Thursday April 24th, 2014
Thursday April 24th, 2014
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One day begins a story

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MMA Lagos.

A foreign girlfriend told me last week that she never ceases to marvel at the docility of the average Nigerian. To illustrate her point, she talked about a recent experience at one of our airports.

Shortly after she arrived to catch a flight that was supposed to take off at around 11am, it was announced that the flight had been postponed until 1pm.

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When will it happen here?

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Ehud Olmert

EHUD OLMERT, who was Israel’s Prime Minister between 2006 and 2009, was convicted on Monday of collecting bribes totalling 560,000 shekels ($160,000) to fast-track government permits to build a housing estate in Jerusalem.

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He is so right!

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia

Odein Ajumogobia, SAN, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, has pointed out that since 75 per cent of Nigeria’s population is aged between 18 and 35, young people are under-represented within the context of the National Conference.

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National Conference

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CONFAB

My personal view, which is that the National Conference is likely to be an expensive waste of time for various reasons,

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National Conference

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President Goodluck Jonathan flanked by Vice President Namadi Sambo (4th right) and the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on the National Conference, Dr. Femi Okurounmu while other committee members watched shortly after the inauguration of the Committee at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida.

I was very pleased when I heard that Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, had been appointed Vice-Chair of the upcoming National Conference. I know Akinyemi personally and respect him enormously and have long regarded him as one of Nigeria’s best human resources.

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The Sanusi Drama

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*CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido

WHEN Mallam Lamido Sanusi Lamido, the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, decided to publicly query the financial dealings and modus operandi of the state oil company (NNPC), my knee-jerk reaction was that he was behaving inappropriately for a government official and must have a murky hidden agenda.

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Sweeping changes in the corridors of power

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From left Stella Oduah; Orubebe, Ngama Olubolade,

MR. President is clearly in fighting form at the moment because he has recently sacked, transferred or politely edged out a number of senior officials who were previously regarded as sacred cows.

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Readers’ Responses

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Gen Kenneth Minimah

Last week, I praised President Goodluck Jonathan for appointing Major-General Kenneth Minimah as Chief of Army Staff (I said he had a good reputation and felt that those who were criticising Jonathan – simply because Minimah is a fellow Ijaw – were being unfair).

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Thank you, Mr president!

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Gen Kenneth Minimah

Major-General Kenneth Minimah, was recently appointed Chief of Army Staff; and I’d like to seize this opportunity to express gratitude to President Jonathan for bestowing such a huge honour on a gentleman soldier from my state.

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Police permits

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*Protesters in support of CP Mbu demonstrating on the Aba road in Port Harcourt, yesterday

LAST week, I commented on a political rally that resulted in a major clash between the police and supporters of Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

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Stop this madness!

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Amaechi: Berates Police boss. Mbu: Amaechi is a dictator

MY home state, Rivers, is currently in turmoil and has, for the past few months, been both a theatre of war and a theatre of the absurd.

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Leadership matters more than ministers!

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FEC METING: Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

MANY Nigerians and foreigners are convinced that Nigeria cannot move forward significantly until Mr President totally or partially reshuffles his Cabinet.

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New year reflections

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*Fire works Explode at Bar Beach,Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria Island Lagos To Celebrate New Year.At the CroosOver Night Of Lagos CountDown 2013.PHOTO;AKEEM SALAU

The “festive season” is not festive for everyone; and I’ve been thinking about Vanguard readers who didn’t have merry Christmases.

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This week’s caustic correspondence

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Iyabo Obasanjo and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

On Wednesday, this newspaper announced that it had exclusively obtained an “open letter” in which Iyabo Obasanjo, the ex-President’s eldest daughter and a former senator, bitterly accused her father of being a liar who treated his family shabbily, described his recent criticisms of President Jonathan as hypocritical and told the world that she wanted no further contact with him.

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Baba’s explosive missive

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obasanjo

Ex-President Obasanjo’s leaked “Letter Of Appeal” to President Goodluck Jonathan has made huge waves and will surely go down in our history as one of the most controversial high-level communications Nigeria has ever witnessed.

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A sad end to a sad story

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Patience, Amaechi and Jonathan

Last week, I told you that all that I and most Rivers People I knew wanted for Christmas was for our President and our Governor to patch up their quarrel.

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Synchronized detribalisation

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Rotimi Amaechi and Goodluck Jonathan

I SPEND a lot of time with Nigerians and foreigners who are interested in the presidential election. Most of them are shocked when I say that I intend to vote for Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 because he is “my Brother”.

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Real justice for all?

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police-1

I recently watched a thrilling American TV drama in which well-connected Police and government officials were arrested for taking bribes to protect a criminal.

