What should I say? To say goodbye to Governor Elechi, our own Ochudo and bridge builder? No, I will not! Chief Elechi impacted us in many ways that it will be unkind of us to forget him in a hurry. He came into our political space in a blaze of glory, eight years today, and is leaving us with fond memories that will live in our hearts for years to come. Full article
Governor Dave Umahi will make history today as he takes the oath of office to lead his people Ebonyi for the next four years. He will make history not because he was going to be the first governor of the state, but because he rowed against the wind and defied all political permutations to become the first deputy governor in Nigeria to become governor against the wish of his boss. Full article
During a luncheon at the White House in 1954, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Britain made a pithy and sententious remark whose echo still reverberates till today. He said: “It is better to jaw jaw than to war war”.
Since the national leadership and other organs of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) took an innovative decision to adopt President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as a consensus candidate to fly the flag of the party in the February 2015 General Elections, there seems to be some disquiet in the party. Even in the opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), the competition for the party’s ticket is tearing members apart. All things are not adding up; some are applauding this aspirant, some are kicking against the other, like brigands on the highways or a riotous crowd in the amphitheatre.
But what most people forget to understand is that in a human arrangement nothing is perfect, such developments are therefore not unexpected. It is difficult, if not impossible, to please everybody. Even within a family setup, there are bound to be disagreements between siblings and between the husband and wife. Divergence of views is an ingrained order of the universe. The ability to hold unto one’s opinion is what makes humanity unique, what makes change and progress inevitable and possible. But what is nobler and more creative is when we disagree to agree. This is where the consensus issue comes in. When a party or a group of people come together and agree to support someone for a particular position, nothing is undemocratic about it, it is their inalienable right. The same thing applies if the same people wake up tomorrow to canvass a different view. Full article
After several attempts to win the American presidency, Abraham Lincoln made an unusual appointment during the selection of his cabinet that startled not only his party but also the nation. His choice of Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War drew the ire of not only his party and ardent supporters but also a sizeable spectrum of Americans. Of course, they were right to express such indignation and disgust at Lincoln’s ‘mistake’. Stanton was one of the strongest and fiercest critics and opponents of Lincoln during the latter’s campaign for the presidency, and so didn’t deserve the position, they reasoned. Full article
I can still remember; time has faded nothing. As a child growing up in the village in the 70’s, I would be woken up by 4am most days by the knock on the door of my brother’s house by some political intruders. That was precisely in October 1978. They were politicians coming for consultation for the forthcoming 1979 general election; my brother was a man of relative means and one of the opinion molders in the village. Full article
It is a long held view that the role of a journalist is to expose the ills in society, and when need be, point the way forward. Those who hold this view are right. They expect him to feel the pulse and articulate the feelings of the people in any issue and convey same to the government of the day so that there could be a two-way communication between the leaders and followers. In performing his job, he is often expected as the voice of the voiceless to speak on behalf of the people which often may run counter to the feelings of the leadership. In fact, only very few of the masses expects him to support or throw his weight behind some of government policies in some critical issues, no matter how well intentioned, which also constitutes his duty. Full article
As a journalist, how would you react when you are handed an open invitation to dine with the king? I mean an unexpected and unsolicited invitation to be the king’s guest? You will say that we journalists are used to it, dining and wining and carousing with those at the corridors and pavements of power. You are right, but this is of a different nature and from unexpected quarters. Full article