Femi  Ajayi Ph.D

Femi Ajayi Ph.D

Femi Ajayi was born in Obboland, Ekiti Local Government, Kwara State, Nigeria. After his Elementary Education he moved to Ilorin where he attended Bishop Smith Memorial Teacher's College, and College of Education. He spent his adult life, attending Schools and Teaching in Ilorin before moving to the United States of America.

He is an Executive Director, Office of Secretary of State, Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to that he worked with the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Atlanta, Georgia as a Legislative Consultant. During his tenure with the GLBC, he successfully co-developed three major projects for the GLBC: Peach State Black Tourism Association; Institute of Technology Transfer; and Minority Economic Development. These three projects created opportunities for minorities, especially African Americans, to economically empower themselves in the State of Georgia. Dr. Ajayi is also a consultant, on leadership, for the National Conference of Black Mayors, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia. The program, Leadership Institute for Mayors (LIM), is an annual one-week program designed to train newly elected Black Mayors on governance. The program entices officials from both private and public sectors, providing information on available sources of Grants and other information that could help them accomplish their goals as public officials.

He has to his background teaching experience at Clark Atlanta University; Served as Chairman, Social Science Department, Ebon International Preparatory Academy, Forsyth, Georgia. He taught at Government Secondary School Bama, old Borno State, during his National Youth Service Corps, Government secondary School, Afon, Kwara State, and at Ijan Otun Anglican Elementary School, Ijan-Otun, Kwara State.

He is the Chairman Advisory Board, African Quest Newspaper, Atlanta, Georgia; Advisory Board Chair, Nigerian Youth Alliance, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Femi Ajayi was elected to the Southside Healthcare Board of Directors, Atlanta, Georgia, from 1992 - 2000: Board Secretary in 1994 and Board Chair from 1995 -1999. It has an annual budget of over $14 million. Dr. Ajayi also served in the Student Senate (1981-1984) and Vice President, Nigerian Students Union, 1983 -1984, at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma. Under his leadership, Southside witnessed tremendous improvement in quality community health services.

Dr. Femi Ajayi has received many honors, including an Outstanding Georgia Citizen, Secretary of State, Atlanta, Georgia, a Community Service Award, from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Atlanta, Georgia; All American Scholar Award, United States Achievement Academy.

His public appearance includes Radio and Television interviews on Nigerian issues. Dr. Ajayi belongs to numerous non-profit Associations, Board member of other four Health Care Associations in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Femi Ajayi received his Ph.D. degree in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University, Georgia, with concentration in American Government, International Relations, African Politics, and Public Administration. His M. A. is in International Relations with concentration in Global Conflict Resolution and B.A. in Public Service from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma. He obtained his National Certificate in Education with concentration in West African History, Geography, Philosophy and Psychology, he is happily married with four children.

Friday, 18 November 2016 07:50

The 45th US President Donald John Trump

Here comes the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald John Trump, whose behavioral problems forced him out of the Kew-Forest School at the age of thirteen, and enrolled in the New York Military Academy (NYMA). Born on June 14, 1946, in Jamaica Estates, Queens, New York; a German ancestry, on his father's side and Scottish ancestry, on his mother's side. He is one of the biggest real estate developers in New York City. Trump has five children by three marriages, and has eight grandchildren. His first two marriages ended in divorce. 

Trump clinched the pass mark of 290 Electoral Votes, to defeat Clinton who scored 232 Electoral Votes. That election results amounted to the popular votes of 60,981,118 for Clinton, about 47.8%, and Trump with 60,350,241 popular votes about 47.3%. The passing score has been set by the Founding Fathers at 270 out of 538 Electoral Votes are needed to win United States Presidency, which makes American Democracy very unique and fascinating; thus one of the reasons Presidential candidates always focus on some key States, including swing States, either Democrat or Republican for the USA President. 

Trump broke the political jinx as the second major-party presidential nominee in American history whose experience comes principally from running a business, Wendell Willkie was the first. Trump is the first United States President without prior government or military experience, and the first without prior political experience since Dwight D. Eisenhower. Trump, an entertainer, is also the oldest first-term president, 70 years. With nearly 14 million votes, Trump broke the all-time record for winning the most primary votes in the history of the Republican Party. 

The world is dazed and rendered the yellow journalism polls inept for the election of Trump. The media devalued Trump, to the acceptance of an average conservative American, who are highly 'entertained' and clinched to the 'coup' of Trump. His success at the polls took the same path of a former wrestler, Jesse 'The Body' Ventura, who became Minnesota Governor, for two terms. He started joking around, spoke the language Minnesotans wanted to hear then. Mind you, Trump is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) fan, like myself. He is a friend of WWE owner, Vince McMahon, who hosted two WrestleMania events in the Trump Plaza and has been an active participant in several of the shows. 

Trump victory brought about changes to the American political map. Trump blew his own trumpet, loud and clear from the beginning of the election campaigns, a true picture of himself. Regardless the protests, negative comments, Trump will be inaugurated January 20, 2017, and remains American President for the next four years, all things being equal. Republican controls the Congress at least till December 2018 when there would be mid-term elections to the Congress. 

Unfortunately Trump has made some un-presidential, scary, very distressing statements during the Presidential campaigns. Possibly the world would see the second Trump as suggested by Dr. Carlson, one of the 2016 Republican presidential candidates. 

There have been expressed dissatisfactory statements on the election outcome, which gave birth to the demonstrations, elevating into riots in about twenty-five Cities across the States. Some swing novice analysts, without principles, would claim their accuracy, being mentally indolent as the yellow journalism of the 2016 USA Presidential election portrayed. Possibly Clinton e-mail issues, with the FBI eleventh-hour probe, and later reiterated its July 2016 verdict, couple of days to the election, came too late; while major election damages had been done to Clinton's victory at the polls, which charmed the conservatives to the polls. 

Unfortunately, while comic Trump continued to capitalize on what interest most American Conservative as for every 'joke' transmitted by Trump during campaigns, most Journalists, who are obviously in support of Clinton, twisted the statement, which gave room for Trump to deny, partly contributed into Hillary Clinton's failure. PolitiFact.com wrote, "it is difficult to determine Trump's stance on issues, given his frequent changes in position and his penchant for using confusing, vague and even contradictory language." It counted at least 17 times when Trump said something and then denied having said it. 

Trump belongs to the intransigent conservative and a political swinger, who perfectly played the game. Trump's party affiliation has changed over the years. From 2001 to 2008, he was a Democrat; in 2008, he endorsed Republican, John McCain, for President and officially changed his party registration to Republican in 2009. In December 2011, Trump became an Independent for five months before returning to the Republican Party, where in 2016 he emerged as US President. Trump floated the idea of running for president in 1988, 2004, and 2012, and for Governor of New York in 2006 and 2014, but did not enter those races. 

Trump once quantified the Republican voters, that gave him victory at the 2016 Presidential elections, reported by the People Magazine in 1998, that "If I were to run, I'd run as a Republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they'd still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific". Prophetically his winning numbers are terrific (Trump 290 to Clinton 228 Electoral Votes) and changed USA electoral map, while Republican voters made Fox News their guiding Angels for the election. 

Trump statement on the Republican voters have been reinforced by Andy Borowtz, by stating "Stopping Trump is a short-term solution. The long-term solution - and it will be more difficult - is fixing the educational system that has created so many people ignorant enough to vote for Trump." 

H. L. Mencken, once predicted as reported in the Baltimore Evening Sun, of July 26, 1920, that "As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desires at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and a complete narcissistic moron."  

Meanwhile, Senator Harry Reid sent a strong message to Trump and summed up the election of Trump as "…The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America. White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump's victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear - especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America. I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government and their fellow Americans than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics. Hispanic Americans who fear their families will be torn apart, African Americans being heckled on the street, Muslim Americans afraid to wear a headscarf, gay and lesbian couples having slurs hurled at them and feeling afraid to walk down the street holding hands. American children waking up in the middle of the night crying, terrified that Trump will take their parents away. Young girls unable to understand why a man who brags about sexually assaulting women has been elected president. The texts, emails and phone calls I have received from them have been filled with fear - fear for themselves, fear for their Hispanic and African American friends, for their Muslim and Jewish friends, for their LBGT friends, for their Asian friends… Every news piece that breathlessly obsesses over inauguration preparations compounds their fear by normalizing a man who has threatened to tear families apart, who has bragged about sexually assaulting women and who has directed crowds of thousands to intimidate reporters and assault African Americans...If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate...If Trump wants to roll back the tide of hate he unleashed, he has a tremendous amount of work to do and he must begin immediately."  

Bernie Sanders of Vermont, 2016 Democrat candidate, a rival of Clinton would advise Trump "…to the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him." 

