Thursday, May 23, 2019

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    Democracy without democrats

Democracy without democrats

BY EDWARD T. DIBIANAA tale was told about a once very powerful Principal Officer of the National Assembly, who led a delegation of a major political party from Abuja to conduct a senatorial primary in Anambra state in 2014.  This supposed democrat with many years of legislative experience, who ought to show example of how to promote democracy, especially internal [...]

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    NPA, Apapa roads and how to run government business

NPA, Apapa roads and how to run government business

BY BABATOLA OKEAs a long-standing player in Nigeria’s Maritime space I have watched the traffic gridlock along the Apapa axis progressively deteriorate and grow into the colossal national embarrassment over the years. Since I started conducting business in the Apapa Area in 1998, access roads into that part of Lagos have never been anything that reflect the revenue that the country [...]

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    Re: Military promotion, retirement and religious politics

Re: Military promotion, retirement and religious politics

BY TUNDE JOHNSONI am not impressed with some critics or “activists.” It is not enough to think, we have the liberty of expression and endowed with skills of the pen and so, can wake up any day to push all manner gibberish into public domain.The article by Samuel Omachi titled, “Military Promotion, Retirement And Religious Politics” has the tapestry of [...]

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    Election: What Nigeria can learn from South Africa

Election: What Nigeria can learn from South Africa

BY OKE UMURHOHWOIt was another test on African’s preference for democratic tenets but South Africa didn't disappoint. The coastline nation held its parliamentary election on 8thMay, 2019and its outcome have left a relishing experience.This came amid growing concern on the trajectory of democracy on the continent over rampant manipulations and high level of interference that distort leadership choices. From Algeria to [...]

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    Nigeria, not an oil producing economy

Nigeria, not an oil producing economy

BY FOLAWIYO KAREEM OLAJOKU It has long being said that oil is the mainstay of the Nigerian economy and often times, the budget of Nigeria is prepared in line with benchmark from the sale of the nation’s crude but according to a recent study by Afrinvest, a leading investment banking firm stated that, Nigeria is not an oil producing country but a [...]

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    Kunle Lawal was a Lagos bonafide, not from Ibadan

Kunle Lawal was a Lagos bonafide, not from Ibadan

BY OLAWALE LAWAL Professor Olakunle Abdul-Rasheed Lawal would have been 60 years old but he died on December 24, 2013, at the unripe age of 54; nevertheless he lived his life, re-treaded his rather obscure early life to an exemplar of natural human renaissance. He was a teacher, a politician, a commissioner in Lagos and a professor of history, in that [...]

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    Four things Yemi Osinbajo means to Nigeria

Four things Yemi Osinbajo means to Nigeria

BY NATHANIEL ADOJI Hope for Nigerians (through the Social Investments Programmes) Vice President Yemi Osinbajo oversees what is regarded as the largest social investments programme in sub-Saharan Africa. The National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) comprises of the N-Power Programme, currently employing 500,000 graduates; the GEEP loans (Market Moni, FarmerMoni andTrader Moni), providing credit to over 3 million Nigerian traders, artisans and businessmen; [...]

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    Beware of China’s new colonialism 

Beware of China’s new colonialism 

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    Enugu airport downgrade, a pursuit of vendetta against southeast

Enugu airport downgrade, a pursuit of vendetta against southeast

BY FIDEL OKOROIt is grossly uncharitable to link the patriotic efforts of Distinguished Senator Stella Oduah in revamping and upgrading Akanu Ibiam airport in Enugu to international standards, while she was minister of aviation, to the planned closure/downgrade of the important facility by the current minister of aviation.Senator Oduah undertook the task of executing the upgrade of Akanu Ibiam airport [...]

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    The threat to shut Enugu airport is suspicious

The threat to shut Enugu airport is suspicious

BY FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJI For sometimes now, one has been wondering, what actually is the problem the present federal government of Nigeria has with people of the Southeast? Why is it that any little case that could take dialogue and humane understanding to resolve, between federal government and the region, the federal government jumps immediately at taking draconic decisions that would [...]

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    Wike is afraid of Wike

Wike is afraid of Wike

BY OKANGA AGILA “Let your consciousness, savoir faire and understanding liberate you from all the clutches of delusions, dopiness, greed, arrogance, sufferings and hopelessness. Let you reclaim your brilliance, be able to interact with the core of your being, connect, integrate and merge with your higher self and feel the bliss, acceptance of what is and joy that comes with radiating [...]

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    A hypocritical Obasanjo and the theory of mischief

A hypocritical Obasanjo and the theory of mischief

BY ABIODUN ISRAELFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) is more restless than a grasshopper on green fields. He is inexplicably an excited elder statesman, meaninglessly loquacious and implicitly spats at himself, with his self-centered criticisms, but thinks he is upbraiding incumbent leaders.Agreed, Nigeria has been messed up since independence; but more intensely, during the 16 years PDP held power in the [...]

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    Nigerian elections: A history and a loss of memory

Nigerian elections: A history and a loss of memory

BY UGO JIM-NWOKO When in December 2011, yours sincerely had an opportunity of a lifetime to visit Israeli museum built in memory of the victims of the holocaust in Europe during the Second World War, our tour guide said the place was built to remember the victims and to ensure it does not happen again. It therefore presupposes a national commitment [...]

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    Tony Momoh: A renaissance man turns 80

Tony Momoh: A renaissance man turns 80

BY MACK OGBAMOSAIn the annals of professionalism, only a few people have been able to successfully combine many disciplines. Prince Tony Momoh, who is now 80 years old, is one of them.He has made giant strides not only as a journalist but also as a lawyer, teacher, writer and politician.In fact, many of us in the journalism profession who had [...]

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    Of Kwara and Saraki’s praise-singers

Of Kwara and Saraki’s praise-singers

BY RAFIU AJAKAYEThe last few weeks have seen a spike in efforts in the media to burnish the image of Nigeria's senate president Bukola Saraki. This comes a few weeks before Saraki settles down for life after nearly two decades in various public offices as special assistant to the president, governor and senator.Perhaps the image-laundering is needed more than ever [...]

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    Why Buhari must choose between Kogi people and Yahaya Bello

Why Buhari must choose between Kogi people and Yahaya Bello

BY GEORGE OYEDEPOThe game of politics is always changing and it always boils down to interests. This is why politicians are considered untrustworthy, shifty and dodgy. When politicking candidates are given allowance as politicians, immediately they win, the allowance goes and nobody accepts their politicking anymore. They have become government who must not twist or turn and who must be [...]

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