PRESIDENT BUHARI AND HIS LETTER WRITERS

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PEDULUM By Dele Momodu, Email: dele.momodu@thisdaylive.com
PENDULUM
BY DELE MOMODU
Fellow Nigerians, let me begin by welcoming our dear leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, back home from his medical vacation in London. We have every cause to be thankful to Allah, the Merciful. The Yoruba have a very apt adage for what happened to President Buhari: we should be grateful to the death that wanted to kill us but chose to blow off our cap only. President Buhari is a very lucky man. Indeed, he is a cat with nine lives. From the pictures, we saw of him while he attended to his ubiquitous visitors, it must have been a close shave. I’m happy Baba was given another chance by the Almighty. Not everyone gets that fortunate.
As I wrote before Baba came back, many Nigerians were beginning to give up on his government. They believe this ruling party, APC, has virtually derailed. That they have failed to deliver on the phantasmagorical promises made when we all conspired and collaborated to sack the government of President Goodluck Jonathan. But surprisingly, things began to look better during the short span the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo acted as President. The synergy between him and the team appeared very cordial and proactive. His biggest achievement in Baba’s absence was the effort he put into uniting Nigeria and Nigerians. Everything he did looked too good to be true. Knowing a bit about how things work in the corridors of power, I was troubled about the possibility of a few powerful people misreading and misjudging Professor Osinbajo’s innocent moves and great intentions.  It is to the Vice-President’s credit that he did not let those kinds of people detract from the good work he was doing probably because he knew he had the full backing of President for the steps he was taking.  After all, as the Vice-President has pointedly remarked he was in constant consultation and dialogue with the President even though Baba had told him not to bother and carry on as he was doing.
I saw in Professor Osinbajo a man determined to rescue this government from the terrible jinx that befuddled its predecessors.  I saw a perfect gentleman who wanted to hold fort for his boss by ensuring that things did not fall apart before his return. I did not see a man scheming to take the position of his boss for whatever reason.  It was apparent that Professor Osinbajo’s only desire was for the nation to progress and for his boss to meet a better country and continue from there upon his return. This is the type of deputy we all pray for in life. This is the kind of assistant every leader would wish for, and be proud of any day. Therefore a few of us wrote to support and encourage the Vice President but some persons misconstrued our motives. That is no longer news. It was the same way we were pummelled in the past for speaking truth to power. But we must continue to do so because this is our government.
Baba needs to take his time to feel the pulse of the nation. I plead, in the name of Allah, that he listens carefully to the wailers, as his people have labelled those who have been advising government and grumbling aloud about the seeming inertia of this government. He can afford to ignore the messengers but should never discard the loud messages. They can’t all be wrong even if we read right or wrong motives to their action. The truth is that we all want Baba and his team to succeed because his success is the success of the nation. I find it difficult to understand why people cannot appreciate that simple fact.  It is not everyone that would be forced out of power and can return triumphantly after 30 years. It is one of those miracles we only read or dream about but never witness. This more so, after four attempts of presidential campaigns.
I was particularly moved by the letter from the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai. Here is a well-known protégé of President Buhari. Here is a man projected as a possible successor in case President Buhari decides not to seek a second term. I shuddered as I read and raced through his 30-page missive to our President, I couldn’t believe anyone that close to Buhari could fire those salvos. In that massive letter, I read the bitter truth even if many would read sinister undertones to it. Governor El Rufai really poured out his heart as candidly as decorum permits. Baba should in fact thank him for this. It takes love to openly criticise, even chastise, what is yours. It was an admission of acute frustration in the system that has long experienced systemic failure. Baba should find time to read and digest that letter. I’m sure he would know how to sift the grain from the chaff. Undoubtedly, El Rufai is one of the brightest stars we have in Nigeria despite the many controversies around him. When he speaks, we should not discountenance his wise counsel. I’m reasonably convinced that he means well for the President and our troublesome country.
Many things are being said behind Baba that he would never get to hear or read due to the hypocritical nature of human beings. Only the bold ones would dare speak up and damn the consequence. But anyone who loves Nigeria and the President would stand up at this difficult time to be counted amongst the brave. Baba should maintain the tempo he met on ground when he landed last week. He should encourage Osinbajo to carry on with a system that was already bearing fruits, by delegating more tasks to him. His health challenges, for now, would not permit him to operate optimally and he should not even overstretch his luck. It is too dangerous to overwork when one is just returning from such an intensive medical check-up. I pray Baba and his team, including the Vice President, are already working at that same speed and tempo that we have become accustomed to in his absence and that some of us are just paranoid for nothing.
