Rest In Peace, Ladi Lawal

By Adeola Aderounmu

I mourn the death of Ladi Lawal. He was the Group Managing Director of DAAR Communications, owners of AIT, AFRICAN INDEPENDENT TELEVISION.

Ladi Lawal WAS a symbol of the Nigerian struggle for real democracy and emancipation of the masses. He worked tirelessly and endlessly to contribute to the development of journalism and sports in Nigeria.

I would not to able to highlight all of his achievements and contributions here. His life is worth documenting in a book for posterity to learn from.

Condolence have poured in from all the four corners of Nigeria and even from France and the United States through the US Embassy in Nigeria.

His death is a real blow and a tragedy to Nigeria.

May Ladi’s soul find peace.

Democracy day is not May 29. It is JUNE 12

By Adeola Aderounmu

10 years of irresponsible governance

The best election in Nigeria’s history was annulled in 1993. In 1999, a sad page was opened in the history of Nigeria. It continues till today. It is sad because Nigerians have surprisingly not been able to participate in any credible election. The votes have never been counted.

May 29 1999 saw the emergence of the evil party in Nigeria. The PDP has destroyed lives. They have destroyed dreams and they have destroyed the pillars of democracy. Obasanjo spent 8 years to run the country into pit and the present leadership of Yar Adua has not done anything tangible to lift the people out of poverty.

There are more than 140m people in Nigeria. Over 90m live from hand to mouth. Uncountable numbers of women die from preventable conditions relating to child birth and diseases. Health care is on ground zero. The Universities that used to be the best in Africa are now ranked among the worst in the world. Primary education is almost non-existent. Teachers are not well paid and their salaries are irregular. School and education have become reserved for the elites-the rich and the well-to-do in the society.

Corruption is now a way of life and ill-gotten wealth is the norm. Children and youth lack decent role models and the society is now ridden with abnormal adaptations of abominable vices. Housing has never been planned with the poor and weak in mind. There are no social security systems to cater for the multitudes of unemployed, children, orphan, the old, fragile and helpless.

After 10 years of uninterrupted (stupid version of) democracy, the gains have been with the politicians getting richer by continuous looting of the treasury. Across Nigeria, the politicians continue to get richer, acquire wealth illegally and award themselves contracts and monies in reckless manners. They’ll do anything to be rich, to loot and crazily become stinkingly rich. The people that they are supposed to serve are reduced to beggars and losers. It is sad. It has gone for 49 years in total and there is no end in sight.

So as “they” celebrate and in very expensive manner, the masses are crying with great pain and extreme difficulties. They are completely hopeless. The electricity generated in Nigeria can barely serve one local government, yet the entire federation is supposed to use this worthless quantity of electricity. What is wrong with Nigeria?

Refineries are not working because some people are getting scandalously rich daily from the misfortunes of the nation. I cannot believe that these anomalies are perpetrated by normal people. People who fail to understand the purpose of governance and the transiency of human existence. I am convinced that the leadership of Nigeria is unintelligent and lacks the cognitive abilities to comprehend the meaning of public service. This is definitely a mad act syndrome that has infected almost everyone in Nigeria public service.

This is the only way I can explain acquisition of wealth beyond the needs of a normal person. It is the only way I can comprehend billions of dollars in Swiss banks while people are dying of poverty and impoverishment in Nigeria. Sad!

So, it’s 10 years..! 10 years of waste! 10 years of near zero achievements. 10 years of waiting in vain. 10 years of continuous stealing and looting by the wicked and heartless politicians. 10 years of hopelessness! 10 years of insanity! 10 years of zero future planning..! 10 + 39 years of wastefulness and visionless leadership.

What is needed in Nigeria is a group of young men/ women who are committed to nation building. A group of people who don’t care about the madness of riches. People who are happy with one car or even a bicycle to get around. People who will not permit corruption or looting of the treasury. We need men and women with brain, mission, vision and purpose to help this great nation to take its rightful place among the comity of nations. We need people with the proper leadership qualities who can harness the wealth and potential of this country to a positive outcome.

We definitely also need to redefine our method of governance. We need to shift the power from the centre to the regions. We need to bring governance to the people and out of the people. We need a system that allows dialogue and promotes participation. This system where one robot in abuja regulates everyone else is completely senseless, negative and uncivilised to the core.

