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A bad military administration is worse than a raging, uncontrollable mob and an armed robber. In politics, he destroys and kills and guards himself with his arms. In social systems, he destroys and demolishes and stands armed on the tower ready for the worst to happen to whosoever may lift up his voice or his head...
Gen Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria's former military ruler and later civilian President; In his book - "This Animal Called man".
Introduction: I gave my commitment to the management of RealNews magazine since late May to deliver this third-anniversary lecture, and we agreed that given my tight schedule, I could just speak ex tempore or from speaking notes. However, I decided to write down my thoughts a few days ago for the avoidance of doubt. My apologies if you find this a bit tardy. I have taken the liberty to modify slightly the topic to reflect my central message. Former Central Bank Governor, Charles Soludo
The timing of this lecture is auspicious—coming in the 6th month after the inauguration of a new administration, and also with a new federal cabinet now in place. Before the government rolls out its full agenda, this is a good time to begin our citizen duty of joining the ever continuous discourse on the economy. Our focus for now shall be pre-emptive and provocative--- to challenge the Buhari/APC regime not only to demonstrate that it can manage the economy better than the PDP but also that it can lay the foundation for sustainably shared prosperity in a post-oil economy.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, said that his administration will do all within its powers to sustain Nigeria’s position as the number one investment destination in Africa.
According to a statement from the Nigerian President’s office, President Buhari told entrepreneurs in Paris that “with a blessed land rich in agricultural and mineral resources, skilled and low-cost labour, large market, a robust and competitive private sector anchored on investment policies and legislation to guarantee predictability and consistency with global business practices, we are poised for double digit growth”.
Dearest President Buhari, yours truly will be writing you series of letters, and where and when necessary, shall seek audience with you. This particular letter is in view of your cabinet, appointees, all top federal civil servants and yet to be appointed ministers etc. Please, ban any person(s) that falls into this category from seeking overseas medical treatments. At best, make it a condition of their service under your government. You and your household should also be included on the ban.
The reasons are very simple. It is national disgrace when our leaders travel to another country in search of medical treatments. Ex President Yar Adua, was rushed to Saudi Arabia for treatment. Prior to that, he used to fly to Germany for treatments. Ex Head of State (IBB), used to fly to France, for medical treatments. Late Stella Obasanjo (former wife of Ex President Obasanjo) died in a Spanish hospital. Patience Jonathan went overseas for medical treatments. Former Governor of Enugu State spent nearly 6 months in a foreign hospital. Just recently Ex Governor of Akwa Ibom State (Akpabio) was rushed to an oversea’s hospital. This list is endless. The worst aspect is that they use state resources for personal/private treatments.
The statue shows a woman handing food to a Mau Mau fighter, their faces turned away so they could not reveal the other's identity if caught by the British authorities.
Tens of thousands of Kenyans were held in detention camps during the Mau Mau campaign. Many suffered abuses including beatings, rape and castration.
"The memorial stands as a symbol of reconciliation between the British government, the Mau Mau, and all those who suffered during the emergency period," Christian Turner, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, said at the ceremony.
I must confess right away that I am biased. Yes, I am tendentiously biased in favor of Gen Muhamadu Buhari in the forthcoming February 14, 2015 Presidential Election. And I won't give my partisanship apology away. It is against that biased backdrop I reply to the retrogressive write-up of one Josephine Soboyejo in the Nigeria World inappropriately titled: "13 Reasons Why Gen Buhari Should Be Rejected..." There is plenty to rebut so I don't have the time and space to comment on the hagiographical contour that Mrs. Soboyejo started her write-up about Nigeria's colonial history.
INVESTIGATIONS have revealed six basic issues that will shape the campaign of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan and his main opposition from the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, in the forthcoming 2015 election
The two main contenders in the 2015 presidential contest would slug it out for the third time in February 2015.
Buhari, who had lost the presidential bid three times against PDP candidates, including Jonathan, had, this time, emerged on a larger opposition platform, a merger of three key opposition parties, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the All Nigeria's Peoples Party (ANPP).
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