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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Saraki: A Tragedy That Must Not Befall Nigeria

By Adeola Aderounmu

Bukola Saraki is scheming. He wants to one day become the president of Nigeria.

We have been asleep in Nigeria for too long and one day we must put a stop to this nonsense.

This essay is not about Saraki alone. I have written about several Nigerian politicians who are criminals.

I know that say: innocent until proven guilty. But since the laws of Nigerians are a means to oppress the poor and the ordinary citizen, people like Saraki always get away.

They are never ashamed of the allegations and accusations made about that. They do not resign out of annoyance. They always hang on because politics in Nigeria is thw easiest way to steal.

Nigerian politics is a more lucrative criminal activity than armed robbery.

We are in grave danger is a man who hid away Nigeria’s money according to the revelation of the panama papers is allowed to rule Nigeria.

Saraki is one of the possessed demons occuopying our political space. They have no control over their urge to steal or loot. For them it is a competition, to become the richest through looting. There are too many of them.

I have written about Tinubu and l have written about Atiku. I have written about Obasanjo. These are people who lied about how they made money. They used stolen wealth which they converted to personal wealth.

Babangida is their king.

Saraki visited Babangida. He is seeking endorsement of a junta. Babangida stole Nigeria dry and plunge the country into austerity times. We never recovered. How can one person steal more than 12 billion dollars and walk free? Nigeria is a crazy country so far.

Saraki emptied a bank and walked free. We cannot depend on our weak and powerless judiciary. We have the right as citizens to speak the truth anf shame these criminals.

Saraki has also meet Obasanjo. Obasanjo is part of the problems with Nigeria and it is time to ignore him and all he endorses. It has been from one evil to another.

Now l read Saraki is meeting one Edwin Clarke. Saraki lacks integrity. He stole in PDP, took cover in APC, got himself more wings and an air of importance.

All that will fizzle away.

My hope for Nigerians is that they should wake up and smell the coffee.

No doubt these crooks like Saraki in PDP and others in APC have stolen enough money to want to control and influence the 2019 elections.

We can prove them wrong.

Let us carry out our revolution in 2019 by dumping these criminals in APC and PDP.

We have new and younger presidential candidates who do not have experience in looting and political assasinations.

We must project a new person to power.

We must change to a new system of government that will promote regional and local development.

We must enpower the police and the judiciary and make them independent so that all criminal politocians can be served with true justice.

We must never allow criminals like Saraki to rule Nigeria.

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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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This Is Your Lagos? Shame On You APC, PDP, Buhari, Fasola And Ambode!(PhotoNews)

Many roads in Lagos states ought to be shut down as disaster zones. There are accidents, deaths and several untold hardships on these roads daily. Those who are responsible for these roads ought to be arrested and prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

 

By Adeola Aderounmu

I took all the pictures you see in this essay between June 26 and July 10 2018.

Civilian rule returned to Nigeria in 1999. This means that Nigerian politicians in both the ruling APC and the opposition PDP have spent together 19 years in governance and still cannot put right what the military gangsters destroyed.

So the systemic failure in Nigeria today is due largely to the lack of performances since 1999. We can argue that the stretch is longer but that is another discussion for another day.

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Lagos is heavily littered. The government needs to step up waste management system. Somebody should care about health care in relation to waste management and disposal.

The state of the federal roads in Lagos state which is the economic capital of Nigeria is very appalling and disgraceful.

The state of the roads in Lagos state is heart breaking, depressing and sorrowful. (I will treat some parts of Ogun state in another essay).

I do not share the notion that a certain government is trying or that a certain governor is working. That’s all bullshit!

In the last 19 years at least, there are no more tenable excuses why the roads in Lagos should be so terrible.

Sincerely if l could make the decision, l will block all the roads you see in this essay. Human beings should not be allowed to travel on these roads. They are permanent death traps and l wish someone in the the world somewhere has the power to shut down all these dangerous roads in Lagos and elsewhere in Nigeria.

 

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Roads in Nigeria are usually of low quality. They get bad before rainy season and worse during the rain. There are rivers on many roads in Lagos. This is Badagry expressway near the okokomaiko axis

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Federal roads in Nigeria are amongst the worst roads in the world. Shame on Buhari and Fasola. Shame on previous PDP government

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Nigerian roads easily destroy cars and reduce their life span.

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Very bad roads in Lagos. Is this actually a road?

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Bad road. What a useless government!

 

Whoever is responsible for these roads since 1999 ought to be arrested and prosecuted without delay. Since 2015, Mr. Buhari and Mr. Fasola are solely responsible for the federal roads in Lagos and they should be tried for crimes against humanity for all the deaths that continue to occur on the federal roads.

