Saturday May 23rd, 2015
Saturday May 23rd, 2015
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Cry not for the Igbos (2)

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Continued from yesterday I CAN say it authoritatively without mincing words that Igbos will still vote for Jonathan a thousand times again without regrets if he chooses to contest again in the near future; as long as we continue to sense that scent of justice, equity and freedom in him. Anyone accusing Igbos of being

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The successor abandonment syndrome

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THE title of this piece is not original to me. I picked it from Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai’s book The Accidental Public Servant. Keen observers of the political space know that El-Rufai is a key player in the incoming All Progressive Congress, APC, government, as the governor elect of Kaduna state.

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Obiano’s infantile promenade and lessons to learn

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THE Igbo are a unique people in Nigeria. Often hated with a ferocious clout of jealousy by their neighbours for the reason of their manifest industry and trajectory adventurism, being the most vulnerable to unpleasantness of any society they have found themselves as sojourners. Yet, they have always held their heads high as a people with a culture of taciturn personality and reflective pride in their ethnic nationality. Mendicancy as a culture is an abhorrence among the Igbo. When it actually occurs, it is only reflective of a crack at the nexus of a particular extended family.

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Falling oil price: “Pathway to diversification”

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Buhari-oil

One of the key indicators for measuring overall development in the world is the Human Development Index (HDI). This is a composite index based on three indicators: longevity, as measured by life expectancy; education attainment, as measured by a combination of adult literacy and the combined gross primary, secondary and tertiary enrolment ratio; and standard of living, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. The HDI is used to rate and rank all the countries of the world, from 1 to 187 countries that are assessed every year.

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Cry not for the Igbos

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (L), and APC main opposition party's presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari shake hands under the eyes of Chairman of the Abuja Peace Accord former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar (C), after signing the renewal of the pledges for peaceful elections on March 26, 2015 in Abuja. Security is a major concern at Saturday's vote both from Boko Haram violence against voters and polling stations to clashes between rival supporters. In 2011, around 1,000 people were killed in violence after Jonathan beat Buhari to the presidency. AFP PHOTO

THE 2015 general elections might be over but the indelible footprints it left on our political shore will remain trans-generational in the annals of history. Historians will continue to make reference to 2015 as a year that redefined Nigeria’s political voyage, when taken into considerations landmark successes recorded during the course of this noble exercise and the entrenchment of democratic principles in the polity, which ultimately made Nigeria the true winner of these elections.

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Killing direct foreign investment: How not to respond to Xenophobia

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Xenophobic Attacks:Nigerians protesting against xenophobic attacks in South Africa at the South African High Commission, in Abuja, yesterday. Photos: Gbemiga Olamikan.

Understandably, passions were inflamed following the last month’s anti-immigrant attacks that left seven people dead and many others displaced and injured in South Africa.

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Democracy and delayed LG elections in Lagos

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Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state

As Governor Raji Fashola takes his exit from power it is necessary to ask him why he was not able to allow the state electoral commission to conduct elections into the state local governments before leaving office . In January, the governor swore in 57 Executive Secretaries for 20 LGs and 37 LCDAs instead of holding elections in the LG s and LCDAs whose tenure expired in December 2014

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Between Buhari’s Integrity, “Change” and Jonathan’s Greatest Failing

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PRESIDENT-ELECT RETIRED MAJ.-GEN. MUHAMMADU BUHARI (L) IN A HANDSHAKE WITH PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN  DURING HIS OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA
ON FRIDAY (24/4/15).WITH THEM IS THE FORMER CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF,RETIRED LT.-GEN. ABDUHRAMAN DAMBAZAU.

It is weeks to the swearing-in the president- elect, Muhammadu Buhari. I reflect on how things came the way it is today for the retired general and conclude on integrity. “No real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office”, unless upon honest and strong moral principles.

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How president-elect Buhari can achieve a fair deal for victims of corruption

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Today the level of confidence in Nigeria is remarkably high, and president-elect General Muhammadu Buhari has been described by many as embodying ‘the promise of change’. Hardly surprising given that one of the reasons he became president-elect is because of his apparent zero-tolerance approach to corruption.

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2015 election and the ominous signs APC must note

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IF the great Jewish seer, Nostradamus, the man who saw tomorrow, had predicted the reversal of fortune between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) four years ago, millions of Nigerians, would have called the Jew seer a prophet of doom.

