A Stale Demo-Crazy

The hopes that some Nigerians are having already for 2023 were the same hopes I had in 1979 when l (Adeola) started to follow Nigerian politics (and l memorized the names of several top politicians that l still remember till date!).

Do the math. You are living in a fool’s paradise.

A Stale Demo-crazy

By Adeola Aderounmu

In a very uncharacteristic manner, l did not give it a thought to write an essay that tallies with the Nigerian independence anniversary on October the 1st.

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It is also remarkable that l did not even repost my previous thoughts on the day (October 1st) on my blog. It is a sign of the times. My thoughts are divided about the country called Nigeria and l have described celebrations of October 1st as a sheer waste of time and money year after year.

I thought about the foolish people ruling Nigeria and their own reflections to the world that they are doing a great job. Then I think about the reality that Nigeria is one of the worst places to live on planet earth. There are arguments that this is a fallacy. It is easy to dismiss the terrible situation in Nigeria if you find yourself on the same side as the lucky bastards-the ones who think that having wealth or advantages that are not open or available to everyone is the purpose of life.

I think about all the problems facing Nigeria and how complicated they have become. I think about the people on whose behalf we have been writing for decades but who it seemed have lost touch with human dignity and the meaning of human existence; how almost impossible it has become to redeem the damaged minds and psyche of the “Nigerian”.

I think about how the Nigerian looked at you and view your opinions of the Nigerian state against his/her own personal judgements of “how things should work” or “so you think you know better”.

As a blogger and writer of almost 20 years’ experience, you know you cannot continue to argue with people or persons who actually think that Nigeria has a “political class” or that there is a future/hope based on the two major useless political groups in Nigeria. It is hopeless, and it is an inexplicable human “stupidity” not to start looking at the options that lie beyond the status quo in Nigeria.

Don’t be alarmed by my choice of words. I crossed the line of “civil essayist” a long time ago. Nigeria crossed the line from “civil” to “anarchy” many years before l lost my patience for soothing choice of words.

In her present state, Nigeria is home to the accumulation of the poorest people in the world staying afloat the world’s richest gifts of nature. If that doesn’t strike you as an anomaly, irony and oxymoron combined, l wonder what will.

To remain on the same side of any of the 2 major political party in Nigeria, APC or PDP revealed to me that Nigeria is irredeemable. On this blog, l have shown that there is no difference between the two. Both are criminal organisations, highly sophisticated in the perpetration of evil and poverty, and extremely interchangeable groups. I can be APC today and PDP tomorrow and vice versa.

In her present state, Nigeria is home to the accumulation/aggregation of the poorest people in the world staying afloat the world’s richest gifts of nature.

Nigeria is not a country in the true sense of it. It remains a geographical area in captivity. That is why poor people and slaves are concentrated in different regions with splashes of some of the world’s richest people who succeeded in capitalizing on a system that thrives on injustice and the growing stupidity of a “captured populace” that thinks that solutions to human problems are attached to divinity or unseen spiritual forces especially those forced on them when the slavery was perpetrated by foreigners. Today the slavery is masterminded by the elites/political class.

Nigeria is a special case of the collapse of humanity and the total and shocking absence of “simple” common sense. Again, foolish people continue to ask social critics for the solutions to Nigeria’s problems. In my case, l now suggests that ‘question askers” should read my blog from the beginning. They will probably find the answer somewhere.

The most radical solutions to Nigeria’s problems are the outright revolt of the people and the mass prosecution/elimination of the criminals called politicians. Such a bold move will change the landscape of the country forever. But that solution will not be sought because of the lessons of the civil war and the people have no leaders anymore. Nigeria is primarily headless and aimless.

The probable re-evolution of independent states within Nigeria is a risk worth taking because Nigeria in any case will never work based on the useless unitary system of government.

But the independent states will not be occupied by aliens if they emerged.

How will the governance of such states or republics be different from the useless governance that dominated Nigeria since the collapse of regional government? No one knows the answer to this question. Yet it remains a more popular option today because of the absolute stupidities seen in government especially since 1999 when physical hell escalated in Nigeria first through the PDP and now the APC.

Nigeria’s democracy is stale, permanently. It is managed by idiots and people without senses. But it is an indication of a systemic collapse. How can a country with glorious academics and citizens who are very efficient around the world be governed at home by complete nonentities? You can ask many other shocking questions about Nigeria and Nigerians who would rather spend their free time on useless tv shows rather than their real freedom fights.

What we know is that the collapse of the regional government automatically stemmed progress across the country. 53 years ago, Nigeria started the journey down the road to perdition when regional government was suspended. Since then, the citizens have been in coma and lacked the balls to re-demand for their lost paradise. For 53 years, unitary system of government has failed Nigerians regardless of who the ruler or dictator was/is.

How can you do something the same way and expect a different result is a globally known question/phrase. The hope that some Nigerians are having already for 2023 was the same hope I had in 1979 when l started to follow Nigerian politics (when l memorized the names of several politicians that l still remember till date!).

Do the math. You are living in a fool’s paradise.

Nigeria is a special case of the collapse of humanity and the total and shocking absence of “simple” common sense.

My name is Adeola and I blog here (adeola.blog)

aderounmu@gmail.com

A Country Called Nigeria (Part 2)

ON BUHARI: He is looking like a zombie, giving support to the Fulanis in terms of communication (radio station) and terror cells ( RUGA settlements). Buhari should be dragged to the war crime tribunal without delay. He is the most dangerous man in Africa today and he rules over 190 m people who seem to be on sedatives.

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Don’t worry about our future. When we start to swear in our leaders in Yorubaland by Sango-the god of thunder, l dare anyone of them to be corrupt or unruly.

 

A Country Called Nigeria. (Part 2)

 

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By Adeola Aderounmu

Health

Do you know just how bad the state of health provision is in Nigeria? Look at it this way, the so-called president of Nigeria, Mr. Buhari, is an outpatient in a number of hospital in Europe. That is a summary of the state of health provision in Nigeria. The one who is supposed to provide good health to Nigerians in Nigeria seeks medical treatment abroad for himself and his family.

You should be alarmed as much as l am that Nigerians have been caged. For, the moment that happened, Nigerians, who are more than 190 m should have ended such a government in less than 24 hours. Buhari’s government should have been terminated by the people the moment he flew out for treatment. But years after, he is sitting his ass tight and even got re-elected by a fraudulent, non-transparent electoral process. Buhari himself is a fraud.