Without delay, the Badagry Express Way should be shut down!!! That is not an expressway. It is not even a road!

Mr. Ambode is culpable too because he is the number one citizen of Lagos state for the past 3 years! What has he been doing? Don’t tell me he is trying! He is not the governor of Lagos Island, is he?

If there are reasons why Mr. Fasola and Mr. Buhari have not constructed and maintained the federal roads in Lagos, why is Mr. Ambode not talking about it to the media and to the world just like l am doing now.

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Badagry expressway has no defined lanes. You drive where you find a space and this means facing opposite traffic ofen times.

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Badagry expressway

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Badagry expressway. How express is this road?

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Trying to navigate a way.

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Smoky and gangerous plus l was faced by an oncoming traffic driving along Oshodi-Mile 2. Trailers and heavy traffic means driving on one way is a common trend.

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Lagos roads are commonly dirty

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Badagry expressway. Very very bad road!

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A trailer fell on the road due to the bad state of the road and big pot holes. Lagos roads are the most dangerous roads l have seen all my life!

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The trailer could have fallen on people or other cars. But this was a single incident causing obstruction to the already bad situation

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Drving in rivers or on roads? Can we ask Buhari or Fasola? Vehicles face one another and there could be up to 8 lanes in multiple directions!!!

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These roads are the consequences of every N1 or N5 stolen by government officials! May you never find peace if you support a government or the governments causing these type of hardship. May your generations suffer!

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This commercial bus is going no where. In the middle of the road, tyres are off. A potential cause of accident!

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A commercial bus broke down along Badagry expressway and the passengers wait for refund. Look at the road. LOOK AT THE FILTH! Is Nigeria really a country?

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Confusion and commotion

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Dirty Lagos. Don’t tell me Ambode is working or trying. One dirty street means nobody is working! Somebody should be facing prosecution for allowing the people dump waste on major roads.

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Bad road. Badagry express road.

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Can we call this a road? Who will answer , Buhari or Fasola?

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Is this a road Mr Buhari, Mr Fasola Mr Ambode?

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Crazy traffic in Lagos due to bad road

For one month at least, l’m going to pay for this essay on instagram and facebook. Then l will see what reactions we get. If possible, l will continue to sponsor the advertisement for this essay just as long as the problem remains and l will keep a tab on Lagos to see current situations.

How on earth can this be the situation and there are no outrages? What is wrong with Nigerians? What is wrong with Lagosians?

All the roads for transportation, state, local and federal must be in perfect shape and good maintenance. No road must be left untouched because the people of Nigeria deserve the best that life has to offer. You can’t do 50% of the roads. You can’t of 99% of the roads. The 1% left undone can cause death and other unwanted scenarios. You must be perfect. All roads must be fixed and that is the work/function of government.

The government is not doing the people any favour by doing what it is supposed to do.

 

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Mr. Buhari, Mr. Fasola and Mr. Ambode must put their heads together now and put politics and election aside for once. Lagos roads and all roads in Nigeria must be fixed. It is your job. It is your work. No one is begging you. You are servants to the people and serve you must or get the hell out of the offices you occupy.

What l saw of Lagos roads revealed to me that on the long run, Nigeria must do away with the useless and senseless unitary system of government as soon as possible.

 

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This part of festac town has been erased from the map of Nigeria. 4th avenue with faeces and sewage taking over the community for several years now.

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Forgotten part of Lagos in Festac. The smell on this road is more or less a biological weapon against the people.

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Festac Town. From glory to grass! Smelly stinking 4th avenue!

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Somewhere about Ajao estate in Lagos as we drove to the airport. Lagos is giving wealth to Nigeria and the suffering is massive in Lagos. I cannot comprehend the shame and scandal in Lagos

I do not expect Mr. Buhari to know the roads l travel in Lagos. Even a federal minister knows little about the roads in Nigeria. But a governor and a local government chairman will know better. Therefore it is best to review how power can be taken away from that useless office in Abuja and taken back to the grassroots where people can see and solve their problems regionally and locally. It is just pure common sense!

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Someplace in Lagos…bad roads everywhere. Did you say your governor is working? I say you have a governor for Lagos lsland, not a governor for Lagos! Certainly not a governor for Lagos mainland, not a governor for Iyana Iba, Okokomaiko towards Agbara Industrial Area. Dirty, messy Lagos!

