When Change Becomes Inevitable By Joe Onwukeme

If you have been following recent happenings in our polity objectively as it concerns the general elections in the past three months, you will understand it is now clear to the discerning, obvious to the dissenting and acceptable to the pragmatic that change has become inevitable in our polity.

This article was inspired by one of my favorite songs of Lucky Dube- of blessed memory, “It Wasn’t Easy”.

In the song, he called on his mother, “mama I’m getting married”. She replied, “Son did you take out time to know her”?

The artist: “Mama she’s the best, but today it hurts me so to go back to mama and say mama am getting divorced, this choice I made, didn’t work the way I thought it would, it hurts me so mama…”.

The lyrics of the song is exactly what’s playing out in our polity today.

Rewind back to 2011 presidential election, we were so carried away by the circumstances surrounding president Jonathan’s emergence that we ignored many things and forgot to ask necessary questions. He gathered all the sympathy, popularity and attention through his “I had no shoes while growing up” quote. Thinking he’s the Moses of our time, people defied ethnic and religious affiliations to vote and ensure he emerged president.

Fast forward to 2015 presidential election, every thing has changed. The ones trusted and popular Jonathan had become the rejected stone. It is an irony that same process that ensured the emergence of a younger president in 2011 is same process that has kept him on the verge of losing the 2015 presidential election.

The ruling party in it’s quest for jaded attention allowed itself to be sub-tenanted in the last 4 years by every paid and unpaid apologist of the government. The president’s incorrigible media team didn’t help either, they were beyond reproach, with their misleading and contradicting information they made it difficult for citizens to get accurate information on the happenings of the government, they hurled bitter diatribes and tirades to every critic of the government, in doing so their language deteriorated and included every profanity and obscenity on their lips and ended up accumulating more enemies for the president within and outside the shores of the country. Thereby making change inevitable.

In the area of corruption, president Jonathan has shown little willingness to tackle corruption. He identifies with the corrupt and presides over a government that embezzle public funds with reckless abandon. After much criticism of his government, Mr. president in an attempt to demystify corruption made a political gaffe. “What is being referred to as corruption is common stealing”.

Right now our nation is hemorraging from all sides, the bleeding is imminent and inevitable, with the daily decline in our economy, there hardly seem to be anyone who is not feeling the economic hardship this government has reduced us to.

Many unfulfilled campaign promises of the ruling government have contributed to this inevitable change. The fact that Nigeria is yet to generate more than 4000 mega watts of electricity after expending millions of dollars in four years in the power sector is beyond comprehension.

Until recently, security is near zero with insecurity and insurgency taking a lead in wanton killings and destruction of lives and properties in the North East.

With its little and infinitesimal performance, the attack dogs of the ruling government have been obfuscating in defense that president Jonathan in the last six years has performed more than all our past rulers.

They pretend not to know records have shown under president Jonathan Nigeria has generated more funds per annum from the sale of crude oil alone in the past 6 years than we have made in the past years.

It is saddening that nations of equal promise like nigeria have left Nigeria in its elementary level while at different levels of advanced development, hence the need for a change of government.

The opposition APC may have its flaws but as the Economist Magazine aptly puts it, “Sometimes there are no good options… a former dictator is a better choice than a failed president”.

Back to the song, “It Wasn’t Easy”, same way the above named reggae artist went back to his mother, “mama am getting divorced”, Nigerians want a divorce from the ruling government, because the choice we made in 2011 didn’t work out the way we thought it would and it hurts us so much.

I take consolation from the words of his mother in the song, “it’s not easy to understand it son, but I know you’ll make it, you’ll be happy again”.

Nigerians will make change possible come March 28 2015 and we will be happy again.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. -Barack Obama

Joe Onwukeme: Writes from Enugu

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Fear of Failure: The Reason Behind Fayose`s and Others`Actions By Ogundana Michael Rotimi

The narrative in this piece is not limited to Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State alone, there are many more that would do anything and say anything just to resist change and make sure status quo is maintained under the watch President Goodluck Jonathan.

But for a sitting governor, his, is particularly becoming unbecoming. One wonders why a sitting governor suddenly decided to be the media propagandist of the President, dishing out all sorts of mal-information and diabolic advertorial against the presidential candidate of the opposition party- All Progressives Congress.

The truth is; Governor Ayo Fayose does not wish Buhari well; all he wants is to see him fall ill and crash out. But God forbid, may the Lord our God behind this course of positive change be with Nigeria and the General.

It is no longer news that President Goodluck Jonathan has been alleged to be leading the most corrupt administration in the history of Nigeria. He surrounds himself with men of no or little integrity that are meant to be facing the wrath of the law for different offences they have at one time or the other committed.

Repeatedly, President Jonathan has shown continuous support and admiration for corrupt persons, protects them from the wrath of the law, shields them from facing the consequences of their actions and covered them with his immunity. These men would do anything to make sure he returns as the President come May 29th, 2015. .

These men know their offences, they know they cannot survive in a sane society and would not be relevant if the constitution is not selectively applied. Hence, they do anything and everything in making sure that President Jonathan wins the upcoming election either by hook or by crook.

These men have skeletons in their cupboards; everything they do is for their selfish interests and not for national interests. A rundown of some of these men include:

Governor Ayo Fayose

He is a sitting governor, who has forcefully forced himself on the people of Ekiti, the Ekiti rigging tape remains a problem for him, he knows the implication of a Buhari as President, he fears failure and he will do anything to make sure President Jonathan returns. So don’t blame if he refuses to keep his mouth shut. He rigged his way to power, and to him President Jonathan is the only one that can keep him in power. He is a Cheat!

Reno Omokri

He is the Special Assistant to the Presidency on Media. He has a case to answer, for impersonation and identity theft.

“Reno has also courted controversy and was caught using a pseudonym Wendell Slimlin to spread malicious religious undertoned propaganda”- Wikipaedia

Reno Omokri had used the now infamous moniker, Wendell Simlin, in his attempt to link the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Lamido Sanusi, to the terrorist group Boko Haram, but was caught in the act.

Now you know why he will do anything or say anything to keep President Jonathan in power beyond 2015. He is an Imposter!

Buruji Kashamu

“There is indeed, a pending criminal action against Mr. Buruji before the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois involving fifteen people. The Case 1:94-cr-00172 is before Hon. Judge Charles R. Norgle. While Kashamu’s other coconspirators had been jailed, Kashamu’s case is being held under the fugitive Calendar.”- Saharareporters.

He is one of the most wanted man in the United State for drug trafficking, the US Government has also accused Buruji Kashamu of using fraudulent means to obtain a German Visa in 2009. Here in Nigeria, he is one of the President`s spokespersons. He walks free on the street and blares whenever he wishes. Don’t blame him if he wants President Jonathan back. President Jonathan is the only one that can protect him from his offences. He is a fugitive!

Musiliu Obanikoro

His abuse of power and intimidation of the people of Ekiti State under his watch as the Minister of State for Defence during the gubernatorial election that forcefully gave Gov. Ayo Fayose the mandate is questionable. He is a righteous and perfect man to the President. He picks up and drops position at the presidency whenever he likes. Don’t blame him if he wants Jonathan back by all means, he has a criminal case to answer to, but hiding under the corrupt wings of the President. He is a Powermonger!

Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo

The leader of the “Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force”, is today one of the loudest spokespersons for President Jonathan. Even though he didn’t carry the portfolio officially, he has an answer for all the president`s actions and in-actions. Sometimes I ask myself if the president discusses some of these issues with him before doing or not doing them.

He dishes out all kinds of threats without consequences and even boasts of having the capacity in term of weapon to destabilize the country if President Jonathan losses.

He enjoys the immunity of the President; hence do not be mad at him if he wants President Jonathan back. He wants to continue being powerful. You already know who he is!

This list continues, the number of persons enjoying the president`s immunity is much more than this article can mention.

