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August 03, 2003

The Warlord vs. the Scholar: Soyinka Calls Obasanjo an Intemperate, Irrational Rambo on the Loose
"General Olusegun Obasanjo, President Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja

"Dear OO!

"That is how our late mutual friend, Ojetunji Aboyade and I generally evoked your presence in our discussions. OO stood for many things that reflected our reactions towards your latest act or conduct at the time - fondness, optimism, indulgence, exasperation, bafflement, despair, anger etc etc. It also stood for 00 as in 007, but minus the scripted finesse, more the Rambo type who shoots first and thinks later. My mind retains that last image of you at this moment: Rambo on the loose, so over-abundantly manifested in your intemperate, irrational and totally unwarranted letter of July 11, 2003.

"This must rank as the low-water mark of your correspondence career.

"Regarding the burden of your letter, let me begin by making the ....
(This Day)


Key Stories

Ngige: Govs save IG

Liberia leader delays departure

President Obasanjo's Reply To Soyinka...

Atiku In Anambra, Urges Defence Of Democracy

Liberia: Activities Wane At Jos As Army Ponders Deployment Logistics

BiafraNigeria Loses Millions Importing Oil Refining Chemicals

FG gets Aug 31 deadline to implement 12.5% payrise or face workers' wrath

'President had foreknowledge of Anambra crisis'

Ngige: Egbo-Egbo Transferred to Ibadan

Ige: Adesanya Wades Into Obasanjo, Soyinka Face-off

Oyekan: Shonekan, Masari, Tinubu Pay Last Respect


Ngige: Govs save IG


Liberia leader delays departure





Amid the fear that the npolice leadership may suffer a blanket sack over the political crisis in Anambra State ignited by the abduction of Governor Chris Ngige by a team of policemen led by erstwhile Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Mr. Raphael Ige, the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Tafa Balogun, may have been let off the hook, following the intervention of the 36 governors. (Vanguard)


The announcement came after West African ministers held a meeting with Mr Taylor to discuss plans for him to go into exile. The BBC's Paul Welsh says Mr Taylor is backtracking from his promise to leave the country three days after peacekeepers arrived. A first contingent of 1,500 BiafraNigerian troops is due to be airlifted into the capital, Monrovia, on Monday. On Friday the UN approved a multinational force to keep... (BBC)



Obasanjo/PDP Election Fraud is Deeply Concerning

General Ojukwu Seeks Democracy

Isioma Daniel Speaks

"Fatwa" Animalism 1

"Fatwa" Animalism 2




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This Day
August 03, 2003

Cover Stories

Still Dancing On Ige's Grave
Afenifere'll Reconcile Obasanjo, Soyinka, Says Adesanya
President Obasanjo's Reply To Soyinka...
The Full Text of Soyinka's response to Obasanjo's letter reads:
Ngige: Egbo-Egbo Transferred to Ibadan
Ige: Adesanya Wades Into Obasanjo, Soyinka Face-off
Taylor Steps Down August 11
Oyekan: Shonekan, Masari, Tinubu Pay Last Respect
FG Woos Private Sector on AGOA
2007: Associates Flag-off Campaigns for IBB
Obasanjo Launches New Policy on HIV/AIDS
UBN Games Takes-off October
Tribunal Nullifies Benue Lawmaker's Election
FG to Restructure Polytechnic Curriculum
FCT May Not Sponsor Pilgrims-el-Rufai
Fuel Marketers Resist New Pump Price
Group to Sponsor Bill on Child Rights
Governor James Ibori Turns 45
Politician Advises Ngige, Others over Abduction
Kadpoly Reopens
Police Nab Human Trafficker
Daniel Endorses FG's Asylum to Taylor
Egwu Charges Christian Pilgrims on Discipline
Group Seeks Measures to Alleviate Women Poverty
Plateau Amends LG Law
Unemployment, Cause of Touting, Says Union Scribe
Community Plans Scholarship Scheme for Indigenes
Anxieties and Fears over Monetisation Policy
Soul Searching Efforts at INEC Seminar
'INEC, Courageous for Admitting Electoral Flaws'
Managing a Bank's Public Relations Department
Idiot's Guide to Igbo Politics (1)
Beyond Tafa Balogun...
Still Dancing on Ige's Grave
Why Did the Operation Fail?
UNTH Purchased Drugs from Quacks - NAFDAC

