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Fresh Attempt By Brain Damaged Governor Suntai To Resume Office Fails As He Could Not Recognize Aso Rock.


 

Gov. Danbaba Suntai upon arrival to Nigeria last year
By Saharareporters, New York

A fresh attempt by a political cabal in Taraba State to return to office Danbaba Suntai, the governor who suffered brain injuries in a 2012 plane crash, failed yesterday following a weeklong series of maneuvers.

Working in collaboration with some media outlets, the cabal last Monday took the ailing governor to his office in Jalingo along with some of his physical therapists to see if he could be smuggled back into office but after five minutes, Mr. Suntai could not tell what he was doing. He was then rushed back to the governor’s mansion where, when asked where he was, he answered, “Airport.”

The group behind the efforts, which is reported to be funded by former Nigeria Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma, then shipped Mr. Suntai to Abuja to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan in the hope that a public outing with the president would help provide an official veneer to their shenanigans.  However, sources say that sensing that Mr. Suntai was still unstable, President Jonathan sent some security agents to meet with him; when they asked if he knew the location of Aso rock, Suntai replied that he was in Jalingo and not Abuja.

The governor was flown back to Jalingo last night after the plot failed to materialize, but the cabal is understood to be re-strategizing.

Mr. Suntai received his brain injuries after a small plane he was flying crashed near the airport in Yola in October 2012.  He has since be treated in Germany and the US, with doctors in both countries revealing he is unlikely to function normally again given the nature of his injuries.

On GEJ’s Rebuttal To OBJ’s Open Letter By M J Balogun.


By M J Balogun

I saw it coming. I had predicted in my last post that ex-President Obasanjo‘s open letter to President Jonathan would not go unanswered. And answered it was. Although the sitting President’s self-appointed media consultants had tried to dismiss the issues raised by OBJ as a non-issue (with some arguing that a weightless letter deserved no response) the current President knew better than to act as if the ex-President said nothing extraordinary. The President and his lieutenants did lose sleep over the open letter. The President’s rebuttal dated 20th December 2013 is the outcome of the marathon meetings held over the unsolicited missive. The President did more than return OBJ’s fire; he pointedly asked those given to washing Nigeria‘s dirty linen in public to look for other pastimes. The exigency of national security, as seen by the President, dictates restraint, possibly, self-censorship, not unguarded and flamboyant letter writing.

And this is my starting point today–the logic underpinning the invocation of the spirit of “national security” at a time we had been led to believe that it was only through open dialogue that we could get out of our predicament. Wasn’t it a little while ago that Mr President set up a National Dialogue Committee, authorized the Committee to disregard signs pointing to no-go areas, and gave the members a free hand to interrogate the National Question from all angles? Apparently, there are no-go areas after all. Besides saying it in so many words that OBJ’s open letter was a less “acceptable and dignified means” of communication, the President termed the letter a clear “threat to national security as it may deliberately or inadvertently set the stage for subversion.” He further alleges that “landmines” had been laid for him–President Jonathan, that is–waiting to explode. “The purpose and direction of your letter”, the President told OBJ, “is distinctively ominous, and before it is too late, my clarifications on the issues need to be placed on record.”

The President found the timing of OBJ’s letter particularly odd. If OBJ was not part of a gang-up against the President, why should his letter come on the heels of other “vicious releases”? The “releases” that the President considered malicious include the comment by the Speaker of the House drawing a correlation between the President’s “body language” and corruption, and the letter written by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria accusing the NNPC of failing to remit the sum of USD49.8 billion to the federation account within a period of 19 months. Even though the CBN Governor’s letter was addressed to the President, its contents were divulged to third parties, OBJ included. The President said nothing about OBJ’s presumed tag-team partners, but if the likes of IBB, Abdul-Salaami, and Theophilus Danjuma were contemplating following up with their own open letters, the alarm raised by President Jonathan and echoed by former Head of State, Dr. Yakubu Gowon, should stay their hands and leave OBJ alone in the ring to face his new Nemesis.

Let us, for now, leave conspiratorial gang-ups aside, and take the bones of contention one at a time. OBJ had berated the government for its poor handling of security. Mr President fired back by saying that his government had instituted measures which significantly reduced “the scope and impact of terrorist operations” in the North East region. Among the steps taken by the government to contain the Boko Haram insurgency were the application of the carrot and stick technique, identification of illiteracy as a major terrorism trigger, the release of funds for the construction of Almajir schools, and the establishment of nine universities in the northern states.

