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Has Bode George learnt anything?

Our Reporter 28/02/2011 00:00:00



Shortly after he emerged from prison on Saturday, supposedly penitent and transformed by God’s redeeming mercies, Chief Bode George boisterously and combatively declared: “Now there is a job at hand for us to do, and now is the time for us to win Lagos State with this kind of loyalty we have seen. President Goodluck Jonathan will be around on Tuesday; we have to cause tsunami in Lagos so that other parties will get the jitters.” The loyalty he refers… Continue

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April polls and spectre of violence

By Sun News Publishing Tuesday, March 01, 2011



Editorial Index

The rising wave of violence in the run up to the April polls calls for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to stem the trend if the critical elections are not to be threatened or marred. From different parts of the country, violent conflicts are raising fresh concerns on the prospect of smooth conduct of the polls which are less than two months away.… Continue

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Politics of oil spill contingency plan (2)

By CAJETAN DIKE Tuesday, March 01, 2011



When I discussed the matter with a friend who is very conversant with development in the oil sector, he told me that may be because the current minister of Petroleum is a product of shell petroleum which is a key violator in matters of oil spills, that she may be playing their own game rather than a nationalistic game.



I replied my friend that I do not believe that the minister who is also one of the victims of the effects of oil… Continue

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Task before Imo Assembly

By CAJETAN DIKE Tuesday, March 01, 2011

•Ohakim

Photo: Sun News Publishing

The disturbing news from Imo State where the governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim after spending N24billion outside the provisions of the 2010 state budget now wants retroactive approval from the House of Assembly, has again exposed the weakness of that arm of government. It is regrettable that an arm which ought to check the excesses… Continue

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Justice for sale in Rivers?

Litigants, lawyers protest high filing fees

From HENRY CHUKWURAH, Port Harcourt Tuesday, March 01, 2011

•Gov. Amaechi

Photo: Sun News Publishing

Dispensation of justice in Rivers State is under serious threat, no thanks to an astronomical hike of filing fee for lawsuits in the state judiciary. Checks by Daily Sun reveal that under the current State…

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Re: Random notes on Bakare and Igbo presidency

By Dimgba Igwe [08055001932) (dimgbaigwe@gmail.com] Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Two columns back, we shared some random thoughts on the choice of Pastor Tunde Bakare as a running mate to General Muhammadu Buhari in the April general elections and the agitation for “president of Igbo extraction”. I was typically for a good candidate capable of delivering the goods irrespective of wherever the person comes from rather than insisting on the emotive choice of an ethnic candidate with… Continue

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Bode George, God and a priest

By okey ndibe (E-mail: okndibe@yahoo.com ) Tuesday, March 01, 2011



Bode George, ex-military man and ex-chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), left Kirikiri prison last Saturday – having served a two-year sentence for corruption and earned the addition of ex-convict to his CV. From prison, Mr. George headed straight for the Cathedral Church of Christ in Marina, Lagos. He was reportedly joined at the church service by, among others, former President Olusegun… Continue

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Juju scare in Glass House

...I take holy-water bath every morning —James Peters



By ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja Monday, February 28, 2011



Sacked former assistant secretary, technical department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), James Peter, has made a startling revelation that holy water provided him protection to survive the spiritual attack during his days at the headquarters of the Nigeria football governing body.



JP, who dropped the hint, while fielding questions in… Continue

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Just before another boom goes bust

By Yemi Kolapo Monday, 28 Feb 2011



On Thursday, oil price reached its highest level in 30 months, with Brent crude soaring to a high of $119 per barrel amid the lingering crisis in Libya. Though this crisis, just like that of Egypt, may be unfortunate, the follow-on boom should be good news for Nigeria, a country that earns about 85 per cent of its revenue from oil.



However, after the eight-year oil price boom of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo era again failed to… Continue

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The tokunbo virus in us

By Agency Reporter Monday, 28 Feb 2011



I reliably gathered that Tokunbo is a Yoruba name given to a child born in a foreign land. In recent times, such a beautiful name has been bastardised. Tokunbo is referred to as fairly used cars imported into the country. Somebody told me that at its earliest stage, these cars were imported from Belgium. These vehicles are still referred to as Belgium in the eastern part of the country.



