Thursday, November 09, 2006

Govenor Donald Duke's blog

Is here. Thanks Chxta for the link. If the post were to be given to someone based on vision and merit, Duke is the automatic first choice. If the usual 'your turn, my turn' rules are to apply in 2007, then a Northerner has to take the throne. But are there any with Duke's sense of direction and ambition for the good of the country?

10 comments:

bello.fighting.ignorance 10:23 am  

Yeah.Nigeria on his mind ? Stopped reading when he went and got his profile from Wikipedia. And third person pronouns... But "e try sha: we need more people to deliver the goods and I understand he has done a lot more than most: that's an endorsement, I believe.

Styl Council 1:12 pm  

Jay

I agree with bello...Much as one is impressed by the blog, its clearly from his profile that this is something that's been dreamt up by someone from his camp! That makes it slightly dissapointing...Why the need to obtain his profile from Wikipidia...Hence my warriness.!!!!

Anonymous,  2:07 pm  

How is his profile dreamt up if the details are indeed true.?

Why does his profile being from wipipedia make it disappointing. I guess different strokes for different folks. I think a blog makes his somewhat accessible and bares his vision and goals should he win. no other aspirants are offering that.

Nkem 2:22 pm  

You guys are judging the blog based on a profile taken from Wikipedia - too harsh. In fact, that's the style used by policitians all over the world. The profile is normally written in the third person, to reduce the appearance of the an ego on the politicians. That should be least of your quibbles. "What's the substance of the man?" is what you should be asking.

uknaija 2:26 pm  

Haba, Bello and Sisi Oge- at least the man try now...at least he knoiws enough to get someone who has the vision to set up a blog...I'm not an uncritical fan, but looking at what the alternatives out there are is making the Donald option increasingly attractive

ADAURE 5:26 pm  

HE DOESN'T HAVE A HI-FIVE OR MYSPACE YET? WHAT A SLACKER...LOL

Anonymous,  8:49 pm  

Source: wikipedia...kinda funny, dude used his wikipedia entry on his his profile. Dude should shed some dough for a proper portal, abeg. I like the dude though, whoever is in charge of the blog should take that wikipedia outta there.

Anonymous,  7:22 pm  

This is good! Nigerian politicians are going digital . Check out
www.ibrahim-babangida.com (IBB)
www.againstbabangida.com(all Nigerians against IBB)
www.orjikalu.com
www.patutomi2007.com

Bashir,  11:35 pm  

Yeah. Is all about Duke i 4 one joine millions supporting Duke for the 2007 race. I thinks if we trully believe in equlity then we should give him a chance, because i believe every state wil; be able to boost there potentials that is there cultural heritage. and great Nigeria! at least every local govt has more than 5 potentials or attractive destination.
please my able reader i dont know if u can link me to him or help me in forwarding his mobile number or e-mail because i mapped out some strategies for him my e-mail is bashmoha2000@yahoo.com or u can reach me on 08050759638 or08067361700 thanks and remain bless let support Duke for his building down for us our young wonce ane even the unborn child

Jude Okala,  1:45 pm  

Donald Duke: Portrait of A New Nigerian Leader
Born in Calabar on September 30, 1961 to Mr. Henry Duke and his wife, Genevieve, his childhood and youth were remarkable, secure and successful. He loved and respected his parents, particularly his famous father, who, as chairman of the old Board of Customs and Excise, was legendary for his integrity and uprightness.
By all accounts, he was not an exceptional student at Corona School, Lagos or Federal Government College, Sokoto. But when his spirit got out of hand, he was recognized as a very promising student! Perhaps, the earliest clue to what he was destined to become was as an undergraduate at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where, as a member of the Students’ Union executive, his passion for debates, his thorough, retentive and curious mind, one which constantly asked questions about the future of our country - all came to the fore.
The certainty and security of his early life was broken, when, at 27, he lost his father in 1988. Before then, the solidity of his life was intact - a Law degree from Ahmadu Bello University at 20, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States at 22, a brief partnership stint as a corporate lawyer with Onyia & Duke and a full-fledged business career by 1988.
Understandably, Ahmadu Bello looms large in his life not only because he met his heartthrob, Onari, at Zaira, but also because it provided a perfect setting for the fostering of relationships which were to help structure the course of his life. There was, in this regard, his late friend, Mohammed Waziri, the former chairman of Nigeria Railways, with whom he shared the same birthday and many childhood memories. By 1992, Duke had become commissioner for finance, budget and planning in Cross River State and was later to serve as a member of the National Economic Intelligence Committee, the Federal Economic Council and as a member of the Federal Capital Budget Monitoring Committee.
When at the age of 37, he decided to run for the office of governor of his state, no one gave him a chance. Considered too young at the time and something of an outsider, a ‘Lagos boy,’ he approached the challenge of elective office with great caution and even trepidation. He took his time, learnt the ropes, and plotted a strategy. When he eventually confronted the reality of the elections, it was with such fierce determination that from the outset, victory seemed assured. For, not only did he go on to win, he has gone on to become one of the most successful, elected officials in the history of our country. Indeed, on the record of his achievements alone, perhaps, he, more than any other two-term governor, deserves a chance at higher office.
Articulate, brilliant and engaging, Duke is a firm believer in the neo-capitalist notion of a private sector driven economy as the vehicle for the rapid transformation of a developing society. Yet, he also harbours, surprisingly, some populist, left-of-centre beliefs that in a developing society, government should also work for the poor and the underprivileged. His massive rural electrification programme derives essentially from this theory. But, largely, his most outstanding achievement, the remarkable transformation of Cross River State into the preferred tourism destination in Nigeria, is driven by the belief that government/private partnership ventures are best suited for developing economies.

Culled from Nigeria Times

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