By ADEOLA ADEROUNMU, Since 2006

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Inaugural Lies

By Yar Adua (2007)

This is a historic day for our nation, for it marks an important milestone in our march towards a maturing democracy.

For the first time since we cast off the shackles of colonialism almost a half-century ago, we have at last managed an orderly transition from one elected government to another.

We acknowledge that our elections had some shortcomings. Thankfully, we have well-established legal avenues of redress, and I urge anyone aggrieved to pursue them.

I also believe that our experiences represent an opportunity to learn from our mistakes. Accordingly, I will set up a panel to examine the entire electoral process with a view to ensuring that we raise the quality and standard of our general elections, and thereby deepen our democracy.

This occasion is historic also because it marks another kind of transitional generational shift when the children of independence assume the adult responsibility of running the country at the heart of Africa.

My fellow citizens, I am humbled and honored that you have elected me and Vice President Jonathan to represent that generation in the task of building a just and humane nation, where its people have a fair chance to attain their fullest potential.

Luckily we are not starting from scratch. We are fortunate to have been led the past eight years by one of our nation’s greatest patriots, President Obasanjo. On behalf of all our people, I salute you, Mr. President, for your vision, your courage and your boundless energy in creating the roadmap toward that united and economically thriving Nigeria that we seek.
Many of us may find it hard to believe now, but before you assumed the presidency eight years ago, the national conversation was about whether Nigeria deserved to remain one country at all.

Today we are talking about Nigeria’s potential, to become one of the 20 largest economies in the world by the year2O2O. That isa measure of howfarwe have come.And we thank you.
The administration of President Obasanjo has laid the foundation upon which we can build our future prosperity.

Over the past eight years Nigerians have reached a national consensus in at least four areas: to deepen democracy and the rule of law; build an economy driven primarily by the private sector, not government; display zero tolerance for corruption in all its forms, and, finally, restructure and staff our government to ensure efficiency and good governance. I commit myself to these tasks.

Our goal now is to build on the greatest accomplishments of the past few years. Relying on the 7-point agenda that formed the basis of our compact with voters during the recent campaigns, we will concentrate on rebuilding our physical infrastructure and human capital in order to take our country forward.

We will focus on accelerating economic and other reforms in a way that makes a concrete and visible difference to ordinary people.

Our economy already has been set on the path of growth. Now we must continue to do the necessary work to create more jobs, lower interest rates, reduce inflation, and maintain a stable exchange rate. All this will increase our chances for rapid growth and development.
Central to this is rebuilding our basic infrastructure. We already have comprehensive plans for mass transportation, especially railroad development. We will make these plans a reality.
Equally important, we must devote our best efforts to overcoming the energy challenge. Over the next four years we will see dramatic improvements in power generation, transmission and distribution.

These plans will mean little if we do not respect the rule of law. Our government is determined to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies, especially the police. The state must fulfill its constitutional responsibility of protecting life and property.

The crisis in the Niger Delta commands our urgent attention. Ending it is a matter of strategic importance to our country. I will use every resource available to me, with your help, to address this crisis in a spirit of fairness, justice, and cooperation.

We have a good starting point because our predecessor already launched a master plan that can serve as a basis for a comprehensive examination of all the issues. We will involve all stakeholders in working out a solution.

As part of this effort, we will move quickly to ensure security of life and property, and to make investments safe.

In the meantime, I appeal to all aggrieved communities, groups and individuals to immediately suspend all violent activities, and respect the law. Let us allow the impending dialogue to take place in a conducive atmosphere. We are all in this together, and we will find a way to achieve peace and justice.

As we work to resolve the challenges of the Niger Delta, so must we also tackle poverty throughout the country.

By fighting poverty, we fight disease. We will make advances in public health, to control the scourge of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases that hold back our population and limit our progress.

We are determined to intensify the war against corruption, more so because corruption is itself central to the spread of poverty. Its corrosive effect is all too visible in all aspects of our national life. This is an area where we have made significant progress in recent years, and we will maintain the momentum.

