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THE DESTABILIZED FEDERATION: LEAVING THE CENTRAL ISSUES UNRESOLVED

The National Conference has more or less come to an end. Though the delegates will meet again early in August to adopt the report of the conference, it is clear that not much else will change from the recommendations they have made which have been fully reported in the media. Though the Conference has made a lot of recommendations in its 4- months sitting and after over 7 billion of our National income has been expended, it is a pity that the conference seems to have failed to resolve the key problem confronting the Nation.    Yes, they have recommended additional States for the Country, autonomy for the local Governments, scrapping of the State Electoral commissions, adjustment of the immunity clause, the introduction of State Police and many others, yet these, as good as they are, and for which we commend them, are not the real issues bothering  our Nation and which necessitated the convening of the National conference. Since the political crisis of 1993, Nigerians have clamored fo…

LIFE LESSONS FROM THE DEMYSTIFICATION OF THE BRAZILIAN FOOTBALL TEAM.

On Tuesday July 8, 2014, something monumental happened in the whole World, not just in the football World. Because on that date, billions of viewers all over the World( active and passive lovers of football) were shocked, some to their bone marrows, as Germany demolished and apparently humiliated, one of the greatest (some even say the greatest) footballing Nations in the World. Many were in utter disbelief and many people wept. My heart melted when I saw the young boy wearing glasses and decked in Brazilian colors burst into tears as he saw his beloved team crumble like a pack of cards. For years many had seen Brazil as invincible in football. Yes, they may never win the World cup all the time, but they are the country that has won the cup more times than any other in the World Cup history. They may lose a match, but never to be so humiliated, to concede seven goals, not at a practice session, not at the preliminary stage of the World Cup but at the semifinal of the 2014 FIFA World C…