Black Dead Bodies, Dabiri- Erewa and Looters’ List


Black Dead Bodies, Dabiri- Erewa and Looters’ List

By Taju Tijani

London is under a hysterical tremor. Fear has darkened my city’s landscape through the ongoing and senseless death of our children through turf gang warfare. Black fathers, mothers and the entire black community are in mourning. Death among our kids has become the theme of debate in talk shops, barber joints, offices, churches, living rooms and on the trains.

Among the poor, black chattering classes there is palpable anger and direct accusation against the Metropolitan Police of failure to protect our kids and arrest the growing and uncontrollable menace of knife crime among predominantly black kids. Too much black blood are flowing through the city of London and as at yesterday, the number of killings this year has rose to 55. Medical personnel have compared working in a London hospital with an Afghanistan war theatre, with surgeons performing life saving interventions on young victims every day.

The statistics is chilling. In one London hospital alone, 163 people were treated for stabbings, 23 for gunshot wounds and this between January 1 and April 6 this year. There are some blood sucking demons that have overpowered and overawed our community and our children are being exchanged as sacrifice. Nigerian names have been caught in the cross fire. The killing is defying solutions. As we send our condolences to the grieving parents, we have to come together as parents and begin to instil deep rooted Christian principles in the lives of our children in order to produce better and law abiding citizens.

However, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, should desist from exploiting the killing of one among many black deaths. Abraham Badru, son of Mr. Enitan Badru, a member of Nigeria’s House of Rep, was a victim of the killing. So also was Israel Ogunshola (Izzy) other kids with unknown dads. Dabiri-Erewa should be ashamed for seeking justice for the son of a member of House of Rep to the exclusion of other Nigerians killed on London streets. This is a thoughtless endeavor and a class mentality to protect a member of her own tribe. An attack on one Nigerian victim of knife crime in the UK, is an attack on all other innocent Nigerians whose dads are not member of House of Rep. What is wrong with this isale eko woman? Please leave us to grieve over these deaths and stop making political capital out of our loss. Yeye woman.

Last week, Lai Mohammed, the information minister, started the process of public shaming of political actors whose reflex for stealing public money is unequal anywhere in the world. After the fanfare what next? President Mohammadu Buhari and his administration may be making the longest looters’ list on earth, but what really matters is what do you do with the alleged looters?

Already the list is heating up the polity. Mud is being thrown. Grenades are being lobbed. Even thieves are so embolden and are all calling the shots through the media. Fani-Kayode, the talkative scoundrel who consistently believes that he is Nigeria’s greatest gift, has been beaten his chest and counter-accusing the government’s propaganda chief, Lai Mohammed, of insanity for alleging that he stole N866 million. It amuses me when Fani-Kayode and Dino Melaye, the two loudest political thugs in Nigerian politics, hug the media limelight and pirouette their innocence. How can you serve as a minister in Nigeria and not steal? Stealing is embedded in our DNA. And until Buhari live up to the purpose of his second coming, that is, to change Nigeria, the hope of Nigerians for a radical overhaul will remain a pipe dream.

So Mr. President,  Sai baba, ogbeni Buhari, what do you now do with the alleged looters of our common wealth? Are they going to be prosecuted? Or is there a plea bargaining scheme in place for them to return part of the loot? Are we going to see political thieves in Kirikiri prison in the life of your administration or not? Is the list all-encompassing or parochial? What happened to all the former state actors who crossed over to the APC when the fear of hurricane Buhari was set to sweep Nigeria in early 2015? Are they all clean skins? Or are we to wait for Looters’ List Part 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 etc…

Mere titillating of our taste bud with the names of public money plunderers without any whimper of prosecution and conviction shows the injustice of our kind of democracy.  Nigerians could not afford not to see conviction – rule of law or not.  Last Friday, a South Korean court jailed former President Park Geun-hye for 24 years over corruption charges of collusion with the country’s conglomerates. The court also fined Park, the daughter of a former military dictator, 18 billion won ($16.9 million) after finding her guilty of charges including bribery, abuse of power and coercion.

As I write, former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula is on his way to a 12-year jail sentence for taking bribes from an engineering firm in return for juicy contract with state-run oil company. Mr. President, these two countries are deepening their democracy through proper justice and zero tolerance for corruption, especially in the rank of their leaders. The corruption charges levied against both Park and Lula are nothing compared with charges on many of our politicians. In Nigeria we are not only shaming our justice system but also undermining the bedrock of our democracy. Politicians and military chiefs embezzled state money and are left to roam free, what message is President Buhari sending to the youths?  Rule of law is the cheapest excuse any stupid and clueless leader will give as an impediment to prosecution. Is there no rule of law in South Korea and Brazil?