If he had lost the election, Trump would have had nothing to lose as his empire equates that of US Government if not more than that, with his Air Plane, with TRUMP boldly written on it, is as huge as the Airforce One, and lives the life of an Emperor or any other political leader, even the USA President. Trump says whatever his brain microwaved for his mouth, and vehemently refused to change his statements during campaigns, plus the ways and manners he acts, JUST BEING HIMSELF. He followed his dreams, despite all the hurdles along his path, like an elephant wading through the thick forest; and finally smiled at the mirror in his room, that he has been destined to be on top of the world, a successful businessman, as of 2016, he was listed by Forbes as the 324th wealthiest person in the world, and 156th in the United States, and now the president of the most powerful Democracy in the world. 

Trump once said as published by World News, Tuesday, October 27, 2015, "African Americans are very lazy. The best they could do is gallivanting around ghettoes, lamenting how they are discriminated. These are people American does not need. They are enemies of progress. Look at African countries like Kenya and Nigeria for instance, those people are stealing from their own government and go to invest the money in foreign countries. From the government to opposition, they only qualify to be used as a case study whenever bad examples are required. How do you trust even those who have run away to hide here in the United States, hiding behind education? I hear they abuse me in their blogs but I don't care because even the internet they are using is ours and we can decide to switch it off from this side. These are people who Import everything including matchsticks. In my opinion, most of these African countries ought to be recolonized again for another 100 years because they know nothing about leadership and self-governance." 

Specifically on Nigerians residing in the States, "We need to get the Africans out. Not the blacks, the Africans. Especially the Nigerians. They're everywhere. I went to a rally in Alaska and met just one African in the entire state. Where was he from? Nigeria! He's taking our jobs. They are in Houston taking our jobs. Why can't they stay in their own country? Why? Because they are corrupt. Their government are so corrupt, they rob the people and bring it all here to spend. And their people run away and come down here and take our jobs! We can't have that! If I become the President, we'll send them all home. We'll build a wall at the Atlantic Shore. Then may be, we'll re-colonize them because obviously they did not learn a damn thing from the British." 

Trump moderated his statement of African-Americans, concentrated on African countries with reference to Obama Kenya, and Nigeria, the notorious country for lack of visionary leaders and 'crooks' in the government, as he always do in his election campaign on African-Americans. Nigerians are Smart, God creation of special species; like Trump claimed to be smart by not paying taxes for decades in the system that he operates his businesses. 

We should be proud of these Nigerians who immigrated to USA with their valuable and progressive contributions to the growth of the United States. We hope Buhari's earshot challenge has been fully restored, to put the 'crooks' where they belong and minimize the stolen of Government resources to USA, Panama, Dubai, Britain and other European countries for 'Investments' or spending. Possibly Trump would build walls on the space, preventing immigrants from Nigeria to USA, as swimming along the Atlantic Ocean may be a death wish; unlike swimming from Cuba to Florida; while other walls could be built along USA borders to prevent other unauthorized immigrants to the United States. 

I doubt if any Country could concussively absorb the likes of Trump. Once you follow your dreams, with guaranteed liberty, equal justice for all, (to some extent), with the fear of God, you would attain it. 

American Institutions are solid, may not be perfect. Unfortunately, Dangote, the richest man in Nigeria, with the competition from some 'crooks in Nigeria political club', dare not dabble into politics taking Trump's steps, hoping to succeed, the Nigeria system would chew him up, grind him into pieces, like dry pepper and blow it into his eyes possibly to blind him for life. 

Obama has assured Americans that he has the obligation to start the president-elect on a good footing just like Bush did for him in 2008. That is democracy at work in the United States under God, with the exception of some staunch religious zealots, who are distorting God, in all ramifications. 

Obama continued with his responsibilities with the Veteran celebration of Friday November 11, 2016, and the transition team has started work in earnest. All the election rhetoric are gone, and real service to Americans continue. Hillary Clinton has gone for hiking to communicate with nature, thanking God for the over 30 years in American public service. 


Mockery of the deported Illegal Immigrants in the United States 

In the country of immigrants, Trump's wife, Melania Trump, also known as Melania Knauss, a Slovene-American former model, was born Melanija Knavs, in Novo Mesto, southeastern Slovenia (then part of communist Yugoslavia) on April 26, 1970. She became a permanent resident of the United States in 2001 and a citizen in 2006. She will be the second foreign-born First Lady of the United States, following Louisa Adams in 1825. The world is awaiting Trump's handling of Muslims which he later changed to Muslim extremists; the Mexicans, against the wall for Mexico to pay for; and women. Trump owned part or all of the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants from 1996 until 2015, when he sold his interests. 

The Washington Post, opined that "Trump is a mix of braggadocio, business failures, and real success." An investigative story by the New York Times found that in the early 1990s, in order to avoid "financial ruin" Trump's businesses used methods which were "legally dubious" to avoid paying taxes, and that Trump's own lawyers described these activities as "improper". Trump once told the news media that his tax rate was "none of your business," but added, "I fight very hard to pay as little tax as possible". 

Meanwhile, David Remnick, Editor of the New Yorker described Trump election as "the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump's shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American President-a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit-and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn and endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety." 

In the country of immigrants Americans are awaiting Trump executive power to create a "deportation force" on his "Day one of my presidency, [11 million illegal immigrants] are getting out and getting out fast," on January 20, 2017 in his opposition of birthright citizenship. In addition, one of Trump's most controversial proposals, in 2015, was a "total and complete" ban on foreign Muslims entering the United States. 

The American Institutions are on very solid base and it would be awkward for any "narcissistic moron" to disassemble. Despite the protests, demonstrations in the United States, as granted by the First Amendment, they would not stop Trump from being inaugurated nuary 20, 2017. 


First meeting at the White House Obama and Trump, Melania and Michelle Thursday November 10, 2016

Unequivocally, Republicans could be ready for war with some religious fanatics, facing ISIS. America has been engrossed with diplomacy for too long; while electing a female to the White House seems to be a 'taboo' at this period. We hope that Trump would not jeopardize the health of most Americans by repealing Obama Care through his Executive Power, without a reasonable healthcare alternatives; or wiping out the First African American President accomplishments to the satisfaction of citizens, just to show the top notch xenophobia embedded in the veins of an average American Conservative. 


Obama 2009-2016 Trump and Obama at the Whitehouse November 10, 2016 2016

A school of thought might look at Trump's victory as a divine intervention. When the Israelites disobeyed God, He sent them bad leader to discipline them. The Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar defeated them and put them in captivity. The Persians under King Cyrus did the same. For years US has been swamped with gay marriages, and all manners of deviant behaviors that are shocking to the world. God has given the US Donald Trump for a purpose. As a Presbyterian, Trump claims to participate in Holy Communion, and has not asked God for forgiveness of his sins. He once stated, "I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture."  

Trump never say the popular phrase, "God bless the United States of America".

Justus Gbenga Daniel, a successful Businessman, an irresistible Political Strategist, not a real politician per se, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, universally known as OGD, turning 60, in the country where an average male life-span is 55 years; should be full of commendations to God for sparing his life, twirling in good health, and able to accomplish some feats in his chosen careers in the service to civilization.

The man who in 1990, founded Krestal Laurel, a total Engineering Company with Distinctive Competence and Knowledge in the field of Electro-mechanical Systems such Mobile Shelving Systems Elevators (popularly called Lift in Nigeria), Overhead Travelling Cranes and Hoists, Industrial Un-interruptible Power Systems (UPS), Generators, Power Systems, Welding Machines, Data Centre Enclosures, as well as Building Maintenance Units (Cleaning Cradles). He left Schroeder (W.A.) Limited, Lagos, where he rose to the position of Deputy Managing Director, the first African to hold that position in the history of the company.

We rejoice with him on this day as he turns 60, April 6, 2016.

We positively relate with the visionary impresario leadership of Otunba Gbenga Daniel, as the builder of a new dawn, very shrewd with impudence. Throughout his life he has presented challenges that call forth the best in people and bring them together around a shared sense of purpose. He works with the power of intentionality and alignment with a higher purpose. He envisions the future via meditation, lucid dreams, with an stimulating vision, in helping others to see how they can contribute to his vision for the advancement of humanity; allowing him and his followers to move together towards a shared view of the future. In other words he shares the followers' view of the future, allowing them to understand how they play an important role in that future. By doing so, the followers become committed to making that vision come true.

OGD, in most cases, demonstrated some of the qualities of a visionary leader, openness with a good sense of persistency and conviction, that Ogun State must be improved in all facets of its development. He aligns with some universally acclaimed, and often disregarded super-talented genius, living outside the range of normal human experience such as Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, the Wright Brothers among others.