The President, by the way, wondered if OBJ was qualified to counsel anyone on the use of the carrot. As the President noted, the stick was all ex-President OBJ relied on to curb militancy in the Niger Delta, in general, and Odi, Bayelsa State, in particular. Ouch!

On security across the whole country, the President maintained that his government accorded high priority to the equipment and training of law enforcement agents. The government had further “increased the surveillance capabilities of the Police and provided its air-wing with thrice the number of helicopters it had before the inception of the present administration.” The Civil Defence and Security Corps had also been armed to make it an effective law enforcement agency.

In the President’s own reckoning, Nigeria of 2013 is more secure than that of 2007. It was in 2007, the President points out, that a petrol tanker was set to ram into the INEC building in Abuja. The elections slated to hold that year would have been derailed but for the fortuitous intervention of an electric pole. It was also in 2007 that an armed gang tried, in vain, to assassinate the current President when he ran as the PDP’s Vice-Presidential candidate. The gang tried again to bomb his country home, but as luck would have it, Vice-Presidential candidate Goodluck Jonathan was elsewhere when the bomb went off. Now the nation’s Number One citizen, President Jonathan laments that the “security people” whose job under the OBJ administration it was to investigate the assassins’ backers and motives, failed to unravel the assassination attempts.

The President is gracious to acknowledge the fact that the general security environment remains dicey. Kidnapping, piracy, and armed robbery are still very much with Nigeria. He might as well include bloody bank heists, civil disturbances, ritual killing, and other violent crimes. The President’s rebuttal acknowledges these ugly realities, but has provided no satisfactory explanation for their persistence over time. Despite the huge allocations to the Police (with its high-flying and invisible “air wing”), the Civil Defence Corps, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, and the myriad uniformed outfits created at the drop of a hat, the President agrees that Nigeria is still faced with a grave security challenge. He, the President, in fact regards the security issues as those which “all Nigerians, including me (the President) are very concerned about.” How then is this “concern” different from the one expressed in OBJ’s open letter?

Probably to allay OBJ and other concerned Nigerians’ fears, the President’s makes a show of detailing the efforts made by the government to arm and equip the law enforcement agencies. This is where the President should have stopped–that is, the stage at which his government was said to be trying but insecurity appeared to be winning. But then, the President felt the urge to put up a robust defence, and by so doing, to portray OBJ as at best, ill-informed, at worst, spiteful. This is where the President made a fatal error. In explaining why the security situation had NOT improved on his watch, the President passes the buck to his predecessors! He regards the problems that he was elected to solve as antedating his tenure and therefore beyond his capacity! This is how the President (on whose desk the buck stops) sees precisely the challenges that he was elected to tackle:

“While we will continue to do our utmost best to reduce all forms of criminality to the barest minimum in our country, it is just as well to remind you (OBJ) that the first major case of kidnapping for ransom took place around 2006. And the Boko Haram crisis dates back to 2002. Goodluck Jonathan was not the President then (meaning, Baba OBJ was). Also armed robbery started in this country immediately after the civil war and since then, it has been a problem to all succeeding governments….”

The Jonathan administration’s “utmost best” is clearly not delivering the “barest minimum” promised let alone the results actually craved by the long-suffering people of Nigeria. Yet, the same tendency to evade responsibility for the design and implementation of measurable change in the security and law enforcement sector is evident in the President’s response to OBJ’s corruption allegation. Those who were wondering what “weighty issues” OBJ raised in his open letter should again listen carefully to the President:
“That corruption is an issue in Nigeria is indisputable. It has been with us for many years….The seed of corruption in this country was planted a long time ago, but we are doing all that we can to drastically reduce its debilitating effects on national development and progress.”

It is the same argument: government is trying but corruption is winning. If the seed of corruption was planted a long time ago, what efforts have we made to uproot the seed or to deny it the water and the compost it needs to sprout? The issue is NOT when corruption, or for that matter, insecurity, started. The issue–the critical one that the President failed to address–is how effectively he has so far deployed the intimidating powers of the presidency to combat corruption and checkmate insecurity.  It is not enough for those aspiring to lead us to covet the imperial powers of the state executive. They must have an idea what they want to do with the powers. This is my argument in THE ROUTE TO POWER: THE DYNAMIC ENGAGEMENT OPTION FOR CURRENT AND ASPIRING LEADERS (Palgrave-Macmillan, NY, 2009). Unfortunately, many aspirants to leadership positions in Nigeria don’t have the slightest clue what the country is up against or how the people are hurting under the weight of unsolved problems. Once in office, the leaders care even less whether or not they find solutions to knotty problems.  Otherwise, why would anyone vie for the office of President and Commander-in-Chief, only to get elected into it and then begin to blame the critical challenges’ dates of birth for the failure to make an impact?

