Thursday March 5th, 2015
Thursday March 5th, 2015
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Battle for Oyo State

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BY March 28, Nigerians will go to the polls to elect the person that will govern the country for the next four years. Although fifteen political parties are fielding candidates for the presidential election, the two parties to watch are the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC and their candidates. However, some factors are emerging that may influence the outcome of the presidential election in different regions and states of the country.

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Challenge of choice for Edo ethnic nation

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THE frenetic race to the aborted February 14 election, which has now been shifted to March 28, during which the choice of 109 senators will be made across the country had reached feverish pitch before the shift of date.

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Nigeria’s miserable choice

  /   in Viewpoint 9:24 pm   /   Comments

I WAS shocked to read the editorial of February 16, entitled “Nigeria’s Miserable Choices.” First, it was the Independent National Electoral Commission, not President Goodluck Jonathan, who decided to postpone the election, a power it exclusively has under our constitution. INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, said publicly “nobody has coerced us… to take this decision.”

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Politricks: Aburi, Abuja, Accords et al

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IN the past few weeks, there has been a lot of peace accords along with the attendant media hype. The first of these was the Abuja accord where the leading political parties and their presidential candidates signed an agreement essentially against election violence.

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Politicians and their ways

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THAT politics is the branch of social science that deals with the allocation of power to a few individuals, to use as they deem fit, on behalf of the majority of the people is no longer news.

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INEC in a season of high profile inanities

  /   in Viewpoint 9:18 pm   /   Comments

POOR Attahiru Jega! The distinguished Professor of political science and Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is once again in the dock. Indeed, the first salvo against Jega in the court of public opinion is that he is biased. Those who say that Jega is biased cite his now aborted plot to create 30,000 polling booths eighty per cent of which would have been located in the North as evidence of his ploy to give his side of the country an edge over the rest of the country. Another charge against Jega is to the effect that the umpire has kowtowed to pressure from the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to disenfranchise voters who are seen to be sympathetic to President Goodluck Jonathan and his ruling Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP). The story making the rounds in Lagos is that INEC, in solidarity with APC, has denied the Igbo who constitute more than 46 per cent of the population in Lagos the Permanent Voter Card (PVC).

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Jonathan, Dokubo-Asari and the path to Rwanda

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Dokubo-Asari

The struggle for power in Nigeria has always been accompanied by violence, intimidation and sometimes total war. The 1965 general elections, marred by fraud and violence, led to the collapse of the democratic process.

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The help of God

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JESUS

God said in Gen 2:18, “it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him”. Everything that is missing in your life, God will help to put in place for you. Because God knows all things, He knows what is best for you. Whatever is lacking that is relevant to your destiny fulfillment; He will help you with it. Adam was not the one that identified the need; God identified it and did something about it. Before this year will be over God will help you out of the place of hopelessness. Don’t quit or surrender, help is on its way. There are more glorious paths ahead of you. Your best days are still ahead.

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RE: Let’s collectively save the Emir of Ilorin’s palace

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Sen. Saraki

ON Thursday, February 5, Is’haq Modibbo Kawu treated Kwarans to yet another poodle of hatred, as always, about the person of Senator Bukola Saraki, the former governor of Kwara State. In his sentimental and heavily jaundiced article entitled: Let us collectively save the Emir of Ilorin’s palace,published in the Vanguard newspaper, he attempted, without justification to pick holes in the sale of government quarters in the state capital and a fathom attempt that existed only in his imagination, to sell the Eid praying ground. Ordinarily, as a principle, such blatant, audacious and shameless display of ignorance laced with pathological hatred for the Saraki, would have been ignored, but if the madman is allowed to bury his mother, he might roast it ?

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Between election postponement and constitutional provision

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Senate President, David Mark; President Jonathan and House of Reps Speaker, Tambuwal

NO matter what you thought of the postponement of Nigeria’s General elections from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11 2015, the truth is that the realityof the shifting has been accepted.

