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Atiku Abubakar

 
It is not in doubt that Turaki Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar is a politician with gravitas. A former Vice President of Nigeria, he cannot be called a novice, neither can he be accused of lack of political sagacity. In fact, former President Obasanjo, one of Atiku’s greatest critics, would be the first to admit so much. For those in the know, Atiku almost made OBJ a one term president! So, I acknowledge Atiku as a great politician. So, he would be a FORMIDABLE opponent to anybody any day. But he has been without desired success for the ultimate price so far …
 
If it is not fake news, then we have just heard that he has moved from the APC to PDP, completing as it were a cycle, having begun the 4th Republic politics in the PDP, serving as the second most powerful (some would reckon the most powerful)…

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Our Politics_ATIKU ON THE MOVE AGAIN!

 

Atiku Abubakar

 
It is not in doubt that Turaki Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar is a politician with gravitas. A former Vice President of Nigeria, he cannot be called a novice, neither can he be accused of lack of political sagacity. In fact, former President Obasanjo, one of Atiku’s greatest critics, would be the first to admit so much. For those in the know, Atiku almost made OBJ a one term president! So, I acknowledge Atiku as a great politician. So, he would be a FORMIDABLE opponent to anybody any day. But he has been without desired success for the ultimate price so far …
 
If it is not fake news, then we have just heard that he has moved from the APC to PDP, completing as it were a cycle, having begun the 4th Republic politics in the PDP, serving as the second most powerful (some would reckon the most powerful) political leader in the land. Waiting for him are PDP colleagues who saw him ditch the PDP, first for Action Congress (AC), then for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in hunt of that Golden Fleece – keys to ASO ROCK, the seat of Federal Executive power. And all of them know that he is still waiting for Godot regarding the said Fleece! So, they know what his motives are, ab initio, regardless of the reason adduced for his leaving the APC!
 
Every political strategist should know that you ought to obfuscate your real intentions in a game of thrones scenario! But now, he has lost that element of surprise! His potential rivals for the same Fleece can see him coming from a mile off! And the knives would be sharpened, would they not? What do I know? Am I even a politrickcian? (No error in the spelling, please).
 
But the real point of this piece is this: HOW WOULD WE AS A PEOPLE NORMALLY DESCRIBE A MAN OR WOMAN WHO CHANGE PARTNERS AT THE DROP OF A HAT?
 
The answer, my friends, cannot seriously be that because others do it, then it is alright! Otherwise, we all would be hypocritical, wouldn’t we? You do not agree? Tell me this, truthfully:
 
WOULD YOU AS A MAN OR WOMAN TAKE BACK A SPOUSE WHO HAS GONE ON A CIRCUMNAVIGATIONAL LOVE ROUTE? Would you say, yes there is freedom of movement in the constitution, so welcome back great lover? REALLY?
 
A truthful answer to that question IS THE POINT ABOUT TURAKI’S LATEST POLITICAL MOVE!
 
Pray, what will happen if he contest for (as is most likely) and still does not get the presidential ticket for the PDP?
 
I WISH THE TURAKI WELL, BUT HE WOULD NOT BE HAVING MY VOTE FOR THE REASON ADUMBRATED ABOVE.

African Politics_Crass Opportunism of ZANU-PF

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As a young man, I invested a lot of time, energy and my meagre resources to understand African political Renaissance, post-colonial era; and I believe I still understand the dynamics. So, my take on the crisis the major state that evolved from the Monomotapa Empire – Zimbabwe – is a bit deep.
 
That Robert Mugabe (now only de facto president of Zimbabwe) has overstayed his welcome as leader of this great people, is commonly accepted by all. Apart from being dictatorial (which many seem to focus on), he is also too old to understand the nuances of his nation and appears bereft of understanding what the real economic issues are anymore. On this last bit, Zimbabwe’s economy is comatose, primarily due to his inability to understand the major role free agricultural enterprise (read Zimbabwean white farmers) has with the overall well-being of the country!
 
