Our Nation_Defection Blues

It is amusing, is it not, that there appears to have been a 180 degrees emotional reaction to the recent spate of defections going on in the Nigerian political space?

It began with the defection of a swathe of National Assembly members from the ruling APC to the PDP. The emotional out pouring then was that at last the APC administration of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) is finished! Then the governor of Benue State defected; and on and on went further comments and analysis along the same line.

Every counter argument that these defectors were looking for a platform to contest the next elections since they are most unlikely to find comfort in their current party was met with derision and cat calls. No! It shows his former allies became the ‘tyranny’ of this President, they screeched!

Then the defection of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and the governors of Kwara and Sokoto state. The racket retched up! Now, of a truth PMB cannot surely win Re-election (A wi wi wi fun ko gbo. Ko wa tan ni di alaseju?! But we warned him, now see, he is exposed!) Saraki is a master strategist, they sang! He has knocked down the final nail in PMB’s loss, they chorused!

Even the PDP got on this emotional bandwagon. It went to town with how this is a confirmation that the ruling party had squandered its political capital! They were returning to power, bla bla bla.

All of a sudden came first as a rumour, then confirmation of the impending defection of Godswill Akpabio, senate minority’s leader and former Governor of Akwa Ibom, a South-south state, from PDP to APC has changed the emotional fervour! (Cue: PDP’s electoral calculus had always been a solid South-South and South-East and the hijacking of enough votes in the North and South-West to wrestle power from the Ruling APC!)

It is as if the gates of hades were unlocked! Now, it is that PMB’s toured anti-corruption drive is a ruse; that it is quite clear Akpabio is being blackmailed (How I hate that word! Why not ‘whitemailed’? 🤔). How can a sensible person move in the opposite direction? Bla, bla, bla! Now the PDP warns the APC to stop poaching its members!

There are also rumours of impending avalanche of defections from PDP in a part of the country that had been the bastion of opposition to PMB – South East. And there is abundant panicking in the once rejoicing horde! The scratching of heads have made many heads sore! What could be going on? Rumours also have it that some who had earlier defected are now ‘regretting and recanting’?

Well, let me tell you what many have lost sight of – many who profess to understand politics and the game of it, and who freely tout same in absolutes, really need tutorials on this art; a sine qua non for holding political power. One small tip: the more adept ‘smoke’ out the less adept to show his hands; then swoop in to check mate!

The game is still not over, the chess play continues; the pendulum can still swing and I fully intend to keep my front row seat still! 🤣😂

©Adewale Adeniji. 8/8/2018.

June 12 Saga: Hafsat Abiola-Costello GOES BALLISTIC !

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“I will only respond because my Sister Mo Demie asked for my view…

Please nobody should abuse my late father here o, I didn’t come to your page to comment: All this sudden noise and write up to show that “Buhari was playing politics”……

When did it become a crime for politicians to play politics? Were they not voted in to play politics? Will it be wrong to develop our roads, infrastructure, free education, return oil blocks to the State instead of individuals? What is this noise all about? Jonathan was voted for by the South West in 2011, the same SW voted for Buhari in 2015, what is all this noise all about the SW going for Buhari? Obasanjo, the direct beneficiary of #June12 is from the same State with MKO, why didn’t he play politics and declare June 12?

Jonathan had opportunity for 5 years to do same, he rather gave Abacha from the North posthumous honor, pardoned Ex-convict from the West, Alams from the South…What do you call that? Is that politics or chemistry? 16 years opportunity to acknowledge #June12 they refused to use the #PoliticalUndertone

So are you expecting Buhari to use Biological or Chemical undertone to take such decision? Why are you guys fixated about those supporting Buhari, is it not a choice and must you dictate to others? You brought up religious sentiments prio to 2015 election, yet blamed Buhari fr being the religious bigot….
Jonathan was running from one Church to another, Sambo openly told them in the North that they must not vote for Buhari because Osinbajo is a Pastor of a big Church….Who is a religious bigot here? I mean, who was running from one religious organisation to another in 2015 because of politics? Pastor Bosun came up with that sudden apostasy, wrapped up Jonathan PDP politics in the name of “wake up call” message. I’m happy that I’m still here. I asked him when most of you were analyzing that heretic message that “Jonathan is fulfilling prophecy”…..

