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One of the good things going for the 2015 general elections was the declaration by the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, that all consensus governorship candidates raised by party’s state chapters, null and void.

A few years ago, many Nigerians would have sworn with the very last drop of their blood that acts of terror were indeed un-Nigerian. The gory sight of senseless killings as being painted in other continents around the globe often did make us wonder how an individual or a group of persons will participate in such horrible acts. 

Few days ago, a news articles on the title under reference authored by one Hassan Haruna made the rounds in the media. Though it was mainly circulated in the Social Media, it must be realized that internet news platforms, many of which carried the article in question, have established a matching reputation to the conventional media and whoever ignores what is circulated thereon, does to his or her own peril. 

For the first time after the official declaration of Governor Aliyu Magatakarada
Wamakko following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressive Congress, APC and outright rejection of the joint defection by his deputy Muktari Shehu Shagari the faithful of the PDP held its stakeholders meeting.

Last month I wrote an article titled “Between terrorism and Genocide” where I chastised the now erstwhile Executive governor of Adamawa State, Vice Admiral Murtala Hamman-Yero Nyako (rtd), GCON, CFR for his controversial memo to the 19 northern states governors where he accused President Goodluck Jonathan and the federal government of carrying out genocide against the people of the north.

By Ogaziechi Theodore
The word abortion in many parts of the world generates public controversy and debate. In most cases the debate centres on ethics, morals, religion and legality. Abortion and abortion-related issues have featured prominently in the politics of nations and have often involved the opposing "pro-life" and "pro-choice" social movements. The word is so contentious that at mere mention of it makes people keep mum so as not to be quoted or held responsible for their comments on the taboo subject.

Recently, stakeholders in the emergency management sector from African countries converged in Abuja, the nation’s capital with the aim to draw out objectives and a sustainable framework through which countries can respond to emergency not only for its good but for the collective good of countries in the region.

As globalization increases the movement of people, culture and ideas, managing diversity, ethnicity, religions, and security, social, political and gender mainstreaming will be the foremost challenge of any developing nation. It requires a positive vision of how plural societies thrive for harmonious co-existence.
A man of God and Public Expectations
By Peter Idowu
A popular quote by Lao Tzu said “I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”
Propelled by the recent happenings in Northern Nigeria, particularly the abduction of school girls in Chibok, Borno State and acknowledging the fact that women are natural peace-makers, the Mother of the nation, Dame Patience Jonathan, convened a meeting of relevant women stakeholders on Friday, May 2, and Sunday May 4, 2014, at the State House, Abuja, to discuss and rub minds on how Nigerian women, as peace builders, can play critical roles in resolving various security issues in the country.

“You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. You build one by doing what is right at the right time.” Senator Bala Mohammed (KauranBauchi) wrote on his Facebook wall as far back as September 22, 2011. If this comment were to have been written at this moment, any right thinking pundit would put it down to activism in the run up to the 2015 elections.

The joy of every woman is to be married one day, gracefully.

Marriage is a thing of joy and a memorable one but some are never allowed to experience the joy of marriage as some 64 million girls around the world are forced into it before the age of 18.

Recently, the President of the Senate, Senator David Bonaventure Mark spoke overtly in unmistaken terms, endorsing the transparent leadership of the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mr. John Kennedy Opara.

By Engr. Olatunji Ariyomo
 
 
Being a lecture delivered as Guest Speaker at an annual lecture organized by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) which took place at the Theodore Idibiye Franscis Auditorium of the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria on April 3rd 2014
By Rogers Edor Ochela
 
‘’If your mother is onion and your father is garlic, how would you smell good’’—Maria Puzo
A leopard, it is often said, hardly changes its spots. Even when the whole world is still waiting with baited breath, hoping that the clownish elements presently mishandling the affairs of Nasarawa State would bend their heads in shame and probably apologize to the people of the state for the shameful manner the recent LG Polls was conducted, it has remained as defiant and unrepentant  as ever.

When Airtel in partnership with Pepsi, unveiled a promotion that guarantees a prize for every consumer with the aim of rewarding their various clients for their loyalty, everyone was excited. Little did we know that, the excitement that came with the promo isn't worth it. 

By Yohanna Sarah
 
Over the world women are encouraged to be self-reliant and to embrace self-empowerment scheme. That is why when the idea of Nigeria Cooperative Women Alliance (NICOWA) was raised; it was received with joy by Nigerian women who are known to be enterprising.

Raymond Avaan was a prominent community leader who organized a thrift and loans scheme and was also Secretary of the Electrification Committee in Makurdi, Benue State.

The recent ruling by a Federal High Court in Abuja which threw out the motion against the Governor-elect of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, for alleged possession of multiple voters’ cards has once again called to mind the many untoward conspiracies and schemes Nigerian politicians weave around their political opponents to gain unearned advantage. It is perplexing how the quest for political power can turn the best amongst us into the worst amongst us.