When you hear people like Dr. Doyin Okupe call President Jonathan the Jesus of Nigeria, he confuses the forgiving spirit of Christ to the illegality accommodating nature of the President.

 

God Bless Nigeria

Ogundana Michael Rotimi

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Forces against Buhari By Presley Akhigbe

Searching for Black Jesus

It’s hard, it’s hard

We need help out here

So we searching for Black Jesus

It’s like a Saint that we pray to in the ghetto, to get us through

Somebody that understand our pain

You know maybe not too perfect, you know

Somebody that hurt like we hurt

That understand where we coming from

That’s who we pray to

We need help y’all…………………Tu Pac’s lyrics in ‘Black Jesus’

 

With the crescendo of political activities, campaign and general acceptability of General Buhari leading to the now controversially postponed February 14th presidential election, it was very obvious that General Buhari would have dealt a sucker punch to the PDP by winning the election. This insight caused fears in the arteries of PDP and its power brokers or simply put; the Cabal, that somehow, through deft intrigues and clandestine manoeuvre, INEC was “coerced” to shift the polls, not forgetting a desperate attempt at the council of state meeting for the poll shift just a day before the INEC declaration of shifting the poll. The general feeling in the country is that to forestall Buhari from winning, the elections were shifted to ensure the PDP garnered time to try and undertake last minute desperate scheming, politicking, arm twisting, begging, influencing or swaying more electorates to tilt towards their candidate. There has been litany of revelations to point that there are other forces inimical to a Buhari presidency. It is not just going to be the defeat of a ruling party, but the presidency of Buhari is supposedly opposed by several forces, groups and interests. It is sacrosanct that the most compelling reason why these elements abhor a Buhari presidency is interwoven in a chord of corruption and fear of Jail. The anti-corruption stance of Buhari is seen as the greatest threat to his presidency. It will be right to say then that the forces against a Buhari presidency are as follows:

  1. Corrupt officials: The list of corrupt people or groups under this category who do not want a Buhari Presidency is limitless in Nigeria. It stems from the past all through this present dispensation. Past and present executives, former rulers, past and present National Assembly members, MDs, CEOs etc. Various parastatal like NNPC, Power Sector, Nitel, Refineries maintenance crew, Aviation, Petroleum marketers and all other cash draining pipes of the common wealth of Nigeria. It can be observed that the composition of the family tree of the elite and political ruling class of Nigeria are people who steal in the name of the lord, con men, criminals, drug dealers, pedophiles and sodomites. Sincerely speaking the lists of people who know they are corrupt and have criminally amassed wealth are so much and have been enjoying safe haven under this administration and will ensure this status quo is maintained as against a presidency of Buhari. They loath the existence of Buhari, the thought that a very disciplined man as Buhari with a strong anti corruption stance is like poison to them. Knowing that under Buhari they will not live freely as royalty in Nigeria, but will serve lengthy terms in Jails for their corrupt acts that are harming the nation daily. The corrupt people in Nigeria are the strongest forces against General Buhari.
  2. Saboteurs: That various governmental institutions will want to conduct fresh recruitment for new intakes and choose to contract such simple tasks is an aberration. When forces like the Nigeria immigration service will have to contract recruitment to private companies for employment is totally outrageous. We have seen even administrative units of government in Nigeria contracting employments into their offices to private companies and worst still they will demand for enrolment fees from young school leavers and jobless Nigerians. Something is terribly wrong with this practice and the lots of government officials who practice this nonsense would never pray for a Buhari presidency.

We have witnessed terrorist groups overrun our military and weather fact or not, there have been insinuations that saboteurs exist somehow, for militants to keep having upper hands on our military until recently. But discerning minds understand that there are lot more saboteurs in our government and they clog the wheel of national development and progress. These invincible saboteurs will never support change. They are evil.

Another dimension to saboteurs are officials with high level of Indiscipline in the system. Lots of people like the idea that they can act contrary to governmental policies without repercussions. They collect bribes, give bribes, lateness and absent from duty, disrespect to established authorities and more. These people do not want a Buhari presidency.

  1. Economy managers: At the time when the nation has made more money from the sales of crude oil, a time where there has been oil boom so to say, Nigeria has in turn experienced somewhat corresponding economic doom. The managers of our economy have continually inundated us with wrong statistics, fake reports, lies, cover ups and fictional stance of a robust economy. Even the simple economic activities precipitated upon the forces of demand and supply has been ascribed as monumental achievement of the economy managers. Somehow with the revelations of respected economist like Prof. Pat Utomi and Prof. Soludo, most of us Nigerians feel our economy has been experiencing depletion in a season of oil boom. These forces are assiduously working night and day to ensure a Buhari presidency is not a reality as they will be exposed, ridiculed and possibly face prosecution for their strange handling of the Nigeria economy.

 

  1. The mischief makers. These groups of people are the shadow chasers. This group consist of mostly those who were born in the late 80s and a very few older folks who place personal interest above national interest. Prof. Soludo has described this administration as a failed one and till today no economist has come to disprove Soludo, instead, they attack the messenger and wickedly refute the message. General Obasanjo is no saint, but we cannot disprove the fact that he is the greatest political gladiator in Nigeria. There is a saying that what the elderly one sees while squatting, the younger ones cannot see while erect. OBJ has through subtle means pass a vote of no confidence on this government but what do we see, lots of rats ignorantly casting mocking faces at the cat. Ignorant of course. All these are lots of pointers to assist us not to make the mistake of 1979 when Nigerians had the choice to choose either of Awolowo or Azikiwe (Apologies to other contestants) but instead chose a Shagari and the resultant effect was almost a decade of retrogression with a circle of military incursions in government. Now we have a new set of ‘Fani Power’ mischief makers who are bent on ignoring the signs of change but instead propagate messages of hate, tribalism, religious bigotry, age, creed and mostly distorted facts. They ignorantly or with deliberate self deception choose to neglect the major issues like not getting concerned that Nigeria in the past five years has lost over 14,000 citizens to the Boko haram insurgents, humans now reduced to statistics. An alarming death toll figure more than the deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria put together. They care less and with delusion blame the opposition for everything. This people don’t care that a monumental amount like $20B or more is missing; they blame Soludo and Sanusi for revealing. They care less that a minister will squander over N10B on private jet jamboree, they say it’s normal. This people don’t care that a liter of drinking bottled water is more expensive than a liter of petrol and the prices of petrol per liter is higher in Nigeria than any oil producing country with Nigeria’s crude deposit similarity. They don’t care about the flagrant mismanagement of the Nigeria economy or the depletion of the ECA/External Reserve, nah, they somehow blame the opposition. They don’t care about the looting incorporation and squandermanism that we witness with the bribing of groups, associations and the likes with N3B-N8B or there about for electoral support, they want evidence and when there is clear evidence like the leaked audio tape conspiracy to rig the Ekiti State elections in favour of Fayose, they will say the evidence is unreal. But when it comes to the act of confusion, misinformation, slander, lies, deceits, this set of people are the core groups leading the race. Then what exactly is their grouse against General Buhari, they will ramble all sorts of gibberish but insist they don’t want Buhari.
  2. The enemies of Nigeria. These categories of forces against General Buhari are both internal and external. There are lots of individuals who are profiting from the pillaging of the resources of Nigeria. They perpetuate the highest level of bunkery that is ever known to mankind, they are very happy at the way things are going and would do anything to ensure that a person like Buhari does not come to power. To them, they believe Buhari’s presidency would be their death knell. Side by side with those plundering the resources of Nigeria uninhibited are a set of people that are profiting from the carnage of the Boko Haram Sect. Apart from the private individuals who are contracted to take the place of the military by supplying war paraphernalia, others profit from selling arms to the militants. Then in the words of Dr. Peregrino Brimah, the Janjaweed connecting comprising of all those benefiting from the activities of Boko Haram directly and indirectly with the Chad connection would also not want a presidency of General Buhari. They will go to any length to perpetrate the illest tricks to forestall a Buhari Presidency. General Obasanjo had claimed in his banned book that Nigeria has five presidents because of the way and manner with which Nigeria is being run and the power play in this government and borrowing a leaf from the erudite and well respected Prof. Charles Soludo that this present administration has contracted various ministries, parastatals, sectors, institutions to private individuals. Thus these individuals (Traders) have decided to run these offices with parochial ideas and indeed are breaking all records in terms of underachievement. These contractors see themselves as semi gods. They arrogate whimsical titles to themselves. They are like feudal lords and would want to continue to be little presidents of their ministries. They know General Buhari will deal decisively with them, and as such they would never want a Buhari presidency.