Interacting with him closely, I sincerely take a neurotic look and measures his intelligent, naturally willing to uplift the life of an average human being, regardless of what 'lord of flies' would use to curve the durable iron of the vision and focus of OGD. He conducts himself in the service of humanity, and refuses deliberate humiliation to dampen his positive response to the needs of the needy, as demonstrated in the last lap of his administration. The modesty displayed in his public services command respect from well tutored individuals; unlike an average Nigerian politician, who cherish the 'caging' style of some political leaders in Nigeria. He exercised a high degree of deference to convention, historical precedent, or authorities within his administration; which flows in his blood, and demonstrates in his public and private life.

OGD political sojourn was part of strong vision in accessing the natural and human resources toward improving the needs of humanities. He handled his entrance into politics in 2003 with the defeat of an incumbent in a more complex Ogun State politics, a challenging task in the past, later duplicated at the 2015 Presidential elections; just like as he skillfully created his private business, Krestal Laurel, which made it a formidable company in Nigeria. Wondering what a successful businessman wanted in politics, if not to help the needy in the society where the winners take all.

An average Nigerian politician never forgive an opponent or concede the defeat, which might have been responsible for his elongated political enemies across board. He changed the political landscape of Ogun State for good. The 2003 political campaign took him to all the 236 wards in Ogun State, met with every stakeholder of every streets and within the State and sold his ideas which won him the Governorship seat in Ogun State; an idea of getting close to the people.

Unfortunately politics in Nigeria is a game that does not objectively rewards honesty, transparency, accountability, but punishes, while all the politicians have been erroneously tagged to be woefully corrupt, caged within the lion den of the established corrupt structure in Nigeria. In a civilized society, the games of politics ought to be very healthy, interesting, lively, exciting, and not the other way round as it is done in Nigeria. Unlike what is happening with the USA Presidential exciting current (2016) primaries, where the citizens are actively involved in the choice of who leads them, would make an average nifty individual to want to be involved in the competition for retrieving the community resources for the advancement of citizens.

OGD seemed to 'see' the future in exposing the State to various projects like the Olokola Port and Iperu Cargo Airport. What he intended to do was to build an accurate conceptual model of the future based on his keen understanding of the present; while bringing the model into reality, which we hope the succeeding administrations ought to bring into realization. His key ability, is not his prophetic sight, but rather the gift to predict accurately from the present into the future. Looking back in history, visionaries have dreams that are larger and more difficult than average persons, and thus requires an extraordinary degree of doggedness. When accurate, prediction is combined with executive ability to carry out the vision, visionaries literally create the future.

Other programs in resolving identified Social issues confronting the State are Housing, Works, Infrastructure and Ogun State Road Management Agency (OGROMA) for Ogun State Road Networks rehabilitation, the Secretariat Complex, NYSC Orientation Camp, OPIC Plaza, Water Resources and Rural Development projects, Mini Power Plant, Health, Education, and Stadia of International Standard in the three senatorial districts of the state, (Shagamu, Ilaro, Ijebu-Ode, and Abeokuta). The Gateway International Stadium, Ijebu Ode, host the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup which was held in Nigeria.

In fact OGD realistically spend his life following his dreams and seeking to bring them into reality, as this Youngman at 60 years, has been demonstrated in his business and public life. In contrast, and unfortunately, the some people turn off their imaginations as they mature, feeling that imagination is akin to child's play as often reside in the two worlds; the external world, and a rich internal world of ideas, pictures, and thoughts. OGD is very sensitive to the citizens' accolades and complains as mark of a true visionary, as they can often see what others cannot.

No single politician would survive in Nigeria without being criticized; OGD attracted heavy criticisms and accolades. However, he is well commended by majority of the people of Ogun State who believe his government was people friendly. As a matter of fact, Yar'Adua and Jonathan, during their administrations, commissioned the completed Ogun State Government Secretariat constructed by his administration at Oke Mosan, in phases, which brought all the State Ministries together in one administrative complex. His administration interjected the Public Private Partnership program, as practiced in other progressive countries in getting private individuals objectively involved in the public services. Such attracted several businesses into the State during his public service as Ogun State Governor.

OGD demonstrated an unusually large degree of openness to the new information, especially importing human resources from across the globe to the advantage of Ogun State. He constantly searched for additional information with the assurance that each new piece of information yielded an insight that helped solve a problem or create a breakthrough. He fruitfully faced the challenges by the inflexible people that once they made up their mind cannot be persuaded, nor do they continue to search for or take in new information.

My brushing with him conceptually, he proves to me that he is conceptually concerns about the plight of citizens. I intervened with some Medical Teams from the United States to Ogun State between 2005 and 2010; for free medical services, which included surgeries, free prescribed eye glasses, among other medical services. It was positively viewed by the Local Team of Ijaye Hospital as an opportunity to work side by side with the USA based Medical practitioners. Courteously the Medical Team was able to understand the need for continuous cooperation with the Developing countries in the area of medical services, especially on infrastructure, hand-on medical equipment, and continuing education for the home based medical personnel.

That was the period he 'charmed' me to assist in the fulfilling one his visions in Health services, to establish a Trauma and Diagnostic Center in Ogun State, which local politics, unfortunately, deflated. One of the Medical Personnel was interested in working with the State Government, in the project, and developed some courses along this vision with Olabisi Onabanjo University, Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences, Ikenne. Providentially, Shagamu is rightly located at the cross section of the major roads, connecting Lagos with the South, North and East, according to some reports, the area has the highest number of accidents in that passageway. The Medical Mission informed the policy makers, headed by OGD, that nothing is too little for Ogun State and Nigeria, if only geared toward humanities.

The promotion of his administration of entrepreneurship through various youth development programs, massively empowered the youth across the State. After his term lapsed as the Governor, he continues the elite enlightenment program in addition to entrepreneurship with the establishment of The Political Academy; which he uses to train and empower thousands of youth, teaching them about the history of the country and political process. He focusses on getting the Youth out from poverty, unemployment, especially the unwaged educated elite. As a result, many youth in Ogun State are becoming highly aware politically and interested in politics.

An intelligent personality who at the age of 15 years, (1971), collected eleven prizes, first position, out of the thirteen courses he took, in class three at Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta. He realized that human beings have relapsed memory which requires continuous re-education, re-informing and re-orientation, taking them out from the Roman Mob, acting before they think like a moving train, not thinking before acting. OGD encourages the youth to believe in their potentials, disbelieving in the negative thoughts, instead, learn to persevere with good positive determination.

OGD, as a leader, would take full responsibilities of whatever happened during his public service. However, he is not perfect, never claimed to be the best, and not a Saint either, because he is human. He might have offended some people or a group of people which is normal; he might have stepped on toes of big elephant, but that does not taint his sense of unpretentiousness.

With the little time working very close to him in his public life, he is very hard working with diligence and tenacity of purpose, which he brought from his private business to the public service and assisted him to execute some of his foresight projects for the state, going to any length to recruit individuals, regardless their State of origin, in as much as they have what it takes to make some positive impacts on the community, even in the face of the rugged rocky topography of the State, made 'lemonade out of lemon' and ended the isolation of the State Capital, Abeokuta.

An Engineer, astute tactical politician, made the rocky environment of Abeokuta, endorsed professional Trade Mark on Olumo Rock to be an attractive Tourist Center. Through deft social engineering, judicious use of resources and an uncommon desire to effect a positive change in the social economic landscape, Justus Olugbenga Daniel won hearts of most people of Ogun State.

Happy 60th Birthday to the Visionary Leader of the People, Justus Olugbenga Daniel, a.k.a. OGD. God bless you Yafu! Yafu!

The 8th Nigerian Senate, seating in Abuja for the screening exercise of the President's nominees for the Ministerial slots in his cabinet, in October 2015, witnessed one of the most appalling confessions of the Century, for an average Nigerian politician, especially a dexterous top ranking Nigerian politician to overtly declare that 'I never Collected Bribe in my Life'. What a true confession in the Nigerian political environment since 1999 till November 2015; the results of 'never collected bribe', is an indicator of what an average Nigerian politician would say in the present day (2015) status of Nigeria political exposition.

The perturbed revelation came, according to the Book of Right Honorable Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, when Senator Gbenga Ashafa, from Lagos State, dipped his dirty fingers into Amaechi's throat to vomit that worm in his system on the allegations against his tenure as Rivers State Governor, which informed the set-up of a panel of inquiry; in addition to the question from Senator Shehu Sani from Kaduna State, for Amaechi to define corruption.

In his response, typical of an average Nigerian indiscreet, narcissistic politician, 'I never collected bribe in my life'; more so, he was never indicted in any page of the Whitepaper from the Panel of Inquiry.

What a reflection of a true Nigerian politician hiding under the opaque Judiciary system that needs some exhaustive sanitation.

