Thursday April 24th, 2014
Thursday April 24th, 2014
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The attempted jail breakers nemesis

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Soldiers called in to stop the rampaging Boko Haram detainees, Sunday morning.

In the early hours of Sunday, March 30, 2014, while going through twitter for usual updates, the news of gunshots at the Department of State Services, DSS, headquarters close to the state house went viral. Even though the news of gunshots and bombing are now usual in the country, attacking the headquarters of the state security service is awkwardly audacious. The news immediately gained ground, leading to unease in and around the city of Abuja, as people scampered for safety.

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Africa prepares for economic growth

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Africa

WE live in volatile times. With economies all around the world caving in on them, causing ripple effects that spread throughout our increasingly global planet, investors and governments alike are frantically searching for signs of hope. And many are finding that hope in a region with its own share of rocky histories and failed economies.

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Still on Jonathan and his many critics

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Goodluck-Jonathan-new

THESE are times for concern in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The emergence of All Progressives Congress, APC has enriched political space. The PDP that emerged from Abacha’s draconian rule project unity and cuts across ethnic and political divides.

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A minister and her many enemies

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ANYONE with an ear to the ground probably would have heard quite a bit about the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. If the minister has not heard, there has been quite a groundswell of murmuring around town about how she sits atop the wealth of the nation and not allowing others a piece of the action, whatever that means. If you think that the complaints against the minister are coming from the opposition camps alone, then you are mistaken. Even from her native Bayelsa, there is a creeping opposition against their daughter. It really baffles.

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The Strange Dream of a Muslim/Muslim Ticket (2), By Femi Fani-Kayode

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FEMI FANI KAYODE

All the clever rationalizations and justifications in the world for presenting a Muslim/Muslim ticket will not enable us to escape this ugly tag. As a matter of fact they will simply confirm it. We have a lot of work to do in this respect and permit me to share just one of the things that we ought to do very quickly if we wish to avoid the consequences of our own folly. We must go out of our way to redress the religious imbalance in our Interim National Executive where you have virtually ALL the KEY positions in the hands of Muslims and where it is only the lesser positions that the Christians enjoy.

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Why there will never be revolution in Nigeria

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Nigeria-map

SINCE the uprisings and violent protests that have rocked some Arab nations 2011, some people had feared that such would be replicated in Nigeria, with the level of corruption across the country and the impunity with which our politicians loot the treasury.

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Killing the people, killing the business(es)

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THERE is the direct killing, like the one happening in the Boko Haram-ravaged states. Some human beings have to be eliminated for the country to move forward. So, for anyone Boko Haram gunned down, it is one less of the bad guys in our society; such people are not fit to co-habit with decent individuals.

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Still on the centennial awards

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THE Nigerian centenary celebration was to honour hundred persons, some, post-hummus. The number of the award recipients was deliberately pegged at one hundred so that it will conform exactly to the number of years of Nigeria’s existence. A number of questions ran through my mind.

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Killing us softly

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IN a famous major musical hit by the Black American female singer Roberta Flack, she described a man as “killing her softly, with his song”.

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Does Nigeria need a Guantanamo Bay type detention camp?

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THE ramming of two planes into the New York Twin Towers and co-ordinated attacks on other selected targets in the United States by suicidal Al-Qaeda agents on September 9, 2011, changed the face of terrorism in the world.

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Dissecting giant strides in import/export sector

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BEFORE the discovery of oil, Nigeria had made great advancements in textile, agricultural, solid minerals and manufacturing sectors.

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2015: Jonathan’s supporters, detractors and the rest of us

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ONLY the politically naive can fail to see that President Goodluck Jonathan will contest the 2015 presidential election. Even if his now famous body language is the only signal we can read, the signs are evident that the man will stand for re-election. Naturally, his supporters see nothing wrong in that. And, expectedly, his detractors do. But what do the rest of us who are neither his supporters nor detractors think about the issue?

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How Nigerian citizens are maltreated in China

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I KNOW these are no easy times for the President so I will skip the details and present the facts unedited. About 1508 Nigerian citizens are dying needlessly in China detention camps and prison facilities for travel offences.

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YouTube 101: How to use the world’s largest video sharing platform

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YouTube is the world’s largest video platform in the world with more than one billion unique monthly users accessing and interacting with the platform. More often than not, these users are viewing a video which was shared on their social networks on Google+, Twitter or Facebook or via an e-mail received from a family member or a friend. Few users realize the endless potential which the platform has to become an entertainment/information/education hub if the user taps into its full potential.

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This Diezani Alison-Madueke’s persecution

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IN the last few weeks, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has come under intense and sustained attacks ostensibly from members of the opposition party.

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Ekweremadu: A moral leader

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GENERALLY, I rarely venture into Nigerian politics and its goings-on but three news stories in recent months that appeared in Thisday, National Mirror, and The Sun, titled “Ike Ekweremadu I Know,” caught my interest. The focus of the two stories was on the leadership and associated accomplishments of the Deputy President of Nigerian Senate Ike Ekweremadu. One of the news stories described the Deputy Senate President as “leadership personified”. I was excited and encouraged by this description knowing that political leaders are more exposed to temptation and error than most professions.

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Boko Haram and our common enemies

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WE choose selective amnesia whenever it is our desire to score cheap political points. When the intention is to corner political power, our unflattering past is covered with the ageless toga of “progressives”. When the idea is to deflect investigation from our direction, we turn emergency whistle blowers.

