Fayose, Buhari and Echoes of 1984

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The Verdict By Olusegun Adeniyi, Email: olusegun.adeniyi@thisdaylive.com

The verdict By Olusegun Adeniyi: Email: olusegun.adeniyi@thisdaylive.com

“…I always told my boys in their younger days, ‘if you keep running a red light because you can, or no one is watching, or there are no cars in sight, after a while you will stop looking out, and one day there will be a car that you will not see coming’”.

There can be no better way to describe the current ordeal of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State in the hands of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) than those memorable words that I lifted (with her kind permission of course) from the contribution recently made by Mrs Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman on a listserv–even though she was writing about another public official. Having gotten away with too many things, Governor Fayose apparently believes he is so invincible that he can afford to run the red light at any time without consequences. Well, he must know by now that there are sometimes consequences for bad behaviour.

In the weeks preceding the presidential election last year, Fayose threw caution to the wind. Not only did he assail, almost on a daily basis, the character of the then opposition presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, Fayose also played all manner of divisive cards, including religion and ethnicity. In January last year, for instance, he sponsored a front page advert in a national newspaper where he said leaders from a particular section of the country usually die in office; and so for that “reason”, Nigerians should not vote for Buhari who, by his warped reasoning, would soon die. While the advert caused national uproar, Fayose was unrelenting, apparently because of the misguided notion that an incumbent president could never be defeated in Nigeria.

Indeed, on 22 February 2015, a month to the presidential election, Fayose issued another of his numerous anti-Buhari statements where he declared categorically that “Buhari will never be Nigeria’s President.” Here he goes: “I wish they can see spiritually what I am talking about that Buhari, despite the hullabaloo, will never be president. I predicted my return as Ekiti State Governor and I am saying it again that Buhari will never rule Nigeria again…”
After raving about how he had become “Prophet Elijah” of Nigeria, Fayose, who was fixated on the health of Buhari, continued: “Without doubt, it is obvious that this cabal in the APC is trying so hard to deceive Nigerians on Buhari’s health status. That’s the reason they have been using photo-shopped pictures to defend their lies on Buhari’s UK trip…However, I want to disappoint this selfish cabal. Buhari is only raising their hope and that hope will be dashed.”

Despite my warning on this page a few weeks earlier (16 October, 2014) in a piece titled “A word for Ayo Fayose”, that the governor should exercise caution, Fayose remained reckless as he harassed Buhari ceaselessly. Unfortunately for him, when the chips were down, to borrow a famous cliché, it was his preferred candidate, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, whose hopes were dashed by the Nigerian electorate.

Ordinarily, you would expect any rational politician in Fayose’s position to be sober but then the governor apparently has no capacity for introspection and continued his personal attacks on the president. That is the genesis of the current problem in Ekiti State. However, while I have no sympathy for Fayose as he receives his comeuppance from the federal authorities, one should also be worried about a glaring misuse of power that could come back to haunt all of us.

On Friday, 3rd March, no fewer than ten DSS operatives reportedly invaded the Ekiti State House of Assembly complex, shooting sporadically and causing mayhem before eventually abducting four of the legislators. Up till today, no reason has been given for such brigandage. But following the allegation that one of the lawmakers, Hon. Afolabi Akanni, had died in custody, the DSS last week hastily arranged a press conference where the distraught lawmaker was presented in nightdress and bathroom slippers. The DSS also released a statement that spoke volumes:
“You may have been aware of the recent situation in Ekiti State in which the DSS was accused of abducting of the State’s Assembly Legislators. The fact is that one of the members of the Assembly, Hon. Akanni AFOLABI was duly invited by the Service over some serious breaches bordering on State security and for which he has some explanations to make. These breaches fall under the purview of the DSS to investigate.

“This Press Conference has become necessary in order to debunk a rumour which is being dangerously spread in Ekiti State by some mischief makers to the effect that Hon. AFOLABI has died in custody. Nigerians and Ekiti people in particular are convinced to see that AFOLABI is hale and hearty as he is being presented to the Press today.
“The DSS will therefore warn all those who have planned to make a meat out of this to desist from it and stir clear from trouble as the Service will not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law against any one or persons that may engage in violent actions of any kind. In a similar vein, all law abiding Ekiti residents should go about their normal businesses as the Service assures them of full protection by security agencies.”

I honestly fail to understand the meaning of such a badly-written statement but pertinent questions remain: Why would DSS invade a House of Assembly of a state in a democracy? Why subject Hon Afolabi to the indignity of “arraigning” him not before a competent court of law but rather before a battery of reporters? Are we now in a military regime such that DSS operatives can act above the law and Nigerians would be blackmailed into silence?
After 18 days in detention, Afolabi was released on Tuesday and he is now at an Abuja hospital receiving treatment. Since the lawmaker has said he was never told by the DSS the reason for his incarceration, it is safe to conclude that he may just have suffered a collateral damage for the sins of his governor. That precisely is why President Buhari and his handlers should be concerned, especially considering that it is now becoming very common to hear the phrase “we are back to 1984”.

While the question often left hanging is “which 1984?”, the fact also remains that whether it is Buhari’s first coming as Head of State (the only full calendar year he governed was 1984 with all the human rights abuses as you would expect in a military government) or it is a reference to the plot in the novel by the same title, 1984, written by George Orwell, this administration should be concerned that its credibility is being gradually eroded by some of its actions and inactions.

For those who still can remember, in the year 1984, things were really hard for many Nigerians after the madness of the Second Republic civilian era. Although Buhari inherited a mess, as he has also done now, his response to some of the challenges only compounded the situation. And his human rights record was abysmal, to put it mildly. Now, many people are drawing interesting parallels between the past and the present and the situation is not helped by the administration seeming pursuit of some policy choices that are almost akin to digging while already in a very deep hole.

There are also those who see in what is happening in Nigeria today in the fictional account, “Nineteen Eighty-Four” published in 1949 by Orwell, a few months before he died of tuberculosis. In a typical Orwellian fashion, the author had deployed allegories to warn on the dangers posed by a totalitarian regime which by its very nature serves only those at the top (Inner Party) while exploiting those at the bottom (Proles) by using its power and control (Outer Party) to strike fear into the people as a tool to divide and conquer.

With the DSS fast acquiring the notorious reputation of the “Big Brother” under the current dispensation, I believe President Buhari must intervene to restore a measure of sanity. At a time of grave national security, politicising the institution that should help in keeping all of us safe can only be counter-productive. And to the extent that the challenge before the nation is enormous, for the president to succeed, he will need to have the people by his side. Yet he cannot do that if Nigerians are made to believe that state power is being used to fight his enemies.
The real test of whether President Buhari has truly imbibed the values of democracy includes his ability to inhabit the same universe with those who do not necessarily agree with him. Clearly, Fayose is one of them and whatever one may say about the governor’s method, he has remained consistent in proffering views and perspectives that are divergent and even in outright opposition to the policies and positions held by this administration. In expressing those views, Fayose is merely exercising his legitimate rights within a democratic space.

Therefore, the onus is on the president and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) either to ignore Fayose or challenge his contentions with superior arguments and facts. To unleash the federal might on the Ekiti State Government is a disservice to democracy and a negative for this administration. Even if there were infractions, as claimed by the DSS, there is no evidence that the due processes of the law have been explored let alone exhausted. And in the absence of such a course of action, the public is left with the only conclusion that the security invasion of Ekiti State government are acts of political vendetta by agencies of government intent on misrepresenting or even embarrassing the president on matters of democratic rights and freedoms. This is a dangerous precedent.

All said, I also have a word for the Governor of Ekiti State. I hope he can quickly get a copy of Mario Puzo’s Magnus Opus, “The Godfather” to read about a certain notorious character called Luca Brasi. Perhaps this bit may help: “There are men in this world who go about demanding to be killed. They argue in gambling games; they jump out of their cars in a rage if someone as much as scratches their fender. These people wander through the streets calling out ‘kill me, kill me’. Luca Brasi was such a man…”
At the end, Luca Brasi got his wish. Fayose should learn to be wise!

A Cruise Holiday and the Shocking Drama
For me, the idea of being practically marooned at sea, enjoying sunshine and luxuriating in some beautiful beaches is nothing more than bourgeois indulgence. That then explains why, when some ladies kept calling me about an event in Abuja to which I was invited, I always shortened the conversation by asking them to resend the mail they kept saying they had already sent several times. To be honest, the only reason I even listened to them was because they prefaced each conversation with the fact that I was recommended to them by my pastor’s wife, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Azodoh, Director of Health Planning, Research and Statistics at the Federal Ministry of Health.

Having resolved that the idea of cruise holiday is for the idle rich, I had no plan to attend the “Exclusive Invitation to the Royal Caribbean International’s Cruise Night” slated for Sheraton Hotel in Abuja last Friday evening. But late on Thursday night, I got a text message from Dr Azodoh, personalizing the invitation: “Please honour me with your presence as my guest at the TBI Cruise dinner event…”
At that point, I knew the equation had changed. I was later to learn that the promoter, Mrs Uloma Egbuna, is actually Dr Azodoh’s sister-in-law hence the interest. So I replied her SMS: “In this case, I no longer have a choice! I didn’t plan to attend, don’t know what it means (as I never had the patience to hear out the ladies that have been calling) but now, it is a command! What are we wearing? Babariga?” Dr Azodoh replied, thanking me for finally accepting the invitation and saying I could wear whatever I liked. That was how I ended up at Sheraton Hotel last Friday night with my wife.

Seated on a table that had some of my church members, it was actually an enjoyable evening and the food was not bad. After the dinner came a raffle draw to pick some winners. The first was for a seven-day cruise at the expense of Royal Caribbean International for a couple plus a return ticket to the United States from where the cruise would take off and return, courtesy of Delta Airlines. We had been given raffle tickets before the programme started and they were collected back before the lots were drawn.

In all the times I had participated in such draws before, even among people whose number was fewer than ten, I had never won anything so I was certain the story was not going to be different but I enjoyed the fun nonetheless. It was also in that spirit that I jokingly told the people on my table that I was going to win a cruise holiday. I added, for my wife, that I would use the “cruise holiday” to write a book. She reminded me of one character in a Nollywood movie she said she once watched titled “30 days in Atlanta” or something like that, as she poked fun at me.
Meanwhile, the MC, IK Osakioduwa, invited Mrs Virgy Anohu (mother of PenCom Director General, Mrs Chinelo Anohu-Amazu), to the podium to pick the first winner. At that point, I stood up, raised my two hands up to the sky dramatically in supplication and shouted: “The Lord is my shepherd…” The whole hall erupted in laughter. Then Anohu added more drama. Rather than just pick a ticket, she asked the MC: “Can I shake the pot?” The MC replied that she could and after doing so, she said: “May the best soul win”. The hall responded with an Amen and another round of laughter. Then, she picked the ticket and called out the number: 018!

I nearly froze where I was sitting as I whispered to my wife: “That’s Olusegun Adeniyi”. She just laughed at me, not understanding what I meant until the MC read out the name at the back of the ticket. A few people who knew me in the hall exclaimed in surprise. But when the winner was asked to stand up and it dawned on the audience that it was the same person who had earlier chanted “The Lord is my shepherd” that won, I instantly became another Olajumoke!
Given what some people were saying as they congratulated me after the event, I can easily make money by patenting the first five words in Psalm 23 and turning it into a formula for winning lotteries! However, while I look forward to the cruise holiday whenever I can create the time for it, the story of the night was that of Egbuna, the Managing Director of Tour Brokers International Nigeria (TBI), whose pioneering efforts in leisure travels have been rewarded with the recent partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line that makes the company the first and only one to be so branded on the continent.

The story of TBI is an interesting one that says so much about our country and the strength of its diversity. Registered in 2002 by Mr. Femi Adefope, a past President of the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agents and a highly respected doyen in the industry, the company remained essentially a dream until 2005 when he (Adefope) met and partnered with Egbuna who immediately begun to run with the vision. A decade after, TBI, which started with three staff a decade ago, now boasts of a staff strength of about 50.

A former Vice President (West) of the Nigerian Association of Tour Operators (NATOP), Egbuna had her first experience in packaged tours in 1991 when she organized and took a school group to Brazil. That marked the beginning of a remarkable career that has earned her several local and international awards. “TBI is blessed with a robust pedigree in customer management and satisfaction”, said Egbuna who is leading a company that has been in the forefront of championing cruises as a holiday platform for Nigerians.

Interestingly, cruise holiday, as the MC said last Friday, is more fitting for Nigerians “who usually come back from holiday needing a holiday.” But a major highlight of the new deal is that Nigerians and expatriates, as well as other intending travelers within the West African sub-region, can now discuss their cruise requirements from TBI’s offices in Lagos, Abuja and within the next couple of weeks, Port Harcourt as against when all such arrangements could only be made in Europe and America.

Aside showing us a documentary where people shared their varied experiences of cruise holiday (including a young man who used the period so productively that there was evidence in his wife’s protruding stomach a few weeks after), we had smooth-talkers like the TBI Manager, Mrs Funmi Olusola-Sanni, who would want us to believe that such adventures are also good for our pockets! A cruise holiday, she rhapsodized, allows people to explore regions of the world in comfort and luxury at affordable prices with something for everyone.

With a first degree and Masters in Linguistics with specialisation in French language, Egbuna, who remains the driving force behind the success of TBI, spoke along the same line: From family-based vacations to wedding anniversaries to birthday ceremonies to business conferences and honeymoon for new couples, going on cruises offer exciting experiences and the best in luxury. “You can actually have a wedding onboard a cruise ship as many couples have had. You can also hold conferences and business meetings onboard a cruise ship. And for single people, a cruise ship offers a good opportunity of meeting new people. That is why we decided we should also bring this new adventure to the market for the benefit of our Nigerian travellers”, said Egbuna.

From representing GTA (Gulliver’s Travel Associates), an on-line hotel consolidator in Nigeria, to managing Emirates Holidays in the country as Emirates Preferred Selling Agent (PSA) and now to being the face of Royal Caribbean Cruises as their sole agent in the country, Egbuna has taken TBI beyond the expectations of the board chairman just a decade ago. And by her account, it took two years to get the “Ijebu man” in Adefope to subscribe to the idea. But now Egbuna envisions an African Cruise, with Nigeria as a key port of call just like other Cruises–Caribbean, Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf etc.

Although Mr. George Argyropoulos, the CEO of Cruises International, the largest marketing and sales representatives of nine luxury brands in Southern Africa, who fired Egbuna’s imagination more than a decade ago (and was at the dinner last Friday in Abuja) made no commitment to the suggestion of a Nigerian Cruise, it was also evident he would not bet against a woman like Mrs Uloma Egbuna who takes delight in defying the odds and coming out on top.

My personal web portal
Come April 7, I will be launching my personal web portal (website). However, it will not be to report news. Rather, it will be an online archive for all my past articles as well as the books I have written. The idea is to make the portal an online repository of my writings, public lectures and book reviews for easy access to interested readers and researchers alike. The web address and other details will be provided on this page on that day. In addition, I will give a progress report on my coming book, “Against The Run of Play: How an Incumbent President Was Defeated in Nigeria”.
Please watch out!

  • Okwuchukwu David

    Now, what is your point?

    • Rev

      Exactly….What is his point…Incredible…tautology!

