Monday January 26th, 2015
Monday January 26th, 2015
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NAFDAC searches for safe healthcare practices

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NIGERIANS must acknowledge that positive transformation in every facet of human endeavour is a necessity that must be embraced by any nation that is committed to the improvement of the welfare of its citizens. This explains why the Federal Government alligns with resource driven and globally comparable achievements in virtually all segments of the nation’s endeavour.

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Imperative of a Jonathan 2nd term

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President Goodluck Jonathan speaking at the 54th Independence 
Anniversary Interdenominational Church Service at the National Christian  Center, Abuja On Sunday (29/9/14)

THOSE who are familiar with my political discourses know that I am an unapologetic supporter of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Ph.D., GCFR. I have been a “GEJite” or, if you like, a “Jonathanian” (a term coined by Nasir El Rufai thinking it is derisive) since October, 2009, when it became clear that late President Umaru Yar’adua was unlikely to continue as Nigeria’s President due to ill-health.

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Who’s afraid of a presidential debate? (2)

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THE high prevalence of corruption is antithetical to the development of any nation. This does not only render public institutions ineffective, it breeds impunity and lawlessness. How the alarming rate of corruption can be drastically reduced will surely be of interest to Nigerian voters this time around. It is not new to many that the image of the country outside is a source of utmost concern.

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Jonathan vs Buhari: Who has a better record?

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Buhari

IN more experienced democracies, the choice of who deserves to be elected the president of Nigeria between President Goodluck Jonathan and former Head of state General Mohammadu Buhari, in the 2015 presidential election would be a forgone issue due to the fact that both contestants have been in office as president and Nigerians have experienced the governance styles of both, with first-hand observation of their strengths and weaknesses, and importantly what both achieved while in office.

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Under Jonathan our insecurity has infected neighbouring countries

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Adamawa-boko

2015 is a decisive year. It is a year of decision; it will determine the hopes and aspirations of millions of Nigerians, young and old and even generation yet unborn. It is a golden opportunity for our political leaders to decide for the majority, whether we are going to fulfill the American prophecy that Nigeria’ existence may be terminated or we shall throw such prophecy into the trash can.

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BOLAJI AKINYEMI@73: Portrait of a firebrand statesman

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Prof Bolaji Akinyemi

THERE is no likelihood that anyone would be faulted for describing Prof Bolaji Akinyemi as a man of many parts.

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The Believers’ Creed, By Femi Fani-Kayode

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*Fani-Kayode

Bring light where there is darkness, joy where there is pain, hope where there is despair and respite where there is suffering. Fear not the mighty, be strong and confident in all circumstances, uphold the truth and defend the weak. Fight the power, bow to no man, stand firm on your convictions and resist the evil. Watch and pray, have faith in God, hold your head up high and fight the good fight. This is the creed of the believer: the obligation and calling of the Sons and Daughters of Zion.

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Better future ahead

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newyear

Forget about yesterday. The future is too bright. The pains, shame, sufferings and humiliations that you may have gone through in the past is nothing compared to the glory that is ahead of you. The kind of joy that cannot be hidden will be tasted by you this year. You will be among those that people will congratulate shortly. You are nothing now compared to what God has planned and prepared for you.

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Between Christmas and 2015

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THE period between Christmas and the new year for most people is a time for sober, deep and wide reflections, which may include their spiritual life in the fading year, and what to do in the new year to repair their relationship with their creator, or improve on it where a relationship existed, and to give more to the community, society, etc. Others use the period to celebrate their successes, eat, make merry, gain a few weight which they will struggle to shed in the New Year.

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Still on Nigeria military and online media

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Chris Olukolade

THIS is indeed a critical period of our national life when a raging war on desperate terrorists has kept military operations in North-East and others parts of the North in persistent media spotlight. And as would be expected, the subject now dominates the country’s Online media conten

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Buhari’s self demystification

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Buhari

MORE than any other aspirant to Nigeria’s presidency in recent times, General Muhammadu Buhari has received the most criticism for his brand of politics, his undignified utterances and what many view as desperation. Buhari does not come across as an overly ambitious Nigerian politician but that posturing is just on the surface. Behind that façade that he is in politics for altruistic reasons lies a deep-seated craving for power which has been obvious since his much criticized overthrow of the Shagari presidency in 1983. Not only did his coup plot set the country backwards by several decades, the way he went about exercising his power gave the first revelation of his character as a man whose decision can be biased by extraneous considerations.

