Cash, Arms And The Songs Of A Coup

Nigeria now appears to be a country in a permanent state of latent war.

Unitary government is a catalyst for coup anywhere. As at this moment, Nigeria remains a slogan and is synonymous with ”capturing the center to steal the wealth from the regions”.

Cash, Arms And The Songs Of A Coup

By Adeola Aderounmu

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On at least two ocassions in 2017 the Nigerian Custom have declared that it seized arms at the Lagos port. This trend is a serious problem. The news are up in the air for a couple of hours and they die as quickly as they come. So who knows how many consignments of arms/weapons that have slipped through the Lagos port undetected over the years?

Who are the importers of the weapons? What manner of intelligence or investigation allows the seizure of arms without grabbing the importers by the wrists?  Who are the warlords and weapon dealers behind the direct importation of arms into Nigeria?

The man or woman who is clearing the weapons should be followed to the point of delivery, not accosted at the port as we have been made to understood. It also appears that the Nigerian Custom are used to playing to the gallery by displaying seized goods without working out the owners or simply hiding the owners. This is bad for the security of Nigeria.

How many tons of arms and ammunitions have slipped into the country from other porous points along the borderline of Nigeria?

There is no question about the influx of arms into both the northern and southern parts of Nigeria. Delivery through the desert of the north and the seaways of the south have been as easy as buying satchet water anywhere in Nigeria. What about the heavy ammunitions in the hands of the militants, separatists and the terrorists. Nigeria now appears to be a country in a permanent state of latent war.

The influx of arms into Nigeria is not a new phenomenon. It appears that it has remain unabated even after the civil war ended in 1970. The contributions of the free flow of arms to the rise in the prevalence of armed robbery operations are not well documented, but they confront daily in our existence. In addition, the role of Nigeria’s do-or-die politics in the rise and easy circulation of arms remains remarkable after the return of civilian rule in 1999.

There are other dangerous signs that are hard to ignore at this turbulent time in the rugged history of Nigeria. Civilian regimes in Nigeria have become notorious with provocative criminal acts. The ways and manners in which raw currencies flew in the air during the regime of Goodluck Jonathan is completely insane. Surprisingly, still, under the APC-Buhari mandate, raw cash continues to spread across Nigeria in huge sums. They are found in abandoned or obscure rooms, exquisite apartments and even at airports!

On a number of occasions, the intelligent services in Nigeria have fallen the hands of the citizens. First they find money, then they start to look for the owners. It’s beggining to look like a film. How hard can it be to let the money be, until you can hold the owners by their wrists? When is the drama or dilemma going to end? Enough is enough, please. Save poor people the pains of displaying orphan monies!

Then comes the political problem itself which is the foundation for all the other problems in Nigeria including the life time sentence of poverty on more than 100 million people.

Right now President Buhari’s status and whereabout remain unknown to the people who reportedly voted him to power in 2015. Is Nigeria a country? Is it a country when the voters and the people do not know where their president is or what is going on with him?

No one can pick holes in all the death hoaxes that have befallen the Nigerian president. They are in order. Some people are making money by attracting internet traffic as a result of the secretive and questionable nature of the Nigerian presidency. So be it, until the truth prevails.

The call for the restructuring of Nigeria is overiped. It is one of the probable antidotes to the songs of seccession and the cry of marginalisation. It is the cure for any useless plan to overthrown the government now headed by professor Yemi Osinbajo. For when and if Nigeria is restructured so that we return to regional government, for example, l don’t see why any Hausa-fulani or Yoruba or Igbo would plan a coup. Why?  To what end?

The foolishness of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s when military coups were fashionable will today lead to pandemonium or even war,  only if regional government are in place before the coup. The absence of regional govenrment and the persistent of the useless unitary government in Nigeria is still a catalyst for staging of coups. There will be no surprises if it happens anyway. As at this moment, Nigeria remains a slogan and is synonymous with ”capturing the center to steal the wealth from the regions”.

The surest way forward is for Nigerians to agree on the restructuring and to bring it into effect in the nearest couple of months or years. Nigeria needs a referendum or a series of referendum. Biafra too.

