Showing posts with label President Olusegun Obasanjo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label President Olusegun Obasanjo. Show all posts

Sunday, May 29, 2011

President Goodluck Jonathan must prove himself to Nigerians

It was a very calm Sunday as President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn-in at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, witnessed by thousands at the venue and millions of others followed the event on TV and the internet.

There is relative peace in the Niger Delta as the former militants are now fully engaged in the Amnesty programme of the government, but the terrorist Islamist sect Boko Haram is still attacking and killing innocent citizens in Borno State.
President Goodluck Jonathan should do his best to prove to Nigerians that he can lead without the interference of his discredited political godfathers like his former boss, the disgraced former state governor of Bayelsa State Diepreye Alamieyeseigha who was indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for corruption and former President Olusegun Obasanjo who has done more harm than good to Nigerians. Mr. Jonathan does not need their excess political baggage in his mission to reform and transform the most populous country in Africa.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Inside Story: Nigeria's presidential election

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Abubakar Rimi: The Nigerian Political Vicious Circle Has Claimed Another Victim

Alhaji Abubakar Rimi

Abubakar Rimi: The Nigerian Political Vicious Circle Has Claimed Another Victim

The news making headlines in Nigeria is; Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, an ex-governor of Kano State died last Sunday from heart failure after surviving an armed robbery attack on his way home from Bauchi to Kano. His heartbroken driver Alhaji Haruna Abdullahi blamed the medical staff at the emergency ward of the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano for failing to save his life, because they were too slow in responding to him. But the medical staff replied that he was brought in dead.

The late Abubakar Rimi lost a wife in 2006 when gunmen attacked and murdered her at home and reports said he also lost a son the following year in questionable circumstances.

The unfortunate death of Abubakar Rimi is another evidence of the insecurity in every part of Nigeria since the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rigged its way into the corridors of power in 1999. The state of Nigeria that was already bad from decades of tyrannical military dictatorship became worse as many of the former military dictators returned to power as retired generals in a civilian regime. The past head of state, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was a former military head of state in the late 1970s and many of the ministers and state governors were ex-military officers. So, they were not really bona fide civilians and came into power by snatching and stuffing ballot boxes and gerrymandering and imposing themselves on the helpless electorate who never gave them their mandate.

What millions of people have witnessed in the most populous country in Africa since 1999 to date is the rape of democracy and the bastardization of governance. The ruling party has unleashed terrible demons on the populace and the grave consequences have left tens of thousands dead in bloody political clashes, ethno-religious riots, sea piracy, banditry, extrajudicial killings, etc. Excluding the unrecorded casualties in broken down horrific health centres, clinics, hospitals, hellish police cells, prisons, collapsed educational institutions, plundered host communities of multinational oil companies, ravaged villages, badly damaged roads and bridges, distressed companies, ghost offices of ghost workers in the government ministries and other places in the failed state.

Read the following analyses of the various crises plaguing Nigeria.
Dear Nigerians, Only The Best Is Good Enough For Us

It is a pity that Alhaji Abubakar Rimi died in an unfortunate manner. But he was one of the founders and master planners of the notorious and monstrous ruling party that has done more damages to the polity and society than Nigerians have ever witnessed in the history of Nigeria since 1960 to date.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Was A Great Woman

Mrs. Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and three of her four children.

Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida would be remembered for many reasons, but the most remarkable was how she used her role as the First Lady for the empowerment of millions of Nigerian women in the rural areas as the founder of the Better Life Programme for the Rural Woman (BLP). The BLP programme launched 7,635 co-operatives, 997 cottage industries, 1,751 new farms and gardens, 487 new shops and markets, 419 women's centers and 163 social welfare programs in all the states and Abuja (FCT) in Nigeria and transformed the lives of the women for life.

Mrs. Babangida used the BLP for the social and political mobilization of rural women and increased the voter turnout in the December 1989 local government council elections in Nigeria and she also built an international center for women in development in Abuja.

