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Abia election tribunal: Spoilation and quest for justice

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ON Sunday, August 2, it was reported that the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia state was razed down by unknown elements. It does appear the new mantra of the ruling-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is “If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence and blame it on your opponent.’’

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How we can federate Nigeria

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Omokri

Two weeks ago, I asked a question-Who Will Federate Nigeria? It was actually a rhetorical question which was prompted by recent happenings in the polity which exposed deficiencies in our current federal set up.

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Of musical chairs, Nigeria and the West

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LET us play a little catch up. Cast our minds back to may, 1999. Olusegun Obasanjo has just been sworn in as president of a new democratic government, with the whole world hailing his coming.

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Battle to sustain change

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FOR most Nigerian’s, 2015 began on a sour note, with little or nothing to cheer about. But for the hope for a better tomorrow, which has become the palliative of majority of the populace who bear the brunt of the disappointing run of successive governments; dying may have often times appeared to be a better option to living in the present uncertain state of the nation.

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Buhari: Snail or Sniper?

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DEMOCRACY envisages Freedom of expression and the press. As a result, Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states that “(1) Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference. (2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) of this section, every person shall be entitled to own, establish and operate any medium for the dissemination of information, ideas and opinions.”

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Celebrating Ngige @ 63

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AGING, they say is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Age on the hand is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. But to Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige (OON)’s friends, well-wishers, relations, and even enemies, it matters because he has just added another year, healthy, hearty, and wavering undeterred. There is no doubt that right from outset, the personality called Chris Ngige had always has a date with history one way or the other. As a growing young child, Ngige has always carved a niche for himself in all his endeavours.

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Motions of change by 8th Senate

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Notwithstanding the predictions of catastrophe that followed the emergence of the leadership of the 8th Senate, the upper chamber has continued to prove critics wrong as it has since settled down to work.

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Who is afraid of Bukola Saraki?

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Senator Saraki

I am moved to write this piece after reading an article in the VANGUARD of Thursday, August 6, 2015 by Is’haq ModibboKawu titled, “ Bukola Saraki in Maiduguri: Tentative first steps for 2019 Presidency”. It is evident that the article reeks of hate and seems aimed at either getting President Buhari to regard Saraki his enemy, or fortifying whatever grievances might exist, if that is the case.

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National Health Act: Translating the Law into Quality and Accessible Healthcare

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Okowa

As a distinguished Senator in the 7th National Assembly, I was dedicated and devoted to the sponsorship of various bills to regulate, develop and manage the National Health System. Of particular interest were my concerns for improvement of the regulation, development, and access to health services through the following Bills that I sponsored or supported in its passage

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God can change your story

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JESUS

As recorded in 1 Samuel 1 verses 10 and 11, Hannah “was in bitterness of soul and prayed unto the Lord and wept sore.”. Verse 11, our main peg, states, “ And she vowed a vow and said , `O Lord of hosts, if you wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine hand maid, and remember me and not forget thy handmaid, but will give unto thine handmaid a child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head”.

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AUDITOR-GENERAL’S REPORT: Is NDDC guilty as charged?

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henshaw

This is not the best of times for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). These days, the commission is in the news for all the wrong reasons. From one naughty headline to sensational screamers, almost on daily basis, and the commission seems embattled. Unfortunately, or perhaps, fortunately, most of the stories have little or nothing to do with the present management. But that is not a beautiful excuse because governance, at whatever level, is an unfolding drama or what the policy makers call a continuum.

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The fear of Corbyn, the conspiracy of Labour Party contestants

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By the recent events in the Labour Party in the United Kingdom, observers are concluding the party has got a lot to contend with in the run up to announcing a leader on the 12th of September. It is less than a month before the new leader emerges, but last week saw the heightening of activities by the contenders in the party.

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The Senate’s noble quest for succour for North-East

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Anguish, pity, and helplessness gnawed at my heart as I waded through the multitudes of man-made human suffering at the various Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) centres in Adamawa with the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and other members of the Senate delegation on August 5, 2015.

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In Enugu, accountability, fiscal discipline take the lead

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UGWUANYI-Enugu

It is gladdening to note that Enugu state under the leadership of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has witnessed a remarkable level of financial discipline, probity, transparency and accountability borne out of his burning desire to keep the state on the right track of steady progress for socio-economic and political advancement.

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Rare Gems; Between Ooni Aderemi and Sijuwade

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Ooni of Ife: Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse 11

It is a settled historical fact that Ile-Ife is the cradle of the Yorubas.We may not believe the myth of Ile Ife as the origin of human race, but we cannot deny the historical roots of Yoruba people as a whole in Ile-Ife.

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Why Buhari must probe Jonathan slowly

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Buhari

I DON’T like Lions. Their hunt bores me stiff. On sighting a prey, they go too swiftly, too brutal and aim for the thyroid. In seconds they break the wind pipe of their prey and pronto, dinner is served. No real drama, no teasing, all sheer speed and downright efficient killing. One of my favorite hunters is the Hyena. They are pretty much more patient than the vulture. They can chase a prey for days on end, at the end the prey is worn out and more or less surrenders itself as dinner.

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If only it was O’tega in Delta

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OF late, I’ve kept wondering what would be happening in Delta today, if it was Olorogun O’tega Emerhor of the All Progressives Congress, APC, rather than Senator Ifeanyi Okowa of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, that was Governor of the state.

