Feature Article of Friday, 27 April 2007

Columnist: J. A. Fukuor/Daily Dispatch

Letter From The President: 419 elections

Countrymen and women, loyalists and opponents,
I suppose you have all been following with keen interest the recent happenings in Naija. If you haven’t, you should. Naija is our ‘big brother’, it is Africa’s most populous country, we get a lot of oil from them and, of course, they’ve promised to give us some electricity. We’ve recently seen a lot of Naija-owned businesses opening in Sikaman – providing employment for many. Historically, we’ve been friends with Naija and as I heard someone say recently, “when Naija sneezes, Sikaman catches a cold.” So we all need to follow what’s happening there with keen interest, give praise where it is due, speak out against any injustice and do all we can to help them get through these trying times they seem to have brought upon themselves.

I have kept my ears and eyes wide open, following every bit of the unfolding drama in Africa’s most populous country and in doing so, I have been bombarded with a flurry of emotions ranging from anger, amusement and shame to disappointment and regret.