Buhari, 2019 and the Talking Drum

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

One of the most astounding works of Art from Africa is the Yoruba talking drum. It is an hourglass-shaped wood with an inner cavity, covered on both ends by goat skin, and beaten by a curved stick called ‘gongo’. The fact that its pitch can be regulated makes it exceptional as messages to be passed by the drummer to the listeners. There is the ‘Iya Ilu’, ‘Omele’ and ‘Gangan’ with danceable rhythms apart from their messages.


One of the greatest drummers of all times was Oba John Adetoyese Laoye, the late Timi of Ede who was on the throne between1946 and 1975.  He was not just an Oba but also a drummer with jaw-dropping dexterity which brought him global fame. He learnt drumming from his maternal home. In 1955, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo popularised Radio system by introducing rediffusion box to the Western Region. The popular tune that heralded the news was a creation of Oba Laoye’s drum in 1956: ‘Mi Do Do Do Mi Mi, Re Mi Mi Re Do!’


This was given so many interpretations which included: B’olu Badan ba’ku, ta ni o j’oye? (Who will ascend the throne when the Olubadan passes on?); ‘O j’ogede dudu inu n’takun’ (He eats unripe plantain and suffers stomach upset); ‘Ko so nigbese n’ibi, lo s’ile keji’ (There is no debtor here, go to the next house); ‘Bello Gbadamosi, olori ole’ (Bello Gbadamosi – the head robber) etc.

Interestingly, what Oba Laoye really said with his drum was: ‘This is Nigeria Broadcasting Service!’

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I doubt if any social media platform is as popular in Nigeria today as WhatsApp where with a mobile handset, everyone is an actor, politician, comedian, pastor all rolled into one. And at a period we are breeding so many troublemakers, no platform also spreads hate messages as quickly and widely as WhatsApp. But if, like me, you love humour and inspirational stories, there is no better place to be. It is a platform where you get a lot of insights into so many things, mostly from anonymous sources.

When at the weekend I got the post with which I opened this piece, I could not resist spreading it to some Yoruba people I was sure would appreciate the message. A few minutes after I forwarded the text, I got a pithy but insightful reply from Harvard University Professor, Jacob Olupona: “Segun, to add to your list of meanings of that particular talking drum verse: ‘Ninu ikoko dudu, la gbe n’sebe’ (We make stew from the black pot). Incidentally, Chief Ayorinde of blessed memory gave a wonderful lecture on the multi-vocality of the talking drum. In Yoruba parlance, this gave birth to the following proverb: ‘Ko s’eni to mo ede ayan, a f’eni t’omu opa e lowo’ (Only the man who wields the drumstick understands the message of the drum). That explains why the multiplicity of meanings to what the talking drum says has become a point of reference in African scholarship”.

Against the background that the Muhammadu Buhari most Nigerians voted for in 2015 has turned out to be no more than a creation of their own imagination, three events in the past one week have compelled me to reflect on the significance of the Yoruba talking drum, especially in the light of the thesis on “multiplicity of meanings” when interpreting the verses. One, some politicians, under the aegis of Buhari Support Group (BSG), last Friday met with the president after which they told the media that their man has to “continue his good works” beyond 2019. Two, on Monday, the All Progressive Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu visited Buhari in Aso Rock after which he also spoke to the media. Asked whether he agreed with those calling on Buhari to seek re-election in 2019, Tinubu responded: “Don’t discuss that one with me.” Three, on Tuesday, there were attempts at the National Executive Committee meeting of the APC to railroad members into granting Buhari an automatic ticket for the 2019 presidential election.

Knowing Nigeria, we are likely to witness more of such well-oiled drama of people ‘begging’ President Buhari to seek re-election in the coming weeks and months. It is a familiar industry in Nigeria that dates back to the late General Sani Abacha era. Indeed, as part of the game we should also expect sponsored rallies and prayer sessions.

What that suggests is that the wisdom which most often comes from the Yoruba talking drum and its multiplicity of meanings may be instructive for President Buhari as he weighs his options for 2019. Two popular verses come to mind here: ‘Ti won ba n tan e, ki o ma tan r’are’ (people can deceive you but don’t deceive yourself) and ‘Bo r’owo mi, o’rinu mi’ (you may see my hand but not the intent of my heart).

I am well aware that there are governors within the APC, especially from the North, who want Buhari to seek re-election because that is the only way to guarantee their own return. The cold calculation is that without Buhari raising their hands a second term, his fanatical supporters may not vote and should that happen, they will be defeated at the polls. In this category also are many Senators and House of Representatives members from the North who got to power on the wings of ‘Change’. So, whatever may be the drumbeats, the campaign for Buhari to run is more in their own enlightened self-interest than about the legacy of the president.

That then explains why we may have to remind President Buhari of what he said on 16th June 2015, just about three weeks after assuming office; in the course of his first African Union (AU) summit in Johannesburg. Speaking while meeting a cross-section of Nigerians living in South Africa, Buhari, in a moment of introspection, wished he had become president at a much younger age before he concluded: “Now, at 72, there is a limit to what I can do”. If at 72 the president could admit of a severely limited capacity to govern, how will he feel at 76?

This then brings us back to the talking drum and its symbolism. At the palace, the rhythms from the talking drum not only imitate the intonations of spoken word; they serve as a medium for conveying important and most often coded messages to the king. So, to the extent that there is a multiplicity of meanings to such beats, it is also common for some kings to choose to hear what pleases them. Therefore, with the cacophony of voices in Aso Rock, it is very clear that President Buhari may be listening only to the drumbeats that suit his ambition. I hope, in his own interest, he can be more discerning.

Meanwhile, in his interaction with the State House correspondents on Monday, Tinubu did not exactly rule out backing Buhari’s aspiration for another shot at the presidency in 2019. Neither did he say he would endorse such a bid. Like the talking drum, by hinting that he could in fact rebel, Tinubu merely left a coded message that Buhari, his supporters as well as opponents can begin to interpret or interpolate whichever way they like. Interestingly, there will be many of such coded messages in the days and weeks ahead as we gradually inch towards 2019.

Even if we ignore the fact that President Buhari’s stewardship has largely been disappointing, what the uncertain drumbeats, especially those from within the APC will do is to compel many Nigerians to begin to ask themselves salient questions. Amid the ‘no one but you’ singsong, the futility of a possible second term aspiration for Buhari can be glimpsed from the record of the last two and a half years: executive tardiness, insensitivity to public opinion, an anti-corruption war targeted only at the opposition, a fragile, if not suspect, health status etc.

