Weep Not, Nigeria..!

Nigeria, you are one country whose past must be retraced so that the future can be better. You must find that spot where it all went wrong.

Weep Not Nigeria..!

By Adeola Aderounmu

Adeola Aderounmu

Adeola Aderounmu

The home run to the Nigerian presidential elections is here, at last.

The presidential and national assembly elections that should have held since February 14 2015 are now expected to go ahead on March 28 2015.

There is still a low risk that the entire process is truncated.

The corrupt and destructive ruling party since 1999-the PDP is not in support of the Voters’ card to be used for the elections. Until the elections become realities it appears that the PDP will continue to push for the termination of the appointment of the chairman of the electoral commission Mr. Jega.

Other means that the PDP have attempted in jeopardising the forth coming elections are sponsoring of violence in the country and pursuance of various last-minute court injunctions aimed at frustrating the main opposition party-the APC.

At the beginning of week 12, some miscreants were gathered from south western Nigeria and allegedly also from south-south region of the country. They converged on the city of Lagos and unleashed mayhem in some parts of the mega city.

The wife of Goodluck Jonathan said to stone the people chanting change. This group of miscreants had more than stones. They had dangerous weapons including guns.

The commonest trend is that people who engaged in this type of senseless demonstrations in Nigeria usually do so after they must have received huge sums of looted money from the politician or the person they are supporting.

In this case huge sums of money and scam contracts have been used to induce the thoughtless elements who chose Monday of all days to interrupt businesses and other human endeavours in Lagos state.

This is not the first time Mr. Jonathan is empowering terrorists or militants in Nigeria. The warships in the hands of the Niger delta militants have not been thoroughly explained.

Mr. Jonathan has empowered terrorists in different parts of the country in different ways.

In his recent interview with a BBC reporter, he was dumbfounded as usual, unable to explain why the Boko Haram terrorists ravaged the north eastern part of Nigeria as the Nigerian military looked on helplessly.

Those who participated in the shameful Monday demonstration in Lagos, the nerve center of Nigeria and the heartbeat of Yorubaland, were paid from the huge sums given to one Gani Adams the leader of the armed militant group-aka OPC in Western Nigeria.

Some children and adults have lost the use of their cerebrum and they will use their left hands to point out the direction to their fathers’ houses. This is the lot of the thoughtless and shameless OPC faction led by Gani.

In addition, these lost sons of Oduduwa know that it is an abomination to waste away Monday mornings (ojo-aje) in Yorubaland. They ought to seek the forgiveness of their ancestors before the wrath of the gods start to descend on them and their households.

In any case, back to the scam security contract issued by Mr. Jonathan to terrorist organisations, the constitution of Nigeria is clear on whose shoulders the security of the country rest upon.

The Nigerian military will protect the country from external aggression; the police will maintain law and order internally.

On the sea and the international waters around the country, the Nigerian Navy will ensure that all is well.

Mr Jonathan is probably the most clueless ruler any country can have. Who hands over the security of life and property of a country into the hands of local militants or terrorist groups?

Only clueless and dangerous minds will justify the security contracts anomaly under Mr. Jonathan, the first of its kind in human history.

No ruler or leader in human history has gone to sleep for 5-6 years in a place where civilians and ordinary citizens are slaughtered by terrorists.

Someday it will be nice to question Mr. Jonathan on his style of rulership.

He and his advisers need to inform about what they were thinking or not thinking when they gave the functions of the Nigerian army and the Nigerian navy to local terrorist organisations.

The above are some of my arguments when I chose to describe the Nigerian lawmakers are criminals and nonentities. They have turned blind lines to absurdities, lawlessness and outright impeachable offences. Birds of the same feather will flock together.

What kinds of political solutions or approaches are they aiming at?

Why is Nigeria’s ruler Mr. Jonathan still awarding security contracts to terrorist organisations?

Apart from outright stealing and looting, there are several other reasons why Mrs. Jonathan is afraid of the prison terms that her husband may face someday in the future when Nigerians wake up from their slumbers and start to ask for justice and fairness.

Who told Mrs. Jonathan she will be spared should in case her husband ends up in prison?

They and several thousands of political criminals across different political parties will end up in prisons if the law system in Nigeria starts to function today.

There are several thousands of criminals spread in different government and private institutions as well. The jails will burst if the justice system suddenly comes to life in Nigeria.

The resiliency of Nigerians has been totally transformed to a permanent weakness. Hence there are 2 remaining remedies to the prayers of Mrs. Jonathan.

The first is that Jonathan’s statement “I will surely win” comes to pass. The second is for him to be succeeded by another PDP looter. If these 2 options fail, it will be prison or exile for sure.

As l was saying, terrorists or local militants as Nigerians will prefer to call them should never be equipped or rewarded for their criminal and terror activities.

They should never been given any pipeline contract or any other type of contract at all.

There are reasons why the Navy exists as an institution. There are reasons why the police exist and there are jobs that the military should be equipped to handle.

Greed and clueless-ness form a bad combination. In the hands of a lazy, drunk mind the tragedy can be worse that what it has been in Nigeria. I had mentioned earlier that the PDP should have presented a sane mind on its platform the moment it became clear that a dangerous mind had mistakenly been trusted with power.

However, for as long as humanity exists, money will remain the root of all evil.

A people suffering from several years of misrule will continue to miss the margin regarding the meaning of life. Their conquerors will not understand the significance and transience of power.

When greed and in-satiation take over the feeling of contentment, the human mind may be irreversibly ruined. Sadly, this condition may also be incurable.

This is the point that many individuals have reached in Nigeria.

Under the prevailing political circumstances, and sadly too under the unfortunate mindset that the upcoming generation has been groomed, the Nigeria that exists today, just like the people whose souls have been overtaken by evil, is becoming increasingly incurable.

