Can Casanova Youths Rule Nigeria?

Can Casanova Youths Rule Nigeria?

By Taju Tijani

The Nigerian creatures are now hoisting flags of political convenience all across the nation. Good governance narratives are openly being preached from both the old and young political puritans who are irritated by the moral compromise of President Mohammadu Buhari’s eroding sainthood.  Yes, Buhari’s moral ambiguity and nepotism are daily tearing at the heart of majority of conscientious Nigerians who thought that the PROFRON (President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) is the illumination for our dark political tunnel. That thought form is morphing widely into an error. Why? Buhari’s apathetic and steroid-deficient style of governance is drawing evocative disapproval across the divide, and more so among his own clan – the All Progressive Congress.

As a result of this mass disaffection, the emerging chasm has created a platform for the chattering classes to look for alternative actors to rescue Nigeria from geriatric rulers who are constantly the curse of the African political class. The idea is that hope is not lost and that Nigeria can still get back on her feet if we could fish for leaders from the rank of our energetic, talented and visionary youths. The subtext of the above narrative is that we should force a generational displacement on the likes of Buhari, Tinubu, Atiku, Okorocha and other sixty and above who may want to contest for the presidency of the republic.

The question is, who are the consensus leaders who will fill the void when older Nigerians are evicted from political participation? Yes, I am all for both the liberation and liberty of the political space for new blood who could fix the decay of our society. Yes, we can exploit the newfound consciousness of the global space for good governance to overcome our leadership anxiety but my worry remains. And that worry should worry every optimist who want Nigeria to emerge from the ashes of its many wounds.

Buhari’s age has remained a target of mass hysteria and gunshots. His age is no longer regarded as an asset but a handicap in a nation teeming with youths of all suasions. Old age is no longer synonymous with wisdom and knowledge in the amphitheater of Nigeria’s meta-politics but a curse. Why? There is this historical propaganda in the social media space that is awakening our forgotten memory to time past when young men ruled Nigeria. A time far removed from IPad, Samsung, Blackberry, Infinix, curve television, Uber cab and WhatsApp world.

Then we had young personalities like General Yakubu Gowon, Obafemi Awolowo, Emeka Ojukwu, Olusegun Obasanjo, Murtala Mohammed and several other young and brilliant military officers who served as governors of states in Nigeria at a relatively young age. We have to remember that during those evergreen years, Nigerian internal mismanagement has not begun. Those youthful leaders had neither social distraction from the social media nor hash tag conscription to show how rebellious they were. In Gowon’s time, Nigeria was in embryo but today hell is let loose and the center can no longer hold.

In 2016, the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was upbeat with so much optimism when he announced that Nigeria as a nation was shaped and built by youths who were determined to build a formidable and united country. As a stentorian teacher, he once also advised youths to take their destinies in their hands by taking up leadership roles. Osinbajo’s assumption here is spot on. His evocative cry was that that closed space against the youths by older leaders of today must be opened. One important closed space against the youth is our very own constitution.  According to Section 65 (1)(a) and (b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), a Nigerian citizen who intends to run for the office of the president must be at least 40-years-old; Senate, 35; while the federal and state houses of assembly from 30.



As a social thinking architect, I worry about the moral and intellectual deficiencies ravaging the mind of our youths. In 2016, I had the privilege of teaching some of the so called youths in the confine of an editorial environment. The starry-eyed students projected a philosophy of hedonism and the good life without the absence of sweat that really frightened me. These youths who were mostly journalism and mass communication students from expensive and private Nigerian universities displayed questionable integrity, zero rigour for scholarship, reliance on daddy’s connection, rascality, rudeness, rebelliousness and the desire to amass wealth through the fastest route.


So when a joker like Tony Nwulu, the lawmaker representing Oshodi/Isolo Federal constituency of Lagos State House of Rep sponsored a bill to reduce the qualification into the office of President from ages 40 to 30 years, office of Governor from 35 to 30 years, the Senate and Governorship from 35 to 30 years, and the federal and state houses of assembly from 30 to 25 years, I want to give him a dirty slap.


If you want to know the failure of our youths, look into the shallow chamber of our National Assembly and see the ‘gbogbo itu ti won npa’. That is, check out the aberrations of their rank. Dino Melaye and Adeleke the two ignominious dancing clowns are pillars of shameful behaviour to the rank of youthful leadership in any nation. Most of the Nigerian youths are badly brought up and fed on the diet of corruption, greed, selfishness, brutality, cultism, gang membership, irresponsibility, lack of patriotism and fear.



Majority of Nigerian youths are drug junkies. They etch tattoos on their bodies. They relish in sexual deviancy.  They worship their phones, spend too long hours on Nollywood trash, waste time on social media bust ups and ramp rubbish on Instagram and WhatsApp.