Former South African leader and murderer in chief of Nigerians in his country, Mr Jacob Zuma was hurled before a court on corruption charges relating to a $2.5 billion arms deal. He faces 16 charges including fraud, racketeering and money laundering. Two months ago he was Mr President, but today he is accused number one. That is democratic accountability in action? The question is: when will Jonathan, Obasanjo, Babagida and Abubakar answer for the looting that took place during their tenure as commander-in-thief of the Nigerian state? Until all these people are brought to account for the total destruction of Nigeria through corruption, Buhari remains a political hypocrite, a coward and a deceiver.

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Elite Conundrum: Danjuma, Melaye and Tinubu


Elite Conundrum: Danjuma, Melaye and Tinubu

By Taju Tijani

One important glue holds these three gentlemen together. There is also a common denominator among these three eminent Nigerians. Believe it or not, these three Nigerians are opulently rich. Their wealth will make the devil blanch with envy. And because money answers to all things in Nigeria, it is therefore inevitable that when these metropolitan elites sneeze, the whole Nigerians catch cold. We accept or disown these three gentlemen through the lens of our perception. And also because we are Nigerians, we may embrace or reject through tribal binocular.

Last week, General T Y Danjuma took on the role of a despairing wailer and evocatively warned Nigerians of the coming darkness that may consume us before the shining dawn. The sense and nonsense of his speech has been drawn out by both condemnation and the triumph of free speech. Who is General T Y Danjuma? He once famously said that he had so much money and that he did not know what to do with it. His directorship and chairmanship of many companies in Nigeria is oceanic in depth. As a soldier, he killed General Johnson Aguiyi- Ironsi the former Nigerian leader and Adekunle Fajuyi, his body guard in cold blood.

This historical heist is important. It points to his valour, courage and love for bloodlust. Today, General T Y Danjuma has spilled a civil blood and purveyors of decency are up in arms against his call on Nigerians to arm themselves against the seeming breakdown of security of lives and property in Nigeria. General T Y Danjuma’s more volatile statement was that the Nigerian military and other security forces are in collusion with both Boko Haram and armed cattle herdsmen. Hear him: “The armed forces are not neutral,” General Danjuma said at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University in Jalingo, the state capital, on Saturday afternoon. “They collude with the armed bandits to kill people, kill Nigerians.” Further, the 79-year-old civil war veteran said the security forces, rather than protect the people, “facilitate” the movement of armed attackers and often provide cover for them.

Then the bombshell: “If you wait for the armed force to stop the killing, you all die one-by-one. The ethnic cleansing must stop in Taraba State and other parts of Nigeria. Otherwise, Somalia will be a child’s place. I urge all of you to be at alert and defend your country, defend your territory and defend your state.” Yes, we may call his speech banal, vile, treasonable and dangerous.

What is at play is the fact that General T Y Danjuma is hurt over the senseless killings that seems to defy federal solutions. The slow and steady descent of Nigeria into Hobbesian jungle is enough to cause social dilemma even among the rank of diehard Buharists. His weepy calibration of doom and anarchy is not the stuff of Nigerian elites. That tedious language of rebiliion is the province of the marginalised Nigerians and not for an over-pampered, overfed, over-rich and over-protected soldier like him.

Senator Dino Melaye occupies a space in our National Assembly that is opaque and primitive. Among trouble makers, he is a chief priest. He lives on a daily diet of colliding paradigm that veers between infamy and psychiatric disorder. After divorcing himself from the fringe of pedestrian activism, from where he got his baptism of fire, Kogi honoured their famous and fiery son and send him to Abuja to orate and bring back the dividend of democracy. Today, the nasty nexus of politics and corruption has made Melaye a billionaire. He is a lying, flamboyant, arrogant, opulent and playboy-politician Nigeria has ever known. His car garage has the richest stockpile of the most expensive cars on earth – Range Rover, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, BMW, Mercedes Benz and SUVs of all kinds.

Melaye famously boasted of a degree from Harvard. It turned out to be a sandwich course. The beginning of white lies. With Melaye, the character and high expectation from our politician has declined miserably.  Thug life is fast becoming one of his new attributes. There is an ongoing and brutalising war between this senator and Yahaya Bello, the Governor of Kogi State. We are waiting for who will be martyred in this war. Before the political crucifixion, Senator Melaye has to fight down accusations on many fronts. The Nigerian Police has accused Melaye of gun running and arming thugs to carry out assassinations. His constituency is bent on recalling him. They have had enough of his bohemian and bolekaja politics. Melaye’s time in our hallowed chamber is bedevilled with sordid melodrama and the nation is waiting with baited breadth to see if April recall will be the end of a scoundrel politician who has his soul tie with Senator Bukola Saraki the man known to be the craftiest snake in that corrupt assembly.

