A Gathering Storm, Nigeria 2019

A Gathering Storm, Nigeria 2019

By Adeola Aderounmu

(For my views of Nigerian politics, see my previous posts or visit my instagram posts @thygloryonigeria)

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In february 2019, Nigeria will again go to the poll. As l pulled my TIME Magazine January 21 Edition for Europé, l saw a small headline that took a big part of my attention.

I read TIME Magazine for fun, and to keep abreast with the news that l don’t catch on television. 

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Ian Bremmers verdict on Nigeria 2019

 

Ian Bremmer listed Nigeria as one of the top 10 risks for 2019. He is right because truly a storm is gathering in Nigeria. For his short analyses, see the images in this essay.

Ian’s short analyses gave Atiku Abubakar as the only opponent of Muhammadu Buhari.  That is an underestimation of popular candidates like Omoyele Sowore, Kingsley Moghalu and Fela Durotoye. There is also a former minister, Mrs. Ezekwesili in the race for the presidency.

The incubent Mr. Buhari definitely should not be contesting for this position anymore. He is suffering from aggravated dementia and an undefined mental complicity that only his family members or doctors can elaborate on.

Mr. Buhari likely forged his age. His contemporaries are well into their 80s while he claimed to be 76 years old.

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Mr. Atiku is therefore about the same age as Buhari, which is very unlikely. 

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Front cover of Time Magazine Europe

 

The 2019 elections may turn violent because the cabal controlling Mr. Buhari are keen on holding on to power. In recent weeks, they have made some security appointment in the police still replacing the former Inspector general with a new one from the north of the country. Invariably all the security chiefs in Nigeria are from Northern Nigeria.

Buhari is the most nepotic president in the history of the world. It is either he is insensitive to the fact that Nigeria is a diverse country or his brain is still in 1984 when he was a military dictator or he is outrightly ”mad”. It is not clear what i wrong with Mr. Buhari but dementia and memory loss are very obvious symptoms.

For my views of Nigerian politics, see my previous posts or visit my instagram posts @thygloryonigeria

 

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The Most Tragic Untold Story Of Our Time After The Civil War

A totally failed political system and the criminal-politicians in APC and PDP are currently responsible for the poverty and hopelessness in the country and they must be stopped in 2019 by allowing for fresh ideas and fresh minds in our political spaces. Otherwise we, or some other people, will be back in 2023 writing a similar sad story.

The Most Tragic (Untold) Story Of Our Time After The Civil War

By Adeola Aderounmu

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”Today, in my personal opinion, the dilemma that face Nigeria and the consequences of absolute misrule (before and) after the civil war are together probably the most tragic untold story of our time.

Over the years, closer to 2 decades, l have written about Nigeria and the ills in the society. More pertinently, as each year wraps up, in the last decade, l continue to emphasise how Nigerians unabatedly waste the opportunities that each year provides or presents.

The biggest opportunity in 2019 is the february presidential election. Historically, since 1966, Nigeria suffered a major setback in the world order. There were 2 senseless coups in 1966 that truncated an emerging democracy. The functional regional system of government that promoted developments across the different geo-political zones in Nigeria was discarded in favour of a useless and senseless unitary system.

The hopes that came with the re-emergence of civilian rule in 1999 has faded into thin air as criminal-politicians in the major political parties especially APC and PDP have hijacked the country and continue to loot her resources, depleting wealth rather than creating and multiplying it.

From 1999 to 2015, the period that l had earlier described as the ”worst years of our lives” as Nigerians, it was the PDP that held sway. A former military dictator, one Olusegun Obasanjo converted the 1999 to 2007 years to his personal rags to riches fable.

He left the position of the president after he was forced out by a combined efforts of politicians and concerned citizens who were against his bid for a life-presidency. He had since denied the allegations despite the several billions of naira that evidently flew around in the National Assembly, where the lawmakers continue to milk the country dry to this day.

It is an integral part of this tragedy that the people of Nigeria, both the enlightened and the unelightened, the educated and the uneducated at this moment cannot see beyond APC and PDP. It is one of the deepest cuts in the soul of humanity today.