People of every region must choose and define their own fates. This will calm all agitations and help them decide how they want to aggregation and pursue their future. The re-emergence of regional government will bring back healthy competitions for growth, industrialisation and development just the way it was before the coups.

The only gentleman agreement is how to assist less priviledged regions until they become industrious to pick up their resources and agriculture again.

On the other hand, the nonsensical, verbal gentleman’s agreement to rotate the presidency is both undemocratic and evil. It is a passage to anarchy now that president Buhari who was vocal while calling for the impeachement of late Yar Adua seems to have be bedeviled with the same fate as Yar Adua.

This particular gentleman’s agreement is a licence to mediocrity (like the north scheming to have a replacement for Buhari in 2019), to continous turn-by-turn looting of the treasury (most recently the Jonathan army of looters giving way to Buhari soldiers of looters) and a very laughable tragicomedy on how despicably low the intellectual capabilities of Nigerians can be on the political stage.

By the way, where is the Save Nigeria Group and their banners? Or is Nigeria saved already?

A stitch in time saves nine.

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Mr. Ambode, The governor Of Lagos Island And The god Of Lagos

By Adeola Aderounmu

The hottest news from Nigeria this week is the sacking of a church worker by the governor of Lagos state. In a manner akin only to wickedness and evil machinations, Mr. Ambode, whom l have long regarded as the governor of Alausa and Lagos Island, threw out Venerable Femi Taiwo with a 24 hour notice.”

Ambode, the god of Lagos?

Ambode, the god of Lagos?

Venerable Femi Taiwon was the presiding chaplain of the Chapel of Christ the Light, Ikeja. His offence was that he was delivering  a sermon and he did not acknowledge the presence of the wife of Ambode.

So Mrs. Ambode went home, probably cried and reported to his husband, the emperor of Lagos, Mr. Ambode. These people are devilish clowns.

My position here is not the same as standing with the church or any religion whatsoever. I care less because the church and mosques remain instrumental to the destruction of Nigeria.

My position here is standing against fools and arrogant people in government. Mr. Ambode has forgotten that he was a criminal who was sacked from the government. But like all criminals before him, he found his way back to power courtesy of the Tinubu’s grip on Lagos. But he will fall. He will!

The end of festac

Rather than cleaning up Lagos, Mr. Ambode is busy playing god. 

Rather than put his wife and house in order so that his wife stops going around seeking recognition and acknowledgment, Mr. Ambode decided to terminate the appointment of the chaplain.

In my opinion, Mr. Ambode is not only foolish, he is also arrogant. Who does he think he is?  The god of Lagos? Those who are close to him should tell him that he is on his way to perdition.

Even if you want to relieve the chaplain of his position because he was employed by the state government, why not give him 7 days or even 1 month so he can put his life in order while he leaves the employment of the criminal government?

I am sure several Nigerians have thrashed this issue on the social media, so l won’t flog it.

Mr. Ambode, what goes round, comes round.

 

A Distant President? No, Thanks..!

It is no longer news that president Buhari is incapable of discharging his functions as the number one citizen of Nigeria.

Mr. Buhari will now be leading the largest black nation on earth from his bedroom, toilet or the other room depending on where the information meets him.

A Distant President? No, Thanks..!

By Adeola Aderounmu

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Since the advent of the computer age, it has been possible for students or candidates to study from home. Distance learning allows room especially for people who want to work and study at the same time. It also helps some people to study while on various forms of leave from work including parental leave. The benefits of distance learning are many.

Nigeria is adding a new dimension to what can be done at a distance. The president, Mr. Buhari will now be leading the largest black nation on earth from his bedroom, toilet or the other room depending on where the information meets him.

This is an example of arrogance by the clueless ruling party, the APC. It’s pure nonsense.

It is no longer news that president Buhari is incapable of discharging his functions as the number one citizen of Nigeria. It is common knowledge that he is now behind the scene. It is also very unclear who has been calling the shots since he-Mr. Buhari stopped appearing for duties.

