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May 22, 2018

Leadership by example: Barack Obama the great…Elsewhere in America (5)

(7) GREAT FAMILY MAN: Husband and Father: One blissful successful marriage with one of the best mothers and wives in the history of marriage encounter. It seemed that right from birth God set them aside and prepared them to join together to become a paradigm of what married life is all about. Unlike most other turbulent marriages in modern times, no divorces and divorce suits and re-marriages, no suspicions with regard to extramarital affairs! Behold too, Michele Obama, the perfect wife and match of her life partner. The Igbo people of Nigeria would address her as “Oyiridiya” (carbon copy of…

Leadership by example: Barack Obama the great …Elsewhere in America (1)

IN RETROSPECT: It is actually the title of that my book “Only in Nigeria …….Elsewhere in America” (copies always available at the ASSUMPTA Bookshop, Owerri, Nigeria) that gave rise and meaning to this regular column in the LEADER newspaper – ONLY IN NIGERIA! A lot of Leader Newspaper readers, hard copy and Online, have encouraged me not to drop this my important contribution geared towards creating awareness and especially initiating discussions on most crucial issues, political and ecclesiastical, that touch the lives of Nigerians, home and in the diaspora. I appreciate readers’ reactions and welcome ‘rejoinders’ and follow-ups’. It is…

Trump Vs Clinton …Who wins US Election?

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been knocking lumps out of each other for months as one of the most talked about elections in recent history approaches The race for the White House is just at corner, with the candidates trading increasingly vicious blows to become Barack Obama’s successor. How close is the race? Over the last year  Donald closed the gap on Hillary remarkably, going from rank outsider for the Republican nomination to almost neck and neck as polling day neared. Yet the real estate mogul’s chances seemed slim after the emergence of a series of controversial comments and…

SODALITIES AND ORGANISATIONS SHOULD BE FOR THE DEEPENING OF FAITH (4)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

  But the Order is a seminary to hell for those who joined it for purely mundane reasons; those who are knights and at the same time members of secret societies or organisations or associations prohibited by the Church; those who do not know that cucullus non facit monachum (the hood does not make the monk); those who see the knighthood as a social club; who are influenced primarily by the old-boyism and colleagueism syndrome in recruitment and those who scheme, hustle and bustle for positions to whet their egoistic propensities. The Odenigbo lecture series, which His Grace Most Rev….

Obama Slams African Leaders Says old people think old ways

  On Tuesday, President Barack Obama became the first United States President to address the African Union (AU) at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during his official visit to Africa. Embedded within his address were words of support for the growth of Africa’s economy and position in the international realm, but also condemnation for African public officers who refuse to hand over their power and position. “Africa’s democratic progress is also at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end,” Obama said. “Now, let me be honest with you — I do not understand this. I…

Buhari, Obama and same-sex marriage

  Next week, President Muhammadu Buhari will visit his counterpart in the United States, Barack Obama, for the first time to discuss political and economic issues as well as the fight against terrorism. Coming barely a month after the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage across the country’s 50 states, coupled with Obama’s open support for gay rights, observers reason that the US President might attempt to encourage Nigeria to follow suit. The US apex court had last month ruled that the US constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights…

U.S. condemns Governor Shema’s “cockroaches” speech

The United States Government has condemned the statements recently made by the governor of Katsina state, ShehuShema, calling on his supporters to kill and crush political opponents, whom he described as “cockroaches”. The U.S. government’s position was made known by its embassy office in Abuja via a press statement posted on its website November 20. A video, depicting the governor making the threat, went viral after it was posted on the Internet on November 12. It showed the governor, dressed in white agbada and brown sandals, standing on a red carpet, and addressing a crowd in what seemed like a…

U.S. support to Nigeria beset by complications

The United States is now using drones and manned surveillance aircraft over Nigeria in the search for the hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. But signs of them are yet to emerge, and the task is complicated by the possibility that the girls have been separated into groups. The United States, which is supporting the Nigerian government’s efforts, will continue to deepen its efforts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday. The assets made available by the US provide some of the best tools to try to find the girls, but the Nigerian government has shown some reluctance to use…

Obama praises pope at Easter

President Barack Obama praised Francis during an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House, April 14. In his remarks, the president said he felt the spirit of the hope of the Resurrection and of following Jesus when he met Pope Francis on Mar. 27 at the Vatican. “Those of us of the Christian faith, regardless of our denomination, have been touched and moved by Pope Francis,” Obama said. “Some of it is his words — his message of justice and inclusion, especially for the poor and the outcast. He implores us to see the inherent dignity in each human being,”…

Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis

Crimea’s parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum on the decision in 10 days’ time in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula. The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, formally under Moscow’s rule came as European Union leaders held an emergency summit groping for ways to pressure Russia to back down and accept mediation. U.S. President Barack Obama took the first steps to punish Russians and Ukrainians involved in what he called…

Nelson Mandela dies at 95

Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world’s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95. South African president Jacob Zuma made the announcement at a news conference late Thursday, saying, “We’ve lost our greatest son.” Mandela’s death closed the final chapter in South Africa’s struggle to cast off apartheid, leaving the world with indelible memories of a man of astonishing grace and good humor. Rock concerts celebrated his birthday. Hollywood stars glorified him…

Mid East peace talks resume in Jerusalem

The long-awaited peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians resumed Wednesday evening in Jerusalem, a senior Palestinian official told CNN — three years after the last direct negotiations stalled over the issue of settlements in disputed territory. As a gesture of goodwill, Israel began releasing more than two dozen Palestinian prisoners late Tuesday on the eve of new peace talks that have been complicated by Israeli plans for new housing in East Jerusalem. Some of the Palestinians had been held for more than 20 years. But as the vans rolled away, a group of demonstrators waved signs condemning the release, complaining…

Why Obama shuns Nigeria

During his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana to be precise) on Saturday, July 11, 2009, soon after his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama warned African political leaders against bad governance. That address to the Speaker and members of Ghana’s House of Representatives at Accra clearly defined how the White House under Obama’s administration was henceforth going to relate with the various African governments. Apparently referring to the evils of dictatorial regimes, he told his audience that what Africa needed was not strong men but strong institutions, namely strong parliament, honest police, independent…