All the foregoing at a period the economy is on a tailspin and millions of our young people cannot find jobs will, at the fullness of time, lead to one inescapable question: Should the future of Nigeria be tied to that of a man who, by his own admission, is limited in capacity?

For now, let the talking drums continue to beat!

 

 

A Cruise Experience

We left Piraeus Port in Athens on Tuesday night aboard the ship, ‘Celebrity Constellation’ on a ’12 Night Israel and Mediterranean Cruise’ taking us across four countries: Greece, Malta, Israel and Italy. My wife and I are using the tickets won at a raffle in March 2016 which I wrote about in my column, “A Cruise Holiday and the Shocking Drama”, at the time.

Although the tickets for what was then a Caribbean Cruise lapsed in November last year, when the promoter, Mrs Uloma Egbuna–the Managing Director of Tour Brokers International Nigeria (TBI), whose pioneering efforts in leisure travels were at the time rewarded with a partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line–offered us the opportunity of a pilgrimage cruise this year, my wife would not allow me to let it pass. Besides, although I was in Israel in 2002 in reportorial capacity, I have never undertaken a Christian pilgrimage.

This luxury adventure on the Mediterranean Sea will help to put that right because some of the places where we will visit include Mount Carmel, Mount of the Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount as well as the ancient synagogue where Jesus preached and the house of Simon Peter. Going by the itinerary, we will also tour the grand fortress built by King Herod when the zealots were fighting the Romans, take a dip in the Dead Sea and float at the lowest point on earth. We will also be going to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed the night before he was crucified, enter the city of Jerusalem and walk through the Four Quarters (Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Armenian) to witness the major landmarks of 400 years of dramatic history, including the Rock, the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Yesterday, we had a full day stopover at the Island of Mykonos where we were regaled with several Greek mythical tales and before the tour ends next week Sunday 12th November in Rome where will we finally disembark from the ship, we are also going to gain insight into the luxurious lifestyle of Malta’s nobility as we explore some of their most iconic landmarks. In all, this promises to be a good holiday for me and my wife, away from the seemingly invincible Abuja rodents that have, for several months now, prevented our president from accessing his office!

 

  • Ekpetu

    KOWA Party is an assemblage of some of the brightest and youngest minds in Nigeria. Their Presidential Candidate for the 2015 elections, Professor Remi Sonaiya, was more intelligent than Buhari, less corrupt than Jonathan, and just as Presidential a material as any President we had ever had. But what did we do with/for her? Absolutely nothing!

    If only Nigerians would just purge themselves of this “why should I vote for them when I know they can never win” mentality and just lend their support to a cause, for the simple reason that it is the right thing to do, then maybe, just maybe Nigeria will one day rise like a phoenix from its ashes.

    Instead of complaining day in, day out on these Backpages, how’bout we all go out and get our voter’s cards (instead of the usual practice of waiting till three months to the elections, by which time political gimmicks to disenfranchise Nigerians via inefficient voter registration processes would already have been perfected), join a political party (I recommend KOWA) and take our destinies back into our own bloody hands?

    • William Norris

      Professor Sonaiya is only worth voting for IF she’s an apostle of TRIBAL STATEHOOD and FREE MARKETS, as in privatization & deregulation.

      If she’s not into those 2 principles, she’s not going to make any difference and voting for her is a waste.

  • The Light

    Don’t be surprised that Mr Buhari will contest the next election in 2019. He came in with secret agenda and he wouldn’t leave the seat without achieving his aim. I am yet to be convinced that Buhari has any good plan for Nigeria except for one thing: to compensate his tribesmen for their loss and fulfill the dream of Usman Dan Folio period!

  • moribund9ja

    My only appeal to Segun and his colleagues is for them to openly write Buhari out of presidency just as the way they openly wrote into presidency.
    I won’t go further.

  • Senky

    Another name rimes with “Bello Gbadamosi”. Look no further than the title of the write up…

  • RumuPHC

    Dear Segun,

    I suppose it would have been much better and actually quite impactful if you had called on PMB not to contest the forthcoming 2019 instead of talking to the ” talking drums”. Apparently a drum will not ” talk” if there is no interested listener.

    Once again the future well being and progress of the country is tied to the decision of one man. As in the past since IBB’s political rigmarole in the name of transition to democracy to just 3 yrs ago in the reign of GEJ , the intention of the incumbent in Aso Rock portends far reaching ramifications for the presidency and new administration.

    Whether Buhari contests the next election or not, how he chooses to make his intention know and manner of execution of his choice invariably have potential impact on the value of the Naira and health of the economy in the next 36 months. It shouldn’t be very difficult to imagine the havoc that will be done to an already distressed and highly divided country should Buhari throw the full “weight” of the presidency into the fray against his party and opposition party including the people in 2019.

    There will be no winner whether PMB wins or losses the 2019 presidential election. The victory for Nigeria is if Buhari voluntarily relinquishes his right in good faith to seek a second term and returns to Daura .

    Nigeria does not need another bitter election going into the next decade . A smooth transition of power is very essential if we are to reboot and reset the country for peace and prosperity. This is why it is important that people like Segun Adeniyi write to speak directly to PMB and not to the people behind the ” talking drum”.

  • FrNinja

    Buhari’s parochialism was born out of healthy distrust of the hastily assembled APC train comandeered by the wily Jagaban of Bourdillon. Like most military men and one haunted by the coup that toppled him first time around, Buhari has put his faith in what and who he knows. Make aboki great again. #maga.

  • William Norris

    Goodluck Jonathan told Nigerians in Feb 2015 –
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    “The choice before Nigerians in the coming elections is simple: A choice between going forward or going backwards; between the new ways and the old ways; between freedom and repression; between a record of visible achievements and beneficial reforms-and desperate power-seekers with empty promises.”
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    Nigerians made a fundamental but willful error in choosing Buhari for President, DESPITE HIS PREVIOUS RECORDS IN GOVERNMENT as President in 1984 and serving Abacha as Chairman of PTF in the mid 1990’s (?). The motivation for their voting was a continuation of subsidies, price controls and other statist policies that have been PROVEN to be disastrous for the economy.

    As I continually tell Americans, some mistakes are hard to undo and the consequences will play out over decades or centuries. I’m afraid the rejection of the PDP and its free market oriented policies is such a seminal error. Worse is this – the principal actors in the APC are of a different character. It’s not necessarily about The Dullard of Daura alone. It’s a philosophical thing. They will NOT cede power even if they lose an election because they represent constituencies that are DEPENDENT on government resource ALLOCATIONS without any commensurate work, investment or risk.

    Enjoy your CHANGE.

    • “Korede

      And Nigerians embraced the right choice.