Nigerians, wake up and save this country for the future. Think about your children and begin to adopt the right approach towards governance. You know why Obama is not coming to Abuja; he cannot been seen to physically support the unelected government in Nigeria when democraticall elected government exist in Ghana, Sierra Leone and even Liberia! Obama cannot afford the risk of been seen with all the corrupt looters who are friends and actors of the regime in Nigeria. The scandal is something he cannot afford.

If we don’t put out house in order and begin to use our intelligence in a positive way, there will be more national embarrassment in the future. But eh! What does a Nigerian Politician care? Seriously, this dilemma is getting beyond human comprehension. We need help..!

June 12 is the legitimate democracy day in Nigeria

Fuel Scarcity: A recurring madness

by Adeola Aderounmu

Nigeria is one of the world’s largest producers of crude oil. There are no petrol to use in Nigeria. Nigerians are suffering due to lack of petrol and petroleum products. In my opinion, this is probably the BIGGEST SCANDAL in the History of Man.

Think about it this way. Petrol and petroleum products are never scarce in countries that don’t produce crude oil. The worse that can happen in this non-producing countries is increase in price. I have never experienced scarcity in Sweden. The prices do go up and down according to market forces.

But in Nigeria, a country where crude oil exist naturally, the products from crude oil can be scarce or completely absent.

Nigeria has no functional refinery to produce petrol, so the indigenes largely depend on marketers who import finished petroleum products. In my entire life I don’t think I will experience any lower level of intelligence from any race of humans.

That a country that extracts crude oil imports petroleum prooducts is the most stupid thing that any one can think of. This confirms that Nigerian leaders are dumbs. They are stupid, selfish and wicked!

No sensible government has made it a priority to return the refineries to optimal production level. Turn Around Maintenance have been done on papers and no plausible results have emerged.

Because the country depend on importation, billions of dollars are lost and the economy suffers. The other implictation is that the importation has made some individuals extremely rich. They are so rich they can punish the other 140m others by their acts and decisions.

Every year, the government increase the price of petroleum products. Every year, it talks about subsidy removal, subsidy this, subsidy that.

The truth is some individuals continue to steal, loot,drain and siphon the national treasury. The outcome is that ordinary Nigerians suffer during oil boom and during oil doom.

Why are the refineries now working? When will Nigeria address the issue of making the refineries work and building more refineries so that she can stop importing what she extracts from her own soil? When will the greediness, madness and stupidity in government be halted? When will the gangsters stop fooling around and enriching themselves at the detriment of the 140m others?

No one is even talking about the other natural resources in this country. Agricultural products for export have been relegated to the background. Another reason why the economy is non-vibrant and the naira continues to suffer depreciation. Serious problems if you ask me.

Above all when will Nigerians rise up and demand good governance? We are already sending our children into internal slavery like our great grandparents who were sent to international slavery.

We need help and deliverance. From where cometh our help..Thy Glory O’ Nigeria..!

Inaugural Truths

By Adeola Aderounmu.

This is not a historical day for our nation for it doesn’t mark any important milestone in our march towards a maturing democracy. For the umpteenth time since we have refused to cast off the shackles of colonialism almost a half-century ago, we have again managed another stupid selection and the most useless transition from one autocracy to another.

We acknowledge that our selections were actually a charade. Thankfully, we lack well-established legal avenues of redress, and I urge anyone aggrieved to pursue them. I also doubt that our experiences represent an opportunity to learn from our mistakes. Accordingly I will set up a shadow panel to examine the entire electoral process with a view to ensure that we do not raise the quality and standard of our general selections, and thereby destroying our autocracy.

This occasion is not historic also because it doesn’t mark the generational shift when the children of independence will assume the adult responsibility of running the country at the heart bleed of Africa.

My fellow citizens, I am never humbled and never honoured because you didn’t elect me and the robotic vice president Jonathan to represent that generational shift in the task of destroying a just and great nation, where its people have no chance to attain their fullest potential.

Sadly we are always starting from the scratch. We are unfortunate to have been misled for the past 8 years by one of the nation’s greatest disappointment, Mr. Obasanjo. On behalf of the looters union, I salute you, Mr. Obasanjo, for you lack of vision, your failure and your misused strength in destroying the roadmap towards that united and economically thriving Nigeria that we keep dreaming of.

