1979 On My Mind

In 1979 I learnt about the vicious Nigerian political cycle for the first time. To trust in it in 2022 will make me a lifetime moron. I remember names like ShittaBey, Akinjide, Akinloye, Shagari, Awolowo, Aminu Kano, Waziri Ibrahim, OvieWhisky and not a lot more. I mean I was 7 years old in 1979, yet the names stuck!

1979 On My Mind

By Adeola Aderounmu

Sometimes when I start to punch my keyboard, I stare at the blank word document and wonder what new stuffs I need to write about Nigeria, the greatest flop in human history.

Sometimes I want to affirm that Nigeria is a useless country then I remember that was where I got my elementary education and even my tertiary education up to master’s degree number 1. Then I started a phd and never went back to defend the thesis. I also know that a lot of people addressed as Nigerians both in Nigeria and overseas are great men and women. As a matter of fact, people addressed as Nigerians are holding some of the best positions in the corporate, medical, and business- worlds, globally.

But when you look at that fool called “Buhari”, when you look at how politics is operated generally, you start to rethink- are the people called Nigerians normal? Are they for real? I mean, how can any normal human being in the world point to that thing called Buhari and say this is my president? You really have to be mad to make such an acknowledgement. I took it so personal; I have stopped listening to the guy (whoever it is/it was) a long time ago. There is so much I want to learn in my lifetime that listening to that thing called Buhari would affect my positive accumulation of knowledge. But for twitter, I would not have known that someone sat with that thing and held an interview.

How do you interview a brain-dead or stupid person? How does it work?

How will Nigeria work when the collective mentalities of the people are subjected to the mentality of a daft person?

How do you think if you call yourself a Nigerian? What does that even mean nowadays?

Then most of the population is gearing up for a vicious cycle in 2023.

In 1979, I learnt about this vicious cycle for the first time. To trust in it will make me a lifetime moron. I remember ShittaBey, Akinloye, Shagari, Uwais, Awolowo, Aminu Kano, Waziri Ibrahim,  Ovie-Whisky and not a lot more. I mean I was 7 years old in 1979 and these names stuck!

In 2023, you want to repeat the process that has made Nigeria one of the worst places to be born or live.

That Nigeria is still a country is greater that all the wonders of the world put together. How can a people decide to be foolish, naïve, gullible, deceivable, and forgiving of all the crimes that the politicians and the elites including the military have committed against them for 3 generations? How?

How can the people decide to still live together in one country bound by poverty, terrorism, oppression, state-sponsored crimes, arson, and deliberate non-emancipation of the penury-loving population?

I saw a headline about some Ijaw people who planned to stage a demonstration because of an unsolved murder case. This is part of the problem. Selected people agitate briefly when the problem touched them. The unsolved murder of the schoolboy is so huge it would have ended some regimes in a normal country. in Nigeria, the murder of this schoolboy is so tiny compared to all the murders that the government have committed since 1999. If you stretch it back before 1999, the murder of the schoolboy is nothing at all.

Nigeria will forever be a giant crime scene for as long as it exists, and the elites will forever remain above the law for as long as a country called Nigeria exists.

Don’t misinterpret me. The murder of the schoolboy is a sad occurrence. But if we want justice, it is a national, patriotic call to end Nigeria. We cannot keep pretending or believing that Nigeria will work until the problem, until Nigeria happens to us!

Ending Nigeria will not end all the crimes and atrocities in the geographical region in one night. It will only give us the rare opportunity to retrace ourselves back to the 1950s and 1960s when we were on the path of greatness as separate nations. We were as separate nations, among the best places to live in the world in the 1950s.

We are not telling ourselves the truth about the senseless, stupid and useless system of government in Nigeria because we hope that every election year will bring succor. But for me, for all I know and all I have remembered from 1979, Nigeria is a giant scam and the third generation will waste away like the two before it.

Millions will live their lives not knowing happiness. They will know hustle. They will know darkness all their life as electricity remains a luxury. Many will beg for living because of the absence of social security system. Millions will beg for money and materials to live because of the oppressive nature of the society/country.

For as long as Nigeria exists, for as long as idiots like Buhari, APC politicians, PDP politicians and aspiring APC and PDP politicians rule Nigeria, poverty will never end. Injustice will never cease, unemployment will be norm, education will be out of the reach of the common/poor people and achieving something with your life will be a miracle and attributes of some unseen powers.

Life is not rocket science. It is what the people decide to make it. It is what it is.

aderounmu@gmail.com

Nigeria @ 60. A Totally Failed Country

Nigeria @ 60. A Totally Failed Country

By Adeola Aderounmu

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10 years ago, l wrote a piece that went viral/global. It was titled: Nigeria @ 50, what is there to celebrate? One would have thought that the provocations in the essay would lead to positive response and a desire to prove me (the author) wrong.

