Luck is important in life, the most important things donâ€™t happen just by luck. You have to work hard and of course, let me say that the whole of Asaba made an effort and I was part of that effort. Nonetheless, it happened just a few weeks after I ascended the throne so it could be said that my coming brought us good luck.Read More
This is the second part of the Dr. Usman Bugaje interview. The first was published last Sunday. Dr. Bugaje is the national secretary of the Action Congress, AC. In this concluding part, Bugaje speaks on Obasanjoâ€™s style of governance and the cabal which the late President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua â€œimportedâ€ to the Presidential Villa, Abuja from Katsina. He also offers â€œthe real reasonsâ€ why former Chief Obasanjo, foisted Yarâ€™Adua on the nation, insinuating, perhaps, that it was a sinister agenda which only Obasanjo knew about. Sample: â€œWe also heard that when he was presented with two state governors, another governor and Yarâ€™Adua, he asked for their medical records. He then was said to have asked his own medical doctors who between the two had a worse medical record. â€œAnd it turned out from their findings that it was Yarâ€™Adua who had a worse medical report and then he said â€˜Ah! That is the man I wantâ€™, And I think he was more like let the man die. â€œIn fact, there are those who say because of the constitutional provision which says that when a presidential candidate dies before election the election should be postponed, you remember; that he was hoping the man wouldâ€¦.â€Read More
Let me say that corruption is an innate thing and it is an effect of poverty. It is also an effect of non-contentment. If you are not contented with what God has given to you, you will be corrupt. whether you are a commisioner or Minister does not matter, what matters is your person and how you comport yourself.Read More
Whenever you stumble on Dr. Usman Bugaje, you have stumbled on a firebrand politician. This interview should have taken place sometime last December when Bugaje came out strongly against ailing Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua, asking him to resign.But because Bugaje combines his love for politics with some academic engagements, he is not always available. Last Easter the interview almost held but a trip out of the country put paid to that. Four weeks ago, the interview almost held in Kaduna but was again aborted at the last minute.Even penultimate weekend, Sunday Vanguard almost ambushed him in Lagos and then Ibadan but it never did materialize.Read More
I wasnâ€™t married but I had a girlfriend then. Her Dad asked her to leave me because of my chosen course. We were wanted. Our houses were broken into. My books were carried away. Along came a kind man, who left his flat for us at Lagos Island (Bamgboshe), which now became our house and office. The IBBâ€™s regime raised a propaganda that we were supported by the American Embassy and we were all allies.Read More
According to Atiku Abubakar, the chairman of his Jeli ward in Jada Local Government Area of Adamawa State, likens his return to that of the prodigal son. However, what he failed to add is that unlike the biblical prodigal son who came back to meet a stable and organised home, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atikuâ€™s home, was anything but organised by the time Atiku returned last week.Read More
General John Shagaya is a serving Senator of the Federal Republic and Chairman of Northern Senatorsâ€™ Forum . In this interview, the Minister of Internal Affairs in the defunct IBBâ€™s regime speaks on a number of issues including IBBâ€™s return to politics, the Jos crisis and acting President Jonathanâ€™s trip to the United States.Read More
Chief Omowale Kuye is the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland. You could sit with him all day and the story of Nigeria, according to his personal experiences would never be exhausted. For an octogenarian, Kuyeâ€™s memory and recollection of events is unbelievably sharp. But he has one weakness: STUBBORNESS.
Before he was directly introduced to Olusegun Obasanjo with a view to working as a director of budget after the latter had complained over and over to the then Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Liman Ciroma, Kuye has always worked as a very thorough individual and his work with the head of the Nigerian State was not about to change that. Read about his encounter with Obasanjo over budget. Born on May 18, 1928, Kuye struggled and made a life worth living for himself.
Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the issue of whether he will run for presidency come 2011, is not on his agenda for now. Although he tried to trivialize the issue, he did not categorically deny pressures from several quarters, that he continued since he is perceived as the most credible of all those angling to be President for now.Read More
Oluseye Ogunleweâ€™s bluntness may come with a tinge of contradiction in what he professes. When you ask a man about his tenure as minister of works and member of the Executive Council of the Federation, EXCOF, in the Olusegun Obasanjo government and he tells you that there is no cabinet but a President-in-Council, you begin to wonder what manner of EXCOF was in place.Read More