First, I wish to acknowledge all of my co-travellers and complete strangers who were at my 60th birthday last weekend. A couple of my friends had gone online to publish very generous complements, and were subsequently joined by others who sent the kindest comments.
President-elect Muhammadu Buhari is awash in a flood of suggestions from the important and the not so important people among us. Each person is offering him views on what he should do and how he should do it for the full flowering of the critical changes we believe he is in the best position to bring about at this point in our national history.
In a highly-advertised public relations gimmick on July 14, 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan announced what he called a “comprehensive” four-year audit of the federal government’s finances since 2007.
That base year was the year he and Umaru Yar’Adua, who at their inauguration had labelled themselves “children of independence”, took power.
The Bible tells the fascinating story of how the devil engaged Jesus Christ in a contest of wills. Face to face with the Lord, who had fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness, the devil challenged him to convert the very stones into bread.