My point is: how can health services be provided to a people whose ruler does not receive health service in the land? It is not going to happen. Nigeria is the country where you find polio and it is where maternal deaths (or pregnancy-related mortality) remain a world record high.

Malaria still kills children, pregnant women and the old as well as the young in Nigeria. Health issues and any form of accidents are primarily death sentences in Nigeria. Quality health services are rare and expensive. So, a return to good health after an illness or an accident is a miracle in Nigeria and calls for testimonies in churches and mosques.

This is the state of health in Nigeria, a country that provides the rest of the world with the best doctors and nurses there are in the international world.

School and Education

The quality of education in Nigeria, just like the health sector, is also mostly based on money. The elites and the rich pay huge fees to get their children some quality education. There is no equality in the quality of education provided in Nigeria. This means that human beings are not equal in Nigeria and social justice does not exist.

In summary, the public educational system in Nigeria is almost dead. This is a sign of systemic failure of governance. In a recent video that went viral on the internet, we saw students in Port Harcourt who went to school with hand grenades and other firearms. It was an open cult war. Cultism has ripped through the various institutions in Nigeria, public and private.

It appears that schools have become a place to breed hooligans and cultists. Some schools can cause permanent eye disorder when you look at them. They are dilapidated, and rainy days mean no school or school’s out. Public education in Nigeria is a disgrace to humanity. In several blog posts, l have addressed this issue comprehensively and even proffered solutions.

It will take a lot of investments in the educational sector to save the day for Nigeria. Sadly, politics in Nigeria promote laziness, corruption, illiteracy and reward for criminals. If the investments in education must yield results, the above vices must be eliminated and the immunity of criminals in public offices must disappear as early as today. A lot of these things work together to destroy the importance of good education and dignity of labour.

Science, Medicine, Research and Technology

Each of the above can be addressed independently. In my opening comments, l wrote that the problems with Nigeria can be written with a million words. That could happen if we try to dissect the problems with in full details.

These points are closely linked with education and health already highlighted above. If the educational sector gets the required attention and if we really care about the future of the unborn generations, then this is the time to make the leaps in science, medicine, research and technology. We are too far behind as a country and in the various geo-political regions that were destroyed in 1966.

In order for Nigeria to make progress in these areas, urgent measures must be taken to reverse the brain drain that continued to plague the country since the 1980s. We are chasing out our best brains and we are not tapping the best brains that are behind in Nigeria.

Again, all of these things are connected to our politicians who are corrupt, they are stealing all the yearly allocations for these causes, and we the people are looking. Those who believe in Nigeria as a country must save it. Those who have lost faith must also be allowed to determine their future. Who knows what will happen?

Security

Don’t even go there. APC came into power in 2015 against the backdrop of a campaign to end Boko Haram. It was all fallacy. It appears that APC is the sponsor of Boko Haram as the Buhari regime looked back and allowed the terrorists to gain more grounds, killed more people using both soft and hard targets.

The more you investigate Boko Haram, the less you understand of it. Such an insurgency, in my opinion, thrives because the government is not willing to end it brutally. I think it is possible to wipe away Boko Haram from the face of the earth. I just don’t know how many drones it would take, but it is doable.

Recall that Buhari was famously quoted that an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the North when Jonathan was make efforts to curb the terrorist group, notorious for kidnapping and raping women and children. So, how do we think that an army led by Buhari’s men would end the insurgency of Boko Haram? Have we thought well about this?

At the end of 2015 Buhari lied to the whole world when he said that Boko Haram had been technically defeated. What a bloody lie? And what a bold lie for that matter! For that alone, Buhari should have been arrested and tried. But Nigerians allowed the government to run a system where the rulers are untouchable no matter the extent of their crimes. To lie to Nigerians and the world is a criminal act.

The security problems in Nigeria is now very close to what brought about the civil war in 1967. Terrorists have been given all kinds of fanciful names like bandits, herdsmen and hooligans. In terms of security, this is the worst government in the history of Nigeria. The security of lives and property does not exist!

Genocide seems to be playing out in Nigeria. The Fulanis are on a rampage, killing across Nigeria and taking over other people’s ancestral homes. You know what Buhari is doing? He is looking like a zombie, giving support to the Fulanis in terms of communication (radio station) and terror cells (settlements). Buhari should be dragged to the war crime tribunal without delay. He is the most dangerous man in Africa today and he rules over 190 m people who seem to be on sedatives.

 

The Politics. The Future

Nigerian politics is a huge joke. Criminals of all sorts are roaming government houses in the name of immunity. 99.9% of Nigerian politicians are looters and individuals whose sole interest is self-enrichment. To make Nigerian politics a serious matter, the immunity clause must go.

This means that as soon as a person is suspected of illegalities or criminality, the person can step aside and be prosecuted. Even ex-convicts, suspected criminals and people with ill-gotten wealth should not be allowed to contest for public offices. The Nigerian political sphere is filled with different sorts of criminal minds and people suffering from different grades of mental diseases.

Until Nigeria rids its political space of evil minds and dubious characters, the country will continue to parade criminals in all government houses and the country will NEVER, NEVER become a prosperous country for the ordinary citizens.

Another issue that need to be addressed is the similarity of the APC and PDP political parties and the ease of crossing from one political party to another. Ideology is zero and this may not be unconnected to the immunity of the criminals we call politicians.

But it appears that the future of Nigeria is now more uncertain than at any point in time/history.

There are legitimate agitations to split the country. The prime arguments against that is that the people in these regions are the same people running the country down today. What will be different if the country split?

Actually, a lot will change. Prior to the two useless coups of 1966, Western Nigerian for example was ahead of various European and Asian countries in terms of development. When Nigeria was lumped together as one country as an aftermath of a senseless military coup and the civil war that followed, development stagnated in western Nigeria and the Yorubas have not moved an inch forward since 1966.  Imagine the impact of stunted growth since 1966, it is huge.

Agitation for the Oduduwa republic is rife again as much as the IPOB in eastern Nigeria and the Niger Delta Kingdom. We live in a time where self-determination is becoming more common and rampant. A people as large as the Yorubas numbering over 50 million deserve their country and l am in full support of the Oduduwa Kingdom as much as l am in support of the Igbos seeking self-determination without infringing on the rights of the people of the Niger Deltans to determine the control of their lands and resources.

From today henceforth, no matter how much l write about the glory of Nigeria and how well l want Nigeria to be great, my heart is now with the movement that will emancipate my people, my culture and my heritage from the shackles of the Nigerian stupidity.

One way or the other, the Yorubas must negotiate their freedom from the expired British colony because that is the only way for the glory of the children of Oduduwa to become manifest and great.