But he alone cannot, and should not be allowed to carry the can, for this misrule of almost 4 decades! Main point of this piece.
 
And many are complicit, from his contemporary, Joshua Nkomo, who has since long gone; but under whose watch Zimbabwe slid into dictatorship, when he lamely consented to his ZAPU party to be swallowed by ZANU to form ZANU-PF (Unity Accord of 1987, pursuant to the GUKURANHUNDI – low level civil war between Mugabe’s government and the opposition). What if he had withstood the persecution but stood firm for the sake of Zimbabwe; after all evil thrives were good men keep quiet!
 
Also complicit is the so-called Zimbabwean National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA). From their waged ‘war’ against white farmers (who were truly also Rhodesians/Zimbabweans) which led to the death of a once thriving agricultural base for the economy, to their active persecution of real and perceived enemies of Robert Mugabe, leading to a state of fear. What if they had as priority Zimbabwe and not Robert of Zimbabwe?
 
Also complicit is Morgan Tsvangirai, who traded the electoral victory of his Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) in the 2008 parliamentary elections to become a frustrated Prime Minister, in a brokered deal, only to lose in an official landslide to the party (ZANU-PF) he defeated 4 years earlier! What if he had not consented to South Africa’s pressure to trade his victory and opportunity of becoming president for the title of PM? Mugabe would have been long gone!
 
Then comes the ZANU-PF party itself. Carved in the image of Robert Mugabe just after the war of independence, it became the machine through which the enterprise of state was conducted with its attendant systems of patronage; thereby weakening state institutions! If Zimbabwe failed, a bulk of the blame should lie at the feet of the ZANU-PF!
 
Zimbabwe’s economy lies comatose, not just from the misrule of Robert, but from the collaboration and connivance of most of the leaders and bodies mentioned above, causing to fall flat on their faces these once proud Shona and Ndebele peoples.
 
So, you see my disbelief that these set of fellow travelers in ‘Bob’s’ party now seek to throw just their president under the proverbial bus! If Mugabe is liable to be kicked out of office, so should they all be thrown out! Where were they before Grace Mugabe became Robert’s wife? Were they not the same lot who said Mugabe’s first wife and revolutionary partner, the Ghanaian, Sally Mugabe, was a foreigner, not fit for government role? Yet they watched as Grace schemed her way into politics and verged on presidential power that threatened their collective survival before they woke up?
 
They are complicit in what Zimbabwe has become today, all these leaders, and particularly this party. They have no moral ground to abandon Bob of Shona land!
 
© 20/11/2017. Adewale Adeniji

Our Nation_Social Media & The Mob Mentality

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If you use the social media platform for work, ministry or just to socialize, you will have fallen into this trap of “shooting from your hips” on hot and topical issues. Been there, done that!
 
It may be trolling supporters of football clubs you do not support, or on relationship issues, or on political/economic issues. On football ribbing, ask me as a supporter of Arsenal FC! On political/economic issues, the easiest lightening rods today being presidents Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and Donald Trump of the United States.
 
And the comments and/or contributions would usually be acerbic, regardless of facts to the contrary. Some would think this good fun, and/or exercise of their freedom of expression. The reason (s) for this state of affairs should be a research field for social psychologists, to ascertain why we all are so eager to vent ourselves through hot button issues from settled prejudicial positions and not with an attempt at objectivity.
 
ReadIng threads of post can be very interesting, and many times a tad frustrating! Our rush to judgment is truly amazing! It bothers on mob mentality. Truth, however, is that for a few, their initial vituperation begins to soften after reading and considering contrary comments; which is very commendable and noble.
 
But equally true is that for many, no matter the superior and obvious truth of contrary comments, they will NEVER see the obvious error of their own comments; and then this happens – they cuss those with contrary views, and/or resort to Nigerians’ perfect excuse and justification for our own inadequacies – push the tribe and/or religious button!
 