When Obasanjo left in 2007, he forced the way of his candidate to electoral victory. In what appeared like goodwill to a friend he had in the military, Obasanjo imposed Umaru Yar’Adua, the younger brother of Musa Yar Adua-his late friend in the army, on Nigerians. Umaru Yar Adua died due to a potracted illness allowing his deputy, Goodluck Jonathan to take over the mandate of power.

Goodluck Jonathan later won the presidential election in 2011 and reigned over Nigeria until 2015. He served 6 years at the helm of affairs. Jonathan is a known drunkard and a very corrupt man from Bayelsa State. On several occasions, his wife had been found wanting on charges of corruption and money laundering. She never went to prison!

Nigerians suffered under a deplorable economic situation even with Mrs. Iweala as the minister of finance. Mrs. Iweala later wrote a book condemning the powers that be in Nigeria who strangulated her efforts and so on. As a social critic l see the presence of Mrs. Iweala in Obasanjo and Jonathan’s cabinet as an endorsement of corruption and ineptitude.

Mrs.Iweala did not blow any whistle and she did not resign to highlight the problems in the Nigerian government. During Obasanjo’s reign, she and her boss could not account for the returned Abacha’s loots. Mrs. Iweala in my humble opinion is one of the problems with Nigeria. If you cannot tell us the problems with Nigeria and the solutions while you serve and you cannot even call the police and the law on criminals serving with you, why bother when you are out of power and out of favour?

Between 2014 and 2015 there was a mass cross-carpeting amongst Nigerian politicians. The senseless phenomenon was repeated in 2018. In 2014/15, many of the criminal-politicians in PDP joined and teamed up with other criminals in other political parties and established the APC.  It was at this point that it became more obvious that Nigerian politicians have no ideologies and they are swift in repositioning themselves for the next, and every chapter of looting of the Nigerian treasury.

Buhari is probably the first person in history (or just among the very few that may exist) that spoke evil of his country and downcast her citizens while claiming to be the ruler of the country. It was highly moronic!

A notorious political godfather, one Bola Tinubu, championed the projection of a tyrant who had tried and unsuccessfully attemped the Nigerian presidency on 4 earlier occasions. Tinubu and another notorious politician called Rotimi Ameachi opened up the loots thay had accumulated from Lagos and Rivers state and ensured that the social media was well manipulated. It was the same way an ex-convict named Ibori was used by Olusegun Obasanjo to sponsor the election of Umaru Yar’Adua. The money meant for the development of the Niger Delta always wasted in many ways.

True, Jonathan is a crook. True, Nigerians were suffering and Jonathan had no clue over the affairs of Nigeria. One woman, a very silly and corrupt person called Diezani Alison-Madueke,  literarily took away Nigeria’s crude oil earnings and kept them as personal belongings. She was flying in jets with her children and family members and they were buying houses and merchandise around the world. Jonathan was either very weak or just a woman wrapper. It was a tragic regime.

Sadly, the change slogan that APC sold to Nigerians in 2014 and which brought Muhammadu Buhari to power in 2015 had turn out to be the biggest fraud of the decade in Nigeria. The Buhari government is at par with the regime of Jonathan, if not worse. One of the most obvious corruption charges under the nose of Muhammadu Buhari-the grasscutter scandal-was never visited or sent for prosecution. Till today, the police have not made any arrest and the judiciary is working like zombies.

So invariably, we got ourselves (what we thought was) a new government with old attitudes. When l wrote about the status quo after the emergence of the APC in 2015, many thought l was in a hurry. But l knew that the morning shows the day. Buhari is a puppet too in so many ways, serving the interests of Nigeria’s slave masters (popularly called cabal) and self.

The old orders continue to reign. Almost all the criminals who have looted Nigeria since 1999 are free men and women. Murders and assassinations, latest of Alex Badeh, still have the approval of the presidency as they pretended nothing big happened. Mr. Buhari, contrary to the belief of gullible Nigerians, has no integrity. He should be arrested and tried for crimes dating back to the years before the Nigerian civil war.

In Nigeria, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Those who reigned with Obasanjo and Obasanjo himself are enjoying their loots. Those who reigned with Yar adua are enjoying their loots. Jonathan and those who reigned with him are mostly enjoying their loots. One criminal called Dasuki who mismanaged funds with the approval of Goodluck Jonathan is not so lucky. He has been in prison since Buhari emerged and he had not been left out on bail even with court injunctions in his favour on the matter.

