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147. FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 147

FACTS ARE SACRED AND TRUTH SUBLIME.

THINKING DEEP…

 

Who were those who donated 22b to GEJ and what’s in it for them? I’m certain that such humongous donation is for selfish gain and not for public good….The more Billionaires GEJ has made the more poverty and joblessness in the land, solve the riddle and see how corruption chauffeurs/drives our national vehicle. Sad.

The PDP after 16years of rudderless governance at the Federal level has lost initiative, they have lost any and every modicum of morality hence they now see POWER as an ATM machine and leadership a Bazaar, we MUST stop them before GEJ and his cronies buy up all that is left of Nigeria. They bought PHCN, whilst yet keeping the nation in darkness they gave GEJ’s campaign a ‘thank you’ donation of 500m, do you yet wonder, under GEJ corruption rules.

Can anyone Islamize Nigeria? Impossible; when as a Military President IBB surreptitiously got Nigeria into the Organization of Islamic Countries OIC was he able to Islamize Nigeria? No; will Buhari Islamize Nigeria, he cannot and will not; is Buhari a bigot? Absolutely not, with a Christian son-in-law and a daughter that is a Christian convert haba!! With more Christian Military Administrators and Ministers when he was Head of State, the attempt to wear GMB the tag of a bigot or a fundamentalist won’t stick.

Is Buhari a saint no, but compared to his opponent GEJ, Buhari is a saint ten times over, even his worst detractors cannot deny this truism. Will Buhari fight corruption, yes, and that is why those who are scared went donating 22B to GEJ to sustain corruption and protect the corrupt, but no one can buy Nigeria not now, not anymore.

*Femi Fani-Kayode joined GEJ and the 17B corruption case filed against him by the EFCC was dropped.

*Chief Ifeanyi Uba of Capital Oil floated TAN (Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria) and AMCON was asked to vacate Capital Oil premises and hand it back to him, how they intend to pay back the 50B Capital Oil owes the Banks is now a moral question before TAN, GEJ and Uba.

*Stealing is different from corruption such is the hardcore of GEJ’s unresearched philosophy BUT the wind of CHANGE is here, we shall VOTE OUT CORRUPTION and restore our nation to the path of moral rectitude.

 

God Rules in the affairs of men

 

 

Credits : Prof. Chris Nwaokolobia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

149. FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 149 (1st vol in 2015)

 

2014 Biggest goofs countdown. 14 Biggest goofs of 2014

 

So let’s take a look at the 14 biggest goofs of 2014

 

14 . “We are committed to solving the problem in the North-Eastern part of the country. The crisis in the North-East is not a big deal. It is just that we have not come together to work out strategies to tackle the problems properly.”- former General Officer Commanding the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army (now the Commandant, Depot, Niigerian Army), Maj. Gen. Shehu Yusuf, said in February, 2014.

I wonder why the army is still yet to work out strategies to tackle the problem that has proven to be such a big deal;

 

13. “We all bear some pains, from the highest to the least because as a President, I may not go to everywhere I would have loved to go, these are some of the challenges I have to face.”- President Jonathan admitting that Boko Haram was restricting his movements within the country;

Don’t let me say the president is afraid and a c*w**d but it appears so. If people without bodyguards are forced to serve through NYSC in those places, I wonder why the man in control of all the nation’s security apparatus is still afraid to go to some parts. O ma se o ( great pity)

12. “The Petroleum Minister (Alison Maduekwe) has appeared before the Parliament for over 200 days… in the Nigerian Parliament you’ll agree with me that there is more politics than work.”- President Jonathan when asked about the attitude of the Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke to calls for her to appear before the House of Representative members over her alleged utilisation of public funds in hiring private jets;

11. “I never said Boko Haram infiltrated my cabinet. The FEC is the cabinet made up of the President, VP and ministers, what I said is that in “the government which is made up of three arms.”- President Jonathan;

10. “Igbo remains one ethnic group in Nigeria that is so devoid of any shame to show their greed, selfishness and contempt for other ethnic groups… the Igbo are mercenaries; they are there for sale. If the devil were to come today to say, ‘I am the devil about whom the Bible and the Quran have spoken, I am prepared to give money’, the Igbo will take the money and vote for him. Quote me!”- Convener of the Coalition of Northern politicians, academics, professionals and businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, said during an interview;

9. “People do not understand the burden this President is bearing. He’s like Jesus Christ. He’s bearing the burden of everybody”- Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, and one of the govt’s big Vuvuzelas, while speaking about his boss;

8. “The challenge of the country is not poverty, but redistribution of wealth.”- President Goodluck Jonathan said while faulting the World Bank report which placed Nigeria among the countries with the highest level of poverty in the world;

7. “I don’t know where they are… there is no confirmation of the location of the schoolgirls, you are a journalist, you know more than me.”- President Jonathan, while admitting that he had no clue where the abducted Chibok girls were, adding that the journalist asking the question ought to know more than him;

6. “Those that died at the Immigration stampede died as a result of impatience” – Minister of Interior Affairs, Abba Moro;

5. “People exaggerate corruption in Nigeria. It is not even our first or second problem, maybe the third”- President Jonathan

4. “Over 70% of what are called corruption (cases), even by EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) and other anti-corruption agencies, is not corruption, but common stealing.” “People have been confusing corruption with stealing. If public officers steal money they term it under corruption… – President Jonathan;

3. “It is not possible to steal $20bn and America will not know. It is their money.”- President Jonathan

 

2. “…I will do my best. I don’t expect praises now. It’s when you leave that people will begin to compare you with others…”. Nigerians will appreciate me when I leave Office – Jonathan.

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigerians will appreciate the good works he has done for the country after he has left office.

Thanks Mr president, we will surely praise you around February 17th 2015 when you concede defeat to Buhari. We praise you more on May 29th when you hand over the reins of leadership to Buhari!!!

1. “Do you come with two teachers? You were not informed too? Ehn? Continue… No problem… No problem God will see us. There is God in everything we are doing. Those bloods that are sharing in Borno will answer. What of two teachers… two … eerrrm… WAEC. Two teachers that can tell that they conducted that exam… Do you come with any? Principal… No too? Only you waka come? Okay. Now the first lady is calling you. Come, I want to help you find your child… Your missing child. Will you keep quiet? Chai! Chai! There is God ooo. The bloods that we are sharing, there is God ooo. There is God oo There is God oo (breaks down in tears)”- the wife of the President, Patience Jonathan, said while carrying out an inquisition into the abduction of the Chibok girls.

 

Happy New Year again

 

 

 

 

 

150. FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 150

 

When the president recklessly breaks the law

 

Section 91(9) of the Electoral Act reads, “An individual or other entity shall not donate more than N1,000,000 (one million naira) to any candidate.”

Sub-section 10 of the same section adds that a presidential candidate “who knowingly acts in contravention of this section commits an offence and on conviction is liable to a maximum fine of N1m or imprisonment for a term of 12 months or both.”

Section 91(2) of the same Act states that, “The maximum election expenses to be incurred by a candidate at a presidential election shall be N1bn.”

…GEJ broke the law in all ways to raise his 21 billion naira war chest. How can our president have total disregard for the law? Is he so desperate?

In the U.S , Rev Jesse Jackson’s son a member of the house of reps and wife were both found guilty for misuse of campaign funds and were both sentenced to serve terms in prison. In Nigeria this would be business as usual. If we must run the presidential system of government, we must be ready to follow the constitution. All those who donated above the stipulated amount to support any campaign should be picked up and tried in the court. What is the attorney general doing? No one should be above the law of the land.

Stop corruption, stop impunity, stop lawlessness.

…and let’s put an end to this recklessness.

 

 

 

 

 

151. FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 151

 

Be Humble, Love& Respect those around you

 

 

Musa worked at a meat distribution factory.

One day, when he finished with his work

schedule, he went into the meat cold room

(Freezer) to inspect something, but in a

moment of bad luck, the door closed and he

was locked inside with no help in sight.

Although he screamed and knocked with all

his might, his cries went unheard as no one

could hear him.

Most of the workers had already gone, and

outside the cold room (freezer) it’s impossible

to hear what was going on inside.

Five hours later, whilst Musa was on the

verge of death, the security guard of the

factory, eventually open the door and saved

the life of Musa.

Musa then asked the security guard how he

got to open the door, as it wasn’t part of his

work routine.

His explanation: “I’ve been working in this

factory for 35 years, hundreds of workers

come in and out every day, but you’re one of

the few who greets me in the morning and

says goodbye to me every night when leaving

after working hours.

Many treat me as if I am invisible. Today, like

every other day, you greeted me in your

simple manner ‘ Hello ‘ at the entrance when

resuming for work. …..But curiously, after

working hours today, I observed I’ve not

heard your ‘ bye! see you tomorrow ‘. Hence I

decided to check around the factory.

I look forward to your

‘ Hi ‘

and

‘ bye ‘ every day.

To you, I am someone. By not hearing your

farewell, I knew something had happened.

Then I Sought and found u!

“Moral Lesson to reflect upon:.. Be humble,

love and respect those around you.

As life is too short! Try to have an impact on

people in ways we can’t even imagine,

especially the people that cross your part

every day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

152. FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 152

 

I prefer to go back to d 80s with d wind of change

 

Doyin Okupe said that Buhari/Osinbajo will take Nigeria back to d 80s if elected. So what? If they can’t make d 2000s worthwhile who doesn’t want back the 80s? In d Nigeria of d 1980s, we slept in considerable safety. In d Nigeria of d 80s, our Naira was at par with d dollar. In d Nigeria of d 80s, we had roads, schools, hospitals & infrastructures that were better managed, & electricity was relatively constant.

I will rather return to d 1980s than to ride on a reverse gear in d 2000s. A reverse gear down d path of unbridled corruption; infrastructural decay; terror & insurgency; poverty & joblessness; false statistics & deceit; darkness & power outage; & down d reverse gear where only JONATHANIANS falsely see progress.

I CHOOSE DEEP & RESEARCHED FACTS over BANAL SENTIMENTS.

Buhari may not be the ideal President. But when compared to his main rival, GEJ, who brings nothing to the table, Buhari Presidency may just be inevitable. His major promise has been to work hard to fight corruption. And that’s key. Buhari does not appeal to me as someone who understands modern economic dynamics. An astute and dynamic Deputy and a vibrant cabinet may help.

Nigeria is bleeding, almost to a point of death. A period of oil boom just ended, nothing to show for it. If fighting corruption, blocking leakages and reducing rent taking is all Buhari can achieve, Nigeria will make progress.

Let the Wind of #‎CHANGE Blow. Let It Blow. Let It Blow till GEJ retires happily to Otuoke.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

153. FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 153

 

FOR A LASTING PEACE IN THE HEALTH SECTOR

 

I have since been bombarded by barrage of calls from friends, many of whom are also members of JOHESU on the reason behind my obviously deafening silence since the JOHESU’s strike action started! My response then was, ‘igba to ba re ija la nla’ i.e. you only settle a quarrel when the duo concerned are tired of fighting each other!

I would have not even bothered to put anything up about JOHESU if not for the information I got from VANGUARD this morning. It will be recalled that for months now, the Joint Health Sector Unions who goes by the aegis ‘JOHESU’ – comprising of all health workers and paramedics (mobilizing against Medical Doctors) have thrown the Federal Government owned Hospitals into pandemonium as they did not only embarked on an industrial strike action but ensured that they put icing on their cakes by locking up offices, stores and laboratories in these Institutions with absolute recklessness and impunity, thus preventing the medical doctors from carrying out their legitimate duties of providing unhindered medical services to the poor masses who come to the hospitals to seek treatment.

I will not bother to inform the public on the conspiracy behind the creation of JOHESU as a body, their plan to take over Nigerian Labour Congress, the role of Medical Laboratory Scientists-who have always felt short-changed from time immemorial, I will not talk on how my noble brothers-PHARMACISTS and my angels-NURSES are being ‘USED’ to complement the efforts of JOHESU (sooner than later they will realize this). No, I will not talk on the role of some expired House of Representative Members who are fueling the embers of discord in the health sector, I refuse to comment on the dirty role of some media personnel in propagating this inordinate ambition of JOHESU, neither will I talk on the foot dragging of the Federal Government in saying ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH to the state of acrimony and anomaly the Health Sector has been thrown into.

I am however annoyed that JOHESU who comprised over 80% of YAYALE AHMED PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE ON INTRA-PROFESSIONAL RIVALRY IN THE HEALTH SECTOR could shamelessly come out to say that they are rejecting the same very report they helped drafted!!!…Goddam!!!

Is this how Tax Payers money spent on the Committee should be allowed to go down the drains again just because some people felt wronged because their broad daylight treachery was not allowed to see the light of the day!!! What is wrong with this JOHESU?

For an example, why will someone with 2 or 3years diploma certificate training in one health course suddenly wake up and realize that he/she could achieve his/her God given potentials of BECOMING THE HEAD OF THE MEDICAL TEAM/CMD/SPECIALIST/CONSULTANTS etc and that the only way to do that is not by GOING THROUGH THE APPROPRIATE MEDICAL SCHOOL TRAINING but by taking TRIPLE/QUADRUPLE JUMP, thus bypassing all academic protocols and SUDDENLY arriving at his/her DREAM!!!