Of course, President Jonathan inherited insecurity, corruption, and many other “impregnable” challenges. There would be no need for a president if there are no challenges breaking the people’s backs, tugging at their hearts, and shortening their lives. In President Jonathan’s case, the people of Nigeria (including those who did not vote for him) expected that as soon as he took his oath of office, old and new challenges would beat a retreat as government assembled the best and the brightest brains to wage a relentless war on those vexing challenges. But what do we have instead? We see the energy of the state dissipated on the retention, concentration, and consolidation of power; on self-aggrandisement; on controversial, possibly questionable, transfer of the Nigerian people’s assets to well-connected oligarchs; and on the virtual conversion of public institutions into personal households or fiefdoms. Instead of sharpening their detective, investigative, and crime control capacities to a fine hone, law enforcement agents wait for “instructions from above” to perform their statutory functions or, as is becoming the practice, to serve purely partisan political interests in total disregard of their professional ethos.

If the President wants to make a difference to the governance of this country (and record measurable impact in security and law enforcement, the war on corruption, electric power generation and distribution, etc.) he should start by turning the weak and bendable institutions into resilient, personality-proof, and enduring service delivery agents. This type of institution building/revitalization entails, at the very least, placing the highest premium on the autonomy, professionalism, integrity, productivity and performance of public service delivery agents.

We have focused thus far on the minuses in the President’s rebuttal. This, however, is not to suggest that the President’s rebuttal to OBJ lacks merit in its entirety. Far from it. The President has, in my humble opinion, responded adequately to a number of allegations, notably, the allegations that he placed over one thousand Nigerians on a political watch list and that he had sent snipers for training in readiness for deployment against political opponents. If OBJ knows of a list, he must also know the names on the list. Unless he is ready to produce the political watch list which he mentioned in his open letter (with the names un-redacted), he owes not just the President but every Nigerian an apology for crying wolf where there is none. Ditto for the allegation concerning the training and possible deployment of snipers. One lesson my professors taught me is that assertions are no proof. The President’s accusers have to go beyond trying to smear him. They have to provide the exact details of his wrongdoing. And no details are more exact than names that could be matched with recognizable faces. While still on the rebuttal, the President would appear to have laid to rest the ghost of the un-remitted US$49.8 billion– unless of course the Central Bank of Nigeria not only stands by its earlier finding but is also ready to back the finding up with incontrovertible and verifiable data.

Since the PDP crisis in an internal party affair–one that is only marginally related to the national issues raised in OBJ’s open letter and adverted to in the President’s response–it is better left the way it is, in the hands of the parties concerned.

However, there is one PDP-related matter which this post cannot ignore. It is the matter regarding the tension building up in the run-up to 2015. The President considered it “regrettable that in your (OBJ) letter, you seem to place sole responsibility for the ongoing intrigues and tensions in the PDP at my doorstep….At the heart of all the current troubles in our party and the larger polity is the unbridled jostling and positioning for personal or group advantage ahead of 2015.”

By that statement, the President acknowledges that tension does exist within his party and in the country as a whole. While accepting part of the responsibility for the crisis, he thinks that others also share in the blame. As President and Commander-in-Chief, President Jonathan cannot “share” this type of responsibility with anyone. The position that he currently holds obliges him to account for whatever befalls Nigeria. This is why he has to decide whether he would honour the one-term agreement which he explicitly or implicitly entered into in 2011 or, regardless of the risks and the consequences, he would shred the agreement and throw the bits and pieces in his opponents’ faces. In deciding one way or the other, the President should be mindful of his place in history. He should accordingly listen to his inner soul and voice–not to advisers whose jobs are on the line, not to relatives who see power and its fringe benefits slipping away, and certainly not to war-mongers.

May God guide the President aright, bless our country, Nigeria, and relieve the suffering of our people, no matter their tribe, tongue, or religious belief!

Professor Balogun, former UN Senior Adviser, and former Director-General, The Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, writes from Canada.