As it stands, it is no longer golden that Nigerians are silent and not unanimous on this issue. Since the arrival of Buhari from his treatment at a London hospital, Nigeria had finally come to a halt in terms of formal presidential duties.

The fact the people are not outraged is of huge concern. They have been so battered they cannot even conduct a thorough thinking-that the APC is evil and serving their selfish interests just like the clueless PDP before it. What will it take to see that it’s just the politicians changing sides while the game (oppressing and subduing the people)  is the same?

It will be a pure guess-work if anyone outside of the walls of the presidency can say that they know who has been in charge of Nigeria since Buhari went mute. Invariably that chant about the cabal continues to rent the air across all regimes whether headed by a civilian or a tyrant.

Let us be clear about the facts. President Buhari is an old man. He is seriously sick. Sickness is not only a function of age. Anything that destabilises the normal functioning of the human body can bring about sickness and in severe situations, death. Of all the things that are natural, death is the only one that is guaranteed. Young and old people can be sick and in the absence of a sound mind no reasonable work can be done.

Healthy people have found it impossible to rule Nigeria to the path of development. Whilst they were healthy they spent their time on promoting corruption and supervising the rape on the land and people. How much harder will it be for a man who is very sick and of unsound mind?

The APC perspective of ruling Nigeria is a complete suicide mission. I’m lost for words on what they think about the rest of us. The APC is the new axis of evil in the land.

Ruling Nigeria from Abuja has been shown to be a disaster. It will never work. The situation is laughable and ridiculous when sickness is the keyword even as the entire country begs for revampment and resuscitation.

In line with the facts that mortals can be sick or become redundant due to illnesses, it is now imperative for president Buhari to take a bow and take a rest. In my opinion, it seems that the man is being held hostage. For, I find it hard to believe that an incapable person will hold on tight to the office of the president of Nigeria. Of what use is such a do-or-die motive?

In my opinion:

  • Buhari can no longer discharge his duties as the president of Nigeria
  • Buhari is no longer in a stable condition-he is not strong enough to withstand the rigours of the office of the first citizen of Nigeria.
  • Silence is no longer golden. People must not out of fear refuse to speak out against a remarkable evil deed like the one being perpetrated now by the APC or some invisible forces using Mr. Buhari as their guinea pig or scape goat.

 

For several months, all that we have read concerning Buhari are attributed to releases by various special assistants. The latest was atrributed to Lai Mohammed stating that Buhari will now work from home.

The undertones are clear and undeniable. It may not be out of place that people are deciding for Mr. Buhari. There is no proof that he had said anything in a very, very long time.

What is the way forward?

If Mr. Buhari is of sound mind, if he is healthy, he has to prove  that he is not been flung up and down or here and there by the parasites and leeches around him. The only way to do this is to admit his incapablities and retire home permanently. He should hand over officially to Yemi Osinbajo so that we can wish him well as he continues to fight for his good health and stability of mind and soul.

If Mr. Buhari does not do the needed handover or if the people around him cannot facilitate this before it is too late, then it means for real that there is no presidency in Nigeria. What we have in that case is the well-acclaimed cabal who continues to capture and ruin Nigeria from one generation to another.

The transfer of power does not solve Nigeria’s problems. The only thing it will ensure is that we do not add one more problem that will distract us further from the gigantic problems that the country is already facing.

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Nigeria Under Buhari and APC, A Nightmare

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Adeola Aderounmu

I hope my readers are not disappointed yet that my regular column on NVS is not regular nowadays. I have seen that some people are re-sharing some of my past post. They are old but very relevant because Nigeria is not heading in the right direction.

In recent weeks, we have been puffed with news of monies discovered and recovered from all possible places including an apartment in Ikoyi and some burial grounds. What has the ears not heard in Nigeria? Wetin our eyes never see? We don hear wein, we don see yeye wey dey smell.

In all, the criminals like Saraki and all the thieves in the National Assembly and house of reps remain in power. Criminals are still ruling and the people are doing mumu and follow follow.

Mr. Buhari is hanging on to power at all cost, whoever his advisers are. The sane thing to do is to let Prof Osinbajo do the job for now.