Majority of our youths are badly deformed by material aspirations and good life value in the make-believe videos of Davido, 9ice, Wizkid, Teckno, Patoranking, Sarkodie, Olamide, Wande Coal and Ade Gold so much that if this nation should swing the political leadership pendulum to them, then we are doomed to a more savage banalisation of the political space never seen in this nation. Nigeria needs peace, progress, prosperity and a new faith in any new breed of future leaders regardless of age, class and religion. But to believe like Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, that the deformed Nigerian youths and other members of Not Too Young To Run brigade could heal this barren nation, is to trivialise the mystery of good leadership. So do you want Casanova youths to rule Nigeria? Tofiapa!!!


Who Is Afraid of Babangida, Obasanjo and Saraki?

Who Is Afraid of Babangida, Obasanjo and Saraki?

By Taju Tijani

Nigeria is a constellation of wonder. A wonder that keeps invoking emotions of anxiety, anger, mass brutalisation, bastardisation, confusion, disorder, sadness, loss, stupidity, hopelessness and regret. An unknown philosopher once said that “when truth is kindled within, its brightness soon beams forth in the outward life and in our conversation.” Truth may injure the teller, the hearer and the person concerning whom the truth is told. Therefore, if truth telling can relight a healthy conversation of the proper state of play in Nigeria, why then do we allow hypocrisy to take center stage in our national life? Who is afraid of Mohammadu Buhari, Obasanjo, Babangida, Saraki or a dunce called Fayose?

Today, we have to say it as it is and tell truth to power. Before I purify today’s discourse, let me hang my thought on this: “To be or not to be that is the question. I will also add that to say or not to say that is not the question. We have to say and say it loud – on the mountains, across the Lagos lagoon, the Niger River and Victoria Island Atlantic beaches. We live in the millennia of open freedom, open discussion and open rebuke. We live a universe of social mediaquake where every questionable integrity has to be fairly judged and sanctioned. We have to take note of social media deviation of fake news that is fast corroding truth and reducing important issues to triviality and shenanigans.

Within the contested field of today’s politics in Nigeria, one can fairly say without any hint of contradiction that all the present and recycled actors from the dawn of independence till date have failed the people of Nigeria. Politics in Nigeria has always contained the essential ingredients of Shakespearean drama: murderous lust for power, backstabbing, impunity, rivalry, blackmail, jealousy, tribal permutations and godfatherism.

Ex-dictator and ex-military president of Nigeria General Ibrahim Babangida ruffled the already tottering pillars of the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari few days ago by calling on him to resign or step aside. The Niger State bulldog and the acclaimed Maradona of Nigeria’s politics wants youthful Generation-X aspirants to shape Nigeria’s future destiny.  He is sick and tired of seeing geriatrics in the saddle of governance in Nigeria. Babangida should shut up and enjoy his retirement in peace in the fortified mansion on the rock in Minna. He is the thief who allowed the extension of an aggressively voracious stealing of national wealth into our politics.

Ibrahim Babangida once pushed the pendulum of political betrayal to the extreme, when, in June 12 1993, he ignominiously annulled the legitimate victory of Bashorun MKO Abiola’s as the elected president of Nigeria. This singular act of democratic poison has continued to darken Nigeria’s democracy till today. He presided over a Gestapo kind of government that assassinated Dele Giwa, the Newswatch editor.  He mocked good governance and reduced the canon of democracy to settlement. So, who is Babangida to tell Buhari to step aside? What can an average Nigerian remember him for? Hmmm….you are scratching your head.

I wrote on Obasanjo’s insane vocalization of his selfish, holier-than-thou attitude last week. His 18-page epistolary sortie into the public domain was meant to disgrace, destroy and decapitate the integrity and administration of President Mohammadu Buhari. The letter was the height of prideful presumption. Obasanjo loves the limelight. He loves to hug the fast lane. He is the shameless and ubiquitous purveyor of manifold heresies, morphing ever lower as he drifts further and further from the safe anchor of political respectability, statesmanship and wisdom. He was a leading actor of the discredited People Democratic Party (PDP), the party that bankrupted Nigeria through 16 years of mindless corruption and insane looting of national wealth.


Obasanjo is a manipulating and crafty old man completely ill-equipped morally to make pronouncements on the affairs of Nigeria. He has been tried, tested, dusted and dumbed into the dustbin of history as one of Nigeria’s villains, whose deviant political orthodoxy of ‘do or die’ into our democracy, has made Nigeria a hostage to this philosophy since.

In Nigeria, politics is becoming a clash of convictions. We all know that we have dotards, rogues and unpatriotic politicians all over Abuja, that land of demonic defilement. Nigeria’s digitalized politicians have a disproportionate prejudice for opulent living: prestige cars, billion naira mansions, private jets, foreign homes, empty pomp, sexual orgies and blissful philandering. They all desire to continue to satisfy the narrow agenda of tiny elites than accede to the nobler dream of creating a prosperous, equal and progressive Nigeria.

Enter Bukola Saraki, the self-acclaimed president of the Nigerian Senate. Anytime I see this guy on that desecrated chair, my blood boils. What form of obsolete political formula made this sly, crafty and profoundly ambitious man the number three man in Nigeria’s hierarchy of power structure? This urchin of the feudal, aristocratic dynasty of the Sarakis of Ilorin is a desperado. He is currently and cunningly carving up and inhabiting a grey area between ambition, desperation, patriotism and betrayal. Today, scattered across the National Assembly are cheerleaders egging on Saraki to become the president of Nigeria.