WHERE ON EARTH DO LABORATORY SCIENTISTS, RADIOGRAPHERS, OPTHOMETRISTS, RECORD OFFICERS, TYPISTS, WARD MAIDS, WATER /POWER ENGINEERS, HOSPITAL BUS DRIVERS and other members of this amorphous body set up to FIGHT Doctors LEAD THE MEDICAL TEAM?…WHERE? Why do we turn things upside down in this country???

Why will a SSCE holder be envious of an OND holder…why will an OND holder envy HND/B.Sc holder???…why will a M.Sc holder envy a Ph.D holder or a Professor????…Everyone can achieve his/her potentials…Yes! But not through this means JOHESU!!!…You can’t be going through these crooked ways in order to lead the Medical Team.

I am an adherent Supporter of the fact that we ALL should work together as a TEAM, but the 6-8years academic training that a MEDICAL DOCTOR receives in Medical School and Post Graduate Colleges is geared towards making him/her able to lead the medical team effectively when he/she graduates. The very reason why you see him / her going through different posting in ALL areas of medicine (including, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Radiography etc). If Federal Government/Nigerians/JOHESU doesn’t want the doctors to assume this role, then Federal Government through the Ministry of Education should simply REVIEW THE MEDICAL COLLEGE CURRICULUM rather than impose unnecessary hardship on the medical doctors who go through a lot to graduate from medical school and in this same manner spend years before becoming Consultants/Specialists. Nigerians have suffered enough and should not be made to suffer any longer because of the inordinate ambition of this JOHESU!!!

By the way, wondering why JOHESU have not gone on strike to force the Federal Government to increase the budgetary allocation on health? Why have they not gone on strike to force the National Assembly to pass the Mental Health Bill which has been lying fallow for over 30 years in the National Assembly? Why have they not gone on strike to force the Federal Government to give all Nigerians free universal health coverage the way it is done in Taiwan and almost in South-Africa, Ghana and in Botswana???

IT’S HIGH TIME JOHESU SHEATHED HER SWORD BY HONOURING THE YAYALE AHMED REPORT AND ALLOW IT TO BE ADOPTED IN ORDER FOR PEACE TO REIGN IN OUR PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTIONS, failure of which the Federal Government should take the bull by the horn and PASS THIS REPORT without any further DELAY.

The doctors have their grouse about the report, but as ‘leaders’ who want peace-will accept the report as it where for peace to reigns…What else, any body or group of bodies who do not feel comfortable with what the employer has marshalled out should resign. Is it employees that should tell employers what to do? Or the other way round?

CREDITS : Dr. Nubi O.P (JP)

 

 

 

 

154. FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 154

 

THE DIFFERENCE BTW THE PDP & THE APC.

 

 

As at May 29, 1999, we had 23 PDP governors, 6 AD,

& 7 APP. Eight years after, this is their story: (A) PDP (23 governors)

1. James lbori – PDP Delta – in prison for looting

2. DSP Alamieseigha – PDP Bayelsa – Ex-

convict for looting

3. Lucky Igbinedion – PDP Edo – Ex-convict for looting

4. Peter Odili – PDP Rivers – In court for

looting

5. Chimaroke Nnamani – PDP Enugu – In

court for looting

6. Ayo Fayose – PDP Ekiti – In court for looting

7. Rasheed Ladoja – PDP Oyo – In court for looting

8. Alao Akala – PDP Oyo – In court for looting

9. Gbenga Daniel – PDP Ogun – In court for looting

10. Ikenna Ohakim – PDP Imo – In court for looting

11. Adamu Muazu – Bauchi (current PDP

National Chairman) – In court for looting over N19 Billion from the state treasury

12. Joshua Dariye – PDP Plateau – In court for looting

13. Jolly Nyame – PDP Taraba – In court for looting the state treasury

14. Abdulahi Adamu – PDP Nassarawa – In court for looting the state treasury

15. Boni Haruna – PDP Adamawa – (newly appointed minister by President Jonathan) – In court for looting the treasury

16. Saminu Turaki – E-Gov. PDP Jigawa – In court for looting the treasury

17. Orji Uzor Kalu – PDP Abia – In court for looting the treasury

B. From AD to AC, 6 govs NO Ex governor has ever been taken to court for treasury looting.

 

NOTE:- Tinubu of Lagos was dragged to Code of Conduct Tribunal for having foreign accounts while in power against govt policy of zero foreign acct for public officials. He was found not guilty because he had the accounts before his election to the office of governor. Case dismissed.

(C) APP – (ANPP) 7 governors

1. Attahiru Baffarawa – APP Sokoto – In court

for looting (he is now a PDP member)

2. Prince Abubakar Audu – ANPP Kogi – In court for looting.

So APC made up of AD/ AC/ACN of the past is leading the pack. Does it not make perfect sense to allow these people to lead at the center?’ THINK.

 

 

 

 

 

155. FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 155

 

DON’T VOTE A PRESIDENT THAT REWARDS CORRUPTION VOTE CHANGE.

He rewards the corrupt and subjugates the hardworking, a certain Dr Udenta Udenta worked tirelessly to make the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria TAN the envy of the opposition, alas when the political harlot driven by greed and lucre left the APC back to the PDP a Party he dumped only a few months before but returned to because jail was staring him in the face for the 17billion Aviation funds he allegedly misappropriated as Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode was thus forgiven, the charges against him dropped and he was rewarded with the rank of the Director of Media and Publicity for the campaign of a President who loves corruption.

Mohammed Abacha had all the corruption charges against him in Court dropped and rewarded with the PDP Governorship ticket for Kano State.

Chief Ifeanyi Uba got back his Capital Oil from AMCON and the Banks and persons he was owing over 50b left in the cold because he set up the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria TAN to campaign for Jonathan.

He encourages and relishes in corruption, he criticises Buhari for jailing Nwobodo, saying Nwobodo shouldn’t have been jailed because he stole a little. He says corruption is not stealing and vice versa, that what we call corruption can be mere stealing. He shifts the inauguration of his campaign directorate by a day because he lost his sister but couldn’t shift his declaration by a day when close to a 100 school children were bombed to death whilst singing the National Anthem at the Assembly ground in the Govt School in Yobe. He is not a patriot, and to him love is alien.

Truth be told only the corrupt, the soulless, the Godless, those driven by lucre and selfish gain, bigots, ethnic jingoists, sectionalists and the shameless will VOTE for GEJ come February 14th, 2015.

Enough is Enough Nigerians VOTE change.

 

 

Credits: Prof Chris Nwaokobia Jnr

 

 

 

 

156. FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 156

 

Nigerian(s) Have Suffered Enough:

 

I was embarrassed few days ago watching MR. PRESIDENT speech on national tv. GEJ could not give us comprehensive account of his six years stewardship but was busy attacking past leaders of the country. I had always said on this platform that GEJ for me is the most confused President I ve ever seen in a while now.

 

Four key events to prove my points;

 

(1) Mr President told us on 2nd week of January 2014 that Nigerian will ve minimum of 20hrs of uninterrupted power supply by June 2014. June came no action and just Nov 2014 the same Presidency came out and said the issue of power is technical! One begins to wonder didn’t GEJ knew the issue of power was technical when he made the promise to Nigerian? To make it worst there is no time line now for uninterrupted power supply for Nigerian.

 

(2) The same president told us mid last year that stealing is not corruption that Nigeria problem is not corruption. Now 30 days to election GEJ is telling Nigerian if re-elected he will fight corruption. Who is fooling who?

 

(3) October 2012 GEJ revoke and council PPP (Private Public Partnership) contract on Lagos- Ibadan Express Road and re-awarded it to Julius Berger and RCC, this was a contract awarded by OBJ on PPP. A year later, December 2013 the same Government came back and said there is no fund to complete the project and is now advocating for PPP on Lagos- Ibadan Express Way and other major roads in Nigeria including the 2nd Niger Bridge linking Asaba to Onisha. How else confused a President could be?

 

(4) GEJ awarded contracts to some of his kinsmen (Ex-militants) to protect our pipe lines, the same Presidency is now complaining of vandelisation of gas pipe lines in the Niger Delta. The country continues to use Tax Payers money to pay this Ex-militants who now fly private jets all around the country.

 

Lagos State built 6 independent power plants (IPP) in 8yrs now servicing almost all public infrastructures in Lagos. I pay crazy bills every month for Energy I never consumed to Ikeja Distribution Company (IKDC). The slogan from the Presidency is we ve deliver on power by privatizing it, who is fooling who? If Nigerian(s) could remember this same Power companies that are crying there is no fund to upgrade their systems for efficient service delivering, but supported GEJ re-election campaign with 5 BILLION Nigeria Naira. The companies that have not gotten it right are now having the support of MR PRESIDENT to increase tariff on power consumption this year. Who is fooling who?

 

My voice is just that of an ordinary Nigeria that is totally fed up with the system, who has no affiliation to any of the political parties for now. Thank you Nigerian(s),

 

 

CREDITS : Engr G.Ngbede

 

 

 

 

157. FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 157

 

40 Reasons to VOTE Buhari/Osinbajo (The CHANGE TICKET) and VOTE OUT JONATHAN in 2015.

 

 

1. To fight corruption and return Nigeria to Nigerians.

2. To make monuments of reference against corruption.

3. To create mementos of deterrence such that posterity will eschew corruption.

4. To punish corruption irrespective of partisan affiliation unlike Jonathan’s shielding of Chief Ifeanyi Uba of TAN, Alhaji Mohammed Abacha and Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.

5. To rescue our nation from the grip of a Cabal.

6. To break the hold of a few Government made Billionaires on State resources.

7. To make governance responsible and responsive to the people.

8. To introduce accountability in governance.

9. To halt the deceit and false statistics that dominate Government policies.

10. To terminate the divisive policies of the present regime.

11. To d-emphasize region and religion.

12. To take back the control of our Waterways from an ex-militant Tompolo and return it to the Navy.

13. To restore confidence to, and in our Armed Forces.

14. To equip our Security Agencies and not enrich cronies of Government with defense funds.

15. To fight terror and insurgency.

16. To remove politics from national security.

17. To enhance National Unity and treat terrorism as a collective pain.

18. To demonize evil irrespective of creed and or clan.

19. To be fair and do justice to all Nigerians.

20. To avoid amateurish haste and eschew ethnic loyalty as seen when Jonathan blamed the North for the Oct. 1, 2010 Abuja bombing only to find out it was MEND.

21. To have a C-in-C (Commander-in-Chief) that takes responsibility not the one that blames the opposition for his failures.

22. To terminate the deceit of commissioning unfinished projects for political gain.

23. To put square pegs in square holes not clowns and jesters.

24. To create a new paradigm where governance is programmed for success and progress and change the sick ‘this government inherited this and that’ defense.

25. To raise the debate in governance above the banal ethnic and religious cord that the Jonathan era weaves.

26. To inspire an ethical cum moral revolution in Nigeria.

27. To institutionalize a culture of service and sacrifice for nation.

28. To banish poverty and inspire patriotism.

29. To revamp our Health care sector by reaching a long lasting amicable understanding with health care workers.

30. To restore the faith Labour in government through a proactive resolution of pending issues with workers.

31. To emphasize the primacy of education through the declaration of emergency in that sector.

32. To treat the Energy Sector with the commitment it deserves and curb the corruption that has made darkness a national signature.

33. To restore faith in our union through a just and equitable distribution of wealth such that all the component parts shall become hardworking and industrious.

34. To encourage scientific and technological growth through research funding and special grants.

35. To establish special grant and agricultural support initiative for farmers such that food creation will become a reality not the mere statistics on paper that Jonathanians bandy.

36. To support the creative industry and encourage movie-makers and entertainers through the setting up of a Creative Industry Finance Corporation rather than the present shady funding arrangement targeted at compromising the creative industry for electoral premium.

37. To sustain the secularism of the Nigerian State by making religion a personal issue devoid of State interference.

38. To rekindle faith in the Green White Green by rewarding genius and hard-work.

39. To create a Special Skill and Challenged Persons Commission for the advancement of the cause of Challenged Persons and those with disabilities.

40. To curb wastage and reduce the cost of governance, and channel more resources to human and infrastructural development.

VOTE for CHANGE my COUNTRYMEN.

May God Save Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

158. FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 158

 

“Questions from Obj at the mother of all meetings with Jonathan witnessed by Papa Adeboye and Bishop Oyedepo.

 

“Questions from Obj at the mother of all meetings with Jonathan witnessed by Papa Adeboye and Bishop Oyedepo.

Matters arising: Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

(1) Did you agree to run for only one term or not?

(2) What did you tell me was your reason for not going after Boko haram insurgents even when I told you this will boomerang?

(3) What happened to the Nigeria’s external reserve and sovereign wealth fund?

(4) Did you give licence to Niger Delta Militants (Dokubo and Toompolo) to import arms in the name of their privately owned companies? If so, for what reasons?

(5) Did you not get correspondence from the United States consulate that a certain citizen named Buruji Kashamu is indicted for Drug trafficking? Why did you appoint the same Kashamu as South West leader of PDP rather than hand him over to the US? And did the PDP give automatic senate ticket to a wanted and convicted drug baron?…

Brother Jeronathan no gree answered and the clergies seated no fit help him,naim case close”

Issokay.

