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An uncivil servant

I DON’T know Mr. Ima Niboro, President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Advisor on Media and Publicity. But I know quite a bit about him. I’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.

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What we want from leaders

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.

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Alternative scenarios

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 it’s OK for every Head of State to have two four-year terms.

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Same story,different perspectives

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.

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Post- mortem revenge?

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 “responsible drawdown” (troops withdrawal) from July 2011.

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Sense of elsewhere

AN immigrant friend of mine gloomily described it as a “sense of elsewhere”.
Not everyone who resides outside the land of their forefathers has this problem, but quite a few do. What a “sense of elsewhere” 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.

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Allergy to excellence

I HAVE needed, at various points in my life, to hire people to help me with administrative tasks and professional or business projects. And I’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.

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Tomorrow men?

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 didn’t win enough seats to secure an overall majority and a political deadlock ensued.

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Warring factions

As my esteemed media colleague, Simon Kolawole of ThisDay newspaper pointed out in his column last Sunday: “The 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 ‘impunity’ in the PDP become reformers when things don’t go their way.”.

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Unjust criticisms!

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…

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