By ADEOLA ADEROUNMU, Since 2006

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Sowore’s Kidnap By Buhari’s DSS: Shame On Nigeria/Nigerians, Shame To The World

I cannot deny Sowore.

We have been in the same room and space on a number of occasions, all at the University of Lagos. We served the University of Lagos Students’ Union at about the same time. I was the president of my department under the Faculty of Science and Sowore was the overall Students’ Union president.

Buhari is running a government that favours terrorists, one that incapacitate regular citizens with voices on their rights and demand for decent lives.

No matter what you think about Sowore, he does not deserve to be a prisoner under this regime that enjoy handshakes with terrorists in Northern Nigeria”.

Sowore’s Kidnap By Buhari’s DSS: Shame On Nigeria/Nigerians, Shame To The World

By Adeola Aderounmu

 

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I cannot deny Sowore. We are not personal friends, but we have been in the same room and space on a number of occasions, all at the University of Lagos. We served the University of Lagos Students’ Union at about the same time. I was the president of my department under the Faculty of Science and Sowore was the the overall Students’ Union president.

This will not be an epistle for we all know Sowore, his Sahara Reporters (saharareporters.com) and his AAC which some judases may have stolen from him.

Before the election, l wanted to actually write about Malcolm Fabiyi because in all honesty, the brains behind Sowore are even bigger than Sowore. Of course, the AAC did not get far, for that is the story of Nigeria. Late Gani Fawehinmi did not even get as far as AAC.

If Nigerian journalists were smart, they would have known that AAC (minus the judases) is the party with the highest intelligent quotient among all the political parties. They saw Sowore, whom they hate, but did not look behind him to see where all his facts and confidence came from. Therefore l say to you lazy Nigerian journalists, look today beyond Sowore. Start from Malcolm Fabiyi and tell the world what you missed.

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I said l won’t write an epistle and the purpose of my essay is not to paint AAC as the messiah of Nigerian politics but definitely AAC is not a party of murderers and terrorists like the APC and the PDP before it. Someone said that Nigerian will fight you or even kill you if you try to save them from their miseries. There is no greater truth in that expired Niger Area than that.

The incarceration of Omoyele Sowore is not just a shame to Nigeria/Nigerians, it is a shame to the whole world. An innocent man was kidnapped by the useless government of Mallan Buhari and we turned away as if nothing happened. In Nigeria, we have become used to laughing as people who are under oppression through imprisonment and other forms of state sponsored criminality.

Some people think that Seun Kuti was exaggerating when he called Nigeria a concentration camp. For nearly 2 decades l have admitted that we live as slaves in Nigeria. I wish that all Nigerians living in Nigeria can see a parallel normal country from above the sky. Perhaps, the required light that they need to fight their own revolution would emerge.

Buhari is running a government that favours terrorists and incapacitate regular citizens with voices on their rights and demand for decent lives. What we see everyday is a people who have come to accept the nonsense and rubbish that APC present on a daily basis. A people who stood their ground and opposed Jonathan’s PDP are now living in harmony with the worst form of terrorism on planet earth under APC.

Buhari’s government does not deserve another 24 hours after you read this piece. I don’t know if l have been clear about my position before but l want to be now. There is nothing more important to me in my life than a struggle that will eliminate the types of politics that both APC and PDP are playing.

There is nothing more urgent to Nigeria now than the demolition of the useless unitary system of government that has turned Nigerians to things that are so shameless to describe at home and abroad.

To be clear, that we all became quiet the moment Sowore was kidnapped by the Buhari led government is a shame on all of us. No matter what you think about Sowore, no matter what l think about him, he had a choice of living in any of the developed countries in the world. Living in these countries is already like living in paradise that many of you want to achieve through your religions.

You don’t have to like or hate Sowore to know (if you have sense) that his kidnap was unlawful and his present predicament is unwarranted. Fears are now being  raised that Sowore may be eliminated like Ken Saro Wiwa.

I have a lot of things to say. I have a lot of things to write about and l have a lot of things to do. But when l read my blog, l realized l have said it all. The only misjudgement l can admit was that l wrote many times that 1999-2015 would be the worst years of our lives. I was so f***ing wrong.

In Buhari and Osinbajo, we got to a bottom no other country in the world ever got to before the people arrested and killed all their oppressors. Go and read history and see how developed countries saved themselves from oppressions to attain glory that Nigerians are dying across the deserts and in the Mediterranean to experience.

Finally on this random mix, it is equally a shame on Donald Trump not to ask for the release of Sowore from the dungeons of the lifeless one, terrorist Buhari. It is a shame on his friend in the United Kingdom Boris Johnson to keep quiet on the unlawful clampdown of human right activists in Nigeria. It is a shame to the European Union. I cannot even mention the African Union because it doesn’t look like it exists and the Unions in West Africa. They are like rubber stamps for terror-inclined tyrants like Buhari.

No matter what you think about Sowore, he does not deserve to be a prisoner under this regime that enjoy handshakes with terrorists in Northern Nigeria.

