1. Adebayo Ahmed Adebola : This is a very gifted chap and I highly rate him. Infact, he may be among the best bloggers in the world. No exaggeration. He is a nigerian medical student abroad (Ukraine to be specific) .He simultaneously has 3 great blogs – Ìyániwúrà, Abiyamọ and Naijarchives . His write ups are so gifted and pinpoint that many pirates could not resist them. U just need to read to be convinced. A trial will convince u. I predict that if he continues like this, he will be undoubtedly Nigeria’s biggest blogger within 4 years, even blighting Linda Ikeji’s Blog

2. Shehu Sani. A no nonsense activist who says the truth. Check all his criticism of govt and d end result too. He’s always right, just like The Oracle and urs truly – Nostra II which is my humble self

3. Zents Kunle Sowunmi The Oracle himself. Needs little introduction. A great writer and online personality

4. George Onmonya Daniel. A writer and a journalist per excellence. He deserves to be working in CNN, BBC,VOA or Al – Jazeera ,if u check d quality of his write ups. Though I do disagree wt him on few occassions esp on his anti-Buhar rantings. Thumps up man

5. Lawal Qudus Olajide another excellent writer. A junior colleague of mine. His weekly Monday Musings is a delight (though he misses it occasionally and some come out on other weekdays apart from Monday

6. Femi Job. Another excellent writer with his captivating Love stories. That is Dr.Love for ya. Love must not die. Check his wall for all those captivating love stories

7. Efemena Ozore His online arguments and comments are hard to dispute, even if u are on opposite lines of argument

8. YOU. Yes,all my facebook friends and twitter contacts, BBM contacts etc, a big thumbs up to u all. You have made my year. I can’t name u all personally but u know urselves,even when we agree or disagree. Thumbs up to u all.

Thanks and God bless u all. Amen. Merci Beaucoup. Gracias. E se gan-an. Nagode.

My Persons of the year 2013

My Persons of the year 2013. This award goes to people who’ve impacted me or some other people in d world in a very special way this year and therefore deserve special recognition. These are :

1. Super Eagles and Golden Eaglets. These have made Nigeria and Nigerians very proud this year by winning African Cup of Nations in South Africa this year and U-17 World Youth Cup in UAE also these year . These boys made us all proud. Special kudos to their coaches – Stephen Keshi and Garba Manu,wt d technical crew for doing a nice job on these boys. I must confess I’ve never been a fan of Keshi but he totally disproved me with his performance. How I wish PDP and Mr.Shoeless can do same but alas they can’t . Coach.Garba Manu and d Eaglets have also proved we have abundant youth talents in Nigeria.We don’t need to put 40yr old to pose as 16yr olds to win WYC. Kudos to them all

2. Nelson Mandela. The South African freedom fighter who spent 27yrs in prison to fight for his people despite all hardships, trials and inducements.As if that wasn’t enough,after release and his being president,he chose to honorable spend 5yrs(1 term) in tenure when unopposed,he could have decided to be Emperor life president (like Mugabe and Kamuzu Banda). What trips me more is his simplicity and spirit of forgiveness. He forgave those who offended him and extended hands of fellowship to those who imprisoned him and bore no animosity nor revenge against them,even against d feelings of his ex-wife Winnie,who felt otherwise. Big Kudos to him. I wished we had just 100 of his type in Nigeria.

3. Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis Aziz). This is the current pope and catholic pontiff. Though I’m not a catholic nor do I believe in some of their doctrines, neither do I believe all catholics will go to hell,the current Pope has shown a great example to the people of the world. He’s brought catholicity to the streets with his simple attitude. While shunning a life of luxury,he’s introduced a lot of positive reforms into the church while not watering down d standards of d church but upholding the cardinal principles. Kudos to him.

4. Uruguay President : Jose Mujica, known as d poorest president in d world but though he’s not poor,he’s only chosen to live a life of simplicity and non opulence. His simplicity is a message to all, esp nigerian leaders . Read more abt him here :

5. Femi Fani-Kayode : Obviously the most controversial of this list .I’m not his fan nor am I holding brief for him,but I’ll comment him for being bold to bring out issues some people prefer to say in secret quarters out of cowardice and other reasons. He said it out boldly. Big thumbs for him. Yes, he did the needful. Nigeria is not united and even an unborn child in d womb knows that. He was bold enough to bell the cat. However at a point,he went off mark and started over-exaggeration of facts and his unneeded kiss and tell tales. Nonetheless,that didn’t erase his initial success.

6. APC Party. Yes ! All Progressive Congress party. Even though I’m not a card carrying member nor am I affiliated to any political party in Nigeria,nonetheless,a big thumbs up to the party. After crossing a lot of hurdles and opposition to get registered, it got registered and crossed the lines of ethnicity&regionalism to get many members, even capturing 5 states and many members from the ruling PDP. Currently,it commands 16 states and has d majority of members in the national assembly amongst many others. Thumbs up to them. They are d only national party with at least 1 or 2 governors in every of d 6 geo-political zones in Nigeria.

7. Nigerian people. Yes, a special thumbs for all nigerian people that have weathered the storms of adversity and are dogged and still struggle to be the best. Such a rugged and resilient people who’ve weathered adverse circumstances and are here,still alive. Special recognition to all Nigerians

8.You internet people on social media. Yes, all of u on the social media are all great and this year won’t have been fantabulous without you all. U’ve all been great ! A big shout out to all of us !


A foreigner who never believed all the corruption tales about Nigeria but had to spend 3 years in Nigeria, once wrote about Nigeria :

“It’s first important to understand that degree (of corruption in Nigeria) is as important as form ( of corruption itself). Russians, faced with criticism of corruption in their country, often retort that corruption is found everywhere, even in the UK. Which is true, but in many countries it does not infest every authority, office, and institute like it does in Russia. It is the degree, or extent, of corruption which makes Russia different from the UK, not the form. Understanding this concept is important in describing Nigeria….There is no beginning or end to corruption in Nigeria, it is a permanent fixture….Nepotism is rife: family members are employed and promoted before anyone else. Outright theft is rife: from a pen lying on a desk, to billions from the state coffers. Dishonesty is rife: from the state governors to the street urchin, lying to enrich yourself is the norm. You name the scam, it is being done in Nigeria. Eventually, nothing surprises you….As I said before, you’ll find such practices everywhere, but to nowhere near the extent found in Nigeria…..There is a culture so prevalent that it is a defining characteristic of Nigeria whereby no amount is ever enough, and no sum too small to be pilfered….The inequality in Nigeria is horrific. The middle-classes are tiny, those who are neither stinking rich nor mired in poverty. As it happens, most of the Nigerians I worked with fell into this category: lucky enough to have well-paying jobs, but not ordering Porsche Cayennes for each family member. Statistically, almost all Nigerians are dirt poor. A very few are stinking rich……The problem is, this behaviour is repeated through every strata of society from the very top of the government to the lowest street urchin:

If you threatened to report a low-level official for corruption, he would usually tremble with fear of his boss finding out: not because his boss shuns corruption, but because he will want to know why the proceeds of this particular scam haven’t been coming to him.Insofar as sharing and dividing the spoils goes…..I didn’t see a shred of difference between the top politicians, down through the officials in the national authorities, through the middle class professionals, through the service providers, right down to the area boys. The behaviour was identical across all strata: I want more money, and I will do absolutely anything to get it. If you were to replace the politicians – let’s say our 109 senators from before – with 109 random people from the Nigerian citizenry, you would get no change in behaviour. You could repeat the experiment a thousand times, and you would get no change. There is no ruling class in Nigeria, there is just a set of rulers. Where any change is expected to come from I don’t know.

I believe one of the root causes is the bizarre situation where being dishonest is not socially frowned upon.Societal pressure plays an enormous role in shaping the behaviour of a population, probably more so than the brute force of the law, and whilst all Nigerians complain about the crime and dishonesty so prevalent in their country (it affects them far more than the expats), they remain utterly silent when a perpetrator is identified from within their peer group. At best, you’ll get a shrug and a statement to the effect of “that’s just how it is”…….You will find every type of individual in Nigeria, including the kind, funny, generous, honest, and everything else that is good in a person. You’ll find lots of them too. I had the pleasure of working with some great individuals, who were genuinely skilled, could apply themselves, held positions on merit, and were extremely well-mannered and respectful. The team of Nigerians I managed was one of the nicest bunch of people you’d ever hope to meet, and easy to manage as well

The problem these decent people have is that they are vastly outnumbered by those who are not. For every Nigerian who is honest, well-mannered, and diligent you’ll find a hundred whose only goal is to get some money whilst expending the minimum amount of effort possible……I  ventured the suggestion that a return to military dictatorship might be on the cards, and I got no objection. One of them explained that during the times of military dictatorship, it was only a handful of people at the top creaming off money. Now, with democracy, it’s tens of thousands. And during the military dictatorship, crime was much lower, and few had concerns about personal security. Democracy is all well and good, but I’ve often said that it is a means to an end, not an end in itself. I am sure the world will howl with outrage and impose sanctions should Nigeria undergo another military coup, but few can deny that democracy is failing to deliver peace, prosperity, and basic services to Nigeria. I remain far from convinced that many Nigerians would not welcome such an event”.

The foreigner was very right in his description of Nigeria. He cant be more pin point. Corruption knows no tribe, party, religion or ethnicity in Nigeria. It cuts across all. And why havent politicians and leaders been able to make laws to stem the tide? Because they are all corrupt and would want to do all to retain status quo. That’s why many attempts at concrete constitutional changes and talks and effective restructuring have failed because they want to continue to benefit from the corrupt system. A facebook friend (Samson Marshall) once suggested that  “…True Federalism implies that each state takes responsibility in managing her resources and pay tax to the central govt. With this every state will have no choice but to get to work, think and device a way to generate income.  With fiscal federalism, states will be wooing investors by trying to create enabling environment for them and their investments. If the political version of sharia recently introduced will not favour development, it wil be naturally evolved or terminated to allow for progress as it would afford us advantage over such states in the healthy competition. The desire to encourage productive immigrants will aid national integration that NYSC, mass media enlightenment and several civil society organisations couldnt achieve. Thus it wil be possible to have a governor form a different tribe with time because my acceptability will depend greatly on what i can give to the society. A faster integration than ever known in nigeria wil be the case. Corruption will be drastically reduced because you will protect it if every dime comes form ur sweat. Who will have the courage to loot your sweat while neighboring states progress before ur eyes? I bet you will rise in unison to see him in jail. The federal govt will monitor productivity to ensure that they are not short changed by any state. The states will in turn monitor how the central govt manages her fund unlike in the current situation where the states do nothing but wait for share from the central that ‘has both the knife and the yam’. Proper check and balancing will go on. Of course states laws will vary to suit each state.

Has the oil revenue of the past done good to the non oil producing state economy since independence. Hasn’t the fund been looted and shared by few individuals at state level and those who excuse them at federal level. This is the consequence of greed. You prefer to see yourself and the oil communities stay down just because you want your eyes fixed on the abundance. So you breed corruption by refusing a more stable system of govt just to share in oil revenue that didnt bless u. Does the average north eastern state look like a state that receive oil revenue? Doesn’t it end in pockets of few? Wouldn’t their society have been far developed than this if they had continued in the progress rate b4 the 60s? Shame that we can’t see where our problem is.

What an excellent suggestion but those who can change situations wont because it will stop their benefits from corruption and the vicious cycle of corruption continues.

Has the oil revenue of the past done good to the non oil producing state economy since independence. Hasn’t the fund been looted and shared by few individuals at state level and those who excuse them at federal level. This is the consequence of greed. You prefer to see yourself and the oil communities stay down just because you want your eyes fixed on the abundance. So you breed corruption by refusing a more stable system of govt just to share in oil revenue that didnt bless u. Does the average north eastern state look like a state that receive oil revenue? Doesn’t it end in pockets of few? Wouldn’t their society have been far developed than this if they had continued in the progress rate b4 the 60s? Shame that we can’t see where our problem is.

