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[OPINION] Nigeria In 9 Months Under President @MBuhari, Can The Country Survive Till 2019 At This Rate? By Adelaja Adeoye



Gen. Buhari

Nigerian economy is fast slipping into a state of comatose; urgent measures must be taken to salvage the situation else I don’t think we can survive till 2019 at this rate under the fist and grip of President Buhari.

Only those with plenty reserve of cash will not feel the pain, anguish and poverty ravaging Nigeria since the assumption of office by President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari is supposedly a man of uncommon courage with sincere passion to eradicate corruption out of Nigerian system, a lot has been said, debates and schools of thoughts on his style of governance but one critical yardstick used to assess the progress of any government is how buoyant or viable its economy is doing.

Nigeria economy under ex- President Jonathan despite all the allegations of corruption was adjudged as the best and biggest in Africa at that time, well, at that time is just some 9 months ago. One will wonder what suddenly happed to the biggest economy of 9 months ago, now under President Buhari, what is he doing wrong that seems to make everything wrong. This question is not so hard to answer as I think.

All progressive Congress (APC), the party that Buhari rode to power came up with powerful and un-resistible promises during electioneering campaign  and even gave timelines to the delivery of their promises, even though some of those promises were denied shortly after they came to power and no single one has been achieved since the time they came to power, APC did not stop at promising Nigerians heaven on earth but mocked and knocked every achievements of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, as many can see some of Buhari’s ministers are now praising the achievements of Jonathan they once mocked and knocked.

Buhari dissociated himself from numerous campaign promises, his only focus is fighting the alleged corrupt people, he is much interested in fighting and fighting without setting up strong economic team to deliver dividend of democracy to Nigerians.

Another problem is that the economy might not change from its current status if President Buhari continues to put himself in a “god” status which makes his ministers, advisers and stakeholders to fear to talk or give him wise counsels, one UK tabloid The Ecomonist, who claimed that they endorsed Buhari also wrote that it seems he is making the same mistake as his first chance to rule Nigeria in 1984 when he toppled democratic system through coup and came to power.

The state of economy now and that of 1984 of Buhari reign of terror have a lot of semblance, how can President Buhari promised to make N1 equal to $1 before elections and 9 months down the line, $1 is equal to over N400, what is the future of Nigerian economy? Everybody is groaning under severe pain, the purported budget of change suddenly turned to budget of shame and corruption.

Buhari who’s aura and accolades includes integrity and had contested 4 different times surprisingly does not have any sound economic plan to pivot the nation but seems his only focus is to fight his perceived enemies under the disguise of fighting corruption not minding what happens to the electorates that campaigned, queued in the hot sun and blazing rain to enthrone him to power.

It is evidently seen that President Buhari would want to cover his weakness and failure to provide dividend of democracy to Nigerians, this has made him to hire more of media aides to spread propaganda in the media than setting up strong economic team and advisers, infact how can one advise a man who is not accessible and ready to listen to anyone, this is the feelers we are getting about the person and personality of President Buhari, his corruption fight is dead on arrival so to speak.

The more President Buhari tries the more distracted he becomes from real governance because, his mission if I could put together from what I am seeing is to decimate Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) probably because he is allergic to criticism, opposition or quest to conquer and perpetuate himself into power than necessary against the constitution of Nigeria like the Mugabe of this world, there is no assurance that Nigerians will have that power to change Buhari peradventure things remains the same in 2019.

I say this because, its seems brute forces is taking its high place in the scheme of things against those who can speak up against the several misrule of this administration, citizens might also be subjected to such fate as time goes on because, none of them want to be like Hero Jonathan that allowed everyone to have their say no matter how ridiculous it may be.

President Buhari should know better as a military trained man that, fighting too many battle and enemies at the same time might be too risky and dangerous for him, no one is against fight against corruption but it is too oblivious that in some aspect he is on a revenge mission while at some other point he is fighting opposing voices to his style of governance.

Even those who sold Buhari to Nigerians as the messiah that will make Nigeria becomes a Dubai have began to sing a different tune, it is no longer news that Senator Remi Tinubu, the wife of All Progressives Congress National Leader Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu took to the floor of the Senate to shout “This is not the change we voted for” in another dramatic scene, our kongi, most respected and reputable noble laurel Prof. Wole Soyinka had asked President Buhari to convoke an emergency economic confab.

If the economy is going in the right directions, no one will be crying and shouting hoo and ruu for Buhari to do the right thing, we cannot sustain a government by simply telling the whole world about how corrupt some leaders are or how many thieves we have caught by this administration.

The worse of Buhari’s situation is those ignoramus fellows that line themselves up on social media, radio stations and TV outlets to defend him every now and then, they think they are doing good job defending their saintly god, unfortunately the more they do that the more they provoke the anger of Nigerians.

What do you want to preach to a man sacked from his job or a man with no food  or money to cater for his family because the economy is not doing well, investors are leaving Nigeria in droves, yet we keep seeing in the news papers everyday EFCC or  DSS arrest this and that, how long are we going to endure all this?

In the very beginning of President Buhari, I belong to nobody and belong to everybody, every mistakes are blamed on Jonathan and the past admin, Nigerians were playing along, suddenly when reality began to hit people very hard due to the economic crunch, they got back to their right senses that Jonathan is not the problem, it’s all lies and propaganda to buy time.

They in APC failed to use that time buying gimmicks very well by fixing one or two things that could be of benefit to Nigerians and now nobody want to hear Jonathan as an excuse for failure to deliver on all campaign promises.

The question once again is if under 9 months of Buhari reign as President, Nigeria remains economically unviable, what happens to the nation in the months ahead to 2019 that we’ll have the opportunity to try and CHANGE him?

May God help Nigeria.

Adelaja Adeoye is a blogger, social and political commentator who writes from Lagos Nigeria. Twitter Handle: @AdelajaAdeoye.

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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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