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Agriculture: Returning to boost Nigeria’s economy

  /   in Agric, Viewpoint 8:56 pm   /   Comments

agric

AGRICULTURE used to be the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. But as oil revenue increased, successive governments out of lack of leadership vision ignored this economic multiplier until President Goodluck Jonathan made it a top priority of his government. Happily government’s agricultural programmes have recorded appreciable gains that can easily ensure self-sufficiency in food production and possibly economic stability in the face of dwindling oil price.

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The Yorubas (3)

  /   in Viewpoint 9:26 pm   /   Comments

Dr Frederick Fasehun

AMONG the Yorubas,the clutch bag is an essential accessory on the male because that is where he carries the money he will use to spray celebrants and others at the party.

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Democracy, Deferred: Postponed election, an embarrassment of bad choices, by Chimamanda Adichie

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INEC official displays an empty ballot box

This time, Buhari’s prospects are better. Jonathan is widely perceived as ineffectual, and the clearest example, which has eclipsed his entire presidency, is his response to Boko Haram. Such a barbaric Islamist insurgency would challenge any government. But while Boko Haram bombed and butchered, Jonathan seemed frozen in a confused, tone-deaf inaction. Conflicting stories emerged of an ill-equipped army, of a corrupt military leadership, of northern elites sponsoring Boko Haram, and even of the government itself sponsoring Boko Haram.

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Buhari: Trivializing the irrelevant

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Buhari

AS Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka put it the other day, ‘this intervention has been provoked, not so much by the ambitions of General Buhari to return to power at the head of a democratic Nigeria, as by declarations of support from directions that leave one totally dumbfounded.’ Nothing best describes the upsurge of vociferous but futile calls for Nigerians to forcefully swallow hook, line and sinker the arrival of a long awaited messiah in Buhari

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Words that build a Nation

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Nigeria

The words that have emanated from some of our politicians especially over the course of the months leading up to 2015 have been too desperate, and antagonistic, tending towards brinksmanship and giving the impression that they see politics as a zero sum game and not as a vehicle to offer service to the people.

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The Yorubas (2)

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Gbonigi, Olajumoke & Falae: Fighting the Yoruba cause

EFFERVESCENT, vivacious, an almost hedonistic Commitment to pleasure, enjoyment. They make no apology for enjoyment and are open about it. At a Yoruba party, there is a sing-along ability – everybody seems to know the words, and the party goers are in full and fine voice, as they belt out song after song.

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Analysing INEC’s postponement

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army-jega

WRITING these days in the midst of passionate electioneering is becoming a challenge. There is no stand you take that will not generate reactions of bias in favour of one party or the other. It is a difficult position to be neutral. According to John Adams:”In politics, the middle way is none at all”.

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INEC and worrisome statistics on voters

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INEC ON EKITI: From left— Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; Mr. Clement Nwankwo, Executive Director, Policy and Legal  Advocacy Centre, and Mr. Anyakwee Nsrimovu, Executive Director, Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, during a meeting with civil society on Ekiti State governorship election in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: Gbemiga Olamikan.

THERE is anxiety in the land over this month’s general elections. To be sure, the presidential and national assembly elections will hold on February 14, 2015 while those of governors and state assemblies have been scheduled for February 28. Some of the fears though, especially about security and logistics challenges, have been allayed by recent pronouncements and disclosures from security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

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The Yorubas

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From  left Lt. Gen Oladipo Diya (rtd); Alhaji Lateef Jakande; Chief (Mrs) HID Awolowo and Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Ooni of Ife at one of Pan Yoruba meetings

THE Yoruba town of Ibadan is largest native market in Africa. The Yorubas engage in the business of planting and trading in Cocoa, Palm produce, timber, rubber, and kola nuts, apart from their normal food crops. They are good businessmen and women, some of whom dealt in timber, cocoa, kola nuts, trading from Lagos to Bathurst (now Banjul), in The Gambia, and South Congo; whist the Ijebus, Ijesha and the Oyo speaking Yorubas deal in general merchandise.

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Moments of Crossing of Paths with Jonathan

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Kyari Gujbawu

LET me commence this discourse with a citation from the divine scripture I am familiar with:

“O mankind! Lo! We have created you from (a pair) of male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, fully aware” [Quran:49:13].

