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Expect Nothing From Mr. President!



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By: Muhammed Abdullahi*

If expertise at telling lies, clueless approach to governance and the love to passionately embrace controversies were the three hallmarks of success, the administration of President Jonathan would obviously be nothing short of being impressive.

On Monday, February 20, the president at the 58th meeting of the National Executive Committee of the PDP declared that it was no longer practicable to implement the palliative measures he promised to use in cushioning the harsh effects of the petrol subsidy removal. His sudden change of song, he explained, was because Nigerians did not allow him to completely deregulate the downstream sector of the oil industry. This leaves us to wonder where the N32 he successfully added to the price of a litre of petrol would go. Why on earth did he not tell us that the N97 price would mean a waiver of our right to expect the benefits of the palliative measures he promised?

Recently, the president’s action-plans and policies have lost their ability to upset me. This is not because he’s been meeting the aspirations and catering for the legitimate interests of the citizenry. Far from it! It is because the president has become notorious for anti-people policies and I have become adapted to the shocks such draconian policies give.

In actual fact, the president’s decisions have been as absurd and insensitive as they could be and his promises have always been reneged in the most ridiculous and dishonest fashion. Yet, I’m not shocked, not taken aback, nor distressed because I have learnt to be used to it, to not expect results from a perplexed and sly man with a track record of deceit and ‘promise but fail’.

Like a sage once said, “expect nothing and you’ll never be disappointed”. If one is ruled by a leader such as Mr. Jonathan, lives in a remarkably endowed and yet stunningly impoverished society like Nigeria and does not want to kiss hypertension or enter the sepulchre in haste, he must learn to expect little or nothing from this hard-line ‘poli-trick-tian’.

The immoral manner in which the president has ‘slaughtered’ the promise he made to provide palliative measures is not the only grievance of Nigerians. In reality, it represents the pinnacle of the chain of calculated betrayal and anti-people policies of Mr. Jonathan.

Perhaps, a quick timeline synopsis through his administration would make the point I’m making vivid. We have not forgotten how our president engineered his re-appointment by dishonestly disregarding the zoning arrangement of his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He bit the fingers that fed him and, needless to say, he had his way!

Since his re-election in May, 2011, Nigerians have had to endure the non-implementation of the Minimum Wage Act which the president hastily signed into law without serious thought some weeks before his election; the witless proposal by him of a 7-year single tenure in office for political office holders to replace the current 4-year term; the thoughtless ratification of the illegal suspension of the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami whom majority of Nigerians acclaim as the most courageous and transparent figure in the judiciary; and the wanton removal of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri few days after she condemned Justice Salami’s suspension.

Lest I forget, the hydra-headed menace of the militant Boko Haram remains unsolved and it keeps sprouting by the day. On February 20, he expressed his displeasure over how some of his party members have started holding meetings on the 2015 Presidential Election, saying such were too early and distracting. This, I submit, is a tacit indication of his willingness to contest the 2015 election in defiance of his earlier promise not to contest for a second term. Again, in his usual nightmares, he bogusly proclaimed on February 22 that the 2015 general elections would be conducted “without security people carrying guns”. What a joke!

I could go on recounting how badly our good luck has treated us as a people. The bottom-line is that the president has had his full cup. I concede that a leader has a right to change his mind, but the people equally have the right to remember. Mr. President has carved a solid place for himself in the history of Nigeria and we’d not forget him. My advice to fellow Nigerians: if you’ll not be disappointed, when next the president makes a promise, please take it with a pinch of salt, it must be a joke. He’s tried and we can’t wait for him to vacate power!

*Muhammed Abdullahi is a freelance writer and public commentator based in Ilorin. He blogs at  Email:

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  1. Flaky

    February 25, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Everyday is for the thief,one day is for (we)owner. Nemesis will soon catch up with him

  2. Vinceobe

    February 25, 2012 at 8:33 am

    One can sense the deep-seated bile in your write-up. We have heard and read more vetuperations on the person of GEJ. That has not taken a hair off GEJ.Nigerian problems did not start with the president. We are living witnesses how our country had been bastardised by previous Leaders. How they stashed our money abroad and impoverished our people, especially our Northern brothers.This is our country. Everybody, every section has inalienable right to produce the leadership once in a while. Leadership is not the birth right of a particular section or religion. I think the sooner this reality get stuck in our subconcious the better for all us all.

  3. Ekugbe.u

    February 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Mr freelancer,u ar a controvial man,waz it nt the northeners who ar bent on fustratin his effort, u rememba,buhari nd atikus statement 2 make it unbearable 4 him(B.H),wat do u expect.jst imagine a serene environ nd ful support of anybody in power nd wt d foundatn on ground by dis administratn then NIGERIA wud accelerate more than u cn ever tink,but God in his mercy wil vindicate him nd his paliament.

