NIGERIA @ 57: BRING BACK THE MAMMOTH By Comr. Okhifo Oscar.

Happy Independence to Nigeria at 57! Yes, though we have been through downs together, it would have been an apogee to excuse myself from the celebration. Of course, we are in this together; we must all participate in the brainstorming to overcome.

I eloquently share in the view of some about the hastiness of our colonial freedom. They have, over the years, insisted that the independence of 1960 was too much in a hurry. For their arguments, they believed the colonial masters should have tarried a little longer. Perhaps, a similar development like the one in South Africa would have been the light.

As obvious, the level of infrastructural development and education would have been less abysmal. Unlike what we have at the present; Our self-rule struggle hadnt fetched us enough qualities like those years. As a matter of fact, there are communities where the only surviving means of formal education are the schools that were built by either the colonial influence or the missionaries.

Those who have had the mandate to lead such people simply refused to add up to what they grew up to meet. Such comatose has loudened the cry of pain. A society with an homegrown authorities but lack the basic needs for survival. What a dismal.

The elites of those times, aided by their subjects, worked together

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Democracy Day: Read The Acting President’s Speech Commemorating The Mid-term of The Present Adminstration in Office.

Dear Nigerians, I bring you good wishes from President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who as we all know is away from the country on medical vacation.

Today marks the second anniversary of our assumption of office. We must thank the Almighty God not only for preserving our lives to celebrate this second anniversary, but for giving us hope, strength and confidence as we faced the challenges of the past two years.

Our administration outlined three specific areas for our immediate intervention on assumption of office: these were Security, Corruption and the Economy.

In the Northeast of our country, the terrorist group Boko Haram openly challenged the sovereignty and continued existence of the state, killing, maiming,and abducting, causing the displacement of the largest number of our citizens in recent history. Beyond the North East they extended their mindless killings, as far away as Abuja, Kano And Kaduna.

But with new leadership and renewed confidence our gallant military immediately began to put Boko Haram on the back foot. We have restored broken-down relations with Continue reading

Lai Mohammed Wants Big Brother Probed.

Image result for lai mohammed imagesThe Federal Government of Nigeria through the Information Minister, Mr. Lai Mohammed, has cognitive reservations against the geographical settings of the on-going Big Brother Nigeria Reality Tv Project. As published by the Organisers (Multi Choice). The revived BBN project House is located in far away South Africa and the Minister is not pleased with the development.

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NIGERIA –YESTERDAY, TODAY AND THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (THE WAY FORWARD).

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¤INTRODUCTION.

First of all, the aim is not to attack anyone. This is done to ameliorate the problem we presently face in the society. It is to make us see truth in our actions. To be frank, let’s stop deceiving ourselves with that ‘E go better’ mantra. How will it get better when our actions, attitude and behavior makes it worse? From the Common man on the street to the politician in the Office, we are all (knowingly or unknowingly) contributing to the executive process of destruction as designed.

That aside, the cotton no longer fits Omoye, she is already naked at the market square — Things have fallen apart. And to bring back the Good old days, all hands must be on deck. The nation is drowning and it hasn’t been rewarding for us as shareholders. We’ve all been stakeholders in this spoil, we therefore must begin to Plan for a Brighter Rewarding Future (in Fashola’s Words).

They say your Sunday is better predicted from the outcome of your Saturday. Nigeria at the moment is witnessing an Unfortunate Saturday, should we begin to predict a similar Sunday? To solve this, one question we need to begin to ask ourselves is—what does tomorrow holds for us? Hmmn… Wait! Let’s talk a sharp look at ~Our Yesterday.

¤OUR YESTERDAY.

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First Prime Minister, Tafa Balewa (R)

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THE DEMONS AS A PIVOTAL FORCE IN GOVERNANCE.

images-bJust like Abati in his controversial write-up (The spiritual side of the Aso Rock), Have you also noticed some elements of bad decisions and policies emanating from the Villa?

According to Dr.Abati, some blood sucking demons have taken over the Villa a very longtime ago. He further outlined these Demons to have been the stewards of the wrong and ill-punctuated decisions made by our Heads of states from the past till date. Well, every person is entitled to his /her own opinion and not the fact. Having served at the Villa for close to five years, the fact that a piece like this is coming from him raises eyebrow. Some way, his report has gotten almost all Nigerians talking. But…‘are there really Demons in the Aso rock? In my own opinion and with respect to Dr. Abati (a prolific Dramatist and journalist), his write-up has woken up the ‘Confucianist’ sense of the people. Philosophically, human are always quick to react without a process of deep thinking. Some have aligned with the submission while some are typically against it. Even the Presidency has replied with its own version– unspiritual side of the Aso Rock– by Femi Adesina. In all, the issue is still open to every individual’s personal interpretation.