And to add insult to injury, Dokubo keeps saying he’s not Nigerian. But he gets to threaten Nigerians if Jonathan isn’t reelected? Majority won’t reelect him. Let him do his worst.

 

 

 

 

 

159. FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 159

 

NIGERIA MISSES DEFENDING AFCON ’15

 

 

Two years ago, Nigerians were divided over whether DSTV (plus other foreign satillite stations alone will show it) or NTA and other local TV stations too will show it. Today AFCON is even no longer a topic of discussion among Nigerians.

AFCON – African Cup of Nations 2015 begins today with 16 african countries fighting for honour in Equitorial Guinea while the defending champ – Nigeria’s Super Eagles is thousands of miles away in Yemen playing an obscure football friendly wt an obscure nation! O ma se o (pity). It pains my heart even though my people are reaping what they sowed.

I warned my people before & after the World Cup that a finished clueless coach like KESHI is not the right man to lead the Eagles to the next level. My people just didn’t just only not list nor heed Nostra II’s advice but many chose to call me derogatory names. In the end Keshi didn’t only lead us nowhere,he chose to take us back into the doldrums and dustbin. O ma se o (pity). I was VERY VINDICATED to the shame of my haters.

Glory to God My Vindicator

 

Disregard Nostra II to ur peril

God rules in the affairs of men

 

 

 

 

 

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YES, BUHARI IS SICK; AND SO AM I

 

Nigerians and their infinite capacity for facile propaganda. I wake up this morning and what I see all over social media is some poor taste, childish diagnosis of Major General Buhari as being sick.

Well, I agree. I agree that Buhari is sick. I am sick, too. Any Nigerian who is not sick is not sick because he or she is incurably sick. We are all sick. And we should be sick. So, yes,…

…Buhari is sick of the monumental corruption that has become institutionalized in Nigeria;

…Buhari is sick of the incompetence. of a government that cannot protect the lives and properties of its citizens;

…Buhari is sick of the lack of a sense of urgency in the circles of government in Nigeria;

…Buhari is sick of a country that has placed itself on permanent reverse gear;

…Buhari is sick of a country that has left itself naked as it is raped dry by vagabonds in power;

…Buhari is sick of a youth population without jobs;

…Buhari is sick of a country where university education has become comparable to 8th grade competence in advanced civilizations;

…Buhari is sick of a country where roads are death traps;

…Buhari is sick of a country where people go into political offices near poor, but turn stupendously wealthy overnight;

…Buhari is sick of a country where education is priced beyond the reach of the common masses;

…Buhari is sick of a country where $20 Billion (possibly $40 Billion) of public fund develops legs and walks away, its whereabouts knowingly unknown;

…Buhari is sick of watching the country he loves ranked at the bottom of corruption index by Transparency International

Buhari is sick of a country that earns billions of dollars in oil revenue, yet has not a single functional oil refinery;

…Buhari is sick of a country where government has bowed to the dictates of power generator cabals in a conspiracy that ensures perpetual darkness;

…Buhari is sick of a country where senators and congressmen earn more than the president of the United States of America;

…Buhari is sick of a country where soldiers are so demoralized to confront a ragtag Boko Haram terror sect;

…Buhari is sick of a country where convicted looters are pardoned and fast tracked for senate positions;

…Buhari is sick of a country where life expectancy is among the lowest in the world;

…Buhari is sick of a country that is on international news for all the wrong reasons;

So, yes, Buhari is sick; and so am I.

Question is why is Jonathan not sick as well? Why has Jonathan remained healthy in the face of all the above-listed filth and diseases? Question is why is not every Nigerian sick of all the social maladies and existential outbreaks? It is a time to be sick, my friends. Buhari is; I am. Are you?

Let’s all get sick of where and how Nigeria is. Let’s get real sick. And the sicker we are, the healthier we are going to be. Let’s schedule a doctor’s visit on February 14. Let’s not forget our health insurance card (voter card) as we go for this February appointment. We need to feel better. But until February 14, let’s feel sick…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LETTER TO MY CHRISTIAN COMPATRIOTS

By Elvis Iyorngurum

 

Beloved in Christ, in 2011 they told you to vote a Christian as president to prevent the Islamisation of Nigeria. Four years later, it is obvious that the message was straight from the pit of hell. Today it is very doubtful to say the ‘christian president’ you voted is indeed a christian. How does it profit the church that there has been so much bloodshed under the rule of this man? He refused to arm the military after squandering over 4trillion Naira he budgeted for defence, and millions of dollars donated to our country by foreign governments to support our war against Boko Haram. Our poorly armed soldiers are forced to run away when Boko Haram attacks communities because the enemy is more equipped than they are. Our dear army that is known to be one of the most effective in the world! Thousands of our poor soldiers have already been killed like chickens, leaving their wives as widows and rendering their children fatherless. Is Boko Haram bigger than the giant of Africa? How can a ragtag group of terrorists overrun the best military in Africa? To make matters worse for our gallant men and women, they are going to kill over 200 of them for ‘mutiny’ and have announced the dismissal of 2000 for refusing to go and die.

The attitude of the man has made many to believe he allowed Boko Haram to thrive so that he will extend his tenure with the excuse that we are at war. He also hoped that even if his tenure is not extended, with the insurgency, elections will not hold in the North East and he will simply thumb print the region’s votes for himself. Is this how a christian should rule? Should a christian have abandoned the Chibok girls after they were abducted and lied against those advocating for their rescue by calling them APC? Two thousand (2000) people were killed in Baga and the so-called christian president did not even say a word about it but was quick to condole the people of France over the killing of 12 people in the country. Is that how to protect christianity? The bible says the people rejoice when the righteous rule and for the fact that Nigerians have been crying, fathers mourning their sons and daughters and wives burying their husbands, shows we are being led by a wolf in shepherd’s clothing.

Is it in the interest of the church that corruption should become the most popular culture of government? During his six years as president, Nigeria has recorded her highest oil revenue earnings in her history, yet we have not seen any development. No electricity, no water, no housing, no roads, no jobs. Talk about the 2nd Niger bridge that he hasn’t been able to construct in six years, the East-West road that is the worse in the country, our refineries that still can’t function after millions of dollars have been spent on repairing them, the trillions they have stolen through the fuel subsidy scam, the missing 20billion dollars…the list of failed promises and mindless looting is endless. What exactly has he achieved with our oil money? The foreign reserve is half spent, the sovereign wealth fund is gone, the excess crude account has vanished, yet there is nothing to show for it. Is this how a christian president should rule to save christianity?

Many men of God have realised that this man is a wolf that came in the name of Christ but is not of His kingdom. They have been calling on all christians to vote him out on February 14. Rev Fr Mbaka has spoken, Pastor Kumuyi has added his voice. Pastors Sam Adeyemi, Tunde Bakare and Anthony Cardinal Okogie have also spoken in clear words. We cannot let ourselves be deceived any longer. Christ said many will come in His name and deceive the world but they are not of His kingdom. He told us that by their fruits we shall know the true ambassadors of His kingdom. Has this man shown any fruits that prove he is of God?

Is blood thirst a fruit of the kingdom? Is corruption and the neglect of poor girls, women, boys and men to perish in the hands of terrorists a fruit of God’s kingdom? He said stealing is not corruption. He condemned a former president for jailing a man that stole money which according to him was not enough to buy a peugeot car! That is why Stella Oduah bought two cars with 2million dollars and he has not jailed her. We all know there are people who are in jail this minute for stealing a fowl. He hasn’t told us how much a man must steal to qualify to be jailed. He protects thieves because he loves stealing. Remember what the bible says of the thief? He comes to steal, to kill and to destroy. He has stolen our money, killed our people and destroyed our common heritage. Remember the 17 graduates that were deceived with immigration jobs, killed and their destinies destroyed? Till today, no one has been punished for that atrocity and Abba Moro is still a minister in the christian president’s cabinet. He has destroyed our unity, spreading ethnic and religious hate to keep us fighting while he steals our resources and we MUST not let him continue with his reign of evil. If you go to Otueke where he comes from, there are people who can’t afford a meal in a day. The Niger-Delta region where he comes from is still full of hungry and impoverished people. He has been stealing in their name and leaving them in squalor. He is not a christian, if anything he is a shame to the church, he has even allowed the destruction of hundreds of churches in the North East because as Obasanjo revealed in his book, the christian president said the people of the North East ‘are my enemies, let them kill themselves.’

The church cannot be threatened by any leader and it cannot be protected by hypocrites who pretend to be christian leaders. An atmosphere of justice, peace and prosperity is what the church needs to survive and God can use anyone to provide it. Remember the story of the good Samaritan? A Jew was attacked by thieves, his brother passed by and refused to help him. His priest passed by and refused too and he was going to die bleeding by the road side. It was a Samaritan, a supposed enemy that saved him and Jesus said that Samaritan was his real neighbour. Jonathan refused to save the Church and God is set to send a Muslim to show us that he loves us all, regardless of our religion and we should judge people by their character and not their tribe, religion or colour. That is the lesson of the story of the good Samaritan. The man you think is your enemy is the man who may rather show you the truest love that you need to survive.

My beloved brethren, reject all the messages they are circulating to deceive you into voting a man whose claim to christianity is false. You do not even know what the man bows to when he retires to his bedroom at night. You can’t tell his true religion but his fruits show he is NOT a christian as he wants us to believe. Vote for change, vote for a man of truth and godly principles. Say no to satanism, reject the rule of occultists who feast on blood and entertain themselves with the cries of the masses. Vote the good Samaritan who will save you from the wounds of thieves.

Thank you, God bless you and God bless our dear country.

Your beloved in Christ,

 

Elvis Iyorngurum

Twitter: @ElvisIyorngurum

Email: elvisnigeria@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Press Statement by General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on

the School Certificate Issue

 

Good Morning , Gentlemen of the Press.

I only consented to address you this morning because of the

genuine concern expressed by many supporters and other

well-meaning Nigerians that the issue be addressed.

Otherwise, I would have dismissed it for what it is—sheer

mischief and would not have considered it an issue worth the

nation’s while. I had assumed all along that all my records

were in the custody of the Military Secretary of the Nigerian

Army. Much to my surprise, we are now told that although a

record of the result is available, there are no copies of the

certificates in my personal file. This is why I formally

requested my old school the Provincial Secondary School,

Katsina [which is now known as Government College,

Katsina] to make available the school’s copy of the result of

the Cambridge/West African School Certificate. This will be

made available to the press the moment this is available.

However, before we obtain that, let me say for the record that

I attended Provincial Secondary School, Katsina. I graduated

in 1961 with many prominent Nigerians, including General

Shehu Yar’adua, former chief of staff at the Supreme

Headquarters, and Justice Umaru Abdullahi, a former

President of the Court of Appeal. We sat for the University of

Cambridge/WASC Examination together in 1961, the year we

graduated. My examination number was 8280002, and I

passed the examination in the Second Division. And although

the ruling party may want to wish this away, the issue in this

campaign cannot be my certificate which I obtained 53 years

ago. The issues are the scandalous level of unemployment of

millions of our young people, the state of insecurity, the

pervasive official corruption which has impoverished our

people and the lack of concern of the government for anything

other than the retention of power at all costs. Thank you very

much.

General Muhammadu Buhari

 

 

 

 

 

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Your single vote counts a lot

 

 

“There is awesome power in every single person created by God.

 

If you don’t think so; in 1645 one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.

 

In 1776 one vote gave America the English language instead of German.

 

In1875 one vote changed France from a monarchy to republic.

 

And unfortunately in 1923 one vote gave Adolph Hitler control of Nazi Party in Germany.

 

Your vote is of great value, use it wisely for the good of our future.

 

Go out and cast your vote and make sure it counts.

 

Its your right and your power. Do, in exercising that right and vote rightly.

 

It’s one man one Don’t Vote Corrupt Leaders

 

Vote General. Muhammadu Buhari as President.

 

Fe Buhari 14 is d date

 

 

 

 

 

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A few of the Primary school grammars our Phd President couldn’t get right.

President Jonathan’s Awkward Grammatical Miscues on the Campaign Trail

 

By Farooq A. Farooq Kperogi , Ph.D.

 

Before any smug philistine confronts me with the usual inane retort that grammar is the least of Nigeria’s worries now, let me state that this is a grammar column. On this page, which first appear in Sunday Trust, I talk only about grammar, language, and usage. Nothing else. That’s why the column is called “Politics of Grammar.” My “Notes from Atlanta” column in the Weekly Trust addresses broader, less restricted, and more variegated subject-matters. So spare me the trite, tired tripe about what I need to worry about—or about the fact that English isn’t native to Nigeria.

 

Paying attention to the grammar of the president of a country isn’t a trifling matter. It’s imperative in its own right. As I stated in my January 27, 2013 column titled “President Goodluck Jonathan’s Grammatical Boo-boos,” “the usage patterns of the elite of any country–especially of the president, who is the most important political and cultural figure in a country–tend to get naturalized and imitated by the general population over time.” That’s why presidents of countries are often trend-setters in the language commonly used in the countries they govern.