Don’t worry about our future. When we start to swear in our leaders in Yorubaland by Sango-the god of thunder, l dare anyone of them to be corrupt or unruly.

aderounmu@gmail.com

The Nigerian Military Vs The Rest Of Us In A Pseudo-democracy

The Nigerian Military Vs The Rest Of Us In A Pseudo-democracy

By Adeola Aderounmu (Today is 11 years l have been on this BLOG, THY GLORY O’NIGERIA..!)

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(A recent tv-program claiming that there is starvation in parts of Africa including Nigeria. This is the type of shame that Nigerian politicians bring to their families, fathers and mothers and the rest of us. How can a country so blessed be populated by starving children and jobless people?)

 

There are pockets of problems in Nigeria. The most visible in recents days is ongoing in the Eastern part of Nigeria as the Nigerian Military started show of might in some parts of Nigeria.

According to the military, these exercises are staged in a number of geographical locations in Nigeria. There is no external aggression against Nigeria so it suits the Military to oppress the civilians/citizens.

Sadly the exercise in the East is causing commotions and deaths because of the clashes between the Nigerian military and the members of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB).

There have been a lot of arguments back and forth on who is to blame for the deaths and clashes. One person that l know stated that two wrongs does not make a right. Oh well, two shades of madness does not make a sense to me as well.

If your enemy is planning to roast you, you do not rub palm oil on your body and then start dancing near the fire (or python). At the same time, the one who does not let a sleeping dog lie would be bitten and may die of rabies.

In the year 2017, there are so many options open to agitations bothering on secession and independence. In the 1990s we saw the effect of war and stupidity as Bosnia and other nation went up in flames because people refused to talk. Way back in 1967 Nigeria herself went up in flames and the rest is history. How easily can history repeat itselt? Too easy as humans never learned. Humans are passionately foolish.

For BIAFRA, my opinion is that IPOB and MASSOB need to find a common ground as a starting point.

For as long as IPOB and MASSOB have differing views on how to achieve the BIAFRA AGENDA, the Igbo people are just deceiving themselves. Secondly, and after they have achieved a common front, they now need to get the support of the generality of the Igbo people including their politicians at home and at Abuja.

In order to be qualified for REFERENDUM, the Igbo Nation, as in all of Eastern Nigerian must be united in seeking the referendum in which those in support and those against BIAFRA can make their votes count. In asking for a referendum, it does not mean that all Igbo people are in support of BIAFRA, it only means that they will have a chance to test the popularity of the opinion.

A Referendum will not be achieved by violence and hate speech for which Nnamdi Kanu is a champion, sadly. A referendum will never be achieved as long as Igbo Ministers and Igbo politicians in Abuja are rubbing minds and asses with the rest of the country. It is not as if they need to come home to settle to Biafra, but their inputs are needed in achieving and testing the referendum. A majority outcome is the future of the Igbo Union.

Not even getting to that point makes a useless mess of the agitation of either IPOB or MASSOB. A war will consume them like a thuderous fire no matter the external or internal support. IPOB must understand the dictates of war. It is beyond street violence as the Nigerian Military as shown by their tiny operation in the East in recent days.

True it appears the Nigerian Military is controlled by the North. True, it appears that Buhari is a sectional ruler and a ruthless, thoughtless dictator… THEREFORE not playing by the rules of achieving a referedum makes it easy for him as a ruthless ruler to excercise military might.

To confront any ruler or government in Nigeria, any region or section that is willing to secede must first follow the books. To go to war with Nigeria means that the government of Nigeria have refused to listen to the voice of reason after every requirement for referendum or eventual secession have been achived. It would then be logical to accuse the Nigerian government of genocide or tribal killings (for which the military is already an expert, so don’t get me wrong). I am not in support of any military action or excercise in any zone in Nigeria. It is absolute nonsense and a provocative act.

A house divided against itself cannot stand. In my opinion a referendum is the way forward for the BIAFRAN AGENDA. It will be a very, very long and unwindy road to get to the point of a referendum.

Violence, war and forming local militias is not the way. History shows us that lives will be lost, the innocent will be massacred and the purpose will never be achieved. Only the manufacturers of weapons will smile to the banks.

So again, let IPOB or/and MASSOB come to the table and forge a way forward. Greed and thirst for power may eventually suffocate both groups. Get your people together, not necessarily because you think you are right to form BIAFRA but to vote against or for your call for the republic of BIAFRA.

Let everyone be prepared to accept the result of the referendum and let’s see where we go from there. Remember that as long as your Abuja politicians and state governors are singing a different tunes, then there will be no referendum, talk less of a BIAFRA that many people around the world belived died in 1970.

I am not an expert on this issue, l am just a blogger offering my opinion because l would hate to see a people suffer genocide in the hands of the one-sided Nigerian military.

However l am super convinced that if it were to be a country-wide revolution where all the people in the country (more than 150 m) pour to the streets at the same time for several days or weeks, the government will be totally crippled and changes including the emergence of new nations or the re-establishment of the old ones will emerge.

I amd also thinking about what will become of the IBADAN DECLARATION in the coming days. I wonder if it was an empty show where some people are also seeking for attention.

I am thinking loud about the major problems in Nigeria, a country so blessed yet so deprieved because of the greed of a few people who sadly are still in power no matter the political affiliation.

I am thnking about: IPOB, MASSOB, ODUDUWA REPUBLIC, AREWA YOUTH, MIDDLE BELT REGION, MEND, HERDSMEN AND BOKO HARAM.

There is an urgent need for a political solution. With or without the IPOB uprisings, this country cannot hold for too much longer. We postpone the major evil days while the people experience taste of evil daily. This is not sustainable.

These are just my my unedited random thoughts in these days of uncertainty, lies, power vacuum and a propaganda machine in the hands of a very wicked style of government. The Buhari led APC government now ranks among the most useless government in Nigeria. It is the most hypocritical in the history of Africa. It is basically at par with the Jonathan government with regards to the number of criminals in its ranks from the president to the senate leader to the governors and the local government. It’s the same old sh*t.

Toying with this type of heartless criminals the way IPOB is doing is mainly suicide. There must be a way round…

 

The Fundamentals Of June 12 1993

The fundamentals of June 12 1993 revealed that every region in Nigeria should be allowed to control her own politics and resources just the way it was before the useless coups of the 60s. Regional government must now be allowed to stay and mature.

The Fundamentals of June 12 1993

By Adeola Aderounmu

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June 12 1993 will remain iconic and outstanding in the annals of Nigeria. It is very instructive also to relate recent developments in Nigeria to the significance of June 12 1993.