 

I have been writing about the ills in Nigeria for almost 2 decades and l could go on here again in this essay but let’s save the tautology and hope that my message is clear: FIX ALL THE ROADS IN LAGOS AND END THIS SHAME!!

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Buhari 100 Days In London

By Adeola Aderounmu

I have seen and read arguments about why Buhari should resign or “not resign”.

My opinion is the same even before he went away for this length of time. African rulers including dictators and democratic “rulers” have a lesson to learn.

They must learn how to groom successors. The mentality of holding on to power “at whatever cost” is stupid and careless.

Nigeria has a vice president who could have been smoothly sworn in as the president instead of the puppet that he had since become, a complete figurine/figure head.

By holding on to power “at all cost” in this case is several millions of naira everyday in a country where some citizens are still picking from the dustbin to find their daily bread, Mr. Buhari is fulfilling the old “craze” for absolute power.

For over 100 days Nigeria is running on auto-pilot. The intrigues are the same, perpetrated by the same cabal. We learnt nothing from the Umaru Yar Adua saga. One would think that such madness will not happen twice within such a short period of timeline.

It was Buhari and his cohorts then in the opposition who shouted to heavens that Yar ADUA should be impeached. He was not impeached. The man died.

100 days of spending tax payers money outside of the country ranks amongst the cruelst and most thoughtless form of corruption/looting I have seen in modern Nigerian history.

I know of Diezani and her own is on a league of its own.

To lie to the people, to deceive them and to spend their money at a hospital abroad is not far ranked. Stealing is stealing and looting is looting.

In several posts, l have questioned the budgetary allocation to the hospital called the State House Clinic in Abuja. What is the purpose of that clinic? What is the purpose of the several billions that have been allocated to it over the years? Can we close down the State house Clinic in Abuja to avoid this double spending. They all go abroad, why fund a state house clinic?

If you don’t see anything wrong in the absence of Buhari and him still holding on to power or the cabal doing that for him, then l am sorry YOUR MUMU NEVER DO. You can never have sense.

My Random Reflections @ 45

This present unitary government that has now moved the headquarters of the Nigerian government to London is foolish, and a means to continue to breed bad leaders or to turn progressive leaders into mumus

 

The new clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria and the advantages for it will on the long run outweighs the useless unitary system that had kept more than 100m Nigerians in poverty, living from hand to mouth.

My Random Reflections @45

By Adeola Aderounmu

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This is the 9th edition of my random reflections.

Nigeria is still in a lot of mess. Nigerian musician African China prayed that we should not let this country fall into a well. I am afraid that this country is not only inside a well, it is also drowned in the well.

ANOTHER MESSY, CLUELESS PRESIDENCY

Nigeria’s president is unwell. He is holed up somewhere in the world, most probably the UK. Earlier into his tenure, in several of my articles, l’d suggested that Mr.Buhari ought to be home to his family in Daura, taking it easy and enjoying the rest of his days.

In matters relating to health, it is not everytime we need people or doctors to advise us. Common sense about how our body functions and how it respond to stress and rest should be more important signals. No one can cheat nature. President Buhari should have handed over to Professor Yemi Osinbajo a long time ago. Now he struggling to stage a comeback in the kingdom of hyenas, wolves and jackals. Who was it that described Nigeria as a zoo again?

WE NEVER LEARN

In the time past, Mr. Buhari and his cohorts in the APC/opposition party demanded for the resignation or impeachment of Umaru Yar Adua when he was sick and flew round the globe in search of a magic healing.

There are other issues related to the above. We know that several billions of naira have been budgeted over the years for the State House clinic in Abuja. The fact that ailing presidents always continue to fly abroad for treatment is shameful and extremely embarassing to the black race. What was the meaning of independence again?

 

DASHED HOPES

We know just how bad leadership and massive corruption had sent this country into a well. The hope that came with the APC-Buhari mandate was probably about 20% of that which came with the botched June 12 1993 presidential elections.

When APC promised change that was to come in 2015, the people bought it. They did because the Jonathan government was wasting our time, money and resources. It is now obvious that this regime is not better than the Jonathan regime. With the kind of fluidity that allows cross-carpeting and merry-go-round, the two parties, APC and PDP are in principle the same nonsense.

This government (the APC-Buhari-Osinbajo mandate) so far is a popular disaster. It is not in such a way that one wishes that the PDP government was never defeated at the presidential election in 2015. It is rather in such a way that one looks back with sadness over what had taken place since 1999.

Both PDP and APC have brought shame, destruction, poverty and extreme hopelessness to the ordinary citizens of Nigeria who numbered more than 100 million.