      • William Norris

        Indeed…desperate power seekers with empty promises…that was the right choice.

        Did you get your ₦5,000 stipend yet?

        • “Korede

          I don’t belong to the group the need the 5,000 stipend. I am gainfully employed and also employer of labour.

    • Oscar Olotu

      Nigerians did not err in choosing Buhari.Jonathan was a terrible President,who wasn’t just inept but redefined what it meant to be inept.

      How do you reply,in answer to the question of assets declaration ,that you don’t give a damn?How do you come on national TV and assert that stealing of public funds is not corruption but mere stealing.Given another opportunity to undo the damage,he placed stealing of public funds in the same context of a pickpocket!

      Jonathan was a disaster and a fraud and shockingly incompetent and that’s why he lost,despite incumbency to someone he roundly defeated in 2015 and who in the ensuing post-election violence where several innocent corpers were slaughtered,had his electoral value shredded even further.

      I didn’t care for any free market policies he espoused if he felt Nigeria was a rich country going by the number of private jet owners.This,coming from
      a Ph.D holder made me cringe and wince.

      Buhari was a terrible candidate who had been trounced three times prior.He won in 2015 simply because he faced an even more atrocious candidate.As underwhelming as Buhari’s tenure has been,I still affirm that allowing Jonathan another 4 more years would have been a colossal error.As allowing Buhari another 4 more years will be.

      • William Norris

        The myth of Jonathan’s corruption or incompetence is a cover for ethnic hatred and SOCIALIST greed. If you preferred Buhari because of some DEBATABLE, foolish, controversial or ill advised statement made by Jonathan then you’re not serious about making Nigeria a better place. He had an opinion. I know many Nigerians today who will agree with Jonathan that Nigeria is rich.

        I personally agree that stealing is not corruption and I’ll add to it to say that corruption isn’t even a major problem of Nigerian development.

        Buhari on the other hand told FACTUAL LIES such as “Abacha didn’t steal from Nigeria” and “There is nothing like fuel subsidy”…Buhari is a former Petroleum Minister and argued with the IMF about fuel subsidy when he was President in 1984!!!

        Nigerian ranking with Transparency International improved under Jonathan.

        All of Jonathan’s children schooled in Nigeria even up to university while he was in government.

        Jonathan had top notch advisers who helped him devise good policies for Nigeria. I would be a Buhari supporter today if he would just push some good policy.

        The events of Jan 2012 and Occupy Nigeria are a lesson that every Nigerian should take to heart. No matter what you say of Jonathan, he predicted the future. It wasn’t even part of an election campaign, he analyzed information and told Nigerians the truth.

        Jonathan understood what was good policy and tried to do the right thing when it would have been easier and done the most good

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        Subsidy Removal: I’m Ready For Mass Revolt -Jonathan
        -Find alternative – Agbakoba, Falana, others tell President
        From IHEANACHO NWOSU, Abuja
        Sunday, December 11, 2011

        President Goodluck Jonathan, at the weekend, vowed to take the option of social revolt from Nigerians than back down on his plan to withdraw the subsidy on fuel.

        He said his insistence was informed by his knowledge that Nigeria’s economy will collapse in two years if the subsidy is sustained.

        Sunday Sun learnt President Jonathan stated this at a meeting with the leadership of some civil society organizations at the President Villa in Abuja, which was also attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Finance and Coordinator of the Economic Team, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and her Petroleum Resources counterpart, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.
        __________________________

        From Jan 2012 to the time Buhari supposedly “abolished” subsidy in 2016, Nigeria spent at least $25 billion buying fuel that never reached the people. Yet this APC government has been running around trying to borrow $30 billion. Today the government still spends at least $2 billion per year on fuel subsidies, IN ADDITION TO LOSSES THAT CONTINUOUSLY ACCUMMULATE IN THE NNPC.

        The above is the genesis of the current economic crisis. Nigerians had ample warning. That’s all the EVIDENCE needed to reach a rational conclusion.

        And your rejection of Buhari and/or APC is rather futile at this point. It’s not enough to do the right thing, you have to do it at the right time. The damage has been done. APC is not going anywhere.

        Enjoy the CHANGE….you asked for it.

    • The Duke

      very correct

  • KWOY

    “Those who freely threatened to unleash unprecedented bloodshed on others they termed ‘dog and baboon’ are unable to accept even the mildest criticism and want to give the ‘dog’ the bad name of ‘hate speech’.”

    By Richard Irikefe, “RIGHT OF REPLY: Atiku Abubakar and the Death of Identity Politics”, Tisday Backpage, October 7, 2017

  • Buhari has seen “the handwriting on the wall.” Aisha was the first to interpret it, then in October 2016, on BBC. However Buhari may choose to ignore Aisha like King Priam ignored the warning of her daughter, Cassandra on the Greek’s gift.
    There will surely be a night of infamy for him should he decides and contest in 2019.

  • chyke

    If I were PDP, I’ll encourage APC to field Buhari.

    • Akins

      But it is sad that PDP has no better alternate.

      • William Norris

        PDP in 2015 was a far better alternative to APC for many reasons that I’ve outlined over and over.

        However, some mistakes can’t be undone. Buhari & the APC are not going to be like Jonathan and concede even if they lose the election. These people and their constituencies are completely dependent on government.

        Nigerians just have to live with the choices they made in Jan 2012 and Mar 2015….APC will control the Federal Government for at least 25 years. Nigerians asked for CHANGE and they have it. Be careful what you ask for.

        Too bad !!!

        • FrNinja

          PDP was not a better choice. How do you blow through over $200 billion in earnings with nothing to show for it? Three quarters of the Country’s roads are dilapidated. Power was handed over to friends of Goodluck and Namadi Sambo. Banks where directors stole money were given a fat bailout by judas iscariot Sanusi Lamido. Minus Chinese finance which built airports and rail lines the PDP was a national house of corruption.

          The only difference between APC and PDP has been the political Abokism of Buhari’s CPC combined with the insidious ACN agenda. The APC had absolutely no plans for the economy but they had plans to use power to enrich themselves or to rig the economy to enrich themselves.

          But what is new in Nigeria? Bunch of selfish pricks that can’t run a basic mama put without fiddling with the food and cutting corners.

          • William Norris

            Once again PLEASE do the math. Nigerians need to disabuse themselves of the notion that their country is rich. Even if there was massive riches anywhere, THE NIGERIAN PEOPLE have constantly demanded high levels of WASTEFUL spending.

            You and I just argued about electricity. Before privatization government was paying thousands of PHCN workers for producing darkness. That’s part of the $200 billion wasted.

