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Opinions of Monday, 17 January 2005

Columnist: J. A. Fukuor/Daily Dispatch

Letter From The President: Ditching Ala

Countrymen and women, loyalists and opponents
I think I started my presidency on a pretty bad note. I didn?t notice how bad it was until the night of my inaugural ? when the dust had settled and I was lying comfortably in my bed with Mama Tess in my arms. I was just reviewing events of the day, going over the time that was wasted in parliament on the election of a new speaker and its cascading effects on the programmes of the day. The brouhaha in parliament really made me anxious and I was very disturbed that we were wasting the time of my guardian angel, Olu of Naija, and other eminent heads of state who had come to grace the occasion.

I was looking for scapegoats. Certain names kept tossing around in my mind, but I couldn?t run away from the fact that my name came up quite frequently. Well, the fact that so much time was wasted is now secondary history ? it?s a bygone event which is of no great import now. What is worrying me now is the source of the time wasting ? the unexplained decision to nominate a new Speaker of Parliament to replace Ala.