains something of a mystery. For one, Ogboru has neither been a governor nor held a political position in the state. Yet, he commands a totemic followership that confounds. Indeed, in Delta state, Ogboru is simply a movement. A movement for the common good.

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NDIC-CBN tangle, let the interest of depositors prevail

  /   in Viewpoint 12:20 pm   /   Comments

LAST week the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) was at the public hearing organised by Senate Committee on Banking and Finance to defend its quest for amendments of its 2006 Act to make it more effective in serving depositors’ interest. It met with resistance from an unlikely quarter—the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Web of apologies in Edo

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ORDINARILY, an apology is the act of declaring ones regret or remorse or sorrow for having wronged another. Curiously, Edo State has in recent times been inundated by unsolicited apologies. First, it was Chief Frank Erewele who apologized during a Television programme for the role he played in facilitating the election of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as Governor of Edo State in 2007.

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A child of destiny

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THE ways of nature and man are unfathomable, deep and endless. The more we try to find meaning to life, the more it pushes us into deeper search and it goes on and on.

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Desperation: The Bayelsa example

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ON March 6, the Supreme Court put paid to the ambition of Timepre Silva to upturn the democratic process which saw Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson succeed him as governor in 2012. Sylva had sought to set aside an earlier judgement by the same apex court on his quest to be recognised as the candidate of the PDP vide the primary election of 2012.

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Jonathan and the angry Nigerian youths

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President Jonathan in Maiduguri

NEVER has the power to determine who becomes Nigeria’s next president been at the behest of Nigerian youths more than now. Let me explain why:Nigerian demographic records indicate that over half of Nigerian population, perhaps 60% is comprised of youths (18-35) so the bulk of voters are the youths. In this new age of social/new media,the youths matter because they are the most adept and savvy at using it to mobilize support for or against a candidate and available records indicate that over 40% of Nigerian youths are unemployed and hungry. As the saying goes ‘A hungry man is an angry man’

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OMG! Okorocha is Evil, By Morakinyo Olugbiji

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Owelle Rochas Okorocha OON addressing members of the Imo House of Assembly and cross sections of the public

Imo state governor, Rochas Owelle Anayo Okorocha in my opinion, has been one of the most talked about governors in the social media for a while now.

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Ogboru’s critical assignment in Delta

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NO question, Great Ovedje Ogboru will easily fall within the pantheon of Delta state’s political icons. This venerated stature remains something of a mystery. For one, Ogboru has neither been a governor nor held a political position in the state. Yet, he commands a totemic followership that confounds. Indeed, in Delta state, Ogboru is simply

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Jonathan and Almajiri’s empowerment

  /   in Viewpoint 5:25 pm   /   Comments

THE issue of the Almajiri has remained worrisome to Nigerians; it has been a source of embarrassment since independence. The Almajiri, as it is, has no place in modern society. Reports show that they are about 10 million children roaming the streets of Northern Nigeria.

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Tribute to Chikelue Omesuh

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THE town and gown controversy has been on for many years. However it has since been settled that professionals and men of the ivory tower in fact contribute their wisdom, expertise and vast knowledge to the growth and development of their environment, their community and their nation.

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Gidado Idris @ 80

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A VERY rare civil servant, Alhaji Gidado Idris,GCON, will be eighty on Sunday March 15. He has served his country for 42 years.And he has seen it all. He has shaped and witnessed history in his years of service.

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Pondi: Icon of generational shift

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THE waning hopes of proponents of generational shift recently received a new surge of life with the emergence of the youthful Julius Gbabojor Pondi, who clinched the House of Representative ticket of the ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party to vie for the seat of Burutu federal constituency.

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Dame Jonathan’s detractors

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Dame Patience Jonathan

DAME Patience Faka Jonathan is the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, the most maligned president that Nigeria has ever produced.

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Unending conspiracy

  /   in Viewpoint 12:00 pm   /   Comments

IN a political sense, conspiracy refers to a group of persons united in the goal of usurping or overthrowing an established political power. In the Nigerian context, political conspiracy can be defined as an amalgamation of entrenched parochial interest of a cabal or cartel to keep exploiting the nation at the overall expense of the masses.

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Who is the fittest of them all? By Joseph Yobo

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Jonabagaaaaaaaaaaaaa

For the sake of clarity, I must first point out that while all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, it is all work and no exercise that makes him an unfit one. From all indications earlier in the week, Friday 7th March, 2015 was meant to be a busy day for members and supporters of both the ruling People’s Democratic Party and the opposition All Progressives’ Congress.

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The presidential campaign swings

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IT is my wife who has been passionately involved in the social media arguments about the best candidates for the 2015 presidential elections. Observed from the social media stand-point, the campaigns pendulum seems to be swinging in favour of the candidacy of Dr Goodluck Jonathan. It was not so from the beginning

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Posers for INEC

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AMIDST the cacophony of voices, claims and counter claims by various shades of politicians, have we really paused to consider the type of elections we like to take place on the March 28th and April 11th respectively? Do we desire a truly free and fair election? Do we desire that every eligible voter must be allowed to cast his/her vote? Do we desire that no one, no matter his standing, be disenfranchised? Do we desire that the elections should have a truly even and national spread?

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We Challenge Buhari to a Debate

  /   in Viewpoint 2:58 pm   /   Comments

Reuben-Abati

The last time Nigerians enjoyed something really close to an exciting Presidential debate was during the 1993 Presidential elections. I recall the colourful and memorable encounter between the late Chief MKO Abiola of the Social Democratic Party and Alhaji Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention

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The Ernest Ndukwe I know

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MIKE Onuzulike, in a national newspaperof February 28, attempted a rebuttal of the facts contained in the article, “Ndukwe’s Burden of Misrepresentation”, earlier published in some national newspapers written by Chukwuka Odinaka.

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Emerhor’s vision for Delta State

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ONE of the most salutory events in the ongoing electioneering frenzy in Delta State is the emergence of Olorogun O‘tega Emerhor as the governorship flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Best known as a visionary and business angel who breathed life into companies and corporate entities that had gone comatose, Emerhor joined the Delta governorship race with a lofty vision to rework Delta State and make life meaningful for the people.

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Christians and ethnic politics

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WE are barely three weeks from the Presidential/National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) election and another two weeks after, there will be the Governorship/State House of Assembly elections. The closeness of the elections this season has resulted in various tactics to win votes. One troubling approach is the use of religion and ethnocentrism by various candidates.

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Understanding the Okowa essence in Delta

  /   in Viewpoint 11:32 am   /   Comments

IN this season of high wire political campaigns and effusions in the media the following intervention has become necessary if only as a means of helping readers whose minds are daily inundated with diverse political sentiments by persons and groups jostling to make impressions in their hearts and so get them to buy into and support the ideas they are espousing.

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Illiberality in an age of conspiracy

  /   in Viewpoint 1:28 pm   /   Comments

FOR those who have a profound appreciation of power and its most penetrating insight as well, the fact of the matter, as the Italians once succinctly put it, is that power cannot be wrested no matter the paradigm one uses without certain attributes by the group or individual that jockeys after it. Popularized as the

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Lessons from frontlines of Africa’s Green Revolution?

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THE end of 2014 brought the conclusion of the African Union’s Year of Agriculture and Food Security. But most Africans work in some aspect of agriculture, and for them, every year is dedicated to agriculture and food security.

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Boko Haram: Thumbs up for Nigerian military

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NIGERIAN military has accumulated years of successful war campaigns both within and outside the shores of our country.They prevailed in the Nigerian three years civil war against Biafra from 1966 to 1970, and kept Nigeria one.

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