I asked a simple question: “Which prophecy is Jonathan”? Pastor Bosun went ahead to say “even if the Islamic party (APC) presents a Christian Governor in Lagos, you must not vote for him, you must vote for the other party(PDP)……Wait, who was using religion? Obasanjo removed Senate Presidents at will, removed any opposing voice, removed Fayose for a small insult, removed Ladoja with thugs in Ibadan….Who are you calling “DICTATOR”? BUHARI……… Obasanjo withheld Lagos State fund for 3 years, not minding how Lagosians would eat, Yaradua got there and released the fund…

NASS members were abusing Buhari openly, messing up everything at will, Fayose has been abusing Buhari for 4 years now…..not a single State in Nigeria has been denied their constitutional rights because of politics till date, all their funds, Paris fund, bail out, FAAC etc…But who is the DICTATOR? BUHARI. Jonathan ensured that NASS opposition members were locked out including Tambuwa the Speaker of the house. They had to climb gate to gain access…..Jonathan empowered OPCs in Lagos and they were destroying anything in Ikorodu to Ojota that looked like opposition party. Orga of DSS was used to invade APC secretariat, Journalist arrested and Newspapers siezed, we forgot all these….

Ekiti was militarised, Fayose was given power from Aso rock to order Military guys at will. Fayemi the incumbent at that moment was rendered powerless that he was shouting when Police commissioner was used by PDP and a guy was shot…All these videos and pictures are still here (google is your friend)…

But who is the dictator? BUHARI. Jonatahn met FX+ECA at $62 billion+. He DEPLETED it to less than $30 Billion in 5 years Jonathan sold crude oil for 5 years at an average of $100 per barrel of 2.2 million daily (2010-2014). Did he add a DIME to Nigeria purse in 5 years? NO. Buhari the ILLITERATE sold oil at an average of $50 of less than 700,000 barrel at some points because of militancy, yet had moved that FX to $47 Billion in 3 years. Don’t say how much did he borrow if you don’t even have the figure borrowed between 2010-2015 without adding a dime to FX. Who is the ILLITERATE? BUHARIIII.

Jide Omokore, Aluko and oil goddess Alinson made an oil deal of N1 trillion and chose not to remit to Nigeria under GEJ. Did anyone raise eyebrow? INTEL of Atiku refused to remit to NPA, not until last year that “ordinary” Hadiza the NPA boss challenged INTEL and insisted the funds must be remitted. A Christian Professor had been leading JAMB all through Obasanjo to Jonathan yet for 40 years of JAMB, only N52 Million was remitted to FG….A Muslim Professor who was appointed just in two years of handling JAMB remitted over N15 Billion……FIFTEEN BILLION o….

So who is following after righteousness? For five years of Okonjo Iweala was paying over 45,000 ghost workers unabated, yet just within 3 years, “ordinary” Kemi Adeosun removed such nonsense…I ask again who is more effective? Ordinary Abuja metro lane took 11 years from OBJ period that he initiated it….”

Our Nation_Zero Sum Views on Corruption Trials

Really, what do we want? I am puzzled, is all.

First, it is that the war on corruption is a ruse because there has been no effective prosecution; or that it is one-sided.

Next, after the prosecution process began, it was who have they convicted (since many defendants were using the technicalities of the criminal justice system to their advantage)?

Now, that there have been two (2) convictions, it is now that is it only these two (2) that are corrupt? Some even say it is because they were of the last ruling party!

In the first place, the probability is high that members of the last ruling party (or those who left it for the new ruling party) would be the ones going through prosecution nearing completion, because it is the atrocities committed while that party was in power that began the process under this new administration.

Simple logic, one would have thought, right? No, not in Nigeria where everything is given an ethnic or religious coloration! It must be wrong because it is ‘against our people’

Secondly, there are those who for ethnic, religious or partisan political reasons would always find a reason to pick holes in whatever happens in governance – just to score ethnic, religious or party political points.

It is on the second reason that I muse this day. Where in all these contentions do we have the over riding interest of Nigeria?

It is true, is it not, that theft of our national patrimony by whoever, from wherever hurts the nation and all its citizens, regardless of creed or tongue?

If we agree on this bare minimum, surely it should matter little who is charged for corruption and who is convicted? Because ultimately, it is our Nation that benefits from such a process – to serve as a deterrent to others, and to create the right culture of service in our public space.

So, why the disputations? Why the zero sum politics? Surely, it cannot be that we are so sold out to partisanship that we cannot see the interest of the country?

And if per adventure that is the case, when are you planning on relocating to that alternative country where there are no social, economic or political issues to sort out? Pertinent question to ask because all opposing positions adopt a zero-sum attitude – it is either our way, or no way at all.

Patriotism should trump partisanship; general good must outshine parochial advantage – that is when we begin to move forward as a nation!

(Please feel free to share if your views are co-terminus with mine)

Fertile Deserts, Barren Paddies.

 

Good, yet incurably bad.

Stinking, sweet aromas.

Sad, smiling faces.

We loath and love simultaneously

We are of course being ourselves.

***

Barren rice paddies, filled with

empty husks, none to thresh.

Yet bellies awaiting filling,

bodies needing fuelling.

