Tuesday October 21st, 2014
Tuesday October 21st, 2014
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Zambian perspective

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Field Ruwe

SOMEONE just sent me a fascinating article. Written by a US-based Zambian called Field Ruwe in January 2012, it is based on a conversation he had with a White man he met on a plane on New Year’s Eve, 2011.

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National honours

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President Goodluck Jonathan (L), presenting a 'Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)' Award To A Taxi Driver, Mr Imeh Usuah, who returned the sum of N18m (Eighteen Million Naira) forgotten in his car by a customer, in Abuja on Monday (29/9/14).

Mr Imeh Usuah, a heroically honest taxi driver who returned N18 million that was left in his cab by a foreigner; Mr Onuh Isaac Michael, the diligent Chief Steward at the Presidential Villa, who has served nine Heads of State; Corporal Solomon Dauda, a dancing Abuja traffic warden who approaches his duties with a cheerful dedication that puts smiles on the faces of the motorists he entertains; and Mr Taiwo Akinkunmi, an elderly gent who designed our flag.

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Is Justice imminent?

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Ravaged Ogoniland

Last week, I complained about justice being delayed. I was referring to the fact that the Federal Government and Ministry of Petroleum had not even started to implement a 3 year-old United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report.

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Nigeria and Ebola: So far so good

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A seller of bananas walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading "Ebola" in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. Liberia on August 30, 2014 said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. AFP PHOTO

EARLIER on this week, the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, released a statement about Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in Nigeria.

The Minister said that, as of Wednesday, the total number of confirmed cases of EVD in Nigeria was 19 (15 in Lagos, four in Port Harcourt) and that the total number of deaths was seven (five in Lagos, two in Port Harcourt).

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Chief Tom Ikimi… Feedback

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IKIMI-1

Last week, I commented on Chief Tom Ikimi, the veteran politician who started off with the PDP, then cross-carpeted to a rival party that eventually became the APC…and then recently decided to ditch the APC to re-join the PDP.

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So sad

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El-Rufai at the event.

My dear friends, Nasir and Hadiza El-Rufai, have lost two children in three years. First (in 2011), their beautiful daughter, Yasmin, passed away after suffering a seizure in the bathroom of her residence in London, where she was studying. Then (last month), their darling son, Hamza, died in a car accident in Abuja.

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Farewell to a really great guy

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Henry Abebe

My dear friend, Henry Abebe, who quietly passed away a few days ago in an Abuja hospital after a bout of ill health, is being buried today.

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Injustice!

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Anietie Okon

Senator Anietie Okon – pioneer National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Vice-Chairman of Arik Air and a National Conference delegate – is a very distinguished Nigerian. So when he takes the trouble to make a point, I listen carefully and take him very seriously indeed.

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Ingratitude and treachery

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The UK is currently awash with depressing stories about British Muslim youngsters who have stupidly abandoned their studies, jobs and families to covertly travel to the other side of the world, so they can assist Islamic terrorists who claim to be waging “holy” wars in Syria, Iraq, etc.

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Tribute to a titan

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rilwanu-lukman-111

I was absolutely devastated when I heard, at the beginning of this week, that my former boss, Dr Rilwanu Lukman, had died in Vienna, following a prolonged period of ill health. And my profound sorrow about the passing of this globally revered Nigerian is combined with a deep sense of guilt.

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Stalemate?

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From left: President Goodluck Jonathan; Sokoto State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Muktar Shagari; former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa and Vice President Namadi Sambo during an occasion to welcome Bafarawa  to the PDP, yesterday.

Last week, I said on this page that Boko Haram’s murderous sprees and heartless kidnappings have made Northern Muslims look bad and have strengthened President Jonathan’s chances of being re-elected next year.

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Anti-Northern Muslim sentiments

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Muslim-faithful

In the past few months, no day has gone by without grim news of yet another traumatic, enraging, despair-generating Boko Haram atrocity being announced by media houses and hogging the Nigerian and international headlines.

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A gentleman bows out

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File: Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti (l) and Governor-Elect, Mr Ayo Fayose, during Fayose's visit to the Governor in  Ado-Ekiti on Monday

LAST week, the day before the Ekiti State gubernatorial election, I told you that I had known Dr Kayode Fayemi, the then Governor, since we were both youngsters and that I held him and his wife, Erelu Bisi, in the highest esteem.

I urged Ekiti indigenes to vote for Fayemi because I felt that he had done a good job under difficult circumstances and was convinced that he had what it took to carry the people he had diligently and honestly served for nearly four years to the next level and fulfil their socio-economic development dreams.

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The peoples’ governor

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Gov.Fayemi addressing the press

As Ekiti State indigenes prepare themselves to vote in the upcoming gubernatorial election – which will take place tomorrow – I feel moved to reflect on the character of the incumbent Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, whom I’ve known since we were both young students and workers in London.

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Why make more enemies? – Part one

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jonathan-press

Last weekend, Vanguard and other Nigerian media houses started to be subjected to harassment by soldiers.

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Outsourcing governance

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cartoon-Good-govt

Last week, I expressed the view that Nigeria can only move forward in the near future if certain government functions are outsourced to top-class foreigners.

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Foreign intervention

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army

While debates were raging about whether President Goodluck Jonathan should or should not invite the American Government to help him rescue the abducted Chibok school girls, Senator John McCain – the Republican Party candidate who was electorally defeated by Barack Obama in 2008 – expressed the view that the US should intervene in the crisis without prior approval from our Government.

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Beyond embarrassing

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Abuja : Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank's Africa division (3r L) Obiageli leads a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja on April 30, 2014.

The World Economic Forum, which took place in Abuja this week, was supposed to highlight the good things about our nation and be an image-enhancing, investment-attracting triumph for the Nigerian Government and People.

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Bravo, ladies!

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Some women, led by Mrs  Oby Ezekwesili,  protesting the abduction of 230 school girls in Chibok, Borno State.

The abduction of 230 girls from their school in Chibok, Borno State, has shocked Nigerians and made headlines all over the world.

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Why I’m floating

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Patience, Amaechi and Jonathan

Longstanding readers of this column will know that I was absolutely thrilled when Dr Goodluck Jonathan became our President.

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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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