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8 May 2010
Sir: As the nation mourns the premature exit of our servant leader Ð the late Alhaji Umar Musa Yar'Adua, it is imperative for me to draw out my personal grief at this loss. Then in 1976, I was just a 10-day old lad when Gen. Obasanjo's predecessor, the then Head of State Ð Gen. Murtala…
8 May 2010
Sir: Now the time has comeNow you have done and gone Now history begins to reflectNow Nigerians mournHow come life seems shorterFor them who are humaneBut longer for them whoTread as gods on earth?Yar'Adua, you've partedJust off sight man's eyeBut you live, so long manRecalls your good artsA second old child is dueFor recall Ð…
6 May 2010
THE death of President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua is a major loss to the country. Yar'Adua died at about 9 pm on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at his official residence in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He was buried in his home state of Katsina yesterday. Befittingly, the Federal Government declared yesterday a public holiday, and seven…
6 May 2010
I HAVE often wondered why few Nigerian women have demonstrated keen interest in political leadership. Why, for example, is the Nigerian political and public space dominated by men? It is a troubling question but it is not one that lends itself to easy answers. On the surface, we celebrate the entrenchment of democracy and official…
6 May 2010
African farmers lost millions in Europe's recent Icelandic-volcano flying ban but their greatest threat comes from European environmentalist fears and European Union farm subsidies.Just last week, the chairman of a report by the UK's Royal Academy of Engineering and others said: "We should ask whether it is right to import green beans--or even roses--from a…
6 May 2010
SIR: Several years ago, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) reported that about $107 billion of Nigerian money was held in private accounts and assets in the United States and Europe. More recently, the Global Financial Integrity (GFI) think tank showed that Nigeria lost $89.5 billion in illegal outflows to developed nations, between 1970…
6 May 2010
THE announcement of the death of Nigeria's former President, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua has brought a closure to months of shoddy politicking, barefaced lying, odious vocabulary of illness and dying imposed on Nigeria and Nigerians by persons around the man who turned his illness and his continued presence in office into their own vehicle of survival…
5 May 2010
THE angry reaction of the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III to a recent documentary by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) portraying the city of Lagos as a slum and the abode of human scavengers is understandable and patriotic. The Sultan expresses a position that is shared by many Nigerians who also consider the…
5 May 2010
IN line with his responsibility, the national security adviser admonished not only the president this time but the entire Nigerian people who cared to hear about how the actions of the CBN is constituting real threats to national – economic, social, political -  security. As the man with the ultimate responsibility for coordinating strategic intelligence…
5 May 2010
I wish, in this brief intervention, to present a summary reconstruction of the historical circumstances leading up to one of the worst massacres of the Second World War (1939-1945). I will also touch on the massacre itself, the reasons provided for the massacre, the reactions of the major world powers to the massacre, and the…
5 May 2010
SIR: A nation, they say, gets the kind of leadership she deserves. That means a truthful nation gets truthful leaders, and a corrupt nation gets corrupt leaders. The leadership of a nation is a reflection of her character, because the nation usually elects leaders whose moral fibres are the same as the people. Many of…
5 May 2010
SIR: The attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria has been drawn to a recent documentary by the BBC on Nigeria called “Welcome to Lagos.” Nigerians who have followed the documentary series on BBC 2 from and around the world have come to a conclusion that the documentary is nothing but a poor reflection of…

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