Above all, just like Tu Pac said, we need a Nigerian Saint, someone who can rally the troops in times of war, someone we can trust to carry us through. The masses are yearning for change. All men and women of good will are clamoring for change. The populace is feeling angst that Nigeria seems to be taking one step further and two steps backward. There is hardship in the land. Our common wealth is plundered by a few. The country seems rudderless in terms of economic direction and heading down probably. There is no power, good road, electricity, security, jobs, health and other ordinary structures for the masses; worst still in 2015. This is why we need more than ever before a presidency of General Buhari, to ultimately start a process to remedy all the aforementioned anomalies or better still provide solutions head on.

Change is what we need in Nigeria.

Presley Akhigbe

 

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LAGOS GUBER: My Choice Between PDP’s Just Kidding and APC’s Anabatic Ambo By Lanre Oguntoyinbo

When the report came in that Akinwunmi Ambode, former Accountant General of Lagos State, was the gubernatorial candidate of All Progress Congress (APC) for Lagos, I was not only calm but was also happy that someone coming from a background that can take the state to the next level. One thing that impressed me was the candidate’s speech after winning the primary I call the freest and fairest in history of political primaries in Lagos State. He solely emphasis on the fact that Lagos is for all and we must endeavor not to let it down.

I’m not a fan of career politicians ruling Lagos. I’m a firm believer that technocrats should be directing the affairs of the state. Not because we don’t have capable politicians but the fact is the incumbent governor, Babatunde Fashola, has taken governance to an unprecedented level, such that no nonentity can even present himself for that office.

When serial contestant, Jimi Agbaje, also picked the ticket of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), I was jubilant. It stopped being funny when the story of how Mr. Jimi rigged the primary came up and his godfather, Ex-Convict Olabode George, was fingered as the person who rigged the election for him. Reports even revealed that the votes counted outnumbered the number of accredited delegates. Shame.

Crises erupted as former Nigerian Minister of State for Defense, Musiliu Obanikoro, rushed to court and revealed in his affidavit how the election was rigged. Not only that, he went round social media telling the world that Jimi Agbaje is bankrupt and doesn’t have the goodwill to rule Lagos State.

Also, Obanikoro made the world to have the feelings that Jimi Agbaje is a stooge to Bode George and their aim is to rundown the purse of Lagos State. Jimi Agbaje has since denied Obanikoro’s claims as he tagged him a bad loser.

THOSE AVAILABLE TO SUCCEED FASHOLA

As a Nigerian, who has spent the larger part of his life in Lagos, I will love to have a governor who is going to carry on the yearnings and aspirations of the outgoing governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola; a megacity with opportunities for all.

Who are these candidates? According to their websites;

Akinwunmi Ambode (born June 14, 1963) is an accountant, an administrator and a public finance management expert. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Brandsmiths Consulting Limited – a firm that specializes in public sector finance management. Ambode was formerly the Accountant-General of Lagos State, Nigeria, and held many sensitive financial positions in the Lagos State government in a 27-year career in the Lagos State Civil Service. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management. He is the founder of La Roche Leadership Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on developing the next generation of leaders. He is married to Bolanle Patience Ambode (nee Odukomaiya) and they are blessed with children.

Joseph Olujimi Kolawole Agbaje is a pharmacist by training from the then University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. A Scion of the Onilegbale Chieftancy family of Lagos and Lasuwon family in Ikorodu, He was raised from a humble background; Father a Banker and Mother a School Teacher.
He possesses veteran experience with over 3 decades as a practicing pharmacist. He served in many health management capacities in his early years as a pharmacist in Lagos State, and is currently the Managing Director of Jaykay Pharmaceutical & Chemical Company Ltd. which is responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceuticals across the country. He is a Fellow, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN); Fellow, West African Post Graduate College of Pharmacists (FPCPharm); Merit Award Winner (MAW), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (Lagos State).

Also, He was Action Congress governorship(AC) aspirant in 2007 after losing the primary to incumbent Governor Fashola, Jimi dumped the party for Democratic People’s Alliance(DPA) because then incumbent governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu handpicked Fashola as his successor. Also Mr. Jimi lost to the incumbent Govenor in 2007 as he came third and former Minister of defence Senator Musiliu Obanikoro came 2nd.

With the considerable performance of Fashola in office, during the 2011 election Jimi chose not contest. He even attended the Action Congress of Nigeria’s National Convention at Onikan Stadium in 2010. That was when people started speculating that Jimi will be next ACN guber candidate in 2015.

But when the ACN merged with other opposition party to form APC, Jimi was nowhere in the founding forces. He instead announced he was joining the People’s Democratic Party. At this juncture speculations started coming in that he ran away from APC because he doesn’t want to partake in primaries and because he’s a politician and not a technocrat, APC are likely not to use him as their believe is if a politician rule Lagos, they won’t have the political will to effect the mega city dream.

MY CHOICE FOR A GOVERNOR:

I don’t chose leader with either religion or tribal sentiment but I chose leaders to vote with enough conviction. I want a Governor who is not only going to continue the good work of the present administration and who is going to bring new ideas and not just real idea but also realistic idea.

Also, the political party the governor will be flying under matters too, a party with integrity and visible track record. A party whose program and manifesto can meet the yearning of Nigerians.

My choice of Governor between Akinwunmi Ambode of APC and Jimi Kolawole Agbaje of PDP is Akinwunmi Ambode of APC.

Ambode’s experience is very important to the next level Lagos is supposed to move to. After the arduous works done by Fashola, all Ambode has to do is just to follow those path freely and use his experience in governance to move Lagos to greatness. Also, Ambode has a training in PUBLIC LEADERSHIP in Massachusetts, USA. What else do we need?

Agbaje will take Lagos backward he has no knowledge about Public Service and at this stage, a trial and error leadership will destroy must of the institutional foundation laid by Fashola and Bola Tinubu.

With the bad and non-progressive activities of the PDP in Nigeria, I can’t support the party, not to talk of someone in a party of Goodluck Jonathan; a name and party that’s synonymous to failure and corruption. Also, recent happening in Ekiti shows how evil a PDP candidate can be. Lagos is a peaceful state, I leave my door open to sleep just like Ekiti people do during Kayode Fayemi’s tenure but the story is a different one since Ayodele Fayose of PDP took over.

Jimi Agbaje of PDP has a pharmacy with one branch since 1982 and his JAYKAY Pharmaceutical and Chemical Company Limited has no branch even anywhere in Lagos State. Even as the National Chairman, Nigerian Association of General Practice Pharmacists he couldn’t realise he as a business is supposed to have company across the state. This shows he has no business orientation. Meanwhile Akinwunmi Ambode on his part as a civil servant move from one LGA to another managing the account and finances of LGAs. And rose to be the Accountant General of Lagos State. What else do I need in a Governor?

My last observation is Leader make leaders; according to the information on the website of both Jimi Agbaje and Akinwunmi Ambode, I could deduce that Ambode is already training young leaders to attain a positive and inspiring positions in their endevours. This is very important to someone who want to lead a state like Lagos.

