Sweet and Sour
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!Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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 hasRead More →
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.Read More →
Igbos have displayed a clear preference for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan; and their fondness for him is understandable.Read More →
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.Read More →
SO, it has finally arrived – the day on which General Muhammadu Buhari will become the President of the Federal Republic for the second time.Read More →
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.Read More →
WHILE addressing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman, the Minister of National Planning, accused General Muhammadu Buhari’s transition team of making impossible demands, acting like a parallel government and trying to stampede and intimidate the Jonathan administration out of office.Read More →
SINCE Christmas, I have mostly focussed on current affairs issues on this page. Now I want to take a break from politics and remember 2 remarkable women who quietly left us at the height of election fever and will be sorely missed.Read More →
I am sorry if I sound like a sore loser, but I cannot graciously accept the result of last weekend’s elections in Rivers State. Resounding wins were declared for the PDP’s gubernatorial flagbearer plus all of its State House of Assembly candidates. And Chief Nyesom Wike is now, officially, the Governor-Elect.Read More →
In a statement released on Wednesday, Chief Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, complained about the APC’s alleged misconduct in Ekiti State and accused General Buhari and his party of “moving around the country instigating division, engineering crisis and heightening tension” (“instead of settling down to plan a smooth transition and design ways of deepening democracy in appreciation of the mandate given to him”).Read More →
I AM still reeling from the General’s truly astounding victory! Three cheers for democracy!
Never before has an Opposition candidate conclusively trounced an incumbent in this country. And, given that Buhari had already suffered three electoral defeats (2003, 2007, 2011) – and that Jonathan had myriad advantages at his disposal, including a near-bottomless multi-billion-naira war chest and substantial influence over security agencies – many Nigerians (including this writer, on occasion) seriously doubted that Buhari’s fourth attempt would be successful.
By Donu Kogbara I thank God that the D-Day or should that be E-Day? – has finally arrived, after months of toxic mud-slingings, comical episodes, tragic misfires, dramatic cross-carpetings, nail-biting suspense, fevered speculation and controversies galore. Ever since the CPC, ACN, ANPP and an APGA faction merged two years ago to create the most viableRead More →
An anonymous sage made the following comments in a letter he wrote to the British Guardian newspaper. He was talking about the behavioural, psychological and ideological transformation he had undergone between youth and middle age.Read More →
FEMI Fani-Kayode is a leading light of the ruling PDP. He is also the PDP’s main election campaign spokesman. But he was, until fairly recently, a member of the APC and one of Jonathan’s most vocal critics.Read More →
Some fellow Niger Deltans have told me that they are very disappointed in me because I am supporting Buhari’s election bid, rather than Jonathan’s. And it may surprise you to hear that I know how they feel and regret my position!Read More →
Chatham House, a prestigious independent policy institute in London, engages government, private sector and civil society people in open debates and confidential discussions about issues relating to international affairs.Read More →
On Tuesday, I attended an All Progressives Congress, APC, rally in Okrika, Rivers State. The stars of the shows were Dr Dakuku Peterside and Honourable Asita, the APC’s clever and amiable gubernatorial candidate and running mate.Read More →
I’ve spoken to quite a few PDP people since the election was postponed; and most of them have told me a) that they support the postponement ONLY because it will provide INEC and our armed forces with more time in which to solve logistical and security problems, b) that the PDP has provided Nigeria with top-class governance in recent years, c) that they don’t regard Buhari as a force to be reckoned with, and d) that they’re 100% sure that Jonathan would have won by a substantial margin if the February 14 election had gone ahead.Read More →
Longstanding readers of this column might recall that I was extremely unhappy when my Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, spectacularly fell out with the Presidential Duo – Dr Goodluck and Dame Patience Jonathan – in 2013.Read More →
A week after Islamic terrorists murdered 12 employees of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the victims’ colleagues defiantly featured a provocative cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on the magazine’s front cover.Read More →
I am proud to highlight the fact that Engineer Abiye Membere – a consummate professional and highly respected son of my home state, Rivers – was, this week, conferred with a Fellowship of the distinguished Nigerian Society of Engineers.Read More →
Meanwhile, a Fulani friend gloomily informed me two years ago (we were discussing President Goodluck Jonathan’s unimpressive performance and wondering whether he would up his game before he completed his first term) that his people often say that one can tell by Wednesday what kind of weekend one is likely to have. Both statements, though contradictory, make sense. Wilson’s implies that political outcomes can never be accurately predicted because anything – ie, all manner of unexpected developments – can happen during any seven-day timespan. The Fulani one implies that most outcomes can be predicted on the basis of recent occurrences.Read More →
EX-PRESIDENT Olusegun Obasanjo and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, are at it again. These two grand old men have been at each others’ throats for years; and it doesn’t look as if their colourful verbal battles will end anytime soon.Read More →
At the time of writing, APC delegates’ votes are still being sorted at the APC Convention venue in Lagos, so I cannot offer Vanguard readers any comments about the APC’s Presidential candidate because I don’t yet know which of the aspirants will win. And if I hang on any longer to await the result, I will not be able to complete this column before the printing deadline for Friday’s paper.Read More →
I AM in Paris at the moment. The editors of a foreign publication invited me here because they want me a) provide them with professional advice about the best way of covering the upcoming Nigerian elections and b) to add my voice to wide-ranging discussions about the publication’s African coverage in general.Read More →