Here, let me urge all Nigerians to use the relational nature of both the social media and global space to deny Bukola Saraki from being made president of Nigeria now, soon or in the future. This feisty ratty politician first cornered Kwara State and bankrupted the state and later colonized the National Assembly as a self-acclaimed president of zombies whose talent for stealing is unequal in the universe.

As I write Dino Melaye, the dancing clown of “ajekun iya” is pushing a dangerous agenda to make Saraki Nigeria’s next president. In the whammy silliness is Ben Bruce Murray the foreigner who is pretending to be a Negro by the force of being born in Nigeria. We must ensure that Bukola Saraki is the test of our resolve to cut off all the remnants of elites from our polity. We need a permanent and complete shift from our tragic system of sustaining few elites to the great exclusion and extinction of over 180 million capable, honest, patriotic and integrity-driven Nigerians. It amuses me when I see and observe a tiny, greedy, myopic, fear-driven idiots orate publicly as if Nigeria is their own commodity.

Yes, Bukola Saraki is begging to return to PDP……Hmmmm!!! If that is not the mark of a man who is totally lost in the index of integrity, tell me who he is. I have said it as it should be said.



Obasanjo: Fire, Fury and Foolishness

Obasanjo: Fire, Fury and Foolishness

By Taju Tijani

Ex-President of Nigeria, Matthew Aremu Olusegun Obasanjo is at it again. His epistolary disorder has returned and Nigeria is catching the fever. The Owu prince has been waging a battle of self-rescue from his vanishing, social and political irrelevance. The 18-page letter released unto the public realm to distil President Mohammadu Buhari’s failures or otherwise is a wasted effort.  To bail out Nigeria from the raw sewage of political, economic and social cul-de-sacs, Obasanjo takes a flight of fancy into a controversial Ciceronian epistolary highway to express a volatile radical concept of Coalition for Nigeria Movement. His aim is to set in motion new imperatives that will mobilise his tribe of parochial community into another rat race for power at the centre. I will call this approach Obasanjo’s “Epistles on Good Governance”.

Obasanjo, in calibrating his desire for a new dawn has this to say: “Coalition for Nigeria Movement is proposed as the new direction to mobilise our population for unity, cooperation, development, rule of law, employment, law and order, justice, integration, peace, security, stability, welfare and well-being. In these regards, special attention and space must be given to youths and women, who in most cases, have been victims and underlings. Let me emphasise important areas, programme, priorities, or processes for improved attention. To start with, we seem to have taken nation-building for granted. Nation-building must be given continued attention to give every citizen a feeling of belonging and a stake in his or her country. For instance, the federal character principle, as espoused in our constitution, was to guide the leadership to search for competent holders of major offices to be distributed within the entire nation and avoid the concentration in a few ethnic hands or geographical places as we currently have in the leadership of our security apparatus. To avoid such non-integrative situation, we have the National Assembly and the Federal Character Commission, both institutions which must raise alarm or call for correction of actions by the executive that violates the spirit of our constitution. In like manner, the spate of violence, criminality, organised crime, insurgency and terrorism have not received sufficient proactive ameliorative responses through transformational leadership – a determined leadership that brings cohesion and wholesomeness to the polity. Nobody and no group should feel excluded in his or her own country. Inclusion and popular participation must be visibly pursued in terms of politics, the economy and our overall social life. I am happy to be a member of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement. The movement is a pressure point towards good governance. This is the commencement for our popular and grassroots association. Of course, the membership will be free to collectively decide on whether CNM becomes a political party. If the Movement decides to transform itself and go into partisan politics, I will cease to be a member. And as a member for now, I accept all the conditions attached to membership of the Coalition. We must promote the CNM and mobilise membership all over the country including membership from the Diaspora. This is an opportunity for women and men, especially youths who have hitherto been feeling marginalised and helpless to go all out and bring friends and families into the CNM fold. The CNM will remain a popular socio-economic Movement open to all Nigerians who believe in the greatness of Nigeria and are ready to contribute to it.”

I will analyse Obasanjo’s burden through three factors to see if his nationalistic narrative of the state of things in Nigeria is merely a publicity stunt or a distracting tool. Is Obasanjo morally competent to criticise President Mohammadu Buhari. The pointed answer is no. Our collective memory is too short in this country. Obasanjo’s morality pales when compared with Buhari’s. Buhari is a man of high moral stature than Obasanjo. Obasanjo encouraged corruption during his presidency and ruled Nigeria like his fiefdom. There was question about his sexual shenanigan with his daughter in law.

Buhari has a shining integrity that endeared him to ordinary Nigerians. He is a disciplined man who abhors corruption and any form of national pillage by politicians. Obasanjo has no moral right to ask for Buhari to step down. This is a huge arrogance on his side. Who made him the kingmaker of Nigeria’s presidency? Constitutionally, Buhari has every right to go for a second term. Obasanjo is vile and disingenuous here. This is a man who, pandering to devilish ambition, desired to change our constitution and elongate his presidency for a third term.  To now call on President Mohammadu Buhari to step aside when he has a constitutional right for a second term is the height of shameful hypocrisy.

