The Tragic Legacies Of The Tyrants

I know we still have a few great stories to tell.

However, in my personal opinion, after the devastating effects of slave trade and colonisation comes the fall of Nigeria from grace as the most traumatising story out of Africa.

We are the eighth wonder of the world.

Young people must help to bring young people to power and they must discard this  USELESS unitary (military) system of government ASAP!

Nigeria: The Tragic Legacies Of The Tyrants

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By Adeola Aderounmu

Nigeria is not suffering from some kind of undiagnosed kwashiorkor. Not at all. Our major problem is that we are running a useless form of government called the unitary system. The major symptoms are massive and uncontrollable corruption everywhere in the country, stunted growth and impaired development  since 1966 or thereabout.

Yet, in 2019 several millions of Nigeria will head to the polls in what has turned out to be a quadrennial ritual characterised by total waste of time, energy and resources for the once prosperous country and former giant of Africa. In 1999 the country boasted of a return to democracy but as it had turned out to be an outright scam. It was an army arrangement, a continuum for the tragic legacies of the tyrants that percolade the country till today.

Nigerian politics and the shame that the military juntas and the politicians have brought to Nigeria is one of the most tragic events of modern era. In my personal opinion, after the devastating effects of slave trade and colonisation comes the fall of Nigeria from grace as the most traumatising story out of Africa.

If you want to have a 5 minute course to understanding how bad the fall of Nigeria is, go and listen to the adress made by Akufo-Addo the president of Ghana at Oxford. Don’t look yet for the strides that Ethiopian airlines just made or how beautiful Kigali is becoming.

It is not all of Nigeria that fell, the citizens of Nigeria are still amongst the best scholars in the world. We are frontliners in any field of endeavour or profession. Nigerians remain creative and are among the greatest problem-solvers on the global scene.

What is the not adding up at home in the country itself is how the control of the economic resources and the political space ended up in the hands of political criminals and people with amazingly zero understanding of the meaning of public service and zero percent willingness to replace a non-functional system with a vibrant and functional one.

The problems in Nigeria are now complicated and most certainly hydra-headed as substantial parts of the country are now controlled by terrorists, herdsmen, bandits and militants. We invent new geographically suited terms everyday to suit our ineptitudes.

To make these anomalies worse we now have dominancy of mixed generations of old and young people who don’t know that the world has moved on and whose orientations about the meaning and value of life are extremely worrisome.

The roles of the tyrants who presided over Nigeria at different times in creating some or all of these troubles with Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. It is heartbreaking that those who contributed immensely to the problems of Nigeria are still taking up the spaces in real life and on the web especially the social media.

For example, the constitution of Nigeria is based on military rule and does not support regional growth and development. The tyrants who supervised the introduction of the unitary governments did so for their personal gains and invariably when Nigerians thought that they left in 1999, they found a way back through the emergence of one of their own Olusegun Obasanjo.

General Obasanjo, a former tyrant and dictator, had earlier opposed the entronement of a democratically elected president-in-waiting,  MKO Abiola. The military juntas supervised the murder of Abiola and his wife Kudirat. If Nigerians had a collective sense of responsibility, they should have revolted to ensure that the June 12 1993 mandate was not wasted. But Nigerians are divided.

The fact is that Nigeria is existing since 1966 as a creation of the military. They brought the idea of immunity clause in the constitution because they do not want to be probed as they steal and loot the Nigerian treasury. They also knew beforehand that they would be in power whichever way. It was a soft landing of sort. Head or tail, they won/are still winning.  The immunity clause was a perfect umbrella for criminals. It works even till today.

Above all, the military had no plan to leave power and despite that fact that Obasanjo transferred power to a civilian in 1979, at least three spatial events showed the greed in his camp. One was the shambolic elections he oversaw. It was a disgrace to call that a democratic process. Two was the manner in which one of his men Mohammadu Buhari easily came to power in december 1983 and thirdly was his support for military government in the aftermath of the 1993 elections.

The tyrants imposed very unpleasant and bad legacies on Nigeria. Sadly too, under the pseudo-democratic arrangement in Nigeria since 1999, Nigeria remains directly or indirectly under the spell of the military.

For instance General Abdulsalami facilitated the emergence of Obasanjo in 1999. It was supposed to appease the SW but at that time the people were just fed up with the juntas and any Dick or Jane could have suffix. Then Obasanjo facilitated the victory of Umaru Yar Adua in 2007. He was part of the facilitating group for Jonathan in 2011. In 2015 Tinubu worked closely with Obasanjo to facilitate the return of a former tyrant Mohammadu Buhari.

Today Nigeria remains in ruins partly because of all these nonsense which the late Afro king Fela popularly called army arrangements. Stunted growth, unemployment, lack of electricity, a shameful parade of public education, lack of health care amplified by the regular,  disgraceful trip of Mohammadu Buhari to London for treatment, insecurity and a complete lack of sense of common belonging are all elements of the failed unitary system.

The military created states for the useless unitary system of government that they formulated even with the knowledge that the states are going to become parasites for the oil-producing states and the economy capital Lagos.

In the 1980s, it was Babangida who blew up the mechanism of corruption in Nigeria even if it had been promoted since the 1970s when Gowon mismanaged the oil boom and refused to plan for the future. He can boast of Festac but Nigeria  could afford 10 000 times more of Festac. Former Lagos governor, Mr. Jakande showed the world what Nigeria could have been with the little time he had and all the housing estates and schools he built in 4 years!

For all the monies that disappeared under the tyrants and their civilian accomplices, no prosecutions were made. In the past when the population of Nigeria was far less than 100 million, these bad rulers made zero plan for the future. There were no infrastructure development and no maintenance for the existing ones.

The saddest part was that the military had no will to return to the regional government that promoted healthy competition that led to growth and development in various parts of Nigeria prior to the 1966 coups. Today the Nigerian politicians are acting foolish. Since 1979, no one of them had been sensible enough to speak out or even lay down his/her life for a good cause.  There are young people today willing to pay such prices and only time will tell.