 

That’s certainly true of the United States where presidents routinely contribute to shaping the contours of the English language. I am reading an exciting little book titled Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America’s Presidents, which I will review for this column in the coming weeks, that chronicles common words and phrases that are now central to the lexical and idiomatic rhythm of the English, but that were invented or made popular by American presidents either deliberately or initially in error. A few examples mentioned in the book are “normalcy,” “belittle,” “lengthy,” “military industrial complex,” “lunatic fringe,” “dark horse,” “frazzle,” “manifest destiny,” etc.

 

This election season, President Jonathan has been particularly hard on the English language. It’s like he’s on a rampage, on a linguistic murderous rage. Poor English! Well, see below some of the president’s grammatical slip-ups that stuck out like a sore thumb.

 

1. “Senior citizen.” Apparently, the president thinks “senior citizen” is synonymous with “(elder) statesman.” He is wrong. But, first, the context.

 

Smarting from recent vicious attacks on him by former President Obasanjo, President Jonathan couldn’t wait to hit back at his former benefactor. So, on January 7, 2014, when Northern Elders’ Council chairman Tanko Yakassai led members of his group to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, President Jonathan seized the moment to strip Obasanjo of his “senior citizen” status and to demote him to a mere “motor park tout.”

 

“And your commitment to ensure we live in peace and harmony that is what citizens especially our senior citizens should do just like you have been doing,” President Jonathan told Yakassai. “Some people call themselves statesmen but they are not statesmen; they are just ordinary politicians. For you to be a statesman, it is not because you have occupied a big office before but the question is what are you bringing to bear?

 

“Some people are hiding under some cloaks, some big names and creating a lot of problems in this country, making provocative statements in this country—statements that will set this country ablaze and you tell me you are a senior citizen. You are not a senior citizen. You can never be. You are ordinary motor park tout because if you are a senior citizen you will act like one.”

 

People don’t become “senior citizens” through a presidential imprimatur—and they certainly don’t stop being “senior citizens” on account of a petulantly tempestuous presidential animadversion. “Senior citizen” is merely a euphemistic expression for an old person. Most dictionaries define a senior citizen as any person who is 65 years and older. Obasanjo is officially over 70 years old. That makes him a senior citizen. So when Jonathan said, “You are not a senior citizen. You can never be ,” he clearly had no clue what he was talking about. Senior citizenship isn’t an earned title; it’s invariably biological and chronological.

 

The term “senior citizen,” interestingly, first emerged in America in 1938 during campaigns for the country’s midterm elections which saw President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Democratic Party losing 72 seats in the House of Representatives and 7 seats in the Senate but still managing to maintain control of the Congress. “Senior citizens” was used euphemistically to refer to old Americans whose votes the Republican and Democratic parties courted aggressively. The term later crossed over to British English—and to other varieties of English. American English speakers now just say “senior(s)” instead of “citizen citizen(s),” although “senior citizen(s)” still appears in America’s informal and formal registers.

 

British English speakers also use the term “golden ager” as an alternative to “senior citizen.”

 

2. “Motor park tout.” The president also called Obasanjo a “motor park tout.” That is problematic, if excusable, phraseology. In Nigerian English “motor park touts” are people who earn a living by soliciting passengers for commercial transport drivers at “motor parks” (another uniquely Nigerian English expression, as I pointed out in my April 27, 2014 column titled “Q and A on Nigerian English Expressions and Other Usage Concerns”)

 

They are paid a token for every passenger they send to drivers, and have a reputation for being aggressive, crude, vulgar, untutored, and uncouth. So when Nigerians describe somebody as a “motor park tout” they usually mean such a person is tastelessly indecent or lacking refinement. That was the sense of the term President Goodluck Jonathan had in mind when he obliquely insulted former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a “motor park tout” for being openly critical of his administration.

 

This usage will puzzle many native English speakers. In Standard English, especially in Standard British English, a tout is understood as a person “who advertises for customers in an especially brazen way.” That sense appears consistent with Nigerian “motor park touts” who often pester potential passengers in an annoyingly aggressive manner. In British English a tout can also mean a person who buys things, usually tickets for an event, and resells them to people at a price several times higher than the original. American English speakers call such a person a “scalper.”

 

In Irish and Scottish English, a tout has a completely different meaning. It is used to refer to someone who betrays his group members by sharing their confidential information with the police or other authority. American English speakers also use tout, usually “le tout,” to refer to the social, political, and cultural elite of a city, as in “le tout Abuja admired him.” This sense of the term is derived from French where “le tout Paris,” which literally means “all of Paris,” is used to refer to the upper crust of the Parisian society.

 

It appears that when Nigerian English speakers call people “touts” they usually mean “thugs.”

 

3. “How much did Jim Nwobodo stole?” During a campaign stop in Enugu, the president was reported to have uttered the following cringe-worthy grammatical howlers: “How much did Jim Nwobodo stole? Money not up to the price of a Peugeot and Buhari regime send him to jail. Is that good enough?”

 

In English grammar when the base form of a verb (which is “steal” in President Jonathan’s quoted statement above) is preceded by an auxiliary verb (such as “did,” “might,” “should,” etc.) the base form of the verb is never inflected for tense. In other words, when “did” comes before a main verb in a sentence, the main verb always remains in the present tense.

 

Examples: “What did he say to you?” “Did he say anything to you?” “When I saw her last year, I didn’t like her.” “He did come to my house yesterday.” As you can see, the main verbs in the examples (“say,” “like,” and “come”) are not marked for past tense. So “how much did Jim Nwobodo stole?” should be “how much did Jim Nwobodo steal?” That’s a basic grammar rule that is taught in primary and secondary schools in Nigeria and the rest of the English-speaking world.

 

But while the president added an unnecessary past tense to a verb that was preceded by an auxiliary verb, he neglected to mark a main verb for past tense when he was supposed to. He said, “Buhari regime send him to jail.” That should properly be “[the] Buhari regime sent him to jail.” Or “the Buhari regime did send him to jail.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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O Buhari, where art thy enemies, accusers and traducers? Thy God has silenced and shamed them

 

 

Buhari has finally shamed all his enemies, accusers, transducers, even false prophets of doom. How? God did put them to shame.

Buhari allowed all his accusers to go on a merry-go-round to publicise him before he presented his authenticated certificate to shame them.

Where are d FFKs, the paid journalists on Channels Sunrise Daily,other paid journalists, politrickstars, government vuvuzelas, facebook&twitter warriors, bloggers, lawyers, entertainers etc that have been asking to see Buhari’s school cert? They have been shamed! The man has presented his authenticated school cert.

Even some poor wretched dancers wearing clothes that are not compatible with obvious colour riot and incompatible worn out canvass shoes were dancing&singing ” Boko boko harry eeee, boko boko harry e (a mock name for Buhari), show us your certificate, abi your certificate. Where are they now? Shamed I guess&gone into oblivion.

Where are the false prophets of doom who predicted APC will fight dirty after the presidential primaries and will fall apart as a result of that? They have been shamed too. Eating humble pies. Let me not mention their names but are people you know. What of the blogger that wrote that Buhari and Tinubu are like the agbero (motor park touts) at Soku in Abeokuta who obviously call passengers into vehicles they won’t follow? What happened in the end? Surely Buhari and tinubu are not the agberos at Soku because they not only called for passengers, but have boarded the bus and are even driving it. The bus was NEVER hijacked from them! O ma se o !

 

Buhari has shamed his accusers, transducers and enemies because God is with him. If God be for you, who shall be against you? Nobody !

God rules in the affairs of men !

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clueless Coach, Clueless Chooser& Clueless Chosen

 

 

Each time I watch this year’s AFCON, I’m saddened. Not just because Nigerian team is far better and would have played better football than all those over-rated Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Congo, Congo DR, Zambia et al, but because we are not pointing accusing fingers on the real Culprit (s) that caused us not to qualify:

Mr.Clueless Jonathan who debased himself to the level of re-appointing a sacked clueless coach like himself. Who says like feathers don’t flock together?

All these would end soon! Fe Buhari 14 is around the corner !!!

 

 

 

 

 

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THE WORK OF A THINKER.

 

“If Buhari was pictured attending a mosque, and it was reported that the Imam said ‘he would open the gates to hell upon those who oppose Buhari’, and Buhari sat there and said nothing, what do you think many people would be saying today?

If Buhari was pictured going to different mosques and kneeling before Imams, as part of his campaign, what do we think the comments would be?

If Buhari was pictured going on pilgrimage to Mecca, surrounded by a retinue of fawning Imams, what would the response be from Nigerians?

If Buhari invited senior Imams from across the country to a meeting with him, to discuss the elections and his campaign strategy, what would the Nigerian people think?

GEJ has done all the above, and we are told he has a right to do so as a committed christian. Buhari has done none of the above yet he is called a religious fundamentalist with a plan to turn Nigeria into an Islamic nation.

Please examine the facts so we can honestly decide who is acting like the real religious fundamentalist? Who is using religious faith as a political ploy to get votes?

No pastor, Bishop, GO, Reverend Father, Imam etc etc is GOD. They do NOT have the right to tell you who to vote for. Go out there and support the candidate of your choice. Make your choice based upon who will give you and your children a better life and a better Nigeria.”- Bucky Hassan.

 

TRUTH IS PRICELESS. Vote out the bigots and shame their Prophets and Bishops,

God is the God of righteousness, HE is God of all flesh, HE hates corruption and despises those whose watch encourages corruption, usury and insecurity. God rules in the affairs of men.

We shall VOTE the CHANGE ticket and hell will not roll over.

God Bless Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

 

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Buhari: The Change We Need

 

This is a message from the APC Presidential Candidate Gen. Buhari

 

“Fellow Nigerian, People accuse me of many things. But one thing they never accuse me of is corruption. They never accuse me of mediocrity, or of lying. People accuse me of many things. I have led this country and I have a record. We were not perfect, but we were effective; we solved problems, and we made Nigerians proud.

In our government, we fought corruption, we stabilised the Naira, and we shut down insurgencies. We shouldn’t forget so soon that there was the Maitatsine ravaging the North east and we dealt with it. We also overran the Chadian rebels.We rebuilt industries, Nigerians queued up and treated each other with respect; Nigerians took pride in our reputation for discipline. The world admired us. We were proud to be Nigerians.

 

However, because they can’t attack our record, they accuse me falsely of ethnic jingoism; they accuse me falsely of religious fundamentalism. Because they cannot attack our record, they accuse us falsely of calling for election violence – when we have only insisted on peace. Even as Head of State, we never imposed Shariah. All my running mates have been either Igbo or Yoruba and are always devout Christian of indisputable repute.

I have and will continue to condemn those who burn God’s places of worship, be they churches or mosques and wish God’s judgment upon them. As your President, their punishment won’t stop there, we will also ensure Boko Haram and other such elements, are found, are arrested and face the full wrath of the law as punishment for their crimes against our country.

 

My dear friends, this is very important to note: It doesn’t matter if you are Igbo,Yoruba, Ijaw, Hausa, Idoma, Efik, Ekwere, Urhobo, Igala and, no, it does not matter if you are Christian, Muslim,animist or atheist: we need a new direction under a new leadership. The task ahead will be challenging and daunting, but it is surmountable. This is what leadership is about.

 

My only desire is to prove to you that Nigeria can truly work. Allow me prove to you that in your lifetime, you can be proud of this country. Let me make you this promise today: We will protect your children. We will protect your wealth. We will make this country work again. This is why I am running for the office of the president of Nigeria. This is my promise.”

 

– Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR).

Win or lose, the heavens won’t fall by Femi Adesina

The country was served a notice of cataclysm, hell and high waters, last weekend by former Niger Delta warlords. They said if President Goodluck Jonathan loses the forthcoming presidential election, they would go to war.

According to reports, which had not been rebutted till the time of writing this piece, the former warlords met at Government House, Yenagoa, with Gov Seriake Dickson in attendance.  People at the meeting included Mujahid Asari Dokubo, Victor Ben Ebikabowei (Boy Loaf) and Government Ekpudomenowei (Tompolo).  Also there were President General, Ijaw Youth Council, Udengs Eradiri, and Kingsley Kuku, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs.

Asari Dokubo was quoted as saying at the meeting: “For every Goliath, God created a David.  For every Pharaoh, there is a Moses.  We are going to war.  Everyone of you should go and fortify yourself.”

Let’s go back briefly in time to November 2014, to a declaration made by Gov Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, who is also Director-General of Gen Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign:

“If you rig us out, we would rig ourselves in, which means if you think you can rig us out in 2015, we will form our own government.  We have met on that and we have agreed on that.  We will install our own government and there would be two governments.”

The two scenarios above point in one direction: anarchy.  Confusion. Disorder.  And that is not what Nigerians want.

But there is also some difference in the two positions.  Amaechi predicated his own on if the elections were rigged.  Is rigging part of good electoral practice?  No. But even if the elections were rigged, the civilized thing would not be a descent into anarchy.  Only ordinary Nigerians would be maimed and killed in the process, while the true malefactors would hop into their private jets, and flee abroad.

But in the case of the former warlords, there is no caveat. None.  Whether President Jonathan loses the election fairly or not, there would be war.

What kind of nonsense is that? Where then is the need for election in the first place?  We may as well then cancel the polls and ask President Jonathan to continue merrily in office, even till forever, if he wishes.  Are elections not the lifeblood of democracy again?  And in every contest, there must be a winner and a loser.  The winner must only be magnanimous in victory, while the loser should be gracious in defeat.  Finish!  For the ex-warlords to threaten fire and brimstone if Jonathan loses in a free and fair election, is simply vexatious, deliberate aggravation and sheer irksomeness.

