EVER since Mr President took off to Saudi Arabia to take care of his health, words like â€œrudderlessâ€ have frequently been used to describe the country he left behind.Read More
This morning, a South African broadcaster (who shall remain nameless) told me that when she heard that our President had signed the supplementary budget in Saudi Arabia, she was extremely skeptical and wondered whether he was really in a fit state to understand the contents or pick up a pen!Read More
MERRY Christmas to all Vanguard readers. I pray that you can take a break from any stresses you are enduring and enjoy the holiday season with your families.Read More
By Donu Kogbara NIGERIANS have always complained bitterly about the countless inadequacies of their country and multiple shortcomings of their leaders. But the complaints have been even more embittered than usual ever since 2009 dawned nearly 12 months ago because this has been a particularly bad year for almost everyone. Every nation contains exceptions to
It is very painful to accept it, but everything Lord Lugard said in 1922 is still true today. He was prophetic. Today, Ikedi Ohakim, the Imo State Governor, confirms that â€œNigeria has become the black sheep of the world oil producing community for her lack of accountability and unproductive use of the oil revenue.â€ If you think Lugard was harsh, read Ikedi Ohakimâ€™s â€œThe Courage To Challengeâ€.Read More
A FRIEND just sent me an excerpt from The Dual Mandate In British Tropical Africa, a book that was written in 1922 by Lord Frederick John Dealtry Lugard, the British colonial administrator who spent 13 years in Nigeria â€“ first as High Commissioner, of the Northern region, then as Governor-General of both the Northern and Southern Protectorates – at the beginning of the twentieth century.Read More
LAST week, I quoted a friend who thinks that seduction is a â€œcopingâ€ or survival strategy within certain contexts and is absolutely convinced that predatory women who set out to seduce influential men deserve sympathy rather than condemnation.Read More
I HAVE recently, on two occasions, praised Mr President for his new Niger Delta initiatives. And Iâ€™ve been amazed by the number of sour comments Iâ€™ve received.Read More
By Donu Kogbara LAST week, I expressed the opinion that President Yarâ€™Adua deservesÂ two hearty cheersâ€¦One â€œfor possessing the humility and foresight to meet with Niger Deltan militant leaders and offer them an Amnesty deal in a bid to secure peace in a region that was becoming increasingly uncontrollable.â€ And the second â€œfor recognising the
I AM very happy with Mr President at the moment and have decided that he deserves two hearty cheers.
One hearty cheer should be directed at Mr President for possessing the humility and foresight to meet with Niger Deltan militant leaders and offer them an amnesty deal in a bid to secure peace in a region that was becoming increasingly uncontrollable.
By Donu Kogbara LAST week, Chief E.K. Clarke, the veteran champion of Niger Deltan rights and a zonal leader I regard as a close friend and father figure, was kind enough to invite me to his residence to attend a reception he was hosting for Ateke Tom, the famous militant commander and founder of the
By Donu Kogbara CONGRATULATIONS to PresidentÂ Umaru Yarâ€™Adua for having the humility to meet and greet the Niger Delta militant leaders who have agreed to lay down their arms and disband private militias that have caused so much socio-economic disruption. Congrats also to the tough warlords of the creeks for giving peace a chanceâ€¦and for
IN the past one month, two members of my extended family have been killed by the scandalously inadequate Nigerian healthcare system.Read More
LAST week, I dedicated this column to (a): complaints about the crooked, shameless, power-abusing personalities who are dishonestly pretending to mourn the death of Gani Fawehinmi â€“ a man of integrity with whom they had absolutely nothing in common and (b): complaints about the alarming number of Nigerians who steal from the offices and homes they work inâ€¦Read More
Since the great Gani Fawehinmi passed away, the pages of newspapers have been filled to the brim with complimentary comments about his impressive personality, his lofty principles, his formidable intellect and his considerable achievements.Read More