      • Bukola Ajisola

        Most anti-Apc sentiments are unfounded

    • Asuk

      DSS MUST BE GUIDED ON ITS TRUE RULE IN A DEMOCRACY.

  • lastp

    Those who financed Buhari presidency have to recover their money. Buhari was use as a tool , i am not sure if he finally figure out that he was used.
    DSS as an institution can be sue . Until those who DSS is violating their right start getting paid through our judiciary, DSS will continue to be tool of our president.
    Fayose, is a loose goon, he doesn’t have the best of advisers around him. He became the spoke man for the opposition because PMB as drove any opposition spoke person out of the country using corruption . The one in the county are on corruption trial.
    Buhari administration believe me or not will be worse than Johnathan. But for the main time, let us enjoy the change.

    • UOU

      What do you mean?

    • Bukola Ajisola

      There is no way Pmb can be worse than Jonathan you are comparing a statesman with a loose canon?

  • Iskacountryman

    segun…fayose is the only pdp operative left standing…if he does not shout out…pdp is finished…and let me assure you that we are back in 1984…even your warning to fayose means you are scared silly …

    • onyema22ohaka

      You made sense again here.

  • omoregie osawe

    Segun Adeniyi and his fellow columnists at Thisday are gradually going through the five stages of grief. Grieving the election of an incompetent and dictatorial president Mohammed Buhari with their help. Initially they were in denial, then they were angry at any one who calls out the administration for their incompetence and dictatorial behaviour, Now they are bargaining that the administration should step up and eschew dictatorial behaviour while appealing to anxious Nigerians to be patient. Very soon they will be depressed before finally accepting that they were wrong in helping to elect a disastrous administration at a critical point in Nigeria history. I hope then they will be honest enough to apologise to the millions of Nigerian they sold president Mohammed Buhari to as the Messiah

    • TjBakare

      Would you have preferred the return of the clueless ???

      • Daniel Obior

        Which clueless? We are now seeing the real clueless, yet some of you are still living in denial. Wake up, man.

        • A Aminu

          The clueless who was the cause of all our problems in Nigeria. Political terrorism, senseless theft of our treasury, bringing the Naira at an all time low against all known currencies the world over, and an I don’t give a damn governance.

          • Kola Adekola

            It is spelled; “B.U.H.A.R.I”.

          • Daniel Obior

            The military is the cause of all our problems in Nigeria and your Buhari is a part of that inglorious group. The military stole us dry and Babangida institutionalised corruption and started the wholesale devaluation of the Naira. You must be clueless yourself not to know these clear and simple facts.

          • A Aminu

            Let superior argument determine who is clueless or not. In law and in fact, ( Nemo Jude’s in causa sua) meaning, no one should be a judge in his own cause.
            The military has caused havoc to the economy of Nigeria. There is no doubt about it. Neither is there any doubt that IBB institutionalize corruption and devalued the Naira. The military havoc to the economy was corrected by OBJ between 2000-2007 when far reaching reforms were made, the debt obligation of the nation was adjusted, and Naira gained strength and respect. The GDP strengthen to a new level, banking reforms see Nigerians carrying credit cards and slotting them in ATMs abroad, POS the world over accept our credit cards. At this point correction has set in. It is about time we forget the evils of the military, after 16 years of democratic rule.
            Our economic problems re-surfaced in 2007-2015 when corruption assumed new dimension, the Naira was allowed to float, and false living was encouraged. The magnitude of fraud and theft in government was so much, and goes unchecked so much it is a crime if you are a public servant not to steal. We started hearing of Pension Fund fraud, and later PMB unearth more fraud in the ONSA, Airforce, and many other.
            Your clueless hero in GEJ allowed all manner of theft and fraud in the public service to go unchecked and investigated and unpunished.

          • Daniel Obior

            Glad you believe in the superiority of arguments. We cannot forget the mess the military created. To do that is to ignore our history. Military rule is an integral part of our history and must not be wished away. Obasanjo cannot correct the atrocities of the military. In the first place he was a prominent part of it. Secondly, he must be judged in his own right as he was also a failure as a civilian president. A fallacy is the claim that our economic problems surfaced in 2007-2015. You have conveniently chosen this timeline to blame Jonathan. The truth is that we have always had economic problems dating from the 80’s. On corruption, it was not worse under Jonathan compared to the military era when there was no modicum of accountability. The only difference is that while past military rulers were not investigated, the searchlight is now being beamed on the Jonathan administration. How many past presidents were probed? None. Until the others are equally investigated, you do not have the evidence to claim the Jonathan administration is worse than the rest.

          • William Norris

            I just saw this one…..you wrote: ” Obasanjo cannot correct the atrocities of the military. In the first place he was a prominent part of it. Secondly, he must be judged in his own right as he was also a failure as a civilian president.”

            You have to be a little more nuanced than that.

            1. OBJ was a success in moving the ECONOMY forward. On just telecoms, banking and cement, on just those alone, he merits mention as a successful President. Remember that crude oil prices

            Remember he sold the refineries to Blue Star corporation. If Yaradua hadn’t reversed that sale, Nigeria would be very far on the path to a stable fuel market.

            2. OBJ was a political failure. Third Term attempt alone qualifies him as a failure. And the Anambra Chris Uba scandal and the “do or die” elections that saw the take over of Yoruba states by the PDP.

            That’s my take. I don’t like OBJ but I have to be fair to the man. He did some good for Nigeria.

          • Daniel Obior

            Agree with you Obasanjo did some good too. However, my point should be seen in context. I consider all our past leaders failures in the first place, Obasanjo and Jonathan inclusive. If they were not, this country would have been perhaps a Japan by now, given the potential. Having said that, Jonathan appears to have delivered most among them.

          • Cleansignorance

            Dan, ethnicity and xenophobic tendencies will not allow some Nigerian youths, even the so called learned ones admit the fact that President Jonathan did more for Nigeria than all previous Nigerian President combined. I use to indulge and engage these youth with facts and current figures.

            To my consternation, it finally dawned on me that , as long as a Northerner Muslim or one of their stooges from the Oduduwa clan is not the President of Nigeria, then no one else from any other ethic group is good enough, no mater how well such an individual performed. President GEJ is a case study of this point am making. Anyway, I have given up on arguing with folks who are adverse to truth and reality, even when it hits them on the nose.

            I really do admire you and Jon West a great deal for not only your superior factual and factual arguments in claims, rebuttals and counter claims, but also for the fact that, you always have the endurance to duel with these plebeians. I honestly wish that I was blessed with your level of endurance and tolerance. I manifestly hate LIES. especially the Nigerian kind that is so blatant and are manufactured from xenophobia, ethnic and or religious bigotry.

            My Mom has been admonishing that, I have lived in the U.S for too long and I should return home for good. I never did believe her, however, the way the last Presidential election played out on social media and also the arguments which Nigerian youths are proffering for Buhari;s obvious incompetence is enough reason for me not to return to Nigeria in a hurry.

            I just don’t see me thriving in a society where people are so dishonest, tell so much lies and are never able to call a spade by it’s rightful name. A SPADE. However, with a few honest folks like you and Jon West, there is yet hope for Nigeria and that assuages me quite enormously

          • Daniel Obior

            I am humbled by your kind words.
            We probably have no choice than continue to stand by the truth. Going by the way things are, we need a miracle to save this country. The only problem is that miracles do not come along too often.
            Thanks and stay blessed.

          • Cleansignorance

            Thank you my dear brother, of course miracles do happen by the will and mercy of God. In Nigeria though, we do need something more lofty than miracles since our problems are man-made and mostly self inflicted. When we chose to accept a N.E.P.A bill in place of a genuine academic certificate from a potential President of a huge and diverse Nation like Nigeria, we should simply expect pure MAGIC as opposed to a miracle happening.

            The bible does admonishes us all that heavens help those who helps themselves. Nigerians were fully aware of Buhari’s antecedents, He a well known Dictator, an ethic Tribalist, a religious fundamentalist who openly proclaimed that if it were up him, he would introduce shariah law overtly over the entire Nation of Nigeria! a Secular Nation / State! Why would anyone with a sane mind vote for such an individual whose antecedents where so glaring ?

            The happiest day of my entire life will be the day that the North and South, goes their separate ways, albeit peaceful. The Nigerian union is not an amalgamation of many diverse ethnic nationalities, rather, it is clearly a Slave-Master/ Slave relationship from top to bottom, hence we need more than a miracle for Nigeria. Dan, your humility humbles me to no end. Please remain blessed my Brother.

          • Daniel Obior

            You raised a very important issue. Until we have a structural change in this country, our progress will remain slow, if any at all. Thanks again.

          • bigdaddy

            on the surface one would think you are being balanced. You seem not free from the same disease you are accusing others of. And to think a confirmed hater and bigot like jon west is a hero of yours certainly says a lot about you too.
            For you to pass a vote of no confidence on the buhari administration, which has not spent a year in office and which had to operate the budget of the out gone government is being unduly hypercritical and unfair. And just to remind you, Joanthan practically came to power when the economic milieu of the country was quite rosy relatively speaking. There was high oil price and through out his tenure had an average of 95dollars to the barrel, he inherited 22billion in ECA, and 40billion dollars in FR. The country was practically swimming in petrodollars. Can you be objective and compare that to what the, to use your words “incompetent buhari” inherited from GEJ who performed “wonders” according to you? if GEJ had done the right thing, the severity of the current economic headwinds we are facing occasioned by low oil price (our only significant FX earner) would have been mitigated.

            i have some questions for you.
            what did you think this pmb’s government ought to have achieved within 10moths
            -you expected him to rob other countries to increase our earnings?
            -you expected him to magically solve the power situation within 6months
            -you expected him to reduce the unemployment rate or poverty
            -or perhaps you expected he should have shored up the oil price
            -or perhaps he should have allowed every tom dick and harry assess forex to import everything under the sun including the much maligned tooth pick.
            – or perhaps he is incompetent in your estimation because he is “witchhunting” innocent people whose “only crime” was helping themselves to the common till
            – or perhaps you are not happy the budget padding was exposed, which was standard operating procedure in the past.
            – or is it exempting the oil marketers from importing fuel through which the country was being fleeced is your problem

            there are so many questions on my mind for you.
            the mess left behind by GEJ was monumental. everyone was helping himself to the treasury such that you are left to wonder if there was anyone in charge of this country.
            Even well thought out policies like the BVN, IPPIS, TSA could not be implemented by him simply because he had no spine.
            Please don’t get me wrong, i am not saying GEJ did no good. far from it.
            every government including satanic ones like abatcha and even hitler did some good. my submission is that with the huge resources at his disposal, what he delivered certainly is miles away from what could even be described as modest achievements.

            Now back to buhari. like i noted earlier, it is too early to write him off. he needed this period to wrap his brain over what he thought he was inheriting and the reality on ground. A fair time to assess him is when his first budget expires. Anyone calling a spade a spade will agree with that.

          • Daniel Obior

            Save yourself this empty sermon. Nigeria was never swimming in petrodollars. It is such ridiculous sentiments that misleads you into making the wrong judgments. You were not even aware Nigeria was producing close to 2 million bpd in the ’80s. The basis of your conclusions are flawed making the conclusions worthless. You have refused to see the good delivered by the Jonathan administration. Leave the more discerning people who can see clearer alone.

          • bigdaddy

            that is why i said you are too emotional. ‘”practically”, which is a relative term, was the operative word i used about petrodollars but in your haste to condemn you obviously missed that. it is no surprise though. Any comment about jonathan, even if true in all its ramifications, is blindly rejected by you jonathan apologists. i have told you before that even the most incompetent of administrations deliver some good. Nobody rates governments based on what little achievements there are to their credit. it is even more shameful if the government had such collosal resources like the GEJ admin.
            And you are the more discerning of individuals? with your biases and bigotry?
            what a laugh.

          • olloz

            It was a poor attempt to “cover your a*se”. You and I knew where you were headed, so don’t give me that crap. I am always a step ahead of you. My reply to Wiliam Norris above says all our past leaders were failures, including Obasanjo and Jonathan. That sufficiently indicates I am not a blind Jonathan supporter and not afflicted by the bias blinding you. Jonathan obviously delivered most among them. You can laugh as much as you wish. But, you gonna cry on the long run, in your world of illusion. The illusion that Buhari will deliver Nigeria. That is the mother of all bad jokes and that is what any sensible person should laugh about.

          • bigdaddy

            is your name olloz or daniel. do you troll with different synonyms?

          • Daniel Obior

            In my reply to William Norris above, I said all our heads of state were failures, including Obasanjo and Jonathan. This clearly shows that I am not a diehard like you are. Governments are rated by making comparisons. Such comparisons could be either external with other countries or local in the country. My position that all heads of state are failures is based on a comparison with external governments. However, Jonathan stands out compared to others heads of states in Nigeria. None of them had colossal resources as you claim, for the problems of the country. Jonathan delivered most for the resources he had. I am indeed one of the discerning individuals, so too is the gentleman Cleansignorance you have characteristically chosen to savage. You can laugh as much as you wish. It is only a prelude to your crying when it eventually dawns on you that you have been fooled, and Buhari is as useless as it comes.

          • bigdaddy

            savaged? because i raised certain queries for him to ponder over? is that your definition of savagery? you are quite a piece of work.
            let me quote you “jonathan delivered most for the resources he had”
            that has been my point through all our slug fest. the operative phrase is ” the resources he had”. I have been trying to make you appreciate that point but your eagerness to elevate him above his contemporaries has made you nonobjective. And what is your motivation? primordial sentiments of course.
            you blatantly refuse to acknowledge that no Nigerian president ever received half of what he got in his 5.5yrs.
            so on relative terms, to the NON DISCERNING like you, he seems to have outperformed his peers. But when subjected to statistical analyses, the resources at his performance measured against his performance was abysmal. That is not saying he did nothing.
            Learn to live with it. Buhari is your president like it or not and insha Allah till 2023.

          • William Norris

            Oh, yes indeed let Brainless Bubu remain President till 2050, Nigerians DESERVE the suffering he has brought on them. Next time they will think hard before voting like Mumu.

            In the name of Mohammed the Pedophile Prophet who fucked little Aisha at the age of 6, we implore Allah to preserve Buhari as President for Life.

          • bigdaddy

            thought you were civilized. how wrong was i. pmb brought hardship on Nigerians?
            oh he was the one that supervised the stealing under jonathan.
            oh he was also the one that brought down the oil price. in the last 10months
            oh i forgot, he was also responsible for wiping out all our savings in the last 10 months.
            And oh, i also forgot he was the one responsible for not diversifying our economy in the last 10months
            and he also made sure our power stations were not working in the last 16yrs
            and i now remember,he refused to build refineries in the last 10months so we continue importing fuel
            oh he refused to supply weapons to fight BH
            and he refused to equip the police to curtail sectarian strife, kidnapping and other sundry crimes.
            i forgot also he drew up the 2015 budget that committed only 20% to capex
            Kai buhari, why now Buhari did you committ all these atrocities.
            Go get a life hater.

          • William Norris

            When is Buhari going to refund the $ 2.8 billion he stole in 1978 when he was Petroleum Minister?

            When is Buhari going to return the N45 billion he stole when he worked for Abacha as PTF Chairman?

            Ahhhh, hypocrisy is a bad thing! PMB is the usual Islamic pedophile. Nothing new, Nigerians deserve what they’re getting!