When Amaechi made his own remarks on parallel government late last year, a lot of people descended on him, calling him to order.  Even President Jonathan joined the fray.  Speaking during the Christmas Service at the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, in Abuja, he declared: “As a politician, you want people to elect you, to perform a responsibility.  If you mean well for the country, the country is nobody’s personal estate but you want to serve.  If people want you to serve, you serve, and if they say no, you leave.

“Nigeria is nobody’s personal estate, Nigeria is nobody’s business enterprise. Nigeria is nobody’s father’s property.

“For a politician to stand up, who is even a Christian to say that if he fails to win election, he will form a parallel government.  What makes him feel that he must win the election?  Even me as a serving president, what makes me feel I must win the election, no matter what I think I am.

“Nigerians will decide who will govern them at the state level, or federal level, state assemblies or the National Assembly in terms of the federal constituencies and the senatorial districts.”

Good deduction by the president.  But it seems it applied only to the opposition.  Between what Amaechi said and what the former warlords said, which is worse?  Why haven’t we then heard any remonstration from the Presidency, the security agencies, Defence Headquarters, or even the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)?  Is it that they are in tacit support of war if Jonathan loses the election?  The security agencies had vowed to pull in anybody who beat the drums of war.  But there was the drum sounding to bursting point from Yenagoa, and mum is the word from the police, army, the State Security Services (SSS), and every other agency.  This is unconscionable.  Duplicitous. There cannot be one standard for the opposition, and another one for the ruling party.

The truth of the matter is that Nigerians do not want violence of any form, no matter who wins the election, or who loses.  It could be Muhammadu Buhari,  Goodluck Jonathan,  or even Martin Onovo of the National Conscience Party (NCP). Why should the country go into a tailspin, because one person wins or loses the presidential election?  Elections are meant to grow democracy, and contribute to national development, but in Nigeria, they have become doomsday.  This cannot be right.

But there was violence, with hundreds of lives lost in 2011, after Buhari lost the election, some people may say.  Yes, it happened, and there was a panel set up to probe the development, headed by Sheikh Ahmed Lemu.  What were its findings?  The violence broke out mainly because the PDP mishandled and mismanaged its own zoning formula, which raised tension in the land, the panel said. That was why there was spontaneous flare of violence in the north, as the people felt short-changed that a political party did not keep faith with its own internal power rotation arrangement, which gave them the shorter end of the stick.

This is 2015, and zoning is no longer an issue.  In fact, for me, zoning might as well be dead.  The two major candidates are not running on the platform of any zone, rather, they are both on pan-Nigerian platforms.

The truth has become crystal clear that you can never win a presidential election in Nigeria, unless you build a truly national coalition.  That is why a candidate is not only expected to win majority number of votes, but he or she must also have national spread, securing the endorsement of minimum of 24 states in the country.  So, then, why must war break out, if either Jonathan or Buhari is rejected at free and fair polls?  I think the ex-warlords are not being reasonable, and it is sad that Gov Seriake Dickson offered the sanctuary of a Government House for such toxic and obnoxious decision to be taken.  It is an injustice against the entire country.

My position is this.  Elections should hold, Nigerians should cast their ballots freely, and the results should be fairly computed, and announced.  If it is Buhari, millions of Nigerians, including myself, a Buhari supporter since his days as a military ruler, will rejoice, and welcome a new dawn of probity, accountability and genuine service, in the country.  And if it is Jonathan that wins, millions of his supporters would also rejoice, and he gets my congratulations and best wishes too. Oh bladi, oh blada, life goes on.  It is all about our country, and we have no other.  Should there then be riots, killings, disorder and war, simply because somebody lost election?  No.  It is blinkered. Narrow minded. Parochial.  This country should move beyond such primordial considerations, which have hobbled and shackled us for decades.  The heavens won’t fall if Jonathan loses, nor would it, if Buhari loses.  We just want free and fair polls that reflect the wishes of the people. C’est finis.

REVOLUTION IN NIGERIA : A POSSIBILITY OR A DREAM ?! PART 20 ( Final Final Part ) THE GRAND FINALE. C’est finis. A must Read

 The most important thing is not ONLY the course of the revolution itself but the events that take place after the revolution. Revolutions have been wasted in times past and sometimes,if the after effects of the revolution is not well managed,the people suffer more and their state will be far worse than before the revolution. Any people who cannot sustain a revolution need not start it because it will leave a bitter after taste in their mouths. The situation will be like that described in Animal Farm. The animals became worse off after they overthrew humans. That needs to be avoided.

 

I will like to give the Egyptian example in addition to the examples I gave the previous part. After the Egyptians overthrew Mubarrak, the main pro revolutionaries relaxed and went to sleep. They forgot post revolutionary elections were a very important aspect of sustainning the revolution. There was  the need for the pro revolutionaries to merge to consolidate on the Revolution by winning elections and making sure they consolidate power to sustain the Revolution and carry out needed reforms.

 

We all know what Mursi did. He blocked many post revolutionary reforms and was co-operating with terrorists. His policies were driving Egypt down a cliff. He needed to be stopped. The people had to revolt and a second revolution had to occur to chase Mursi out of power and stop his crazy policies. That second revolution wouldnt have been needed if the people had done the right thing early after the first revolution. That underlines the fact that post revolutionary events as as important as the revolution itself.

 

Now having known these, it is important for Nigerians to sustain the revolution whenever it occurs trough any of the previously aforementioned means. Revolution will cleanse the augstean stables. It will purge the nation of cabals, mafiosos, mafias, and corrupt people. The people who have hijacked power from the people must be purged. The people should take a cue from The french Revolutions, Chinese Revolution, Cuban Revolution and Rawlings take over of power in Ghana. Those scumbags need to be purged thoroughly and carefully. I gave the Jehu example previously too. If not, these people can in future or immediately constitute dangerous clogs in the wheel of progress.  Justice needs to be done and should be seen to be done. When we learn to say yes to our goals and follow it up, to the end, we will get positive result. A friend on Facebook asked me if Nigeria can have uprising tendency. I said. Yes, but what the country lacks, is the ability to sustain the uprising, when we learn to look at our leaders in face without being afraid, when, tribalism takes the back seat, when we believe in our country before our tribe, when we learn to trust our country more than our religion or little handover divisive stories handed by previous generations, when we learn to forgive each other then we can get rid of frustration and when we do corruption and indiscipline will be history otherwise it will be with us like unwanted cousin for a long time. I BELIEVE THAT THE THRUST OF EVERY REVOLUTION IS PULLING DOWN ANTI PEOPLE STRUCTURES FIRST. AN UPRISING THAT TARGETS AN INDIVIDUAL OR INDIVIDUALS AS ITS SOLE AIM IS NOT REVOLUTIONARY BUT DRIVEN BY NARROW INTERESTS.

 

After that the country will need a massive reconstruction of human and material resources in all sectors that have been damaged by previous bad governments or during he course of the revolution. This is very important. A lot need to be reconstructed to move the country forward.

 

Then after this we need to properly restructure the country. We need a good structure to be put in place. We may need a true sovereign national conference. We decide on how the country continues whether it is divided into more countries (like in the case of former USSR and Yugoslavia) or we have regional autonomy where no tribe will feel cheated. There must be adequate allocation of resources based on derivation principles. This itself will eliminate corruption in future. We need to have a new constitution devoid of all the mistakes of the past. We need to decide on how we run our govt ie the structure of govt be it parliamentary or presidential. We need to know if we have regional and city and state and mayoral form of government. Decisions need to be taken on state. federal and city police. Infact, the security structure. Do we need paramilitaries and psuedo militaries like National Guard, Gendarmes, military reserves etc or not ? We need to know how we run future political parties and how democracy continues. We need to know if we adopt the EPS system or not. We need to be detailed into how we run our govt. We need to restructure all our electioneering processes including parties, enfranchisement, voting, even electronic voting to make sure the people’s will always stand. True democracy.

 

Do we need states or is it regions we need? Do we need that conduit pipe called local government or we need to replace them with other more effective structures like counties, or city and mayoral system of administration ? We need all thrashed out. We need to strenghten the judiciary and institutions generally to sustain democracy and to make sure dictator returns. Power belongs to the people in a democratic setting and must be so. Obama reiterated this too. We need to strenghten institutions. It was said by George Washington. the first President of America. If you build it on the individuals, the success will be temporary but when you placed your Democracy on institutions you have a lasting system that will be difficult to destroy. We need to make very strong laws and independent agencies to enforce them, that will discourage and eliminate corruption. All ministries, government departments and agencies amongst others need to be restructured strongly to discourage indiscipline in all forms and corruption and dictatorship. The wages of political office holders need to be restructured to discourage people making politics a do or die affairs. Politics should only be for those interested in serving the people. We need to eliminate all forms of rigging and imposition once and for all. We should do that.

 

“When the people fear their GOVERNMENT, there is TYRANNY; when the government fears the PEOPLE, there is LIBERTY.” — Thomas Jefferson

(an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801–1809))

 

 

 

We also need a Revolution of the minds.The greatest battle front in a man is in his mind. If you liberate a man mentally, you have liberated him totally. The only revolution that can impact a nation and save her is mental and psychological revolution. Ghana did not survive because Rawlings killed those he killed only. No. They succeeded because the citizenry agreed to build their nation. They chose patriotism against nepotism. They opted for love among themselves instead of hatred and sectionalism. They had no regional idols or tribal demi gods but nationalists who were all dedicated to the building of their country. This is what we should reach out for if Nigeria is going to be the country of our dream. Nigeria’s revolution should also include revolution of the minds. We need to change our attitudes. Why won’t there be corruption and bad leadership if we know nothing about nation building? A nation is not built from the top but from the bottom. What are our levels of honesty? Where is our spectre of trust? Are we hardworking? Are we enterprising? Do we seek knowledge ? The task before us is onerous. We owe man and God the duty of relentlessly provoking leadership to do right. Parents MUST become good leaders at home and the pillars of moral rectitude. Teachers MUST teach right and the society MUST do well to create monuments of deterrence and mementos of reference by punishing crime and ensuring that villains and villainy do not escape the long and strong arm of the law. We must not put old wine in new wineskins lest the old wine will spoil the new wineskin. We need new wines in new wineskins.

 

 

On the 20th of March 1984, the Buhari/Idiagbon regime launched  WAI ( War Against Indiscipline ).The essence of WAI was to instill discipline and order in a society that has now all but broken down as far as morality and etiquette were concerned. Today, indiscipline and entropy reign in the Nigerian society. Even while outside the country, quite a lot of Nigerians are thoroughly indisciplined. As far as the Buhari regime was concerned, indiscipline was the major obstacle to Nigeria’s social, political and economic development and that if national development was to be made, then Nigerians must (whether they like it or not) accept discipline as a way of life ‘at a personal, government, corporate and institutional levels’. Even if they made some mistakes, they were right about that one, and today, our society still stinks to the high heavens with indiscipline. Yes, and a megadose of corruption.

 

The WAI programme was executed under five phases:

-Queue culture

-Work ethic (unless you threaten civil servants with query and sack, many will not arrive punctually or prefer to sell all sorts of things in the office)

-Nationalism and patriotism

-Corruption and economic sabotage

-Environmental sanitation

 

Buhari and Idiagbon focused on these five areas with their WAI policy. They no doubt had good intentions to instil a cultural revolution and value reorientation into the psyche of the Nigerian but it was not to be. And it remains so, as you read this. Nigeria surely needs a new version of WAI, with vigorous implementation from the Presidency downwards because the level of entropy today is alarming. Soldiers beat up policemen, civilians are regularly harassed by uniformed men to the point that many ‘bloody civilians’ think it is a normal thing…and so on, and so on.

 

We need a thorough re-orientation. These steps i have outlined are proper post- revolutionary steps that must be taken. They must occur simultaneously. The National Reconstruction, National Restructuring and National ReOrientation MUST all occur simulteneously and together, not one after the other. Then we shall have new democratic elections and a true democracy again after the Good Revolution, National Reconstruction, National Restructuring and  National Re-Orientation to sustain the Revolution.

 

 

 

Honestly speaking, Nigerian state needs a well focused, disciplined, committed, lover of masses, patriotic, brave and a courageous leader like him with modifications to his iron fisted approaches under a democratic regime.

 

Here now though, I will answer once again the questions posed by the caption of the series: “Revolution In Nigeria: A Possibility Or A Dream”? Well, the answer is that, A revolution in Nigeria, isn’t only a possibility, but much long over-due. However, due to some reasons and factors of which i have in my previously expressed views, mentioned, a revolution of the manner of those like in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, The Cuba, Russia, Ukraine, among others, is unlikely  though NEVER IMPOSSIBLE in Nigeria, and at least for now. Everyone wants, actually hopes, prays and craves for such thing to chance. But the bias there is: who kicks off the ball first? Who’s bold and courageous and fearless enough to call the guns? Does the masses have the thick skin to bear the brunt of the heating retributals that may likely be delivered by the brutes in the Nigerian power houses?  Yes! revolution is possible in Nigeria yet may still be a dream awaiting fulfillment !!

