Thou Shall Not Underrate Atiku

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Simon Kolawolelive!, Email: simon.kolawoe@thisdaylive.com. SMS: 0805 500 1961

For years, he was rejected at the polls and given a tag that demarketed him among the electorate. His opponents said they knew how to get people to vote against him — just dress him up in the uncomplimentary toga and voters would avoid him like a raging plague. He tried as much as he could to explain that what people were saying about him was not true. That did not change the minds of his critics. Anytime he announced his intention to become president of Nigeria, many would scoff and ask: what exactly does this man want? Why is he so desperate to become president? Is it a must? Can’t he just accept that Nigerians would never vote for him?

But in 2015, everything changed. It was like a movie. The same Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, tagged as a religious bigot and dressed in the uncomplimentary toga of a jihadist for 12 years, suddenly became the darling of Nigerian voters outside his “core north” stronghold. The PDP stalwarts who said they knew how to win against him were shocked at the momentum he started gathering, even among those who disdained him for ages. Indeed, before the election was postponed, a survey suggested Buhari would beat President Jonathan by at least 11 million votes. The election was moved and Jonathan gained some ground but still lost — although by a more respectable margin.

And that is why I am bemused by the way APC stalwarts and top officials of the Buhari administration are toying with the threat posed by the obvious presidential ambition of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, who has left the ruling party for the PDP. Much has been said about the rolling stone that gathers no moss; just imagine how many times Atiku has changed parties in 10 years. Much has also been said about his seeming desperation to be president. But by far the biggest toga that has been designed for Atiku, like babanriga, is the stigma of corruption. Mention Atiku and the first thing that comes to the mind is “corruption”.

I guess this will be the marketing strategy of the APC campaign machinery in the countdown to the 2019 presidential election. Of course, we are making certain assumptions already — that Buhari would run, barring any change of course, and that Atiku would get the presidential ticket of the PDP, which, for all you care, is the most feasible platform to confront the APC. We could well be getting our assumptions wrong that there is an imminent Buhari vs Atiku match-up. It is actually more likely for Buhari to be a candidate than for Atiku to get the PDP ticket, judging by the internal struggles in his party. But we are just assuming that PDP would see Atiku as its best bet.
Why shouldn’t Buhari take Atiku for granted? One, because Jonathan also took Buhari for granted. Until it was too late. True, there was always a mortal fear of Buhari in Jonathan’s camp, but they always consoled themselves by concluding that only certain parts of the north would embrace him, and he would never become president of the whole of Nigeria without a significant slice of the votes from other parts of the country. There was a permanent assumption, based on facts and figures, that Buhari lacked national appeal, would not do well outside his northern cocoon and was definitely unelectable. I am also hearing today that Atiku is unelectable.

Two, the Jonathan strategists thought that by casting Buhari and APC as religious symbols, they would scare the hell out of non-Muslims and “moderate” Muslims. APC and Buhari were consistently linked to Boko Haram. The violence that followed Buhari’s loss in 2011 was given as a clear evidence of his taste for blood and his links to the Boko Haram fundamentalists. But when it was time for Buhari to become president, all these mattered not anymore. What this tells me is that the “corruption” tag on Atiku might not carry as much weight as it used to. The “jihadist” toga actually endeared Buhari to some voters. The corruption toga may endear Atiku to some voters.

I was shocked by what I heard at my barber’s shop recently. He said something to the effect that since Atiku is corrupt, he should know the “in and out” of corruption in Nigeria and is therefore the right person to fight it. On a previous visit, he had told me (I enjoy listening to his analyses, I must say) that Buhari is largely unaware of the stealing in his government because he is too detached, allowing things to be done behind his back. By saying Atiku will know the “in and out”, he was suggesting that Atiku is better placed to fight corruption. I could not believe my ears, but my ears hardly deceive me. By the way, my barber said he voted for Buhari in 2015.

What he said next set off an alarm. He quoted his friend as saying “Buhari is fighting corruption but we don’t have food and jobs”. I have been amazed at the way my barber has turned against Buhari in the last two years. He has moved from making excuses for Buhari to dismissing the same excuses. If this represents a trend among a class of voters, then it would be risky for Buhari to take anything for granted. Incidentally, I went to the barber’s shop with my doctor who said although he is disappointed with Buhari, he will never vote for Atiku — again because of the fear of corruption. This could be another trend in a different class of voters, who knows?

Three, who would the political class be more comfortable with between Buhari and Atiku? By political class, I mean the politicians. Many of those who toiled for Buhari in 2015 have been complaining to whoever cares to listen that they have not been rewarded. Globally, you play politics because you want political power. You don’t sit down at home and expect to be appointed. In a country like the UK, “technocrats” (as we call them in Nigeria) join parties to get elected into government or get appointments or both. In Nigeria, “technocrats” are sitting at home watching TV and saying “we are not politicians — go and win the election, then come and appoint us”.

Many of the politicians who worked for Buhari in 2015 are complaining bitterly and saying he is not worth fighting for again. There are hundreds of federal government vacancies that remain unfilled. We have been hearing of an “impending” cabinet reshuffle for over a year now. Except Buhari repairs his relationship with his political foot soldiers, he stands the risk of finding it difficult to convince them to put their necks on the line for him again. Atiku, on the other hand, is a professional politician. He knows how to play the game. The typical Nigerian politician would be more at home with Atiku than they would be with Buhari. This is a fact Buhari would ignore to his own hurt.

Four, and finally, the nightmare scenario would be a disposition of “Anyone But Buhari” among the voters. There are many people who still argue that Buhari did not win the 2015 election; rather, they think Jonathan lost it. They believe it was more of a vote against Jonathan than a vote for Buhari. So it was a case of “Anyone But Jonathan”. Buhari was positioned as a better alternative. If this analysis is correct, even partially, then Buhari would have to up his game if he wants to do a second term. Atiku is already positioning himself as the better alternative, and it appears his message is targeted mainly at the youth.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t love to be commenting on the 2019 elections in December 2017. I am so appalled that our understanding of democracy in Nigeria seems limited to elections. We seem to get excited only by elections. In fact, we are already discussing 2023 elections and what zone will produce the president and what zone will provide the vice-president. That is the way we are. We were created for elections. We exist for elections. Still, I chose to discuss 2019 today because it offers me an opportunity to, as it were, highlight Buhari’s vulnerabilities.

The threat of Atiku — and Atiku is a metaphor for opposition in this instance — should make this government know that it cannot take the love and trust of Nigerians for granted. Complacency set in long ago. Those who voted for Buhari in 2015 did so with certain expectations. I am not too sure they can sincerely say they are better off today or that they still harbour the same level of enthusiasm. The enormous goodwill has shrunk in quantity and in quality or, if you will, in volume and in value. Introspection, genuine self-assessment, is very critical for Buhari at this point. He must assess where things went wrong. Atiku is knocking on the door…

AND FOUR OTHER THINGS

CHIBOK BOY
Anytime I see the picture of Ahmadu Ali, the little victim of Boko Haram, something melts in me. The boy from Chibok became paralysed after he was run over by a Boko Haram motorcycle. He would have gone the way of thousands of luckless victims but for fortune that smiled on him. With the help of the Dickens Sanomi Foundation, the boy has undergone surgery in Dubai and is back on his feet. Mr. Igho Sanomi, the CEO of Taleveras and chairman of the foundation, applied the icing on the cake by announcing a scholarship for Ali up till university level. Given the unending mindless exploitation of IDPs in this country, there is at least something to cheer me up. Touching.