What an excellent suggestion but those who can change situations wont because it will stop their benefits from corruption and the vicious cycle of corruption continues. What of looted and stolen and bunkered crude oil? It has now reached alarming levels, not to talk of so much fraud and under reporting of crude oil exports and many shady deals in the oil sector. Nigeria’s corruption Index by international agencies have always rated her among the 30 most corrupt nation in the past 20 years. At a time,she was even rated the most corrupt. That is the reality of things on ground. Corruption will breed poverty and that will bring frustration. Frustration will bring more corruption. This is what I call a vicious and unending cycle of corruption. We need the political will to tackle corruption in all forms and restructure the country and make good laws that will minimise or even eliminate corruption. But are the politicians ready to make just laws and reforms and implement them? Nigerian politics as it is now is the proverbial rotten tree. Nothing good can come from it. You either burn the tree down and plant a new one or keep on reaping rotten fruits.

So much can be said on corruption and indiscipline which are exhaustic topics on their own but there is a need to bring many things out as we are talking about revolution. Like Prof. Wole Soyinka and recently, the Alafin of Oyo hold, the structure of our govt  should be changed. The people will always be corrupt in this half hanging unproductive federalism. The structure should be relaxed until it becomes as fiscal as the true federal system i learnt in the books. Have u thought about our system of govt as any of the types u learnt in school? Nothing is getting stable here. Sharing formula has been changing in every regime since i was born. Whoever can hold the nation to ransom succeeds in getting a raise in allocation. When will it not take blood to change revenue allocation formula? When has our law ever been effective? Apart from the poor man, who has actually been convicted of crime without regional sentiments and cry of foul play bringing him out? Believe me, we are going nowhere with just changing leaders. I can bet all i ever earned on this. Nigeria in this current structure will explode sooner. The reason for the delay has been the gradual experienced shift towards resource control. This has naturally increased anxiety among federal authorities who can tell where we are heading. So they loot to secure themselves. But unknowing to them, their actions increases the rate of our convergence to the inevitable. Violent revolution! Violent in the sense that at a time of total breakdown of law and order, provinces will take their autonomy by themselves on realising that the loots will never give it. No doubt Nigeria is ripe for revolution but the check valves are more powerful than the tempo. The forces of reaction rely heavily on more powerful divisive forces to render revolution dead at birth. They have the forces of bigotry to do the work. I dont see the wrong of ALHAJI MALLAM. HE DOESNT SEE THE CRIME OF HIGH CHIEF etc because they belong or dont belong. The fighting force of a society is between 18-30. This group could perfectly replicate all of our archaic habits.

Nigeria’s problem is firmly rooted on leadership problem and not on attitude. To buttress my argument, why is it that foreign companies that run their business transparently come to Nigeria and start giving bribes? Why is it that Nigerians abroad obey the laws of other countries when they travel? Issues like drunk driving, fighting, defecation and urinating anywhere, smoking in public places do not come up with them but once they are in Nigeria they “blend” with others. Enforcement of rules, laws and regulations are not the for you and I but the exclusive preserve of the executive. Why cant we demand that our government clean house? There is nothing wrong with uniting behind the goal of forcing our government to do as your constitutions says they should. People aren’t angry enough or have lost any hope in changing the way things are now. They abuse their power because they can. They will continue to do so until they see they will no longer be able to get away with it. But to get there, someone has to be able to step up and wake people up. Why can’t we let our government know we will no longer allow the corruption to continue, we won’t allow bribes, or theft by government officials of the money that should be improving the roads, security, and power grid. The basic fundamentals, right to exist, to believe what we want to believe, to become who we want to become, to be safe as we support ourselves and our families the way we desire. To have government we fear because we are not going to accept corruption in your government any more. Why the heck not?

The politicians know themselves. There’s a burning anger toward them from the populace. Some are even calling for a revolution. And this call seem to be garnering momentum. It appears there’s some unity in the voices making this calls. And the politicians are hell scared. They know that if any such thing would erupt, they aren’t safe. Not one of them is safe. So, knowing how gullible and easy-to-be-fooled most Nigerians tend to be, it’s not hard for them to come up with fast ideas on what to do or say that will throw the gangs into disarray, and disunity. With such apparent and heavy disagreements, with such expressions of hate and loath toward one another, the possibility of marching down as one front in demanding responsibility from the thieves becomes zero. They play this card oftenly. It’s been a long time tested and proven tact.

To be continued next part where I will answer some of the questions I asked in part 1

Michael Adeyemi, a medical doctor, writer, author, social critic, an opinion, political and social affairs analyst and commentator, writes from Lagos,Nigeria.


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President Jonathan replies Obasanjo’s Letter

President Jonathan replies Obasanjo’s Letter [Must Read]

By Political Editor on December 22, 2013
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December 20th 2013

His Excellency,

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR

Agbe L’Oba House, Quarry Road,

Ibara, Abeokuta.



I wish to formally acknowledge your letter dated December 2, 2013 and other previous correspondence similar to it.

You will recall that all the letters were brought to me by hand. Although both of us discussed some of the issues in those letters, I had not, before now, seen the need for any formal reply since, to me, they contained advice from a former President to a serving President. Obviously, you felt differently because in your last letter, you complained about my not acknowledging or replying your previous letters.


It is with the greatest possible reluctance that I now write this reply. I am most uneasy about embarking on this unprecedented and unconventional form of open communication between me and a former leader of our country because I know that there are more acceptable and dignified means of doing so.


But I feel obliged to reply your letter for a number of reasons: one, you formally requested for a reply and not sending you one will be interpreted as ignoring a former President.


Secondly, Nigerians know the role you have played in my political life and given the unfortunate tone of your letter, clearly, the grapes have gone sour.  Therefore, my side of the story also needs to be told.

The third reason why I must reply you in writing is that your letter is clearly a threat to national security as it may deliberately or inadvertently set the stage for subversion.


The fourth reason for this reply is that you raised very weighty issues, and since the letter has been made public, Nigerians are expressing legitimate concerns. A response from me therefore, becomes very necessary.


The fifth reason is that this letter may appear in biographies and other books which political commentators on Nigeria’s contemporary politics may write. It is only proper for such publications to include my comments on the issues raised in your letter.


Sixthly, you are very unique in terms of the governance of this country. You were a military Head of State for three years and eight months, and an elected President for eight years. That means you have been the Head of Government of Nigeria for about twelve years. This must have, presumably, exposed you to a lot of information. Thus when you make a statement, there is the tendency for people to take it seriously.


The seventh reason is that the timing of your letter coincided with other vicious releases. The Speaker of the House of Representatives spoke of my “body language” encouraging corruption. A letter written to me by the CBN Governor alleging that NNPC, within a period of 19 months did not remit the sum of USD49.8 billion to the federation account, was also deliberately leaked to the public.


The eighth reason is that it appears that your letter was designed to incite Nigerians from other geopolitical zones against me and also calculated to promote ethnic disharmony. Worse still, your letter was designed to instigate members of our Party, the PDP, against me.


The ninth reason is that your letter conveys to me the feeling that landmines have been laid for me. Therefore, Nigerians need to have my response to the issues raised before the mines explode.


The tenth and final reason why my reply is inevitable is that you have written similar letters and made public comments in reference to all former Presidents and Heads of Government starting from Alhaji Shehu Shagari and these have instigated different actions and reactions. The purpose and direction of your letter is distinctly ominous, and before it is too late, my clarifications on the issues need to be placed on record.


Let me now comment on the issues you raised. In commenting I wish to crave your indulgence to compare what is happening now to what took place before.  This, I believe, will enable Nigerians see things in better perspective because we must know where we are coming from so as to appreciate where we now are, and to allow us clearly map out where we are going.


You raised concerns about the security situation in the country. I assure you that I am fully aware of the responsibility of government for ensuring the security of the lives and property of citizens. My Administration is working assiduously to overcome current national security challenges, the seeds of which were sown under previous administrations.  There have been some setbacks; but certainly there have also been great successes in our efforts to overcome terrorism and insurgency.


Those who continue to down-play our successes in this regard, amongst whom you must now be numbered, appear to have conveniently forgotten the depths to which security in our country had plunged before now.


At a stage, almost the entire North-East of Nigeria was under siege by insurgents. Bombings of churches and public buildings in the North and the federal capital became an almost weekly occurrence. Our entire national security apparatus seemed nonplussed and unable to come to grips with the new threat posed by the berthing of terrorism on our shores.


But my administration has since brought that very unacceptable situation under significant control. We have overhauled our entire national security architecture, improved intelligence gathering, training, funding, logistical support to our armed forces and security agencies, and security collaboration with friendly countries with very visible and positive results.


The scope and impact of terrorist operations have been significantly reduced and efforts are underway to restore full normalcy to the most affected North Eastern region and initiate a post-crisis development agenda, including a special intervention programme to boost the region’s socio-economic progress.


In doing all this, we have kept our doors open for dialogue with the insurgents and their supporters through efforts such as the work of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and the Peaceful Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North-East. You also know that the Governor of Borno State provided the items you mentioned to me as carrots. Having done all this and more, it is interesting that you still accuse me of not acting on your hardly original recommendation that the carrot and stick option be deployed to solve the Boko Haram problem.


Your suggestion that we are pursuing a “war against violence without understanding the root causes of the violence and applying solutions to deal with all the underlying factors” is definitely misplaced because from the onset of this administration, we have been implementing a multifaceted strategy against militancy, insurgency and terrorism that includes poverty alleviation, economic development, education and social reforms.


Even though basic education is the constitutional responsibility of States, my administration has, as part of its efforts to address ignorance and poor education which have been identified as two of the factors responsible for making some of our youth easily available for use as cannon fodder by insurgents and terrorists, committed huge funds to the provision of modern basic education schools for the Almajiri in several Northern States. The Federal Government under my leadership has also set up nine additional universities in the Northern States and three in the Southern States in keeping with my belief that proper education is the surest way of emancipating and empowering our people.


More uncharitable persons may even see a touch of sanctimoniousness in your new belief in the carrot and stick approach to overcoming militancy and insurgency. You have always referred to how you hit Odi in Bayelsa State to curb militancy in the Niger Delta.  If the invasion of Odi by the Army was the stick, I did not see the corresponding carrot.  I was the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State then, and as I have always told you, the invasion of Odi did not solve any militancy problem but, to some extent, escalated it. If it had solved it, late President Yar’Adua would not have had to come up with the amnesty program. And while some elements of the problem may still be there, in general, the situation is reasonably better.


In terms of general insecurity in the country and particularly the crisis in the Niger Delta, 2007 was one of the worst periods in our history. You will recall three incidents that happened in 2007 which seemed to have been orchestrated to achieve sinister objectives.  Here in Abuja, a petrol tanker loaded with explosives was to be rammed into the INEC building. But luckily for the country, an electric pole stopped the tanker from hitting the INEC building.  It is clear that this incident was meant to exploit the general sense of insecurity in the nation at the time to achieve the aim of stopping the 2007 elections.  It is instructive that you, on a number of occasions, alluded to this fact.


When that incident failed, an armed group invaded Yenagoa one evening with the intent to assassinate me.  Luckily for me, they could not.  They again attacked and bombed my country home on a night when I was expected in the village. Fortunately, as God would have it, I did not make the trip.


I recall that immediately after both incidents, I got calls expressing the concern of Abuja.  But Baba, you know that despite the apparent concern of Abuja, no single arrest was ever made. I was then the Governor of Bayelsa State and the PDP Vice-Presidential candidate. The security people ordinarily should have unraveled the assassination attempt on me.


