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Editorial abuse of Honorary Degrees

The editorial comment of a national newspaper of Sunday, September 25, titled, “The Abuse of Honorary Degrees,” has left many admirers of the newspaper wondering what their motive is in such sanctimonious editorializing that clearly targeted some Nigerians for attacks based on spurious premises. Bereft of logic and sound reasoning, the editorial comment, which should be the newspaper’s official position on issues, presents a good case study in self-negation, contradiction and double-speak.

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The disabuse of honourary degrees

THE world over, a newspaper editorial represents the official position or sentiment of a particular news medium on societal issues. In other climes, where ownership allows the observance of standard editorial policies, the commentary could be read with devotional commitment. Of course, it is expected to be well-researched; hence, an informed commentary. But in today’s Nigeria, newspaper viewpoints have been trivialised; an indication that all is not well with the society.

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Imoke’s 2nd term bid

IT was true when a famous writer of blessed memory, Harvey Firestone, said: “You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself”. Calvin Coolidge, another writer crowned it this way: “No person was ever honoured for what he received. Honour has been the reward for what he gave”.

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Between INEC, the people and Senate leadership

With the exit of a certain black sheep in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who was planted in the Commission during Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s government by a godfather from Anambra State now heading a lucrative committee in one of the chambers of the National Assembly, many Nigerians, especially the people of Anambra North zone believe that it was time for the Commission to redeem its battered image over the controversial letter they wrote to the Senate leadership on June 3 to stop Senator Alphonsus Igbeke from being sworn in.

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Boko Haram: Education and not amnesty

THE Holy Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w) in the Holy Quran stated, inter-alia: “Man, seek knowledge, even if you have to trek to China”. The Holy Prophet was a believer in education, whether Western or Eastern knowledge. Also, in the same Holy Book of the Muslims, the Prophet cautioned man that “there is no compulsion in religion, meaning that you can not forcefully convert another person to your own faith.

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Suspension of Justice Salami is not a violation of Constitution (2)

I submit that the power to appoint or recommend for appointment ju dicial officers vested in NJC by Section 158[1] of the Constitution and Paragraph 21[a] and [g] of the Third Schedule to the Constitution includes the power to remove or suspend such judicial officers: See Section 11[1][b] of the Interpretation Act, which provides: When an enactment confers a power to appoint a person either to an office or to exercise any functions, whether for a specified period or not, the power includes

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Akpabio: The seal of victory

HOw sweet the sound of victory is! It is even sweeter when the victory is won “home and away” like the Brazilian team of USA ’94 would do to any team that crosses their path. Such was the mood from Uyo to Calabar, Port Harcourt to Lagos and Abuja to other parts Nigeria when, on Friday, September 15, the Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar upheld the election of Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State. And the victory sound was blared from all corners of the world, blowing the good news across the lands and waters of Africa.

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