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The Lamentations of June 12

PRO-DEMOCRACY activists in different parts of the country have already lined up various activities to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the June 12 1993 presidential election which was annulled by the military regime of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. Among groups that would celebrate the day are Centre for Constitutional Governance ( CCG) which will organise a symposium in Lagos to mark the day.

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June 12: An election like no other

TODAY, pro-democracy activists and human rights groups congregate once again to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the epic June 12 1993 presidential poll. If it had been upheld, perhaps June 12 would have signposted Nigeria’s journey to popular constitutional democracy.

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Harmony between Legislature, Executive not in people’s interest — Lagos Speaker

RT. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly is an engaging personality with fresh perspectives on issues that bother on legislature, rule of law and governance. To him the people are central to the building of democracy and their views and opinions must be reflected in how they are governed. In this interview he argued that the Lagos House has been outstanding in representing the interests of Lagosians and believed that Nigerian politics has transcended ethnic divide and is now a battle ground between progressives and conservatives. Excerpts:

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Attributes of democracy still lacking in Nigeria – Idika Kalu

Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, World Bank economist, was, at various times, Minister of Finance; Transport and National Planning. The chairman of BGL Plc is also a member of the National Think Tank. Kalu was a presidential aspirant on the platform of the National Democratic Party (NDP). In this interview, he bares his mind on Nigeria’s democratic journey so far and other contemporary issues.

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No Kidding, No Napping

By Ikeddy Isiguzo, Chairman, Editorial Board IF kidnapping for any reason is split into two words, it would become – kid napping – a child relaxing, or simply sleeping. Kidnapping has nothing to do with napping, except that most people are caught napping, yes, unready for the millions of Naira they are asked to shell
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