My blog (Thy Glory O’ Nigeria) is awashed with stories of the historic June 12 1993 election in Nigeria. One statement that l continue to emphasize is that the election was not about the contest between MKO Abiola of the Social Democractic Party(SDP) and Alhaji BashirTofa of the National Republican Convention (NRC).

These two presidential aspirants were only parts and parcel of a larger significance that the election and the results bore on Nigeria and the history of Nigeria.

To be clear, people have argued about MKO Abiola’s character and antecedents prior to 1993. Let us agree now that election is a process. It is an integral aspect of a democratic dispensation. Election is not a means by which anyone should supress voters’  or human rights. Election should not be a means to disenfranchising the people.

In 1993, the military gangsters headed by one notorious Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida commited the most obvious treasonable felony in Nigeria’s history when they annulled and eventually cancelled the results of the presidential election which held on June 12. It was generally known that MKO Abiola was poised to win.

The political transition that culminated in the botched election had been long and tiring. Nigerians had been patient and long suffering. But it all came to a dead-end when the tropical gangster Ibrahim Babangida willingly acted the script of the cabal and the North in ensuring that power did not transfer by vote to the winner from the South-West, MKO Abiola, despite the obvious facts that the votes had been accumulated across tribal and religious boundaries.

What he, Babangida-one of Nigeria’s most corrupt and shameless tyrant ever-failed to realise was that democracy is about the power of votes and the will of the people. He ignored the principles of human rights and the principles of democracy. He played out the scripts that seemed to have been written in Northern Nigeria.

He was disgraced out of power when he said that he stepped aside but he never faced charges for all the treasons he committed over the years planning coups and deleting election results. He was never prosecuted and lives today in a fortress in Minna. Ibrahim Babangida is one of the shameful symbols of the modern black race, a man who has no respect for life and values.

The discussion on why Nigeria’s corrupt elites and politicians have never faced corruption charges or even imprisonment is another inexplicable aspect of the Nigerian political terrain. That omission will continue to dent the intellectuallity of the black race.

Nigeria is an example of a country notorious for allowing criminals to roam free in the land, staging multiple comebacks to political scene and continuously looting the treasury till they drop dead or pass the shame to their children, accomplices and family members.

The obvious winner of the June 12 1993 election, MKO Abiola was eventually murdered in prison on July 7 1998 as he struggled to achieve the mandate given to him by millions of Nigerian voters. His death and how it happened remained points of discussions as different versions were thrown to the people depending on who was talking about it.

In 1999, Nigeria was eventually returned to civilian rule without the pressure of the June 12 1993 elections dwindling. One of the tropical gangsters in Nigeria, General Abdulsalami, who must definitely have a good knowledge of how Abiola was murdered under his watch eventually handed over to Olusegun Obasanjo, one of their own.

The arrangement perfected by/under Abdulsalami was a military one but it was masked by the hastened election that brought General Obasanjo to power. It was a move that was necessary to appease the South West after the murder of MKO Abiola. The North found a good ally in Obasanjo as he was now a civilian, eternally pro-North and anti-June 12.

Obasanjo was also a former military head of state and a major player in the electoral atrocities and malpractises of the late 1970’s. He handed over power to Shehu Shagari of the NPN. So for the umpteenth time, the Nigerian elites, the gangsters in khaki and the political pretenders refused to solve the political imbroglio that hung over Nigeria since the end of the civil war in 1970.

The fundamental lessons of June 12 are clear. Those who capture Nigeria at the center at any given point in time control everything. They have unlimited power and unlimited immunity. That is not true democracy.

It was the fear of losing that control that shook the North of Nigeria. It was that fear that made them murdered MKO Abiola. Those who sent Abiola to prison are the ones that killed him no matter how the murder was carried out. It was the North even if they had accomplices from other part of the country or from America. The story of Judas is common sense, not spiritual.

The fear of losing power under an authoritarian, unitary arrangement continue to grip the North. The North, over the years became too dependent on economic revenues from Lagos and the oil producing states. In the absence of clear cut agreement on how to sustain itself with the help of these undeserved wages should the structure change suddenly, the North continues to fear losing the center.

The North is always afraid and it continues to spread fear and threats among the other parts of the country as tactics for holding to power. In recent history, 3 key occurences have brought out the fear for all to see very clearly.

One is the annullment of the June 12 elections. If Bashir Tofa had won, the results would have stayed.

Two is the death of Musa Yar Adua and the desperation to prevent the emergence of Goodluck Jonathan as his replacement. The disastrous reign of Goodluck Jonathan did not help matters and the manner of his defeat through both [INEC styled] ballots and propaganda remain viable discussions for everyone keen on the progress of Nigeria.

The third is currently playing out. The absence of Mohammed Buhari and all the desperate measures now in place to keep the power in the North no matter the cost.

The crazy and defective ideology of born to rule is however the most significante revelation of the constant fear that grips the North. Unless one is born into a royal family, one is never born to rule. We have seen even how royal bloods continue to fade away globally. Born to rule is false hope.

In June 1993, following the annullment of the best election ever in the history of Nigeria, the message was clear: Votes will never count as long as the unitary system invented by the military persists. Nigerians were told pointblank that those who control the center will always decide the eventual rulers or Nigeria.

June 12 1993 showed us that Nigeria needed to restructure so that such errors and treasonable acts should never be made to reoccur. But the people were cowed and caged. Nigeria is still not restructured. Emergence at the head of the tyrannic unitary system can be well doctored by the electoral commission and the cabal. Past and recent elections under a unitary system justify these anomalies.

It cannot be rocket science. True, every system of governance has its own defects. Regional government had its imperfections and it was never even allowed to mature. Unitary system of government is like tyranny and on planet earth is probably the worst system of government. No matter the faults or defects that led to the coups of the 1960s, that system of government-the regional government- was far better and more productive for Nigeria.

Since the end of the civil war, Nigeria’s problems have become more profound and complicated. All the arms of government are practically useless as criminals hold sway everywhere in government. No matter the scandal or level of corruption today, the unitary system does nothing to address the situation. The system bears almost no difference under the military or civilians as most of the people in power have turned criminals.

Nigerians are living like in a rat race with their destinies out of their hands and control. Attempts to address the anomalies have always been myopic and selfish because rather than take an holistic approach to solve a generic problem nationally, the absence of leadership meant that a few individuals have taken advantage of the situations. They played the ethnic and tribal game so good that Nigeria is going in tatters.

