In what appears to be a trivia session, GPS, a CNN programme hosted by Fareed Zakaria mocked the long absence of President Muhammadu Buhari. The programme which is one of the channel’s flagship ones posed the trivia to viewers of the show in its ‘GPS challenge.’
The trivia question was: “The head of state from which country has not set foot in his homeland in over two months?” and had these multiple options: Syria, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Nigeria.
President Buhari has been out of the country for 84 days for medical treatment in London, and his absence has continued to dominate news headlines locally and around the world. Visits to him in London by various governors and government officials was widely reported. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo also visited Buhari in London and announced that he will return home shortly.
Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), former president of Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO) has tasked former President Olusegun Obasanjo with using his sway as an elder statesman to galvanise politics in Nigeria in order to give way to youthful political leadership in the country.
In a personal letter written to the former president, Agbakoba lamented the issue of poor leadership in the country, citing it as a bane and expressed concern about life expectancy, corruption and poverty. Nigeria ranks poorly on all international human development indicators according to him.Continue Reading
Youths in their hundreds, yesterday stormed the national assembly (NASS) demanding for the ‘not too young to run’ bill, which was proposed by lawmakers, be passed into law. The bill, which is has recently been proposed is seeking to reduce the qualification age for those aspiring for public office, including that of the president.
Former Chairman of the Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, addressing the coalition of youth groups before marching to the national assembly said: “We are in a country with the median age of 19 but people who want to save Nigeria’s unity have an average age of over 60.
Freshly back from London where he went to visit his sick boss, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state had this to say about Femi Fani Kayode: “The guy (Fani-Kayode) is a spoilt child, one of those whose parents over pampered they hardly talk like human beings. Apart from somebody who went into government, he is not known for doing business. I wonder if he has ever worked and all of a sudden he had political appointment. He has nothing else to brandish apart from the father’s name. Remove his father’s name; I don’t think he is a human being. Rochas grew from the scratch. By the grace of God and hard work, he is where he is today. But that one apart from coming to politics what else does he have to brandish?” OUCH!
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has stated that despite the current agitations in the land, Nigeria won’t break up, because the youths will not allow anything or anyone threaten the unity of the country. Speaking at the 50th-anniversary programme of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, the retired General said: “I am not scared for the unity of the nation. I have confidence in Nigeria and the youths of this country that they will make sure that they take over and do better than we left for them. I have no fear that these rantings and so on….. I have confidence that the youths of this nation will keep Nigeria going and make it greater. Diversity is our source of unity and strength.”
If only these agitators will listen to a wise man, who actually fought in the war.
Surely, this is one piece of legislation that’ll be welcomed by the Nigerian youth. The house of representatives has proposed a change in the constitution to allow for the age limit for running for the presidential office be lowered to 35 years.
The current minimum age for qualification for the contesting is 40.
The Nigeria that is required is achievable and getting it is elementary.
I have been in deep thought for the past couple of days. Yes! I’ve had Nigeria on my mind. As is the norm these days, it’s not been particularly positive news, positive vibes or positive movement.
Let me share a secret with you, every Nigerian in diaspora or at least anybody in the world with a link to Nigeria either through parentage, other forms of heritage or ancestry have somehow grown a thick skin to the negativity that have emanated from the country over the years. However, it must be said that every negative news that emanates from the motherland still manages to destroy the soul.