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The past and the present

In the noble exercise of attempting to plan for the future greatness of Nigeria, perhaps it would be necessary to peep into the past and examine the present. Before the peculiar amalgamation of 1914, British military forces had already prepared ground for Lord Lugard who gave the country the name, Nigeria.

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Between us and others

Many Nigerians would always want to discuss the economic and political position of Nigeria or what is often regarded as the ‘National Question‘. Every Nigerian adult, whether educated or not, would want to know the position of the country, as compared with other nations of the world.

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A new approach to economic development

LAST week, I recalled an article written in 2002 from my book entitled THE AGENDA. The conclusion was that any government wishing to pursue a policy of FULL EMPLOYMENT should embark on massive public works – activities which would stimulate effective demand. The mechanism would be through a budget deficit that is, spending more than the normal income generated during the period.

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Moving backwards to the starting block

Having slightly recovered from the grand illusion of an expected radical cabinet, following a robust election in which the presidential candidates promised political and economic transformation, I am now faced with reality. The truth of a federal cabinet, many of whose members are re-cycled ministers and party loyalists, to be driven by the hands of father destiny.

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Half fermented wine in an old bottle

Those who voted massively (PDP and non PDP members) for President Jonathan would, no doubt, would somehow unhappy with the names being rolled out by the media on the composition of the Federal Cabinet. If the list is approved by the Senate, the President should be seen as a shrewed politician and a party loyalist, and not what many of his supporters would have preferred.

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The security question, economic policy and other crucial issues

It is a pity that weeks after the presidential election, the election which was generally agreed to be fair and free; Nigerians would still be under the feeling of uncertainties about the structure and composition of the federal cabinet and also the security of life and property of the individual. Unfortunately, if feelers are reliable, President Jonathan might disappoint his numerous admirers as to his ability and that of his ruling party (PDP) to forge a new Nigeria.

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