Ah, that 10th Colloquium staged in Lagos for the National Leader of APC. The Jagaban of Borgu, the lion of Bourdillon and Asiwaju of Lagos. Ahmed Bola Tinubu at 66 is having a whale of a time. Tinubu is a famous conciliator and his genius for bridge building is legendary. Picture never lies.

There is no honour more honourable for any politician than to have the president of your country as guest at your own party. Aside from the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari at the colloquium, there are other political influencers, strategist and theorists on ground to pay a deserved homage to a political titan who bestrides our landscape like a colossus.  Yes, Tinubu called for good governance and the rejection of recent apology from the PDP for the rapacious and feral manner the treasury was looted and Nigeria bankrupted. However, Buhari’s agenda in his Lagos visit was to woo the wearied Yoruba all over again through Tinubu to his wobbly administration that has thoroughly marginalised this very powerful tribe.

The Yoruba should stand their ground and make a shift from being seen as the proverbial spoilers in Nigerian politics. Buhari, in eulogising the long virtues of Tinubu said, “We seek to replace corruption with correctness, insecurity with safety and poverty with prosperity.” In close to three years of his governance, Nigeria has remained a graveyard of APC’s grand political ideas. In those years, the Jagaban was side-lined; those who looted Nigeria blind still walk around as free citizens, the poor Nigerians on whose back Buhari rode to power are today worse off under an administration that was supposed to bring a radical change in the political, social and economic lives of all Nigerians. Happy birthday, the lion, the Jagaban and the Asiwaju.

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Donald Trump and his addiction to sex


Donald Trump and his addiction to sex

By Taju Tijani

Donald J Trump, the President of the United States, is in a deep shithole. What a sweet revenge on the author of shithole himself. What is unravelling about this weird president bugles the mind endlessly. A day of reckoning is knocking hard on the presidential door in the Oval office. Day by day and breathlessly the world is awaiting the day the meteor will fall helplessly from the Washington sky with a reverberating bang on all the capitals of the world. All black African nations branded shithole by a shithole president will roll out the drums to celebrate the fall of an idiot who specializes in the dark art of causing offence.

Sex and politics are agreeable bedfellows when you are not caught. But when you are caught with your pants down, it is a career destroyer. We remember President Bill Clinton and the White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, over the scandal of oral sex. He escaped impeachment by mere 10 votes. The incident tarnished his image for years and his law career in the state of Arkansas. The American hall of infamy regarding sex scandal is legendary. Sex has always weave its occultic spell on the modern man who lacks self-control and with proportionally high libido. Donald J Trump, by admission, is a sex predator. He preys on beautiful women with huge air bags – meaning: menacingly huge breasts!!! Not many white people like Bakassi – meaning: big bum!!!

In a recorded 2005 video he admitted, “I am attracted to beautiful women. I like to kiss them. It’s like a magnet. I just start to kiss them. I don’t even wait. You know when you are a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them in the pussy. You can do anything.” In spite of this sharp claim to perversion, Mr. Donald J Trump was voted in as the 45th American president. By that strange heist, he summarily took out Hilary Clinton, the global favourite, out of circulation. The rest is history.

However, the presidency of Donald J Trump marks the beginning of America’s long descent into daily confusion. The continent of North America has never embraced a brazen and amoral survivalist as Trump in its democratic history.  He is a man of immense ambition but meagre talent for the art of political diplomacy in a volatile and dangerous world. His love of power and beer room brawl is legendary but his ability to govern with dignity, honour and humility cannot fill a teacup.

President Donald J Trump has turned a dynamic and vibrant nation into a seeping ooze. He changed the barometer of diplomatic finesse among nations into an opportunity to threaten, harass, fight, accuse and war with twitter messages. He has eroded and hijacked the everyday celebration of American liberty and caused deep divisions among white, black and Hispanics. He has uprooted America’s integrity in the world stage. He has combined a deadly mix of money, intimidation, raw power, blackmail, threat and other cowardly nuances to ride roughshod over anything that stands in his way.

As of today, over 25 women have accused the lothario American president of sexual misconduct. Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal have both doggedly made a pact with destiny to fight President Donald Trump with all their energy with the hope of exposing Trump as a perverted monster. So far Trump is using intimidation and his immunity to shut down the most volatile scandal of the American century.  What is becoming obvious is that this feckless coward needs help. Sex therapists need to examine him to know whether his uncontrolled libido needs to be castrated.

Donald Trump is a raw, nasty, rude, moronic, tormented, deviant, racist, pussy grabbing, cantankerous, bullish, liar, dishonest, adulterous, self-righteous, hypocrite, impulsive, unfriendly, unstable and a dangerous demagogue. He fantasises about women with big boobs. He pride himself on the ugly habit of denigrating women by grabbing their pussy. The putrescent of his mythic wealth is deployed to destroy destiny, oppress vulnerable women and treat other races as if they are scumbags. He is a self-imploding and unpredictable political rascal who has been using the might of America to terrorise other lesser nations to agree to his self-deluding America First mantra.