‘KILLER WIFE’
Ms Maryam Sanda, the woman who allegedly stabbed her husband to death in Abuja after reportedly seeing some text messages on his phone, is currently being detained at the Suleja prison in preparation for her trial. There is nothing to argue about that. What I find disturbing and incomprehensive is that her six-month-old baby is being brought to court, perhaps to witness the trial. She cried all through court proceedings on Thursday. Some things are pretty simple, aren’t they? What was the baby doing in court? And why is a woman accused of such a grievous crime being allowed within a touching distance of the vulnerable, little girl? Befuddling.

POLISH POLICE
Anybody who has encountered the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) of the police will understand that the ongoing campaign to #EndSARS is not irrational. But ending SARS does not solve the problems. The entire police force is fundamentally flawed: from recruitment and training to equipment and operations. There is a patent disregard for human dignity. It would appear the police officers themselves are produced in a dehumanised environment and then unleashed on the society to vent their frustrations on hapless citizens. Scrap SARS and something worse will replace it. Reform the entire police force and see a difference. Symptoms.

REMEMBERING TAFIDA
I was at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja on Friday and watched prominent people pay tribute to Major-General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua. The former No. 2 man died in questionable circumstances 20 years ago while serving a jail term over an alleged coup plot against Gen. Sani Abacha. Ambassador Patrick Dele Cole’s testimony struck me the most: anytime people spoke Hausa around Yar’Adua in the presence of non-Hausa speakers, he would ask them to speak English since not everybody could understand what they were saying. Yar’Adua had a pan-Nigerian spirit, built bridges all over the country and promoted democracy till his death. Hero.

  • Chris Ibeakuzie

    If only PDP can put their house in order by 2019 election Nigerians will vote for any other party ready to assume power. Atiku should get a strong running mate from the south-east or south- south and intensify his appeal to the youths,

    • William Norris

      Atiku is another version of Buhari. Same Fulani mindset.

      It’s amazing how the Fulani have cowed Nigerians into submission.

      They’ve simply told Nigerians – You don’t have a choice, the Caliphate must reign.

      What a shame.

      • Iskacountryman

        do you like subsidised ngwo ngwo or not?

        • William Norris

          You’re an idiot and a nuisance.

          • George

            hahaha. That was harsh

          • Iskacountryman

            what makes you say so?

    • FrNinja

      The PDP house of corruption should look for someone who doesnt carry the stench of corruption like Atiku otherwise they are dead on arrival in both the north and the south west.

      • share Idea

        How can you compare America to Nigeria when it comes to electing president.

        Have you ever heard American talking about power returning to their region, if not, why do you think that all those indices that are lacking in America but evident in Nigeria should be discarded. Trump is accused of being helped by Russian power, and the government have been investigating him ever since.

        Buhari was accused lying under oat about his WASC, have you ever heard of government doing anything about?

  • Yusufsdankama

    Re-Killer Wife: I agreed with the columnist that the baby should be spared from atending the court proceedings against her Mom. Let protect her now and her future so it will not be used against her in future.

    • Iskacountryman

      it is against the law to take children to such places…but they are trying to win sympathy from the judge…the yariba woman who killed her husband got 7 years…so sanda 5 years…if nyamiri woman commit same offence…11 years…

      • kenn

        Stop. Please stop

        • Iskacountryman

          what?…do not let you wife hold a knife behind your back…

  • Bukola Ajisola

    Atiku really has nothing to offer, someone said he stands for restructuring forgetting that restructuring is not the purview of the executive but the legislature. Restructuring through parliamentary prospects remain a tall order because it means the Naas members are ready to relinquish their positions which they acquire through rigorous and expensive electioneering brinkmanship.
    Secondly, the Pdp can only come back to plunge Nigeria into extinction going by the party’s proximal congruity to primitive thievery and industrial scale corruption.
    I agree with one of the daily sun’s columnists today that Atiku cannot win his local government in this political dispensation.

    • abodes_124

      They did not plunge Nigeria into extinction in 16 years, politically, socially or economically. Why would they do it this time round. This saintly government with no thievery is almost plunging Nigeria into extinction after only 30 months in power. If we survive the next 430 days they should not be seen anywhere near the seat of government for the next few decades

    • Kanu T

      PDP did not start corruption in Nigeria,the country has been corrupt along time coming so. Your analysis sounds like political rhetoric.APC and PDP are the same,The military and the political class destroyed Nigeria not just PDP, Sarki, Amaechi,Tinubu,Orji Uzor Kalu, Rochas; Do all these characters look like saints to you?.

  • Orphic

    For a start Atiku (or any opponent of Buhari) would sweep the South-East, especially if he appointed a VP from the SE. In the SW and middle belt, Buhari’s support was never truly solid and has since eroded, so an opponent is likely to make significant inroads.
    The North is where the battle-ground is. Buhari’s support is lukewarm in the NW, but very strong in the central North, while Atiku can count on home advantage in the NE.
    To win Atiku must beat Buhari in the middle, NW and NE, with solid SS and SE support and count on economic disappointment eroding the SW. It is not impossible .

    • bigdaddy

      You mean Buhari’s support is lukewarm in the north central and solid in NW? Atiku has no support in the NE including his home state of Adamawa. I iam from Borno and i can assure you Atiku has no significant flowership amongst The masses to upstage Buhari.
      The battleground is actually the NC and SW.
      Buhari will take NW,NE and.
      Niger, Nassarawa and Kwara will go to BUhari while Plateau, Benue and Kogi will likely go Atiku.
      Atiku will take the SS and SE.
      The Joker will be the SW

      • Orphic

        In Kano and Katsina both NC, Buhari won 1,903,999 to Jonathan’s 215,779 and 1,345,444 to Jonathan’s 98,937 respectively. These were his biggest electoral margins.
        In NW, Sokoto ( Buhari 671,926 Jonathan 152,199), Zamfara (Buhari 612,202 Jonathan 144,833), Kebbi (Buhari 567,883 Jonathan 100,972). As you can see even Jonathan a southerner did better in NW than NC.
        In NE, Borno (Buhari 473,543 Jonathan 25,640), Yobe (Buhari 446,265 Jonathan 25,526), Adamawa (Buhari(B) 374,701 Jonathan(J) 251,664), Taraba (B 261,326 J 310,800 ). While Borno and Yobe will be difficult, but Atiku as a northerner will perform better than Jonathan, and he is likely to win Adamawa and Taraba.
        Kwara is Saraki territory, so Buhari shouldn’t assume victory.
        I agree with you that SW is a battle ground but Niger (B 657,678, J 149,222), Kwara (B 302,146, J 132,602), Kogi (B264,851, J149,98), Benue (B373,961, J303,737), Nassarawa (B 236,838, J 273,460), and Plateau (B 429,140, J 549,615) are also important and Buhari’s strongest support in the middle belt is Niger, the rest are winnable by an opponent.
        Atiku can win Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Adamawa, Taraba, Kwara, Kogi, Benue, Nassarawa, Plateau, Kaduna, Edo and 10 states in SS and SE. If he wins these and does well in the SW, he is president.

        • abodes_124

          The nigger in the woodpile , if you pardon the expression is the southwest. Buhari has to go on bended knees to Tinibu if he is to have a chance of going though on the first ballot.

        • bigdaddy

          I see where you got it wrong. Kano and katsina are part of the NW.
          1. zamfara
          2. kebbi
          3. sokoto
          4.kano
          5.kaduna
          6.jigawa
          7. katsina
          north central is amde up of:
          1. Niger
          2. kwara
          3. Kogi
          4.Benue
          5. Plateau
          6. Nassarawa

          • FrNinja

            Exactly. Buhari will lose the entire north-central with exceptions in kwara and niger.

        • Tony Oshea

          I have my reservations about Kaduna and Edo states,but the rest of your permutations are near correct. In the south,eleven states of SE and SS including Ekiti will overwhelm Bubu’s support from five(5)SW states. The real contest will be in the middle belt, as Bubu is guaranteed to take NW,while Atiku is assured of NE.