            Now that electricity is private, the PEOPLE demand that electricity must be cheap so government is STILL spending hundreds of billions in periodic subsidy to these companies. That’s your REVENUE being spent.

            Under Jonathan and even today, over 75% of the budget is spent on largely unproductive workers like those of PHCN….Ajaokuta, NIPOST, NTA, FRCN etc.

            When Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala proposed reducing the Federal workforce, Nigerians wanted to crucify her. The Oransonye Report is still there waiting for implementation.

            Do you have any idea how much money was spent on fuel subsidy that Nigerians insisted on continuing in Jan 2012? About 15 to 20% of the budget. Now you understand why President Jonathan so badly wanted to end it.

            LOL….The Nigerian people have themselves to blame. Nigeria has NEVER been rich, the revenues have NEVER been enough to meet the demands placed on government.

            By the way, where did that $200 billion come from? Because I know Nigerians don’t pay taxes!

          • FrNinja

            Govt earned roughly 50 bill a year from 2010-2014

          • William Norris

            No it didn’t…but the amount is not the problem.

            The problem is the current laws that mandate so many things the Federal Government must do.

            But we know that Government ANYWHERE on the world is a CORRUPT and inefficient user of money and resources.

            Again let me do a REAL LIFE, SIMPLE scenario.

            One of the problems of Nigeria is concentration of wealth. A simple solution would be to give Nigerian ownership of their land and resources. Just that alone would transform many villagers in Kogi State into dollar millionaires based on the iron ore deposits in their lands.

            Right now GOVERNMENT which means NOBODY, owns the iron ore and people are just collecting salary for NOTHING. That’s where part of the $50 or 200 billion went.

            Government is the problem. The Nigerian people have unfortunately adopted the Colonial mindset that the government owns or should own everything. Goodluck to you all.

          • FrNinja

            I hope you realize that civilization and advancement is because of government not inspite of it. There would be no roads, bridges, rail, telecommunicatiions, satellite without the supportive hand of government from Roman times to modernity. Heck even the internet you are using is thanks to the US department of defense.

            Where Nigeria gets it wrong is in the primitive mentality that inhabits government. The Romans built water systems centuries ago to serve their cities. Nigeria cannot even build one in 2017 without foreign assistance. Mohammed Ataturk dragged his people kicking and screaming into the 20th century

          • Jon West

            Kemal Atarturk dragged his people screaming and kicking into the 20th century, while Muhammadu(or is it Mohamed?) Buhari and his Islamic Northern ilk, are busy dragging their people crying and kicking into the medieval period of human existence. That makes all the difference for both Nigeria and Africa.

          • FrNinja

            😆 Yep. Guess the anti-kwaraption General did not learn anything from his visit to Turkey where literacy rates are over 90%, where women are not married off before they become adults, where their leaders are not regularly spending funds flying off to Mecca while kids wander around homeless and beggging for alms.

          • William Norris

            Government is a necessary evil. I could stop right there but in the interest of being civil, I’ll try and explain.

            Government becomes a positive or works best

            (1) in COHESIVE societies that have some sort of common bonds such as ethnicity or religion.

            OR

            (2) are completely dominated by one TRIBE and the other segments of society willingly accept such domination.

            Nigeria has no such qualities or characteristics that would make government a positive factor.

            That being the case, one of the solutions to the Nigeria Crisis is to make the Federal Government as small and weak as possible AND devolve its powers to TRIBAL States that have qualities that enable government to work well.

            Each State can then CHOOSE what kind of system it wants and even COMBINE with like minded states.

            Some will choose socialism…others capitalism others Sharia or Royal feudalism or whatever else. As a matter of statistical odds, at least one or two will create high living standards or happiness for its people and the others can learn.

            What I’ve outlined above is the ONLY solution to the NIGERIAN Crisis.

            If for ANY REASON Nigeria cannot devolve power to TRIBAL States, then the next best thing is extreme free market capitalism as the Constitutionally mandated national ecoonomic framework for Nigeria.

            Your comment implies that I don’t want any government or that I don’t know the good that can be done by government. I hope I’ve explained my attitude to government in an simple and accessible way.

            Have a good day.

          • FrNinja

            The organizing principle of any great civilization is government. The greatness of Egypt, Rome, China, Ancient India, Greece, England, France, and the United States all lay in powerful government. The disaster of many African nations today lies in weak and often non-existent government.

            For Nigeria, we borrowed government structures from the western world but clearly we populated these places with primitive men who will stunt any institution. The Senate created in ancient Rome was peopled by esteemed judges. In the United States a Senator is an epitome of intelligence and respectability. In Nigeria a Senator is Saraki who files fake asset declarations, is Andy Uba who fakes educational credentials, is Dino Melaye who engages in disgraceful conduct.

            You go across government in Nigeria it gets worse. We have gone from the era of british colonial rule where the best and brightest manned desks in government to one where everybody hires their friend and family member to sit behind a crumbling desk doing nothing. You now have water and road works agencies short of engineers but overstaffed with poorly educated “administrative staff” and management, you have educational ministries full of teachers that can barely understand the material they are teaching. You had a NEPA/PHCN full of WAEC holders and you wonder why your roads are collapsing, you have no water systems, your electricity is pathetic and your children in public school fail basic exams year-in and year-out.

            You see the problem as one of cohesiveness and advocate tribal government but why are the same problems at the federal level manifesting in states where ethnicities are predominant? Why for example did Kaduna state government and Edo state government discover that their teachers were not even qualified to teach? Why are roads within cities like Lokoja as rubbish as the Lokoja-Abuja expressway?

            Will restructuring change the nature of government failure in Nigeria? Oby Ezekwesili once said that Igbos refer to government work as olu oyibo (white man’s work). Will Biafra or a more autonomous Igbo region make the Igbo any more serious in governance than the rot one sees at Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi government houses?

            Truth is Nigeria cannot be a great nation until it accepts the sacrifices needed for attaining modernity which is discipline, law, order and justice. For the administrative apparatus of the United states government at the federal, state or municipal levels do not tolerate the disgraceful lawless parochial habits of Nigerian government and its officials. If they did they would probably be fueling their generator in Washington DC and drilling for boreholes in New York.

          • FrNinja

            Glad you have started to be civil in your discussions. Maturity is a pre-requisite for wisdom.

            About Nigeria, you have advocated for the private sector but have we learnt lessons from the private sector in how to organize and how to run things at the government level? Would MTN or Shell or Nigerian Breweries be successful corporate entities if every dick and harry was hired on the basis of tribe and not qualifications ? Would we have reliable telecommunications services if MTN executives were more interested in buying houses in Dubai and bullet-proof SUVs at the expense of masts, fiber lines and network expansion? They would end up like Nigeria Airways, NEPA, NITEL and all the other disasters run by Nigerian government officials as personal piggy banks.