You also raised the issues of kidnapping, piracy and armed robbery. These are issues all Nigerians, including me are very concerned about. While we will continue to do our utmost best to reduce all forms of criminality to the barest minimum in our country, it is just as well to remind you that the first major case of kidnapping for ransom took place around 2006. And the Boko Haram crisis dates back to 2002. Goodluck Jonathan was not the President of the country then. Also, armed robbery started in this country immediately after the civil war and since then, it has been a problem to all succeeding governments.  For a former Head of Government, who should know better, to present these problems as if they were creations of the Jonathan Administration is most uncharitable.


Having said that, let me remind you of some of the things we have done to curb violent crime in the country. We have reorganized the Nigerian Police Force and appointed a more dynamic leadership to oversee its affairs. We have also improved its manpower levels as well as funding, training and logistical support.


We have also increased the surveillance capabilities of the Police and provided its air-wing with thrice the number of helicopters it had before the inception of the present administration. The National Civil Defence and Security Corps has been armed to make it a much more effective ally of the police and other security agencies in the war against violent crime. At both domestic and international levels, we are doing everything possible to curb the proliferation of the small arms and light weapons with which armed robberies, kidnappings and piracy are perpetrated. We have also enhanced security at our borders to curb cross-border crimes.


We are aggressively addressing the challenge of crude oil theft in collaboration with the state Governors. In addition, the Federal Government has engaged the British and US governments for their support in the tracking of the proceeds from the purchase of stolen crude. Similarly, a regional Gulf of Guinea security strategy has been initiated to curb crude oil theft and piracy.


Perhaps the most invidious accusation in your letter is the allegation that I have placed over one thousand Nigerians on a political watch list, and that I am training snipers and other militia to assassinate people. Baba, I don’t know where you got that from but you do me grave injustice in not only lending credence to such baseless rumours, but also publicizing it. You mentioned God seventeen times in your letter. Can you as a Christian hold the Bible and say that you truly believe this allegation?


The allegation of training snipers to assassinate political opponents is particularly incomprehensible to me. Since I started my political career as a Deputy Governor, I have never been associated with any form of political violence. I have been a President for over three years now, with a lot of challenges and opposition mainly from the high and mighty. There have certainly been cases of political assassination since the advent of our Fourth Republic, but as you well know, none of them occurred under my leadership.


Regarding the over one thousand people you say are on a political watch list, I urge you to kindly tell Nigerians who they are and what agencies of government are “watching” them. Your allegation that I am using security operatives to harass people is also baseless. Nigerians are waiting for your evidence of proof. That was an accusation made against previous administrations, including yours, but it is certainly not my style and will never be. Again, if you insist on the spurious claim that some of your relatives and friends are being harassed, I urge you to name them and tell Nigerians what agencies of my administration are harassing them.


I also find it difficult to believe that you will accuse me of assisting murderers, or assigning a presidential delegation to welcome a murderer. This is a most unconscionable and untrue allegation. It is incumbent on me to remind you that I am fully conscious of the dictates of my responsibilities to God and our dear nation. It is my hope that devious elements will not take advantage of your baseless allegation to engage in brazen and wanton assassination of high profile politicians as before, hiding under the alibi your “open letter” has provided for them.


Nevertheless, I have directed the security agencies and requested the National Human Rights Commission to carry out a thorough investigation of these criminal allegations and make their findings public.


That corruption is an issue in Nigeria is indisputable.  It has been with us for many years. You will recall that your kinsman, the renowned afro-beat maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti famously sang about it during your first stint as Head of State. Sonny Okosun also sang about corruption. And as you may recall, a number of Army Generals were to be retired because of corruption before the Dimka coup.  Also, the late General Murtala Mohammed himself wanted to retire some top people in his cabinet on corruption-related issues before he was assassinated.  Even in this Fourth Republic, the Siemens and Halliburton scandals are well known.


The seed of corruption in this country was planted a long time ago, but we are doing all that we can to drastically reduce its debilitating effects on national development and progress. I have been strengthening the institutions established to fight corruption. I will not shield any government official or private individual involved in corruption, but I must follow due process in all that I do. And whenever clear cases of corruption or fraud have been established, my administration has always taken prompt action in keeping with the dictates of extant laws and procedures. You cannot claim to be unaware of the fact that several highly placed persons in our country, including sons of some of our party leaders are currently facing trial for their involvement in the celebrated subsidy scam affair. I can hardly be blamed if the wheels of justice still grind very slowly in our country, but we are doing our best to support and encourage the judiciary to quicken the pace of adjudication in cases of corruption.


Baba, I am amazed that with all the knowledge garnered from your many years at the highest level of governance in our country, you could still believe the spurious allegation contained in a letter written to me by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and surreptitiously obtained by you, alleging that USD49.8 billion, a sum equal to our entire national budget for two years, is “unaccounted for” by the NNPC. Since, as President, you also served for many years as Minister of Petroleum Resources, you very well know the workings of the corporation. It is therefore intriguing that you have made such an assertion. You made a lot of insinuations about oil theft, shady dealings at the NNPC and the NNPC not remitting the full proceeds of oil sales to the of CBN. Now that the main source of the allegations which you rehashed has publicly stated that he was “misconstrued”, perhaps you will find it in your heart to apologize for misleading unwary Nigerians and impugning the integrity of my administration on that score.


Your claim of “Atlantic Oil loading about 130, 000 barrels sold by Shell and managed on behalf of NPDC with no sale proceeds paid into the NPDC account” is also disjointed and baseless because no such arrangement as you described exists between Atlantic Oil and the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company. NPDC currently produces about 138, 000 barrels of oil per day from over 7 producing assets. The Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD) of the NNPC markets all of this production on behalf of NPDC with proceeds paid into NPDC account.


I am really shocked that with all avenues open to you as a former Head of State for the verification of any information you have received about state affairs, you chose to go public with allegations of “high corruption” without offering a shred of supporting evidence. One of your political “sons” similarly alleged recently that he told me of a minister who received a bribe of $250 Million from an oil company and I did nothing about it. He may have been playing from a shared script, but we have not heard from him again since he was challenged to name the minister involved and provide the evidence   to back his claim.  I urge you, in the same vein, to furnish me with the names, facts and figures of a single verifiable case of the “high corruption” which you say stinks all around my administration and see whether the corrective action you advocate does not follow promptly. And while you are at it, you may also wish to tell Nigerians the true story of questionable waivers of signature bonuses between 2000 and 2007.


While, by the Grace of God Almighty, I am the first President from a minority group, I am never unmindful of the fact that I was elected leader of the whole of Nigeria and I have always acted in the best interest of all Nigerians. You referred to the divisive actions and inflammatory utterances of some individuals from the South-South and asserted that I have done nothing to call them to order or distance myself from their ethnic chauvinism. Again that is very untrue. I am as committed to the unity of this country as any patriot can be and I have publicly declared on many occasions that no person who threatens other Nigerians or parts of the country is acting on my behalf.


It is very regrettable that in your letter, you seem to place sole responsibility for the ongoing intrigues and tensions in the PDP at my doorstep, and going on from that position, you direct all your appeals for a resolution at me. Baba, let us all be truthful to ourselves, God and posterity. At the heart of all the current troubles in our party and the larger polity is the unbridled jostling and positioning for personal or group advantage ahead of the 2015 general elections. The “bitterness, anger, mistrust, fear and deep suspicion” you wrote about all flow from this singular factor.


It is indeed very unfortunate that the seeming crisis in the party was instigated by a few senior members of the party, including you. But, as leader of the party, I will continue to do my best to unite it so that we can move forward with strength and unity of purpose. The PDP has always recovered from previous crises with renewed vigour and vitality. I am very optimistic that that will be the case again this time. The PDP will overcome any temporary setback, remain a strong party and even grow stronger.


Instigating people to cause problems and disaffection within the party is something that you are certainly familiar with. You will recall that founding fathers of the Party were frustrated out of the Party at a time.  Late Chief Sunday Awoniyi was pushed out, Late Chief Solomon Lar left and later came back, Chief Audu Ogbeh and Chief Tom Ikimi also left. Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo left and later came back. In 2005/2006, link-men were sent to take over party structures from PDP Governors in an unveiled attempt to undermine the state governors. In spite of that, the Governors did not leave the Party because nobody instigated and encouraged them to do so.


The charge that I was involved in anti-party activities in governorship elections in Edo, Ondo, Lagos, and Anambra States is also very unfortunate. I relate with all Governors irrespective of political party affiliation but I have not worked against the interest of the PDP.  What I have not done is to influence the electoral process to favour our Party. You were definitely never so inclined, since you openly boasted in your letter of how you supported Alhaji Shehu Shagari against Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe and others in the 1979 presidential elections while serving as a military Head of State. You and I clearly differ in this regard, because as the President of Nigeria, I believe it is my duty and responsibility to create a level playing field for all parties and all candidates.


Recalling how the PDP lost in states where we were very strong in 2003 and 2007 such as Edo, Ondo, Imo, Bauchi, Anambra, and Borno, longstanding members of our great party with good memory will also consider the charge of anti-party activities you made against me as misdirected and hugely hypocritical. It certainly was not Goodluck Jonathan’s “personal ambition or selfish interest” that caused the PDP to lose the governorship of Ogun State and all its senatorial seats in the last general elections.


You quoted me as saying that I have not told anybody that I will seek another term in office in 2015. You and your ambitious acolytes within the party have clearly decided to act on your conclusion that “only a fool will believe that statement” and embark on a virulent campaign to harass me out of an undeclared candidature for the 2015 presidential elections so as to pave the way for a successor anointed by you.


You will recall that you serially advised me that we should refrain from discussing the 2015 general elections for now so as not to distract elected public officials from urgent task of governance. While you have apparently moved away from that position, I am still of the considered opinion that it would have been best for us to do all that is necessary to refrain from heating up the polity at this time. Accordingly, I have already informed Nigerians that I will only speak on whether or not I will seek a second term when it is time for such declarations. Your claims about discussions I had with you, Governor Gabriel Suswam and others are wrong, but in keeping with my declared stance, I will reserve further comments until the appropriate time.


Your allegation that I asked half a dozen African Presidents to speak to you about my alleged ambition for 2015, is also untrue.  I have never requested any African President to discuss with you on my behalf.  In our discussion, I mentioned to you that four Presidents told me that they were concerned about the political situation in Nigeria and intended to talk to you about it.  So far, only three of them have confirmed to me that they have had any discussion with you. If I made such a request, why would I deny it?


The issue of Buruji Kashamu is one of those lies that should not be associated with a former President.  The allegation that I am imposing Kashamu on the South-West is most unfortunate and regrettable.  I do not even impose Party officials in my home state of Bayelsa and there is no zone in this country where I have imposed officials.  So why would I do so in the South West?  Baba, in the light of Buruji’s detailed public response to your “open letter”, it will be charitable for you to render an apology to Nigerians and I.


On the issue of investors being scared to come to Nigeria, economic dormancy, and stagnation, I will just refer you to FDI statistics from 2000 to 2013. Within the last three years, Nigeria has emerged as the preferred destination for investments in Africa, driven by successful government policies to attract foreign investors. For the second year running, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Investments (UNCTAD) has ranked Nigeria as the number one destination for investments in Africa, and as having the fourth highest returns in the world.


Today, Nigeria is holding 18 percent of all foreign investments in Africa and 60 percent of all foreign investments in the ECOWAS Sub-Region. Kindly note also that in the seven years between 2000 and 2007 when you were President, Nigeria attracted a total of $24.9 Billion in FDI.  As a result of our efforts which you disparage, the country has seen an FDI inflow of $25.7 Billion in just three years which is more than double the FDI that has gone to the second highest African destination. We have also maintained an annual national economic growth rate of close to seven per cent since the inception of this administration. What then, is the justification for your allegation of scared investors and economic dormancy?


Although it was not emphasized in your letter of December 2, 2013, you also conveyed, in previous correspondence, the impression that you were ignorant of the very notable achievements of my administration in the area of foreign relations. It is on record that under my leadership, Nigeria has played a key role in resolving the conflicts in Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Guinea Bissau and others.