It will be a matter of time to see where we are heading but it could turn out really worse than what we have seen till date. A situation that could have been managed by sensible leadership and patriotism led us to the existence of Biafra having her own currency and declaring her own holidays.

This has been followed by the Kaduna Declaration in which the North bore her minds and feelings about the East. No amount of retraction can obscure the mind of the North as clearly stated in the declaration, sponsored or not.

We got here because rather than applying common sense, rather than using merit, we sought to one useless federal character under a unitary system that promote foolishness, ineptitude, dumbness and corruption.

Nothing is too late in life. The choices are still before us. We knew before June 12 1993 that we were in an unholy alliance since the military struck in 1966. Some said that Nigeria was stitched together for the pleasure of the Queen of England.

Then treachery, suspicious minds and lack of patriotism took sway a long time ago. A long time ago, Nigeria seized to be a federation. She became a treasure to be captured and it remained so when APC outsmart PDP 2 years ago.

The political class realigned and continued the siege and rape of the land. Criminals everywhere, at the presidency, senate and all over.

Unless the system that encourages this type of madness is cut away soon, the violence trailing Boko Haram, Biafra(IPOB), MEND and the coming effects of both the Kaduna and Niger Delta declarations may lead to undesirable outcomes.

The fundamentals of June 12 1993 revealed that every region in Nigeria should be allowed to control her own politics and resources.

The time misspent in the past can be redeemed if common sense is allowed to prevail now. A stitch in time saves nine.

aderounmu@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Cash, Arms And The Songs Of A Coup

Nigeria now appears to be a country in a permanent state of latent war.

Unitary government is a catalyst for coup anywhere. As at this moment, Nigeria remains a slogan and is synonymous with ”capturing the center to steal the wealth from the regions”.

Cash, Arms And The Songs Of A Coup

By Adeola Aderounmu

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On at least two ocassions in 2017 the Nigerian Custom have declared that it seized arms at the Lagos port. This trend is a serious problem. The news are up in the air for a couple of hours and they die as quickly as they come. So who knows how many consignments of arms/weapons that have slipped through the Lagos port undetected over the years?

Who are the importers of the weapons? What manner of intelligence or investigation allows the seizure of arms without grabbing the importers by the wrists?  Who are the warlords and weapon dealers behind the direct importation of arms into Nigeria?

The man or woman who is clearing the weapons should be followed to the point of delivery, not accosted at the port as we have been made to understood. It also appears that the Nigerian Custom are used to playing to the gallery by displaying seized goods without working out the owners or simply hiding the owners. This is bad for the security of Nigeria.

How many tons of arms and ammunitions have slipped into the country from other porous points along the borderline of Nigeria?

There is no question about the influx of arms into both the northern and southern parts of Nigeria. Delivery through the desert of the north and the seaways of the south have been as easy as buying satchet water anywhere in Nigeria. What about the heavy ammunitions in the hands of the militants, separatists and the terrorists. Nigeria now appears to be a country in a permanent state of latent war.

The influx of arms into Nigeria is not a new phenomenon. It appears that it has remain unabated even after the civil war ended in 1970. The contributions of the free flow of arms to the rise in the prevalence of armed robbery operations are not well documented, but they confront daily in our existence. In addition, the role of Nigeria’s do-or-die politics in the rise and easy circulation of arms remains remarkable after the return of civilian rule in 1999.

There are other dangerous signs that are hard to ignore at this turbulent time in the rugged history of Nigeria. Civilian regimes in Nigeria have become notorious with provocative criminal acts. The ways and manners in which raw currencies flew in the air during the regime of Goodluck Jonathan is completely insane. Surprisingly, still, under the APC-Buhari mandate, raw cash continues to spread across Nigeria in huge sums. They are found in abandoned or obscure rooms, exquisite apartments and even at airports!

On a number of occasions, the intelligent services in Nigeria have fallen the hands of the citizens. First they find money, then they start to look for the owners. It’s beggining to look like a film. How hard can it be to let the money be, until you can hold the owners by their wrists? When is the drama or dilemma going to end? Enough is enough, please. Save poor people the pains of displaying orphan monies!

Then comes the political problem itself which is the foundation for all the other problems in Nigeria including the life time sentence of poverty on more than 100 million people.

Right now President Buhari’s status and whereabout remain unknown to the people who reportedly voted him to power in 2015. Is Nigeria a country? Is it a country when the voters and the people do not know where their president is or what is going on with him?

No one can pick holes in all the death hoaxes that have befallen the Nigerian president. They are in order. Some people are making money by attracting internet traffic as a result of the secretive and questionable nature of the Nigerian presidency. So be it, until the truth prevails.

The call for the restructuring of Nigeria is overiped. It is one of the probable antidotes to the songs of seccession and the cry of marginalisation. It is the cure for any useless plan to overthrown the government now headed by professor Yemi Osinbajo. For when and if Nigeria is restructured so that we return to regional government, for example, l don’t see why any Hausa-fulani or Yoruba or Igbo would plan a coup. Why?  To what end?

The foolishness of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s when military coups were fashionable will today lead to pandemonium or even war,  only if regional government are in place before the coup. The absence of regional govenrment and the persistent of the useless unitary government in Nigeria is still a catalyst for staging of coups. There will be no surprises if it happens anyway. As at this moment, Nigeria remains a slogan and is synonymous with ”capturing the center to steal the wealth from the regions”.

The surest way forward is for Nigerians to agree on the restructuring and to bring it into effect in the nearest couple of months or years. Nigeria needs a referendum or a series of referendum. Biafra too.

People of every region must choose and define their own fates. This will calm all agitations and help them decide how they want to aggregation and pursue their future. The re-emergence of regional government will bring back healthy competitions for growth, industrialisation and development just the way it was before the coups.

The only gentleman agreement is how to assist less priviledged regions until they become industrious to pick up their resources and agriculture again.

On the other hand, the nonsensical, verbal gentleman’s agreement to rotate the presidency is both undemocratic and evil. It is a passage to anarchy now that president Buhari who was vocal while calling for the impeachement of late Yar Adua seems to have be bedeviled with the same fate as Yar Adua.

This particular gentleman’s agreement is a licence to mediocrity (like the north scheming to have a replacement for Buhari in 2019), to continous turn-by-turn looting of the treasury (most recently the Jonathan army of looters giving way to Buhari soldiers of looters) and a very laughable tragicomedy on how despicably low the intellectual capabilities of Nigerians can be on the political stage.

By the way, where is the Save Nigeria Group and their banners? Or is Nigeria saved already?