Nigeria was in a big mess when President Buhari took over the reins of power and in nearly two years, we’ve not even scratched the surface of dealing with the sorry state of affairs that he inherited. Yet, the battle for 2019 elections has already started in earnest. This government has so much work to do in less than two years if the APC is to retain power at the Federal level and this can only be done if all hands are on deck.
Let us pray for President Buhari and praise the letter writers for their uncommon courage in this season of anomie.
A TOAST TO GOVERNOR AMBODE
I know this would come as a surprise to the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, but that is the whole idea. If a man is doing well, the least we can do is to support and encourage him.
I wish to confess today that Ambode has surpassed my expectations in under two years. I remember getting an invitation to meet with him sometime in 2014. A call came through to me in Ghana from his close aide, Idowu Ajanaku. The caller was very confident that the next Governor of Lagos State would like to meet me at my earliest convenience to solicit my support. I had wondered what support ordinary me could render when the man was amply surrounded and motivated by political juggernauts, especially the irrepressible Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. All the same, I accepted the invitation, if only out of curiosity and left everything to fly to Lagos.
I met Mr Ambode somewhere on Glover Road, Ikoyi. We had never met nor spoken before then. He came across to me like a very simple and humble personality. He divulged his plans and I felt honoured that he consulted me at all. He spoke eloquently about his plans for Lagos. I knew he was going to have to fight a major battle to become the Governor of Africa’s most powerful state government but he had God and the human backing of the former Governor of Lagos, Tinubu. I believe only God can bequeath or take power and so knew he had a good chance. Ambode radiated pure confidence and at the end of our meeting, he saw me off to my car and I wished him well.
He fought a gallant battle to get his party’s ticket. Between Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, a political wizard, and I, we did everything we could to support him. I was particularly willing and ready to back him up heavily on social media. I couldn’t get over his simple mien and this made his matter compelling for me. Besides, Asiwaju Tinubu, had mentored a few of us while we were in exile in London after the June 12 imbroglio and this was payback time. The general elections came and Ambode won and we were all happy and jubilant.
Since then, I visited him once on a courtesy visit, in company of my best friend, Prince Adedamola Aderemi, and we met the same Ambode I had met before he became Governor, humble and simple. Like the first time, he saw us off to our car, and we chatted freely. On another occasion, I saw him on the Third Mainland Bridge and sent him a text and he called immediately to exchange greetings. But what has impressed me the most is not his interpersonal relationships but the manner he has simplified governance. In less than two years, he has improved drastically on the great Lagos the then Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola handed over to him. Fashola himself had laboured hard to emulate the giant strides of Tinubu in Lagos.
I’m very proud that the three Governors of Lagos since the return of democracy in 1999 have all done a lot to make Lagos such an enviable city and a success story. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is obviously determined to surpass the humongous achievements of his predecessors, including the great veteran journalist, Papa Alhaji Lateef Jakande, and the legendary military Governor, Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson.
Prince Adedamola Aderemi and I were stunned when we drove recently through Epe, from Ijebu-Ode, where we had gone for the 40-day funeral festivities of Bimbo Ashiru’s mum. The transformation we encountered was truly massive and impressive, more so, because we had passed that same route a few months earlier. Within the Lagos Metropolis itself one can see the stellar work that Ambode is doing but our experience in Epe made us realise that the Governor is touching all parts of the state and not just the showpiece capital.
Ambode’s operational smoothness, typified by the novel but simple way in which he has changed the traffic situation on the Lekki-Epe Expressway by removing roundabouts and replacing them with intersections and flyovers, shows the lack of clutter in his mind and a willingness to innovate and be creative.
Lagos used to be badly polluted but Ambode is working at the speed of light to clean up the environment urgently. Cleanliness is said to be next to Godliness. The Cleaner Lagos Initiative is a bold and ambitious project that seeks to rid Lagos forever of its traditional filth. The plan is to expand the scope of LAWMA and enforce the regulation of the waste management process to the highest international standards. This will also create jobs for thousands of residents.
The vision of Ambode is very impressive and he has started driving a social infrastructure revolution in Lagos. His style is recommended to his colleagues who must think outside the box to improve on their states. While I agree that Lagos is a rich state, Ambode must be commended for spending the resources of Lagos judiciously and positively.
He deserves our support and prayers.

