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Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili on BBC Hardtalk


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023f9yh

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/n3csw9gz

 

Nigerian State Governors – All 36 States


Another round of elections and swearing in has been completed. Nigeria (as always) managed to survive intact. Here are the new State Governors across all 36 states of the federation…

Key:

ACN: Action Congress of Nigeria

ANPP: All Nigeria Peoples Party

APGA: All Progressives Grand Alliance

CPC: Congress for Progressive Change

LP: Labour Party

PDP: Peoples Democratic Party

NAME

STATE

PARTY

Theodore Orji

Abia

PDP

Murtala Nyako

Adamawa State

PDP

Godswill Akpabio

Akwa Ibom

PDP

Peter Obi

Anambra State

APGA

Isa Yuguda

Bauchi State

ANPP

Timipre Sylva

Bayelsa State

PDP

Gabriel Suswam

Benue State

PDP

Kashim Shettima

Borno State

PDP

Liyel Imoke

Cross River

PDP

Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan

Delta State

PDP

Martin Elechi

Ebonyi State

PDP

Adams Oshiomhole

Edo State

ACN

Kayode Fayemi

Ekiti State

ACN

Sullivan Chime

Enugu State

PDP

Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo

Gombe

PDP

Owelle Rochas Okorocha

Imo

APGA

Sule Lamido

Jigawa

PDP

Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa

Kaduna

PDP

Mohammed Rabiu Kwankwaso

Kano

PDP

Ibrahim Shema

Katsina

PDP

Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari

Kebbi

PDP

Ibrahim Idris

Kogi

PDP

Abdulfatah Ahmed

Kwara

PDP

Babatunde Fashola

Lagos

ACN

Umaru Tanko Al-Makura

Nasarawa

CPC

Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu

Niger

PDP

Ibikunle Oyelaja Amosun

Ogun

ACN

Olusegun Mimiko

Ondo

LP

Rauf Aregbesola

Osun

ACN

Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi

Oyo

ACN

Jonah David Jang

Plateau

PDP

Rotimi Amaechi

Rivers State

PDP

Aliyu Wamakko

Sokoto

PDP

Danbaba Suntai

Taraba

PDP

Ibrahim Geidam

Yobe State

ANPP

Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar

Zamfara

ANPP

Osama Bin Laden Killed by American Forces in Pakistan


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8488436/WikiLeaks-Osama-bin-Laden-killed-after-tip-offs-from-Guantanamo.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/osama-bin-laden-hid-wives-firefight-counter-terrorism/story?id=13507836

Shagari is Overthrown: The Return of the Military


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjsVpTNJGDM

Nice video package about the overthrow of President Shagari in 1983 and Nigeria’s history of military rule. Sorry for the French commentary!

Abacha’s First Speech


Do you guys remember that inconspicuous fellow called Sani Abacha?  Believe it or not, he was something of a key speech maker.  I’ve found this golden nugget video of him making his first broadcast as Head of State in 1993. This is the night he overthrew Ernest Shonekan and took the top job himself. Video footage of this speech was rare back then. So watch and enjoy the wordsmith Abacha. Have a great weekend everyone.

Reviewing General Babangida’s Tenure


Remember General Babangida? ;-) Of course you do!  With the political heavyweights getting ready for next year’s presidential election, things willsoon heat up. Babangida is of course planning to run. People have been getting very vocal about his last tenure in government (1985-1993) and debating the pros and cons of his rule. Some people are saying his rule was “free”, others not so. Watch the pros and cons of the debate. This videoeven features an interview with the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 election, Moshood Abiola.

Nigerian Government Reverses Football Ban Amid Pressure from FIFA


Thank goodness sanity prevailed. After banning its football team from international football for 2 years, Nigeria’s government has reversed its decision. FIFA gave the government a 48 hour ultimatum to reverse the decision or face expulsion from FIFA. Thank goodness the government saw the light and lifted this mad decision that would have done irreparable damage to Nigerian football.

http://maxsiollun.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/president-goodluck-jonathan-suspends-super-eagles-for-2-years-nff-dissolved/

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6643NQ20100706

Apparently President Goodluck Jonathan changed his mind after a FIFA delegation led by Nigeria’s Amos Adamu (a member of the FIFA executive committee) talked to the government in Abuja.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/what-happened-when-the-world-cup-losers-went-home-2019179.html

President Jonathan Names Namadi Sambo as New Vice-President


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8679264.stm

President Goodluck Jonathan has named 57 year old Kaduna state governor Namadi Sambo as his new vice-president. Sambo’s appointment is now subject to ratification by the Senate and House of Representatives.

Militancy in the Niger Delta: An Audience With Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi


I had the opportunity to listen to a talk by Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi.  The Governor was his usual slick and charming self. After a talk on development projects and initiatives he has undertaken in his state, he took some (often hostile!) questions from the audience.

Those who want to know more of Amaechi’s views should view the documentary about militancy in the Niger Delta I posted last year. It has an interview with him by Ross Kemp: http://maxsiollun.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/pirates-in-nigeria/

I was very impressed by his oratory and analysis of the Amaechi is a very good politician. Like a good politician he knows his audience and how to say what they want to hear.  He gave a very interesting talk explaining that he met a derelict and underfunded treasury and state when he took over as Rivers State Governor in 2007.  He explained his government’s initiatives in prioritizing the building of new schools and hospitals and greatly improving the security situation in Rivers State.

Niger Delta Militants and Amnesty

Obviously the audience were very interested in the Governor’s comments regarding the Niger Delta.  Amaechi’s stance on the issue is well known. He regards it as one of criminality. He says of the Niger Delta militants that “80% of them are criminals”. His view was that if the government cannot find a legal means of allowing people to access Nigeria’s oil wealth, then they will find an ILLEGAL one.

For this reason he opposed the amnesty declared last year by former President Yat’Adua. However he did admit that the amnesty has worked because it has permitted an increase in oil production from 700,000 barrels a day before the amnesty to 2.2 million barrels per day today. The Governor was pleased by this as it gave him more money (from derivation royalties) for his state.

http://maxsiollun.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/will-the-governments-niger-delta-amnesty-succeed/
The Governor said that the militants were armed by the elite for political purposes, then used their guns for militancy after escaping the control of their political pay masters. Amaechi basically thinks that many people have exploited the sympathy and publicity of the Niger Delta issue for their own money making purposes. People in his view, tag on to it and call themselves “militants” when they are in fact criminals.

“If the government does not cater for the poor, then the rich will not live comfortably”
http://maxsiollun.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/government-to-transfer-10-of-oil-and-gas-ventures-to-niger-delta-residents/

Amaechi refused to be drawn on whether Goodluck Jonathan should run in next year’s presidential election.  A firm “no comment” was his reaction.

I was impressed by the Governor’s talk. Although some parts of his talk sounded like a party political broadcast on his own behalf, he made many salient points. He said that if the government does not cater for the poor, then the rich will not live comfortably.

Goodluck Jonathan Sworn in as New President


Goodluck Jonathan has been sworn in as Nigeria’s 14th Head of State and 4th executive President. He is the first Nigerian President to assume office after the death of an elected sitting President.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8664150.stm

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