On performance, Buhari has so far performed creditably well.  He met a wobbly and tottering economy and he is working hard to fix it. Another problem with our memory. We have to remember that Buhari was elected to fix the damage of 16 years of massive and brutal looting of the nation’s wealth by the cabal of PDP of which Obasanjo was a leading light. Of course, we are still not out of the wood yet in terms of ameliorating the painful social and economic woes buffeting Nigerians, but the danger of our amnesia is worse. Nigerians should grapple with their impatience here. Impatience is a killer. God even hates it. We have to hate it in Nigeria. Who can fix Nigeria in four years? As a matter of fact, who can fix Nigeria in eight years? Fixing Nigeria is a lifelong project that has no end date. Buhari may have fallen short of our expectation in terms of naked tribalism and passive response to the murderous activities of the Fulani cattle herdsmen, but beyond the emotion of the bloodshed, he is a leader we need. We have to remember that the devil is a tempter. If Nigeria, through crazy impatience, fall into the temptation of returning, especial PDP, back to power then Nigerians will bear the burden of reliving in a nation of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Obasanjo’s has a divine desire to remotely micro manage any elected Nigerian president. In 2013, he wrote a letter to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan called “Before It is too late”. Now in January 2018, there is another ignominious epistolary exchanges via the public realm. Obasanjo recurrent letter writing craftiness becomes instantly gratuitous, hypocritical, morally empty, arrogant, insulting, demeaning, vengeful and inciting. Except we are all poor student at reading body language, Obasanjo has never hidden his weakness for self-exaltation. Iyabo Obasanjo, his own daughter, polemicises her dad’s mortal weakness for egoism so succinctly. “You are one of those petty people who think the progress and success of another must derive from you. You try to overshadow everyone around you, before you and after you. You are the prototypical “Mr. Know it all”.  You’ve never said “I don’t know” on any topic, ever. Of course this means you surround yourself with idiots who will agree with you on anything and need you for financial gain and you need them for your insatiable ego. In this your attitude is a reflection of the country. It is not certain which came first, your attitude seeping into the country’s psyche or the country accepting your irresponsible behaviour for so long.”  Obasanjo’s letter has neither fire nor any fury to mobilise Nigerians, but plenty, plenty of foolishness. The letter is a document of populism and should be shipped to the dump where it belongs.


Buhari: Naked Tribalism, Cow and Cowardice

Buhari: Naked Tribalism, Cow and Cowardice

By Taju Tijani

Fellow Nigerians, I will be offending so many people this week. I hate political chicanery and cowardice. I hate to see moral somersault in people who should stand up on the side of honour, integrity, steadfastness and courage. I hate spineless politicians who could not speak at a time of national disaster and tribulation. I hate ministers who could not tell truth to power and damn the consequences. I hate a nation or rather people who celebrate quietude at a time when disquiet is needed. I just don’t’ like a nation where bread and butter are the twin obstacle to free expression in a time of national trial.

Ladies and gentlemen, what is going on in Nigeria? Why are we the way we are? Why are we shaming humanity on a massive scale? Why are we bringing the black race to disrepute on all social and political indices? Why is Nigeria a stubbornly unrepentant nation? Why is our foundation so brutal, so wicked, so barbaric and so merciless? Why do we always bring Nigeria to her knees at a time when hope should be the currency of the realm? Why do we have no shame, no soul searching and no desire to properly rescue Nigeria?

President Mohammadu  Buhari is now the talk of the town. He is now Nigeria’s number one hate figure. Nigerians are publicly calling for his head on a platter. Nigerians are calling him names and asking him to vacate Aso Rock. Why? He has been accused of accommodating a cabalistic reflex in his recent appointments. He is accused of being a dotard, tribalist, incompetent, bigot and a man disposed to clannish solidarity than national interest. Public analysts are becoming belligerent in their studio appearances. Pulpit sermons are laced with direct accusations of Buhari’s hegemonic love for his Fulani clan in that geographical expression called Nigeria.


In all these, there are no frames of reference to properly understand what gave birth to current events. Let’s have a go….Buhari became president because Nigerians wanted change. Nigerians wanted a total break from Jonathan’s wastage, hyper corruption and his cluelessness as a leader. Buhari was the anti-thesis of Jonathan. We love Buhari and we gave him all our goodwill. He captured our heart and mind and we were bewitched by the magic of his integrity. We believed he would fight corruption. We believed our jails will be teeming with convicted politicians who colluded with Satan himself to loot the commonwealth of all Nigerians. We thought we have said goodbye to systemic evil but not yet….

Today, Nigerians are bored by the illusion of change, lies and the powdery propaganda from the media that brought Buhari to the seat of power. Today, Buhari’s paternal perceived benevolence has become so pear-shaped and ambiguous so much that Nigerians are determined to stage a political showdown against him. Yes, in any struggle, there is a defining moment. Yes, in any push for radical change, something big must snap inside the rank of the followership brigade. Yes, in any seismic change leading to national resurrection, there is always the intellectual intervention to galvanise and act as the catalyzing agent to accelerate a new order.