PENDULUM MARCH 18 BY DELE MOMODU
PRESIDENT BUHARI AND HIS LETTER WRITERS
Fellow Nigerians, let me begin by welcoming our dear leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, back home from his medical vacation in London. We have every cause to be thankful to Allah, the Merciful. The Yoruba have a very apt adage for what happened to President Buhari: we should be grateful to the death that wanted to kill us but chose to blow off our cap only. President Buhari is a very lucky man. Indeed, he is a cat with nine lives. From the pictures, we saw of him while he attended to his ubiquitous visitors, it must have been a close shave. I’m happy Baba was given another chance by the Almighty. Not everyone gets that fortunate.
As I wrote before Baba came back, many Nigerians were beginning to give up on his government. They believe this ruling party, APC, has virtually derailed. That they have failed to deliver on the phantasmagorical promises made when we all conspired and collaborated to sack the government of President Goodluck Jonathan. But surprisingly, things began to look better during the short span the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo acted as President. The synergy between him and the team appeared very cordial and proactive. His biggest achievement in Baba’s absence was the effort he put into uniting Nigeria and Nigerians. Everything he did looked too good to be true. Knowing a bit about how things work in the corridors of power, I was troubled about the possibility of a few powerful people misreading and misjudging Professor Osinbajo’s innocent moves and great intentions.  It is to the Vice-President’s credit that he did not let those kinds of people detract from the good work he was doing probably because he knew he had the full backing of President for the steps he was taking.  After all, as the Vice-President has pointedly remarked he was in constant consultation and dialogue with the President even though Baba had told him not to bother and carry on as he was doing.
I saw in Professor Osinbajo a man determined to rescue this government from the terrible jinx that befuddled its predecessors.  I saw a perfect gentleman who wanted to hold fort for his boss by ensuring that things did not fall apart before his return. I did not see a man scheming to take the position of his boss for whatever reason.  It was apparent that Professor Osinbajo’s only desire was for the nation to progress and for his boss to meet a better country and continue from there upon his return. This is the type of deputy we all pray for in life. This is the kind of assistant every leader would wish for, and be proud of any day. Therefore a few of us wrote to support and encourage the Vice President but some persons misconstrued our motives. That is no longer news. It was the same way we were pummelled in the past for speaking truth to power. But we must continue to do so because this is our government.
Baba needs to take his time to feel the pulse of the nation. I plead, in the name of Allah, that he listens carefully to the wailers, as his people have labelled those who have been advising government and grumbling aloud about the seeming inertia of this government. He can afford to ignore the messengers but should never discard the loud messages. They can’t all be wrong even if we read right or wrong motives to their action. The truth is that we all want Baba and his team to succeed because his success is the success of the nation. I find it difficult to understand why people cannot appreciate that simple fact.  It is not everyone that would be forced out of power and can return triumphantly after 30 years. It is one of those miracles we only read or dream about but never witness. This more so, after four attempts of presidential campaigns.
I was particularly moved by the letter from the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai. Here is a well-known protégé of President Buhari. Here is a man projected as a possible successor in case President Buhari decides not to seek a second term. I shuddered as I read and raced through his 30-page missive to our President, I couldn’t believe anyone that close to Buhari could fire those salvos. In that massive letter, I read the bitter truth even if many would read sinister undertones to it. Governor El Rufai really poured out his heart as candidly as decorum permits. Baba should in fact thank him for this. It takes love to openly criticise, even chastise, what is yours. It was an admission of acute frustration in the system that has long experienced systemic failure. Baba should find time to read and digest that letter. I’m sure he would know how to sift the grain from the chaff. Undoubtedly, El Rufai is one of the brightest stars we have in Nigeria despite the many controversies around him. When he speaks, we should not discountenance his wise counsel. I’m reasonably convinced that he means well for the President and our troublesome country.
Many things are being said behind Baba that he would never get to hear or read due to the hypocritical nature of human beings. Only the bold ones would dare speak up and damn the consequence. But anyone who loves Nigeria and the President would stand up at this difficult time to be counted amongst the brave. Baba should maintain the tempo he met on ground when he landed last week. He should encourage Osinbajo to carry on with a system that was already bearing fruits, by delegating more tasks to him. His health challenges, for now, would not permit him to operate optimally and he should not even overstretch his luck. It is too dangerous to overwork when one is just returning from such an intensive medical check-up. I pray Baba and his team, including the Vice President, are already working at that same speed and tempo that we have become accustomed to in his absence and that some of us are just paranoid for nothing.