          • bigdaddy

            Lol. Please you guys should come to the NE and learn. Simply because Atiku is from Adamawa you automatically believe he will take the NE? Atiku cannot even win the polling booth in near his house for the simple fact that his own people know him. If Atiku has any chance of winning in 2019, He should maximize his votes from the SE and SS and make sure he wins with good margins in the SW and pick off the vulnerable states in the North to wit, Taraba, Plateau, Benue, Nassarawa and kogi and he will be president. That was how GEJ won in 2015.

          • Kanu T

            You are right, Buhari was a military Governor in one of the North Eastern states and is very popular but I think Atiku should be able to snatch Adamawa and Taraba. Even in Niger state, should the former governor and IBB pull their influence behind Atiku, he should do well.

        • MLK

          PDP can never do well in the SW. Stop deceiving yourself. To the Yorubas Atiku+Fayose+PDP =CORRUPTION. Any of you that think Yorubas will leave Osibajo to vote for Fayose is not facing reality

      • abodes_124

        Agree with your analysis. Niger and Nasarawa maybe wild cards though. Buhari’s fate is in Tinibu’s hands

        • bigdaddy

          Exactly. But it sickens me we are contemplating an Atiku or a Buhari. But that is reality i guess.

          • abodes_124

            These maybe the only 2 strong contenders in the field. The silver lining in the cloud is that none of the 2 contestants will be able to play the usual sectional and religious card in this case. Hopefully they will now be able to discuss and debate issue and put forward their separate visions of Nigeria and how they each hope to achieve it

      • Grelia O

        I can make you a bet right now that Atiku will sweep the South including the SW. A lot of things have changed since 2015. There’s a lot of angst in the South, and most of it revolve around the issue of self-determination aka devolution of power / restructuring. Buharism has done one thing that common sense has not been able to do since 1967 – the South uniting on a common issue of interest. The quest for some local autonomy is so strong in the entire South, and both the SE and SS have shrewdly adopted the SW’s Ibadan Declaration, ceding leadership on the issue to the SW. I don’t see how the same traditionally progressive SW will pitch it’s tent with an ultra pro-status quo candidate in the face of a pro SW agenda candidate. It will not happen.

        With Atiku or any other credible Northern opponent, Buhari will not sweep the North. One or two states taken from him sends him back to Daura.

        Buhari is less credible now and will be less so going into 2019 than he was on the eve of 2015. Even with the wind and wave in his favour, he barely squeaked through then. He enjoyed a lot of benefit of doubt last time around but that won’t be the case today and won’t be in 2019. Buhari and his party have cause to worry going into the next election.

        • bigdaddy

          Of course they have cause to worry. That was the prwmise of my submission.
          And of course Buhari cannot take all the states in the north. He never did in all his attempts including the last one where he lost 4 states to GEJ. His fortune has always been that the states he usually loses (taraba, plateau, kogi, nassarawa, adamawa, benue) have always been by insignificant margins to dent the huge votes he gets from the other northern states.

          The SW as i posited will define this election like it did in the last election. The political juggernauts in the SW will still be with him. Whether the masses in the sw will follow these heavy weights will have to be seen.
          Finally, i guess i need not tell u not to believe politicians. Atiku cannot and will not keep that promise. It is just political gimmick. The forces that are anti-restructuring in the north will overwhelm him. But everyone beeds to cling to some hope and i am not naive not to know that some would rather take a chance with him even if at the back of their minds they know he wont keep to his word.

          • FrNinja

            The North is divided. Buhari can only count on the North-West. He will lose the entire middle belt and the entire South if the PDP present a credible candidate (not Atiku). He may also lose the North-East.

          • bigdaddy

            Lol. The North has always been divided since 1999. Check all the presidential election results since then. Buhari will not lose the NE. Of the 6 states in the NE, Taraba is the only one he will lose. He has never won Taraba though. If he is up against Atiku, he will still still win Adamawa. Atiku is a political light weight in the NE if you do not know despite the fact he is from Adamawa. If you know anyone from Adamawa, please ask him the opinion of adamawa people on Atiku. And if the PDP candidate is not Atiku, the result will be the same. I dont know where you people get this idea about Buhari losing the NE from. The NE and the NW are the only regions he has solidly in his bag.
            Buhari did not win Plateau, Nassarawa and Benue in 2015 and he wont in 2019 either. His saving grace has always been that the margins were too small to offset the huge votes he gets from the NW and NE.
            His fate in 2019 will be decided by the SW as was the case in 2011 and 2015.

          • ailandaaa

            Astute…

          • MLK

            Your analysis makes sense. But just know that SW has never voted the reactionary party represented by PDP. SW never voted NPN, NRC, NCNC. It is not going to change.

          • bigdaddy

            Your are partially right. But remember they did in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

          • emeka100

            Big daddy. Pray, whats your analysis of Dankwambo running as president with Mimiko or Jimi Agbaje as Vice president?

          • bigdaddy

            That kite will not fly. Dankwambo is lightweight. He cannot make inroads into the SW which i believe will decide this 2019.
            – Atiku has a better chance of upsetting the APC in the SW than any other northern candidate.
            -The SS and SE will vote anyone that stands against Buhari and holds true for Dankwambo,
            -The NE and NW will always go to Buhari.
            -The NC will be evenly split between Buhari and who ever his opponent is.
            So in a nutshell, the electoral map will look very much like the one in 2015 with Taraba, Benue, Plateau possibly flipping to the opposition. However, the margins likely will not be enough to offset Buhari’s gains from the NE and NW.

            That is my permutation. But let me tell you what i think of the competence of Dankwambo.
            Dankwambo is as corrupt as every other typical Nigerian politician. As Accountant general of Gombe state before becoming AG of the federation, he was an average trade of the mill civil servant managing a small poultry farm in Gombe. Fast forward 6yrs later as AGF, the guy resigns with 2.5yrs left in his tenure and suddenly comes and buys the Gov seat with billions of naira. His administration has been a disaster in Gombe. I dont want to go in-depth here chronicling his atrocities and ineptitude.

            Warts and all, i would prefer if Buhari will step down for El-Rufai.

          • emeka100

            Thanks Big daddy for your response. I thought Dankwambo was a private sector professional in Lagos (Cooper Lybrand etc) before becoming AG in Gombe State? Why do you call him “average trade of the mill” civil servant?

            Secondly, can you clarify what you mean by “comes and buys the Gov seat with billions”? I am asking for your analysis, but this sounds like classic pepper soup joint gist. There was an election in Gombe in 2011 and he won.

            If you infer Dankwambo is not such a big deal in Gombe and in extension the NE, I am interested in understanding how come he was the only PDP governor relected in 2015 when other Northern governors were swept out in the Buhari tsunami?

            Lastly, no northern politician is particularly very popular in Lagos. I will say Buhari and Kwankwaso are not also popular of the major northern politicians as far as Lagos voters are concerned. Any northern politician that seeks to win Lagos will need to do a lot of horse trading as well as serious campaigning especially target the Youths. Atiku is way ahead the curve in this regards.

        • William Norris

          You assume the chieftains of APC are of the same mentality as Jonathan. Atiku is their trump card.

          This same Buhari incited massacres in the North after losing the 2011 election.

          What makes you think Buhari as President will countenance any result other than complete electoral victory? A loss to Atiku is actually a victory for the Caliphate.

          A cursory examination of his executive lawlessness since his inauguration provides all the evidence you need. This man has an agenda and Atiku is part of it.

          The Fulani & their Islamic Yoruba slaves will NOT be foolish enough to allow power to slip away from them again. The very SURVIVAL of their feudal system depends on controlling the Federal Government of Nigeria.

          Which is why an Atiku candidacy is brilliant strategy. Heads or Tails, the Fulani remain in control of Aso Rock.