A decade later, Nigeria is worse off that she was 10 years ago. In fact, l had no desire to write this article you are reading now. Writing about Nigeria has more or less become uninspiring because the more we write, the more Nigeria heads for destruction. It´s like a freefall into a permanent jeopardy.

I am so pained about Nigeria l never wanted to associate with the name in public places. I wish that my name gives me the recognition that l am foremost a Yoruba man. I think it is time to let people wonder where the Yorubaman comes from and that, for better or worse, l would love to be called an Oduduwan.

Nigeria today, and more precisely since the year 1999 was returned to criminals in 2 major political parties, APC and PDP. For the purpose of this article, l would not be distinguishing between APC and PDP because any attempt to do so by anyone is gross stupidity.

You will have to read somewhere in my blog to find out why you should NEVER do that. But as a quick line of reasoning. You may want to answer these. In which political party was Obaseki in October 2019? In which political party is Obaseki in October 2020?

Nigerian politicians are hardcore criminals. They have only one mission, to enrich themselves and their families as well as their accomplices now and forever. The consequences are well documented. Nigeria is arguably a rich country on paper but a very impoverished country in terms of the more than 100 million people living in poverty, from hand to mouth, unsure of the next meal and contemplating vices that would sustain them.

The consequences of mal-governance and totallly stupid unitary system of governance is the near collapse of public education, the total decay of infrastructure, lack of housing policy and totally dilipitated, unmotorable roads across the entire country. Nigerians have no access to good health and they have to source for water using drilling machines or water vendors. I cannot write all the vices and the advancement of evil in Nigeria here. It is what l have done in the last 2 decades, or so.

Again, l am also quick to tell those asking me for solutions to shut up! We have given more than 1 million suggestions in the last 60 years. How many of them have been heeded! What type of solution is more important than the politicians doing the right thing! What?

What knd of solution is more important that the independent judiciary arresting criminals like Buhari, Babangida, Jonathan, Tinubu, Atiku and Obasanjo to start with? These criminals should be arrested by the police, and they should face charges ranging for crimes to humanity to outright corrruption.

If these actions are not possible and if the people cannot revolt but would rather watch and vote on BBN, then stop asking me for the solution. Let me do my part by writing on my blog.

A while ago, l wrote that my essays are no longer for this wasted generation (we have seen 3 wasted generations now) but for the unborn generations, if they choose to be free.

As the degeneration of Nigeria persists, the country is today the worst country to be born and live. A few years ago, l was the first person to define mass poverty in Nigeria but it took the plagiarism of the WHO to bring the issue to limelight. Still, we the people fold our hands and continued to ”thrive” in mass poverty.

Hopefully, it won´t take forever to know that, for countries that have not declared war officially, Nigeria is the greatest tragedy the world has seen since the end of the 2nd World War.

Often, l need to remind anyone living in Nigeria, especially those who think that they are doing fine, about the reality of their lives. As far as you are in Nigeria, you are living in poverty and you are living under poverty. It does not mater where you live or how ”stupidly” comfortable you think you are.

Nigeria as a geographical country is a country under the bondage of poverty, misery, terror, genocide and invariably war. Nigeria is the darkest country from sky. Fly at night and you will be shocked! The country has no electricity but the government charge the people monthly for services not provided. The government of Nigeria, whether APC or PDP is a criminal organisation. Who else charges or even increase the price of things that are not available?

I have no idea how many things l have lumped into this essay and how uncordinated it is. I am at work and trying to put this together. Today, there are agitations that Nigeria should be dismantled. I am 100% behind such agitations whilst l admit that it is not EUREKA.

Nigeria is a fraud. That is a fact. The major factor that would stand against the nations that may emerge from Nigeria is the people´s mentality. This mentality and way of thinking have been destroyed by more than 100 years of amalgamation and more than 60 years of stupidity by both military and civilians. So, any independence given to the regions might result to different wars. However, it seems that in the absence of the certainties that may unfold, the re-emergence of the regions is far more preferable than the slave camp that Nigeria has been since 1967 when the civil war broke out.

It is the same stupid Nigerian politicians that would dominate in the different nations that may emerge. It is the same people who prefered to fix BBN than Nigeria that would be in the regions. My point is that Nigeria faces a dilemma and there are no clear-cut solutions no matter what we do.

What must not be allowed to continue is the impunity in high places. Nigerian politicians are foolish, greedy, corrupt, senseless, merciless and possessed by demons that are insatiable in material and monetary comfort.

