Back in 1999, on February 21, 1999, in this column entitled â€œTO MY BROTHER, DR EKWUEMEâ€. I told the former Vice President, that â€œthe PDP which you call my baby would be snatched from youâ€ as a result of this strategic mistake and lack of political courage.Read More
If you are wondering what that palaver is all about, let me tell you; because if you are a parent or guardian, with a kid likely to be called for service, this concerns you.Read More
â€œMen of ordinary physique and discretion cannot be Presidents and live, if the strains be not somehow relieved. We shall be obliged always to be picking our chief magistrates [presidents] from among wise and prudent athletes â€“ a small classâ€.
President Woodrow Wilson, Constitutional Government in the United States, New York: Columbia University Press, 1908, pp 79-80.
Last week, I started with Jos and ended with Warri; this week let me reverse the approach. In the end we are looking at the same impending catastrophe from two different ends of a prism.Read More
A modern philosopher has also added his own list, the stomach which demands food everyday and the sea into which all rivers flow, yet never seems to have enough.Read More
All of a sudden, the language changes to suit the new situation. Fortunately, the matters involved are very simple and straightforward to people who are not shackled by demands of office.Read More
After that he hurdled over three Boeing 747 planes, two Airbuses and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner taxing for take-off almost hitting his back foot on the tail fin of the aircraft. He claimed another record in the highest hurdles.Read More
â€œBut history sometimes indulges in jokes of questionable tasteâ€. Joseph S. Schumpeter, 1942. We gained international disrepute by having the largest pool of ghost workers in public service in the world.Read More
There are at least three reasons Jonathan will not be on the ballot in 2010; and if he forces himself on it disaster will follow. One reason, and one reason only, dictates this letter to Mrs Jonathan. She can ignore it if she likes. But, at least half a dozen people (Mustapha, Ekwueme, Obasanjo, El-Rufai, Ribadu, Soludo etc ) who were warned on this page and who ignored the warning are now licking their wounds â€“including her predecessor in office. I donâ€™t want her to join them in â€œweeping and gnashing of teethâ€. The choice however is hers.Read More
To be quite candid, not being a lawyer and after reading what various lawyers have said about the senate action, I donâ€™t really know. This is one of those matters on which the majority might not even be right. What has been done is certainly expedient but whether it is constitutional or not will eventually be determined by the courts because there is little doubt in my mind that the action will be challenged. Yarâ€™Adua is to blame.Read More
Indeed what went wrong, as the text message asked? Interestingly, that text message represents perhaps the mildest form of dishonour attaching to the person of Yarâ€™Adua that I have heard people voice across the land since the man and his wife departed to Saudi 69 days ago today Sunday, January 31, 2010. Many of the other insults that have been hauled in the direction of the presidency are totally unprintable.Read More
â€œAll men like best to join up with the power that is the first to show its strengthâ€. Xenophon, 430-370 B.C.
(VANGUARD BOOK OF QUOTATIONS p. 197).
â€œSuccessful leaders at all levels love their status and power and are hesitant to leaving voluntarilyâ€.
Jack Welch, Chairman, General Electric Company, 1988.
A few people are â€œaliveâ€ in the world today but who are on perpetual life support systems. They cannot leave the hospital and are virtually vegetables. The former Prime Minister of Israel, Sharon, has been in coma since 2006; so are about 200 people worldwide. None of them, however great will ever be allowed to govern their nations from their sick beds. As General De Gaulle had said, â€œThe graveyards are full of indispensable peopleâ€. Yarâ€™Adua and nobody else born of woman in Nigeria is indispensable.Read More
This article could have been titled Obama and Media Executioners Vs Farouk and Nigeria and it will still be appropriate. But, the selection of the title was based on the need to come quickly to the conclusion before providing the supporting evidence.Read More