PRESIDENT BUHARI – THINK TWICE BEFORE RUNNING FOR 2019 ELECTION


By: Comrade Amdy Eguare – 

Mr President Before You Run For 2019, Think Twice.
Inalienable human and constitutional right of seeking a second electoral helping. His famed taciturnity already extensively dented by his loquacious body language, he gave himself away rather cheaply when he openly told some Nigeria in diaspora that he will be needing their votes in futures plus equally latter-day tendency of addressing citizens’ concerns as they arise, instead of the deafening silence we used to endure, prove beyond all reasonable doubt that if a man is not pursuing something, something is pursuing him, or both, but i think Mr President is gripped by the same thing he seeks to have a grip of. It is called re-election fever or, more Nigerianly, 2019 fear. Every political office holder seeking an encore the world over at some point starts to play ball in the interest of self and survival. So, our own President, suddenly sleeping with the enemy as it were, hounding perceived, prospective opponents or their business interests, or showing a certain goody goody trait that’s not in sync with his character, is not doing the unthinkable. Even non-politicians who want something in politics must play politics and that entails saying or doing things alien to their very nature.

Couple with the movement of ex vice president Atiku Abubakar back to PDP. It is very clear that Mr president will be seeking reelection in 2019 because after arriving Aso Rock as commander in chief, Mr president has see Politics in Nigeria is local, sweet, corrupt, clannish and cronyish, that needed more time to clean the mess of past government.

For Me i have no problem with him running and if he proven that he is a better man for the no, since he has his constitutional right to run, but before he declare his intentions to run for second term, i want him to first examine himself if he has fulfilled 10% of his electoral promise to Nigerians in 2015.

I would remember vividly how Mr president promised to fight corruption, end fuel importation, make Boko Haram history, creates employment for the unemployed graduates etc but sadly Nigerians are yet to see the change both him and his party promised.

unmistakably that he wants to keep his job for another four years. The question then shifts from would he run to would he win? Who will vote for him? Is it the 8 million Nigerians that lost their jobs this year alone, or is it the ordinary man on the street that can not afford three sequel meal per day, let me not even talk about the innocents Nigerians that are queuing in filling stations in other to get fuel in this festive period. majority of Nigerians think that beyond agriculture, fight against corruption, Npower scheme and fight against Boko Haram which has technically be defeated Mr president has not done much in his first term.

It is clear that the standard of living in Nigeria is very high and frustrating. 20% of the youths are been sold as slavery in Libya and 3% of them died annually on the see, as at today 25th December 2017 Mr President and his team have offered in 31 of the stipulated 48 months in office, political astrologers insist Nigerians don’t need a clairvoyant to confirm that, in 2019, Candidate Buhari would require strategic hard sell to scrape through. Sadistic and harsh as that may sound, diehard Buharists accept it for what it is, the truth. Presidential handlers latch on to the point that their man did not take over a healthy country: true, but what value has he added or, to put it more appropriately, how much change that he promised of his own volition has he delivered? Endemic corruption and wanton stealing, untold policy somersault, nepotism, ethnic bigotry and the generally uninspiring approach to governance remain the hallmarks of his achievement.

How on earth do you market a candidate who his SGF cuts grasses with the sum of #680m for heaven sake, what will you tell ordinary man that bought a litter of petroleum for #400 just because he want to travel home for Christmas and new year celebrations, what about the 8 million Nigerians that lost their jobs this year, let me not also mentioned the workers in kogi, Osun, Benue, Ekiti etc who their Governors has refuse to pay their salaries.