In many cases and on many fronts, Buhari (whose identity is under probe by the IPOB) remains defiant and military-styled. In comparison to the other governments since 1999, this Buhari government is the most clueless. It is out of touch and the man (Buhari?) does not have the mental capacity to rule Nigeria. He is dull, lifeless (in the words of Trump) and lacks the intellectual abilities to lead a tribe, how much more a country.

He remains a stooge, a clog in the wheel of progress of Nigeria since 1977 when he started looting oil revenues. Buhari cannot be absolve of the Abacha loots either as they were the crude oil revenues whilst he was the chairman of the PTF. Buhari is probably the first person in history (or just among the very few that may exist) that spoke evil of his country and downcast her citizens while claiming to be the ruler of the country. It was highly moronic!

As the 2019 presdiential election approaches, both the APC and PDP are doing minimally in campaigns and reaching the people. They know that elections don’t matter as long as they can manipulate the electoral commission. That is where the real fight would take place as usual.

The summary of the situation in Nigeria that l presented above is in my very own personal opinion probably one of the most tragic stories of the 21st century. After almost 60 years of bad governments, spread of poverty, spread of illiteracy (with 13 million children out of school) and a political arrangement that pitch one religion against another and one ethnic tribe against the rest, Nigerians have arguably lost their senses of political identity and several millions have no idea about the state of global affairs and where Nigeria is on the scale. A country without a stable electricity for example is probably 400 years behind the others.

Nigerians are supposed to be living as royals. They deserve to be alright in all aspects of life. But sadly, and regrettably, only a handful of Nigerians are alright economically. But it is hard to even state that there is a Nigerian who is not living in poverty regardless of their wealth. Nigeria as a country is a depiction of poverty and penury. It oozes of hopelessness.

To be sure, Nigerians are amongst the poorest people in the world despite the fact that the country is spread upon the richest combinations of mineral resources in the world. This is because a few greedy people are mismanaging the wealth of the country and they have refused to allow the wealth to grow. We are practising a senseless and useless unitary system of government since the 2 useless coups of 1966. We are allowing one person to steal 12 billion dollars and still be in public light contesting for political office or sponsoring candidates.

One stupid question that l always have to try to address everytime l write an essay is: what then is the solution? I am tired of the question but still try to mention one or two hints. The shortest cut to recovery will be something very close to a (bloody) revolution where all the criminals holding the country to ransom can be arrested, surrounded and brought to very quick judicial judgements. This will change the course of history in Nigeria forever.

However in the absence of the courage to unite because Nigerians have been divided in so many ways and along so many lines, choosing another path (other than the criminally-inclined APC and PDP) is presently the best option for Nigeria and Nigerians. It is an integral part of this tragedy that the people of Nigeria, both the enlightened and the unelightened, the educated and the uneducated at this moment cannot see beyond APC and PDP. It is one of the deepest cut in the soul of humanity today.

The tragedy is far-fetched. In the face of the evidence provided, mostly by switching of political parties, that both APC and PDP politicians are part of a common criminal organisation, our people-Nigerians are still members of APC and PDP. I am in shock that people still attend APC/PDP rallies. It reminds me of why and how slavery in the hands of the Europeans and Arabs lasted more than 500 years.

How can we be free if we (all) belong to criminal organisations like APC and PDP? How can slavery ever end in Nigeria if the majority are still inclined to the old ways or the ways of the APC and PDP?

It is also a great shock to me as a writer that the memberships in APC and PDP are still massive. With the ways and manners that these parties have failed Nigeria, one would think that they should have faced dwindning membership and that the judiciary should be lining up criminal charges against all the key members and actors of these criminal organisations called APC and PDP. By now Nigerians ought to have pulled out and down the National Assembly which is also notorious for sharing the wealth of the country amongst its members.

APC came with the change slogan and amongst the changes we expected were the implementation of the restucturing agenda on her manifesto and the drastic reduction in the salaries and allowances of politicians from the local to the state and national levels. None of that was done.  We will never know what APC meant by restructuring which was the first point on its agenda. Buhari does not even want to hear the word restructure. He is that dull and insolent.

In 4 years of the APC, we did not see the re-emergence of the public schools, we did not see committments to public health as the politicians continue to travel overseas for treatment. We can go on to analyse what could have been done in 4 years but the APC keep blaming the PDP for its non-performance whilst still allowing criminals to parade the national landscape.