Rather, somehow, some people are still using Buhari to plant Northerners in all the key positions in government. I hate to acknowledge that Buhari is operating a very useless and senseless government. Only a fool will support his recent appointments and the way he has been rolling around prayer grounds surrounded by criminals like Saraki.

This APC government that we supported is a huge joke. It has gradually transformed to the PDP that we threw away.

At no other time is it more important for Nigerians to rise up and take control of their lives than now.

What is going on with the government and even with the EFCC is a huge joke. It is either someone is acting a drama or insanity is overstretched when you think of the monies that were said/alleged to have been recovered from the apartment in Ikoyi.

Maybe the building should be burnt down if the landlords do not know the tenants in the room.

In any case, the most urgent need now is to let Nigerians know who is running the country because this auto pilot is risky and dangerous.

Nigeria: Long Road To Happiness

By Adeola Aderounmu

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I may be going back to the days of shorter blog entries rather than long essays, or a mix of them depending on how time permits.

It’s hard (after more than 10 years on the blog) to keep writing the same thing about Nigeria. But l won’t give up.

The blog roll will continue.

It’s a long road to happiness for several millions of Nigerians. We must never forget even if we manage to escape the poverty or flee from it. There are souls down there yearning for life, yearning for freedom.

At the same time, the criminals spread over all strata of government continue to steal, loot and acquire wealth for themselves, their cronies and their family members.

the tragedy includes the fact that these criminals are our sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers and friends who the system has placed above the law. They are everywhere and we know their names but we allow them to enslave us, forever.

One of the biggest tragedies of this century, as l have always stated, is the nature of Nigerian politics and its consequences.

That system and the people running it must be uprooted and it seems that the only way forward will be when people of like minds finally break down the barriers of religion, tribal or ethnicity and understand that freedom has no colour or race. It is just a cause that must be pursued and fetched.

It’s a long road to happiness when only a few men and women can hold more than 150m others to ransom using politics as a weapon and the timidity of the populace as a leap into a lifetime of inpunity.

One day Nigerians will rise, and take back their country. It will happen.

Nigeria: Swinging Round In A Circle

In the Nigerian National House of Assembly for example, Mr. Saraki who is the head of the Senate has uncountable allegations of corruption, stealing, lying and forging on his head. But he is still the senate leader. This one classical example alone makes Nigeria a huge joke

Nigeria: Swinging Round In A Circle

 

By Adeola Aderounmu

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Nigeria is a very funny country. Everyday everybody is complaining about everything. It is so ironic because everyone keeps doing the same thing and expecting different results. This is the country where people talk from morning to night and nothing changes.

It is the country where some of us have been writing the same thing for 15 years or more and the things we complain about do not change or move towards a better arrangement.

The most consistent complain about Nigeria is that of corruption but nobody is doing anything about it or the things that are done are half-hearted. The truth is if Nigeria is to actually fight corruption or leave corruption behind, then none of the politicians serving in Nigeria today will be in their positions in the next 24 hours.

From president Buhari to the last man in the local government, all of them will be gone. But in Nigeria, how can these men or people be replaced if everybody is already corrupt or if everybody thinks that the purpose of politics is to get rich or to steal?

In the Nigerian National House of Assembly for example, Mr. Saraki who is the head of the Senate has uncountable allegations of corruption, stealing, lying and forging on his head. But he is still the senate leader. This one classical example alone makes Nigeria a huge joke.

I mean, even for one complain, this man should be arguing his case in court as an ordinary citizen. But he has been the head of the senate for more than 2 years. Nigeria is a joke, a huge one. People are just complaining and some of us are just writing whilst the alleged criminals continue to rule. Then we say Nigeria is not getting better.

Who will make it better? Is it the people who will already know are facing criminal charges yet ruling the country? We are very funny, in a stupid way that is.

We know that some senators are former governors. They are collecting pensions from their poor states where salaries are not paid. Then they are collecting monies as senators. Nigerians are funny! Should there not be a national revolt once and for all to stand against evil and injustice?