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Of Mutiny and the Lesson From Pakistan

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Army-Jonathan

I was preparing my regular end of year/beginning of the New Year analysis on Nigeria when the airwaves where almost physically assaulted by the unexpected and unexplainable call by the Buhari Campaign Organization of the All Progressive Congress, APC, to the military to mutiny!

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Random musings on Jonathan, Buhari, Nigeria and 2015

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Jonathan or Buhari  who will you pick ?

LUCKILY for the Ijaw man who had no shoes but managed by a combination of hard work, a studious mind, the cunningness of a boa constrictor – many thanks to his adept study of zoology – and of course, a large dose of divine intervention which many ignorantly like to pass off as good luck, he is today, arguably, the most powerful man in the black world.

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A nation in denial

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Map of Nigeria

By Sunny Ikhioya ONE thing that has characterised us as a nation is self denial. We run away from the truth as long as the pinch is not on our foot directly. How is it possible to have solutions to the multiple challenges facing us if we are afraid to diagnose correctly the problems facing

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Exploring the resource control option – Plateau State, by Futureview CEO, Elizabeth Ebi

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Futureview Group, CEO, Mrs. Elizabeth Ebi announces a new Futureview Research initiative on Resource Control in Nigeria. Futureview will look to examine all 36 states in Nigeria and both tapped and untapped opportunities in their natural resource usage. Futureview is a leading investment bank in Nigeria.

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Female suicide bombers

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14 years old suspected suicide bomber

But I am not what you would call a religious person. In fact, I regard religion a major contributor to the world’s problems. Take Nigeria for example: Here’s is a country that’s crying out for a revolution, a country crying out to be rescued. But its Christian citizens have been largely stultified, mumufied. They would rather pray (while collecting bribes) and wait for God and his angels to march down from Heaven to sort things out for them. The Muslims? Well, there’s suicide bombing if things are not exactly going your way.

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The weight of the APC presidential ticket

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BUHARI'S RUNNING MATE—APC Presidential Candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari presenting his running mate  Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, in Abuja.

After a lot of speculations and behind-the-scene manipulations, the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, presented Professor Yemi Osinbajo to the public as his running mate for the 2015 presidential election. The choice was not a great surprise, since the Professor’s name had always been in the air as one of the dark horses for the position.

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Otiotio: An Ambassador of Christ turns 56

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Amb.-Emmanuel-Otiotio

I met Ambassador Emmanuel Oseimiegha Otiotio in 1998 while I was Deputy Bureau Editor in the Abuja Office of Vanguard newspapers. At his instance, I attended a lunch meeting, in his house at the “E” wing of the Apo Legislators’ Quarters, which provided an opportunity to let us into his political plans and build a friendship that has, since then, flourished.

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Of vision and visionary leadership

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AKWA IBOM STADIUM President of Ghana John Mahama, President Goodluck Jonathan, and President of Cote D’lvoire Alhassan Ouattarra  during the commissioning ceremony of the 30,000 Capacity Akwa Ibom International Stadium, held in  Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

One of the biggest misconceptions of the world, in my opinion, is the view held by some that members of the clergy should not participate in politics or government.

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Removing body organs without consent permitted by the National Health Act, 2014

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IT was reported in the media last week that President Goodluck Jonathan had signed the National Health Bill into law. As a legal framework for the management and regulation of the health sector the Act has addressed some of the challenges and concerns of the Nigerian people with respect to access to medical care. Unfortunately, some of the provisions of the Act have empowered doctors to violate the right of Nigerians to life by removing the organs of living persons without authorization. Before examining the obnoxious provisions of the Act it is pertinent to note that it is the most comprehensive legislation on healthcare in Nigeria.

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Doomsday prophets and Abia PDP primaries

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AT last the first round of delegate elections in the build-up for the 2015 general elections has ended in Abia state. Candidates have emerged under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party to fly the party’s flag in the main election. It has been a very tensed and uncalm period with tensions and anxiety building up. A lot of horse-trading and intrigues pervaded the polity within the period.