          • Cleansignorance

            Hitting the nail at the center of the head always makes my day Bill!! You just another one of a team of the growing elixirs on this forum. FACT…….”PMB is the usual Islamic pedophile. Nothing new, Nigerians deserve what they’re getting!”

            I refrain from posting much comments here for the fact that your your good-self, Daniel Obior and Jon West most aptly speaks my mind always. I have never met Nigerians who are so realistic and honest about national issues. Am just so darn proud of the 3 of you!

          • Daniel Obior

            No president got half of what Jonathan got? Why would you not come up with this kind of outrageous conclusion when it is based on your stupid claim that Nigeria produced a total of 400,000 bpd in the ’70s and 800,000 in the ’80s? Shell alone was producing over 1 miilion bpd in the ’70s. Nigeria’s average annual oil production had almost been hugging the 2 million bpd mark since the ’80s. The volume was not substantially different in Jonathan’s time. On price, real term oil price hit the $100 mark as early as 1979 and 1980 (Obasanjo/Shagari’s); also in 2008 (Yar’Adua). Secondly, you derive your revenue from nominal oil price, which is stupidly insane. Go do your sums using real term oil cost, and stop brandishing voodoo figures all over the place. The problem with you is that you do not have the intellect do a honest job and too unintelligent to accept you are making a fool of yourself. Like I once told you, I am far more knowledgeable than you are on this subject. Take your own advice and stay clear. No thanks to fools like you Buhari is president. We are all unfortunate witnesses to the miserably poor performance of the barely literate despot. BIG DADDY BIG FOOL.

          • bigdaddy

            i see i am getting to you. when the conversation starts getting hot and the truth is exposed the person not sure of himself quickly turns to insults as if that will make his points lucid.
            mr not lazy, i am lazy so why did you not give me what the value of the dollar is now compared to the 80’s and 90’s? let me answer that for you mr intelligent. You simply do not know!!!!!! every tom dick and harry knows all currencies have devalued overtime. Even with that, the money GEJ received was far, far above anyone else.
            I told you to even do a comparison between the OBJ yrs and GEJ’s time when we know the difference in value of the dollar was not significant so as to debunk your GEJ WAS THE BEST monotone but you ran away from it cos you do not like the truth. why? because you cannot give me the value of the dollar in the 70’s and 80’s to what it is now. so lets focus on what we can agree with.
            Can you do that mr intelligent, did GEJ receive twice as much as OBJ? be truthful to yourself.
            perhaps the value of 4bn dollars obj inherited as FR in 1999 was the same as or even more than the 64billion in FR and ECA GEJ inherited from yaradua? Oh silly me i did not know that!!!!
            oh dear me, how silly of me again. I did not realize that the value of crude oil price of an average $40 OBJ got through out his tenure was more than the $95 gej received.
            forgive me my friend i am so silly. and to think with the little GEJ received he did wonderfully well with the constant electricity we now enjoy, the best hospitals, functional refineries and we were no more no more importing fuel till the dullard from daura came along!!!
            oh, i also forgot gej made our lives so secure with the little he had his administration recorded the lowest crime rate in the country.
            oh i am so lazy and tired i cant even go on typing all the wonderful things gej did we the little money he received and exposing how silly i am.
            Oh, i forgot he received so little the stealing under him was negligible compared to others.
            GEJ was truly the best.

          • Daniel Obior

            Why are you such a dunce? Do I have to spoon feed you like one would do to a kindergarten? I had to teach you to compare oil prices across years only on real term. I know the nominal oil prices in the ’70s and ’80s to date. I also know the real term prices. If you have a bit of brain in your head, you ought to easily deduce that they are related to the real term value of the dollar. So why would you think I do not know this when those three variables are interlinked? I will treat you as a kindergarten and give you a simple home work. In 1980, the nominal price of oil was $36.8 and the real term 2015 price was $105.6. What is the real term value of 1970 dollar? Do this simple sum and go further to work out Nigeria’s revenue in real term for OBJ and GED. In any case, OBJ saved money and left infrastructure to rot. GEJ spent and delivered projects. They both had different approach to governing. BIG DADDY THE DUNCE.

          • bigdaddy

            The intellectually challenged always resort to offensive language to cover their deficits. Now respond to the issue of OBJ/GEJ. Why did you decide to ignore that and you kept on referring to the 70’s and 80’s. What factor/s did you use to arrive at the ratio of 3:1 in terms of value of the dollar in the periods under contention?
            if you are half as knowledgeable as you unfortunately think you are, kindly prove to this dunce that jonathan did not receive 2-3X the income OBJ got. i gave you solid facts regarding what the country earned during their stewardship and what they met as savings. remember too that the militancy had kept production levels lower in OBJ’s time at about 1.8million barrels/day compared to 2.1million barrels/day in GEJ’s time due to the amnesty programme. Atleast in these two periods you wont claim the value of the the dollar was 3:1
            Be brave for once in your life and address this particular issue.
            note of advise. start with an intellectual argument and convince me on the OBJ/gej incomes. Thereafter, quickly descend into the gutter so you dont fallout of character.

          • Daniel Obior

            Go do the simple homework I gave you.
            BIG DADDY THE DUNCE.

          • bigdaddy

            hahahaha. what a lunatic. see you are happy to quote production figures abi but you cannot face the truth? did GEJ receive more than obj or not? answer the questiom MR LUNATIC!!!!!!!!!
            on a final note, i bigdaddy, haven won the argument that GEJ received more than all his predecessors while in office with mediocre performance to show for it, and haven shown that the loony, daniel obior could not controvert the facts, have officially closed the debate with this supporter of the most kleptocratic government in our nations history.
            I have booked an appointment for you with an anger management consultant and a shrink.
            they might help you get over your source of anger. Remember when you were a child and that pedophile molested you? Do you still feel pain where the sun dont shine? pe’ le. it will soon be over.

          • Daniel Obior

            Glad of course to quote production to an IGNORAMUS and LIAR.

          • Cleansignorance

            Bigdadday, I really did not bother to read your comment, fact is, you are entitled to your opinion as I am to mine. I neither need your approval or permission, to air my opinion or my Heroes are on this elitist forum.

            Am doubling down on my assertion that Daniel Obior and Jon West are my Heroes on this forum. Please go ahead and sue me if you take umbrage to that. However, It will do you a great deal of good to let me be, precisely for mundane reason that I am only fluent in three
            languages, English, sarcasm, and vulgarity. Oh! BTW, I am a female too! But I don’t understand your
            gibberish.

          • bigdaddy

            then do not post anything on any forum if you dont want comments. it is also my right and do not need your permission to post anything.
            you did not read my post but you somehow by hallucination knew i said it was a pity a bigot like jon west is your hero? get serious man/woman/transgender whichever fits.

          • Daniel Obior

            Typical of the fool you are. Here you are again. Another unprovoked attack on another gentleman. You are indeed a leper in this forum.
            BIG DADDY THE COWARD.

          • bigdaddy

            you too

          • Daniel Obior

            Finally short of words?
            SILLY COWARD.

          • bigdaddy

            unlike you:
            1. i have work to do
            2. i have businesses to attend to
            3. i am not a crack head with abnormal energy levels
            4. i am not a lunatic. at some point, i realize its no use engaging one for too long.
            Adios amigo.

          • Daniel Obior

            Who is you amigo? A dunce cannot do any meaningful work or run a business. Stop kidding yourself.
            BIG DADDY THE DUNCE AND SILLY COWARD.

          • bigdaddy

            again it is your amigo not you amigo. loony.

          • Daniel Obior

            BIG DADDY THE DUNCE AND COWARD.

          • Obi Ike Sorres

            Jon west is not a bigot. All his comment point to the fact that the Yoruba’s claiming they are more educated and sophisticated will always allow the Hausa Faulani to run the show. He get mad that those who are suppose to move this country dances with those who want power just for power sake. All his posts make sense

          • bigdaddy

            have you been following him well my friend? this is someone who gloats when bombs go off in the north killing innocent people. Have you not seen many of his posts saying” let the north burn”? and you claim he is not a hater or bigot?

          • Itodo Okey Santos

            All your question are not necessary here. You are asking the wrong person. Is it not obvious that Buhari is in the right position to answer your questions? Why bother us here?

            He did set those targets by himself. No one imposed them on him or Apc.

            However, bellow are your answers;

            (1) He promised to rid Nigeria of Boko haram within four months if made the president. This is the 10th month.
            (2) He promised to rescue chibock girls with 2 months. This is the 10th month.
            (3) He promised to solve our power problem within 6 months. We are in the worst situation ever. He met over 4,500 mgwts. Today it has gone down to 1,500 mgwts .
            (4) he swore to make One Naira equal to one dollar. Today Naira is #320 to a dollar. He met it at #222 to a dollar.
            (5) he promised to create 3 million jobs every year. The opposite is the case. Millions of Nigerian are loosing their jobs daily and factories are closing down.
            (6) he lamented the amount we have as FR and swore he will shore it up within few months in office. We now have the opposite case. He met above $30 billion. To today it is bellow $30 billion.
            (7) he said Nigeria has no business importing fuel. Today all our refineries are shot down and Buhari is still importing fuel.

            (8) he met fuel price at #86 per litre. He said Nigerians should be buying it lower than that. One of his supporters swore that he will bring it down to #45 per litre. Today fuel is sold above #150 per litre and it not even available.

            As for the Bvn, TSA, IPPIS, kindly keep out of it because it is obvious you know nothing about them or you are deliberately lying.

            On the issue of budget padding, what are you trying to achieve by bringing it up here? That is a monumental shame that Buhari and Apc have to deal with for the rest of their life.
            Nigerians have decided to move on with their lives. Pls! Stop annoying people here with questions.

            Finally, like I have said somewhere, you people should stop this stupid talk of what he inherited. Nigerians doesn’t need that. Buhari should kindly make public the handover note that Jonathan left him. Simple. That is a baseline document to judge him.

          • bigdaddy

            jonathan the best bla bla bla. pathetic

          • Daniel Obior

            bla bla bla from a Buhari diehard indeed sounds pathetic.

          • bigdaddy

            yes i am a buhari diehard. i would rather be that than a die hard supporter of buffoonery and looting.

          • Daniel Obior

            Call Jonathan whatever name. He was said to be clueless by the blind followers of Buhari. Faced today with Buhari the real clueless, they are shocked.

          • bigdaddy

            there is nothing clueless about our dear pmb. he is cleaning the augean stable left behind by the real mr clueless. things will ultimately straighten out insha Allah before his term expires. And i thought you do not believe in miracles as you stated elsewhere on this forum, so why are you expecting one from pmb in 10months. after all, your hero had all of 5.5yrs to impress you.

          • Daniel Obior

            A man who could not put up a government in six whole months. When he eventually did it consisted of gangsters and thieves like Amaech, dead woods like Audu Ogbe. To date, the ministers have done nothing tangible. Face with economic difficulty he has no capacity to formulate policies to tackle the problems. His first budget was a monumental disaster. Fuel shortages are back with a vengeance. Nobody expects a miracle from him in 10 months. But if in 10 months he is unable to accomplish basic things expected of a serious president in a month, he is an unqualified failure. We can wait till kingdom come but it is a wait in vain. Wish you the best in your futile wait. Your hero is the authentic clueless.

          • bigdaddy

            it takes alot of time to clear GEJ’s mess

          • Daniel Obior

            Excuses and excuses and excuses. You are terminally infected by the Liar Mohammed virus of lies and propaganda.

          • bigdaddy

            just like you have been morbidly infected by the buffoonery of the last administration

          • Daniel Obior

            Sad miserable man; I pity you.
            BIG DADDY, BIG FOOL.

          • bigdaddy

            have you eaten today? perhaps you are not getting getting anymore freebies from the corrupt government we ousted. A hungry man is really an angry man.

          • Daniel Obior

            BIG DADDY BUG FOOL, SAD MISERABLE IDIOT.

          • bigdaddy

            correct your spelling

          • Daniel Obior

            You are even too dumb to see the letters U and I are next to each other on the keyboard.
            BIG FOOL AND SAD MISERABLE IDIOT.

          • bigdaddy

            then be meticulous before posting anything. don’t be in a hurry to hurl insults to the extent you do not even know you misspelled.

          • Daniel Obior

            Even the best manuscripts contain typos. It is a dunce who no longer has a point to make that regards a typo as an issue. Go read your scripts. They are grammatically poor. You start your sentences with lower case letters instead of capital letters. I can go on and on. But for me, those are unimportant so long as I can manage to understand. Here you are making a minor typo an issue.
            BIG FOOL AND MISERABLE IDIOT.

          • bigdaddy

            yes that’s the point. as long as you can understand one can type in whatever case he deems fit. it is not compulsory i do so in this forum so i don’t care. but to keep on misspelling is another kettle of fish. and because you are a dunce you think i am saying you do not know how to spell. that is not the point. the point is you are such a mad man you cant wait to insult and you don’t even notice you have misspelled. i have gone through many of your posts and i have never come across such mistakes.

          • Daniel Obior

            You are indeed jobless and too much of a dunce to run a business. It is an indolent idiot like you that will seek to make a meal out of a mundane issue such as a typo.
            LAZY FOOL.

          • Jon West

            Insha Alllah? That is the problem. Depending on Allah for carnal matters like economics, sociology and politics. When will certain Nigerians learn to apply themselves and stop disturbing our Father, who art in heaven?
            Why this constant ISIS and Boko Haram mentality. Sai Baba!! Sai One Chance!! Sai Incompetence!!

          • bigdaddy

            and therein lies your ignorance of what that phrase means. Every muslim when he says that does not mean he will fold his arms waiting for God to to our jobs for us. No, my friend, it is an acknowledgement of the fact that his grace is what ultimately keeps us going my friend and he can decide to do and undo if he so pleases. is that too hard for you to comprehend?

          • olloz

            sorry o. i recently signed on and still trying to understand the system. may have pressed a wrong button.

          • bigdaddy

            most of your submissions are on point except the last one about corruption.
            it is the bane of our under development.
            Why do you think majority of policies fail please. the answer is corruption my friend. there are many shades of corruption; from corruption of not awarding jobs to competent individuals and corporations to the corruption of stealing the monies meant for these projects to the corruption of electoral heist etc. it is the cankerworm eating at the fabric of our society.

            Have you come across the report of the auditor general of the federation? that is corruption unlimited. During OBJs time, the AuGF released a similar report about contracts and acquisitions mostly paid in full by government with no evidence to show for the jobs being done. What was OBJ’s response? he sacked the guy insisting he was just out to embarrass his government instead of instituting a panel to verify the claims.
            i dont know what you think of the current revelations of stealing that went on under the previous admin i.e if you regard it as a witch hunt or not but that is not the point. whatever your thoughts are, does it not concern you that in just a few of the areas opened to investigations, such colossal amounts of money were diverted? these have been on going in all previous administrations. Can you imagine what institutions/jobs these amounts of monies would have generated ?
            our substandard airports, schools, hospitals are all the way they are because the right things are not done due to corruption.
            For example, in the Hospital where i work, majority of the equipment supplied during OBJ’s time through his Vamed intervention have almost all collapsed. And guess what, they were obsolete used equipment discarded by advanced countries but bought by our corrupt officials as new and new generation and at the price of the new ones to boot. Does that remind you of old non functional helicopters bought at three times the value of the newer models.
            there are a lot of examples one can give you to illustrate how corruption is bringing us down. Corruption is our number one problem mr william. Ignoring it is playing the ostrich.

