SATURDAY THE ALTERNATIVE
By Reno Omokri
I must thank my friend, Daniel Hannan, a Member of the European Parliament, who invited me to the 2017 Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. It was a beautiful and mind-expanding experience attending the conference as an official delegate and my democratic experience and temperament is all the better for it.
One of the best parts of the experience was that on Monday October 2, 2017, I met and was photographed with Prime Minister Theresa May and I must say that she is the epitome of simplicity and a specimen of good upbringing and class.
Prime Minister May gave me audience, listened to me and took a picture with me and then sat directly behind me without a single noticeable security aide for the entire Monday session where the Chancellor of The Exchequer, Philip Hammond, gave his inspiring speech.
Imagine if this were in Muhammadu Buhari’s Nigeria, would such an honour have been done to a person without much status in Nigeria? Would the security detail around the President even allow that? I leave you to answer that question.
But that was not even the best part for me. After meeting Prime Minister May on Monday, I was interviewed by a BBC crew and I informed them point blank that democratically unseating President Muhammadu Buhari is my greatest human ambition other than making it into God’s kingdom when I die.
President Muhammadu Buhari is President of Nigeria for now, and I will respect that, but when the time comes (and it is coming soon), I will do all that is legally and humanly possible to democratically unseat a man who I believe has taken Nigeria more than a decade backward.
By now, my readers must have either heard of or read the letter by the minister of state for petroleum resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, to his senior minister, who also happens to be President Muhammadu Buhari.
In that letter, Kachikwu states that not only has he, as chairman of the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, been sidelined by the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, but the entire board has, allegedly been made redundant.
Appointments that are heavily lopsided in favour of the North have been made by Baru without recourse to Kachikwu or the board of the NNPC.
But perhaps most troubling is the fact that, according to Ibe Kachikwu, contracts worth $26 billion have been awarded by Baru, without recourse to due process.
$26 billion. Imagine that!
Of the 55 senior management positions recently made by Baru at the NNPC, only 19 of those appointments went to Southerners while 36 of those appointments went to the North, a region that produces no oil.
Does this not corroborate what Malam Nasir El-Rufai said about President Muhammadu Buhari on October 6, 2010, to wit that Buhari’s “insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity and his parochial focus are already well-known.”
The above is a direct quote from El-Rufai. Today, his words almost seem prophetic.
Never in the history of Nigeria have we had an administration so openly partial to one group of Nigerians against other groups.
In fact, so obvious has the Northernisation agenda been that TY Danjuma, a retired Lieutenant General and former chief of army staff was forced to publicly call out the President.
TY Danjuma, whom many call the President’s godfather, on July 14, 2017 accused the Buhari administration of “deliberately disregarding the constitution and federal character.”
But back to Ibe Kachikwu.
Ibe Kachikwu obviously did not get the memo. There is no Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation any more. It is now Northern Nigeria Petroleum Corporation.
And it is very sad that even the Minister of state for Petroleum resources cannot even see the President who is the minister of Petroleum resources! However, Kachikwu was naive for writing that letter to Buhari! He does not know that Baru was brought in to do exactly what he is doing!
The first time Muhammadu Buhari was Petroleum Minister in the 1970s, Fela sang ‘2.8 billion Naira missing’. Now he is Petroleum Minister again and Kachikwu is singing ‘$26 billion missing’! Why is it that huge billions tend to go missing or spent without due process whenever Buhari is Minister of Petroleum?
If President Buhari truly has integrity and if his anti-corruption war is not a cover for an anti-PDP war, then Baru must be investigated. Just imagine what would have happened if a minister accused Goodluck Jonathan’s government of awarding $26 billion contracts without due process! Anti-corruption government my foot! We will not know the extent of the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s corruption until they leave office!
In fact, the new definition of a fool is as follows: Noun used to describe anybody who expects a government that returned Sylva’s 48 mansions to him to investigate Baru for the $26 billion oil mess.
Babachir Lawal is still enjoying his grass-cutter money because under this administration it is a case of guilty unless you are covered by the broom. If your covering is the umbrella, then you are guilty until proven innocent!
I mean, with Nigeria’s security challenges, one would have thought President Muhammadu Buhari would have appointed himself as Defence Minister instead of Petroleum Minister. I always felt it was an odd choice for an ex-general who was elected majorly because the electorate thought he could handle the security challenges facing the nation. Yet he left security to others and personally chose to handle the Petroleum ministry. Now we know why!
President Buhari told Nigerians that his government came to fix Nigeria. But thanks to Kachikwu, we now know that in reality, this administration came to STEAL, KILL and DESTROY!
$26 billion corruption exposed in NNPC. Who knows what is going on at the Nigerian Ports Authority, the Nigerian Communications Commission and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission. You and I won’t know the extent of President Muhammadu Buhari’s corruption until he leaves power!
And finally, let me say that though Buhari is President, the buck does not stop at his table. In as much as he still blames Jonathan, the buck stops at Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s table.
What the President fails to understand however is that when a government repeatedly and consistently blames the opposition for their failure to fulfill their campaign promises, what they are really saying to the people is that they are no longer useful!
Teach your children not to be in a hurry to have premarital sex. Bearded meat is most delicious when eaten only after marriage. Do this, because if you don’t train your children when young, they will strain your life when you are old. Train or strain. The choice is yours. Finally, if you train them well they won’t become fools. Who is a fool? A fool is a person that ignores their parents when they are alive and suffering only to spend big money giving them a ‘befitting’ burial when they die #RenosNuggets