Babangida, Obasanjo and a Lawless country

Adeola Aderounmu

Babangida marked his 70th Birthday recently with confessions of madness. His deputy during his reign of tyranny died on the same day he was celebrating his madness. Augustus Aikhomu passed away in Lagos after a protracted illness. I don’t know how many Nigerians are praying that the souls of wicked dictators should find peace.

Babangida (who enslaved Nigerians from 1985-1993) has been throwing jibes at Obasanjo about his misrule (1976-1978 and 1999-2007). Obasanjo has been replying with fire.

The bottom line is that Nigerians live in a country where madmen are in control.
Ordinarily these two men should be cooling off in Kirikiri maximum prison for the rest of their lives.

Both of them were former dictators and Obasanjo even ruled again as a civilian president.

Babangida stole more than 12 billion dollars that he still has in his private account. He has not been formally charged for stealing. He is alleged to have killed Dele Giwa with a letter bomb, a crime he is yet to answer for. Babangida did many terrible things including mass murder and spreading poverty throughout Nigeria. His regime gave corruption a brilliant face.

Babangida is yet to be charged for treason for cancelling the 1993 presidential elections.
Obasanjo’s sins range from the probable mastermind of Bola Ige’s death to the squandering of 16 billion naira Power Budget. He also destroyed the democratic processes in Nigeria in 1979 and 2007. On both occasions he ensured that the people’s votes are meaningless.

In Nigeria the Police are like zombies designed to oppress common people and petty thieves.

Nigerian military rulers and civilian dictators are above the law and the police are like their houseboys.

The police chiefs are where they are because the politicians installed them. So it is impossible for example to prosecute Obasanjo, Babangida or Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan who are also alleged to have stolen but are now the rulers.

So the two big fools can continue to trade words. It will inspire neither the police nor the judiciary because Nigerians live in a very rotten system where known cases of executive corruption and crimes are swept under the carpet. It doesn’t matter that Babangida and Obsanjo are exposing each other, no one will act. When Obasanjo and Atiku even went as far as publishing evidence of each other’s corruption on the front pages of National tabloids, nobody acted and nothing happen.

This new episode will not be different.

What a shame! What a country!

7 thoughts on “Babangida, Obasanjo and a Lawless country

  1. Nigerian are generally timid people and they are easily cowered into submission. You yourself you are able to say this because you are out of the country. Nigerian leaders are mindless dictators who would detail the wife and children in place of their father. In Nigeria, any one close to a big shot in the police can have his neighbour detained. The innocents are often detailed, prosecuted and jailed while guilty are warned to ‘have a dialogue with their feet’,
    as the Yorubas say.
    So, in a jungle like that where might is right, no one can confront the powerful: the power who attempts that will “eat his yam unpounded”.


  2. Thanks, Ade for frank talks. Many of us are still here because we do not have alternative. Nigeria has failled owing to poor leadership. Both past and present leaders ecourage corruption and injustice.

    One thing I know for sure is that prosterity will not forgive Babangida and Obasanjo for impoverishing Nigerians and other crimes the two past dictators commited against their fellow Nigerians.
    The words trading between the two in recent times amounts to national disgrace, and they should be called to question. But who can do that? Is it Jonathan, their boy or the police that is in their pocket?
    Ade, I think the issues here require a National Conference to settle it once and for all.


  3. ADE! You could not have said it better unfortunately these are the truths of our Country. Power and Greed rule while true justice has no voice. Continue the dialogue my friend! For we speak for the silenced!
    Glory O Nigeria!


  4. we seem to keep celebrating thieves and mad human beings, we in the media run after faceless individual in other to market our ignorance, IBB and OBJ have their way of drawing the press to buy their selfish motives, is it today that they realiized what they did to nigerians for the past


  5. I know that Nigeria will plummet any moment some people are succeeding themselves in the judiciary. We are already having it bad at NASS for any change. The Exco lacks the will power to turn things…

    These guys that are favored lacks scruples when it comes to bribery. Sorriest state in Nigeria is now!


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