As 2019 approaches, this is my number one fear for the All Progressives Congress standard-bearer. I also have an abridged roll call of other fears: do the President and company take too much for granted, oblivious of how wiser Nigerians have become since 2015? Are those being wooed only playing along waiting for the opportune time to strike for their pound of flesh? Learning from 2015, have more and more members of the governing party
not become too disgruntled and, therefore, potential electoral traitors? Has the APC nipped in the bud the defection of such stalwarts as governors and sundry chieftains to its main challenger, the People’s Democratic Party, where from most of them migrated? Would the administration’s un-surefootedness (imagine the amateurish handling of ongoing fuel crisis and the insensitivity of planning a documentary on the human side of the President at
this material time), lack of creativity, the unending blame game and double standard over corruption, criminality and injustice not haunt the President in the next election? Going forward, has this President achieved enough to mummify his name in case he finds himself holding the wrong end of the stick on February 16, 2019? Above all, are there honest people cross-checking the books, files
and governmental nooks and crannies to ensure that, post-Buhari, the world won’t see unassailable proofs he presided over monumental kleptomania? That indeed is my worst fear for the man whose enviable Spartan messianic unique selling point seems to have been irreparably damaged by the mostly non-picturesque sights and incoherent sounds of his reign.

The foreboding is real: what remains of the Buhari mystique could be interred in the memory of infamy after he leaves office. Therefore, in place of this second term fixation, I suggest that Mr president and his party APC should use the 2018 window to focus on delivery dividends of democracy to the people, fixed the economic, constructs all the federal roads across the country, create permanent jobs not empowerment jobs for the youths consecrate more on electricity and most importantly ensuring this current fuels scarcity never, i mean never happens again.
God bless Nigeria!

Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018.


 

BUHARI’S “ANTI-CORRUPTION” LIES ARE UNRAVELING


By: Farooq Kperogi – 

The latest thunderbolt from the Head of Service of the Federation that President Buhari was actually aware of, and perhaps even countenanced, the reinstatement and promotion of Abdulrahseed Maina against her counsel is probably the final nail in the coffin of the Buhari administration’s rib-tickling pretense to being an “anti-corruption” government. 

“I sought audience with His Excellency, Mr. President on Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 after the FEC meeting where I briefed His Excellency verbally on the wide-ranging implications of the reinstatement of Mr. A. A. Maina, especially the damaging impact on the anti-corruption stance of this administration,” the HoS wrote in a memo to the President’s Chief of Staff, which was leaked to the press today. So Buhari did KNOW about this indefensibly scandalous subversion of justice but feigned surprise and outrage ONLY because the matter became public knowledge and was greeted with widespread condemnation. That’s a smoking gun right there! It also helps to contextualize and explain Buhari’s initial reluctance, even resistance, to fire Babachir David Lawal (whom he had actually defended in writing with lies!) and his choice to protect other corrupt fat cats in his kitchen cabinet.

Sahara Reporters also reported today on its Twitter handle that “Buhari’s Min of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau directly told @ officialEFCC officer in charge of Maina’s case to destroy case file.”

I knew Buhari never intended to truly fight corruption the moment he reneged on his promise to publicly and fully declare his assets and compel his appointees to do the same. In my “Notes from Atlanta” column in the Daily Trust of June 13, 2015 titled “Mishandling of Asset Declaration May Doom Buhari’s President” (that was when I still cautiously nursed the hope that Buhari would work to make good his promise to “change” governance in Nigeria), I wrote: “The social and cultural basis of Buhari’s legitimacy and popularity revolve around the notion of his transparency and incorruptibility. But the secretiveness, disingenuousness and overall informational poverty of the handling of the asset declaration issue is eroding Buhari’s very credibility and giving people cause for what psychologists call post-decision cognitive dissonance. If this issue is not handled artfully and transparently, it will set the tone for his entire presidency” (see link below)

This government is an embodiment of multi-layered chicanery, and it is unraveling before the world. There is only so far you can go with unintelligent prevarications and propaganda. Every lie has an expiration date. I think we’re getting to the expiration date of the lies of this government.


 

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PMB AND THE IMPERATIVE OF FAILURE


By: Andy Akporugo Jr – 

When he is not whining, Colonel Hammed Ali is a man of few words. A couple of days ago, he came with a heavy carriage of words with which he wept out Nigerians disappointment with the performance of the Buhari administration. Thankfully!

