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Nigeria'sSenate president Evan Enwerem impeached
ChubaOkadigbo takes over; informs USAfricaonline "my priority isinterests of all Nigerians"
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After months of denials and allegations of criminal record andfalsification, rounds of partisan political fights and intrigue,former Governor of Imo State and president of Nigeria's Senate, EvanEnwerem, was toppled November 18, 1999. Enwerem, a survivor aprevious impeachment fight, lost this time in an overwhelming votecast by his colleagues. 90 senators of 109 voted to impeach. Only twovoted against the impeachment. The others missed the historicvoteor simply abstained.

He has since been replaced by political scientist and his formerrival for the post in the summer of 1999, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo. Heinformed USAfricaonline.com in a brief post-election interview that"we'll continue to place the overriding interests ofall Nigerians at the top of our legislative agenda. We'll returnquickly to the task of rebuilding the country and its democraticinstitutions."

In terms of strategic implication, as one of President OlusegunObasanjo's key supporters, Enwerem's removal has firmed up the handsof Okadigbo ally, Atiku Abubakar, vice president of Nigeria. Okadigbohas also become the number three person in Nigeria's constitutionalline of ascendancy.

In a denial which appeared on USAfricaonline.com, Enweremdismissed the late July, 1999 edition of Tell magazine, entitled:"Enwerem in Trouble" regarding his alleged "criminal record" as"wicked fabrication." He added they were "baseless, malicious,unfounded, defamatory (and) a wicked fabrication and a calculatedattempt to tarnish" his reputation.

He asked the publishers of the magazine to apologize to him,adding Tell was acting for some unnamed "enemies... whose aim is touse the public media to do as much damage as they can to my name,integrity and office."

On November 18, his prophetic, albeit self-serving denials were nolonger valid for his colleagues who has since been facing a boycottof all joint sessions until Enwerem was ousted. The lower House ofRepresentatives resolution to boycott all joint sessions held upObasanjo's budget, and affected foreign dignitaries who sought toaddress the joint assembly sessions.

Enwerem's had denied that contrary to the Tell report, he wasnever a revenue clerk in the government of Eastern Region "and Inever served the Eastern regional government in any capacity.... Ihave never at any time in my life addressed a press conference, atwhich I claimed I had a twin brother, Evans, who was convicted forstealing.... And, I still challenge the magazine to producenewspaper(s) or the text of the press briefing in which I broke intotears."

Tell, according to USAfricaonline.comsources in Lagos, planned to "amplify its case against Enwerem." Itdid. Meanwhile, a team of politicians were resolved to topple theembattled Enwerem. Nigeria's Senate had cleared Enwerem of chargesmade by Tell. A special committee set up to investigate the chargesclaimed there was no evidence to substantiate the claims that he hada criminal past and had lied to cover it up.

Before this turn of events, another Lagos-based magazine TheNewsadded its voice and research to allegations initially made by apro-democratization agency about disgraced speaker Salisu Buhari'sforged education and age records. Buhari was forced to resign.

The Peoples' Democratic Party of Obasanjo, Enwerem, Okadigbo,Buhari, former vice president of Nigeria (1979-1983) Dr. Alex Ekwuemewill grapple with an interesting power power play following itsconvention November 20 weekend.

Okadigbo, known for his outspoken edge and knowledge of Nigeria'spolitics, is not new to the ways of presidential power, having servedas political adviser to former president Shehu Shagari (1979-1983).Obasanjo, sources close to Okadigbo, informed USAfricaonline.com andNigeriaCentral.com, that "Obasanjo will get his unqualified supportonly if Obasanjo treats all Nigeria's fairly and listens to the criesof those who have been left out of things at different levels ofgovernment." A former administrative assistant to the Senatepresident-elect Okadigbo told me "his record on public issues anddisposition indicate that he will make things more exciting, and willnot tolerate any form of injustice and nonsense from Obasanjo oranyone else."

Such tough talk will be tested, soon, on the various issues ofcommunity interest in Nigeria's renewed effort at democratic rule.How Okadigbo carries on, especially when (and if) he is able to bringsome measure of stability and credibility to the Senate will be adefining as the barely 7 month old democratic institutions seeksolutions to the proverbial hydra-headed, knotty problems whichordinary folks in Nigeria contend with, daily.
by Chido Nwangwu (additional reporting by USAfricaonline.comspecial correspondents Prince Eze Madumere, Ade Olaoye and AliyuUthman)


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 magazine and 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.

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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.
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Summary: Africa's most acclaimed and fluent writer of the English Language, the most translated writer of Black heritage in the world, broadcaster extraordinaire, social conscience of millions, cultural custodian and elevator, chronicler and essayist, goodwill ambassador and man of progressive rock-ribbed principles, the Eagle on the Iroko, Ugo n'abo Professor Chinua Achebe, has recently been selected by a distinguished jury of scholars and critics (from 13 countries of African life and literature) as the writer of the Best book (Things Fall Apart, 1958) written in the twentieth century regarding Africa. Reasonably, Achebe's message has been neither dimmed nor dulled by time and clime. He's our pathfinder, the intellectual godfather of millions of Africans and lovers of the fine art of good writing. Achebe's cultural contexts are, at once, pan-African, globalist and local; hence, his literary contextualizations soar beyond the confines of Umuofia and any Igbo or Nigerian setting of his creative imagination or historical recall. His globalist underpinnings and outlook are truly reflective of the true essence of his Igbo world-view, his Igbo upbringing and disposition. Igbos and Jews share (with a few other other cultures) this pan-global disposition to issues of art, life, commerce, juridical pursuits, and quest to be republicanist in terms of the vitality of the individual/self. In Achebe's works, the centrality of Chi (God) attains an additional clarity in the Igbo cosmology... it is a world which prefers a quasi-capitalistic business attitude while taking due cognizance of the usefulness of the whole, the community. I've studied, lived and tried to better understand, essentially, the rigor and towering moral certainties which Achebe have employed in most of his works and his world. I know, among other reasons, because I share the same ancestry with him. Permit me to attempt a brief sentence, with that Achebean simplicty and clarity. Here, folks, what the world has known since 1958: Achebe is good! Eagle on the Iroko, may your Lineage endure! There has never been one like you!



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