Some say he is God-sent to be the man for the moment who would change the status quo, others say he is not; some call him the lucky man with the Midas touch while others say his good luck, like the biblical Jabez's, brings ill-luck to the nation and others around him; some call him the messiah that Nigeria needs and others say Nigeria would better without him. President Goodluck Ebele Azikwe Jonathan (GEAJ) is man certainly drawn between uncritical sympathizers and unsympathetic critics. He sure means different things to different folks.
If only the uncritical sympathisers could be more critical and less sympathetic, they would have reasons
The story pertaining to the above question was dispatched by Elombah.com as having been announced by the British Broadcasting Corporation BBC. The Nigerian woman, Lydia Erhire was sentenced to 8 months in jail for returning her teenage son, Edirin Onogeta-Idogun, 17 to his father, John Idogun in Nigeria. According to the story, Edirin was returned to Nigeria by his mother because of Edirin’s lifestyle. A “new” lifestyle the
The date was 27th October, 2007, when eight political parties (AC, RPN, ADC, CPP, UNDP, ARP, UNPP and ANPP) decided to withdraw their political attacks on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State for the support of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi-led administration, as Governor of Rivers State. On 26th of June 2009, Prince Tonye Princewill formally made public the decision that has gradually evolved into what is regarded in Rivers
It is May 29, 2011….and the CJ of Oyo State is reading the oath of office for the governor. The arena is packed with a lot of jubilating crowd and dressed in their “Ankara” designed with the picture of the governor and his deputy. It is the beginning of another four year term, expected to bring political efficacy down to the people. Elsewhere, a contestant that just lost the election is sitting with his followers and party faithful discussing the
Alhaji Lasisi Ayinla Kolawole Jimoh, is a grassroot politician, having been in politics since 1982 and was once gubernatorial aspirant of the defunct National Party of Nigeria [NPN], in Kwara State. He contested the Kwara Central senatorial seat on the platform of the PDP, but lost to Alhaji Isiaka Gold, who later dropped out of the re-run race. He had expected to replace the latter, but curiously, Governor Bukola Saraki came into the mix and picked the ticket, thus, becoming the Kwara Central Senatorial candidate.
Who are the best candidates for us as presidents, and why? Let us in a bit examine the ticket of the CPC candidates Buhari/Bakare as we shall do others in the weeks and days to come. Truly, very important for this men, are the togas of integrity their supporters coat them with, implied from their actions and words or maybe earned.
Gen. Muhammed ibn Buhari is still trying, albeit unsuccessfully in my opinion to throw away the unfortunate garb of religious extremism he's since been coated with ever since he usurped power from a democratically elected government on 1st of January 1984 and was himself relieved of it by Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida on the 27th of August 1985.
In my quiet moments, I told myself I was not going to do any article till after the end of these elections, the same elections that has made me new friends and a lot of perceived enemies. But on a second thought, I know I made two unsuccessful attempts to put up articles that I ended up discarding because I insisted on keeping to my words.
Nigeria’s social structure or constitution as well as that of any other state is the basis on which the country works or fails to work. A country’s social structure is the people’s way and is what basically defines the government of the people, not minding by whatever name it is called, democracy or anything else. A country’s constitution can be written or unwritten and in practice it has shown that no matter how thorough and comprehensive a
This is the first in a series of short notes I will be doing from now till the election. I will try to focus on things that have happened in other countries of the world since the PDP came to power in Nigeria in 1999. I also make no apologies that I will be voting for Nuhu Ribadu as President on April the 9th. On the 1st of January 2011, Dilma Rousseff was sworn in as the 36th President of Brazil taking over from the wildly popular Luiz Inacio Lula da
Nigeria is on the march again looking for Mr. President. Come April this year, Elections into the various constitutional elective positions which include state house of Assemblies, Representatives, Senate, the states gubernatorial elections and the Presidential election would be held. INEC had completed the Voters’ registration Exercise which will usher in the proper election. The issue for discussion is how the various political parties and their candidates are prepared for this election.
