State of a Failed Nation- 2


State of a Failed Nation- 2

By Taju Tijani

My last line in part one of this piece centered on the ongoing emasculation and total bastardisation of the National Assembly by the goon called Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. I am one among many disenchanted and totally enraged Nigerians who believe that the architecture of our democracy has been repeatedly desecrated by the evil machinations and scheming of a Saraki, who hopes one day to become Nigeria’s president. He wants to rule Nigeria in order to unfurl and unfold the rule of corruption for the corrupt and among the corrupt. There is unhidden attempt by Saraki to set in stone a reckless and dangerous game of suppressing popular quest for accountability among senators.

What is the meaning of democracy to Nigerians? Who is it for? Who does it benefit? Are we born democrats by instinct, deed and character? Are politicians lords of the manor, or servants of the people? Is our democracy liberal in implementation or illiberal? What is the interior mental workings of a senator’s mind? Why is failure to steal public money as a public servant in Nigeria regarded as abnormal, aberration and insult to the canon of our democracy? The Nigerian politician is a thief. He is elected to steal, kill and destroy. Check the statistics.

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo came and stole Nigeria’s wealth to build his Ota farm. Ex-Vice President Abubakar Atiku stole so much that he nearly bought up Dubai. Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife made stealing a career. They both plundered this nation so much that Nigeria was sent to intensive unit for bankruptcy. PDP governors enriched themselves massively. Senators, from the old anathema called David Mark, to the least of the pack, carted away money mindlessly. These political looters built mansions in Abuja worth billions of naira. Legislooters entered our political vocabulary. They came in as down and out and poor but by the end of eight years, they became billionaires. Nobody can say for a fact that he knows the salary of a governor in Nigeria.

 

 

When the ugly and shameless Godswill Akpabio was leaving office, he sinned against God and the people of Nigeria by the kind of stupendous salary and allowances he enshrined as law for himself and his old cronies.

Today, Nigeria is the amphitheater of a failed democracy. If the canon of democracy as the government of the people for the people and by the people is stretch to its farthest limit, that illusion becomes too glaring under the setting sun of Nigeria’s brand of democracy. Our democracy is crude, vile, iniquitous, corrupt, wicked, scandalous, sacrilegious, inhuman, dirty and evil. Our National Assembly is a hollow place of resource extraction. Our senators are lazy, thieves, ritualists, coven kings and queens, heartless, greedy, selfish, cantankerous, arrogant and unpatriotic. They are devil incarnate!!!

The public has been kept in the dark as to how much an average Nigerian senator earns for a 3 days job? These shameless toads are there not to alleviate the social, political, economic and security challenges humiliating Nigerians, but to tighten the noose further and suffocate the Nigerian masses with laws that neither provide bread nor butter on our dining tables. Conservative estimate places their average salary at a whopping N20million naira per month.

Allowances for furniture, gardeners, masseurs, driver, cook, shoe shiner, barber, mechanic, laundry, clothing, newspaper, medical checkup, entertainment, travel, petrol and constituency payment brings an average senator’s pay packet to N3billion naira in one solid month!!!

This kind of greed is peculiar to Nigerians. Money that is meant to heal the ills of our infrastructure is being pocketed by few people with criminal records of all sorts – from certificate forgery, embezzlement of public fund to drug dealing. Ours is an unusual and embarrassing form of democracy. Ours is a democracy that promotes the carnal comforts of its actors. In the National Assembly, Saraki leads by repression and cooption. The inability of our senators to see that they are a bunch of embarrassment to Nigerians is not surprising. In a nation where democracy has been monetized and standard lowered, the stage is set to turn the National Assembly into a den of vipers who misreads failure for success, infamy for honour, laziness for hardwork, corruption for transparency and unpatriotism for patriotism.

 

All these aberrations are symptomatic of a deep sickness. Our materialistic democracy that is obsessed with money sharing but opposed to any form of accountability, integrity and public morality has created a nation of wicked, selfish, greedy, money-minded and heartless lechers from the market woman to the university professor who must have sex with a female student for a better grade. When we have immoral, corrupt, dishonest, fraudulent, dishonest and completely shameless people as leaders and senators, Nigeria is set to turn into a land of Sodom and Gomorrah where everybody drinks iniquity like water.