A dangerous animal was trampled in a subterfuge during the chase, would naturally struggle to fight back, and the 'hunter' would have to shoot to disarm the dangerous creature. Or Amaechi's case is like someone caught in an armed robbery who claimed to be waiting at the scene inside the stolen 'bullet-proof vehicle' so that the bullet stray would not affect him, and still denied ever being involved in the robbery; with all the indications against him from the armed robbery suspects.


Right Honorable Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi at the Senate Screening October 2015

What a despicable statement coming from the hypothetically supposed veteran and ripe Nigerian Politician. Where is the integrity left with such an individual? A hyperbole of an active player in the current Nigerian political dispensation to open his kongba eye, in front of a camera, to make such a disdainful, devious, naïve statement, as a way of adding more feather to his golden political hat. There are other ways of making such statements without being categorical about the obvious of the rot in the Nigerian political arena. Such statement has further tainted his personality with an added color of his stewardship in Rivers State.

We might have to reiterate what I referenced in my previous article, Sunday, October 11, 2015: President Mohammadu Buhari's Recycled 'Noise Makers' are on the 'Horse Back': "Buhari might want to ask him [Amaechi] again, the question he posed to him [Amaechi] and Tinubu during the electioneering campaigns, when Buhari was offered another private Jet, "Where do you people get money to buy these jets?"; and Amaechi whispered to Tinubu, who was with him then, that "this is the type of questions that will be asked, when he becomes the President".

Amaechi is of the opinion that he has never committed any offence which concerned the practice of being offered, given, received, or solicited since his over 16 years at different powerful political positions as Speaker of the Rivers State Legislature, and eight years of the head of the executive of the State. He was never, personally, or through his aides, offered, gave, received, or solicited for something of value, for the purpose of influencing the action of the official discharge of his public duties. It could be in form of giving money, goods, or other forms of recompense in exchange for an alteration of his behavior, principles, to his benefit, or the interest of the giver, that he, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, would otherwise not have altered.

Some Nigerians political leaders' attempt to get away from their moral bankruptcy, typical of an average Nigerian public servant, which eventually drop them in another okro soup; should be mindful of their intolerable choice of words. What about that golden supernatural 'shadow' that came across his path the day he was so thirsty for an 'ice-cream' which he could not turn down? What would he call that? Or the highly costly program for the State and the bait made him to do otherwise, regardless the cost.

Nigerians are too intellectually sophisticated for Amaechi to face the camera, world-wide, to state that he never collected bribe in his life. I was amazed that he made such a reckless statement, even in the midst of allegations against him, not even in this present day filthy Nigerian political arena of his over sixteen years in the game.

No one influenced the panel of inquiry on the white paper, it recorded and published the whole truth of the investigation? No one spoke or visited the panel on behalf of Amaechi? What about the conscience of the Panel of Inquiry? An inquiry mind wants to know.

Such statement, 'I never collected bribe in my life', is what some credible leaders rarely use, in this part of the world; as Amaechi naturally rolled his ostentatious eye balls on that beautiful Calabar 'eagle' as Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor then; an eight-year Speaker; and his return as a rescued exiled Rivers State Governor, from Ghana, for another eight years. Amaechi must be one of the Saints Buhari needs to rid the society of bribery and corruption as practiced in his exalted 16 years absolute power in Rivers State. The statement would want reasonable citizens of the world to believe that Amaechi never deceitfully discharged his official duties.

Once again how could Amaechi claimed to be like a fox claiming innocence in the midst of chicken; considering his political turbulent in Rivers State to be the Governor, Chair of the Governors Forum; he could not have been so naïve to make such a spurious public statement.

We are talking about voluntary gifts of money or other items of value which are otherwise available to everyone on an equivalent basis, and not for dishonest purposes, not related to his official responsibilities and have no effect on his official responsibilities; or offering a 'discount' or a 'refund' to all contracts and connections. Could such be separated in Nigeria? However, if such reimbursement was done to influence him to look favorably on an official issue, which he sworn to uphold anyway, Right Honorable Amaechi would still interpret that not to be bribery, and unlawful.

What about many types of payments or favors like tips, gifts, gesture, perks, favors, discount, waived fees or tickets, free food, free advertisement, free trips, free tickets, sweetheart deal, kickback or payback, funding, inflated sales of an object or property, lucrative contract, donations, campaign contributions, fundraisers, sponsorship or backing, higher paying job, stock options, secret commissions, or even promotions. How do we categorize those?

Amaechi should understand, without being oblivious, 'bribery' is the act of giving money, goods or other forms of recompense to the recipient in exchange for an alteration of his behavior, to the benefit, or interest of the giver, that he would otherwise not alter. The individual who gave bribe might hold a powerful role, and control the transaction; which has been demonstrated in Nigeria among Amaechi's political colleagues, especially on the Halliburton Bribery case, which involved the powerful Nigerians, one of what nailed Jonathan political coffin, while Buhari administration is fidgeting about.

In reference, one must be careful of differing social and cultural norms when examining bribery. Expectations of when a monetary transaction is appropriate can differ from country to country. From a legal point of view, in Article 2 of the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (ETS 173) of the Council of Europe), active bribery can be defined for instance as 'the promising, offering or giving by any person, directly or indirectly, of any undue advantage [to any public official], for himself or herself or for anyone else, for him or her to act or refrain from acting in the exercise of his or her functions'. Article 3 of the same, Passive Bribery can be defined as 'the request or receipt [by any public official], directly or indirectly, of any undue advantage, for himself or herself or for anyone else, or the acceptance of an offer or a promise of such an advantage, to act or refrain from acting in the exercise of his or her functions'.

In effect, Amaechi should stop maltreating intelligent Nigerians misleading Citizens of the world that he never received a bribe in his life.

That 'Right' Honorable connotes the high integrity of the individual holding the title in the British language. Amaechi should be honorable enough to find a way of making that categorical statement which is insulted to decent Nigerians, or citizens of the world.

Political campaign contributions in the form of cash, for example, in the United States, are considered criminal acts of bribery, unless they adhere to election law in the States, by which it could be legal. Unfortunately, in Nigeria, it is the norm. His alleged campaign contributions, in cash and gift from the public treasury, in the 2015 Presidential elections in Nigeria, is it not the 'bribe' that brought in the current administration successes at the polls.

It is not illegal in the United States for Politicians to receive campaign contributions and other payoffs from powerful corporations, organizations or individuals in return for making choices in the interests of those parties, or in anticipation of favorable policy; which forms a major part of campaign finance, though it is sometimes referred to as the money loop. That notwithstanding convictions for this form of bribery are easier to obtain with hard evidence of the amount of money linked to a specific action by the bribed, obtaining using undercover agents, to obtain evidence of a quid pro quo relation.

Where is such law to show and proof whatever transfer within the last 2015 Presidential election campaigns in Nigeria?

In some societies, tipping is considered bribery. In some Spanish-speaking countries, bribes are referred to as 'mordida' (literally, 'bite'); in Arab countries, bribes may be called baksheesh (a tip, gift, or gratuity) or 'shay' (literally, 'tea'). French-speaking countries often use the expressions 'dessous-de-table' ('under-the-table' commissions), 'pot-de-vin' (literally, 'wine-pot'), or 'commission occulte' ('secret commission' or 'kickback'). In German, the common term is Schmiergeld ('smoothing money').

Evangelist Rotimi could be a Minister of Niger Delta Ministry, fulfilling what furious Senator Jonah David Jang, former Plateau Governor, angrily questioned Amaechi if he had ever been a Senator or Minister during the Governor Forum's conflict, as Rotimi warned the old man. Was that not bribery, using 'force' to calm down those who opposed him becoming the Chair of the Nigerian Governors Forum. Unfortunately at the screening Senator Jonah David Jang was pictured sleeping and dozing, tired on duty.

According to Evangelist Ebenezer Obey, when you offended your wife and when the elderly approach does not work, use intimidation to calm her nerves. That does not work with my intelligent well principled wife o!

That was what Amaechi used to calm down his opposition during the Governors Forum fracas. That's no bribe!

We hesitate to say that Amaechi's statement was made under the inebriation of something, or people who hailed him at the Senate screening venue. If I may repeat myself, the Right Honorable, once a Personal Assistant and Special Assistant to Peter Odili when Odili was Deputy Governor to Ada George; eight-year tenure as Rivers State Speaker House of Assembly, an eight-year powerful Governor of Rivers State, with the Rivers State political rancor, through Obasanjo, Odili, Omehia, Wike, Patience, Jonathan, and Saraki with the nPDP to become the pillars of APC, Amaechi has the moral reticence of his principles, which he would not compromise, to declare, 'I never collected bribe in my life', within the tarnished Nigerian political environment of the new democracy, is very interesting.

