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2019: The political class and the rest of us by Jerome-Mario (Opinion) –...

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2019: The political class and the rest of us by Jerome-Mario (Opinion) – NAIJ.COM

Editor's note: The author Jerome-Mario, a Social Affairs Commentator from Lagos, in this piece talks about the anticipation and activities building up for the next general elections, adding that whatever choice we make in 2019 will go a long way in shaping our Nigeria's political future.

Working with the conventional calendar, 2019 may be seen to be miles away. But a peep into the calendar of an average Nigerian politician, and a feel of their body language tell a different narration.

And that is, the year 2019 is not just around the corner. For most Nigerian politician, 2019 is a year with history in that it’s a year of elections, a year for another session of politicking when elections into various offices from the Presidency down to the state Houses of Assembly are billed to hold.

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The Nigerian political class knows that as in war that ’’whoever that arrives first and take position is at ease while he that arrives late labours.’’ This is evident in their early preparation coupled with the fact that seeking elective positions in Nigeria is a capital intensive project .

Parts of the early preparation may include, the proliferation of political groups , political alignment and realignments, flag-off of people oriented but [...]

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Prophecy that failed – Guardian (blog)

President Muhammadu Buhari

This month marks the first anniversary of a column I wrote in The Guardian on July 28 last year as part of my interventions in matters of the moment. Titled Allegory of death, love and reputation, the piece was not exactly about love and death and reputation but in retrospect, the prophecy foretold in that piece straddles the three themes.

The central theme is the current economic situation which can be likened to a national epidemic – an epidemic caused by the profligacy of the leaders of the past regime and our collective guilt arising from our own complicity in their gruesome crime against the fatherland. We were complicit, to say the truth, willy-nilly, but it’s complicity that arose from fatalism, that sense of helplessness commonly shared by us, almost all of us. In fact, you can say this was the only thing we had in common in the face of the egregious cruelty of corrupt leadership.

Look back now. Can you figure out how the common man profited from the sharing of their loot? No. It was like the people who were elected to govern us and pilot the affairs of the country unanimously agreed to share our collective patrimony at our own expense, leaving our welfare to the dogs. We were told last year, one year after the debut of President Muhammadu Buhari administration, that the economic consequence of the activities of the aforementioned marauders, was the economic recession that was about to set [...]

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27 essay contestants rejected over plagiarism – Daily Trust

The 2017 Mike Okwonkwo National Essay Competition organisers have said a total of 27 applicants have been rejected for plagiarism in their essays.

Chief Examiner, Professor Hope Eghagha, in a statement, said 796 entries were received for this year’s edition of the contest.

“After applying standard criteria in the assessment, we concluded that 27 entries were not original; in other words, they were plagiarised.

“This was after cross-checking each entry carefully with internet sources to determine their originality. This is one of the problems confronting us in the education sector. Some students simply downloaded materials from the internet and submitted same as their original work,” Eghagha said.

The statement further said Miss Alexandra Nwigwe of Vivian Fowler Memorial College, Lagos, emerged as winner after scoring 90 per cent in the first and 80 per cent in the second rounds of the competition.

Similarly, Jesudunta Ipinmoye of Corona Secondary School, Agbara, Ogun State, who scored 80 per cent in the first and 72 per cent in the second rounds was adjudged first runner up, while Akingbade Gbenga of Emerald High School, Lagos, emerged second runner up after bagging 80 per cent in the first round and 70 per cent in the second [...]

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