Nigerians should not make the mistake of committing the next 4 years (2019-2023) of the country’s fate into the hands of either the APC or the PDP. There are options. There are newer political parties that will perform better than APC and PDP. But the truth is that the problems facing Nigeria have gone beyond mere political parties. Still a new phase must emerge.

The political system is wrong and senseless. Before the 2 useless coups of 1966, there was a structure that promoted healthy competitions among the major regions in Nigeria. It is something very similar to that structure that would be fundamental to the resuscitation of the economic survival of Nigeria. The current unitary system of government is baseless, useless and should only be promoted by people of low mentalities and nonetities-and that is where the APC and PDP politicians are. They are criminals and so they adopt and promote this useless system of government.

Under the political structure similar to the what Nigeria had before the 2 useless coups of 1966, there would be no federal character and there will be no Abuja politics. We will all be busy promoting our regions educationally, healthwise, technologically and infrastruturally. This is what we must preach. We cannot go on with a failed system and expect development, unless we have no brains!

Apparently, the essay is inexhaustible because there is no way l will be able to address the solutions in a single essay. The essay grew by the day since the summer of 2018 just the same way my anger grew as you can see from the tone/language of the essay. It is very intentional and meant to provoke. This is why l run this blog and for over a decade l have been shouting and still on it.  I also run an instagram blog that updates daily. Check out @thygloryonigeria on instagram for my daily reactions to our problems.

The most significant change that must happen soon is the taking over of government from APC and PDP politicians and making sure that they are prosecuted for all their crimes since 1999. Some politicians and military men have been around since the 60s or 70s. They should be taken care of by the laws of the land. They must face the music.

Our problems are many. However, we must take the bulls by the horns. We will not develop even in the regions if we don’t elevate the rule of law above the rule of men.

Apart from the Boko Haram war in the north east of Nigeria, there is yet no official declaration of war in Nigeria. This is why l consider the life we live in Nigeria as probably the worst hidden tragedy in the world today. Against the backdrop of the potentials in the regions and to see more than 100 million people living from hand to mouth, unsure of the next meal: l see no greater tragedy today in the world outside a war zone.

A totally failed political system and the criminal-politicians in APC and PDP are currently responsible for the poverty and hopelessness in the country and they must be stopped in 2019 by allowing for fresh ideas and fresh minds in our political spaces. Otherwise we, or some other people, will be back in 2023 writing a similar sad story.

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The African Woman On Social Media: Where Is Your Dignity?

In a recent article, l wrote about how the Nigerian women in Nollywood have misrepresented the African woman. This article is a follow up to it.

The African Woman On Social Media, Where Is Your Dignity?

By Adeola Aderounmu

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In a recent article, l wrote about how the Nigerian women in Nollywood have misrepresented the African woman.  (https://adeola.blog/2018/02/24/nollywood-is-failing-africa-in-the-appearances-of-african-women/).This article is a follow up to it.

It is now generally accepted that for the African woman to be accepted as pretty or beautiful, she needs to be wearing a foreign hair popularly called wigs. The wigs come in various colours, sizes, forms and dimensions. As I previously pointed out, the industry provides jobs for several women and is a multibillion-dollar industry in Africa and globally.

The target is simple. It is the African woman who has lost her pride and sense of dignity. The present generation of African women dominating the social media, film industry and other social platforms have lost it completely. They are rich, they are famous and they are celebrities. But they lack one thing: self-dignity.

Again, l will go back memory lane. I am 46 years old and I remember growing up in Lagos, South-West Nigeria. My mother never liked the idea of my sisters putting chemicals on their hair and she frowned at it. Her take was that my sisters must always braid their hair the African way. It was the same for many families. Our parents did all they could to persuade our sisters and even some of us guys from using chemicals on our hair. The barber shop it was for us.

But just a couple of years down the lane. The dignity of the African woman has been completely eroded. She takes no pride in the colour of her skin. She takes no pride in the texture of her hair. She takes no pride in her curly, tangled hair. The African woman wants straight hair. It is so bad that so many African girls and ladies would not appear in public without the foreign hair.