That free run on our commonwealth must not be allowed to continue. For me, putting a stop to that, by whatever means possible, is the most important thing that could be associated with the sorry state of Nigeria, a totally hopeless and failed country at 60.

aderounmu@gmail.com

A Country Called Nigeria (Part 1)

A Country Called Nigeria (Part 1)

Written By Adeola Aderounmu

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

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

Politics and Elections.

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

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

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

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

 

Infrastructure: Roads, Water and Electricity

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

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

 

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

 

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Why 113 million Nigerians Are Poor

Do you know that about 1% of Nigerians control more than 80% of the country’s wealth?

In 2015, Nigeria is listed among the world’s fastest growing economy whereas more than 90% of the population considered themselves to be poor already in 2010 and the figures are rising!

Why 113 million Nigerians Are Poor

By Adeola Aderounmu

Which Way Nigeria?

Nigeria still remains one of the most endowed countries in the world. In terms of natural resources, minerals and enormous prospects for agricultural development Nigerians stands out as a reservoir of abundant wealth.

Unfortunately and paradoxically Nigeria is presently home to about 113 million people living in absolute poverty. This figure represents more than 90% of the population.

Most of the blame for this anomaly lies at the doorsteps of Nigerian politicians and their partners in crime in the top military wing. A weak citizenry shares out of this whole mess.

At independence in 1960 the unprepared politicians inherited a structure that was built mainly for the purpose of colonization by the British. It was difficult to manage and the federation though functional crumbled in 1966 when the military interrupted the nascent democratic process.

In 1999 the military provided the basis for the democracy that Nigeria precariously thrives upon today. Again, this was not the foundation that Nigeria needed because of the enormous influence of the military and the enthronement of Olusegun Obasanjo ensured that the country even today is still in bondage.

To live in extreme poverty means that one barely has a roof over one’s head. In extreme situations people living in poverty have nowhere to call a home. Having food to eat is a difficult adventure and having money to buy clothes is a sort of luxury for those living in poverty.

Poverty is a broad term no doubts. It is also reflected in the lives of several millions of Nigerians through high infant mortality, high maternal mortality, inadequate vaccination in some parts of the country and an embarrassing life expectancy value.

Poverty extends to lack of access to essential public services. Nigeria is probably suffering from over population as well. The public schools are very few, inadequate and very dysfunctional as private educational institutions have taken over the initiation of providing quality but very expensive educational services  that are out of the reach of the poor masses.

In the same vein, access to quality health service is also very expensive as public health care remains under developed and sometimes costly. The percentage of Nigerians with access to paid employment is appalling, it’s very low. It is not uncommon for people to state that they are hustling. Hustling covers a wide range of illegal and seasonal ways of making money which unfortunately include armed robbery, fraud and vandalism.

All the parameters for defining or expressing poverty are unevenly distributed. The Niger Delta which is home to the oil wealth of Nigeria is also home to some of the world’s poorest people. From low literacy level to access to health care and vaccination, the northern part of Nigeria is even worst hit.

The recent media hype coming from CNN-Money putting Nigeria among the fastest growing economy in the world does not translate to food on the tables, roof over the heads and cloth on the bodies of the people suffering from poverty.

It must be emphasized that the economic wealth or well-being in Nigeria is concentrated in the hands of a very few people. About 1% of Nigerians control more than 80% of the country’s wealth.

This 1% is a category that includes Nigerian politicians and several elites across Nigeria. They have directly and indirectly kept the remaining citizens under check through bad politics, bad policies and non-implementations of the programs that are structured to eliminate poverty and meet the Millennium Development Goals.

Among this 1% are those who control not only the political scene, but also manipulate the oil wealth. Until recently the oil sector was the only major foreign exchange earner for Nigeria. It is still the biggest.

To be fair, a few sectors emerged recently and gave the Nigerian economy a boost. The film and music industry, the financial sector and not least the telecommunication sector that were not developed before the 1990s were taken into consideration when Nigeria was declared as the biggest economy in Africa in 2014.

Still, there exist a continuous neglect and misuse of the all the natural resources that are locked up in the different regions across Nigeria and agricultural is yet to take its number one position as it was before 1960.

There are probably 5% Nigerians doing well on their own. By hard work, luck, rare opportunities and the invisible hand of fate, these people are living above the poverty level and they have some measure of comfort. s

Whilst they can count themselves as fortunate, they should never use their own rare successes to classify or generalize the situation in Nigeria. They must never try to eradicate the reality that there are more than 113 million people living in poverty.

The lazy, irritating, selfish central governments over the years under both tropical military gangsters and civilian crooks have shunned the responsibilities of solving Nigeria’s political and economic problems.