However, I will want us to see these ‘Demons’ from another point of view. Literarily demons are evil agents. They are supernatural being that serves as intermediary between gods and men. But in political context, the demons are human structures that can serve as a militating force to the progress of a vision. In this realm, anything that can stop you from achieving your goals is a demon; be it man or otherwise.

This makes Dr. Abati’s submission of demons in the Villa makes some senses. Of no doubt, every government have had its own encounter with its own demons. Different sets of people had formed coalition with governments at various levels not for its progress but for its doom. They are Political demons. You can rightly refer to them as the Cabals. With any slight chance they get, they are ready to hijack the government. To them politics is a game of returns. They don’t want to be president; they rule the presidents. They do everything humanly possible to get you there and request your loyalty in turn. Take it or leave it, they own the government.

You don’t like them (neither do i). But there is nothing you can do, they always exist. It’s the democracy we chose. Political demons are everywhere in the world (even America). They influence decisions of the presidency; they feel they got them there. Since they are unavoidably part of the government, to excel as a leader, it all depends on how you are able to manage them. So why shouldn’t we begin to see them as an arm of government.

Theoretically, our textbooks have taught us that there are only but three (3) arms of government;

-the executive [led by the president]
-the legislature [headed by the Senate president]
-the judiciary [controlled by the Chief Justice].

Each arm is said to be independent and inter connected. The legislature makes laws, the executive implements and the judiciary interprets. Every government dwells on the effectiveness of every of these tiers to excel. But there is a fourth tier that requires special consideration – the ‘Demon Assembly’ around the Aso rock. You don’t neglect them if you want to flourish. They possess commanding power that can make or mar you. This is more reason why we should begin to see and plan for them as part of the government.
Since they appear to be inevitable in governance, I think we need to begin to study them concentratedly to change ‘centri-fugal’ state we’ve found ourselves. The school had taught us all that we need to know. How to apply them to real life situation remains abstract. You can only be taught how to cook; no one teaches you the kind of seasoning to apply to give you your desired taste. We need to begin to learn about the Cabals and how to handle them in governance.

How to identify the demons.

When during the President’s inauguration ceremony he said he belongs to nobody and belongs to everybody, I laughed. He said this statement to signal a warning to the demons around. The statement was meant to push them away and set them on the run. But then I was wondering how he intends to run the administration without the fourth arm.

That statement shook the whole nation. For once, Nigerians began to attest the fact that the right option had been chosen. As if that wasn’t enough, he decided to lock them out completely by refusing them the access to mediation; office of the First Lady.

The office of the First lady.

From 1987 till 2015, just like you will always need the service of a Priest to mediate between you and the gods, there have always been a special personality in charge of that duty to the President. Little wonder, Gen. Babangida had to create an office for that purpose (for the first time in history); the office of the First lady.

No spiritualism intended but this office has always been the link of the Cabals to the president. The constitution gave no special recognition to the demon assembly (cabals), hence, an unconstitutional office for the unconstitutional purpose. This, in turn, has made all First ladies very powerful that they challenge Executive Governors and Ministers in some special cases. More reason why PMB has refused to use this office.

PMB and the office of the First lady.

PMB upon inauguration has insisted that he was ready to run his administration without the office of the first lady. The demons felt the intentional ousting out of the government they fought for. Immediately, they rallied around the wife of the president and played the popular ‘gender discrimination’ game. They got the voice of the masses but it wasn’t enough to convince the General. To cut the long story short, Aisha assumed office as ‘the wife of the president’ but not as the ‘First lady’. I wonder what difference ‘six’ and ‘half a dozen’ makes. After all, the way to a man’s heart is through his Minister of home affairs. The link was created but the Presidency refuses to trail. Well, there are so many ways to kill a fish (without using a knife).

Neglect of the demons and its consequences.

As the fourth arm of government (even if you insists it’s informal), the neglect of the demonic assembly wont come without effects. Like an adage in Yoruba that says – an imbecile is less concerned about the extraction of milk but he is a pro in pouring it away.