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Omotola Talade-Ekeinde (@realomosexy)

It is going to be one of those huge tasks that we have ahead of us in Africa to reverse and revert the trend. But it is a cause some of us must continue to remind ourselves of. The celebrities and stars on Nigerian and African screens have failed Nigeria and Africa. They are big stars and they are the biggest hope of a trend reverse.

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Funke Akindele Bello (@funkejenifaakindele)

A few of our stars are featured here. There are several more. But we just need all of them to take up the cause and help us reverse the trend. They may also need help themselves because they will not be able to do something about it if they don’t realise that they too have lost their sense of dignity and African-ness. But with several million followers on Instagram and twitter, the best way to bring back the pride of the African woman is through these social celebrities and actresses.

Some may argue that they use the wigs for acting and work, but that argument does not hold water. What is wrong with acting and working with the African hair? Why must we act, work, live and go around with foreign hair? Why are we not proud of who we are and what nature endowed us with?

 

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Toyin Abraham (@toyin_abraham)

We need Africans to promote Africa. We need ourselves to sustain and maintain our values, culture and way of life. We have lost our languages. We have lost our mode of dressings. We cannot afford to lose our heads and our brains with the hairs. Something urgent need to be done.

In our schools, from the primary to the university, awareness need to be created about the pride of the African woman. One day l wrote to @iamlizzyjay about her natural hair and l implored her to keep it African. But l see how hard it is to remain pure and natural in the industry because she wore wigs a few times and went back to natural a few times.

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Linda Ikeji (@officiallindaikeji)

@calabarchic does not even know where to stay. She is also back and forth. She’s trying to keep her natural hair but the industry and the “norm” for what a woman in Nigeria should look like is creating a lot of confusion. It is like if you are not wearing wig or a foreign hair, you are local. That is how terrible the image and dignity of the African woman had been battered.

 

You have to feel sorry for the African woman especially from the entertainment industry point of view. They need help. We need help because their takes have destroyed our values and expectations of the women that nature gave us. We need a return to the basics.

 

 

We need role models of African origins to keep African culture and tradition.

I look forward to the day that African women will look 100% African again.

 

 

Follow me on Instagram (@thygloryonigeria) for updates!

by Adeola aderounmu

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I can’t believe l have not been here in over a month. That was unplanned. I could have posted a few stuffs.

In the meantime l have tens or hundreds of microblog posts going on on my instagram.

I am planning a blog buster post soon on the criminals in power in Nigeria. It will be a follow up to my september article.

For now: to get my updates…hurry and …

Just follow me on @thygloryonigeria and get my daily posts on my thoughts on Nigeria.

And if you have questions or enquiries while l am not blogging please mail me

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we are still on that mission to SAVE NIGERIA.

2019: Why So Many Criminals Want To Rule Nigeria

Nigeria is yet at another crossroad and it is fundamental to state that those who contributed to the problems in Nigeria are never going to be a part of the solution. The solutions to Nigeria’s problems are a multifaceted approach

The hope that came with the APC change agenda in 2015 finally died. The greatest indicator to this fact is the record number of criminal politicians that want to rule Nigeria. In my understanding, to see a monumental failure as shown by the APC-Buhari mandate was a great inspiration to pretenders and cunning men now aspiring to the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

2019: Why So Many Criminals Want To Rule Nigeria

By Adeola Aderounmu

 

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From a near-past perspective, if Mr. Jonathan had succeeded, Buhari would never have become the president of Nigeria. His emergence was not as a result of the voting that took place in 2015. It was a grand takeover of Nigeria irrespective of the electoral process. Jonathan’s speech that his ambition was not worth the blood of any Nigerian summarized that submission beyond any doubt. It was a civilian coup that had the backing of all former military gangsters and a handful of notorious and corrupt civilian politicians in both APC and PDP.

In 2015 despite all the glaring evidence that the sponsors of Buhari were all corrupt politicians and individuals of questionable character, there was an air of expectation that maybe, just maybe the entrance of Buhari would be a mark of turning points and massive repentance. The change slogan was supposed to mean a deviation from the past and the evolution of truth, accountability and the re-emergence of a country where human dignity and credibility would be promoted. It was a grand deception.

Buhari who emerged despite his lack of qualification for the office has failed in all areas. There are some situations that are unforgivable because it turned out that Buhari is a great liar and a man who cannot stand by his words. He said he would end foreign travels for medical reasons but he championed the cause and still plans to continue to visit UK for treatment. His children are still attending schools abroad despite the pledge to end such.

