The school term had just ended and they were excitedly heading towards their homes to take deserved breaks from academic work and celebrate Christmas.Read More
I DIVIDE my time between Nigeria and the UK and I am based in a small rented house in South London when I am abroad. And I never cease to marvel at the ENORMOUS difference between local government authorities here and there.Read More
DURING his recent visit to Tehran, President Muhammadu Buhari had an interactive session with members of the Nigerian community in Iran and told them that some former government officials are voluntarily returning public funds they acquired illegally.Read More
By Donu Kogbara Last week, I praised Mr President for appointing Rotimi Amaechi and Babatunde Fashola to his Cabinet but told you that several concerned citizens had contacted me to express the view that Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Buhari’s new Minister of Finance, is not experienced enough to hold such a sensitive and senior portfolio. I
I HEARTILY thank Mr President for making Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, the immensely capable representative of my state, Rivers, his Minister of Transport.Read More
Last week, I criticised the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, FRCN, for suspending the Chairman (Mr Atedo Peterside), Group Managing Director (Mrs Sola David-Borha) and other senior personnel of Stanbic IBTC.Read More
Last month, I was abducted from my residence in Port Harcourt and held for two weeks by a gang of kidnappers. It was, of course, a profoundly terrifying experience and as soon as I was released, I packed my bags and fled to Abuja, then London, vowing that I would not return to my home town for the forseeable future.Read More
Last week, I told you that I was abducted from my Port Harcourt residence last month and held by kidnappers for nearly 13 days in a remote creek location. This terrible experience has inspired me to reflect deeply about the meaning of Life and has taught me a few lessons that I’d like to share with you: Before the kidnappers abducted me, they entered my bedroom and demanded my jewellery.Read More
I WAS abducted from my Port Harcourt residence by armed men on Sunday August 30…and released nearly two weeks later on Friday September 11.Read More
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