President Barack Obama has invited his Nigerian counterpart President Goodluck Ebele Azokiwe Jonathan on official visit to White House scheduled for June 8th, 2011. This is an important invitation and has strategic implications as President Jonathan commenced to assume responsibilities as president of Nigeria. This invitation is beyond drinking of tea and other diplomatic niceties at white House, it is essentially rested on finding and developing relationship for mutual interest.
The issues relating to blood transfusion are so vast but it is disturbing that medical experts are not doing enough to get Nigerians informed of such delicate issues, with one being the fact that the dreaded HIV\AIDs virus could be transmitted by blood transfusion. The truth is that much still needs to be done to enlighten Nigerians better on blood transfusion, as well as the challenges it is facing in the country. That is why Paul Adepoju’s book,
In writing the annals of the sixth Nigeria Senate, mention will also be made of the numerous probes and investigation of government ministries, departments and agencies embarked upon by the Senate within the last four years. Was the fallout from the probes commensurate with the monies and time spent? The Senate kicked started its spate of probes with the FCT followed by the transport sector probe, the food crisis probe, aviation
I got a call from a guy who claimed to know the guys behind Saharareporters about six months ago asking me what the problem between the outfit and Governor Obi was. He told me that they were heavily funded by an interest group to attack Anambra State and Obi in a very co-ordinated manner. I dismissed the information as another attempt to attract attention by peddling of rumour. The caller maintained that he was giving me first
Less than 24 hours after assumption of office as the governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosu ordered the demolition of the multi million naira waterfront section of the Golf Resort Abeokuta. The Resort project is being pioneered by an Egba High Chief, Apagun Olumide Oluwole and has made Abeokuta a toast of tourism in recent times. This has generated mixed reaction in Ogun State. According to Adenike aya OSAJE, “It's so funny that the first job Senator Amosun could embark on is demolishing a building while looking for a better place to build the governor's lodge! We
My country has just completed three rounds of federal and state elections that have been regarded by most Nigerians and acknowledged by the international community as the most free and fair in our history. This is a considerable accomplishment in a nation of some 150 million people who have experienced military rule and suffered a recurring history of doubtful elections in much of the 50 years since securing independence from Great Britain in 1960.
Our notes will be incomplete if we do not pause to invite some reflections upon some of the events that took place beyond our shores last week. For whilst we were following the state organized inauguration ceremonies of newly elected officials across Nigeria, with some wondering if the spectacles were worth the tabs, and others speculating on who will be nominated by the elected, Italians were partying across their cities and giving
Yoruba’s Saharareporters Versus Ndigbo: Are Ndigbo Under Yoruba Colony? From 1900 to 1960, Ndigbo were part of the ethnic nationalities brought under the British colony. From 1967 to 1970, Ndigbo were militarily and homicidally colonized by the Hausa/Fulani and the Yoruba Ethnic Nationalities. From 1970 to 1999, Ndigbo were again colonized by the forces of marginalization powered by the same “enemy” nationalities. From 1999 till date, Ndigbo have, again, been subjected to another form of colonization,
The most lawless institution of the government of Nigeria is the Nigeria Police. It is out of control. It maims and kills Igbo and other Biafrans with impunity. It runs an open roadside extortion program in Igboland-Biafraland without challenge, without mercy and without remorse. It forms the nexus of armed robbery (even President Obasanjo said so) and kidnap-for-ransom racketeering in the region. It destroys Igbo-Biafran property and
The activities of the outgoing Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKSHOA) members have definitely not shocked a few observers. It will be recalled that since the inception of this present administration, AKSHOA has hardly had time to legislate on cogent issues that will resolve, the high rate of unemployment, the unprecedented insecurity (most of them have mobile policemen guarding them at taxpayers' expense), the alleged
We of The Nigerian Front are gravely concerned about the state of our nation stemming from the current prognosis of the recently signed budget. The budget indicates that greed continues to dominate the polity as our resources are being mismanaged. If care is not taken the consequences would be devastating for generations to come. While we do not wish to become prophets of doom and gloom it is surely our role to challenge the
May 30 2011 marked the 44th anniversary of Biafra’s independence declaration. In 1967 when the entire people of Southeastern region of what is considered Nigeria took the decision in an act of Self-Determination to declare their freedom from Nigeria it was their last resort effort, the only option open to them as a people who were at the verge of being completely wiped out of the face of the Earth by fellow human beings. It was
As the US presidential election draws nearer, it has become apparent that this re-election bid will be an uphill battle for President Obama. While the Republicans have not been able to put forward a strong candidate, Romney who is the presumed front runner had a dismal term as the governor of Massachusetts. Romney could not even run on his healthcare reforms in Massachusetts which some argue looks similar to
SINCE Professor Dora Akunyili, the former Minister of Information and Communications lost her senatorial bid to the former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chris Ngige, there have been a litany of reactions. Many came from Nigerians who genuinely showed concern over the Professor’s political future while some opinions on the matter were either warped or mischievous. A few of the reactions were even libelous yet the former DG of NAFDAC refused to join issues with anybody.
This article points out that Nigeria's leaders know what the underlying problem with Nigeria is. However, the same leaders proceed to act contrary to, or in complete denial of, what they already know, in their approach to solving that problem, and then, believe, preach and celebrate such wrong-headed (non-)solutions. It is a cycle that can be traced back over half-a-century.
“…I want to remind Imo people that we fought an election, not a war. As a lover of peace, I called for calm and rejected violence… The process of healing must begin now. Every leader who loves this State must help heal the scars of the election. I appeal to all those who have issues with the election…to consider sheathing their sword. I have decided not to challenge the election in court. It is not my wish that
Time is never stagnant. It is important for politicians who think leadership is a life time possession know and adhere to it. Some 8years back if I can still remember, Ali Sheriff was crowned the executive governor of Borno as if it was a never ending affair. Late Alhaji Mala Kachalla who also thinks the same was after his first term proved wrong by Ali Sheriff just like Kashim Shettima did to him this 29May. One can only henceforth find Ali Sheriff in the history books,
NAIROBI–First of all let me say how angry, sad and disappointed I am at the public who have already ridiculed my father H.E Dr Chijoke W Wigwe without hearing all the facts. Without talking to the people who were there, without talking to the people who know him best. Without talking to the people who know H.E Tess Wigwe and
I had the privilege of being at the Eagle Square, Abuja, yesterday (29th May, 2011) and witnessed the Swearing-in-Ceremony of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, as the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was my first time of being at a Presidential Inauguration. Since birth, I have watched the previous ceremonies to swear in our democratically elected Presidents on television: 1979, 1983, 1999, 2003 and 2007.
President Jonathan’s investiture, full of typical pomp and show and promise, has perhaps satisfied a world dreaming and eager for Nigeria and Africa’s “success” but determinedly unwilling to address the real causes of endemic and predictable failure. Jonathan himself believes in what he has promised to deliver, but must be naïve to assume that any of that will actually happen. The peoples living a life of misery in Nigeria must
Unavoidable, a lot of attention of has been drawn to the inauguration ceremonies that recently took place across most parts of Nigeria for newly elected leaders and those returning and I am sure they will still generate more conversations and analysis. Those inaugurations are normal a part of democracy and were necessary but if we really want to move the country forward and sincerely want to reap the dividends of democracy then we must