Just before this article was published, we read and saw how Buhari’s wife had been involved in a multibillion naira scam through her ADC. These people have no shame and they are a disgrace to humanity.

In Buhari’s regime, corruption reached a new height and he appears not to be bothered. In the history of Nigeria, Buhari’s government will go down as the most tribalistic and nepotic. Buhari has no shame and he does not see anything wrong with the appointments he made and kept making.

In all these and much more came a glaring view of what Buhari stood for and how incompetent and unknowledgeable he is in public service and administration. Nigerians are suffering more today than ever. It may appear reasonable to conclude that what Nigerians are going through today is a summation of the effects of the misrule of both the PDP and APC.

However, I do not agree with the notion that it must get worse before it gets better. Things can stay the same as they were in 2015 before the APC government took over. The morning will always show the day. What the Buhari-APC mandate has been up to for the past 3 years will land Nigeria in doom if it is not checkmated as soon as possible. This regime, its characteristics and the outcomes will spell more doom for Nigeria.

It is possible to reprint the manifesto and the promises of APC. An impossible mission will be to match any of those promises or manifesto point with an outcome. This government is a waste of time and is not in any way different from the Jonathan administration in terms of value added to the people’s lives. One of the saddest memory that this regime will leave behind is the lack of implementation of the first point on it’s manifesto. Buhari is not interested in the idea of political and economic restructuring of Nigeria despite riding on the idea to power.

The record number of presidential aspirants in Nigeria today is a reflection of the grand failure of the Buhari administration. Buhari habours criminals and he protects them gallantly. He had been away for several months and cannot cope with the hassles and demands of his office. He is absent minded and extremely insensitive to the challenges that the people are facing. But the faults is not all his. Across Nigeria, governance is a huge joke. The bulk stops on Buhari’s table because he is not leading by any good example.

A quick review of the lists of presidential aspirants in both the APC and PDP shows that Nigeria is in for a recycling of criminals should Buhari or any of the aspirants from APC or PDP become the next president of Nigeria.

There is no single one of them that is not liable for the present predicament that Nigeria is in today. It is impossible to print on each of them. But look at Atiku and Saraki for a start. If you look at the alleged criminal charges on these two, you will be amazed what you find. They are hiding behind the slogan “innocent until proven guilty” knowing fully well that they suppressed and destroy the rule of law in Nigeria. These two men and their families would have been hung on the tree of shame for life in a sane country where the rule of law is supreme.

It is the same for several of the politicians in Nigeria today thriving on a useless political system propelled by extreme impunity that is catalyzed by another senseless concept called the immunity clause

Conclusively, Nigeria is yet at another crossroad and it is fundamental to state that those who contributed to the problems in Nigeria are never going to be a part of the solution. The solutions to Nigeria’s problems are a multifaceted approach.

The people must unite and make a collective decision to adopt a functional political system. What we practice today in Nigeria is a very useless political system that ridicules the intellectual capacity of the black race. We are shaming ourselves and Africa!

There is a need to bring governance back to the grassroots and enshrine it back in the regions. The politics of Abuja should be abolished and the National Assembly dismantled. It is draining money, energy and resources that could be used for important development process.

The people also need to make a collective decision about the fate of criminal politicians. The best way is to fight till death for the independence of the judiciary so that the law can apply equally for the poor and the rich. In the regions and in every aspect of life (politics, work and services) the concept of immunity clause should be erased for ever and ever.

A wise thing for the people of Nigeria to do in 2019 is to revolt and turn their backs to the APC and the PDP because the deflection of members of these political parties means that the two parties are the same and they are out to destroy Nigeria and Nigerians. It is pure evil the eyes can see.

Finally, it must be stressed that whatever happens to Nigeria, just like what had been happening since 1960, are the outcome of our collective actions and inactions. History will never be kind to those who did nothing to salvage this country from the precipice of ruins.

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Nigeria 2019: The Last Chance?

The carpet crossing shows that our politicians are normadic criminals. They failed in PDP and they failed in APC. APC on its own is a monumental fraud. The first item on its agenda is the restructuring of Nigeria. But for the past 3 years Buhari who came to power on the back on this promise has done everything in his power to block the restructuring of Nigeria. Isn’t this the problem when we all supported an illiterate soldier to become the president?

