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Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.


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President Goodluck Jonathan said some friends deserted him after he conceded defeat to Gen. Buhari. APC Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano state said that the delay in zoning leadership positions by his APC in the National Assembly may work for PDP. President Jonathan also said that he and his ministers will be persecuted after power change on May 29. However, South Africa gets its first black opposition leader in the xenophobia-infested country . . .

Some friends deserted me after I conceded defeat – Jonathan

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Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan says friends abandoned him after his defeat at the poll . . .

Outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Sunday that some of his friends deserted him shortly after he conceded defeat to his rival General Muhammadu Buhari in the March election.

Jonathan publicly conceded defeat to Buhari on March 31, a decision which was commended by local and foreign commentators and doused tension in the country.

“Some hard decisions have their own costs. No doubt about that. It is a very costly decision but I must be very ready to pay for it,” Jonathan said during a farewell church service in Abuja.

Jonathan’s public admission of defeat in the nail-biting election came more than six hours after he rang Buhari to concede, earning him widespread praise for statesmanship.

“If you take certain decisions, you should know that people close to you will even abandon you at some point. I tell people that more of my so-called friends will disappear.”

Many party faithful and erstwhile loyalists of Jonathan have either crossed over to Buhari’s All Progressives Congress or made harsh statements against Jonathan’s party or its leaders.

Jonathan said he was not surprised by the desertions or statements by his former loyalists, adding that former South African president Frederik de Klerk faced a similar situation when he decided to abolish minority rule in that country.

Jonathan said that de Klerk’s marriage to his wife, Marike, broke down after he took that decision.

“But that is the only decision that made South Africa to still be a global player. If by this time w still have minority rule in South africa, nobody would have been talking about South Africa in the present generation,” he said.

He said that ministers who served under him should brace themselves for “persecution” following his loss and his decision to concede defeat.

Buhari, a former military leader, is scheduled to be sworn into office on May 29.


Delay in zoning positions in NASS may work for PDP – Kwankwaso

Kano gov. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso

PDP may snatch National Assembly leadership, Kwankwaso warns APC.

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State has warned that the delay by the leadership of his All Progressives Congress, APC, to zone positions in the National Assembly leadership may work in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The two-term governor, who was also elected senator in the March 28 polls, said he had feelers that some APC lawmakers were already working for the PDP.

“If the APC and indeed the president-elect allow PDP to snatch victory at the National Assembly, then it will be an unusual scenario which they should pay for,” he said while addressing journalists on Sunday.

The APC won majority seats in both chambers of the National Assembly and is expected to produce the leadership of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, positions held by the current ruling PDP since 1999. However, the rules of the National Assembly do not make party affiliation a pre-condition for seeking leadership position. Over one month after securing the majority seats, however, the APC is yet to agree on which zones of the country would produce what positions in the National Assembly.

Mr. Kwankwaso also said he would continue to advise his successor and current deputy, Umar Ganduje, when the latter is sworn in as governor on May 29. He also said he has no fear about the opposition’s decision to challenge his election at the tribunal.

In a related development, local contractors who handled various projects for the state government accused the governor of refusing to pay over N60 billion debt owed them.

Speaking at a press conference, the Chairman of the Nigeria Indigenous Contractors Association, Kano branch, Auduwa Maitangaran, said the debts have affected the lives of most of his members.

“We today find ourselves in a total mess with banks and other debtors nagging them to pay back what they have collected from them,” he said.

Mr. Maitangaran said apart from the high debt owed the local contractors, Governor Kwankwaso’s administration had a preference for foreign contractors for projects in the state.

In his response, the governor said though he was not sure of the total amount owed the contactors, he would pay off a large chunk of it before leaving office on May 29.

He told journalists that his administration was still executing projects and paying contractors.

Mr. Kwankwaso said he inherited N77 billion and $200 million debt from his predecessor and had settled a large part of it.

Premium Times

I & my ministers will be persecuted after power change

Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan predicts hard times for self, ministers after May 29.

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that he and his ministers will face hard times after leaving office.

The president said this on Sunday at a thanksgiving and farewell service held in his honour at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp, Gwarimpa, Abuja.