He has been tossing his grandstanding grenades everywhere. There was a nuclear standoff with North Korea. He rebranded all African nations as shithole countries. He said that Nigerians live in huts. He has lobbed his grenade at Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister. He is at loggerhead with Europe. He called Mexicans drug junkies, killers and rapists. He sacked the sackables. Loyalty is nothing to Trump. He has unsheathe his steely sword and ready to fight dirty over steel tariff. He is closing down trade deficit with China. His reactionary compass is to steer America back into the cave of political, economic and social insulation. Here Trump is paying a new homage to the rise of Americanism over globalism. Trump is introducing alternative narrative to the politics of the age.

 

Yes, President Trump has so many ugly looking skeleton in his cupboard. Yes, money, intimidation, power and the immunity of his high office are the cruel blockages denying the world the chance to see his moral emptiness and the guilt of all his defenses as a sexual beast. To Trumpists, his blind admirers, his coming is the harbinger of American renewal. And to the others, his coming marks a shift into twitter tyranny, cover up, egotism, narcissism, racial division and subtle despotism.

President Donald J Trump is in denial. As a serial womanizer he is morally unfit to be the leader of the greatest nation on earth. All the women he sexually groped have been throwing pebbles in his mouth, and the scandal is turning into a profoundly moral nightmare for America’s leadership in the world stage. The foulness of Trump’s primordial sexual perversion is causing comical anxiety for the international community. The intimate carnal revelations of both Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal which have so far established President Donald J Trump’s complicity in the sexual saga has been met with denial by a fumbling bully who is yet to come to terms with his addiction to sex.

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Hate Speech And Its Death Penalty Palava!


Hate Speech And Its Death Penalty Palava!

By Taju Tijani

The Nigerian senate has once again shot itself on the foot. This time with a dangerous AK-47 assault rifle. This time there is no whodunit. We know who fired the shot. He is a fully paid up and pampered member of the so called hallowed chamber. He is a member of the most cantankerous, selfish, unpatriotic, arrogant, crotch-grabbing, navel gazing, money-minded and power-drunk set of humanity we mistakenly called senators in Nigeria. That theatre of gnomish clowns has once again floated a dangerous, reckless and demented idea that will fit the dustbin nicely. The ongoing acts of classic hubristic overreach of our senators is becoming symptomatic of a deep political imbecility.

One local champion representing one local area of Niger state has opened wide his mouth and talked of opening up another barbaric chapter in the story of our nationhood. Hitler did it. Idi Amin did it. Sadam Hussein did it. Rather than enact laws and contribute meaningfully to the life of the powerless poor in our country, this senator is unashamedly asking for a death penalty for the chattering classes who daily legitimize their internal anger through open freedom of yabis, critical articles, righteous rebuke, name calling, expose, naming and shaming, passionate grandstanding and hard talk.

Senator Sabi Abdullahi, an APC card carrier, is the dark conjurer who wants to hang a person like me for abusing wayward politicians. Olorun oni fun e she. Senator Sabi, who sabi nothing, is here reinforcing the widely held belief of most Nigerians that our senators are zombies and money-guzzling snakes, who, at the drop of a hat, will always and helplessly fall victims of political infamy. His groundless, vexatious and scandalous bill proposes that, “A person who uses, publishes, presents, produces, plays, provides, distributes and visual, which is threatening, abusive or insulting or involves the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior” commits an offence.

Of course anybody can tell that Senator Sabi, who is possess by uncivil zeal in his desire to sponsor a bill for the creation of an Independent National Commission for Hate Speeches, is projecting a part of his ghoulish desire to a larger Nigerian screen. With almost comical stridency, this man wants death by hanging for anybody who, through hate speech, causes the death of another person. Help me!!! Politics must bring its brain back in Nigeria!!!

It is not hard to see through Sabi’s brain wave that the twin evil of fantastic allowances and humungous salary thrills the soul of this senator than putting his energies into making laws that will alleviate the abject penury and dark despair of millions of Nigeria. What’s going on here? In our search for the light, our senators have consistently return us to darkness. In our search for sanity, our senators have consistently return us to stupendous insanity. In our search for solutions to the hydra-headed challenges buffeting Nigeria, our senators have been compounding our problems with deadly hubris of arrogance and lawlessness. The daily insecurity, panic and emptiness of our hope as Nigerians do not challenge his faculties. What thrills him is the mass beheading of Nigerians who, in casual yabis, call South Westerners ngbati..ngbati or the South Easterners ajokuta mamumi  or the Northerners mala.

Sabi must be told today that Nigerians are hugely accommodating people. We have been living happily with centuries of judgmental bigotry, clannish intolerance and tribal grandstanding without any disastrous destruction to our co-existence. Without any call for the strong man to commence head chopping on a genocidal scale as desired by Senator Abdullahi.