          • William Norris

            Sorry you’re missing the bigger picture. That Nigerians continue to be obsessed with corruption without asking HOW & WHY corruption happens is a bigger problem.

            First of all, corruption can NEVER be eradicated ANYWHERE in the world. So common sense dictates that we try to REDUCE corruption to the minimum.

            What CAUSES corruption? 99% of corruption is caused by

            1. Fixed regulated pricing

            2. Government ownership or control of commercial companies or sectors of the economy

            3. Lack of cohesion….tribalism, nepotism or racism which leads to biased awards of benefits.

            When you eliminate or reduce these three things you automatically reduce corruption. So the question is…..

            TO WHAT EXTENT IS NIGERIA REDUCING THE FACTORS THAT CAUSE CORRUPTION?

            Take your example of equipment supplied by OBJ to your hospital that was stolen or neglected. I believe you. This is no doubt a PUBLIC HOSPITAL.

            Have you ever heard of equipment or money being stolen or neglected at a PRIVATE hospital?

            When the manager of a PUBLIC hospital gives contract for supply of equipment or construction, does that manager choose the best value for money?

            Compared to a PRIVATE hospital OWNER, who is more likely to make sure the contract is well executed?

            Let me get personal. YOU work at a public hospital. Please be frank with me.

            Do you work harder than your colleagues at private hospitals?

            Examine what I’ve written with an open mind and you will understand all there is about the so called ” CORRUPTION”.

            Between PRIVATE & PUBLIC universities, where is corruption a problem for Nigerians?

            The solution is SIMPLE, withdraw all subsidies and also privatize & deregulate as much as possible.

          • bigdaddy

            your submissions above mr williams opposes your earlier point that corruption has never been Nigeria’s problem. Infact it further buttresses the fact that IT IS OUR MAJOR PROBLEM. What i glean from your points above is that you concede it is a monster borne out of defective government policies which makes the state a player in businesses it should have no business running but you prefer it is tackled by government divesting from such ventures.
            i will be in total agreement with you on that point. if corruption were not prevalent in government run institutions, we will not be having this conversations. Many countries have state run institutions that have very low levels of corruption.
            Of course mr williams, there is no such thing as zero corruption. it should be minimal in our lives.
            And yes, i do my best under the prevailing circumstance as a doctor. there is only so much one can do.

          • William Norris

            You’re not getting the TOTALITY of my thesis. The bigger problem is the SYSTEM that MAKES CORRUPTION POSSIBLE.

            I laid out 3 points of which you’ve shown some appreciation for two. Now you tell me you’re a doctor, surely you KNOW that many of your colleagues in Government service divert paying customers to their own PRIVATE clinics where they give BETTER SERVICE & CARE.

            Why not just CLOSE all the government hospitals and let the doctors build their own? I know ALL about healthcare in Nigeria because I have reason to know and I know the CORRUPTION that thrives among government doctors. Again, why should government own hospitals at all when they provide a PLATFORM for corruption?

            In comparing Nigeria to nations where government works much better, you completely neglected the implications of NATIONAL COHESION, which was my third factor that contributes to CORRUPTION.

            To make it short I’ll put it like this – government TENDS TO work better and be LESS CORRUPT where the country in question is either totally dominated by OR accepts the dominance of a single TRIBE or (religious) CULTURE because tribe and religion command the most loyalty from HUMANS.

            Surely now you understand the COHESION factor that makes Nigeria is so “CORRUPT”.

            Too many TRIBES with no common RELIGION or CULTURAL ties.

            Again, an example from REAL LIFE. Have you noticed that Lagos State indigenes or Yoruba people generally keep electing ACN or APC governors DESPITE the well known corruption of Tinubu & co? Now I’m not CONDEMNING THEM, it’s HUMAN NATURE to stay loyal to your TRIBE no matter what. So why do they do it?

            They do it for the SAME REASON the people of England don’t mind paying BILLIONS OF DOLLARS to their useless, corrupt, do-nothing Royal Family.

            For the same reason Onanife Ibori will be received as a HERO when he returns to Nigeria one day.

            Humans PREFER to be ruled by their own kind, no matter how CORRUPT that rule is! Install an Igbo or Tiv man as a PDP governor in Lagos today and watch out for the rampant disrespect, allegations of corruption and so on. That’s just life.

            As long as Nigeria remains united, there will ALWAYS be dissatisfaction, ALLEGATIONS of corruption and disharmony AMONG THE TRIBES WHO ARE NOT PRESENTLY CONTROLLING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. Which is why Nigeria needs to be DIVIDED or at the very least restructured as a TRIBAL CONFEDERACY with each tribe having complete control of their affairs and resources under a VERY WEAK central government

            In other words, it’s not the corruption that’s the problem as such, it’s the EMOTIONAL reaction to it when it is PERCEIVED as being done by OTHER TRIBES. Divide or restructure Nigeria as I recommend and watch ALL the allegations of corruption, misrule etc will just die down.

            So CORRUPTION is not the problem, the problem is the SYSTEM that CAUSES the corruption.

          • bigdaddy

            we are saying the same thing then in different ways. your last paragraph is buttressing the point that corruption is a problem. what you are saying is a symptom like pain (corruption) despite its distressing effect should be ignored and our focus should be on the cause (systemic failure). Treating the cause is the main aim, i agree but it is long term. in the interim you must control the pain if not it can kill the patient before you cure the cause.
            are you advocating that nigeria should split into its 250 or so ethnic groups? because unless you do that, the mutual suspicion of the itsekiris/ijaw/urhobo and that between the hausa/fulani/kanuri or that between the other minorities in my own region of the northeast and other regions of the country will not allow your eldorado to emerge.
            south sudan is a ready example for you. they fought the arabs and after achieving independence, they are now killing themselves.
            do you remember GEJ was to launch something last yr in the ss but the ijaws/itsekiris did not allow that to happen.
            once you finish fighting for different countries to emerge, the other tribes you alluded to within each region will start going at each others throats.
            malaysia is a good example of a multi-ethnic society whose previous president worked hard to eliminate tribal suspicions. it can work. while some restructuring is necessary, a leader that is able to solve must of economic problems will help to reduce these suspicions.
            Bottom line is yes, corruption is a symptom of dysfunctions in the system. simply ignoring it while trying to address the cause is not the way to go. restructuring takes time my good friend. while efforts are being made to address the disease, you must at the same time try to contain the symptom which is corruption.

          • William Norris

            OK, you want to treat symptoms. A poor choice but let’s go with that.

            From the standpoint of reducing or eliminating CORRUPTION, what do you think of the current forex regulatory regime?

            Is it REDUCING or INCREASING corruption in Nigeria?

            I’m very interested in your answer.

          • bigdaddy

            read my post very well especially my last paragraph. i think you did not read that.

          • William Norris

            LOL….the fixed forex rates imposed by Buhari are the BIGGEST SOURCE OF CORRUPTION in Nigeria now, it has surpassed the graft in the fuel subsidy system.

            I understand why you won’t want to discuss that. Your last paragraph has nothing to with it, because this is a BRAND NEW system of corruption that has been imposed on the country.

          • bigdaddy

            you are entitled to that opinion. we are discussing how to solve nigeria’s problem. you proposed a systemic shake up while ignoring corruption. i agreed with you that systemic change is necessary but pointed out to you that while changing the system, we should not close our eyes to corrupt practises like you proposed. so what is ur point?

          • William Norris

            It’s related to the oath you take – FIRST DO NO HARM.

            My point is that EVEN IF we take your prescription to also fight symptoms, the LEAST the government can do is NOT to make things worse by CREATING NEW AVENUES for corruption.

            Nigeria did away with FIXED FOREX RATES back in 1998 or so. It was one of the MAJOR SOURCES OF CORRUPTION during the Abacha years and this government has resurrected it.

          • Daniel Obior

            I have read the responses of some of the top contributors in this forum to your comments. At this point, I need not add more to your misery. One can hardly find anyone agreeing with your views. You are a sad man and best left in your loneliness and misery.

          • bigdaddy

            this is a pdp supporters forum. i expect nothing less from supporters of corruption, looting, mediocrity and buffoonery.

          • Daniel Obior

            So where is your APC supporters forum? Like your barely literate hero Buhari the despot, you all seem to lack the intellectual capacity. BIG DADDY THE SAD AND MISERABLE.

          • bigdaddy

            hey we dont need one. we go round and hold to account purveyors of falsehood.

          • Daniel Obior

            The lonely idiot that you are.
            SAD AND MISERABLE IDIOT.

          • bigdaddy

            you too

          • Daniel Obior

            Short of what to say?
            DUNCE.

          • bigdaddy

            you are wasting your time with this daniel of a guy. he believes mr dumbo was the best thing to ever happen to Nigeria. i have had a long running battle with him on GEJ’s performance. He is blind to all data showing Mr clueless received humongous resources with mediocre performance , preferring to call them propaganda, all the on going revelations about the stealing being exposed he regards as witch-hunting and he regards all the misfortunes the country is facing as PMB’s fault. you cant make him see any reason so my advise to you is to ignore him before he gives you a headache.

          • Daniel Obior

            You are out from the woodworks again. Remember I proved your so called data as fundamentally flawed, in our exchange. Anyway, you have given one of your kind a good advice. Take your own advice and stay clear yourself.

          • bigdaddy

            nope you proved to yourself that the evidence were flawed. i have never concurred with your excuses for mr ineffectual

          • Daniel Obior

            For a man who did not believe Shell was producing over 1 million barrels oil per day as early as the ’70s, it says all about you and the voodoo data you were brandishing, such as Nigeria’s total oil production in the ’70s was 400,000 bpd and was 800,000 bpd in the ’80s.

          • bigdaddy

            Whatever. All that are objective are in agreement GEJ’s government received the most resources while he assailed us with pathetic returns on “investment”. Only those blinded by primordial sentiments- and those helping themselves to the national treasury would prefer the lame duck jonathan over his opponents in the last elections. Kindly support the “certificate-less” from daura, who has the spine and the balls- and the intellect to dig us out of the mess the ineffectual Phd holder has dug us into. lol

          • Daniel Obior

            Buhari a man with intellect? You have given a new meaning to the word. Most of those who had supported him are now regretting, even the press is backpedaling. The irretrievably brainwashed will continue to back the ex-military despot who did nothing whatsoever to improve himself. Yet you consider him a man of intellect? This is a new low even for you. He sure has the spine and the wrong balls, but to either do the wrong things or do nothing. Have you read what The Economist now says about Buhari? This was also one of the magazines that sang his praise to high heaven before he was elected. Wake up, else you’ll be taken for dead in this your deep slumber.

          • bigdaddy

            i must confess, i derive a great deal of pleasure from my conversions with you.
            but your first line takes the cake and i was actually laughing out loud my children became curious. and that one concerning balls to do the wrong thing. quite clever. Did not realize you had some humour behind all that hate.
            Of course the economist will not be happy with some of his restrictive policies which bother mainly on, devaluation, the forex issue and bans on some items.
            i remember a certain president of malaysia imposed similar measures which they oyinbo were not happy with. Guess what, it worked out well.
            if the economist is given a choice today btw the ineffectual buffoon and the certificateless one, guess who they would pick. Buhari of course.
            wake up too, drop your unmerited opposition to pmb, support him to deal with the looters(read witchhunt) and lets salvage you, me and our generations unborn. can i get an Amen from you?

          • Daniel Obior

            Mahathir Mohammed of Malaysia had clear policies he promptly pursued. Buhari has none. He does not have the intellectual capacity to tackle our problems. Please do not insult mahathir Mohammed by comparing him with incompetent Buhari. They are worlds apart. Sorry, I will keep disappointing you. I do not support mediocrity, particularly of the Buhari type.

          • bigdaddy

            you are not addressing the points i raised. i told you the western world was not happy either with similar economic policies taken by malysia in the days of mohammed and you went ballistic ranting innuendoes instead of refuting or accepting they were similar. Does the fact they both bear mohammed foretell a good omen for us?
            And i dont remember the malaysian economy dramatically improving in one year under mohammed. hell, things even got nastier before getting better.
            you want to enjoy life without sweating for it? Bad news my friend. there is a price to pay. we did not pay for it but we have to now. there is nothing like a free lunch.

          • William Norris

            If nothing else, Malaysia is bound by a common religious culture.

            And the reasons why the Western establishment prefer Buhari go too deep to explore here. To make it short, people tend to like those who are like them. The English are imperialists, the Fulani are imperialists. Similar outlook on life, supporting Buhari is subliminal self justification for the British.

            Same reason they hate Mugabe and support the Ndebele in Zimbabwe. The Ndebele are the Fulani of Zimbabwe.

            Go read the history, you’ll be intrigued.

          • bigdaddy

            no my friend you are wrong. there are Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and a sizable number of atheist in malysia. it is not a mono religious society though muslims are a majority.
            i dont know about imperialist, mr williams. less of suspicions and ethnic bashing does every human being some good.

          • William Norris

            I beg to disagree. Malaysia is nowhere as diverse as Nigeria.

            I know it’s at least 60% Muslim and 60% Malay tribe.

          • bigdaddy

            check wikipedia. 50% malay, 22% chinese, indigenous and indian 30%

          • Governor

            You forget to add buffoon to make it an “ineffectual buffoon”

          • bigdaddy

            hahahaha

          • share Idea

            Please can you answer this question – how many football matches have watched where only one team plays ninety minutes and the game is supervised by the referee.

            You can’t mentioning revelations by Buhari’s agencies but refused to ask yourself how did Buhari fund his campaign. In your world, it is good for pick-pocketer to be presiding over in church and condemning other pickpocketers and armed robbers. Buhari is more guilty of everything he is accusing previous administration and that has been my greatest grouse with administration.

          • Daniel Obior

            Please lets leave this sad, lonely and miserable man alone in his stupid support to an incompetent government.

      • Imoduu

        Yes wake up from your slumber and smell the Buhari poison. Maybe until it touches a member of your family then you will know the meaning of clueless.

      • With due respect, What is your definition of clueless? I would think with the definition of OALD 9th Edition, the incumbent would better qualify.

      • Kelly

        Are you still talking about clueless? when you really don’t need a dictionary to define it with this administration!!! Now I believe that Nigeria has the highest level of educated illiterates.

      • Kola Adekola

        Na wa! Dis olodo no know di meaning of clueless?
        The new spelling is “B.U.H.A.R.I”.

      • bigdaddy

        of course they prefer mr clueless who allowed them to steal us blind. if the ineffectual guy was still in power with the very low oil prices prevailing, the Zimbabwean currency and economy would be our envy by now.
        the guys hailing the clueless one forgot that his incompetence was largely covered by the extraordinarily high oil price. thank God though we can only imagine how bad it could have turned out for us as a nation. lets be patient with the guy trying to clear the pdp mess.

