Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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    The Damasak battle and sense of double patriotism

The Damasak battle and sense of double patriotism

BY ANTHONY KOLAWOLE Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. TY Buratai is immensely gifted with enough dosage of enviable leadership qualities. He is a patriotic, selfless, dutiful, hardworking, humane and committed soldier, who is imbued with flair of swift responsiveness to emergencies, anywhere duty beckons.He has demonstrated this time and time again, as patriotically reenacted last week in Damasak, [...]

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    Kemi Adeosun: A postscript

Kemi Adeosun: A postscript

BY YEMI AJAYIFinally and with no place to hide any further, Nigeria's Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, had no choice than to quit on September 14, 2018.For over 60 days, she had defiantly ridden the storm, given cover and encouragement by accomplices in top government positions, including a presidential aide, Prof. Itse Sagay,  and egged on by a large crowd [...]

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    Now that they all want restructuring

Now that they all want restructuring

BY EMENENA BRIGHTIt is understandable that the Nigerian political terrain has become this charged as it is only about six months to the general election. While all the elections are important, the most significant remains the Presidential. This is because the direction of a nation is akin to the nation's chief executive officer. This is further made so by our [...]

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    Direct versus indirect primaries: Missed opportunity for APC

Direct versus indirect primaries: Missed opportunity for APC

BY BEN OGUNTUASEAfter some heated debate, the All Progressives Congress, APC has finally settled for mostly Indirect primary at State levels and Direct primary at the Presidential level and in a few States. There is no doubt that APC as a Party is not in short supply of members with progressive ideas along the lines suggested and intended by the [...]

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    Umuahia 9/14 and the silence of the grave

Umuahia 9/14 and the silence of the grave

BY FRANCIS OBORJI “Again, one should like to appeal to South East governors: please choose a common date within this month (September) or next for public ‘state-burial and mourning’ of all those individuals killed during the infamous Python Dance II in the region last week. The people and our land need this spiritual exercise for healing and cleansing. … Let us [...]

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    Saraki: APC’s nightmare, presidency’s mortal fear

Saraki: APC’s nightmare, presidency’s mortal fear

BY JUDE NDUKWEEver since his emergence as Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has been the undeserved target of mudslinging, character assassination, frivolous court cases, undue media trial, executive harassment and humiliation, propaganda, half-truths and outright falsehood among other shenanigans aimed at cowing and arm-twisting him to force him to bow to the whims and caprices of a powerful cabal operating [...]

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    El-Rufai soars despite the bitterness of political merchants

El-Rufai soars despite the bitterness of political merchants

BY SAMUEL ARUWAN Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has steadfastly refused to be distracted by the antics of politicians who think the goal of public policy should be to surrender public resources to their selfish interests. These venal politicians and their allies have created a demonise Malam El-Rufai industry that generates tons of fiction that may perplex the unwary but has been an [...]

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    Centre of Excellence: Preparing Lagos for the future

Centre of Excellence: Preparing Lagos for the future

BY LAOLU OSINBAJO Lagos, the centre of excellence! Lagosians can attest to the fact that it is truly one of the busiest places to live on earth! Can we change this? Let’s deliberate on the future of this great city all 21 million of us call home.  It is estimated that, at the rate at which Nigeria is growing, in the next 25 [...]

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    Beverley shouldn’t have crossed that line

Beverley shouldn’t have crossed that line

BY IBORO TONYE-EDETThere is a thin line between the secular and the spiritual (divine).I am not one to make an issue out of people’s acts of stupidity so long they remain on their side of the divide. But when these children of perdition become so drunk with popularity and seek for ways to drown in the pool of international fame, [...]

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    e-Nigerians: Stop showing love for the looters

e-Nigerians: Stop showing love for the looters

There is no question that Nigeria faces a lot of challenges. Growing population and poverty are two of the biggest challenges.  Nigerians have also proved themselves resilient. Occurrences that could potentially have broken up the country have been successfully navigated. One recent example is the Nnamdi Kanu/Biafra/IPOB agitation. We are lucky that many of the South Eastern governors finally saw sense [...]

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    Tonye Cole and the moment of epiphany

Tonye Cole and the moment of epiphany

BY AUSTIN TAM-GEORGEThere is tremendous hunger in Rivers State for an end to the bellicose and toxic politics that have seized the state since 1999. Media headlines about the state are frequently about political assassinations, beheadings and inconclusive elections due to widespread violence.As Nigeria’s oil and gas metropolis, Rivers State suffers unique consequences when our social and political spaces [...]

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    It is leadership, yet, it is followership

It is leadership, yet, it is followership

BY MUSA OLANIYIA key concept that has been relegated in discourses relating to societal development is followership. It hardly features in public discussions or scholarly works. It is never given prominence. This inadvertent or wilful denigration of the concept reflects the unenviable position it has been consigned. Yet, followership is not exactly the opposite of leadership. It does not connote blind [...]

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    How the absence of evaluation is killing PR in Nigeria

How the absence of evaluation is killing PR in Nigeria

BY GILBERT ALASA “Work implies not only that somebody is supposed to do the job, but also accountability, a deadline and, finally, the measurement of results” - Peter F. DruckerFew years ago, I was part of a team managing a PR campaign for a pan-African brand. At the outset, everything looked all prim and perfect. With sheer optimism, we anticipated a [...]

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    Challenges of the premium bread brand in Nigeria

Challenges of the premium bread brand in Nigeria

BY JEREMIAH AGADAAs many sectors and industries within the Nigerian economy are slowly picking up pace after a turbulent era of recession, the bread sector, specifically the premium bread subsector has remained comatose. This baffling reality has continued to baffled economists and stakeholders who feel the reverse should have been the case considering that the bread industry is very active [...]

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    A reminder on guidelines of media portrayal of children

A reminder on guidelines of media portrayal of children

The media space is awash with pictures, videos and interviews that include children, and often in violation of the child rights act, including their right to protection, dignity and privacy.While journalists and media professional alike are often guilty of unethical reporting of children and their issues, the situation is aggravated with the proliferation of social media platforms that make picture [...]

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    OYES is a great achievement

OYES is a great achievement

BY NIYI AJIBADE Most likely the most memorable programme of the outgoing Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s government is the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) programme. Conceived as part of Rauf Aregbesola’s six points integral action plan in 2005 while planning to contest the 2007 gubernatorial election where he promised to take in 20,000 unemployed youths and engage them profitably in his first 100 days [...]

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