Our Nation_This Crass Impunity Must Stop!!!

I am not surprised but embarrassed, and disappointed by the statement credited to a spokesperson of the Senate to wit: despite the conviction of Orji Uzor Kalu, he remains a member of the senate and will continue to draw his allowances!

This position of the Senate (subject to its expected denial or withdrawal) shows that members of our political class are their own worst enemies, and by extension an embarrassment to our nation.

A court of competent jurisdiction convicts someone for fraud, and here you are genuflecting and shamelessly posturing that he is still a senator until (and you are so sure of this) the Supreme Court confirms his sentence!

First, it is said, is it not, that show me your friends, and I will know your own character? Based on this I, Adewale Adeniji, loudly proclaim that it appears the senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a den of fraudsters!!! COME AFTER ME PLEASE, I AM WAITING. Nonsense!

Second, how on God’s earth will you pay a convict for sittings he cannot attend? I mean, it beggars belief! In a nation where when most workers are absent from work they are not paid? Again, this position of the senate (except if quickly disclaimed) shows the Senate as INSENSITIVE! You will pay a convicted fraudster for being in prison? These lot are jokers surely!!!

Third, if the ruling party, the APC does not come out to distance themselves from this position, I make bold to say that the anti-corruption platform of that party is forever tarnished!

In case the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria does not know, there are Nigerians like me who transact business with the larger world, and we are constantly ASHAMED of being queried about the shameless leaders of this country. People like me (small we may be) will NO LONGER KEEP

QUIET! This nation does not belong to you alone. All of the political class put together are less than 1% of the masses of Nigerians. And we are tired of their senseless decisions. While at it you might as well pass another senseless resolution granting him bail! Nonsense!

Even if the Senate Rules allows this senseless position, IT IS STILL WRONG! Are you encouraging corruption or what? Remove that portion of your Rules today if it says a convicted felon remains a member of your chambers and can still earn income. If you like keep felons as your members, that may be cool with you, but it is embarrassing to our nation!

My name is Adewale Adeniji, I am a tax paying Nigerian; and I am tired of being embarrassed by elected politicians paid from my taxes.

Are you the only elected leaders in the world?

©️Adewale Adeniji. 9th December 2019.

Our Nation_End Of Impunity In Sight?

The conviction of the former Governor of Abia State and sitting Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Chief Orji Uzo Kalu births in my mind this question: Can we safely conclude that the end to impunity is within our grasp as a nation?

Why now, why not when Joshua Dariye, also a former governor and senator was similarly convicted? Because then that decision was rubbished on the altar of political expediency – that Dariye is a member of the opposition, People’s Democratic Party. Even the PDP made it an official party line! Not with this case.

When Mazi Kalu joined the All Progressives Congress, many said that will be the end of this case. That he was corralled to join the APC just for that purpose. But last time I checked he is still a card carrying, bona fide member of the ruling party. And how come no one has “worked out his case on that account”?

So, can we now at least begin to hope (against hope?) that impunity will be punished, regardless of who the offender is? That as easily as a poor man who steals in the market place will be punished, so will a rich man with connection in high places? AND THIS IS VERY CRUCIAL. Why?

Because we, as a matter of national emergency, need to begin to reorientate our minds from the belief that you can do anything and get away with it, if you know the ‘right persons’. Orji Kalu is as connected as they come in Nigeria. He eats and dines with powers that be. He himself is a power that be.

Yes, he has a right of Appeal to the Supreme Court, and this judgment may yet be set aside for a number of legal reasons; but the fact remains he has been found guilty as charged. He is spending tonight in prison, and many more nights until an appeal sets this judgment aside.

So, I wager a bet, that we may just be in a new season where our laws will count in Nigeria, and no one can do just as they please.

#notoimpunity

©️ Adewale Adeniji. 5th December 2019.

Obesity of Thoughts

All dressed up, bottom box

frills, thrills and booyahs!

No party though to go;

But appearances, keep thee up.

Your thoughts are fat,

my understanding, thin.

Grandiose ideas thou have,

manifestly minuscule in truth.

Great mansions you promised,

but no land is in sight, anywhere!

Ghosts of the past, they are here,

awoken from fitful slumbers.

You feign wealth when all there’s

to see are books, well-cooked …

Still, you swagger along,

charming pants off people.

You Vagrant!

Appetites aflame,

Fingers a-wandering,

Cookie jars a-running!

Tired am I of your

jug of jarring juxtapositions.

cold, nay hot; heated yet wintry,

in an endless rigmarole.

Successfully, you’ve made

virtue and vice mingle together;

at home with sin and penitence,

surefooted in the art of double speak.

Are you not spent,

is your power not sapped?

How many seasons must we endure?

Thou purveyor of inconsistencies?

©️ Adewale Adeniji. November 2019.

SHM PRAYS.

