“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.
From Pinjher, we flew to Talum. The flight was bumpy but to my amazement, all the soldiers slept as soon as the copter took off, bodies bumping bodies as the fight jerked on. The noise from the copter blade kept me awake all through the three hours flight, that is, besides the jerking. Fifteen minutes to dropping, the soldiers woke, cleared their eyes, checked their kits and began to parachute.
By this time next week, Nigeria would have celebrated its 49th anniversary as an independent nation: there will be speeches, prayer sessions, the same old hollow rituals. Almost immediately after, you may expect talks about Nigeria at 50, the landmark, golden anniversary that is bound to come up in October 2010.
It is no longer news that the University of Benin has been embroiled in a crisis of monumental proportions since the past six months over the selection of a substantive Vice-Chancellor. However, it must be brought to the fore that the current crisis goes beyond the selection of a Vice-Chancellor.
I am not an Abian, but having spent nearly all my life in Aba , I consider myself at least a stakeholder. In the least, I should hold an opinion. I started life in the legendary town called Enyimba City from the dawn of the post civil war era.