IN the past couple of columns, I have dwelled on the Presidentâ€™s continued absence and the courage that was so magnificently displayed by Prof. Dora Akunyili, the Minister of Information. I have also said that even though I regard the President as a basically decent man, I despise those of his loyalists who aggressively resisted moves to make Dr Goodluck Jonathan Acting President and think that a medical team should be sent to Saudi Arabia to find out whether Yarâ€™Adua is likely to recover enough to return to his desk at some point in the near future.Read More
Daddy also expressed the view that it would be OK if the then President (Obasanjo) replaced him with a non-Rivers person who was a decent human being.Read More
IN last weekâ€™s column, I adopted an objective attitude towards the Jos crisis and described Christians who have slaughtered innocent Muslims â€“ and Muslims who have slaughtered innocent Christians â€“ as religious renegades who are just as evil as each other. Here are some of the responses I received from readers:Read More
Yet again, Nigeria is being highlighted in international media outlets for negative reasons. While we were struggling to cope with the humiliating global coverage of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallabâ€™s attempted suicide bombing in America and endless embarrassing news items about President Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s prolonged absence in Saudi Arabia, religious riots erupted in Jos and are further damaging the countryâ€™s image.Read More
LAST week, I wrote that Iâ€™d heard that a significant percentage of Northerners are bitterly opposed to the idea of Dr Goodluck Jonathan becoming Head of State if Yarâ€™Adua cannot continue. I described such elements as shameless tribalists.Read More
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.