The unproductive rivalry that existed between Nigeria and some ECOWAS countries has also been ended under my watch and Nigeria now has better relations with all the ECOWAS countries.  At the African Union, we now have a Commissioner at the AU Commission after being without one for so long. We were in the United Nations Security Council for the 2010/2011 Session and we have been voted in again for the 2014/2015 Session. From independence to 2010, we were in the U.N. Security Council only three times but from 2010 to 2015, we will be there two times.

This did not happen by chance.  My Administration worked hard for it and we continue to maintain the best possible relations with all centres of global political and economic power. I find it hard therefore, to believe your assertions of untoward concern in the international community over the state of governance in Nigeria


With respect to the Brass and Olokola LNG projects, you may have forgotten that though you started these projects, Final Investment Decisions were never reached.  For your information, NNPC has not withdrawn from either the Olokola or the Brass LNG projects.


On the Rivers State Water Project, you were misled by your informant. The Federal Government under my watch has never directed or instructed the Africa Development Bank to put on hold any project to be executed in Rivers state or any other State within the Federation. The Rivers Water Project was not originally in the borrowing plan but it was included in April 2013 and appraised in May. Negotiations are ongoing with the AfDB.  I have no doubt that you are familiar with the entire process that prefaces the signing of a Subsidiary Loan Agreement as in this instance.


Let me assure you and all Nigerians that I do not engage in negative political actions and will never, as President, oppress the people of a State or deprive them of much needed public services as a result of political disagreement

I have noted your comments on the proposed National Conference. Contrary to the insinuation in your letter, the proposed conference is aimed at bringing Nigerians together to resolve contentious national issues in a formal setting. This is a sure way of promoting greater national consensus and unity, and not a recipe for “disunity, confusion and chaos” as you alleged in your letter.


Having twice held the high office of President, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I trust that you will understand that I cannot possibly find the time to offer a line-by-line response to all the accusations and allegations made in your letter while dealing with other pressing demands of office and more urgent affairs of state.


I have tried, however, to respond to only the most serious of the charges which question my sincerity, personal honour, and commitment to the oath which I have sworn, to always uphold and protect the interests of all Nigerians, and promote their well-being.


In closing, let me state that you have done me grave injustice with your public letter in which you wrongfully accused me of deceit, deception, dishonesty, incompetence, clannishness, divisiveness and insincerity, amongst other ills.


I have not, myself, ever claimed to be all-knowing or infallible, but I have never taken Nigeria or Nigerians for granted as you implied, and I will continue to do my utmost to steer our ship of state towards the brighter future to which we all aspire.


Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration and warm regards.




We have been talking about revolutions for well over a year now ( in fact almost two years). I first made a promise on 27th Dec 2011 in a post to make 2 notes / articles – one on revolution and the second on the remainder ( actually the first part but i used the star wars method on that series,starting from the last part to the first part) of my article on the Middle East Crisis – Arab Spring Revolution. I did publish the Arab Spring (6 parts) but Occupy Nigeria Protest changed the course of my article and I had to incorporate many things and expand and expound it urther as I brought so many hidden things to light and it became a 15 part series.


We have talked about revolutions in the past 12 parts now. I hope you have followed me so far. If you have not, we have discussed quite a lot and you have missed a lot of discourse about very important issues. It will be best if you go through all the previous ones before you jump into any conclusions or better still before you comment, so that you can have a good grasp of this topic. I wont have to go back and spoon-feed or baby sit you on issues I have discussed before and some basic facts about revolution. If you have not read parts 1 to 12 please read, otherwise you may be making a fool of yourself, or be lost in the loop, if not, you may be asking question on issues already trashed out by contributors and we may not have the time to re-address already solved or agreed issues. I have put the link to read all previous parts and some related articles and so u can as well take the opportunity to go through them all. This is the final concluding part as I promised readers. However,I discovered it will be too long for some readers in the light of new discoveries I discovered and added. It will now be in 4 final parts – Final Part A ( part 13 ) ,Final Part B ( Part 14 ), Final Part C ( Part 15)  and concluding Final Part D ( Part 16 ) . I will advise readers to have an open mind in reading the previous parts first as I unfold the final parts. So far we have not yet made a definitive final conclusion to the many questions asked at the beginning on the article and I’ve tried to be neutral as much as possible though every writer (myself inclusive) has his own bias. I want to use this medium to immensely thank all those who have followed the articles so far and even those who made unquantifiable comments and advice.  I have incorporated some of the advice and comments into these final parts. I deeply appreciate you. Thank you all and God bless. Amen.


In previous parts, I’d defined revolution, talked about various aspects of revolution, what it entailed, etc. I had talked about some misconceptions about revolution. I further debunked some misconceptions and spoke extensively about what  i called Revolutionary triggers which i said is the link between a revolutionary situation and an actual revolution. Now I talked about the fact that it is not all successful revolutions that must necessarily bring a change in government. I gave example of Russian revolution of 1905 and the Arab Spring in many other countries apart from Tunisia, Libya ,Egypt, Yemen and Syria. I talked about other arab countries even as i had talked comprehensively about the Arab Spring before. I added that it is not all revolutions that must have a vanguard nor careful planning beforehand. Some successful revolutions were not carefully planned beforehand and that a revolution does not need too many people to start it. It is like a self sustaining bush fire. Once the materials are ready, even as a spark(trigger) starts the fire, It grows to magnificient proportions. I’ve also talked about Nigeria’s attempts at a revolution – The June 12 Bouhaha and The Jan 2012 Occupy Nigeria anti fuel price increase Mass Protest and Pseudo Revolution. I mentioned some factors that didn’t make the protest a full fledged revolution,including alleged but possibly true sabotage by labour leaders. I’ve mentioned May 1989 anti SAP riots. I’ve also talked about my experiences as a student and a student Union Leader / Executive. I talked about NANS and students’ and youth activism both in the past and present and how the present stage is a huge mockery of the glorious past. I’ve talked rather  comprehensively about The Arab Spring Revolution and talked about some other Revolutions like 1905 Russian Revolution, 1917 Russian Revolution, Chinese Revolution, Glorious Revolution, Mexican Revolution, Cuban ,French and Hugo Chavez Venezuelan, Simon Bolivar led Latin American Revolutions, Jerry Rawlings Revolution and some others.


I have like most of you witnessed the Occupy Nigeria movement and participated in it. It was a rare moment in the history of Nigeria when Nigerians roared and those who think they own Nigeria because they control the resources of which they steal almost everything, panicked. I watched as Nigerians faced their problems and weren’t distracted by any differences. Are we even really different? The last part,I discussed about some few select revolutionaries – Jerry Rawlings, Thomas Sankara, Simon Bolivar, Che Guevara, King Jehu , Hugo Chavez and Paul Kagame. I touched many points about them as a case study. The discourse of this article may not be welcomed by some of its readership; for this author is quite aware that some people are not comfortable when a topic centers on the topic of possibility or impossibility of a revolution in Nigeria. Many have very diverse thoughts without critically examining the issue at hand and correctly juxtaposing the right issues. But what’s foremost in every responsible person’s mind, is the telling and hearing of the truth. And in presenting truth, it is obvious that both a skeptic and a lover of facts are in unity and agreement to say it as it were, aren’t they? While every discussion demands to be logically presented, please note my forum is for people with respect for the views of others, no dirty language, get your facts and figures right.


In the final parts of the last part,I discussed about the issue of monumental corruption in Nigeria and the failure of leadership and the fact that democracy has not yielded dividends so far, even as much as the democracy activists during the military era seemed to have slept off,or compromised exceedingly,and their voices seemed not to be heard again and the greatest benefitiaries now were those who collaborated ( or should I say were saboteurs of the masses ) with previous military regimes. I ended the last part with  ” … If Nigeria disintegrates today, the endemic predicaments and burdens of our history will follow us to our enclaves as the case of Southern Sudan show. Secession or dismemberment will always breed new marginal/micro identities in fresh contests and conflicts. Moreover,it is this present crop of bad leaders that will lead the new micro enclaves. Any part of the country that pulls out will only create a smaller enclave with a carry over of the typical Nigerian problems besetting it. In the philosophy of dialectics, the original thesis is never finally settled and the contest continues in a repeated circle….Some people always tell me that the 1983 coup derailed our democracy, which they said would have taken us to greater heights. They said if there was no “interruptions”­ we would have been developed by now. I don’t think so.It was during his regime that people queued endlessly for essential commodities like rice,milk, sugar etc that was being distributed to people. These items were often unavailable and often if available,there was a lot of bigotry in its distribution to the masses. All these happen under President Shehu Shagari’s watch. It was the same time that a member of the Shagari administration said Nigerians should stop complaining about poverty, corruption and bad governance because “they are not picking food from the dustbin”. When the military came at that time, many people celebrated. However, because I have no knowledge of what tomorrow might have been, I will assume that those who claim the coup took us back may be right. May be if Buhari and Idiagbon never came in, in 1983, Nigeria will be like Singapore, Luxembourg or Qatar. Even at that I surely missed something about Buhari and Idiagbon’s military regime. YES! I missed the “jumbo” jail time dished out to convicted corrupt politicians. from 20 to 25 to 60 years. One of them was even jailed for 102 years. Some said it is draconian. But in that case, and considering what we are witnessing today, I sure do love me some draconian rulings for thieves. I’m also imagining what life will be today, if some of the politicians of those days were not released by Gen IBB, mostly in 1986. Same crop of people later formed G77, which also transformed into PDP….Tam David West, that great patriot,who once said that corruption, rather than Boko Haram terrorists, would bring worse bloodshed in Nigeria. Everywhere,corruption,at the polls worse corruption, public money is theirs & people are dying from want!!!


…..I am here to tell you this day that our major problem in Nigeria is CORRUPTION and INDISCIPLINE. Any administration that cannot fight corruption and indicipline cannot change Nigeria. This is very simple. Believe me everyone suffers under that administration and it doesn’t matter what tribe, religion or whatever one is as long as one is a Nigerian. When I say corruption and indiscipline however, I am not referring to just looting and embezzlement. I am also talking about cronyism, nepotism, tribalism, and all  other vices. As long as we ignore corruption and indiscipline we must not complain about changing Nigeria and the only people that can change every are government and the institution of religion, the press and individuals. We must frown at corruption and its evil twin brother – indiscipline.Believe me corruption and indiscipline are more deadly than Boko Haram or any terrorist organisation. If Nigeria disintegrates today it will not be Boko Haram, MEND or the Biafran agitation but absolute failure of politicians and those in power. A reader on Facebook asked the a popular writer and opinion writer nicknamed ” The Oracle” to define in a simple word for corruption in Nigeria. The Oracle’s answer was “frustration” a frustrated society can only breed corruption, when all hopes are lost, when all opportunities to make it in a simple and organized way is blocked by fate or man made, corruption of minds and purposes becomes the other of the day”.




Now,continuing from where I stopped, like I wrote in one of the early parts (either 2 or 3),I said there are 2 types of Nigerians, those who are corrupt and those who want to be corrupt. If we talk of corruption, we all are corrupt. We prove to be saints on the internet. We defend directly or indirectly, corrupt government officials because we are their ans or they share the same ethnicity, religion or tribe with us. So bad. Recents events in the country have proven this. We jump at the slightest opportunity to defend and justify their bad actions rather than condemning them. Have we forgotten that Federal job vacancies are given to director’s children, nephew, cousins where as people more qualified than their cronies are denied the job ? Have we forgotten where a senator will hire girls to satisfy him while he locks his daughters in the house? Have we forgotten where a father will pay N50, 000 just for his child to get 9A’s in WAEC which the child can’t defend in JAMB? Have we forgotten where a doctor will be given huge amount of money just to bring a fake health certificate? Have we forgotten where civil servants use money to buy their jobs? Have we forgotten where a lecturer will fail a female student unless she satisfy him sexually? Have we forgotten whereby a staff is dismissed for being truthful to an external panel? Have we forgotten a religious cleric or a judge who secretly comes to beg a doctor at night to do illegal abortion for his wayward daughter? All these are forms of corruption and indicipline that exists in our society. You see corruption and indiscipline are everywhere. In our churches, mosques, schools and everywhere. The reason why we complain is because of the “big” money involved with those in govt. Lets say “NO” to corruption individually before we do so collectively. Which Nigerian isn’t corrupt these days anyway? We all are corrupt… and the most corrupt are those who continue to stay silent while corruption grows to become a giant monster. The followers are most guilty of corruption. If we do not support leaders, if we had raised our children to cherish good name and integrity rather than wealth, if we as a society/community has refused to encourage leaders from our community to employ and appoint ppl and use embark on public project tha will benefit “our people” to the detriment of others, we would have done more to fight corruption and indiscipline.