Here we have to remind Senator Too Know that the Nigerian constitution guarantees the right of every Nigerian to freedom of speech and expression. Section 39(1) of the 1999 Constitution states that: “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information without interference.” Also we have global provisions for freedom of expression and human right charters of all kinds to which Nigeria is a signatory. Article XIX of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides that: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
Further, Article IX of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights provides that “Every individual shall have the right to receive information and the right to express and disseminate his opinions within the law.” The subtext in all these sacred laws of freedom of expression is the affirmation of our right to speak truth to power, injustice, oppression, abuse, impunity and political excesses of our politicians. More than ever before, Nigeria has slipped into aberrations so much that we have to call a spade a spade through critical articles, satires, name calling, rebuke, polemical attacks, public denunciations and political incorrectness if only to bring lawless, arrogant, wayward and corrupt politicians to public court and moral shame. Any public servant who is feeding fat on our collective patrimony and fears chastisement is a coward and unfit to lead. Rebuke, correction, criticism and chastisement are the furnaces through which the gold of true leadership must be tested, purified and engaged. That balance must be maintained no matter how cantankerous it is. Eternal vigilance, so the saying goes, is the price of liberty.

Writers, bloggers, opinion moulders, playwrights, polemicists, satirists, journalists, public analysts, Devil Advocates, critics and essayists no matter how jaundiced, are better for a healthy democracy than hypocrites, bottom lickers, ego massagers, errand boys, intellectual spunk and babel of praise singing and syrupy rubbish showered on Ministers, Senators and Governors who are nothing, but demi-gods in Nigeria. We must not allow any law to neuter, curtail or disable our inalienable right to project our anger and dissatisfaction through healthy disdain for what passes for revulsion, sacrilege and infamy.

But wait a minute. If I am allowed to peel back and recount all the muscular languages used by many of our foremost writers, then no writer is longer safe from the hangman. Femi Fani-Kayode once called the Vice President a dwarf. That’s a starter. I have been unsparing in my reproach of Nigerian politicians in all my writings. Pastor Tunde Bakare, the fiery preacher of the Latter Rain Assembly, has called President Buhari unflattering names. This man of God should be ready, sooner than later, for the hangman according to the law of Mr Too Know – ogbeni Sabi.

Our rebuke, criticism, open reproach and righteous attacks on the perilous excesses of our politicians are the only remaining and sustaining power of moral superiority we have over our politicians. Mr Too Know, no law, no institutions can take this away from us. Mr Too Know, the court is there to arbitrate over public ridicule, slander, defamation and character assassination and not unearthly, impractical and barbaric recourse to head chopping for anybody who called me ngbati…ngbati.

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Buhari’s Lies:  Change That Changes Nothing


Buhari’s Lies:  Change That Changes Nothing

By Taju Tijani

President Mohammadu Buhari has turned out to be the baddest joker Nigeria has ever seen. His story is the story of a once jackboot rebel, who, at a time of Nigeria’s military rule, straightened some of the contours of our national aberrations. Today, the same Buhari, hiding under the mantra of change, is the worst conformist of all time. Ancient Buhari, at the risk of what anybody might say about his early 80’s iron rule, made Nigeria work. He made Nigerians walked tall and proud. He shifted the paradigm of our indolence, corruption, indiscipline and brought both tears and joy to a tottering nation that had refused to drop her farcical dark sides.

In the 80s we idolized Buhari. He was the iconic leader who shook us to our foundation. He unplugged us from the long and tragic trajectory of dancing to songs of pain and sorrow. He turned Nigeria upside down. He destroyed our idols. He burned our altars and set out to rededicate Nigeria to a new set of godly values. He brought illumination to the monstrous darkness that was Nigeria then and we all supported Buhari with fierce loyalty. We warmed around the glow of his “War Against Indiscipline” and most of our old ways collapsed as we embraced the new.

We queued to get into commercial buses. We queued at the post offices. We queued at the banking halls. Food prices stabilized. At the entry points to all our towns and cities were soldiers with horse whip to deal ruthlessly with fomenters of trouble or anybody who wanted to operate from the fringe and against what was then normal. Adulterers changed their ways and began to love their wives again. Money doublers abandoned their stalls and melted into thin air.

Philippians 4:19 was a passage in the Bible that speaks of Gods provision for his children during 80s Buhari. During Buhari’s earlier incarnation, the purity of that passage had not been corrupted to mean what 419 means today – scam, corruption, looting, gbajue, fraud, odaju ole, robbery, deceit and abracadabra! Armed robbers knew their fate. They were routinely shot into pieces of crumbs at the firing squad along Lagos bar beach. White collar thieves were hammered with long jail sentences.  Corrupt politicians or those perceived to have stolen our national cake had dust for dinner. They were humiliated, battered, hounded and handed long jail sentences that looked like eternity.

