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Lawless Bauchi State Assembly

A citizen of Nigeria of a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion shall not, by reason only that he is such a person be subjected expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any executive or administrative action of the government, to disabilities or restrictions to which citizens of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religions or political opinion are not made subject. – Section 42 (1a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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Anambra, Not The Test

THOSE who think a successful holding of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State would indicate the state of the country’s democratic atmosphere or the readiness of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to effect changes in its operations that would make the results of the 2011 elections more acceptable to the generality of Nigerians are wrong on both assumptions.

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Sinister Senate

AFTER 65 days, during which all that Nigerians knew about their President were speculations, the Senate last Wednesday moved a motion asking the President to comply with Section 145 of the Constitution. Today marks the 71st day of the President’s absence. He reportedly receives medical attention in Saudi Arabia.

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Helping Haiti, Hurting Jos

HAITI is getting global attention for reasons other than the more known issues of poverty and poor governance in the tiny Caribbean island the world regales in neglecting its challenges. Some of these challenges are historical, like cruel French colonialists that entrenched the poverty of the island in the ways they skewed the economy.

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Ali Rates FG Failure

AHMADU Ali, has been many things – former Chairman of the PDP, former Director General, South South Health Delivery Services, former Senator, former Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, former Commissioner for Education, a retired Colonel of the Nigerian Army, and a medical doctor trained at the University of Ibadan.

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OBJ Swears Again

FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo likes to call God’s name with seemingly frightening irreverence. He is calling down curses on himself in a matter Nigerians thought was well known – that Obasanjo personally insisted Umaru Musa Yar’Adua would succeed him as Nigeria’s President.

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