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STELLA OBASANJO (nee Abebe) BURIED INABEOKUTA;
OBASANJO APOLOGISES TO HIS IN-LAWS, READY TO "PAY ANY FINE" FOR NOTSENDINGHER BODY BACK TO HER PLACE OF ORIGIN IN IRUEKPEN, EDO STATE....Nigeria buried the body of President Olusegun Obasanjo's wife onFriday, with the grieving leader asking compatriots to unite in theirsorrow behind a program of development and progress for Africa's mostpopulous nation. Stella Obasanjo, 59, died Sunday after undergoingsurgery in Spain, only hours after a Bellview Airlines Boeing 737-200crashed in Nigeria, killing all 117 people on board.
Standing near her grave in his hometown of Abeokuta, Obasanjoasked the 130 million people of his fractious nation to unite for thebetterment of their country. "Let us utilise this period of adversityand the unity of sorrow, let it translate to unity of purpose, unityof determination for the development, the growth, the progress of ourcountry," said Obasanjo in a nationally televised address. "MayStella's gentle soul rest in peace." On the issue of burial location,retired General Obasanjo said to his in-laws "Please forgive me. Idid not mean to disobey your customs and traditions. I am ready topay any fine....." The recent events in Nigeria continue to drawcondolence messages from different parts of the world andconsternation from Nigerians.
On Monday October 24, 2005, Stella Obasanjo's body wrapped in hercountry's national colors returned to Nigeria to anguished family,tears of associates, friends and leaders of Nigeria who joinedPresident Obasanjo in mourning and prayers. Former military heads ofstate Generals Yakubu Gowon, Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida andAdusalami Abubakar; civilian leaders former President Shehu Shagariand his vice Alex Ekwueme, interim head of state Ernest Shonekan,Governors Peter Odili, Orji Kalu, Sam Egwu and Tanko Jolly Nyame,Deputy Governor of Bayelsa Jonathan Goodluck, former AviationMinister Kema Chikwe and 2007 presidential aspirant Buba Marwa, somefederal cabinet officials and agency heads were at the presidentialVilla.
Late Mrs. Obasanjo's body arrived the Presidential Wing of theNnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 9.20 p.m. aboard anAero airlines jet IAE 2500, received by Obasanjo family members andfriends. 6.00 pm on October 25, her commendation service at Aso VillaChapel; noon on October 26 she lies in state at Banquet Hall of StateHouse followed in the evening by songs. On the 27th, Mrs. Obasanjo'sbody leaves to lie in state at Government House, Abeokuta (herhusband's home state), ahead of a christian wake at the Valley ViewAuditorium.
The official schedule shows that on October 28, aninter-denominational church service will be led by the CatholicChurch clerics and next day her interment will take place at thefamily house in Abeokuta. On the afternoon of October 30, a MemorialThanksgiving will hold at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja. Obasanjo alsoreceived the President of Niger and Chairman of ECOWAS, TandjaMahmadu while the Ambassador of Spain to Nigeria, Alfonso Portabales,signed the condolence register and expressed regrets. Stella left forSpain on Monday October17 for a private visit and it has beenreported to perform cosmetic surgery. She was born in Warri, DeltaState, on November14, 1945 to Dr. Christopher Abebe and Mrs. TheresaAbebe. Stella Obasanjo, the wife of Nigeria's president, diedSunday October 23, 2005 in Spain. She was 59. The Spanish ForeignMinistry said Obasanjo's wife died Sunday morning at a hospital inthe southern Spanish resort city of Marbella, where she had been on aprivate visit. (USAfricaonline.com notes that additional rpeorts bySpanish media indicated that the cause of death followedcomplications from cosmetic surgery around her abdominal region). Thebody was taken to a coroner's office in nearby Malaga for an autopsy,the ministry said. Obasanjo is president of Sub-Saharan Africa'smost-populous nation of 130 million people and has played a key roleas peace mediator in West Africa.
