Tuesday October 21st, 2014
Tuesday October 21st, 2014
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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

  /   in Viewpoint 12:51 am   /   Comments

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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Gradual killing of the system

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SINCE the civilians took over government in 1999, we have had eight Inspector Generals of Police till date. They are Musiliu Smith (1999-2002), Mustapha Adebayo Balogun (March 2002- January 2005), Sunday Ehindero (2005-2007), Mike Mbama Okiro (2007-2009), Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo (2009-2010), Hafiz Ringim (January 2010- 2012), Muhammed D. Abubakar(2012-2014) and Mr. Suleiman Abba 2014- till date. A keen observer will note that in some cases, some Inspector Generals of Police even introduced new uniforms during their tenure.

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Ebonyi and the politics of succession

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AS Ebonyi State marks her 18th anniversary of statehood, I congratulate all “Ebonyians” on this unique occasion. I urge all to reflect on the giant strides made by our able Governor Chief Martin Elechi in his bid to transform the state; keeping alive the dream of the founding fathers, I salute his patriotic and focused leadership qualities.

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Thoughts on the NYSC Online fee

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nyscmembers

HOW time flies. It is seven years since I passed out of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC. As usual mixed feelings enveloped my thoughts. I wanted a career in the banking sector or civil service or in a blue-chip company.

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Diaspora Matters: This is how to defect

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APC-PDP

It has been said times uncountable that politicians all over the world are the same. Not because most of them now dress in impressive designer clothes or shoes and try to act as Hollywood stars. No. It is said politicians, no matter which country they are from, have same characteristics. They do sweet talks and make promises. Most times these promises are rather “too tall” to be realisable.

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Where have all the Leaders gone?

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Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder! We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say ‘stay the course.”–Lee Iacocca

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Safety issues: Cows on our roads

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THE planners and controllers of the Nigerian economy will proudly tell anyone who cares to listen that the Nigerian economy is the preferred destination of investors from different parts of the world.This is in spite of the fact, that we are a nation in war.

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Office seekers and the ideal Delta State

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SINCE its creation on August 27, 1991, Delta State has been striving to come to terms with the ideals of government which are located in the welfare and security of the people. Primarily, politics is all about socio-economic transformation through power and of its manifold relation to, and implications for all other aspects of society.

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T. B. Joshua, Pressmen, and Hush Money

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Nicholas Ibekwe, a journalist with an Abuja-based online newspaper, Premium Times, recently alleged that the clerical point man of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), T.B. Joshua, gave journalists hush money, commonly known as “brown envelope.”

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Ogogoro vs Vodka: A tale of two spirits

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Many people are raising concern that the economic potential of Nigeria’s local gin, otherwise known as Ogogoro, is largely undermined, while its Russian version, Vodka, is highly celebrated worldwide.

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Appreciating a leader

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A FEW days from now, the curtain will be drawn to signify the end of another era at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba. We will all witness the bowing out of a medical icon and a seasoned administrator from the position of the Chief Medical Director. Prof. Akin Osibogun started the journey, which without doubt ushered in the beginning of new medical innovations and achievements, in one of the foremost tertiary hospital in the country sometimes in October 2006.

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Our independence of corruption

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WE are celebrating another independence day, the same ritual; razzmatazz and demonstrations. Speeches. Promises and promises, all of the same, so much motion but no movement.

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Education is scary

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“Education is scary. There are so many people who discouraged us, given that our girls were kidnapped and escaped, and told us we should not put them in school again. Now, we who have agreed, we are giving our children to you. You are the ones to protect them and we are grateful for your help.”

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The Sambo conundrum

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Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, generally acclaimed as a loyal vice president and a strong pillar of the Jonathan administration is, no doubt, in his trying times. His monumental contributions to the success of the Transformation Agenda and the candid acknowledgement in his tactical endorsement by the president at the South-West PDP sensitization rally in Lagos, seem not to be sufficient guarantees to keep his well-deserved VP slot for the next dispensation in 2015.

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Delta 2015: Time for sober reflection

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As politicians gingerly await on INEC to announce guidelines for 2015 elections, the political space is  agog with activities with aspirants striving to gain vantage positions preparatory to their party primaries. In this frenzied atmosphere a lot of shenanigans are manifesting, polluting the otherwise healthy air in the atmosphere that people should ordinarily breathe. Understandably,

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The media ahead of 2015

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EVERY profession has its esoteric jargons. The profession of journalism is not left out. But the editor is critically crucial in the newspaper publication industry.
Without slips of prolixity, a newspaper is an alphenstock designed to carry the reader up the mountain of information, entertainment and education, etc.

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National honour award and Orji

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TODAY September 29, some Nigerians will be conferred with the National Honour Award by President Goodluck Jonathan at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Among the awardees are President Jonathan’s steward, a taxi driver, a traffic warden and the Abia State governor, Chief Theodore Orji.

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The Oshiomhole IGR strategy

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The deepening revenue crisis facing the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) for over 18 months is helping to refocus the attention of Governor Adams Oshiomhole on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in Edo State.

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Between Oritsejafor and the war on terror

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THE present call by a group that styles itself the “Buhari Vanguard” that the revered National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor be arrested clearly amounts to an unbridled frontal assault on the collective integrity of the body of Nigerian Christians symbolized today by his person; much the same way a call for the arrest of the person of the revered Sultan of Sokoto means to the Muslims of this country.

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FELIX ODUSANYA DINA (1954 – 2014) The passing of a good man

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He who, knowing that what he would say would definitely get some people angry, but puts it to the test of sincerity and honesty, convinces himself that saying it would be for a good cause before decent men and God Almighty, still goes ahead to say it, is a damn good man!

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Delta 2015: The symbol of equity in Warri

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The Warri Federal Constituency stands on a tripod- Warri South, Warri North, and Warri South-West LGA. There exists an unwritten agreement between the three LGAs on the need to rotate the Warri Federal Constituency seat in the spirit of fairness, equity and justice.

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Diaspora Matters: ‘Sir, you look so ordinary’

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London-City-new

Some years ago, I ran into a “big” Nigerian on the streets of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. To be honest, it wasnt a “running into”, it was a case of a conscious encounter.

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Why Nigerians have endorsed Jonathan for 2015

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Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, President of the Federal Republic, Nigeria, must declare now to run for the office of the president come 2015. He must return come 2015 to sustain the good work he has started.

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Delta 2015: Imperative of paradigm shift

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THE purpose of government is the welfare and security of the people. All over the world, a people’s fate is inextricably tied to government.

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Edo: Beware of Self centred and parochial politicians

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Once upon a time, a shepherd raised false alarm of wolf attacking his sheep but when people ran to him for rescue, he dismissed them, that it was a hoax. On another faithful day the same alarmist raised thunderous alarm, which awakened the conscience of sympathizers, and they rushed to rescue him, it was not different from the false alarm raised to curry favour, at the end it turned out to be the biggest joke of the day.

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Governor Chime’s belated rally for Jonathan

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BY Thursday, September 25, 2014, the Enugu State Government would have sponsored a rally for the adoption of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for the 2015 presidential election. To this end, officials of the 17 councils in Enugu State were directed to rent at least 200 persons in each of the 260 wards in Enugu State. Public holiday has been declared and shops and markets shut down- all for a stage effect.

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