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OBASANJO'S FAILED 3RD TERM POWER-PLAY IS GOODNEWS TO NIGERIANS, ABROAD AND HOME....


USAfricaonline.com data show popular,international, national commendation follow Nigeria's Senate votewhich killed bill for Gen. Obasanjo's 3rd term quest,power-plays.... By CHIDO NWANGWU

http://usafricaonline.com/chido.obj3rdtermfails.html


Special to USAfrica The Newspaper, Houston
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USAfricaonline.com and its correspondents in Nigeria and acrossthe major cities of the U.S are reporting an increasing tally ofanti-3rd term phone calls and e-mails from our readers. By a marginof almost 7-2, USAfricaonline.com data show that an overwhelmingmajority of the politically active citizenry are happy that Nigeria'sSenate halted retiredGen. Olusegun Obasanjo's stealthy, unpopular, behind-the-scenes-winkand nod power plays to secure an "unrequested" 3rd term as presidentof Nigeria (a total of 12 consecutive years).

Many Nigerians still feel disappointed that a man (Obasanjo) whohad gained so much from Nigeria would cling so tightly to power, evenagainst the popular will of the people; moreso with age, energy andfresh ideas for a new era not on his side.

Also,USAfricaonline.com review of Nigeria's recent history show thatPresident Obasanjo seems to be moving rapidly into the zone ofill-repute of his former military colleagues who, like him, refusedto leave office when it was time to go. Gen. yakubu Gowon in 1975;Gen. Ibrahim Babangida in 1993; Gen. Sani Abacha in1995, 1996, 1997,1998.

More baffling many Nigerians we interviewed recall is the lessonsof the excesses of the late Gen. Abach who jailed Obasanjo while theformer schemed to remain in power. There are nationalist agitators injail whose views about Nigeria are diametrically oppossed toObasanjo's and his ruling PDP.

The latest turn of events also revealed the fact that Obasanjo'scommunications and media assistants, especially the ill-manneredspokesman Femi Fani-Kayode, have since shouted themselves hoarse andincredible. Meanwhile, the Nigerian media remain awash with talksabout "Obasanjo's plan B" - another plot to extend his tenure,alongside most Governors, following the embarassment at theSenate.


DEMOCRACYWATCH: What Bush Should TellObasanjo....

Insiders and analysts of parliamentary leadership in the country arecommending Nigeria's Senate president Nnamani for his "statesmanlyhandling of the proceedings" without being swayed by partisansentiments of his ruling party executives' position fronting forObasanjo's desire for a 3rd term. "By this result, the Senate hassaid clearly and eloquently that we should discontinue furtherproceedings on this amendment bill," said Senate President KenNnamani after several meetings with Obasanjo and pressure fromvarious groups.

USAfricaonline.com is informed by sources inside the Obasanjopresidency that he will soon respond to the setback at the Senate "onour own terms" after he returns from his latest trip to France.

USAfricaonline.com gathers that it will include a direct effort tosave some face whereby President Obasanjo is expected to make anational broadcast denying being part of any 3rd term quest-- arguinghe never directly made any such request or statement.USAfricaonline.com editorial position on that argument is that it isnot only too late, but conveniently self-serving. Third, the recent3rd term politics and campaigns by Obasanjo's close formal andinformal aides revealed a major character issue of hypocrisy forObasanjo's opponents to discuss as the retired General nowdesperately struggles for a legacy beyond perpertuating himself inoffice.


ChidoNwangwu, recipient of the Journalism Excellence award(1997), is Founder and Publisher of USAfricaonline.com (firstAfrican-owned U.S.-based professional newspaper to be published onthe internet), USAfrica The Newspaper,CLASS magazineand TheBlack Business Journal. He has served as an adviserto the Mayor of Houston on international business (Africa) andappears as an analyst on CNN, VOA, NPR, CBS News, NBC and ABC newsaffiliates.
This May 16, 2006 special report of USAfricaonline.com iscopyrighted. Archiving on any other web site or newspaper isunauthorized except with a Written Approval by USAfricaonline.comFounder.


DEMOCRACY WATCH:
Senator Udoma: Why I oppose 3rd term for Obasanjo or anyone.

Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, (Nigeria's Senate Chief Whip from Akwa Ibom State, in picture) on why "in good conscience" he cannot support the  retired general Olusegun  Obasanjo's controversial and thus far unconstitutional quest to seek a third term of office as Nigeria's president (ruling since 1999). It is titled 'Why I am against third term amendment provision'


VIEWPOINT: Obasanjo, Go! Just go! Prof. Wole Soyinka
Why Bush should focus on dangers facing Nigeria's return to democracy and Obasanjo's slipperyslide. By Chido Nwangwu
VIEWPOINT: Obasanjo, Go! Just go! Prof. Wole Soyinka

DIPLOMACY Walter Carrington: African-American diplomat who put principles above self for Nigeria (USAfrica's founder Chido Nwangwu with Ambassador Carrington at the U.S. embassy, Nigeria)


Osama bin-Laden's goons threaten Nigeria and Africa's stability. By Chido Nwangwu

How Obasanjo's self-succession charade at his Ota Farm has turned Nigeria to an 'Animal Farm.' By USAfricaonline.com contributor Prof. Mobolaji Aluko
LITERATURE:

Why
CHINUA ACHEBE, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa's writer of the century.
Since 1958, Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" set a standard of artistic excellence, and more. By Douglas Killam
DEMOCRACY'S WARRIOR
Out of Africa. The cock that crows in the morning belongs to one household but his voice is the property of the neighborhood. -- Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah. An editor carries on his crusade against public corruption and press censorship in his native Nigeria and other African countries. By John Suval.
POLITICS and POLICY
African Union: Old wine in new skin?
Why Nigeria and Africa's leaders are leading us to nowhere. By Professor Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, contributing editor of USAfricaonline.com, author of the highly-acclaimed African Literature in Defence of History: An Essay on Chinua Achebe and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics.
NEWS INVESTIGATION: The Marc Rich Oil Deals in Nigeria
OIL in NIGERIA: Liquid Gold or Petro-Dollars Curse?
Obasanjo's Biafra and anti-Igbo battles running past 33 years. By Professor Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, USAfricaonline.com contributing editor of USAfricaonline.com, author of the highly-acclaimed African Literature in Defence of History: An Essay on Chinua Achebe
Obasanjo's obsession with Biafra versus facts of history. By Prof. Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe
Should Africa debates begin and end at The New York Times and The Washington Post? No

Lindhs' Mandela comparison is foolish and scandalous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Why Bush should focus on dangers facing Nigeria's return to democracy and Obasanjo's slipperyslide.
Obasanjo's late wake to the Sharia crises, Court's decision and Nigeria's democracy. By Ken Okorie
Obasanjo's own challenge is to imbibe "democratic spirit and practice," By Prof. Ibiyinka Solarin
Is Obasanjo really up to Nigeria's challenge and crises? By USAfrica The Newspaper editorial board member, attorney Ken Okorie. This commentary appears courtesy of our related web site, NigeriaCentral.com
Obasanjo's late wake to the Sharia crises, Court's decision and Nigeria's democracy. By Ken Okorie

Sharia-related killings and carnage in Kaduna reenact deadly prologue to Nigeria-Biafra war of 1967. By Chido Nwangwu.
Jonas Savimbi, UNITA are "terrorists" in Africans' eyes despite Washington's "freedom fighter" toga for him. By SHANA WILLS

Nelson Mandela, Tribute to the world's political superstar and Lion of Africa  
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's burden mounts with murder charges, trials

ARINZE: Will he be the FIRST BLACK AFRICAN POPE? By Chido Nwangwu
HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY
How far, how deep will Nigeria's human rights commission go?
Johnnie Cochran will soon learn that defending Abacha's loot is not as simple as his O.J Simpson's case. By Chido Nwangwu

APPRECIATION
A young father writes his One year old son: "If only my heart had a voice...."


TRIBUTE
A KING FOR ALL TIMES: Why Martin Luther King's legacy and vision are relevant into 21st century.





DEMOCRACY DEBATE
CNN International debate on Nigeria's democracy livecast on CNN. It involved Nigeria's Information Minister Prof. Jerry Gana, Prof. Salih Booker and USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu. Transcripts are available on the CNN International site.