Maybe as her own demonstration of love during the Valentine season, the First Lady of Nigeria – Dame Patience Jonathan on Sunday 13th day of February 2011 turned a portion of Aso Rock into a repository for insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) that were subsequently distributed to some categories of Nigerian women. Her love gift is one out of the numerous efforts by various individuals, groups, communities, societies, agencies,
Attention has been drawn to the article captioned: "Nigeria: My Fear for the Country, by Obasanjo" published in the Daily Independent (Lagos) of February12 2011. where in typical, shameless hypocrisy, Obasanjo continues to mock peoples in Nigeria with his pontifications and patronizing preachments. Lucky for him, Nigeria operates like a limp matchstick in a wet matchbox; otherwise, Obasanjo's duplicitous comments and attitude in
Ola Onikoyi’s recent whitewash – Islam the adherents and the fallacious propagandists - was a despicable mix of blatant lies, half-truths and deliberate distortions intended to hoodwink uninformed non-Muslims, and misrepresent his violent Arab pseudo-religion as something other than the murderous hate cult Islamists around the world daily prove it to be. To be candid, I’m not sure whether the falsehoods in his write-up was due to ignorance of the horrid facts about his false religion, having been
Today, Tuesday 15th February, 2011, a Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) is being inaugurated in Abuja to facilitate Dr. Goodluck Jonathan's election as president in April. According to media reports, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Chief Mike Adenuga Jnr; Mr. Femi Otedola; Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu; Mr. Tony Elumelu; Alhaji Kashim Bukar; Chief Emeka Offor; Alhaji Sayyu Dantata; Mr. Jim Ovia; Alhaji Dahiru Manga and Kola Salako are among Nigerian
At a time all serious-minded political parties should be concerned with how they should get people's attention through campaigns, the opposition Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has found itself in a needless tango with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on one hand and some of its aspirants, notably Mohammed Abacha and Senator Lado Garba on the other. I have to admit that the rise of the CPC in the country's political scene has been phenomenal. Even though it has yet to
Changing the leaders: In the first part, I wrote about the importance of changing oneself first and its impact on the society. The reality remains that if you change yourself, you have begun the process of changing the society and building the nation of our dream. In this second part, I will be focusing on the
CITY People Media Group, publishers of City People Magazine rolled out the drums to honour the presidential candidate of National Conscience Party (NCP), Bashorun Dele Momodu at a well attended party at the weekend on Sunday 13th February, 2011. Held at First Floor Night Club, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos, the
The first part of this serial last week, as should be expected, elicited a mixed bag of reactions; needless to say that most of them were livid and felt betrayed over the acceptance of an appointment by Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, having reportedly abandoned the bedside of her ailing husband in a faraway land, to take up a job as an aide to the president. There were of course, reactions from the Awka Government House, trying unsuccessfully to defend the indefensible and self-serving acts of the Peter Obi
Allegation One: It is dumbfounding that officers in the temple of justice (ha!) could lend themselves to such perversion and corruption by their paymaster in Lagos, who, but for the negligence of the Economic and Financia Crimes Commission (EFCC) ought to be cooling his heels in prison for
money laundering, forgery, abuse of office and sundry offences committed against the Nigerian State. Iyiola Omisore, Senator of the Federal Republic
(Capital Matters) The first part of this serial last week, as should be expected, elicited a mixed bag of reactions; needless to say that most of them were livid and felt betrayed over the acceptance of an appointment by Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, having reportedly abandoned the bedside of her ailing husband in a faraway land, to take up a job as an aide to the president.
(Capital Matters) This is not the best time to be Igbo in Nigeria. Never before in the 50 years of our national independence have the Igbo been so left out in the mainstream of the national socio-political scheme of things. Significantly, Ndigbo themselves are the most prominent causative factors in their current sore predicament.