Tuesday September 30th, 2014
Tuesday September 30th, 2014
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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

  /   in Sweet and Sour 1:00 am   /   Comments

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?!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:09 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:23 am   /   Comments

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!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:57 am   /   Comments

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 

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:15 am   /   Comments

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!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:17 am   /   Comments

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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Rivers House of chaos

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House of trouble—Top left: Hon. Evans Bapakaye in a scuffle with  Mobile Police officers during the fight at the Rivers State House of Assembly yesterday in Port Harcourt. Photos: Nwankpa Chijioke

I KEEP asking myself how a once-civilized city like Port Harcourt gradually morphed into the kind of place in which legislators-who
are supposed to uphold the law and be shining role models and pillars of polite society – physically attack each other so savagely that some of them wind up being hospitalised.

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Madiba the Lionheart

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Nelson Mandela

NELSON Rolihlahla Mandela is, in my opinion, the greatest man our continent has ever produced. Now, this charismatic and courageous global icon, who sacrificed 27 whole years of his life to the struggle for racial equality in South Africa, lies critically ill in hospital.

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The Dame drama!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:26 am   /   Comments

Patience, Amaechi and Jonathan

IN last Friday’s column, I made the following comments about Dame Patience Jonathan, the First Lady:

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You are not alone, Mr P!

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN PRESENTING HIS ADMINISTRATIONS MID-TERM REPORT AT THE 2013 DEMOCRACY DAY CELEBRATION IN ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY (29/5/13). STATE HOUSE PHOTO

President Goodluck Jonathan is probably the most vilified Head of State in the history of Nigeria. And, frankly, he deserves a lot of the criticisms that have been flung at him because he has not tried hard enough to fulfill his potential…and does not sufficiently control his cronies and subordinates.

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The other side of the story

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Gov.  Amaechi and President Jonathan

MY life has never been as uncomplicated as I’d like it to be. A lot of my friends and relatives are politicians; and because politicians are innately aggressive, they have no qualms about viciously waging war on each other at intervals.

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A totally unnecessary drama

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:50 am   /   Comments

amaechi1

WHAT is the big deal about a bunch of governors getting together from time to time to chat about issues that concern them…and then disagreeing with the President whenever they think that he is being unfair or unwise?

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Following up on last week’s topics

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:29 am   /   Comments

Last week, I expressed reservations about President Jonathan’s overall performance to date…but praised him wholeheartedly for courageously declaring a state of emergency in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno states.

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All hail Jonathan

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:12 am   /   Comments

NLC President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar; President Goodluck Jonathan And TUC President,  Comrade Peter Esele, at the Centenary May Day Celebration  in Abuja On Wednesday

For the past couple of weeks, this column has contained criticisms of Mr President’s handling of various leadership challenges.

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The Amaechi drama (Part Two)

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:13 am   /   Comments

*Amaechi

Last week, I wrote about conflicts (legal and otherwise) between my Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, and his opponents in Rivers State and the Presidency (the former insist that they are operating independently and are not being backed by the latter. But many onlookers are finding it hard to take this denial seriously).

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Food for thought

  /   in Sweet and Sour 1:01 am   /   Comments

Gov.  Amaechi and President Jonathan

Uche Igwe is a doctoral researcher at Sussex University in the UK. He is attached to the university’s Centre For The Study Of Corruption and has just sent me an article that he recently wrote, partly as a response to the Presidency’s claim that widespread speculations about Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 plans are not only riddled with falsehoods but are unnecessary distractions.

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GLO FEEDBACK

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File photo: refurbished phones

Last week, I complained about the fact that Glo did not honour a “special offer” that was conveyed to me via a text message a couple of weeks ago.

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Congrats

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:54 am   /   Comments

Oduah-Ogiewmonyi

SINCE Independence, most Nigerian politicians and government appointees have been woeful disappointments who have been either unwilling or unable to perform adequately.

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Farewell to female icons

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:13 am   /   Comments

Late Funmilayo Olayinka

Since my last column appeared, the world has lost two Women Of Substance. On Saturday April 6: Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka, the beautiful, intelligent, principled, hard-working and kind-hearted Deputy Governor of Ekiti State.

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A pleasant surprise

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:30 am   /   Comments

aljazeera

I HAVE just read a book called An Illustrated History Of The Jewish People. It was written by my dear friend, Lawrence Joffe; and it moved me to tears.

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