Many would, without any proof, conclude that for having contrary views, you must either be a stooge to ventilate opposing views or a tribal irredentist. What about a fake so-so ‘Christian’ or “Moslem’!? Super Nigerians!
 
Chisos!
 
What is the essence of our reasoning faculties if we cannot appreciate contrary views, even when we do not agree? Must our default defensive position be abuse? We are easy to push our fundamental rights to freedom of expression, yet we seek to deny it to others with contrary views! We say our views are in support of democracy and good governance, yet we block those who express views contrary to ours and cuss them to get off our walls! Why would you post on social if you do not want people’s comments? Nigerians can be holier than thou sha!
 
This much I know – it pays to reason out issues within ourselves, and tarry before we comment. And this is why:
 
Any competent Mentor should teach his Mentee that “your first thought or impression on any emotive issue is usually not the perfect understanding of the issue. So, save yourself the embarrassment of being wrong the first time!” It takes introspection to reach a fair viewpoint, even on hot button issues. Doing otherwise means you allow yourself to be corralled into a mob!
 
PS:
This piece is not relevant to paid commentators, but genuine users of social media space to ventilate personal views! Why? For the obvious reason that it is better for the brain, not the pocket to speak!
 
Now, let me sit back and be amused by the abuse sure to follow. 😂😎😄🤣
 
© Adewale Adeniji. 24th October 2017.

BUHARI & THE POLITICS OF 2019.

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INEC says that it is too early to begin the campaign for 2019 presidential elections in its reaction to the declaration of Governor Ayo Fayose for president.

Even though this may be as stated in the Electoral Act, this comment by the INEC Chairman shows, with respect, political naivety. Reality is that campaigning never stops in politics, in one form or the other! Even a politician’s utterances (or silence!) amount to campaigning.

Which brings me to the kernel of this piece. In the recent past, there appears to be a cacophony of voices who have suddenly constituted themselves into ‘friends’ of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB), urging him not to re-contest in 2019; either (a) to take care of his ‘fragile’ health, or (b) to take the ‘Mandela option’ of being president for just one term, or (c) warning him that those encouraging the president to seek a second term are his ‘worst enemies’.

There is another group who try very hard to interpose their views as the aggregate views of Nigerians by claiming that, (a) a second term for Buhari would be ‘strange’ indeed, or (b) PMB does not deserve to second term because the economy has ‘performed badly’, or (c) poor masses are suffering etc., or (d) the war on corruption has been lost, or (e) cattle rustlers are wrecking havoc all over the place, or (f) the president’s party, APC has been unkind to its chieftains who helped the president into office; and a plethora of other arguments.

Interestingly, I have seen that most of these commentators are either those who, in the height of the president’s health challenges, condemned him to a crypt prematurely and rejoiced that their nemesis is on the way out; those who think the president has affected their free access to our public commonwealth; or those who truly appreciate that with PMB’s block vote in the North is unassailable and likely to be replicated despite how the economy performs; or active participants in the government that was in office for 16 locust years!

Well, news flash!

(1) PMB is constitutionally allowed to try for another 4 year term in office as President, Commander-in-Chief!
(2) NIGERIANS, not ‘opinion shapers’ would ultimately determine who their president would be, through the ballot box.
(3) It shows the panic of many, does it not, that now that the economy is slowly showing signs of recovery, they all of a sudden deign it wise to ‘counsel’ PMB on what is best for him. There was even this political operative who had been an active participant in the worst rape of our democracy who now thinks he knows what’s best for Nigeria! What insult on my intelligence!!!