Still relevant today as it was many years ago.

SalvationHouse

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In that name that is above every other name, you shall not be assailed without the help of my Heavenly Father. When you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He is with you!

No evil will triumph over you. A thousand shall fall on your side, ten thousand on your right hand, but no evil will touch you! Selah.

DO YOU BELIEVE? Then pass this on!

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Happy Independence Day, Nigerians!

I have hope …

Hope for a better Naija;

where peace and

justice reign, above all else.

I have faith in

a place called home

for multiple ethnic

and religious groupings.

I can see from Kaura Namoda

to the creeks of Bayelsa

new cities and work places

built, fit for these 21st century.

I trust for a place of

technological advancement,

where talent trumps

when brain power matter.

I see a land of promise

For all irrespective of

creed, culture and calling.

What you see, you get!

© 1st October 2017. Adewale Adeniji.

Our Nation_Funny Nigerians

I always read with amusement the various vituperations about all that is bad about our country – bad governance, bad leadership etc. (take your pick), from when I came of age, and each time this is ventilated, the leader is blamed.

It used to be the Sardauna, late Ahmadu Bello (not even the then Prime Minister – Tarawa Balew; or ceremonial president – Owelle Nnamdi Azikiwe!). Then it was the string of military interlopers, then Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Olusegun Obasanjo, even Umaru Musa Yar’dua (despite his truncated tenure), Ebele Jonathan and now Muhammadu Buhari.

Everything that goes wrong (real and now often made-up through fake news), square on the plate of those leaders. Anything that goes right, it must be DESPITE those leaders!

My fellow compatriots, let us WAKE UP and SMELL THE COFFEE! Nigeria is what you and me make of it! Stop passing the buck. Yes! Stop it already. No leader misleads a vibrant follower-ship.

Stop accepting bribes (yes, that bag of rice, that N500 (🙆🏾‍♂️) to vote for people. Stop supporting anyone because his name is similar to yours, or he has the same ethnic origin as yours. Start paying YOUR TAXES IN FULL. Stop activities that ultimately destroy the economy you dream to enjoy (like importing banned items to make a buck, like selling fake and adulterated products). Stop conniving with foreigners to dupe your country. Let us stop cheating our own workers of their just entitlements. Let us stop all negative confessions about this country because what you see is what you get. Let us stop mistreating our spouses and children. Let us stop being mean to strangers and those ‘different’ from us because of geography.

That is only when we will get a nation that we truly deserve. On this occasion of our 59th independence celebrations, let us first remove the log in our own eyes! Let us stop being funny!

©️ Adewale Adeniji. 1st October 2019.

Passage: Robert Gabriel Mugabe (21/2/1924 – 6/9/2019).

Former Revolutionary. Prime Minister (1980-1987); President(1987 – 2017).

Husband to Sally Hayfron Mugabe (d. 1992) & Grace Marufu Mugabe.

Father to Michael (deceased), Bona & Robert.

As a student ‘revolutionary’ leader in the 1980s, Robert Mugabe WAS one of my African heroes. I voraciously devoured all materials I could find on him and Joshua Nkomo (both were Zimbabwe’s pre-independence heroes, albeit on separate divides of the struggle).

One had other revolutionary heroes (like Kwame Nkurumah, Patrice Emery Lumumba, Nelson Mandela et all) but because my youth situated in the era of his struggle, there was no competition as to who stood out for me!

My rooms in university could be described as a shrine to the guy. My close friends then did not find the ‘infatuation’ funny at all. But I digress.

Robert, but your life turned out to be a disappointment! We are cultured not to speak ill of the dead, but I am only trying to put the record straight, not malign. The western press has taken the cream on that.

At independence the world had so much hope for Zimbabwe, so much so that many established economies were willing to offer great assistance to the nascent democracy. But you had to behave archetypal as an African leader.

First was the needless and divisive competition with Joshua Nkomo that caused so much pain to ordinary Zimbabweans. Then the needless fight with Britain, which could have been better managed. The zenith was the unfair land appropriation that brought the economy of the great Mwene Mutapa (Monomotapa) empire to its knees! All because you couldn’t keep your revolutionary friends in check.

Anyone who had been in Zimbabwe in the 1980s will weep at the Zimbabwe of 2019 that will be organising your funeral rites! All because you had to be the classic African big man! What a waste, what a let down.

You had to be harangued out of office because you kept forgetting writing materials you had to go back for, rather than exit the scene in glory. Boys who once worshipped the ground guy walked on rose up to rubbish your legacy, all because you failed to put your nation before your ego.

Dear Robert, you will be remembered, not as the hero you ought to be but as a despot. And that is the sad commentary of your passing.

Fair thee well, scion of the Shona tribe. I wonder how the Ndebele would remember you? I know how the world would.

©️ Adewale Adeniji. 6th September 2019.