Saturday April 18th, 2015
Saturday April 18th, 2015
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The resurrection: Glamourisation of a fallacy?

  /   in Viewpoint 12:35 pm   /   Comments

“The heights reached and attained by great men, were not attained by sudden flight. They toiled all night , whilst others slept”.-Edmund Burke FROM time out of the reach of memory, through the Paleolithic age to the present era, philosophers, occults, men of God, free thinkers, necromancers and metaphysicians, etc have sanctimoniously postulated and didactically

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Re-Club Licensing, Dolphins and Professionalism in Club Administration

  /   in Sports, Viewpoint 9:20 pm   /   Comments

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THE Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) attracted the attention of two respected opinion leaders in sports. One is my senior ‘Malabite’ and seasoned Sports Journalist turned football administrator, Paul Bassey. The other is Lawyer whose passion for Journalism is such that one can also take the liberty to address him as a Sports Journalist, Godwin Dudu-Orumen aka Football Aficionado.

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M.D.Yusufu: A tribute

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ALHAJI Mohammed Dikko Yusufu Nigeria’s third indigenous Inspector General of Police, former presidential aspirant and a blue blood from Kastina State passed away on Wednesday, April 1 2015 after a protracted illness.

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Easter: In the Eve of National Regeneration

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By Omozuwa Osamwonyi To the utmost surprise of doom-watchers around the globe, Nigeria is going through historic moments of national renewal and democratic consolidation. Thankfully, the peaceful outcome of the 2015 Presidential and parliamentary elections does not synchronise with the catastrophic scenarios some know-it-all prophets of doom simulated and popularised. They audaciously fixed Nigeria’s death

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Open letter to President- Elect, Gen Buhari, by Rev Okwara

  /   in Viewpoint 8:47 pm   /   Comments

Congratulations on your victory on the just concluded presidential election in Nigeria. Your victory is a lesson to every Nigerian, that no matter how many times  one has tried hard and yet failed to actualize his or her dreams, that if the person does not quit, does not give up, does not conclude that he or she can never be successful, that if the person remains resolute and committed, success will come. You are a historic and monumental lesson of “Never give up.” 

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You asked for him

  /   in Viewpoint 8:13 pm   /   Comments

I HAD written in the past that one of the good things that came out of Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is the absolute freedom for everyone to express him/herself. Now he has gone on to conduct the freest and most credible election this country has ever witnessed at the presidential level. What an irony! A man who never struggled nor sweated for any political office he had occupied, suddenly found himself losing the only one he so desperately worked hard for.

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A-Ibom guber: The peoples votes must count!

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FOR almost eight years, the people of Akwa Ibom have been under the suffocating influence of Barrister Godswill Akpabio, the governor of the state, who, in active connivance of the federal might had subjugated the people to an unbearable level of mental and emotional torture, self doubt and humiliation in the name of governance.

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We the Oke Ogun people and Gov LADOJA

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Ladoja

WE the people of Oke Ogun have waited in vain since the inception of regions and states creation to have one of our own son or daughter to be appointed as the chief executive officer of a region or a state, as military administrator or civilian governor. The best and the closest we have had is deputy governor of Oyo State despite the fact that we have always had pockets of individuals that could be considered.

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The silent heroes in the emergence of Gen Buhari as president-elect

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It all started at a Friday social forum where friends had the opportunity to interact and unwind. But this soon gravitated into a discussion about the multiplicity of challenges in Nigeria and how it was difficult to change the status quo. After various arguments laced with mudslingings, reasons prevailed and it was agreed that rather than dissipating needless energy lamenting about our current predicament or cursing inept leaders, we should work within our sphere of influence to see how we can make a difference and engender good governance at the local, state and national levels.

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Buhari: This Is Not The People’s Victory, By Adekoya Boladale

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Celebrating Buhari's victory

Few years ago, one of my student stood up in the middle of a lecture and asked, ‘Sir, who owns Nigeria?’ I was teaching a topic on colonialism and it could have been easy for me to answer, the British, but that would have been appropriate if only we were still under colonial rule. Its been decades since we exchanged the union jack for the green and white flag to enjoy self-government.