    • UOU

      This segun and his 4 other brother columnists in thisday, may not likely have the opportunity to apologize because when the time comes, they would be grasping with their dear life(life support), each and all of them would be hounded by this same octopus that they sold as shark. Buhari will come after them sometime soon, its buhari;s characteristics almost inevitable, only person(s) like fayose will survive people like buhari, a very weak but evil minded fellow, we are watching

      • Tony Oshea

        I agree with you entirely because their is a myth known as the Frankenstein monster,created by a reckless scientist, and it’s first victim was the very nutty scientist who researched and produced it.In this case and unfortunately too those media men who created the image of a born-again Democrat,and sold Nigerians a dictatorship, under the guise of a “change” will eventually play the role of Professor Frankenstein.That is the way of life,”what goes around, gets around” and remember 1984, it started with politicians and later journalists.1984 witnessed a liberation by IBB,unfortunately 2016 may not experience any such intervention and will take its full course.

    • Bukola Ajisola

      Your repost doesn’t make sense.Segun offered a honest advice to temper an asinine driven Ekiti executive and also called for caution of efcc.
      If Fayose is fixated on committing suicide no one can reverse it even Buhari cannot help him.

      • omoregie osawe

        I can discern you are fixated on Ekiti executive and EFCC. A wish. Segun wrote about Fayose and the DSS. My comment is about the overall performance of the administration of which the DSS is apart. Sensible things to you is detention without cause and trial. Conducting three elections in two geo-political zones and declaring each inconclusive. Promoting foreign exchange policy that allows 70% arbitrage. A petroleum minister declaring two months fuel scarcity and saying he is not a magician. Sending solidarity messages to disaster that happens abroad while ignoring the massacre of over 300 farmers in Agatu in Benue state. Massive un-unemployment and layoff. Just learnt the new meaning of you. ‘what make sense’ from.

      • Toby

        If our soldiers or the commander in chief would wear suicide belts Boko haramites could be neutralized. The best way for Fayose to neutralize or significantly reduce the dictatorial tendencies of Buhari is for him to wear a suicide belt. The average Nigerian is afraid to die. He remains in silence and patience, while the monster ravages. And you applaud.

      • John Paul

        Is Fayose still the Governor of Ekit State.

        Is this not the same Fayose, who was caught, red-handed, on audio tape, together with Senator Iyiola Omisore, former minister of police affairs Caleb Olubolade, the then Minister of Police Affairs Jelili Adesiyan and the Minister of State for Defense Senator Musiliu Obanikoro discussing how they will use the Nigerian Armed Forces to rig the Ekiti State Elections

        If it were in saner climes, as soon as that tape was leaked to the press, Fayose would have broken down in tears, got down on his knees and apologized to his family, Ekiti State and the Nigerian people, for betraying them and himself, even before the entire press calls for his resignation

        If it were in China, the story would have been different

        No one can argue that the rule of law should not govern all relationships in Nigeria. But from what we are seeing in Nigeria today, the rule of law is being bastardized by our oppressors.

        They conveniently forget that looting of public funds is a pervasive violation of the rule of law

        Can you image that 55 mostly PDP-Nigerians are said to have looted N 1.34 trillion in 8 years, but not a single one of them have come out to apologize to their fellow Nigerians, for abusing the trust that was reposed on them, and for the death and carnage that their looting is causing in Nigeria until today

        These idiots will rather have the system crash, than patriotically accept responsibility for their malfeasance, like civilized people in other countries

        Anyone who visited the Okigwe, Owerri, Ado Ekiti Federal Prisons or any of the jails in Nigeria, during the 16 years of PDP , would have shed tears. The conditions were deplorable and the amount of inmates, awaiting trial, who were living in squalor, was heart wrenching.

        Does the rule of law not apply to them.

        Yet, not even a single PDP member said “pimp” about the rule of law, with regards to the thousands of prisoners awaiting trial in prisons all over Nigeria, during their tenure in office.

        It is now that they are being charged for violating “the rule of law” by looting the funds meant for the development of Nigeria, and in the process ruining the lives of millions of Nigerians, that these idiots are busy hypocritically talking about the rule of law and 1984

        • Bukola Ajisola

          John Paul you are spot on on the antics of Fayose.
          How can a brigand who won election by fraud now take on a credibly elected president and you expect DSS to ignore overt security threat called prophecy of death against the president?
          Even Jonathan would’ve put such insolence in abeyance.

          • Daniel Obior

            You have lied. A lot worse was done to Jonathan and he took it all in stride, as a true democrat. Buhari is a despot who does not believe in democracy. That is why he is unleashing his security agents to hound his perceived enemies. He is still the ex-military dictator the he is in all respect and acts.

        • Jon West

          If we were in saner climes, a man who instigated the death of tens of youth Corpers and thousands of others will be in court for murder and aggravated assault and can never contest for the Presidency ever again. Now he is President without the minimum qualification of WASC. Sai Baba!! Sai One Chance!!

    • Diamond Nivax

      If you wanted apology for electing Buhari then what would you want for a disaster that was Jonathan. You seem to underestimate the extent of destruction Nigeria suffered in the hands of Jonathan and PDP for 16 years. It has never been easy reconstructing a building whose foundation is largely defective. Sometimes, you may have to try a few things before deciding to pull it down and relay the foundation. The inhabitants of the house may have to suffer the discomfort and hardships of temporal relocation while the rebuilding work is taking place. It has to be meticulous and painstaking. While it took Jonathan and PDP 16 years to lay this land desolate and waste I cannot justifiably and fairly expect Buhari to rebuild it in just ten months.

      • Drake Solo

        Oh plsssss, spare us that 16 year damage crap, its getting boring and monotonous. The architect of 8 out of those 16 years is the navigator in your party. Amaechi, el rufai, kwankwaso, atiku et al were in same PDP, so shut the hell up.

        How can you praise a govt that can’t guarantee fuel for one year in a season of low oil price?

        How can you praise a govt with that shambolic budget?

        A govt that is floating, no policy direction?

        A govt that has never paid utait’s workers on schedule?

        A govt that tells lies at will.

        A govt that can’t successfully conduct elections in one local government?

        Go and sleep joor, you are fouling the air.

        • Thanks, you just spoke the mind of sanity.

          • Governor

            Which mind? Bleak mind that cannot think very well. We know people like you always resist change and always want the old order to continue. The Government is restructuring the NNPC and the subsidy fraud regime and naturally people like you that is benefiting from will create a scenario to blackmail the government and force them to reverse to the old order but sorry this Government is determined to get it once and for all. If u dumbo Jonah had built new refineries or at worst maintain the old ones and secure the pipelines we will not be talking of fuel importation not to talk of scarcity.

          • Hmmm, first of all what definition is given to this “change” cliche of yours? Positive or Negative because they’re all change directions. Except you’re not resident in Nigeria but I hear wailings every now and then. I do not have negative thoughts on the present government but their posture constantly sells negativity. NNPC is being restructured to block leakages and the likes, corruption is being fought and the blah blah blah yet secret employees are inserted into CBN and other institutions that are not yet public, prices of commodities are on the increase yet the Naira hasn’t been devalued, killings and genocide take place in Agatu and the likes, my list can go on …and yet you talk about CHANGE. PLS, be careful where you scream this kind of change because your safety may not be guaranteed. Rethink!

          • share Idea

            hahahahaha

          • share Idea

            Which government is restructuring NNPC, where the man at head of the organisation have told the whole world that he is not a magician. Nigeria we hail thee

          • abodes_124

            Please enlighten us. Do we still have subsidy or do we not. Sai Baba has not made any pronouncement but as an expert on his ‘body language’ you may help us. Confusion is driving the nation crazy

        • Chichi Girl

          Thank you!

        • NIBC

          And a Govt who has painted the so called last 16yrs as though nothing ever came out of it that was positive. We await the emergence of the saints at the end of this leadership.

        • ASK

          It is not all about this government; it is all about you and I that want business to continue as under disaster call GEJ.

          • abodes_124

            i suspect if you ask the man in the street now he would reply that he would rather have the ‘disaster’ he experienced under Jonathan than the ‘change’ he is now experiencing under Buhari.

          • Johan

            At least during the ‘ disaster ‘ era , there were pads of dollars in select citizens’ abodes ( and outside the Banking system ) for sharing . And this was good economy and so how dare ‘ change ‘ it ! Lord have mercy .

        • Your responses was a hogwash and totally weak. The first duty of any leader is protecting lives and properties. What did we got under GEJ?
          In four years 17k lives lost
          In four years 100k people injured in bomb blast
          In four years 1.5m IDPs
          In four years 3.3 trillion of our saving were stolen in the name of arms procurement.
          To cap it it all 21 local governments were FORCEFULLY taken
          The question I love asking is if GEJ had done well, why the CHANGE? And don’t give me the crap that a section of the country foisted the security situation on GEJ in order to undermine him. What happen to kidnapping, pipe line vandalization (National asset), sea piracy, inland waterways robbery and piracy ??? What proactive measures did he took as a Commander-in-Chief? If PDP and GEJ had in 16 years turned the South /South to some replica of Dubai with the enormous resources available then, why the CHANGE?
          Amaechi, Kwankwaso, Atiku et al were the darling toast PDP under GEJ mismanaged, and they paid dearly. Politics is all about numbers. They came to a new platform begging for forgiveness and they were baptised and asked to sin no more. If you have any shred of evidence at your disposal of their past misderds, the EFCC will honor your petition or you can institute legal process.
          Nigeria is NOW “on the table” with other democracies under PMB.
          In ten months we are seeing some policy reversal of the past misdeeds that is getting acceptance from USA, EU, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, SA, China etc. No country go it alone and that’s what GEJ wanted. A president that allows stealing in the daytime and popping Champaigns with women at night.

          • kiza

            Spare me all these trash!; you have no real clues about whats happening here or had happened here. The argument you put forward is more of an Infants’. Open your eyes and see that we are sinking deeper into a more rotten pit…the earlier we act the better for us as a nation. Be warned Buhari and co can not deliver! The have glaringly denied alll campaign promises….what proof again do we need to acsert that this present government at the center is worse than GEJs

        • Victor

          God bless you my brother. I wonder why people are still deceiving themselves about what is so glaring for all to see.

        • Tony Oshea

          Thanks Drake,in addition to your observations, under GEJ Fulani herdsmen did not annihilate people in mile 12,Lagos or massacre in Agatu ,Benue state.Budget was never” PADDED” under his watch.The animal noise about fighting corruption is overwhelming, yet NOT one single person has been convicted by any competent court under this administration. All we hear is media trials on the pages of newspapers, by brain-washed sycophants, and threats on the life of judges and Justices.The Gestapo abduction of Ekiti legislators is a sign of things to come.When Abacha came on board in 1993,these same people hailed him and wittingly supported him to unseat Sonekan, a Yoruba man,only to turn around one year late,1994/95 and start a prolonged fight with Abacha.Their rational for supporting a prospective president will baffle any normal,educated ,experienced analyst.

        • simeon ikechukwu

          You have said it all. It is duty of all Nigerians to ensure real change is effected when next the opportunity comes. Problem is most of us will still line behind candidates of big parties, however we all know those big parties are incapable of allowing a revolutionary aboard their ship. Lets be wiser next time

        • Rename group

          you said it all…cluesless regime that keep pointing fingers while there members represent the 16yrs and OBJ was the captain of the 16yrs. I rather advise OBJ to take note that the so much tauted abt 16yrs is all abt him.

        • united

          Yes that is their song of deception 16yrs, was Jona there for 16yrs? Jonathan though not pragmatic, did much but was swept away by lying tongues from those who want power to return to North at all cost. Yes Jona made terrible mistake and we needed change but not from a coup plotter.

      • Zico

        Good talk, Diamond.

        • Daniel Obior

          Good talk by someone still hoodwinked and under the spell of APC lies and propaganda.

      • Itodo Okey Santos

        Can you kindly say something else?

      • Governor

        May God Almighty increase you in knowledge for this beautiful response to the wailing wailers who refuses to wailed when their hero destroyed the country and made us a laughing stock in d comity of Nations.

        • Have you ever made yourself proud? I’m guessing you’re a laughing stock to your own self, so how would you know otherwise? Smh!

        • Jon West

          You are now really a laughing stock with your Angela Michael, Western Germany, Deutshe Mark and French franc President, a real anacronysim in the real world. A relic of an inglorious past . Now we are really a joker nation. I hope you enjoyed his performance on Al Jazeera. Sai Baba!! Sai One Chance!! Sai Certificatelessness!!

        • sanetalk

          You shouldn’t be surprised at the vacuity of supporters of the past government as it has become clear by their line of reasoning that they are still in a daze over their defeat and in denial of the new Nigeria reality. Some of them even gave the lame excuse that GEJ was not there for sixteen years as if it was all about him. The issue has to do with the type of political class foisted on the country over the years whose cup became full with GEJ’s crass incompetence. We are not surprised by their current wailings, they have been around for almost forever and have amassed resources by robbing our patrimony and are unleashing same to confuse the unwary. We knew better when we voted for the change that the road was strewn with landmines which will take time to clear. Thankfully we are getting out of the rot and our hallelujah song is about to commence to the shame of the wailers who prefer to go back to Egypt. Nigeria is on the rise again

          • Kola Koleola

            Delusion ….absolute self-denial

      • MIke Oke

        Please I want my last 16 years back. You can keep Buhari’s 10 months. Thank Thank very much. From now on I will embrace “the last 16 years” abuse.

        • gohen

          That was below the belt. GOOD TALK

        • fld8778

          Fine, I sincerely pray May God almighty pump into your life “the efficiency” “the integrity” and “the performance” of the previous administrations in Nigeria. I wait for you to say amen in this platform, and by Grace of God the prayer will be accepted.

          • Jon West

            Compared to the last ten months? I say Amen! Amen! Amen!!

          • MIke Oke

            AMEN!!!!!!

            AMEN!!!!!!

            AMEN!!!!!!

            And may God give you an abundance of edible “auntie kwarapshon” as President Bubu is giving us in Nigeria today. Let your life forever be sweet like we’ve had it in the last 10 months. Can I get an amen?!

          • fld8778

            Amen. Amen.Amen.

          • Kola Koleola

            Just for the sake of clarity, could you point us to this Solid foundation my dear.
            Because what I see is utmost catastrophes. How do you explain the nepotism that was demonstrated at CBN as a solid foundation? How do you see the square pegs in a round hole ministers of this government as solid foundation?
            How do you call an insensitive and the far removed mentality of the person of our President as building of solid foundation.
            Just recently the British news media reported that their Prime Minister has to cut short his vacation to address the issue of Tata Steel plant which would affect thousands of British jobs. Conversely in that same week, Nigerians were being subjected to an untold hardship of a no fuel no light situations nationwide; what did our President/Minister of Petroleum do? He flew out to Washington to attend a conference on Nuclear as if our lives depend on it.
            Let us begin to close ranks and tell ourselves the plain truth. This President has no clue and nothing to offer us.
            The earlier we agree on this fact the better for us.
            GEJ was Spineless not clueless, PMB is really the clueless one.

          • fld8778

            The problem is that most Nigerians are so fickle it is painful. You easily forget the past and you are so transient. You forgot when our military was running from Bokoharam calling it tactical withdrawal. You forgot about mindless looting that took place in the last few years of this country. Yes our lives depend on his trip to US because Nigeria is seriously planning to go nuclear in terms power generation but again as a Nigerian if is not something that will yield results immediately you will not see it as important. The Cbn recruiting is bad and the governor should be sacked

          • Kola Koleola

            You tried so hard to absorb the very person who’s responsibility lies give give answers to the many questions Nigerians are asking. Tell me if this is not the height of reckless and idiotic poor judgment by the President to fly out when the entire country is in the state of despondency.
            It must be only in Africa that a President would abscond from he’s responsibilities when the economic lives his nation is about to ground to its very ebb.
            So Buhari considers the attendance of a conference on nuclear summoned by the US government over fuel and power crisis which have the capacity to create further hardship and insecurity for Nigeria.
            Let me ask you; what exactly was the purpose and what are both the short and long term benefits for the country?
            As Petroleum Minister what changes or what has Nigerians benefited from that post?
            Please quit defending the indefensible; Nigeria is serious trouble with leadership right now.
            Buhari has lost it!