The fourth arm of government will always look for a way to walk back through the government by crook or by means.
They’ve got nothing specific to lose. Therefore, neglecting them wont come without unfavorable conditions to the presidency. Conditions like;

-Antagonism from within
-Instability
-Grudges and malice
-Strengthened opposition
-Lack of loyalty and the host of others.

Above all, the presidency also risks losing a re-run campaign as a penalty for disobedience. A case in hand is the issue of former president Goodluck Jonathan and the 2015 election. You know the story and am sure you know the demons. *mouth sealed*

This time around, we have different kinds of demons around the Aso rock. And if not correctly worshipped, the house will remain under fire. *drops pen*

THE WIND OF CHANGE.

— The wind of change has blown, now the anus of the cock is revealed.

This heading above however, reminds me of a reckoning paragraph from an ancient speech of a former British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, to the parliament of South Africa on 3rd febuary 1960 precisely in capetown. He said and I quote:

“The wind of change is blowing through this continent. (Africa), wether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.”

What a wonderful speech it was. And, indeed, it is enough to serve as a message to Nigerians in her present state. A yoruba adage says, the truth can take up to twenty years before it reveals itself.

In Nigeria today, the wind of change (I don’t mean APC neither do I mean Buhari) is blowing very hard. So many anuses have been exposed. Hidden truths have seen the hunter’s search light. We are now beginning to see truth from different perspectives. We now know the looters, the looted and the conspiracy theories surrounding it. Thanks to the wind of change. Now, what exactly is the wind of change?

The wind of change is the sudden growth in the spirit of ‘national consciousness’. The amazing level of participation that we witnessed in the widely accepted ‘2015 elections in Nigeria is the wind of Change. A momentum that ‘changed’ the face of many events and status in the country. Some untouchable got touched, undisputed got disputed, un-jailable got jailed. Infact, undockable got docked afterwards. From gubernatorials to senatorials to presidential, this sudden growth in the national consciousness flogged some weak hands out of office and installed the desired.

Before the elections, it was obvious how the ship of the Nigerian nation was heading for an unavoidable cataract. How we embarked on a cataclysmic sojourning. Amazing enough, our then leaders kept telling us that we were growing and ‘moving forward’. But we couldn’t still see were we going. Like the popular King Sunny Ade’s track, we don’t know what direction our driver was driving either forward or backward.

Unsung events of corrupt cases and allegations were swept under the carpet. Money laundering on the high. Insecurity and the weak steps geared to tackle them. Yet all they could show for it was a paper statement of progress that Nigeria is the fastest growing economy in the continent when the Nigerians are being battered by the rain of poverty and joblessness. Even the umbrella could shield us no more.

Well, I had always believed aunt Ngozi when she said though. But I had thought to myself then that if truly we were ‘growing’, then it meant some goats were busy eating our laboured yams. Then Nigeria was left to be like a less fueled engine. This smelting activities made Nigerians wake up. Nigerians began to voice out their inner pains to the extent that they over abused the right to free expression. Series of unguarded statements and insults were directed to public office holders not excluding the C-in-C. Infact, he took the larger share. This is what I tagged the the ‘awkward moment before the wind of change’.

The great wind of change, moreover, came knocking as it was again time to display our democratic strength and vigor. To vote and elect the who that we feel is deserving to lead us to the promise land. And, infact, I most say, I have never seen Nigerians so committed to elections like that of 2015. It happens regularly before this, that Nigerians are always lukewarmed towards election exercises. Because, judging by the permutations, incumbency and ‘power’, we can already guess whom our new leader is. But obviously, 2015 was a difference.

Alas! The wind of change brought with it a mantra. We saw Nigerians well devoted to their struggles. Series of political decamping and sagacity were seen from every end of the divide. One would have believed that, according to the prophecy, Nigeria was ready to divide. Political parties threatening and displaying their strengths, stampedes at rallies, religious sentiments invoked. But to be candid, have never seen Nigerians this dedicated.

Surprisingly, elections were followed up until declarations. I remembered seeing a market woman in a market sitting close to her shade with her big casio calculator, a free sheet of paper and a radio set. She was busy solving and calculating election results along with the returning electoral officers that she forgot she was suppose to be busy attending to customers. I had to tap her to recover because I needed to buy from her. I also remember one of my lecturers back then who cancelled a scheduled test just to sit comfortably in his office watching live the election announcements. Infact, my fear back then was that if Jega had mistakenly inflated the results by just one vote, Nigerians will immediately start to call for his immediate impeachment. Atleast, the Orubebe incidence was an apotheosis. Collectively, this is what I call the wind of change.

