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Emergence of House Speaker: PDP’s Strong-arm Politics and the Dangers Ahead, by Usman Bugaje

Whenever you stumble on Dr. Usman Bugaje, you have stumbled on a firebrand politician. This interview should have taken place sometime last December when Bugaje came out strongly against ailing Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, asking him to resign.But because Bugaje combines his love for politics with some academic engagements, he is not always available. Last Easter the interview almost held but a trip out of the country put paid to that. Four weeks ago, the interview almost held in Kaduna but was again aborted at the last minute.Even penultimate weekend, Sunday Vanguard almost ambushed him in Lagos and then Ibadan but it never did materialize.

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How we fought for June 12 – Ike Okonta

I wasn’t married but I had a girlfriend then. Her Dad asked her to leave me because of my chosen course. We were wanted. Our houses were broken into. My books were carried away. Along came a kind man, who left his flat for us at Lagos Island (Bamgboshe), which now became our house and office. The IBB’s regime raised a propaganda that we were supported by the American Embassy and we were all allies.

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The Atiku Abubakar in interogatories: Why Mega-Party Project Failed, by Atiku Abubakar:

According to Atiku Abubakar, the chairman of his Jeli ward in Jada Local Government Area of Adamawa State, likens his return to that of the prodigal son. However, what he failed to add is that unlike the biblical prodigal son who came back to meet a stable and organised home, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku’s home, was anything but organised by the time Atiku returned last week.

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It’s an insult to call me IBB’s boy declares Gen. Shagaya

General John Shagaya is a serving Senator of the Federal Republic and Chairman of Northern Senators’ Forum . In this interview, the Minister of Internal Affairs in the defunct IBB’s regime speaks on a number of issues including IBB’s return to politics, the Jos crisis and acting President Jonathan’s trip to the United States.

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My Face-Off With Obasanjo Over Budget, by Omowale Kuye

Chief Omowale Kuye is the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland. You could sit with him all day and the story of Nigeria, according to his personal experiences would never be exhausted. For an octogenarian, Kuye’s memory and recollection of events is unbelievably sharp. But he has one weakness: STUBBORNESS.
Before he was directly introduced to Olusegun Obasanjo with a view to working as a director of budget after the latter had complained over and over to the then Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Liman Ciroma, Kuye has always worked as a very thorough individual and his work with the head of the Nigerian State was not about to change that. Read about his encounter with Obasanjo over budget. Born on May 18, 1928, Kuye struggled and made a life worth living for himself.

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2011 not on my agenda for now – Jonathan

Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the issue of whether he will run for presidency come 2011, is not on his agenda for now. Although he tried to trivialize the issue, he did not categorically deny pressures from several quarters, that he continued since he is perceived as the most credible of all those angling to be President for now.

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Why Ministers must protect the President at all times, by Senator Seye Ogunlewe

Oluseye Ogunlewe’s bluntness may come with a tinge of contradiction in what he professes. When you ask a man about his tenure as minister of works and member of the Executive Council of the Federation, EXCOF, in the Olusegun Obasanjo government and he tells you that there is no cabinet but a President-in-Council, you begin to wonder what manner of EXCOF was in place.

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Why Ministers must protect the President at all times, by Senator Seye Ogunlewe

Oluseye Ogunlewe’s bluntness may come with a tinge of contradiction in what he professes. When you ask a man about his tenure as minister of works and member of the Executive Council of the Federation, EXCOF, in the Olusegun Obasanjo government and he tells you that there is no cabinet but a President-in-Council, you begin to wonder what manner of EXCOF was in place.

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Why Yar’Adua’s recovery is slow

Professor Martin Anthony Aghaji is currently the President of Nigeria Cardiac Society. He studied in England where he distinguished himself by acquiring the Fellowships of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England, Glasgow and Edinburgh by examination. He also won the Master of Science Degree in Nuclear Medicine from Kings College Hospital of the University of London in 1983 after undergoing the requisite training. He was a substantive Registrar in the professorial unit of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery at Kings College Hospital Demark Hill London. He proceeded hence to the USA where he acquired a Fellowship in Congenital Heart Surgery, from the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital, of University of Wisconsin USA.
He specialized in Adult and Pediatric Heart Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Liver Surgery, Kidney Transplantation and Nuclear Medicine.

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1995 COUP PLOT : Abacha could have killed Obasanjo if he chose to – Jerry Useni

Lieutenant General Jeremiah Timbut Useni (rtd), aka JERRY BOY, is the Sardauna of Plateau and Nasarawa but he is one unusual individual who has a split personality. One is that his mien could be so fierce that everyone around him would sit up. Yet, this Langtang born army officer loves to enjoy and does enjoy life, might we add, to its fullest. A sampler: “There is this saying that says work, work, work and no play makes a man a fool. You can not be serious all the time. When it comes to work you have to get it done and after that you have to relax and enjoy and play with people as if nothing has happened.

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What Obasanjo told me about Yar’Adua, by Doyin Okupe

He is a medical doctor but is more well known as a rambunctious politician. Massive looking Doyin Okupe could be a stormy petrel. You may not be sure of his weight but during the still-born Third Republic, when Okupe first served as Director of Publicity for the National Republican Convention, NRC, and later Director of Field Communications for the Bashir Tofa Presidential Campaign Organisation, he pulled some weight.

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