Tuesday, 26 January 2010

News Release From The White House: Obama's First State Of The Union Address


                                           [President Obama]

Good Afternoon,

Tomorrow evening, President Obama will stand before a joint session of Congress and deliver his first State of the Union address outlining where we are and where we’re going as a Nation. In preparation for this annual address, he asked his Cabinet to take a moment to prepare a similar report for the American people.

In short videos, members of the President’s Cabinet report back to you on their progress this first year and outline what lies ahead for their departments and agencies to keep America moving forward. Secretary Sebelius talks about the Department of Health and Human Services' successes helping to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus; Department of Energy Secretary Chu highlights the thousands of green jobs they’ve created using Recovery Act dollars; and Secretary Clinton details the Department of State’s efforts to restore global partnerships.

Take a look and get a sense of what’s to come in tomorrow’s State of the Union address:
When President Obama took office a year ago, we faced an array of historic challenges: an economy in freefall, job losses averaging almost 700,000 a month, a middle class under assault, two wars and badly frayed global alliances.

Faced with these unparalleled challenges, the President and his Cabinet got to work. The Administration took bold steps to rescue the country from a potential second Great Depression; to rebuild the economy for the long-term, so businesses can thrive, the middle class can grow and all our families can be more secure; and to restore America’s leadership in the world as we wrestle with the global challenges of the 21st Century.

Thank you,

Valerie Jarrett
Senior Advisor to the President

News Release: Police Must Find Dipo Dina’s Killers


Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) is saddened by the gruesome murder of the governorship candidate of the Action Congress, AC, in the 2007 elections in Ogun State, Otunba Dipo Dina, a.k.a ‘D-D Direct’, who was killed by gunmen in Ota yesterday.

The murder of Dipo Dina has once again raised the political temperature of the Southwest in particular; and Nigeria in general as we move towards 2011 elections. This is one murder too many!

Dina has now joined the long list of the assassinated - in the league of Chief Bola Ige, Dr. Ayodeji Daramola, Engr. Funsho Williams, Jide Arojo and so many other non-prominent people who have lost their lives since the inception of ‘do-or-die’ politics introduced into the Southwest’s political culture by the leader of the ancient regime.

One common thread in all these assassinations is the inability of the police to bring to book the perpetrators of this dastardly crime. We have always posited that a crime not punished is an incentive for other criminals to do an encore. The time has come for us to insist that ‘Enough is Enough’ of these murders without murderers. It is time to burst the “nest of killers.” The Inspector General of Police must get cracking immediately and go after the perpetrators of this heinous crime. Failure to do this will further strengthen the belief that the Nigerian state condones terrorism against its own citizens and can therefore not justifiably make its case for Nigeria’s de-listing from the Terror Watch List.

Our hearts go to Dina’s wife and children, his community in Ijebu-Ode, the good people of Ogun State and all his political associates all over Nigeria on this sad loss. May the Great Comforter wipe away their tears.

We also pray that the soul of Dina torments his assailants until they are brought to the temple of justice.

And where is OBJ, the father of ‘do-or-die’ politics?

‘Yinka Odumakin,
National Publicity Secretary, ARG.