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May

SGF: Choice of Pius Anyim and matters arising

Written by Muhammad Ajah.

From the onset, I had strongly believed that the Igbo will have to accept the gracious offer of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) by the Obasanjo-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or risk the chance of losing out completely in the party's novel pattern of sharing political offices. Afterall, the Igbo did not bargain for any position before going into the last April elections. Even if they had bargained for projects that will be executed in the Igboland instead of political positions, who will manage the project executions? It is the foot soldiers of Mr. President that will initiate or recommend the projects for execution, because Mr. President is assuredly too busy to notice or remember all that he promised to do.

 

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30
May

Governor Rochas Okorocha And His Herculian Task Of Imo State Governance

Written by Nwimo Udoye.

I will start by congratulating Owelle Rochas Okorocha for his highly plural mandate, to take charge of Imo State affairs for the next four years, moreso for defeating such a well oiled political machine, with the incumbency might. I have no doubt the realities of ruling Imo State, with her overwhelming wage bill and social problems are already sinking in. Private philanthropy and actually running a state are not the same, nor is being a maverick and statesmanship, the same. But these contrasts are not to say that the new governor has not much going for him personally, to fulfill this trust bestowed on him by majority of Imo State electorate. His honey moon with the Imo electorate is on and what he does in the next 100 days, is critical in setting the scorecard for his next 4 years.

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30
May

Southern Nigerian voters for unity

Written by Ugo Harris Ukandu.

Many people felt that the problems and disagreement we (Ndiigbo) have been having with all our neighbours in Southern Nigeria as a whole including the Yorubas,  and  especially our immediate cousins and neighbours like the Ikwerres, Ibibios, Anangs, Ijaws, Epkeye, Kalabari  etc. in the Former Eastern Region is healing and we should keep it that way. Igbos and any other group cannot make any political, social or economic progress if Southern Nigeria does not look and operate peacefully.

 

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30
May

Nigeria's Lagos Governor Fashola an Extraordinary and Visionary Leader

Written by Dr. Robin Renée Sanders.

I had the honor of personally co-hosting a luncheon on May 16, 2011 for the newly re-elected governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) at the Army-Navy Club in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the Constituency for Africa -- one of the leading U.S. advocacy organization focused on Africa. As I introduced the governor, I underscored the extraordinary commitment, dedication and vision of this extraordinary leader. The luncheon event was attended by 50 key civil society, academic and private sector representatives interested in hearing the Governor's vision for one of Nigeria's most important states -- Lagos -- where the capital city of the same name (Lagos) heralds a population of 18 million.

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29
May

Campaign promises and challenges before Jonathan

Written by SAMUEL AWOYINFA.

When he launched his presidential campaign in Lafia, Nasarawa State on February 7, 2011, it was not in doubt that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was officially signing a social contract with Nigerians on the policy thrust of his administration if voted into office.

Knowing the importance of such an outing, Jonathan raised his fist in the air, raised his voice to the highest decibel, and reeled out a number of promises which he claimed would be his priorities. Add a comment

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