Majority of Nigerians at home and abroad are good citizens of the world. Mr. Buhari must mind his language and steer clear of ambiguity
Ambiguity And 65 Shades Of Crime
By Adeola Aderounmu
I just knew it. I knew that the next time president Buhari was going to talk to Nigerians will be from abroad. I really do not understand why he cannot speak to Nigerians in Nigeria.
In my most recent article-We Can’t Go On Like This– you probably didn’t miss these few lines:
Mr. Buhari will rather address Nigerians from abroad rather from his office in Abuja. For me this is one of the greatest mysteries with Buhari-APC mandate so far. I am now sure that something is wrong somewhere-Adeola Aderounmu, Jan 30 2016.
Since his emergence as the helmsman, it is hard to recollect when president Buhari had been behind a microphone to address issues or gave an impromptu interview to journalists at the Villa or an event within Nigeria.
Again, the organized “meet the press” does not count in this case.
Practise make perfect, we were taught since our primary school days.
Lack of practise means awkwardness and when it is about giving speeches or responding to simple questions, one’s hollowness can be exposed, just like that.
For as long as 100 % of what the presidency intends continues to come from Masters Adesina and Shehu, president Buhari will not be competent to handle press situations when the need arise.
So it happened in faraway London.
I have read the counter-responses from the lovers of APC. Very predictable!
Let’s talk about the issues.
First, Buhari is wasting tax payers’ money. Why do we have a hospital at the Villa in Abuja? Have they converted the state house hospital to a veterinary center?
It is simply a bad example when the president of more than 150m people visits abroad to meet his doctors. What about us? Where should we go when we get sick?
That is not the change Nigerians were promised. That is business as usual! This government is a scam.
The time the Buhari-APC mandate has spent in office is enough for radical changes that would ensure that the first family does not visit London to buy panadol.
The Nigerian presidency and Nigeria (the sleeping and idle giant of Africa) have what it takes to lure Nigeria’s best doctors in Nigeria and abroad to the hospital in Abuja.
The inability to do that is a voluntary submission to slavery and colonial mentality.
Going back to the comment of president Buhari during his hospital visit/vacation in London, my take is that he probably did not use those words.
However the internet is so strong that the interpretation of gestures and unfinished/unrefined comments are too risky to leave to readers/listeners discretion.
There is no room for ambiguity when you are the spokesman for over 150 m people of diverse ethnicities, mentalities and religions.
In fairness, in every country of the world and among all nationalities, there are always a few people with criminal tendencies. There is no cure for that disease in the human race. The church, the mosque, laws and prisons have failed to deter the existence of criminals in any society.
Genetically it has also been shown that a certain genetic disorder (associated with an extra Y chromosome) predisposes certain males to criminal tendencies. That much l remember from one of Dr. Ayodele Edwards lectures’ from the University of Lagos in 1990.
Majority of Nigerians at home and abroad are good citizens of the world. It is unfortunate that the deeds of the minority of Nigerians with criminal tendencies at home and abroad have marred the contributions of Nigerians to the development of the world in Science, Art, Sport, History, Technology and Medicine.
Mr. Buhari must mind his language. He must be careful to choose his words. He should be talking to Nigerians at home regularly and train-up with charisma and social skills. It is never too late for anyone to learn.
Historically, Mr. Buhari is probably the most distant president in the memoirs of Nigeria.
The Buhari-APC mandate must start to clean up all the messes it had created in the last few months.
To save Nigeria from the type of embarrassment that has emerged in London, majority of Nigerians must also start to act for the good of all.
For too long, people have stayed on different sides of the divide supporting and encouraging crimes based on ethnicity and religion. Nigerians have a tendency to rank their politicians in order of their loots-instead of condemning all sorts of criminalities.
In Nigerian conversations, you hear comments like:
Buhari did not steal as much as Babangida.
Obj stole more that Jonathan.
Shagari stole more than Awolowo.
Tinubu used his loot to create jobs.
Abdulsalami was smart but he stole more than everybody and cleaned his mouth.
Amaechi stole more than Wike.
Fashola worked even if he stole for himself and Tinubu.
PDP politicians stole more than APC politicians. They will change when they come to APC.
I must do politics. Me too must steal my own, abi them get two heads.
For every Nigerian politician that has stolen from the treasury or enriched himself/herself through a few criminal activities, Nigerians have a comparative tale of someone who stole less or more. Then some people are waiting for their own turns to steal.
This is a national tragedy, a fundamental sickness!
For as long as the sun shines on me, l will never understand that aspect of the Nigerian mentality-the placement of criminal politicians on a scale and waiting in line to become a political thief.
That is not the way to go.
In the present government, it is not unknown that many of those ruling side-by-side with the president are alleged to have stolen several billions of dollars under previous administrations. One way to escape the ongoing probe of the Jonathan regime is to pledge allegiance to the APC by cross-carpeting.
The Nigerian government and the Nigerian people need to clean up a lot of messes.
Several issues are urgent and they cannot wait. The dignity attached to labour today is almost zero.
Patriotism got burnt up many years ago and the political system does not seem to bring forth any iota of hope in the days ahead.
In today’s Nigeria one of the greatest acts of criminalities is in the Nigerian National Assembly. It is probably the biggest scandal because those who are supposed to be making laws are robbers and are facing criminal charges.
But the fact that they still go to the complex every day to represent 150 m other people says a lot about the conclusions from London.
If a criminal is my representative or my mouth piece at the Senate, what am l?
The audacity to conclude based on any ambiguity whatsoever that Nigerians are criminals either directly or indirectly is not far fetch from the fact that the Nigerian government always rank among the most corrupt in the world.
Having a National Assembly run by criminals is a stamp on all other criminal allegations.
The people of Nigeria have an image to portray and protect.
But it is obviously a dilemma because it is the people that also make up the government. Who will cure who? Who has been fooling who?
Whatever be the case the good people of Nigeria have a history of being disconnected from governance to a great extent.
Some people must be able to lead and question for example the 65 shades of committees in the Senate. The Nigerian judiciary has a reputation for slowness and sometimes miscarriage of justice.
The people need to be outspoken to ensure that all the arms of government are upright, up and running.
It is the people’s power than can ensure that a democratic process is balance and fair.
In the hands of any ruling party alone, democracy is the same as autocracy. It can even transform to tyranny and there are bits of evidence in that direction.
It is not enough to show rage on twitter or Facebook.
A few years ago, l already stated that Nigeria is too big for Facebooking when Jonathan took to the platform to start fooling Nigerians.
There are many corrupt people in Buhari’s government. They, along with a few bad eggs amongst us are the reasons why the country was wrongly tagged a country of criminals.
It is so bad even a dumb and shallow thinker like Donald Trump could use our government in his campaign.
Nigerians, you must know that charity begins at home.
If you do not think that the bulk of the corruption tag now stops on president Buhari’s table, then you are in agreement with the London statement that resulted from his clumsiness.
If you think this-the need to clean the messes-is a distraction or a wailing, then let us continue to live together with the tag that we are all criminals. Be my guests!
In Nigeria, the truth must be said; there are more than 65 shades of criminalities. Ask your senators to go home while you clean the mess.
Yes, we can clean the mess at home and start to export freshness.
Soon, and very soon, let’s hope that Nigeria will get a new president or a repentant one who can talk to them face to face, in Nigeria. What we have now is not it at all !