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The Declaration Amidst Bloodletting. By Babayola M. Toungo

I woke up this morning feeling very angry for a reason I cannot grasp.  I looked around my room and went through my mind trying to locate the reason for my anger but couldn’t.  Then it hit me – Jonathan Goodluck is going to declare to Nigerians what they all know since – that he will contest for a “second” term. Details

 

Criminal Tendencies In Single Story. By Adamu Tilde

To many Southerners, particularly those of the lower stratum and those obsessed with false superiority complex, Boko Haram is a grand conspiracy of the Northern elites to destabilize Jonathan’s regime. Never mind the simplicity and hollowness of the postulation and argument. How will a rational human being destabilizes his enemy’s regime by first destroying himself and his economy and environment? Similarly, to many Northerners, at the altar of sounding juvenile, Boko Haram is a grand conspiracy by GEJ-led government to downsize, decimate and decapacitate Northern Nigeria. Never occurred to the proponent of this school of thought the many years of illiteracy, poverty, poor distribution of wealth and economic stagnation that characterized the region for so many years—these in so many ways, may contribute to the proliferation and domestication of terrorism. Details

 

The Fall Of Mubi: April 1990 Revisited. By Babayola M. Toungo

I have this eerie feeling that the escalation of violence in the north (particularly the north east) and subsequent declaration of separate administrative entity by the terrorists in the areas they now occupy has historical connection to the abortive coup of April 1990.  The principal officers of the failed putsch are now very visible in Aso Villa – Col. Tony Nyiam, Major Saliba Mukoro, etc.  During their failed attempt to grab power, their spokesman Gideon Orkar announced the excision of some parts of Nigeria in their attempt to remake Nigeria in their image.  We have seen this sinister plan resurface again during the just concluded ill-advised National Conference.  Interestingly, Tony Nyiam was one of those selected by Jonathan to midwife the conference.  And again interestingly, the portion of the country under the control of the terrorists was among the parts of the country excised by the putschists. Details

 

The Raids On Nigerian Roads. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

A new wave of terrorism is blowing away many Nigerians. State-supported raids on Nigerian roads are happening. Drivers and other road users are passing through harrowing experiences on Nigerian roads and there is no evidence that persons that have the constitutional authority to stop their oppression on the roads are doing anything to come to their rescue. Nigerian soldiers and police now mount road blocks anywhere and anytime on the roads only to extort money from drivers at gunpoint. Details

 

2015: A Word For Gen. Buhari. By Godwin Onyeacholem

It is unfortunate that whenever Buhari is discussed even as a politician, snippets of his characterisation as an unrepentant despot still creep in. Hopefully, the General will read this. Indeed, there is need for him to adjust himself. There is no way he can command respect as a politician without being a democrat. Though it will be heart-warming to see him emerge as the president in 2015, he should be well-advised that democracy and autocracy are two completely different concepts. Buhari must be careful to avoid behaving in a manner that will further arm his critics with the impression that he is still more comfortable with the latter than the former. Details

 

Quarantine: After Healthcare Workers Bio & Nuclear Scientists Next. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Quarantine is a necessary and legal way to protect the public. But when you merge cases of returning healthcare workers that are in perfectly good health, checked for self-monitoring at home; with those that honestly reported they have high temperature or fever and obviously symptomatic, we have gone beyond caution. Limited resources will be stretched and the public will be alarmed increasing fear and stigmatization of people that should be treated as heroes. Details

 

Why President Jonathan Should Handover To Senator David Mark. By Oga Tom Uhia

My dear Mr. President, with the highest sense of respect and humility, I urge you; NOT TO CONTEST THE 2015 ELECTION; but offer yourself as a ‘living sacrifice; pure and holy’ for the sake of peace and tranquility in our beloved country Nigeria. The bible says “therefore, I urge you brothers in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.” ROMANS 12vs1. Details

 

Stripping Tambuwal   Of Security Details. By Rahaman Onike

Whatever the fear of the Peoples Democratic Party on the exit of Tambuwal from the Peoples Democratic Party, it is necessary due process is followed in addressing issues of  defection cross the various political parties. If the peoples Democratic Party succeeded in removing Tambuwal as the speaker, what is going to happen to earlier defectors. Even if the Presidency is uncomfortable with Tambuwals defection, the Aso Rock strategists ought to have demonstrated the  spirit of sportsmanship in reaction to the ongoing power game. Details

 

On Perception.... By Adamu Tilde

Suffice to have a quick glance at Umaru Yaradua's stewardship. He en-circled himself with the best team that a leader can boast of yet he achieved very little, at leastin global standard. Take a look at how Prof Adenike Grange lost it to the system. prof Dora Akunyili at her information portfolio. Prof. Jega in his INEC. Shekarau in Kano. Comr. Balarabe Musa in Kaduna. And host of many good people of this great Nation that fall victims to the System failure not in their own making. Details

 

 

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PEOPLE AND POLITICS BY MOHAMMED HARUNA

 

The manipulation of Boko Haram

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".... the new Emir, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi, called on Muslims during a Friday sermon in the same Mosque to rise up and defend themselves against terrorism in the face of the apparent failure of the security forces to deal with Boko Haram’s insurgency.