Rotimi's credibility is undeniably doubtful at this time. Once a public figure has been alleged of some delinquencies in the performance of his or her public responsibilities, struggling against the storm should not be the answer, in attempts to clean up his or her image. How many of them are honorable enough to do the right thing as practiced in advanced countries to ethically resign.

'I never collected bribe in my life' according to the Gospel of Right Honorable Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi!

The media assumptions on the tardy Ministers appointments that Senate President got 21 nominees; Nigerian President held up 15 nominees; and the Senate got fresh 11 nominees came to an end at 16:59 PM, local time Wednesday, September 30, 2015; even though some skeptics believed it was an empty brown envelope submitted to the Senate President, Dr. Olubukola Saraki. The list finally revealed the novel 'Noisemakers', as most of them are reprocessed. The anticipated expectation was to have new broom to sweep the debris in the community, along the vision of President Mohammadu Buhari, prompting his body language to provide adequate services for Nigerians.


Senate President Receiving the List of Nominees in a Brown Envelope September 30, 2015 at 16:59pm Local Time

Why the long wait for Buhari's 'Noise Makers'?

According to The Sun Newspapers, Wednesday, September 16, 2015, defending his delayed announcement of the Ministers, Buhari declared, that "The civil service provides the continuity, the technocrat. And in any case, they are the people who do most of the work. The ministers are there, I think, to make a lot of noise, for the politicians to make a lot of noise. But the work is being done by the technocrats. They are there, they have to provide the continuity, dig into the records and then guide {those of us} who are just coming in. They have been there, some of them for 15 years, some for 20 years. So I think this question of ministers is political. People from different constituencies want to see their people directly in government, and see what they can get out of it."

In some occasions, Buhari could be politically ingenuous in his choice of words, understanding how democracy works, regardless what the constitution says. According to Buhari, Ministers are mere 'Noise Makers'; which he has demonstrated since May 29, 2015; for the Civil Servants to continue doing the work if the Constitution allows.

Civil Servants and Technocrats across the universe are the strength of governance. However, Nigerian Ministers ought to have the charisma to sell government policies to the public. Nevertheless, Buhari could be naïve in wanting to convert civil servants and technocrats to politicians by his late announcement of the partial list of his Ministers, the 'Noise Makers'. It will be an act of negligence for the government to make Civil Servants accountable for selling government policies to the public.

In Buhari's opinion, the Constitution is wrong in making provision for the Ministers, the political officials, to engage in policy decision-making, allocating national resources to communities, groups and the general populace, to ensure the legal apportionment of society values or resources, not necessarily noise making responsibilities. Whereas Civil Servants on the other hand ought to be pre-occupied with policy executions. Possibly Buhari's choice of christening them 'Noisemakers', could be the yardstick to measure their competences, depending on how much noise they could make in their duties and responsibilities. Should they be addressed Honorable Noisemakers as part of the changes Nigerians craved for?

Buhari definitely knows his game plan by delaying the appointments of the Ministers till September 30, 2015. The delay could be part of the scripts to get rid of Olubukola Saraki as the Senate President, just like Buhari's 'party' threw Olushola Saraki out of his Senate leadership position in 1983; and in 2015 Buhari's party wants to throw out Bukola Saraki out of his Senate President position. We hope that the list submitted to the Senate is not being used as a bait for the Senate confirmation of the Ministers and bounced back on Saraki again; hence the short-lived Buhari's honeymoon could be over like a hot coffee placed in the freezer. Unfortunately surprises are awaiting the country on the outcome of the premeditated Senate issue.

Most Nigerians were shocked for the release of the anticipated Ministers, Buhari's 'Noise Makers', with some recycled politicians, which is like putting old wine in a new bottle. It does not demonstrate the change Nigerians envisioned. There is no room for the administration to give excuses about the handling over note which was given four days to the inauguration; it could mean that Buhari's twelve years' preparation to be Nigerian President was a hoax. Buhari could had penciled down who would occupy, at least the major important positions. The expectation was to introduce new blood and better ways of running the country.


Ministerial nominees: Senate sets fresh hurdles

When the screening of Ministerial nominees commences next Tuesday, October 13, 2015, it is highly imperative for the Senate to redeem itself of fighting corruption, earn the trust of the public, impersonal in the exercise, make the criterion for screening public, muster the courage to reject incompetent and morally bankrupt nominee. We expect the Senate to match qualifications, skills, and qualities of the nominees with their respective assignments; whether they are capable, or qualified for the assignments, not the cosmetic ancient screening of 'take a bow and exit', which is bad for democracy.

General Buhari fought a real battle to keep Nigeria one, as he is fighting hard to sanitize the country from the looters, in the best way he knows with his military orientation. Ironically the military got corrupted from the battle field, amassed enormous wealth from prosecuting the Civil War; passed the greed to the public service; when the most avaricious among them, took over, fully institutionalized corruption in Nigeria; for the half-baked Civilian-Military 'National Theatre Hat', could not fully eradicate it had the courage to design the bull-dog policy to fight corruption in Nigeria, unfortunately he was consumed by corruption; to a feeble incessant 'I beg' leaders which the Military cabal caged to continue thieving public goods; and the fourth trial of the New Sheriff could peg the extent of ranking Nigeria as the third most corrupt country in the Universe; but not using his Village Imams to sanitize the country in the name of cleansing the country; an average Nigerian is as guilty as Nigerian leaders on corruption.

Would the nominees, before the confirmation, declare their assets; as required by Section 120 of the Standing Rules of the Nigeria Senate, which indicates that "…the Senate shall not consider the nomination of any person, who has held any public office as contained in Part Two of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution prior to his nomination, unless, there is a written evidence that he has declared his assets and liabilities..", as also indicates in Section 11(1) of Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, will be required for scrutiny by the Senators.

In addition would the nominees honorably withdraw their names if they have pending corruption cases before EFCC/ICPC, or those who have refused to put up any defense before any court of law, or judicial inquiry, or submit a written defense to the Senate before the screening? Should the Senate, in the process of screening the ministers, seek the advice of a panel of reputable retired judges to advice if any of the nominees, is fit to lead in Nigeria. Are they willing to take 75% pay cut, as a way of sacrificing for their motherland while maintaining good governance with less rhetoric or noisemaking?

Nigeria has not been able to resolve governance problems which lacks direction and focus. Recycling of sixteen ex-governors, who moved to the 8th Senate Session, as part of them to be screened as Ministers, is one of the reasons every attempt to address corruption in Nigeria is failing. Sponges do not clean themselves, neither do grease smear itself.

The released list include those that have been making professional or political noise, which could be louder in Aso Rock, or Council meetings. We thought Buhari would bring very highly respected, intelligent, and credible Nigerians we never heard of, who would not favor any individuals, groups, communities, parties, but the country on its thorny man-made challenges.

From the Nigerian Independence till date, 1960-2015, it has been the practice of recycling the same set of people, to the political offices including Governors who ruled their States recklessly now found their ways on Buhari's ministerial list. Unfortunately, the endless loop of recycling continues to retrogressively drag the country back; while the bulk of the votes for Buhari came from the Nigerian Youth. One would have expected that the younger generation would have been injected into the list.

Some of the recycled Nigerian politicians who have the recurring decimal in government are, Audu Ogbe (Benue), a Teacher turned politician, who was made minister by Alhaji Shehu Shagari in 1983, while Olusola Saraki, (in the blessed memory), Olubukola's father, was among the Senators that screened Ogbe. Thirty-two years later, 2015, he would be screened again by Olubukola Saraki, the Senate President; what an irony of fate, for Ogbe not knowing when to throw-in the towel and give room for the younger ones. He should have the dignity and modesty to withdraw from the nomination, to start making another noise with his frog voice which would not be audible enough for the people. Without much time wasted, Chief Audu Ogbeh, dishonorably joined by some desperate 'Noisemakers', Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Dr. Chris Ngige, Udo Udoma, lobbying the National Assembly members for their appointments. Possibly Ogbeh could work with Nigerian Farmers for the unfinished Operation Feed the Nation program.

Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) should be deployed to the Niger Delta to face the problems he helped to deteriorate during his administration. Rotimi has a lot of cleaning to do in his myopic political calculations coupled with the alleged financial recklessness as the immediate past Rivers State Governor. Buhari might want to ask him again, the question he posed to him and Tinubu during the electioneering campaigns, when Buhari was offered another private Jet, "Where do you people get money to buy these jets?"; and Amaechi whispered to Tinubu, who was with him then, that "this is the type of questions that will be asked, when he becomes the President". Buhari should get closer to ask him to defend himself on those allegations of recklessness in Rivers State, if he scales through the Senate screening. Nigerians want to know if Amaechi, another 'Noise Maker', is morally qualified to hold any public office again.