Admitting that the PMB government has not kept its promises to Nigerians, his mathematics was good when he said that by reason of that, they had failed Nigerians. And although he didn’t grade the failure, he didn’t need to. Failure is not ‘‘gradeable’’. All failure is 100%. Only passes enjoy the luxury of grading. Yet to make his point more strongly as regards the size of PMB’s failure, the good colonel suggests that it is ‘‘more bigly’’ than GEJ’s [to borrow words from another misfit] and that it would continue until the elections, when he confesses that ‘‘the challenge ahead of 2019 elections was bigger than that of 2015’’.

Perhaps a more fitting venue for parts of that speech would have been a rally in which the stern colonel declared his support for another party or his intention to run for President. But we have no such luck! He was speaking, perhaps blinded by loyalty or by blood, at the unveiling in Abuja of an ‘ultra-modern’ office of the Buhari Support Organisation, the umbrella body of all pro-Buhari support groups that coordinated the President’s 2015 presidential campaigns. It is no longer a suggestion then, that PMB is running for a second term in office, having essentially failed in his first – perhaps in keeping with the anecdotal logic of he who I fondly refer to as ‘‘the Esama of the World’’, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, who famously demanded from the people of Edo State the entitlement of his son to a second term with words to the effect that, ‘‘if pikin fail for school, na repeat e go repeat. So mek Lucky repeat as Governor!’’.

Well, I cannot quarrel with the logic of rewarding failure. After all, isn’t that how state by state, and even at the centre, our democracy has been sustained until date? What I first quarrelled with was the reason the Colonel offered for failure. He had given as reason, a claim that ‘‘PDP controls 50 per cent of our government’’, which like belches from a mouth suffering from the absence of sanitary care, immediately upset my sense of responsibility.

But I was reading with the eyes of a young man. Maturing upon a second read, I heard the other words unspoken by the Colonel, a 62 year old, versed in the language and mannerisms of elders, i.e:

i. that half of the failure lay with the other 50% of ‘‘sabotaging/incompetent’’ non-PDP members of the APC government i.e. PMB and his appointees, and

ii. that the remainder failure was because of the President’s retention or appointment of ‘‘sabotaging/incompetent’’ members of the PDP into his government and its agencies.

I hope PMB hears the words unspoken by his loyal junior as indeed his age, 75 years in two months, recommends. But if he doesn’t easily understand, let me remind him that culturally and militarily, when a younger person wishes to chastise his elder, good breeding recommends that rather than attack the sense of the elder directly, he would, pretending not to know that it is the elder’s errand that is being run, interrogate the sense of those who execute the elder’s instructions.

Whichever half we look at it, the lynchpin remains PMB! He is either in active connivance or indolently complicit in the mis-governance we suffer today. It is time those of us who support him, stopped exonerating him from the mess that has become governance and making excuses that he is held hostage by cabals, as we ‘scapegoat’ his advisers. If there is a cabal, it is he that anoints it – daily, and he must take responsibility for their actions and inactions.

The system of government we practise is named after him and no other. If nothing else directs him to his responsibility, this should. The buck stops squarely on his table and he will not be excused his obligations to provide good and effective governance, if he leaves the buck unattended because he chooses to fill his table with droplets of kunu or prescription medicine or the unattended resume of qualified persons while he makes calls all over the place seeking for appointment, persons who share blood relationship with him or if he spends his time under the table chasing rodents which have become lodgers in his office on account of his inactivity in the first place!