Nigeria was in a big mess when President Buhari took over the reins of power and in nearly two years, we’ve not even scratched the surface of dealing with the sorry state of affairs that he inherited. Yet, the battle for 2019 elections has already started in earnest. This government has so much work to do in less than two years if the APC is to retain power at the Federal level and this can only be done if all hands are on deck.
Let us pray for President Buhari and praise the letter writers for their uncommon courage in this season of anomie.
A TOAST TO GOVERNOR AMBODE
I know this would come as a surprise to the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, but that is the whole idea. If a man is doing well, the least we can do is to support and encourage him.
I wish to confess today that Ambode has surpassed my expectations in under two years. I remember getting an invitation to meet with him sometime in 2014. A call came through to me in Ghana from his close aide, Idowu Ajanaku. The caller was very confident that the next Governor of Lagos State would like to meet me at my earliest convenience to solicit my support. I had wondered what support ordinary me could render when the man was amply surrounded and motivated by political juggernauts, especially the irrepressible Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. All the same, I accepted the invitation, if only out of curiosity and left everything to fly to Lagos.
I met Mr Ambode somewhere on Glover Road, Ikoyi. We had never met nor spoken before then. He came across to me like a very simple and humble personality. He divulged his plans and I felt honoured that he consulted me at all. He spoke eloquently about his plans for Lagos. I knew he was going to have to fight a major battle to become the Governor of Africa’s most powerful state government but he had God and the human backing of the former Governor of Lagos, Tinubu. I believe only God can bequeath or take power and so knew he had a good chance. Ambode radiated pure confidence and at the end of our meeting, he saw me off to my car and I wished him well.
He fought a gallant battle to get his party’s ticket. Between Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, a political wizard, and I, we did everything we could to support him. I was particularly willing and ready to back him up heavily on social media. I couldn’t get over his simple mien and this made his matter compelling for me. Besides, Asiwaju Tinubu, had mentored a few of us while we were in exile in London after the June 12 imbroglio and this was payback time. The general elections came and Ambode won and we were all happy and jubilant.
Since then, I visited him once on a courtesy visit, in company of my best friend, Prince Adedamola Aderemi, and we met the same Ambode I had met before he became Governor, humble and simple. Like the first time, he saw us off to our car, and we chatted freely. On another occasion, I saw him on the Third Mainland Bridge and sent him a text and he called immediately to exchange greetings. But what has impressed me the most is not his interpersonal relationships but the manner he has simplified governance. In less than two years, he has improved drastically on the great Lagos the then Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola handed over to him. Fashola himself had laboured hard to emulate the giant strides of Tinubu in Lagos.
I’m very proud that the three Governors of Lagos since the return of democracy in 1999 have all done a lot to make Lagos such an enviable city and a success story. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is obviously determined to surpass the humongous achievements of his predecessors, including the great veteran journalist, Papa Alhaji Lateef Jakande, and the legendary military Governor, Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson.
Prince Adedamola Aderemi and I were stunned when we drove recently through Epe, from Ijebu-Ode, where we had gone for the 40-day funeral festivities of Bimbo Ashiru’s mum. The transformation we encountered was truly massive and impressive, more so, because we had passed that same route a few months earlier. Within the Lagos Metropolis itself one can see the stellar work that Ambode is doing but our experience in Epe made us realise that the Governor is touching all parts of the state and not just the showpiece capital.
Ambode’s operational smoothness, typified by the novel but simple way in which he has changed the traffic situation on the Lekki-Epe Expressway by removing roundabouts and replacing them with intersections and flyovers, shows the lack of clutter in his mind and a willingness to innovate and be creative.
Lagos used to be badly polluted but Ambode is working at the speed of light to clean up the environment urgently. Cleanliness is said to be next to Godliness. The Cleaner Lagos Initiative is a bold and ambitious project that seeks to rid Lagos forever of its traditional filth. The plan is to expand the scope of LAWMA and enforce the regulation of the waste management process to the highest international standards. This will also create jobs for thousands of residents.
The vision of Ambode is very impressive and he has started driving a social infrastructure revolution in Lagos. His style is recommended to his colleagues who must think outside the box to improve on their states. While I agree that Lagos is a rich state, Ambode must be commended for spending the resources of Lagos judiciously and positively.
He deserves our support and prayers.
  • soulchild