            The lack of tribal cohesiveness is not the reason why in both Kaduna state government and Edo state government a large number of teachers are not even qualified to teach. Will Biafra change the rot one sees at Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi government houses where staff lounge under mango trees idle and eating groundnut? Where files of paper are tied together with thread and dumped on dirty floors, stuffed recklessly into broken-down cabinets?

            Truth is Nigeria’s failure of governance pervades every part of this disgraceful nation both North and South. Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. All federal, state and local governments are as rotten as the Nigerian police force, full of human beings who are not deserving of any jobs of responsibility.

          • William Norris

            The $200 billion came from KILLING & PILLAGING the PEOPLE of the Niger Delta.

            Nigerians don’t pay any taxes to fund their government, they only want government to kill and steal from the Niger Delta.

            And it’s easy to do because Niger Delay and are from a different TRIBE.

            When Nigerians start paying taxes then we can talk about legitimate expectations from government. Right now THE PEOPLE of Nigeria are using their government to STEAL and KILL for petro-dollars.

  • Country man

    Mr Segun,
    At least we now agree on something. Buhari has been disappointing. His govt is inept and there is nothing to suggest it will change for the better.

    However I am more worried about the press. Addressing the core issues with Nigeria should be the number one occupation of the press. We cant just all relax and then come 2019 we start to complain about the next leader.
    The problem with Nigeria is mostly systematic and structural and that is what the fourth estate should be pointing out.
    Anyone who wants a leadership position come 2019 should spell out clearly what he intends to do with the current system we operate and offer a template which he belives will suit Nigeria.
    This should be the duty of our press going forward- vet candidates. The system needs an overhaul and anyone not serious about overhauling the structure has nothing new to offer.

    If the press can keep this matter in the front burner, and educate the people accordingly, then Nigerians will no longer be short changed by rent seeking individuals who only lust for power for power’s sake

    • Mo

      Sorry Bro, your suggestion is dead on arrival. The ultimate ambition of almost every journalist in Nigeria is to be appointed Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to a politician.
      I can assure you that the journalists have no intention of burning any bridges.

    • Roseline

      The press is the problem in Nigeria. When brown envelopes exchange hands they turn black to white. Even blogging sites are paid in millions to promote lies and falsehoods. Journalists are the real enemies of Nigeria. Look at Femi Adesina! Who would ever have believed .

    • bigdaddy

      What you are suggesting will not work at this time because of the high illiteracy level in the country. And even the educated are guided more by ethnic and religious sentiments than by any rational logic as to who will better their lot. As long as these are the prime considerations of the average Nigerian in deciding who to vote for, no amount of education by the press will make the average Nigerian to vote based on policies.

      • Country man

        You are very correct in your analysis. It can be frustrating how the average nigerian thinks and behaves. However, if the press can do their job without the usual pandering to emotions or sentiment, it will be a step in the right direction.

      • FrNinja

        How literate were the Aba women that went on rampage against colonial-instituted tax laws? Hunger and poverty is already at the Nigerian person’s door and if they want to continue collecting bags of rice or 1,000 naira to sell their vote then more hunger and poverty awaits them from the locusts they are making their leaders.

        • bigdaddy

          My brother, lets institute taxation today as it was in those days on every Nigerian and i bet you that within a year, all these political thieves will be in their graves. The common man will not stand by and see his hard earned money being stolen by these thieves. But you are comparing apples and oranges. The ordinary man on the street does not see government money as his own and cannot just comprehend that simple issue. How much of an education do you think it will take for the illiterate Nigerian of today to come to grasp with that simple issue? And like i pointed out, even the educated are more interested in religion or ethnicity and not good governance.

          The best thing that can happen to this country today if fiscal federalism is not feasible is for oil to become of no value. We will then be forced to do the needful (including taxation) and we will be on our way to progress. I guaranty you, the Aba riots will happen on a daily bases on the slightest prompting. You do not need to be educated to know when a thief steals from you.

          • FrNinja

            Nigerians are learning about nation building the hard way. When you make a thief your governor its no different than putting a thief in charge of umunna or market association finance. First the electricity will disappear, then the roads will fall apart, the water pumps will go dry, schools will become pigstys, universities will be training ground for fraudsters and prostitutes, hunger will wire everybody. Meanwhile the Sarakis and Okorochas will be buying new jeeps.

            We are in that gutter. If Nigerians want more punishment they should continue selling themselves to the highest bidder and not use their brain. No education needed to know whats good for you than listening and asking questions.

  • Mayo

    1) We don’t have to remind Buhari of what he said about his age because that assumes he is a man who generally keeps his word. Were we not here when Buhari cried when he first lost to GEJ and said he was done contesting? Didn’t he contest again without bothering to give a ‘valid’ explanation of why he changed his mind/position (as human beings we can change our mind but one would expect people with integrity to give a valid explanation of why they changed their mind).

    2) How do we expect Buhari to even feel old?. Didn’t Fashola tell us Agbaje was too old to govern Lagos but then went ahead to campaign effusively for Buhari? So people like Fashola (who is actually intellectually sound) will go ahead and convince Buhari he is neither too old nor sick to run again and so will other shameless folks like Garba Shehu/Femi Adesina.

    3) We should also note that Buhari has started ‘settling’ people or what did you all interprete his statement – We will expand the FEC to bring in more supporters at federal level… to mean? This is the same person who created super ministries based on his philosophy that he was out to run a ‘lean’ government and remove the wastage of the GEJ/PDP years.

    4) I also don’t understand why we are quite lazy in this country. If Northerners feel the only way they can remain in control is to vote a Northerner, why can’t they find someone who is competent? That way they kill 2 birds with one stone i.e. vote a Northerner who is also acceptable to the rest of the country. Instead, folks will refuse to think and want to be teleguided by people making noise. And this isn’t only for Northeners. It applies to all the major tribes. It’s like Igbos waking up tomorrow and saying they want to vote for Rochas Okorocha for President because he is Igbo (like Imo state people who gave him a second term) or the Yorubas trying to vote for Aregbesola (I still can’t believe his people gave him a second term).

    • “Korede

      ” also don’t understand why we are quite lazy in this country. If Northerners feel the only way they can remain in control is to vote a Northerner, why can’t they find someone who is competent? That way they kill 2 birds with one stone i.e. vote a Northerner who is also acceptable to the rest of the country”

      Buhari is not acceptable to South East and South South going by the result of the 2015 election. In reality, we know what happened in those states as we can see the revelations post election.

