To Shout Or Not To Shout (PMB Appointments) By Adamu Auta
I have to give credit to the P(G)MB, he knows how to Ginger Nigerians WOW, While we Football Fanatics ( European) were busy keeping eyes on the Uefa Champions League Draws Mr President was busy doing what he know how to do best constitute his “Kitchen Cabinet”.
I have to say I have read the good, the bad and even the Yeye analysis of Mr President Loompsided appointment from Pro Govt /Buahrist and Anti Govt / Wailing Wailers/ Regional Warriors and I have to give it to you guys wow, you people did a fantastic job more kudos to your various Elbows. I never wanted to chip in into this Hullabaloo because today even if my father happens to be part of Mr President new appointment am 100% sure Nigerians would even enjoy him more than me his own son talk more of someone that is perceived we are from the same region, besides all this appointees if you check well am sure some don’t even know the road to their own village that today people are shouting Region.
Am not here to support Mr President or to support Anti President but am here to talk on 4 Issues that I feel most of these various analysis have failed to address and I feel I should chip in on those issues which are:
FREEDOM OF SPEECH /EXPRESSION
My brothers from the North you don’t have to be a Dictator now(ya za ka du ki mutum ka ha na shi kuka) “you can’t beat someone and still stop him from crying” after all Our President who is now a Democratic President in his Chatham House speech said he is a repentant Dictator, to stay true to his word he decided that he should be called PMB not GMB that’s why I personally still write the G in brackets because a General is always a General, and I would expansiate more on that later in this write up.
So long as our Dear Constitution has not been amended to remove the fundamental Human Right please my Brothers from the North you have no right whatsoever to tell our Brothers from the South not to Shout please our Southern Brothers please Shout oooo, because Shouting is Allowed in a Democratic setting even though we all know your Shouting would not Change anything, Beside you know when you have power you tend to forget your suffering if not My brothers from the North are now claiming they did not Shout when the Immediate Past President was doing his own loopsided appointment, well that’s a BLOODY LIE, my brothers shouted to the extent I remember a friend of My told me that GEJ has made Northerners to become Second class citizen in this Country, I remember many people from the North even have the Believe that if GEJ had won again after his completion of tenure he would divide this Country, some even went ahead and said that the lack of Zeal in fighting the Insurgency was a means of Distraction, so that we from the North would not have an idea of the “MASSIVE DEVELOPMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE ” going on in his own Region but time has shown that his failure was general not one sided, If my Brothers Shouted then even our New Custom oga too Shouted then I wonder why Mr Brothers from the North would say our Brothers from the South should not Shout? . Biko Shout ooo. Because that’s the only weapon you have right now even though your Shout like I earlier said won’t Change a thing but please Keep Shouting. So long as we are still using the Constitution not Decree and so long as the Fundamental Human right is still enshrined in the Constitution
In every Societal Issue I love to see the good and bad of every argument to have a clearer picture on issue. The beauty of public Opinion is that it gives room for Knowledge enquiry, if not for the Shout that our Brothers from the south were shouting I believed there are certain things that people would still not know, I specifically as a student of knowledge I have learnt a lot from this shout Example: My friend @Abu Abbani a Buhari Loyalist of course made analysis of how Past President have appointed their SGF from their own region etc if not for Our brothers shouting I would have not known who was the SGF under Ex President Olusegun Obasanjo in the person of Ufot Ekaete, which I got to know from his various write up on the issue, so you see your Shout have made me to acquire Knowledge please Shout oo, Your Shout made me to also know that The new Custom Oga who I personally have my reservation about his appointment not because he does not have integrity or not competent is not trustworthy bla bla but just my own view which doesn’t change anything like I said before, but your Shout has now made me to know that he is not the First Custom Oga to be Appointed outside the Custom service as a matter of Fact Babangida Badomasi aka Evil Genius appointed Haliru Bello Mohammed as his Custom Boss, who institutionalise Corruption then in the Service, Sani Abacha also appointed a Military man in the Person of Brigadier General Samuel Ango, Even Shehu Yar’adua was one time Custom Oga and we all know his appointed brought to the birth of one of the most corrupt Politician we have in Nigeria base on people’s accusation etc in the Person of Abubakar Atiku ex vice President. In a Nutshell my Brothers from the South your Shout has made me more knowledgeable, so please let the Shout continue even though it won’t change a thing.
MERIT / BUHARI
Most Buhari Loyalist said Mr President appointment is base on Merit, well like I have stated before that’s not my business but in Nigeria we have failed to define the word Merit, we have continuously to see beautiful credentials as a tool to describe Merit which is wrong, Merit should be the capacity of the job that individual has done before, we see beautiful CV and plenty Portfolios but what have they achieved before is what really matters, example it is in This Country we once had An Academic Doctor as a President and we know how is tenure ended, we say Technocrats fine beautiful word but let’s not forget that we have seen plenty technocrats that have done well and does that have also failed e.g when we talk of technocrat Dr Ngozi okonjo is at the peak of Technocrat but even her ex Boss in the Person of OBJ would tell you that she was part if not the core of those that Scattered our Economy, so like I keep saying this is a Govt of 4 yrs, let’s judge them after two years when they might have settled then we can know whether those beautiful CV has actually reflected in the new Position.
Well most people Said Mr President make his appointment base on Merit, people like the Gov of EDO our self acclaimed Minister of Information, hope you are seeing what is happening to Amaechi and Fashola, keep using such word it’s either they are been comical with the truth or they don’t know their Principal officer in the person of P(G)MB, the Cardinal point for you to get any appointment under Mr President is TRUST, Mr President has Trust issues, which I blame him for not trusting Nigerians, the way Nigerians trusted him with the Mantle of leadership but I also don’t blame him because we all know what he has passed through in this country from allies and foe during his Political Adventure. No matter how beautiful your CV is if Mr President don’t trust you I bet you you won’t get a Key appointment in his Administration, I can even guess that before Mr President appoints you after Security personnel have done all their Security Check on you I am sure Mr President would tell his close aides to bring up your Bank Account and if Mr President sees certain appoint that he feels you should not have base on your Various portfolio whether the Money is Legally yours or not I bet you Mr President would toss your CV aside with all your Merit with it if he don’t trust you.
APC KNOWS NOTHING
My Brothers from the South the APC as a party said Mr President would compensate you guys abi create the necessary Balance with upcoming appointment well, My Brothers that na complete Wash, others have now known( I knew ever since) that the APC is a different Party and Mr President is a differrent Govt, no body in the Party knows what Mr President appointment would be like they are just making their normal Political statement, from Mr Rochas, LAI Muhammed and even Mr Chairman John Oyegun cannot authoritatively tell you who Mr President would appoint, beside yes he would compensate you people with Ambassadorial appointment, after all appointment na appointment. And like I earlier said they can’t query him and do you know why? He is a General and A General would always be a General, if not they would have told Nigerians like how they do with the member of National Assembly that he should follow party directives but because he is a General they can’t Cough because of his Pedigree.
No appointment I repeat no appointment can single Handedly bring positive development to a region, don’t be Suprise after p(G)MB 4 or 8 yrs tenure there won’t be an asphalt road to Daura. Good governance is key to any sustainable development not individual appointment.
God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria
God Save Us From Us
Adamu Auta could be reached through his Twitter Handle: @adamu318 or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org