          • Iskacountryman

            william norris…you are a smart boy….clap for yourself…

    • ifeanyi victor

      You don’t know the states that constitute the regions,look them up first and learn them.
      This has nothing to do with being against or in support of your opinion,just to avoid your confusing issues here.

    • abodes_124

      Assuming no gross rigging, Buhari will collect the usual millions of votes in the North west. He will win some north central and North East and probably make the necessary 25%at least in the state he does not win. He will win most south west states and may miss 25% in on or two. He will get more than 25% in Edo State otherwise he will not make 25% in any state in the south east or South South . He will probable have the largest number of votes but may not make 25% in 24 states so there will be a run off which he will win by numbers and employing the machinery of the state [rigging so as to take no chances ]

    • FrNinja

      Buhari would lose everywhere but the North-West. It is a slam-dunk for PDP that can present an attractive candidate of HOPE. Atiku is NOT that candidate. They should look for a fresh face.

  • the masked one

    Simon Kolawole, says, Atiku wears corruption as one would wear a babanriga, a flowing garment by every description, meaning Atiku is stinkingly corrupt that even a blind can literally touch it with his fingers and yet Mr Integrity could do absolutely nothing? Simon Kolawole, are you for real?

    What does this say, of a Mr Integrity, a self-professed anticorruption warrior, under whose watch a man so publicly acknowledged as corrupt, moves freely, unencumbered and unperturbed, and even has the temerity and audacity to stand election against him?

    It only shows the so-called Mr Integrity, has no scruples and no moral rectitude to accuse Atiku of any misdemeanor, let alone corrupt enrichment. It also shows the much touted anticorruption fight is a ruse, a grand deception and empty rhetoric.

    If corruption is the only thing this writer has against Atiku, then, Atiku has no case to answer? And I ask, tell which Nigerian elite that is not tainted with corruption? Is it the Mr Integrity who could not rein in the corrupt politicians around him resulting in the much celebrated Mainagate?

    If the only baggage Atiku has is, being suspected of corrupt enrichment, in a clime that makes false pretensions against corruption, then, he owes no one apologies!

    Atiku can never be as divisive, parochial, provincial, revanchist and ethnocentric as a Buhari. I stand to be challenged on this!

    • MDG2020

      Atiku have as much dirt on buhari and Obj as they think they have on him. Remember he was a very powerful VP for 4 straight years and was privy to all security dossier on buhari.
      Remember also, that if not for ATIKU, Nigerians would never have known that buhari was denied visa by the US government for 15yrs because of his Islamic Radicalism.

    • Abdulfatai Anofi

      It’s appalling how some critics here wear the toga of ‘I know better”. If Simon Kolawole is not for real as you arrogantly erupted, could you at least identify yourself by giving true identity?
      Whether anybody likes it or not, the analysis above is fair and objective. Ensure you obtain your PVC and vote for your choice candidate in 2019. After all, some of the so-called critics either supported or voted for GEJ in 2015. It makes no difference as majority of true voters are offline.

      • the masked one

        Simon Kolawole’s defender or is it Buhari’s apologist? Please, can you explain why a man so touted as being massively corrupt(emphasis, Simon Kolawole’s) that he even wears corruption as a garment and yet the so-called anticorruption warrior, Mr Integrity, could do nothing? What does this say of Buhari and your ‘fair analyst, Simon Kolawole?

        Sorry, Mr Anofi(a), the Masked One remains who is. If that gives you something to chew about, then, your worries are much more than I’d ever imagined. Ndooo!!!

  • James Gunn

    I don’t care what anyone says about Atiku. I am tired of Buhari and the Apc. I didn’t vote in 2015 out of amazement at the support for Buhari but I swear by all I hold dear, if I am in Nigeria during the next elections I will vote for Atiku. I don’t know if Atiku presidency will be what I hope it will be but enough of this incompetent, nepotistic, absentee, ailing president. A president who cannot solve the excesses of Fulani Herdsmen and guarantee the safety of all Nigerians wherever they reside is a failure. A president that condones corrupt practices in his kitchen cabinet is a failure. A president that cannot sack an appointee for gross misconduct or outright display of political disloyalty is not worthy of the name. A president that cannot go out of his way to ensure adequate improvement in Healthcare for his people is a failure. A president who is NOT in charge of his own government, who gives orders and his appointees flaunt those orders or totally ignore them is a failure. A president who has no economic grasp of the intricate economic fundamentals of his country but always has to wait for someone to spell out mundane aspects of the economy is a failure. A president who presents a budget without even arguing the summary with his economic team vis a vis why budgetary allocations keep being replicated every cycle is a failure. A president who is not 100% healthy is a failure. It’s no longer a case of why am I voting for Atiku, it’s now a case of me voting for anyone who has a reasonable chance but Buhari. In as much as Nigeria has always been a difficult place but everyone always had hope. Buhari has killed all hope in this country. The level of poverty in his two years of power is unprecedented. He has to go. Someone else can fight corruption but we need someone to drive the economy and give the youth a chance.

    • Olisa

      While I empathize with your view, we must also note that this “anyone-but-him” attitude is what got us in this mess in the first place(anyone-but-GEJ). It is not enough to know what we don’t want; We must also know what we want. We should be vigilant enough to scrutinize the backgrounds of those stepping forward regardless of how much we perceive them to be better than Buhari. It doesn’t have to be Buhari vs Atiku, but if it happens to be the case, we choose the lesser evil. Or better still, let 2019 be the year we hold a referendum in the south to renegotiate this union- legal or not. No referendum no election. Sounds like a pipe dream though.

      • James Gunn

        I have compared both candidates and I choose Atiku. Buhari has nothing to offer. The post is too big for him.

      • Tony Oshea

        Buhari was involved in the missing $2.8 billion oil money from a bank in UK by 1978/79, he was also chance rman of PTDF under Abacha and investigation revealed that he was neck deep in questionable deals and nepotism. Presently his SGF was indicted,his appointee for GMD of NNPC,Baru is untouchable and his integrity is questionable. The Mainagate is still an issue yet unresolved and observers are still baffled by the impunity with which the man at the epicenter of “Mainagate” was reinstated,promoted and accorded a heroic welcome by Buhari’s government. He is even demanding 10% of the billions recovered from the looted pension funds. On the other hand,those who querry A.Atiku’s financial integrity are unable to substantiate their allegations or erronous perception of A.Atiku with incontrovertible evidence. Therefore the choice between an established nepotist,irredentist bigot,certificate-less semi illiterate and a sauve, urbane political strategist like A.Atiku is made easier by the inertia of the former.

      • FrNinja

        The day is coming when the question of dividing Nigeria will not need a referendum but a few signatures. We shall all meet in bankruptcy court.

        • Chym

          Exactly

    • MDG2020

      “In as much as Nigeria has always been a difficult place, but everyone always had hope. Buhari has killed all hope in this country.”
      Dear J. G,
      the above quote is called HINDSIGHT!
      Remain ever blessed.

      • Chym

        Lol

  • samG60

    Nigeria is a funny country, a President who had only 20k naira to his name before election and left office a multi billionaire can successfully label his deputy as corrupt without one shred of evidence, and the chattering classes have gone to town with it. The truth is that our political process is a very corrupt one, and almost every single person operating at the highest level of politics, business, bureaucracy is corrupt. Why does the chattering class now like to fool people by labelling one or the other as corrupt when they know they are all corrupt, and the very art of politics in Nigeria is the height of corruption. If Atiku gets his party nomination, at least we will have a healthy debate on policies as he has shown over the years that he’s well prepared on that front.

    • James Gunn

      Correct. I have always thought the same thing.

  • Darlington

    Very balanced & objective analysis. Buhari has been thrown into panic. He has squandered his goodwill amidst all the support Nigerians gave him. Election has come calling. Atiku is the spoiler!