      So, do not tell us he is not acceptable to the rest of the country. Again, I don’t think ruling the country has anything to do with physical fitness but mental alertness.Except we have a medical report to the contrary, he may still be voted for by Nigerians if he decides to contest.

      • Mayo

        When I refer to being old in the context of governance, I mean both the alertness of your mental faculty and the ability to withstand the rigors (including physical) of governance. Yes, being physically fit to a certain level is important. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to be running 10 meters race but you should be able to work at least the normal 9 – 5 job and be able to work under pressure. Those 2 can be affected by age.

      • Arabakpura

        Buhari has no mental alertness; if anything, he is absentminded as can be seen in the way agencies under his watch quarrel amongst themselves and his docile silence! He may win again but he does not have the capacity to lead Nigeria!

    • Tony Ezeifedi

      You forgot to add Orji Uzor Kalu who brought poverty to Abia State.

    • KWOY

      BULSHIT! YOU KNOW THE REASON BUHARI WAS CROWNED!

  • Daniel Obior

    Buhari is unfit to be president in a plural society like Nigeria. His shortcomings are now so glaring he is un-electable in a free and fair election, unless he again gets the massive support of the Southwest. The question is whether the Southwest will still be willing to go against its conscience to support him, come 2019. The conservative north will vote for any donkey any day, so long as it is of northern origin. The north alone cannot swing a Buhari reelection without the Southwest, things being equal. However, having fatally compromise INEC, Buhari has provided himself the means of winning any election, even if the Southwest does not play ball. So, in as much as it is most undesirable, we are stuck with the incompetent Buhari till 2023, unless he chooses not to run or he is snatched by death, like Abacha. Head or tail, we lose.

    • Pot and kettle

      Sad but true.

    • Toby

      He will be snatched.

    • Father Jay

      With due respect for your opinion…The South West cant support Buhari again in 2019.We are not stucked with him till 2023.Wait and see what happens before before and you will see how the incompetent bigot and tribalist will be removed in 2019. PDP will also field a Northerner as its presidential candidate making it difficult for Buhari to win the North and PDP can share North with him and win South East,South West and South South.Mark my word Buhari will not win 2019!

      • Daniel Obior

        Good point and sound argument, which of course will depend on whether indeed the Southwest have learnt their lesson, come 2019. That still remains the billion Naira question. We’ll wait and see,

        • Romla

          Opinions should be fair and broad.In this case the possibility of unity in 2019 also depends on whether the SE and SS have learnt their lessons. Yes the SW has not been perfect in all it’s political leanings,but has the SE and the SS?There are a lot of good lessons to be leant from the SW since the return of democratic rule and prior to that.When Ekwueme and the SE teamed up with Shagari,had they learnt any lesson?When the SW voted for Jonathan did you complain about learning lessons.May I also remind you that the majority in the SW voted against the first Obasanjo/Atiku ticket.That was a SW/NE ticket.I said a few weeks ago that the SW,SE and SS will need to put behind their lack of political unity of the past and get behind one candidate in 2019.I just don’t think the candidate is Atiku,neither do I think the party is PDP.Also the SE has to put behind their thinking that unless a son of their region is on the ticket ,they will at best be apathetic.The SS has shown more political broad mindedness in the past than the SE.

          • Daniel Obior

            Could not agree more that the entire South should learn their lesson. But primarily, the SE and SW must bury the hatchet and show leadership, instead of each scheming to undo the other. The rot in this country has come about due to the unhealthy rivalry between the two. The North has simply taken advantage of their differences. As I have said, we’ll wait and see what happens next in 2019.

  • American Abroad

    Understand this: Mr Buhari has been a lousy leader. It is neither my place nor inclination to analyze why that has been so; it just is. We, as a country, can, have to, must, do better than Mr Buhari, come 2019. Of course, I have no illusions: not everyone thinks so, and within the ruling APC behemoth, the mood might be disdainful, even untrusting of Mr Buhari, but not yet regicidal.

    Still, more than twelve million people across this benighted country voted for Mr Buhari in 2015: that was not a testament of flourishing faith but an act of quiet desperation. It was this country’s last, desperate, Hail Mary pass, hoping for the impossible on the clear-headed assumption that the status quo was simply intolerable. Some ten million fellow Nigerians thought otherwise, and voted for Mr Jonathan. I personally think, and many would disagree with me, they were all stupid or misguided. If they had their way, we would have all been marooned on an island of muck, sleaze, corruption, diffidence, incompetence and political IOUs: give me a million votes, and you can have the keys to the Central Bank vaults. Some have argued that Mr Jonathan was a nice and humble man. Pardon me, but that argument is specious; we needed a leader, not a monk, and certainly not a recidivist alcoholic. Some still argue that he might have reformed himself to rise above Mr Buhari. Perhaps. As with all political arguments, each side holds dearly to its own wretched claims, each grain of truth is tortured beyond relevance, each perspective is staked in absolute terms of partisan rigor, each point- however valid or inane- is made and refashioned until it becomes a pointed fang, each opinion is couched in feisty rhetoric until its significance is lost in the maelstrom. Nigeria’s strictly dichotomous politics has produced a binary system for either Team Jonathan or Team Buhari, with no middle ground. Neither side can see, understand or agree on whatever the other side stands for- except, perhaps, that Metuh is a bloody nuisance.

    The point is not to demonize Mr Buhari, tempting though such transitory satisfaction might be to the offensorati within his loyal opposition. It is not worth my while- or yours- to entertain each other with the macabre goings-on within the APC House-of-Cards whilst the majority of Nigerians live such lives of studied desperation. How can a nation which has consistently pumped 2 million barrels of oil for most of the last 40 years still have slums like Maroko? This is time for clear-headed appraisal: Mr Buhari has undoubtedly done his best, but his best is not good enough for our times, and his best will never be sufficient for a nation in a hurry to dig itself out of the swamplands of history and degradation. As Henry James reminds us, excellence never demands perfection, but at least, it requires aptitude, dedication- and commonsense. There has been precious little of either since 1999.

    The 2015 elections threw up the least qualified, least cognitive, most incoherent, wildly underperforming, class of candidates vying for this nation’s highest political prize. None of the candidates, from APC to PDP to KOWA and all points in-between deserved to win. That was politics as Awada theater: the rise of the Nonentity class. Amazingly, 2 years after that debacle, we are still exercised over precedence between Tweedle-Dee or Tweedle-Dumb (in the memorable phrase of Michael Kadiri). But at least that election finally disproved that old hoary trope that support for official corruption in Nigeria has a high floor and low ceiling. Whoever comes next in 2019 must finally uproot corruption in government.