The reason the quadrinneal elections are useless is because Nigerian politicians have lost their senses. They have turned electoral posts to money making mechanisms. They are happy dancing to the tunes of the military through the nonsense constitution they are following. It puts money in their pockets and it sends their children to school abroad. It makes me a wailer and it builds and buy them houses around the world. The only problem is that it does not give them everlasting life, yet they don’t get it.

Listen to them, hear them and you will see that their mentalities are poor and deformed! The only way to bring back their senses is to close down Abuja and keep only the prime minister/president there. The other possibility is for the judiciary to set itself free and send all of them to prisons to reduce crimes connected to politics especially assasinations because the winner still takes it all.

It is imperative for ordinary Nigerians to get this message so they can understand why Nigeria is not working and why it will never work. It is only working for the handful that seize power and control the resources including monetary earnings of politicians arguably the highest in the world for doing nothing!

Then some politicians spread some of the monies to their hangers-on. Then some new people get the contracts and connections here and there. But that is not the definition of a country and these pockets of opportunists do not define success but criminalities. We must create a system that promotes equal rights for all. We must find a constitution that gives us a level playing field no matter who you are.

The civilian politicians since 1999 have become comfortable with the army arrangements. You will never find a higher level of selfishness anywhere else in the world.

Those who understand this cycle of idiocy are few and almost voiceless making our tasks of educating Nigerians huge. After more than 50 years of misrule, several millions of Nigerians have become disorientated, lacking the ability of independent thinking.

Some Intelligent people have become part of this social irresponsibility and are participating in this politics of chop and quence. Some good people have been kept quiet and many have been killed. We don’t know who amongst us will be next. The level of insecurity in Nigeria today is the worst since the end of the civil war. Many are afraid of death and are passive.

Nigeria has fallen from grace and the world is laughing at us. Common electricity we cannot produce and distribute. Many of us have lost our dignities because of the abnormalities that have become norms.

Young people and even the old have been set up against one another in real life and on the social media. This is where the army arrangement has taken us. We are not thiking straight. In Nigeria, we cannot even count the votes we cast. They never tally! We are the lowest we could ever imagine and we are not ashamed!

We have become the eighth wonder of the world.

The tyrants of Nigeria that include a long list including but not limited to Gowon, Babangida, Abdulsalami, Obasanjo and Buhari together with civilian accomplices that include our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters have left devastating legacies in Nigeria.

That is why even in their old ages, at 80-something, they do not realise that they needed to take a bow and let the young people take care of their (own) future. They have mis-spent the time that passed and don’t know how to call it a day.

Both Buhari and Obasanjo truncated Nigeria’s democratic processes at different times thereby not allowing our democracy (albeit imperfect) to develop or correct itself. They totally destroyed the judiciary and it never recovered! Both men don’t deserve our attentions.

They think Nigeria cannot do without them. This is exactly what they wanted and they got us where they want us. They succeeded big time because even under a so called democratic dispensation, they are still the ones calling the shots. Think again! They never left!

This is what we must break away from in the future if a true election (ever) comes. It is left for the young people of Nigeria to wake one another up from their deep slumber and smell the coffee. The world left Nigeria behind a long time ago.

Young people, brace yourself up and talk about the type of country you want to live and die in/for. Talk about how you want your children and children’s children to have it. It is time to bring young people to power and your second struggle is to discard the useless unitary system of government.

 

My name is Adeola and l’ve been running this blog since 2006.

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The Dangers Of Hypocrisy

I am still looking for those who resigned and blew the whsitle when Jonathan and his crew (both in PDP and APC) were looting the treasuries. I am now looking for those who are going to leave the Buhari government and blow the whistle (both in the APC and PDP) as a result of the budget padding and scandalous national/state security situation. Mr. Buhari himself should have resigned along with Lai Mohammed for misleading the world when they stated at the end of december 2015 that they had defeated Boko Haram.

The Dangers Of Hypocrisy By Adeola Aderounmu

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Adeola Aderounmu

There are no limits to the repercussions of hypocrisy. It is worse when the hypocrisy runs parallel with lies and propaganda. Two other dimensions that can worsen the situation is the spread and the acceptance of hypocrisy as a trait or norm within a political structure or among the people of a country.

As you read this essay the banks in Switzerland are still sending more and more of the monies stolen by one famous Nigerian criminal called Sani Abacha. He was unfortunately a former dictator in Nigeria whose death remains a subject of controversy.

Despite the fact that his loots are finding their ways back to Nigeria (since the regime of Obasanjo), Nigeria’s current president Mr. Buhari is yet to acknowledge that Abacha was in fact a criminal. This hypocrisy is dangerous and heart wrenching. This singular denial also shocks me when people say Buhari is not corrupt. I don’t understand how people don’t see the links.

Invariably the act of being a hypocrite extends to hangers-on of political associations. It cut across and destroys the consciences of both the enlightened and the disenfranchised as well as the educated and the ignorant. If Nigeria finally implodes, hypocrisy will not be left out as one of the diseases that sunk her.

If you listen keenly to Femi Adeshina you will find an example of a person who lost his mind and threw away his conscience to the lagoon all in the name of having a job and earning a mega pay. There were (before him) people like Reuben Abati, Reno Omokri and Segun Adeniyi. With him is a guy called Ogunlesi who thinks the rest of us are ordinary lower animals.

In my exposure to other countries where several of these spokesmen have also lived or visited before relocating to Aso rock, there is always a limit or threshold to how long an aide can defend a boss or get enveloped in the same cycle of ignobility.

What happens to the ability to resign or walk away to save one’s good image? Invariably my conclusion is simple: it takes a rogue to defend a rogue in matters of public accountability. It also takes selfishness and wickedness to turn blind eyes to the realities on ground in the daily existences of Nigerians.

Like l mentioned above, the realm of hypocrisy in Nigeria is massive. Therefore it is unforgiving that even professor Osinbajo lately said APC is not a corrupt government. But he is fully aware that APC integrated into its fold former PDP looters and existing APC looters. Their common saving grace is the unforgiving failure of the justice system in Nigeria. I always maintain that Nigerian laws remain useless as far as criminal politicians continue to rule Nigeria.

Osinbajo also said that APC is more honest than PDP. Since when did accountability to the people become a relative term? APC is confused. When the spree of murders and genocide escalated under this regime, APC stated that more people died during Jonathan’s PDP regime. My understanding of that conclusion is that the Nigerian life is worthless. Why else would number of deaths be comparative?