Corruption is a cankerworm that is runs in the veins of most Nigerians. The only way is to discipline ourselves first then we will now say “No” to daylight robbery. It is only in Nigeria that “runs and sorting exist” for students with affluence. Nigerian politics as it is now is the proverbial rotten tree. Nothing good can come from it. You either burn the tree down and plant a new one or keep on reaping rotten fruits. We talk mainly of the executives. What of all our former leaders, ministers, heads of states, presidents, head of parastatals etc? Overwhelming majority of them are very corrupt. What of the looted funds taken abroad and offshore accounts? What of the legislators? A friend rightly called them legislooters? What a rightful name. They collaborate with the executive arm to loot. They leave their statutury duties to do other things. They appropriate mega at salaries for themselves. The collect outrageous allowances. A comparative analysis of the average pay of each nigerian senator and rep was made with that of world leaders like  the American President, the UK Prime Minister, the German Chancellor and the Chinese Premier. They earn even more than these world leaders. Isnt that outrageous? A half literate ngerian federal legislator who is not even an official earning more that the president of the greatest country on planet earth. That is not even adding many kickbacks and bribes from oversight unctions, tours, panels, budget passing etc. By the time we add constituency projects (which are not usually executed or just executed not up to half of budgeted amount), that becomes an outrageous amount. Are legislators executives that they collect money to execute constituency projects? All these problems cut across all political parties, be it ruling or opposition. all are essentially the same with very few differences.


The Judiciary that’s meant to be the hope of the common man is no better. Defence lawyers and criminals  plan with police and anti graft agencies (ICPC,EFCC,CCT,NDLEA etc) and prosecuting lawyers and judges to pervert justice. That’s why you see such controversial and very ridiculous judgements of thieves and looters being set free or given most paltry and outrageously lienient judgements. You even see those who have served jail terms for stealing being set free and declared incorrupt and wrongly jailed. You see those who stole billions of investors’ money being set free or given paltry jail terms usually spent in private wards of posh hospitals or executive sections of prisons. You see misguided youths who stole handsets worth less than $500 being sentenced to death while those who looted pension funds worth billions of naira being given paltry fines of less than 10 million naira. It does not merely occur in the lower area and magistrate and high courts, it further occurs even in the highest courts of the land. So bad. Dont let me add election petition trials and tribunals and the appelate courts where the highest forms of injustices are perpetuated. Election riggers are declared winners while the real winners are declared losers. So much billions change hands and it cant get more worse than a former Chief Judge trying to influence the composition of an election appeals panel and that same person using all his powers to prevent judgement from being given when he knew the judgement was against certain selfish interests.


Most of the youths are asking what the hell is Nigeria  doing as a country, with a population figures that can‘t be trusted , universities closed due to strikes, ill equipped government hospitals are always on and off due to strikes, three years unemployment for University graduates, new electricity companies shared by those who had looted the country in the past, a compromised judiciary, toothless EFCC, and ICPC, even as a country where the elected officials earn more than anyone one on face of earth yet unable to pass any reasonable law to justify the income, let us save details of these litanies of the country because it will be more than we can chew.


A foreigner who never believed all the corruption tales about Nigeria but had to spend 3 years in Nigeria, once wrote about Nigeria :


“It’s first important to understand that degree (of corruption in Nigeria) is as important as form ( of corruption itself). Russians, faced with criticism of corruption in their country, often retort that corruption is found everywhere, even in the UK. Which is true, but in many countries it does not infest every authority, office, and institute like it does in Russia. It is the degree, or extent, of corruption which makes Russia different from the UK, not the form. Understanding this concept is important in describing Nigeria….There is no beginning or end to corruption in Nigeria, it is a permanent fixture….Nepotism is rife: family members are employed and promoted before anyone else. Outright theft is rife: from a pen lying on a desk, to billions from the state coffers. Dishonesty is rife: from the state governors to the street urchin, lying to enrich yourself is the norm. You name the scam, it is being done in Nigeria. Eventually, nothing surprises you….As I said before, you’ll find such practices everywhere, but to nowhere near the extent found in Nigeria…..There is a culture so prevalent that it is a defining characteristic of Nigeria whereby no amount is ever enough, and no sum too small to be pilfered….The inequality in Nigeria is horrific. The middle-classes are tiny, those who are neither stinking rich nor mired in poverty. As it happens, most of the Nigerians I worked with fell into this category: lucky enough to have well-paying jobs, but not ordering Porsche Cayennes for each family member. Statistically, almost all Nigerians are dirt poor. A very few are stinking rich……The problem is, this behaviour is repeated through every strata of society from the very top of the government to the lowest street urchin:

If you threatened to report a low-level official for corruption, he would usually tremble with fear of his boss finding out: not because his boss shuns corruption, but because he will want to know why the proceeds of this particular scam haven’t been coming to him.Insofar as sharing and dividing the spoils goes…..I didn’t see a shred of difference between the top politicians, down through the officials in the national authorities, through the middle class professionals, through the service providers, right down to the area boys. The behaviour was identical across all strata: I want more money, and I will do absolutely anything to get it. If you were to replace the politicians – let’s say our 109 senators from before – with 109 random people from the Nigerian citizenry, you would get no change in behaviour. You could repeat the experiment a thousand times, and you would get no change. There is no ruling class in Nigeria, there is just a set of rulers. Where any change is expected to come from I don’t know.




to be continued next part where I will give the full text of what the foreigner said and his conclusions about Nigeria.


Michael Adeyemi, a medical doctor, writer, author, social critic, an opinion, political and social affairs analyst and commentator, writes from Lagos,Nigeria.





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Her letter:
“It brings me no joy to have to write this but since you started this trend of open letters I thought I would follow suit since you don’t listen to anyone anyway. The only way to reach you may be to make the public aware of some things. As a child well brought up by my long-suffering mother in Yoruba tradition, I have been reluctant to tell the truth about you but as it seems you still continue to delude yourself about the kind of person you are and I think for posterity’s sake it is time to set the records straight.
“I will return to the issue of my long-suffering mother later in this letter.
“Like most Nigerians, I believe there are very enormous issues currently plaguing the country but I was surely surprised that you will be the one to publish such a treatise. I remember clearly as if it was yesterday the day I came over to Abuja from Abeokuta when I was Commissioner of Health in OgunState, specifically to ask you not to continue to pursue the third term issue.
“I had tried to bring it up when your sycophantic aides were present and they brushed my comments aside and as usual you listened to their self-serving counsel. For you to accuse someone else of what you so obviously practiced yourself tells of your narcissistic megalomaniac personality. Everyone around for even a few minutes knows that the only thing you respond to is praise and worship of you. People have learnt how to manipulate you by giving you what you crave. The only ones that can’t and will not stroke your ego are family members who you universally treat like shit (sic) apart from the few who have learned to manipulate you like others.
“Before I continue, Nigerians are people who see conspiracy and self-service in everything because I think they believe everyone is like them. This letter is not in support of President Jonathan or APC or any other group or person, but an outpouring from my soul to God. I don’t blame you for the many atrocities you have been able to get away with, Nigerians were your enablers every step of the way. People ultimately get leaders that reflect them.
“Getting back to the story, I made sure your aides were not around and brought up the issue, trying to deliver the presentation of the issue as I had practiced it in my head. I started with the fact that we copied the US constitution which has term limits of two terms for a President. As is your usual manner, you didn’t allow me to finish my thought process and listen to my point of view. Once I broached the subject you sat up and said that the US had no term limits in the past but that it had been introduced in the 1940s after the death of President Roosevelt, which is true.
I wanted to say to you: when you copy something you also copy the modifications based on the learning from the original; only a fool starts from scratch and does not base his decisions on the learning of others. In science, we use the modifications found by others long ago to the most recent, as the basis of new findings; not going back to discover and learn what others have learnt. Human knowledge and development and civilization will not have progressed if each new generation and society did not build on the knowledge of others before them.
The American constitution itself is based on several theories and philosophies of governance available in the 18th century. Democracy itself is a governance method started by the ancient Greeks. America’s founding fathers used it with modifications based on what hadn’t worked well for the ancient Greeks and on new theories since then.
“As usual in our conversations, I kept quiet because I know you well. You weren’t going to change your mind based on my intervention as you had already made up your mind on the persuasion of the minions working for you who were ripping the country blind. When I spoke to you, your outward attitude to the people of the country was that you were not interested in the third term and that it was others pushing it. Your statement to me that day proved to me that you were the brain behind the third term debacle. It is therefore outrageous that you accuse the current President of a similar two-facedness that you yourself used against the people of the country.
“I was on a plane trip between Abuja and Lagos around the time of the third term issue and I sat next to one of your sycophants on the plane. He told me: “Only Obasanjo can rule Nigeria”. I replied: “God has not created a country where only one person can rule. If only one person can rule Nigeria then the whole Nigeria project is not a viable one, as it will be a non-sustainable project”
“I don’t know how you came about Yar’Adua as the candidate for your party as it was not my priority or job. Unlike you, I focus on the issues I have been given responsibility over and not on the jobs of others. It was the day of the PDP Presidential Campaign in Abeokuta during the state-by-state tour of 2007 that Yar’Adua got sick and had to be flown abroad. The MKO Abiola Stadium was already filled with people by 9am when I drove by (and) we had told people based on the campaign schedule that the rally would start at noon.
At 11 am I headed for the stadium on foot; it was a short walk as there were so many cars already parked in and out. As I walked on with two other people, we saw crowds of people leaving the stadium. I recognized some of them as politicians and I asked them why people were leaving. They said the Presidential candidate had died. I was alarmed and shocked. I walked back home and received a call from a friend in Lagos who said the same and added that he had died in the plane carrying him abroad for treatment and that the plane was on its way to Katsina to bury him.
I called you, and told you the information and that the stadium was already half-empty. You told me to go to the stadium and tell the people on the podium to announce that the Presidential candidate had taken ill that morning but the rest of the team, including you and the Vice-Presidential candidate would arrive shortly. I did as I was told, but even the people on the podium at first didn’t make the announcement because they thought it was true that Yar’Adua had died. I had to take the microphone and make the announcement myself. It did little good. People kept trooping out of the stadium. Your team didn’t arrive until 4pm and by this time we had just a sprinkling of people left.
That evening after the disaster of a rally, you said you had insisted that the Presidential candidate fly to Germany for a check-up although you said he only had a cold. I asked why would anyone fly to Germany to treat a cold? And you said “I would rather die than have the man die at this time.” I thought of this profound statement as things later unfolded against me. Then I thought it a stupid statement but as usual I kept quiet, little did I know how your machinations for a person would be used against me. When Yar’Adua eventually died, you stayed alive, I would have expected you to jump into his grave.
I left Nigeria in 1989 right after youth service to study in the US and I visited in 1994 for a week and didn’t visit again until your inauguration in 1999. In between, you had been arrested by Abacha and jailed. We, your children, had no one who stood with us. Stella famously went around collecting money on your behalf but we had no one. We survived. I was the only one of the children working then as a post-doctoral fellow when I got the call from a friend informing me of your arrest.
A week before your arrest, you had called me from Denmark and I had told you that you should be careful that the government was very offended by some of your statements and actions and may be planning to arrest or kill you as was occurring to many at the time. The source of my information was my mother who, agitated, had called me, saying I should warn you as this was the rumour in the country. As usual you brushed aside my comments, shouting on the phone that they cannot try anything and you will do and say as you please. The consequence of your bravado is history.
We, your family, have borne the brunt of your direct cruelty and also suffered the consequences of your stupidity but got none of the benefits of your successes. Of course, anyone around you knows how little respect you have for your children.
You think our existence on earth is about you. By the way, how many are we? 19, 20, 21? Do you even know? In the last five years, how many of these children have you spoken to? How many grandchildren do you have and when did you last see each of them? As President you would listen to advice of people that never finished high school who would say anything to keep having access to you so as to make money over your children who loved you and genuinely wished you well.
“At your first inauguration in 1999, I and my brothers and sisters told you we were coming from the US. As is usual with you, you made no arrangements for our trip, instead our mom organized to meet each of us and provided accommodation. At the actual swearing-in at Eagle Square, the others decided to watch it on TV. Instead I went to the square and I was pushed and tossed by the crowd.
I managed to get in front of the crowd where I waved and shouted at you as you and General Abdulsalam Abubakar walked past to go back to the VIP seating area. I saw you mouth ‘my daughter’ to General Abdullahi who was the one who pulled me out of the crowd and gave me a seat. As I looked around I saw Stella and Stella’s family prominently seated but none of your children. I am sure General Abdullahi would remember this incident and I am eternally grateful to him.
Getting back to my mother, I still remember your beating her up continually when we were kids. What kids can forget that kind of violence against their mother? Your maltreatment of women is legendary. Many of your women have come out to denounce you in public but since your madness is also part of the madness of the society, it is the women that are usually ignored and mistreated. Of course, you are the great pretender, making people believe you have a good family life and a good relationship with your children but once in a while your pretence gets cracked.
When Gbenga gave a ride to help someone he didn’t know but saw was in need and the person betrayed his trust by tapping his candid response on the issues going on between you and your then vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, you had your aides go on air and denounce the boy before you even spoke to him to find out what happened. What kind of father does that? Your atrocities to some of my other siblings I will let them tell in their own due time or never if they choose.