Ogbonaya Onu (Abia), a Statesman, brilliant scholar, outstanding intellectual, accomplished administrator, prolific author and poet, first executive governor of Abia state and former national chairman of the ANPP, on whose ticket Buhari contested and lost the 2003 and 2007 presidential elections, needs some compensation for the huge loss of his domain to PDP, he could join Buhari's administration and start with his rhetoric alto-tone to convince the people in the areas of Science and Technology.

Dr. Chris Ngige (Anambra), a former State governor and Senator of Nigeria; should dust-off his Medical License to save human life in the Health sector.

Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), a fine gentleman, scholar, who claimed he never asked Buhari for any Ministerial position, even though he would definitely take it anyway. There is nothing wrong in compensating him for the lost in Ekiti election, he could be recycled to adjust the Foreign Affairs.

Babatunde Fashola (SAN) (Lagos), experience in handling Lagos State as an executive Governor could be recycled to manage Abuja Development which is an equivalent of a Governor.

Udoma Udo-Udoma (Akwa Ibom), a former senator who represented Akwa Ibom South Senatorial constituency at the national assembly made it on the recycled list in the face of his political uncertainties as his state is protesting his nomination, possibly continues organizing carnivals for Culture and Tourism.

Kemi Adeosun (Ogun) a well-heeled finance professional with experience spanning over 23 years, could be good for Trade and Investment. Born and bred in London, the Senate might want to find out why she was forced to resign at Bolaji/Balogun's Chapel Hill Denham, due to anti-company's activities, and the allegation that she misled Ogun State Executive Council by over-inflating the state's IGR as Ogun State Commissioner for Finance.

At the head of the 'Noisemakers' Team, would be Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Kwara), APC megaphone; the greatest rabble rousing noise-maker of all time would fit in to Buhari's 'Noisemakers' club, to continue with Information and Communication at the Federal level. At least APC has to compensate him. Hopefully he would get two Senators from Kwara State to endorse him, since one of the Senate rules includes securing support from two Senators from the State of origin.

Nigerians welcomed individuals like Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu (Delta), a group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum (NNPC); who could share the Petroleum Ministry with Buhari. Also Aisha Al Hassan (Taraba), former Taraba State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Chief Registrar of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, PDP Senator, initially predicted to become Nigeria's first elected female Governor, inauspiciously defeated at the run-off election on April 25, 2015. Possibly could handle Women Affairs. While Amina Mohammed (Kaduna) could probably help in the Finance sector. She would bring some experiences from the United Nations as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Post-2015 Development Planning; and other managerial skills as CEO and founder of the think-tank Center for Development Policy Solutions, a former Senior Adviser to late President Musa Yar'Adua and the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan on Millennium Development Goals.

Some of the unknown nominees are Sirika Hadi (Katsina), a former pilot elected CPC senator in 2011, possibly to manage the Aviation. Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Edo), as far as politics in Nigeria goes, and his name does not strike a familiar chord beyond the fact that he was the Edo State Coordinator of the Buhari Campaign Organization. He holds an MD of College of Medicine Diploma, Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich; and a postgraduate Diplomas from the Teaching Hospital of the University of Düsseldorf and Essen, Germany, in the areas of Anesthesiology, General Surgery, and Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, who co-authored the orthopedic book, "The Severely Injured Limb" edited by John Ackroyd. Health sector could had been good for his qualifications and skills instead of Water Resources and Solid Materials to help the Edo Big Mouth Governor who refuses to remove the discharges in his eyes before pointing at others. While Abubakar Malami, SAN (Kebbi), a staunch loyalty of Buhari, a brilliant, studious and diligent lawyer, could be tipped to head the Justice ministry.

Filling up the list would be Abdulrahman Dambazzau (Kaduna), a loyalist of Buhari and a highly respected former Military Police Officer, could fit into Defence. While Adebayo Shittu (Oyo), Former governorship candidate of APC in Oyo state, completing the Lagos-Ibadan death trap expressway, started by his hero since 1999 ought to be completed when assigned the Ministry of Works.

Suleiman Adam (Jigawa), could stabilize the ceaseless labor unrest in the country. Meanwhile, the Nigerian Labor Union is opening its claws for him. Others like Solomon Dalong (Plateau), and Ahmed Isa Ibeto (Niger) would fill in the gap for Interior and Transportation respectively.

An average Nigerian would be wondering why Buhari wasted Nigerians precious time to unveil the list of his Ministers, even though incomplete. Majority on that list are the identities Nigerians know so much. Old familiar names like Fayemi, Fashola, Amaechi, Ngige, Lai Mohammed, Ogbonaya and Audu Ogbeh, who worked very closely with Buhari during elections, were not worthy of waiting for a period of 120 days, these are people he could have picked a day after his inauguration, May 30, 2015. They are Nigerians and not 'Angels' from heaven, or some characters from another planet. The inability of President Buhari to have his cabinet in place, six months after being elected, may be the characteristic of what to expect from his administration.

San nu de aiki 'Baba Go Slow'! ! !

I am starting from my kitchen storage, where I have some rotten food items. My house decomposed from room to room; especially with the too powerful CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA. Regardless my heavy budget on the Prison, the Independent Anti-corruption Agencies, I will revamp the structural defect of the system, when there will be transparency, accountability and credible Judiciary. The National Assembly has to cooperate with my administration, in all ramifications, to fight corruption, the too powerful central government while empowering the States to control of their resources and the security system, among others...

On Friday, May 29, 2015, "CORRUPTION:'THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO MY CAMPAIGN SUCCESSES WILL BE SCRUPULOUSLY SCRUTINIZED ….' MAY 29, 2015 BUHARI", was made available for public consumption. The piece centered on how Buhari should handle corruption among other challenges facing Nigeria. As usual there were some divergent reactions from our readers, some claimed that I was too skeptical, sentimental, and probably parochial about his corruption war, at the expense of other aspects of governance.

Buhari might have agreed with the piece through his response to CNN anchor, Christiane Amanpour during his July 21, 2015 that, "If any of my associates or party member is indicted of corruption, they cannot escape justice. There is not going to be any APC member or any close personality found guilty that would escape justice." We hope that he would not deny the statement again, as amnesia could have been working on him. He is systematically denying his 2015 campaign declarations. No one will prematurely judge him, if he abstain from denouncing his 'Covenant with Nigerians', or what he would do within 100 days on the job.

Nigerians have to keep Buhari on his toes.

Buhari made some unrealistic campaign assurances and wrong use of words, politically incorrect, on his public declaration of his assets; favoring those who voted for him regardless their qualifications; his ripe-age preventing his performances; bringing N1.00 to $1.00; or "…. whoever is indicted of corruption between 1999 to the time of swearing-in, would be pardoned"; (Mar 11, 2015 during his campaign rally in Kaduna). Ironically he is methodically denouncing the campaign promises. Balarabe Musa would advise that "The right thing to do is to probe at least the administrations from 1966 when this level of corruption and criminal wastefulness of resources started…" (The Sun of July 25, 2015).

The Bowel Song of corruption probe, not investigation, was an invention of the Military, while it institutionalized the practice. Citizens of the world would applaud the Military, under the new democratic dispensation to reduce corruption to its manageable social illness. It started with the coup that brought into power the regimes of Ironsi, Gowon, Mohammed, Obasanjo, Buhari, Babangida, Abacha, and Abdulsalam. The chameleon in the Military resurfaced through a reluctant, disgruntled, vengeance, not too happy Obasanjo, (vowing that Atiku would never become Nigeria President in his life time), in his short-lived, 8-year mandate, of cleansing the corrupt-plagued Community with his third term agenda; and now with the old schoolmate, in his Babanriga, the new Sheriff in town, to purify Nigeria from its corrupt practices. With the mantle of leadership at the corridors of Buhari, possibly corruption would be brought into a controllable level; with the hope that it won't go back to its established foundation of institutionalizing corruption in a different fashion again.

Probing only the immediate past administration would be like plucking some ripe mango fruits very close to the ground. After quenching our initial thirst, to a point, we go for the upper fruits when the price is right. When we pull a stem in the bush it would eventually pull the bush itself. The mystery of how Buhari's 2015 campaign was funded, from his sinewy personal resources; or how he deflates the $27m gift or loan, for his presidential application form, is being awaited.

There are some obvious cases of corruption that Buhari could not overlook. Apparently, the current power supply with the reformation has some controversial $16bn contracts under Obasanjo's administration, the improvement by the previous administration upon which the current administration is harvesting. When Buhari was interviewed by the BBC, September 6, 2015 of how much he paid the electricity operators, he only told the power operators, PHCN, to either give Nigerians electricity, or refund whatever they have made from the power sector. The operators woke up and started providing more power to the people. Nigeria Airways was carelessly liquidated, not by the immediate past administration, inquiry mind wants to know what happened to Nigerian Airways liquidation. The real scalawags in the oil sector did not start with the immediate past administration, which had no knowledge on how oil wells were cheaply sold. The sale of NITEL, which prevented an average Nigerian access to land phones, was not directed by the immediate past administration. More so, the Haliburton scandal was not engineered by the immediate past administration.

