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What NYSC Community Development Service Should Be Like By Ohiwerei Emilomo

Sometimes, the good we can do in oursociety are hidden until we simply attend a meeting, join a group and do something with other people. It happened to me recently through my NationalYouth Service Corps (NYSC) experience and I have a flash story to tell about it. It happened on a Friday, the 24th ofFebruary 2012, to be precise. I had woken up with a feeling of indolence and wasentirely unenthused to go for ...

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Farewell, Mohammed Sani Jibrin By Adagbo Onoja

The death of someone known at some close quarters will always shake one’s humanity. This is even more so when one is far away from the place of such death and was learning about it at such an unholy hour of the morning. I was done for the day but didn’t want to go to sleep without checking on Nigeria. That meant taking a quick look at the emails that came in within the last six hours or so that one had been ...

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Sovereign National Conference in Nigeria: A Valiant and Refreshing Perspective! By Edwin Madunagu

About 20 years ago, precisely on June 25, July 2, and July 9 1992, this column carried a three-part article on Sovereign National  Conference (SNC).  Each of the three parts dealt with a different aspect of the subject and carried a different title: For a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) (June 25); SNC and flashpoints of discontent (July 2) and Organising the SNC (July 9). I started the first part of the ...

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Budget 2012 (7) – Reforming the Police By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

We conclude our review of the state of the Nigeria Police today, starting with correcting some errors in last week's column. I am grateful to two of my twitter followers that drew my attention to them. Lord Lugard lived between 1858 and 1945, so could not have formed the Hausa Constabulary in 1861! I have rechecked my source, and cross-checked with other sources. I can confirm that the first police-like for ...

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Ojukwu:A legend for all season By Atiku Abubakar

Among the several stories that have been written about Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the piece I found particularly compelling was an archive interview republished after his very unfortunate death on November 26, 2011. Asked how he would like to be remembered, Ojukwu’s reply was poignant: “I would like to be remembered as a statesman; not just as a rebel leader.” Indeed, in a world increasingly obsessed ...

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Ibori – Divine Retribution And Punishment For Hubris Akintokunbo A Adejumo

When the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti released the song, VIP – Vagabond In Power in the late 70’s, Nigerians paid little heed to the lyrics, but danced their feet out to this politically-laced music. By the time they realised that Fela was something of a prophet, it was rather too late for them to arrest situations whereby their rulers were in fact vagabonds, thieves, looters and convicted felons. That is not t ...

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‘King of the Road’ By Dele Agekameh

Last Monday evening, motorists plying Apapa-Oshodi expressway inLagosliterally went through hell, spending hours in the traffic, as fuel tankers waiting to load fuel at the tank farms in the area blocked the entire expressway. The traffic, which stretched through several kilometres, was particularly chaotic at Mile 2 and Julius Berger Yard area, due to the blockade of the service lane by the construction gi ...

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Azazi’s Trumpet Blowers By Garba Shehu

Newswatch magazine’s cover story last week, “Boko Haram, Azazi’s Winning Strategy” is a bad idea that should not be entertained at this time when the bombs are still exploding and the gunshots ringing out there. At a time when the whole country is exercised or tensed up over the failure to contain the insurgent attacks on innocent citizens, on Churches and Mosques and their growing specialty in raiding poli ...

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Tell’s “The Jonathan Interview”; in defence of critics By Mohammed Haruna

Tell’s edition of penultimate Monday (post-dated February 27) carried a lengthy exclusive interview with President Goodluck Jonathan which is probably his most comprehensive press interview to date. For that reason alone it is somewhat surprising that it has been paid scant media attention; perhaps I had not looked hard enough but in the one week since its publication, I have not read a single story in any ...

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Celebrating Dafinone at 85 By Henry Ebireri

Senator David Dafinone will on Monday, March 12, 2012 celebrate his 85th birthday, marking still another milestone in a life that few could have imagined. Born on March 12, 1927 in Sapele, Delta State, going to school was not quite early for the consummate chartered accountant, politician and nationalist as he had to wait and meet the physical requirement that prescribed the ability to touch ones other ear ...

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Mr President:We are not the enemy By Ayisha Osori

  "These types of checkpoints are all over the place enroute to and from Abuja, Kaduna, Zaria, Maiduguri, Jos, Minna, Madalla and ironically the bombs are still going off in many of these places – most recently Koton Karfe, Jos and Madalla. We have to ask: have you and your security advisers thought about the efficacy of these roadblocks? What exactly is achieved and what exactly do the red-eyed or sunglass ...

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The New Driver’s License and the Need for Sanity on Nigerian Roads By Bright Ekwu

In the mid-70’s through the early 80’s when we were growing up as kids in the old Bendel State, there used to be a phenomenon referred to as ‘Sapele drivers’.The term was particularly rife in Benin City where it was used in reference to anybody who drove a vehicle roughly without any regard for basic driving and road use rules. It was much later, upon inquiry as to the origin of the term, that an uncle expl ...

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