Iyabo Obasanjo and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
Some of the details of our life are public but the people choose to ignore it and pretended we enjoyed some largesse when you were President.
This punishing the innocent is part of Nigeria’s continuing sins against God. While you were military head of state and lived in Dodan Barracks, we stayed either with our mum in the two-bedroom apartment provided for her by General Murtala Mohammed or with your relatives, Bose, Yemisi and your sisters’ kids in the Boys Quarters of Dodan Barracks. At QueensCollege, I remember being too ashamed to tell my wealthy classmates from Queen’s College, Lagos we lived in the two room Boys Quarters or in the two room flat on Lawrence Street.
No, we did not have privileged upbringing but our mother emphasized education and that has been our salvation. Of my mother’s 6 children 4 have PhDs. Of the two without PhD, one has a Master’s and the other is an engineer. They are no slouches. Education provided a way to make our way in the world.
You are one of those petty people who think the progress and success of another takes from you. You try to overshadow everyone around you, before you and after you. You are the prototypical “Mr. Know it all”. You’ve never said “I don’t know” on any topic, ever. Of course this means you surround yourself with idiots who will agree with you on anything and need you for financial gain and you need them for your insatiable ego. This your attitude is a reflection of the country. It is not certain which came first, your attitude seeping into the country’s psyche or the country accepting your irresponsible behavior for so long.
Like you and your minions, it’s a symbiotic relationship. Nigeria has descended into a hellish reality where smart, capable people to “survive” and have their daily bread prostrate to imbeciles. Everybody trying to pull everybody else down with greed and selfishness — the only traits that gets you anywhere. Money must be had and money and power is king. Even the supposed down-trodden agree with this.
Nigeria accused me of fraud with the Ministry of Health. As you yourself know, both in Abeokuta and Abuja I lived in your houses as a Senator. In Lagos, I stayed in my mum’s bungalow which she succeeded in getting from you when you abandoned her with six children to live in Abeokuta with Stella.
I borrowed against my four-year Senate salary to build the only house I have anywhere in the world in Lagos. I rent out the house for income. I don’t have much in terms of money but I am extremely happy. I tried to contribute my part to the development of my country but the country decided it didn’t need me. Like many educated Nigerians my age, there are countries that actually value people doing their best to contribute to society and as many of them have scattered all over the world so have many of your children.
I can speak for myself and many of them; what they are running away from is that they can’t even contribute effectively at the same time as they have to deal with constant threats to their lives by miscreants the society failed to educate; deal with lack of electricity and air pollution resulting from each household generating its own electricity, and the lack of quality healthcare or education and a total lack of sense of responsibility of almost every person you meet. Your contribution to this scenario cannot be overestimated.
You and your cronies mentioned in your letter have left the country worse than you met it at your births in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Nigeria is not the creation of any of you, and although you feel you own it and are “Mr Nigeria” deciding whether the country stays together or not, and who rules it; you don’t. Nigeria is solely the creation of the British. My dear gone Grandmother whose burial you told people not to attend, was not born a Nigerian but a proud Ijebu-Yoruba woman. Togetherness is a choice and it must serve a purpose.
As for Nigerians thinking I have their money, when it was obvious I was part of the Yar’Adua (government’s) anti-Obasanjo phenomenon that was going on at the time. The Ministry of Health and international NGOs paid for a retreat for the Senate Committee on Health. The House Committee on Health was treated exactly the same way. The monies were given to members as estacode and the rest used for accommodation, flights and feeding. While the Senate was on the retreat in Ghana, the EFCC asked the House Committee to return the monies they received for their retreat and asked us in the Senate to return ours on our return which I refused, as it was already used for the purpose it was earmarked for in the budget that year which was to work on the National Health Bill.
The House Committee had not gone on their retreat. I did nothing wrong and my colleagues and I on the retreat did our work conscientiously. I asked the EFCC not to drag my colleagues into it and I am proud I suffered alone. As is usual in a society where people who are not progressive but take pleasure in the pain of others, most Nigerians were happy, not looking at the facts of the matter, just the suffering of an Obasanjo.
As the people that stole their millions are hailed by them the innocent is punished. When the court case was thrown out because it lacked merit even against the Minister, no newspaper carried the news. The wrongful malicious prosecution of an Obasanjo was not something they wanted to report; just her downfall. But it really wasn’t about me, it was about right and wrong in society and every society gets the fruit of the seeds it sows.
How do you think God will provide good leaders to such a people? God helps those who help themselves. I have realized that as an Obasanjo I am not entitled to work in Nigeria in any capacity. I am not entitled to work in health which is my training, or in any field or anywhere in the country or participate in any business. I have learnt this lesson well and there are societies that actually think capable, well-educated people are important to their society’s progress. Apparently, unless I am eating from the dustbin, Nigerians and possibly you will not be satisfied. I thank God it has not come to that based on God-given brains and brawn.
When I left Nigeria in 1989 for graduate studies in America, you promised to pay my school fees and no living expenses. This you did and I am grateful for because, working in the kitchen and then the library at University of California, Davis and later, working on the IT desk and later as a Teaching Assistant at Cornell gave me valuable work ethics for life. I wouldn’t have it any other way. As a black woman in the early 21st century, I have achieved much and done more than most. My wish is that black girls all over the world will have the capacity to create their lives, make mistakes, learn from it and move ahead.
Moving back to Nigeria, thinking I wanted to serve was obviously a grave mistake but one brought about by the tragic incident of April 20, 2003. This was the day five people were shot dead in my car. The mother of the children was an acquaintance I had met only one day before the incident.
We had attended the same high school and university but she was there ten years earlier than I. She had also studied public health in the UK as I had in the US. It was these coincidences that made us connect on our first meeting and then she decided to visit on the Saturday of the election of 2003 when the incident occurred. I am scarred for life by that incident and I know the mother was too as we both looked back to see two men on each side of my car shooting.
I understand her trauma and her behaviour since then can be judged from that. Nigeria is a nasty place that pushes people to lose their compass. I participated in the campaigns leading to the elections that day, more because this was my first experience of electoral process in Nigeria. Growing up there were no elections and I was too young in the 1979 and 1983 elections. It was interesting to see democracy at work. When Gbenga Daniel who I campaigned for offered me a job, I probably would have declined it, if not for the memory of the dead.
I felt I had to engage in making the country progress and to avoid such incidences in the future. I don’t need to tell you or anyone what kind of governor and person Gbenga Daniel is. As usual when I found out, you would not listen to my opinion but found out for yourself. I also campaigned for Amosun for the Senate in 2003. I have had some wonderful Nigerians do good to me, I will never forget the then Minister of Women Affairs, who saw me talking in the crowd at a campaign event and was alarmed and said “bad things can happen to you out there, I will give you one of the orderlies assigned to my office to follow you”. This was the police man that died in my car that day. I never really thought bad things would happen to me, I moved around freely in society until that shooting scarred me and I accepted a police detail. I was constantly scared for my life after that.
You called me after your vengeful letter as usual, looking out for yourself and thinking you will bribe me by saying the APC will use me for the Senate. Do you really know me and what I want out of life?
Anyone that knows me knows I am done with anything political or otherwise in Nigeria. I have so much to do and think to make this world a better place than to waste it on fighting with idiots over a political post that does no good to society. That letter you wrote to the President, would you have tolerated such a letter as a sitting President? Don’t do to others what you will not allow to be done to you. The only thing I was using that was yours was the house in Abuja where I left my things when I left the country. I eventually rented it out so that the place would not fall apart but as usual you want to take that as well. You can’t have it without explaining to Nigerians how you came about the house?
As I said earlier, this is not about politics but my frustration with you as a father and a human being. I am not involved with what is currently going on in Nigeria, I don’t talk to any Nigerian other than friends on social basis. I am not involved with any political groups or affiliation. You mentioned Governor Osoba when you spoke to me, yes I was walking down the street of Cambridge, Massachussets a few months ago, when I looked up and saw him reading a map trying to cross the street.
I greeted him warmly and offered to give him a ride to where he was going. This I did not do because I wanted anything from him politically but because that is how I was raised by my mother to treat an adult who I really had no ill-will towards. Some said he was part of the people that manipulated the elections for me to lose in 2011. I don’t have any ill-will to him for that because I think they did me a favour and someone has to win and lose.
I had told you I wasn’t going to run in 2011 but you manipulated me to run; that was my mistake. Losing was a blessing. As usual you wanted me to run for your self-serving purpose to perpetuate your name in the political realm and as the liar that you are, you later denied that it was you who wanted me to run in 2011.
In 2003 I ran because I wanted to and I thought getting to the central government I will be able to contribute more to improving lives and working on legislation that impacts the country. I found that nothing gets done; every public official in Nigeria is working for himself and no one really is serving the public or the country.
The whole system, including the public themselves want oppressors, not people working for their collective progress. When no one is planning the future of a country, such a country can have no future. I won’t be your legacy, let your legacy be Nigeria in the fractured state you created because, it was always your way or the highway.
This is the end of my communication with you for life. I pray Nigeria survives your continual intervention in its affairs.
Iyabo Obasanjo, DVM, PhD

Nigeria : The Giant behind Mandela and South Africa by Zents Kunle Sowunmi

A popular adage says if the world refuses to blow your trumpet for you, don’t complain, blow it for yourself, let the world know your worth, it is very sad to note how the world leaders decided to cheat Nigeria out of the glory in the death of the greatest son of Africa, late Nelson Mandela despite all the sacrifices , like the Oracle ones said, most heroes often started as rebels, Nelson Mandela who was a rebel up till five years in most Western world lists as a terrorist, will be buried as a hero and some of the countries that helped with men, money, materials may be sidelined, the Oracle will give details on how Nigeria played significant roles in the liberation of most countries in Africa particularly South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

What you will be reading here today, will be from the knowledge and experience of the Oracle who just finished his GCE Advanced level, in History, Economic History and Religion from the Department of Extra Mural Studies University of Ibadan between, 1975-1976, a staff of National Archives who collated all the newspapers and magazines in Nigeria, bounded them up for shelves of the archives and sending copies to locations in Enugu and Kaduna and later in life, the Oracle served with National Library of Nigeria between 1983-1984, meaning I will confine the whole story here to what happened between 1960 to 1984 now let us go to work on the issue of Mandela.

