I DON’T know Mr. Ima Niboro, President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s Special Advisor on Media and Publicity. But I know quite a bit about him. Iâ€™ve read his reactions to several current affairs issues in various publications and know many people who know him and know him to be a seasoned and talented member of my profession.Read More
DURING a press conference that took place in Pretoria earlier on this week, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (retired), the former military administrator of Lagos State and our current High Commissioner to South Africa, told journalists that he could show them the results of a recent opinion poll that proves that most Nigerians are not bothered about zoning issues and are more interested in leaders who can deliver than in where they come from.Read More
Whenever Nigerians talk about zoning in particular or politics in general, they talk as if they are totally wedded to the idea that a Southern President must have a Northern Vice-President; and vice versa. There is also a tendency to regard each geopolitical zone as a united interest group…AND a widespread assumption that itâ€™s OK for every Head of State to have two four-year terms.Read More
EARLIER on this week, Professor Attahiru Jega, the new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), publicly reminded his 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) of the need to conduct themselves appropriately while they are preparing for the 2011 polls in various states.Read More
WHEN Dr Goodluck Jonathan became Acting President, while Yarâ€™Adua was still receiving treatment in Saudi Arabia, he acquired substantial powers and started to take bold decisions that moved the country forward.Read More
ACCORDING to a recent report in ThisDay newspaper, Alhaji Mukhtari Shehu Shagari, the Deputy Governor of Sokoto State and former Minister of Water Resources, has advised his fellow Northerners to stop emphasising the zoning issue, acknowledge the support they have received from the South-South for the past 50 years and accept his view that President Jonathan can deliver impressive results and has every right to contest for the presidency next year.Read More
A friend recently sent me an email containing a very thought_provoking fable; and Iâ€™m publishing an edited version of it because we can all learn from it.Read More
THE Americans say they are winning the war in Afghanistan, the United Nations (UN) disagrees. While the latter told the world that the war in that country is going quite badly for the Hamid Karzai government and foreign troops led by the United States (US), the Americans are claiming that the war against the Taliban and its Al-Qaeda ally is going so well that they would begin a â€œresponsible drawdownâ€ (troops withdrawal) from July 2011.Read More
WHEN I first moved to Abuja a decade ago, having spent all of my formative years in the UK, I was a naive Oyinbo Girl. I totally trusted everyone who approached me for friendship.Read More
A COUPLE of months ago â€“ while Yarâ€™Adua was still alive – an unknown person or group decided to paste â€œJonathan For 2011â€ campaign posters all over Abuja.Read More
AN immigrant friend of mine gloomily described it as a â€œsense of elsewhereâ€.
Not everyone who resides outside the land of their forefathers has this problem, but quite a few do. What a â€œsense of elsewhereâ€ boils down to is a nagging, ever-present feeling that there is another often distant place to which you truly belong and should probably make strenuous efforts to connect with.
I HAVE needed, at various points in my life, to hire people to help me with administrative tasks and professional or business projects. And Iâ€™m always happy and grateful when I get a chance to work closely with well-spoken brainboxes because, in addition to enabling me to perform more efficiently, they enhance my image, reduce my stress levels and make it possible for me to have more spare time for my family and leisure activities.Read More
LAST week, the British general election results were inconclusive. The ruling Labour Party was humiliatingly forced into second place by the Conservative Party, which won the most parliamentary seats. But the Conservatives didnâ€™t win enough seats to secure an overall majority and a political deadlock ensued.Read More
As my esteemed media colleague, Simon Kolawole of ThisDay newspaper pointed out in his column last Sunday: â€œThe PDP crisis…is not about food on the table for ordinary Nigerians. It is not about roads and water and electricity and schools and hospitals. It is just about intrigues and self-interest. We have seen this before. Those who benefitted extensively from the â€˜impunityâ€™ in the PDP become reformers when things donâ€™t go their way.â€.Read More
LAST week, I dedicated a large chunk of this column to telling Vanguard readers that my generator and the PHCN transformer on my street in Abuja had collapsed simultaneously, that my household had been TOTALLY deprived of electricity for several days and that I had temporarily taken refuge in a hotel…Read More