A stitch in time saves nine.

aderounmu@gmail.com

You Should Never, Never Stand With Tyranny

Our hopes have been that the judiciary will be able to act faster and dish out judgements on all cases irrespective of who is involved or what the issue is all about.

You Should Never, Never Stand With Tyranny

By Adeola Aderounmu

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Sometime in 2015 under the present regime in Nigeria (what l prefer to call the APC-Buhari mandate) the Nigerian National Assembly (NASS) tried to introduce a bill that will send bloggers and social media commentators to prison.

To the clear the NASS is largely a collection of economic parasitic leeches. Their functions are not clear but their contributions to the spread of poverty are profound.

This is the same NASS that set out to cut a ribbon to inaugurate a series of suggestion boxes in its building.

In other places around the world, governments officials and assembly men are cutting ribbons to open public schools, public universities, world class roads, hospitals and other infrastructure that put the ordinary citizens and government at par.

When Nigerian politicians travel abroad, they enjoy the facilities that other people have put in place from public funds. Back home, they just steal the public funds. Pure criminals.

You have to be a fool in  this century to be at any ceremony where the purpose is to celebrate and party over the introduction of suggestion boxes in your organisation. I won’t get over the trauma.

Meanwhile the APC-Buhari mandate rode nicely on the back of the social media to get to power earlier in 2015. The social media was also a perfect place to cover up all the atrocities that marred the 2015 elections and sentiments were high enough to cloud the people’s judgements. Little problem.

I must admit though that with a government as useless as the Jonathan government, change was in demand in 2015. The time for such a concept was ripe. So when the idea came, nothing was strong enough to stand in its way.

Against this background, it became a welcome development to find out why Nigeria has not made progress during the PDP years (1999-2015), so far the worst years of the Nigerian life post civil war.

Incidentally, the outcomes are the same reasons Nigeria has not become a global super power since her stillbirth in 1960. The PDP years was just an additional nightmare.

Most of our politicians are criminals. They have always been. Most of our military top brass are criminals. They have always been.

Some of the criminals that have emerged since Nigerians disposed of the Jonathan government have been on the scene as criminals even before some of us were born.

They are at different stages of investigation and confession levels.

Now, there are new propaganda in town. They always have to pass them through the social media to get them across. But this is the same social media they want to use for our persecution.

Why is it appropriate to use the social media for government propaganda but inappropriate for independent bloggers and social media commentators to fight back with the truth or criticisms?

I have seen many people now standing with tyranny on the social media. I hope they don’t do so in real life.

Of course, they won’t tell you to stand with tyranny using the word tyranny.

They have to always find a way to make sure that you don’t know the truth.

They have to always make sure that you don’t think for yourself. The pamphlets and posters are always ready-made to catch your attention and rob you of rational thinking.

By now everybody knows that Dasuki is the latest thief in town whose time is up.

Even the court of law knows that. It is common knowledge that he and his gangs (with the list growing everyday) committed crimes against humanity.

One shocking aspect of Dasuki’s revelations is how the APC-Buhari group have tried to limit the lists of criminals to the PDP circle.

The Dasuki-Jonathan-Iweala armsgate was an interparty and a national crime committed against Nigeria. It is so huge that some names will probably be chopped off at some point to save the APC-Buhari mandate from disgrace.

But during the 1999-2015 reign of the PDP, the APC people were also involved in some of the biggest heists in Nigeria’s history. Nobody is talking about them.

Even at that, in some places in the world that l know, there would have been a total revolution by now if 1% of Dasuki’s revelations is known among the people.

What that means is that even the equivalent of the Buhari-APC mandate in such places would have been history by now.

But Nigerians are used to suffering and smiling. So the roller coaster charade can rotate for life. Forever.

Leaping off the arms-gate and entering the Biafra warlord saga. Nnamdi Kanu is on both video and voice-records and nothing that he had stated recently since his incarceration can tip-ex those records.

In some of his hate speeches, he tolled the line of Hitler and called for genocide. Huge mistake!

Nowadays people press for referendum and open dabates to channel their aggressions and political demands.

Some of us have been writing about the need to see Nigeria return to regional govenrments. Regional governments will give back the eastern part of Nigeria to the easterners. There will be no blood shed.

Dear Nnamdi, if you get all/most of your people behind you, that is your option next time. Choose referendum.

One fact that cannot be denied is that Nigeria was prosperous under regional system of government.

But Nigerian politicians, just like the ancient colonialists and Middle-Age crusaders, will never give freedom to the people so cheaply. Not unless the people have the same voice and the same goal.

Nigerians are easy to rule today despite all the grave injustice because they have been divided by money, tribes and religion.

Even in Igboland there is IPOB and there is MASSOB. There is Anglican and if you are mad with the Anglican, you can get married again in the Catholic way.

Does anyone know the different classification of muslims or Islam? Seriously?

In both Dasuki and Nnamdi’s cases, president Buhari is not allowing the court orders to go ahead as the judges have proclaimed.

This is one of the reasons for the new slogan asking Nigerians to stand with tyranny.

The truth is that the Nigerian judiciary has never been allowed to evolved independently since the end of the civil war in 1970.

Everything in Nigeria collapsed with the parallel emergence of the unitary system of government. We blame the military. We blame the civilians. What about us, the people? Where do we stand?

Nigeria’s form of democracy is still a system of pseudo-tyranny and the evidence starred at us in our faces today.

That is why many things happen under Nigeria’s democracy that depends only on the president or head of state.

For example, it was possible for Jonathan to steal as much as he wanted and pass them to his cronies. No questions are asked. No queries. The CBN and finance ministry are rubber stamps only.

Similarly, during Obasanjo’s time, he was so drunk with the tyrannic power in the Nigerian presidency that he wanted a third-term and possibly a one-party state. Have we forgotten how he unleashed Ribadu’s EFCC on his enemies and opposers?

During Yar Adua’s time, one man said that Yar Adua can rule Nigeria from his toilet. That’s how tyrannic presidential powers are in Nigeria. The system is wrong and should be discarded.

There are 1 million reasons to discard Nigeria’s unitary system of government. It creates tyranny out of ordinary men because of the unlimited power conferred on it. If the man is now a former military ruler (like Obasanjo and now Buhari) the consequences are unimaginable.

Now, asking you to stand with tyranny means that the judiciary, under the APC-Buhari mandate,  will never be able to evolve the way some of us have been hoping for.

Our hopes have been that the judiciary will be able to act quicker and faster and dish out judgements on all cases irrespective of who is involved or what the issue is all about.

