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the enemy of the state and other desperate folk, threatened Nigeria that if their premiere didn’t win the Febru­ary 14th presidential elections, they will go to war.

Bayelsa State recently played host to a meeting of ex-militants with some stakeholders to discuss is­sues that participants find pressing

Femi Fani-Kayode has been in the news in recent times not only because of his role as Direc­tor, Media and Publicity of PDP’s Presidential Campaign Organisation, but also because of his antecedents which a few consider to be unstable and laced with allegations of corrup­tion

At the end of the pro­tests that followed the in­crease in pump price in 2012, the Federal Govern­ment set up the Subsidy Reinvestment and Em­powerment Programme, Sure-P

The recent call by the National Security Adviser(NSA),Col. Sambo Dasuki for the postpone­ment of next month’s elections has expectedly elicited various reactions from cross sec­tions of people across the country

The recent call by the National Security Adviser(NSA),Col. Sambo Dasuki for the postpone­ment of next month’s elections has expectedly elicited various reactions from cross sec­tions of people across the country

 I can’t fathom what Professor Attahiru Jega was driving at when he decided that the most di­visive election in the his­tory of Nigeria should hold on February 14, a day that is universally cel­ebrated as that of lovers. Why Jega would want to cancel Valentine’s Day in Nigeria for the year 2015 is a big puzzle.

 I watched the recent CNN segment on the Boko Haram terror vis-a-vis the state of the Nigerian armed forces; and I was appalled at CNN, appalled at the misguided ‘soldiers’ that granted them the interview; and thus concluded that CNN has, in relation to Nigeria, changed its name to ‘Celebrating Negative News’. I wager that my outrage represents the inert feelings of vast majorities of Nigerians that are still possessed of any sense of pride in the fine exploits of our armed forces.

 Governor Ayodele Fayose is a character that appears to defy social norms. Defying social norms is not a problem because it encourages debate and promotes engagement with issues as they develop. There is no rule that says somebody is right because you align with public opinion or with the views of the majority. When people defy social norms, they go against what the ‘majority’ sees as right or wrong. This is perception which may be jaundiced. Hence, a deviant is one who does something or engages in a habit condemned by the majority as unwholesome. It is against this background that the likes of Fayose can facilitate social change (violent or peaceful) through their utterances and symbolic representations such as what has been called ‘death-wish advert’ against the All Progressive Congress(APC) Presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammad Buhari.

With initial momen­tum on his side, promot­ers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, touted him as the man who will emerge all-out winner in next month’s presidential election. His well-trumpeted moral high-ground was enough to drive his aspiration against any other candidate. Not even the impressive list of positive development indices from President Goodluck Jonathan could match the solid pillar of integrity that Buhari flaunted.

 Considering the current crisis situation plagu­ing the political climate as we head towards the 2015 general election, it is necessary to recall certain significant episodes in the past, which almost miraculously diffused tension and provided a sys­tematic solution, in place of the de­bacle of deadlocked diatribes that threatened our unity and stability. There can be no denying that the supposedly democratic contest for the Presidency of Nigeria in 2015 has instigated a despotic despera­tion to literally confiscate the ten­ure of the incumbent among those who never genuinely recognised his right, nor that of a “minority” for that matter, to rule. Yet, even the most virulent vector of “Jonatha­nian” jaundice cannot justifiably declare that any Nigerian should be hounded out of an entitlement, purely on the basis of his tribe and tongue.

Bayelsa state recently played host to a meeting of ex-militants with some stakeholders to discuss issues that participants find pressing. Among these issues are the follow up on post amnesty, peace of the country, anti-poverty agenda for the region, progress of the Niger Delta Region and securing the environment in the face of dwindling oil revenue accruing to the country.

I ordinarily will not write about or comment on politics, at least not Nigerian politics. I hate politics and I detest politicians. Especially Nigerian politicians.

APC brands itself as an umbrella party for the opposition. But this Contrived identity may explain its fragility and inability to wax into a stronger party when we consider that opposition groups are not homogenous in their formation and aspirations. 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, once a strong political institution, has in the last seven years suffered a self-induced dwindling of fortunes. The July 14, 2012 governorship election defeat in all the 18 local government areas may well have signalled the death of the party in the state.

Whether it is 150 or as many as 2,000 people who were killed in the town of Baga and within its surrounding areas, it matters not; one reality stands clear--these are our brothers and sisters

I do not think Nigeri­ans have a difficult choice to make when they go to the polls on Valentine’s Day. It’s either they return the incum­bent, President Goodluck Jonathan, or replace him with candidate of the main opposi­tion party, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)

I have listened as issues and more issues are drawn from the alleged ‘prophetic’ denunciation of President Goodluck Jonathan’s bid for a second term by the Enugu priest, Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka

Yes, the lion in the Nigerian Police force, Mbu Joseph Mbu, has been redeployed as Assistant Inspector Gen­eral in charge of Zone 7 in Abuja to Zone 2, covering Lagos and Ogun States.