He said he sympathized with his aides and ministers, saying they would be persecuted and must be ready for persecution.

In a veiled reference to his concession of defeat in the March 28 presidential poll, he said taking certain decisions for the good of the generality of people would affect people differently.

Jonathan, who said he was glad that he came to Abuja peacefully and was leaving peacefully, thanked Nigerians for supporting him at his most challenging moments.

“If you take certain decisions, it might be good for the generality of the people, but it might affect people differently. So, for ministers and aides who served with me, I sympathize with them; they’ll be persecuted. And they must be ready for that persecution. To my ministers, I wish you what I wish myself. They (his ministers) will have hard times. We will all have hard times. Our ways will be rough. 

“But we’re happy the ordinary people appreciate what we did and that’s most important. It’s not what the elite or the privileged few talk or say about you, but what the majority of the Nigerian public think about your actions and inactions that matters. We came to Abuja peacefully and we’re returning peacefully. I thank the church and Nigerians because they stood by us at our most difficult times,” he said. 

Daily Trust 

South Africa gets first black opposition leader

Photo: The first black leader elected for main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Mr. Mmusi Maimane (waving clenched fist) | He was joined on stage by his wife Natalie as he received a standing ovation | AFP.
South Africa opposition elects Maimane first black leader.

South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has elected its first black leader, a move the party hopes will widen its appeal.

Mmusi Maimane, 34, was clear favourite to succeed outgoing leader Helen Zille.

Mr Maimane became party spokesman in 2011, regularly locking horns with the South African President, Jacob Zuma.

The DA won its best-ever share of the vote in the 2014 elections, but has struggled with perceptions it primarily represents white South Africans.

Mr Maimane faced party chairman Wilmot James for the job, and was elected at a party conference in Port Elizabeth.

He promised cheering supporters that the DA would win power and lashed out at Mr Zuma over corruption allegations.

“Make no mistake Mr President, you will have your day in court,” he said in his victory speech.

Mr Maimane’s predecessor, Helen Zille, made no secret of her belief that the party would never threaten the ANC’s enduring grip on power if it could not finally shake off the accusation that it is a “white” party, representing the interests of those who have benefited from decades of racial apartheid.

To that end Ms Zille had tried to parachute in a prominent figure from the country’s liberation struggle, Mamphele Ramphele, as the party’s new leader before the last election. That plan collapsed in acrimony almost immediately.

Critics will now say that Mr Maimane’s speedy ascent to the top job is another “parachute” job – that the 34-year-old is too young and inexperienced to deserve the position, and that his swift elevation smacks of racial tokenism.

And yet, anyone watching the crowds at the conference will know that the claim that it is remains a “white” party is increasingly at odds with the facts.

South Africa . 1st black leader of main opposition, DA, Mr. Mmusi Maimane's supporters celebrate his victory. AFP

Photo: The first black leader of main opposition, DA, Mr. Mmusi Maimane’s supporters celebrate his victory. AFP.

Mr Maimane has advanced quickly in the party, only joining the DA in 2009.

His first test will be taking on the ANC at next year’s local elections. The party has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid.

“No party has a divine right to rule this country,” said Mr Maimane in his speech.

He will also have to fend off a challenge from the hard-left Economic Freedom Fighters party, which threatens the DA’s position as South Africa’s main opposition party.

Ms Zille unexpectedly announced she would step down last month after increasing the share of the DA’s vote in the 2014 poll.

She told the Citizen newspaper she was “relieved” to no longer be leader, but would continue to campaign for the party.

Who is Mmusi Maimane?

  • Born 1980, in the Soweto township of Johannesburg, where Nelson Mandela lived for many years
  • Studied at universities in South Africa and Wales, holding Masters Degrees in theology and psychology
  • Met his wife Natalie, a white woman, at church, telling iol.co.za ”it took time to accept stereotypical responses”
  • Speaks six languages
  • Spends his weekends preaching in a Johannesburg church
  • Worked in business consultancy before entering politics
  • As DA parliamentary spokesman, he attacked President Zuma over his controversial Nkandla residence
BBC News | Africa

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