Followership and intellectual intervention have now combined to disconnect from the whammy train of Buhari’s rhetoric of change. Many of the judgmental polemics and ferocious studio attacks derive their strength from the followings. Firstly, the president is accused of lopsided appointments based on clannish sentiment and naked tribalism. And this debilitating disease of tribalism has worked its enfeebling sorcery on Buhari so gravely that we could regard him as a clan-protecting pragmatist. There are booby-trapping evidences to show that all the plum offices are skewed to Northerners in his administration. For example, the Police, SSS, Internal Affairs Ministry, DSS, Customs, NDLEA, FRSC and many others.

This tribal sorrow is still a Northern bondage and Nigeria’s manifest deceit of projecting equality of all tribes. How long can we remain prisoners of truth? Who does not know that our democratic, economic and military institutions are designed to encourage, promote, justify and enthrone Fulani/Hausa domination?  For too long and through sheer cowardice, we have accommodated Fulani tribal lordship, deflecting its insult, sustaining its ugly bruises and worse, we grin and just carry on.

There is nowhere Buhari’s tribalism cut clean like scissor than in his wilful myopia towards the genocide of cattle herdsmen who graze illegally on the lush savannah of Southern Nigeria. Questions are concerns have been raised regarding the activities of these band of armed outlaws who use cows as a camouflage to raid, maim, butcher and kill innocent Nigerians on a genocidal scale. To date, Buhari’s complicit silence on the activities of murderous Fulani herdsmen is replete with ironies.

Buhari, the Police, SSS and DSS have all turned blind eyes to the atrocities of this nomadic, AK47-wielding Fulani herdsmen. The recent violent killings in Benue represents our descent into organised barbarism, narrowness of tribalism and the monstrous accommodation of the superiority of the Fulani tribe over other tribes in Nigeria.

Second, the Buhari mystique is peeling off to reveal a very weak, incompetent and clueless president. Abuja has remain a city of moral defilement. Politicians still steal public money without retribution. Unemployment among our youths is still high. There is widespread insecurity in Nigeria. There is moral disconnection across all levels of human activities in Nigeria. A nexus of interlocking politicians, Army generals, service chiefs, senators, the Police and even the media have all come together to form a cabal that preys on the wealth of Nigerians.

In all these shenanigans, I blame Nigerians. Nigeria is not known to be a land of heroes. We are all cowards. The eternal struggle for survival has mute our conscience for the past 57 years. Injustice and corruption reign in Nigeria because of our silence, cowardice, selfishness and the desire to survive. When the muslim Fulani herdsmen were killing southern Christians, why can’t the Vice President Yemi Osibajo stood up for Christians? Osibajo is powerless and weak. He should have resign.

When Buhari moved away from the path of integrity and became a lover of Miyeti Allah and a ferocious defender of the Fulani cattle herdsmen, why can’t his Christian ministers resign in protest? Even the recent Obasanjo’s epistolary intervention is nothing but sheer political opportunism. Obasanjo’s holier-than-thou pride is far more dangerous. He ruled Nigeria longer than anyone alive. He accommodated all the excesses of the Fulanis during his own time. Yes, he may throw jabs at Buhari, but we have to remind him that when the time comes for reckoning he has many cases to answer. Obasanjo has a crude way of mythologizing himself at every turn of our national anxiety. If that is not opportunism, what is it?

Buhari’s aggressive loyalty and silence in regards to the Fulani herdsmen’s butchery of innocent Nigerians, is a further proof of Fulani imperial lordship of other competing tribes in a nation that is crying daily for restructuring or violent revolution.

Trump: Of shithole, rat hole and monkey hole

Trump: Of shithole, rat hole and monkey hole

By Taju Tijani

President Donald Trump has ruffled the delicate feathers of Africans by lampooning and calling their continent a shithole. Immediately, social media, talk shops, isiewu and mama put joints were overheated with angry cadences, righteous denunciations, condemnations and racial genuflections. I watched all the sentimental superficiality with amusement and Calvinistic calmness. What’s all the flex about, for shithole sake? What is the reason for the toxic words being bandied about POTUS? Sorry, POTUS is the acronym for President of the United States! When are we going to reclaim common sense from our fury and hysteria?

Be warned: this piece is not for hypocrites. If you are one, sign off. It is written, “Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed”. Yes, I may want to join the Afrocentric bandwagon and begin to lob rude and angry expletives on President Donald Trump, but because Africa is yet to weave its spell of greatness on me, I will not speak evil of POTUS. I will not be counted among the self-righteous mobsters who are defending Mother Africa from a man known for racist slur, bigotry, extremist views and for his preference for eugenics.

Again, it is written, “Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle with crushed grain, yet his foolishness will not depart from him”. I will not be counted as a foolish African who cannot embrace the truth, even if the truth is coming from a distant, Alpha white voice. My rage or your rage does not matter anyway. President Trump, whether you like it or not, will always force reaction, positive or negative, as long as he remains the POTUS. Rather today, I want my discretion to get the better part of my polemical rage against Trump.