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As Buhari plans his cabinet (2)

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WHERE Azikiwe preached political inclusion and strategic integration, his political opponents preached exclusion based on historic difference. The defeat of the Zikist vision of nation was the ultimate Nigerian tragedy; in its place have triumphed the Awoist and Sarduana models of Nigeria, in which “the North is for the North, and the West is for the West, and Nigeria for all of us.”

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Promoting renewable energy use in Nigeria

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Renewable energy is energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. Renewable energy replaces conventional fuels in four distinct areas: electricity generation, air and water heating/cooling, motor fuels, and rural (off-grid) energy services. Renewable energy is one of the means of tackling the global challenges of climate change.

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Bakassi: Shameless surrender to shenanigans of imperialism, western conspiracy

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bakassi

It is no longer news that the federal government foreclosed any attempt to seek the review of the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) siting at The Hague over the disputed Bakassi peninsula on the grounds that the case was closed since 10th October 2012.

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APC,’Party supremacy’ and signs of implosion

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HISTORY has a strange way of repeating itself. Especially when actors refuse to learn from their predecessor’s missteps. This is particularly so in world history and indeed in recent Nigerian history. As recent as 2013 when the then Governors of Niger, Jigawa, Rivers, Kwara, Sokoto, Kano and Adamawa stormed out of a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) convention in Abuja over dispute between the Governors’ preference for top party positions and the party hierarchy’s insistence on having its way.

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Nigeria: Religion, morality and politics

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In an interview that appeared in The Guardian of Tuesday, May 28, 2013, under the caption “How to save Nigeria from anarchy by Nwabueze, Asemota”, The Patriots under the chairmanship of Prof. Ben Nwabueze, provided their research-based claim that we have 389 ethnic nationalities in Nigeria. This lack of ethnic homogeneity is compounded by the various religions we have in the country.

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NASS Leadership: Dogara’s exemplary magnanimity in victory

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ONE of the most difficult but commendable decisions the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Dogara Yakubu has taken of late is the announcement of Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, from South West as the Leader of the 8th House of Representatives, along with other leaders.

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NIMASA DG and quest for federal character

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AS lobby for who becomes the substantive Director General/Chief Executive of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, hots up, maritime stakeholders are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to look inwards in picking a candidate rather than going for an outsider, who would spend months and years learning the rope.

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Seriake Dickson: Keep on moving and don’t stop

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Governor-elect of Bayelsa State, Henry Dickson (middle) acknowledging cheers from supporters at his home after his victory at the 2012 Bayelsa State Governorship election in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, yesterday. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke

Many people will be shocked with the data from the Africa Health, Human & Social Development (Afri-Dev) which provides factual data on Human Development Indices in Nigeria when they see it. But not me, because I saw it coming long before it became a reality

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As Buhari plans his cabinet

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THE president, Muhammadu Buhari, pledged to present his cabinet in September, all of four months after his inauguration as president. The president has so far led the nation without an executive council, and with little more than a small presidential staff.

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Dredging of the Aba River

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FROM the old, cranky bridge overlooking the Aba waterside, the crowd of bystanders stood to watch the new cinema. There used to be the old REX and EMI Cinema in this town where the senior boys of old stole out of bed and scale over the barbed wire fences of their dormitories at night to watch the escapades of the Chinese macho man, Bruce Lee, the American version of Rambo. That was the Aba of old, the paradise lost.

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Letter to Governor Okowa: Why Veronica Ogbuagu, Henry Ofa’s antecedents need review

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MY dear Governor, Am often amazed why most aides to Nigerian leaders are allowed in the campaign trails. The definition of aides in this type of political arrangement, is somebody has won his way into an office and the resultant search for capable hands to assist him to deliver. But no Nigerian leader has ever treaded this path.

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Revisiting our cradle, rebuilding our nation: The place of ethics, values in national rebirth

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THE ancient Greeks were firm believers in signs and omens, and a favourite saying of the philosophers of that era is: “When the student is ready, the Teacher will appear”.

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Corruption:Money now ‘live’in houses?

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THE news trending in the social media about huge sums of foreign and local currencies being hidden in several mansions across the country by a former Nigerian leader gives most right-thinking Nigerians goose pimples. Can it indeed be true as we have read in various online portals such as face book, Nairaland and others that the much sought after hard currencies and Naira amounting to over one billion dollars are being hidden in various houses belonging to the wife, relations and concubines of one of Nigeria’s former leaders?

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The challenge before Okowa

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THE curse that has afflicted the leadership of the Nigerian nation also extended to the states; greed, profligacy, corruption, mismanaged resources,etc. As it is with Nigeria, so it is with Delta state. A multi ethnic group of people with abundant resources in solid, mineral and the very important human capital resources.

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Soyinka to Oshiomhole: You’ve not let us down

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NOBEL laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, weekend, showered encomiums on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for being “a worthy ambassador” of the nation’s progressives community. Professor Soyinka’s plaudit was delivered at an exclusive dinner he hosted to toast the Edo governor and his new wife, Iara, at his Abeokuta home, assisted by his wife, Mrs.Folake Soyinka, on a night filled with jokes and reminiscences over sumptuous food and choice wine.

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