  4. Uche

    February 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Mr freelance, wtout any sentiments i hope u rememba dt d 38.8yrs d north hav presided left us wt notin bt wholesale poverty. 12.8yrs of d west left us wt scars of anarchy. Why are u guys in d north makin ur wanton anger 2 obvious. U remain intransigient 4 injustice. Wat nig is sufferin 2day is cos d north is makin gud its earlier promise of violent change. Is all of tis hullaballoo nt cos of d oil in d south? Bt we’ll conquer all tis evil. After JEG anoda man frm d south. U can go hug a transformer.

  5. Emi

    February 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    This is disgusting, sentiment upon sentiment, savage begotten savages, does it mean that because of d bad leadership of d past leaders d current nd upcoming one cannot make things better?, even is promise to make obstruction is gej not in power?, cant he do something?, when is nig going to b better, graduate without job, everything base on whom u know, lots of promise but fails, then who will b d mr. right.

  6. Emi

    February 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    This is disgusting, sentiment upon sentiment, savage begotten savages, does it mean that because of d bad leadership of d past leaders d current nd upcoming one cannot make things better?, even if someone promise to make obstruction is gej not in power?, cant he do something?, when is nig going to b better, graduate without job, everything base on whom u know, lots of promise but fails, then who will b d mr. right.

  7. Enter your name...Yemi Babs

    March 2, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Hmmmm. Do u really think we av a good president? The answer is NO! Jonathan is the worst thing ever to happen to dis country, he is just a man without vision. I’m not surprise to see dis bloody betrayal. God is watching and very soon he will meet his creature. I.T.T.

  8. opeyemi

    March 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Nigeria problem is so complex that one would not know where and how to tackle it. If not, how would you people suport that insensitive president merely because he is from you side. Let’s call a spade a spade GEJ is the worst and vissionless president Nigeria ever hav.

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Who Will Explain Coronavirus To Buhari?



Coronavirus (COVID-19), an exorable doom, threatens life on the planet. It is exorable because it is conquerable. This explains why world leaders are taking the charge to combat this ominous apocalypse. It is a time for leadership from the fore-end; a time when citizens must hear their leaders speak to them; see them take action, making assurances and fulfilling those promises. The counsel, consolation and firm statement of a leader is imperative at this moment.

In Canada, Justin Trudeau, prime minister, despite being in self-isolation and his wife battling the virus after contracting it at a conference in the UK, is leading the fight against this dreaded disease from the fore. He is providing regular updates of the efforts of his government to roll back this scourge, listening and speaking to citizens.

In a popular broadcast on March 13, Justin spoke to citizens of Canada announcing measures to relieve the financial stress brought on by the pandemic on Canadians.

“We do not want any Canadian to have to worry about whether or not they’re going to be able to pay their rent, whether or not they’re going to be able to buy groceries, or care for their kids or elderly family members. We need to make sure that Canadians have the options and the ability to follow the best public health advice and keep themselves safe,” he said.

In the UK, Boris Johnson, prime minister, leads the struggle against coronavirus. He provides updates, alongside health experts, on the measures his government is taking to tackle the spread of the disease. And in the US, Donald Trump is not shying away from speaking to Americans on the virus.

As a matter of fact, President Muhammadu Buhari’s lapses are often easily dismissed by his supporters or by Nigerians who do not know better. Some of them say, ‘’ Why must the president speak when the minister of health and the NCDC DG are already doing that?” This is a contemptible rationalisation of incompetence. Are they suggesting the president lacks the capacitance to understand the issues?’’

Really, I surmise the president has been walled off the ‘’candid cameras’’ over the years by his handlers – not just now – because he lacks the intellectual propensity to understand and discuss incisive issues. The last presidential media chat he held was in 2015 and it was a woeful outing. Also, his non-choreographed media interviews have been abysmal to say the least.

The truth is the unfiltered Buhari is a vacuously gaffing one. On October 14, 2016, standing beside Angela Merkel, German chancellor, Buhari said his wife, Aisha, ‘’belonged in the kitchen and the other room’’, when he was asked to comment on the first lady’s criticism of his government.

On April 18, 2018, at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London, the president said the young citizens of the country he leads are lazy.

“More than 60 per cent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” he said during a panel appearance with world leaders at the forum.

In a February 2016 interview with UK Telegraph, Buhari dropped another clanger. He said the young citizens of his country have a knack for criminality and should not be granted asylum in the UK.