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Jonathan, Abba Moro and the NIS recruitment fiasco

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I DO not need to recount the recent Immigration Service recruitment fiasco here. The horrors are still fresh, the insensitivity of the Interior Minister—self-styled ‘Comrade’ Abba Moro—continues to rankle; so does the indecent attempt by the opposition to build political capital out of the unfortunate affair.

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Urhobo tribe, her three core enemies

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THE President inaugurated the National Conference in Abuja on Monday. By so doing, he has fulfilled another promise of “this nebulously packaged Transformation Agenda”. Another noise making gathering of the people has commenced. It shall produce nothing except the desires and wishes of the man who singled out everyone that is qualified to be member, and that is the President himself.

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Boko Haram and North East governors

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NIGERIA is bleeding and convulsing in pain throes. She is gradually sliding into the impotence of error. Her efforts at steadying the tottering steps – even if on the slimy blood of the innocent victims quartered in death by the Boko Haram suicides – appears vacuumed of effect.

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$20 billion, Sanusi and the opposition cabal

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SUSPENDED Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, made an earth-shaking disclosure about the $20 billion he accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of not remitting to the federation account.

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Sambo Dasuki and security media relations

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WITHIN a week, last week to be precise, the name of the National Security Adviser to President Jonathan suddenly became an item in opinions and features. Most of them actually wanted him to be visible and outspoken on security activities in the country, especially the barbaric atrocities being committed in a section of the country.

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Nigeria’s centenary: To make parts truly whole (2)

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Centenary-leaders

DESPITE relatively high oil receipts in the past decades, for instance, Nigeria’s human development index has shown only a negligible drop in its poverty index. Official figures reveal that those living on less than $1.25 daily moved only marginally from 64.6 percent in 2004 to 62.6 percent in 2010. Taken together, what then confronts us is a big puzzle indeed. Apart from the white-collar audience at the IOD, the Edo Governor also engaged in informal chats with members of Nigerians in Diaspora, preaching national unity. As always, he never tires to liken the Nigerian union to a Catholic wedding where divorce is not an option.

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The Confab, Itsekiri, Urhobo and Bugaje’s grandstanding

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THESE are certainly not the best of times for the Itsekiri and Urhobo ethnic nationalities in Nigeria. Things are even unimaginably critical for Itsekiris in comparison to other ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

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Five reasons for Windows Phone

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Youth empowerment

The ability to code in a language he is familiar with and a potential customer base of millions, are just some of the reasons why Nigeria’s most successful game developer chooses Windows Phone

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How to do business with SAP ERP human capital management solutions

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Technology; a simple 10 letter word that has changed and transformed the way we think, act and the speed at which business results are achieved. Just a few years back, you had to print your CV, write an application letter and travel to the nearest post office to submit your employment application.

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How the conference will pan out

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confab-delegates

I WAS one of those early supporters of the convened national conference. My reason for doing so was based on the assumption that jaw-jaw is always better than war-war. Furthermore, it was my thinking that bringing Nigerians from all the nooks and crannies, with diverse cultural backgrounds, languages and the like, will make us appreciate ourselves and therefore, mutual respect, all round.

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NIS tragedy: Any hope for unemployed graduates?

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*Pix. 4: Applicvants who could not find seats await further insatructions as others take seats to write the Nigeria Immigration Service examinations at the 60,000 capacity National Stadium, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

As a student, I still have the fear of tomorrow after graduation if one could get a job or die while searching for non-existing vacancy.

In fact, as many have lately observed, we are now sitting on a time-bomb when millions are unemployed. A 2012 survey by the National Bureau of Statistics put Nigeria’s youth unemployment figure at 54 percent. This means one out of every two young people who should be gainfully employed is unemployed. That’s frustrating and scary.

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Sanusi and the missing $20bn

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Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

The embattled CBN Governor, Mr Lamido Sanusi has never cut a popular figure in the socio-economic/political environment of the nation’s polity. He has in the past pitted himself against unnecessary narcissist indulgences ranging from meddling in issues of national security regarding Boko Haram, to attacks on high profile and respectable Nigerian Christian leaders like Pastor Enoch Adeboye. As enraged as I was with his attack against Adeboye, I must put away sentiments and personal loyalty and my dislike for the CBN governor in considering a burning national issue of great international dimensions to our nation and its citizens. This is not about Sanusi, this is about an alleged missing $20b (twenty billion US dollars) from the nation’s account.

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Transforming the education sector

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EDUCATION is the process of cultivating the human person and inculcating in him or her qualities that differentiate us from other animals. Whether formal or informal, education makes it possible for the individual not only to understand him or herself, but also able to interact with other people and the society in which he or she lives. It is through education that we become social, political and moral beings; that we are able to develop ourselves and contribute to the collective wellbeing of society. That is what makes education the only priceless treasure that we can bequeath to the next generation.

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The NIS Applicants tragedy, by Rev. Chris Okotie

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The big news this week was the inauguration of the National Conference, but the deaths of more than 16 young applicants who died in Abuja and other venues, during the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS recruitment exercise, overshadowed it. This tragedy mirrors the desperate situation of Nigeria. One only hopes that this unfortunate loss of lives,

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APC and the roadmap to nowhere

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THE other week, the leading opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, took its predilection for obfuscation to another level by engaging in self-serving opinion poll.

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