Late afromusic king Fela warned us many years ago about all those that do bad things in the names of their religious lords. We did not listen. We are still not paying attention.

Today l am neither for the APC nor for the PDP. I will go for a new orientation. It is about time people understood my stance nearly 12 years into this act of blogging. I stand for good government only. My inherent hatred for corruption and lack of independent reasoning have no bounds and it has no connection to religious or non-religious morality.

By a manner of another perspective and changing lanes, when next you read a criticism of the Buhari government from Reno Omokri, help me ask him where he was when Mrs. Jonathan and Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke where emptying the Nigerian treasury under the watchful eyes of Jonathan. Of course he would call it propaganda.

It is the same way everything was propaganda in the eyes of Segun Adeniyi of the Yar Adua regime. Now all you read here is propaganda for Mr. Adeshina. Wait for him to be out of the corridor of power. We saw Reuben Abati out, in and out again.

My take on some hypocrites is that they actually have their criminal minds before participating in all these serial governments of looters. How many more hypocrites and pretenders are going to emerge in 2019 if we don’t break this cycle of national madness?

I don’t even appreciate the headlines from people like Ngozi Iweala. Anyone that has been part of the governments in Nigeria and under whose watch or in whose presence massive looting had taken place is a bloody hypocrite.

I am still looking for those who resigned and blew the whistle when Jonathan and his crew (both in PDP and APC) were looting the treasuries. I am now looking for those who are going to leave the Buhari government and blow the whistle (both in the APC and PDP) as a result of the budget padding and scandalous national/state security situation. Mr. Buhari himself should have resigned along with Lai Mohammed for misleading the world when they stated at the end of december 2015 that they had defeated Boko Haram.

Mr. Donald Trump it appeared had no balls afterall. A straight talk would be to inform Mr. Buhari of his primary duty as the president of Nigeria. Buhari has failed and he is still failing to protect Nigerians. He, as well as the looters in the Nigerian senate, is failing to see the need for the immediate restructuring of Nigeria and the introduction of state police.

The hogwash in the White House led to increase in attacks in Nigeria. The long term consequences of the dangers poised by national and international hypocrisy and the passiveness of the drained Nigerian people are yet to be evaluated. But the signs are already very, very bad.

I can understand to some extent the feeling of party affiliation. What l cannot understand is the lack of will to stand with the truth. But l know many people are predictable in their love for money, power and position. Many people always discard the essence of public service because they want to remain relevant in the (dis)order of things in Nigeria.

These people look forward to recognition, gains and consolidations when the ocassion arises. So they cannot give up their hypocritic garments for honourary ones.

And since this is the way things work in Nigeria, the country dips deeper in national crises. We argue unnecesssrily on issues of common sense and we are a country left behind. We are sick. We need healing.

If a few good men and women are given the task of redirecting Nigeria back to the place where we were in december 1965, and if these men and women are honest and have no spirit of hypocrisy, if they are not concerned about getting rich or owning mansions in Dubai, America or London, or sending their children to schools in Ghana or USA, in less than 8 years (2 terms) Nigeria will be back again as one of the best places to live in the world. The people must be orientated about the dangers of hypocrisy and they must be ready to stand with these few good people. That is the hope of Nigeria and Nigerians.
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I don’t Get It. Why Launch Boreholes and Bus Terminals?

I always need sometime to reset my brain when Nigerian politicians and their acts come in between my flow of normalcy. Some people are launching boreholes, the senate lauched a sugestion box and now Lagos state just launched a bus terminal (plus Eko Atalantic scam for the second time). Something is wrong with these people and their heads (are incomplete).

I don’t Get It. Why Launch Boreholes and Bus Terminals?

By Adeola Aderounmu

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Adeola Aderounmu

I don’t know where to place the rating of the politicians we have in Nigeria.

Why are we launching bus stops or terminals? Why are we launching boreholes? Why are we commissioning roads or opening roads?

Sometimes l’m gazing for several minutes and trying to let my brain do the thinking. If l was in a gathering, someone nearby would need to snap a finger to bring me back in. If l was at a dining table, someone else would ask, when are you going to start eating? I always need  sometime to reset my brain when Nigerian politicians and their acts come in between my flow.

I’d lived away from Nigeria since 2002 and over the years l’d watched my host city grow in so many ways. The other day the new underground metro was opened. It was an underground metro built under an already existing underground metro. It was completed and the trains were running.

Everyday near my local government, there are construction works going on. Houses are springing up. Environmentally friendly schools are emerging. Road networks are expanding and various roudabouts are constructed along the way to ease the flow of traffic or to minimise accidents (the targets still being zero accident annually).

As soon as a project is completed, people start to use the facility and new ones are upcoming. The government through the politicians and other stakeholders have the obligations to continue to build and maintain various facilities and infrastructure. There are no doubts that the government must peform. It is a rare occurence in developed countries for something to be declared opened or started with wastage of public funds. It does occur but it is not the norm.

Nigerian politicians think that they have done the people a favour by completing a project. It’s an insane impression to say the least. In the eyes of the world, it is an abberation left to people of low mentalities. What is the job of a public servant if not to serve the people like a servant? What is the job of a governor if not to ensure that facilities are in place and that infrastruture are up and running.

So, you build a bus stop and you think it is a big achievement probably because you think it is the most beautiful bustop in Nigeria. We are in trouble in Nigeria. Little wonder the standard of living is low and the cost of it is in the sky. Misplaced priorities.

No matter how fanciful or dirty a bus stop is, there should be no glory attached to it. Did anybody force Mr. Ambode to become the governor of Lagos State? The most ridiculous part of the exercise is that even Mr. Buhari left all the security challenges in Nigeria to attend to opening a bus terminal. This is the (ridiculous) height of (mis) governance in Nigeria and this is why some outsiders think that Nigerians are slaves even in their own country.

Furthermore, there is no reason under the sun to truncate normal working hours and other people’s businesses even if Mr. Buhari wants to come a see a new busstop for the first time in his life. It was a shameful package.