 

For those who think revolution is impossible in Nigeria, they seem to be reading the wrong pages of the same book. Everything points in that direction. Some feel we havent suffered enough to make us rise up. They feel we need to suffer more before we realised the urgency of rising up. They may be correct but havent we suffered enough? How much more suffering do we need to endure more? Maybe a little more suffering will do the trick. But in my own opinion, how much more suffering have we endured to make us realise to do the right things with our senses. Yea,we have suffered enough and this is enough to make us rise up. Nigerians have been too docile. All we have gone through are already situations that are needed for a revolution. Having known not all revolutionary situations lead to a revolution except a TRIGGER is applied. Anything can be the trigger for a Revolution, with or without further suffering. Infact, more hardship could end up being the REVOLUTIONARY TRIGGER.

 

 

REVOLUTION IN NIGERIA : A POSSIBLITY OR A DREAM? Answer – More of a possbility than a dream

 

REVOLUTION IN NIGERIA : IT IS POSSIBLE .Isnt it ?! Yes. It is not impossible

 

Are the people ready for A REVOLUTION? Maybe, maybe not

 

Is Nigeria ripe for a Revolution : YES. It is even over ripe

 

Will Revolution help Nigeria : Yes. Absolutely

 

Will Nigeria be better from a Revolution : YES. Nigeria stands to gain tremendously from A GOOD REVOLUTION followed by National Reconstruction, National Restructuring and A National Re-Orientation of positive and good values.

 

Honestly speaking, Nigerian state needs a well focused, disciplined, committed, lover of masses, patriotic, brave and a courageous leader like him with modifications to his iron fisted approaches under a democratic regime.

 

 

” Those who make peaceful change impossible will make violent change inevitable – Franz Fanon

 

Vladimir Lenin, who helped fulfill Marx’s prediction even though Marx expected it elsewhere, said: “A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution.”

 

“A time will come when the masses will come out en-mass and protest against the bourgeoisies as if they have been informed.” -Karl Marx.

 

A revolution in the very near future is,therefore not only inevitable,but also imminient! The revolution may have no leader ( but will be led by a movement). It will be the product of a spontenous reaction of people frustrated by dictatorial (and often selfish) leadership that does not reflect their best interests —- Gore Vidal

 

 

However WHEN that Revolution comes, Nigerians should also help to sustain it and make sure it is accompanied by National Re Construction, National Restructuring and a National Re-Orientation of positive values for all citizens with great emphasis on the youths. 

 

 

What I have tried to achieve with this piece is to document the unbroken will of a people against all odds, the tenacity and willingness to ‘begin all over again’ at the task of nation building, since 1960. The never-say-die Nigerian spirit which refused to give up in the face of many deadly tyrants, corrupt , deceptive and rogue politicians and leaders . The triumph of a people who refused to give-in to the pettiness of those days nor give-up on a nation in dire need of the patriotic energy of its people.  I have attempted to catalogue the pains and the joys, the challenges and the victories, the uphill task of building and nurturing a nascent democracy. A democracy we seem to be taken for granted given the recent happenings in our nation.
This piece is written in honour of and dedicated to all the unsung Nigerian protesters and innocent citizens who suffered terrible losses or lost their lives in the riots that engulfed our nation since independence It is for these unknown legends that my pen is dancing for the past three years and a month.

 

But above all, the amazing grace of a loving God because it was by His Grace and Wisdom that I wrote this piece. To HIM be all The Glory, Thanksgiving, Worship, Adoration and Praises for ever and ever . Amen

 

Thanks all that have read. God bless you all. Amen!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL THE PARTS OF Revolution in Nigeria : A possibility or a dream ?!

 

1.https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possiblity-or-a-dream-part-1/475973425792772

 

2. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-2/462595700463878

 

3. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-3/462943367095778

 

4. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-4/466246736765441

 

5. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-5/479169872139794

 

6. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-6/492290054161109

 

7. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-7/491857704204344

 

8. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-8/498013720255409

 

9. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-9/507067856016662

 

10. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-10/516488518407929

 

11. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-11-first-penultimate-part/529393313784116

 

12. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-12-last-penultimate-part-a-m/543608479029266

 

13. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part13-final-part-a-a-must-read/637472816309498

 

14. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-14-final-part-b-a-must-read/638316259558487

 

15. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-15-final-part-c-/835570726499705

 

16. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-parts-16-final-part-d-a-must-read/846427865413991

 

17. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-17/850247555032022

 

18. https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-18-another-must-read/851439901579454

 

19.  https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-19-the-penultimate-final-par/852913418098769

 

20.  https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-drbiggie-adeyemi-i/revolution-in-nigeria-a-possibility-or-a-dream-part-20-final-final-part-the-gran/609326602457453

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buhari: The Change We Need

Buhari: The Change We Need
HEART TO HEART
This is a message from the APC Presidential Candidate Gen. Buhari “Fellow Nigerian, People accuse me of many things. But one thing they never accuse me of is corruption. They never accuse me of mediocrity, or of lying. People accuse me of many things. I have led this country and I have a record. We were not perfect, but we were effective; we solved problems, and we made Nigerians proud. In our government, we fought corruption, we stabilised the Naira, and we shut down insurgencies. We shouldn’t forget so soon that there was the Maitatsine ravaging the North east and we dealt with it. We also overran the Chadian rebels.We rebuilt industries, Nigerians queued up and treated each other with respect; Nigerians took pride in our reputation for discipline. The world admired us. We were proud to be Nigerians. However, because they can’t attack our record, they accuse me falsely of ethnic jingoism; they accuse me falsely of religious fundamentalism. Because they cannot attack our record, they accuse us falsely of calling for election violence – when we have only insisted on peace. Even as Head of State, we never imposed Shariah. All my running mates have been either Igbo or Yoruba and are always devout Christian of indisputable repute. I have and will continue to condemn those who burn God’s places of worship, be they churches or mosques and wish God’s judgment upon them. As your President, their punishment won’t stop there, we will also ensure Boko Haram and other such elements, are found, are arrested and face the full wrath of the law as punishment for their crimes against our country. My dear friends, this is very important to note: It doesn’t matter if you are Igbo,Yoruba, Ijaw, Hausa, Idoma, Efik, Ekwere, Urhobo, Igala and, no, it does not matter if you are Christian, Muslim,animist or atheist: we need a new direction under a new leadership. The task ahead will be challenging and daunting, but it is surmountable. This is what leadership is about. My only desire is to prove to you that Nigeria can truly work. Allow me prove to you that in your lifetime, you can be proud of this country. Let me make you this promise today: We will protect your children. We will protect your wealth. We will make this country work again. This is why I am running for the office of the president of Nigeria. This is my promise.” – Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR).

Debunking the many lies on the AIT documentary on Buhari

Never allow the ignorance of anyone take away knowledge from you. Never allow the love or hatred for any man take away objectivity from you.

Having also seen posts by many people expected to be of high intelligence concerning the AIT broadcast on Gen Buhari, I am further convinced that investigative journalism is dead in Nigeria. For an international broadcasting agency to agree to air such documentary without investigation is a slap on journalism. The producers of the revisionism called documentary could not even get basic facts right. They were too desperate in their campaign of calumny and mudslinging,that they are lying to their teeth. They are trying to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. Sometimes calmness and silence is the perfect response to calumny.

However, it is good to set the record straight at times also.
Let’s check some of their lies:

1. Shehu Kangiwa,the 2nd republic governor of Sokoto state died after falling from a horse during a polo game in 1981 but the film makers have twisted this historical fact by stating Buhari protected him from prosecution when he came to power in December 1983 because he was Hausa-Fulani like Buhari!

2. Fela never mentioned Buhari in the $2.8 billion scandal. He mentioned OBJ in the original song. It was edited and doctored to smear the man. You claimed he stole money as minister of petroleum and had account in London, yet no evidence with verifiable account details. The said bank debunked such allegations and said they never had a transaction above $100,000 with NNPC.

3. Shagari expelled Ghanaians in 1983 and not Buhari. They were told to leave before the coup took place. On the hind sight, Ghana first deported Nigerians in 1969 while Nigeria also did so to reduce unemployment among Nigerians when the oil prices crashed in the early 80s.

4. Gloria Okon got missing under IBB reign and that was what led to the eventual murder of Dele Giwa.

5. Mrs Funmilayo Ransome Kuti died in 1978, yet it was attributed to Buhari who became head of state in 1983. Who was head of state in 1978?

6. What is my business if drug traffickers were killed? Were they innocent? Who cares if Umaru Dikko was crated for corruption. It is even death sentence in China and I know they will run mad if they hear corruption attracts death.

7. They are now advertising Buharis divorce but didnt tell us Mandela did same. I just hope the press will be freed to run an advert of unfaithfulness, cheating, barrenness etc of a family who failed to uphold the sanctity of family privacy.

8. All the Politicians that were sentenced to prison by the 1984 Military Tribunal were found to have either enriched themselves with public funds, enriched others without due process, and or diverted public funds. Non were convicted by fiat.

9. AIT/NTA & GEJ alleged that Buhari has been losing since 1999. This is a fat LIE. Buhari’s first shot was in 2003. In 1999 Chief Olu Falae of ANPP/AD contested against OBJ.

10. AIT/NTA & GEJ criticized Buhari for Heading PTF Board. Whereas, PTF is till date the most successful parastatal ever in Nigeria. Through PTF, the Amazon Dora Akunyili was known.

This isn’t to say Buhari is a saint or without his faults as a former head of state. But going to the extent of blatant lies and distortion of facts is ludicrous. Buhari wasn’t a perfect leader but he was effective. You can’t wear the toga of incompetence or corruption on him.

If Buhari really stole money and the FG has facts, please kindly prosecute him. He should be extradited to UK to answer queries if possible too.

The real issues are being left and daggers are being thrown at the opposition candidate. I strongly believe an incumbent who has performed well would rather focus on his strengths than the weaknesses of his opponent. But then, there is no verifiable great achievement hence the resort to slander and propaganda.

Instead of giving proper response to Prof Soludo’s incisive points, they again responded with name calling and propaganda. Dr Fayemi’s response depicts intelligence and admittance of valid points raised by Soludo.

You can’t market a rotten apple, no matter the cosmetic effect you put on it! No amount of propaganda will sway majority of Nigerians this time:

REVOLUTION IN NIGERIA : A POSSIBILITY OR A DREAM ?! PART 19 : The PENULTIMATE FINAL PART where many questions are answered

To achieve a successful peaceful revolution, a vital factor must be involved. This is in the form of getting the security forces’ alignment. For example, in Egypt and Tunisia, we witnessed the high-level understanding and professionalism of these countries military and the police. These agents, although they wear the law enforcement aprons, and carrying and wielding heavy weaponries, yet, did not put them in use against the public. In doing so, they indicated and identified themselves as humans; as also members of The People. They took to heart the very fact that their unique obligation, or mandate of defending the nation, and protecting lives and properties, while maintaining order, was given them by those people standing in the squares. So we didn’t witness mass killings and random shootings, even though they had the authority and privilege to do just so, with fat recompense awaiting them in return. But what can you say about Nigeria in this regards? Can we sincerely and seriously trust the Nigerian police and army to observe silence and calm while The People demand power back from a tyranic, pretentious, civilian politicians?

 

So without too much longer talk, taking from the recent happenings in Nigeria and the quotes of these individuals:

 

“A time will come when the masses will come out en-mass and protest against the bourgeoisies as if they have been informed.” -Karl Marx.

 

Vladimir Lenin, who helped fulfill Marx’s prediction even though Marx expected it elsewhere, said: “A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution.”

 

A revolution in the very near future is,therefore not only inevitable,but also imminient! The revolution may have no leader ( but will be led by a movement). It will be the product of a spontenous reaction of people frustrated by dictatorial (and often selfish) leadership that does not reflect their best interests —- Gore Vidal

 

 

” Those who make peaceful change impossible will make violent change inevitable – Franz Fanon

 

 

 

Now having analysed all the options, any is possible by my own opinion.

For those who think revolution is impossible in Nigeria, they seem to be reading the wrong pages of the same book. Everything points in that direction. Some feel we havent suffered enough to make us rise up. They feel we need to suffer more before we realised the urgency of rising up. They may be correct but havent we suffered enough? How much more suffering do we need to endure more? Maybe a little more suffering will do the trick. But in my own opinion, how much more suffering have we endured to make us realise to do the right things with our senses. Yea,we have suffered enough and this is enough to make us rise up. Nigerians have been too docile. All we have gone through are already situations that are needed for a revolution. Having known not all revolutionary situations lead to a revolution except a TRIGGER is applied. Anything can be the trigger for a Revolution, with or without further suffering. Infact, more hardship could end up being the REVOLUTIONARY TRIGGER.