A new general or sheriff was in town and when the show was going on we all gave the main actor, General Mohammadu Buhari and co-star, late General Tunde Idiagbon and other supporting cast our standing ovation. The oxygen of Buhari’s fame then was nothing but his doggedness, fanaticism to right the wrong of society, eradication of corruption among public servants, reinvention of discipline, accountability, punishment for misdemeanor, respect for social values and accountability. It was truly a defining moment. We had believed then that Buhari was enough to get us to heaven and not a pastor!

Like all great imperial or military powers, an end has to come. However, before ancient Buhari faded into oblivion, we had built so much mythology around his personality to a point of a cult figure. In the arc of time, opinions were divided about his ancient legacy. Many cursed his military regime. Politicians with axes to grind called him a dictator and a man of Hitlerite tendency. Others who could not get close to him to inflict vengeance on him rushed his carved image to Babalawo, alufa and various supernatural covens. Baba Buhari remains solid like a statute in his rural Daura plotting a comeback. All the arrows threw at him returned back to sender.

By 2015, a new Muhammadu Buhari emerged like a sphinx from his ashes. Like Lazarus, a resurrected Buhari, reading the temper of the time, wooed Nigerians with a promise of “CHANGE”.  Older, gaunt looking, still handsome, thoroughly innocent and winsome, we fell for his old charm as a performer, action man, honest and rule breaker. He ticked all our boxes of a rare quintessential Nigerian.  If Buhari were to be a bachelor, many of us were willing to thrust our daughters on him. Such was the power and potency of our love for him that we blindly bought into his change agenda.

Ha….President Muhammadu Buhari where is my change? I learned from my scripture that in any labour, there must be profit. Where is the profit for all the tailors, mechanics, bricklayers, carpenters, okada riders, teachers, roadside sellers, shop keepers, cleaners, civil servants, phone unlockers, gatemen, molue drivers and millions of granddads, grand mums, dads and mums who braved rain and fiercely burning sun to cast a covenant vote for you? Where is the fruit of change for all the dynamic mix of support, loyalty and expectations showered on you by expectants and thoroughly traumatised Nigerians who cast their hope on you for a better future?

 

Ha…President Muhammadu Buhari, once again, where is my change? Where is the fruit of change for the working class, poor, alienated and forgotten Nigerians whose collective vote gave you your mandate? Where is the gain for that innocent and explosive euphoria for your second coming? Where is the gain of that common destiny woven around your vision to change Nigeria and make it better? Are Nigerians naïve and silly in their innocent assumptions that you will do politics differently? Are Nigerians paying the price for mythologizing your ancient performance without a prophet to warn them of the word of Proverbs 24:22 – “Do not associate with those given to change”?

Today Nigerians are living with a bitter sense of betrayal. The Buhari’s lies is becoming a fixture even among liberal commentators. The nature of the political narrative is that the change mantra is now meaningless without tangible proof of what has changed so far. The political, social and economic reclamation promised by Buhari’s via change have all floundered dramatically and tragically. Your change has not unseat corruption. Your change has not unseat unemployment among our youths. Your change has not unseat our social paralysis. Your change has not unseat cabals from the interior recesses of our political life. This change is a change that changes nothing!

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Can Jagabanisation Make APC Electable in 2019?


Can Jagabanisation Make APC Electable in 2019?

By Taju Tijani

The Jagaban of Borgu, the lion of Bourdillon and Asiwaju of Lagos, Ahmed Bola Tinubu has been called out of the woods to heal the festering wound within the APC, All Progressive Congress party. The remoralisation of that party had been long overdue. There had been internal wrangling and passionate grassroots rebellion against the party, especially in its inability to deliver the dividends of democracy as promised through the change mantra sold to millions of Nigerians. It had been a long slumber for millions of APC supporters but now everybody seems to be awake to the sobering reality of the cluelessness of the party to discharge its covenants with the people.

Supporters are left in do doubt that the stakes for good governance through the APC are high and that Buhari’s integrity is solidly woven to the success or failure of APC administration. However, since the coming of APC government there have been many wreckages on the road. APC politicians are just like the discredited PDP politicians. In its initial success and victory, everybody wanted to associate with it. We saw many shameless defections from PDP to APC and the onset of dilutions and contaminations of the true APC genetic makeup.

Many of the old PDP defectors or rather traitors, once they began to mushroom like algae in the swampy waters of the APC, started a quiet revolution to steal, dominate and destroy the purity of the party. Since this mass defection, there had been no softening of their spirit of opposition to the Buhari’s government from the National Assembly to the states. The idea of deserting their old party and serve a new captain is, to them, a political suicide. These political lepers once they found a colony to absorb them began to infect everything in sight with their leprosy.

