THE Nigeria Police Force is reputed globally for excellence in international assignments. Since Independence in 1960 when it undertook peacekeeping operations in Congo Brazzaville, it has won admiration as perhaps the best police in the world.
By CHINEDU EZE,
The attempt to blow up an American airline by Nigerian-terror suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on Christmas day has not only caused considerable embarrassment to the country, it has also compelled the aviation authorities to impose stricter security measures for airports and passengers world-wide.
Of course, this was not the first time Nigerian leaders looked the citizens in the face and told brazen lies. It always happened. But this one was quite outstanding, being strongly urged, loudly proclaimed and adroitly impressed.
Ab initio, it was expected that President Umaru Yar’adua would return to Nigeria this weekend from his hospital bed at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and assume full responsibility of the leadership of the country once again.
“I have seen enough in Nigeria to know that it is not somebody’s “tribe and tongue” that matters but what they have to offer. If a leader is doing well in office, Nigerians hardly discuss the sectional issues. I know in my heart of heart that what Nigeria needs is a leader that can make things happen – the real issue is not North or South, man or woman, Ijaw or Fulani.
FOR about 24 hours this week, Nigerians did nothing other than worry about the health of President Umaru Yar'adua who had travelled to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage and was going to check on his doctors - the utterly clever description of the trip by the Presidency.
Environment ministers from all over the world will gather at Copenhagen, Demark between the 7th and 18th of December 2009 for the United Nations climate Conference with the goal to deliberate and fashion a new framework, after the Kyoto protocol, to mitigate the impacts of Climate Change beyond 2012.
I OFTEN told my children when they were growing up to avoid lying. As I told it then, one thing about a lie is that it has to be covered up. If you tell one lie, you have to tell another lie to cover the first, then a third to cover the second and it goes on and on leading to a major credibility crisis.