    Name dropper

    • austin

      He cannot help it.

    • okbaba

      A hailing Area boy with education and pen.

  • austin

    El-Rufai wrote that letter since September 2016 and obviously nothing has changed till date, six months after. I think the letter is a bit too long for somebody who enjoys reading the cartoon section. As nobody would read it to him to avoid suffering from guilt by association, I’ll say Baba has not gotten that particular message. Proven by the fact that El-Rufai is still walking about un-investigated by a combo of DSS and EFCC.
    The next question is, “Who leaked the letter and why?”
    Anyway El-Rufai try sha. But all he wrote, he is yet to apply in Kaduna state.

    • Don Franco

      Dear Austin,
      I don’t imagine that El-Rufaii himself would be reading 30-page convoluted letters when he’s 76 years old… He knows that Buhari won’t read his letter; he just wrote in the hope of inheriting PMB’s political base of loyalists. Smart!

  • Don Franco

    Dear Dele,
    You wrote well this time, but I’m taken aback by your endorsement of El-Rufaii’s 30-page citadel of how to preserve a northern agenda in the political calculus of 2019 and beyond; to a President whose age and health condition has no tolerance for the ongoing intrigues at the Villa; NASS and Judiciary.
    If El-Rufaii had demonstrated the kind of self-serving loyalty he pledged to PMB, to OBJ, or even to VP Osinbajo (whom he used to humiliate and order out of meetings at the Villa); then he’d be deserving of your praise, but clearly, from his letter to PMB you can see that he’s positioning himself for Buhari’s support incase the old man decides not to run; he did this cleverly by appealing to Buhari’s sense of a united Nigeria under northern domination.
    Dele, being true to your nature; by playing both sides against the middle, and having by this op-ed ingratiated yourself into the good graces of both Osinbajo and the diminutive El-Rufaii, why don’t you also do the needful and ask your “Baba” to resign, so that we can all get a breather? That would be a promenaded avenue to your desired appointment as a Presidential Spokesman, rather than this taking us thru this pot-holed road of circumlocuted gist about Ambode, Fashola, Tinubu, and Prince Aderemi. Just shoot straight, Bob Dee.

  • gohen

    Never will you fail to show your double faced nature, just compare your opening paragraph to your previous articles when Buhari was absent.

  • Unite2013

    Uncle Dee, there is nothing of benefit to the nation in el rufai’s letter to PMB. It is more about preserving the existing feudal and oppressive ‘rankadede’ structures that only serve the interest of the ruling class.

  • E.Udah

    Janus as ever! Can’t tell really where you stands. You cannot be advocating for the continuity of the steam that VC Osibanjo brought into governance in 50 days he held sway and at the same time projecting an Hell-Rufia who is an abysmal failure in ruling a state out of 36 states!

  • Arabakpura

    Sycophant and Sycophancy!

    • John Paul

      Advise is coming from left to right for PMB. The only advise that PMB needs, is for him to go back to his campaign promises:

      1.Eradication of Boko Haram;
      2. A scorched earth battle against insecurity in Nigeria: Kidnappers, armed robbers, homicidal herdsmen and wife beaters. Including by increasing the amount of well trained police officers and security agents on our streets;
      3. Match the Michaevalian machinations of the opposing side in the war against corruption; and
      4. Growing our economy through diversification…

      • austin

        Is this the John Paul we know or has another arisen to claim his name?
        To go back to his campaign promises would translate to acknowledging that he abandoned them in the first instance.
        OK. We go back to the initial question. Is this the John Paul we know or ……?

        • John Paul

          Let’s not get carried away, here.