There are uncountable examples of corruptions both official and inofficial hanging over people’s heads from the Residence to everywhere you go in Nigeria. So when people and all of us are complaining, what is the outcome we expect?

We are funny, in a stupid way. Criminals are everywhere in politics and public service. So who is complaining to who? Me, I blame the judiciary for many of these because if they can hasten for example the case of Saraki and other high profile political criminals, and sentence them to 100 years in prison, a major victory would have been won.

Imagine how great Nigeria can become in the next 24 months if every other politician that we suspect of crimes from Babangida to Tinubu to Obasanjo and all of them are brought to justice to clear their names or perhaps found guilty. But we only talk on pages of newspapers and on the social media. The police and the judiciary are incapacitated and then ordinary bloggers like us are asked to prove that these people are guilty.

We are funny, we complain and we don’t act on the things that have destroyed our existence and dignities as humans.

We are funny, in a stupid way because we tribalise corruption and protect our own whilst we suffer. We are funny because we support political parties whereas the problems are not about political parties because the criminals move from one party to another as they like. In Nigeria the political parties are not significant. The politicians are just criminals no matter where they belong.

Is anyone following the systematic genocide in Nigeria? It is going at a snail speed but it is going on. The terrorists from Northern Nigeria are now called herdsmen or foreign herdsmen. Nonsense! They have operated above the law especially since the emergence of APC with Mr. Buhari as the president.

This government is either impotent or sponsoring the fulani herdsmen because l don’t know how the group can cause so much carnage around the country and yet be invincible. Not one of them has been arrested. It must be the new way of Boko Haram in addition to the menace they continue to unleash in the North East of Nigeria.

What a change? The APC mandate is a calamity on Nigeria. The politicians change their lane from PDP to APC and continued to loot, steal and live above the law.

The ordinary citizens have given up and are now taking their lives in tens daily. Hundreds continue to die on the roads and thousands due to internal war, bad health care, diseases and malnutrition.

Are these the changes Nigeria voted for?

Even if positive changes will take a while to be felt, when do the politicians intend to stop stealing or enriching themselves?

As we speak, as we write the legislative and the executive arms continue to gulp more than 25 % of the country’s wealth. So what change did Nigerians vote for? Why can’t politicians review their salaries so that the difference is not so much from the civil service especially at a time the country is said to be in recession? What is the meaning of change to the Nigerian politician?

They are funny, in many stupid ways.

And they are not talking about restructuring the country so that the people can control their own resources? Yes, it is not the magic wave but it is the best step in the right direction. The role of the people in the future of Nigeria is very critical. They can continue to complain from now until forever. They can take their future and that of their children in their hands.

They can force crazy and corrupt politicians out of power by forming serious resistance and making concrete demands that can bring the government to a halt. In the first instance, why are criminals in the Senate allowed to seat, talk and discuss our own future?

Unless Nigerians looks inward and fish out ”innocent” people to lead the country, this mess has no end.

You know there is a joke about a guy talling his babe ” My love for you will never end, it is like corruption in Africa”. Nigeria is an epitome of that corruption.

 

The Cost Of Freedom (Part 2)

So, for how long will Nigerians suffer? How many generations of Nigeria would it take to break this heavy yoke so that freedom can be bought at last?

We must stop this system that puts more than 25 % of the nations wealth in the pockets of the lawmakers and the executives.

The Cost Of Freedom (Part 2)

By Adeola Aderounmu

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As far as Nigeria is concern, anybody still thinking about political affiliations whilst trying to suggest the way forward or the solutions to the problems facing the country is insincere and a lover of mental slavery. Such ignorance is incurable.

Until we set our minds free, we will neither see nor comprehend the bigger images. The problems and issues facing Nigeria are boundless and the way out are definitely not within the wisdom of the politicians who are self-centered, selfish and extremely corrupt.

Majority of Nigerian politicians have no jobs or normal lives outside of politics. They have reached a terminal end for their hopes of survival. To them politics is all and everything. It is dangerous that the future of the country lies in the hands of such hopeless citizens.