With the Buhari experience, it is indubitable that Nigerians must place a high premium on education — not just certificate – in choosing their leaders. The cost of electing leaders who do not have the intellectual grit to understand and handle matters is far too high.

The senate has asked the president to speak to citizens on this threat, and Nigerians are also asking the president to speak to them. This is an abnormality. Citizens must not beg to hear from their president. But because it is Buhari involved here, we have to beg and even excuse the crass inefficiency and vacuity.

Perhaps, the president is still trying to get a hang of it. I think he has ‘’capable handlers’’ who can break it down to him in ABC.

Mr President, speak to your citizens. The words of a leader are more resounding and assuring than the blandishment of proxies.

PS: Let’s follow all health protocol as advised by the NCDC.

• Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water.

• Cover your mouth and nose properly with handkerchief or tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing. You may also cough into your elbow if a handkerchief is not available.

• Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

• Avoid self-medication, report to the nearest health facility when you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.

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Sanusi: Once Upon An Emir, By Wole Olaoye



Dethroned Monarch, Sanusi

We are all potential Ex-es: ex-student, ex-director, ex-lecturer, ex-senator, ex-governor, ex-president, ex-oba, ex-emir…. The inimitable Zik famously reminded us when he had a spat with Ukpabi Asika that Ex was an inevitable prefix for any human being as was evidenced by the fact that a certain young man who would someday become an ex-Administrator, was the son of an ex-postmaster!

So, what’s so apocalyptic about Sanusi Lamido Sanusi joining the ranks of ex-potentates? Nothing? Everything! Don’t ever think that bell you are hearing is tolling for the former Emir of Kano. No. It could be signalling the beginning of a comprehensive demystification of traditional rulership by plebeians holding tenured political power. In centuries past, no plebeian messed with the traditional institution. The halo of nobility, the sheer vastness of a prince’s hereditary powers, rights and privileges, made the subject know his place.

Yesterday’s subjects are today’s political sovereign. They make no pretences to sophistication. They load a gun to kill a spider. When you dethrone a monarch and then deprive him of his liberty, forcefully banishing him to a place without electricity and potable water, you are playing god. If it was all a public relations Olympics, the calm dignity with which Sanusi handled the humiliation made people all over the world admire his chutzpa and hand him the gold medal. A

Life and its many puzzles! Why is it that for some men and women, “their sleep is taken away unless they cause some to fall”? What do you do about an ego that knows no satiation? As the Preacher in the Good Book timelessly says, “All the rivers flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full… The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear content with hearing… there is nothing new under the sun”.

The Yoruba have a poem that says just that. “The horse struts and frets and then dies. Being a veteran walker is no immunity to getting lost. Nothing new under the sun. I’ve seen kings reduced to slaves; and servants who mounted the throne. Haven’t my eyes beheld both river and sea? Haven’t I seen a hunchback on spindly legs, and a midget climbing a ladder to add condiment to the soup pot? Tell me, has anyone ever started a building from the roof?

The new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, is a cousin of his predecessor. As royal intrigues go, when the dust is settled the sword will be sheathed and brother will embrace brother. That is the way of princes. Eventually, outsiders will realise that all they can ever be in palace politics is outsiders. Our very own Nobel prize winning Kongi was not amused by the scandalous extra-judicial detention of the former emir.

He put the emir’s travail down to his progressive stance: “Emir Sanusi was a one-man EFCC sanitisation squad in the banking system, taking on the powerful corrupters of that institution…. “Most important of all, and most pertinently for the nation, Sanusi was one of the early warning voices against religious extremism whose bitter fruits the nation is currently reaping….

The doors of enlightened society remain wide open to Muhammad Sanusi. As for his current crowing Nemesis, a different kind of gates remain yawning to receive him when, as must, the days of governorship immunity finally come to an end.” Support for Sanusi is not limited to radical voices.

Veteran technocrat Alhaji Ahmed Joda penned a panegyric in support of the ex-emir: “The purpose of this letter to you is not to commiserate with you, because I know that you must have known the likely consequences  of the principled position you have taken. The reality we must face in Northern Nigeria is that the evil forces of feudalism that have kept us in bondage for so long are still there and fighting. You have been the only voice that has been telling us this truth….”

It is easy to kick a man given a pin-fall by fate, or piss on the grave of a fallen warrior. Dead men don’t bite. Real friends show up when you are in life’s valley. Say what you will, I would rather have a friend like Nasir el Rufai when the chips are down. In the midst of all the turmoil, conspiracy theories have surfaced to the effect that the dethronement is but a political sleight-of-hand to propel Sanusi to Nigeria’s presidency in 2023. Caution! Let’s separate the issues. Political succession is totally different from fundamental human rights. Sanusi is not my next president.

