Thursday, November 30, 2006

Atiku's Respite

Now that the courts have granted Atiku respite
from the corruption indictment(??),is the PDP going to lift the suspension placed on him.Though i like the guy's arrogance or is it doggedness( not that i like him oh), i believe he should have just declared the party platform he's going to run on instead of playing wait-and-see with Baba's party.They ain't gonna call him back.The handwritten on the wall is even getting faint, he ought to have seen it since.The earlier he draws the battle line, the better for him.Speculations are rife that he refused to declare the party he will running on, because he wouldnt want to be impeached for carpet-crossing,but i dont think impeachment is possible with the sentiments already harboured by the Northern Caucus in the National Assembly.Its a risk worth taking, where are is no pain, there are no gains....


What is happening to Arsene's Arsenal.Yesterday it was Fulham 2 Arsenal 1. [Aside] Wenger,please sell Seyi Adebayor next transfer window.The guy is good for nothing..

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

See what they did to Gaddafi...

I've never liked the man.Though one of my elder brothers had always hailed him for standing up to the Uncle Sam since my days in Elementary school, i still disliked him.That was when i had no reason to.Now, his sponsoring of a handful of rebel groups across the continent and his treatment of "black" Africans only added to my arsenal of disgust. Why is this guy always "showing" himself? Why? Each time he comes to Jolly Good Country, he brings a multitude of gun-totting thugs with him, all in the name of security.Kano, Abuja, Kaduna, Everywhere.Does it mean that we cannot take care of him? Well, i guess we just rediscovered the meaning of the word "National Pride".He tried doing it this time... needless to say his ego was bruised.This is a BBC report on what the did to him.He even treatened to walk from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport to Abuja city....cant you beat that?Now, Gaddafi, go home and sulk.....

Gaddafi in Nigeria airport drama
By Alex Last
BBC News, Lagos

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been involved in a diplomatic incident as he arrived in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, for a summit.
Nigerian officials say Col Gaddafi was accompanied by more than 200 heavily armed Libyan bodyguards.
When security officers refused to allow them to keep their weapons, an argument ensued and Col Gaddafi stormed off.
Only when Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo intervened did the bodyguards agree to hand in their weapons.
Foreign ministers from Africa and Latin America have been preparing for the summit which gets under way on Thursday.
The size of Libya's delegation was not a problem, it seems, just the sheer amount of weapons and ammunition they carried.

So Nigerian security refused to let them proceed to the capital.
As arguments raged, the Libyan leader angrily set off on foot, intending to walk some 40km (25 miles) to the capital, before he was persuaded to return to the airport lounge.


By sheer coincidence, President Obasanjo was passing through the airport at the same time.
He intervened in person and proposed that the weapons could be allowed through if they were registered first.
But the Nigerians say that was rejected and the Libyan delegation threatened to fly home.
Incensed, the Nigerians said that was fine with them and told the delegation that instead of the original compromise, they could now only carry eight pistols if they wanted to enter Nigeria, like any other diplomatic security detail.
They ordered that the rest of the weaponry had to be put back on the Libyan official jet.
After a stand-off lasting several hours, the Libyans backed down and finally made their way to Nigeria's capital.

Maybe, his female bodyguards couldn't just overpower the Nigerians this time...maybe..

Friday, November 24, 2006

Bush's Daughter, Mountain Race, Seal and Kanu

US agents 'fail Bush's daughter'.Wetin you talk?

One of the twin daughters of President George W Bush has had her handbag stolen in Argentina despite protection by US Secret Service agents.
Barbara Bush, 24, lost her mobile phone and credit cards in the incident in a restaurant in the capital, Buenos Aires - but she was not hurt.

She was dining with her twin sister Jenna at the time.

ABC News in the US says the theft went unnoticed by the heavy secret service force protecting the family. Now who says its only in Nigeria that such things are possible.I even wonder if our thieves can pull this one off.These Argentines must be too good....Bush's Dughters, CIA, hmmmm...i weak sha!

Congrats Seal...

Heidi Klum and Seal are parents once again. Klum gave birth Wednesday to Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel, who weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces, according to Seal's Web site, which did not say where the baby was born.

"He is healthy, beautiful and looks just like his mother," the posting read.

The couple, who were married last May, have a 1-year-old son, Henry Guenther Ademola Dashtu Samuel.

At least you are giving them Nigerian names, though its still a one-in-four thing!

Obudu Ranch Mountain Race and The Abuja Carnival

US$227,000 prize purse (enough kudis) awaits at Obudu Ranch Mountain Race

The second edition of the Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race in Cross River State, Nigeria, will take place on Saturday 25 November, when Jonathan Wyatt’s theory* that "African runners’ long flowing style is not naturally suited to running up and down hills” will be put to the test.

This weekend’s race, the richest in this multi-terrain discipline’s annual calendar, will see the world’s top mountain runners clash with several fast Africans for the valuable winner’s prize of US$50,000, a runner’s up prize of US$20,000, with third place taking $10,000. Prize values then drop in US$1000 intervals down to 8th place. There is the same prize structure for both men and women.

