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Saraki: Between CCT and EFCC

By YUSHAU A. SHUAIB “I swear by the Almighty Allah to do justice. We are all human beings and not God, we must be fair and just,” – Umar Danladi Th ose were the words of Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal ...

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World Peace Day in perspective

The 2016 anniversary of the International Day of Peace was observed on Wednesday, September 21. In respect to the effect of peace to humanity, in 1981, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly through a resolution established the International Day of ...

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The wisdom of Comrade

It was my cousin who first drew my attention to it. I thought he was lying, that he was only trying to make the man we both admire look smarter than we thought he is. “Comrade is sharing camels for ...

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conversasions with baba

My intervention on the dismissal of former government spokesmen and media aides as morally unit to criticise any government they are not a part of, elicited a ton of responses. Many asked for the original piece that instigated the debate, ...

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The fuel scarcity palaver

The last time I bought fuel at a filling station in the wake of the recent scarcity nightmare was on Monday, March 20, 2015. I was cruising along the Kubwa Expressway, Abuja, when I suddenly sighted a filling station with ...

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Jonathan’s Paranoia

President Goodluck Jonathan is paranoid about his fate after he leaves office on May 29. Should we be worried? I think so. Such paranoia led many an African leader to sit tight in office in the recent past. That option ...

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Revisiting electronic voting

Now that the elections are over (except for a few re-run elections next week), we should be looking ahead to 2019 general elections. However, before that major election, we must first deal with Bayelsa governorship election in August 2015 and ...

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Turkey’s eroding democracy

It is deeply disappointing to see what has become of Turkey in the last few years. Not long ago, it was the envy of Muslim-majority countries: a viable candidate for the European Union on its path to becoming a functioning ...

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Much ado about new year prophecies

By IKHIANOSIME Francis To say that Nigerians are notoriously religious is stating the obvious mildly. This, however, does not explain if we are correspondingly spiritual. The bifurcation between both leaves a lot to be admired. Religiosity in Nigeria is very ...

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May we now discuss the issues, please?

Simon Kolawole   We now have a solid opposition. But opposition should not be there just for decoration. It is about competition based on ideas and ideologies, policies and programmes. PDP has been in power since 1999. APC says Nigerians ...

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2015: The year of reckoning

The results of the just concluded APC and PDP primaries came as a surprise to most politicians. Nigeria has wallowed in so much anarchy and ignominy courtesy of unscrupulous politicians to the extent that they, including us the victims of ...

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2015: That GEJ ministers’ mass failure

Nigeria is fast changing. It is an interesting time for politicians in Nigeria. But most politicians are not finding it interesting at all. The tide seems taking them upstream. Rarely anyone swims against the tide and makes it ashore. Few ...

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Politicking without human rights

Obo Effanga   This year’s Human Rights Day on December 10 has a very interesting theme. It is simply, “Human Rights 365”, recognising that every day is for upholding, protecting and preserving human rights. According to the United Nations Secretary-General, ...

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The dangers of do or die politics

Nuratu Oyetunji AbdulRasheed     Politics in Nigeria is at an alarming stage whereby winning elections is now a do or die affair and politicians feel they must rule by force. This situation is creating a scenario of panic in ...

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Maku’s missing mark

Chamba Simeh   Immediate past Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, is obviously licking his wounds by now.  Maku, an aspirant in Nasarawa state, was handed the bitter pill of electoral defeat at Monday’s governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic ...

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Germane issues before APC leaders

AbdulRahman  Agboola   In as much as we all remain students of the master teacher-life, experience gained from either good or horrible events play vital roles in decision making and form core basis for good judgments. The horrible fate of ...

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Pending tasks before INEC

Going by the timeline of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), campaigns for presidential and National Assembly elections should commence this month as well as those for governorship and state houses of assembly elections while those of the National Assembly, ...

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Why our democracy is under threat

There is indeed a terrible misappropriation of political progressivism  in Nigeria as seen in the voluble and unguarded pronouncements of leading members of the major opposition political party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC) as preparations for the 2015 ...