AND If any young person in Nigeria is still expending energy on APC or PDP, then we have a serious problem. The problem must be beyond the Stockholm syndrome. A few years ago, l actually defined the Nigerian syndrome. Go and check out the meaning of both!

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Nigeria 2019: The Last Chance?

The Days Of ignorance Are Over

By Adeola Aderounmu

When the French president visited Nigeria recently, he urged the young people in Nigeria to become active in politics. Before his admonition it was already clear to the young people that they need to become active and save Nigeria. Macron became the president of France at the age of 40.  He is a good example of the power of youth and the power of change.

There are other examples of young people emerging as the leaders of their countries. The Canadian prime Minister Justin Trudeau was born in 1971. He is just 6 years older than Macron.

Let me go straight to my points for this essay.

In 1999 Nigeria returned to civilian rule albeit a power change that remained mostly controlled by the military both in person (Obasanjo and Buhari are ex-military dictators) and in structure (the Nigerian constitution and government is based on a unitary system of government that is synonymous with military style of governance).

From 1999 to this day two major political parties have dominated the political sphere (but there has been a transformation of some parties and mergers as well). One thing that cannot be questioned or doubted today is the failure of the People’s Democratic Party from 1999 to 2015 and the All People’s Congress from 2015 to the time of writing this essay.

The other things that are clear are, for example,  many corrupt and incompetent politicians migrated from the PDP when the APC was formed and a good example is the Senate president Mr. Saraki, a man who like many that parade the political sphere since 1999, is corrupt and hiding away Nigeria’s monies at some haven.

It is also clear that the All People’s Congress, APC, is full of corrupt and criminal politicians just exactly like the PDP. It is overwhelmingly clear that the APC and the PDP are birds of the same feather and the pieces of evidence are there for any reasonable and thoughtful human being to see. It is obvious that the PDP and APC are not interested in the welfare of the people of Nigeria.

In the last 3 years, APC kept comparing how many people that have died under its regime with the number that died under Jonathan’s regime. In the last 3 years, the APC did not succeed in preventing the sliding of more Nigerians into the poverty zone and Nigeria became the poverty capital of the world.

Mr. Buhari remains a military man in mufti, he does not respect court orders. Nigeria is not getting better. The APC wants more time but the overwhelming facts show that Buhari is incompetent, that APC did not do anything to cut the wages and expenses incurred by the National Assembly and the House of Representatives, the budget padding remain unabated and above all the way things are today in Nigeria are worse than at any other time in our history.

The greatest failure of Buhari and APC is in the lack of protection for the lives of the citizens. Under Buhari, people are slaughtered like goats and chickens. Buhari himself has no value for human life except that of his children.

He checked his son out of the country after a traffic accident when thousands of Nigeria have their blood spilled on the grounds of terror due to Boko Haram, the group he-Buhari openly supported under the PDP regime and the new wave of herdmens terror, a bid that has been seen as Buhari’s agenda for expansion of the Northern terrain if not to even Islamatise Nigeria. Buhari is sympathetic to both Boko Haram and the herdmen and is not fit to rule Nigeria one day longer.

Buhari himself barely lived in Nigeria. The health sector is in shambles and despite the millions of dollars budgeted for his clinic in Abuja, he prefers to waste Nigeria’s money at London hospitals. He’s such a shameless president.

Now the age of ignorance should be over. A few things need to give way in 2019.

First is the need to change the mantle of leadership. If any young person in Nigeria is still expending energy on APC or PDP, then we have a serious problem. The problem must be beyond the Stockholm syndrome. A few years ago, l actually defined the Nigerian syndrome.

You are suffering and you still want to ensure that the one who contributed to your suffering remains your boss or master. It must be a severe chronic disorder, this Nigerian syndrome.

Perhaps you are not suffering but you don’t think that Nigeria needs to be a better place than the UK or France or Canada. Then you have a serious chronic disorder too. Nigeria is richer than many countries in the world and Nigeria is supposed to be one of the best places to live. Almost 2 decades after the reemergence of civil rule, don’t you think Nigeria deserved to be among the best countries in the world?

The mantle of leadership must be taken away from both the APC and PDP. Without that we can close the chapter on the resurgence of Nigeria. With that, it is not the only antidote to our myriads of problems. It is just the first step.

