Monthly Archives: September 2012

Presidents also Cry: Tear drops by Jonathan – (1)

President Jonathan

“Like all God’s creatures, enemies have a purpose in the world. They offer a criticism of one’s conduct, albeit unsought, that is not always provided by friends”. Rosenblat.

This piece could just as well have been titled HOW TO MANAGE YOUR ENEMIES – A COURSE FOR PRESIDENT JONATHAN; and, it would be just as apt. Back in my days as a Senior Lecturer/Consultant with the Nigerian Institute of Management, NIM, one of my functions was writing course notes. Among more than three dozen, my two favourite course notes were TIME AND SELF-MANAGEMENT and HOW TO MANAGE YOUR BOSS. Continue reading


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Nigeria: The ideals of our founding fathers

On our 52nd independence anniversary, we can’t do much better than to reflect on the ideals of our founding fathers, those who crusaded for and shepherded Nigeria to political independence in 1960.

Reading through the excerpts below, it is tempting to dismiss them all as political rhetoric, and that is understandable. We have fallen considerably short of what the founding fathers projected. In some respects, such as inter-religious violence, we are doing much worse. Continue reading

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Lagos: 248 escape death in Qatar Airways plane emergency landing

Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Segun Demuren and Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah

There was palpable fear at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos Saturday afternoon, as a Qatar Airways plane coming from Doha, the capital of Qatar, made an emergency landing due to a flat tyre.

The pilot of the Airbus A330-200 plane had sent a distress call to air traffic controllers on duty at the airport, telling them that one of his tyres had low pressure. Continue reading

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With God, Nigeria’ll succeed – Jonathan

**Flags off 1-year national prayer session

Expressing a strong belief in divine favour upon the country, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, on Sunday flagged off a one-year Prayer of Transformation for the country, explaining that the nation will surely succeed if it seeks the face of God.

He spoke in Abuja at the National Christian Worship Centre during the interdenominational church service to mark Nigeria’s 52nd Independence Anniversary. Continue reading

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Ways To Reduce Wrinkles

A nice glowing skin is on the top list of a lady’s most wanted look. Some believe such skin is difficult to achieve, but there are ways to get there.

The African skin is beautiful and when it is pampered then it becomes a show stopper in itself. A lot of ladies hardly have time to take proper care of their fine skin. With time and stress taking their toll, the skin soon begins to look dull and wrinkled. There are some simple ways to keep your skin nice and beautiful, no matter your age, and the earlier you start, the better. Here are some ways:

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Nigeria: Discordant Tunes Over AMCON-CBN Debtors’ List


Unlike a similar exercise in 2009 where names of some chronic bank debtors made their way into the public domain in the Central Bank of Nigeria’s name-and-shame policy of compelling bank debtors to meet their obligations, the recent directive barring some companies and individuals from accessing further credits until full liquidation of the agreed indebtedness seemed to have stirred the hornet’s nest.

Ever since the list of alleged chronic bank debtors issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to money deposit banks made its way to the public domain a fortnight ago, the media has been awash with claims and counterclaims as some of the companies listed among the debtors continue to fault the CBN list. The CBN had, in a move aimed at ensuring financial stability and instilling discipline in the banking sector, blacklisted 113 companies as well as their principal shareholders and directors where the outstanding value of the loans purchased by AMCON amounted to N5 billion or more from taking further credit from banks, until full liquidation of their agreed indebtedness. Continue reading

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As Cold War With NASS Deepens – Jonathan May Shelve 2013 Budget Address


Following the one week plenary recess embarked on by the House of Representatives, which has made it impossible for President Goodluck Jonathan to present the 2013 budget proposal to a joint session of the National Assembly this week, The Presidency is considering the option of transmitting the budget proposal to either chamber of the federal legislature.

The presidency had slated Thursday for President Jonathan to address a joint session of the National Assembly, wherein he would present the 2013 appropriation estimates.

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