Hardball feels like singing a dirge, a sad, melancholic dirge upon reading the rambling missive of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to his anointed son and current president, Goodluck Jonathan. But the muse fails me; it must have journeyed to a faraway country, having found no sober soil here to sprout. I want to sing, to moan about the black egg laid by the dark crow seven moons ago which has now hatched into a malevolent vulture. I want to weep about the prodigal father who sired a son who would out-prodigal him. I want to cry on behalf of the wayward father but tears fail me, my eyes having been worsted by evil sights, is stark like the night thief’s.Hardball wants so much to laugh as our former president was wont at his opponents when he had them by their jolly sac; when he squeezed them with sardonic mirth and he would chant, “I dey laugh o.” I want to echo his laughter with peeling ecstasy but the situation is grave. See who is on the run now; see who is afraid now and crying wolf. He says they are training snipers; what a laugh! Does a president need to train snipers to eliminate people? Are there not trained snipers all over the world waiting to be beckoned upon? Why would any respectable eliminator leave an entire training base of evidence?The other day when our dear Bola Ige was vaporised, no evidence whatsoever was left. Even as Baba wrote this long, ‘love’ letter to his ‘son’, he never gave us a coherent answer about our Cicero. He who dispensed wisdom from his front pocket the way his contemporaries would only dispense lucre suddenly became a fool’s tale before our eyes.
Concerned Igbo Leaders of Thought led by Prof. Ben Nwabueze, has endorsed popular opinion that the outcome of the proposed national conference be subjected to a referendum before it is promulgated into a new constitution for the country. The Igbo leaders said their position was hinged on the premise that many nations of the world that evolved new constitutions toed the referendum process before implementing their new constitutions. Another reason canvassed by the Igbo group in favour of a referendum was that, it is only logical and a way of democratising the new constitution, adding that over 85 percent of countries of the world adopted referendum in bringing into being, their constitutions.
In an 18-page letter dated December 2, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo accused President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration of incompetence, abuse of office, corruption and gross mismanagement of the resources of the nation. Apart from accusing the regime of celebrating criminality, including drug trafficking, Chief Obasanjo has blamed the regime for the rising wave of impunity, terrorism and ethno-religious strife in the country.No doubt, the allegations which lacerated the controversial letter are weighty. Instead of dismissing the contents of the letter the Presidency should respond to the allegations raised therein seriatim. In particular, the allegation that the Federal Government is setting up a Presidential Strike Force to carry out terrorist attacks on political opponents should not be swept under the carpet. However, it is pertinent to point out that President Jonathan is a faithful student of the Olusegun Obasanjo School of Politics. While President Jonathan has been accused by General Obasanjo of diverting $7 billion from the Federation Account he (President Obasanjo) is yet to account for the over $20 billion which he
Managing Director, Jaiz Bank Plc, Muhammad Nurul Islam, has identified corruption as the biggest obstacle in the way of achieving the country’s economic potentials.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) this afternoon broke its silence on the letter allegedly written by its Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to President Goodluck Jonathan on September 25, accusing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of failing to account for N22 billion out of revenue from crude oil sales between January 2012 and July 2013. The apex bank in a statement issued in Abuja by its Director, Corporate Communications, Ugochukwu A. Okoroafor, neither confirmed nor denied the existence of the said letter but advised against the politicization of the issue. Below is the text of the statement: “The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been drawn to an emerging public discourse around a letter purportedly written by the Governor to His Excellency
President Goodluck Jonathan is equipping a killers squad ahead of the 2015 elections, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has alleged. No fewer than 1000 people are said to have been placed on “political watch list” by Jonathan, in a bid to achieve his political ambition, according to the former Head of State. The President, Obasanjo alleged, is secretly training snipers and other armed personnel at the same place the late Head-of-State, General Sani Abacha, “trained his own killers”. In an 18-page letter to the President, dated December 2 and titled: A letter of appeal to President Goodluck Jonathan: Before it is too late, Obasanjo accused
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State recently held a media chat with some journalists in the state. He shed light on many state and national issues. Excerpts: What would be your next political ambition come 2015, are ypou going for re-election as governor or aspiring for the presidency?Let me make this point clear that I’m a member of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA); that is my party there is no controversy about it. APGA still remains my cultural party because for an Igbo man, APGA represents a way of life, but it is not a national political party. If you may recall APGA became divided. One APGA looked towards the side of PDP and the other that I was a member looked towards APC. I was in APGA as political party but now I am in APC and for one reason if you may recall Action Congress of Nigeria ACN, Congress for Progressive Change CPC, All Nigeria Peoples Party ANPP were a regional party, and all these parties came together to form a national party to challenge PDP.So it would sound very phony to have APGA as a regional party when others have merged for a common purpose. So the wisest thing do was to merge with
Boko Haram terrorists now engages in forceful conscription •Abducts 9 female traders, 27 others in Borno
Military authorities in Borno State has said that the Boko Haram sect has resorted to forcefully conscripting young and able bodied men into the group following the deadly attacks by troops in the last few days at the Sambisa forest and other camps where the sect lost hundreds of their fighters. Colonel Muhammadu Dole, in a chat with the Nigerian Tribune in Maiduguri, the state capital, said the sect is now moving around villages to recruit members to replace the dead ones in a forceful conscription. “You know they have suffered serious defeat in the last few days, now they are forcefully recruiting men and the women they are taking along with them also serve and cook for them. We are on their trail and we would continue to pursue them to the last person.
ABUJA— Human rights activist and President of Civil Rights Congress, CRC, Mr. Shehu Sani, yesterday, alleged that it was President Goodluck Jonathan that scuttled an initial effort to constructively engage key members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect with a view to convincing them to end the blood-letting insurgency in the northern part of the country. Sani, who spoke at a seminar for judges and journalists, organised by Konrad-Adenaver-Stitung, KAS, a German non-governmental organisation, gave an account of some underground moves that were made by some elder statesmen, including former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Sani, who presented a paper on The Difficulties of Political Cases in Justice Delivery, recalled how he persuaded Obasanjo to visit the family of the slain leader of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, in Maiduguri on a peace mission.
Rt. Reverend Paul Udogu is the Bishop of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Afikpo Diocese, Ebonyi State. In this interview the cleric bares his mind on key national issues in the country especially the proposed national dialogue, saying that ethnic nationalities must answer the question as to whether they still want to continue as a nation. EXCERPTS: What is your reaction to the initiative by President Jonathan for a National conference? It is a welcome development that is long overdue. We salute the initiatives of Mr. President at inaugurating the advisory committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Femi Okurounmu that will work out the modalities for the national dialogues or conference. We are aware that the advisory committee is busy visiting the six geopolitical zones and collecting memoranda from the general public on what should be the modalities of the national dialogue. What should be the structure of the conference?