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Being begged to contest elections

Maurice Chukwu   We beg them to run, contest, and re-contest, to continue ruling us forever. Some have been ruling us even before the days of Methuselah, some since 1985, some since 1999. Being a very religious people, we constantly ...

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Niger 2015: A nod for Nasko

Chamba Simeh   From the signatures on our political wall, the gerontocrats, who have been ruling the country for decades, are not ready to quit. If immortality existed, some of them would have schemed or bribed their ways into obtaining ...

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With Jonathan’s hat in the ring

Last week, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan officially declared to run for president in the oncoming 2015 general elections for a second tenure, or third, depending on who is speaking. In spite of his body language and every ...

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How to really alleviate poverty

“The problem with government credit facility is the high temptation of politicising credit scheme for the benefit of party faithful … This was a prejudice which originated from the wrong premise that loan facilities should be a political tool for ...

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The many travails of the North

Emmanuel  Tyokumbur That the late Sir Ahmadu Bello (Sardauna of Sokoto) will be turning angrily in his grave or heaven about the current plight of northern Nigeria is not a strange thing to imagine. Here was an elder statesman that ...

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Jonathan’s quest for re-election

  Chris Okotie   There’s a brief historical parallel between the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson (1963 – 69), who succeeded President John F. Kennedy when the latter was assassinated, and President Goodluck E. Jonathan, who ...

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Jonathan’s jerrymandering

Chamba Simeh   Yesterday’s declaration by President Goodluck Jonathan, who has been adopted by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as its sole candidate, to contest for a second term in office achieved two main purposes. The first is that ...

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TAN’s true task

Chamba  Simeh The veil on President Goodluck Jonathan’s ambition to seek re-election in the February 2015 presidential election was lifted by the president himself last week when he set up the Dr Bello Haliru committee on his declaration of intent ...

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Fintiri’s fall

Chamba Simeh More than any other state in Nigeria, Adamawa state has arguably dominated the nation’s political discourse for the better part of 2014. Events playing out in the state’s political arena – from former governor Murtala Nyako’s ‘toxic’ letter ...

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Pondering Buhari’s October declaration (1)

By this time next week General (rtd) Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s one-time military head of state, would have officially announced his intent to vie for the position of the president of Nigeria under the platform of the opposition All Progressives Congress ...

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2015 and the gathering storm

Deborah Nelson Since advent of the Goodluck Jonathan administration, many challenges have conspired to make Nigeria ungovernable and frustrate him out of office. Some of the challenges are Boko Haram terrorist activities and widespread destruction of lives and properties in ...

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Atiku’s alibi

Chamba Simeh Now, the chickens are coming home to roost. Presidential aspirants for the January 2015 general elections are beginning to emerge with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) taking the first shot, ...

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Army leadership and its convicted warriors

 Adewale Stephen “Music played at weddings always reminds me of the music played for soldiers before they go into battle”- Heinrich Heine – (1797-1856) While the entire country anticipated cheering news on the missing war jet, we were greeted with ...

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ICC: Investigate sponsors of Boko Haram

Adetokumbo Mumuni Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) is sending this petition to request that you use your good offices and position to urgently investigate allegations that certain high ranking public officials and politicians are among the sponsors of Boko ...

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Sambo’s stakes

Chamba Simeh Last week’s inauguration of the Presidential Jobs Board by President Goodluck Jonathan underscores the cataclysmic social liquidation the high unemployment rate could wreak on Nigeria if allowed to fester. This is coupled with the fact that the board, ...

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Oshiomhole and politics of the stomach

A critical analysis of the intervention of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in the politics and governance process of Edo State from 2008 till date reveals in unmistaken sense his capacity in breaking new grounds where previous efforts have failed. Coming from ...

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Cleaning the mess in the Glass House

The imbroglio that engulfed the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) after the national team’s poor outing at the last World Cup appears to be assuming an embarrassing magnitude that should no longer be allowed to continue. Before now, there have been ...

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Adieu, Akunyili

The remains of Professor Dora Akunyili were finally laid to rest in her country home in Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra state last Thursday. Born in Makurdi, Benue state, on July 14, 1954, Dora hailed from Nanka, Anambra ...

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