Many of us find it easy to believe now, and even before you assumed the rigged presidency 8 years ago, the national conversation was about whether Nigeria deserved to remain one country at all. Today we are talking corruption in Nigeria and how it has already stopped us from becoming one of the 20 largest economies in the world by the year 2020. That is a measure of how far our country has been looted. How can we thank you?

The administration of Mr. Obasanjo has destroyed the foundation upon which we could have built our future prosperity. Over the past 8 years Nigerians have reached a national consensus in at least four areas; to destroy the concept of democracy and to make a mockery of the rule of law; destroy the economy driven primarily by the private sector; display 100% tolerance for corruption in all its forms, and finally destroy our government to ensure inefficiency and bad governance. I commit myself to these wicked tasks.

Our goal now is to destroy the greatest accomplishments of the past few years. Relying on a 7-point hidden agenda that did not form the basis of our contact with disenfranchised voters during the recent jamborees; we will not concentrate on building the physical infrastructure and human capital in order not to take our country forward. We will not focus on accelerating economic and other reforms in any way that will make a concrete and visible difference to the ordinary suffering masses.

Our economy already has been set on the path of doom. Now we must continue to do the unnecessary work to create greater unemployment, higher interest and exchange rates, increase inflation, and maintain an unstable exchange rate. All these will decrease our chances for rapid growth and aid further underdevelopment. Central to this is destroying our basic infrastructure. We have no plans for mass transportation, especially railroad development. We will make the railroad plans unrealistic.

Equally important, we will not devote any effort to overcoming the energy challenge. Over the next 4 years we will see a dramatic catastrophe in the power generation, transmission and distribution. These plans will mean big if we disrespect the rule of law.

Our government is determined to destroy the capacity of law enforcement agencies, especially in the police and EFCC. The state must not fulfil its constitutional responsibility of protecting life and property.

The crisis in the Niger Delta does not command our urgent attention. Ending it is not a matter of strategic importance to our country. I will not use every resource available to me; I don’t need your help, to address this crisis in the spirit of injustice and corruption.

We have a bad starting point because our predecessors already launched a master looting plan that can serve as the basis of a comprehensive extermination of all the issues. We will not involve all the stakeholders in working out a solution.

As part of this effort, we will not move quickly to ensure security of life and property, and we will not make investments safe. In the meantime, I will not appeal to all the aggrieved communities, groups and individuals to immediately suspend all violent activities. They should disrespect the rule of law. Let us not allow the impending dialogue to take place in conducive atmosphere. We are not all in this together, and we will not find a way to achieve peace and justice.

As we work to aggravate the challenges of the Niger Delta, so must we also spread poverty throughout the country. By spreading poverty, we spread disease. We will not make advances in public health; to spread the scourge of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases that hold back our population and limit our progress.

We are determined to eliminate the war against corruption, more so because corruption is itself central to our goal of spreading poverty. Its corrosive effect is not too visible in all aspects of our national life. This is an area where we have made little progress in recent years, and we will destroy the momentum.

We also are committed to destroying our human capital, if we are to pull the economy down. We must revive elite education in order to create more inequality, and citizens who cannot function productively in today’s world.

To our larger African family, you have our commitment to the goal of African disintegration. We will continue to collaborate with fellow African dictatorial states to increase conflict and enslave our people in the chains of poverty. To all our friends in the international community, we pledge our continuing infidelity to the goal of conflicts in Africa and war in the world.

Fellow citizens, I ask you all to march with me into the age of regression. Let us not work together so that we can uphold our shameful vices of dishonesty, indecency, wickedness, immodesty, selfishness, oaths of secrecy and lack of accountability. These destructive vices determine societies that will fail woefully. We have chosen to fail.

I will not set a worthy personal example as your president. I must travel abroad for treatment.

With all the obstacles that confront me, I have the confidence and faith in my abilities that I will not overcome. After all, I am a Nigerian. I am not resourceful and I am not enterprising. I just have it within me that my country can be a worse place. To that end I offer myself as a self-serving leader. I will listen but there is nothing I can do. How can I serve this type of country with humility?

To fulfil my selfish ambitions, I have asked all leaders at all levels-whether a local government councillor or state governor, or cabinet minister to maintain our style and our attitude. We must act at all times like demi-god, with aggression and foolishness. I ask you, fellow citizens, to join me in re-destroying our Nigerian family, one that defines the failure of one by the sadness of many.