Personally. I took interest in governance just because I saw one man doing what others couldn’t do and that man is Tunde Fashola. I love the man so passionately that I have never hide it from people both in my personal life, social media and academics class. I argue politics in class with professor once Tunde Fashola is mention. I take Fashola so passionate that I told a friend of mine who works in Alausa to always get me a copy of Lagos Indicator(a monthly magazine showing different works of my amiable Governor). This is just because I want to always follow his ways and steps and I can tell he has develop my psyche that no idiot should occupy public position.

Also, Tunde Fashola has opened my mind that leaders should not be chosen with sentiment but with pure knowledge of what to do to make a system works. On this basis and with antecedents of these candidate, I can without fear or favour say it that the best man for Itesiwaju Eko as far as Agbaje and Ambode are concern is Akinwunmi Ambode of APC because his anabatic career which is will take Lagos to the next level.

My name is Lanre Oguntoyinb and I tweet with @lanreneville

 

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Boko Haram 6-Week Election war: the Chad MoU, Prisoners of War and Other Critical Question

By Peregrino Brimah

On the 6th of February, Nigeria’s Chief of Defense, Air Marshal Alex Badeh announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with the Chadians. The details of the MoU have since not been made public.

While appreciating the essentiality of interstate cooperation in the war against terror, Nigerians need to know the modalities of such cooperation especially where terse relationships and past deadly failures and sabotage leading to the death of thousands of Nigerians and its neighbors exists.

We hereby call on the Nigerian government to immediately make a full disclosure of the details of the cooperation between Nigeria and Chad in the war against terror, including terms of compensation available to the public.

We have thus far gathered that over 5000 Boko Haram terrorists have ‘surrendered’ and otherwise been captured by Chad. These members who include Nigerian citizens are being held or perhaps released in Chad.

We will like to know the terms of surrender agreed upon in the MoU. We will like to know how terrorists who have been engaged against the Nigerian state are being dealt with by Chad and the terms of their being surrendered to Nigeria for proper trial and sentencing for their crimes on Nigerian soil. Are they being arrested or deactivated?

We must be informed of the terms of Chad’s handover of Nigerian captured territory to Nigeria at the end of the war.

Importantly, the public demands to know the exact terms of compensation of the Chadian government and government officials for this job.

During the press release announcing the MoU, Channels TV correspondent asked Nigeria’s defense chief what reaction Nigeria took against Chad for pulling out its troops from the Multinational joint task force, MNJTF which led to the massacre of over 2500 innocent Nigerians in Baga. The defense chief sidestepped this question. We demand to know what reaction Nigeria took against Chad for this act in violation of the 2014 Paris treaty that led to the death of thousands of defenseless Nigerians and destruction and looting of property worth billions.

We demand information on the 2014 ceasefire against Boko Haram by Nigeria & Chad. We will like to know if money was involved; how much it was and who it was paid to. Is this ceasefire still on and part of this pre-election war to facilitate recovery of territory?

We will like to know if some main Boko Haram sects have been again paid by these two nations’ leaders to call off/suspend their war; and if so, we will like to know if such members are being allowed impunity or if they are forced to surrender for trial for their crimes against the people of Nigeria and neighbors.

Some reports in the news claim Boko Haram members are returning to Chad and Niger republic, stating that “their contract is over. “ We request information from the Nigerian government on these worrying reports.

We recognize that as many as 40,000 insurgent fighters have been engaged in the war against Nigeria by the Abubakar Shekau-led Boko Haram as well as other groups involved in the ‘Boko Haram’ pogrom against Nigeria’s north; groups like the Khalid al-Barnawi led Harakatu, the Jamaa’atu Ahlis-Sunnah of Bukar Al-Barnawi and the Abu Usamah’s Ansaru and the like. While as we demand government reveals in detail, some of these groups may have signed a ceasefire with the Jonathan government; others have clearly not and continue to fight and these terrorist fighters number several thousands. In recognition of the fact it is impossible and not expected that Nigeria and counterparts seriously intend on killing all these thousands of soldiers, and no amnesty or other surrender program has been advertised; we demand to know what the real modalities of the war against Boko Haram are?

We have read and heard disturbing reports of Boko Haram flyers being distributed in the north by the military, promoting tolerance for Boko Haram. We hope this is not true. We are worried that these killers are being encouraged to return to communities. We pray the federal government allay our fears and explain in full the comprehensive actual plan and 6-week election war engagement strategy.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

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And Then, They Wished Buhari Dead, By Jude Egbas

In the last couple of weeks, our moral compass and value system has sunk to the lowest depths imaginable on the politics front. I was ashamed for us. Ashamed for who and what we’ve become. This would have had the founders turning in their graves.

Led by the garrulous Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose and the cast of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hirelings and vassals on social media, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) who is the presidential standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was badgered with a death wish. It was a denouement of months of negative politicking championed by the ruling party. And it was painful and pitiful to watch all at once.

Buhari has been tagged as an Islamic fundamentalist. When that didn’t stick, they said he couldn’t even deliver a public address to save his life. As that theory became disproved, they said he never saw the four walls of a school. When that was proven to be a mish-mash of mendacity, they said he was ill and shouldn’t be allowed to see a Doctor like everyone else because he was running for President. When that story-line appeared to wane, they said he was flown to London in an ambulance and couldn’t stand on his feet without being propped. And then, they wondered why the erstwhile General hadn’t been seen in public while in the UK and said he was critically ill or dead or both. And when the “dead man” walked through the walls of Chatham House to deliver a speech that still resonates for its sheer brilliance and sound-bites, they first wondered if that was him, hired “unkempt” persons to protest outside of Chatham House against a ‘ghost’ and questioned why he even had to go to Chatham House in the first place as if going to London these days has become such a cardinal sin.

Buhari has been the butt of jokes for rearing cattle and for being an austere ascetic deserving of a fatwa.

We have to do better as we campaign for our respective candidates in the weeks leading to the general elections. You see, I have never been a fan of negative politicking. Supporters on both sides of the political divide have to do better than focus on Buhari’s inability to speak English and Jonathan’s rambling public sessions. For Pete’s sake, what this country requires is a leader who doesn’t even have to say a word but who leads with some conviction. A performer. We have to sway our pre-election tittle-tattle to national security, the economy, jobs, healthcare, power and infrastructure. We short-change ourselves when we fail to grill the candidates campaigning at all tiers for political office on the issues and deign to focus on what they wear or how they sleep with their spouses.

On a personal level, it was embarrassing to see younger Nigerians fall for the same old politicking that has brought this nation to its knees–the same brand of politics that isn’t guaranteed to add a megawatt of electricity to the grid, make our deplorable road surfaces better or improve our employment numbers. It was sad to read young Nigerians prattle on social media about Buhari’s health at a time of grave insecurity and a sinking economy. No, we have to raise the bar. I would rather Buhari, when he does return from London, is pelted with questions and more questions on his plans for when he becomes President. I would rather President Jonathan is handed a similar dose.

Young Nigerians have to resist the urge to play by the PDP and APC’s political playbook and elevate the discourse ahead of voting day.  We have to set the agenda. We have to ignore the Fayoses of our sad political life and strive to be better because we are better.

The politicians would be back on the stomp grounds in March after a hiatus occasioned by the postponement of the polls. I expect that younger Nigerians on social media and on the streets wouldn’t be asking them if they have the balls to get their wives laid or if they have seen their Doctors or eaten kilishi in the last six months. I expect that younger Nigerians would help steer the conversation towards the issues and embrace the Charles Soludos whose essays on the economy have been joys to read.

May we all return to the trenches with our brains intact this time.

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Jude Egbas is on Twitter as @egbas

 

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Impact Of Physiology In Health Care Delivery By Usman Abiola Amusat

Physiology is in fact, the testament to the primary goal of the health care system, which is to restore normalcy after a diseased condition has distorted the healthy state of life. No wonder, physiologists principally bring into play scientific methodologies to detect and arrest deviation in certain biological processes by venturing into various researches that provides a consequential knowledge of the pathological aberration.