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Palpable Anxiety Forces Gowon, Danjuma, To Rebuke Obasanjo Over Letter To Jonathan, Feared It Breaking The Zoo.


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Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and former Minister of Defence, Gen Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), have berated former president Olusegun Obasanjo over his open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, describing it as being capable of breaching the peace in the country.The duo stated this yesterday at the 6th edition of the Abuja Festival of Praise, hosted by Danjuma, at the international Conference Centre, Abuja.In a goodwill message, Gowon warned Nigerians, especially leaders, against making utterances capable or breaching the peace of the country, noting that it was important for leaders, past and present to take heart not to say things that can bring about problems as all Nigerians will suffer if there is no peace in the country.”I will like for Nigerians to please take heart to ensure that taken are not taken to do what they should not do.Let all Nigerians, leadership and followership make sure that we do not make utterances or say things that can really create problems for the leadership and for the country because if that happens, if we listen to such utterances, there shall be no peace and we will be the sufferers for it.”I want all of us as faithful to bear in mind that this country needs peace and this peace can only come from all of us, the leadership, past and present and from all of us. We must play our part to ensure that there is peace in the country,” he emphasised, stressing that the message became pertinent in view of recent happenings in the country.Similarly, Danjuma in his goodwill message noted that even though he was mentioned in the letter, he had refrained from making comments to the press about it, insisting that he has unfettered access to the president and will speak with him “face to face” if he has anything to say to him. “The press have been after me, they want me to react to what Obasanjo said about Mr President and I told then that I have complete and I impeded access to the president and if I have anything to say to him, I will do so face to face.These are very difficult times and we must be careful, especially as leaders, what we say in public,” he added.Delivering a goodwill message on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, Minister of Police Addairs, Navy Capt Caleb Olubolade (rtd), emphasised that prayers and songs of praise can save the nation and give hope for a greater nation.
“I strongly believe thy prayers and songs of praise like this can save the nation and give hope for a greater tomorrow in Nigeria, the land the good Lord has given to us.As we labour in our bid to build a greater Nigeria of our dream, a few elements struggle to destroy and disunite us.Why? My prayer as a child of God is for the collective salvation of our souls and for those few elements to repent before the judgement of God comes,” he added. Earlier in a welcome address, Gana, who is the chairman of the festival planning committee noted that praising God can bring peace to humanity, especially to Nigeria in view of the current security and political crises.He urged Nigerians to be at peace with one another during the yuletide season to foster the unity of the country as the nation is going through a trying period.The Abuja Festival of Praise saw over 450 choirs from all over the country and some from the United States of America (USA) converging to praise the Lord and usher in the christmas season.Some of the performances were by the mass choir comprising Abuja Metropolitan Music Society (AMEMUSO), All Saints Choir, Samaru, Zaria, Cathedral Youth Choir, Minna, St. Matthew’s Church Choir, Maitama, Abuja, and Festival  Orchestra, Abuja, while guest performances were by The Amiables, Lagos, J-Cleff Chorale, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Mt. St. Gabriel’s Boys’ Choir, Makurdi and St. Luke’s Catholic Church Choir, Kubwa.
Some of the dignitaries who graced the event were former president, Gen Yakubu Gowon (rtd), former FCT Minister, Gen Jeremiah Useni (rtd), Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu, former Adamawa State governor, Boni Haruna, former Edo State Governor, Osunbor Osaremen and a representative of the Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi.By: Catherine Agbo.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Buhari Versus Buhari By Bayo Oluwasanmi.


By Bayo Oluwasanmi

At last, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) approved the registration of All Progressives Congress (APC) after so much hip hop, juju, and highlife with some comedy that dwarfs Baba Sala’s “Orun Moru.”

Great footage is the key to any good documentary. It is impossible to make historical films without it. Wole Soyinka’s article “The Crimes of Buhari” is a gold mine of documentary footage of the sins of Buhari why he’s not a good presidential material for 2015.

The character analysis of Buhari in his days as head of state by WS proves hypnotic. It gives us a rare snapshot of the man who wants to be president. As we approach 2015 we should be cautious of Buhari who was described by a friend of mine as “Islamist Jihadist masquerading as a democrat.”

We should also be leery of plugging obsolete political flash drive into 2015 presidential hardware – old wine in a new bottle.