          • abodes_124

            How you can build and maintain a nuclear power plant when you cannot maintain an ordinary oil refinery that little boys in the creeks are able to put together and produce petrol and diesel.

          • abodes_124

            direction? in which direction ?

      • Ene Martin

        you are not a gud analyst.In your mind, nigeria started just in the last 16 years and all of their problems started just in the last i6 years. Please, nigeria is 55 plus, and you can not dissociate nigerian past from your geniuse buhari, incase you have forgoten, your buhari ruled nigeria in the 80s by truncating democracy that he is benefiting from now, after that he plunged the country into a serious economic waterloo,that nigerians went into celebration when he was yanked away from power by babangida,By the way, in the last 16 years made their money and spent it on project which they felt was in the scale of preference and even made attempt to save in form of excess crude account which your Amechi and oshomole went to court to secure an injuction to share.Buhari should make his own money and use it to execute his own projects. who will make the money for him to come and spend. let him be creative and creat money and stop looking for money that he did not keep even in his own regime.

      • Victor

        Did Jonathan rule Nigeria for sixteen years?. Your lies and continuous attempt to demonize the immediate past Jonathan led administration can not cover the gross incompetence that is so evident for all to see under the reign of your Mohammed of Daura. For the records, only few states were not able to pay salaries when Jonathan left office, and most of those states were those that spent their state resources sponsoring APC presidential election. Under this confused government, Nigeria has had the worse fuel scarcity in our history as a nation, even with the so exorbitant price, the product is still not available. Under this government, elections are now a do or die affair marred with violence and lose of lives. The business of any responsible government is to solve problems and not to continue to make endless excuses. Obasanjo did what he could do within eight years and left, the Late Yau ra’ dua continued, and Jonathan continued from there. Why hip all the problems of Nigeria on Jonathan?. How come all of a sudden every member of the APC are now saints?, while those of PDP are all devils, even when more than half of APC members where PDP members for almost sixteen years?. You can continue to deceive yourself that there is fight against corruption going on. Every sane mind can see and tell that it is nothing but fight against the opposition.

      • omibiga

        Except I am the one forgetting something, Segun Adeniyi was an active part of that “16 years of locust occupation of our land.” My real worry is that this government is not fighting corruption as it claims but is only busy chasing shadows while corruption grows by the day. May God help us!

      • abodes_124

        We will continue to watch helplessly. It is in our nature. Happy?

      • Uzoh63

        You are a callous fool,the fuel sacrcity in 2015 after elections were orchestrated by Buhari statement that he doesn’t know the meaning of sudsidy and that he will not pay any.The petroleum importers stopped importing and selling demanding that their old debts be paid.it is on record that Jonathan had to withdraw money from excess crude account to pay the importers but they insisted of collecting all their arrears because they do not trust the new dracula coming in.
        Pls tell Nigerians this your amount of destruction caused by Jonathan’s Govt,explain these destructions so that we can understand it.Was Nigeria a pariah state under Jonathan and he conducted free and fair election that APC nad Buhari won?
        Did election not hold in all states in Nigeria peacefully and were they not monitored by foreign observers?
        Were these 27 State Governors you are talking about not collecting Allocations monthly from Abuja,why were they not paying salaries ?
        Should Jonathan as president pay salaries of state Govt workers?Now that you have amessaiah as president who even borrowed those roguish Governors money through the CBN ,have they paid the salaries?
        Why are all APC Governors owing salaries including oil bearing states like Imo and Edo states while Anambra and Akwa Ibom are paying salaries as at when due?
        You guys do not know Buhari and his abracadabra,he has never ran a system without everyone afraid unnecessarily,he likes these voodoo posturing meanwhile he has never achieved anything even in business or the so called farming.

      • In the past 16 years, Nigeria paid off the foreign debt that were accumulated by past regimes including Buhari’s. Nigeria built 10 new power plants and established EFCC and ICPC. Nigeria rebuilt 22 airports and new ones at Asaba, Jigawa etc. Nigeria conquered Ebola but past regimes could not conquer polio. Nigeria revolutionized agriculture that was always fraudulent under past northern rulers. Nigeria enabled local manufacture of motor vehicles where past regimes killed PAN, Annamco etc. Nigerian economy grew at 7.5% per annum and became the largest in Africa overtaking Egypt and South Africa. Under Buhari, it is growing at 2.5%. Nigeria unleashed the telecoms revolution whereas under Buhari/Abacha it was criminal to have Internet access while IBB said phones are not for the poor. Nigeria build more than 14 brand new universities. Fuel and power were available until Buhari came in. There was inclusion of all sectors of Nigeria but Buhari made it state policy to exclude sectors that did not vote for him. Under GEJ elections were free and fair and were normally conclusive. Under Buhari all elections have been fraudulent, violent and “inconclusive”. Under Buhari, he is quick to threaten others but supports the Fulanis in unleashing mayhem. Under GEJ, infrastructure development was constant but under Buhari, nothing is happening. Under GEJ, there was separation of powers but under Buhari, the senate is being persecuted, states are being hounded. Under Buhari, the anticorruption has turned to hounding of all that have political issues with Buhari.

      • Johan

        If Jonathan , the PDP and its machinery we’re still in power , where would Nigeria be by now ? Can somebody attempt an answer in the light of such monumental revelations such as the Dasukigate , etc ?

    • Bukola Ajisola

      Buhari’s so called non-performance in ten months is nothing to compare with the sixteen years of vacuous leadership and mindless stealing executed by Pdp.
      Nigerians would rather endure another year of the so called none-performance and re-invent the wheel under Buhari than be enamored to Fayose’s insensate garrulousness.
      Bros ten months is inconsequential with a team as solid as we presently have.
      Pls read the budget and be sanguine about it.

      • Daniel Obior

        You call what you have now a team, with lunatics like Amaechi running riot all over the place? You sure have no idea what a team is or means.

        • Bukola Ajisola

          Between Amaechi and Fayose who is more lunatic to borrow you expletive.
          The president carry out the functions of the judiciary.
          How van you say Buhari is despotic when the Supreme court discountenanced the card reader to validate woke and the judgement stands.
          Do you know the meaning of despotism ot means no institution is allowed to function outside a dictator.
          Let people go to court and stop distracting this God sent president.

          • Daniel Obior

            Amaechi is a member of the federal executive council and Fayose is not. You probably cannot tell the difference anyway. A despot is a tyrannical and oppressive ruler, which Buhari has been since his military days running the country in 1984. You probably have a very short memory, since you do not seem to remember. If such a man is your God sent president to you, it means you do not know God. God has no hand in ordaining a tyrant.

          • Zico

            Despot? That is unfair. If PMB is a despot, how will you describe leaders that have terribly plundered our commonwealth? Which memory are you talking about? We all witnessed what happened in 1984 and I know well meaning Nigerians (not the rogues) liked what that Government did then before he was overthrown.

          • Daniel Obior

            Of course Buhari is a despot. So too are many others who have been heads of state. That some liked Buhari’s oppression in 1984 does not make them well meaning. I would describe them as suffering from masochism. You appear to belong to the group, based on your comment.

          • bigdaddy

            and see the kettle claiming i savaged a gentleman. did you need to call him a masochist.

          • Daniel Obior

            See this dirty pot being jealous a gentleman was complementary to me. If you were not such a cantankerous person in this forum, someone may also have appreciated your contributions like mine. Take my advice. Be creative and lead comments in this forum. Don’t just stay at the side always sniping at other contributors. That is lazy.

          • bigdaddy

            remove the speck in your eyes bruv. really, i am cantankerous? anybody going through our conversations will know at what point and who started getting nasty to each other. it certainly was not me. you are not capable of having a conversation with anyone who disagrees with you without you insulting him. for instance why prefix dirty before the pot? saying pot, like i said kettle would have been civil but oh no, daniel had to be insulting. Take your time and go through your posts not just with me but with others and purge yourself.
            even madmen get applause. Dont take the up votes too seriously. we all know majority of the trolls on this forum are pro GEJ.
            Why do you keep to vanguard and thisday? why not go to punch and the nation and see how much you will be appreciated.
            i dont need to lead anything. my main aim being here is to counter the misinformation, disinformation, hate and prejudices being spewed by trolls like you on this medium to further divide this nation along its fault lines. i am very active on your sister site too on vanguard.
            whats lazy and unintelligent about that?

          • Daniel Obior

            You are ever a pathological liar. Your post of 3.55 pm yesterday started it all. Otherwise, I had been easy with you. I simply responded to provocation from a coward like you. Upvotes from fellow contributors are like peer evaluations. You do not get them because of your intellectual bankruptcy. You are like a leper in this forum. Your attempt to put Punch and The Nation on the same pedestal with ThisDay, Punch and Guardian shows your lack of appreciation for quality. You cannot lead comments because you lack the intellectual capacity to do so. So shut up, BIG DADDY LIAR AND COWARD.

          • bigdaddy

            of course i am a leper on the PDP supporters forum. how do you expect me not to be an outcast among kleptomaniacs and their supporters? God forbid. I am here to offer you guys salvation from kleptocracy. i expect to be much maligned.
            quality? when their oga has been busy vomiting all the yams he ate to provide support to a failed president? Com on be real mr belligerent.

          • Daniel Obior

            Address the issue. You intellectually challenged scum.
            BIG DADDY LIAR AND COWARD.

          • Itodo Okey Santos

            On point. It seems some people are mistaken thisday for punch, vanguard etc. there is no room for Chealse/ man u style of arguments here.

        • Jon West

          And you forgot the hairdresser Finance Minister.

          • Daniel Obior

            Thank you.

      • Hahaha! Sanguine indeed.

      • gohen

        You keep talking about these 16 years forgetting that Obasanjo, Atiku, Tambuwal,Amaechi,Saraki, and all the numerous APC saint were part of that 16 years

    • Zico

      Mr. Osawe you seem not to see anything good in this administration. Well, I voted and campaigned for PMB and I am satisfied and happy that i voted wisely. Things may be rough at the moment, given the prevailing economic situation and the recklessness of the previous administration. However, I believe all will be well at the end of the day. Please be patient with the PMB administration and all will be well. As for competence, unfolding events have really shown that PMB is competent and in a good position to help stop impunity and reduce (if not eradicate) corruption. Let us give him needed support. It is well with you Mr. Osawe.

      • Daniel Obior

        You voted alright for Buhari. One is not sure you voted wisely given the pathetic performance of the administration, so far. You may be entitled to consoling yourself, nevertheless.

      • The facts

        You voted for someone who said his children studied abroad because he could afford it but frustrating the efforts of current students studying abroad and you say you voted wisely. Keep dreaming and I hope you wake up from your slumber.

      • Itodo Okey Santos

        Stop impunity and reduce corruption? How? How on earth do you think that Buhari’s approach to corruption will achieve that? The world have gone beyond this outdated approach. We have seen all these before. Serious countries are building strong institution that prevents corruption from happening in the first place.
        They are not building strong individuals. Successful countries are built on strong institutions and systems. For example; What if Buhari drops dead today? I know typical Nigerians will shout God forbid! But that is our problem. We are too lazy to think and too comfortable in our situation that we don’t care to learn from others. If Buhari’s approach is effective one, by now Nigeria should have been rid of criminals and armed robbers.

        If Gej and Adesina was shouting after those that have been looting the country for decades under the disguise of fertilizer subsidy without creatively blocking and dismantling the system that supports it, by now we would still be loosing billions of Naira with sundry fraud cases on the hand of Efcc that will be causing additional billions to prosecute.

        Common sense tells us that to prevent is cheaper than to cure!

        • bigdaddy

          while trying to prevent you must deal with the offenders at the same time. There shld always be retribution for crimes one commits. i have not seen any country in the world that does not punish offenders and only concentrates on prevention. or have you?
          prevention and punishment must both be vigorously persued.

          • Jon West

            Yes, prevention and punishment should go together. However, if you think properly, prevention is a thousand times more important for both a nation and an individual. Prevention keeps the resource under threat in the kitty of the nation or person. Punishment , while important, is a bit of an afterthought. The resource is already stolen and may not be recovered or recoverable as we have seen with the Abacha loot and other stolen funds- $2.8 billion NNPC money under Buhari as Petroleum Minister, Umaru Dikkos $4 billion(?) lost even though Buhari tried to crate him home, $12 billion Gulf War windfall money, Halliburton, $16 billion power investment, Siemens scandal, subsidy scandals, Diezani and Atlantic Energy scandals, Offshore Processing Scandal, Dasukigate, Boko Haram scandal. The list is endless.

            How much of this money do you think you can recover?Perhaps 10% over the next thirty years. Is it not better to concentrate on making sure that the money is not stolen in the first place? This is really an oxymoron. Prevention is the 99% option, punishment is the 1% option. Only mentally challenged Nigerians are impressed by all this noise about Naira and kobos trickling back from recovered corruption funds,only to be perhaps stolen again as we have seen. Get clever , my dear person.

          • bigdaddy

            i fail to see how your comment further improves on my position. my last line i think has summarized all you pointed out. i certainly did not diminish the importance of prevention, or did you perceive otherwise from the comment i posted.

          • Itodo Okey Santos

            Am only proffering a better and sustainable approach. Am not by any means writing off deterrence. But like I said, if it effective as it is assumed in this our clime, we would have been rid of criminals and armed robbers.
            It was this the same Buhari in his millitary regime who took armed robbers to their home towns to be executed to show example and display the so called detterance. But do we have less armed robbers today? It is only a mad person that keep on doing thesame thing all over again and again while expecting a different result. The issue of detterance naturally comes along with enforcement of the law of the country and the society. But as the result have shown, the result is far from being positive.

            Prevention is key any time any day.
            Any serious government comes out with creative measures that gets rid of the root causes of corruption.
            We should stop deceiving our selves in this country. We all know that corruption in this country is systemic in nature.
            Why are playing the ostrich?

            If Buhari is serious in fighting corruption, let him dismantle this dysfunctional system in place. The last national conference have solved the problem for him.

            Putting handcuffs on people and parading them before cameras solves nothing.
            Enough of this stupid blind empty hero worship that is of no benefit to the future generation.

            Enough of this charade.

          • bigdaddy

            and i did not say your emphasis on prevention is not valid. It seemed from your comment your were trying to de-emphasize punishment. my contribution is PURSUE BOTH WITH EQUAL FERVOUR.

      • fld8778

        Zico, Most of the critics of PMB on this platforms are doing that based on sentiments so don’t even waste your time trying to convince them. They thought we forgot how the previous administration bastardized every institution in this country including the military and that led to more that 15000 Nigerians killed in north east and $billions lost in property. With all the revelations on how our common wealth have been looted they are still bent on telling us that our votes for change are in vain. I pity them. Sentiment truly kills.

