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UN elections : Celebrating vanity

By Owei Lakemfa NIGERIA was “elected” into the 15- member United Nations (UN) Security Council last Friday and there was a big jubilation in government circles. It was hailed as proof of the country’s growing international status, thanks to President Umaru Yar’Adua’s outstanding leadership qualities. Foreign Affairs Minister, Ojo Maduekwe, located our election partly in
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Blessed are the peace makers

By Owei Lakemfa THE  Nobel prize awarded to American President, Barack Obama  on October 9, 2009 was for peace but it has since turned into an international war of words. Ironically, the award news came to Obama while he was holding a war cabinet. It was over the Afghan war he inherited from his predecessor,
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Why I was not at Independence Day

By Owei Lakemfa I WAS not at last Thursday’s 49th Independence celebrations held by our leaders. I know I was not missed. Almost all of us ordinary citizens were not there, either physically or in spirit. We were not missed. The important thing was that our leaders had fun, congratulated themselves and remembered to thank
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The culture of governance

By Owei Lakemfa THE gale of sacking appointed political office holders is here again like the seasonal rain. An executive governor for whatever reason takes a decision to sack his cabinet or some appointed officer and simply goes on to implement it without thinking through the process and manner such a decision is to be
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The masses memorial for Gani

More tributes poured from the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) President Olasupo Ojo, the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) represented by Segun Shango, Dr Dipo Fashina of the Joint Action Forum (JAF) and the National Conscience Party (NCP) founded by Fawehinmi.

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