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We start this week with an appraisal of the State of
The chief politician is, of course, General Obasanjo who has now admitted that his so-called Anti Corruption Program has failed—woefully, we might add. This, of course, is not news. What is really pathetic is that the General fails to comprehend and to articulate 3 things:
1) There is no hope that corruption can ever be abated in
2) Those that are benefiting from the corruption are, and have become, more powerful than even the might and instrument of the Federal Government of Nigeria itself; therefore, they, the corrupt ones, can never be dislodged; they have now become untouchable.
3) The average person living in
What is even more pathetic is that General Obasanjo was offered help by the International community, including the UN, who not only had located the different places where the money was hidden, but also were willing and ready to aid in recovering money looted by corrupt Nigerian officials. General Obasanjo and his administration refused to accept the help and refused to pursue the recovery of over $200B of money belonging to the peoples of
Pity! Imagine 120 Million people existing in a structure steeped with corruption in a society whose very fabrics are woven out of threads of corruption! Welcome to
Senator Kofoworola Bucnor-Akerele, a deputy governor has ideas about this:
“… apart from the political illiteracy which prevails, corruption and graft has become ingrained that many in the executive and legislative arms of government have a hopelessly poor knowledge and understanding of what their constitutional responsibilities are, or what level of civilized conduct is required of them in a democratic setting."
Can you see how hopeless the situation is now? Can you look ahead and see a decade or even millennium when this will change for the peoples living in
Moving on, Bucnor-Akerele takes us to another issue when she says that
“…the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government does not deserve a second term…the overheating of the political atmosphere today is a direct consequence of the refusal of powerful interests to acknowledge that there are fundamental defects in our federation which demand to be addressed at the appropriate forum of the national conference."
It is reassuring in some sense to hear the articulation of some understanding of what the basic problem with
Meanwhile, Second Republic Senator, David Dafinone, agrees
“…that the existing political structures in
Correction, ex-Senator: it has already led there; there is already chaos. It is likely that you have lived in it for so long causing you to adjust so much that you can’t see or feel the chaos any more.
The Ex-Senator feels
“…that if the ruling PDP believes that the existing structures would lead
You tell them, Brother! While at it, tell General Obasanjo, too. And, ACF—Arewa Consultative Forum. The structure is the problem!
In case you think he does not know what he is talking about, hear him out:
"…as far as I do know, the events that are now occurring, if not immediately contained, will lead us to something we cannot sustain…if the events occurring in Plateau, Abia, Imo and Lagos states are not checked, they would lead to a situation which cannot be contained…”
We have news for you, Sir: the situation in entire
And now, we let Senator Dafinone—who apparently is known as an ardent believer in this—take us to the next issue: Resource control, where he emphasized that
"...fair sharing will be the only thing to keep
Great, Ex-Senator, and we agree with you on that, but whose fair-sharing formula are we talking about—General Obasanjo’s or the Northern Nigerians? General Obasanjo’s formula is to take it all and control it in the name of the Federal Government, with next to nothing—mere pittance—returned to the very regions in whose territory the main resource, Oil, is drilled. There, in the Federal porous coffers, he and his friends can squander the money by corrupt practices; and by making poor decisions and choices with what is left. The Northern formula is to pretend to keep Nigeria one at all costs only so as to continue the enslavement of the Oil producing Eastern Region, physically pipe the Oil to Northern Nigeria, keep the revenues, and develop their Northern Nation and culture and region, all at the expense of one Nigeria, and to the detriment and humiliation of the peoples in South, but especially, Eastern region. The only fair sharing formula will emerge from the Sovereign National Conference.
No, no, no, Ex-Senator; you are now confused by your stressing that
“…to promote a sustainable economic growth for the benefit of generations unborn, Nigeria must be united in culture, religion and economic spheres...”
Oh, sweet, empty, obscene nonsense and words!
“the basis for [Nigerian] unity is not there…”
So, let’s get serious, Senator: you cannot unite sand, air, oil and water. You cannot even pretend—not any longer!
On his part, Maitama Sule stated that
"…in all the departments of evil which the military advances as alibi for coups, experience has now come to show that the military, while in power, have come to excel by leaps and bounds, in the commission of these evils…The truth has now come to be accepted that military government is about the greatest tragedy ever to befall Nigeria.”
We agree. But the real greatest tragedy that has befallen
We will conclude with this irresistible one. There is one Ike Nwachukwu who says he is running for Presidency of Nigeria but does not want to be seen as an Igbo candidate. He complained bitterly that General Obasanjo, his incumbent opponent, is currently practicing what can only amount to nepotism, favoritism and tribalism, practices unbecoming of an elected official, least of all, the President of Nigeria. He accuses Obasanjo of moving a power plant from Igboland to the General’s own village in Otta, to a region that already has many power plants—compare this to ZERO power plants in the whole of the East-Biafraland. The point is: how far can General Obasanjo go in his use of political power for his own personal and selfish ends, and to the detriment of Igbo-Biafran people? Obvious question for this General, but let’s look at the other retired General.
Retired General Ike Nwachukwu believes that he can do better as a President because he, if elected, is going to be a President of Nigeria, and not an Igbo President, implying that he would not do what Obasanjo is doing, which is to openly and preferentially improve the standing of the Yorubas with respect to posts, appointments, opportunities and infrastructure, in Nigeria. Nor would he rule like the Northern Generals who made sure that the wealth of the South-east and South-south was transferred wholesale to the North, and the rest pocketed by them. These are Generals who made sure they looked after Northern interests exclusively, going as far as registering
Which really goes to prove the point that fools are born everyday in the person of the likes of Ike Nwachukwu, who in their self-professed wisdom and experience fail to understand what the game really is all about, how deadly the game is, what their part is and what the rules of engagement and rules of play are! Run, then, Mr. Nwachukwu; you are most certainly going to get what you deserve, what you pretend not to see.
But wait! Perhaps, we were wrong: Nigerian General Nwachukwu may not be a fool afterwards. Why? Well, he saw Igbos and Biafrans being massacred in the North in 1966 and 1967, and he never did anything to defend them. Then, he, an Igbo, joined the Nigerian Army fighting against the Biafrans during the war. Now, we learn that he was in Asaba participating in the massacre of Igbo-Biafran civilians at the time. This man with a middle name of Omar participated willingly in the killing of Igbo / Biafrans during the war, and in committing war crimes against the Igbo-Biafrans. No wonder he was well rewarded by
Today, we have taken you on a path of analysis that more and more reveals that the problem of
We've seen the problem, we know the solution, we are working on it, and it shall succeed!
That’s our news analysis for the week. Thank you
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