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The making of a new Nigeria (2)

Economic mismanagement, corruption in the highest places all put together fouled the Nigerian spirit. Nigeria’s independence brought with it promises of everything that a nation of hope could possibly provide for her people. The expectations and hopes that were associated with freedom from many years of colonial rule were quite high.

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The ‘One-man-One-Vote’ campaign

RECENTLY, there has been a sustained campaign in Edo State, south-south of Nigeria, for every vote to count championed by Governor Adams Oshiomhole. The slogan that is fast becoming a cliché is called ‘One-Man-One-Vote’. With this campaign, the Oshiomhole government hopes to eradicate election rigging in Edo State and by extension in Nigeria. I support any campaign, slogans, agitation aimed at defeating election rigging.

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Taking Accountability Seriously

The process of policymaking and management of public expenditure remain clothed in relative secrecy in spite of the enacting of a fiscal responsibility law. Some government agencies continue to transact outside the fiscal responsibility and public procurement laws. The oversight institutions are still weak and largely uninterested in effectively overseeing public expenditure by executive agencies.

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ON RIBADU: I beg to differ

A major feature of the Ribadu era was arrests and detention before investigations are carried out. This has continued even till today. The Farida Waziri era has also been characterized by the same arbitrary arrests and unlawful interrogation processes to hound people. Section 34(1) of the Nigerian constitution provides that “Every individual is entitled to respect for the dignity of his person and accordingly no person shall be subject to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment”.

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The passing of an idea : A reluctant reflection on the life and times of Stanley Macebuh

News of the sudden demise of a dear friend often makes one feel as if left stranded with an intimate conversation that would now never get to be had, a story long crafted waiting to be told at the earliest opportunity that might never be, a message that would never be conveyed, a deep emotion placed in layaway waiting for the right time to be shared but that could now only be expressed in silent soliloquy except perhaps some day in a memoir.

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Leave Joy Emodi alone

FOR sometime now the media, both print and electronic, have been inundated with advertorials, commentaries and articles, all criticising the position of the Senate leadership that until the case between Senator Joy Emodi and Hon Alphonsus Igbeke is finally determined at the court, it cannot swear in Hon Alphonsus Igbeke as the Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District in that hallowed chamber.

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IBB for president? Never again (2)

If his economic policies failed the nation in his first coming, if his profligacy deprived the people of Nigeria the much needed development and if indeed he knows he is just one out of 150 million Nigerians, then he should appreciate the fact that he had his own chance to make the difference. We cannot continue to recycle people, who when they attain power, hold the rest of us hostage.

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Run, Jonathan, run

I AM joining legions of party faithfuls and all men of goodwill to urge President Goodluck Jonathan to run for the 2011 presidential election. Happily, the international community is also making overtures to him to run on account of the great success of his recent trip to the United States where he attended the nuclear summit.

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