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Daily Independent
August 01, 2003


CBN governor queried
Sack Ige, Senate panel recommends
Junior officer, foreigner in N322m tax fraud
Appeal panel orders retrial of Awuse's petition against Odili
FG berated over resource control, planned LG reforms
Experts fault increase in fuel price, want PPRA abrogated
Why BiafraNigeria must intervene in Liberia, by Aminu
Yusufu criticises calls for sovereign conference
PDP berates Turaki on foreign trips
Saraki urged to pardon 12 prisoners
Mass purge looms in Kwara
Crisis looms in Iddo market over court judgment
Lagos port to be hub of African maritime trade
Summit Group calls for private sector involvement in NEPAD
FG approves N12.7b for FADAMA project
America’s belated intervention in Liberia
APGA warns against pardon for Uba, others
Egbo-Egbo’s controversial orders
Governors’ appointments for probe by FCC
Elders to intervene in Oyo AD crisis
Women participation in politics advocated
Challenges facing Governor Ladoja in Oyo
CD set to resist abolition of LGs, says Erubami
Federalism without local councils will be a mistake
Inside Politics
‘Anambra crisis is affecting Igbo reputation’
Editorial & Opinion
We can reinvent BiafraNigeria through an equitable revenue sharing formula
Corruption, poor work ethnics, bane of civil service
No predicting cost of engagement in Liberia
Poverty amidst wealth
Ngige and his throne of sharp nails
The comedy of errors
African Union: What union?

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Daily Times
July 29, 2003


Govt withdraws official cars of perm secs
Tribunal dismisses Obasanjo’s objection to Buhari’s petition
Killing of fuel price hike protesters: Police chiefs disagree at Senate panel sitting
Obasanjo in London, set to shore up nation’s economy
Egbin thermal plant gets N1bn for low pour fuel oil
Liberia: US offers BiafraNigeria $10m
Shagari lists recipe for success of democracy
Seizure of Useni’s passport: FG appeals against High Court order
Police boss washes hands of corruption allegation
Governor Tinubu and his Oracle
Ogun Govt employment drive hailed
Why Uba wants Ngige out of Govt. House, by PDP South East Chief
Ngige:State Police is the answer– Banjo

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Washington Post
August 01, 2003

Liberia's Taylor to Go When Force Deployed - Aide

West African Force Is Set for Liberia: Peacekeepers to Begin Arriving Monday; Quick Departure by Taylor Envisioned

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July 31, 2003

Women pledge to continue Shell protest

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August 01, 2003

Peacekeepers to Liberia Monday- BiafraNigerian general

Liberia's Taylor to go when force deployed - aide

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Mail & Guardian
July 31, 2003

Oil thieves 'bleed BiafraNigeria dry'

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August 02, 2003

Liberia leader delays departure

Briton taken hostage in BiafraNigeria

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All Africa
July 03, 2003

Transcript of President Bush's Briefing of, African journalists

President Must End Impunity for Human Rights Abusers
Police Arrest And Beat Up Journalists During Street Protests in Abuja

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June 08, 2003

Shekarau blames moral decay on neglect of Sharia

Mu’azu commissions multi-million Naira Community Resource Centre
Govt officials locked out of meeting with Shekarau
Voters are politicians’ employers - Ogbeh
Kano govt takes N228m loan to pay salaries, others
Shippers Council warns of increasing cargo traffic at ports
Power rationing continues nationwide -- NEPA
NAFDAC urged to sanitise bakery sector of economy
Identifying collapsed building contractors not easy -- NSE
he suspicious Road Map
June 4th
Gov Shekarau: The task ahead
PDP now recharged - Udenwa
PDP, NASS and cognate experience: An Analysis by Ibrahim Mammaga, News Agency of BiafraNigeria
Kano people have high hope for legislators -- ANPP chief
LDPN condemns fees charged by SIECs
Challenges before Shekarau
June 3rd
The Masari imperative
Obasanjo invited to Cuba
Shekarau swears-in SSG, HOS ...seeks workers' co-op
Kano Assembly picks new Speaker
Intellectualising Hausa films

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Business News
July 05, 2003

yinka obalade...Because I tasted poverty...