          We are in a much better position with regards to Boko Haram, the war against corruption, security and diversifying our economy than we were on the 28th of May, 2015

          Having arrived at halftime, it is important to consolidate on our gains

          If Nigeria keeps up the fight against Boko Haram, Kidnapping, armed robbery, corrupt politicians, homicidal herdsmen and a mono-product economy and channels its resources to infrastructural development, Nigeria will be a very sweet place to live

          • austin

            You are the one who has being carried away, long time ago. You just attempted to return but again lost your way.
            Your first comment was of independent thought; the second was a regurgitation of party slogans. In the first comment, you stated he needs to go back to campaign promises, which you actually listed out and in the second, you mentioned the same campaign promises only now you are claiming that they are being executed.
            What has the war against corruption exactly achieved after nearly 2 years? Recession?
            Security?
            Diversification of the economy is being executed by searching for oil in the North?
            Hmmmm, Strange.
            To cap it and further confuse the unwary, you listed the fight against the homicidal herdsmen as part of what is being currently executed.
            Ok JP, Kontinu

          • John Paul

            The number of arrests and prosecution of corruption cases between May, 2015 and today is, at least, three times more than what we had between 2010 and 2015

            The TSA has been implemented and even though we have heard about sporadic cases of corruption since 2015, we have not heard about the widespread cases of pervasive corruption that characterized the PDP era

            Regarding the recession, in 2014, when crude oil prices crashed, Algeria had reserves of about $190 billion even though Nigeria produces more oil than Algeria. While Nigeria had a paltry $35 billion

            Since then – 2014 to today – Algeria has spent about $70 billion from its reserves in order to prevent the devastating effects of the crash in crude oil prices that Nigeria is feeling today

            And what did we do with our own oil boom. PDP looted the entire thing. The sad part of the whole thing is that some Nigerian youth that should be enraged by a group of idiots that squandered money that was meant for their generation are moot because someone gave them a paltry N5 million to buy a used SUV

            By the way, Nigeria is arguably and two party State.

            Even though PDP has not been able to get their act together, after they lost the 2015 presidential elections, the two party arrangement works well for Nigeria

            Ultimately, our two party system will unify our country. Although we have over 258 ethnic groups in Nigeria, a two party system forces all Nigerians to express their political views constructively under either one of both major political parties

            Do not allow the fact that, from time to time, politicians will decamp from one party to the other to confuse you. Their decampment does not change the fact that a registered political party is a legal entity

            You have to look at a political party as if it were a soccer team. From time to time, soccer players move from team to team. But it is the result of the team that soccer fans are interested in and not the performance of the individual soccer player in their prior team because soccer – like politics – is a team sport

            APC still has the Midas touch. What they have done and continue to do in Lagos State is remarkable and what they have done in the center, thus far, is 10 times better than PDP’s 16 years of the locust

            They just need to double down on their strengths: the fight against Boko Haram, insecurity, including kidnapping, armed robbery and homicidal herdsmen and the war against corruption

