Sunday, April 7, 2019

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    Heralding the new Nigerian 10-year e-passport

Heralding the new Nigerian 10-year e-passport

BY SULE YA’U SULE Most Nigerians are aware of the revolution taking place in the facilities issued by the Nigeria Immigration Service and the impact it will have on how Nigerians travel. Nigerians who own international passports can recount their experiences in procuring and renewing this travel document in the past, owing to bureaucratic bottlenecks. While other countries have simplified this [...]

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    Dele Momodu and Olisa Agbakoba as enemies of democracy

Dele Momodu and Olisa Agbakoba as enemies of democracy

BY ODOH MICHAELIn 2003 when President Muhammadu Buhari first ran for the office of President and lost, he went to court to challenge the result of the election because he felt he was cheated and his mandate stolen. He did same in 2007 and 2011, and never called to congratulate his opponents in these elections. Adams Oshiomhole, Rotimi Amaechi and [...]

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    Musing on ethnic tension

Musing on ethnic tension

BY MUYIWA AKINTUNDEGiven the tension that enveloped last Saturday’s election in some parts of Lagos, I am supposed to hate the Igbo. Right? I’m sure my father, who died almost 45 years ago, would turn in his grave the day I nursed that evil thought. I never saw him hate anyone, his heart was consumed by love to all irrespective [...]

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    2019 elections and Jonathan’s sermons of peace

2019 elections and Jonathan’s sermons of peace

BY WEALTH DICKSON OMINABO Down the Southern part of Nigeria is a humble man with a temperament of peace. With a political philosophy of humanism, he goes about preaching peace to the world and urging his friends, brothers and of humanity to see peace as their kinsmen and harmony as their in- law. He is a fellow who lives out the attributes [...]

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    Democracy: The Nigerian army and sanctity of constitutional orders

Democracy: The Nigerian army and sanctity of constitutional orders

BY RICHARD MURPHYI trust Lt. Gen, TY Buratai, the COAS and leader of Nigeria’s counter-insurgency operations. He is a man worth the trust. He first earned my trust when he punished scores of solders who played undemocratic roles in the 2014 governorship elections in Ekiti state. They were punished for professional misconduct and acts inimical to the striving of democracy [...]

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    You can wrangle but don’t misinterpret Buhari

You can wrangle but don’t misinterpret Buhari

BY ISAAC IKPA Interestingly, I am getting to know more about the impressive but silent aspects of President Muhammadu Buhari. I have never met him personally but his credentials as a retired Army officer made me conclude that he is rough and unapologetically ruthless.But I was damn wrong! He is just a leader who is blunt and plain. He hates any [...]

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    As Udom Emmanuel launches Ibom airline

As Udom Emmanuel launches Ibom airline

BY MICHAEL BASSEYThe birth of Ibom Airline couldn’t have come at a better time. The launch of the airline on Wednesday is truly the ice on the cake for the good people of Akwa Ibom. If anyone was in doubt of the managerial acumen of the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, that launch was enough to shut the mouths of pundits. [...]

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    Ogoni clean-up: Buhari keeping his promise to Niger Delta

Ogoni clean-up: Buhari keeping his promise to Niger Delta

BY ARIKPO DUUM After decades of struggles, Government’s attention was drawn to the plight of the people of Ogoni. The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) was invited to undertake an assessment of oil pollution in Ogoniland with a view to finding a solution that will bring an end to the sufferings of Ogoni people.In 2011, UNEP submitted a report to the [...]

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    Understanding the army’s role in defending Nigeria’s sovereignty

Understanding the army’s role in defending Nigeria’s sovereignty

BY PHILIP AGBESEI recall that a section of the polity has decided to drag the Nigerian Army into the murky water of politics for their selfish reasons. This arose from the charge given by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces President Muhammadu Buhari for the Nigeria Army to deal ruthlessly with those who intend to snatch ballot boxes [...]

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    The louder voice, the silent majority or the vocal minority

The louder voice, the silent majority or the vocal minority

BY BABATUNDE IRUKERE Our society, like many that have evolved, is at a critical crossroad, where the wrong path leads to the loss of our identity and values, and silences the majority, but the right path, though arduous, will lead us to reclaiming who we are, and moving our nation forward to the place where we no longer confuse the amplified [...]

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    Uyi Giwa-Osagie: Another victim of intimidation

Uyi Giwa-Osagie: Another victim of intimidation

BY EKWUEME IFEANYICHUKWUThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Uyi Giwa Osagie, the lawyer and treasurer of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, for alleged money laundering. The arrest of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate's lawyer, is politically motivated.Since Nigeria returned to democratic rule, the Nigerian government has over the years weaponized state apparatus, such as the Nigerian Police [...]

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    The last round of dictatorial shots

The last round of dictatorial shots

BY DEDE AMADILess than six days to Nigeria’s Presidential elections, postponed from February 16, Nigerians once again are witnessing a taste of what another 4 years of power would be in Buhari’s Nigeria after the home of the lawyer to the frontline candidate for the opposition party Atiku Abubakar was illegally searched by officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes [...]

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    Eleventh hour postponement of our elections: Who owns the blame?

Eleventh hour postponement of our elections: Who owns the blame?

BY AKINLOYE JAMES As a Nigerian, I can bet that all year long, day in day out, at least one politician, religious leader or motivational speaker somewhere is charging an audience (regardless of size) with these famous words of JFK “Ask not what your country can do for you- ask what you can do for your country” or something akin to [...]

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    The problem is beyond elections postponement

The problem is beyond elections postponement

BY FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJIQuoting from an Igbo proverb in his famous novel, “Things Fall Apart”, Chinua Achebe says, “A man who cannot tell where the rain began to beat him cannot know where he dried his body.” In his last but parting classical book, “There Was a Country”, Achebe tells us that to make Nigeria work again, there is need [...]

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    Before you cast the ballot

Before you cast the ballot

BY OKE UMURHOHWOGradually, the moment everyone is anticipating is upon us. On Saturday, February 16, 2019, eligible voters will throng designated centres across Nigeria to cast the ballot for their preferred choices from the array of candidates fielded by political parties for available positions. Of much interest is the presidential election, where the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Abubakar Atiku, [...]

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    Time to unlearn helplessness

Time to unlearn helplessness

BY CATHERINE ANGAIThat Nigeria is a difficult country to live in is not news. We joke about most of our public institutions one of the (in)famous ones include ‘if the illness doesn’t kill you, the hospitals will.’ We are inundated by challenges all around us. Insecurity is rife, poverty is soaring, education is failing, health care is abysmal. There is [...]

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