President Olusegun Obasanjo grieving for his wife, Stella, whodied early Sunday in Spain was personally overseeing search andrescue operations and asked "all Nigerians to pray for all thoseaboard the plane and their families," his office said in a statement.Representatives of many countries gathered at the airport to find outif any of their citizens were on board the flight. The airline said117 people were on board 111 passengers and six crew members but gaveno more details. Ibinola said the craft was headed to Abuja, on whatwas supposed to have been a 50-minute flight. There was no immediateindication the crash was terrorism-related. The privately ownedBellview, one of about a dozen Nigerian airlines, operates a fleet ofmostly Boeing 737s on internal routes and throughout West Africa. Itbegan flying about 10 years ago and had not suffered a crash before.Many consider Bellview to be among the most-reliable airlinesshuttling between Nigeria's often-chaotic regional airports, whichcan resemble bus depots where crowds battle for seats on planes. InMay 2002, an EAS Airlines jet another domestic carrier plowed into aheavily populated neighborhood after takeoff at the airport outsidethe northern city of Kano, killing 154 people in the plane and on theground. AP report by Dulue Mbachu
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Why Bush should focus on dangers facing Nigeria's return to democracy and Obasanjo's slipperyslide. By Chido Nwangwu
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Through an elaborate network of carrots and sticks and a willing army of Nigeria's soldiers and some civilians, controversial global dealer and billionaire Marc Rich, literally and practically, made deals and steals; yes, laughed his way to the banks from crude oil contracts, unpaid millions in oil royalties and false declarations of quantities of crude lifted and exported from Nigeria for almost 25 years. Worse, he lifted Nigeria's oil and shipped same to then embargoed apartheid regime in South Africa. Read Chido Nwangwu's NEWS INVESTIGATION REPORT for PetroGasWorks.com
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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. By Al Johnson
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SPORTS: Tiger Woods makes more history with another golf Masters win. He shot 12-under-par 276 and a final round 71 at Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club event and collected $1,008,000, on Sunday April 14, 2002. With it, the world's golf phenom added another green jacket to his array of championships and titles, placing him, in this instance, in the same respected Masters' league as Nicklaus (winner 1965 and 1966) and Nick Faldo (1989 and 1990). The three are the only men to win back-to-back Masters. At 26, Woods has since become the youngest golfer to win his seventh professional major championship. He was joined by his parents and his 22 year-old Swedish model girlfriend, Elin Nordegren.
Impeachment process shows Nigerian democracy "is alive... being tested." Nigeria's president retired Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the impeachment process shows that "democracy is alive, is being tested, and being tried.... What they (the legislators) have tried to do in the democratic way, which is not easy, would probably have been done by taking arms or by -- with bullets. So, but with democracy, of course, some people feel that this is the way this should be, and then I have an opportunity to defend myself. There is discussion. There is dialogue. There is a decision. There is fairness." He made these comments when he appeared on Tuesday September 17, 2002 on CNN International to discuss the issues of impeachment facing him, the allegations of corruption, abuse of the constitution and deployment of soldiers ina civilian environment which led to the "massacre of civilians" in Odi (Bayelsa) and Zaki Biam (Benue). On the charges by international human rights organizations and Nigerian media that his government has been involved in actions which have led to the deaths of thousands of Nigerians, the retired General gave a surprising answer. He was asked that "as many as 10,000 people, it's being reported, have been killed in Nigeria (in) communal rivalries, and the number is believed to be increasing. And people are saying that although President Obasanjo has done a lot of good for Nigeria, you're accused of not -- accused of failing to halt that spiraling violence."
Obasanjo: Let me say this to you, when you put the question of 10,000 -- 10,000 people dying in Nigeria, of course, for a population of over 120 million people...." But USAfricaonline.com Founder and recipient of the Journalism Excellence award (1997), Chido Nwangwu, who appeared on the same program as as a CNN International analyst (Africa) pointed out that "when (President Obasanjo) answered that in a country of 100 million that 10,000 people are said to have died, as if that was a small number, that in itself reflects a disconnect with the concerns of Nigerians. The second one is that when the risk is civil disagreement, the police are required to intervene in the country. And the deployment of the armed forces of Nigeria requires at least some consultation, however modest, with the parliament." Nwangwu, former member of the editorial board of Nigeria's Daily Times continued that "the third factor that is equally important to underscore is that the armed forces of Nigeria moved in for a punitive action rather than just containing a civil disagreement." He noted in USAfricaonline.com backgrounder "it was revealing and interesting interesting discussing Nigeria's issues with its leader - under the current circumstances of an increasingly out-of-schedule elections and the gathering storm of an impeachment process by a majority of the members of the National Assembly, predominantly by Obasanjo's party members." See rush transcript of the CNN International news program.
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