Since the formation of APC, political offices have been farmed out across the geo-political-ethnic spectrum. The two juiciest posts are the presidential candidate and the chair of the party. Of course the most coveted is the presidential slot.

It has been widely reported that APC heavily favors a northerner as the presidential candidate.  Muhammed Buhari and Theophilus Danjuma are the two names being considered. Every Nigerian has the right to compete for any elective position as long as he or she meets the constitutional requirements.

However, I have a problem with a northerner as APC’s flag bearer. Before I’m mauled by angry Buhari apologists and censors and willing agents of secrecy and repression, hear me out. So don’t shoot me yet.

The northerners have always succeeded in manipulating and dividing Yorubas to achieve their selfish political ambitions and to realize their self-fulfilling prophecy that they are born to rule Nigeria forever. “The North on the basis of one man one vote can keep power indefinitely in the present Nigeria state…,” so stated Ango Abdullahi. “The demography,” continued Abdullahi, “shows that the North can keep power as long as it wants because it will always win elections.”

They know that without the participation or collaboration or cooperation of the Yorubas, any Hausa/Fulani oligarchy would not stand. They need the Yorubas more than the Yorubas need them.

Once upon a time one Yoruba Akindanidani (dunce) was appointed an interim president by   Hausa tooth-gap buffoon to deny another Yoruba the presidency the fact that the Yoruba won the election that was adjudged as the fairest election in Nigeria.

Long time ago, a revered Yoruba was brought before Yoruba Akindanidani judge. In spite of overwhelming evidence that the Yoruba was not guilty as charged, the Yoruba Akindanidani judge confessed “My hands are tied” obviously by a northerner who headed the federal government at that time. The Yoruba was sentenced to 10 years behind bars.

At another time, very long time ago, another Yoruba Akindanidani was appointed chair of the National Census Board which certified the north as the region with the largest population in Nigeria the fact notwithstanding that cows, goats, dogs, ducks, donkeys, monkeys, and other living and non-living things were counted as human beings.

Examples of Yoruba Akindanidanis being used as pawns by northerners to con, divide and pit Yorubas against Yorubas abound. I can go on, and on, and on.
Why do we – Yorubas – always settle for and satisfy with a subservient position? What’s wrong with some Yoruba Akindanidanis? Why is it that these Akindanidanis always betray their own because of a cup of gari or a platter of amala? Why the traitors among us always have the last word? How long will it take us to heed Hubert Ogunde’s warning – “Yoruba Ronu”?

Here we go again in 2013 … some Yoruba Akindanidanis are rooting for a northerner as presidential candidate for the newly minted APC in order to secure their personal plum positions within the party. With Alatenuje (glutton) and Akindanidani Yoruba politicians, Yorubas usually end up with the sticks instead of carrots. Yorubas fittingly symbolized a house divided against itself.

Must northerners always be the president of Nigeria? What special qualities or talents or skills do they possess that Igbos or Yorubas lack? They have no special leadership qualities or talents or skills which should give them advantage over the other two major ethnic groups. I’m not oblivious of the fact that Nigeria has not feared better under a Yoruba or Ijaw president. However, the records of northerners as presidents of Nigeria are as clear as they are compelling.

The political wreckage train of Nigeria was designed, manufactured, operated, and crashed by either a northern Prime Minister, President, or Head of State. The administrations of two demonic northerners plunged Nigeria into unprecedented political darkness and tortuous economic abyss Nigeria ever witnessed. We’re still smoldering under the inferno. You know the brutes I’m talking about.

Now some publicists and propagandists have literally taken over the social media selling their political toxic nonsense by promoting Buhari as the only best candidate that could rescue Nigeria from the threatening imminent implosion.

There is nothing wrong serving as paid propagandists. But when such propagandists become autocratic, dictatorial, abusive, liars, and fabricators then there is problem. They totally resent and reject any criticism, debate, or discussion that would probe the suitability or otherwise of their candidate Buhari.

They are not only promoting Buhari, they are trying to shovel the man down our throats. Those of us with different opinions about Buhari have been called names and labeled as “tribalist,” “traitors,” and “lazy.” What could be more amusing, they see us as either unrepentant majority or rebellious minority.

2015 provides a marvelous case study of leadership amidst a difficult situation. For a moment, let those who aspire to rule the country in 2015 step into the sandals of poverty ravaged Nigerians and experience what they face on daily basis.