The neglect of the composite arm of the medical practice; physiology has lead to a tiring and yet less effective approach to health care delivery in Nigeria. The intended reason for medical doctors to study the components of medicine (paramedical sciences) is for them to have the necessary basics (of knowledge) needed for understanding the proven outputs recommended by the masters of these fields and not to be distorted to mean, they are to become the Jack of all trades that will be an “effective” master of none.

On the whole, a standard health care system is a conglomerate of highly trained, balanced, and motivated workforce outfitted with current and accurate information; and state of the art equipments that enable the former (balanced workforce) to use the latter in the right place, the right way, and at the right time. [1] The effectiveness of each component of the conglomerate is indispensible and should thus be harnessed synergetically to achieve the efficiency, timeliness and equity that are the benchmarks for a sound health care delivery system.

The clinical imperativeness of a physiologist in health care delivery includes; the utilization of the knowledge of exercise physiology and electro- cardiograph. The former is a branch of physiology which is concerned with functionalities of the heart and to evaluate, diagnose and monitor its electrical activities. [2] While the latter, is concerned with musculoskeletal rehabilitation, preventing the onset of diseases through exercise and lifestyle modification and understanding the interaction between exercise and pharmacology. [3]

Going by the popular aphorism that ‘prevention is better than cure’; the overlooking of the roles of physiologist (one of the paramedics) in relating diseases to their causes from their background knowledge of the normal functioning of the body and insightful researches conducted on the physiology and interaction of the body with externalities (Ingested or inhaled components) has costed us severe human and financial resources expended for treatment and a decrement in human productivity due to a dominantly sick populace.

However, according to the fact that problem known is half solved; the trend of the physiologists’ essential role in attaining the crystal clear diagnosis of health problems made such clarity to afford the increased effectiveness of health care delivery that made physiologists to be at the centre of postulating and proffering standard clinical measures to curb and/or control the rate of pandemics just as evident in 1858 when an English surgeon and physiologist; Joseph Lister, conducted a research on the cause of blood coagulation and inflammation following injuries and surgical wounds. He thereby, discovered the antiseptics which were used to lower the surgical mortality rates from 50 to 15 percent.[4] In addition, in 1930, Walter Dandy; a neurophysiologist and surgeon, identified the causes of water on the brain (hydrocephalus), a common deadly condition affecting infants and he invented the baseball helmet in that wake. [5] Furthermore, John James Macleod; a Scottish physiologist, made a ground breaking discovery of insulin and its uses in the treatment of diabetes [6] which later postulated the risk factors of consuming certain sugary diets.

The role of physiology in drug discovery is as the role of baseline is to construction. Since, physiologists are the ones with the knowhow of the normal functioning that drugs are saddled with the responsibility of retrieving the body back to. Physiologists are the first to identify the deviation in the functioning of a particular system or organ. For example, if a drug is needed to cure hypertension, the adept service of a physiologist is needed in the analysis of the blood vessel system, the level of blood pressure, and the rate and contractile activity of the heart that could lead to the hyper – functionality of the circulatory system. Though, drug discovery has many facets of clinical contributions from other medical fields that must work in synergy for their expected output; which is set by the physiologists.

Knowing that having only a hammer makes everything to look like a nail; explains the confinement of medical doctors in prescribing only the “already globally established medications” for the similarly “already established globally and locally diseases” and even for the newly evolving ones and even for the ones to evolve. The first consequence of this is coined in the fact that, “the world is a dead-end competition only for the selectors and a completely untapped goldmine reserved for the innovators. [7] What is meant by this is, the expensive nature of just importing drugs rather than synthesizing such, is attributed to lack of implementing the research processes needed and this will continue to be the case until the health care sector of this country comes to realize the fact that a tree of the doctors cannot make a forest of health care delivery.

Going by the fact that no one can make the other to feel inferior without his consent; the inferior consent from the physiologists about their relevance in the health care delivery is a consequence of having a blurred view of the impact of physiology that it’s restricted to the four walls of the hospital. The shy cat of physiologists makes a proud mouse of the medical doctor; therefore, it is pertinent to have a vivid image of the roles of the physiologist in the innovative researches’ sphere as effectively portrayed by our adept predecessors and global contemporaries. The impact of physiology cannot be fractured out in health care system or else we will continue to have a dislocated health care system.

REFERENCES

HEALTH CARE DELIVERY AND RESEARCH IN NIGERIA;

PROF. Akeem O. LASISI, MBChB, FWACS, FMCORL, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. Being a lecture presented at Meeting of Association of Muslim Health Student of Nigeria, South West Zone, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, March 15, 2014

Role of the electro cardiographer. Available online via highered.mheducation.com/sites/007351098x/student_view0/electrocardiography/chapter1/index.html   accessed on October, 19, 2014

Role of an exercise physiologist. Available online via www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/exercise_fitness/Exercise_Physiology. Accessed on October, 20, 2014

Timeline of physiology. Available online via http://dcprinciples.org/press/time/index.htm. Accessed on October, 19, 2014.

Timeline of physiology. Available online via http://dcprinciples.org/press/time/index.htm. Accessed on October, 19, 2014.

John James Macleod. Available on Microsoft Encarta premium 2009. Accessed on October, 20, 2014

Engr. Nurudeen Shoremekun. A Quote on Innovator. Educed from a verbal discourse on innovation on October, 19, 2014.

 

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The Transfiguration of General Buhari, By @DeleMomodu

Fellow Nigerians, miracles shall never end. That is the only way to describe the incredible story of Major General Muhammadu Buhari at this auspicious moment. No one could have envisaged or foretold the huge drama being enacted before our very eyes.  It was not as if his popularity and cult-followership was ever in doubt but the general belief and assumption was that it was dominantly limited and restricted to a particular section or region of Nigeria. What was never expected was a cross-over appeal to all areas and segments of our nation.

Buhari’s fate as a perennial contestant was supposed to have been sealed by many debilitating factors. The first and most crucial till this day is on account of his odoriferous reputation as a coup plotter and rabidly draconian dictator who appeared mercilessly vengeful. Depending on whom you talked to in the past, Buhari conjured different images to varied people. Some saw him as an Angel who represented a sword of Damocles to the wicked and reckless politicians who wreaked havoc on Nigeria’s economy and wrecked the collective future of our citizens. But to others, he was a Luciferous character who must have escaped from the pit of hell to haunt God’s creatures on planet earth.
I will not attempt to bore you with well-rehashed tales of his cardinal sins, both real and imagined. They are in the realm of fables and mythology and already in public domain courtesy of his opponents and unrelenting attackers. But one can never gloss over the allegations of religious bias and intolerance. If possible, many would want us to see and hold Buhari as Nigeria’s version of Osama bin Laden who was regarded as the world’s most notorious terrorist. Buhari would forever bear the cross of ever defending his personal faith and the interests of his Northern people like most of us would normally do. Many quotable quotes have been ascribed to him but most have never been properly validated by his accusers thus casting doubts on the veracity of those vituperations.
The last but not the least albatross against Buhari is the matter of old age. I must confess that I belong in the category of the vociferous proponents of sacking most of our ancient leaders and replacing them with young and vibrant whizzkids.
I must sincerely thank the media and publicity committee of the People’s Democratic Party for finding my past comments and stance on Buhari so important and worthy of sponsored countervailing advertorials in several newspapers and social media platforms. They were generous enough to put me in good company by attaching me to accomplished Nigerians such as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mallam Nasir El Rufai. On a serious note, it was such a great honour seeing all manner of caricatures about me including the one stuffing my brains with noodles.
The truth is that I, like many other Nigerians, was a veritable victim of the almost unprecedented propaganda against Buhari. In my purview, the definition of propaganda is not about telling lies but an attempt to magnify non-fiction until it becomes what the famous author Kole Omotoso called “faction”, when you mix facts with fiction. The demonization of Buhari was therefore a fait accompli emanating from the many years of ferocious regurgitation of his supposed misdemeanours. But, still, I would never have imagined that a day would come when I, and so many former antagonists of Buhari, would not only change my mind about this walking firebrand but actually plunge myself fully into his presidential campaign while not being a member of his political party. Strange are the ways of God indeed.