All shorn of themselves.

***

Deserts so fertile

with gore so sore.

No, not of produce.

Alas of pogrom.

Tragedies for us all.

***

Opposites, converses,

our discuss, all warped!

Common ground narrowed

by conversations so blithe,

offspring o’ fertile deserts, barren paddies.

 

© Adewale Adeniji. May 2018.

Alatika* United

 

A gallery attendee here,

A window dresser there.

That’s the way of it!

Pressure! Pile it on…

Except you deign another

4 years of dryness!

 

 

Another season of being

for all, yet for none!

Come on now, write yours ..

Yes, a letter you dimwit.

Pressure! Pile it on…

No more shoe string living.

 

 

Oh, how great were dem days

Breakfast in Dubai! Choi!!!

Croissant from Paris,

Caviar from Petersburg.

Cometh this man, cometh

starvation, privation!

 

 

Pile on the pressure!

He cannot even kaput in peace

Fool! Tight-fisted bastard.

Cause confusion, anarchy.

Trust our people, they’d

lap it all up. Write, grumble.

 

 

All aggrieved, unite!

Come, complain, harangue.

No more years, no more 

for the scroungy old fool!

Confuse every issue, 

Confound every one!

 

 

Coalition, yes! Nice word.

Tell the farmer, he is leading

the charge! What nonsense!

How can we live through 

another season of this man?

We are united. We love ourselves.

 

 

© Adewale Adeniji. 05/02/2018.

*Alatika – a local word meaning revellers.

Our Nation_MESSIAH COMPLEX AT IT AGAIN.

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At every point in our nation’s electoral preparation, my ‘towns man’, former president Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, turns up with what he believes to be pertinent interventions, on the incumbent.

Did that to his own anointed successor, Umaru Musa Yar’adua; did it to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who he had ‘anointed’ a few years earlier; and now to incumbent president Muhammad Buhari. And the narrative is usually the same – “he was not who I thought he was”, or “he is not as good as I thought” etc.

And how the media laps it up! Many who need little encouragement, who seek for justification for their views that nation really is bad, and irredeemable, wallow in it, and trumpet it abroad.

Well, not this fellow Egba man. Not just an Egba man, but from the same section as him (Owu)! Our villages are a in fact a few kilometres apart (he claims Ibogun Olaogun. Yours truly is from Abalabi). So, permit an ‘Insider’ to put across his humble take on this latest intervention.

Unlike most Nigerians and I daresay foreigners, some of us from the same neck of wood as OBJ know him wella! (permit my Nigerianese for “very well”). Which is what? If it is not of him, by him and for him, then it is not good enough. Anyone honest enough from the area I referenced above will tell you the same thing. Ask Owu people about what went down in the appointment and enthronement of the current Olowu of Owu. Ask the Awori people of Otta about some large tracts of land etc.

My take is this, OBJ has a messianic complex, which circumstance has ‘used to confuse’ him that he has a big say in all things Nigeria. But he is wrong. He is a mere mortal, with failings as or more than most! Yet, we continue to humour him prescience that no human being has. He is living long, yes. So do many other Nigerians. He has been thrust in leadership positions, yes. So have many other Nigerians, in other fields of endeavour. When was the last time you heard the doyen of Accountancy, Akintola Williams, pass caustic comments about the leaders of his profession after him, for example?

If Obasanjo, who has led Nigeria for almost 12 years – as Head of State for 3 years, 11 months and as civilian president for 8 years (the latter at an advanced old age! Note, he himself really does not know his age. He claims to be 80, whilst his surviving class and play mates as a kid are well into their 90s, some of who used to call him ‘egbon’ in primary school!!!), could not solve Nigeria’s multifarious problems, it is hypocritical of him to vilify those who have had less time in running the affairs of this nation!

Yar’dua had all of 2 years+, Jonathan almost 6 years. Both were his choice (directly and indirectly) PMB had had just over 3 years in total managing the affairs of Nigeria – 8 months as military Head of State, 2 years+ as civilian leader. Yet, OBJ, our OBJ, wants all to believe these leaders failed, while he succeeded? Okay o. Me, I get my thinking faculties intact!

Abegi, ebora Owu, pack common for road! Allow Nigeria some peace. Last time I checked you cannot be confused with being the God over Nigeria. Why not counsel privately? Why must it always be your voice heard on the roof top?

With respect from your “towns man”.

I WANNA WAGER A BET. IF OBJ REALISES THE RESPONSE TO HIS LATEST INTERVENTION IS NEGATIVE, EXPECT A DISCLAIMER! No, you people did not read the thing correctly; or (I love this one), it was sent out without my approval! Or, Trump-like, it is fake news!

© Adewale Adeniji. 23rd January 2018.