The present crop of candidates is selfishly addicted for looking out for themselves. They have failed to cast or catch any vision for leadership.
The history of these people wanting to be presidents points the opposite direction of what leadership is all about: service and sacrifice. How many of them can boast of “I die daily” like the hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, struck down poor Nigerians they want to lead?

Consider this: Danjuma was quoted as saying he didn’t know what to do with $500 million he made from the sale of oil bloc gift from thieves who divided our commonwealth (oil) among themselves. What kind of leadership do you expect from Danjuma?

In 2015, Nigeria needs a leader with patience and perceptivity to look into a troubled situation, discern the problem, and then do whatever it takes to correct the difficulty. In short, 2015 Nigeria needs troubleshooters not problem manufacturers in order to grow, develop, and be a prosperous, healthy nation. A leader that recognizes that suffering and opposition come with the territory.

We need a leader who will hold up rather than fold up. A leader who will face and work through trials and difficulties. A leader who knows what kind of “workout” he needs in order to turn Nigeria around. And trials and the seemingly insurmountable problems facing Nigeria may well be part of the “workout.”

How long are we going to endure with abnormal patience the ragtag veterans known for their demented faculty of foresight? We need leaders with connected brains!

Visions make leaders passionate, thorns keep them authentic. Buhari, what’s your vision? What’s your passion? And where is your thorn?

The purpose of redemptive suffering is tied to leadership by sacrifice. Who can better help someone going through bankruptcy than someone who went through a bankruptcy? Who can better help somebody struggling with an addiction than somebody who struggled with an addiction? Who can better help parents of a special needs child than parents of a special needs child?  Redemptive suffering is when you go through a problem or a pain for the benefit of others.

Buhari and his military intruders caused so much grief and graft. They still do. Nigerians should be reminded of the familiar evil schemes of the Buharis of this world who are staging a comeback so that they will not outsmart us.
“The Crimes of Buhari” penned by WS detailed gems of sacred truth about the true Buhari many of us don’t know, are too stunning and too breathtaking to be ignored.

“The grounds on which General Buhari is being promoted as the alternative choice are not only shaky, but pitifully naïve,” WS reminds us. “History matters. Records are not kept simply to assist the weakness of memory, but to operate as guides to the future,” warns WS.

To Buhari’s apologists who are quick and vocal to argue that Buhari is a changed man, WS cautions them: “Of course, we know that human beings change. What the claims of personality change or transformation impose on us is a rigorous inspection of the evidence, not wishful speculation or behind-the-scenes assurances,” says WS. “Public offence, crimes against a polity,” continues WS, “must be answered in the public space, not in caucuses of bargaining.”

“In Buhari, we have been offered no evidence of the sheerest prospect of change. On the contrary, all evidence suggests that this is one individual who remains convinced that this is one ex-ruler that the nation cannot call to order,” says WS.

On the rule of law, Buhari has no respect for the law. WS draws our attention to the fact that he was “…one of the generals who treated a Commission of Enquiry, the Oputal Panel, with unconcealed disdain.”  “Like Babangida and Abdusalami,” WS recalls, “he refused to put in appearance even though complaints that were tabled against him involved a career of gross abuses of power and blatant assault on the fundamental human rights of the Nigerian citizenry.”

On the sanctity of life, Buhari is controlled by impulse and blind rage to the extent that he became satanic in his cruelty. In fact he enjoys termination of people’s life so much that he carried out “…the judicial murder, execution of a citizen under a retroactive decree.”

Again, WS provides us with the proof: “Does Decree 20 ring a bell? If no, then, perhaps the names of three youths – Lawal Ojuolape, (30), Bernard Ogedengbe (29) and Bartholomew Owoh (26) do. To put it quite plainly, one of those three Ogedengbe – was executed for a crime that did not carry a capital forfeit at the time it was committed.”

A leader must learn from his failure. Would Buhari change? No! “Since leaving office, he has declared in the most categorical terms that he had no regrets over this murder and would do so again,” WS reminds us.

You think democracy is bad under GEJ’s administration? Expect the end of democracy as we know it under Buhari’s presidency. For the entire Buhari administration, Ebenezer Babatope was permanently housed in detention for his article warning that Buhari “was an ambitious soldier who would bear watching through the lenses of a coup d’état.”

