This government is running the country down. The corrupt elites put Buhari there and corruption was the expectation. Nigerians need to ensure that this regime too, like the Jonathan regime before it does not repeat itself. It’s the same bad wine in a dark bottle.
To Whom Nigeria Is Given, Corruption Is Expected. A Dissection of Buhari’s Oct.1 Speech.
The current emperor of Nigeria is Mohammadu Buhari and it is expected that he will be corrupt throughout his reign. This is the way Nigeria was founded-on false hopes and for the satisfaction of the British orgies.
I took my precious time to listen to the speech of Nigeria’s president (yes l called him an emperor earlier because the Nigerian consitution was made by military men like him who unwisely made the position of the president that of an emperor). The speech was to mark the 57th independent anniversary of Nigeria.
The first lie in the speech was that Nigerians got free on october 1st 1960. Nigerian are not free yet. The people do not have freedom from the slave masters who have since taken the form of politicians. If Nigerians are a free people, they will have the possibility to pursue a life of happinesss and fulfilment. These rights, which are fundamental, have been taken away by crazy politicians and military gangsters. Nigerians are not free.
President Buhari wanted us to use the time for the celebration for reflection. That l totally agree with. People like him and all those who have stolen from Nigeria since 1960 should reflect and feel ashame of themselves. They should be ashame of their family names and how for the past 57 years that have ridiculed the intelligence of the black race. Yes, there is a need for reflection from the presidency to the states and to the local communities.
I find it rather amusing that after 2 years of this wasteful APC regime, Mr. Buhari is still blaming the lack of saving by former president Jonathan for non-performance. We know Jonathan was a prodigal child. Sadly the regime of the APC has shown that prodigality is inherent in the federal government of Nigeria.
Since the inception of this administration, we have not seen the reduction in the wages/salaries and allowances of the Nigerian politicians. The APC regime is the same as the previous PDP regime. From 1999 to date, Nigerians have seen rotational criminality in almost every sphere of governance.
I heard Mr. Buhari spoke loudly about fighting corruption. This statement turns my stomach. Mr. Buhari is dining and wining with criminals everyday in Abuja. The senate president is a criminal by all standard and by all measurements. His family has a history of organised crime. Everywhere you turn in Nigeria, you find that almost all the politicians are thieves. So, which corruption is Buhari fighting?
Mr. Buhari has proven that to whom Nigeria is given, corruption is expected. There is no way his pretences can hide him any longer from what is evident. This essay is not enough to run a chronicle of corruption that he has supervised or that have taken place while he was hale and away from government. Right now, he and his image makers will be battling how to nullify the new revelation of how he (as the president and minister of petroleuem) looted the treasury through the NNPC.
Mr. Buhari was talking about political freedom. I disagree with his idea of political freedom. Elections in Nigeria remain the winner takes it all affair and to be best of what we know about INEC, Nigeria’s politics is still a cash and carry affair. Buhari himself said he had no money for election form or campaign. So how did he become the president? The APC governors raided and raped their states for his election. Tinubu, Amaechi and co brought Mr. Buhari to power and the returns for the investment is part of what is keeping Nigeria down. Mr. Buhari, there is no political freedom in Nigeria. That is why you reward your sponsors and that is why you are expected to be corrupt. Nigeria was built for this.
Mr. Buhari will always be a military man. His speech was full of hatred for the Igbos. He berated their elders for not warning about the consequences of war. Was Buhari preparing for a war because of IPOB? That was a revelation. The man is so old-school and unintelligent. You don’t need to fight war to achieve seccession. This is the 21st century. He was so divisive he praised the Niger Delta elders for whatever they were doing to keep the militants calm. Buhari’s speech was very un-presidential, it was rather a speech full of hatred and waste.
From lying that the APC government had defeated the Boko Haram terrorists in 2015, Mr. Buhari is now accepting that terrorism is now part of human existence. So why did he lie in december 2015 when he said his propaganda government had technicallty defeated Boko Haram? Now he said even Europé and other parts of the world have similar problems of not being able to get rid of terrorists. I do not want to write about the Chibok girls because Madam Adamawa and El-Rufai have the details.
There was a talk about rice and fertilizer. To the best of my knowledge no one has confirmed to me that the price of rice has dropped. Maybe the impact came first to Aso Rock and the rest of us can await the dividends of this democracy. It is coming.
When Mr. Buhari spoke about power supply, l almost wept.
You could see the face of a man who cannot solve the problem. It appears that Mr. Fasola is warming the bench at the Power Ministry. Nigeria is targeting 10 000 MW by 2020 he said. This is just the same old lies we have been sold since the days of Abacha and the others before and after him. 2000, 2010, 2020. By 2020 they will move the goal-post to 2050. Those of us who would have lived and died without experiencing steady power supply in our lifetime would have done so. Then the lie will be repeated and so on and so forth.
It is a shame to the black race that the one who calls himself the giant of African cannot put her best brain together to end the menace of lack of power supply once and for all. It is a shame that the country cannot draw as much as possible from solar energy and use applied technology to end the menace for all time. It is a disgrace to humanity that Nigerians are living in darkness in the year 2017. This problem did not start with Mr. Buhari. Mr. Fashola only boasted before Nigeria was given to him through the Ministry of power. Now he too knows: To whom Nigeria is given, corruption and not solution to problem is expected. Ride on corruption, Long live corruption and stupidity.
Mr. Buhari ended his speech by talking about the 2nd half of his tenure. I hope it will be the last of his tenure. Even if somone else stood for him, Nigerians need to ensure that this regime, like the Jonathan regime does not repeat itself. It’s the same bad wine in a dark bottle.
We have a president who was talking about independent and freedom. Really? He is not even ashame to call Nigerian an independent country. How is Nigeria independent when he and the ones before him are receiving medical treatment in UK? Does Mr. Buhari or anyone in APC know the meaning of independent?
This government is running the country down. The corrupt elites put Buhari there and corruption was the expectation. All the fuss and noises about anticorruption are distractions. Nothing has happened significantly to impact on the people’s mentality and attitude towards corruption. Nothing will happen when all the corrupt people do not resign and they are not under any pressure from the people to resign.
That is why Nigerians are not free. They may think they are but they are not. A free people can change governance, government and the compositions of politicians in one night. In Nigeria, the people are forced to return criminals to office across the country every 4 years.
The APC government, like the PDP before it, is the same and they will not touch on the ordinary people’s lives. I need to remind all those who made it against all odds that their successes are not a prerequisite for me to give up the fight for the common good. I don’t care how you struggle to align with the nonsense system to make it by crook or clean. I’m saying it’s not right when your president is looting and wasting funds and the senators are certified crooks. It’s not right when the politicians are living large and anyhow whereas the people are hungry and angry at one another.
I’m trying hard not to conclude that Nigeria is a failed state and that despite all the sweet talks and coatings here and there, Nigeria will never make it under a unitary system of governance.
It’s not as if saints will be imported to run the regions if we succeed with regional government or independent regions. It’s a long, hard road for a people whose mentalities have been severely deformed and battered.
In matters of public service, Nigerians have an almost irreparable deficiency syndrome. They think public service is a means to wealth. This is the premise on which the government in Nigeria is operated since 1960 and this looks like the status quo that: to whom Nigeria is given, corruption is served and expected.
It’s a long, windy, difficult road to freedom. What will be the cost of freedom for Nigeria and Nigerians?
We must change the system and that is not an option.
By Adeola Aderounmu