Instructively, the repairs required to stir us into good governance today, can only constitutionally and practically be undertaken by him. Only he can attend to and redress the claims that of 100 appointments he has made so far, over 80 have been of northerners or perhaps he can at the minimum, show us the census figures which he uses that make 80%-20% an expression of equality! Only he can ensure that the nolle prosequi entered by his Attorney General to shield Mr Ahmed Gambo Saleh who was sufficiently indicted such as to be arraigned for theft of over N2 billion, yet unaccounted for, is redressed. Only he can visit the matters over the involvement of his chief of staff in several alleged fraudulent schemes that, amongst others, undermine the claims that his government seriously fights corruption. Only he can bring out from under his pillow, read and act on the recommendations of his own committee on the allegations concerning the loot discovered in the pocket of his SGF or that privileged safe house in Ikoyi. Only he can act on the report on the Maina scandal, which has now joined the SGF report in gathering dust in his room. Damn it! If he is not going to read reports, why does he seek them?

At this point he alone must clear the mess that in fact, only he can clear. Their names will be revealed from the list of culprits presented by the reports which he has sought, and their removal will be one of the requirements for winning the confidence of Nigerians. He must step up to the microphone and try to convince even the least of us, that those who call him messiah do not have his blessings and that he will carry everyone along in his efforts at governance. He must show us his vulnerability, and seek our strength and support himself, instead of hiding behind appointees whose body smell drive all of us away. To be sure, let him, himself come perfumed, please!

And he must act fast, even desperately. Just in case he hasn’t thought about it, it is a demonstration of how bad his own supporters perceive his government, that even when there is no visible opposition anywhere, they do not seem confident enough to seek votes mainly from the physical evidence of good governance even if sparsely littering our landscape, but from the rhetoric, songs, trumpets and cymbals of mobilization expected to be employed by the hired crowds of the Buhari Support Organisation.

Greetings


 

NIGERIA, THE TYRANNY OF UNEQUAL UNION

By: Eke O. Eke –

Buhari has transformed Nigeria in the image of the north and Islam.

1. By killing Biafran protesters and military occupation of Igbo land.

2. By killing Shia Muslims.

3. By empowering Fulani terrorism all over the country to ethnically cleanse minority Christian communities in south Kaduna and invade farms and sack villages.

4. By empowering the north through foreign exchange manipulation and discriminatory appointments, like ensuring disproportionate number of northerners and Muslims in JAMB board.

5. By padding the budgets and doing nothing to close the loopholes, which make it easy for politicians to gain access to public.

6. By ethnically cleansing the army of Christian and southern officers.

7. By turning a blind eye to the corruption of those around him and standing on top of his own corruption dishonesty. The list is endless.

8. As I have said a number of times, those who steal from a bank cannot find the thief.

9. Buhari is part of the Nigerian problem and those who think he can ever be part of the solution are either naive, ignorant or are in cahoot with him. Buhari is transforming Nigeria for the worst.

10. When his actions are viewed in light of the policy of the north, the motive behind his actions may become clearer.

11. The policy of north Nigeria is dictated by her ruling class, senior politicians. retired army officers, general ( kaduna Mafia) and Sultan of Sokoto. They are the one who decided to impose Sharia law in the region, aware that it is against the constitution of Nigeria.

12.The ruling class in the north is the Fulanis.

13. They are the Emirs and the elites

14. They subscribe to Saudi Arabia Sunni Wahab Islam that has produced A’Queada, Talibans, El Shabab, ISIS, Boko Haram and many other Islamic terrorist group.

15. They have presided over and continue to preside over the ethnic cleansing of Christians in north Nigeria. I lived in the north and saw the real face of the north and left more than 20 years ago. Nothing has changed.

16. The north arm Fulani herdsmen and use Nigerian army and police to protect them. Every important position in Nigeria today is occupied by a northerner, who subscribes to Sunni Islam.

17. The north formed Boko Haram, and it evolved into a monster.

18. The north is behind the charade of Chibok girls, which has seen Christian girls abducted, abused and used as puns in its political game.

19, The north established Islamic Bank, in pursuit of its overriding religious objectives.

20. Does anybody know what percentage of the income of Nigeria goes into Islamic Bank?

21 Does anybody know the foreign share holders and customers of Islamic Bank?

22. Does anybody know how Boko Haram pays for its arms and receives its weapon and why the federal government of Nigeria has refused to expose those behind Boko Haram?