These types of things should never be allowed. How l wished the people of Lagos had gone out in their millions on that day instead of complying with a useless directive from the governor. Imagine if over 15 million people decided to ignore a useless directive of workfree day! Imagine how we could have changed the course of history!

This is what the civil society owes itself. To stand against all forms of tyranny either from military men or civilians who think they are warlords. Nonsense and ingredients!

This act of launching irrelevant things is too common in Nigeria. The people are gullible. How many people remember that the Nigerian Senate launched a suggestion box in the senate? One picture went round the world showing Nigerian politicians lauching a borehole. Billions of naira are earmarked annually in Nigeria to launch roads that soon vanish, bridges that soon collapse, schools that never emerge, hospitals that we never see. Several more billions disappear on the pages of budget proposals. What a country!

I don’t know if this will be the last insult from the APC led government in Lagos on us. But l hope it is because l am so not looking forward to the APC or the PDP in the 2019 elections. I am already saddened knowing that Nigerians never learn how to kick out corrupt and bad governments. No revolt is even in sight against these massively corrupt and shameless criminals in power.

My Festac Grievance!

I am sure the rivers of faeces running on my streets in Festac Town are still running because Buhari’s FHA thinks it is the job of Ambode’s APC and Ambode’s APC thinks it is the job of the local government chairman who probably never takes a tour of the council. The local government chairman will also push it to the ward councillor. The cycle of idiocy will continue and the people will be tired and start to pray.

In the end it is the people who continue to suffer the rising epidemic in Festac. More deaths will occur due to water borne diseases and sanitory problems. I pity the residents of 402 road and other places in festac. They are living in bondage. In 2019, some of these residents will campaign for Ambode and APC. What is the meaning of slavery again? Both APC and PDP should be discarded! They are both criminal organisations.

In 2020, we should be blaming others (or new people) for our problems and woes, not the same old people we have known since 1999. Only fools and idiots will go to the polling stations in 2019 and be casting their votes for APC and PDP. Both parties are reminders of den of criminals and total failure of governance.

Enough is enough, lets try other options and on the long run ensure that we change from the useless unitary government to regional government.

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Buhari And The Failed APC Mandate

Mr. Buhari changed the NATIONAL CHARACTER to the NORTHERN CHARACTER. He has no regards or respect for the other nationalities within Nigeria.

The Nigerian law system, one that makes it impossible to throw criminal politicians into jail during their service years and even after, is a mockery of civilization.

Buhari and the failed APC Mandate

 

By Adeola Aderounmu 

Which Way Nigeria?

 

It is amazing and shocking that Mr. Buhari is considering standing for elections in 2019. There are several reasons why he should not have given that a thought. 

 

It is definitely one aspect of the agenda if the APC as a political party thought that it could still rescue Nigeria and another aspect if the party or Mr. Buhari himself thought that he is still the person to stand for election in 2019.

 

During the home run to the 2015 elections, the frailty of Mr. Buhari was obvious. He hardly spoke or expressed himself. The longest speech he gave was probably in London where he floored the Jonathan administration, promising reforms and changes.

 

In any case soon after his victory at the polls (Jonathan had no chance once key former military rulers and powerbroker-politicians took hold of the electoral machinery) Mr. Buhari headed for a London hospital and spent more days on a sick bed than at the office in Abuja during the first year of his regime. Mr. Buhari continues to be under the watchful eyes of the doctor.

 

All the promises Mr. Buhari made in London prior to the election have gone unfulfilled. He talked about reducing the number of jets in the presidential fleet and a possible revival of the Nigerian Airways. It is not clear if Mr. Buhari’s frailty or the long medical treatment he received in London have any connection to a likely memory lose.

 

One of the factors that have hindered Mr. Buhari, surely, is his health status. However there are other factors that have had even larger consequences. For example, it is clear that the promises that Mr. Buhari and the APC made were clearly lies. All they sought was power, all they got was power.

 

Mr. Buhari has since turned Nigeria to the Federal Republic of Northern Nigeria. Since the re-emergence of Mr. Buhari as the president of Nigeria, he has turned governance of the country to government of the Northerners. Buhari has no regards or respect to the other nationalities in Nigeria. He is more concerned about the welfare of the Northern elites and how the resources from the various parts of the country can be used to sustain the insatiable appetite of the North.

 

A lot of Nigerians working with Mr. Buhari are aware of this and they have surprising kept mute or have been intimidated into ordinary dummies and puppets. Nigerian politicians have a long history of caring about their stomachs and bank accounts than reasoning using common sense to address common issues.

 

It is enough that the federal character system in Nigeria is defective, dysfunctional and retrogressive, Mr. Buhari had taken it to another level making mockery of the entire concept. It is now the Northern character.

 

After 2 years of taking over the reign of governance, the country and the people of Nigeria are going through the worst era of their existence. The APC continues to blame the PDP but the fact is that if you cannot correct a problem, it is imperative that you do not make it worse.

 

Nigeria got worse in 2 years of the APC and it doesn’t appear that there is an end in sight for the destruction that the APC is bringing upon the system. It is obvious that Mr. Buhari has no idea of what he is doing. He has been there before as a military ruler which makes the entire scenario laughable and disgraceful. It’s like repeating a class and still failing. Extreme measures then have to be put in place. 

 

In that sense, the solution means that Mr. Buhari needs to step aside and let us get some brilliant minds on the block. Sadly too, Nigeria has never been lucky to get a good person to lead the country. All the good people and all the sensible people have been boxed out of Nigerian politics and some even out of the country.

 

The political scene in Nigeria is largely populated by criminal minds and people whose interests is solely money making because they can steal and get away with it. The Nigerian law system, one that makes it impossible to throw criminal politicians in jail during their service years and even after, is a mockery of civilization. The country is all but messed up intoto.

 

The solutions to the problems facing Nigeria are beyond the 2019 elections which the politicians are already fighting about now. For them, it is all about the personal gains and selfish interests. They have completely lost sight of what the modern world has to offer or what it demands of them.

 

Nigeria is light years behind her mates in the comity of nations. This is sad because the reverse was the case more than 50 years ago. Nigeria must be rewind to the years when things worked. We need to look at what worked and the mechanisms that supported them.

