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Target points for Buhari’s second term

President Buhari

‘TO whom much is given, much is expected”is a universal maxim. The Bible in the Gospel of Luke 12:48 affirmed it. By Section 130 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, which established the office of President, the first mandate given to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 expires on May 29, 2019. Since Section 135 (1); “Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, a person shall hold the office of President until – (a) when his successor in office takes the oath of that office”, forbids a vacuum, President Buhari having been declared the winner of the February 23- presidential poll will on May 29, once again take the oath of office for the next political dispensation lapsing in 2023.

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Impacting on host communities through CSR: The Maritme Academy of Nigeria example

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019, the Commodore Duja Emmanuel Effedua-led Management of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria situated in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, practically demonstrated its consciousness and unwavering commitment to touching the lives of members of the Host Communities of the institution through the vehicle of Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR.

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CBN and the economy, going forward

CONSIDERING the characteristics of the Nigerian economy which had made it to be resistant to guidance and discipline and remained factor-driven for 58 years, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, deserve commendation for evolving and implementing policies that tend towards reinventing the structure of the economy to improve local production, expand the country’s industrial base and create more employment, a development that needs to be sustained going forward

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The utility of Legislature’s ranking rule

CONGRESSIONAL leadership stability is a key feature of advanced democracies, particularly the United States of America. This is anchored on natural progression by ranking members into positions reserved for “wise men” held in high esteem by their peers, respected by the executive and trusted by the people. In the US Congress, the progression rule has been institutionalised, resulting in leadership stability in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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Ita Faaji, a culture of ‘No Consequence’

AS is commonplace in Nigeria, we  have again witnessed another avoidable tragedy that has claimed lives – including children – and left many heavy hearted. ItaFaaji was not the first of its kind, whether in Lagos or in Nigeria, or the first where children are losing their lives. In fact, one could easily read a news item from one of the earlier collapses and it will fit right into the story of ItaFaaji. Lagos, particularly, has become a hub for collapsed buildings.

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What is your take on frequent cases of building collapse (1)

There is usually unholy connivance between builders and some government agents on the one hand, and incompetence on part of builders. The government should be more interested in the quality of buildings. Also, many of the dilapidated buildings must be examined in the spirit and tenets of urban renewal. Where they need to be pulled down they should not hesitate to do so.

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Saraki and the Tragedy of Victory

Since the National Assembly elections ended in Kwara on March 9, and the current Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, lost at the polls, those who have lived in mortal fear of one of Nigeria’s finest Senate Presidents ever in history, have not relented in their infantile attacks against a man who, against all odds, wrestled official tyranny to the ground and eventually became one through whom God has preserved what is now our fragile democracy from being turned into a full blown dictatorship.

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Pius Adesanmi

Pius Adesanmi: The human oxymoron politicians must learn from

PROFESSOR Toyin Falola has put it most concisely: Pius Adesanmi is the man who leaves and lives. He argues that although Adesanmi is leaving the scene, still he lives. He’s gone, but he’s not done. He’s gone, but he’s still on. He’s dead, but not dust. There is more to Falola’s dirge than the lyrical alliteration. There’s also more to the oxymoron of a departure that yet defies an exit. To capture or press a point, you must confront it with its alter ego. To prove Adesanmi ‘lives’ on, you challenge his death with the greater fact of what he has left behind that offers the assurance of his being alive, as it were. You put the two opposite each other: Adesanmi’s death and his works and life that touched many he seems to have left orphaned.

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Atiku and the court option

The decision of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, to wage a legal challenge against the proclamation of President Muhammadu Buhari the winner of February 23, 2019, presidential election has not received the encouragement of a few informed minds in the country. One respected voice, for instance, thinks that Atiku should instead join hands with other well-meaning Nigerians, the civil society and like-minded politicians to help to properly set up and strengthen democratic structures capable of hamstringing the repeat in future elections of the large-scale malpractices that allegedly marred the last elections – an issue that constitutes the main plank of Atiku’s suit.

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A fraudulent leadership

THE video recording didn’t look staged and the little girl’s outburst also sounded credible. In this age of social media when everyone has become a performer determined to drive attention in their direction, it makes sense not to take everything one sees at face value. But so far, nothing has happened to make anyone question the authenticity of the little girl’s ranting bout as one made for the cameras.

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