My views on power rotation are well documented. The ex-emir will go down in history as a champion for the rights of the poorest of the poor. He advocated for a new Northern Nigeria where old backward practices such as the almajiri system and irresponsible parenting will be abandoned. His was the voice crying out in the desert, lift my people up from the cesspit of penury. The attempt to demonise him after dethronement through various allegations, including one on religious fundamentalism, is dead on arrival. The same fate will befall the vilification of El Rufai on account of his loyalty to Sanusi. Please quote me: Modern challenges can never be resolved with a resort to medieval solutions.

Christopher Hitchens’ Q&A may someday apply to the ex-Kings College boy who’s now an ex-king.

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Sanusi Dethronement: The North Only Beheads The Bearers Of Truth



Emir Sanusi

By Fredrick Nwabufo

Northern Nigeria is prostrate. It is the axis of uglies – banditry, insurgency, kidnapping, diseases, ignorance, and drug abuse. Alas! The region’s elite are aware of the problems, but look away because the disequilibrious status quo sustains them. What is petrifying, however, is that they maul and clobber at anyone who spits the truth in their faces.

I think, this is the mortal sin of Muhammad Sanusi II, emir of Kano – beyond his politics with Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano.

But wait!

The World Bank says 87 percent of Nigeria’s poor are in the north. And that while poverty is plummeting in the south, it is rocketing in the upper region.

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“Poverty in the northern regions of the country has been increasing especially in the north-west zone. Almost half of all poor lived in the north-west and the north accounts for 87 percent of all poor in the country in 2016,’’ the Bretton Woods institution said in its report entitled ‘Advancing social protection in a dynamic Nigeria’ in February 2020.

In August, 2019, the federal government revealed that 1,460 people were killed by bandits in seven months. And that the north-west is the worst-hit by this bloody enterprise. The killings have steadied, expanding in proportion and execution in the region.

In his accustomed manner, Sanusi recently vocalised these depressing figures of retrogression in the north – as regards the World Bank report — earning himself praise from progressive Nigerians and reprimand from the usual suspects — those stuck in the cesspit of bigotry.

Also, the gadfly emir of Kano, whom I regard as the John the Baptist of the north for his vociferous condemnation of this status quo, is alone in his advocacy against irresponsible polygamy, Al-majiri and child marriage – practices the northern elite espouse. He is the face of a progressive north; the northerner of the new age.

As a matter of fact, on different occasions he had complained about the northern elite whom he said wanted to silence him for speaking the truth about the region.

‘’Our colleagues and compatriots among the elite do not like statistics. Numbers are disturbing. I recently gave a speech in which I said the north-east and north-west of Nigeria are the poorest parts of the country. This simple statement of fact has generated so much heat; the noise has yet to die down. The response to this speech has been a barrage of personal attacks and insults aimed at silencing any voices that dare shine the light on the society to which we are saying Bring Back our Girls,’’ he said at a lecture held to commemorate the Chibok girls abduction.

READ: Sanusi Breaks Silence After Dethronement As Emir Of Kano (Video)

And I guess they can only take the throne away from him but cannot take away his royalty in the community of decent humans. Really, I believe the emir would rather give up his throne than be gagged by the shareholders of iniquity.

To say the least, Sanusi’s dethroning was not unexpected. Ganduje had always shown his hand in this plot. Really, the emir of Kano never hid his dislike for him. But what is there to like about a governor who was allegedly caught on camera stuffing wads of dollars into his babariga? In the build-up to the 2019 governorship election in the state, the emir was not shy in expressing his disapproval to Ganduje’s candidature.

So, Ganduje, who considers Sanusi a ‘’loud mouth’’, plotted a bitter revenge after he was re-elected. He had moved to remove the emir in 2018 but for the intervention of some ‘’higher powers’’. However, he whittle-down the power of the emir by creating new emirates from his domain. He was not done though. He rustled-up allegations, set up probe panels – all in the desperation to embarrass Sanusi.

But Sanusi was still talking.

Really, one of the most abrasive places to exist is in the circle of non-progressives. You talk different, think different or act different, they will feel threatened. Even when you try to clown around; the aboriginal clowns will still feel threatened because you do not look the part.

I think, Emir Sanusi is light-years away from the people he is dealing with in Kano government. He is needed more at the top echelon of government where he can contribute more meaningfully to the development of Nigeria.

Northern Nigeria is not ready for an emir like Sanusi. He is ahead of his time.

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.

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