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May 24, 2018

Leadership by example: Barack Obama the great…Elsewhere in America (6)

(11) OBAMA THE GREAT AND THE REST OF HUMANITY   As OBAMA took his exit from the political arena of American democracy there aren’t just a few who paid their glowing tributes to the great president of the United States. Look at a few ‘comments’ or ‘tributes’ by thousands of individuals who see and think about OBAMA as I do. JUST A FEW OF THE SELECTED QUOTES!   (i)   “Being English, I may see things from a totally different perspective! I see a President who, being thoroughly graceful, has done a great job. Hadn’t he lowered your deficit in an…

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 (4)

(4) MATTERS OF THE HEART: ACCOMMODATION AND TOLERANCE:   Christians, Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Non-believers, name them, peoples of different faiths, tongues and beliefs, should live together and respect each other’s beliefs and culture. Even gays, lesbians and other men and women of different sexual orientation, views and attitudes, have place in society and communities of the world. America is a nation of immigrants and should therefore find ways to accommodate new arrivals as well as refugees. Center of Obama social agenda is no doubt ‘equality and social justice’. There is no doubt that Obama has been criticized for being the…

Trump’s inauguration – Lessons for Nigeria

On January 20, Nigerians and the rest of the world watched admirably as the USA swore in her 45th President Donald J. Trump, in a colourful ceremony marked with precision. It was America setting the pace yet again as world leader, and leaving a trail of lessons for us to learn. The inauguration ceremony was devoid of the controversy that dogged the elections because the parties have visibly closed ranks in the interest of America. They have buried their differences and joined hands to welcome their new head of government, in an all-American way. There were no gaffes, superfluity, hustling,…

Leadership by example: Barack Obama the great…Elsewhere in America (3)

(2) POWERFUL: Power does not rest only in physical strength or stamina. Obama as president was able to withstand the overwhelming vicious attacks of his numerous enemies mostly the white racists and bigots who swore from day one to oppose all his policies, to UNDO ALL HIS LEGACIES! They fought tooth and nail to derail or destabilize any project he initiated “to make America even greater than what the nation was before he assumed office”. They questioned even his birth certificate and American citizenship! Barack OBAMA did not shake. He stood his ground and completed his tenure gracefully and in…

Leadership by example: Barack Obama the great …Elsewhere in America (2)

“THE GREAT!” WHY? We can read their history to know why they deserved such a rare merit award: “The Great”. A few examples can serve: (a) Pope Saint Gregory I (c. 540 – 12 March 604), commonly known as Saint Gregory the Great, pope of the Catholic Church, is famous for instigating the first recorded large-scale mission from Rome to convert a pagan people to Christianity.  Gregory is also well known for his writings, which were more prolific than those of any of his predecessors as pope. He is also known as the Great Visionary of Modern Educational System, for…

US condemns attack by Boko Haram

The United States government on Tuesday, December 29, condemned the terrible attacks carried out by Boko Haram in Nigeria between December 25 and 28, as well as other recent attacks in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger, The Punch reports. The United States President, Barack Obama who spoke through Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesperson of the Department of State, extended his administration’s deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims, Leadership reports. “The United States provides advisors, intelligence, training, logistical support, and equipment to our African partners as they work to defeat Boko Haram. We also support those affected by…

Buhari accuses U.S. of aiding Boko Haram …Rejects same-sex marriage

  Nigeria’s President, Muhhamadu Buhari, has accused the United States of indirectly aiding and abetting the atrocities of Boko Haram terrorists by refusing to let Nigeria have access to much needed military arsenal to fight to quell the six-year insurgency. Speaking on Wednesday in Washington DC where he addressed a section of people at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as part of his four-day trip to America, Buhari frowned at the use of the ‘Leahy Law’ by the US government  to deny Nigeria weapons based on unsubstantiated human rights abuses by the Nigerian military. Expressing his belief that…

Robert Mugabe Mocks Obama over gay Marriage

  – Says he will travel to the White House, ‘get down on one knee and ask  Obama’s hand in marriage. Robert Mugabe has mocked America’s decision to legalize gay marriage across all 50 states by vowing to travel to the White House and proposing to Barack Obama. During his weekly interview with the national radio station, the Zimbabwean president joked that he planned to travel to Washington DC ‘get down on one knee and ask his hand’. Mugabe, who is known for his brutal crusades against homosexuality, was responding in bizarre fashion to the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that…