In my nearly 55 years on earth, this is the second time I would witness a complete transfiguration of a Nigerian from being most hated to most loved. My first recollection was in 1988 as I searched frantically for a job. My dream then had been to get a teaching appointment after concluding a Master’s degree in Literature-in-English at the great Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. I was already contributing articles on the opinion pages of The Guardian which was edited by Odia Ofeimun and The Sunday Tribune, edited by Folu Olamiti. I was then subsequently invited by my friend, Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo, a prodigiously gifted journalist, to try my luck in Lagos. He tried to get me a job at the African Guardian, edited by Nduka Irabor, but wasn’t successful.
Onukaba then suggested that I should try the African Concord magazine, owned by Chief Moshood Abiola and edited by Lewis Obi but I was most reluctant. Just imagine that though I was desperately in need of a job, but I was not very keen about working in the Concord Group. You, like me, will laugh at my reasons now. I was discouraged by so many things I had read or heard about the fabulously wealthy ‘Money Kudi Owo’ Abiola, who was supposed to have been the biggest thief in Africa, courtesy of Fela’s album, ITT, International Thief Thief. That song had done incalculable damage to Chief Abiola as many self-righteous people, including myself, completely tuned off the man.
I remember very vividly how there was a war of words between the Awoists (who believed the support of Chief Abiola, a Yoruba, for the National Party of Nigeria was partly responsioble for robbing Chief Obafemi Awolowo of victory against Alhaji Shehu Shagari who won the Presidential election in 1979) and the Abiola supporters who felt there was nothing wrong in Yorubas belonging to opposing parties. The Nigerian Tribune had fiery writers led by Chief Olabisi Onabanjo, Ebenezer Babatope (aka Ebino Topsy) while The Concord Group assembled some of Nigeria’s finest journalists including Doyin Abiola, Dele Giwa, Ray Ekpu, Yakubu Muhammed, Duro Onabule, Sina Adedipe and so many others. The columnists of both rival papers tackled themselves endless and joined issues on various national and personal matters. Of particular interest to me was a columnist popularly known as Abiodun Aloba (also known as Ebenezer Williams) who wrote so brilliantly that I asked God for his kind of diction.

In the middle of all this confusion, I would have preferred to work in the less controversial and highly cerebral environment of The Guardian but here I was being asked to try my luck at the African Concord. I had imagined all sorts about having to work in a religious conclave, all the restrictions, prejudices, and so on, but the real fear of hunger was the beginning of wisdom for me. I approached Mr Lewis Obi as suggested by Onukaba who introduced us and was shocked that I got a job on the spot. I had to plead with him to let me resume in another two weeks as I needed to return to Ile-Ife for proper preparation for this journey of a lifetime.  The rest is history!
The meat of this story is that I resumed work on May 2, 1988, about fourteen days to my 28th birthday. But contrary to my mortal fears, The Concord Group was one of the most relaxed and pleasant companies I would ever work. It was by far the biggest media conglomerate in Nigeria. Chief Abiola rarely came around but he breezed in every now and then and everyone felt the tremor of his presence as well as the aftershocks after he’s been long gone. The Concord titles did not discriminate against any tribe or religion. I won’t be surprised if most of us were Christians. The most senior employees paraded a galaxy of more Christians than Moslems. We had a bush Canteen within the premises where we were allowed to eat or drink even alcohol as journalists love to do. Our Chairman avoided the News Room as much as possible because he was certain to be welcomed by some whiff of cigarette smoke.
Based on the much vaunted alleged prejudices of the owner, Chief MKO Abiola, I tried very hard to find out any shade of religious intolerance but never found one. He was not a saint but he towered above many of his peers. His love for the poor marked him apart from others. He lived for the needy and touched too many lives. He had attended a Christian school, Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, and could recite Biblical passages by rote. He attended church services when required to do so and even sang Christian hymns from memory at my wedding in 1992.  It was a great lesson for me that we can all misconstrue many things based on rumours and gossip without seeking to ascertain the factual reality.

Chief Abiola worked assiduously at turning around the wrong impressions about him. Not everyone ever gets that lucky. It takes a lot to change human misperceptions. Many are often too rigid and too set in their ways. As Abiola himself used to say, the deaf always repeats the last songs he heard before he lost his hearing. It was one of those miraculous occurrences that Abiola was eventually able to endear himself to Nigerians from all works of lives. The secret of his larger-than-life image was quite simple. He never disconnected himself totally from the poor even as he wined and dined with the rich and famous. It is a lesson I hold very dear. Abiola was ready to fight the cause of the common man despite belonging to the oppressor class himself. The ability to relate to both with equal competence was uncommon. The truth is he never forgot his humble beginnings and made sure that this reflected in the way he related with all manner of people.
I wasn’t surprised when he returned from his self-imposed political sabbatical and jumped into the fray in 1993. He had bided his time and knew when to make the right move. Ordinary Nigerians responded in kind and in sincere appreciation of his genuinely generous gestures. Even the elites who initially viewed him with suspicion and likely disdain finally embraced him warts and all as the most unlikely man became so radicalised that he became a symbol of our struggle for democracy and good governance. Ironically, Fela’s Brother, Beekololari Ransome-Kuti joined in that epic battle, and likewise many who were never fans of Abiola.
As I watch events unfold around Major General Buhari today, I just can’t help but draw some comparison and highlight the similarities between the People’s General and Abiola, the only difference being that Buhari cannot by any stretch of the imagination be called a wealthy man. Both men had powerful enemies. They were assumed to be religious bigots. Although, Abiola was a Yoruba man it was felt that he was too partial to the North as is the wrong perception of General Buhari’s parochial feelings for his home region. They derived their power from the poor. Their passion for Nigeria could never be in doubt. Abiola was rejected by the political class resoundingly just like Buhari has not been able to win the presidential election a record third time. However, like Abiola, Buhari seems to have gotten his groove finally and disabused the Nigerian public of these erroneous views and opinions.

This deal was finally saved and delivered at The Chatham House, London on February 26, 2015. At a public lecture which he delivered at that world renowned venue, Buhari mesmerised the world with his presence, carriage, and childlike innocence. He did not pretend to be who he wasn’t. It was such a glorious moment as he introduced himself as a former dictator turned reformed democrat. He spoke calmly and firmly in front of a distinguished audience. He answered the questions fired at him with candour, sincerity and common-sense. Many were shocked to see a Buhari they thought they knew but didn’t know. Standing before the world was a man whose image was falsely that of a Muslim fundamentalist, stark illiterate, aged and tired soldier, wicked and miserable soul, hypnotising everyone with his carefully chosen but intelligent words coupled with great wit and humour. This was a truly transfigured Buhari, who certainly has a date with history and it is certainly only a matter of time before he gets his well-deserved apotheosis.

 

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Boko Haram and its Imminent Doom By Sonubi Tobi Olatunde

Over the last six years the Nigerian nation had been bedevilled with the extremist cum insurgent group known as boko haram. The boko  haram has more often than not resorted to the use of terror and has justified its identity as a a terrorist organisation.

The terrorist group before now has been involved in land grabbing exercise, similar to the Daish in the middle east. It has sought to enforce the most radical form of sharia and a proselytizing of the Nigerian north east under fanatical ideals based on distorted views of an Islamic society.

Until recent weeks, the Nigerian  military and in extension the political elite has been under Intense criticism for the lacklustre attitude and performance of the once preponderant armed forces in the wake of shabby display in the face of an ill-equipped and  poorly organized and rag tag group called the Boko Haram. In the face of amaranthine victories in  important towns like Baga, Mubi to mention just two.

