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THE recent killing of over 140 people including two lawmakers in Plateau State indexes the dire situation of security in the nation's most temperate state and by extension the rest of the country, especially the North. Media reports said a group of armed men opened fire at a crowd during a funeral service to commemorate the mass burial of persons earlier killed in one of the many ethno-religious crises in the State.

While some persons fell to the power of the guns, others simply passed out from exhaustion occasioned by the stampede. At the end of the unprovoked attack, over 140 persons were reported dead. This is only one instance in a catalogue of fatal adventures that have haunted Plateau State since the return of democracy in 1999.

SINCE the last Presidential Media Chat, President Goodluck Jonathan has come under severe attacks for saying he would not publicly declare his assets and liabilities. However, it is obvious that some of those who have hauled criticisms at the President missed the mark. It is either they do not understand the constitutional procedure for assets declaration for public office holders or they are simply out for mischief.

BARELY a year into the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, the 2015 election is on the nerves of Nigerian politicians. We are of the opinion that this is too early to start politicking, while none of the campaign promises has been satisfactorily addressed.
Definitely, the controversy the 2015 election has created a distraction to Jonathan's governance.
But, in the first place, there is nothing wrong for any political party to start strategizing to win elections or consolidate the successes at the poll immediately after any elections. It is politically correct to assess the election failures or gains, and plans for the next election to win and keep on winning. However, there must be time to work on the dividends of democracy.

IN recent months, the nation has been festooned with severely odious news verging on corruption in high and low places. No day passes these days without a whiff of news on graft wafting through the news mill. Not that Nigeria has ever been immune from corruption and corruptive tendencies, it is just that the vice is gaining ascendancy in a manner that beguiles the mind.
In the military era, news about corruption was not pervasive, it only became so since the rebirth of democracy in 1999. But this does not suggest that corruption thrives more in a democracy.

ANYONE that wants to fight corruption must himself be free of any corrupt activities. This is because, “when a hen cries after its chicken was picked by an eagle, its cry is  just for others to know, but not to save them.”  Is there any Saint in the Nigeria public service?

Everyday we keep reading about a block buster corruption revelation that makes someone wonders whether Nigeria belongs to another planet. We are of the knowledge that some of those we worship are stupendously rich, while majority of the populace wallows in abject poverty.

Series of serious allegations on corrupt practices, at the highest level of government, could unravel the mystery concerning the stolen billions of Naira in oil subsidy funds, and why the federal government is either unwilling or unable to prosecute the looters.

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