Regardless the lousy talks, or dissents, from the Nigerian Labor Unions, or EFCC shriek on this crusade, they are part of the reprehensible maggot consuming the fabrics of the society. It is uncommon for a Fox to claim innocence in the flock of Chicken, while claiming to be virtuous would be suicidal.

The report of CLEEN Foundation, in collaboration with the Macarthur Foundation, on its Corruption Index Report of October 2013, indicated that the Police, ICPC, and EFCC, (the two major anti-corruption agencies) were embroiled in bribery and corruption. Here are the ranking of some other Federal Institutions: the Police - 33%, Immigration - 26%, ICPC - 25%, Customs - 24%, PHCN - 23%, EFCC - 23%, FRSC- 20% and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense officials (NSCDC) - 19%; Tax/Revenue Officials - 18%, Municipal/Local Government Councilors -18%, State Security Service (SSS) - 18%, National Assembly members - 17%, Local Government Officials - 16%, Lower Court Officials - 15%, Higher Courts Officials - 14%, and Lecturers and Professors of Tertiary Institutions - 10%. While other Federal Agencies that ranked below 10% include Post Office Officials, Gas/Petrol Attendants, Prison Warden/ Officers, Primary and Secondary School Teachers and Doctors and Nurses. It is of note that bribery and corruption among government officials in Nigeria remain high, which they actually ask for, before rendering services; turning them into Professional Beggars.

The 2013 survey also showed that bribery and corruption among public officials such as Police, Customs Officers, Court Personnel, Tax Officials, Anti-corruption Agencies and PHCN employees were higher in Rivers, Borno, Cross River, Niger, Gombe, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Anambra and Kwara states. The lowest incidences were recorded in Katsina, Ogun and Akwa Ibom states.

States Corruption Index in October 2013

Corruption is not only by stealing from the public treasury; it encompasses every immoral, unethical practices by everyone, either in the pulpit, the professionals in work places, and in our daily life; regardless the name you give it, unknown to everyone, young or old, student or teacher, male or female, clergy or follower, governance or governed, that fabric is in everyone's blood.

The uniqueness of the country on corruption is that some segments in the society are 'above the law', daring the law enforcements. Regardless their exposure to the international laws and practices, once they step into the Nigerian soil they put-on their shameless caps of immorality, absurdity and heartless behaviors. Unfortunately, obedience to the law of the land is secondary to them; and ironically the public structure supports their acts.

What should we call the proposal of Student Union leaders of a reputable Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, for a budget of N1.8m for phone calls from August 2015 to January 2016, in the midst of poor toilet facilities and lack of food in the hostels?

Ironically, an average Nigerian 'mandatory' taste, is higher than the available resources, to quench that thirst; which leads to engaging in some illegal businesses and immoral practices across board. In other words unacceptable contentment leads into debauched and fraudulent practices. Nigeria is the first place to find a brand new automobile, directly from the factory in its rough-death-trap roads. The society rejoices at such taste without asking where the individuals got the resources for it. Citizens of developed countries have the structure to supports their needs but must be credit worthy before they could access that; unlike cash and carry practice in Nigeria. The system would not allow you to purchase any item of your taste beyond your income; and would lose them, or pay charges, once you failed in your obligations to keep them. A newly born baby is absolutely innocent, free of immoral acts, until the society corrupts the mind, through the parents.


An average Nigerian high taste without enough resources to support it could lead to illegal and immoral practices…such led to EFCC identifying the owner of $2.1m (N413million) (a former Executive Secretary of a federal parastatal) seized from bureau de change operator, Mr. Ibiteye John Bamidele at MMIA, Lagos, July 3, 2015

Buhari is looking for DECENT FEARLESS JUDGES to preside Special Corruption Courts. An instrument we set aside to catch rodents malfunctioned while the animals escaped being caught. Until that instrument is re-designed to catch the type of tropical bush animals, Decent Fearless Judges will not be able to catch the looters. There is always loopholes in the laws of the land to catch the looters. Fearless and courageous judges, despite the $5 million support from the Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund would be fruitless if the laws being used to fix the reoccurring menace of corruption in Nigeria is not adjusted. Nigeria needs strong sustainable independent institutions, and other criminal investigative agencies, with functional courts, fully equipped with unreversed methodical fact-finding capabilities; while the prosecuting sectors know their work fully well, to bring corruption under control. Such provision would usher in changes in an average Nigerian Mind-Set on corruption.

Obasanjo's body language could be shuddering with his frequent visit to Aso Rock, claiming to be relatively satisfied with Buhari in the 100 days. The 'Statesman' who should stay in his Abeokuta Mountain Hill Top palace; for today's leaders to harvest any leftover juice from his tree of wisdom from his midwifed democracy, as the first civilian President after the exit of the Military. Anyway we won't harvest apple from mango tree.

As we are not looking for a Saint in the political fabric of Nigeria democracy the same yardstick on corruption should be applied across board. Buhari could be the least corrupt among the past and current African leaders with millions in their foreign accounts; fleets of automobiles, Private Jet, countless number of houses, chains of businesses, and heavy shares in some companies; instead of the 'N30m in his savings account; five homes and two mud houses; an orchard and ranch with 270 head of cattle; 25 sheep; five horses and a variety of birds' in addition to two cars bought from his savings, as Buhari's assets. The truth of the declaration would be measured after his four-year term to see how much these have multiplied.

Is Buhari, a retired army general and former military ruler, and ex-head of the oil ministry, hiding some assets to maintain the impression that he is poor, or not as corrupt as former Nigerian Presidents? Time will tell.

The swarm of some insects, which we love to consume, that do not add value to an average Nigerian integrity, must be collectively disposed by Nigerians with very effective insecticides to stop the spread into other farmlands. Buhari, either we like him or otherwise, is tolling with most Nigerians' interest on CORRUPTION, which has become a norm in the society. Nigerians are in Buhari's den for the next four years.

Citizens of the world support Buhari's probe of the looters in all ramifications, no quivering about that. He is going to be held accountable for his election campaign promises of zero tolerance for corruption in Nigeria. Meanwhile, Nigerians must have a change of mind-set with their tastes, cutting their coats according to the available materials.

The new measurement contraptions for the hundred days for the Nigerian executive politicians, have been filled with the repression modish governance, especially at the Federal level, leisurely forming the cabinet and ruling in fiat, by telling Nigerians that his actions and decisions outside the dictates of the Nigerian Constitution, are in order. Meanwhile the mass population are jubilating and happy, preferring dictatorship to democratic process. It suits Nigeria with the honeymoon given to chances for change in the country, which has been abused, because the immediate past administration played to Buhari's hands. The immediate past administration was rendered hopeless, caged, while Jonathan was very happy to be let out the cage of over six years as Nigerian loath President, who REFUSED to liberate himself from the iron-fist Nigerian political cabal.

Allow music to play as Buhari is the new Sheriff in Town. The days of Grace and Honeymoon are gone. Nigerians are anxious to have a moving administration instead of the hidden cabinet that was making the decisions without open consultation.

Among Buhari's pronouncements are ordering the Ministry of Aviation for re-establishing of the National Carrier without necessarily weighing the options; taking over from Ghana, the management of the Nigerian airspace in the Gulf of Guinea; stopping the sponsor of pilgrimages to Mecca; Renaming "First Lady's office", to the "Office of the Wife of the President", saddled with Nigerian women and youth related issues; Implementing Jonathan's Treasury Single Account in Nigeria for all government ministries, agencies and parastatals in charge of sourcing revenue for the government in accordance with sections 80 and 162 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended); Amending the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP) for the rapid implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report on the environmental restoration of Ogoniland, reflecting a new governance framework comprising a governing council, a board of trustees and project management; Retaining, maintaining and improving the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program as a functional vehicle for the promotion of national unity and integration; Shrinking the Directorates of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from eight to four, and appointed Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu, as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Ordering removal of Nigerian Police guiding private citizens, among others.

In the Nigerian administration, the players' change, as the process has designed, Buhari is supposed to inherit the imperfect system; as Obasanjo inherited in 1999 from the Military incursion into the young democracy then, instead of the military defending the Nation's boundaries. Obasanjo could not complete the inheritance from his colleagues then, possibly one of the reasons he wanted the third term in office to claim being a Saint, handed over to a crippled administration, which could not be methodically done by the fragile Jonathan administration. At a time, his civility plunged Nigeria into a more difficult narrow trench of inept ineffective structural institution, which Buhari inherited, to complete what his formal colleagues' endorsement of corruption, while in Office. 