    May we have better choices for my country of birth in 2019. May we never again face the poor alternatives between a Homeric Scylla and Charybdis, implicit in the Buhari-Jonathan option of 2015. Alea Iacta Est.

    • Jon West

      Mr Buhari has undoubtedly done his best? Implicit in this terrible statement is the idea that American At Home , (formerly AA ), was aware that this Dullard could never rise beyond this current reality of cluelessness and hopelessness, and still rooted for him in 2015.
      Some people , hiding under a venner of pseudo-intellectualism,will pay a high moral and spiritual price for this evil against Nigerians and all Black peoples, who perennially hope that Nigeria will get it right and thence emancipate the Black Race.

      • American Abroad

        Sigh.
        Nigeria cannot “emancipate” anyone, talk less of the “Black Race”.
        The rest of your commentary is childish.
        Sigh.

    • Edon B.

      Shouldn’t we then advertise the post and office of the president of Federal Republic of Nigeria for a most suitable qualified candidates from among our pool of first class products all over the world for an election via a sort of ‘pre-qualification’ exam process first, in other to weed out spam as much as possible, in a Cambridge like pattern (Aptitude test) by JAMB?

      • American Abroad

        We need to improve our leadership recruitment process. And also shoot a few folks for filching communal funds.

    • Mexy

      Well said,but the painful truth is the system will never put out our first eleven for selection. Come 2019 we might still have the same situation just like 2015.

    • Mexcee

      The Sorry State of Nigeria

    • E.Udah

      Unfortunately that “better choices” you seek in 2019 is elusive! Unless buhari thinks through and discern wisely to opt out of 2019, you’re going to see all the absurdity of 1998 repeats itself.
      He’s going to numb the opposition and coarse others forcefully for his reelection. He has his kit and kin in all the security forces to help him facilitate that.
      You remember Abacha’s five leprous political fingers (apology to late Chief Bola Ige)?

      • American Abroad

        Sadly, I do remember that ageless riposte from the Cicero of Sea-Oke.
        You’d be surprised at what is possible, once our folks stop kneecapping ourselves through mindless parochialism and ethnic bigotry. Mr Buhari is simply a lot like us.

    • Mystic mallam

      Mr AA, if you’re still referring to Maroko as a slum , it should confirm my suspicion that you have been long, far too long out of the country of your birth, and no wonder your big grammar analysis of Nigeria amounts to no more than highfalutin academic exercise. We are all agreed that Jonathan ran a kneejerk presidency, but to even compare that administration with the present Buhari version, is an illustration of your own cluelessness explicable by your protracted absence. Listen Mr AA, Buhari’s did not come to run Nigeria, he came to undo the damage done to the natural order of Nigerian governance – a place ruled by his divinely ordained kins over unbelievers whose lot is to hew the wood, fetch the water and prepare the meals for the master’s table. In my experience through army and civil rule I’ve never seen, and never imagined there’d ever be such a clannish, divisive, parochial and narrow minded ruler as Buhari has proven himself to be. We can accuse Jonathan of every malfeasance under the sun, but we can’t say he so divided the country to the point of destroying it. Buhari has put the very existence of Nigeria in palpable jeopardy through his deliberate actions. Let’s not even begin to discuss his crass ignorance about modernity and his total disinclination to listen or learn anything new. Honestly, I’d take Jonathan, clueless and spineless and all, before considering even a better improved Buhari assuming that were possible.

      • bigdaddy

        That your last paragraph, do we take you literally or ortherwise?

        • Mystic mallam

          Bigdaddy, I wish I could say I was kidding, but I can’t lie to you, I wasn’t. Know why? I know that corruption is a horrible vice with the potential to keep a country static and undeveloped. But there’s something else worse than corruption in a fledgling nation-state; it is destroying the very country you wish to rid of corruption through narrow-minded clannishness, despotic proclivities, and primitive primordialism.

          • bigdaddy

            Me thinks they are equally bad and both, in their own way, can lead to trepidation and destruction of the soul of a nation. But com’ on, Jonathan over a vastly improved Buhari? Please be realistic my man.

          • Mystic mallam

            I’ll try my friend. But you don’t seem to appreciate the force of evil that Nepotism, Self-righteousness, Ignorance and Hubris can bring upon a country. Would you call Jonathan a nepotist … he didn’t have the guts.. …self-righteous … he wasn’t even self-aware ….hubristic…. nayhhhh…. He was simply clueless, spineless and incompetent …all of which Buhari parades in abundance except of course, spinelessness. He does whatever he likes.

          • bigdaddy

            Lol. Perhaps we would not be debating your statement if you are having buyer’s remorse and wish you had voted GEJ instead of the current Buhari. But the fact that you would pick GEJ instead of ” a better improved” in a binary choice between the two suggests to me, that perhaps, you do not truly appreciate the destruction a spineless, clueless and kleptomanic leadership can engender.
            I am going out on a limb (despite my current frustrations and agony) to give Buhari till the end of his term before finally throwing in the towel.

          • Mystic mallam

            Good for you.

      • American Abroad

        Sir: Slum, n. noun; a thickly populated, run-down, squalid part of a city, inhabited by poor people; any squalid, run-down place to live.
        I mean no disrespect, and I assume you live- and apparently thrive- in Nigeria, but Maroko, including Ikeja GRA and huge swathes of Ikoyi, are actually slums. I once saw Bourdillion Street, right in the heydays of the Jagaban himself, with dirty sewer lines, over-flowing gutters, unimaginable litter, fecal deposits, and trash everywhere. Here, Stateside, it would be classified a slum, and EPA would not allow any living being (dogs, included) within 1 mile of Bourdillion. It is not the price of the respective buildings (as you know, there is no accounting for taste, particularly amongst Africans), but the general decrepit environment.
        Wake up, wake up, wake up….

        • FrNinja

          When the villages of a country are cleaner than its cities it says it all about the organizational abilities of a so-called nation.

        • Mystic mallam

          I am quite awake Mr AA, and truly, I do feel your pain. All the same, our GRA may be likened to the American Ghetto or even worse, but that’s to you who know both worlds. As for us here-bound ”Africans”, the new Maroko and Bourdillon Street, believe me, are our own “Stateside” Manhattan. What do I know, but if you could sponsor me over to your ”Stateside” who knows, I might learn a thing or two. But by the way, what really did you contribute to building the leafy green boulevard you live in “Stateside”? Please don’t tell me how you work hard and pay taxes.