We also are committed to rebuilding our human capital, if we are to support a modern economy. We must revive education in order to create more equality, and citizens who can function more productively in today’s world.

To our larger African family, you have our commitment to the goal of African integration. We will continue to collaborate with fellow African states to reduce conflict and free our people from the leg chains of poverty.

To all our friends in the international community, we pledge our continuing fidelity to the goals of progress in Africa and peace in the world.

Fellow citizens, I ask you all to march with me into the age of restoration. Let us work together to restore our time-honored values of honesty, decency, generosity,
modesty, selflessness, transparency, and accountability. These fundamental values determine societies that succeed or fail. We must choose to succeed.

I will set a worthy personal example as your president.

No matter what obstacles confront us, I have confidence and faith in our ability to overcome them. After all, we are Nigerians! We are a resourceful and enterprising people, and we have it within us to make our country a better place.

To that end I offer myself as a servant-leader. I will be a listener and doer, and serve with humility.

To fulfill our ambitions, all our leaders at all levels whether a local government councilor or state governor, senator or cabinet minister must change our style and our attitude. We must act at all times with humility, courage, and forthrightness.

I ask you, fellow citizens, to join me in rebuilding our Nigerian family, one that defines the success of one by the happiness of many.

I ask you to set aside negative attitudes, and concentrate all our energies on getting to our common destination.

All hands must be on deck.

Let us join together to ease the pains of today while working for the gains of tomorrow. Let us set aside cynicism and strive for the good society that we know is within our reach. Let us discard the habit of low expectations of ourselves as well as of our leaders.

Let us stop justifying every shortcoming with that unacceptable phrase “the Nigerian Factor” as if to be a Nigerian is to settle for less. Let us recapture the mood of optimism that defined us at the dawn of independence, that legendary can-do spirit that marked our Nigerianess. Let us join together, now, to build a society worthy of our children. We have the talent. We have the intelligence. We have the ability.

The challenge is great. The goal is clear. The time is now.

I thank you and God bless you.

ANOTHER USELESS ELECTION

Adeola Aderounmu

You would have thought the season of madness was over. But alas! It has become an established trait-Nigeria will NEVER be able to conduct a free and fair election. In Ekiti state Western Nigeria, the shame of a nation has been brought to fore once again.

We are back to what we discussed in-toto in 2007 when Mr. Yar Adua was forced on Nigerians because that was the wish of those who have taken our nation into custody. Nigerians are still living in custody 49 years after the country became independent.

The election results in Ekiti have now been fully doctored to meet the taste of the evil ruling party. Elections in Nigeria remain a political nightmare. It is still one thing that Nigerians are not good at. It remains a do-or-die affair as Obasanjo mentioned in 2007. It has always been like that before he confirmed it-that politicians are out there to win at all cost!

The underlying factor here is corruption. A politician in Nigeria can steal and loot as much as he or she wants and get away with it. This is why everyone wants to get into political offices. This is why violence, mayhem and absurdity have come to characterize Nigerian Politics. Politics is the easiest way to wealth in Nigeria. Politicians are mainly thieves who want to satisfy their evil desires. There are few exceptional, dedicated politicians in Nigeria-you can count them on your finger tips.

So, the shame of this nation continues. This country Nigeria cannot conduct a single credible election after 49 years of independence. The only election that seemed credible which was conducted in 1993 was cancelled by the military gangsters headed by Babangida. Nigeria is yet to recover from that rude shock and it seems the country is jinxed for eternity.

In Ekiti we have just seen the demonstration of another abuse of the word-democracy. The so called giant of Africa is behaving like a dwarf among intelligent nations. This country needs help!

Nigeria, A fraudulent Presidency

By Adeola Aderounmu

In April 2007 what has been adjudged as probably the most useless and worthless charade (supposedly an election) in human history was conducted in Nigeria under the joint supervision of one incompetent electoral officer called Iwu and a dictator called Obasanjo. The election without doubt resulted to the emergence of an illegitimate president called Yar Adua.