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Soludo, Fayemi and Buhari’s ‘experts’

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Kayode Fayemi

Did I hear that APC promises a welfare system that will pay between N5,000 and N10,000 per month to the poorest 25 million Nigerians? Just this programme alone will cost between N1.5 and N3 trillion per annum. (Soludo wondered where the APC proposed to source the money from.)

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2015 elections: The devil’s alternative

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jona-buhari

A country with a very vibrant opposition is a blessed one. Man has not been able to master power the way it was purposed. Societies that have therefore succeeded in putting checks and balances to power excesses are the ones moving their democracy ahead. ‘Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’, we have seen it in our parties and in government, that is why the APC’s current posture against the PDP in the coming election is a good development for Nigeria.

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Letter to President Jonathan

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jonathan office

DEAR President Jonathan, let me begin this letter by telling you what you already know; by reminding you of what you are not expected to have forgotten: the year 2015 has been predicted to be, and is being widely seen as, the year of Nigeria’s unravelling. The year that Leviathan contraption knocked together by Frederick Lugard for the glory of the British Empire, will totter back to its separate aboriginal parts and drown an already overwhelmed Africa with another swarm of hapless refugees in an unspeakable maelstrom of the typical African misery.

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Politicians, oath of office and African deities

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THE Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states with such exactitude and society insists with much doggedness that, it is cardinally imperative for public office holders, professionals and officers at all levels to take an oath of office. This is to expurgate unpatriotic conduct and the underpinnings of corruption against the people, the state and the ethics of their calling etc. The oath of office is also to ensure that there is integrity, honesty and transparency in leadership.

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God promises shall be accomplished

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Priest-Church

God is a God of integrity. He can never lie. I tell people always that even if God tries to lie, he cannot lie. It is not His nature. The one that lies is Satan. The bible calls Satan the father of all liars (John 8:44).

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The Ugly side of Buhari and Jonathan, by Atedo Peterside

  /   in Elections 2015, Viewpoint 7:03 pm   /   Comments

Jonathan-Buhari

Opinion polls commissioned by ANAP Foundation and conducted by NOI Polls (using Gallup methodology) show that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) and his main challenger, Major-General Mohammadu Buhari (Buhari) are currently running neck-to-neck in the 2015 Presidential race. The difference between them in terms of potential votes nation wide is statistically insignificant because it is dwarfed considerably by the much larger percentage of voters who remain “Undecided” – and so the race is truly too close to call

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The Broom or the Vacuum Cleaner?

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APC-PDP

On Tuesday the 27th of January, in Lafia, Nasarawa state, President Jonathan said “we are building a country for a digital generation”. Let us ponder on that for a second. That statement rings true, as I cannot imagine any truly patriotic Nigerian that will want Nigeria to remain in an analogue state.

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Cross-border interference: FG tasks ATU on spectrum harmonization

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Comm Tech Minister, Johnson

Ahead of the World Radiocommunication Conference holding later in the year, the Nigerian Government, yesterday, urged the African Telecommunications Union, ATU to come out with a voice and a strong position on the issues of spectrum utilization.

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Inside Gen Buhari’s mind

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Buhari

Buhari is a man of integrity when compared to the very worst of us that were like him our past leaders.

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Samsung Galaxy A Series: Fully metallic, slim and trendy

  /   in Technology, Viewpoint 9:19 pm   /   Comments

By Lolade Bamigbola Looking at its growth trajectory, it is safe to say that Samsung, which has been pushing the boundaries of design and utility of smart devices, has not relented in its innovative streak. The electronics giant believes that smartphones have become one of the most used devices by most people and design is

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Education and National Development: The Jonathan Example

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Gov Obi

Many years ago, the philosopher, Aristotle, observed that the difference between the educated and the uneducated is like that between the living and the dead. To Aristophanes, it is the dissimilarity between broken and unbroken horses. As President of the US, Lyndon Johnson declared: ”At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for all our national problems; the answer for all the problems of the world — come to a single word. That word is education.”

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Terrorism and the collective will

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If the Boko Haram is not tackled by the collective will of the people, nothing any government can do, the government can only act to the extent the people give it liberty to perform, even if you bring in the best generals in the world to govern.

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