It is that time of the year when politicians and aspirants beg the populace for their votes, make empty promises and canvass for support, some even go to the extent of kneeling down, promising to bring down heaven to earth, the two most commonly used words are “Change” and “Transformation”.
Nigerians have argued about president Goodluck Jonathan’s performance, some have argued that if not for security issues via-a-vis BOKO HARAM, he would have performed creditably well, some believed that BOKO HARAM is a political tool used by some mischievous politicians, some described BOKO HARAM as an affliction, some reminded me that Jonathan went to dance Skelewu in kano PDP rally after the Nynana bomb blast,
Going by the last birthday celebration of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, he was 90 years old, and the second oldest serving Head of State in the world, closely following President Shimon Peres of Israel. If serving Presidents can be as old as that, it would not be valid to say that at 72, General Muhammadu Buhari is too old to aspire to be President of Nigeria.
Saturday February 14, 2015 is Valentine’s Day. That day, millions of Nigerians would be out on the streets to choose the nation’s leader. But former President Olusegun Obasanjo will not vote that day. This is because he has no candidate. It is quite true that Obasanjo is finished with President Goodluck Jonathan, yet the man cannot endure a Muhammadu Buhari presidency.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had two weeks ago blamed the rot in the country’s power sector on the administrations that succeeded him, including the present under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonthan.
Obasanjo said the foundation for the little supply of electricity the country was currently enjoying was laid by his administration.
It has become celebrated news that the Rivers state governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has decamped to the “progressive” All Progressives Congress (APC), it is also celebrated his stance against the present central government and his claimed intolerance for corruption and misrule. However many do not know that this and all other theatricals by the expert actor are a gimmick to hoodwink common Rivers state folk and Nigeria at large while he loots unstoppable.
Like the assertion of President Goodluck Jonathan on Boko Haram that, it has members in the military and police, that was the same claim of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Zamfara state, that it has members in the All Progressives Congress, APC led administration in Zamfara state.
One of the good things going for the 2015 general elections was the declaration by the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, that all consensus governorship candidates raised by party’s state chapters, null and void.
A few years ago, many Nigerians would have sworn with the very last drop of their blood that acts of terror were indeed un-Nigerian. The gory sight of senseless killings as being painted in other continents around the globe often did make us wonder how an individual or a group of persons will participate in such horrible acts.
Few days ago, a news articles on the title under reference authored by one Hassan Haruna made the rounds in the media. Though it was mainly circulated in the Social Media, it must be realized that internet news platforms, many of which carried the article in question, have established a matching reputation to the conventional media and whoever ignores what is circulated thereon, does to his or her own peril.
For the first time after the official declaration of Governor Aliyu Magatakarada
Wamakko following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressive Congress, APC and outright rejection of the joint defection by his deputy Muktari Shehu Shagari the faithful of the PDP held its stakeholders meeting.
Last month I wrote an article titled “Between terrorism and Genocide” where I chastised the now erstwhile Executive governor of Adamawa State, Vice Admiral Murtala Hamman-Yero Nyako (rtd), GCON, CFR for his controversial memo to the 19 northern states governors where he accused President Goodluck Jonathan and the federal government of carrying out genocide against the people of the north.
The word abortion in many parts of the world generates public controversy and debate. In most cases the debate centres on ethics, morals, religion and legality. Abortion and abortion-related issues have featured prominently in the politics of nations and have often involved the opposing "pro-life" and "pro-choice" social movements. The word is so contentious that at mere mention of it makes people keep mum so as not to be quoted or held responsible for their comments on the taboo subject.
Recently, stakeholders in the emergency management sector from African countries converged in Abuja, the nation’s capital with the aim to draw out objectives and a sustainable framework through which countries can respond to emergency not only for its good but for the collective good of countries in the region.
As globalization increases the movement of people, culture and ideas, managing diversity, ethnicity, religions, and security, social, political and gender mainstreaming will be the foremost challenge of any developing nation. It requires a positive vision of how plural societies thrive for harmonious co-existence.
A popular quote by Lao Tzu said “I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”
Propelled by the recent happenings in Northern Nigeria, particularly the abduction of school girls in Chibok, Borno State and acknowledging the fact that women are natural peace-makers, the Mother of the nation, Dame Patience Jonathan, convened a meeting of relevant women stakeholders on Friday, May 2, and Sunday May 4, 2014, at the State House, Abuja, to discuss and rub minds on how Nigerian women, as peace builders, can play critical roles in resolving various security issues in the country.
“You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. You build one by doing what is right at the right time.” Senator Bala Mohammed (KauranBauchi) wrote on his Facebook wall as far back as September 22, 2011. If this comment were to have been written at this moment, any right thinking pundit would put it down to activism in the run up to the 2015 elections.