Sunday April 20th, 2014
Sunday April 20th, 2014
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Rivers House of chaos

  /   in Sweet and Sour 10:20 am   /   Comments

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!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:36 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:07 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:47 am   /   Comments

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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PHCN: Privatisation Council sets up transition committees

  /   in Sweet and Sour 10:29 am   /   Comments

By Clara Nwachukwu The National Council on Privatisation, NCP, yesterday set up Transition Committees for the 15 Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN successor companies whose preferred bidders recently paid the mandatory 25 percent of their bid values. The move is in a bid to, amongst others, facilitate the smooth transition and eventual handover of

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Reactions to controversial forgiveness

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:03 am   /   Comments

LAST week, I said I thought that people who were attacking President Goodluck Jonathan for pardoning Alamieyeseigha, his former boss, were being too harsh.

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Bonny Gas finalises deal for N254bn vessels’ acquisition

  /   in Sweet and Sour 9:01 pm   /   Comments

Bonny Gas Transport, BGT, a subsidiary of Nigeria LNG Limited, NLNG, yesterday, finalised the deal for the acquisition of six new vessels valued at N254.4 billion ($1.6 billion).

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Controversial forgiveness

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:44 am   /   Comments

alams-jonathan

PRESIDENT Jonathan has attracted near-universal condemnation, both in Nigeria and internationally, for pardoning Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, the former Governor of Bayelsa State, under whom he once served as a Deputy.

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US oil output to surpass imports this year – EIA

  /   in Sweet and Sour 7:03 pm   /   Comments

The US will become a net oil exporter late this year as domestic crude production surpasses imports for the first time in 18 years, the Energy Information Administration said Wednesday.

Helped by a surge in shale-based output in North Dakota and Texas, monthly crude production has pushed past seven million barrels a day and could reach eight million barrels a day by the beginning of 2014.

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The amnesty furore

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:51 am   /   Comments

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III

LAST week, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, condemned the government’s crackdown on Boko Haram and said that President Goodluck Jonathan should grant “total amnesty” to the group’s members.

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Jobs for the girls!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:15 am   /   Comments

jonathan-women

David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, recently revealed that his wife, Samantha, regularly berates him for not having enough women in his Cabinet.

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Oil falls below $111 on U.S. inventory data

  /   in Sweet and Sour 10:02 pm   /   Comments

Crude oil fell more than $1 per barrel on Wednesday after U.S. government data showed domestic crude inventories rose much more than forecast.

U.S. crude stocks rose 3.83 million barrels in the week to March 1, the Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report. Analysts had forecast a 500,000-barrel build.

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Feedback: Does university education matter?

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:39 am   /   Comments

A Cross Section of the Final Year Students  Photo By Diran Oshe

LAST week, I told you that my ex-husband and I want Oliver, our teenage son, to go to a British university for financial, familial and cultural reasons and that Oliver is saying that he doesn’t like the UK much and that if we aren’t willing or able to send him to university in America, he will not go to university at all and will apply for a job when he leaves secondary school later on this year.

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US CEOs call for more domestic production

  /   in Sweet and Sour 9:04 pm   /   Comments

A group of US chief executives across many different sectors have proposed a plan to boost domestic energy production and limit governmental regulation as a way to stimulate economic growth.

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Does university matter?

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:50 am   /   Comments

graduating-students

MY 17-year-old son, Oliver, warned me to never, ever write about him again nearly two years ago.

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LOL

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:13 am   /   Comments

Governors of the new mega party, APC in Lagos last week

THE main Opposition parties – ACN, ANPP, CPC and APGA – recently merged to form a new political entity that will be known as the All Progressives Congress.

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Nigeria’s expatriate oil workers highest paid in Africa

  /   in Sweet and Sour 6:40 pm   /   Comments

Expatriate workers in the Nigerian oil and gas sector are the highest paid in Africa and 11 most paid in the world, with an average annual salary of N22.246 million ($140,800), according to a global oil and gas salary survey.

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Presidential advice

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:09 am   /   Comments

Okupe: Mind my roar

RELIABLE sources tell me that President Goodluck Jonathan is becoming increasingly allergic to the advice to which he is subjected on a minute-by-minute basis.

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People in glass houses…

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:35 am   /   Comments

Minister of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe and Governors Forum, NGF and Rivers State Governor, Mr  Rotimi Amaechi,

LAST week, Elder Godsday Orubebe, the “Honourable” Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, decided to launch an attack on Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi – who heads the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) as well as Rivers State.

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Nigeria vs alternatives

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:13 am   /   Comments

carnival-rivers

LAST week, I told you about the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) study – which was published in the Washington Post. Having analysed the Quality Of Life in 80 different countries, it concluded that Nigeria is the worst place to be born in.

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No way!

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:10 am   /   Comments

File Photo

ACCORDING to a report that was recently published in the Washington Post newspaper, Nigeria is the worst country in the entire world to be born in.

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Power and responsibility

  /   in Sweet and Sour 12:05 am   /   Comments

MARK-SAMBO-JONATHAN

I RECENTLY told you that a friend recently told me that when he attended a school reunion dinner in Lagos, 80 percent of the ex-classmates on his table said that they were so unhappy with the status quo that they would gladly flee to foreign climes if they could get their hands on foreign work permits.

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