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I’ll never be a polygamist – Justice Minister

We were lucky . By the time many of us were going to school, my father was transferred to the North and in the north the truth was that there was free education. So, he did not need to pay, the way he was paying in Lagos. There is free education in the South West but I think immediately after Chief Obafemi Awolowo left power,(as Premier of Western Nigeria) nobody can really say education was free.

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ABSENCE OF PRESIDENT YAR’ADUA : Why Nigeria is an unserious nation, by Pat Utomi

Professor Pat Utomi is a rare individual and many would agree. But he is also a concerned Nigerian. His shot at the presidency in 2007 was considered a fool’s errand in some quarters – a wasted effort – but the man believes and, therefore, insists that it was one wonderful experience which has touched and continues to touch many lives. How? It is about changing the mind set of the leaders of tomorrow, making them realize that Nigeria can not get anywhere with the present template on which it is governed.

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The Die is cast

When you look at the remaining candidates: Uche Ekwunife, Soludo, Uba, you will see that these three are virtually PDP people. They all belong to PDP just like me. But the difference is that for the first time, a woman has the confidence to run seriously and I believe that we should support her if the polls favour her. I will say the same thing about Soludo who is my friend and Andy Uba. So, my position is that the best candidate should win.

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STATE OF THE NATION : Why some characters in Yar’Adua’s Govt are on a suicide mission, by Ben Obi

Chief Benjamin Ndi Obi seldom talks to the media. Starting from his days in the Nigeria Advance Party, NAP, Ben Obi, as he is simply called, makes no bones about his foray into politics and his mission. But in this session, Obi speaks on the state of the nation and the mega party being packaged by some politicians.

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DAY 49 OF PRESIDENT’S ABSENCE : Why impeachment option may be explored, by Senator Mamora

*Says section 143 is the only option before National Assembly *Manner of president’s absence is cause of confusion *Declares: ‘Nigerians are watching’ Olorunimbe Mamora is a two-time senator. Before going to the Senate, he was Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly where his four-year tenure was marked by exceptional leadership. Therefore, when Senator
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I did not embezzle N300b police equipment fund – Chief Martins

Those who were to help us raise the money said no problem, that even if we needed N1trillion, they would raise it. But there was a condition which they gave and that was that the foundation cannot be a Presidential committee. They said they could not give their money to such foundation except it is purely a private foundation that is run by a committee, by the private sector people that would be accountable to them.

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Why there is pressure on President Yar’Adua to return, by Chibudum Nwuche

Between 2001 and January 2003, the House of Representatives held the nation spell bound. This was the handiwork of the duo of then speaker, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, and his vice, deputy speaker, Chibudom Nwuche. They were dubbed Tiger. In this interview, Nwuche, who served as a very loyal deputy to Na’Abba, explains the intrigues of that era: “There was coincidence and a confluence of aspiration and vision; Ghali was a nationalist and I am.

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Nigerians should take their destiny in their hands – Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin

It is really very sad that 49 years after independence, we’ve not developed ourselves. It is just like one having a child who is supposed to be a full grown man but is still developing clay feet at 49. You find out that in terms of education, people in Nigeria even take their wards to study in Benin Republic and Accra because of the fact that our institutions have not been developed.

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