Why Some Christians Celebrate Christmas On January 7

The exact date of the birth of Jesus has not been established. The January 7 date is based on the Julian calendar.  Christmas is a day celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, who many Christians believe is the son of God. While many celebrate Christmas on December 25, some Orthodox Christians mark it on January 7. Birth of Jesus Not an exact date. The exact date of Jesus’ birth has not been established in any secular text. With a lack of historical evidence, the date has been estimated by analysing…

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EDITORIAL: Beyond The Euphoria Of #NotTooYoungToRun

Young Nigerians across the country have been jubilant since the passage of the #NotTooYoungToRun bill by both houses of the National Assembly, penultimate week. The import of the bill if approved by at least 24 State House of Assemblies is that as young as 25 years, any Nigerian can aspire to a seat in the State House of Assembly, House of Representatives and can also contest for Chairmanship of Local councils. The age limit for running for Governor/Senator was pegged at 30 while for President, 35 respectively. Ordinarily, the opening…

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EDITORIAL: Inter-Ethnic Agitations And Need To Address The National Question

The nation was jolted by the near total compliance to the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) by residents of the South-east in commemoration of the Biafran war anniversary on 30th May. Most Nigerians had hitherto believed that the IPOB struggle for an independent State was an agitation by a few disgruntled individuals jostling for a piece of the national cake but the compliance of majority of the Igbos to the sit-at-home order is an eye-opener. That has since triggered a chain reaction from different ethnic…

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EDITORIAL: Executive Orders: Osinbajo Gives Ease of Doing Business A Boost

Executive orders have the full force of law based on the authority derived from statute or the constitution itself. In a move quite unprecedented in this clime, Ag. President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, 18th May, 2017 signed three executive orders to facilitate ease of doing business; support for local content in public procurement by Government and timely submission of annual budgetary estimates by all statutory and non-statutory agencies. Upon perusal of the executive orders, we observed it has the capacity to change the face of doing business and remove…

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EDITORIAL: Jonathan’s Re-enactment Of Buffoonery

After suffering a well- deserved devastating defeat 2 years ago, Ex- President Goodluck Jonathan seems to have found his voice again. Former Presidential spokesman, Olusegun Adeniyi’s book, “Against The Run Of Play” provided the medium for Jonathan’s latest outbursts. One would have expected that the circumstances that led to his defeat and the chilly revelations of vicious graft of top officials of his administration would have provided an avenue for deep introspection and remorse. Not vintage Jonathan! He revelled in a delusion of grandeur blaming both terrestrial, non-terrestial forces for…

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EDITORIAL: Serial Losses In Anti-Graft War: Time To Go Back To The Drawing Board

The anti-corruption war of the Buhari administration suffered a streak of losses in recent weeks, the latest being the judicial defreeze of Ex- first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan’s $5m, frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Next was the discharge and acquittal of Justice Adeniyi Ademola who was tried for corrupt enrichment and abuse of office. The court found him innocent of the 18-count charge slammed on him in the aftermath of the celebrated Judges invasion by the Department of State Services (DSS), last year. Ex- Minister of…

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EDITORIAL: Acting President Osinbajo: Holding Forte Admirably…

When on the 19th January 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari jetted out of the country for his vacation after fulfilling constitutional provisions transfering power to his Deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, not many Nigerians had the inkling of the proactive leadership that was in the offing. That has being the experience for the past one month that the Acting President has held forte. Nigerians, accustomed with the slow pace of governance, sometimes lethargic approach to decision-making of the Buhari administration since 2015 were thrilled when Ag. President Osinbajo moved with renewed verve…

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EDITORIAL: The DISCOURSE “2016 Man Of The Year” – Donald J. Trump

It was a keenly contested nomination as the three nominees, US President-elect Donald Trump, Nigeria’s army chief, Gen. Tukur Buratai and slain Nigerian soldier, late Lt Col Abu Ali are all eminently qualified. The editorial board had an intense debate before we finally settled for Donald J. Trump as The DISCOURSE 2016 “Man Of The Year” We looked at the reverberating effect of the Trump win across the world, the shock the world is yet to overcome with his stupefying victory and the literal defiance of the force of gravity…

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EDITORIAL: The DISCOURSE “2016 Man Of The Year”… And The Nominees Are…

The nominees for The DISCOURSE “2016 Man of the year” are men whose names reverberated across Nigeria and the world over as a result of phenomenal achievement and embodiment of the “can do” spirit where no one gave them a chance. These exceptional men exhibited great

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EDITORIAL: Gambian President Jammeh’s Retraction Of Concession – An Assault On Democracy

Gambia, the smallest country on mainland Africa with a population of 2m people faces an uncertain future as defeated President Yahya Jammeh Friday retracted his concession of defeat, rejected the results in its totality and called for fresh elections. Jammeh who initially accepted the results of the December 1 Presidential poll and congratulated President-elect Adama Barrow has cast a slur on the democratic process and put his country on the precipice. After ruling with an iron-fist for 22 years, It is rather unfortunate that President Jammeh has succumbed to his…

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