 

Today, the noxious cold war among APC members is creating a certain schizophrenic paralysis of good governance which is causing massive loss of goodwill among APC sympathisers across all classes of Nigerians. We can say that the internal rupture within the party is epic in scope. As I write, five serving governors, twenty senators and reps are set to dump the party for SDP – the Social Democratic Party.  There is absence of unity, cohesion, loyalty but the same old appetite for hierarchical grandstanding, rebuke, tribal jealousy and outright rebellion towards the party leaders. The politically powerless constituency of this nation – the voters – can only watch as events are being driven by ego, insecurity, greed, self-importance and appetite for power.

Now enter Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He is a famous conciliator whose genius for bridge building is legendary. He is given the arduous task of opening up the walled up souls of his party members and bring illumination to the coven of dark forces. He has to reign in dissenters, political thugs, rebels, polluters, grumblers, post seekers, the marginalized and those whose voices have been sidelined through raw power of coercion and political intimidation. Here, the jagabanisation of APC has to be done through vigour, subtle ruthlessness but without fanaticism.  However, Tinubu’s buoyant optimism to do a thorough job of recasting APC through moral re-engineering has been dealt a vicious bite by an unsuspecting pitbull in the mould of its internal overlord

Who is this internal overlord? Chief John Odigie Oyegun is the internal overlord and Chairman of APC whose adversarial vanity is quite astonishing. It is either Tinubu hate the shadow of Oyegun or Oyegun hate the shadow of Tinubu. These two political titans, who loath to yield any inch of common sense to each other must come together to epitomise statesmanship, unity and disallow patriotic distractions or, at worse, stop behaving like sewage rats from Mushin.

Tinubu’s pastoral passion for reconciliation and dream of bringing the party members to repentance and penance must not suffer on the altar of personality ego of contending forces.

If it is true that the resurrection or jagabanisation of Buhari’s dead politics and by extension APC rest squarely on the shoulders of Tinubu, are we massaging his ego or sentencing him to eternal doom? Can we expect Tinubu the peace maker to heal the multifarious wounds of APC members from Akure to Zamfara? Would he be able to bring together the mosaic of little factions in virtually all the states of the federation that are bumping against one another in less than dignified way?

Of a truth, Nigerians are angry. Angry against APC. Angry against the Buhari/APC government that had lost moral focus of its core mandate. Even the Jagaban of Borgu is himself not happy with Buhari and his inner cabinet members. Tinubu had suffered humiliation and had been sidelined in the past. Probably the horror and fear of what to come at full speed in 2019 informs the choice of Tinubu as the mediator-general to recapture the lost fortune of APC and made it electable and winsome again in future election. Probably…….

President Mohammadu Buhari as leader of APC now evinces more of revulsion than the old time adulation. Why? He is yet to have a complete mastery of the complexities of democratic politics. He still harbours partisan passion as seen in most of his high profile appointments. There are still loud lamentations of the state of the nation’s insecurity. Morality and integrity are no longer supplying energies to his government. There is diminishing goodwill across the land for the APC party and its apparatchiks. Foolish people are governing Nigeria from the center while the intelligent ones are sidelined and marginalized. The Fulani herd mentality and superiority is still at play in his government.

Even APC members have surpassed the discredited PDP in its vulgarity and excesses. Can a Jagaban of Borgu unravel all these conflating and mysterious aberrations? Is the Jagaban on a mission to smoothen the ground for a clueless Buhari to return another landslide come 2019? Is the Jagaban on a mission of class preservation especially when the nation’s appetite is sharpened for restructuring? Yes, the Jagaban has the uncanny ability to build bridges across deep division, but he has to divorce from the 2015 illusion when Nigerians gave President Mohammadu Buhari their hearts and minds only to realize that the old history of bad government is repeating itself all over again. That lesson is learned and if a supernatural Jagaban can force Nigerians to learn that lesson all over again, only 2019 will tell. So, can jagabanisation make APC electable in2019?

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Get It! Buhari Will Not Restructure Nigeria!


Get It! Buhari Will Not Restructure Nigeria!

By Taju Tijani

By May this year, the PROTRON, President of the Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari would have ruled Nigeria for three years. In the last couple years and few months, some of the expectations set for his administration have not been met. His handling of governance has been pre-judged, judged and condemned outright from all classes of people. The lower class angst is centered on the rising cost of living and the suffocation of their economic and political conditions. The middle class complaint centered on Buhari’s shutting the door against all avenues of ill-gotten wealth and unearned opportunities and class favour formerly enjoyed by this lecherous class.

