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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.

https://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: https://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.

https://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”
https://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

Goodluck Jonathan Interviewed on CNN by Christine Amanpour


On the back of his recent trip to the U.S., acting President Goodluck Jonathan was interviewed by Christine Amanpour of CNN. Interview Highlights:

1)    He has not seen Yar’Adua, nor have the government ministers.
2)    He has no idea about Yar’Adua’s state of health.
3)    He does not know whether Yar’Adua will ever return and resume his duties.
4)    His most pressing concern at the moment is electricity supply, and he has promised to hold a free and fair election next year where voters choice will actually count.
5)    He refused to be drawn on whether INEC Chairman Maurice Iwu would be sacked.
6)    He declined to confirm whether or not he will contest next year’s election.
7)    He was also asked about General Ibrahim Babangida’s intention to contest next year’s presidential election.
The full transcript of the interview is below:

AMANPOUR:

Thank you very much, indeed, for joining us on this program.

JONATHAN:

Thank you for finding time to discuss with me.

AMANPOUR:

Can I ask you first what an extraordinary name. How did “Goodluck” come to be your name?

JONATHAN:

I don’t know. I have to ask my father.

AMANPOUR:

Have you had good luck? And do you think you’ll need more than good luck to face down the incredible array of challenges that’s on your plate?

JONATHAN:

Well, the issue of good luck, I don’t really believe that the good luck an issue. But at the present, I’ve been facing a lot of challenges. What some people will attribute to good luck could have been disastrous under some circumstances.

AMANPOUR:

Well, let me ask you this. You are now acting president, because the president, Mr. Yar’Adua, is unwell.

JONATHAN:

Yes.

AMANPOUR:

Have you seen him since he has come back from his medical absence in Saudi Arabia?

JONATHAN:

No, I have not seen him.

AMANPOUR:

Why not?

JONATHAN:

The thinking of the family is that they should isolate him from most of the key actors in government. I have not seen him. The Senate president has not seen him …and at every single government function, I have not seen him.

AMANPOUR:

Doesn’t that cause anxiety amongst the people?

JONATHAN:

Yes, it does. It does. Obviously, it does, but we cannot influence his family’s thinking.

AMANPOUR:

Would you prefer that the family allowed you to visit him?

JONATHAN:

Yes, of course. But I will not want to force.

AMANPOUR:

What is his actual state of health? This also is a mystery.

JONATHAN:

I can’t say exactly. Only the medical doctors can.

AMANPOUR:

Have they told you?

JONATHAN:

No, they haven’t.

AMANPOUR:

Have they made any public statements?

JONATHAN:

Not quite. Not now. At the beginning, yes, but (Someone’s name – unclear) left for Saudi Arabia, I think in the second week or so, within the first week, we are told that acute pericarditis. After that, no other statement has been issued.

AMANPOUR:

So if he can receive religious leaders, why can he not receive at least the acting president who’s acting in his name?

JONATHAN:

Well, religious leaders are there for (inaudible) blessings. Probably that is why they asked the religious leaders to go and pray for him. We are a very, very religious society.

AMANPOUR:

Do you believe that those around him are trying to undermine you or your new cabinet?

JONATHAN:

I wouldn’t say they are trying to undermine me, because the laws of the land are very clear. And, of course, that is why in the first place constitution is designed for two people to be in charge of government at every time, one superior and one inferior.

AMANPOUR:

Do you think he will ever come back to government?

JONATHAN:

I can’t say that. It’s difficult for any of us as mortals to say so.

AMANPOUR:

So you are now acting president, and you have essentially a year, because elections will be held this time 2011.

JONATHAN:

Yes.

AMANPOUR:

What is your most pressing issue?

JONATHAN:

The most pressing issue for Nigerian now, in terms of basic infrastructure, is power.

AMANPOUR:

You mean electricity?

JONATHAN:

Electricity. Outside that, what is central to the minds of Nigerians now is an election that their votes will count, free and fair elections because we’ve been accused of as a country that our elections somehow are questioned. And I promise Nigerians that they will surely get that and I’ve done some experiments.

The next thing that Nigerians worry about is issues of corruption. You know we’ve been accused of as people who are in a privileged position in government amassing wealth at the expense of society. So they expect us to take these two issues seriously.

AMANPOUR:

So what can you do to take those issues seriously?

Obviously, the issue of good governance, of free elections, free of corruption is central, and you heard the United States has also said just now that you must remove the head of the election commission, Maurice Iwu. Will you do that?

JONATHAN:

You see, the issue of the – the electoral body – in fact, I even told the audience I addressed this morning, the issue is whether the present electoral body can conduct free and fair election or not. And I told them that, yes, they can, because I have done it with the same people.

On issue of the people at INEC, I told them that, look, between now and ending of June, most of the officials at the national level – they’re called commissioners – their tenure will end, and we’re going to review them on individual merit.

Within this period that I have been acting president, I have conducted three elections. They are conducted by INEC and it was free and fair. Only on Saturday, we conducted local council elections in the federal capital territory and all the information is that, apart from one or two that had some few discrepancies, they have been very peaceful, very credible… So that is the issue. So the issue is beyond one person.

AMANPOUR:

But let me just ask you…

JONATHAN:

I’m not defending the chairman.

AMANPOUR:

Do you think he will stay or will he be removed?

JONATHAN:

All of them we’ll review. And any one of them that we feel is not competent definitely…

AMANPOUR:

Do you feel that Mr. Iwu is competent?

JONATHAN:

(Laughs) No, no, no, no. I know that this question continues to come up.

What I’ve said is… the issue is beyond Mr. Iwu.

AMANPOUR:

I know. But I’m specifically talking about him, because it’s come up in your meetings with U.S. officials.

JONATHAN:

Yes, I agree that within the period that is (inaudible) there are quite a number of controversies. I agree. There are quite a number of concerns. There are quite a number of controversies. So I know what I’m telling you; that this very Iwu, I’m not trying to argue for him. The Iwu we are talking about has conducted free elections these past three elections that I’ve made reference to that are credible.

So the issue is beyond Iwu because we must set up an electoral system and our regulations and laws that will make sure that anybody who is appointed to that office should be able to conduct acceptable elections. And that is my focus.

AMANPOUR:

OK. Will you run in 2011? Will you present yourself as a presidential candidate?

JONATHAN:

For now, I don’t want to think about it, because the circumstances that – the circumstances of the day are quite worrisome.

I came in as the vice president to run with President Yar’Adua, of course, getting close to period of election, he took ill. And I have to take over under somewhat controversial circumstances. Only last week, I reconsidered the cabinet. So let us see how Nigeria will move forward first. I had a similar experience when I was governor of my state.

I said, nobody should ask me whether I will contest election or not. I must first of all see whether the state is moving. If the country is not moving, what what will I tell Nigerians I want to contest?

The full interview will air on ‘Amanpour’ at 2000 BST on Wednesday 14th April

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