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That Nigeria is struggling under the weight of security challenges is not in dispute. That the economy is still that of a privileged few is also not in doubt. That the hydra headed monster of corruption is still untamed in every material particular is also obvious.
No one also need to look far to see the lightening rod of all this systemic shocks and imbalances. And an easy and cheap target at that – the sitting president, Muhammadu Buhari (General or not!).
Disclaimer: this post is not a defence of the person of PMB, oh no, not today. Why? Even if Mother Theresa were to be alive and president of Nigeria, she would have had to contend with the same vitriol. So, I’d be disappointing many with my humble summation. Feel free to disagree without being disagreeable, if your politics or worldview allow for that!
So, why “cheap shots”? Because placing blame is easy, passing the buck convenient. What is hard, damn hard, is owing our part in this situation and offering ourselves as sacrifice for renewal. Please be patient with me.
Take security. I am sure that you have read, or maybe even read the report of others on the Homily of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto at the burial mass of one Seminarian, unfortunately killed in the North by criminal elements early this week? Okay.
This sermon is symptomatic of my point in this piece. That unfortunate young man and his colleagues died because of the president’s action or lack of it, right? WRONG! I mean, it is easy to blame the president for every wrong, while WE ALL should be looking in the mirror!
We can all theorise why there are kidnappers, other criminal and terrorist elements in the land all we want but answer me this questions: (1) Buhari caused the Almaijiri issue in the north right? (2) He is the sponsor of Biko Haram elements, right? (3) He is that Fulani herdsman terrorising farmers and farmlands all over the place, yes? (4) He has his hands in the pocket of governments of the States and local governments such that he embezzles their funds, right? (5) Buhari is also the reason that mechanic over charged you for fixing your equipment, right? And oh, wait, it is because of this president that Nigeria is not worth dying for, yes?
Listen to me dear reader, we ARE ALL to blame for Nigeria’s morass. Yes, you, me, all of us. And our part in the mess did not begin with this president, and except we change, will not end with this one. Ask yourself this: why is it that most Nigerians who misbehave in this country travel to Ghana (Ghana o), and strive to do the right thing? How come we struggle to gain the system in our social responsibilities (i.e. payment of adequate taxes), yet labour to build up our various religious organisations and social clubs with humongous contributions?
You, me, everyone makes Nigeria what it is. The sooner we all begin to look in our mirrors for the problem, the early Nigeria will begin to get better. It is like a child blaming his parents for every obstacle life throws at him!
Wake up Nigerians. Talk and criticism is cheap. Play your part in your little corner, and bit by little bit, Nigeria will begin to evolve. Not before then, I’m afraid.
Enjoy your day!
©️Adewale Adeniji. 13th February 2020
Under the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, 2005 (EPSRA), the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) may of its own volition or upon receipt of a complaint enquire into the conduct or functioning of any licensee’s obligations under the Act, rules or regulations, codes of conduct, or terms and conditions of the licence.
According to this attached Notice, NERC claims to have ‘reasonable cause’ that the listed Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) have breached the provisions of EPSRA, terms and conditions of each DISCOs’ licences, the 2018 Minor Review of Multi Year Tariff Order, and the Minimum Review Remittance Order for 2019.
These DISCOs have been given 60 days to show cause why their licences should not be cancelled.
Without prejudice to NERC’s statutory powers to regulate and take tough decisions, and without delving into the merit or otherwise of this regulatory move, it is our humble view that this path is one fraught with many dangers for the distribution of electricity, with its consequential impact on the consumers of electricity – both domestic and industrial.
For one, has NERC covered all bases in terms of managing possible fall out – technical and LEGAL – from this threatened cancellation? For another, if the purpose of this is to get the attention of these DISCOs, what message might this be sending to potential investors in this economy?
How long, would this possibly drag on for; and while it is on-going, how might the DISCOs perform vis-a-vis consumers of electricity?
This we believe are urgent issues that must be on the mind of NERC. We hope they have really thought this through? Our recent history suggests not.
Interesting times ahead!
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.
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.
©️ Adewale Adeniji. 5th December 2019.
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.
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.
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
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.
A little boy, I’m just a little runt
Looking, praying for love
A little lass, I’m just a wee wench
Searching, hoping for love
Not everywhere, oh no
Neither regular love, nah.
Pandering over an ideal.
I’m just a little gal
Looking for perfection
I’m that hunk, hungry
For that ideal, perfect tryst.
What you are is lost.
Ain’t no love that perfect
No union that smooth
You’re just a little lost!
©️ Adewale Adeniji.
4th July 2019.
Happy Independence Day, America!
