Every now and again I read Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in the newspapers, where he is speaking in his capacity as Co-Chairman of the National Assembly Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution. Usually, he is making a spirited defence of some “important” positions on national issues which his Committee might be taking. I feel sorry for Senator Ike Ekweremadu because it appears nobody is really interested in joining issues with him on anything, including even his favoured six-year single term for a President and our 36 Governors. It is almost as if close to 170 million Nigerians at home and abroad have conspired to ignore him and his Committee.Read More
National Chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Mr. Peter Ameh, has described as unfair the domination of the forthcoming National Conference by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and four other political parties.Read More
There will be display of tempers, outpouring of invectives, recriminations and lamentations.
There have been consultations across the country as the South-west is making spirited efforts to reach out to the South-east, South-south and the Middle Belt to build a consensus.
For the Jonathan administration, the turn around by the opposition may have saved the conference from credibility problem since the Yoruba have been the champion of national dialogue.
Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Thursday, resolved not to be part of the impending National Conference, saying that it had been primed to advance the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.Read More
Dr Okurounmu and I share at least one thing in common. We were both recipients of American government scholarship in the 1960s which enabled us to attend universities in America. It is quite possible we also share in common taking a course in Speed Reading, which enables the individual to read lots of text materials at five to ten times that of an average person and still get the facts right. That speed reading ability paid off for me four years ago when I was engaged by clients to go through the PIB which the Federal Government was trying to force through the National Assembly and stop its passageRead More
President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, declared that the proposed national conference will hold early next year, saying “by the time we conclude this conference there will be fewer open letters that Nigerians will read.”Read More
I am telling you that it is on the basis of that fraud that three million barrels of crude oil are being sold everyday in Nigeria and the money is being shared by those who have declared themselves owners of the country.Read More
Like people on sickbeds, Nigerians are once again getting ready to toss from side to side, without asking if the problem is with the beds or themselves. Pity.
Do we need a National Conference, sovereign or not? The answer is neither “yes” nor “no” for the simple reason that we have failed woefully as a nation to raise a set of politicians who would make any form of government work. We had tried three forms of government since independence – parliamentary, military and presidential. None of them had been able to develop this nation to its full potentials – not at the national, regional or state levels. None.Read More
* We‘ll emerge stronger and more united after the confab…
PRESIDENT of Igbo Youths Movement, Evangelist Elliot Uko, in this interview outlines why Nigerians must dialogue and how to make the conference work.
FEDERAL lawmakers, yesterday, gave reasons the report of the proposed national conference must pass through them to become law.Read More