  • Jon West

    The Game is On; the heat is on and we are off to panic stations. Simon Afonja Kolawole is panicky about the prospects of the “cerebral” Sahelian raghead upstaging the braindead Mullah at the Villa in 2019. Well, let the great games begin, though the idea of a political combat between these two presentations of all that is wrong with the Lugardian amalgamation of 1914, should frighten all Nigerians and Africans that have hope in the future of the country ,and by implication, the continent and Black race.
    The North of Nigeria, refuses vehemently to move in the global direction of technological and social development , an we are almost always presented with a choice between an idiot and a clown, between Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves; brainless Baba Buhari and Atiku with Forty Children and counting. Who will save Nigeria, Africa and the Black race from the evil that Frederick Lugardian conjured in 1914? To hell with Nigeria!!

    • Iskacountryman

      you sound like someone unable to pay bride price…what do you have against atikus 40 children…it is the will of Allah…the beneficient…

      • Jon West

        Why do I feel like strangling you, very slowly?

        • Fidelis A.

          Lol. Iska is a pain in the ass…. Lol.

        • share Idea

          lol

        • James Gunn

          😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

        • Iskacountryman

          impotency…

      • Samson Judah

        I wish we can have separate lands to develop base on ideological beliefs so to see where your allah’s will not self effort keeps you. (feeding fat from doing nothing ehh) that time has long passed mallam. Your people remain the poorest and illiterate, with low vision of sustainability and the future yet you call allah’s will. Gerrroout!s

        • Iskacountryman

          judas…you have been asked to vacate the north repeatedly…

          • Samson Judah

            I’m a so-called northerner but I will aptly put it that S/kad is in the middle belt and based on the formation of the north/belt with 60/40% of ideological mix, I’m figuring a way of how we can do that but two-face democracy champions, tolerance gods, it will be hard to realise that soon. We just don’t belong together, light mix with no darkness and I can prove that.

          • Iskacountryman

            you are one of those occupying our grazing grounds…

          • Samson Judah

            Your cursed desert lands can’t support your impulsive population hike let alone grass eaters, well, you got something else coming. Be creative and stop being the nations liability. But sooner or later we’ll go the Sudan way. Cheers.

          • Iskacountryman

            judas…judas…you no de go anywhere…siddon, eat subsidised ngwo ngw and stop yakking…

  • Mystic mallam

    Simon sounds alarmed that Atiku may upstage Buhari. I wish and pray. At least Atiku says he stands for restructuring, that’s standing for something. What does Buhari stand for?

    • FrNinja

      Buhari stands for Poverty. Buhari has achieved his aim of impoverishing Nigerians. The next is to hand them 5,000 naira and hope they will survive.

    • Jon West

      Buhari stands for nothing, because you cannot give what you do not have. He has no education, therefore no ideas of development and renewal. He is a failure in all aspects of life, inflicted on state that has failed in all aspects of human development and evolution. To hell with Nigeria!!

      • abodes_124

        You may not go to school and still be smart. I do not know the level of background education IBB had but he is smart and it shows. Atiku is smart and it shows. OBJ has village cunning. But Buhari is dumb. dumb. dumb!

        • Jon West

          Dumb , dumb, dumb , at 80? Chei Nigeria. How did Nigerians contrive to have a fool at 80 at the Villa in the second decade of the 21st century?

          • abodes_124

            You have not heard the worst. He is asking to be elected back to the post and if he wants to ‘win’ he will make it happed whether we like it or not.

          • Cleansignorance

            SCARY PROPOSITION! buhari for another 4yrs?! Nigeria will be finished. requiem to to the Lugardian ZOO. To hell with Nigeria, indeed.

  • nothingdoyou

    ON SHEHU YAR ADUA.

    Major-General Olufemi Olutoye had asked to see the head of
    state,General Olusegun Obasanjo.As he waited for the head of state to
    come in,he went over in his mind what he would say.Then the head of
    state came in.As usual he was relaxed and keen as they shook hands.”You
    wanted to see me?Any problem?’ “Nothing really,I just wondered if you do
    not think that you have made too many concessions to the North
    recently.” “Really what do you mean specifically?’ “For instance you
    that that both your photograph and the
    photograph of the former head of states should appear together
    throughout the country, but in many places in the North,only the picture
    of your predecessor can be found.Also in siting some projects,it would
    seem as if the rest of the country did not exist.At least if the North
    gets two,three things,should the other parts of the country not have at
    least one?” Olutoye stopped speaking.”I see.Just wait for me.”Obasanjo
    said and left the room for some minutes.Olutoye wondered if Obasanjo was
    going to order his arrest.Then he dismissed the thought.Lt GeneralShehu
    Yar’Adua came in first followed by Obsanjo.Shehu Yar’Adua was the the
    Chief of Staff,Supreme Headquarters and the next person to the head of
    state.”Sit down Shehu.” said Obsanjo.”Olufemi can you repeat what you
    have just told me in front of Shehu?’Olutoye repeated what he had said
    and left Dodan Barracks.Few hours later,he heard on the radio that he
    had been relieved of his post and retired from the Nigerian Army.

    Source: Just Before Dawn, a book written by Professor Kole Omotoso in 1988.

    • Jon West

      Shehu Yaradua, Simon Afonja Kolawoles hero, was responsible for unmitigated massacres ,including the disembowelling of pregnant Igbo women at Markuri, Gboko and other railway points in Benue State during the 1966 pogrom. He was also complicit in the Asaba massacre. I attended kindergarten with him and Umaru his brother, and when I met Umaru as President, he noticed the hate in my eyes when we were discussing Shehu and understood the possible reason.
      The Yar’aduas are an evil clan and have been punished by Karma for their devilish roles in the history of Nigeria. Their father Musa, then Minister of Lagos affairs, asked fleeing Igbos to come for shelter at his palace in Katsina and promptly opened the gates to marauding killers to finish them off. I am quite glad to see Karma picking him and his Genocidal kids off one by one. To hell with Nigerian revisionism!!

      • Maiwada Sanusi

        Jon West, why are you so obsessed with historical revisionism. I’ve lost count of how many times you have raised and re-raised this issue of “Biafra Massacre” in Asaba and elsewhere. Remember, it was war and all things are fair in war.
        I urge you to lower the flame of anger in your heart against these fine individuals. The piece by Simon and the comment by an interested person are on their humanistic instincts and should be treated as such. Don’t bring sentiments and hatred into it.
        Unsurprisingly, you always despise and denigrate Nigeria for no just cause. You tend to forget something fundamentally wrong with you and your people. The unfortunate events of January 15 1966 triggered the chain of events that brought Nigetia to this sorry state. So don’t isolate whats happening to actin of murders.
        It is equally Karma working on the offsprings of the killers and abductors of the finest people Nigeria has ever produced.

        • Jon West

          The finest people that Nigeria has ever produced ? Really?Who are these people , if I may ask, because Nigeria has never produced anything nice, let alone people. As for Karma, it is unrelenting and the people who inflict suffering on other people for infringements of unrelated people are dying in their millions now, by their own hans.
          Its quite interesting that because of the reality of Boko Haram and it’s attendant devastation of the alreay blighted North of Nigeria, there would have been rioting and killings of Igbos all over Northern Nigeria, because Donald Trump stated a desire to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem. Nobody has died in the Middle East an all other moslem areas,except some Palestinian terrorists, but hundreds of Igbo people would have been killed in the devastated North of the Lugardian Zoo Called Nigeria. To hell with Nigeria!!

          • Lawrenece Ifo

            Well said.

          • William Norris

            Whatever you think of the pogroms and the Asaba massacres, never ignore or pretend you don’t know what CAUSED those events.