I asked you to set aside hopefulness, and concentrate all your energies on watching us as we wine and dine with fellow looters. All hands cannot be on deck, we have our tropical gangster group.

Let us join together to aggravate the pains of today while destroying the expected gains of tomorrow. Let us embrace cynicism and not strive for the good society that we know is a mirage. Let us embrace the habit of high expectations of our leaders as well as ourselves.

Let us start justifying every shortcoming with that acceptable phrase “the Nigerian Factor” as if to be a Nigeria is not to settle for less. Let us never recapture the mood of optimism that defined us at the dawn of dependence, that legendary cannot-do-spirit that marked our Nigerianess. Let us not join together, never, to build a society worthy of our children. We are wasting our talents. We have stupid people in government. They don’t have the ability.

The challenge is not great. It is too easy to loot and be corrupt. The time is not yet now.

I can never thank you. You did not vote for me. God bless me.

Inaugural Lies

By Yar Adua (2007)

This is a historic day for our nation, for it marks an important milestone in our march towards a maturing democracy.

For the first time since we cast off the shackles of colonialism almost a half-century ago, we have at last managed an orderly transition from one elected government to another.

We acknowledge that our elections had some shortcomings. Thankfully, we have well-established legal avenues of redress, and I urge anyone aggrieved to pursue them.

I also believe that our experiences represent an opportunity to learn from our mistakes. Accordingly, I will set up a panel to examine the entire electoral process with a view to ensuring that we raise the quality and standard of our general elections, and thereby deepen our democracy.

This occasion is historic also because it marks another kind of transitional generational shift when the children of independence assume the adult responsibility of running the country at the heart of Africa.

My fellow citizens, I am humbled and honored that you have elected me and Vice President Jonathan to represent that generation in the task of building a just and humane nation, where its people have a fair chance to attain their fullest potential.

Luckily we are not starting from scratch. We are fortunate to have been led the past eight years by one of our nation’s greatest patriots, President Obasanjo. On behalf of all our people, I salute you, Mr. President, for your vision, your courage and your boundless energy in creating the roadmap toward that united and economically thriving Nigeria that we seek.
Many of us may find it hard to believe now, but before you assumed the presidency eight years ago, the national conversation was about whether Nigeria deserved to remain one country at all.

Today we are talking about Nigeria’s potential, to become one of the 20 largest economies in the world by the year2O2O. That isa measure of howfarwe have come.And we thank you.
The administration of President Obasanjo has laid the foundation upon which we can build our future prosperity.

Over the past eight years Nigerians have reached a national consensus in at least four areas: to deepen democracy and the rule of law; build an economy driven primarily by the private sector, not government; display zero tolerance for corruption in all its forms, and, finally, restructure and staff our government to ensure efficiency and good governance. I commit myself to these tasks.

Our goal now is to build on the greatest accomplishments of the past few years. Relying on the 7-point agenda that formed the basis of our compact with voters during the recent campaigns, we will concentrate on rebuilding our physical infrastructure and human capital in order to take our country forward.

We will focus on accelerating economic and other reforms in a way that makes a concrete and visible difference to ordinary people.

Our economy already has been set on the path of growth. Now we must continue to do the necessary work to create more jobs, lower interest rates, reduce inflation, and maintain a stable exchange rate. All this will increase our chances for rapid growth and development.
Central to this is rebuilding our basic infrastructure. We already have comprehensive plans for mass transportation, especially railroad development. We will make these plans a reality.
Equally important, we must devote our best efforts to overcoming the energy challenge. Over the next four years we will see dramatic improvements in power generation, transmission and distribution.

These plans will mean little if we do not respect the rule of law. Our government is determined to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies, especially the police. The state must fulfill its constitutional responsibility of protecting life and property.

The crisis in the Niger Delta commands our urgent attention. Ending it is a matter of strategic importance to our country. I will use every resource available to me, with your help, to address this crisis in a spirit of fairness, justice, and cooperation.

We have a good starting point because our predecessor already launched a master plan that can serve as a basis for a comprehensive examination of all the issues. We will involve all stakeholders in working out a solution.

As part of this effort, we will move quickly to ensure security of life and property, and to make investments safe.