#freesoworenow

#freesowore

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A Country Called Nigeria (Part 1)

A Country Called Nigeria (Part 1)

Written By Adeola Aderounmu

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The rest of the world is making giant strides and the rate of global development is amazing. It is like a race to perfection, a sort of paradise on earth. Nigeria is not having the same goals as other developed countries of the world. This can be expressed and proved in more than a million words.

It is this same sad story that we have been writing about since time immemorial. But it appears that for some of us, we have to keep writing about it. For so many other people, the happenstance called Nigeria is the only life they know. What if they knew better? What will become of Nigeria if the people who write about the ills in that relegated country stop writing? How low can Nigeria descend?

Politics and Elections.

Politically, Nigeria is backward. The so-called president of Nigeria in the person of Mr. Buhari is an epitome of the decay and outright foolishness that is displayed as politics in Nigeria. Buhari has almost no education, forged a certificate to contest, and in the last 4 years (2015- 2019) have shown that he is more interested in power than in performances.

The 2019 presidential election conducted under his watch is nothing but a disgrace to the human race.

The elections in Nigeria are disgraceful for so many reasons. The ruling party, the APC cheated. The main opposition, the PDP, also had been involved in electoral frauds since 1999. The policemen and soldiers were active and played decisive roles in the outcome of the elections. The greatest disappointments in electoral matters in Nigeria lie with the electoral body called INEC and the electorates-the people who have also become zombified by a largely fraudulent system.

INEC executed a manual system that is ridiculous and laughable. In the 21st century approaching the 22nd, Nigerians cannot count themselves in a successful census and Nigerians cannot line up and be counted on elections days. They have not even dreamt of an automated system based on the social security number system. Nigeria is far from civilization where it mattered most.

 

Infrastructure: Roads, Water and Electricity

I have been running this blog since 2006. One of the biggest issues on this blog is the dearth of infrastructure in Nigeria. How can anyone believe that there is no electricity in Nigeria? How can you reckon with the absence of water that should be provided by state and federal governments? Do you know that some of the worst roads in the world are in Nigeria? Go and check out Badagry-Oshodi expressroad or Agbara road linking to Ogun state.  These are not even roads anymore, they are the longest stretch of deathtraps l have seen in my entire life.

One day l was reading through an old post where l reflected on the speech of Mrs. Clinton during her short visit to Nigeria. In her words, she said “when you hear Nigeria, you think wao! everywhere is electrified!”. But sadly, many years after her visit, Nigeria is still not electrified by electricity. The country is electrified instead by evil, kidnapping and terrorism. Then you start to think, “what kinds of morons are running the country”? Where is their shame? Where are their senses? Do they even have brains?

 

 (To be continued. Part 2 coming up soon).

 

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Pius Adesanmi, Goodnight My Friend..!

By Adeola Aderounmu

In 2010, 9 years ago Pius wrote to me never to give up writing.

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PROFESSOR PIUS ADESANMI, His last post on the social media.

 

So l am going to do just that. l will continue to write especially about Nigeria.

Pius left this world very untimely along with all the other flyers on that ill-fated Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis Ababa that crashed 6 minutes after take off whilst on the way to Nairobi.

It was a very unfortunate incident that will cost Africa several years to recover from. Many people on that flight were giants in their respective fields and you just need to look at the list to appreciate and understand the magnitude of the global loss. Children were on the flight too and it was a very sad day for the world.

l lost my friend Pius. Pius Adesanmi’s profile is too big to be encapsulated on my tiny blog and so l beg you to do an internet search to find out about him.

He was the director of studies at the Institute of Africa Studies, Carleton University in Canada.

Pius was an award winning author, a writer, a columnist and a rare gem in all ramifications.

He wrote to me first about 10 years ago encouraging me to keep writing and telling me that my content were powerful and impactful. At that time, the name Pius Adesanmi did not mean anything to me. But gradually, with time l began to realise how BIG and IMPORTANT Pius was in the academic world and the impact of his message sank in.

We chatted a few times and he even wanted to meet up when he came to Denmark at some point. But poor me, l was at the countryside and didn’t bother about my mails at that time. We missed each other and never met.

I was in Nigeria in 2018 at about the same time as he was. But when l travelled back to Sweden, he was in Nigeria and l got to know about it because he had an accident that was in the news. It was a fatal accident but he survived.

8 months later, and this!

We have lost a true son of Africa. The world had lost a global citizen. Please find time to read more about Pius, he was a jolly good fellow and l will misss him for as long as l live. I will miss our sincere chats and common views about creating a Nigeria devoid of mediocrity, corruption, intellectual laziness and ineptitude.

He wrote to me: DON’T GIVE UP!

I will never give up.

aderounmu@gmail.com

 

The Useless Representation Of The International Community During Elections In Nigeria

By Adeola Aderounmu

The elections that held in Nigeria on 23rd February was probably the worst or ranked among the worst in the history of Nigeria.

in this age of internet and social media generally, it was easy to see live coverage of disturbing images during the election. There were some coverages that were not transmitted live and some of them could be part of the fake news.