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Sincere condolences

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*Akhigbe

To Her Excellency, Dame Ibifaka Patience Jonathan, the First Lady, who will, today, bury the late Mrs Charity Fynface Oba, her aunt and surrogate mother (Mrs Oba took over responsibility for Dame Patience’s welfare – and brought her up – when she tragically lost her real mother at a very young age). The funeral will

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Why demolish?!

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The sealed nPDP office.

THE Federal Capital Territory Authority, FCTA, is threatening to demolish a building that “New PDP” rebels are using as a Secretariat…on the grounds that it is in a residential area and can therefore not be used for this purpose.

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Another sad story

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TRAGEDY—The crash scene and rescue operations.

I wept when I heard that Tunji Okusanya, the distinguished undertaker, perished in the Associated Airlines crash, alongside his son and four employees, en route to the funeral of Olusegun Agagu, the former Governor of Ondo State. I didn’t know Tunji well. But I will never forget him for two reasons:

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Avoidable tragedies

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Prof-Onyebuchi-Chukwu

TONYE Harry, the distinguished, smart and immensely likeable former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, and Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Tennis Federation, died last week in an air ambulance.

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Niger Deltans for Jonathan and Amaechi!

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Gov.  Amaechi and President Jonathan

SOME folks are warped. They love trouble, find a way of benefitting from it and encourage antagonists to keep fighting, even when the fight doesn’t make sense.

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Some Nigerians are honourable!

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Rotimi Amaechi and Goodluck Jonathan

NOBODY on this earth is perfect, so I don’t always agree with my Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and I’ve criticised him on this page on a few occasions.

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Mismanaging relationships 

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New PDP Faction:  From Left, New National Secretary and Former Governor of Osun State Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Former Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Adamu, Kwara State Governor Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, Rivers State Governor  Rotimi Amechi , New PDP Factional National Chairman Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Kano State Governor Rabiu Kawankwazo  and Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido at Press conference announcing new PDP  Factional Leadership in Abuja.   Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

WATCHING the PDP fall apart is like watching a car crash in slow motion. At the  time of writing, 26 senators and 57 House of Representatives members have decided to defect to the “New PDP” splinter group that was formed last weekend and is headed by Alhajis Atiku Abubakar and Abubakar Kawu Baraje.

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Playground politics!

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Justice Peter Agumagu, Acting Chief Judge, Rivers State and Governor Rotimi Amaechi.

GOVERNOR Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State – and his indigenous supporters and opponents – take delight in upsetting each other, regularly engage in vitriolic wars of words and use every tool they have at their disposals – including public funds, the compromised Nigerian legal system and their influential non-Rivers cronies – to inflict various humiliations and annoyances on each other.

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Failure of Northern Elders

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CONSULTATION—Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III (right) and some traditional rulers from the North after holding consultations with President Goodluck Jonathan at the First Lady's Conference Hall, Aso Villa, Abuja on Monday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

ACCORDING to elder statesman, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, who was once our Permanent Representative at the United Nations, the current Northern leadership has failed woefully because it has neglected the legacy of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the late Sardauna and Premier of Northern Nigeria.

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Deportation must end!

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Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi and Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola

Journalists are supposed to be formidably well-informed and are expected to know more than most about what is going around them, so let me hang my head in abject shame as I admit that I only recently became aware of the fact that state governments sometimes deport disabled, homeless or impoverished “non-indigenes” to their states of origin.

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Liberating child brides

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Senator Ahmed Yerima

LAST week and the week before, I condemned men like Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima who think it is OK to lure underage females into premature marriage.

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XENOPHOBIA!

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Cross section of Coalition of Civil Societies, organizing  Save our Democracy Rally, which is in response to the Rivers state political debacle, rally take off at testing grand and terminate at Lagos state Governor's office. Photo: Bunmi Azeez and Tosin Aladesokun

A few days ago, four Northern Governors visited their embattled Rivers State counterpart, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, to discuss the problems he has been having with various opponents. The visitors were met at Port Harcourt Airport by a baying anti-Amaechi mob, which slung rocks at their convoy

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ACN feedback

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From left: Aremo Osoba, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) Chief Akande, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Malla Nuhu Ribadu, Senator Lawal Shuaibu and others ACN, members at the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) National Convention held at Onikan Stadium, Lagos Island. on 18/04/2013. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

LAST week, I angrily accused the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, of treachery, inconsistency, religious insensitivity and political parochialism.

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ACN messes up!

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File photo: CPC National leader, Gen. Mohammed Buhari discussing with National Leader of ACN, Bola Tinubu at a meeting in Abuja

The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has always tried to position itself as a highly credible opposition party that is capable of appealing to voters in every geopolitical zone and can take on the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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