In the meantime, I appeal to all aggrieved communities, groups and individuals to immediately suspend all violent activities, and respect the law. Let us allow the impending dialogue to take place in a conducive atmosphere. We are all in this together, and we will find a way to achieve peace and justice.

As we work to resolve the challenges of the Niger Delta, so must we also tackle poverty throughout the country.

By fighting poverty, we fight disease. We will make advances in public health, to control the scourge of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases that hold back our population and limit our progress.

We are determined to intensify the war against corruption, more so because corruption is itself central to the spread of poverty. Its corrosive effect is all too visible in all aspects of our national life. This is an area where we have made significant progress in recent years, and we will maintain the momentum.

We also are committed to rebuilding our human capital, if we are to support a modern economy. We must revive education in order to create more equality, and citizens who can function more productively in today’s world.

To our larger African family, you have our commitment to the goal of African integration. We will continue to collaborate with fellow African states to reduce conflict and free our people from the leg chains of poverty.

To all our friends in the international community, we pledge our continuing fidelity to the goals of progress in Africa and peace in the world.

Fellow citizens, I ask you all to march with me into the age of restoration. Let us work together to restore our time-honored values of honesty, decency, generosity,
modesty, selflessness, transparency, and accountability. These fundamental values determine societies that succeed or fail. We must choose to succeed.

I will set a worthy personal example as your president.

No matter what obstacles confront us, I have confidence and faith in our ability to overcome them. After all, we are Nigerians! We are a resourceful and enterprising people, and we have it within us to make our country a better place.

To that end I offer myself as a servant-leader. I will be a listener and doer, and serve with humility.

To fulfill our ambitions, all our leaders at all levels whether a local government councilor or state governor, senator or cabinet minister must change our style and our attitude. We must act at all times with humility, courage, and forthrightness.

I ask you, fellow citizens, to join me in rebuilding our Nigerian family, one that defines the success of one by the happiness of many.

I ask you to set aside negative attitudes, and concentrate all our energies on getting to our common destination.

All hands must be on deck.

Let us join together to ease the pains of today while working for the gains of tomorrow. Let us set aside cynicism and strive for the good society that we know is within our reach. Let us discard the habit of low expectations of ourselves as well as of our leaders.

Let us stop justifying every shortcoming with that unacceptable phrase “the Nigerian Factor” as if to be a Nigerian is to settle for less. Let us recapture the mood of optimism that defined us at the dawn of independence, that legendary can-do spirit that marked our Nigerianess. Let us join together, now, to build a society worthy of our children. We have the talent. We have the intelligence. We have the ability.

The challenge is great. The goal is clear. The time is now.

I thank you and God bless you.

ANOTHER USELESS ELECTION

Adeola Aderounmu

You would have thought the season of madness was over. But alas! It has become an established trait-Nigeria will NEVER be able to conduct a free and fair election. In Ekiti state Western Nigeria, the shame of a nation has been brought to fore once again.

We are back to what we discussed in-toto in 2007 when Mr. Yar Adua was forced on Nigerians because that was the wish of those who have taken our nation into custody. Nigerians are still living in custody 49 years after the country became independent.

The election results in Ekiti have now been fully doctored to meet the taste of the evil ruling party. Elections in Nigeria remain a political nightmare. It is still one thing that Nigerians are not good at. It remains a do-or-die affair as Obasanjo mentioned in 2007. It has always been like that before he confirmed it-that politicians are out there to win at all cost!

The underlying factor here is corruption. A politician in Nigeria can steal and loot as much as he or she wants and get away with it. This is why everyone wants to get into political offices. This is why violence, mayhem and absurdity have come to characterize Nigerian Politics. Politics is the easiest way to wealth in Nigeria. Politicians are mainly thieves who want to satisfy their evil desires. There are few exceptional, dedicated politicians in Nigeria-you can count them on your finger tips.

So, the shame of this nation continues. This country Nigeria cannot conduct a single credible election after 49 years of independence. The only election that seemed credible which was conducted in 1993 was cancelled by the military gangsters headed by Babangida. Nigeria is yet to recover from that rude shock and it seems the country is jinxed for eternity.

In Ekiti we have just seen the demonstration of another abuse of the word-democracy. The so called giant of Africa is behaving like a dwarf among intelligent nations. This country needs help!