 

The journey back in time will be rough and it may look almost unassailable with the present crop of thoughtless and heartless politicians and rulers that are spread throughtout the country. Still, it is a journey that must be taken.

 

All the problems of terrorism from Boko Haram, the herdsmen, looting of the economy, unemployment, stale educational system and a disgraceful health system (where the president, and other well placed Nigerians continue to seek health tourism abroad) are all hinged to the wrong political system and bad rulers.

 

It is amazing how Nigeria, the self-acclaimed leader of the African race, has refused to see that when something is not working, you need to discard it and use the one that works. 

 

The Unitary system of government in Nigeria has brought us shame and disgrace, yet we stick to it. It is amazing how we think. It is part of the shame that has resulted to the unstable minds like Trump calling us a shithole country and that we live in huts. There is no smoke without fire. We brought it upon ourselves.

 

The Unitary system is the reason why Libyans turned our people to slaves. The slavery itself started in Nigeria. The way Nigerian politicians loot the treasury and deprived the citizens of the good life is a form of modern slavery in itself.

 

It is violation of human rights of the highest order and no greater form of modern slavery exist than when you take and steal from the people and the people look like zombies, even praising and worshipping you for stealing and looting from their commonwealth. It is slavery when a politician can steal 10 billion dollars where there are people without breakfast or lunch. Dinner is a dilemma.

 

It is slavery when fools, nonentities and complete nuisance are given charge over the people and thereby leading them to perdition and sorrow. There are uncountable situations in Nigeria that are direct consequences of the unitary system of government that have ensured the more than 100 million people are living hopelessly in poverty and penury. 

 

Libya therefore was a child’s play, though equally condemnable.

 

I have for more than 10 years argued that there is no worse form of slavery on earth today than the fact that Nigerians are not liberated. They cannot pursue happiness and they cannot live a life where the state guarantees their education, safety, health and employment.

 

Two years into its mandate, things got worse. It was preferable that still either stay the same or improve. Getting worse was totally unexpected and the APC-Buhari mandate therefore need to step aside.

 

In several essays since 2007 l have argued that Nigeria does not need elections. But we kept conducting them and we kept diving deeper into hopelessness and doldrum. 

 

The country needs to travel back to the time when there was healthy competition for development between the major regions. It was the competition that brought the first tv station in Africa to western Nigeria. It was the competition that made several west Africa countries to send their citizens to Nigeria to study.

 

We had a competition that ensured that royals from around the world came to Nigeria as health tourists. We were world leaders in education, science, medicine and arts. We flourished because we did not have a unitary system of government.

 

It is that time in our history that we must return to. We can keep deceiving ourselves that we don’t need to. The implication is that even after we die, our children and children’s children will inherit the poverty that pervades the land. If we don’t revert now, the people who would be called Nigerians more than 50 years from now will be miserable too and the cycle will persist. If we continue to live for now, the essence of our existences diminishes further.

 

Mr. Buhari should prepare for an exit plan and we don’t need an Obasanjo to know that. They are both parts of our problems. The young people need to rally round and force the implementation of the regional system of government and the separation of powers. They should ensure that all the criminals in Abuja go back to the regions to fight for developmnent at that level. Enough of making money at the regions and sending to the federal for embezzelments. Let the regions develop themselves and this is beyond both the APC and the PDP.

 

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2017: Yet Another Disappointing Year In Naija

The truth is always a bitter pill. For as long as we continue to lie, pretend, play to the gallery, hope and follow blindly that the unitary system of government will get us somewhere, these outcomes (pain, anguish, sorrow and disappointments) to different degrees will remain our common denominators.

We have not declared an official war in Nigeria but we live in a war situation everyday of our lives.

2017: Yet Another Disappointing Year For Naija

By Adeola Aderounmu

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This is my evaluation of 2017.

The year 2017 turned out to be a very devastating one for several millions of Nigerians.

The sad chapters in the annals of this (should-have-been-great) country got longer.

This country Nigeria was destined for greatness as a conglomeration of regions but it had since 1966 remained trapped in a unitary system of government that is useless and nonsensical. Subsequently the country was sapped into poverty and penury by the lucky bastards in form of tyrants and criminal politicians who are not keen on reverting the country back to regional system of government.

In recent years l have written a number of ”end of year” messages through my blog posts. For this year and for the previous ones, these posts were written with my heart filled with rage and anger. I am still extremely disappointed in how the country continues to go deeper in hopelessness.

Already in the year 2007, that was 10 years ago, l wrote an article titled Christmas in Hell. The article chronicled my experience in Nigeria in 2006. One december day that year l drove early to a gas station to queue for fuel. It was my turn after about 5-6 hours of wriggling through the queue.

I will never forget the experience because as l waited in the car, l was crying uncontrollably. I cried for Nigeria. I cried for the suffering and devastation in the land. I cried for all the ignorant people and even the knowledgeable people who together were suffering, celebrating and smiling.

A few hours to that agonising experience, I’d flown into Lagos from Sweden where l could drive to a gas station, fill my car with fuel and pay by credit card and drive away in zero time. Then l came to a country flowing with oil and other uncountable natural resources and l had to queue for more than 5 precious hours of my life. I cried until there were no tears left to shed.

These types of experiences which have sadly become recurrent in Nigeria, even since 1977, showed that Nigeria is one of the worst places to live in the world. We have not declared an official war in Nigeria but we live in a war situation everyday of our lives.

In our country Nigeria, the people have completely lost it. There are no common interests for a national agenda and the political restructuring of the system has not been taken seriously so that prosperity and wellness can be in focus. If we restructure Nigeria today,  perhaps 50 years from now the generation of people that would be called Nigerians can be happy and fulfilled.

Unfortunately, the present Nigerian system continues to promote survival of the fittest. The system thrives as if we are in a rat race. The system runs a manual that ensures that people prosper either through some elements of luck or by connections to the largely corrupt and fraudulent elites and politicians. There are rare rewards for excellence and honesty.

The system breeds hatred in the hearts of men and women. The system ensures that there is a struggle between people in such a way that one group of people under the excuse of the slightest provocation would not hesitate to kill or main the other group. It’s still about the survival of the fittest. There are too many examples of people killing one another instead of negotiating and finding a common solutions to problems.