 

“These people,” he reportedly said during the sermon earlier this month, “when they attack towns, they kill boys and enslave girls … People must stand resolute. They should acquire what they can to defend themselves. People must not wait for soldiers to protect them.”

 

If the Emir was quoted correctly, it was an unwise thing for him to have said because, given Boko Haram’s past response to such threats , it was like waiving a red flag before a bull. Actually, worse; with a bull you knew what you were dealing with, whereas with the Boko Haram phenomenon, no one knows for sure, at least not anymore. Details

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Tariff Hike For Inadequate Power?

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Beyond INEC’s U-turn on polling units

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The recent violence in Ibadan

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Damaturu attack update: 150 insurgents, 33 cops, 6 soldiers dead

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Jonathan, IG have declared war on Nigeria ­– Soyinka

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Suicide bombers, kidnappers on rampage

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Boko Haram Captures Lassa Town In Borno

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Soyinka Faults US Assistance to Nigeria over Boko Haram

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FG may review JAMB admission policy

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Ogoni in the flux of Nigerian politics

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There’re challenges in Bauchi despite Yuguda’s effort – Pate

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NDDC signs new condition of service for staff

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Ekiti prison attack an inside job – Fayose

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Police disrupt anti Boko Haram protest in Kaduna

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CBN to introduce lower denominations on ATMs

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Naira Closes At N181 To The Dollar

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Oil Shock: FG Moves to Shore Economy with Building, Construction Industry

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NUPENG Cautions FG against Continued Drop in Crude Oil Refining

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Anti-Jonathan senators to table motion Dec 16

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Senate resumes amidst Jonathan’s impeachment plot

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You Are Worse Than Nebuchadnezzar, Soyinka Tells Jonathan

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Jonathan: ‘Authentic Impeachment List Would Be Published In Due Course ‘

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These Aren’t the Odds against Buhari

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I Would Have Defeated Obasanjo in 2003, Says Atiku

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Four die as thugs clash during APC primaries

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APC set for Dec 10 national convention

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Terror that goes around

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Boko Haram can be defeated

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2015: Issues that will drive the election

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Two wrongs make a rite

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INEC not prepared for 2015 polls – Oyedele

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Let The Weak Say I’m Strong

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Democracy Gate: My Takeaway

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HIV & AIDS: A Challenge Yet Uncompleted

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In This Era Of Crisis, Where Have All The Leaders Gone?

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‘Arise, O Compatriots’

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New CJN, New Way Forward for Justice Delivery?

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Ebonyi: The Real Issue

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Fear grips Pinnick, NFF members, as Appeals Committee delivers judgement today

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Siasia promises to build a strong team

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Keshi Earned N14m for Failing to Qualify Eagles for AFCON 2015

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON

 

Nigeria: Our oyel money, dollar, naira, and follies of the heart

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In Nigeria, it is not just about the more you look the less you see, the fact is that you rarely see much or see nothing. The system, if indeed we have any, seems to defy all odds and logical reasoning. When you expect it to falter, fall and fail, it takes a curve and strangely comes on strong on the rebound. The only question is for how long do we have to rely on auto-piloting the ship of governance.

 

In the last three months, I have followed the Finance Minister Okonjo Iweala, who also doubles as Coordinating Minister of the economy, whatever that really means, say first we are not broke, and afterwards, announce austere measures and only last week blame governors for a depleted reserve. Details

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Deadly bomb blast at Somalia airport

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Obama calls for $6bn US Ebola cash

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Family fight Steve Biko autopsy sale

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EU court blocks gay asylum tests

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HIV evolving 'into milder form'

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Kenya chiefs replaced after massacre

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Curfew in Nigerian city after attack

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More economic woe for Ebola nations

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Brahimi wins BBC African award 2014

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Three Egyptians die of bird flu

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Namibian governing party re-elected

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Blast kills 1 at Iran diplomat's home

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4 die in attack on AU convoy

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Israeli leader fires key ministers

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HK protest leaders turn themselves in

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Al-Shabaab executes 36 non-Muslims

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China loser in corruption ranking

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Takata defies airbag recall

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NY grand jury echoes Ferguson

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Did teen's stepfather incite riot?

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Police, NFL team duel over apology

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Students across U.S. hold 'die-ins'

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U.S. school bus crash kills students

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Concordia captain combative on stand

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