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Time for Ndigbo to face and accept reality

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Igbo-men

ELECTIONS 2015, came with some realities that are difficult to be understood by many Nigerians. For example, while GEJ and his ruling People Democratic Party, PDP,may feel betrayed by many of their supporters in the North and South west of Nigeria, GMB even in his victory, would be surprised, if not shocked by the gale of defections from the ruling party to his own party, following the announcement of the March 28 results, and the godly concession of victory by GEJ.

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Why Next Senate President should be Christian

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At a time when the alleged acrimonious campaign to Islamise Nigeria by an emerging power bloc is almost gaining currency, few members of the public, the Press, or the political class have never actually presumed- in context or in full- the hidden agenda of the new clique of powerful anti-Christian elements whose ultimate design is to implement the secret accord they had with their sponsors.

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Allison-Madueke on firing line

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Allison-Madueke

A PARTICULAR trend by a section of Nigeria’s public opinion commentators is the easy resort to herd disposition. By this, they easily fall over a particular issue, chorusing the same argument in a manner reminiscent of a flock in dire need of pasture. The engagement, ordinarily, may not give cause for concern. The danger, however,

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Re: Who is afraid of Buruji Kashamu

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Kashamu

I read with utmost dismay, a statement written by Buruji Kashamu via his media aide, Austin Oniyokor in response to my commentary titled; Buruji Kashamu: Buhari’s First Litmus Test, published few days ago

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Who is Afraid of Buruji Kashamu?

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Kashamu

To say that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and Senator-elect, Prince Buruji Kashamu has been in the eye of the storm is to state the obvious. Against all odds, he contested and won the 28th March National Assembly election. Since then, all hell has been let loose.

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Emeka Njoku (1946 – 2015)

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Goddy

THE above quote from the popular Shakespearian play, Macbeth, clearly illustrates the brevity and vanity of life. Indeed, uwa bu paw-paw, oda n’ala, otipia meaning, life is paw-paw, if it falls on the ground, it breaks into pieces. No wonder the Bible says, “Lord, teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Death dealt a cruel blow on the family of Late Gilbert Uzoma Njoku-Elegonye on April 17 when our eldest brother and mentor, Mr. Godfrey Emeka Njoku, without saying a word, bade this world of humans, farewell.

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Oil sector scam called subsidy: Task before Buhari

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Buhari-oil

IT makes an interesting reading going through the article written in The Punch Newspaper of Monday May 4, 2015 by Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi and a report credited to former president of Trade Union Congress, TUC, Mr. Peter Esele, urging the incoming President Muhammadu Buhari to reform the NNPC in 100 days “or be sucked in.”

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Understanding the imperatives of the IPSAS reform initiative

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Last week, precisely April 28, 2015, the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, was represented by the Honourable Minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, at the launch of IPSAS Accrual Accounting Manual in Nigeria.

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Tribute to Tinubu: A Parody of Shakespeare

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

HIS name is now as household as the “report of fashion in proud Italy”. He is a leader of leaders; and a true leader at that; because he commands not from the rear, but he braces, with his chest the heat and the chill of all battles. He is the veritable “Knight of the Garter”

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How Xenophobic attack began In South Africa

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Xenophobia

In the period before South African independence from the Apartheid regime in 1994, the all-white dominated government in that country had instigated black-on-black violence (pitting the Zulus under Chief Buthelezi against other tribes)in order to weaken the liberation efforts of the African National Congress (ANC) led by Nelson Mandela, who was in prison then

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Integration is the open secret to deradicalization

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isis3

One of the most troubling developments resulting from the escalation of violent extremism in the Middle East is the rise in the number of Muslims from the West who are joining the ranks of jihadist groups, notably ISIS. Western governments are struggling to find out what motivates young Muslims to leave their sheltered lives—many are well-to-do and educated—only to join radical organizations that offer an elusive goal and the prospect of violent death.

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South Africa’s xenophobia: Any lessons learnt?

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XENOPHOBIA – the hatred for strangers and foreigners has become the most talked about in recent times. No thanks to news and pictures streaming live from South Africa. One begins to wonder if this is the same Nelson Mandela’s country, a country that owes its present rise in world status to the efforts of foreigners. First, with the whites who came from Europe and all over the world to do business and settle.