The race is the brainchild of the governor of Cross River State (Nigeria), His Excellency Donald Duke who is underwriting the cost of the event.The Obudu Ranch Resort Race is one of his flagship projects to attract tourists to this remote yet beautiful region of Nigeria close to the border with Cameroon. The Obudu Ranch sits on a mountain plateau at an altitude of 1600m where extensive new tourist accommodation has been built. Although there is a road from the base to the plateau which serves as the route of the mountain race, others not so keen on such exercise can travel from bottom to top by cable car - a state of the art Austrian construction completed last year - which provides spectacular views. A new swimming complex has been installed at the venue which, situated as it is in rural Nigeria, has to be seen to be believed.These two events aptly illustrates what progressive and dynamic thinking means.Kudos to the Donald Duke and El Rufai.Nigeria shall be well again.Na small small

Kanu and CAF player of the year nomination

My guy just score your goal this year.Maybe it will be yours next year, but this year i dont agree that you deserve it, patriotism aside.Let them give it to the Al Ahly guy...he's the best for the award.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hamburgers et al

Hamburgers taste good

I have had quite a fair share of heartbreaks, but this one was encroaching on my sanity.Thank God i got back from the edge of the cliff after having a bite of those Hamburgers.The Gunners were really shooting from all noozles (??)all night!Never knew they tasted so goood.Welldone van Persie, Eboue and Baptista after that disappointing show against Newcastle, this was needed.More santana to your stomachs.

Between Culture and and Child Abuse

Prof. Oguhebe was yesterday sentenced to 5 years (3 years suspended) in prison for showing his children Pepper (literally).Where do we draw the line between culture and child abuse?Is he a victim of the American way of life or just an abusive father who got what he asked for? Got run now...somethings up...i will write more on this next time.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Heart o' Africa

The Vanguard Newspapers and Rhythm 93.7 Fm announced the results of their nationwide popularity poll today.A shortlist of six out of ten candidates from the previous polls, it was done primaryly to guage the pulse of the nation as regards who is gonna the most votes come Election day..I tell you, i was a bit suprised by the results.Who would have expected Mr Dictionary (sorry, sir) Pastor Chris Okotie to come first,followed by Mr Demolition (Nasir El Rufai), then Governors Orji Uzor Kalu, Sam Egwu, Peter Odili and Donald Duke. I was pleased that at least none of them was a retired military officer.We need a breather from the era of Jackboots and kai for Life's Sake.Not that these ones are perfect, but at least.....We can expect a new approach to curing this heart of arrhythmia before it goes down to stroke.All forbid !, as my little cousin would say.

Hint Of the Day

My guy dey there among the shortlisted, i think he's correct enough.Now dont you go asking me who he is!
My Quote of The Day

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The death of Outrage

I just read an article in yesterday's Sun.Its entitled "The Death of Outrage". i dont know if its deliberate,but the news of Dariye's so called impeachment came three stories down when the headlines were being read on NTA.Maybe it was deliberate in order to remove the shock factor, maybe its a symptom of a deeper malaise.."the death of outrage".Most times in the evenings i discuss politics, football, current happenings and other stuff guys talk about with my Uncles and friends.But i noticed a peculiar thing happenning today.Though we all watched the news last night (its a ritual), nobody really cared to talk about what transpired in Plateau State yesterday(6/30 ? = whole number).It was like i was sapped of all strenght myself. What is happennig to Nigerians?Abi we don dey grow thick skin for this one too?.

Its quite like we've grown thick skin to hunger, unemployment, incessant fuel price increases, epileptic education system, unfulfilled promises by our politicians etc.Now, are we now senile even to the rape of our laws.We rather not be, because only our laws can keep us from falling into the abyss of anarchy.Before you get it all wrong, i cant support corruption. Ewoo Tufiakwa!.But this is more like mob action.People shouting "we no go gree".An Igbo proverb says "The hen is not cawing that what is holding her should leave her, she is, because she wants the world to hear her voice before she gets killed".Let us continue to talk, even when we are helpless, its the only tool we have.We have no where to go to.If we let our outrage die and those that has held us hostage get to know this, then we are doomed.
I fear for this land.I fear!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Classical Turncoatism

Saw some funny quotes...See! See!!

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
Clarence Darrow (1857 - 1938)

If at first you don't succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.
Bill Lyon

Rogues are preferable to imbeciles because they sometimes take a rest.
Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870

Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.
Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)

He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)

An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do.
Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953), in Constantine Fitzgibbon, Life of Dylan Thomas (1965

Classical Turncoatism

Mrs Virgy Etiaba, erstwhile Deputy Governor of Anambra State was on National TV last night saying "The governor is my boss and he remains my boss," .Please can anybody tell me what happened between dusk yesterday and dawn today.In case you dont know, she's been sworn in as the First Female Governor in the History of the Country.Is it a victory for women liberation?...(thru' the back door) or a case of dog eat dog.Classical Turncoatism! Ignore the grammar...