The Seventh National Assembly finally came to a close last Thursday. The legislative journey which began on June 6, 2011, took off on an impressive note. In the House of Representatives where I chaired the Committee on Petroleum Resources, Downstream, there were high and low moments but the House obviously gave a good account of itself.Read More
“The fact that this has happened in Nigeria in the manner in which it has – particularly if we take Nigeria as one of the leading countries on this continent which must lead by example – this is a very perfect example. It is encouraging to us. We are very happy,” Zuma said in an interview with a national TV.Read More
NOTHING compares to a presidential inaugural speech, whether in America where its first President George Washington delivered the first on 6 April, 226 years ago, in New York City, America’s first capital, or our domestic adoption of it as we swear in our Presidents. The best part of an inaugural speech, in the hands of the politician, is that he can explore the fact that the law does not require the speech, so there are no limits to what it may rule in, or what it may rule out.Read More
Nigerian society has actually transformed President Muhammadu Buhari, a ‘converted democrat’, setting aside the memorable military bloody reign of terror; still displaying that military orientation with a resounding powerful, very concise, heavily loaded Mission Statement in 1,863-1,916 words. He avowed to serve as the President of all, irrespective of political, ethnicity, or religious affiliations, detached from being categorized as a religious zealot, Buhari philosophically stated, Friday, May 29, 2015, 1:39:34 pm, “Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians. I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.”Read More
The inauguration speech of a new President is unique in a number of ways and for a number of reasons. It is the first after a campaign and thus provides the newly-elected President an opportunity to articulate, in a bipartisan (non-partisan) manner, his vision of development for the nation. It is one speech regarded as being from the heart of the man-of-the-moment, knowing that the speech-maker is no longer under the debilitating pressure represented by political hustings.Read More
Timi Alaibe cuts the picture of a young, cute Nigerian.
But beneath that veneer is a very strong character steeped in intelligence, foresight and an uncommon determination to ensure that Nigeria is made great using the vast resources of the Niger Delta, his geopolitical zone, as a catalyst.
This was what then President Olusegun Obasanjo and late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua saw before appointing him Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC; and later, as Honourary Special Adviser to Yar’Adua on Niger Delta Affairs. It was Timi Alaibe’s well-grounded understanding of the region, it’s nuances and all that recommended him to Yar’Adua. And the story of Amnesty cannot be told without the pivotal role he played, working with some leaders of the region, which eventually led to the disarmament of the Niger Delta militants.
Last week, Alaibe pricked the conscience of the Nigerian state in a paper titled “PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI CHANGE AGENDA AND THE NIGER DELTA STRUGGLE FOR DEVELOPMENT”.
But if Mr. President, a devout Muslim, recognises the sect as “a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of,” why would he criticize the fight against the group as an injustice against the North, a terrain dominated by adherents of Islam? Could he have been referring to a variant of the group, perhaps a political clone as opposed to the original religious one he refers to in his speech?Read More
Nigerians who witnessed the 1950s,’60s and ’70s hold fond memories of their country. “In those days’’, they often reminisce, “Nigeria used to be a very good country to live in.”Read More
GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan’s first baptism as a troubleshooter was not as the chief executive of Delta State, but as a Commissioner under the administration of his political tutor and ex-governor, Chief James Ibori, starting from his very first day in public office in 1999. The trial case was the Warri crisis and he remained a principal peace broker for the government until 2006 when he resigned as Secretary to the State Government, SSG, to contest for governorship.Read More
As we continue to give independent review of what the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari is taking over from ex-president Goodluck Jonathan some issues in the private sector-driven economy that has defile solutions by successive governments at the centre appears worsening. They key amongst these is the funding gaps in the real sector and the associated issues are presented here.Read More