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Letter From The President: Ditching Ala

Mon, 17 Jan 2005 Source: J. A. Fukuor/Daily Dispatch

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.

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.

Columnist: J. A. Fukuor/Daily Dispatch