The first country in Africa to support ANC the rebel turned political party in South Africa was Nigeria at a time the man with the Golden voice, Sir Abubarkar Tafawa Balewa was the Prime Minister of a post-independence Nigeria in 1960, during his visit to United States of America when JF Kennedy was the President, Balewa made it known that the freedom in Africa particularly South Africa, Rhodesia and South West Africa (Namibia) must be seen as very important to the freedom of the Africans.

Nigeria foreign policy because of the Civil war between 1967-1970 was not properly defined when General Yakubu Gowon was Head of State until General Muritala Mohamed and his two other Musketeers, General Olusegun Obasanjo and Lt General T Y Danjuma in 1975, including the mustached Col. Joe Narven Garba the Federal Commissioner for Foreign Affairs took over from the technocrat Okoi Arikpo, they became the team which added flesh to the foreign policy which Gowon had tied to the apron of the British.

Within Six months, General Muritala Mohammed reshaped Nigeria foreign policy, he announced over the radio and television, Africa would be the center of Nigeria policy and plans must be set in motion to free Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa, the pressing issue then was Angola and General Obasanjo who was number two man was given the assignment to liaises with Savinbi and Augustinho Neto and Nigeria eventually, took side with MPLA group led by Augustinho Neto.

Late President Gerald Ford of the United States of America was not happy with the stand of Nigeria, he sent delegates to Dodan Barracks in Lagos to ask Nigeria Government to drop the support, General Muritala Mohammed ordered the American representatives out of his office and the stage was set for a confrontation between Nigeria and the United States of America, by the time General Muritala Mohammed was Killed on February 13 1976 by Lt Col Buka Suka Dimka, on a Friday, Nigeria leadership and goals on Africa had been defined and western world started taking Nigeria serious.

General Muritala Mohammed foreign policy created the fear that Lagos the seat of the government was likely to be bombed by the Apartheid controlled South African government under Botha which was developing atomic and nuclear energy and signs were there then that Lagos was no longer safe because of the coastal location of the most important City in Nigeria, one of the reasons for taking the Federal Capital to Abuja, by the time General Obasanjo took over, as the Head of State the tempo was fast paced, President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat was elected President of America, the threat was no longer America but Great Britain which was harboring General Yakubu Gowon who was rumored to have been involved in the death of General Muritala Mohammed.

General Obasanjo was a respected and ruthless Head of State who brought Great Britain to its knees, he used all the resources available to Nigeria to fight the only country standing between Africa and freedom because of her veto power with the United Nations, however, General Obasanjo’s administration nationalized all the British investments in Nigeria, Standard Bank became First Bank, Barclays Bank became Union Bank, British Petroleum became African Petroleum, until Britain started asking for dialogue from Uncle Shege with several invitations to visit Britain , General Obasanjo refused, the Queen sent messages, Uncle Shege ignored the Queen, the muscles of Nigeria was greater than that of Britain, cleverly, America under a Democrat became neutral because Obasanjo had developed friendship with Andrew Young a civil right , the first Black or African American US Ambassador to the United Nations, President Jimmy Carter visited Nigeria, he was taken to Badagry, where all the slaves were chained before shipment to the Europe and America in the 18th Century, he also visited other cities in Nigeria like Kano Abeokuta and other places.

Obasanjo was the greatest problem in the flesh of all the countries that stood against the freedom of African countries in his three and half years as Nigeria Head of state, Zimbabwe which the country first supported Joshua Ukomo had to shift to Mugabe who won the election an both merged to run the first post Zimbabwe country, Namibia was next and South Africa which drew tears from Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia next in line, was a protected country of the Western world.

General Obasanjo realized Nigeria must improve on it security network if we have to be leaders of Africa, he set up State Security services SSS, NSO, and University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) became the Center for research on Atomic energy which previous administrations abandoned, today the security system of Nigeria were all creations of this Owu man fondly called “Baba Iyabo”

General Obasanjo, is the Mandela of Nigeria never knew, South Africa actually owed her freedom and the support from most of the third nations to this man from Abeokuta, all Nigerian workers were educated and made to donate 5% of their wages towards freedom of Africa countries, he took the whole country along the part of understanding the freedom of all African countries as the only way we could be proud as Black people and Nigerian musicians like Sunny Okosun wax the LP “Papa Land,” Ngozi made LP in honor of Winnie Mandela.

Because Nigerian men love beautiful women , they could not stand the site of a beautiful woman deprived of her husband, Winnie was tall and beautiful, she was elegant and her smiles and beautiful teeth charmed Nigerians, they all wanted to help and we began to understand what Apartheid was all about, which was complete disenfranchisement of the black majority by the white minority, we read how the government of South Africa deprived women from seeing their husbands during ovulation periods, the ugly work environment, segregation, lack of education and living conditions, they wanted a systematic reduction in the black population, hoping a day would come the whites would catch with the population growth of the Black people. It was then we appreciated our own fragile freedom, we became grateful to our founding fathers like Herbert Macaulay, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Ahamadu Bello, Obafemi Awolowo, Tafawa Balewa, and others

Nigeria Universities and Colleges gave the South Africans free education, their lawyers were trained in Nigeria, the civil service was opened to the potential workers that may take over in future, Nigeria was the training ground for most of the freedom fighters from South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, they were treated like families, Nigeria was indeed the bigger brother to most Africa countries , some Nigeria secret agents were sent to South African, some of them never made it back, readers Nigeria government and Nigerians made lot of scarifies as Britain tightened her immigration policy on Nigeria, personally, the Oracle was a victim, I was denied student visa to Britain in 1977, and I will quote what “Albert the immigration officer wrote on the denied form for readers “Mr. Sowunmi does not look like a person that will return to Nigeria after his education” instead of just answering simple questions, with my smart mouth, the Oracle was lecturing him on Africa freedom. Lol

However, Britain never found her voice until late Ronald Reagan became the President of America and President Sheu Shagari took Nigeria back to the era of Gowon, he went to Britain which General Obasanjo turned down, he was taken to the farms to inspect Cows and poultry, his funny cap was mocked by the press, and the steam of our foreign policy was deflated, instead of moving Nigeria forward, President Shagari was not focused he allowed corruption to prevail in Nigeria under his watch.

The combined effort of Britain under Margret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan was a big blow to the tempo left behind by Obasanjo; President Sheu Shagari was not equipped to handle Reagan and the Iron Lady. British actions destroyed Nigeria economy because of the actions of the previous government over the policy on South Africa, Nigeria currency was stronger than the American dollars.

However, when Obasanjo left office, the Oracle believed he was appointed a member of the Eminent Personalities along with the Prime Minister of Australia or Canada or so to visit Nelson Mandela in Jail, he did, and he worked for the release of Nelson Mandela, the long match to freedom could be long, but the end result was fine, the son of Africa returned home to his people like the Biblical Joseph, the whole world bowed for him, in life and in death.

Nelson Mandela did not forget his friends when he came out, he visited everyone, from Fidel Castro in Cuba, to Mormon Quadaffi of Libya and was also in Nigeria to say thank you to the Nigerian workers that contributed time and money which freed his people, today, Nelson Mandela is gone, he is now the hero of everyone, the enemies of yesterday became friends today, but here in Africa, we do not cry when an old man dies, we celebrate death because we believe he finished the race, and he should be with his ancestors, his spirit will watch over his people, his memories with guide his people, and the world, that is our belief system we the black people in Africa.

Mandela shoes may be too big for anyone now, but the same Almighty God in his wisdom who created Africa as the first place for human DNA will give us another Mandela, the Oracle says, the God who is watching over Africa will not sleep, when South Africa was hungry Nigeria was there, when the country was thirsty, we gave them water, when Mandela will be buried, Nigeria must be given its rightful place, the giant and big brother must not be pushed aside by the new friends.

As for Nigerians in and out of the country, the Oracle says you should all be proud to see the end of the battle and direction which first came out of the mouth of Tafawa Balewa which Muritala Mohammed took and which General Obasanjo faithfully directed, we did our part, we stood for justice, who will stand for us? We may have problems with ourselves, Igbo, Hausa, and Yoruba, let us remember families can disagree, brothers can fight against brothers, maybe Nigeria already had her own Mandela, Jesus Christ said” A prophet is without honor save among his own people” Maybe Obasanjo, and Muritala could be referred to as Nigeria Mandela, even if our Mandela was a little bit greedy with “third term agenda” maybe we should forgive our own Mandela, who never used Nigeria money to develop his home state or Sango Ota, he was fair to all, and to end this article with the words of Nelson Mandela when they tried to call him a saint.

“I am not a saint, but if you think a sinner who keeps trying to be better after each mistake is a saint, I will accept it”

Zents Sowunmi is a New York based writer.

A history of bad luck and tragedy on Friday 13th

Whether you take Friday 13th superstitions at face value or think they are nothing more than urban legends, here are 13 unlucky – and sometimes tragic – events that have occurred on Friday the 13th.


1. The ‘Friday the 13th virus’ infected hundreds of IBM computers across the UK on 13 January, 1989. It wiped out program files and caused considerable anxiety at a time when large-scale computer viruses were a relatively new threat.


2. Well known rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur was pronounced dead on Friday, 13 September, 1996.


3. On Friday, 13 November, 1829, American stuntman Sam Patch scheduled his largest ever jump – a 125-foot jump into the Genesee River, USA. Known as ‘The Yankee Leaper’ Patch became the first famous American daredevil after he successfully jumped from a raised platform into the Niagara River. The Genesee River jump killed him.


4. On 13 September, 1940, five German bombs hit Buckingham Palace and destroyed the Palace Chapel, as part of Hitler’s strategic ‘Blitz’ bombing campaign.


5. A chartered plane carrying 45 rugby team members and their friends and families crashed in the Andes Mountains on Friday 13 October, 1972. Sixteen of the group survived for 72 days while the world thought they were dead, in what would become headline-making acts of cannibalism. Their ordeal was made famous by a 1974 book called ‘Alive!’ by Piers Paul Read and was later made into a film named ‘I am Alive’.


6. On Friday, 13 November, 1970, a massive storm killed approximately 300,000 people in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and created floods that killed as many as one million in the Ganges Delta.


7. A Swedish military DC-3 plane carrying a crew of eight disappeared over the Baltic Sea On 13 June, 1952. After one of two Catalina rescue planes sent to search for the plane was attacked by Soviet forces the incident became known as the ‘Catalina affair’. In 1991, the Soviet air force conceded it had also shot down the DC-3.


8. On 13 June, 1997, 59 people were killed and 103 seriously injured in a stampede during the premiere screening of ‘Border’, a patriotic Hindi movie. Known as the Uphaar Cinema fire, it is one of the worst fire tragedies in recent Indian history.


9. On 13 October, 1989, the Dow Jones experienced the second largest drop in history at that time. This event was later nicknamed the ‘Friday the 13th mini crash’.


10. The asteroid ‘99942 Apophis’ will reportedly make a very close encounter with Earth – closer than the orbits of communication satellites – on Friday, 13 April, 2029.


11. On Friday, 13 August, 2010, a runaway London Underground engineering train travelled four miles through five stations without a driver. The train in front was forced to skip several stations and was diverted to another branch of the network.


12. Hurricane Charley caused destruction in south Florida on Friday, 13 August, 2004. The strong Category 4 hurricane lasted six days altogether and hit Florida at maximum strength, making it the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Damage in the state totaled approximately £8billion.