As I write, Nigeria has slide into a shit hole of brutalizing circumstances. The most disenchanting of all these negative circumstances remains the ongoing terror of the armed Fulani herdsmen and their bloodlust desire to steal, kill and destroy anything that stands in their way. Buhari’s other sin is the stagnation and unwillingness to fight corruption with the animal zeal people expected from him. Before he became another army-turned-civilian leader of Nigeria, his admirers were coopted into a messianic belief that he was the awaited messiah that will sever the hydra-headed corruption that had crippled, pauperized and defiled the Nigerian state for decades.

In our consciousness, the belief was that by his iconic name, thieves will tremble. By his iconic name, the belief was that Nigerians and snakes who had swallowed public money will vomit them. By his presence, the belief was that unemployable youths will be smiling home every month with the reward of their labour. By his presence, the belief was that insecurity and police brutalization of unarmed and peace-loving Nigerians will be eradicated.

The question now is this: where did Nigerians draw all these primordial beliefs? Why was the PROTRON framed in the likeness of omnipotence? Today, this nation is reeling from an unusual bifurcation. Today, the illusion of Buhari’s omnipotence is staring us right in the face. Today, Nigerians are grappling with a classic hubris of political incredulity. As articles of our faith in Buhari begin to dwindle, pessimism is becoming the bookmaker’s favourite. The politicization of his inefficiency, weakness, flaws and frailties have all became targets for shooters to lob gunshots at him. Anybody you speak to in Nigeria has one or two grievances against Buhari. The language of the aggrieved is on the airwaves, online and any place where two or more talk heads are gathered.

Now that Buhari is faced with the insurgency of the disenchanted, could this man be given another four years mandate as PROTRON? Are we to set in place the usual parameters of apathy and resignation to fate and ‘sit don look’ and manage him for another term come 2019?  Are we fair in our assessment that President Buhari has not performed as a leader? Are we setting the best parameters to judge his administration? In calling for his exit or resignation, are we falling for fear and the scare tactics of his enemies and opponents?

Are the recent evocative cries of Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo against Buhari’s continuation as the PROTRON the voices of sane or mad prophets? Can we say that the appointment of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as head of a peace committee of the internal disharmony of APC a kind of political masterstroke that will calm pained voices of poisonous effusions, anger, despair, disappointment and loss of confidence in the PROTRON? Or do we need to question our impatience with President Buhari and give his sun-clean integrity a second chance to confound his die hard critics and the ongoing PDP’s lethal and self-righteous denunciation of this administration? Is four years of Buhari’s presidency enough to see the fruits of change as promised in 2015?

Of a truth, under President Buhari, the social statistic of privilege among his team members still remains. The cost of governance is as high as under the administration of wasteful Jonathan. Also, unemployment among the army of our youths has remained the flesh-and-blood distillation of Nigeria’s incongruity that will shame a less rich nation. The number of unemployed are high enough to make the devil blanch. Of a truth, under Buhari, the reaffirmation of the dominant paradigm of Fulani internal lordship of Nigeria has become a state policy and Buhari had not been a reflective enough man to know that his change mantra was a document designed to disinter this primordial tribal hierarchy.

Yes, Nigeria is rotten from root up. The stolen wealth of Nigeria’s criminal politicians is still circulating and causing social and political upheavals. The ethical matrix of our society values nothing but money and more money. However, what is disempowering Nigeria and Nigerians is the Northern/Fulani elites who believe, to the point of divine conviction, that they are the anointed internal lords of the Nigerian state. This dark interplay of political hierarchy had been in existence since the dark days of Tafawa Balewa, Ibrahim Babangida, Abacha, Abdulsalam, Umar Yar’Adua and now Mohammadu Buhari.

This Fulani ideology of divine rulers of Nigeria had always placed the Yoruba and Igbo under restrictive sphere and this had continued to undermine the prospect of launching a unified counter hegemonic force as an agency of progressive change in both the Southwest and Southeast.

Mohammadu Buhari is a continuation of this divine ruling mandate of average Fulani personality. The ongoing catastrophe in our emerging democratic aspirations is the leverage we all complicitly continue to give to a tiny and lecherous Fulani cabal to calibrate power, dominion and control over the destiny of Nigerians on well-grounded ideology of Fulani caliphate mentality. We pretend that the southerners and northerners share the same common view of Nigeria or even occupy the same secular, heterogeneous and diverse nation. Nahhhhhh……………….. The Fulani caliphate ideology manifests crudely as a practical tool to control, contain, dominate and harass Southerners to humiliating submission to Fulani’s mysterious, yet political omnipotence that brook no alternative to its hegemonic character.

The Fulani caliphate ideology believes in forced unity. It has an infinite hatred for social and political restructuring of Nigeria. It has no desire for fiscal federalism. Yes, Buhari sold the mantra of change to a somnambulist nation, but he is not a radical change maker. The state police will not happen in its own time. The demand for restructure will not happen under his watch. Why? President Buhari is a torch carrier for the continuation of Fulani caliphate ideology.  That tedious language of change has come to haunt him.

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