The effects of more nearly 60 years of bad rulership in Nigeria are too numerous to state.

In fact the present government is full of propaganda and cannot see anything wrong with all its failures and shortcomings. It’s that type of government comprising people who do not see beyond their noses. For, ordinary common sense dictates that the bulk always stop at the door of the person who is assumed responsible for the task (done or undone).

Buhari is the Minister of petroleum resources. He is the ruler of Nigeria. Irrespective of his lines of defenses, the shortage of fuel in 2017 means that the government has failed in performing one of his statutory obligations to the citizens of Nigeria.

But Buhari has been here many times before in his life. He was the Minister of Petroleum in 1977 and Nigeria had fuel shortages then. It remains to be seen if this shortage will lead to increase in the price of petrol per liter in Nigeria.

How long can Nigerians continue to tolerate failures and a system of government that seals more than 100m people to a permanent life of poverty and impoverishment? How long will everybody continue to hope and pray that in a system that is malfunctioning, that some divine intervention will be their hope for a happy life?

It’s complete insanity to hope on divine intervention.

Nigeria is not working and drastic measures need to be taken to turn things around. The most evident sign of failure is that one person cannot steer Nigeria. In how many ways do we want some evidence that this is not going to be possible?

Obsanjo failed, Yar Adua failed, Goodluck Jonathan failed and Buhari has already failed. What other signs do we need to know that we must try something else? That we need back regional government.

Just to ensure that l bring this article to an end, my suggestion is for the young people of this country to come together and wrestle their future and the future of their children and unborn grandchildren from the status quo.

You don’t need PDP or APC in 2019. You need to go back to your regions and harness the best brain to move things forward. Nigerian youths need to throw away all their affiliations to PDP and APC. There is no difference between the two parites. The politicians cross party lines annually because of what they will eat and gain. They have no ideologies to bind them. The people can remain slaves in Nigeria for all the politicians care!

 

There is no future with either the APC or the PDP.

With the numerical advantage on the side of the youth, they need to do something and very quickly too.

2018 will come with new opportunities and new challenges, the young people must unite and wrestle this country from the criminals in power across the country!

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Atiku Is Not Fit To Rule Nigeria

In 2006/2007 the police (EFCC) and the judiciary had more than enough to pursue the criminal offences of both Obasanjo and Atiku. But nothing happened. These arms of government are totally useless.

By Adeola Aderounmu

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If we back track to 2006/2007, that time when Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo was bidding for a third-term and spending billions of naira of taxpayers monies to bribe senators and legislators, we will also remember that the resistance to that bid was headed by his deputy, one Atiku Abubakar.

At that time Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo had turned the EFCC in the hands of Nuhu Ribadu to a tool of witch-hunting instead of the cleansing for which it was intended. So he turned the EFCC on his deputy but it was an incomplete process because no one was arrested or prosecuted. The EFCC published details of the criminal offences of Mr. Atiku and did so almost daily in various newspapers in Nigeria.

In the fight back, MR. Atiku’s media aides did a fine job. They dug deep into the criminal records of Olusegun Obasanjo and also made sure that these criminal records ended up the pages of the newspapers.

So for several months, Nigerians enjoyed a free soap opera.

The two men who were supposed to lead Nigeria were consumed by their quest for power, Obasanjo for the 4th term actually having been a dictator/tyrant in the 1970s.

Atiku won the fight because Olusegun Obasanjo did not get a civilian 3rd term in office. Majority of Nigerians were against the idea because it would disrupt the already dysfunctional constitution-one that had already ensure that majority of Nigerians are poverty stricken even to this date!

The saddest thing, from my perspective, is that when Yar Adua became the president of Nigeria in 2007, Nigerians went to sleep as if nothing had hapened.

The Nigerian Media is a piece of rubbish.

The Nigerian police is the biggest joke in the world.

The Nigerian judiciary, for me, is absolute nonsense and ingredients!

The media needed to pepper the system and the people. It failed, and even now still sleeping!

The police ought to have utilised the documents that were released by both Obasanjo and Atiku because they are hard evidence on each other’s criminalities. They both showed why the other person was a thief.

The Judiciary and the police had more than enough to pursue the criminal offences of both Obasanjo and Atiku. But nothing happened.

Nothing concrete had taken place in Nigeria’s civilian regimes to put criminals and thieves behind bars even in the faces of hard evidence.

Now we hear that Atiku is a top notch for the 2019 elections. He is aiming to become the president of Nigeria.

Nigeria is one of the few countries on earth where known criminals achieve their political ambitions. I don’t need a reply for this article. I don’t need a rejoinder. I am so sick of the Nigerian political system where people try one way or the other to justify why we must coninue to run the political system we have and why every four years we must queue behind a thief.

Once, Obasanjo had boasted that Atiku will never become the president of Nigeria. So far, this remain the case. I don’t know if there is a settlement between them now or if one had gone behind to beg the other.

In Nigeria’s politics, no enemy is permanent. It is the interest (to seek power and to steal from the commonwealth)  that is permanent. That is why today APC government is full of looters and criminals from 1999 and earlier regimes.

As soon as Atiku’s interest came up again, the Nigerian Media owed Nigeria and humanity a re-publication of all the crimes that were made public by Obasanjo’s camp. They need to open the EFCC files and tell him why he needed to first go to court than to try to seek a return to the seat of corruption in Abuja.

They must re-publish those allegations and support them with the documents so that young people can see how Nigerian politicians have stolen their future even before they were born and whilst they were growing up.

People like me cannot prove these crimes, we have our limitations. Those who have access to the criminal files and offences and do not open them to the public and media will never know peace.

It is such duties that the media owed the people: to investigate, to bring back memories that could help to save the children yet unborn from these old scavengers.

For, once a criminal is allowed back to the seat of government, this entire circus will continue and suffering will persist in the land.

Atiku in my records is a criminal, just the same way as his boss  Obasanjo was. They both made this clear in their roforofo fight. So this is not something l made up. They told us themselves!

