ONUMBA.COM, USA – When it comes to the investigations over the allegations that Columbus City Council President Democrat Andrew Ginther was part of bribery activities involving one of the companies that installed red-light cameras in the city, a number of things are no longer in question: the god-awful cameras have been removed, the contract with the company RedFlex terminated and the investigation deepening. But what is not so certain yet is how much, if at all, any of this is hurting Ginther’s campaign for mayor. Since he announced his candidacy, Ginther has been seen by many as a shoo-in to win the mayoral race and replace outgoing Mayor Michael Coleman, who ironically, is also grappling with his own burgeoning mess over an unrelated allegations that he sold his pricey pad located in the Columbus Berwick neighborhood to a Chinese business woman who was also looking to do business with the city. Coleman, a very popular mayor, is stepping down at the end of the year after a historic 16 years in office. He has endorsed Ginther for mayor, an imprimatur that carries heavy weight. But with all of this playing out, and with the mayor’s backing more important now than ever, is this investigation going to wreck Ginther’s campaign or at least give his opponent Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott a modicum of chance to wage a respectable battle and possibly win?
Onumba.com, USA – Before the NBA annual draft yesterday, there were endless effluvium of mock drafts, with basketball buffs eating it all up as speculations went into overdrive over whether Duke University’s pollux Jahlil Okafor would be drafted No. 1 overall. It was for the most part a toss-up between star centers Okafor and the University of Kentucky Karl Anthony-Towns, with Ohio State University’s ace guard D’angelo Russell in the conversation and rounding out the triptych of the coveted players largely favored to go first in the star studded draft. As the draft day approached, however, Anthony-Towns surged past Okafor as the favorite to be called first as the top draft pick. And sure enough, he was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the No. 1 overall draft pick. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM, USA — If Nigeria was ever on the path of social and economic glory at one time, and somehow lost its mojo somewhere along the way, there’s good news: it just got back on that track with the recent inauguration of Mohammadu Buhari as president. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. BUT THERE ARE CYNICS
Yeah, yeah, I know, it easily sounds like a premature cockahoop mixed with hasty exuberance. We have been here before. That feeling is probably why for some, all of this is pregnant with a smorgasbord of unknowns. And for others, embracing a wait-and-see posture is a prudent course of reaction for now. I get it. I completely get the soft cynicism fed by the thinking, ‘we have all travelled down this road before.’ True, previous Nigerian leaders with shitty performance records also came preaching the sermon of social and economic deliverance on the mountain of hope and saying all the right things, promising succor and raising hopes for a better future sky high. The most recent of these pretenders is former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a military-civilian hybrid with a pugnacious demeanor, who before my eyes, gave a very believable speech full of optimistic Theravada at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio shortly after he took office. But after eight years as president, capped off by delusional acrobatic moves to cling on to power beyond his lawful duration (an effort which by the way blew up on his face like a dynamite and vividly exposed his power-gluttonous nature) all that Nigeria got from him was a profound pittance. For instance, all the talk about stamping out corruption, improving education, revamping the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, solving Nigeria’s power (electricity) shortage problem was just that ——- talk, blah, blah, blah and more blah, blah, blah. His administration failed woefully, featuring eight years of hollow shibboleths and impeccably packaged effluvium of lies that in the end produced absolutely nothing for Nigerians, just doldrums.
So yeah, I know all about empty promises, dashed hopes and looting galore. But guess what, in my opinion, and I have no doubt about this, Buhari is different. He is the absolute best man for the job today, bar none. Simply put, for Nigerians, his election as president is a sweet Christmas gift coming months in advance. FAITH IN THE NEW PRESIDENT
For the first time since I started paying close attention to Nigerian politics, political leadership, issues of governance, conundrums of poverty and challenges of national development, I can gleefully declare without equivocation my complete faith and support for a Nigerian president. It is a first for me.
All told, I just don’t trust Nigerian politicians, not even one bit. Their utterances are 99 percent balderdash. They are all full of shit. Naturally, I see them as a load of harpy and pestiferous boneheads, a gaggle of unpatriotic and pusillanimous buffoons, a pack of glib talking charlatans with the pedigrees of grand thieves (Great late Fela Anikulapo Kuti) and rapacious con men only good at turning government jobs into lucrative criminal enterprise. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM, USA – Way to go Mr. President. Since Muhammadu Buhari took over as Nigeria’s new president, speculations have been beyond rife in Abuja and across the country about folks being considered for cabinet jobs. The heightened anticipation has given rise to all sorts of premature assumptions being fueled by an inpatient and pushy media, with some even moving forward with decision to publish their own list of cabinet members. Perhaps, they do that to sell their newspapers and magazines. Of course, it is common knowledge in a hopelessly corrupt Nigeria that being named to the cabinet is the quickest route to being stinkingly wealthy. Continue Reading
It’s hard to understand why anyone, let alone a congressional aide, would stoop so low. Call it boredom brought on by Capitol Hill Christmas season lull, call it partisan crapulence at its worst or just chalk it up as the typical rabid disdain for the first family that we have come to expect from a sorry gaggle of conservative screwballs these days. But whatever you end up calling it, there’s no denying the smorgasbord of stupidity that fed that kind of toxin. Why oh why would a congressional acolyte go after the president’s daughters with such a callous and unprovoked vengeance, unleashing toxic admonishment that totally failed to take into account the innocence of these kids who never asked to be in public eye? By lobbing political broadside at Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, a conduct that was clearly reprehensible, Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, made a big ‘turkey’ of herself after scolding the President Obama’s daughters to “try showing a little class.” By lobbing political broadside at Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, a conduct that was clearly reprehensible, Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, made a big ‘turkey’ of herself after scolding the President Obama’s daughters to “try showing a little class.” Continue Reading
Onumba.om —With the Midterm elections now over and the outcome being a nice ass thumping for Democrats, the Obama administration, perhaps, would have to adopt a whole new partisan posture against his victorious and tumid Republican opponents now threatening to dismantle all that he has achieved in the past six years while looking to thwart all that he plans to accomplish in the remaining two years of his administration. The GOP gained control of the U.S. Senate while stiffing its grip of the House of Representatives after corralling additional seats there. It all sums up to a profound bad news for the Obama administration. With a load of loathe for the president by the Republicans, clearly, daggers are drawn and a volcanic partisan tinderbox looms. President Obama, facing immense pressure from grappling with a minefield of high-voltage issues, both domestic and foreign, emerged from the thick and blinding fog of defeat to declare he isn’t a “mopey” milquetoast about his party’s monumentally catastrophic loss. Of course, it was a self-consoling posture, a blast of confidence and defiance, if you will, that may well be helpful in managing his debilitating loss to soothe the sting, but there’s no denying the fact that his presidency is presently riding through bumpy potholes and appears destined to collide with GOP victory bus parade. At this cusp, the president can only hope for an elevated spirit of bipartisanship to emerge from the dark ashes of his party’s massive shellacking. In short, it won’t be pretty moving forward. And it’s not just for the reason that the president’s Democratic Party lost control of the U.S. Senate, that too of course, but largely for the fact that the loss mean the Republicans will now control both chambers of legislative branch of government. What that means is something President Obama is definitely not looking forward to: working with a bullying brigade of torridly dogmatic and ideological GOP lawmakers acting more like vengeful and vitriolic foes than reasonable and accommodating opponents. Continue Reading