            The Jan 66 coupists also killed a pregnant woman. So count the one at Makurdi or wherever as payback.

          • Jon West

            That’s the trouble with payback and blowback. They never end for the backwards peoples of the world , now the payback and blowback specialists are slaughtering themselves, their children and pregnant women and starving, raping their own women in their hundreds of thousands. There is Karma and I am happy to be alive to see the major protagonists pay. To hell with Nigeria!!

          • William Norris

            Which backward people slaughtering themselves? Who are the MAJOR protagonists? And the INITIAL antagonists?

            LOL!

            As far as I know, violence is endemic to all parts of the Niger-area. Also kidnapping, baby factories and fake drugs could be classed worse than terrorism.

            The military coup of Jan 15, 1966 was the trigger that sent Nigeria sliding into HELL. I’m always here to remind you of THAT apparently inconvenient fact.

          • Intrepid

            That’s why JW is reminding you, but for the Boko Haram bloody distraction, the recent mere annoucement by D. Trump on Jerusalem, could have triggered another senseless blood-letting against the usual people. Recent history of the prophet mohammed carricature cartoon far away in Denmark was an example.

            The question to you who like to remind others, is all these barbarism against a people, all a trigger from 1966?

          • Jon West

            I am not going to waste my time with the Nigger. You have done my job for me. For the Nigger, a backward people, every evil must hark back to a perceived slight or greviance. Let him be with his constant blowback and payback. One day someone will tell us that the underwear bomber Abul Mattalab was payback and blowback for slavery. That’s the Nigger for you. To hell with Nigeria and its Niggers.

          • William Norris

            YOU talked about the pogroms and Asaba massacres. That was 50 years ago.

            The FACT is that those events were triggered by the Jan 66 coup.

            YOU brought up the 1960s. Deal with it.

          • Iskacountryman

            have you seen him mention january 66…he is in denial…

          • onyema22ohaka

            And the slaughter in the north in 1953 against the Igbos?

          • William Norris

            It does raise the question – WHY did the Igbo not agitate to separate from Nigeria after earlier pogroms?

            I’ve explained that elsewhere and I’m loathe to repeat.

          • William Norris

            Which barbarism are you referring to?

            In case you didn’t get it, I’ll repeat.

            Nigeria was pushed into HELL by the military coup of Jan 15 1966.

            Jon West is decades late, HELL descended Jan 15 1966.

          • FrNinja

            Jon West who apparently grew up in the north seems like many igbo to have misread the political currents prevailing in Nigeria at the time. The British arrangement (regional governments) was put into place to delicately balance what was an unholy union between three very different peoples. The Northerners clearly did not want to be dominated by anyone talk less the Igbo and the British knew it.

            Had the Igbo had the political sense of the Yoruba then they would have remained with the structure of a regional government and would be infinitely wealthy when the oil and natural gas started to gush out of the wells of Eastern Nigeria and they collected their 50%. But the innate greed for power of the Igbo is what led them to challenge their chi and lose control of both their resources and their greater political power.

            Today, 51 years after the civil war, the Igbo are not only politically toothless, but prostituting with every party and wandering the world like a homeless people. Their resources have gone to Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, London, Switzerland – developing everywhere else but Eastern Nigeria.

          • Jon West

            Opportunism is not wisdom an the Igbo never greet for power because they ha the power of economic an political control already. I do not really want to go into this idea of superior political sense, with someone who thinks that Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna are presentations of development. However ,as for Igbo (really mostly Ijaw) money going to develop London and Switzerland, I agree . Development has a culture and mindset, and only the Igbo have that mindset in Nigeria and all of sub-Saharan Africa. Look around you and see.

          • William Norris

            LOL !!!!

          • William Norris

            The Yoruba have no kind of political sense.

            They’re always fighting an internal war between those who want to be independent and those who want to be slaves of the Caliphate.

            That’s what Akintola vs Awo was about, that’s what Tinubu vs Afenifere is about today.

            The Yoruba and Bini are the sickest people in Nigeria. It’s a tragedy.

          • Chym

            Meanwhile let us look at the facts.
            12 million children are out of school in Nigeria. Out of the 12 million, 10 million are from the north whilst Kano state alone has 3 million beggars.
            Nigeria has the highest number of young girls suffering from Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in the world. And 90 per cent of those young girls are from the north.
            According to the UNDP 72 per cent of northern Nigerians are living below the poverty line.
            According to UNICEF if Nigeria were to ever break up the core north would be the poorest and most barren place on the African continent.
            According to Nasir El Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna state in northern Nigeria, if the north-western zone of the country were to ever find itself on its own it would be poorer and more ravaged by war than Afghanistan.
            According to the World Terror Index Boko Haram and the Fulani militias are the first and fourth “most deadly terrorist organisations in the world” respectively and they both come from northern Nigeria.
            According to UNESCO 65 million Nigerians, which represents 50 per cent of the total population!) are stark illiterates and 55 million of them are from the north.
            According to UNICEF the heartland and base of pedophiia, child sex, child slavery and child marriage on the African continent is northern Nigeria.
            According to President Donald Trump of the United States of America “northern Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places for Christians to live in the world” and “Christians are murdered there in their thousands every year whilst Churches are blown up and burnt down”.
            According to CNN “the bastion of radical Islam, Islamic terror and Islamic fundamentalism in Africa is northern Nigeria”.
            According to Governor Yari of Zamfara state in north western Nigeria the north has been afflicted with all manner of diseases and epidemics, including meningitis, as a consequence of their many sins against Allah.
            According to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo the northern states “have the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the country, the lowest rate of child enrolment in schools, the highest number of unemployed young people, the highest levels of poverty and faces the challenge of inter-ethic and inter-religious conflict including the Boko Haram terrorism.”
            All these daunting challenges, disturbing facts and alarming statistics and instead of putting their house in order the Arewa Youth Coalition not only threaten the Igbo with mass murder and genocide and order them to leave the north by October 1st but they have also gone a step further by insulting the Yoruba and accused us of being “serial traitors” and of “trying to impose Osinbajo on Nigeria as President”.

          • William Norris

            And your point is….???

          • Iskacountryman

            you de mind de man…

          • Iskacountryman

            now, you are speculating of death that did not take place…i thought eboes were asked to leave the north…what happened?

          • Chym

            Meanwhile let us look at the facts.
            12 million children are out of school in Nigeria. Out of the 12 million, 10 million are from the north whilst Kano state alone has 3 million beggars.
            Nigeria has the highest number of young girls suffering from Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in the world. And 90 per cent of those young girls are from the north.
            According to the UNDP 72 per cent of northern Nigerians are living below the poverty line.
            According to UNICEF if Nigeria were to ever break up the core north would be the poorest and most barren place on the African continent.
            According to Nasir El Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna state in northern Nigeria, if the north-western zone of the country were to ever find itself on its own it would be poorer and more ravaged by war than Afghanistan.
            According to the World Terror Index Boko Haram and the Fulani militias are the first and fourth “most deadly terrorist organisations in the world” respectively and they both come from northern Nigeria.
            According to UNESCO 65 million Nigerians, which represents 50 per cent of the total population!) are stark illiterates and 55 million of them are from the north.
            According to UNICEF the heartland and base of pedophiia, child sex, child slavery and child marriage on the African continent is northern Nigeria.
            According to President Donald Trump of the United States of America “northern Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places for Christians to live in the world” and “Christians are murdered there in their thousands every year whilst Churches are blown up and burnt down”.
            According to CNN “the bastion of radical Islam, Islamic terror and Islamic fundamentalism in Africa is northern Nigeria”.
            According to Governor Yari of Zamfara state in north western Nigeria the north has been afflicted with all manner of diseases and epidemics, including meningitis, as a consequence of their many sins against Allah.
            According to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo the northern states “have the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the country, the lowest rate of child enrolment in schools, the highest number of unemployed young people, the highest levels of poverty and faces the challenge of inter-ethic and inter-religious conflict including the Boko Haram terrorism.”
            All these daunting challenges, disturbing facts and alarming statistics and instead of putting their house in order the Arewa Youth Coalition not only threaten the Igbo with mass murder and genocide and order them to leave the north by October 1st but they have also gone a step further by insulting the Yoruba and accused us of being “serial traitors” and of “trying to impose Osinbajo on Nigeria as President”

          • Iskacountryman

            now tell me how many of those you have counted are of voting age in the north and kano in particular…mumu

          • Chym

            You’re a frustrated worthless piece of shit from the poorest parasitic region of Northern zoo call Nigeria

          • Iskacountryman

            my child…you work, i benefit…who is complaining?