          • austin

            Thank you for the reply. I’ll take it paragraph by paragraph.
            Where did you get this arrests and prosecution statistics from? Are you factoring in all the trial by media? We shall soon start trial by combat ala GoT. However, we are aware that within the time frame you quoted Lamorde, seconded by Magu, recovered trillions of Naira in EFCC, which allegedly he made off with. If he was not fighting corruption, where did he recover such sums? See why there is something called media trial?
            TSA was not an APC policy. APC implemented the TSA without understanding its implication and impact. The TSA implementation has caused more harm and grief. Udo Udoma on Channels TV declared that there was no money in the TSA and that TSA was a clearing account. When the banks held the money it did not require clearing and remained with the banks. The only problem was that bankers traded with it and government officials drew interests on the money. On bright tropical day, somewhere in the near future, we shall hear the true story of what happened to the trillions gathered under the guise of TSA implementation.
            On the Algeria comparison, what is the population of Algeria (39.21m) and what is the population of Nigeria (173.6)? Comparing apples with udara is not helpful. Yes, the economy could have been managed better, but No, the present managers are not doing any better. They have had two years to manage the incoming resources and what they have inherited but alas they are spending more than the previous government (see the budget figures), looting the TSA, giving bailout to states to loot as recovery funds for election expenditures, and operable economic policies replaced with party slogans. We shall diversify the economy is a slogan. The “What” and the “How” is what makes the policy.
            The Nigerian youths are enraged, hence voting for the opposition without thoughts or examining the product. They are even more enraged now they know they have been sold enwe na onu adaka (sold a monkey for the price of a gorilla).
            Party as a football team? Ok. Let’s take that analogy. Would another football team buy players that are known to be bad team players, fight other players and referees with knives and studded boots, score own goals, snort cocaine, embezzle club money, and wreck the club with fines? You see, your analogy does not hold very well. Where we copied this our brand of democracy, USA, politics is not like a game or team sport or whatever you might want to call it, where players change teams when offered more money or position. It is a serious venture that involves the life and well being of all the participants, the nation included. There, politicians do not change teams because they have lost elections or just before elections because they are holding state finances and having “beef” with the central government. If politicians believed in profligacy as the economic policy they would not come out tomorrow and become thrifty because the misers are in power while at the same time calling former party members and colleagues profligate names. That particular brand of hypocrisy is what the good book kept hammering about.
            Look at this brief roll call; OBJ, president (PDP), Atiku, VP (PDP), Audu Ogbeh, Party Chairman (PDP), Ken Nnamani, Senate President (PDP), Aminu Masari, Speaker (PDP), Ghali Na’abba, Speaker (PDP), Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker (PDP), Amaechi CR, Governor/State Speaker (PDP), Saraki, Governor (PDP), Silva, Governor (PDP), and a host of others (too numerous to mention) who had been influential in the PDP and are now in the APC. The listed are policy makers, budget holders, and executives who contributed willfully to the “locust” years. I do not understand why you want to absolve them under this theory of parties are legal entities.
            Midas Touch? Lagos is remarkable, but considering the resources available, it is like a candle in the dark. But that is one state. How about Osun (hocked up to the eyeballs), Oyo (of constituted authority), Ogun (that really should be merged/acquired by Lagos), Imo!! (now can we laugh together?), Edo, Kwara, Kogi (56 SSAs), Benue and the Northern APC states (can’t really tell them apart as the policy there all seem to be about organizing mass marriages). Coming to the center, you really have faith on what has been done in the center and you have already measured it to be 10x better than PDP. But that is just what it is Faith: the proof of the reality of things not seen. However, if PDP achievement is zero, 10 x 0 = …..
            Homicidal herdsmen again? Why do you keep mentioning this in the context of things that are being tackled by the government?
            Sorry, this came out long but we needed to do it once.

          • John Paul

            Your argument that Nigeria’s reserves should not be compared to Algeria’s reserves because Nigeria’s population – 173 million – is more than Algeria’s population – 39 million and so Nigeria needs to spend its savings, is predictable and has been mouthed off on numerous occasions as an excuse as to why Nigeria did not save for a rainy day during the last dispensation

            Let us not forget that notwithstanding the fact that China has a population of 1.3 billion they still have reserves of $3 trillion. So a high population is not a legitimate excuse to squander all of your reserves. Especially when you squander it on useless expenditure

            Nigeria trending towards a two party State is good for Nigeria.

            Before, many politicians did not have a choice. So they were stuck in PDP. But now, there has been a realignment because Nigeria has two large political parties – PDP and APC. So even though politicians are decamping back and forth, overtime they will settle into one of our two major parties. And it is good for Nigeria

            Most of the rest of your points have been debated comprehensively since almost two years ago – APC States vs. PDP States, TSA, etc. So their is no point regurgitating all those arguments

            The bottomline is that this administration should doubledown on its gains thus far

  • NWA IJARA

    Typical Momodu! The very lengthy drivel has deficiency of substance.

  • Obi Ike Sorres

    Lagos should clean and rebuild some of its ghettos. Lagos Mainland doesn’t need Eko Atlantic city. Even if they must have it, they should be building high rise building in ghettos too, to create space and put people up in the sky. Areas such as Amukoko, Ajegunle, Orile Iganmu, Mushin should have high rise building so to phase out face me I face you apartment and create space for other social amenities like recreation hall or sport complexes and libraries. These areas lack these things and u see lots of youth there restless because nothing to engage them in the area of fun, entertainment and job. Go into agreement with house owners there, use the land to erect high rise building to put people u and have enough spaces. Prefabricated houses model can do it, all must not be cement or block