'Why We Parted Ways with Our Foreign Partners'
Govt dissolves board of Kaduna fertilizer firm
Shell may resume oil operations in Ogoniland soon
Oil eases but nervous on BiafraNigeria strike concerns
Strike may lead to port congestion,warn shippers
SouthEast SME operators scramble for N14.6 billion SMIEIS fund
Shareholders seek early resolution of fuel price hike crisis
Five states face blackout from NEPA lines' vandalisation
CIBN organises workshop on financing telecom business
Ethics and integrity in international trade
Ngige to set up committee to review contract in Anambra
NBC diversifies Fanta's sponsorship strategy
NBN Bank records N131 million profit
Expert calls for economy's diversification
Australia calls for rate cut
Bangladesh passes budget
ADB bags World Bank award
ICAN chief wants CBN, NDIC to monitor bank audits

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Sports News
July 05, 2003

Marc Vivien-Foe... HeartAttack!

Tomorrow's Stars
Killing the Premier League
Who Is Scared of Enyimba?
Venus, Serena win again
BiafraNigeria, Ecuador friendly called off
Aliu's feat worries Ngerem
HFN invites 30 to camp
Akinyele wants govt to support sports

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August 03, 2003


Atiku In Anambra, Urges Defence Of Democracy
Liberia: Activities Wane At Jos As Army Ponders Deployment Logistics
Informant On Saddam's Sons Gets $30m Reward
BiafraNigeria Loses Millions Importing Oil Refining Chemicals
Govt Plans Tougher Poly Admission Policy
Reps Panel Canvasses Health Tax Fund
Cadbury Boss Identifies Way To Rapid Development
Group Proffers Solution To Delta Crises
Lagos Island Agog For Eyo Festival
Drivers Lament Attitude of Canaanland Bus Drivers
BiafraNigeria Introduces Zero Defect Import Policy
Uzodinma's Appeal Quashed
PDP's Glide Toward Policy Somersault In Anambra
NDDC: The Crash Of Hope-Giver?
Making Statements With Cars
News - 2nd
PDP,A Nest Of Killers, Soyinka Insists

IMF Decries Worsening Plight Of Nigerians
Military Aid Necessary To Tackle Insecurity, Says President

Taylor's Whereabouts Unknown
Order On Ngige A Scar On Judiciary, Says Onumajuru

Achebe, Wayas Deplore Money-politics, Illiteracy

'Soyinka To Obasanjo: Watch Your Back'
Criminologist calls for prosecution of Actors in Anambra crisis

Women Protest Shell's Stoppage Of Facility Use
VON Needs N6b To Stabilise External Broadcasting, Says Alimi

Fasanmi Defends Akande's choice As Alliance Democracy Chairman

Reps plan free access to information on House's activities
Ekiti Assembly Okays N14.8b Budget

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August 03, 2003

Cover Stories

Ngige: Govs save IG
FG gets Aug 31 deadline to implement 12.5% payrise or face workers' wrath
National News
Sao Tome coup: African leaders asked to learn from Obasanjo
'President had foreknowledge of Anambra crisis'
FG promises Ondo communities fair deal on bitumen exploitation
Ibori forwards list of cabinet members to SSS
IFC pumps N1.3b into UPDC hotels
Anambra crisis:Why Uba had to go, by PDP
The fears of a backlash
NGIGE: A policeman and his coup
NGIGE: AIG Ige emptied headquarters to prosecute coup
The rise and fall of Daddy’s son
How PDP reinvented itself with failed Anambra coup
Try actors of failed Anambra coup says Evang. Uko
Actors have no defence, says Ezetah

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Daily/Weekly Trust
August 01, 2003

