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Sam’s Paradigm

In Nigeria, presidential debates have no impact!

NIGERIA is an interesting country. I believe we all know it, even if we are also good at denying reality. The more you look, the less you see. Things don’t always turn out to be what they were intended to be. What works elsewhere may not always work here.

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INEC

Is INEC really preparing for success or failure?

USUALLY, there are many parties to every contest. In a football contest you have the teams, the referee and his linesman, the spectators- supporters and opposers and then the managers of the stadium and finally those who control the crowd and provide safety for all. This is largely the same for all other sports. In educational pursuits which can some times turn into a contest when we want to determine winners and losers for prizes, honors or for access to limited space, you have the students, the teachers, the examiners and those who set standards.

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Nigeria

How Nigeria can achieve happiness in 2019

IT is traditional to make wishes for a new year. And it is also normal for everyone to wish for better in a new year. Many Nigerians have wished each other many things for the new year. One common or universal wish is “happiness”. That is why almost every Nigerian must have wished many other Nigerians “happy new year” since the mid-nite bell rang on December 31, 2018 ushering the new year- 2019. Indeed the same thing has happened globally, just as it has happened every year since I was a child. I cannot say when the greeting was first used but it must have been since the  first century or so. But my earliest vivid recall of hearing and exchanging this greeting was at age five. And that’s over six decades ago and yet this greeting remains current and indeed the major goodwill exchange every new year.

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Nigeria

2019 and the prospects of a better Nigeria

WELCOME to 2019. Let us thank God for granting us the grace of entering into the new year. Thank God we are not in the statistics of those killed by Boko Haram insurgents, militant cattle herdsmen, kidnappers, armed robbers, police/military stray bullets and sundry marauders who combined to turn Nigeria into a killing field in 2018 particularly.

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Sustainable peace can only be built on a tripod

OF recent, General   Abdulsalami Abubakar, former military Head of State who ushered in the current civilian democratic governance, which is in its 20th year, has been in the news. His National Peace Committee got the 2019 presidential candidates to sign a peace accord or rather an accord for peace. Wonderful gesture! This is actually not the first time, this committee that seems to have no tenure limit has gone on its missionary assignment of preaching peace in the nation. They did so in the lead up to the 2015 elections and got Jonathan and Buhari to sign an accord for peace. I also noticed that at the heat of the Cattle-Fulani/Herders conflict that threatened to consume Nigeria, they were active in preaching peace and arranging some meetings. 

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The new threats to a challenged economy

AFTER five quarters of economic contraction (Q1 2016- Q1 2017), Nigeria exited recession. With a positive 0.72 per cent GDP growth in Q2 2017, economic recovery has been slow and grinding, reaching 1.9 per cent in Q1 2018 and declining to 1.5 per cent in Q2 2018. Consequent on this, the economic wellbeing of many Nigerians has been unsatisfactory. Indeed for many, there is actually no evidence that the recession was over.

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Nigeria: high on religiosity, low on spirituality

THERE has been this argument as to whether Nigeria is a secular or non-secular state, religious or non-religious nation. A secular state is a state which purports to be officially neutral in matters of religion, supporting neither religion nor irreligion. A secular state also claims to treat all its citizens equally, regardless of religion and claims to avoid preferential treatment for a citizen from a particular religion/non religion over other religions/non religion. Secular states do not have a state religion.

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Need to halt drug misuse and abuse in Nigeria before it gets out of hand

IN the year 2001 or thereabout, I was a member of a delegation of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) that visited President Olusegun Obasanjo at Aso Rock. The delegation was led by the President of the chamber at that time, Chief (Mrs) Priscillia Kuye, SAN. When Mrs Kuye finished addressing the President, she graciously requested if I had something to add. I rose up to grab the opportunity. But before I would speak, she introduced me to the President as a Pharmacist and Chairman/ CEO of Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc, a successor company of Pfizer Products Plc.

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