Sweet and Sour
Last month, I was abducted from my residence in Port Harcourt and held for two weeks by a gang of kidnappers. It was, of course, a profoundly terrifying experience and as soon as I was released, I packed my bags and fled to Abuja, then London, vowing that I would not return to my home town for the forseeable future.Continue Reading →
Last week, I told you that I was abducted from my Port Harcourt residence last month and held by kidnappers for nearly 13 days in a remote creek location. This terrible experience has inspired me to reflect deeply about the meaning of Life and has taught me a few lessons that I’d like to share with you: Before the kidnappers abducted me, they entered my bedroom and demanded my jewellery.Continue Reading →
I WAS abducted from my Port Harcourt residence by armed men on Sunday August 30…and released nearly two weeks later on Friday September 11.Continue Reading →
Last weekend, a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, senator I’ve known for many years heard that I had a personal problem that was giving me sleepless nights; and he contacted me, invited me to his home and went out of his way to help me solve my problem.
I was deeply touched by his brotherly concern and practical assistance, especially since we had been on opposite sides during the recent elections.
I had vociferously campaigned for the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Muhammadu Buhari, while he had thrown his weight behind ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
I, meanwhile, have been told that I can no longer buy sterling here and then transfer it to the UK, via my domiciliary account, to cover costs – rent, utilities, council tax and so on – that are linked to my London residence. I don’t expect you to weep for me at a time when the average Nigerian has more pressing concerns than esoteric foreign exchange regulations and can’t enjoy luxuries like international travel. But I’m human, so I’m weeping for myself!Continue Reading →
Sixty years ago, in 1955, Barbara Mandell, a pioneering female broadcaster, made history by becoming the first woman to read the news on British TV.Continue Reading →
As I pointed out last week when I was writing about people who dislike President Muhammadu Buhari for various reasons – and will continue to dislike him even if he performs magnificently – no leader can please all of the people all of the time.Continue Reading →
Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, an APC stalwart, has just become the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. According to news reports, his emergence was preceded by weeks of tense horse-trading and negotiation between rival factions in the National Assembly and the body politic in general.Continue Reading →
VERY few of the people around us have significant impacts on our lives. And I want to pay a heartfelt tribute to my beloved late auntie, Chief Mrs Chinyere Asika, who recently passed away and will be buried today in Onitsha.Continue Reading →
By Donu Kogbara I have received several complaints from Vanguard readers who feel that President Muhammadu Buhari is moving too slowly. And I must admit that I too have been very concerned about the fact that he has yet to appoint ministers because I believe that he will not get the best results until he hasContinue Reading →
Last week, Nyesom Wike,the Governor of Rivers State, ordered the forcible confiscation of official vehicles that had been allocated to Ibim Seminatari, his predecessor Rotimi Amaechi’s Commissioner for Information.Continue Reading →
Igbos have displayed a clear preference for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan; and their fondness for him is understandable.Continue Reading →
Buhari is now the Head Honcho and his party, APC, is ruling the roost federally. But all of the key Niger Delta states remain firmly under PDP control.Continue Reading →
SO, it has finally arrived – the day on which General Muhammadu Buhari will become the President of the Federal Republic for the second time.Continue Reading →
Sir, as a democrat and a patriot, I place my faith and trust in you; the notion of change sustains me, and I have to say, fuels me with the hope that I had completely lost some six months ago.Continue Reading →