My question is this: Is Trump’s angry prognosis of the African political, social, economic, cultural and relational conditions right or wrong? Is the POTUS right to dismiss a huge, developing, sunny and pulsating land of black people a shithole? Does he have the moral right to such vexatious description? Is he voicing out what the white race had known all along about the Africans? Is his categorization of Africa as a shithole a mere illusion or real? Are we to thank the POTUS for saying it as it really is or join the self-righteous Afrocentric lovers and ask for his grey head on a platter?

Let me state here that America, Europe and Africa are lands of manifest differences. The nobility and greatness of America and Europe is the vision of their founding fathers and mothers. America and Europe were founded on the notions of democracy, fairness, justice, equality and transparency. Most African nations after the euphoria of their independence were founded on evil democracy, political rascality, vote rigging, tribalism, nepotism, inequality, unfairness, zero vision, injustice, oppression, police and Army brutality, treasury looting, graft, bribery and corruption and incredible impunity. Since independence, these aberrations have remained the common universal truth left standing in most African nations.

So, the plain speaking POTUS acting like a health inspector and seeing the consequences of our short term vision since our independence, finds it difficult not to say it as it is. President Trump sees a catastrophic and monumental waste of resources, opportunities and talents on a scale unimaginable. What the POTUS sees about us is this: Africans are parasites, thieves, plunderers, cheats, greedy, selfish, dirty, brutish, wicked, backward thinking, irrational, felons, undemocratic and liars.  Soyinka, Sophocles and Shakespeare would have written our ongoing conditions in Africa as a tragedy.


For example, Nigeria got her independence after a bloodless struggle from the European colonisers. Since that independence, leaders in Nigeria are yet to find a final solution to the gravitational incongruities between integrity and survival, honesty and duplicity, transparency and corruption, greed and content, selfishness and selflessness and accountability and impunity. Politicians in Nigeria are forever consumed by a sort of fever for corruption. There is a lofty distaste for honesty, patriotism and the desire to make Nigeria great. The social and political order in Nigeria is now dictated by rogues in uniform, ‘agbada’, Armani suits, ‘babanriga’, political thugs, third rate brains, moneybags, godfathers and well-heeled poster girls dotted across Abuja.

Now, if Nigeria, the self-described giant of Africa could be counted among the countries that have slide into the bottomless pit of failed states, what then is the fate of less resources-endowed African countries? Here we can see the connection being made by President Donald Trump between our poverty, backwardness and decay which then translate into a shithole. So the Trump-African implosion is this: “Why are we having these people from shithole countries come here?”  The question is, how do we know shithole countries? What makes a country a shithole?

It is written, “He who covers his sins will not prosper but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy”. It may be troubling to say, but I must admit that many African nations are shithole, rat hole and even monkey hole. The greed-addicted forces that dominate many of Africa’s political, social, economic, legal and media institutions have colluded to make that beautiful continent into shithole. A critical mass of the population of most African nations are condemn to daily suffering and servitude. A continent where politicians steal brazenly, unaccountable, use terror to subvert the manifest destiny of their people is a shithole.


Nigeria is a senior shithole nation. Her shithole is larger, deeper and the noxious odor of its shithole stinks to high heavens. Nigeria’s elites and cabal are the biggest threat to the continued survival of poor Nigerians. Trump’s Africa is bleeding from million cuts…from corruption, feudal mindset, brutality, political impunity, economic paralysis, hunger, diseases and total disregard for the vulnerable, weak, tired and old. In Africa, our domestic governance is through brute force and total disregard for any form of respect for the citizens’ fundamental human right. A continent so described is a shithole, rat hole and monkey hole.  A nation of kidnappers, ritualists, occultists, lawless senators, politicians, zero safety net for the helpless is a shithole. A nation where its leaders run abroad from common cold is a shithole. A nation where politicians will empty the treasury and still walk around unmolested and unprosecuted is a shithole.

Let me thank the POTUS for letting the world know the conditions of Africa as a shithole. He has conscripted all Africans that may have been damaged and wounded by his insult into a new network of “Time’s Up”. His racist, demarcating, abhorrent and crude description of our continent is nothing short of a wakeup call on the current generations of all Africans to fight the stubborn forces of darkness and retrogression that have colluded for far too long to subject Africa, from the plain Angola to the greenery of Zimbabwe into a continent of sewer, shithole, rat hole and monkey hole.



Libyan Desert Slavery and Nigeria’s Silence

Libyan Desert Slavery and Nigeria’s Silence

By Taju Tijani

It was a lazy Friday night. I have just finished listening to my favourite jazz artiste on the YouTube. Then, bang came an idea. Ol boy watch the Libyan enslavement and murders of Nigerians in the desert and comment on it. Most of the offerings on YouTube distilled the Manichean struggle between good and evil, justice and injustice, freedom and slavery. I was spellbound and held captive, or rather oscillated between anger and sadness. What is the reason behind the Maghrebian nation of Libya’s documented savagery and blatant Mediterranean racism on black Africans? Why this slippage into a mournfully morbid cyclone of insane wickedness….why…..why?????