He turned down all appeals to allow Babatope to bury his father who died while he (Babatope) was in the cellar. For publishing the truth, Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabor both journalists, were slammed into the gulag under Buhari’s obnoxious decree. “Tai (Solarin) was incarcerated by that regime and denied even the medication for his asthmatic condition…”

The septuagenarian Chief Adekunle Ajasin was arraigned by Buhari’s kangaroo tribunal. Chief Ajasin was acquitted. Not satisfied by the verdict, Buhari ordered his retrial. Again, Chief Ajasin was acquitted from all charges of corruption and abuse of office. Chief Ajasin’s offence was “winning an election and refusing to knuckle under Shagari’s reign of terror.”

WS calls to mind Buhari’s assault on freedom of expression: “Not content with hammering down the freedom of expression in general terms, Buhari specifically forbade all public discussion of a return to civilian rule. To deprive a people of volition in their own political direction is to turn a nation into a colony of slaves. Buhari enslaved the nation.”

Buhari would be a president who administers justice selectively. He would protect his own by all means necessary. Remember Buhari’s coup was staged to dislodge Shehu Shagari’s inept administration. Well, as WS explains “Shehu Shagari was kept in cozy house detention in Ikoyi while his powerless deputy, Alex Ekwueme was locked up in Kirikiri prisons.”

He let other political contrabands and purveyors of falsehood like Akinloye, Chairman of the NPN, and Richard Akinjide the electoral math wizard of two thirds of 12 states “strolled out coolly across the border.”

For poor Nigerians, the Buharis are a dreadful smell of death and doom. They are just like the rest of the hucksters who seek the presidency for personal profit as opposed to life-giving perfume. With the Buharis in power, it will mean Nigerians will continue under constant danger of death, penury, hopelessness, and doomed life.

I see a dramatic contrast between the vessel and the contents. We hardly need to question whether the container exists for the sake of the treasure. The answer is obvious.

Government exists for the common good. Government by job function must take care of everybody – to be sure that they have food, water, light, education, jobs, housing, and be safe, sound, and secure.

The mirage the Buharis put in front is not actually what goes on the surface. The Buharis cannot make Nigeria whole. They are after the windfall!

byolu@aol.com

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

Baga Massacre: How Familiar? By Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu.


By Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu

There has been so much hue and cry over the so called Baga massacre, a community in Borno state where the Joint Task Force (JTF) of the infamous Nigerian army massacred over 180 innocent people including women and children and razed down the whole community in their hunt for Boko Haram terrorists.  But much of the hue and dry is driven  either by Ostriches whose heads are buried in the sand or by sheer  hypocrisy and deceit for the simple reason that massacres, pogroms, and other forms of extra-judicial killings  and mass murders whether by the Nigerian  army, police, civilians or ethno-religious actors have been  common place  in Nigeria for decades. Indeed mass killing and other acts of injustice remains the single greatest attribute of the Nigerian state to date. It is not possible to write Nigeria’s history without wading through chapters stained with blood that has unnecessarily been shed and continues to be shed in the course of her chequered history. In  less than a century of existence and five decades of independence Nigeria  has  shed enough blood to fill the bowels of the river Niger and all of it needlessly.

Nigeria has had an endless routine of mass killings since 1945 when it commenced in Jos, subsequently in Kano in 1953, Tiv riots in the early 60’s, all over the North in 1966 by all strata of Northern society, the Nigeria-Biafra war from 1967 to 1970,  in Kano and all over the North from 1980 onwards, creation of an internal security  task force  (ISTF) for the Niger-Delta from 1994,  Sharia riots from 2000, invasion, mass killing, rape  and razing down of whole communities in Odi in 1999 and Zaki Biam in 2001, Boko Haram emergence and violent reprisal in 2009, extortion and routine extra-judicial executions  by the Nigerian Police, creation of  military task force  and increased  military operations in the North from 2009.

As the news of the gruesome massacres in Baga broke, I imagine they were many in their sitting rooms, in their workplaces and in different walks of life that would be quite familiar with such acts of mass murders. Indeed many of them would have participated in many such mass killings and would for brief moments relive their own orgy of mass killings. The likes of Yakubu Gowon, Theophilus Danjuma, Ibrahim Haruna,  Ibrahim Babangida, Mohammed Shuwa, Shehu Yar’ Adua,  Abdulsalami Abubakar, David Mark,  Olusegun Obasanjo,  Benjamin Adekunle, Paul Okuntimo, Victor Malu, Hassan Katsina, Kam Salem  and so many other military, civilian and police officers who participated in the serial atrocities of  the 1966 pogroms, the Nigeria-Biafra  war, the Niger-Delta task force, the Odi-Zaki Biam massacres  and the routine extra-judicial executions by the police would find the Baga, Bama and Nassarawa  massacres quite familiar.

