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Ministers — Readers responses

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
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Fear and Safety

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.  

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Donu Kogbara with the Rivers CP, Mr Musa Kimo at her PH residence after her release by kidnappers

Lessons learned

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.

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Buhari in Igbo attire

Relationships that transcend politics

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.

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President Muhammadu Buhari

The new foreign exchange rules

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!

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