One need praise the Nigerian military for it exploits  the last two weeks and the magic it seems to be performing even as though it seems the new script been rolled out has been carefully written and played out.

The subject of the discourse isn’t the hypocrisy of the military, neither is it the political gimmicks of the civilians with commanding authority but the inevitability of the success for the Nigerian army and the sanctity of the Nigerian nation state.

The boko haram as a group is losing its land hold in the north east and seems to have resorted to a panic mode.  The panic mode of this rag tag insurgents is one which excel in the use of Scotch-earth tactics including the use of suicide bombers, hostage taking,kidnapping and activating sleeper cells around the country with an element of surprise.

We have witnessed pockets of suicide bombers in the Jos environ and also in remote cities around the country where insurgents activities have been scare in recent times. For instance in Biu and Kano, the cries of attack especially suicide bombers have been rare in the last six months when the terrorist group held enclaves within the Nigerian state.
An attempt to explain the resurgence in the amount of the scotch earth approach of this militia is seen as a last ditch effort by the group to once again instill fear in the Nigerian citizenry. Resorting to this tactics where it loses members, kill innocent people and damage lives and property is only to create a false sense of its prevalence in the Nigerian state.
Its is pertinent to note that this tactics by the insurgent isn’t novel and the Nigerian state must have learnt from past occurrence how best to deal with such situations.
Again, it should be noted that if the military sustains it current stride and victories coupled with erstwhile intelligence gathered in the early days of the groups it would be easier to detract this evil perpetrators from their enterprise.  This tactics would only help expose the sleeper cells, decimation and help activate a movement for the total annihilation of the malign sect.

By SONUBI TOBI OLATUNDE
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Buhari Is A Better Christian Than Jonathan By Ikechukwu Orji

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said he admired Christ not Christians. I guess he said this to remind people that most Christians are definitely not Christ-like. One cannot  claim to be a Christian when his attitude is opposite of the principle that we are called to live by.   There is no middle ground in this race. It is either you are living like Christ or you are a pretender. People like pretending to be what they are not. It is for this reason that one writer defined hypocrisy as a tribute that vice pays to virtue.

There is absolutely nothing Christ-like in President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. His policies are harsh towards the common man. He has done absolutely nothing for the poor of the land. Rather, he has done a lot to favour the rich and eminent personalities. Any true Christian knows that God loves the poor and is earnestly seeking to do them good. He is seriously looking for those to use to render service to the poor. It can only take a wicked man to increase the prices of petroleum products on a New Year day thereby causing immense hardship to numerous poverty stricken citizens.  Any government that is anti poor is anti God.

Jonathan has refused to go after those who are squandering our patrimony. Corruption is rampant and he is pretending that all is well. You cannot be a follower of Christ and allow evil to run rampant around you. How long can we continue this dance of death? How long are we going to allow these men from the forest of thousand demons to continue to desecrate our land? It is about time we chased them away. We need discipline and decorum in governance. And that is what Muhammadu Buhari is about.

Buhari is everything that Jonathan is not. He is disciplined, painstaking and has a visceral dislike for corruption. He has promised to confront corruption and he is just about the only politician that has the credential to do that. He has done it before and he will do it again. The man cares passionately for the poor of the land and wants to do his bit to help them. Buhari is not a drunk and he is not in the business of running around with other people’s wives. As a Head of State, 11 out of 19 Ministers appointed by him were Christians.

Buhari showed leadership when a dangerous Islamic sect known as Maitatsine threatened our peace. He refused to register Nigeria as a member of the Organization of Islamic Countries and banned government sponsorship of pilgrimages to Mecca. It is a well- known fact that his personal aides and domestic workers are mostly Christians and under him no one was victimized on the basis of religion.  It is on record that Jonathan is the first President to lead Nigerian delegation to the Organization of Islamic Countries in February 2013. He has spent an average of $14 billion on 26, 000 Haji pilgrims annually from 2010. From all ramifications, Buhari has more Christian qualities than Jonathan.

Buhari’s government will focus on building a society that would begin to move the powers of a smothering federal government back to states and local government. Government will be closer to the people and better aware of their real needs and wants. APC as party is open and beckoning to a majority of Nigerians not because we are handing out goodies to people but because we have a better proposal for them and their families.

As a transformational leader, Buhari is sure of what he wants happen and is extraordinarily strong-willed about it. He has one thing in mind instead of a variety of passing impulses. He wants a society full of opportunities. In short, the key to a successful transformational leader is to keep your eyes focused on your goals. And the people’s general has a knack for ignoring unproductive criticism and feels neither threatened nor moved by it. He is not one of such politicians that display so much pettiness and hostility that is simply not productive. Surely, Nigeria will be better under him.

Ikechukwu Orji

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Home Yams, Diaspora Goats By Pius Adesanmi

A home always begets its Diaspora. To account for certain pathologies and behavioural traits; to understand why a given Diaspora ticks in a certain way, you must dig and trace their routes all the way back to their roots. More than three hundred years after separation, after the middle passage, after Massa, after the plantations of the Deep South, after the Civil Rights movement, after this and after that, there are still African American ticks you encounter and you say: hello Africa, na your face be dis? Long time! No matter the encrustations of time and new acquisitions of culture and experience, a Diaspora is always a mirror of the home which begat it. The source-culture always survives.

Career Jonathanism has its own Diaspora. The career Jonathanian abroad is a mirror image of the career Jonathanian at home who begat him. Hence, we face a reproduction of behaviours, of pathologies, of attitudes which cover the entire spectrum of ugly realities that have come to define project nationhood in Nigeria. Today, in London, a fragment of Diaspora career Jonathanism was on duty at Chatham House, ostensibly to disrupt General Mohammadu Buhari’s scheduled engagement in that space of global intellection and voice support for the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan. In actual fact, they were responding to the call of stomach infrastructure.

There is now ample video evidence of the fact that these Diaspora career Jonathanians were there on the strength of financial inducement. They were there for their own crumbs of the national cake that their principal has been dumping inside every available pocket in Nigeria and abroad like a mad fisherman sailor. However, what I do like about the organizers of the London stomach infrastructural spectacle is their devastating honesty – and even modesty! They requested stomach infrastructure of only $20,000 and wrote a memo to that effect.

That these London career Jonathanians requested money and even insisted on a paper trail which went public is a testimony to their sound knowledge of how things work in President Jonathan’s world. They understand only too clearly that there is no chance in this world that the FFKs, the Fayoses, the Kasahmus of this world and other corrupt lunatics running the show for the President at home would send twenty thousand dollars to their London Diaspora outpost and actually invoice just twenty thousand dollars! If those at home woke up on a good day, I wager they’d send twenty thousand dollars to those poor souls in London and invoice anywhere between five to ten million dollars. On a bad day, the invoiced figure could be considerably higher. In due course, predictable fights among them over the loot will lead to more leakages and we shall hopefully learn how much was invoiced at home for the twenty thousand requested by the Diaspora. Whenever this over-invoicing goes public in a messy intra-Jonathanian fight as it is guaranteed to happen eventually, the lonely Londoners now have a public memo to back up denials: hey, we asked for only twenty thousand dollars o! So these people at home claimed to have sent us ten million dollars? Chai!

I said that these diaspora career Jonathanians were being cautious and honest by issuing a memo in which it is made clear that they are in this Jonathan business to eat. I have more sympathy for them than many career Jonathanians caterwauling all over social media from home. Not long ago, some of them gathered in Port Harcourt – ostensibly for a “retreat” – as if one does not know that where one or two Nigerians are gathered in President Jonathan’s name, trailer loads of looted naira are there in the midst of them. One of the assembled is a member of my generation who had even nursed the ambition of being Governor of Lagos state and had gone ahead to run a fairly above-mediocre Facebook campaign for that office and had started to earn my admiration as a compatriot doing things for altruistic purposes and not for the money. While the back-patting for a successful Port Harcourt retreat for President Jonathan raged on his Wall, one honest citizen advised them and the Jonathan campaign to let the money trickle down to the grass root. The fellow also complained that civil society groups were being left out of the financial windfall. My take from that intervention is that there isn’t too much honour among thieves in the sharing of the Jonathan campaign loot by those working for him.