Nigeria has turned into a land of mass defilement. President Mohammadu Buhari has been bewitched by the cabal. That sense of euphoria and goodwill that brought him to Aso Rock, have today, turned into anguish and regret among Nigerians, who are yet to see any form of dividend of democracy. In the place of dividend of democracy, the Buhari administration ushered in poverty on a massive scale, lawlessness, oppression, injustice, insecurity and narrow vision of statecraft. Buhari lack of firmness has embolden yesterday’s thieves to call the shot and hug the limelight where they rubbish his change agenda.

The Police are opposed to his change. The Army are opposed to his change. The PDP-turned APC politicians are all opposed to his desire to fight corruption. His own APC- led National Assembly senators are his greatest and enthusiastic opposers and enemies. These PDP-turned APC senators are not interested in the progress of Nigeria but the progress of their selfish interest. From Dr Bukola Saraki to the least APC members of the Senate are never converts by conviction but converts by convenience.

These so called PDP-turned APC senators have a grand scheme. That desire is to destabilize APC as a party and its agenda to rid Nigeria of corruption. At every opportunity the so called counterfeit APC senators lay pincers on the way for President Buhari. His ideas, his budget, his appointments, his request are either ignored, placed under brutalizing scrutiny, criticized, watered down or rejected. Phew……..by the same party members!!! The Sarakinisation of our National Assembly has turned our democracy into a byword for stealing, stagnation, backwardness, impunity, failure, inefficiency, lawlessness, rascality, self-idolising farce, cabal of privateers, adversary, ostentatious and vulgar indulgence.

 

Today, Nigeria is prostrate, impoverished and monstrously unsafe. President Mohammadu Buhari’s messianic determination to wage war against corruption has produced no cheering result. His revolutionary zeal has been tempered by his own PDP-turned APC demagogues who have signed a pact with the devil to reduce Nigeria into a hellish shithole of poverty, disease, illiteracy, lack and insecurity.

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State of a Failed Nation -1


State of a Failed Nation -1

By Taju Tijani

Today, we have to pull and push Nigeria on all sides. Today, we have to embark on flesh-and-blood distillations of the many aberrations pummeling Nigeria and making a supposedly great nation into a shithole.  Nigeria is a non-starter. 20 years of our democratic experiment has not scratch the surface of our long-running political, social and economic dilemmas. Where are the fixers? Where are the thinkers? Where are the rain makers who will bail us out of our profound inanities? Where are the prayer warriors who will deliver Nigeria from demonic oppression, arrest and control?

What is going on in Nigeria? What are the problems that have defied solutions? What is our ancestral sin? Twenty years after democratic governance, why are we back to square one? Why is majority of Nigerians becoming discouraged, despairing and hopeless? Why is it that every talk about Nigeria in the cafeteria, living rooms, classrooms and on the social media, is all about our evil, our wickedness and our cluelessness as a nation? Why is this massive absence of trust, compassion, kindness, care and love in a nation that has the largest churches in Africa?

Why are we forever fractured along tribal lines? Why are we quick to buy into tribal hatred, animosity and jealousy? Why do we generate polarities, contradictions, hatred and disconnections from one another? Why do we closed down every space for kindness, unity, harmony and selflessness? Why is the powerful muscling the poor and the weak? Why is might becoming the currency of social acceptance than gentleness? Why is money and the acquisition of humungous wealth the value that matters above anything else? Why is vanity and the ability to display more vanities among the rich, the elites and the looters more celebrated than intellect, public service and integrity?

Let us disinter these aberrations further. President Mohammadu Buhari, the leader of Nigeria, is today a hate figure. Call him a lame duck president you are damn right. Buhari has polarized Nigerians mainly on tribal and the deliverables. He sold the dummy of change to Nigerians. We bought it with glee, especially when it became the right thing to do after the darkness of PDP misrule of Nigeria for 16 punishing years. Collective hope translated into action when Nigerians voted out Jonathan and his brood of vipers who looted Nigeria dry.