 

HISTORY OF FAILURES

The civilian rule from 1999 to date represents a time in the history of Nigeria where criminals, thieves, looters, assasins and political gangsters remain in control of Nigeria. In terms of prosperity, this period of time is the worse in the history of Nigeria. Previous failures have been recorded during the military regimes 1966-1979, 1984-1999 and civilian rule 1979-1984.

 

CORRUPTION UNABATED

Corruption is also thriving under the Buhari-Osinbajo-APC Mandate, like never before. One month ago, on June 14 2017, Mr. Olusola Saraki was cleared and acquitted of all the criminal charges against him in the law court in Nigeria. If you are looking for the biggest scams of the 21st century, that judgement will pass as a key blacklist. Despite the promise of change, prosecutions for corruption are rare and the buffer provided by cross-carpeting remains a huge joke in Nigeria.

 

POLITICIANS OR CRIMINALS

The entire political class in Nigeria itself is one huge scam. There are no new ways to describe the levels of looting, stealing, mischieviousness, misdemeanour and outright crime against humanity that Nigerian politicians are commiting daily, on a large scale.

 

The incursion of the military into politics in Nigeria through coups and later the civil war, would forever remain a calamity. They left with a constitution that turned Nigeria into a unitary state. They promoted and sustained corruption, nepotism, tribalism. They also flamed religion and ethnicity and brought Nigeria to her knees. The country never rose again and Nigeria is still crawling.

 

NOTHING HAS CHANGED

There are a lot of things we had talked or written about for decades, years and months. There are no changes, so it’s like we are wasting our time. For example, we complained about former governors looting away states’ treasuries through undeserved pensions. Today they are still looting (in form of pensions) several billions of naira monthly.

Several former governors have invaded the Nigerian National Assembly as Senators. They are on live pension even though they have not become handicapped in any way. They are carting away salaries from the National Assmembly and pensions from their former states.

We are talking about a National Assembly that is sucking away between 20-25% of Nigeria’s annual budget through world record salaries and allowances.

Is that change? That is daylight robbery that calls for nation wide protests and revolution.

 

POOR MASSES ALWAYS DEFEATED

Nigerians surely love changes, the latest being the election of Adeleke as the Senator representing Osun West senatorial district. However, what remains sad is the sustenance of the status quo, that is, head or tail the masses have always lost.

 

RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA

Some people think this is new whereas Nigeria gained her independence in 1960 as a well structred entity. Governance was concentrated in the regions and the country prospered. True, the politicians had their shortcomings, but there was progress everywhere in the country depsite all the political troubles. Progress was based on the instincts of the various regions to develop and outshine one another.

Therefore the incursion of the military into politics in Nigeria through coups and later the civil war, would forever remain a calamity. They left with a constitution that turned Nigeria into a unitary state. They promoted and sustained corruption, nepotism, tribalism. They also flamed religion and ethnicity and brought Nigeria to her knees. The country never rose again and Nigeria is still crawling.

The new clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria and the advantages for it will on the long run outweighs the useless unitary system that had kept more than 100m Nigerians in poverty, living from hand to mouth.

The restructuring, now put better as both political and economic restructuring, will not be a magic solution. However, it should in a matter of a couple of decades be a blessing for the upcoming and unborn generations.

This present unitary government that has now moved the headquarters of the Nigerian government to London is foolish, and a means to continue to breed bad leaders or to turn progressive leaders into mumus.

The APC promised to restructure Nigeria and got voted for that purpose but to date the APC-mandate carriers are promoting the useless system of come, chop, clean mouth and go.

 

PERSONAL LIFE

For my birthday, it is been time well spent with family as usual this time in Sweden. We gathered at the family country home to have a dinner. It’s been so for over a deacde now.

Last year, the celebration was in Lagos, a place dear and close to my heart. It appears flood and badoo boys are wiping the state and people away. Shameful!

I am happy despite all the problems. Nigerians are supposed to be the happiest people in the world a few years ago. Are we all still happy? I guess so, especially in the absence of rage and urge to flush the politicians away for good.

I believe in change so I resigned my position as the president of the Yoruba Union in Stockholm after servng for 6 years and organising 4 annual Yoruba Days in Stockholm.

Last year l published a book The Madrilenian, a collection of 8 short stories.

My next book, a story about how an Italian family tried to cope with the post-mafian era has reached an advanced stage and may hit publication in 2018 or 2019. It’s fiction.

In our country Nigeria, the more things change, the more they stay the same. We are in a dilemma.

Life goes on and nothing last…

Live and let live

 

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