Obama Announces Immigration Executive Action

Despite threats of a showdown in parliament, President Barack Obama announced immigration executive action on Thursday. President Barack Obama unveiled his long-awaited immigration plan, changing rules governing deportations that could affect millions of undocumented immigrants and setting off an explosive battle with Republicans. The basic outline of the plan, analysts say, includes deferring deportation for the parents of U.S. citizens, a move that would affect up to 3.5 million people. “Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken. Unfortunately, Washington has allowed the problem to fester for far too long,” Obama said in a video posted on his Facebook page…

Obama to visit pope during European visit in March

Washington – U.S. President Barack Obama, plans to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican in March during a trip to Europe, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama is scheduled to meet with the Pope on March 27 in a trip that will include stops in the Netherlands, Belgium and other parts of Italy, it said in a statement. It will be the first meeting between the two men who share a focus on addressing the gap between the rich and poor. “The president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality,”…

Obama condemns Egypt bloodshed

US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the violence in Egypt, and cancelled joint military exercises planned for later this month. He said force was not the way to resolve political differences. Mr Obama’s comments come a day after security forces broke up the protest camps of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, leaving at least 500 people dead. Brotherhood members had been protesting for weeks about the army’s overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in July. In the latest violence on Thursday, hundreds of Brotherhood members set fire to a government building near Cairo. Scores of bodies have not been registered, because the…

How corruption is “killing” Nigeria – US Consul General

Corruption is a scourge that undermines virtually everything that could move Nigeria towards a brighter economic future as it hinders economic growth and investment This was the statement of Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins, United States Consul General to Nigeria.  According to the diplomat who bared his mind Wednesday, during an interactive session with the civil society at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), corruption diverts financial resources, as well as from building roads and bridges, curtailing the development of infrastructure that is needed to make the country more competitive. The Consul General said that corruption drains the federal treasury of…

Obama cancels talks with Putin ahead of G-20 summit

President Barack Obama formally canceled a much-discussed visit to Moscow next month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing a lack of progress in bilateral relations since Putin regained the presidency a year ago. Obama will still attend a G-20 summit in St. Petersburg in early September, but now will go to Sweden beforehand instead of stopping in Moscow to meet with Putin, the White House announced. “Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early…

Terror Alert as US Shuts Embassies

Amid warnings over a fresh planned attack on Western targets, United States officials in Washington and diplomats in US postings around the world were on high alert at the weekend, leading to the closure of 22 embassies and travel alert to American citizens in the Arabian Peninsula. The British Broadcasting Corporation reported Saturday that the United States is not the only one worried by the latest threat to peace. The United Kingdom, French, and German embassies in Yemen will also be shut Sunday and Monday. The uneasiness was coming on the heels of warnings that fresh intelligence points to Yemen-based…

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…

Obama starts long awaited Africa tour at Slave Port

Almost four centuries after Africans started being shipped to North America as slaves, the first U.S. president of African ancestry will on Thursday visit an infamous embarkation point for those destined for lives in chains. In his first – and, many Africans say, long-overdue – extended tour of the continent, President Barack Obama will focus on political and economic issues, but is also paying homage to a painful chapter in American history. On the first leg of his eight-day visit he is taking his family to the House of Slaves, a fort built in the late 18th century on Goree…

Why Obama shuns Nigeria – US

The United States of America Government has explained why President Barack Obama’s visit to three nations in Africa that started on Tuesday with Senegal does not include Nigeria. A statement issued by the Public Affairs section of the US Consular Office in Lagos noted that Obama’s visit was intentionally targeted to cover West, East and South Africa.  But beyond the geographic spread, the major plank in choice of the nations to visit was their democratic inclination and standing. The statement derived from a conference interview the Lagos office had with three key Obama aides – Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security…

Talks between U.S., Taliban on Afghan war expected soon

Peace talks between the United States and the Taliban over the war in Afghanistan will probably be held “in the next few days,” a senior U.S. administration official told CNN on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not offer up a time line for the discussions. But a prisoner exchange is one of the issues the United States intends to discuss with the Taliban. Senior U.S. officials say they want the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier captured by militants in 2009. “We have every reason to believe” Bowe Bergdahl is alive, a Pentagon official…

Sodom is here – Archbishop

Sodom and Gomorrah, two infamous biblical cities destroyed because of immorality, have found their way back on earth. The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri raised the alarm while preaching a sermon at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri on Sunday, April 7 2013.   The Archbishop Obinna said America is capital of the new Sodom and President Obama is its head of State. He blamed Obama for obeying the commands of his party rather than God’s.   The said that homosexuals are trying to chase away any form of marriage between man and woman in Europe and America, warning…