•A letter of appeal to President Goodluck Jonathan by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo I am constrained to make this an open letter to you for a number of reasons. One, the current situation and consequent possible outcome dictate that I should, before the door closes on reason and promotion of national interest, alert you to the danger that may be lurking in the corner. Two, none of the four or more letters that I have written to you in the past two years or so has elicited an acknowledgment or any response. Three, people close to you, if not yourself, have been asking, what does Obasanjo want? Four, I could sense a semblance between the situation that we are gradually getting into and the situation we fell into as a nation during the Abacha era. Five, everything must be done to guard, protect and defend our fledgling democracy, nourish it and prevent bloodshed.
President, General Olusegun Obasanjo, has attacked President Goodluck Jonathan over the state of the nation
A fresh test to Nigeria’s sovereign status is afoot as Movement for New Nigeria has stated its intention to challenge the legality of the 1914 Amalgamation ordinance which gave birth to the Nigerian state. The amalgamation ordinance is expected to expire on December 31, 2013, as MNN is set to take a legal action to ensure that a new union treaty was negotiated and entered into by the various nationalities that make up the country known as Nigeria. Participants at Vanguard Conference Hall said the legal basis of Nigeria’s existence will expire on December 31, 2013 and “we ought to agree either to extend it or not. Yet some people are hoodwinking Nigerians and drawing billions of naira to prepare for a bash in a union that may not exist beyond December 31, 2013.” The Secretary General of MNN, Mr. Tony Nnadi, said: “Contrary to the false impression being peddled by some people that “the basis of Nigeria’s unity is not
The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, yesterday, told the north to forget the presidency in 2015, saying President Jonathan Goodluck will re-contest to enable him consolidate on his transformation agenda. The minister, who reeled out many multi-billion naira projects cited in the North since 2007, argued that there was no Nigerian leader that had committed so much to the development of the North within such a short time.He said this yesterday at a town hall meeting broadcast live on local media stations in Kaduna as part of activities lined up for the Good Governance Media Tour of Kaduna State. Maku, who expressed worry over the constant attacks on Federal Government and increasing agitation for power shift to the North, wondered what the previous
The US Justice Department and FBI said Tuesday the German-based international engineering company, Bilfinger SE, has agreed to pay a $32 million penalty for charges relating to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Bilfinger’s Nigerian construction subsidiary, Julius Berger PLC was charged with bribing Nigerian government officials to obtain and retain contracts related to work for the Eastern Gas Gathering System (EGGS). A project valued at $387 million. The agreement follows a three count criminal charge filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, yesterday, told the Senate Committee on Aviation that the aviation sector
Vice-President Namadi Sambo shifted yesterday the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting fixed for tomorrow. But governors are planning a meeting of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) for tomorrow to demand answers to the nine posers they have raised on the state of the economy. Consultations were on yesterday on the need for a emergency session of the NGF in Abuja. The governors are likely to hold a briefing in Abuja after the NGF session.
The National President Niger Delta Youth Movement, Prince Akumagba Ajulin has berated those opposed to President Goodlluck Jonathan’s prospect in 2015.In a swift reaction to an interview credited to the Second Republic House of Reps member, Dr. Junaid Mohammed in Sunday Sun, December 1st where Mohammed was quoted to have said that blood will flow if President Jonathan runs for presidential election in 2015.The Niger Delta leader said that it is impossible for anybody to stop Jonathan from contesting the presidential election in 2015 .“Let us sound our own note of warning, that a threat to President Jonathan is a threat to well-meaning Nigerians. The threat against him is becoming too much, enough of this. Those behind this threat should know that they are talking to Nigerians who have in various occasions passed vote of confidence to President Jonathan. They should also realize that it is only destiny that can separate a man from his ambition. If God says that Jonathan will be there in 2015, nobody can stop him” Ajulin said.The group warned that the detractors should get ready for total show down in 2015 if they insist on destabilizing the country with threat of bloodshed as good Nigerians will not fold their hands and see Mr. President being humiliated out of office. He maintained that President Jonathan deserves respect just like other leaders that have ruled the country, pointing out that Jonathan has
YOU know I am not very happy with Nigeria. I have made that very clear on many occasions. Yes, Nigeria stood by us more than any nation, but you let yourselves down, and Africa and the black race very badly. Your leaders have no respect for their people. They believe that their personal interests are the interests of the people. They take people’s resources and turn it into personal wealth. There is a level of poverty in Nigeria that should be unacceptable. I cannot understand why Nigerians are not more angry than they are. “What do young Nigerians think about your leaders and their country and Africa? Do you teach them history? Do you have lessons on how your past leaders stood by us and gave us large amounts of money? You know I hear from Angolans and Mozambicans and Zimbabweans how your people opened their hearts
Following political intrigues rocking the polity ahead of the 2015 general elections, former Military Governor of Imo and Lagos states and a leader of the National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, yesterday, said the country would not disintegrate. Noting, however, that Nigeria is currently at crossroads, he said only dialogue among the various ethnic nationalities could keep the country together. Kanu, who spoke at the presentation of his book, entitled: “Nigeria: The Unfinished Business, Selected Speeches of Rear Admiral Godwin Ndubuisi Kanu,” at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, Victoria Island, Lagos, expressed optimism that the country would not disintegrate come 2015, as, according to him, the bond holding the nation together is very strong.