I have no apologies to say these:

(1) God sparing his life and mine, I intend to be an active campaigner for a second term for PMB. Does it mean we have no better options? You may disagree, but for me, yes. Why? Because contrary to the norm, we have for the first time a president who is determined to get it right! Has he got it right yet? Far from it! But he’s had just TWO (2) years at trying! I’d rather a fellow who has shown unusual commitment to the cause of Nigeria in practical terms than folk who promise to get it right but whose antecedents show they really DO NOT GET ANYTHING RIGHT, even their families!
(2) I am equally ready to spend and be spent for his re-election, as the future of my children and grand-children (who want to live in Nigeria, and not go to ‘the abroad’ despite being so privileged) depend on it!!! I understand that you may have your preference for president – and I respect that. All I ask is that you respect mine too! It is only fair, right?
(3) I will intervene and air my views where I see anyone try to malign this president as is within my capacity to do. Why? I am tired of subterfuges, innuendoes and manipulation of Nigeria’s fault lines of ethnicity and religion by politicians and their followers, just to get ahead. It may work with others, but by gosh, it will not work with me! Stake out your stall, offer your goods, and if it appeals to me, I might buy (but I seriously doubt it!)

Above represents my personal views, and I humbly state that I have no apologies for them. Why? I have functional faculties by His grace and I can make up my own mind, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

And by the way, I am not interested in being a public office holder; so I am not angling for political appointment; which if offered I shall reject, as I have a better task master!

#AsNigeriaDecides2019 #Buhari2019!

NASS THREAT & THE ACTING PRESIDENT.

 

The NASS threat to ‘do the needful’ about the Acting President, should he refuse to remove Ibrahim Magu as EFCC acting boss is an empty threat, and both the alleged author of the statement and his strange bed fellows know it.

But first, I need all to hear that this is an act of bully, and they are shamed by it. Why? Was it the Acting President that kept Magu in office despite his serial rejection by the Senate? No. It was President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB)! Why did Mesuru Jamba not threaten PMB with impeachment? Because he knew it would be shut down immediately by his followers. Why? Because they are not stupid! Who wants to cross a juggernaut?!

So, why now? Because they think the Acting President is not a politician. After all, was he not ‘an ordinary commissioner’? as the third citizen allegedly said dismissively in the past? So, this happening now is nothing but an attempt to bully rhe Acting President. That is the first reason this will fail, and they know it. Awon ole!

Second reason it is doomed to failure is that anyone who claims to know something about our democracy would know that all of this is posturing; and these legislooters know that. It’s all about the politics of 2019. My take is that this has to happen this way, so that the Nunc Dimitis of certain personalities can be well sung! Because post 2019, most of them will be deliberately winged! I know because I know!!!

Thirdly, and more importantly, to impeach an executive, you must raise an allegation, get a panel constituted, receive the report of the panel and then vote on the recommendation of the panel. Now, assuming that this set of legislooters raise an allegation, do they even know it would not be the Senate that would set up the panel to investigate? Do they even know that would be the duty of the CJN? Can their brains even fathom that this is not a state house of assembly in the pocket of an overlord? Woukd the Red Chamber be the only one to have a coice in the decision? What about the Green Chamber? Awon oponu!

Then the panel will hold hearings. Who would, in their right minds, convict a president for airing his views on the extent of powers of any branch of government. Has freedom of expression been removed from the constitution? This is legislative brigandry, and they know it! This should be easy work for a person properly using his medulla oblongata, but what do I know? When your brain has mixed with whoring, what do you expect?

Fourth, is what the Acting President accused of even part of the list of impeachable offenses the constitution recognizes? Awon ode!

Abegi, make them park for one side! Awon ole!

It is unrestrained hunger for power at all cost! The Acting President went on an official trip overseas to represent your country, and you quickly devised for one of you to become acting president? Awon ole!

Did the Acting President transmit a letter to NASS that he would be incapable of exercising the functions of his office, such that there would be a lacuna? Awon ole!

So, my take is this: it is again much ado about nothing. And it shows, yet again, the pathetic state of this Senate. And it is directly traceable to the way the Senate President and his deputy won office. A thief will always look over his shoulders, no matter how much you paper your theft over!

I wager again, none of the dramatis personae and their puppet master(s) would ever make it to Aso Rock! You do not have to agree with me: my opinion, that’s all!

©Adewale Adeniji. 5th July 2017.