Interesting articles on how Emmanuel Ifeajuna (the first black African to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in high jumping) has been erased from Nigeria’s history due to his involvement in the January 15, 1966 coup and civil war in Nigeria.
Video of former head of state Major-General Muhammadu Buhari emerging after a bomb and shooting assassination attempt on him n Kaduna yesterday:
Great interview with former Abia State Governor Uzor Orji Kalu, who is also also a billionaire and one of Nigeria’s richest men. Kalu is a friend of other Nigerian billionaires such as Aliko Dangote and Mike Adenuga. Kalu has offered to negotiate with Boko Haram and claims the security challenge of Boko Haram could result in Goodluck Jonathan being Nigeria’s last ever president:
“There was a time when news of bombing and terrorism was synonymous to countries like Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. Nigeria is now at that point. We are now like those countries. This is what we have become. If care is not taken, Goodluck Jonathan would be the last president we’ve had in this country.”
This is the most detailed profile of the mysterious Shekau that I have seen. Key points:
Shekau was born in a remote village in Yobe State near Nigeria’s border with Niger
When he was a young boy he was taken by his father for Quranic studies by a Mallam. The Mallam’s son Baba Fanani described Shekau as “the most troublesome of all of his students” and that “He was arguing with the mallam all the time”.
After 11 years of study, the Mallam (Baba Fanani’s father told) Shekau to leave after Shekau’s aggressive disposition troubled the Mallam.
Shekau’s parents never visited him throughout his 11 years with the Mallam.
- Shekau then became an itinerant street preacher. He preached hostile rhetoric against the government, telling his followers that the government was not doing anything for them.
- He supported himself by selling perfume bottles in the market.
- Stories of his aggression and anger are legion. One of his followers described him as “very harsh as a teacher” and recalled that “Nobody wanted to argue with him.” A nurse who treated his followers said Shekau was cold, unsmiling, and feared by his own followers: “I’ve seen him shouting and insulting his followers. He will shout at the top of his voice and insult people.”
Many of you have been posting images of yourselves with your copy of my book Soldiers of Fortune. To say thanks to you, I will be posting “shout outs” to say thanks to you for buying and reading the book.
The tenth shout out goes to Olajide Adesanya. See him above with his copy of Soldiers of Fortune which he bought from the Nigerian Nostalgia group on Facebook.
Many thanks for buying the book Olajide.
You can also buy an autographed copy from the Nigerian Nostalgia Project group on Facebook at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151630836522572&set=gm.547047158687760&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf
Click any of the links above to listen an excellent BBC programme about the annulled June 12, 1993 election in Nigeria. It also shows Abiola’s travails as he went from being a confident philanthropist who would host and entertain several hundred guests a day to “losing his confidence” as he became increasingly isolated and no one would ring him for hours.
This programme also has an audio recording of the dramatic moment when he was arrested on live radio while on the phone with the BBC. He told the BBC reporter (live on worldwide radio) “Please leave me. I am delaying them.” (the dozens of police officers who came to arrest him after he declared himself President)