Nigerians need to thank Obasanjo for his misadventure, his 3rd term quest which we together with Atiku made sure never came to pass. But Obasanjo will deny this 3rd term bid until the end of time. We don’t care because it does not matter anymore. The other pain left from that was the ghana must go bags that went to the sena-thieves and legis-looters.

That Atiku, like 99% of other Nigerian politicians, is a free man is a failure of the Nigerian police, the Nigerian judiciary and the Nigerian law system.

So don’t blame the people who classify the Nigerian police as the worst police in the world. There are so many reasons for that including the zero effect of ensuring that politicians are arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

If there is a report tomorrow classifying Nigeria’s judiciary as the worst in the world, l will sign under it. l will, because as long as criminals can vie for office in Nigeria, then we can as well do away with the police and the judiciary. Why do we have police and lawyers when criminals are what we get in public service?

A lot of people in Nigeria settle for criminals in political offices because of the anomaly that has become the normal thing. That is there are no saints in Nigerian politics and since the law is ineffective in dealing with looters and criminals in government, the people have accepted the situation.

The consequences are huge. Nigeria is withholding one of the most tragic mode of existence for humans. Forget about the flashy lives of the rich and the celebrities! More than 100m Nigerians are poor and live in extreme poverty.

Some Nigerians prefer to go and die as slaves in Libya. That summarises the mode of life in Nigeria!

The people think that saints will never emerge on the political platform. The people have accepted criminals to go and come as they like into government offices. The people are easily carried away by the cash that these criminals spread around mostly every four years.

Some fools will come to the social media to defend crooks and looters in goverment. They will ask you, what options do you have? They will ask you, who do you want to be the president? Stupid thinking, stupid questions, senseles mentalities!

The people of Nigerian unlike the people in Sweden or England do not know that their rights and they think that their lives depend on what the politicians do or not do (largely true) but it should be the other way round. The people, if they are upright and thinking straight, should ask accountability from politicians and fire them within 2 to 3 days if accountability is not given.

That is where the people, the media, the police and the judiciary have let the system down in this unified passiveness.

In Nigeria, people continue to choose between different grades of criminals, they call them politicians because they think they don’t have a choice. Nigerians don’t look inward to promote good people and people who can actually change the system for good.

The other sad thing about Nigeria is that since there is absence of accountability and as a result of almost 60 years of stupid leadership/rulership, the people don’t know what a real government feels like. So, even when a good person is put into government, the system corrupts the person and he or she start to steal or loot.

A friend once told me that if any person in public office does not conform to these criminalities, that the person will be killed or gotten rid off one way or the other.

That is why today, in many government offices, there is sharing of bonuses every Friday or other regular intervals. I mean there is a lot of loose cash in the Nigerian economy that it appears everybody is crazy and corrupt.

In any case, Atiku can continue to exercise his rights for as long as the useless system of government in Nigeria permits him. He is not alone, l always say 99,9% of Nigerian politicians are criminals/looters and it’s so true.

The system of government in Nigeria must change. If we restructure the political landscape and make the president a ceremonial and figure-head position, the corruption and even the urge to become a president will likely disappear. Now everybody wants to become the president or the governor because of the lawlessness in the land  and the useless constitution on which Nigeria runs.

If Nigeria returns to regional government, Atiku will be vying to become a regional leader and l am sure the sharia law will cut off his hands if he is found guilty.

A regional form of government will bring about healthy competition among the various regions in Nigeria and any region lacking behind will ask for the heads of its custodians.

The regional system of government is the most promising option for Nigeria. The other option which is also growing nowadays is the outright dissolution of Nigeria.

One day the people will be pushed to the wall, they will take the laws into their hands too and they will chase the corrupt politicians, catch up with them and send them into exile or out of this world.

Nigerians, the ordinary citizens are hungry, angry, frustrated and see no meaning with life. Again, that is why crazy and lawless Libya is an option. I am sure there are Nigerians in Yemen and Afghanistan looking for ways to survive when we have a state governor who can steal 300 billion naira or more at this very minute and walk free!

The politicians are looting, living large, sending their children around the world, buying houses around the world and doing what they like with taxpayers monies. These crazy ways will stop. These crazy things will come to an end. I don’t know when, but l don’t think Nigeria will continue for another 60 years of criminals ruling and making the people slaves in their homeland and in places like UAE and Libya.

Nigerians must see the 2019 elections as an opportunity for 2 things.

One, push for political changes before the elections so that regions re-emerged no matter the opportunity cost. There is a need to pause this nonsense APC-PDP Dilemma deluxe.

Two, for once in our life time, look for saints, good people and visioners to move the respective regions forward.

If we recycle criminals in 2019, if we recycle those who became rich stealing from us (people who became businessmen/women after looting the treasuries around the country) and if we maintain the currrent system of government, then it is just another cycle of idiocy. Nigeria will remain a country heading nowhere.

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To Whom Nigeria Is Given, Corruption Is Expected. A Dissection of Buhari’s Oct.1 Speech.

This government is running the country down. The corrupt elites put Buhari there and corruption was the expectation. Nigerians need to ensure that this regime too, like the Jonathan regime before it does not repeat itself. It’s the same bad wine in a dark bottle.

To Whom Nigeria Is Given, Corruption Is Expected. A Dissection of Buhari’s Oct.1 Speech.

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The current emperor of Nigeria is Mohammadu Buhari and it is expected that he will be corrupt throughout his reign. This is the way Nigeria was founded-on false hopes and for the satisfaction of the British orgies.

I took my precious time to listen to the speech of Nigeria’s president (yes l called him an emperor earlier because the Nigerian consitution was made by military men like him who unwisely made the position of the president that of an emperor).  The speech was to mark the 57th independent anniversary of Nigeria.

The first lie in the speech was that Nigerians got free on october 1st 1960. Nigerian are not free yet. The people do not have freedom from the slave masters who have since taken the form of politicians. If Nigerians are a free people, they will have the possibility to pursue a life of happinesss and fulfilment. These rights, which are fundamental, have been taken away by crazy politicians and military gangsters. Nigerians are not free.

President Buhari wanted us to use the time for the celebration for reflection. That l totally agree with. People like him and all those who have stolen from Nigeria since 1960 should reflect and feel ashame of themselves. They should be ashame of their family names and how for the past 57 years that have ridiculed the intelligence of the black race. Yes, there is a need for reflection from the presidency to the states and to the local communities.