In essence, even in that hermetic circuit of Presidential campaign slush fund eating, these characters cannot ensure democracy, equity, justice, and fairness. It is each to himself, trying to carve as much of the loot as possible into his own selfish pocket, not allowing it to trickle down as we continuously hear from disgruntled career Jonathanians, cheated out of the big pie. Anti-Buhari protesters in London today

Many have expressed disgust over the behaviour of the London career Jonathanians today. We are informed that many of them were rented for as little as a hundred pounds, some for two hundred pounds, etc. That is plausible. Twenty thousand dollars is roughly ten thousand pounds. Mirroring the behaviour of the home crew, the London organizer would first have to pocket nearly half of whatever amount received in London before distributing the remaining crumbs to the poor souls who went to expose themselves to winter elements in front of Chatham House today.

But my question to those who are condemning diaspora career Jonathanians for the self-demeaning act of allowing themselves to be rented and exposed to the elements in London is this: why would you expect the diaspora career Jonathanian to be different from the home career Jonathanian who begat him? Don’t you think that it would be illogical for this particular diaspora not to be a mirror of its home and source-culture? At home, career Jonathanians are raking it in left, right, and centre. Why would the Diaspora they have spawned not be infected by the Ebola virus of stomach infrastructure?

In fact, given the fact that those on the Jonathan campaign train at home are eating the campaign slush funds selfishly, unfairly, and undemocratically, allowing very little to trickle down, as evidenced by revelations whenever they inevitably fight over the loot, I hazard to say that career Jonathanians in the Diaspora are now using the philosophy of President Jonathan to get their own share of the loot. Yams grow in yam mounds until they are dug out at harvest. Since yams have learnt to grow without leaving the mound, Diaspora goats have learnt to dig mounds without ceasing.

 

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Nigeria 2015: The Change We Need By Abdulrahman Usman Leme

The 2015 election in Nigeria is seen by many as a make or mar election, and arguably the most crucial election since Nigeria’s independence. Over the years Nigeria’s unity has been put to test several times, from 1966 coup that led to the civil war and the subsequent coups and counter coups, economic and political instabilities. The ethnic and communal crisis, the invasion of our communities by foreign mercenaries and arguably the greatest of all threats, the boko Haram crisis, have all threatened and continue to threaten the unity of the Nigerian state. Perhaps one last challenge for the Nigerian state is the 2015 elections described as the most crucial election in Nigeria’s history.

Many Nigerians seems to have had enough of the ruling party’s tricks and poor leadership, from North to South, people are now willing to overlook their differences be it religious, ethnic or sectional to fight for better leadership. The ruling party for the past sixteen years have continued to oppress, exploit and subject the citizens to abject poverty. It’s at the time of election that they come bearing gifts, “Ghana must go bags” stack with money looted from the treasury to buy votes and continue to take citizens on a ride with their empty promises, which they don’t intend to keep.

For the past few weeks we have been fed with all sorts of stories surrounding the postponement of the elections; suddenly we have an active National Security Adviser working with the Service Chiefs to curtail the Boko Haram insurgency and ensure Nigerians are safe to vote – weeks after calling our poorly armed soldiers at the battle front ‘cowards’. These people seem to have been on sabbatical leave while Boko Haram were taking Nigerian territories and forcing our soldiers to run for their lives or tactically manoeuvre into neighbouring countries over the past five years or so.

Many of us have lost friends and family members to this crisis, directly or indirectly – we cannot account for the exact number of innocent lives lost to multiple attacks by Boko Haram. Worse still is the fact that we have a sitting President who lacks empathy, a President who would rather dance ‘Nanaye’ in kano than mourn scores of bomb blast victims, a President who would rather wait till few days to election before visiting the war torn North East, a President who dines and wines with international criminals, ex-convicts and drug barons, a President who uses the military to rig election and above all a President who saw the nurturing of a rag tag insurgents into a highly sophisticated group of terrorists due to negligence and sheer incompetence.

Boko Haram is one of the many problems facing our country, we have our sacred institutions being ridiculed every day by a desperate President, a man who thinks stealing is not corruption, a man who had no plan whatsoever to become president but found himself leading Africa’s most populous nation, a man whose campaign strategy has only improved from being shoeless to seeking sympathy votes from one church to the other. The list is endless, I can go on and on our economy is in turmoil as I type the naira is on a free fall, as you read this your purchasing power must have reduced by 2 %. But we have a choice at our hands to set us free from the hands of’ king Nebuchadnezzar’.

The APC is not a party of saints and we aren’t looking for saints either. At this moment, what we need is a platform where we can be given the liberty to test our democracy and the power of the people, the PDP has denied us this freedom since 1999 that is why we have been having accidental public servants leading us to doom at different levels. The APC have so far demonstrated that they are ready to at least allow us determine who leads us or not and they seem to believe in the power of the ballots and this is a stepping stone and an opportunity we can’t let it slide.

While the APC is running an issue based campaign, through town hall meetings and media chats both within and outside the country, the PDP thinking it is business as usual are busy sponsoring ridiculous ads on newspapers and national televisions against the person of the opposition candidate. They have failed to realise that Nigerians are wiser now and will not fall for their cheap blackmails, we need change, the change we need will not be provided from the same party that has held us captives in our own country over the past sixteen years. The PDP and their supporters keep threatening us with war, their friends meet in government houses and issue out threats, a serving governor is not only sponsoring provocative ads on national dailies but threatening to withdraw his state from Nigeria.

We must remain resolute and send them packing no matter the provocation; we must resist resorting to violence. The only way Nigeria will reclaim its lost glory in Africa and the world at large is by ensuring a successful common sense revolution has taken place. Our revolution will not be like the Arab spring, we have suffered enough and have lost enough, now is the time to use the ballots not the bullets to reclaim our country from the hands of these ‘corporate thieves’ who have been running the country like an empire where some kingmakers sit in their villas and palaces and impose their cronies on us. We want change from this oppression; we want to be given the opportunity to taste the beauty of democracy where the principle of one-man one-vote can be respected.

At the moment we have limited choices but between the two major candidates, we know one of them the sitting the president have done his best and his best is the worst type of leadership this country has ever tasted. He has been tested and cannot be trusted not with our territorial integrity, not with our economy; our girls are still missing, our billions are still at large, the likes of Stella Odua, Maina, Faruk Lawal, Femi Otedola, Abba Moro and Diezani Alison madukwe are either somewhere enjoying their loots or still looting. We need change and GMB is that man who would rather keep Abdullahi Bolaji and sack Abba Moro or keep Professor Alkali as education minister than hand it over to a reckless Wike no matter their political differences. General Buhari is a man who is not afraid of competence in his 20 months in power he appointed his cabinet base on competence regardless of their religion or ethnicity. This is why he is the change we need, we may think we deserve better or want a younger president but at this moment we are left with this two candidates one described as incorruptible, discipline and no nonsense and the other currently overseeing a failing government, the choice is ours and we must not fail to get it right this time around. The change we need is GMB. I watched him during the APC convention and here is some of what he said:

“I do not intend to rule Nigeria. I want
to democratically govern it with your help.
I seek a Nigeria where Christians and
Muslims may practise their faiths in peace
and security; a Nigeria that is just and
where corruption no longer trespasses into
our institutions and national behaviour and a
Nigeria where our diversity could be used
for our national prosperity”     God bless Nigeria!

 

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