Rather than stand with tyranny what the people should be doing is keeping a constant tab on the judiciary and watching her every move.

If actions are promptly taken by an independent judiciary, there will be no need for a tyrannic imposition like what we have on our hands today.

I think the Judiciary should make haste on Dasuki’s case. On the revelations that kept coming, he can still come to court as a witness whether he is on bail or already serving time for his crimes.

I think a guilty, not guilty or bail decision should be passed and honoured in record time.

Once, l did not support the bail of Dasuki if it was to protect the APC people involved in the scam.

But if bail conditions are met, Mr. Buhari has not right to stop the men who have been granted bails.

What message is the APC-Buhari mandate trying to send by disobeying court orders? I know. They want Nigeria to stand with tyranny by putting fears in the general population.

The price is huge if you stand with tyranny.

We may all end up in prisons because we have a different points of view to the way APC-Buhari mandate is running Nigeria.

As it is for Dasuki, so it is for Kanu. It should be so for any Nigerian granted bail. They must be able to exercise their fundamental human rights.

Again, to be clear, rather than stand with tyranny, Nigerians should be putting pressure on agencies like the police, the EFCC and the security agencies, to provide evidence for their cases. They should be putting pressure on the judiciary- to dispense justice quicker without fear or favour.

The effects of fear induced by tyranny are profound.

If everybody leaves the PDP and decamp to the APC, it does not change anything. It will only establish a full blown tyranny under a one-party state.

Is that what you want to stand with?

I stand with fairness, justice and the rule of law.

aderounmu@gmail.com

 

Corruption, Biafra And The Untrue Claim Of Igbo Marginalisation

Looking at the composition of government between 29 May 1999 and 29 May 2015, persons from all ethnic groups have participated in running down Nigeria financially and economically.

Corruption, Biafra And The Untrue Claim Of Igbo Marginalisation

By Salimonu Kadiri

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Mr Salimonu Kadiri

In Nigeria up to January 15, 1966, where the name of the President was Nnamdi Azikiwe and the name of the President of the Senate was Nwafor Orizu, it must be the most uninteligent propaganda to assert that the Igbo were marginalised in Nigeria since independence.

After the civil war Igbo soldiers and civil servants who were in the service of the Federal government before the war were re-absorbed and those due for pension received it. Even Ojukwu who led the rebellion applied for and received pension as a Lieutenant Colonel the rank he held in the Nigerian Army before the war.

From 1979 to 1983 when civilians ruled Nigeria, the Vice President was Alex Ekwueme and the Speaker of the House of Representatives was Edwin Ume Ezeoke. During the military rule of Ibrahim Babangida from 1985 to 1993 Ohaneze Ndigbo was so pleased with him that he was honoured with Igbo traditional title of ‘Ogugua Ndigbo’ meaning ‘the Comforter of Igbo People.’ It is noteworthy that Babangida’s Minister of Finance and National Development was Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu.

In the eight years of Obasanjo’s Presidency, Igbo played prominent roles in his government. After the exit of Theophilous Danjuma as Minister of Defence in 2004, Obasanjo appointed Thomas I. Aguiyi Ironsi the son of General Ironsi as Minister of Defence. Between 1999 and 2007, there were not less than four Igbo Senate Presidents.

When the Senate President, Evan(s) Enwerem, was impeached for fraudulent change of name and certificate forgery he was replaced with Chuba Okadigbo who in turn was impeached for breaching financial regulations by granting anticipatory approval for street light contracts. He was suceeded by Adolphus Wabara who also was impeached for collecting bribes to pass budgets and was replaced by Anyim Pius Anyim.

While Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was Obasanjo’s Minister of Finance, Charles Chukwuma Solhdo was Governor of Central Bank and Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke was Director General of Nigerian Security Exchange Commission. Special Adviser to Obasanjo on Political Matters was Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife and no one could see Obasanjo without first passing through Andy Nnamdi Uba. Up to 29 May 2015, the only position in Nigeria a person of Igbo ethnic group did not occupy since the return of civilian rule in 1999 is just the Presidency.

In the last four years of the government of Goodluck Jonathan, persons of Igbo ethnic group featured prominently in very strategic positions.

Here follows some examples:

  • Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) was Anyim Pius Anyim
  • Chief Economic Adviser to President Jonathan was Professor Nwanze Okeidigbe
  • irector Budget Office of the Federation was Bright Okogwu
  • Director General, Bureau of Public Procurement was Emeka Eze
  • Director General Bureau of Public Enterprise was Benjamin Ezra Dikki
  • Director General, Security Exchange Commission was Arunma Oteh
  • Director General Nigerian Security Exchange was Oscar Onyema
  • Managing Director AMCON was Chike Obi
  • Governor of Central Bank after Sanusi was removed was Godwin Emefiele
  • Managing Director of Nigeria’s Sovereign Wealth Fund was Uche Orji
  • Director General, Housing Fund was Sunday Iroha
  • Managing Director, Bank of Industry was Evelyn Oputa
  • Director General of PENCOM was Chinelu Onuoha
  • Director General, Debt Management Office was Dr. Abraham Nwankwo
  • Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for Economy was Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Permanent Secretary to the Minister of Finance was Anastasia Nwokobia
  • When Professor Bert Nnaji was removed as Minister of Power, he was replaced with Professor Chinedu Ostadinma Ndubuisi Nebo
  • Minister of Health was Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu
  • Minister of Labour and Productivity was Emeka Wogu.
  • When the late Ashiru was removed as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2013, he was replaced by Viola Onwuleri
  • Nigeria’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations and up till date is Professor Mrs. Joy Ogwu
  • When Stella Adaeze Oduah was removed as Minister of Aviation in 2013, she was replaced with Osita Chidoka.

The list can be made longer in exposing persons of Igbo ethnic group that held strategic positions in Jonathan’s government but permit me to reflect on the removal of Stella Adaeze Oduah as Minister of Aviation.

In 2011, the budget for fuel subsidy was N245 billion but by December 2011 the sum of

N1.7 trillion had been paid out by the Ministry of Finance without supplementary budget.

After January 2012 uproar over Jonathan’s plan to remove fuel subsidy, subsequent enquiry showed that billions of naira were paid for unsupplied fuel and that the government was subsidizing thieves.

Among the subsidized thieves was the Minister of Aviation, Stella Adaeze Oduah, who parallel to her ministerial post was also Director General of a company, called Sea Petroleum and Gas (SPG). She owned 99% share of the Company while the rest 1% was shared between those identified as Elisabeth Stewart, Josephine Oduah and Erotomi Buwa.