        • bigdaddy

          i saw ur conversation with one mike saying he wants the last 16yrs as opposed to the 10months of buhari. he wants to continue living in the yrs of the locust eating his share of the country’s resources as well as that of his future generations today. Good luck to all of them and i mean goodluck as in goodluck ej. they cannot rationalize that the yrs of the locust under their beloved GEJ is responsible for his hunger/hardship today.

        • Jon West

          You can remember till eternity, but the question is, are you better now, nearly one year after your Chanji occurred? Please the death toll from Boko Haram is at least 1 million. We use stupid figures because we do not have institutions that gather actionable data. Maybe 25-50,000 have died from actual war casualties, but how many died from disease, starvation, hopelessness etc. This is where the death toll piles up. The death toll is even higher now than in the previous administration as people die in IDP camps and in villages and towns without any health facilities.

          The previous administration stopped Ebola in its tracks but your Chanji agents cannot contain Lassa fever, a simple disease that has been with us for a long time. 9 people died from the Ebola scourge, against 60,000 in Guinea , Liberia and Sierra Leone, while Lassa fever has already consumed thousands of Nigerians under the watch of your Chanji One Chancers. Keep hoping, deceiving yourselves and dying. Sai Baba!! Sai One Chance!!

          • bigdaddy

            classic case of confabulation and obfuscation of facts to hoodwink the unwary and gullible. your source please.

      • Victor

        I can’t help but wonder how long you want to keep lying to yourself. You may have voted for Buhari, that’s your choice no doubt, but am sure from your heart of heart you are regretting the gross mistake you did to your father land. PMB is the patron of impunity since assuming office using the incessant refusal to obey court orders under a democratic setting and the invasion of state government houses as in the case of Cross River and Ekiti states as yard stick. If in your dreams that’s how impunity will be stopped, well you are permitted to continue to deceive yourself for as long as you want. From the very woeful Forex policies so far championed by this government, lack of clear policy direction for the economy even after ten months, i wonder what other way to define incompetence on the part of Buhari and his confused APC led federal government. There are truly different levels of insanity.

    • VERA

      This is the best summary I have come across in this forum. Nothing more, nothing less.

    • ASK

      Osawe, I beg to disagree with you. Nigerian will not regret for electing Mohammed Buhari as President in 2015 general election as he was more credible than GEJ. If GEJ had done well, there is no way Nigerian would preferred Buhari to him. GEJ failed abysmally.

    • share Idea

      Thank you my gee for aptly stating the facts

    • ChRIS D

      omoregie osawe, your comment is apt, thank you

  • Jon West

    Finally, Segun Adeniyi, the last of the usual suspects; the gang of compromised ethnic journalists of the Afonja genre, who sold the Certificateless One as the messiah to the intellectually challenged populace of the Lugardian zoo, has made his own contribution to the debate on the unfolding disaster of the APC Governmnent.
    Like his other gang members, as if rehearsing a choreographed drama, he first softened the ground before coming to the point of this article – that the APC Government of the Certificateless One is an unmitigated disaster, barely one year in office. It was the same Afonja journalistic genre that has always sold their readers short in the analysis of governments intentions and policies, from 1999 to date.
    They always position themselves to benefit from the fall-out of Governmnet corruption and then turn around to act as the conscience of the nation. I am happy that at least we have other journalists of a different genre, who will say the truth as is , and will never advise a truth sayer , like Ayo Fayoshe, warts and all, to mind his language when dealing with people who have no idea of the rule of law and decorum in the running of the affairs of state.
    When the history of this disaster of a Government is written, the name of Ayo Fayoshe, will feature prominently as one who dared the dictator with his democratic right of freedom of expression. He may pay the price, but then worse things have happened to even collaborators; ask Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, whenever you see him in the afterlife.

    • Imoduu

      Big bros we warned them, but the apc e-rats who were mostly not born during the time the certficateless (apology) one held sway as a despot shouted us down as a result of the spell cast on them by Tinubu and his gang of rascals.

    • UOU

      Like they took out abiola, who is their chief conspirator and collaborator, in all crimes and at every time, they would most easily take out tinubu than they would fayose. Time will tell

      • Jon West

        That’s the point really. When the time for killing comes, it will be Tinubu, not Ayo Fayose that will be the victim. The Fulbe hate traitors of any genre with a vengeance. Soyinka, Obasanjo et al, please always look over your shoulders. Once you have served your purpose, you become expendable.

    • Akinola

      &UOU Would you guys continue to grief for the next three years haven done so for this last one year? Ko le to yen, cheer up guys, better days are coming.

    • opamkaa

      Gbam!

  • Asuk

    Thank God somebody is able to comment on the DSS MADNESS. We must resist ” 1984″. Creating fear in the the populace will kill our democracy. Freedom of expression is key to any modern democracy. I move that the current DSS director be relieved of his office for his primitive tyranny.

    • Daniel Obior

      The buck stops with the president. The DSS is only carrying out the wish of the executive. Is the president unaware of what is going on? The president is to blame not the DSS director. Lets call a spade a spade.

      • Bukola Ajisola

        Is it reasonable to blame the President or Fayose that has abandoned governance for shenanigans?

        • Daniel Obior

          The buck stops with the president who has the responsibility of calling his security agents to order. We are no more in military rule. This is a democracy and agents of the government must not be allowed to constitute a law in themselves.

        • Itodo Okey Santos

          Shenanigans? How? What is wrong bout what fayose is doing or saying? And what do you mean by abandoning governance? When have telling truth and political self expression become a crime. Is it right for Buhari/Apc to dish out lies to Nigerians continuously without someone speaking out? For the fact that some section of the country have decided to have hypocrisy as a brand identification does not criminalize the actions of someone who dares to be different.

    • amador kester

      Good move and if they are acting in national interestextraconstitutionally as they presume to be and since corruption is the greatest security challene ( and yes it is by ramifications!) ,why then did they allow ex efcc chairman lamorde to shun senate invitation to explain the missing trillion recovered by efcc . Lamorde has presently gone scotfree having used a corrupt judiciary to get reprieve. ( and another fundamental question more devastating in its ramifications: why should it take the courts to remind mr president to publicly account for recovered loots?) It is apparent that dss was flying too rough,overshot its operational runway and could crashland into the dustbin of history just like shagari,s nso in 1984.. History is a cycle of modulated octaves repeting like recurring decimals on different frequency wavelengths… Pray,adeniyi pray that the dss uses commando style to arrest all the indicted corrupt officials evading senate summons. You are a prayer warrior from your adventures above ( i did not say a selfserving prayer warrior) and a good prayer is one which blesses not only oneself but also the generality of the population.. So the scriptures and the true clergies say..Alleluia

    • Bukola Ajisola

      DSS need a measure of madness to rein in a mad antics of fayose

  • MASKVILLA

    Thanks Segun for the write up. However, you seem to be playing the devil’s advocate here. Fayose is simply exercising his fundamental human right which the Presidency and APC just have to take right in the chin after-all, GEJ was called all manner of names and several false allegations levied against him and his Government yet he never hounded anyone with the DSS.

    The leopard never sheds its spot, we are back to 1984,we can denial it for now but in about 6months time, it most likely would be undeniable any more for even you do recognize the trend though you tried to smoothen it out.

  • Toby

    If Fayose should be the last man to be killed by Buhari, so be it. He becomes a hero to be immortalized.

    By the way the president’s tenure isn’t out, prophet Fayose may end up to be right. Then hellish ammaggeedon will be let loose in this country because the north will never see Osibanjo and Tinubu enjoy the “doctrine of necessity ” this time.

  • kaylord Esq.

    I am so happy that one of my favorite columnist has agreed to the fact that we are back in the era of 1984 wherein the rights of citizen are suspended. Rule according to Law is Buhari’s weakest point and as Nigerian, we should expect more. Fayose in the words of Segun should be wise but, “a kin pa oun mo agogo lenu” we must talk to put PMB in check. This is not a military era!

    • Bukola Ajisola

      If your talking is to resonate Fayose then it’s a waste of time.You will talk for the next three years and lose election again.

  • Pot and kettle

    Segun, you’re just a cheap man. Is it because you won a free cruise that you’re now giving free publicity to TBI and Royal Caribbean? Yeye man.

    • omodafididafidi

      In fact the whole thing coupled with the name dropping procedure in every sentence made me feel I was reading a DELE MOMOMODU article. The whole thing get as e b.

  • christopher

    Why not just call a spade a spade… all these speaking from both sides of your mouth is bound to catch up with U, if it hasn’t already?

  • A Aminu

    Segun, let’s be serious. Did you really win at that lottery or just one of your fictions. I find it interesting that it happened just like that. Too good to be true. Waiting for your portal lunch of April 7th. I have been looking for how I can retreave your article on Lamidi Adedebu, the consequential politician of Ibadan, who went to the market and came back with seven chicken. He did not buy them, it was not a gift, the chicken just had the misfortune to follow him home.
    On your main course, we are back to 1984, and 1984 will remain a recurring decimal in Nigerian politics as long as we have senseless, clueless leaders, ruling us the way they like. The voters have the right to vote out such leaders, and bring leaders that can correct such mistakes. PMB is here to put right those wrongs, as he tried to do in 1984. May he not be distracted by another clueless, cheap popularity seeker like that obtained in 1984. The other day, a contributor to a discussion even prayed that may PMB have the opportunity to stage a coup for himself, and rule this country out of our problems, like he did in 1984. To that I said- amen.

    • Bukola Ajisola

      Gbam

  • oau

    Segun Adeniyi is known for double standard. Did he ever condemn Tinubu, Lie Lie Mohammed, Amaechi and other APC leaders, who carried propaganda and lies against Jonathan? Among other lies they told Nigerians that PDP is sponsoring Boko haram.I never saw any write up from you just as you have been condemning Fayose.Tinubu called Jonathan drunkard fisherman,did you ever caution Tinubu till today?You are broke and is just looking for favour from APC

    • share Idea

      When I lost hope in Segun was when he lied to the nation that Yaradua that was not talking thanked Acting President as ‘Vice President’ and he never apologies penly to the nation since his lies were found out. So bad that he still habour deep ill-feelings for GEJ even when God keeps blessing GEJ.

  • FrankNinja

    1 – “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.” – Animal Farm

    2 – “Soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionary” – Bob Marley

    3 – “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

    4 – “They realize at last that change does not mean reform, that change does not mean improvement.” — Frantz Fanon

    5 – “If we fall back, can we complain that others are rushing forward ?” – Chinua Achebe

  • chyke

    Segun, what publicity will TBI need after your advertorial. I strongly believe that raffle draw was rigged in your favour. Who can give the Cruise company this type of publicity without paying a dime. With your story after the cruise on your portal, believe me it will be one advert with the killer punch. Enjoy, such benefit comes with the job

    • Toby

      My dear, the man is corrupt. Give him an election, he will rig it.

  • Adam Lawan

    the so-called literate nowadays sat in their comfort and comment with trash from ethnic view point. just 8months ago their memory has gone and forget how corruption is not stealing government misuse the opportunity of setting the nation on the path of development when crude oil is above $100 per barrel, which the price we are all paying today. the then government misuse the 6years while the nation remain in darkness, with unemployment, dilapidated road (even the 2nd niger bridge and the southeast roads), thousands of life goes under his watch because military are porting(sorry on tactical monouver) to Chad and Niger while the money meant for military are left under some corrupt accomplices of GEJ. wilth this atrocities now they want PMB to perform miracle in 8months after they have wasted our 16years. “it take a short to destroy but long to construct”
    Read how the Asian Tigers(Taiwan, South Korea, Singare pore) reach where they are today. God Bless Nigeria.

    • amador kester

      Well buhari is recovering $200 billion or 60,000 billion naira stashed by seven ex governors in dubai. That is enough to transform this society into a developed industrial nexus,build a million low cost houses for masses,attract massive fdi, par one on one to the dollar,create mega jobs,establish specialized 21 st century compliant universities and much more, provided its not carelessly re looted. Its now or never and lets see what happens

    • Itodo Okey Santos

      (1) the nation was not in darkness. Power generation was at its highest peak at at 4,500 mgwts. Today the power is at it lowest point 1,500 mgwts.
      (2) The rate of unemployment was far better than what we have today. The records are out there if you care to check them out.
      (3) There was more roads built under that regime than ever recorded in the history of this country. The records are out there if you care to check them out.
      (4) it is ironic that you mentioned 2nd Niger bridge. Are you referring to the same one that successive Nigerian past presidents deliberately ignored as a result of ethnic hate and wickedness? It only took someone like Gej to start the project and set out well financing plan to accomplish it. Well, on that area, the south east doesn’t need your lectures. They know those who are their friends.
      (5) ‘ thousands of lives goes under his watch’ seriously? If I may ask; have thousands of lives stopped going under now that we have the ‘messiah’? To me, I think the root cause of Nigerian problem is hypocrisy. It is a vice that is eating us up fast.

      (6) You mentioned the Asia tigers and admonish people to read how they got it right. I bet you have no idea how they did. Your pedestrian reasoning does not in any suggest that you have truly studied the political/economic development literature of Asian Tigers. Anyone who have done that, knows quite well that this administration is in the opposite direction. And the scary part of the whole unfortunate situation is that the man at helm of affairs Is suffering from gross deficiency of the skills and qualities that those Asian Tiger leaders possessed.
      (7) pls! Nigerians are not asking Buhari to perform magic. We are asking him to get basic way of doing things right. For you to achieve a particular objective or target, there should be a plan and a procedure. The fear of Nigerians is the obvious lack of plan, procedure and direction in Buhari/Apc led government. And this is the cause of the present mess we have found ourselves.

      Finally, Gej left him a handover document. It covered all that he faced when he assumed power, what he outlined to do, how he planned to do them, what he was able to achieve, what he could not, those that were on pipe lines etc. Why did Buhari/Apc refuse to make such important document public? Nigerians need to know what is in that document. It is a public property not Buhari’s or for Apc. It is the baseline we will use to evaluate Buhari/Apc government.
      Nigerians are tired of propaganda and excuses. We want to know what Buhari inherited in black and white. Tnx.

      God bless Nigeria

      • gohen

        Itodo, you did it again, well done !

  • ogbuefiakajiaku

    When this guy lost it after trying to ridicule the acting president through the hand of Turai I knew he was a typical yoruba man, plenty noise no balls. He joined the group to package Buhari as the next thing to salvage their so called country Nigeria. He kept quiet when GEJ was called clueless by El rufai,fashola,tinubu, osibanjo,akande because they wanted power. Today all those who were selling Buhari from the south west are ashamed to come out with apologies for deceiving their gullible followers.
    I was told by one of them that they voted for osibanjo not for Buhari because if he dies as they believe osibanjo will step in. I told him that it is not possible rather a civil war will resolve the situation and all gladiators will lose their lives.
    So Fayose said openly what others were saying in their bedroom.

    • share Idea

      Just made similar comment before seeing yours.

  • Edim Asekong

    I am seriously ashamed of Segun Adeniyi. Celebrating the rough hand tactics of Buhari at this age & time is to say the least irresponsible.

  • Bukola Ajisola

    Most anti -Buhari narratives are jaundiced rhetorics and cannot stand the test of scrutiny.Fayose would soon morph into a long silence after the Dubai expo.

  • Bukola Ajisola

    If the president is only engrossed in calling security agencies to order,and allow Fayose amd other agent provocateurs to breach security with abandonment he would’ve hijacked the judicial functions
    Let Fayose go to court and stop dragging the president into a none-executive orbit.