The elections, however, were done and announced. And Nigerians were excited and happy as if it was the first time they had duely exercised their franchise. They had voted for their man and flushed out the incumbent. It was a indeed a remarkable celebration both home and abroad.
Therefore, now that we have the wind of change, we have a General turned president (Muhammadu Buhari). Haven contested four times before achieving this feet. He is seen as a man of vision, vigour, and passion. He is now seen as the ‘change’ te\he wind has brought. Thus, Nigerians had expected he will ‘hit the ground running’.

Against all odds, upon inauguration, the General had slowed down a bit before steadily moving. This had earned him a new title of ‘Baba go slow’. However, he had claimed he had inherited a poor and bad policy. And so needs time to fix it. As the wind of change would have it, this has generated mixed reactions from the public. But good or bad, the administration has been busy weakening the wind of change.

Though, I will commend its efforts for the blowing whistles. I will commend them for its anti corruption wars. I will commend them for the probes even in a period when Nigeria is facing a scrabbled economy. But on the other side, I will also condemn them in their struggle to weakening the blazing wind of change. I will condemn them in their attempt to keep Nigerians shut and mute. Let us talk and speak our mind. Remember, democracy is the right to shout, ‘listen to us’.

Like I said earlier, this administration has been relatively remarkable in its struggle. So far so good, we now know the goats disturbing our yams. As far as am concerned, it is a good cause. Dasuki will still tell us more, Diezani will still confess. Infact, Obj will still point fingers. But the real question is – for how long will these continue? When are we going to look forward?

Some will align with this longtime view of mine that if this administration will do nothing except for fighting corruption throughout the tenure, as long as he does it democratically, they got my thumps up already. I mean it will be necessary to clean up a stained bucket thoroughly before a fresh water is fetched. It will even send a cautioning signal to prospective thefts.
But good for us though, I just hope the 2016 appropriation bill which have been widely adjudged to be a good budget will bail us out of the economy. A budget of about 2.2 trillion dollars borrowing to be made? Lets pray this dwindling oil price will come to our rescue. The administration’s success over insurgency and terrorism also calls for a kudos. We hope to have the long last laugh.

In conclusion, as against some people’s claim that a particular political party or individual is the change Nigeria crave, the wind of change is the wake in the national consciousness towards the governance of the country. The sudden rise in the spirit of the electorate to make their choice and stand by it. This change brought with it dedication and commitment and I don’t think any government should be allowed to kill this spirit. It is our right to talk. Every government should give chance to the wailing wailers. After all, there is no good governance without a strong opposition. Let’s keep the wind of change blowing; it is our only tool now.
Ola-lawal Muzzamil Oladayo is a freelance (creative) writer who believes in the power of the ink. He uses his works not only to correct wrongs in society but also to inspire creativity and productivity in humanity. He is a graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ilorin.

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MESSAGE TO THE NIGERIAN YOUTH

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Maybe I might be wrong; maybe not, but I will appreciate your welcoming effort to peruse through this article. This is about a mind blowing issue that concerns every thinking Nigerian Youth. It is a must-read for every ‘patriotic’ Nigerian who wishes for an outstanding personal and national development.

Come to think of it, who are the leaders of tomorrow and how do they flair in the real sense at the moment? These are simple questions that warrant serious reasoning before we finally jump into conclusion.

To start with, they say we youth are the leaders of tomorrow. Of course, we are and they been saying this even before I was born. But the point of reasoning is that – do we really have or exhibit those qualities, attitudes and altitude that real leaders should display? Am afraid it’s a very big NO. We don’t and we are not even craving to acquire them. We look too comfortable the way we are.

These old wigs had pushed us out yet we stay so relaxed. From time in memorial, they have killing our dreams. They claim ‘we are the leaders of tomorrow’, but have shielded us from acquiring the basics and culture a potential leaders should. Knowingly or unknowingly, they have only been concerned about their own progress and they forget to bring us up in the administrative way. Perhaps, for the fear of our dominance.

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Nigerian Youth Corp members at an Orientation camp

I don’t have real issues with them, but with we youths who seem to accepted the fate. Awkwardly, we look too comfortable the way we are. We prefer to sit down on those cushion with our legs crossed over the other doing nothing but Continue reading