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Investing in younger generation

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AS Nigeria consolidates its economic dominance in Africa and presses to attain the projected 12th position in the global economy by the year 2050, we need to see that the present decline in revenues due to the slump in world oil prices does not deflect our trajectory to the mid-century target date.

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Emerhor and the imperative of progressive governance

  /   in Viewpoint 12:04 pm   /   Comments

MAJORITY of Deltans have come to see the emergence of Olorogun Otega Emerhor as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the most salutary thing to have happened to Delta State since 1999. Their optimism about Emerhor’s political stance and fortune derives from the stark reality of underdevelopment which successive governments foisted

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Why death penalty should be abolished in Africa

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CAMPAIGNING for an end to death penalty is often an uphill task. At Amnesty International, we have done so for decades, since we consider the death penalty to be the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading form of punishment – and a violation of the human right to life. Every execution we fail to prevent takes

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Life after election defeat

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On August 15, 1979 the returning officer in the Presidential election, Chief Fredrick Louis Menkiti announced the results of the Presidential election. In the results, Alhaji Shehu Shagari (90) of the NPN scored 5,668,857 votes while Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909-1987) of the UPN scored 4,916,951 votes, Dr.Nnamdi Azikwe(1904-1996) of the NPP scored 2,822,523, Alhaji Aminu Kano(1920-1983) 1,732,113 votes and Alhaji Ibrahim Waziri 1,686,489 votes. After the results were announced Chief Awolowo challenged the results with Chief Abraham Adesanya as his lead counsel while Chief Richard Osuolale Abimbola Akinjide (84) defended Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

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PVC and sanctity of choice

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Chairman of the Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega

SURPRISINGLY, I got my Permanent Voters Cards, PVC, perhaps the most coveted property in the land today, effortlessly. Thanks to the efficiency of very courteous young Independent Election Commission, INEC, officials, it did not take more than five minutes for the much coveted card to be in my possession. Still I did not believe my

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Multi-choice DSTV/GOTV kalo kalo

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R-L: Joseph Hundah, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria; Philip Dela Vega, General Manager, Nokia; Mayo Okunola, General Manager, DStv Mobile, Nigeria & Ghana; and Kola Oyeyemi, General Manager, Consumer Marketing, MTN Nigeria at the re-launch of DStv Mobile in Lagos on Thursday.

EVERYONE growing up in the early ’70s to the late ’80s, of the last century must be familiar with the gaming machine called ‘kalo kalo’. It is a lottery type machine where you insert your coin and win money if the right number combination appears. They are still found in present day casino houses and big hotels.

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Insanity of an electoral system

  /   in Viewpoint 6:27 pm   /   Comments

AT the just concluded Presidential election, several painful lessons were evident and emblematic of the insanity of our electoral system. These lessons could have been avoided.

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Still on Wammako and Sambo Dasuki

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THE crucial political and security situation in the country should ordinarily compel every political office holder to maintain decorum while discussing critical issues affecting the nation. The least expected of any state governor now is baseless, unsubstantiated allegations against the Federal Government or any of its security agencies.The story of a certain Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state is supposed to be a lesson for Nigerians on rumour mongering and audacious accusations without evidence.

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Upholding democratic tenets

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MAN has an insatiable and venomously gluttonous appetite for power. Power is authority, prerogative, jurisdiction, force and domination. When political power is given to a man, he uses it autocratically and sadistically to oppress the people and perpetuate himself in office. Hence, in contemporary times there is a disastrous rise of misplaced power. Indeed, power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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UPU, Ogboru and Emerhor

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THE philosophy that gave birth to Uvwiamuge declaration was applauded as sound thinking by many within and outside Urhobo land and envied its originators. But with time it suffered illusion due to poor interpretation on the whims and caprices of individuals because of political bias and the undue presence of money. It led to many

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I also messed up Nigera

  /   in Viewpoint 6:23 pm   /   Comments

AS many that will read the above title, some will be shocked to stupor; many will say it is impossible while others will retrospectively ask the question how? Every reaction is to be expected knowing the kind of man I have grown to be.