The Presidential Committee on Verification and Reconciliation of Fuel Subsidy Payments discovered in September 2012, that SPG collected one billion, nineteen million, five-hundred and seventy-one thousand six-hundred and nine naira as fuel subsidy without supplying any fuel. She was not alone in oil subsidy thievery under Jonathan that was not punished in that era of impunity (na me dey there, who fit catch me).

In what appeared to be power passed position, Stella Adaeze Oduah was found to have exceeded her internal budget approval limit of N100 million by approving N643 million for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the purchase of 54 vehicles including two bullet-proof cars at $1.6 million in 2013. When the transaction was exposed, it turned out that the Minister of Aviation, Stella Adaeze Oduah was Igbo, the then Acting Director General of the NCAA who authorised the purchase of the armoured cars, Mr. Joyce Nkemakolam was Igbo, Director of finance at NCAA who carried out the order of the DG, Mr. S.Ozizi was Igbo, The Minister of Finance that granted a waiver (no import tax) for the purchase of the armoured vehicles, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was Igbo, the Director General of the Bureau of Public Procurement who issued the Certificate of no Objection, Emeka Eze was Igbo; the Chairman Senate Committee on Aviation, Hope Uzodinma was Igbo; the Chairman House Committee on Aviation Nkeiruka Onyejeocha was Igbo; and the car dealer who sold the armoured cars, Cosmas Maduka was Igbo.

Yet some people have the gut to say Igbo were marginalised in the governance of Nigeria. That is completely untrue.

The second perceived injustice that necessitates demand for Biafra is the creation of only five states in the Southeast geopolitical zone as compared with other zones that have six or more states. The primary purpose of creating state is to bring governance closer to the people and the larger the landmass, the more there is need for State creation.

The five states of Southeast: Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo–have a landmass of 29, 388 Square Kilometres and a population of 16, 431, 555, according to 2006 census.

Compared to the six South-south states comprising of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Edo and Rivers which have 94,924 Sq. Km., landmass and a population of 21, 044, 081, according to 2006 census, it will be unjust to have the same number of states in the Southeast as in the South-south with a landmass that is approximately five times bigger in size.

Although the Southeast is densely populated, it possesses the smallest landmass among the six geo-political zones and it should not have been more than three States in view of its landmass. In his Pirate Radio Broadcast, Nnamdi Kanu had talked about Igbo superiority, Hausa/Fulani parasitism and Yoruba cowardice.

He wants a Republic of Igbo land for Igbo alone but at the same time considers Asaba, Agbor, Ikot-Ekpene, Uyo, Eket, Ogoja, Calabar, Annang, Yenogoa, Warri, Ahoada, Ughelli, Degema and Port-Harcourt as part of Biafra’s 25 provinces. Apart from the Nka Igbo of Asaba and Agbor the South-south is composed of the Ijaw, Urhobo, Edo (Benin, Esan, Iromi, Auchi, Agenebode, Sabogida Ora) Itsekiri, Isoko, Ibibio, Annang, Oron, Efik, Ogoni and Ikwere.

Going by what happened during the civil war I don’t believe that the South-south will be willing to be integrated into Kanu’s Biafra. Victims of past tragedies should be less gung-ho about future ones. At moment we have three rival groups fighting for the secession of Biafra. These are IPOB, MASSOB and BIM.

A faction of MASSOB led by Uchenna Madu supports KANU’s led IPOB while Ralph Uwazuruike’s faction has formed Biafra Independent Movement, (BIM). Uwazuruike’s group has accused IPOB and Madu’s led MASSOB of perpetrating mayhem in the Southeast and South-south recently and blamed them for destruction of property and loss of lives during protests.

Biafra is not yet achieved and there is sharp disunity among the leaders. What then do we expect if the secession of Biafra is accomplished? South Sudan became independent from Sudan but soon after that the leaders of South Sudan, President Salva Kiir from Dinka ethnic group and Vice President Riek Machar from Nuer ethnic group, began to fight among themselves which culminated into a civil war that is still going on.

So far, the Igbo in other parts of Nigeria have not abided by the directive of Uchenna Madu’s faction of MASSOB, to return home to Igboland. Abiding by that directive, would have been the most peaceful way of achieving Biafra but many Igbo wisely consider MASOB’s directive as asking whales to leave the ocean to come and swim in a pond of water as a directive to embark on self-extinction.

Looking at the composition of government between 29 May 1999 and 29 May 2015, persons from all ethnic groups have participated in running down Nigeria financially and economically.

Therefore, there are as many, if not more, illegitimate ethnic Igbo millionaires/billionaires as there are in other ethnic groups in Nigeria.

Nigerian millionaires do not own factories and do not manufacture anything but poverty by stealing appropriated funds for national development.

President Buhari has promised not only to stop the looting of our collective patrimony by privileged few but to give investigative institutions free hands to arrest looters from the immediate past government, for the purpose of recovering looted funds.

It should be a unique opportunity for all Nigerians to support Buhari to sanitize Nigeria from thieving officials, but instead he is not only confronted with the menace of Boko Haram but Biafran secessionists.

If the resources of Nigeria are properly managed and the results are justly distributed among the citizens, the country would be a paradise for all of us. At the moment Nigerians are sleeping at the petrol stations to get fuel into their vehicles. Yet, Nigeria exports crude oil after reserving 445,000 barrels a day to be refined at the four refineries in the country for domestic consumption.

A barrel is equal to 159 litres which make 445,000 barrels to be 70,775,000 litres crude oil per day. If the over 70 million litres are refined, Nigerian oil refineries will be producing not less than 50 million litres of petrol per day apart from other derivatives such as diesel, bitumen, kerosine and some other chemicals.

Since the daily consumption of petrol is approximated to 40,000,000 litres, it means Nigeria would not need to import petrol and pump price would not be more than 30 naira.

But Nigeria’s four oil refineries have been plunged into comatose in order to pave way for massive and lucrative import of refined petroleum products while at the same time, the managers and directors of the comatose refineries are receiving full pay and allowances for producing nothing.

So in the coming year, I wish that we Nigerians may speak with one voice to the government of Nigeria. I wish God to punish those who have looted or are still looting Nigeria. I wish for God vengeance on members of the Judiciary, the Executive and the Legislature that have been or are still part of the looting.

I wish that the lives of those whose harmful designs of cannibalistic theft have denied majority of Nigerians quality healthcare, infrastructural development, clean and potable water, good housing and functional education, be cut off in gruesome manner as God did to Ananias and Sapphira in the Acts of Apostles Chapter Five.

CONCLUDED

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