Under Buhari, yesterday’s hope has turned into despair. He has tarnished his integrity with weakness for tribal clannishness. He has demonstrated his weakness for his Fulani clan. Nigeria is standing still under Buhari. He has been hampered by a tiny cabal who daily put fetters of chain on his hands. Under Buhari, looters are becoming bold to even accuse his government of incompetency. Yesterday’s thieves have regrouped to truncate his desire to fight corruption. The media have colluded with the looters and have turned their news platforms to looters to abuse, respond and dare the government of Buhari.

The war on insurgency and terrorism is in stalemate. Old claim of victory over Boko Haram has turned out to be fake news. Buhari will further deplete the treasury with a request for $1billion dollar to fight a rag-tag Islamic fighters who continued to shame the fabled might of the Nigerian Army. There is secrecy on the implementation of the war. Ex-General Danjuma has gone a notch further to think the unthinkable. He has accused the Nigerian Army of collusion with the enemy. There has been denial and counter-denials. The Army is miffed and challenged at the same time by the accusations.

The commander-in-chief, President Mohammadu Buhari in response to the collusion has made the biggest gaffe. Now, insurgency is being financed and insurgents are being trained from the grave by Gaddafi of Libya. The lies, the dishonesty and the misinformation of the Boko Haram insurgency is astounding. The integrity of the president is tarnished with this Boko Haram infamy and the herdsmen killings. Nigerians are reeling with unemployment, disease, illiteracy and social anomie, yet President Buhari wants to buy military hardware costing $1billion to fight a war he said has ended. Something is fishy about that request. There is even a popular sentiment that the $1billion dollar is meant for electioneering purposes and campaign. Buhari’s son had a mere motorcycle fall and he was flown to UK for treatment. This is Buhari’s moral quandary.

The National Assembly is a dissembling institution. That assembly has the greatest collection of corrupt, unpatriotic, selfish, cantankerous, arrogant, deceitful, scheming, money-minded and unrepentant set of revisionists you could imagine in our crude form of public politicking. Their body language, comments, deliberations, decisions and laws are firmly against the progress of Nigerians. Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the president of the Senate, is the de facto ruler of Nigeria. If morality and high standards have always guide our politics and public service, Saraki will not be on that seat. Senators have little interest in the unbundling of Nigerians from poverty, illiteracy and social inequality. They are more voracious and vicious when it comes to swallowing money just like the celebrated WAEC snake that we were told swallowed millions of naira. We have hooligans in the National Assembly. We have jokers. We have ritualists. We have drug barons. We have gun runners. We have looters. We have sexual predators. We have unpatriotic and haters of the people among them. Buhari’s strongest and unrepentant adversaries are in the National Assembly.

Omo-Agege, an Edo senator, is suspended from the National Assembly. Why? This man stepped on the toes of powerful, unpatriotic and evil schemers who are planning to derail our democracy through wicked machinations. Omo-Agege, a pro-Buhari politician, raised alarm and a genuine concern that the plan to rejig the order of election was a way to short change Buhari and disfavor him in the 2019 election. Immediately, this man was gagged. The question now is this: Is Saraki and his cohorts running a National Assembly that censors dissent and disagreement? Omo-Agege’s suspension for 90 days is the embodiment of Saraki’s arrogance, his controlling spirit, his evil scheme and his blatant hatred for Buhari, the APC and the level playing field that is supposed to guide any form of democracy.

Black Dead Bodies, Dabiri- Erewa and Looters’ List


Black Dead Bodies, Dabiri- Erewa and Looters’ List

By Taju Tijani

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Elite Conundrum: Danjuma, Melaye and Tinubu


Elite Conundrum: Danjuma, Melaye and Tinubu

By Taju Tijani

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Donald Trump and his addiction to sex


Donald Trump and his addiction to sex

By Taju Tijani

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Hate Speech And Its Death Penalty Palava!


Hate Speech And Its Death Penalty Palava!

By Taju Tijani

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Buhari’s Lies:  Change That Changes Nothing


Buhari’s Lies:  Change That Changes Nothing

By Taju Tijani

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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