Watch this video here and see how one very stupid and extremely useless foreign observer tried to downplay the lives and property that were lost in this election.

The man making this presentation should be arrested and try by a court of law for lies and probable distortion in terms of the lives lost in Nigeria before and during the election of 23rd February 2019.

One can now begin to question the presence of international observers in Nigerian elections. There was another video making rounds of a foreign observer engaging in the distortion of election results in the southern part of Nigeria.

In any case, l think the bulk lies with Nigeria. Senegal held election in the country and in almost 50 countries in diaspora and it was hitch-free.

Our politics is a matter of life and death because Nigerian politicians are criminals and until they begin to go to jail or even executed, it does not seem that killings would stop at our elections.

The other critical aspect is the question of Nigeria as one country. What took place in Borno and Yobe on the 23rd of February were ballot papers were thumb-printed by a few guys in mosques and schools and the results showed record high figures dictated by INEC officials.

Again, l drift from the main essay because Nigeria is a major problem. One problem leads to another and your essay get longer and longer.

These international observers seen in this video should be sent packing from Nigeria and they should never NEVER return. These are not observers, they are MURDERERS!

Mugabe: När firandet kan vara fel

Mugabe: När firandet kan vara fel (Previously posted in English language)

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av Adeola Aderounmu

Många observatörer både inom och utanför Afrika tycks ha firat störtandet av Mugabe som Zimbabwes president efter nära fyra årtionden vid makten. En sådan uppfattning är en skarp motsägelse till vad som erhölls på 1970 och 1980 talet då Mugabe agerade som hjälte för Zimbabwes självständighet.

Jag minns min reaktion när Mugabe röstades till makten för den sjätte gången år 2008. Då var han 84 år gammal och jag trodde hans pensionering var väntad, för honom att kunna vila upp sig och njuta av återstoden av sitt liv. Vid det tillfället drog jag slutsatsen att dåliga ledare, oavsett hur bra deras avsikter kan tyckas, är de som vägrar att träna eller handleda sina anhängare att ta sedan över efter dem.

Enligt min mening är Mugabes största misstag att inte ha värnat om ett fåtal unga män och kvinnor som kunde fört Zimbabwe framåt. Han var beredd att styra Zimbabwe fram till sin död, det är den enda förklaringen jag finner för en man som är 93 år gammal och inte pensionerad från offentlig service.

Det råder ingen tvekan om att Mugabe stannade för länge vid makten. Han blandade troligen ihop demokrati med monarki. I en demokrati är överföringen av makt oundviklig. De som kämpade vid sidan av Mugabe för ett självständigt Zimbabwe hade anledning att känna sig förolämpade när det blev uppenbart att Mugabe planerade överföringen av makt till sin fru. Några av dessa personer är nu politiker, om än gamla politiker, och vissa förblev i militären. De har nu säkerställt att makten togs över med våld från Mugabe, i hans gamla och hjälplösa ålder.

När den nuvarande maktstriden är avgjord, har Zimbabwes handläggare en del saker att klargöra och rätta till. Ett exempel är lagen som ger Mugabe makt att avskeda landets vice ordförande som bör återkallas genom lagstiftaren. Andra repressiva lagar i konstitutionen som är kapabla att omvandla revolutionerande, demokratiska ledare till tyranner bör avskaffas.

Zimbabwe och förvisso många andra länder i Afrika behöver granska sina politikers ämbetstider. Zimbabwe till exempel skulle troligen vuxit demokratiskt om det fanns en begränsning på antalet gånger en president kan väljas om. I länder där makten över ämbetstiden gör det till en nästan omöjlig uppgift att ändra makten genom trovärdiga val, blir begränsade mandatperioder ett motgift.

Det finns en allvarlig fara i om den använda metoden att driva bort Mugabe är firad. Användningen av militären för att korrigera politisk anomali borde inte firas eller hyllas någonstans i världen. Det förblir ett recept på våld och inbördeskrig. Det var fel att det militära alternativet var vad som togs till för att köra bort Mugabe och stoppa hans fru från att ta över makten. Valmöjligheten, som använder sig av trovärdiga omröstningar och godtagbara resultat, är alltid den bästa metoden.

Därför måste globala media presentera en balanserad rapport om situationen, oberoende av dess predisposition (kärlek eller hat) mot Mugabe. Det som hänt i Zimbabwe handlar inte bara om personen Mugabe eller hans hunger efter makt utan även om välfärden och välbefinnandet hos folket i Zimbabwe, hemma och utomlands.

Lärdomarna från Zimbabwe borde återigen öppna våra ögon om demokratins brister i vissa delar av världen och dessa lärdomar borde vara behjälpliga för diverse institutioner som främjar av inte bara demokrati men även medborgerliga rättigheter för alla människor globalt.

aderounmu@gmail.com

Footnote:

Mugabe resigned today 21st of November 2017 after 37 years in power.

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