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25 Dec 2009
NIGERIA, greatly endowed and created 95 years ago has remained underdeveloped. Hence I have been reflecting on Nigeria 's current development approach and it appears to me that as long as this approach has kept Nigeria underdeveloped, it is not the appropriate approach. Nigeria therefore needs alternative ideas with which to develop. Meanwhile, let us briefly understand the existing approach, but a good insight is for you to check-out election posters or the newspaper pages by state governors on how they have developed their states.
25 Dec 2009
MAY God give us leaders that care, leaders that will serve the people instead of serving themselves; may God in His infinite mercy rescue us from those whose main concern is to better their own lots and that of their immediate families. It is unsettling to read that new residences are to be built for the Vice President, Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker and the Deputy of the House of Representatives. While reasons were averred for the proposed legislators' movement from Apo Quarters to Maitama District extension, no reason was given for constructing a new residence for the Vice President.
25 Dec 2009
"YOU gotta cry to laugh" is the title of a book by Peter Enahoro. Looks like that is what Nigerians are going through, this Christmas. There is so much excitement across the land, people trying to enjoy a two-day Christmas holiday and a weekend, but deep down, the people are aching. When the Lord Jesus Christ was born more than 2, 000 years ago, his birth was heralded by comets which drew the attention of three Wise Men from the Orient. Something phenomenal had happened, and the Illuminati had taken notice. The arrival of the Lord Jesus, Master of the Universe, was to mark a turning point in the destiny of humankind. For God so loved the world that he gave his own begotten son, as sacrificial lamb, so that the rest of humanity may enjoy the grace of eternal salvation.
25 Dec 2009
TODAY is Christmas Day when Nigerians once again join the rest of the world in marking an outstanding date in the Christian calendar. Christmas is the centre of an annual holiday season when Nigerians make intricate travel plans to reunite with families and loved ones, to celebrate weddings and a series of end-of-year festivities. It is the season when many religious people give thanks for blessings received through the course of the dying year. Christmas day is however particularly significant for Christians because it is the anniversary celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ the Saviour which occurred over two thousand years ago. In other words, Christmas commemorates the event of momentous event of the Incarnation - a core mystery of the Christian faith.  
24 Dec 2009
THE South East geopolitical zone of Nigeria is home to one of Nigeria's three largest ethnic nationalities - Ndigbo. Unlike any of the other geopolitical zones numbering six, the South East is today confronted by the worst case of university graduate unemployment even as small and medium scale businesses are fast closing shops because of the severe death of electricity power and other infrastructural facilities that would have created the enabling environment for speedy industrialisation in an area that has produced some of Nigeria's finest brains in all fields of human endeavour.
24 Dec 2009
THE death of Dr. Ibrahim Tahir, Talban Bauchi, fondly referred to as Baba Talba, in the family circles, on December 8, 2009, was a deeply personal loss to me in more ways than one. My association with him which began 38 years ago, defined my social, intellectual and family life. We first met in 1971 and through him some other members of the intellectual elite of his generation. A group, in saner societies, that would have been the nucleus of the best and the brightest. They embodied the values of public service as a call to duty. They were the younger elements of the Premier's office crowd. I have maintained an enduring, affectionate and honourable association with some of them.    
24 Dec 2009
IT is here again, the season of joy. How nice to observe that age-long family custom of keeping vigil on Christmas Eve night. The joy of sitting round the tall, glittering and decorated Christmas tree while intoning those traditional Christmas carols which, perhaps, we learnt from childhood. Then the exchange of gifts and greetings. To children, it is the joy of dressing in their Christmas clothes on Christmas day, the good breakfast and lunch, the gift from Santa and all that. So, Christmas time creates the atmosphere to mend fences and extend the hands of friendship to everyone across the divide; to think about others; for true generosity; to enjoy special solidarity with our fellow men.
24 Dec 2009
FOR more than two weeks now, Nigerians have gone through greater hardship due to a fresh round of fuel scarcity across the nation, yet there has been no convincing explanation as to the cause of the scarcity. Many thought that the scarcity would ease off as Christmas draws nearer or that somebody is doing something about it but instead the situation gets worse daily with no end in sight. As usual, there has been a serious blame game between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and independent petroleum marketers. It is a hide and seek game that Nigerians are used to.
23 Dec 2009
THE Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo is reported to have requested audience with his Camerounian counterpart at the latter's convenience - more or less - to discuss the killing and harassment by Camerounian security forces of Nigerian citizens who have opted to stay in the Bakassi Peninsula now ceded to Cameroun under the 2008 Green Tree Agreement. It need be recalled that this agreement provides, among other conditions, that the area should not be militarised, and that Nigerians who choose to stay behind rather than re-locate to Nigerian landspace are to be treated as legal residents with applicable rights and privileges.  
23 Dec 2009
IN the bid to raise the financial strength and production capacity of entrepreneurs in the country, the Federal Government and the Bank of Industry (BoI) have extended capital fund of N10 billion and N58 billion to the textile industry and 675 enterprises. Besides, Nigeria has generated $900 million from her non-oil exports in the last three quarters of 2009.
22 Dec 2009
SHAKESPEARE it was that wrote: "When beggars die there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes." This statement, made by Calphurnia, Caesar's wife, in Julius Caesar (II, ii, 30-31), references the long standing belief that important events in human lives are somehow signalled by omens in the natural world. Yet, on December 11, 2009 when such a prince in the academic community paused in his earthly sojourn, no comet blazed the news. Prof. Olusegun 'Teju Oladipo, husband, father, friend, mentor, and above all, philosopher extraordinaire left the world after a brief and sudden illness.
22 Dec 2009
THE two-week Copenhagen Climate Conference organised by the United Nations (UN) ended on Saturday, December 19, without adopting a legally binding accord. That was a big disappointment to a world that was expecting something positive. But the conference managed to reach a political decision to "take note" of a U.S. brokered agreement without formally approving it. The failure of leaders to agree on a legally binding treaty marked a step backward in the urgent need to address the worsening impacts of climate change. They would now continue to wait indefinitely while the polluters act in a way that pleases them.

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