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Our Nation_Our Politics. Why PMB Should Be Easily Re-Elected In 2019, Part 1.

If you follow me on social media, you should know my politics by now. If not, let me be clear.

I am, if you prefer categorisation, a centre-left oriented political animal. I believe in government creating an enabling environment to help citizens get a fair shake in life. While that is liberal leaning, I equally believe in fiscal responsibility as a means to ensuring that resources of the state are not unduly wasted . To some, that is conservative. So, I regard myself as a centre of left.

I did not start there though. In my political formative years I was a dyed-in-the-wool communist sympathiser. Beret wearing, lingo speaking comrade! 🙈. But I was weaned of this with the collapse of the communist system and the inequalities it could not cure. So, to my many friends from way-back, ‘life’ happened to my ‘aluta’!😀

I need also to state that despite my love for politics, it is not a vocation I can take up anymore, for reasons I’d rather not go into. So, this series is not about angling for political office (elective or appointive).

But I remain and intend to remain an active voice in the politics of my country – to contribute to the narrative, and hopefully to national development – as a non-partisan voice, but free to make choices as they arise for the development of my nation.

Since the beginning of Nigeria’s 3rd Republic, I have voted in all presidential elections. And since I am putting all my cards on the table, let me tell you how I have voted over the years, because in this series, I want to show why I will be voting the way I will next February, if God permits:

1999 – Olu Falae (APP/AC Coalition)

2003 – Muhammadu Buhari (ANPP)

2007 – Nuhu Ribadu (AC)

2011 – Goodluck Jonathan (PDP)

2015 – Muhammadu Buhari (APC)

So, you can see that with the exception of 2011, I had always voted for the anti-establishment party because I always believed that the establishment party had produced candidates I couldn’t support. So, why did I vote for Goodluck, the establishment party candidate? Because I hoped that with the election of a president who did not come from privilege, may be he will place the under privileged as the centre of his policies. We are all living witnesses to how that panned out!

Enough of my political conviction and my voting background. I needed to put that out of the way to answer several questions I have got in my in-box from readers who wonder why I seem to support PMB now.

In this series therefore, I will be putting across my views of the 2019 presidential elections and why I think President Muhammadu Buhari should win it (please note my choice of ‘should’).

So, please join me for part 2 next time.

Comments are welcomed, even when you disagree. I believe we can disagree without being disagreeable. But please if your comments are abusive and are based on premordial sentiments of religion and ethnicity, or pure, unreasonable hatred, I reserve he right to delete and block!

©Adewale Adeniji. 2nd September 2018.

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.

Our Nation_MESSIAH COMPLEX AT IT AGAIN.

Our Nation_Obasanjo-buhari

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.

Our Nation_Protests, Or Not?

 

 

We have been inundated with opinions and counter-opinions on the planned protest against the Nigeria’s government on the economic woes facing Nigerians. As usual, discuss on this has taken a primordial twist, by proponents of either side; pulling as usual the ethnic and religious fault lines of Nigerians.

I have ignored the back and forth till now, because frankly, I am at a loss as to why this should be an issue in the first place.

For one, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees right to gather and associate for specific purposes. There are international charters guaranteeing the same, so what is the problem? So, as long as the necessary preparations are done in line with the law, there should be absolutely why the coming protests should not hold.

For avoidance of doubt, we cannot claim to be a democracy and stymie dissents, protests or even the right to lampoon our leaders. And it is the duty of the state to guaranty the safety of lives and property during the planned protest. So, it baffles me why people are quick to condemn protests and their organizers. This government will be doing itself a disservice if it places a bar on the proposed protest march or any other one for that matter!

So what if the target of the protest is our president, Muhammadu Buhari? As American politicians are wont to say, if you cannot take the heat, stay out of the kitchen! All public office holders must be held accountable for their actions and inactions – and it is not only at election times that we should do so.

Second, I find it hypocritical for some folk to criticize president Donald Trump of the USA and egg protesters against him on, while arguing to shield another president from the protest of citizens of the nation he governs! Pure, unadulterated hypocrisy! And, with respect, such folk should be ashamed of themselves.

I even hear that supporters of the president are planning a ‘MEGA’ march in his support to counter that being planned? That is also their constitutional right, and supporters of the first protest would also be hypocritical to condemn such moves!

Nigerians should loose, once and for all, this big man syndrome that our leaders are immune from criticism. It will not happen again, not with the shenanigans of leaders past! Grin and bear it if you are the butt of jokes and derision, while in power.

I often tell my politician friends who moan about the use of social media to pummel them this: THE BEST REVENGE TO CRITICISM IS TO OUT PERFORM YOURSELF IN OFFICE!

Do that and you’d be ‘venerated’! Simple! You cannot claim the privilege of public office (lucrative one at that!) and wish your citizens to ‘leave you in peace’!

Ko le se le o!

So, for all bent on exercising their rights to freely gather and voice their opinions, which ever side of the argument you belong, WELCOME TO YOUR OPEN SEASON!

http://saharareporters.com/2016/02/23/buhari-has-scrapped-security-vote-top-federal-officials-sources

Our Politics_Abuse of Security Votes_Buhari’s Attack.

 

Perhaps if there is a way by which Nigeria’s autonomous States and Loxal Governments can replicate this, then more resources could be freed for developmental projects?

 

what do you think?

 

The Buhari administration has ended the controversial practice of routine security vote allocation to top government, military and security officials, SaharaReporters has learned.

Source: http://saharareporters.com/2016/02/23/buhari-has-scrapped-security-vote-top-federal-officials-sources