There is no political will to return to true federalism which will remove the power at the center and help to systematically abolish the grip of the 1% controlling majority of Nigeria’s wealth.

Therefore Nigerians continue to buy generators to provide electricity for themselves. When the whole world is taken into account Nigeria probably provides the lowest level of electricity per citizen. Less than 4000 MW for a population that nears 200 million people is a disgrace to the intellectual capacity of Nigerians as a people.

In recent history both Goodluck Jonathan, Olusegun Obasanjo and their cronies in the power sector squandered and embezzled the funds earmarked for electricity production.

Obasanjo promised 6 000MW. Yar Adua promised 20 000MW within 2 years. Jonathan wanted to do a magical 5 000MW in 2014. All the monies allocated for all these promises are gone! Nigerian rulers and those working against the progress of the power sectors (still part of the 1%) are pure criminals!

Apart from electricity millions of Nigerians provide their own water system, they find home for themselves or struggle to build one, they tar their own communal roads, they provide their own security systems and they find their own diverse ways of self-preservation.

The manner of unequal distribution of wealth is dehumanizing. The politicians have failed to stimulate the economy based on the distribution and spread of the resources in Nigeria. They relied too long on the oil wealth and they squandered and mismanaged the proceeds from it.

The postulation in 2014 that Nigeria is the 26th biggest economy in the world and the biggest economy in Africa has no tangible effects on the 113 million poor people. For a country suffering from bad planning, bad governance and an apparent overpopulation problem the economic indices are mere abstract figures.

Economic jargons like GDP of 1722 dollars per person in Nigeria do not put food on the table of poor people. How can one convince all the families of the unemployed graduates who died during the immigration examination scam that the economy is truly improved? What fates await the millions of unemployed school leavers and graduates?

In 2015 Nigeria entered an election year. In several articles l have warned about the postponement of the elections under several headlines and contents. This is something that the PDP cooked up a long time ago. It shocked me when the main stream media and the opposition finally understood a script that has existed for more than 6 months. O well, who controls the mainstream media if not the greedy 1%?

Irrespective of the decision that prevails the success of the election will eventually depend on the preparedness of INEC and the security situation across Nigeria. But I will never understand how it is business as usual in a country that entered an election year with so many uncertainties in the air including a war in some parts.

The credibility of the election is highly desirable but it will be like living in a fool’s paradise to expect a miracle afterwards. Nigeria does not have a simple solution anymore, not even as long as the almighty powerful center continues to exist.

The politicians have no political ideology. It has been too easy to move from one political party to another because each politician continues to look to butter his or her own bread every election year.

Remaining in the 1% bracket is crucial to the politicians; it is a matter of life and death. Call it do or die, you are still right.

It is more obvious that the political parties are almost the same as APC now looks like a party of PDP and CPC veterans and dropouts.

Nigerian politicians display clearly the mantra-no permanent enemies in politics, just permanent interests. They are liars and their permanent interest is to sustain the 1% club of national cabal and elites. Since the institutions of governance are weak or destroyed, they always seem to have their ways in the end.

The solutions to Nigeria’s problem may lie with the enlightened populace but they have refused to act appropriately. Many of them look forward to belonging to the club of the 1% that owns the economic wealth of Nigeria in their hands. Alternatively they look forward to belonging to the wider 5% through hope and rare opportunities. They don’t care about the rest!

This sad trend (that people are quiet as evil continues to persist) is one of the reasons for the increase in the number of people living in poverty from 55% in 2004 to 61% in 2010.

Hence regardless of the economic growth widely reported recently, the wealth remains concentrated in the hands of a few.

In 2015, Nigeria is listed among the world’s fastest growing economy whereas more than 90% of the population considered themselves to be poor already in 2010 and the figures are rising!

Nigeria’s wealth is looted daily. More than 140 billion dollars were transferred illegally out of the country between 2002 and 2011 only. Where were they: Obasanjo, Sanusi J, Soludo, Yar Adua, Sanusi L, Jonathan and Mrs. Iweala? They are part of the 1% keeping the money safe for personal use at home and abroad!

Nigeria needs both a political and an economic way forward. It will not come from the 1% that controls 80% of the country’s wealth. It is not forthcoming from the less than 10% that thrives in the midst of this anomaly.

The politicians are part of the 1%, they are unwilling and it appears they will never change the useless political system that keeps them rich and above the law (with the immunity clause of life).

When the poor, more than 90% of the population of Nigeria, have nothing to eat, no clothes to wear and no roof over their heads anymore, they will one day pounce on the rich. For it seems that unless they stage a revolution they will never be free.

aderounmu@gmail.com

Reference: Nigeria’s goes to election in the shadow of Boko Haram, by Henrik Angerbrandt 2014