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Terrorism, Society and the Rest of Us

The young and very old are always the first casualties in acts of terrorism. Interestingly when we kill the youth we not only lose our current wealth but we terminate our future. Our guest columnist makes this point and more....

Guest Columnist:- Victor Ndoma-Egba

As a politician and a three-term member of the National Assembly, I cannot but be disturbed by the floundering state of security in Nigeria in recent times. I know a lot of our compatriots also feel the same angst, consternation and ‘confoundment’. It is indeed disheartening that innocent Nigerians are being murdered in a manner that is too serial and sectarian for comfort. It is even more discomfiting that a large number of those killed in many of these attacks are youths. Youths are the real resource of a nation.  By these killings, we are squandering not only our wealth but our future.
Up till now, no one is yet to fathom the goals being pursued by these attackers. What is known is that the attackers have been met…

Rescuing our North with Dr Chidi Amuta

Here the venerable Dr Amuta tries to link the current crisis in the Northern part of Nigeria to a failure on the part of the Northern political elite to follow in the steps of the Sardauna, Sir Ahmadu Bello, and focus on regional development. He insists that despite successive military regimes with Northerners at the helm, the dividends of development and productivity have eluded the hoi polloi thereby laying the foundation for the current sectarian strife. More worryingly, he suggests that if the situation is not addressed quickly then we risk having US drone's striking targets on Nigerian soil and going the road to Mogadishu with different warlords. This last suggestion may seem a bit far fetched but when we recall how quickly the Boko Haram terrorists have emerged it may ring a bell to people familiar with our recent history. In the past people used to say, "Nigerians love life. They can never blow themselves up". How wrong we were?

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Benefits of Compromise....An example by TIme Magazine

Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post via Getty Images Chief Justice John Roberts You don’t have to love classical music to be amazed that Beethoven wrote his Ninth Symphony while deaf or be a fan of the old New York Giants to marvel at Willie Mays’ catch in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.
For legal buffs, the virtuoso performance of Chief Justice John Roberts in deciding the biggest case of his career was just that sort of jaw dropper, no matter how they might feel about Obamacare.
Not since King Solomon offered to split the baby has a judge engineered a slicker solution to a bitterly divisive dispute. With his fellow Supreme Court Justices split 4-4 between two extreme outcomes — blessing the sprawling health care law or killing it — Roberts maneuvered half the court into signing half his ruling and the other half into endorsing the rest. He gave the liberals their long-cherished dream of government-led reform while giving his fellow conservatives new doctrine to li…

Engineering and Technology Scholarships and Jobs (The James Arthur connection) for Week starting 27 August

It is bank holiday weekend but our jobs milk round is still being published. Happy hunting. PS: Is anyone following the X-factor? I have watched James Arthur and Lucy Spraggan's X-factor auditions?We all have talents and abilities but often need a stage. A good job can be pretty much likea good stage. It gives you the opportunity to show your stuff.Amazing huh? Well i think so or else you can just "forgive me for what i have done. We are young"..Just saying. :)

Energy. Economy. Electricity...

The new Group Editor of ThisDAY Newspapers, Ms Nwogwugwu has always caught my fancy because she is someone who (to my mind) sticks to the technical (almost boring) issues of our day. She typically avoids the sensational stories of the day and discusses things like NNPC's sharing agreements in astonishing detail or other technical matters that are crucial to national development but most Nigerians are rather not interested in. The closest she has come to a sensational story was when she took on Bola Tinubu in her God complex essay.Even that was a necessary piece as I reckon that side of the story had to be told and there was no one else willing to say it. Please do not err here, I thoroughly respect the rise and regimen of the Asiwaju but sometimes you need a thorn to help you appreciate the rose. And just like ACN is doing its best to keep the rampaging PDP in check the lot fell on our "good journey" (or Ijeoma) to keep the "leader" (or Asiwaju) on his toes. No…

Mr Momodu's Dream

By Dele Momodu
Fellow Nigerians, after two weeks of igniting a passionate debate about a dream team for Nigeria, I have come to some serious conclusions. Nigerians generally see a need for radical change. That change they crave ranges from a full-blown revolution to a systemic change through the electoral process. Most of the contributors to the controversy generally agree that the ruling party at the centre has failed abysmally in the dire quest to move Nigeria up to its rightful place in the comity of nations. None disagrees that our country has had no value for its humongous investments in the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party these past 13 agonising years. I chose the PDP because it has been in control of more than 70 percent of our commonwealth and frittered most of it away. 
The report card is a resounding F in all subjects like Education, Power, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Health, Judiciary, Legislature, Foreign Policy, Security, and so o…