23. It is no longer a secrete that the consuming objective of the North is to turn the whole of Nigeria into an Islamic state.

24. Everything the north is doing is not to share power, but to control and dominate the whole country.

25. Under the circumstance, what the north does represents the position of the north and it is not to help Nigerian unity, but to achieve its sectarian objectives.

26. Buhari is further militarising south Nigeria by building a new army brigade, the 61 bridged in port Harcourt to help in suppressing the desire of the south to be free and sending a disproportionate number of soldiers, who are Muslims and from the north to occupy east Nigeria, while ill equipped soldiers who are disproportionately from the south are posted to the north to fight Boko Haram.

27. A new generation of Nigerians have come of age. They are not prepared to accept second class citizenship and the current intransigences of the north.

28. They are tired of excuses and want a new Nigeria under the rule of law, where equality and justice as fairness reigns or break up of Nigeria.

29. They are prepared to fight for their freedom from northern domination and if necessary, die for their dignity, freedom and human rights, rather than live as second class citizens or slaves in their own country.

30. Those who have not accepted this are living in denial.

31. This is why the Nigerian elites must rise up to the occasion and provide the visionary leadership the country needs, instead of continuing the same short sighted politics of selfish interest.

32. Nigeria may be experiencing the calm before the storm.

33. Well armed Fulani men have assembled in many places in May parts middle belt and south Nigeria and are supplied by helicopter. No body knows what goes on in these camps and it is from these camps that they launch attacks on communities displacing thousands of people from their ancestral lands.

34. I believe that the Fulanis in Nigeria are planning Janjaweed style attack against many communities in the middle belt, part of Enugu, Eboyi, Delta and Anambra state to secure territories and hold it by force.

35. Unfortunately, Southerner and their leaders are in denial and I weep for my people.

36. No one can hold back the tide. The only way to avoid the tragedy that is coming to Nigeria is to restructure the country so that power can be devolved to the regions to develop at their pace and control their destiny and future.

37. If Nigeria is not restructured soon, gradual sustain violent disruptive disintegration will set in.

38. Nigerian soldiers and police have already started killing peaceful protesters and this will make violent struggle inevitable, if the country is not restructured to create a new Nigeria.

39. Nigerians should get off the fence, stop deceiving themselves and begin to think of their survival, that of their culture, religion and people.

40. Those who want grazing ground for their cattle are prepared to burn down towns and villages, kill women, children and men. They consider cows of more valuable than other human beings who are not from their ethnic group or share the same religion with them.

41. They have no respect for modern way of life, but are content to use what it produces to protect their primitive way of life.

42. North Nigeria leaders have weaponised Islam as a political instrument, which it employs in her ruthless and violent pursuit of its sectarian objectives.

43. Nigeria is imploding, mainly because of the abuse of power by the north to pursue her sectarian objectives and the people are not even aware of it. It is now time for Nigerians to wake up my to the fact that only restructure can give the country a chance to survive as one country.

44. Those who are keeping quite at this time should know that they are turning a deaf ear to the suffering of Nigerians who pay the blood price of this injustices at the hour of their need and helping the government to silence the voice of the oppressed.

45. The people of Nigeria demand the north to end the pursuit of sectarian agenda, the federal government to disarm Fulani militia, equality of all before the law, equal opportunity, the rule of law and restructure of Nigeria into a true federation, where power is devolved to the regions and a new constitution, written by people elected by the people and approved by the people in a referendum. This will be democracy and self determination achieved.

46. The key to a better future in Nigeria is our vote, we need it to vote into power men and women who will make just and decent laws and administer a fair and just constitution.

47. Therefore, register as a voter, ensure that you vote at elections, do not sell your vote and insist that you vote counts.

“No power on earth can stop oppressed population determined to win freedom” …. Only through hardship, sacrifice and militant action can freedom be won” Nelson Mandela 26th June 1961, No easy walk to freedom.