Today 12th of Dec 2008, the Nigerian Supreme Court declared the illegal president as the winner of that sham conducted in 2007. The oppositions could not prove that the anomalies or irregularities were strong enough to influence the outcome of the election.
But that is the most stupid statement that I’ve heard in 2008. The closest to that nonsense is the claim by Mugabe that there is no cholera in Zimbabwe when children are dying on several sick beds.

There is no point to recount the sham that occurred in Nigeria in April 2007 and it still amazes me when people say that there were elections in Nigeria in 2007? Which election was that? Who voted? Which votes were counted?

The winners of the selective process were already known even before the tamed and timid masses were sent out to waste their time at the ballot stations. Only gullible people would admit that a president was elected in Nigeria in 2007. I have always emphasised that in Nigeria, the arm of the law is extremely short. It doesn’t catch up with tangible issues.

Nigeria today has no legitimate president and anyone laying claim to that position is probably the most senile person alive. Only a thief would knowingly accept stolen mandates or goods. So if there is a president in Nigeria today, that person is a complete fraud.

A country that claims to be the giant of Africa is actually a sleeping dog…! If only those sycophants in power know the implications of their attitudes and actions on the image of Nigeria. If only they know just how they are ruining the integrity and personalities of innocent Nigerians. They are so blinded by their corrupt minds and selfish interests that the only thing that matters to them is that money they continue to loot and share at the end of each month.

Every time this sick country gets the chance to make things right, some feeble minds who are entrusted with public confidence always end up blowing things up. If the Supreme Court judges had stayed on the side of the people, they would have provided the people and the system with a new attempt to do just one thing right since 1959. Nobody has said that it would be done right, but still Nigerians deserved to elect their leaders through the ballot boxes. This has not yet happened since the country became independent in 1960.

Anyone who continues to call Nigeria the giant of Africa should actually be sent to a psychiatrist for immediate evaluation. I think it is time for Nigerians to send scholars to countries like Ghana and Sierra Leone so that Nigerians can learn how these countries conduct normal elections.

One of the most senseless public statements in the world was made by a Nigerian. He is called Maurice Iwu. This man has told the United States of America to come to Nigeria and learn how to conduct proper elections. This type of expression summarises the state of minds of Nigerian public officials. It is close to insanity and deserved to be studied or investigated.

It is very easy to fault the opposition and it’s representatives. People like Buhari and Atiku also represent the side of the oppressors but who are now outsiders in the power game. However that is far from the crux of the matter which remains that 48 years after independence, Nigeria has not taken one step forward. I’d promised to write about the options for Nigeria but it was more difficult than I’d thought. This is a country entrenched in a very serious catastrophe of identity crisis. It is now a known fact that Nigeria is actually a collection of several nations that remain knitted together to perpetually serve the purpose of a few individuals.

The cabal and their progeny remained perpetually behind the scenes while their evil machinery continues to unleashed terror on the poor masses. All attempts like the anticipated verdict of today to change the status quo has been met with dictations from back stage-unseen hands and unheard voices but perceived effects.

I am finding it increasingly difficult to engage in the Nigerian debate except to occasionally bare my mind that the country is rapidly becoming an hopeless entity not faring better than Somalia that has not been govern for more than 15 years.
Everytime I am reminded about the evil nature of governance in Nigeria by these types of occurrences, I can’t help but think about those masses numbering possibly over 100 million who are living from hand to mouth, unsure of the next meal.

The day of reckoning has been pushed forward several times in Nigeria and one can only hope that the principle of natural selection and the knowledge of the advantage of numbers will someday tilt to the side of the majority. On that day, the majority will realise just how easy it is to earn one’s freedom. From now and until then let the cabal and their messengers of evil continue to spread poverty, ignorance and penury

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