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    N’Delta: INC begins consultations with youth bodies, Ijaw leaders

    Perturbed by the resurgence of youth militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta, the apex socio-cultural organization of the Ijaw ethnic nationality, the Ijaw National Congress, INC, has begun consultations with Ijaw leaders, youth groups and various associations across 78 Ijaw clans within and outside the Niger Delta with a view to ascertaining and identifying the immediate grievances in order to proffer all-inclusive solutions to the present wave of youth insurgency in the region.

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    Robert Clarke

    May 29: Legislature, Judiciary in the eyes of Clarke

    Outside the budget, I do not see anything the legislators have done during the year under review. They have used their time to settle internal quarrels, to fight for who will be chairman of one committee or the other, and using most part of the year mending rifts between them and even up till moment, the rifts remain unresolved. It does not augur well for this country that a parliament that has already done one year out of the four years has nothing to show for the period more than trying to patch up differences. They need to do better. Nigerians are looking at them to reflect the change that this new government wants. I am sorry to say that we are not seeing that in the legislature.

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    MEETING—GOVERNORS FORUM: From left: Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari; Kastina State Governor, Aminu Masari; Imo State Governor, Rochas  Okorocha; Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed; and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima; during the President’s meeting with Nigerian Governors Forum, at the Presidential Villa Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

    Democracy Day: How governors performed in last one year

    When last year Enugu people united to enthrone Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to steer the mantle of governance for a first period of four years following his blistering popularity at the poll, a lot of expectations obviously rested on his shoulders. A prepared Ugwuanyi had during his inaugural address at the Micheal Okpara Square on May 29, assured the tumultuous crowd of his administration’s resolve to roll its sleeves in order to meet the burgeoning yearnings of the people especially now that the nation’s mono-cultural economy is buffeted by crude oil glut at the global scene while grappling with insecurity challenges at the home front.

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    Petroleum industry: All motion, no progress

    One year into the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian petroleum industry had been bombarded with a number of initiatives, reforms, policies and strategies, but in spite of these, the industry had not recorded any significant improvement in its fortunes. Over the years, Nigeria and the international community had been consistently reminded of the fact that the Nigerian petroleum industry is bedeviled and enmeshed in an intricate web of corruption, to the extent that almost every successful player in the industry is termed corrupt or seen as benefitting from the corrupt system.

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    After their 10 wedding anniversary, John and Rose’s seemingly rosy marriage was falling apart. John was tired of living a lie. He was determined to make the marriage truly happy or pack it up. He decided to start from where all sensible couples should: communication. They did not travel abroad or go to some exotic hotel or resort to do it; that is for people who have the means and time. They did it right there in bed where they have earlier had a grueling intimate moment (some call it grudge sex).

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    Femi Adesina

    Buhari: Beyond the Iron and Steel

    They were called the unsmiling duo. In his first incarnation as Nigerian leader, the then Major General Muhammadu Buhari was paired with another top brass military officer, Babatunde Idiagbon, who was the number two man. Smile was alien to their lips, laughter a total stranger. They had a job to do, which was to rid the country of corruption, crime and indiscipline, and anybody who didn’t fall in line was liable to being dealt with. And summarily too. Laughter was, therefore, a distraction.

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    President Buhari: Coming to grips or floundering?

    Buhari has good intentions. The Bishop of Canterbury has preached that gospel. But the bridge between good intentions and desired outcomes is not built on wishes alone. The euphoria has subsided. Bishop Kukah had prophesied its brevity and futility. Deep seated cultural decay and institutional paralysis in a fantastically corrupt environment required more than the coming of a messiah, real or imagined. Buhari didn’t hit the ground running. Many had doubted his economic credentials. But it was taken for granted that his conscientiousness would lead to the assembly of a Ferrari of an economic team.

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    Modern widowhood survival strategy

    Early one morning sometime in 1992, I alighted from the bus at Secretariat bus stop, second gate, at Alausa, Ikeja. I was a reporter for the Vanguard, covering Government House, Alausa at the time. A car, which by the way it appeared, seemed to have stopped abruptly by the road side with all four doors open. Curious, I joined the small crowd gathered on the pavement, right in front of the car park around a middle aged woman. She looked distraught, weeping as she told a heart wrenching story. Initially, I did not see the object of the whole drama, a little lifeless snake, by the roadside.

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    Death punctures the proxy war for Buhari’s heritage

    Death and the condolence visits that follow are remarkable opportunities for inward appraisal and sometimes rapprochement. However, in these climes, death and the sympathy visit that follow could also lead to the eruption of hitherto political animosities. The political burst up between Governor Umar Ganduje and his one-time political leader, Senator Rabiu Kwankwanso as many would recall was triggered by the condolence visit to Ganduje on the death of the governor’s mother last March.

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    Edo 2016: APC already ahead of PDP due to Oshiomhole’s good works – Ogienmwonyi

    Let me tell you, PDP boasted that they will rule Nigeria for 60 years but some of us who were there before, we cautioned them to stop the looting that we saw going on in government. You saw the former Governor of CBN questioning some money that was due to the Federation Account. What I am trying to tell you is that we knew they were lots of leakages at the federal level as at then. As a minister, my option was not to be part of the rot. That was why I resigned and left the party. What people don’t know was that PDP never knew that they will lose in that election but God wanted to expose them in that election.

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    Patrick Eze

    Enugu massacre: Surviving Corps member narrates experience

    “The herdsmen wrote two weeks to the attack, informing us that they would invade our community.. On coming back that April 21, my kinsmen told me of the impending danger. I asked them how would an attack be possible when the Fulani do not know the nooks and crannies of our village. They have been grazing in the other parts of Nimbo but I am sure they have not grazed in our villages. Where we ran to for safety, they have not grazed there since they came to Nimbo. It was one of our kinnsmen, Ben and the police Corporal that led them to our safe haven. That black Monday, we were alert till 5am until the policemen who were around said we should go and sleep. Then we went to bed. Barely 30mintues after, this incident happened. It was obvious that Ben and the Corporal led the onslaught.

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    Chris Giwa

    CAF bans Giwa, 4 others

    The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has slammed a five-year ban on embattled Chris Giwa and four four of his disciples thereby confirming and extending the same five-year ban placed on them by the Amaju Pinnick- led Nigeria Football Federation.

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