Majority of the huddled mass of migrants trapped in the Libyan enclave of sadism were Nigerians. Young, beautiful and talented Nigerians. These are the wasted generations shaped by the unending corruption of their government; total neglect, evil democracy and the abdication of responsibilities of the Nigerian government to its vulnerable citizens. The voice of democracy with its promise to be the government of the people, by the people and for the people has fallen silent.  Democracy, which is supposed to make a difference in the life of average Nigerian, has turned these “Desert runners” into slaves, beggars and prostitutes.

In the desert of terror, all I saw was man’s capacity for savagery, brutality and evil. There was a relentless and horrific struggle to redefine racism and wickedness. Nigerian migrants were despised and treated as commodity to be domesticated for domestic slavery and shanty town prostitutes. Lawless Libya and its lawless armed militia could not hide its lawlessness on defenseless migrants passing through its border to the greener pastures of Spain and Italy. The Libyan desert guerillas had to quarantine their fellow human beings as sheep destined for the slaughter according to their mood. Talk of mood swings here!!! Weak, tired and captured migrants, who all looked forlornly hopeless, could only wait in turn for a gruesome fate of merciless beatings, stabbing, rape and murder.

The story of Libya under Col. Muammar Gaddafi need no retelling here.  Permit me to quote his last speech here. For 40 years, or was it longer, I can’t remember, I did all I could to give people houses, hospitals, schools, and when they were hungry, I gave them food. I even made Benghazi into farmland from the desert. Then I helped my brothers and sisters from Africa with money for the African Union.

I did all I could to help people understand the concept of real democracy, where people’s committees ran our country. But that was never enough, as some told me, even people who had 10-room homes, new suits and furniture, were never satisfied, as selfish as they were they wanted more.

They told Americans and other visitors, that they needed “democracy” and “freedom” never realizing it was a cut throat system where “the biggest dog eats the rest”, but they were enchanted with those words, never realizing that in America, there was no free medicine, no free hospitals, no free housing, no free education and no free food, except when people had to beg or go to long lines to get soup.

No matter what I did, it was never enough for some, but for others, they knew I was the son of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the only true Arab and Muslim leader we’ve had since Salah-al-Deen, when he claimed the Suez Canal for his people, as I claimed Libya, for my people, it was his footsteps I tried to follow, to keep my people free from colonial domination – from thieves who would steal from us. When others were building castles, I lived in a modest house, and in a tent. I never forgot my youth in Sirte, I did not spend our national treasury foolishly, and like Salah-al-Deen, our great Muslim leader, who rescued Jerusalem for Islam, I took little for myself…

In the West, some have called me “mad”, “crazy”, but they know the truth yet continue to lie, they know that our land is independent and free, not in the colonial grip, that my vision, my path, is, and has been clear and for my people and that I will fight to my last breath to keep us free, may Allah almighty help us to remain faithful and free”.

Yes, Libya under Gaddafi was a small paradise Mediterranean nation of sufficiency. You may call him a dictator, mad or crazy but the man delivered the true dividend of democracy to his Arab people. He embraced, defended and provided every basic amenities that would make life worth living to his people: jobs, houses, free medicines, good roads, free education and a sense of Arab nationalism on all levels. To Gaddafi, what gave democracy legitimacy was the promotion of fairness, justice, social happiness, equity and unity of all Africans.

Nigeria has stubbornly remained the very anti-thesis of all the democratic virtues listed above. Worse is the depraved indifference of President Mohammadu Buhari to the dark events in the desert of Libya. He remained serenely untroubled by the ferocious savagery and murders of his citizens trapped in a desert wasteland. There is no rebellious zeal on the part of Buhari’s government to pursue and unearth the truth behind the near-genocide visited on Nigerians by their Libyan haters.

His ongoing agenda is to preserve the status quo and those dark forces that had held down Nigeria since our independence. His change mantra, with its promise to take Nigeria to a sinless paradise nation, has remained a pipe dream. The eradication of corruption which was the magnet that drew voters to him has remained hard-wired into the very structure of his own administration.

Nigerians who have been denied, neglected, dumbed down and damaged by Buharonomics, zero vision, insecurity, lack of opportunities, impunity, unemployment, status quo oppression, political pretences, fear and self-centredness have turned out to be the victims of brutality, violence, rape and murder in the Libyan desert wasteland. These victims of death and decay had to vote with their legs by embracing the nihilist orthodoxy of “by all means necessary”.

Out there on the streets, there is a huge sense of disillusion that Nigeria under Buhari should have made a massive hell of a noise by demanding persecution of all Libyan perpetrators of the crime against Nigerians. Also, there should be a massive reparation to all the surviving victims of terror, forced incarceration, slavery and prostitution. We demand this as a matter of justice and the right moral way to exorcise the Arab savagery on innocent black Africans.


