Wednesday September 17th, 2014
Wednesday September 17th, 2014
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Apapa tank farm complex: A disaster in the making

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Nigeria as a country today faces a barrage of significant issues that if not addressed in the very near future may stall or even halt the economy and national GDP completely.

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Imo: Ihedioha’s projects speak for him

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It is noteworthy that since after the recent Iriji Mbaise festival, Governor Rochas Okorocha and his band of apologists have not recovered from the shock of the reality of Hon. Emeka Ihedioha’s increasing popularity across Imo State.

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Point about homeland security

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I am impressed by the recommendation of the sub-committee of the National Delegates Conference on Securities for the creation of Ministry or Department of Homeland Securities.

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Adamawa: Modibbo coming to the Rescue

  /   in Viewpoint 7:49 pm   /   Comments

Since its inception in the 90’s, precisely on August 27th, 1991 when then military regime of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida took a bold step of carving out the present Adamawa State out of Old Gongola, splitting it into Taraba and Adamawa States; Adamawa has not been lucky with efficient political leadership.

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Imposition of candidates as threat to democracy

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Internal party democracy is a key ingredient of any democratic system of government. This is because democracy ought to begin from the parties and how they choose their candidates for the election proper. If the candidates are chosen otherwise than in line with tenets of democracy, then the political space would be tainted and no true democracy can be said to be in existence.

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Wole Soyinka, may he never live long

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IT was a night of radiant quality stars, in December 2010, at the State House, Banquet Hall of the Ghanaian Government, Accra,Ghana, where Professor Wole Soyinka was awarded the Millennium Excellence Award and Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize, alongside AshaHagi the Somalian activist and woman of courage.

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Saboteurs and Nigeria

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SABOTAGE is defined as a deliberate action aimed at weakening a polity or corporation through subversion, obstruction, disruption, or destruction. It is often carried out by enemy combatants, enemy groups, extremist groups, rebel organisations, subversives, underground extremists, etc. A saboteur is also described as a person who destroys or damages something deliberately, a person who performs sabotage.

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Education: Abia and the WAEC result

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EVEN when some hired armchair critics have failed to see anything good in the present government in Abia State since Governor Theodore Orji parted ways with his predecessor, the government’s investment in the education sector has continued to yield abundant dividends.

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Examining editors’ role in fostering credible elections in Nigeria

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They note that journalists, particularly the editors who are the gatekeepers in various media organisations, have a great role to play in promoting national unity, peace and harmony, so as to enhance the socio-political and economic growth of the country.

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The life and times of Pa Samuel Babatunde Johnson, 1925-2014

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Late Pa. Samuel Babatunde Johnson

BORN in 1925 in the ancient town of Owo in Ondo State, Pa Samuel came from the Sashere pedigree, noted for discipline, courage, industry and forthrightness.

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Why not Ndokwa for Delta 2015?

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AS the administration of Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan draws to its constitutionally mandated end in 2015, the political scene in Delta state is abuzz on who or where the successor will emerge from.

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Gains of electoral reforms

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A LARGE number of Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief in the morning of Sunday, August 10, 2014, when the Returning Officer of the just-concluded Osun gubernatorial election, Professor Bamitale Omole, announced that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, had won the election with a wide margin.

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Adamawa guber: Can Ribadu be trusted?

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THE biggest news of the Nigerian politics in the past one week is unarguably the movement of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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Assessing options, challenges of implementing Confab report

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On Aug. 21, President Goodluck Jonathan received the report of the National Conference with a pledge that his administration would implement its recommendations.

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Much ado about Saraki and Kwara

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AS usual, the latest brew from Is’haq Modibbo Kawu’s pot of half-truth delivered through his column in the Vanguard newspaper, leaves a trend and trail of garnished falsehood. Moddibo’s case readily reminds one of the pitiable situation of a stammerer, who rather than learn how to talk slowly so he can be understood, decides to gargle and garble at the same time.

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Ebola Virus Disease and national unity

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HOW can it be said that a deadly Ebola Virus Disease [EVD], imposed on Nigeria by “one mad man” from a foreign country is becoming a factor of unification for Nigerian? Can that be true? Does a thing like that exist? Can anything good come from Ebola Virus Disease? Save your answer or agitation for a while until we meet with someone important somewhere first.

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If Amaechi had remained

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A RECENT visit to Port Harcourt, Rivers state, was an eye opener. A vibrant bubbling city, massive road net work, all dead ends opened up and linked with the city. You can’t help but notice governance in action.

