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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President Buhari and the Fulani Caliphate Ideology


President Buhari and the Fulani Caliphate Ideology

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 condemn 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.

By his presence, the belief was that thieves will tremble. By his presence, 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 genuflections.

Yes, Nigeria is rotten from root up. The ill-gotten 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 leader 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.