          • American Abroad

            Dear Sir:
            Just saw your response in my email inbox, as I had missed it the first time.
            For whatever it is worth, yes, I do work really hard, and I also pay a lot in taxes, not least being escalating property taxes. More specifically, the boulevard which actually leads to my house, all 400 meters or so of it, was actually designed, built, asphalted, terraced, lighted and planted with trees by me (and me alone), with no local or state subsidies or other form of assistance. Ditto for the half-mile stretch that leads to my farm house, a mere 40 minutes from my primary residence. Indeed, I learnt to think (and act) that way, and not wait on government to do important things for me 9especially in matters of personal aesthetics), from my mother who did the exact same thing for the road leading up to my father’s village redoubt in rural Nigeria.
            Yes, I agree, I could do it because I can reasonably afford it; but I know a lot of Nigerians who live in squalor and degradation but could also afford not to live as pigs. Those denizens of Bourdillion are a case in point.
            Here is hoping that you are not one of those, because were you to have that innate mindset, “sponsoring” you Stateside will make absolutely no difference.

          • Mystic mallam

            Well AA, if all your claim is fact, then you’re the man, building up a chunk of Trump’s own country all by yourself. I can’t but be proud with you coming from these parts. There’s a saying in my parts though, something to the effect that only those who have been to the land of the gods, can claim that the paths are paved with gold. At least on that note, you could invite me to verify these your houses and farms and 400 meter boulevards with all the personal aesthetics and all…..Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to believe you, but only after I’ve verified. I am that kind of guy, not the Bourdillon type.

          • American Abroad

            Dear Mystic: I think you once again miss the point.
            First, this is not Trump’s America. That is part of the underlying Nigerian problem, as we here see it as My/Our America.
            Second, this is not the “land of the gods”; just a place where anybody, including someone born in darkest Africa such as myself, with a working brain, some aptitude and willing to work hard, live right, avoid corrupt and thieving practices, can measurably rise all the way to the top, and then some.
            Thirdly, I have no desire to justify myself, talk less of proving anything, either to you or any other internet troll. Consequently, the need for “verification” is obtuse. It is to provide a template for you (and possibly, others), what any person can achieve if only valuable, non-refundable time was not frittered away in nonsense, diligence is inexorably applied, government is not expected to provide salvation, and personal responsibility is premium. Remember, I am anonymous here for good reason. I have nothing to gain (materially or emotionally) either by your affirmation or not of an anonymous person’s freely given advice.
            “Freely have I received, freely do I give…”.

          • abodes_124

            The fine rapier eh not the bludgeon ?

      • FrNinja

        I would take neither of these natural human disasters. Have you travelled through Nigeria? Three quarters of the expressways have collapsed. The power sector is today on life support. Nigeria basically blew through another oil boom because of a president who declared at the World Economic Forum that Nigeria with its private jets were rich. Heck these idiots couldnt even build a second Niger Bridge or a second runway at Abuja airport but they were building an 800 million dollar railroad to Kaduna that today carries less than 1,000 people a day. Goodluck was a disaster and a fraud.

        Buhari and the APC had no economic plan other than getting into power and sharing the spoils of oil money. No different than PDP. Next year when oil prices spiral up we will see them for who they truly are.

        • Mystic mallam

          Honestly, I agree with you FrNinja. But what choice did we have – between Charybdis and the Deep Blue Sea? Believe me, I chose the latter on the advice of Konji for whom I have eternal respect. He said that some stray vessel might come along to rescue us if we went adrift on the deep Blue Sea, but Charybdis he said, was a land of no return. Now, I don’t know. Unfortunately, there’s no passing ship yet to the rescue, and I hear Konji has bailed out once again to the land of Donald Trump, I don’t know if he went in on the Green card he was supposed to have burnt.

    • Toby

      Oooch!

  • Jon West

    Wishy washy article, but the gist is that the knives are finally out for the Herdsman President. The nights of the long knives have been ordered by the Jagaban of Borgu via Bourdillon and his media henchmen have declared open season on their former client at the Aso Villa. 2019 will be a great theatre of the absurd, but I am salivating at the coming entertainment. Men repeat history and then blame history for repeating itself. To hell with Nigeria!!

    • MDG2020

      My Dear J.W,
      It is not UHURU yet for Jagaban and his paid prevaricating/unstable pipers in the western axis of niga-area. If we are to go by the New DANCE Style, introduced by the ever creative MUSICAL DIRECTOR, -sorry my bad- chief of ONE NIGERIA army staff, burantai. I can without any ball gazing foretell, a very UNPLEASANT 2019 GODZILLA DANCE STEP by the ONE NIGERIAN army on the streets of Lagos, and mostly on the bourdillon axis. The kind of MILITARY DANCE never witnessed by mankind -apologies to DT.
      Those who SOWED Whirl WIND (buhari), will at the Appropriate TIME, REAP TSUNAMI (Operation Godzilla Dance in the South West)!

      • Grelia O

        That scenario will be “the final conflict,” and I can tell you right now that, like in the “Omen” series, the forces of darkness will ultimately lose despite putting up a good fight.

        Bruntai can stage as many operations as he wants, but nothing will save his army from the righteous outrage that will be unleashed against his boss by an alliance of necessity. If Tinubu opposes Buhari reelection, Buhari will lose by a landslide not necessarily because of Tinubu per se or because of the opposing candidate, but because of Buhari’s despicable package and what he represents.

        It has taken this brief stint even in our compromised democracy to expose the real his core. He masked his severe flaws under military dictatorship. Many a Nigerian would not have known that the man is a personification of corruption and incompetence. He has never hidden his religious and ethnic intolerance. However, many gullible Nigerians had the impression that he was not corrupt.

        The only way he wins in 2019 is if the SW caves in again. He is dead and buried in the SS and SE. Don’t forget that he barely won in 2015 despite the overt support of the Europe and America, and the advantage of still “living in the closet” and being heavily masqueraded as a born again democrat by his handlers, the intelligentsia and the corrupt press. He has been defrocked. Traditional rigging will trigger a massive blowback. If the SW opposes him, that is.

      • vaale-kupu

        Tinubu is finished. Not with his indictment by FBI on the Chicago certificate scandal which all the security agencies in the country are aware of. They are just waiting for him to make the wrong move and take him in to custody and probably extradite him to USA to face trial.

    • Akins

      There is still no better alternative in PDP. True but sad.

      • Ekpetu

        KOWA Party is a better alternative to both PDP and APC

    • Hah!

      .. .. Just return your Nigerian Passport to the Authorities, then we shall understand your last sentence!~

      • Jon West

        I don’t have a Nigerian passport. It is a great burden that I cannot afford to carry.

        • 51O

          Wirklich?!