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ACCORDING to a recent report in ThisDay newspaper, Alhaji Mukhtari Shehu Shagari, the Deputy Governor of Sokoto State and former Minister of Water Resources, has advised his fellow Northerners to stop emphasising the zoning issue, acknowledge the support they have received from the South-South for the past 50 years and accept his view that President Jonathan can deliver impressive results and has every right to contest for the presidency next year.

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Post- mortem revenge?

THE Americans say they are winning the war in Afghanistan, the United Nations (UN) disagrees. While the latter told the world that the war in that country is going quite badly for the Hamid Karzai government and foreign troops led by the United States (US), the Americans are claiming that the war against the Taliban and its Al-Qaeda ally is going so well that they would begin a “responsible drawdown” (troops withdrawal) from July 2011.

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Sense of elsewhere

AN immigrant friend of mine gloomily described it as a “sense of elsewhere”.
Not everyone who resides outside the land of their forefathers has this problem, but quite a few do. What a “sense of elsewhere” boils down to is a nagging, ever-present feeling that there is another often distant place to which you truly belong and should probably make strenuous efforts to connect with.

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Allergy to excellence

I HAVE needed, at various points in my life, to hire people to help me with administrative tasks and professional or business projects. And I’m always happy and grateful when I get a chance to work closely with well-spoken brainboxes because, in addition to enabling me to perform more efficiently, they enhance my image, reduce my stress levels and make it possible for me to have more spare time for my family and leisure activities.

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Tomorrow men?

LAST week, the British general election results were inconclusive. The ruling Labour Party was humiliatingly forced into second place by the Conservative Party, which won the most parliamentary seats. But the Conservatives didn’t win enough seats to secure an overall majority and a political deadlock ensued.

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Warring factions

As my esteemed media colleague, Simon Kolawole of ThisDay newspaper pointed out in his column last Sunday: “The PDP crisis…is not about food on the table for ordinary Nigerians. It is not about roads and water and electricity and schools and hospitals. It is just about intrigues and self-interest. We have seen this before. Those who benefitted extensively from the ‘impunity’ in the PDP become reformers when things don’t go their way.”.

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Unjust criticisms!

LAST week, I dedicated a large chunk of this column to telling Vanguard readers that my generator and the PHCN transformer on my street in Abuja had collapsed simultaneously, that my household had been TOTALLY deprived of electricity for several days and that I had temporarily taken refuge in a hotel…

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Obama-A leader worth emulating

I HAVE just read a fine, thought-provoking article in Time, the American current affairs magazine. It was composed by a brilliant writer called Joe Klein, shortly after President Barack Obama achieved an epic victory by successfully pushing a radical healthcare sector reform bill he initiated through Congress (the US equivalent of our National Assembly).

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Message to MEND

ON Monday, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) operatives planted three car bombs in and around the Delta State Government House compound in Warri…the venue of a post-amnesty dialogue that had been initiated by this newspaper and was being supported by Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, the Delta State Governor.

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