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Making a mockery of anti-corruption war

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Many politicians are out in the field cajoling the electorate for votes using anti- corruption messages. They have correctly read the mood of the electorate and understand how anti-corruption message resonate with them. Now, every politician who fancies his chance to win an elective office sings the anti- corruption song.

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Otti: The future Abia wants

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Alex Otti

Saturday March 7, 2015, opposite Afaraukwu Junction by Aba Road Umuahia, a crowd in village merrymaking emerged from Afaraukwu Village.

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Uduaghan, Ali Baba and the Forty Nobles

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Uduaghan

In the Nigerian political folklore, no politician or political leader has impacted the entertainment industry more than the governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, a medical doctor-turned-politician.

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Okotie’s Message for Jonathan & Buhari

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ChrisOkotie

As we await the result of the presidential election, let us continue to sound it loud and clear, as Rev. Chris Okotie did in his Facebook piece, titled, A Message for Jonathan and Buhari, that the two political gladiators should accept the verdict with equanimity.

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Deconstructing the Delta Governorship Debate

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•Senator Ifeanyi Okowa flanked by his wife and Professor Sam Oyobvbaire during his governorship declaration in Asaba, Delta State.

The Delta gubernatorial debate, which held on the 24th of March, 2015 turned out to be one of the strangest events in the build up to the Governorship elections thus far. It was an event that had long been anticipated by Deltans across all three Senatorial Districts with the organizers having gone the extra mile in sensitizing the electorate on the importance of the debate.

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2015: The choice before Deltans

  /   in Viewpoint 12:20 pm   /   Comments

In many ways, Delta state is a microcosm of Nigeria. Just like Nigeria, it is an ethnically diverse state with different ethnic nationalities and many languages spoken. Similarly, Delta state boasts of immense natural and human resources. Apart from producing 35% of the nation’s crude oil, the state is blessed with abundant natural resources such as arable land, rich rain forest, and a sprawling coastline that is a goldmine for the fishing industry. In addition, Delta state is one state that has the potential to develop different deep sea ports in Warri, Koko, Sapele, Bomadi, and Burutu. In short, Delta State is a state of limitless possibilities, an investors’ haven waiting to be explored.

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How not to treat an industry leader

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Emotions, very strong ones at that, have dominated public reaction to the 20 per cent hike in subscription rates of various bouquets announced by MultiChoice, the country’s leading pay-TV provider.

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Real change will come

  /   in Viewpoint 12:00 pm   /   Comments

CHANGE is one thing that is inevitable in life. From birth to death, man continues to change, either for good or for bad. If he grows up to imbibe the fear of God in his ways, he lives well, but where he adopts to live by his own ways, he lives at his own peril. When man refuses to accept change, change forces itself on him. It is same with the life of any nation and Nigeria appears to be on the brink of a big change.

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Sanusi Lamido and his twisted ‘missing $20 billion’ tale

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ADOLF HITLER’S propaganda minister in Nazi Germany, Paul Joseph Goebbels stated in one of his popular submissions: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

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Abia and threat of violence

  /   in Viewpoint 8:45 pm   /   Comments

ABIA State is not known for political violence since its creation, though it witnessed such during the immediate past administration between 1999 and 2007. It was obvious to Nigerians then that the political violence that rocked the state was orchestrated by the government of the time to divert attention from its non-performance.

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Anambra South and the Andy Uba candidancy

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IT is always an easy and simple task to write about Sen. Andy Uba. The man who represents Anambra South in the Senate of the Federal Republic has left clear and positive prints on the sands of time and the paths which lead to his many accomplishments are uncomplicated and straightforward.

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