 

However, I believe that some suffer from the disease of complacence founded on porous confidence and will be most unprepared. Their “I don’t care” attitude is the fuel for what is coming as things go from worse to worst. It will be sudden and many would be drinking and eating then. IT WILL HAPPEN. Never say never! Oddly enough, l have come to the standpoint were l can honestly say; Revolution is not impossible in Nigeria, there’s a possibility of a revolution in Nigeria, it only needs an unlikely trigger. To say impossible could be incorrect. UNLIKELY or PROBABLY or POSSIBLY might be the keywords. Unlikely in the next 3 months, probably in the next 6 months, possibly in the next 2 years, maybe in our life time, maybe not. If this current  trend (of executive lawlessness, corruption, looting of Nigeria’s commonwealth etc) continues then it will buckle at some point (my opinion) and REVOLUTION WILL BE INEVITABLE or else Nigeria becomes a failed state or something more terrible occurs to Nigeria or it no longer exists or crumbles or divides or anarchy takes over (God forbid). No matter how long it takes be it 2 months or 100 years, if situations continue to occur like this in Nigeria, Revolution becomes inevitable.

 

Here now though, I will answer the question posed by the caption of the series: “Revolution In Nigeria: A Possibility Or A Dream”? Well, the answer is that, A revolution in Nigeria, isn’t only a possibility, but much long over-due. However, due to some reasons and factors of which i have in my previously expressed views, mentioned, a revolution of the manner of those like in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, The Cuba, Russia, Ukraine, among others, is unlikely in Nigeria, and at least for now, remains a mere wishful thinking – a dream. Everyone wants, actually hopes, prays and craves for such thing to chance. But the bias there is: who kicks off the ball first? Who’s bold and courageous and fearless enough to call the guns? Does the masses have the thick skin to bear the brunt of the heating retributals that may likely be delivered by the brutes in the Nigerian power houses? No, I don’t think so. Yes! revolution is possible in Nigeria, but it may still be a dream awaiting fulfillment!

 

 

 

Having answered these questions i will want to tell you three very important things. Firstly, no revolution ever ended the way it was originally intended. Secondly and importantly, Revolution needs to be sustained. Georg Buchner “Whoever finishes a revolution only halfway,digs his own grave” Revolution must be strategic and organized.

 

Lastly, the most important thing is not ONLY the course of the revolution itself but the events that take place after the revolution. Revolutions have been wasted in times past and sometimes,if the after effects of the revolution is not well managed,the people suffer more and their state will be far worse than before the revolution. Any people who cannot sustain a revolution need not start it because it will leave a bitter after taste in their mouths. The situation will be like that described in Animal Farm. The animals became worse off after they overthrew humans. That needs to be avoided.  Let me give a few examples. After the 1905 Russian Revolution and the Tzar made some concessions,the people went to rest and thought all was uhuru. It was not. A second Revolution needed to occur in 1917 that freed them from the shackles of the Tzars. But that was not all. Because the after effects wasnt well handled, there was rivalry between the revolutionaries. Rivalries between the Melsheviks and Boshelviks and rivalries between the rural traditional leaders and the revolutionaries. It led to 5 years civil war from 1917 to 1922 before USSR was formed ending the war. Still that wasnt the end. because of lack of foresight by some of the revolutionaries including Trotsky et al, a firm post revolutionary foundation that will be unshakeable wasnt laid. Josef Stalin took advantage of the situation (like Napoleon did in animal farm) and became a worse dictator than the Tzars. he oppressed his people and sent some of the revolution leaders into concentration camps. Subsequent leaders took after him till USSR collapsed in 1991. The collapse of USSR was inevitable then. Even present Russia seemed not to have learned from that as Putin has turned himself into another modern Tzar.

 

 

The Glorious Revolution of England of 1688 was well managed to an extent. The King of Holland had to ensure he made it to have joint monarchy between Holland and England and the Drafting of the English Bill of Rights. Despite that there was still the secret Jacobean civil war in Scotland and the Williemite war in Ireland. Though latent civil wars. The American Revolution too was well managed with the drafting carefully of a constitution and even with ammendments later (eg The 2nd ammendment allowed them to carry guns so that they could overthrow any dictator). The Syrian Revolution was badly managed that’s what led to the syrian civil war and even more dangerous rise of islamist terrorists and ISIS. So too was the Libyan Revolution. The small rebel groups that overthrew Ghadaffi couldnt really come together to discuss and agree. Moreover the central government formed mainly by those in Tripoli who overthrew Ghadaffi became selfish with power.

 

The most important thing is not ONLY the course of the revolution itself but the events that take place after the revolution. Revolutions have been wasted in times past and sometimes,if the after effects of the revolution is not well managed,the people suffer more and their state will be far worse than before the revolution. Any people who cannot sustain a revolution need not start it because it will leave a bitter after taste in their mouths. The situation will be like that described in Animal Farm. The animals became worse off after they overthrew humans. That needs to be avoided.

 

 

I will like to give the Egyptian example in addition to the examples I gave the previous part. After the Egyptians overthrew Mubarrak, the main pro revolutionaries relaxed and went to sleep. They forgot post revolutionary elections were a very important aspect of sustainning the revolution. There was  the need for the pro revolutionaries to merge to consolidate on the Revolution by winning elections and making sure they consolidate power to sustain the Revolution and carry out needed reforms.

The main pro-Revolution candidates – Hamdeen Sabahi (dignity Party),Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh (an independent) and Amr Moussa (another independent who had in fact led opinion polls for a greater part before the elections) could not come to a consensus on the consensus pro-revolution candidate and so consolidate efforts and votes.All decided to run against themselves and other candidates.In the end,they all divided the pro revolution votes among themselves as the results below show:

 

1.Mohammed Morsi(freedom&justice party(islamic brotherhood)) 24.78%

2.Ahmed Shafik(independent)23.66%

3.Hamdeen Sabahi(dignity party)20.72%

4.Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh(ind)17.47%

5.Amr Moussa(ind)11.13%

 

In the end none of the candidates won,nor had up to 50% of votes.They all divided their votes and none of them came 1st or 2nd positions ,so didnt qualify for run offs.The two that qualified were not the pro-revolution candidates.Mohammed Morsi was of the Islamic Brotherhood,a party that has foundations of islamic fanatism and could also cooperate with islamic extremists and terrorists.

 

 

The second candidate Ahmed Shafik was a former Prime Minister of Mubarak,He had strong links with the former ousted government and was almost disqualified along with other former members of the ousted regime.He was just barely not disqualified and was seen as a vestige of the Mubarak.Victory for him was seen as a continuation of the ousted regime of Mubarak.

 

Most of the people were left with 2 ‘BAD” choices – an islamic extremist or a subtle continuation of the former regime.They were left to choose between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.They were to choose between Scylla and Chabdoris. Two bad and very risky choices.Ordinarily,if the run off was between the 1st 3 candidates or one of the 3 pro-revolution candidates had made the runoff,it would have been an easy victory for any of Sabahi,Abdel Fotouh or Amr Moussa agaist Shafik or Morsi.But now,the people had no choice but face risks.This is what happens when by error or ommission or commission the people become shortsighted to consolidate on the gains of Revolution.Anyway Morsi won the runoff.

 

MOHAMMED MORSI 51.73%

AHMED SHAFIK 48.27%

 

We all know what Mursi did. He blocked many post revolutionary reforms and was co-operating with terrorists. His policies were driving Egypt down a cliff. He needed to be stopped. The people had to revolt and a second revolution had to occur to chase Mursi out of power and stop his crazy policies. That second revolution wouldnt have been needed if the people had done the right thing early after the first revolution. That underlines the fact that post revolutionary events as as important as the revolution itself.

 

– To be continued next part which will be the final final part – The Grand FINALE . Surely the next part is a must read because you wont want to miss the conclusion of all matters

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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O Buhari, where art thy enemies, accusers and traducers? Thy God has silenced and shamed them

Buhari has finally shamed all his enemies, accusers, transducers, even false prophets of doom. How? God did put them to shame.
Buhari allowed all his accusers to go on a merry-go-round to publicise him before he presented his authenticated certificate to shame them.
Where are d FFKs, the paid journalists on Channels Sunrise Daily,other paid journalists, politrickstars, government vuvuzelas, facebook&twitter warriors, bloggers, lawyers, entertainers etc that have been asking to see Buhari’s school cert? They have been shamed! The man has presented his authenticated school cert.

Even some poor wretched dancers wearing clothes that are not compatible with obvious colour riot and incompatible worn out canvass shoes were dancing&singing ” Boko boko harry eeee, boko boko harry e (a mock name for Buhari), show us your certificate, abi your certificate. Where are they now? Shamed I guess&gone into oblivion.

Where are the false prophets of doom who predicted APC will fight dirty after the presidential primaries and will fall apart as a result of that? They have been shamed too. Eating humble pies. Let me not mention their names but are people you know. What of the blogger that wrote that Buhari and Tinubu are like the agbero (motor park touts) at Soku in Abeokuta who obviously call passengers into vehicles they won’t follow? What happened in the end? Surely Buhari and tinubu are not the agberos at Soku because they not only called for passengers, but have boarded the bus and are even driving it. The bus was NEVER hijacked from them! O ma se o !

Buhari has shamed his accusers, transducers and enemies because God is with him. If God be for you, who shall be against you? Nobody !
God rules in the affairs of men !

A few of the Primary school grammars our Phd President couldn’t get right. President Jonathan’s Awkward Grammatical Miscues on the Campaign Trail By Farooq A. Kperogi, Ph.D.

Before any smug philistine confronts me with the usual inane retort that grammar is the least of Nigeria’s worries now, let me state that this is a grammar column. On this page, which first appear in Sunday Trust, I talk only about grammar, language, and usage. Nothing else. That’s why the column is called “Politics of Grammar.” My “Notes from Atlanta” column in the Weekly Trust addresses broader, less restricted, and more variegated subject-matters. So spare me the trite, tired tripe about what I need to worry about—or about the fact that English isn’t native to Nigeria.

Paying attention to the grammar of the president of a country isn’t a trifling matter. It’s imperative in its own right. As I stated in my January 27, 2013 column titled “President Goodluck Jonathan’s Grammatical Boo-boos,” “the usage patterns of the elite of any country–especially of the president, who is the most important political and cultural figure in a country–tend to get naturalized and imitated by the general population over time.” That’s why presidents of countries are often trend-setters in the language commonly used in the countries they govern.

That’s certainly true of the United States where presidents routinely contribute to shaping the contours of the English language. I am reading an exciting little book titled Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America’s Presidents, which I will review for this column in the coming weeks, that chronicles common words and phrases that are now central to the lexical and idiomatic rhythm of the English, but that were invented or made popular by American presidents either deliberately or initially in error. A few examples mentioned in the book are “normalcy,” “belittle,” “lengthy,” “military industrial complex,” “lunatic fringe,” “dark horse,” “frazzle,” “manifest destiny,” etc.

This election season, President Jonathan has been particularly hard on the English language. It’s like he’s on a rampage, on a linguistic murderous rage. Poor English! Well, see below some of the president’s grammatical slip-ups that stuck out like a sore thumb.

1. “Senior citizen.” Apparently, the president thinks “senior citizen” is synonymous with “(elder) statesman.” He is wrong. But, first, the context.

Smarting from recent vicious attacks on him by former President Obasanjo, President Jonathan couldn’t wait to hit back at his former benefactor. So, on January 7, 2014, when Northern Elders’ Council chairman Tanko Yakassai led members of his group to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, President Jonathan seized the moment to strip Obasanjo of his “senior citizen” status and to demote him to a mere “motor park tout.”

“And your commitment to ensure we live in peace and harmony that is what citizens especially our senior citizens should do just like you have been doing,” President Jonathan told Yakassai. “Some people call themselves statesmen but they are not statesmen; they are just ordinary politicians. For you to be a statesman, it is not because you have occupied a big office before but the question is what are you bringing to bear?

“Some people are hiding under some cloaks, some big names and creating a lot of problems in this country, making provocative statements in this country—statements that will set this country ablaze and you tell me you are a senior citizen. You are not a senior citizen. You can never be. You are ordinary motor park tout because if you are a senior citizen you will act like one.”

People don’t become “senior citizens” through a presidential imprimatur—and they certainly don’t stop being “senior citizens” on account of a petulantly tempestuous presidential animadversion. “Senior citizen” is merely a euphemistic expression for an old person. Most dictionaries define a senior citizen as any person who is 65 years and older. Obasanjo is officially over 70 years old. That makes him a senior citizen. So when Jonathan said, “You are not a senior citizen. You can never be ,” he clearly had no clue what he was talking about. Senior citizenship isn’t an earned title; it’s invariably biological and chronological.

The term “senior citizen,” interestingly, first emerged in America in 1938 during campaigns for the country’s midterm elections which saw President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Democratic Party losing 72 seats in the House of Representatives and 7 seats in the Senate but still managing to maintain control of the Congress. “Senior citizens” was used euphemistically to refer to old Americans whose votes the Republican and Democratic parties courted aggressively. The term later crossed over to British English—and to other varieties of English. American English speakers now just say “senior(s)” instead of “citizen citizen(s),” although “senior citizen(s)” still appears in America’s informal and formal registers.

British English speakers also use the term “golden ager” as an alternative to “senior citizen.”

2. “Motor park tout.” The president also called Obasanjo a “motor park tout.” That is problematic, if excusable, phraseology. In Nigerian English “motor park touts” are people who earn a living by soliciting passengers for commercial transport drivers at “motor parks” (another uniquely Nigerian English expression, as I pointed out in my April 27, 2014 column titled “Q and A on Nigerian English Expressions and Other Usage Concerns”)

They are paid a token for every passenger they send to drivers, and have a reputation for being aggressive, crude, vulgar, untutored, and uncouth. So when Nigerians describe somebody as a “motor park tout” they usually mean such a person is tastelessly indecent or lacking refinement. That was the sense of the term President Goodluck Jonathan had in mind when he obliquely insulted former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a “motor park tout” for being openly critical of his administration.