  • sylvester

    Someone said the last presidential election was the best. Not when kano and jigawa returned almost 4million votes.

    • bigdaddy

      so? can you compare kano’s population with that of any of the southwest states.
      a state like Kano with a population of almost 10 million returning over 2million votes is in order.
      how about Rivers returning 1.2million votes from a population of 5million. was that ok with you?

      • share Idea

        My Gee, the population of Nigeria is not upto 100m regardless what people bandy about. The number of registered voters have kept decreasing since INEC started biometric registration five years ago instead of increasing – why, because so many underage where registered and every year or two when supplementary registration is conducted, new new names will be included as majority of the supposed voters that turned 18 have already registered when they are 10.

        Nigeria Banks used to report that about 55m account holders are maintained by them but with advent of BVN, we now know that unique account holders are not more than 30m (this include Nigerians in diaspora). Has anybody notice the number of votes being returned since introduction of Card-Reader. With all the reported massive voter turn-out during the last presidential election, not upto 30m votes were recorded. Kano collected over 5m voters cards and with all the reported under-rage voting recorded less than 60% same for Lagos.

    • onyema22ohaka

      A whole governor who is supposed to have some modicum of education boasted that he unleashed the almajiris on GEJ to get rid of him.That says a lot of the fulbe tribe and their iredentist nature.
      The population posted in the north is usually a myth and a British creation.
      What they keep forgetting is that we in the digital age with all the BVN,TSA,etc (introduced by GEJ) and these will soon demystify their population lies.
      Talking about corruption it things like nepotism,false population count,bigotism,etc that constitute the worst aspects of it.

      • share Idea

        Have you not asked yourself why Buhari that is beating his chest for enforcing TSA have refused to enforce National ID card. NIMC originally scheduled mandatory effective date usage for September last year and it was shifted to February this year and now, nobody hears from them any longer.

        There are several factors that made the Northerners, few cabals from Southwest and Western world to make sure that GEJ did not win the last election.

        GEJ was focusing Nigeria to real development goals and the country was gradually regaining its pride of place inspite of all the challenges of BH. The western world was seriously afraid of threat Nigeria will give to them if allowed to progress, while locally, the Northerners are afraid that if GEJ is allowed to continue, he will demystify the bogus population they have been using to manipulate political affairs of the country. The SouthWest that have been in the fore-front of restructuring of the country abandoned it just because of a plate of porridge (VP position). The wonderful opportunity presented by last National conference is not being exploited by the country.

  • Mukhtari

    Well,to put it shortly,Luca Brasio got his wish and went down without fear. However, countless others like Boxer in George Orwell’s animal farm when he also went down,used for whiskey money for the pigs despite his overt support for the new masters of the farm. In politics, there a special place in the heart of the incumbent for the most vocal opposition.Frequently, that place is not the assassin’s ventricle. it is frequently the atrium of admiration and disbelief. There is special protection in being the most vocal opposition voice. To the cruise part,the crème de la crème who will be going on regular Royal Carribean Cruises Nigerian version may become the real ones who the DSS will arrest to popular applause. In an economy where 100million people cant live on 2 dollars a day, sitting on some luxurious whitewashed vessel rejected by affluent westerners for a string of near accidents, seems a sure way to get Buhari’s attention to the sources of wealth.legit or not,whether surrounded by pastors or Imams. Well, that is ,at a time when the government’s own cruise ship affair with Nigerians is fast running aground.

  • McUdenenwu

    This from Segun is very disappointing. There can be no virtue in speaking from both sides of the mouth. Openly threatening Fayose is reckless and unfortunate.

  • Bukola Ajisola

    May you be guided by the word of Karl max the weapon of criticism opens the criticism of the weapon
    As a Nigerian of Ekiti extraction I know Fayose has not done 10%of what Buhari has done in verifiable terms.
    The TSA has saved a whopping N3Tr which Fayose irresponsibility carpeted because it would block leakages in Ekiti.
    We used social media,print and electronic platforms to wrest power from Yaradua’s progenitors in favour of Jonathan so we cannot fold our arms not to defend good when its noticeable in our country.
    Thousands of Fayose cannot assail what has already been achieved just in 10 months.
    Those that have issues with efcc should take them to court.Buhari has no jurisdiction over the judiciary so Fayose’s uncouth expletives is uncalled for.
    Let educated Nigerians forget the tragedy of Jonathan and move on,Jonathan himself has moved on leaving the Nation destitute and his die hard supporters bitter to the point that they are bereft of clear reasoning.
    Its unfortunate.

  • IAM London

    With all glaring indication of the activities of the last administration as a government of the greedy by the greedy for the greedy, I wonder what would have happened had they return to power in that country. It is certain country called Nigeria wouldn’t exist on the world map any more. This is enough for any reasonable citizen to think about rather than engage in a misguided and criminally minded criticism of a ten month old government which can be regarded as a baby growing up with great ideas.

  • Odoh martin

    Good write up the truth needed to be said if things are not working.May god help us all.

  • Tea

    I am very disappointed with this write up. Your short introductory story does not apply to Fayose’s case with GMB, most people in opposition do same ask El rufai, tinubu & others. What is most worrisome is for the government in power to go after key critics of its policies with venom bcos certain interests in the SW want Fayose silenced.
    You continuously praise GMB in 1984 and 2015, but it is a fact that the ‘worst civilian regime is better than the ‘best’ Military regime. How was Nigerians faring b4 the Buhari coup of 1984 compared to after the coup. When GEJ came to power -how was Nigerians welfare compared to over 8 months of GMB leadership.
    It is foolhardy to believe what our leaders say all the time especially those who have carried out coups. They always tell people that the pervious govt was terrible and others after them say same about them too.
    If you believe in the truth then you must realize that despite the short comings of the Shagari regime, Nigerians where economically better off than the govts of GMB and IBB.
    Today APC and their clones like you want to feed us lies that the country is better off without PDP/GEJ and if PDP were still in power we would be worse off – please how can you possible prove this. The reality today in Nigeria is that we are fast seeing the negative change the APC is unleashing on the Nation.
    I hope Nigerians will not regret and lament like the Libyans are today. Bcos some fools told them that they could do better than Gaddafi but alas, if only they could turn back the hand of time.

  • American

    Just like Segun, I American has no sympathy for this thug governor yo fayose. He deserves whatever he gets including impeachment. He should not celebrate the withdrawal of DSS men from Ekiti yet because they are not yet done with him. There is a limit to what a man can do to a fellow man. fayose went over the limit. Is wishing a fellow man part of criticism ? No,it is not. fayose should wait and see.

  • NwaBiafra

    This 1984…………well, time will tell. But a prophet was born.

  • NwaBiafra

    OPERATION #BringBackOurGoodluck

  • Olaiya Ola-bamidele

    Further to the previous comments of Nigerians, I submitted that Nigerians has not learnt their lesson to embrace a drastic, uncommon change that will not come on a platter of gold. Please Nigerians, I don’t want to list/enumerate previous activities of past governments but please, lets all rise up as one to embrace this change individually and collectively and we shall all get their together.

    Individually;
    – resist what is not good coming your way
    – shun bad habit and embrace good conduct e.t.c.
    Collectively;
    – support good course
    – Exposed evil doer as much as it lies to you e.t.c.

    I bet you, if some of us traveled outside this country, you will wonder whether these political leaders are seen all manners of good changes embraced in some part of the world that their conscience did not moved them to really make a difference?
    God is watching, every one will be accorded his judgement accordingly am very sure of this, at least!

  • As it is

    Which time was better? The past 16years …..or the last 10 months?
    Are you better of in the past 10 months?

  • Rename group

    PMB is a known human right abuse chief, we should be careful not to praise him on that because and I warn, many of us singing and praising him will someday sooner become victims. We must stand by our freedom on expression and right of liberty and hold the govt responsible at all times.

  • omibiga

    “Against The Run of Play: How an Incumbent President Was Defeated in Nigeria”. Talk of “half empty and half full” Does anyone really needs to read the book to know what it is all about?

  • Kola Koleola

    The supreme argument for the reason why Buhari cannot and will not be a successful
    President is the fact that he is the very product of everything Corruption.

    This is a man who from age 17 has been a government child. He got into the army through nepotism
    and nepotism sustained him throughout his army career.

    He was catapulted
    into the Petroleum world through nepotism and was sustained by it.

    He was lifted into the political realm through nepotism and he has been sustained till today.

    Buhari has not created wealth or founded an NGO to give back to a country that have been
    so kind to him.

    He has never led any protest against corruption in any government that he belonged. For him
    Abacha is a saint just like Tinubu, Amaechi, and Atiku etc are not
    corrupt.

    Buhari was the Military Governor of the North Eastern state, coincidentally the same place
    that is now Boko Haram country. It was said that as governor he never
    built a classroom or a health center. 30 years later we all know the result of
    his poor stewardship with the rise of insurgence in that region.

    Buhari is he who laid the foundation of what is NNPC today. He sets the foundation. We are told
    that a structure is as good as the quality of its foundation.

    When Buhari was the first Chief Executive Chairman of NNPC and as the pioneer Petroleum Minister, it was then the corrupt seed of confusion was sown. That was when a graduate of History was elevated to head highly technical departments. That was when the sad story of NNPC began. He sited the largest and a more sophisticated refinery in Kaduna even though Kaduna has no crude oil deposit.

    What just took place at the CBN is a repeat of the old NNPC.

    It would therefore not be surprising when these same new employees of CBN who came
    through the back door begin to manifest corruption in years to come.

    That is how corruption was initiated and sustained in Buhari’s world.
    I Kola solemnly swear that Buhari has nothing to offer Nigeria. Reason? You do not give what
    you do not have.

  • stan Emelogu

    Revisionist Yoruba journalism. This is a lame attempt at backtracking. Buhari is your god and there is no running away from that. You created this beast and he is yours and yours alone.m,

  • BLUNT

    So any one who criticizes Buhari should get ready to die like Luca Brasi, Is that the logic of Segun Adeniyi’s tirade against Ayo Fayose?, Just wondered how this type of character and mind could ever have been appointed as spokes person for OBJ. a Very retrogressive mind.

  • Uzoh63

    The raffle draw was arranged since no one cross checked the names at the back of the ticket.You already mentioned your names and the woman knew you anyway.
    They never wanted to give it to someone they don’t know and that was the reason for the lady’s insistence that you attend,anyhow enjoy it ,na your connection got you the trip.Many things in Nigeria are pre-arranged like this,this is not the first or will it be the last.We are already used to these fairy tales of cheating in all aspects of our lives.

  • Iorsy k

    Well, on the issue of Ekiti State House of Assembly; if it is true as stated above, then they needed to have gone to court to against the DSS period.

  • Caleb Wole

    You’re so stupid with this write-up Segun.

  • Caleb Wole

    I think I need to withdraw that first comment. It was hurriedly submitted without going through the entire piece/article. I was really wondering if this isn’t the “real” Segun Adeniyi! Let me just quickly state here once again that the behavior of those DSS is not only barbaric; it’s very unfortunate. However, they can’t be blamed either…after-all, they were just obeying order from above-order from the most sadist person on the surface of this earth! Fayose can say anything he wants as a free citizen. There’s no crime in voicing out one’s opinion inasmuch as he’s not committing any treasonable felony. So, if I may ask-what is the big deal in what he has said about the former Presidential candidate of APC; what is even the big deal about what he’s now saying about President Buhari? It’s only in a yet-to-be civilized areas that people care about all those stuff. How many unpalatable things that many people have said about President Obama? How many names has he been called? The truth is that nobody cares. He can’t because of that ordered the security agents to go after anyone. It’s only in an uncivilized society such as my fatherland that people cry fouls simply because their “godfather” called President is being attacked verbally! In democracy, I believe there’s always room for criticism. It is part of the game. It not only guarantees seriousness by the ruling party; it checkmates the excessive behavior of the ruling party.

  • omo56

    The Redeemed church rejected the prophecy of one of their
    pastors who foretold the danger of Buhari administration. Our VP, a Redeemed is toothless as well as
    his mentor, Tinubu, who placed him in
    the post of VP now wakes from their slumber to see that the Fulani strategy of
    ruling Nigeria is the same just change in their tactics.

    El Rufai’s edict has been adopted in all 19 northern states.
    Now on “FULL SCALE SHARIA LAW IN OUR LEGAL SYSTEM+

    Dr.
    Eke wrote “the House of Representatives as covered by NTA2 and saw that the
    bill calling for the criminal aspects of Islamic Sharia law to be implemented
    in our legal system in Nigeria at the Federal and states passed the second
    reading today

    The bill to amend the 1999 Constitution
    of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to make provision for the full implementation
    of Sharia Criminal law at the Federal and states legal system has passed the
    second reading in the House of Representatives and no one is telling Nigerians
    what is happening! For all we know, when a bill passes the second reading
    unchallenged in parliament it is almost as good as passed!

    Long before the 2nd Republic, Muslim leaders in Nigeria have always agitated
    for the full implementation of Sharia in Nigeria. Nobody has forgotten
    the hot debates that took place in the Constituent Assembly of 1978 about the
    place of Sharia in the 1979 Constitution. Christian members kicked against the
    full implementation of full Sharia because non-Muslims would fall victim of
    this law. In the end, a compromise was reached that the Sharia Personal
    Law be allowed, not the criminal aspects. It was the same thing that
    happened in 1988 Constituent Assembly that produced the 1989 Constitution,
    which never took off.”

    EKE

  • Paul Irumundomon

    When the phrase change was introduced, into apc slogan, did it include apc members or exclude them all. If DSS can pick a law maker up for what ever reason, does change deprive the law maker of his right, that change, what right is in it, to deprive rights.
    We are setting a very bad precedence, you don’t agree, because your party is in power, to violate all laws, you become the bad leader and a beginning trip to failure.
    He was asked in one of his many over sea trips, what happened to his party members, in his war against looting, I figure the man, his main man, who always not repeat reporter questions, but also do some explanations, before my president can answer question, he failed to explained to him twice, what they asked him, so my president did not answer that question.
    I like to ask anybody here, for and against apc party and programme, what happens to apc members, who participated in the last looting regime, are they above the Nigerian law, or they have all disappeared. When you read in the papers, how some of the looters maid , I mean maid, are arrested and release, their arrest look more like jungle or elchapo justice.
    Any Nigerian of voting age, knows well enough without coaching, that the only way you win elections in Nigeria, is through bribing, I have seen it and experienced it. I mean any election, even inside religious houses. When this issues of campaign finance fraud, take over air waves, it is rediculiuse to speak the least, the state of their readiness, to pursue these looters. I was a witness, where apc bribed, when the only candidate contesting election, was apc and no opposition, they bribed when the only candidate was apc, just three years ago. If fashola had refused to campaign in lagos, he would have won re-election, but I saw how bags of rice were shared in barracks. Nigerians are not blind, a blind man, will notice excessive sand in gari, efcc be careful what you wish for.
    What we have today, was given to us in a plater of gold, what if Jonathan had refused the results. Events where he was not allowed to campaign, in some srates, or just for no reason, this is why I’m not happy, because we may never see a peaceful hand over like this ever again. I don’t know how he will manage it, Buhari must do what it takes to make it work and follow the law, so when it happens again in our life time, there will be precident to follow.