          • Chym

            Fuck off

          • Iskacountryman

            thank you…

        • abodes_124

          All things are not fair in war.. that is why you have the Geneva conventions and the current international criminal court in he Hague.

        • Tony Oshea

          In war,according to the Geneva agreement,it is against the “rules of engagement” to kill civilians,women and children,even prisoners of war. These cowards lost a major battle with Biafrans troops at Asaba,between General hospital and Ekumeku round about, only for MM to return with Bubu and massacre unarmed and helpless civilians,old men who came out as tradition demands to welcome him as their guest. Well Shehu Year Adua died in detention,even though I don’t believe in karma,the Bible says “though hands be joined …the wicked shall NOT go unpunished”.

          • William Norris

            The greatest failing of the Black African is superstition.

            Keep waiting for Karma.

          • FrNinja

            Karma is an Indian word.

          • share Idea

            lol

          • FrNinja

            You forgot Awolowo whose starvation policies killed at least 1 million children in Biafra. The saint of the yoruba tribe.

        • obinnna77

          Maiwada, where does one start? The Igbo were not particularly aggrieved by the loss of their officer class in July 1966. Even the war deaths were regarded philosophically, as the price paid for trying to break the egg. However, what continues to haunt us is what your forbears did to children, pregnant women, old women, in Zaria, Kafanchan, Jos, Kano, Sokoto, Katsina. To people that do not know or care for, or were consulted by Nzeogwu. To people that lived with you, shared Sallah and Christmas meat with you. Perhaps because of your feudal past, when slaving was state policy, and a horse was worth 13 human souls, you are inured to bloodshed; we are not. As you are pained by what befell Sardauna, we continue to be pained by what you do to our kin when there is an eclipse of the moon. It is not your place to tell a man not to mourn his dead. Tafida was a great man, from your perspective.God rest his soul. It does not preclude his hands being bloodstained, like that of most of the class of 1966. Tom Biggar, Chris Okigbo were also great men, from our perspective. Do not begrudge us our right to lament their loss.

        • Iskacountryman

          nah…the eboes never killed anyone…they just go around peacefully and smile stupidly at everyone…

        • agwamba

          I don’t like to join issues about the unfortunate events of 1966. Yes there was a coup in which some political and military leaders from the North were killed. Then there was also a counter coup that resulted in the death of military leaders from the East. But pray what has the ordinary Igbo person got to do with it that they have to be subjected to mass murder? If I follow your logic very well, Dimka and his group killed Murtala Mohammed and other military leaders, right? When the coup failed, why was there no pogrom committed against Dimka’s ethnic group? Perhaps one of the bloodiest military coups in Nigeria was the one led by Gideon Orka, which was also not successful, but people from Dimka’s ethnic group were not massacred as a reprisal for the coup. People talk about the January 1966 coup as an Igbo coup. In doing so, those people have conveniently forgotten that some of the ring leaders were not Igbo. One of the so-called five majors wrote a book on this titled “Why We Struck”. I want to believe that being a non-Igbo, his account should be one of the most objective on the issue. I believe, however, that it is time for us to close the door to this ugly past but continuing to threaten to “deal with Igbos”, a threat which has become the thread mark of many Igbo phobists across the country, will not help matters. That is why we need far more sensitive leaders than the current government has thrown up to heal this wound. An Igbo man does not need to be President for the wounds to heal. People don’t know why Igbos embraced President Jonathan, because he was the closest to resolving the problem. Unfortunately all his good work has been upended by the bad politics of the current President.

          • share Idea

            Nobody could have stated it batter

          • William Norris

            Nobody is justifying the pogroms against the Igbo, but the facts are that they collectively, by omission or commission, stoked the fires that led not only to the pogroms but also Biafra. I’ve gone over this in some detail in the past. What rankles other Nigerians is the constant Igbo pretensions to innocence or claiming that they were set upon out of envy of their prowess in one thing or the other.

            The Jan 1966 coup was an Igbo coup despite Ademoyega, just like the disaster called APC is a collective Yoruba responsibility despite having Okorocha and Ngige as top members.

            Here’s an edited copy of what I’ve opined before on the issue-

            ————————————————————————-
            The Igbo abandoned their native religion with unseemly haste in a bid to become the chief collaborators in the Colonial system, which they achieved. Then they spread out all over Nigeria to help the British administer the the Slave Plantation called Nigeria.

            When the other tribes figured out what the Igbo had done, they fought back in whatever way they could….Awo carpet crossing, Sarduana rigging elections.

            In order to preserve the Colonial Condition with the Igbo as Field Suprintendents, Nzeogwu struck in Jan 1966 and launched a fight against corruption.

            And the rest is history.

            Now the Yoruba in general and other “educated” Nigerians have taken over the sweet job of FIGHTING CORRUPTION. There seems to be no introspection whatsoever about the reality of the Colonial Condition.
            ———————————————————————–

            I’ve constantly flogged the principle – THERE ARE NO INNOCENTS IN THE NIGER-AREA CRISIS, non at all. Igbo – actually Anambra – arrogance & hubris created a disaster for the Igbo people that persists to this day. You’d think the Yoruba would learn from that, but no, they’re busy fighting to become the Chief Collaborators in the Fulani Islamist conquest of Nigeria.

            Which is even worse because the Fulani themselves are working for the British. It’s an elementary business principle – subcontractors are never as profitable as the original owners of the intellectual property.

            Since Nigerians are crazy about Crude Oil, maybe they’ll get this…. Schlumberger or Halliburton will never be greater than Total or Exxon Mobil. The Yoruba are aspiring to be employees – not even owners – of Halliburton.

            Good Luck

        • ychukwuka

          give us a rebuttal. history has to be presented-sweet or bitter. Sir Jon, you owe it to the youth to put all your knowledge and history on paper. God bless you.

      • Priestley Okorro

        Please kindly put your experience into print even if you have to use an alias instead of your real name. However i TRUST KARMA. The wicked shall never go unpunished on this earth. No escape. Never tire of doing good.

      • abodes_124

        Are these facts ? if so please corroborate if you can.. There is a lot we do not know about Nigeria’s contemporary history. Karma is another subject altogether.

        • Jon West

          Corroborate? How else but challenge them to a rebuttal. You really have to pity the youth , denie knowledge of their history by vagabonds in Army uniform. The archives of the Eastern Nigerian Government had a gory and graphic document titled POGROM in 1966 an these facts are there. In any case, I know the Yaraduas in a familial sense and know the evil that spawned them.

          • abodes_124

            Thanks.. Googled but could not find the original document but found a few little interesting facts about the pogrom. including the fact that Abba Kyari was a major then and was involved in the counter coup with Danjuma and the likes of Lieutenant Muhamad Buhari and 2nd Lieutenant Abacha. the killings started in May before the counter coup. Highest day fro blood letting was 29th September – 30,000 killed. The northern minorities were as complicit as the rest of the North.