Nollywood superstar
Zack Orji wins the 'USAfrica International Actor of the Year 2006'
USAfrica The Newspaper voted the "Best Community Newspaper" in the 4th largest city in the U.S., Houston. It is in the Best of Houston 2001 special as chosen by the editors and readers of the Houston Press, reflecting their poll and annual rankings.

Tragedy of Ige's murder is its déjà vu for the Yoruba southwest and rest of Nigeria. By Ken Okorie
What has Africa to do with September 11 terror? By Chido Nwangwu
Should Africa debates begin and end at The New York Times and The Washington Post? No
NEWS INSIGHT
CNN, Obasanjo and Nigeria's struggles with democracy.
Why Obasanjo's government should respect
CNN and Freedom of the press in Nigeria.
Jonas Savimbi, UNITA are "terrorists" in Africans' eyes despite Washington's "freedom fighter" toga for him. By SHANA WILLS


Lifestyle
Sex, Women and (Hu)Woman Rights. By Chika Unigwe

Africa suffers the scourge of the virus. This life and pain of Kgomotso Mahlangu, a five-month-old AIDS patient (above) in a hospital in the Kalafong township near Pretoria, South Africa, on October 26, 1999, brings a certain, frightening reality to the sweeping and devastating destruction of human beings who form the core of any definition of a country's future, its national security, actual and potential economic development and internal markets.
22 million Africans HIV-infected, ill with AIDS while African leaders ignore disaster-in-waiting

What has Africa to do with September 11 terror? By Chido Nwangwu
Africans reported dead in terrorist attack at WTC
September 11 terror and the ghost of things to come....
Will religious conflicts be the time-bomb for Nigeria's latest transition to civilian rule?
Bola Ige's murder another danger signal for Nigeria's nascent democracy.

In a special report a few hours after the history-making nomination, USAfricaonline.com Founder and Publisher Chido Nwangwu places Powell within the trajectory of history and into his unfolding clout and relevance in an essay titled 'Why Colin Powell brings gravitas, credibility and star power to Bush presidency.'

AFRICA AND THE U.S. ELECTIONS
Beyond U.S. electoral shenanigans, rewards and dynamics of a democratic republic hold lessons for African politics.
CONTINENTAL AGENDA
Bush's position on Africa is "ill-advised." The position stated by Republican presidential aspirant and Governor of Texas, George Bush where he said that "Africa will not be an area of priority" in his presidency has been questioned by USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu. He added that Bush's "pre-election position was neither validated by the economic exchanges nor geo-strategic interests of our two continents."

These views were stated during an interview CNN's anchor Bernard Shaw and senior analyst Jeff Greenfield had with Mr. Nwangwu on Saturday November 18, 2000 during a special edition of 'Inside Politics 2000.'
Nwangwu, adviser to the Mayor of Houston (the 4th largest city in the U.S., and immigrant home to thousands of Africans) argued further that "the issues of the heritage interests of 35 million African-Americans in Africa, the volume and value of oil business between between the U.S and Nigeria and the horrendous AIDS crisis in Africa do not lend any basis for Governor Bush's ill-advised position which removes Africa from fair consideration" were he to be elected president.
By Al Johnson



Rtd. Gen. Babangida trip as emissary for Nigeria's Obasanjo to Sudan raises curiosity, questions about what next in power play?
110 minutes with Hakeem Olajuwon
Nigerian stabbed to death in his bathroom in Houston.
Cheryl Mills' first class defense of Clinton and her detractors' game 
It's wrong to stereotype Nigerians as Drug Dealers

Private initiative, free market forces, and more democratization are Keys to prosperity in Africa


Apple announces Titanium, "killer apps" and other ground-breaking products for 2001. iTunes makes a record 500,000 downloads.
Steve Jobs extends
digital magic

USAfrica The Newspaper voted the "Best Community Newspaper" in the 4th largest city in the U.S., Houston. It is in the Best of Houston 2001 special as chosen by the editors and readers of the Houston Press, reflecting their poll and annual rankings.