Secondly, the unitary system of government must be discarded as soon as a new leadership emerges.

APC is a monumental fraud. The first item on its agenda is the restructuring of Nigeria. For the past 3 years Buhari who came to power on the back on this promise has done everything in his power to block the restructuring of Nigeria. This is the problem when you vote for a fool or an illiterate.

APC promised restructuring and the number one opponent of restructuring is Buhari. He is totally against restructuring. He is all for the Northerners taking over Nigeria through the spread of terror by his fellow herdsmen. Buhari is a huge joke and can anyone tell me why no one has been accosted or held responsible for the killings spree across Nigeria.

APC in the last 3 years had majority at the National Assembly and could have brought about re-structuring of Nigeria. But one of the consequences is that the senators may have to be sent home to their wards. You can understand the fear of restructuring Nigeria. These criminals at the National Assembly are taking home millions of dollars every month (the highest by any group of politicians in the world). They will not forgo it for the progress of Nigeria. Why then should we keep them for one day longer in 2019? Why?

This is where we are as a country. We are in need of leadership shift and change and we are in need of a workable system of government, something very similar to what the military destroyed since 1966.

Now, how on earth can we be with our senses as a people and still allow the APC and PDP to dominate our political landscape? That makes us irrational as a people. By now the politicians in the APC and PDP should be running helter skelter. They should be in fear of what would happen to them after the 2019 elections.

I heard Saraki just left the APC, there goes a man without principle jumping from one place to another and displaying the typical feature of a Nigerian politician in APC or PDP. We should make them defend their wealth in a proper court of law in 2019. All of them including Dino, Tinubu, Jonathan and Buhari!

By now we ought to have a movement of young people making it clear that come 2019 it will be a president probably under 50 years of age and a solid political plan along with it. By now it ought to be clear in Nigeria and to the rest of the world that a new wave is desired. One that will sweep away the old things once and for all and one that we usher in a stream of fresh air.

But it is not yet so in my Nigeria. In real life and on the social media, l still see a lot of young people aligning with the old generations and asking “who can do it better than Buhari?”. People say something like “if Atiku is for restructuring, he has my votes”. Really? Atiku? Did we forget the expose he gave on Obasanjo and what Obasanjo gave in return. These two should be in prison!

The Nigerian syndrome is incurable. The young people are disunited. They are divided by religion and separated along tribal lines. They are confused and selfish. These are results of more than 50 years of maladministration. Old people in Nigeria were deprived  of independent reasoning and Wole Soyinka called them the wasted generation. he is part of it, so no qualms with that definition.

One  would think that with the exposure that came with the internet and all that, that our young people understand what it meant to revolt and be unequivocal about how to change a lazy and irresponsible government.

There is no amount of the power of incumbency that can overturn the power of young people becoming resolute and united in forging a change in any country. Ask France. Ask Canada. We can do the same by just leaving alone the few hundreds politicians in APC and PDP. We can achieve a lot by leaving these greedy politicians alone with the families!!

If they see that no one is behind them, if they see that they are alone and if they get to the polling booths and find no one on their queues, how can they rig/manipulate results. The revolution ought to start now and be obvious before the end of 2018.

APC and PDP depend on young people to carry out their dirty works. What if we sensitize these young people now and make no one available for the dirty works of the APC and PDP? What if APC calls out a campaign tomorrow and only 40 people showed up?  What if PDP called out a campaign and only 50 people showed up? Then compare with the glory of a young presidential hopeful pulling 1 million supporters. The signal would be obvious and the change will be certain.

This is where we are as a country. We are at a point where we ought to for once lay down our differences as young people and make the future what we want it to be. I am sorry for Nigeria if the young people cannot reason together and take back Nigeria and build a country that they want their children to be proud of.

The time is now or never.

APC will not save or rescue Nigeria.

PDP will not save of rescue Nigeria.

Politicians moving around like normads cannot save Nigeria. Their games are up.

These two political parties are the same. The biggest evidence to this is the ease of carpet crossing. Let’s show them the door and then the prisons!

We need a new Nigeria.

We need a new leader not from APC or PDP.

My name is Adeola and l’ve been worried about Nigeria since l was born. I’ve been blogging about my worries since 2006

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