Marabouts at fork-roads
Fetching fetish feasts;
Curves unseen divining,
base minds emboldening.
Foretelling fortunes fortuitously,
plying Russian Roulettes you
Boogie Greenback diviners.
Know ye not that these
twain of a truth tussles?
Chalks and Cheeses.
Thou however thread both
together, with long ropes
of perfidious puns; parlayed
for gains so gross it choked.
Straight faced, your lot
promised a predator
keys to a nursery, when
you knew better; yet to line
thy wallets, you cared less.
How long captivated would
thy mind be manipulated,
you slaves of ambition,
worshipper on greed’s altar?
Mangled minded moguls too,
unhinged by base desires,
thou took these prophesies to heart,
parsing these divining assurance
these contrived courses of crass
as proof of assured occurrence!
But He laughs in derision, He
who knows tomorrow from yesterday
because His principles always
put cheese and chalk asunder.
© Adewale Adeniji. October 2018.
Take another look at these pictures. A motley crowd eager to gain the approval of former President Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ), apparently at the behest of the presidential nominee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (Atiku).
I am also not surprised though with the images showing some ‘clerics’ in the mix. They will try to explain it away that they ‘only facilitated the meeting’. Na so! 🤣. But I digress.
Despite having sworn by his ‘faith’ never to support Atiku’s presidential ambition, OBJ in his presser after the event went on record to officially reverse himself by endorsing Atiku’s candidacy. According to the former president, Atiku, having purged himself of his ‘sins’ is now a fit and proper person to become Nigeria’s No. 1 citizen.
First, all is fair in politics. Every politician has a legitimate right to seek endorsements. Even President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) sought OBJ’s endorsement in 2015. So, I do not agree with anyone who lashes at Atiku for seeking OBJ’s endorsement, or at OBJ for giving it. Truth is, if things had not gone awry between them, I am sure PMB himself would have made that pilgrimage to OBJ. In fact, not that he didn’t try.
Second, OBJ reserves the right to endorse anyone for any elections, just as you and I. It remains his inalienable right. So, I equally disagree with anyone who feels OBJ is dated and irrelevant. That, is beside the point. His lack of worth to some, equals his bag full of worth to others! It is his right. And it is really not about electoral value.
So, what is my point, exactly?
What just happened in Abeokuta is the privileged class of Nigeria’s rent economy banding together to forestall total annihilation that a Buhari 2nd term portends for them. If you do not see this, trust me they do! And they are panicking.
It is an Hail Mary (desperate) move. The possibility of PMB’s continuation in office in 2019 threatens their personal economies, endangers their lifestyles, built on free access to government patronage, which has been slammed shut since June 2015. It is a dire attempt to present a ‘united’ front against one common ‘enemy’. And that exposes their futility of these attempts. Let me explain.
It is really not about the masses of our people. Forget the rhetorics. It is pocket book economics – for those who still mourn the loss of their access, post 2015 presidential polls. Yes, there must be justifications – in comes ‘nepotism of appointment of service chiefs’, ‘herdsmen killings’, ‘illiteracy of the incumbent’ et all.
Yet again, these conglomeration just gave PMB a plausible campaign theme: “THEM (read those who caused the morass of our country with their self-cantered privileges) against US (every common man, the talakawas!)” Now, I‘m sure you just sniggered!
Listen, there is no one who truly knows OBJ who will believe he is not running scared! Trust me! As with the motley crowd. OBJ, for instance, knows that he stepped on the tiger’s tail when he took on PMB. Why? Because of the manner of PMB’s sharp retort, particularly the questions PMB raised thereafter! What else would one make of statements like, “if anyone tries to jail me, I will open my mouth and expose…”?
Of all the things this class has thrown at the incumbent, nothing seem to have given them the assurance that PMB has been dealt the knock-out blow they had hoped for. So, what to do? You got it right – the enemy of my enemy becomes a friend! Band together to save the privilege.
Will it work? Well, it well might, if the incumbent fails to do the needful.
Whether it works or not, I am certain that this will happen:
This camaraderie will ultimately unravel – woefully. If this does not implode now, it surely will if Atiku wins the presidency. Why? Because their interests are at the same time complimentary and contradictory! Recipe for chaos; and because you cannot cage the kind of power the 1999 constitution invests in a sitting president! OBJ ought to know this because it has failed him thrice now – with the Yar’Adua, Goodluck and Buhari presidencies!
Just watch out. For now, it is open season on alliances and realignment of forces, and there is nothing immoral or illegitimate about it. One thing remains constant though – elections cannot be freely rigged as before!!!
I am smiling in Egun language! 🤣😂
©Adewale Adeniji. 11/10/2018.