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Nigeria: Let Us Unite To Fight The Evil of Extremism – 53rd Independence Anniversary Address By President Goodluck Jonathan

Today marks 53 years of our Independence as a nation. First and foremost, I would like to say congratulations to us all. Through thick and thin, we have built this country together. Through triumphs and trials, we have developed a Nigerian identity in our own way.
In truth, Nigeria is still a work in progress and we are challenged everyday to keep building in spite of the various obstacles that we face. Our strength has been in our diversity. If we look back over the years, we can say confidently that there is every reason to celebrate.
Today’s Independence anniversary is unique because it is the last before we mark our centenary. On January 1, 2014, Nigeria will be 100 years old as a country, following the amalgamation of the Protectorates of Southern and Northern Nigeria in 1914.
Beloved country men and women, traditionally, the Presidential address on this symbolic day has served two purposes. It has, quite rightly, been used to remind all Nigerians about our heritage. It has also allowed my predecessors and I to comment on our stewardship to the nation and make political capital out of a state occasion.
But this year, I will not. Because, today of all days, we should not be scoring political points. On the contrary, in this last year of the first century of our Union, we should be addressing our future as a Nation and a people! Continue reading

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Nigeria 2015: PDP Or NewPDP – The Fight For Survival

THE breakaway of a faction has lifted the whole power play in the PDP party to a new crescendo. The stake is upped and each one is fighting for its own survival.

The way the situation is now, it is either going to be a zero sum game, where the winner takes all or the loser crashes. In the alternative, a much more subdued PDP will emerge. The situation is already creating orgasmic reactions from the opposition parties.

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Nigeria 2015: This “Storm In A Teacup” Won’t Stop Jonathan

For the hard critics of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and those who want power to return to the north by all means necessary in 2015, what happened on Saturday at the Eagle Square, Abuja, venue of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) mini convention, calls for enormous celebration. And, truly, the merriment has been very pronounced in some states like Kano, Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto, Kwara, Adamawa and some parts of Rivers. Why not? In a masterly crafted and interpreted political script, some aggrieved PDP governors and former vice-president Atiku Abubakar chose the mini convention of the PDP – where national officials of the party were to be elected peacefully — to register their grievances by walking out of the convention towards the end of the event. They were later to congregate at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, about a kilometre away from the Eagle Square, with their supporters to announce the birth of a “New PDP”. Continue reading

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Nigeria 2015: Shun Regional Dichotomy

All this malarkey about power shift and the region entitled to occupy the presidency in 2015 is not only out of order but really, really reckless. For a nation that prides itself on being the unifying presence in Africa, for a country whose white stripe on the flag represents the desire for peace and unity, the recent obsession by the political class on this issue stands as a stark contradiction. The concept of being a Nigerian is meant to be superior to any given ethnic, regional or tribal concern. As one nation, we are supposed to place the interest of Nigeria above and beyond any sectarian and parochial interest. But, from all indications, Nigerians seem blasé about the fact that their future could invariably be navigating towards a very dangerous trend, towards a form of tribal politics. Continue reading

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Nigeria 2015: Our Common Enemies Lurks Around Everywhere!

I am not the spokesperson of the chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, but I suspect the former vice-chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, is very conscious of his mandate and that of the commission he is heading. Evidence: In the last few weeks he has consistently raised the alarm over certain conspicuous factors that are likely to slow down the promotion of sound democratic election processes and knowledge in line with Section 2 (b) of the amended Electoral Act 2010, as we move towards 2015 – the year many sadists and evil-thinking-politicians have described as “year of political Armageddon” in our country. He had advised the National Assembly to quickly address it through further amendment of the Electoral Act. Jega was particularly interested in the areas of internal democracy within the political parties, especially in the processes of electing candidates for the general elections and the recurring election violence in our politics. Continue reading

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Nigeria: Excessively Top Heavy!

Nigeria is not the only country in the world where recurring costs overburden public spending. It is just that our own system is uniquely driven by the acquisition of money. It is a bloated structure characterized by “elected representatives” with too much money and power. At the top is the President, along with a sub-structure built around him of party stalwarts, kingmakers and political businessmen.
Then we have this bicameral legislative arm, called the National Assembly. It is the size of several governments elsewhere. Here, we have 360 Members of the House of Representatives and 109 Senators functioning with the help of their bloated support staff. So large is the staff strength of the National Assembly that they have a separate National Assembly Service Commission.

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Jonathan’s unforgivable state pardon

THE Presidency announced last week that the Council of State granted pardon to some prominent individuals. Corralled by insufferable political opportunism, President Goodluck Jonathan included a former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who had served time for corruption charges, on the list. Since the President, through the unsuspecting Council of State, granted the pardon to Alamieyeseigha, the Presidency has been raking up every imaginary excuse to justify the presidential infamy. Needless to say, the ghastly pardon and the torrent of excuses to defend it present this government as the most morally bankrupt in the history of political leadership in the country.

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