The use of these cars became rampant when prices… Continue

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Of rascals in government have been a slip

By PHILOMENA OSEAHWEKE Monday, February 28, 2011



I am an ardent admirer of President Goodluck Jonathan, not by virtue of the fact I am from the same South-South Nigeria like him, but because he stands out amongst the typical professional Politicians of today in our country.



For the avoidance of doubt, the typical Nigerian Politician is desperate and dangerously ambitious. By nature and by good conduct, President Goodluck Jonathan is a loyalist, well bred, humble, polite… Continue

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Politics of oil spill contingency plan (1)

By Emmanuel Onwubiko Monday, February 28, 2011



Call it political amnesia or the usual business-as-usual rehash of public speeches by political office holders or you may as well choose to call it a politically calculated and motivated policy ‘faux pas’ and somersault.



These descriptions were the exact reactions that came to my mind early this week when the profoundly beautiful and in fact Nigeria’s first ever female minister of Petroleum Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke… Continue

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For a strategic and timely CPC/ACN alliance

By 'Femi Meyungbe-Olufunmilade Monday, February 28, 2011



For a long time, I have held what now seems to me a one-sided view of why a most promising, highly-endowed Nigeria has been held down by reactionary forces and unable to fulfill its potentials. Instinctively, I blame it all on a ruling class that is visionless, self-serving, and unwilling to permit change, peacefully, through the ballot box. I invariably see revolution, a violent one, as an inevitable way forward when somen day… Continue

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Tell Bankole: Revolt possible here!

By Godson Nwa Offoaro Monday, February 28, 2011



Reminded that Nigerians were suffering beyond tolerable limits during the Second Republic, a then well heeled politician named Umaru Dikko retorted that Nigerians were not yet eating from the refuse bin. It was not long after that retort that the decadent regime of the era was overthrown. It was overthrown by no less an important person than a then General known as Muhammad Buhari, who, now is aspiring to be Nigeria’s president, in… Continue

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When will they give Ohakim his dues?

By PINI JASON Monday, February 28, 2011



On page 22 of Thisday of 1 February 2011, Mr. Chuks Okocha began a very interesting article titled PDP: Resolving the Anambra Logjam thus: “The choice of Governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State to head a presidential committee to resolve the impasse over the National Assembly primaries of the Peoples democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State could not have come to many as a surprise.



First, Imo Sate, which Chief Ikedi Ohakim presides over,… Continue

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Only the poor stay in jail

By Eric Osagie (ericosagie@sunnewsonline.com)

Monday, February 28, 2011



Olabode George is a chief and retired naval officer. The man with the wiry moustache who loves to spot immaculate white buba and sokoto complemented with an all-silvery hair was, until recently, the picture of bohemia . George walked with a swagger, talked with gusto and thought the world of himself even as he rode the powerful waves of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, politics like a… Continue

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All eyes on Niger Delta…at The Hague

By Daniel Alabrah Monday, February 14, 2011



About three weeks ago, precisely on Tuesday, January 25, I wrote on my Facebook wall: “The harmattan in Nigeria is child’s play compared to the cold in The Netherlands.” The posting was just my summation of the menacing temperature (about -5 degrees) that embraced me on arrival at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam very early that morning.



I had departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos about seven hours earlier… Continue

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All eyes on Niger Delta…at The Hague

By Daniel Alabrah Monday, February 14, 2011



About three weeks ago, precisely on Tuesday, January 25, I wrote on my Facebook wall: “The harmattan in Nigeria is child’s play compared to the cold in The Netherlands.” The posting was just my summation of the menacing temperature (about -5 degrees) that embraced me on arrival at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam very early that morning.



I had departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos about seven hours earlier… Continue

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Aliyu’s sterling examples

By Uche Ezechukwu 0803 622 3337 [email: onukwube1@yahoo.com]

Monday, February 28, 2011



Most Nigerians of different ethnic and religious backgrounds have remained unsure whether they should be and act as citizens of Nigeria or of their ethnic groups, or worse still, of their famed “states of origin”. Many have often been confronted by the dilemma as to whether they should pay their taxes in those places they reside for more than 90 percent of their lives or in their ‘home states’… Continue

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Addressing constraints to foreign investment

By Sun News Publishing Monday, February 28, 2011



Recently, Nicholas Gans, Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a leading global accounting and auditing firm, expressed concern about the poor implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Nigeria. The situation, he said, has proved a great disincentive for potential foreign investment, especially business ventures between Nigerian firms and their foreign counterparts.



According to Gans, this poor… Continue

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