This usage will puzzle many native English speakers. In Standard English, especially in Standard British English, a tout is understood as a person “who advertises for customers in an especially brazen way.” That sense appears consistent with Nigerian “motor park touts” who often pester potential passengers in an annoyingly aggressive manner. In British English a tout can also mean a person who buys things, usually tickets for an event, and resells them to people at a price several times higher than the original. American English speakers call such a person a “scalper.”

In Irish and Scottish English, a tout has a completely different meaning. It is used to refer to someone who betrays his group members by sharing their confidential information with the police or other authority. American English speakers also use tout, usually “le tout,” to refer to the social, political, and cultural elite of a city, as in “le tout Abuja admired him.” This sense of the term is derived from French where “le tout Paris,” which literally means “all of Paris,” is used to refer to the upper crust of the Parisian society.

It appears that when Nigerian English speakers call people “touts” they usually mean “thugs.”

3. “How much did Jim Nwobodo stole?” During a campaign stop in Enugu, the president was reported to have uttered the following cringe-worthy grammatical howlers: “How much did Jim Nwobodo stole? Money not up to the price of a Peugeot and Buhari regime send him to jail. Is that good enough?”

In English grammar when the base form of a verb (which is “steal” in President Jonathan’s quoted statement above) is preceded by an auxiliary verb (such as “did,” “might,” “should,” etc.) the base form of the verb is never inflected for tense. In other words, when “did” comes before a main verb in a sentence, the main verb always remains in the present tense.

Examples: “What did he say to you?” “Did he say anything to you?” “When I saw her last year, I didn’t like her.” “He did come to my house yesterday.” As you can see, the main verbs in the examples (“say,” “like,” and “come”) are not marked for past tense. So “how much did Jim Nwobodo stole?” should be “how much did Jim Nwobodo steal?” That’s a basic grammar rule that is taught in primary and secondary schools in Nigeria and the rest of the English-speaking world.

But while the president added an unnecessary past tense to a verb that was preceded by an auxiliary verb, he neglected to mark a main verb for past tense when he was supposed to. He said, “Buhari regime send him to jail.” That should properly be “[the] Buhari regime sent him to jail.” Or “the Buhari regime did send him to jail.”

REVOLUTION IN NIGERIA : A POSSIBILITY OR A DREAM ?! PART 18 ANOTHER MUST READ

Vladimir Lenin, who helped fulfill Marx’s prediction even though Marx expected it elsewhere, said: “A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution.”

 

A revolution in the very near future is,therefore not only inevitable,but also imminient! The revolution may have no leader ( but will be led by a movement). It will be the product of a spontenous reaction of people frustrated by dictatorial (and often selfish) leadership that does not reflect their best interests —- Gore Vidal

 

We now see the need for a GOOD Revolution in Nigeria isnt it? But what form will it take. Revolution is simply the rection of leadership by a people.It comes in many sudden ways. It could come by violent protests like France 1789. It could come by passive resistance to the leadership like Mahatma Ghandi’s India. It could also come as disrespect for leadership and its rejection without manifest general violence by the generality of the people. It could come in any form from a widespread revolt and uprising, a popular people’s uprising against the state ,to a revolutionary military coup, to a leader or person organising people to a massive revolt, to a total collapse of government or even anarchy from a failed state and a revolution taking place like a sphynx rising up from the ashes or even a revolutionary democrat reforming the country revolutionarily…… Lets look at the other possiblities i have written here.

 

Who is this one leader in Nigeria today that could pull together a formidable team of dedicated revolutionaries from all nationalities with such a clout as to command popular respect across the board and revolution is about such leadership. Consider Castro, Mao , Lenin, and others like Nasser, Ghandi, Washington etc? Most of our heroes are regional or tribal champions, none of whom was ever a revolutionary.So we lack the revolutionary tradition in addition to a pathetic docile society so much groomed in hero worship. Do we have a Mandela, here strong enough to command national respect for a revolution.? Not even for drastic reforms. Do we have revolutionary followers?.. The condition for a revolution, as we have agreed, include also its vanguards and organisers.

 

 

The late musical maestro Fela Anikulapo- Kuti once sang in his song ” Sorrow, tears and blood” :

my people sef dem fear too much. we fear for the things around us: we fear for the things we no see

we fear to fight for justice

we fear to fight for happiness

we always get reason to fear

i no wan wound. i no wan die, i get one child, i get one wife, i wan build house, papa dey for house, mama dey for house, i wan enjoy

so policeman go slap ur face (wrongly), you no go talk

army man go whip your yash (wrongly) ,you go dey look like donkey

Rhodesia do dem own our people dey look for nothing

South Africa dey do dem own

 

That song aptly summarised the fear of the average Nigerian to fight and be a revolutionary. So sad.

 

 

The intellectuals of the Esko Toyo type are withering out. Today the youths are devoted to ethno religious rantings as their brand of revolutionary anthem. They are the most ill informed group having been brought up on the loaded dish of crass irredentism and they are supposed to carry the banner of revolution. What’s their anthem? Irredentism. The Nigerian youth is a classical study in backward integration. They can’t sustain even tribal rantings let alone a formidable national drive. Where then are the revolutionary cadres? The mobilising voices of the Ganis are no more.. The revolutionary songs are no more. Revolutionary consciousness is NIL. So what’s on ground to initiate let alone sustain a revolution except for the noisy packed labour brand? A revolution grows out of the consciousness of the oppressed aided by a Sound ideological framework.

 

There is also a possibility of a people’s revolution, a people’s uprising – everyone walking into the street and demanding a better life, saying that they had had enough of the torture that life in Nigeria had become. A people’s revolution that would ask for accounts of their stewardship everyone that had been in public service in any kind of position of responsibility since independence; and which, at its end, would bring sanity to the Nigerian society. For I often saw the degree of corruption, oppression, repression and exploitation in the country only as insanity. But can the country have a people’s revolution of that nature because Nigerians are cowards, fickle, they are compromisers, bootlickers and praise singers. I often have the image of them as the common mob in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, who accepted that it was good that Caesar was killed for his misdeeds against the society but promptly asked of the man who had slain him, “let him be Caesar”.

 

All these may sound bad news for Nigerians and doom but the good news is that a Revolution doesnt need too many people to start it. Once a few dedicated, selfless individuals start it, it ia a bug that can catch the rest of the people. It is like a spark that causes great forest fires. Once it starts, it spreads. No revolution occurred by all the peoples planning together. It is always an action started by a few before it spreads like wildfire.

 

My preference is for a people’s uprising. I wished for a situation where the sick, the uneducated, the unemployed, the oppressed , the dehumanised and the traumatised would declare that they had had enough and rise up themselves against their exploiters and oppressors. It happened in France, it happened in Russia, Romania and Poland. But I also realise that there were certain tough factors that militate against the hope for such a revolution in Nigeria.Nigeria has an assemblage of over two hundred and fifty different ethnic group and clans that spoke as many different tongues. Given the situation, many would point at a man who comes from their geographical area and say that because that man, who would not recognise them in the street, who would never give them audience if they had the audacity to beg for it, was part of the government, they would not take action to cleanse the evil.

 

A leading Nigerian journalist, Dan Agbese, said in his book: Nigeria their Nigeria: “Nigeria, like the old France, is a patchwork of ethnic nationalities, some of whom live ‘in distinct geographical areas’ and all of whom speak different languages.“If it took a revolution to create the French from a multiplicity of ethnic nationalities, one wonders what it will take to create the Nigerian from a similar patchwork of nature.” His argument stemmed from the fact that while the French succeeded in forging a French nationality through a bloody revolution, attempts by several of Nigeria’s rulers from 1960 to date appear to achieve a similar feat under different guises, appear to have been an enterprise in futility. The military, he argues, “did not bulldoze the 250 ethnic nationalities into something sufficiently neutral called the Nigerian. They bulldozed thefour regions into 36 states and 774 local government areas.”

 

 

 

India in Asia. That’s one country with multiple a tribe as Nigeria. India has about a population of 1.2 billion people, and among these, there are about 1000 tongues/languages spoken. Yet, because India was able to put aside their differences, that’s why she has stood her ground solidly amongst the comity of nations. Today, India is a force to reckon with, and a voice to listen to, in all fields of human endeavors. Brazil, South Korea, South Africa, Thailand, and a host of others, are all nations of men who exploited the positive side of their differences to better their country’s lot. Russia, though multiethnic still had a successful revolution likewise China, put the differences they had aside to have a Revolution.

 

But to achieve a successful peaceful revolution, a vital factor must be involved. This is in the form of getting the security forces’ alignment. For example, in Egypt and Tunisia, we witnessed the high-level understanding and professionalism of these countries military and the police. These agents, although they wear the law enforcement aprons, and carrying and wielding heavy weaponries, yet, did not put them in use against the public. In doing so, they indicated and identified themselves as humans; as also members of The People. They took to heart the very fact that their unique obligation, or mandate of defending the nation, and protecting lives and properties, while maintaining order, was given them by those people standing in the squares. So we didn’t witness mass killings and random shootings, even though they had the authority and privilege to do just so, with fat recompense awaiting them in return. But what can you say about Nigeria in this regards? Can we sincerely and seriously trust the Nigerian police and army to observe silence and calm while The People demand power back from a tyranic, pretentious, civilian politicians? You know the factors that will easily compromise this feat. Even, one of the commentators to one of the earlier parts who is resident in Ukraine re-iterated this as he had also observed in Ukraine, during the “Orange Revolution” of 2004, how the police and armed forces stood as merely observers while the events unfolded. Although the then president attempted to lure the law enforcements agents to disperse the crowd and arrest the organisers, but these didn’t bulge to that demand. For politicians to loose power and bow to the demands of The people, means that they must have first of all, lost the loyalty of the armed forces. Because without the influence and pledge of loyalty of the forces, there would be no “democracy”, and there certainly would be no bloody civilian mounting and manning the seat of power.

 

 

Some other possibility is a military option, which some say offered a better chance of a clean break, would be more effective. It had with it the advantage of shock effect. I had said earlier that some military coups are revolutions. Many examples in history. The Rawlings coup in Ghana was a Revolution. The Thomas Sankara coup in Burkina Faso was another one and Hugo Chavez once attempted a failed Revolutionary coup in Venezuela in 1992. The Paul Kagame RPF led uprising that stopped the Rwandan Genocide in 1994 was also a form of revolution and just recently we had had revolutionary coups in Egypt.

 

So without too much longer talk, taking from the recent happenings in Nigeria and the quotes of these individuals:

 

“A time will come when the masses will come out en-mass and protest against the bourgeoisies as if they have been informed.” -Karl Marx.

 

Vladimir Lenin, who helped fulfill Marx’s prediction even though Marx expected it elsewhere, said: “A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution.”

 

A revolution in the very near future is,therefore not only inevitable,but also imminient! The revolution may have no leader ( but will be led by a movement). It will be the product of a spontenous reaction of people frustrated by dictatorial (and often selfish) leadership that does not reflect their best interests —- Gore Vidal

 

 

” Those who make peaceful change impossible will make violent change inevitable – Franz Fanon

 

To be continued next part where I would answer one of the main questions I asked at the beginning of this article/ series – Is Revolution possible in Nigeria ? Just stay tuned, Sure next part isnt the last part but i will begin to answer many questions here including the main question of whether Revolution is possible in Nigeria or not. Stay tuned !

 

– To be continued

 

 

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

 

 

 

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I insist I have A Certificate – Buhari

Press Statement by General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on
the School Certificate Issue

Good Morning , Gentlemen of the Press.

I only consented to address you this morning because of the
genuine concern expressed by many supporters and other
well-meaning Nigerians that the issue be addressed.
Otherwise, I would have dismissed it for what it is—sheer
mischief and would not have considered it an issue worth the
nation’s while. I had assumed all along that all my records
were in the custody of the Military Secretary of the Nigerian
Army. Much to my surprise, we are now told that although a
record of the result is available, there are no copies of the
certificates in my personal file. This is why I formally
requested my old school the Provincial Secondary School,
Katsina [which is now known as Government College,
Katsina] to make available the school’s copy of the result of
the Cambridge/West African School Certificate. This will be
made available to the press the moment this is available.
However, before we obtain that, let me say for the record that

I attended Provincial Secondary School, Katsina. I graduated
in 1961 with many prominent Nigerians, including General
Shehu Yar’adua, former chief of staff at the Supreme
Headquarters, and Justice Umaru Abdullahi, a former
President of the Court of Appeal. We sat for the University of
Cambridge/WASC Examination together in 1961, the year we
graduated. My examination number was 8280002, and I
passed the examination in the Second Division. And although
the ruling party may want to wish this away, the issue in this
campaign cannot be my certificate which I obtained 53 years
ago. The issues are the scandalous level of unemployment of
millions of our young people, the state of insecurity, the
pervasive official corruption which has impoverished our
people and the lack of concern of the government for anything
other than the retention of power at all costs. Thank you very
much.

General Muhammadu Buhari