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Insurgency and Buhari’s call for full Sharia

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Buhari

IN 2001 at an Islamic seminar in Kaduna, Buhari was given an opportunity to choose between Nigeria’s secularism and fundamentalist Islam, this is what he said; “I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria”, he then added that; “God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country”.Buhari an advocate of sharia was chosen to address that seminar in Kaduna because of his advocacy and he did not disappoint because he is one of the boardroom voices of Sharia.

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Understanding the man, Okowa

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SURPRISE. Shock. Upset. Those were some of the words the media used to describe the emergence of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as the Delta PDP gubernatorial flag bearer. But to those who know Senator Okowa, the result of the Delta PDP gubernatorial primary election was anything but surprising. It only cemented his profile as a consummate politician, consensus builder, and popular grassroots mobiliser.

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Nigerian economy: Always back to square one

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File: Okonjo-Iweala

THE Federal government has finally decided to introduce some austerity measures despite its recent claim that the drastic drop in global oil prices will not affect the economy negatively. The measure is meant to insulate the economy from the crashing oil price in a bid to balance economic growth.

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Interpreters of Delta State

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NIGERIA is a complex society with diversities. Delta State is an heir to the complexities that typify Nigeria. To unravel and to interpret these complexities and have them built into a meaningful tapestry for this generation and generations yet unborn, many years have been sunk into the search without a clear navigable course charted. Just

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Is Muhammadu Buhari the right choice?

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WHY is it difficult for us to raise fresh blood, with fresh and dynamic ideas to steer the affairs of this country? I do not know. We have the Fasholas, Oshiomholes, Amaechis, Ribadus before he switched over to the PDP and so many other vibrant fellows in the APC party, yet, they have again, chosen to go the recycled route by bringing in Mohammadu Buhari as their presidential candidate. Is Mohammadu Buhari the real deal?

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Jonathan vs Buhari: May the best man for 21st century Nigeria win

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Buhari and Jonathan

By Emeka Chiakwelu First and foremost, what do I mean by 21st century Nigeria? The word 21st century is now ubiquitous and superfluous in any political and economic dialogue but its significance have not diminished nor become pliable. 21st century has been called the century of possibilities and at one point it has been called

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Cornfield Transnational Blazes New Trail in Eco-System

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Presently, growth and acceptance in Information Technology initiatives are largely embraced virtually in every aspect of human endeavors. No serious minded organization can escape its positive effects.

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OBJ: The man, the Book and the law

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BOOK LAUNCH—From left: Former Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Ibidapo Obe; former Education Minister, Dr Oby Ezekwesili; author/former President Olusegun Obasanjo;  Guest of  Honour, Prof. Olu Akinkugbe and Publisher of the book, Dr Eghosa Imasuen, at the presentation of a book: "My Watch", by Olusegun Obasanjo in Lagos, yesterday.

IN the Nigerian political landscape, there is an individual that some believe to be larger than life. Whether he is a septuagenarian or octogenarian, is a subject for debate amongst many people. Nonetheless, he still maintains the record of being the only person to have been both a military Head of State and a democratic President. The jury is still out as to whether or not he should be considered a statesman. This may be because of his penchant for making statements when a true statesman may have chosen to remain silent or restricted his statement to a closed-door meeting

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Politicians, voodoo and power

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THE ruthless apotheosization of money, wealth, success, fame, greatness and power etc has stimulated the passion for multidimensional strategies for achieving them. The deification of money and power has ascended the dangerous crescendo where human spare parts, diabolical rivalry, spiritual poisoning, family feud, voodooistic proclivities…

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Understanding the new Head of Service in Delta

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The public jubilation that greeted the appointment of Sir Patrick Oyambevwe Origho as the Head of the Civil Service in Delta State re-enforces the high fidelity and depth of the Uduaghan vision in a revolutionary process never before witnessed in the annals of the state that prides itself as the finger of God.

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Boko Haram, Buhari and northern elite

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THE principal demand of Boko Haram is religious supremacy and inter-faith intolerance, this demand started in the current democratic era when a Sharia movement started declaring some states as sharia states in clear volation of the secularity of the federation contained in section 10 of the constitution of Nigeria .In declaring such states as Sharia

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