But weep not Nigeria, weep not..!

You seek change. How genuine? Will it happen?

With the characters of men and women parading the major political parties the question arises: is this what you deserve?

Why is the landscape occupied by drug barons, drug addicts, drunkards and incurable looters as the dominant political figures?

Generation after generation, you suppress freedom and sanity and install criminals in high places. Yet you cry foul!

These criminals, are they not your fathers? Are they not your mothers? Are they not your sisters and brothers?

What are you going to do about the corrupt souls, the evil people who continue to install criminals after criminals as the custodians of your treasury and the makers of the policies that ruin you?

Weep not Nigeria, weep not motherland!

The time is overdue.

Arise; take your destinies in your hands. Clean the table, wipe the stable, tidy up your domain and seek freedom.

Under the unitary system of government in Nigeria, there is no freedom and there will be no transformation. Change will be a camouflage.

Nigeria, you are one country whose past must be retraced so that the future can be better.

You must find that spot where it all went wrong.

There you will be able to pick up again patriotism, dignity in labour, brotherliness, selflessness, dedication, duty to man and country, justice, peace, fairness, merit-based rewards, competition to promote culture, to facilitate development and preservation of immediate society while not relegating the importance of nationalism.

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War Brewing in West Africa

By Adeola Aderounmu

Abidjan
In Ivory Coast war is brewing. The two presidents are not yielding grounds. There have been reports of violence, attacks and deaths in Ivory Coast.

I am not an expert on Ivory Coast but I’m not impressed with the experiment that the International community will be carrying out in Ivory Coast if a war breaks out. They will be selling weapons to both sides of the conflicts and my brothers and sisters will be killing one another.

Africa, I beg you. Learn from your past mistakes, lay down your arms and talk some sense.

It doesn’t make sense for two brothers to go to war while a foreigner doubles as both the umpire and the coach.

Wake up Ivory Coast. Where is Drogba and the boys. Go to Ivory Coast now and stop the war. You can do this by negotiation and intervention. Do it anyway you like.

Jos: War can become full blown..!

The recent images of Jos that I saw show that the state may be on the brink of a full scale religious war.

The people of Jos do not trust one another anymore and the situation has seriously deteriorated. Nigerian media houses are not doing enough to report the current situation and the nature of the problems-the complex religious-political volatile mix.

The war is almost certainly going to continue because of the elections coming up this year.

I don’t see how the governor of Plateau state-one clown called Jang-can prevent the forthcoming devastations.

It is a known fact that the military men that are supposed to see to the peace of Jos have been involved in the killing of the citizens of Jos.

Instead of dealing with the war that can eventually destroy the entity called Nigeria, the useless PDP in Nigeria is busy holding primary convention in Abuja.

On several occasions I have mentioned that Jonathan needs to go to Jos and spend 2 weeks or more to dwell among the people of Jos. The solution must be found and for all time.

The war in Jos is still on a small scale. The governor has failed and the Nigerian authorities are treating the war like violence or uprisings. This is a very serious mistake.

A wise man holds the fish by the head.

Jos, Crises Without End

Adeola Aderounmu

When I heard about the recent uprisings in Jos, I didn’t show any interest in blogging about it.

Some friends have read tiredness into my recent attitude towards Nigeria. They have asked me not to give up.

I am not giving up. I am writing my book and looking after my family.

For the records there have been series of killings and counter killings in Jos in the past few weeks alone.

I actually have a feeling that people are killed everyday in Jos since the end of the 2007 elections. I have a feeling that there are thousands of unreported killings and extra-judicial killings.

The killings that make the news are the ones that leaked and could not be covered.

More than ever before the government of Nigeria and the Plateau State governor specifically must find a permanent solution to this mayhem.

But what is the solution or what are the solutions?

Since I don’t live in Jos it will be hard for me to proffer a solution especially on the short term basis.

But on the long run there is a lot of work to be done on education of the citizens and massive public enlightenment on the nature of the problem and the need for the citizens to eschew violence and embrace peace.

The politics of Jos has been mixed with its religion. The results continue to be fatal. How do we resolve this particular issue without arousing sentiments in fanatics on both side of the divide? It’s a precarious situation.

But I’m convinced that there are permanent solutions. It may take time but the crises can all be resolved and the people can live together, tolerating one another and enjoying themselves in peace and tranquillity.

Jos today is not a haven for anyone. That is unpalatable.

The people must be involved at the grassroot level as we seek lasting solutions.

Those useless politicians instigating unemployed people and the illiterates must be fished out. They must face prosecution for the crimes they have committed against humanity. The signals will be strong and definite when people are sent to jail.

That’s the hardest part of the Nigerian judicial system. We don’t send guilty and corrupt people to jail for fear or sentiments that are best known to the political or ruling class. We run our states and national issue like we are mafians.

Certain rotten and useless political Codes must be broken if we want peace in Jos and progress in Nigeria.

Now I’m digressing but I want to stay on this Jos crises.

There are ways out and the governor and all the stupid people capitalising on the ignorance of the people know that there are ways out. But because of the benefits that the political / ruling class get from the ignorance of the people, they prefer the status quo no matter how many people have been killed or how many more that will be slaughtered in the days ahead.

Our country is a peculiar one. We live always in one dilemma or another.

If I am the president of Nigeria I would abandon all the owanbe parties that I have planned or been invited to, I will go to Jos and live among the people for a few days, get a feel of the situation and proffer that everlasting solution. This may mean provision of infrastructure in every community, it may mean provision of good roads, good schools and massive employment opportunities.

I believe that there are ways to take peoples’ minds away from violence and religious fanaticism-find them something to do and give them their sense of dignity. Return to them all forms of social justice and ensure that there is something for them to look ahead to, a bright future.