For some of these men and many others like them, their careers were made and enhanced from their participation in such rapes, massacres and other acts of injustice that has defined the Nigerian nation to date. In particular, Yakubu Gowon was enthroned and sustained in power through the instruments of mass killing, while Murtala Muhammed and Olusegun Obasanjo rose to become heads of state with nothing other than mass killings in their curriculum vitae. With the recent mass slaying of over 100 police men in an ambush in Nassarawa by the so called Ombatse cult group, a new dimension has been introduced in the serial acts of violence in which the nation is engulfed.  What it portends for the future is unmistakable; a well organised ambush can now quite easily take out the convoy of a governor or other government functionaries. Even for those that have bullet proof cars, rocket propelled grenades and other explosives will take out their vehicles in quick succession. Nigerian leaders will find that the culture of violence and  injustice they sowed in the society and the Frankenstein monster created as a result is back to consume them, and from it they have no hiding place as the sophistication of the Nassarawa attack demonstrates.

While the hue and cry over Baga, Bama and Nassarawa slayings continue, it’s time for the leadership to come to terms with the reality of Nigeria as a jungle of bloodletting/ injustice and begin with all urgency to chart a new course and create a nation watered by the seeds of social justice and fundamental human rights. Too often, Nigerians are too emotional to realise that “injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere”, thus they see no injustice when the victims are other ethnic groups and cry injustice only when their own group becomes the victim. Many are comfortable to allow, participate and even justify acts of genocide on other groups, what they fail to realise is that what goes around usually comes around and injustice once consolidated in any given society spares no one or group. This cycle of emotional bigotry has helped sustain the injustices and attendant bloodletting that defines the nation.

As violence rages across the nation and in particular the North, the lesson that must be learnt is that a nation that thrives on bloodletting and injustice will eventually consume all within it. In such a jungle once created, no group will be spared the swords and cycle of violence. A society founded and nurtured in justice and equality for all is of collective interest, for that is the only guarantee that everyone and every group will be free from a violation of their rights as is presently the case across Nigeria. In the end, the choice is clear and stark, it is either Nigeria wholesomely addresses injustice in all spheres or injustice will slowly and surely consume it.

Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu
lawrencenwobu@gmail.com

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

Nigeria’s ex-leader, Buhari ejected over unpaid N20m rent.


 

Buhari.
 
Former Head of State and one time minister of oil resources, General
Muhammadu Buhari, (rtd) has been ejected from his Abuja residence
following his inability to pay the N20 million rent demanded by his landlord,
Newsdiary Online, a news portal has disclosed.
According to reports monitored by our reporter in Abuja, the retired general
who is also the presidential  candidate of  Congress for Progressive Change,
CPC in the April 2011 general elections, was expected to renew his rent
which was due after the initial payment.Consequently, he decided to move his property to Kaduna when he could not
raise the amount demanded by the landlord.

It was gathered that owing to inability of Buhari to raise the N20 million
earlier requested as rent for the building at Number 11 Queen Elizabeth
Street, Asokoro District, Abuja, the landlord reportedly reduced the rent to
N15 million but Buhari could still not raise the funds.

Reports say the original rent was paid on his behalf by a former minister of
defence, General Theophilus Danjuma, (rtd) which enabled Buhari to move
into the house which provides shelter to him any time he is in the Federal
Capital Territory.

Buhari was said to rebuff suggestions by his friends to approach Nasarawa
State governor, Alhaji Umaru Almakura who won the governorship seat on
the platform of his party, CPC, for financial assistance insisting that he
would rather maintain his integrity than ask the governor for money.

It was also gathered that Buhari also resisted a similar pressure to approach
President Goodluck Jonathan for assistance to enable him keep the
apartment.

“Some of Buhari’s associates who wanted to avoid his ejection actually
reached out to the owner of the property, and the landlord even agreed to
slash the rent to N15 million for the sake of the General. Sadly, he could not
pay and he accepted the option of moving his property to Kaduna. Buhari is
believed to have made up his mind to put up somewhere he can afford
whenever  he has something to do in Abuja henceforth”, the News portal
stated.

 
By  African Examiner.

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