For her great feat in sustainable human development, Mrs. Maryam Ibrahim Babangida was honoured with the highly coveted Africa Prize for Leadership in 1991.
Among the laureates of the Africa Prize are the great Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa, who won the prize in 1994 and Jerry John Rawlings, the former President of the Republic of Ghana who won it in 1993 and the others include the following great men and women:
2006 - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female President of Liberia.
2003 - Meaza Ashenafi, Founder, Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association.
2003 - Sara Longwe, Gender consultant, Zambia.
2001 - Amelia Jacob, Co-founder, SHDEPHA+, Tanzania.
2001 - Bishop Dennis H. de Jong, (1931-2003)Integrated AIDS Programme, Zambia.
1998 - President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda.
1998 - Celina Cossa, Founder and Leader of the General Union of Agricultural Cooperatives.
1997 - Joaquim Chissano, President of Mozambique.
1997 - Joyce Banda, Founder, National Assn. of Business Women of Malawi.
1996 - Amadou Toumani Touré, Former President of Mali.
1996 - Chief Bisi Ogunleye, Founder, Country Women's Association of Nigeria.
1995 - H. E. Sam Nujoma, President of the Republic of Namibia.
1995 - Mrs. Joyce F. Mungherera, National Executive Director, YWCA - Uganda.
1993 - Father Nzamujo Godfrey, Director, Songhai Project, Benin.
1992 - Mrs. Graça Simbine Machel, President, Foundation for Community Development, Mozambique.
1992 - Dr. Ebrahim M. Samba, Africa Regional Director, World Health Organization.
1991 - Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai, Founder, Green Belt Movement, Kenya.

1990 - Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria; founder, Africa Leadership Forum.
1990 - Dr. Esther Afua Ocloo, (1919-2002) Founder and first chair, Women's World Banking.

1989 - H. E. Dr. Ketsumile Masire, Former President of the Republic of Botswana.
1989 - Dr. Bernard L. Ouédraogo, President and founder, the Naam movement, Burkina Faso. Co-founder, International Six-S Association.
1987 - H. E. Abdou Diouf, Former President of the Republic of Senegal.
1987 - Professor Thomas R. Odhiambo (1931-2003).

Maryam's Death: General Babangida’s Statement

Sun Dec, 27 2009

Maryam Babangida passes on at 61 in US

With total submission to the Will of Allah, we humbly announce the passing away of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and amiable friend Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.

A statement from General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s family announced today that Maryam passed on early this morning at the age of 61, after a protracted illness.

The former chairperson of the Better Life for Rural Women during her husband's years in office had been hospitalised at University of California Los Angele's (UCLA) Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Los Angeles, United States.

She died beside her husband, General Babangida who has been at her bedside in the US hospital till her death. Mrs. Babangida's condition worsened months ago.

Born on November 1, 1948, she had fairly humble beginnings in her hometown of Asaba where she received part of her early education before moving up North to Queen Amina College, Kaduna for her Secondary education. She went on to graduate as a Secretary at the Federal Training Centre, Kaduna and later obtained a diploma in secretaryship from Laselle University, Chicago, USA as well as a Certificate in Computer Science from the NCR Institute, Lagos.

On September 6, 1969, two months before her 21st Birthday, she got married to Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (then a Major). Their marriage has been blessed with four children: 2 boys, Mohammed and Aminu and two girls, Aisha and Halima.

Apart from a brief stop at a career in her line of training, before and shortly after marriage, Mrs. Babangida remained a full time housewife, establishing and nurturing the home front until her youngest child had fairly come of age.

Considered to be one of the greatest women in Africa today, Maryam made that significant sacrifice in her staunch belief that the family unit is the most crucial factor in the quality of society and of mankind and that the woman is the central anchor of the unit.

By 1983, she however was again ready for an active career, beyond the confines of the home front when her husband became the Chief of Army Staff on December 31st that year. She became the President of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA). It was during her twenty-month presidency that her leadership qualities were first unfolded to the public as she mobilised her colleagues to embark aggressively on public spirited ventures which included building schools, clinics, women's multipurpose training centres and child day care centres.

An incisive thinker and passionate lover of nature, gardening, birds and home decorations, she is "a poet's dream" and with disarming charm and an admirable deft blend of winning wit, quiet confidence and child-like grace, she has brought the institution of first-ladyship out of the closet to active participation in nation building.


(For and on Behalf of the General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Family)

Malam Ibrahim Ismaila

Special Assistant to General I.B. Babangida

December 27, 2009

Download press statement here: Maryam Babangida passes on at 61 in US

Friday, April 10, 2009

Nigeria, A New Dawn

Nigeria, A New Dawn

Friday April 10, 2009
4.35 am

The Publisher of Supple magazine woke me up whilst I was asleep and enraptured in my dream. a dream that was more of a vision of a new Nigeria.

I saw the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo speaking at a world press conference in Nigeria, with a mammoth crowd of journalists and publicists.
I saw a foreign newspaper report with the headline Nigeria in a Dawn and then I saw two wide palms lifting up Nigeria in the sunrise with green foliage in the background and wind blowing.

I believe this dream is a vision of the re-branding campaign for a new orientation for the reformation of Nigerians in the nation building of a New Nigeria in the leadership of Africa in the 21st century.

Friday, August 15, 2008

HARDtalk: Dimeji Bankole 1

HARDtalk: Stephen Sackur talks to the speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives about the federal government crack down on corruption and also about former President Obasanjo.