13. On Friday, 13 October, 2006, the ‘Friday the 13th Storm’ struck Buffalo, New York. The unusual early-season snow storm … It is also known as the ‘Arborgeddon Storm’, ‘Columbus Day Massacre’ and the ‘Octoblizzard’. An estimated 400,000 people were without power on Friday the 13th.

Shady&Highly Corruption in Nigeria’s Oil Deals 29: How NNPC Diverted $49.8 Billion Meant For The Nigerian Treasury Between 2012-13, Says Central Bank Governor In A Letter To President Jonathan

This clearly competes as Nigeria’s biggest fraud ever, involving the illegal diversion, or theft, of over N8 trillion crude oil sales proceeds.

In a frantic and unusual memo to the president on September 25, 2013, Central Bank governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi detailed how government-owned oil firm, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, had systematically diverted the huge sum, being sales proceeds between January 2012 and July 2013.

The CBN governor said for all crude oil sales within period, the NNPC paid only 24 percent proceeds into the federation account, and diverted or stole the remaining 76 percent-totalling N8 trillion.

As the CBN calculated, the NNPC sold at least 594 million barrels of oil within the period, and should have paid N10.3 trillion (USD65.3 billion) into the federation account. But the corporation paid only N2.5 trillion (USD15.5 billion), Mr. Sanusi said, citing documentation from pre-shipment inspectors.

The whereabouts of the huge balance is unknown.

The weight of the differential is clearer if evaluated against the fact that the tiny percentage remitted by the NNPC managed to finance the nation in that period, raising the question of how much the total would then have achieved for a country unable to pay its university lecturers who have been on strike for five months.

Put simply, for each barrel of oil sold, say at an average of USD100, the NNPC illegally cornered $74 into an unknown account and gave Nigeria only $26.

Mr. Sanusi said he was “constrained” to hint the president after observing the huge shortfalls for years. He accused the NNPC of breaching two key federal laws, and urged the president to act expeditiously by ordering sweeping investigation and prosecution of those found culpable.

Two months on, the president has refused to act on the damning memo delivered to him personally by the CBN governor. In fact, after receiving the letter, the president, presidency sources say, questioned Mr. Sanusi on why such letter should be prepared in the first place and sent to him.

PREMIUM TIMES can also confirm that finance minister and former World Bank chief, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is also aware of the CBN’s information and has done nothing about it; while petroleum minister, Alison Diezani-Madueke, implicated in several corruption probes in the past, is said to be fully in the know about the massive plunder of crude oil money by the NNPC.

President challenged on corruption

Details of the president’s failure to act on such a massive scale of misappropriation came amid an increasing criticism of Mr. Jonathan’s response to corruption, as several senior officials of his government, accused of stealing or wasting public funds, have been spared of indictment and prosecution.

The weightiest of such concerns came on Monday from the speaker of the House of House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, who publicly accused the president of consistently displaying a “body language” that encourages corruption.

Citing past scandals, the most recent being the N255 million armoured car fraud involving aviation minister, Stella Oduah, Mr. Tambuwal said the president’s penchant for duplicating committees to investigate corruption cases, rather than directing law enforcement agencies to probe them, showed Mr. Jonathan was less committed to curbing fraud.

“By the action of setting up different committees for straightforward cases, the president’s body language doesn’t tend to support the fight against corruption,” the speaker said at an event in Abuja.

Between 2011 and 2013, the House of Representatives has investigated the NNPC multiple times, and has in many cases found officials of the corporation wanting. But no one has been sanctioned by government.

In 2012, top management of the NNPC and the petroleum minister, Mrs. Madueke, who directly supervises the NNPC, were recommended for prosecution by the House in a shocking fuel subsidy probe. They accused officials have remained at their posts.

The CBN’s allegation is the most scathing yet for a corporation notorious for secrecy and corruption.

The diverted or stolen amount-N8 trillion between January 2012 and July 2013- is the nearly the equivalent of the total federal budgets for two years.

Put together, the sum can run the entire country for the period, build several new roads and railways, pay wages of millions of workers, cater for the nation’s teeming unemployed, build thousands of hospitals and schools, complete ongoing power projects, and on an urgent note, clear multiple times, all government financial obligations to university lecturers, whose ongoing strike has kept the universities shut for more than five months now.

More losses and the ECA

Even so, when compared with prevailing data from different government agencies, the figure admitted by the CBN is still lesser than what Nigeria should earn from oil sales.

While the bank said its computation, based on pre-shipment details, showed that Nigeria sold N10.3 trillion worth of oil in 19 months, PREMIUM TIMES’ analysis shows the government should rather realize N10.6 trillion in the first 10 months of 2013-Janaury to October-alone.

PREMIUM TIMES’s estimates is based on the government’s data of  daily production average of 2.11 million barrels of crude, sold at an average price of $105.84 per barrel.

If multiplied and converted to naira, the government should have realized N10. 6 trillion in 10 months alone.

But in that period, total oil receipts data provided by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, claimed between January and October, the government made N5.8 trillion.

Also, our estimates show that the government has not only lied or be misled Nigerians about its total receipts from oil sales, but also about its earnings in the contentious Excess Crude Account.

The ECA holds the difference between the real market price for oil and the government’s projection in the national budget yearly.

For 2013, the government approved rate is $79 per barrel (called benchmark for oil price), meaning any raise in price at the international marker, will go into the ECA.

For most of the year, oil sold as much as $110 and $115 per barrel. At a conservative rate of $105 per barrel, the government should have realized $26 as difference per barrel for the Excess Crude Account.

Calculated at 2.11 million barrels per day, that should amount to $17.3 billion (about N2.695trillion) earned as excess crude revenue from crude oil exports as of October 2013.

But the government claims it generated only N986.6 billion in the Excess Crude Account.

No explanation

No government official could explain the huge gaps for the 2013 figures. The ministry of finance did not comment when contacted multiple times. Paul Nwabuiku, a spokesperson for the finance minister, Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, promised a response but refused to give one several days after.

A spokesperson for the Central Bank of Nigeria, reacting to our findings (not Mr. Sanusi’s letter) said as the government’s banker, it could not provide the requested information, as it was unlawful for a banker to divulge details about its customer to a third party.

“We maintain a customer/banker relationship with the government in the execution of our mandate. We do not divulge such information to third parties,” Mr. Ugochukwu said on Thursday via a text message.

Controversy over Excess Crude Account

PREMIUM TIMES’s own evaluation of government oil earnings began well ahead of obtaining Mr. Sanusi’s letter to President Jonathan.

The review was prompted by the lingering controversy over the ECA between the finance minister, Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala and the Rivers state governor, Chibuike Amaechi.

Mr. Amaechi had accused the government of depleting the account, usually shared between the federal, states and local governments.

The governor said $5 billion had gone missing from the account under Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala’s watch.

Defending the administration, Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala accused the governor of “playing politics” on the matter, and said the outstanding $5 billion had been shared to states as monthly allocation and local governments, with Rivers State being one of the major beneficiaries.

The frustration of CBN governor

But in his letter, Mr. Sanusi said he had long been frustrated by the NNPC’s secrecy with oil sales, and that he raised concerns twice to the president as far back as 2010 about his observation that a huge chunk of sales proceeds were not remitted to government treasury.

He said the shortfall in revenue as a result of oil theft and vandalism in the Niger Delta was insignificant compared to the scale of money unaccounted for by the NNPC.

“Your excellency, you will recall that as far back as late 2010, I had verbally expressed deep concern about what appeared to be huge shortfalls in remittances to the federation account in spite of the strong recovery in oil prices,” the CBN governor wrote, indicating the losses extending years back far surpasses the N8 trillion of between 2012 and 2013.

There is no evidence the president acted on those concerns.

By 2012, he said the situation had gone worse that the government made more money from tax paid by oil companies than from actual sales of crude.

“This means, Your Excellency, that in this first seven months of the year, taxes accounted for 76 % of the total inflow from this sector, while NNPC crude oil proceeds accounted for 24%,” he said.

The CBN governor called for a thorough audit of all domiciliary accounts held by the NNPC outside of the CBN, and a probe of companies involved in oil lifting and oil swap.

“As banker to the federal government and Economic Adviser to the President,” he said, “I am obliged to draw the president’s attention to these serious issues of which you have most probably never been aware in this detail,” he said.

The Special Adviser to the President on Public Communications, Reuben Abati, was not available for comments. He did not answer several calls made to his telephone. He is believed to be travelling in South Africa with the president, who is attending the funeral of late South African President, Nelson Mandela.

SaharaReporters has uncovered a document in which the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) complained to President Goodluck Jonathan about the continuing refusal of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to honour its legal obligations, including failure to remit $49.8 billion to the Federation Account between 2012 and 2013.   That amount represents 76% of the value of crude oil liftings during the period.
The CBN complaints are contained in a letter to the President dated 25 September 2013.
“Our analysis of the value of crude oil export proceeds based on the documentation received from pre-shipment inspectors shows that between January 2012 and July 2013, NNPC lifted 594,024,107 barrels of crude valued at $65,332,350,514.57,” the letter said.  “Out of this amount, NNPC repatriated only $15,528,410,098.77 representing 24% of the value.  This means the NNPC is yet to account for, and repatriate to the Federation Account, an amount in excess of $49.804 billion of the value of oil lifted in the same period.”
Drawing attention to an attached table of analysis of the crude oil liftings and repatriations as prepared by the CBN, Governor Sanusi noted that the failure of the NNPC to repatriate the amounts constitutes not only a violation of constitutional provisions  but also of both Nigeria’s foreign exchange and pre-shipment inspection of exports laws. 
Also drawing attention to previous occasion in which he had expressed concern about what appeared to be shortfalls in remittances to the Federation Account in spite of the strong recovery in the price of oil, Mr. Sanusi said that a point of departure ought to be to insist that the NNPC account fully for all proceeds that were diverted from its accounts with the CBN and the Federation Account. 
“As an indicator of how bad this situation has become, please note that in 2012 alone, the Federation Account received $28.51 billion in Petroleum Profits and related taxes but only $1013 from crude oil proceeds,” he informed Mr. Jonathan.  “In the period January-July 2013, the corresponding figures are $16.65 billion and $5.39 billion, respectively.  This means, Your Excellency, that in the first seven months of the year, taxes accounted for 76% of the total inflow from this sector, while NNPC crude oil proceeds accounted for only 24%.”
Mr. Sanusi specifically recommended to the President to:
Require NNPC to provide evidence for disposal of all proceeds of crude sales diverted from the CBN and Federation Account;
Investigate crude oil lifting and swap contracts, as well as the financial transactions of counter-parties for equity, fairness and transparency; and
Authorise prosecution of suspects in money-laundering transactions, including but not limited to BDCs who are unable to account for hundreds of millions of dollars. 
It is unclear if Mr. Jonathan has read the letter.  Despite claims of fighting corruption, he does not normally take any anti-corruption action against members of his cabinet or implement any reports, and NNPC is famously supervised by Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, one of his closest confidantes within the cabinet. 

A Letter to Dr. Nelson Mandela


Dear Dr. Nelson,

Please when you get to d world beyond, tell Herbert Macaulay that the party he founded has been turned to People Destroying Party.

Tell Obafemi Awolowo that we now pay school fees without going to school.

Help me tell Nnamdi Azikiwe that the long wall to democracy he built has fallen, only the cracked fence still stands.

Tell Chief Anthony Enaharo that the independent nation he fought for is no more.

Tell Alh. Ahmadu Bello that our judicial system now favors only the rich.

Also tell Baba Fela that Terry G is the new afro beat king.

Tell Muritala Mohammed that we still use kerosene to cook and candles to see.

Tell King Jaja of Opobo that we are still slaves in our own country.

Pls tell Dele Giwa that the Nigerian press has been
bought with money.

… and please don’t forget to tell Prof. Iyayi that Federal Govt paid N200 Billion into ASUU account
but they have not seen alert.

Tell them that we need a quick reply to this letter.