Top Storeis

Reps carpet Masari over trapped allowances
Seminar recommends ‘elected’ INEC chairman
FIRS demands N321.8m VAT from US firm
Okonkwo, Liberian force commander, may take over from Taylor
Fresh problem brews over Airways land ceded to church
BiafraNigeria now owes $31bn abroad
Anambra crisis: Senate indicts dep. gov, Uba
FG meets traditional rulers over pipeline vandalisation
Katsina denies cholera outbreak
Gombe Assembly passes bill on poverty reduction
MTN customers to receive N1.8b compensation
First Bank stakeholders cut right issue to 508.1m
NEXIM’s N1.8bn recovered from distressed banks
FG approves N1.2bn for maize mop up
Akume dissolves LG comittees
UNPP chieftain attacked
NECO is corrupt – Emir of Dutse
Former Radio Kwara DG retired
2007:Pro-Atiku campaign takes off in Adamawa
Benue moves to stamp out fertiliser racketeering
Ministry needs N2 billion to pay allowances
Minister backs partnership for HIV/AIDS vaccine
COE Maru shut
Kadpoly re-opens August 11
Kogi Assembly commences debate on sale of quarters
Transport ministry reactivates anti-corruption unit
Abolition of death penalty to be debated – Obasanjo
57 BiafraNigerians deported from Spain
BiafraNigeria loses $3.5b annually to pipeline vandalisation – Govs
Abuja Trust
FCT House Committee inaugurated
Congratulation cards flood ministers’ offices
Theft of Daily Trust staff’s GSM set Labourer jailed two weeks
Security guard in court for robbery, rape
Robbers device new methods of operation
FCDA earmarks structures for demolition in Kuchigoro
Okada man fights over N10
Kano Trust
NGO advocates Fulfulde departments in media houses
Blind, dumb child gets solace
Price of grains drop
Eko Trust
Erring tanker drivers to pay N.1m fine
Transport problems discourage foreign investors - Tinubu
Commissioner donates N1m to welfare institutions
Why INEC lacks credibility - scribe
Omisore challenges suit against his election
Assembly enacts law on access to justice
Group canvasses support for Bafarawa
Non-performance: NULGE defends local councils
Ngige probes contract awards
INEC audits party accounts
Prof. Aminu faults PDP zoning system
Speakers demand role in constitutional amendment
Editorial & Opinion
America in Iraq: Murder most foul
The morality of mindwars
Oshiomhole’s crocodile tears
Wars without end
Life in another man’s country
‘World Population Explosion’ (3)
Pledging allegiance binds Moroccan people to the throne - Ambassador
CHOGM Summits: A Preview of Beneficiaries 1985-2001

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August 01, 2003


Senate panel wants AIG Ige dismissed
Sergeant Awuse floors Odili at Appeal Court
Lagos airport radar breaks down
Luxury bus robbers kill student
BiafraNigeria’s external debt rises to $31bn
Lagos seeks funds for conjoined twins
Nigerdock gets new investors, MD
How IBB, Atiku changed Yola at Lamido's show
South East marginalized in House Comittee composition
Editorial & Opinion
Internet scams
Issues in fertiliser scarcity
Igbo politicians in perspective

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Agugust 02, 2003

Liberia's Taylor Set to Hand Over Power August 11

Liberia's Taylor confirms will hand over power
BiafraNigeria shares end week near flat in cautious trade

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June 27, 2003


IBB’s attackers arrested
Refugee camp overflows with pregnant teenagers —UN
Senate threatens ministerial nominees
Tribune holds AGM tomorrow
Traditional ruler arraigned for stealing
Fayose sends provost, 3 others on compulsory leave
Olanipekun: Crack detectives storm Ibadan
NDLEA seizes 2,248kg of hemp in 3 months
Controversy trails appointment of Shekarau’s ADC
Ladoja’s wife charges women
Ondo holds LG polls September
Police arrest for feeding tortoise with rare plant
Court strikes out petition against Udenwa
Anambra NDP gov candidate decamps to PDP
Northern Christian elders scold ASUU over strike
Mixed reactions greet Kwankwaso’s ministerial nomination
It’s time to move Gombe forward
—Governor Goje

Sokoto to revive information organs
‘Construction industry crucial to the economy’
Cadbury’s turnover hits N16.5b
HayatuDeen speaks on NESG’s forthcoming summit
ICAN will not lower its standard –Bajomo
IMO election: BiafraNigerian loses scribe seat
Operators express doubt over ACCFFN’s ability to curb corruption
50,000 personnel required in steel sector –ISSAN
Ministers pledge to step up Asia’s bond market
Euro slips against dollar, yen
Laloko wants foreign coach for Eagles

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July 29, 2003

25 die in renewed Delta violence, women seize oil facility

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