I find it rather amusing that after 2 years of this wasteful APC regime, Mr. Buhari is still blaming the lack of saving by former president Jonathan for non-performance. We know Jonathan was a prodigal child. Sadly the regime of the APC has shown that prodigality is inherent in the federal government of Nigeria.

Since the inception of this administration, we have not seen the reduction in the wages/salaries and allowances of the Nigerian politicians. The APC regime is the same as the previous PDP regime. From 1999 to date, Nigerians have seen rotational criminality in almost every sphere of governance.

I heard Mr. Buhari spoke loudly about fighting corruption. This statement turns my stomach. Mr. Buhari is dining and wining with criminals everyday in Abuja. The senate president is a criminal by all standard and by all measurements. His family has a history of organised crime. Everywhere you turn in Nigeria, you find that almost all the politicians are thieves. So, which corruption is Buhari fighting?

Mr. Buhari has proven that to whom Nigeria is given, corruption is expected. There is no way his pretences can hide him any longer from what is evident. This essay is not enough to run a chronicle of corruption that he has supervised or that have taken place while he was hale and away from government. Right now, he and his image makers will be battling how to nullify the new revelation of how he (as the president and minister of petroleuem) looted the treasury through the NNPC.

Mr. Buhari was talking about political freedom. I disagree with his idea of political freedom. Elections in Nigeria remain the winner takes it all affair and to be best of what we know about INEC, Nigeria’s politics is still a cash and carry affair. Buhari himself said he had no money for election form or campaign. So how did he become the president? The APC governors raided and raped their states for his election. Tinubu, Amaechi and co brought Mr. Buhari to power and the returns for the investment is part of what is keeping Nigeria down. Mr. Buhari, there is no political freedom in Nigeria. That is why you reward your sponsors and that is why you are expected to be corrupt. Nigeria was built for this.

Mr. Buhari will always be a military man. His speech was full of hatred for the Igbos. He berated their elders for not warning about the consequences of war. Was Buhari preparing for a war because of IPOB? That was a revelation. The man is so old-school and unintelligent. You don’t need to fight war to achieve seccession. This is the 21st century. He was so divisive he praised the Niger Delta elders for whatever they were doing to keep the militants calm. Buhari’s speech was very un-presidential, it was rather a speech full of hatred and waste.

From lying that the APC government had defeated the Boko Haram terrorists in 2015, Mr. Buhari is now accepting that terrorism is now part of human existence. So why did he lie in december 2015 when he said his propaganda government had technicallty defeated Boko Haram? Now he said even Europé and other parts of the world have similar problems of not being able to get rid of terrorists. I do not want to write about the Chibok girls because Madam Adamawa and El-Rufai have the details.

There was a talk about rice and fertilizer. To the best of my knowledge no one has confirmed to me that the price of rice has dropped. Maybe the impact came first to Aso Rock and the rest of us can await the dividends of this democracy. It is coming.

When Mr. Buhari spoke about power supply, l almost wept.

You could see the face of a man who cannot solve the problem. It appears that Mr. Fasola is warming the bench at the Power Ministry. Nigeria is targeting 10 000 MW by 2020 he said. This is just the same old lies we have been sold since the days of Abacha and the others before and after him. 2000, 2010, 2020. By 2020  they will move the goal-post to 2050. Those of us who would have lived and died without experiencing steady power supply in our lifetime would have done so. Then the lie will be repeated and so on and so forth.

It is a shame to the black race that the one who calls himself the giant of African cannot put her best brain together to end the menace of lack of power supply once and for all. It is a shame that the country cannot draw as much as possible from solar energy and use applied technology to end the menace for all time. It is a disgrace to humanity that Nigerians are living in darkness in the year 2017. This problem did not start with Mr. Buhari. Mr. Fashola only boasted before Nigeria was given to him through the Ministry of power. Now he too knows: To whom Nigeria is given, corruption and not solution to problem is expected. Ride on corruption, Long live corruption and stupidity.

Mr. Buhari ended his speech by talking about the 2nd half of his tenure. I hope it will be the last of his tenure. Even if somone else stood for him, Nigerians need to ensure that this regime, like the Jonathan regime does not repeat itself. It’s the same bad wine in a dark bottle.

We have a president who was talking about independent and freedom. Really? He is not even ashame to call Nigerian an indpeendent country. How is Nigeria independent when he and the ones before him are receiving medical treatment in UK? Does Mr. Buhari or anyone in APC know the meaning of independent?

This government is running the country down. The corrupt elites put Buhari there and corruption was the expectation. All the fuss and noises about anticorruption are distractions. Nothing has happened significantly to impact on the people’s mentality and attitude towards corruption. Nothing will happen when all the corrupt people do not resign and they are not under any pressure from the people to resign.

That is why Nigerians are not free. They may think they are but they are not. A free people can change governance, government and the compositions of politicians in one night. In Nigeria, the people are forced to return criminals to office across the country every 4 years.

The APC government, like the PDP before it, is the same and they will not touch on the ordinary people’s lives. I need to remind all those who made it against all odds that their successes are not a prerequisite for me to give up the fight for the common good. I don’t care how you struggle to align with the nonsense system to make it by crook or clean. I’m saying it’s not right when your president is looting and wasting funds and the senators are certified crooks. It’s not right when the politicians are living large and anyhow whereas the people are hungry and angry at one another.

I’m trying hard not to conclude that Nigeria is a failed state and that despite all the sweet talks and coatings here and there, Nigeria will never make it under a unitary system of governance.

It’s not as if saints will be imported to run the regions if we succeed with regional government or independent regions. It’s a long, hard road for a people whose mentalities have been severely deformed and battered.

In matters of public service, Nigerians have an almost irreparable deficiency syndrome. They think public service is a means to wealth. This is the premise on which the government in  Nigeria is operated since 1960 and this looks like the status quo that: to whom Nigeria is given, corruption is served and expected.

It’s a long, windy, difficult road to freedom. What will be the cost of freedom for Nigeria and Nigerians?

We must change the system and that is not an option.

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By Adeola Aderounmu