          • Iskacountryman

            eastern nigeria archives…which abodes cannot access…clever jon…

      • Iskacountryman

        liar…the yaraduas do not/did not own a palace in katsina…please look up the emir of katsinas blood line…

    • abodes_124

      Shegee style!

  • John Paul

    “Ordinarily, I wouldn’t love to be commenting on the 2019 elections in December 2017. I am so appalled that our understanding of democracy in Nigeria seems limited to elections. We seem to get excited only by elections. In fact, we are already discussing 2023 elections and what zone will produce the president and what zone will provide the vice-president. That is the way we are”
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    Exactly !

    For Nigerians, elections are like a sport. We analyze it the same way we analyze soccer. In another barbing saloon, the other day, people were already analyzing the possible scenarios for the 2018 World Cup, up to the quarter final stage

    They surmised that in our Group D – consisting of Argentina, Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland – playing it safe, Nigeria will come second. That means that Nigeria will play France, in the round of 16, because France will be the team that comes first in Group C – consisting of France, Australia, Peru and Denmark .

    They further extrapolated that if Nigeria beats France in the round of 16 (match 50) Nigeria will likely play Uruguay, in the World Cup quarter final, because Uruguay will likely be the winner of match 49, which is the round of 16 match between the winner of Group A – consisting of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay – and the runners of up of Group B – consisting of Portugal, Spain, Morocco and Iran

    But at the end of the day, the consequences of who wins an election has a more serious and lasting impact, than the winner of a sporting event. So we must interrogate the antecedents, ideas and plan of whoever we pick to be our leaders, on the Federal and State levels. And in our executive and legislature

    How did they make their money, have they had a positive impact on the war against corruption, what impact have they made on their community, what plan do they have to reduce our recurrent expenditure, what are their thoughts on municipal police, what plan do they have to fast track the development of our infrastructure, are they just trying to win an election on account of self aggrandizement, etc

    Election or no election, Nigeria has very serious decisions to make, like cutting down our recurrent expenditure, which is probably why – “there are hundreds of federal government vacancies that remain unfilled” – securing our country, providing employment for our youth and fast tracking the development of our infrastructure

    • abodes_124

      I may be hung for this but can I request in the coming elections we should not be asking the candidates if they will fight corruption but their plans on how to grow the economy, reduce educational disadvantage, create jobs, bring down the price of essential commodities and make life safer for ordinary Nigerians. Not just promises that they will do so but an outline plan of HOW they will do so.

      • John Paul

        Grow which economy. The Nigerian economy or the economy of their friends and family

        People that fail to understand the devastating effects of corruption on the Nigerian economy, during the first 16 years of this republic, are either in denial, or profited from the pervasive corruption of that era

        Corruption crippled our economy and eroded our mores and folkways

        The fact that Nigeria, a nation of 180 million people, can only distribute a paltry 4000 MW of power, after the billions of Naira was poured into the power sector, is on account of corruption

        The fact that most of our roads are dilapidated, our schools are not as strong as they used to be, our healthcare system is parlous, and kidnapping made it into our lexicon and reality is on account of that same disease – corruption

        The fact that for most of the first 16 years of this republic none of our refineries was working, instead Nigerians were looting, on a yearly basis, the amount of money that Dangote used to build his refinery, is on account of corruption

        A country like Nigeria should have billions of dollars being poured into the Nigerian stock market, every year, with its attendant effects of creating massive employment

        But since 2008, when it was revealed that owners of public companies, as a result of this same corruption, did not abide by the terms of their IPO prospectus, but simply looted the money that Nigerians put into their company, caused Nigerian retail investors ( the most important investors for any stock market) to flee the Nigerian stock market, for 10 years

        Have you ever wondered why the following companies became broke or commatose immediately after they collected money from Nigerians during their IPO:

        1. Dunlop Nigeria, Plc;
        2. Daar Communication Plc;
        3. Neimeth Plc;
        4. Japaul Oil, Plc;
        5. Oceanic Bank, Plc;
        6. Intercontinental Bank, Plc, etc, etc

        Take a look at the PDP convention,the other day, you will see very wealthy Nigerians, but even if your crack your head, and scratch your head for one hour, 98% of the Nigerians in that convention, have no products and rendered no legitimate services to justify their wealth

        Their road to fame was simply by looting the successive economic growth that Nigeria had under their watch, that was squarely and solely on account of the price of crude oil and our production capacity. Tomorrow someone among that group will start talking about growing our economy, when many of them are struggling financially, even after looting billions from Nigerians

        In an era where, 200 years after slave trade was abolished, our brothers and sisters are selling themselves as slaves, on account of the looting of most of the people that attended the PDP convention the other day, for our survival, we must keep the fight against corruption front and center, in our national discussion

        • abodes_124

          we have been hearing about this massive looting and corruption that ‘crippled’ the economy with an annul average 6% growth rate.
          We are hearing about this massive looting and corruption for the past 30 months but yet no one has been convicted for it.
          Who looted what, when, where and how much?
          £ million jobs lost over 30 months of this government is what is driving our youths across the Sahara to be sold as slaves or drown in the Mediterranean.
          You can see why I am making a plan for concentration on tangibles that impact on real peoples real lives.

          • austin

            You do not know John Paul.
            Before he says two words he’ll bring in 16 years of PDP, conviniently forgetting that the 2 years of his hero had been worse hell than the 16 years of PDP.

        • emeka100

          John Paul. You have to forgive the PDP person(s) that did this to you so that your life can move on or you will end up in a vegetative mental state muttering “16 years of PDP” all day long.

          Haba, the Mediterranean sea has been there before and during PDP’s 16 years. Nigerian youths are now willing to sell themselves as slaves in 2017 because your APC and Buhari has made it clear that Nigeria is doomed. So, everyone at the PDP convention is corrupt? Haba, my friend, do yourself a favour and forgive that PDP person SOON for your own sake.

  • ifeanyi victor

    Buhari is corrupt,polish him as much as you like while demarketing Atiku with style.
    Buhari stole so much from PTFfunds to invest in estate,as minister of petroleum, $2billion missing in the ministry was traced to his bank in UK.
    Buhari is nepotism personified.
    He has not been sincere enough to declare his assets as he promised before election,also his ministers.

    • Full blooded Nigerian

      Can you defend alln these your allegations with facts?

      • Fairgame

        When you call Jonathan corrupt have you defended that accusation with facts? Hypocrisy is a trademark in Nigeria.

      • Jon West

        Can anyone defend accusations of corruption on Buhari,s opponents with facts? But everyone one of them is tarred with the stain of corruption regardless. As for Buahri, I can personally help with evidence at the PTF. His brother-in-law and corruption front-man, a certain Salihjo Ahmed, committed suicide when Obasanjo threatened to prosecute him for stealing $250 million in PTF funds.
        Again, Buhari stated openly that Abacha , who made him PTF boss, was not corrupt, in spite of the admission to massive corruption by the Abacha family, and the constant return, including as we speak, of looted Abacha money.

        Nigeria is the hypocrisy capital of the world,hence the selective requirement of proof of corruption, depending on the personality informs. To hell with Nigeria!!

        • MDG2020

          “Nigeria is the hypocrisy capital of the world,hence the selective requirement of proof of corruption, depending on the personality involved”
          Enough said my dear J.W!
          Remain ever blessed.

        • BB

          Spot on. The mere admission of General Buhari that Abacha was not corrupt is enough evidence of Buhari’s understanding of what corruption is

      • abodes_124

        Nigerian senate investigation led by the older Saraki ‘indicted’ him for the the missing $2.8 billion. A judicial panel said there was no ‘missing$2,8 billion. Some say the money traveleed and came back yielding $400 million interest. Buhari has been able to look after his health in the UK, pay for school fees, boarding and lodging of his children in the UK on his pay and pension. One can make up their mind based on these facts and conjectures.