The Burden of Praying for Nigeria

The Burden of Praying For Nigeria

By Taju Tijani

Hmmmm……..As the year crawled to its last gasp, the social media was thrown into a frenzied atmosphere of prayerfest. It is the sign of the end time for most Christians. You must wear your badge of being a Christian when you saunter in and out of the social media sphere. It is always ‘AMEN’ to a chain prayer shared by a contact or you might offend the Holy Spirit and be branded an anti-Christ. Ok o……We all try to be compliant either on Facebook or WhatsApp and offer chorus of Amens in order to arrest any misperception of who we are in Christ. Until…………..

Yes, until the New Year’s eve when I received a request to join a moving crowd of a prayer chain interceding on behalf of Nigeria. What? Someone requested that I should pray for Nija? Hahahahaaaaa!!!  A bit of my Christian credentials may be necessary here. Don’t be deceived by my byline. I am a born again Christian. Baptised into his name and enjoying every moment in his presence. I read my Bible daily, pray fervently and find time to fast to seek answers to troubling times. I attend church on Sundays, still struggling with my tithes and offerings, but the fear of God is in me without measure. I love Jesus. I love the Father who purchased my salvation through the Cross of Cavalry.

I pray for my wife, children, friends, colleagues and my adopted country of UK. However, I have a burden. The burden of praying for Nigeria! Yes, it’s a burden to pray for Nigeria. And because I am not a hypocritical Christian, I politely told the sharer of the chain prayer who wanted to coopt me into an exercise in futility that I will not pray for Nigeria. Period. My answer was apt. “Madam, I am British, why should I pray for Nigeria?” She came back and responded. “So I am too. Praise God! Happy New Year 2018 IJMN”.  I pursued and fired again. “But you will be praying for her. I won’t.” Then silence……….more prolong silence. Then in a real moment of ecstatic gusto, I said, “I will pray for Britain to continue to be a blessed nation where I can live in peace and realized all my God given potentials.”

Madam disappeared from the “chatosphere”. That was the end of story. I only hope that madam will not prejudge me as a bad Christian and anti-Nigeria. Whatever!!! There are many reasons why I will not pray for Nigeria. We have damn too many churches and mosques.

These are the institutions ordained by God to pray, intercede and heal a sick nation like Nigeria. Why? Their pastors and imams have gone to bed with politicians so much that majority of them are in their pay roll. The GO among them have left the flock and are now modern jet set who fly private jets from Mombasa to Miami and from Alicante to Atlanta. These are the people who are benefiting from the Nigerian system and they should be on their knees praying for a nation that is looking after them so fantastically.

I will not pray for Nija because of the politicians who have no fear of God and have all the same abandoned the Almighty because of a fleeting position. Check them out. They consult marabout. Majority of them have resorted to worshiping Ogun, Oya, Obatala, Esu, Crystals, Animals, Sango, Hindu, Feng Shui, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and sacred forests. Yes, I can understand that the beginning of the millennium ushered in heretical views and man’s quest for a divine God began to be questioned. Falling on their freely given spirit of choice, Nigerian politicians then began to look for God in occultic covens, shrines, Guru Maharaji hideout and in the fortified synagogue along Ikotun Egbe.

I will not pray for Nigeria because 57 years of prayers have not made Nigeria any greater. Prayer has not eradicated our corruption. Prayer has not given us constant light. Prayer has not forced an equitable redistribution of Nigeria’s commonwealth. Prayer has not made our roads any better. Prayer has not produced jobs to millions of jobless Nigerians. Prayer has not arrested kidnappings and assassinations. Prayer has not created a fair access to Nigeria’s justice system. Prayer has not reduced police brutality on defenseless Nigerians. Prayer has not reduced the average Nigerian’s appetite for greed and sharp business practices. Prayer has not stopped politicians from blatantly stealing public money. Prayer has not rebuild our broken institutions. Prayer has not forced any rethink on Senators who are rapacious hyenas on a daily prowl to ravage Nigeria to the bone.

Lack of moral and spiritual guidance have reduced Nigeria to the lowest pole of a failed state. Our failure as a nation could well be seen in the queues in foreign embassies in Nigeria. We are witnessing almost daily how easily politics of a zero vision can capsize destiny. The Nigerian youths who I called powerless bystanders are the ones who are still praying. Unsure of what prayer to pray, they are praying to God to grant them visa favour to leave a ruined paradise to a life of a new beginning anywhere but Nigeria.

Nigeria is pain. Nigeria is stress to millions of its citizens. Returnees from the hell of Libya and South Africa will not pray for Nigeria. Nigeria has failed them. Nigeria abandoned them to nations that terrorised their humanity while Nigeria, their country, looked the other way. Nigerians who are ready to be coopted into slavery harvest in a foreign land will never pray for Nigeria.

I will not pray for Nigeria. This is a burden for the Abuja politicians and elites who are suffocating and bankrupting a beautiful nation of talented men and women into beggars and servitude. Rather, I will unleash evocative prayers for Britain for turning my life around and for stretching her arm of safety net to me. Madam, once again, I will not pray for Nigeria!!! Happy New Year to all friends and enemies of “Distant Voices”. Catch you next week.

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