The twentieth day of January will for countless generations mean so much to the people of the United States of America and indeed the entire world as it heralds, every four years, the inauguration of a new occupant of the number one address of the world – The White House, Washington DC. Going back to history, America’s first President, George Washington was actually inaugurated on April 30, 1789. On his second tenure, the ceremonies were held on March 4, 1793 and that became the commemorative inaugural day for about 140 years until the American Congress passed the “Twentieth Amendment” on January 23, 1933 by which the period of waiting of the President-elect (also known as the Lameduck period) has been greatly reduced to few weeks after confirmation of results of election by the electoral college. This brought the date for inauguration of a new Congress (Parliament) to 3rd January and the President to 20th January. The enigmatic personality, Franklin Roosevelt was the first to be inaugurated on 20th January 1937 as the 32nd President of the United States.
President Muhammadu Buhari wants to intervene in The Gambia to prevent a breakdown of law and order which will lead to a humanitarian crisis.
As it is now, The Gambia is under emergency rule as declared by its president of 22 years, Yahya Jammeh.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller (1885-1983)
At the end of Just Before Dawn, first published in May 1988, the following statement occurs:
By Ayodele Adio -
I FELT a bit miffed at the president’s Eid-el-fitr message not because it lacked compassion or empathy but because it lacked a departure from his strongly held minimalist view of our daily reality. In all sincerity, I have made a solemn promise not to throw empty criticism at Mr. President and only lend my voice to matters in which common sense is clearly shrugged away to accommodate political vacuity.