Nigerian politicians, we must remind ourselves, do not have the interests of the people in their minds or hearts. They do not understand the meaning of public service. They only pretend they do intermittently perhaps to save their faces and jobs.

To them, politics is just the way to make money. It is a means to exploit the system and the rest of the population. They are possessed by evil that deafened them, such evil that continues to speak to their wicked souls that they should continue to steal and stash away money to the detriment of the general population. Nigerian politicians, through the years and by the nature of their persistent wickedness are like immortal zombies.

So, what will be the cost of freedom for Nigerians? What will be the cost of freedom for a people who have never experienced the real meaning of life? What will be the cost of redemption for a life currently lingering in absolute poverty and extreme hopelessness because of the choices of the wicked people that have ruled Nigeria?

Political power is transient even if the effects are life long as we have seen for more than 2 generations of post-independent Nigeria. It is sad and always disheartening that the statuses of poverty-stricken Nigerians is permanent. The urge to keep the status-quo is a life long mission for those who get to control Nigeria or part of it politically. Change is not imminent.

So, for how long will Nigerians suffer? How many generations of Nigeria would it take to break this heavy yoke so that freedom can be bought at last?

Nigeria needs a turning point.

APC is currently shouldering the future of Nigeria but it has not fare well. As at today we read that state governments in Nigeria are donating lands to the federal government for construction of houses. This is an abberation resulting from the faulty political system in Nigeria.

The various states in the country cannot develop without begging from the federal government. Wealth of regions are sent to the center and are partly looted and partly distributed back to the regions (states). It appears to be senseless.

Today, Lagos is at war of words with the federal government because Lagos cannot construct or build roads in Lagos state. It does not make sense. This system reduces the values of human reasoning.

APC must help Nigeria restructure and if this happens before the next general election, the future of Nigeria can be assured to be on the path to greatness again.

Indeed there are fears. There are anxieties and there are antagonists. But that which must be done, must be done. Why postpone the day of reckoning? It will come.

This unitary system must be abolished.

We know that those who have benefiited from the system are afraid of resetting Nigeria.

They will defend the status-quo and go to war if they must do. But they must be defeated so that Nigeria can be returned to the path of glory that she was on before the military coups of 1966.

We must stop this system that puts more than 25 % of the nations wealth in the pockets of the lawmakers and the executives. This system is not sustainable. It will continue to impoverish the people and it will mean an everlasting status of “underdevelop” for Nigeria for as long as the moon and the sun exist.

A few decades ago, we reached a point in Nigeria where what mattered are self-preservation, selfishness, wealth acquistion and expolitations of others and disservice to country.

We reached a point where to be corrupt and greedy became relative rather than forbidden. We reached a point and we thread further on it today that to become a politician invariably means to become a thief.

We accept that our fathers, our mothers, our sisters, our brothers, our sons and daughters can be criminals as long as they are not caught. We accept our sons as gangsters as long as they bring riches and stolen things home for our satisafaction.

We traded our lives and made inexplicable wealths the champion of our consciences. We lost the conscientious compass and allowed cruel animal instincts to dominate our judgements.

We could not find the ways back because we went too deep into anomalies. The politics was left for the politicians and we worshipped them based on how much they stole from us. We made them gods and destroyed the public institutions.

How Nigerians got to this low point will forever be a discourse of intellectual arguments. It is extremely sad and a super disgrace to the civilisation process of the African race.

It is this point of shame and disgrace that we need to depart from. The most obvious way is to reset the system and go back to regional government. It is not a magic swerve but the competitions for development between the regions will reduce corruption and promote accountability to the people. It will bring back the dignity of labour.

We cannot go on like this. If we do, many will die in abject poverty. Many more will be born into a world that knows no peace and tranquality. Several millions will live and die without any experience of joy, peace and stability. They will never know any form of quality existence and they will live in a rat race more dangerous that what it is now. The future will be bleak and the children unborn will curse the graves of the dead and fallen.

There is always a choice even if the road is hard, unpopular and uncommon. But if it will serve the common good on the long run, why not?

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