Friday September 4th, 2015
Friday September 4th, 2015

You are here : Home » Columns » Sweet and Sour

Sweet and Sour

Latest

Relationships that transcend politics

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:57 am   /   Comments

Buhari in Igbo attire

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.

Read More →
Latest

The new foreign exchange rules

  /   in News, Sweet and Sour 12:25 am   /   Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari

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 →
Latest

We have come such a long way!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:18 am   /   Comments

America women

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 →
Latest

Good and bad critics

  /   in Sweet and Sour 1:37 am   /   Comments

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI (L) VACCINATING HIS  THREE MONTHS OLD
GRAND-DAUGHTER,  ZULEIHA BELLO ABUBAKAR WITH ORAL POLIO VACCINE TO MARK
ONE YEAR OF FREE POLIO CASE IN NIGERIA AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA
ON SATURDAY (25/7/15) WITH HIM IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL
PRIMARY HEALTH CARE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, DR ADO MUHAMMAD.

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 →
Latest

Peace at last?

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:58 am   /   Comments

House Leader:  House Members celebrating with Hon.  Femi Gbajabiamila New House Leader  House of Representatives  in 8 Assembly. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

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 →
Latest

Tribute to Auntie Chinyere

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:33 am   /   Comments

Dibueze Chinyere Asika

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 →
Latest

Be patient!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 1:45 am   /   Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari chairs the meeting of the Peace and Security Council at the 25th AU Summit in Johannesburg on Saturday

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 has

Read More →
Latest

Addicted to drama!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:09 am   /   Comments

One of the former Commissioner's vehicles being carted away.

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 →
Latest

What next for Igboland?

  /   in Sweet and Sour 7:18 am   /   Comments

*The fanfare of `a hole in the pocket’

Igbos have displayed a clear preference for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan; and their fondness for him is understandable.

Read More →
Latest

What next for the Niger Delta?

  /   in Sweet and Sour 1:57 am   /   Comments

CULTURE: Participants from one of the South South states at the last Abuja carnival. The Niger Delta ministry is set to explore the tourism potentials in the region for economic development.

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 →
Latest

Cheers and tears

  /   in Sweet and Sour 1:52 am   /   Comments

Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan

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 →
Latest

Open letter to General Muhammadu Buhari

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:53 am   /   Comments

Buhari

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 →
Latest

Brewing crisis between Jonathan and Buhari transition teams

  /   in Sweet and Sour 2:33 am   /   Comments

President  Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari

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 →
Latest

Farewell to Auntie Mercy

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:00 am   /   Comments

Late Mrs Mercy Amachree

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 →
Latest

Tragedies

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:26 am   /   Comments

Wike and Peterside

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 →
Latest

Unfair criticisms!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 2:18 am   /   Comments

*Olisa Metuh

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 →
Latest

Electoral notes

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:54 am   /   Comments

Buhari

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.

Read More →
Latest

Finally!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:52 am   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

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 viable

Read More →
Latest

Food for thought

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:35 am   /   Comments

Abba Moro

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 →
Latest

Trading places

  /   in Sweet and Sour 1:59 am   /   Comments

nigeria3

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 →
Latest

Betrayal?

  /   in Sweet and Sour 11:09 am   /   Comments

File: Jonathan and Buhari

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 →
Latest

Positively presidential!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 2:39 am   /   Comments

Gen Buhari at Chatham House

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 →
Latest

Murder most foul

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:40 am   /   Comments

*Upturned canopy, broken equipment at venue of the rally following the attack and stampede

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 →
Latest

Fear and fury

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:47 am   /   Comments

Prsident Jonathan

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 →
Latest

Jonathan flounders on home turf

  /   in Sweet and Sour 9:44 pm   /   Comments

Jonathan in Port Harcourt

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 →
Latest

Why?!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 1:03 am   /   Comments

File: Shekau in the video released to AFP. Photo: AFP.

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 →
Latest

An honour deserved

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:15 am   /   Comments

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 →
Latest

New Year, New Government?

  /   in Sweet and Sour 8:40 pm   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

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 →
Latest

Entertaining insults!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 3:50 pm   /   Comments

Obasanjo-Wole-Soyinka

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 →
Latest

Jonathan versus whoever!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 8:06 pm   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

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 →
Latest

African stories

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:59 am   /   Comments

Uhuru Kenyatta.

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 →
Latest

Ridiculous, unfair and unwise!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 1:28 am   /   Comments

FEMI FANI KAYODE

Last Monday, at least 13 PDP governorship aspirants from Rivers State were disqualified by the committee that their party appointed to screen them.

Read More →