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Gains of electoral reforms

  /   in Viewpoint 2:30 pm   /   Comments

A LARGE number of Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief in the morning of Sunday, 10th August, 2014, when the returning Officer of the just-concluded Osun gubernatorial election, Professor Bamitale Omole, announced that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Rauf Aregbesola, had won the election, with a wide margin.

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Adamawa guber: Can Ribadu be trusted?

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THE biggest news of the Nigerian politics in the past one week is unarguably the movement of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. For those who might have forgotten, the former EFCC czar, was also the presidential candidate of the now defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the 2011 general elections.

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The grave allegations of Stephen Davis, by Femi Fani-Kayode

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*Fani-Kayode

I read, in the August 29 edition of Thisday Newspaper, the grave allegations made by an Australian by the name of Mr. Stephen Davis about those that he believes are behind Boko Haram.

He made some very serious allegations; he mentioned names and I would be interested in seeing the hard evidence that he claims to have.

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Boko Haram is winning propaganda war

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BOKO HARAM is, perhaps, the luckiest insurgent group operating in the world right now. It has at its easy disposal, an array of foot soldiers and avenues for the dissemination of its propaganda; that mind game of war and politics which, when effectively deployed, wears down the enemy before the weapons of military destruction arrive to finish him off.

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For Dora Akunyili, a tribute

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HONOUR, discipline, incorruptibility, patriotism and courage all ran, simultaneously, in her DNA, yes in DNA – Dora Nkem Akunyili. Reigning female world leaders like Angela Merkel of Germany, Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Christina de Kirchner of Argentina and Helen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia are perhaps no match for her in all the indices. If all were individual sporting events in an Olympic Games, she would stand in pole position to clinch all gold medals!

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Impeachment: How Ekweremadu failed to save Enugu dep gov

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Sunday Onyebuchi

A witty political godfather exerts immeasurable influences and compels irresistible obedience from his helpless beneficiaries. Such unbending manipulation played out during the events that led to the impeachment of Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, the erstwhile deputy governor of Enugu State.

Mouths are still aghast as to how Onyebuchi ignored wise counsel and chose the inglorious path charted by people who wanted to use him to test the viability of their political strength. As it has now turned out, it was a worthless gamble.

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Aregbesola’s finest hour

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IN the heat of the global human carnage that was the Second World War, Britain’s famed politician and war-time leader, Winston Churchill, gave a significant new insight into the affairs of humankind.

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A presidential red herring

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THE recently held International Youth Day Conference in Abuja was an occasion for President Goodluck Jonathan to address economic, political and other issues with specific relevance to the Nigerian youths.

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States’ multiple taxation and IGR boost

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FIGURES from the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, show that for 2012, the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, for the 36 states of Nigeria was about N555 billion, out of which the 19 states of the North generated N87 billion or 15 %; the South West generated N261.2 billion or 47%; the South-South accounted for N150 billion or 27% and the South East N45 billion or 8%. In other words, the South generated N 468 or 85 % of the total IGR for 2012.

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That mystery fire at the Glass House

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FOR many football lovers, the mystery fire that gutted the NFF Glass House in Abuja, almost destroying the Accounts Department, has already been tainted as an act of man, not of God, although proper investigations will tell us which is which.

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IBB’s reflections @ 73

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NIGERIA’S former military dictator, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida recently attained the age of 73, and he chose to celebrate it by dwelling on national issues such as states creation, insecurity, politics and of course general state of the nation. While I relished IBB’S interview in two newspapers, Thisday and Daily Trust, I however took exception to his view about state creation, mostly as it concerns the South East.

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Lagos 2015: Imposition as booby trap

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ALL truly concerned stakeholders, honest observers and indeed, dispassionate analysts, are already dilating on not only who takes the baton from incumbent Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola, but how he/she will emerge as preparations gather momentum by the day.

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The beautiful bride

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THE most important preoccupation in town at this time of the year is the jostling for the 2015 general elections. Many political gladiators, their supporters as well as pundits are involved in the fray leading to the elections coming up early in 2015.

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Edo: The burden of candidacy

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THE political prognosis for the build up to the Edo State 2016 governorship election promises different scenarios that could be interesting. Of course, the ways and methods of producing an acceptable candidate are unpredictable, especially as it relates to the choice of the most acceptable candidates by the two contending political parties, the All Progressive Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.

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Battling with politics of self-destruct

  /   in Viewpoint 2:02 pm   /   Comments

WE can never underestimate the evil in politics until we are victims; this is where the strain between loyalty and deceit is chaotic. Many equate deceit for loyalty but loyalty entails telling the truth and giving facts to promote societal good; unfortunately for “political bats and mosquitoes” blackmail is the bedrock to political ascendancy.

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