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NAFDAC and vigilance in drug administration

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VIGILANCE as a virtue or progressive act is applicable in every facet of human involvement. As a progressive tool, its implementation is craved globally. Broadly examined, vigilance embraces practices like carefulness, mental alertness, consciousness to mention but a few. It is in recognition of the effectiveness of this psychological tool that the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, decided to adopt it as a tool to combat counterfeiting and faking of pharmaceuticals.

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Bequeathing a legacy in Housing finance

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PRIMARY Mortgage Banks (PMBs) are the temples of mortgage financing and their CEOs the high priests. In nine and half years one such temple called ASO Savings and Loans Plc has these results to show:

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Economic growth and development in Africa, by Obasanjo

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*Obasanjo

Thank you for the warm welcome to the beautiful city of Houston and  to Texas   Southern University (TSU). In the last couple   of days, I have had engagements in a number of cities  in Africa and in the US but Houston presents   a special   ambience   for me.   I   offer special   thanks   to the leadership   of this  University as well as to staff, faculty and   students   and   in particular   to the   Provost and   Vice President   for Academic Affairs & Research,   James   W. Ward and  all others who facilitated my coming   to TSU today.

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Political businessmen as ethnic champions

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IT is now history that Change has come to take its roots in Nigeria with the victory of General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the March 28 General elections. Since then, there have been alignments and realignments by the political class with quick defections akin to the speed of light, or should I say, Usain Bolt, with many quickly dumping the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to embrace the APC.

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Tribute to Tony Momoh @76

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MOST Nigerians still remember him as the author of “Letter to My Countrymen” during the Babangida years, a medium he used to sermonise on the virtues of patriotism, honesty and commitment to the service of God andcountry. Tony Momoh is a prince of the famous Auchi Kingdom in Edo State. Members of Momoh family are spread across the entire globe due to their huge numerical strength.

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Uduaghan’s 3rd term or Okowa’s tenure?

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UNDER comparative analysis and the human reasoning, the dynamics and calculus of leadership redounds to the fact that,the principles of “SaluspopuliSupremaestlex” (the welfare of the people is the ultimate law). It is also cardinally imperative for equity, objectivity, egalitarianism, altruism, vision, patriotism and the Aristotelian concept of the pursuit of the greatest good for the largest number be infused into the matrix of Leadership and Governance in any society.

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Ogun Guber Poll: Between facts and fiction

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Gov Ibikunle Amosun

Just as it is said in law that there must be an end to litigation in any dispute, there must also be an end to electioneering in any political contest. I am not aware of any rescheduled election in Ogun State that could warrant an indirect return to the soap box to canvass for votes. Losers emerged while winners were officially declared.

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Who is afraid of Tinubu’s war chest…?

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Who is afraid of Tinubu’s ‘war chest, vast network and very effective political structures?’ These are valuable outstanding points that the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has used to achieve results that are being widely applauded today.

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Right of Reply: Do not falsify Nigeria’s political history: Give Jonathan his due credit

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President Jonathan

“But those of us who are a bit more historically minded should know that concessions have been made in power by those who consider Nigeria far above their personal interest. It is on record that Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe won the 1957 elections, for which the British colonial Governor-General, Sir James Robertson, first setting the standard of electoral manipulations and gerrymandering in Nigeria, invited Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa to come first to head the government at the centre even before the votes had all fully come in 1957 for the first home rule government. Azikiwe conceded and bid his time even though his party was compensated by having the highest number of ministers in 1957 – 60 in the independence elections of 1959, again Azikiwe’s party had the highest plurality of votes nationwide and would very easily have formed the National government with the Action Group. But against a threat of Northern secession, much like today’s Boko Haram, compelled Azikiwe to agree to join the Northern Peoples Party in a ‘government of national unity”, one from which Awo’s Action Group opted out, but which along the road torpedoed the AG in due course.

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M.D. Yusufu and Uche Chukwumerije: A surprising partnership

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Chukwumerije
Chukwumerije

In the annals of Nigeria’s left wing radical intellectual discourse, there could hardly have been any more surprising collaboration than that which once existed between my two recently deceased mentors, Alhaji M.D. Yusufu and Comrade Uche Chukwumerije, at a particularly volatile period in Nigerian history. I sincerely regret having to write about this now because I had actually thought that both of these incredibly committed and principled gentlemen would have survived late into their eighties or even nineties.

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