The irrevocable commitment of Buhari to break the vicious cycle of corruption, unemployment and security should be tackled in line with the Constitution of the deteriorated Country not on the pages of the Newspapers but with achievable policies.

Anti-Corruption was Buhari's 2015 campaign theme, a military pretext in usurping power from the civil government, endorsed by most Nigerians, as a focus of his administration. If Buhari decides to make the 48-month administration focus on corruption, at the expense of other areas of governance, like good road network, Nigerians must not grumble.

Fighting corruption, which won him the ticket to Aso Rock, is a task that must be done by his administration. He has no choice not to fight the war on corruption, without favoring anyone. However he should not spend all his time chasing the 'looters' and abandon governance.

With the mucky Senate investigating EFCC back to 2006, Buhari could go far back to investigate the Federal operators at that period as well? Nigerians are wondering why Buhari is dumping the $182M Halliburton Bribe Scandal; possibly for the fear of Babangida, Obasanjo, Abdulsalami and Atiku, and focusing on the frail Jonathan leadership style.

For over a century, the structural defects in all areas of Nigeria life has been left untouched. With the new Sheriff in town, new cliques always emerge being their turn to make phantom changes pretending that things will be fine marginally, with bad leadership some Nigerians perpetrate. Most of Nigerian politicians are deceitful, dishonest. Meanwhile diversion, division and destruction of Nigeria has reached a point that an average Nigerian is confused, and a supposedly blessed nation has never lived up to 10% of its potentials. Bad leadership and brain-dead followership have been responsible for the mess being witnessed today, (August 2015).

Electricity is steadier than it used to be, due to Buhari's body language. The gas is fully available at the pumping stations across the country; some top public officers are resigning to safe their faces before the President in Leopard skin or 'Baba Go Slow', gets to their ministries. The unconventional method of controlling the Naira strength has brought it down from N290.00 to $1 during elections, to N207.00 per $1.00 as of today (August 2015). Buhari sneezes and the public sector spread the virus across the faces of Nigerian life. Buhari's body language is exposing the rots in the country's governance, extending to EFCC, the government agent fighting corruption.

Buhari is getting firsthand information from the Federal Ministries by inviting the supposed key Managers of the Ministries to educate him on the status of each Ministry, before his cabinet appointments; not from the deceitful politicians, or the would-be Saint Ministers, for the factual status of their respective ministries.

A School of thought is on the opinion that, considering Buhari's record, as a military head of state, his microwaved education and misleading age, he would not be able to offer some tangible things for the country, and was skeptical about his performance.

Buhari makes too much uncooked statements lately, what his agencies should be saying, based on his orientation. Even though some of his actions could be saving for Naira for Nigeria, for now, in a borrowed, too expensive, American Presidential democracy, Nigeria refuses to tailor it towards its available resources. Buhari's time in the traumatic Aso Rock is limited.

Buhari made pronouncements without a cabinet, or advisors, on the choice of candidates, or other side of the appointees. Barely ten days to his administration Buhari voiced out that had he met "virtually empty treasury" from his immediate predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. He was immediately cautioned that that Jonathan left over $300billion. The country could not had generated enough resources, if the treasury is "virtually empty", to get $21m to the multinational force, $23 million to Chad Basin Commission within a short time.

I believe Buhari in his mid-seventies, have grown and learned so much about the country, unquestionably Leopard would still maintain its colors, regardless. His choice of appropriate words, for a situation, needs some serious work as he has been misinterpreted in number of occasions; as reported by The Punch of June 12, 2015, "I wish I became a Head of State when I was a Governor….now at 72, there is, a limit to what I can do." Inquiry mind would like to know his thought for contesting for the position.

The world has grown beyond the ancient Buhari's behavior of the early eighties who has to learn the language in the new home he found himself Advising Nigerian Lawyers their choice of defending the looters of Nigeria public treasury, felt short of perception. Lawyers are trained to defend their clients accordingly, while Buhari ought to direct the advice to the Government prosecutors. Lawyers look for a dent in a case and capitalize on it. Buhari does not have to set up special courts to try corrupt cases, if prosecutors conduct in-depth investigations before bringing charges, which should prevent prolonged cases in court. Nigerian Judges are not androids and would pass their judgements based on what is presented in their courts. Even though some of them might have been touched by the tsunami of corruption in one way or the other.

His body language could be doing some work now, but very soon his Honeymoon with Nigerians would be over, without any follow-up strong policies to strengthen Nigerian Institutions, needed in the country. Professor Dora Akunyili, in the blessed memory, established an Institution with NAFDAC, Nuhu Ribadu escalated corruption virus in the personality system he created. Institutions must be solidly entrenched in Nigeria, not personalities.

Buhari's body language would still be a shadow of his 'legacy', which will soon fade away, if not back-up with some intelligent actions. Nigerians are seriously and patiently waiting, for his legacy in Governance. Definitely his 'slow and steady' body language could bring back sanity to the country. Calling Buhari 'Baba Go Slow' could be telling Nigerians the extent of rot he inherited in the system, for his slow reminiscence, not pillorying anyone who has been, and is still, in the government for the putrefaction in the public service.

Even though he might be making some appointments which circumvent the process, or anyone picking a close associates to occupy; Buhari should realize that he is not the Napoleon of Nigeria time, the only wise man, who knows what is good for the country; who made decisions without weighing the options, or see the other side of the coin which he is ignoring in his Honeymoon, could end very soon. 

Another area where Nigeria needs his 'body language' to work is in the Foreign Affairs Services. In addition to some credible personnel, not deviating from the host countries' laws, despite their immunity, using fake Nigerian Passports to get Nigerian Visa without appropriate documentation; with preferential treatment given to the color in granting visa, as if they have no flaw in their characters MUST be contained. How could a wanted radical Muslim cleric, a high profile terrorist obtained a valid Nigerian Visa?

Nigeria is still fighting Boko Haram insurgents due to the laxity of the immigration and the customs agencies, which allowed illegal practices across Nigerian borders and ports of entry; occupied by the covetous and unethical officers who have turned into 'Professional Beggars'. Some familiar statements, such as, 'what do you bring for us now', 'give us Christmas before you go now', 'Daddy I have not taken breakfast', 'are you not going to give us something', 'wetin we go chop now', at the expense of their responsibilities, are nauseating.

Nigerians should stay cool and observe very well before criticizing. God-given-Saints Ministers are coming. Nigerians would come to terms with the smudge man who is training himself through meetings with Federal Ministries for firsthand information, to avoid making appointments, or making 'hasty' decisions with hazy advice from the deceptive doctored reports of the would-be 'Saint' Ministers. The exercise should not be too long Buhari. If Jonathan did not perform, even in agriculture, as that lousy motor garage tout Adams Oshiomhole ran his drooping mouth, instead of facing the challenges in his state, clamoring for loans, Buhari is challenging himself to be a Saint.

Buhari must prove that he is a Saint, in the assets declaration of yet to be confirmed of N9000m. He claimed that he was impecunious to borrow N27m to register for the 2015 election form.

Most Nigerians agree that the country is rot from top to bottom, as the system played to Buhari's hand. He has the moral obligation to bring sanity back to the country.

Buhari has to intelligently support his body language with actions so that Nigerians would continue to trust him, otherwise Nigerians could be goaded if he does nothing to back up the power generating and distribution, the regular fuel supply backing up the temporary saboteurs in the oil sectors, or looting of the public treasury, and other vices at the end of his Honeymoon.

His honeymoon terminates September 7, 2015 to mark his not too honored 100 days in the office. Nigerians are waiting to measure him through his appointments either it is going to be a thwack of Ethnicity, Prejudice, Religious bigotry, as pointers to the allegation of his ill-motivated aspiration to Islamize the country or not; as shown by his recent appointments, skewed to the North, favoring those with 97% of votes as opposed to 5% of votes in the 2015 election. He 'belongs to everybody and to nobody', which reflects his unequivocal Northern agenda.

The skepticism about Buhari is now showing up gradually.

Nigerian society has actually transformed President Muhammadu Buhari, a 'converted democrat' setting aside the memorable military bloody reign of terror; still displaying that military orientation with a resounding powerful, very concise, heavily loaded Mission Statement in 1,863-1,916 words. He avowed to serve as the President of all, irrespective of political, ethnicity, or religious affiliations, detached from being categorized as a religious zealot, philosophically stated, Friday, May 29, 2015, 1:39:34 pm, "Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians. I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody."

May I repeat: "I BELONG TO EVERYBODY AND I BELONG TO NOBODY"

Dale Carnegie once said, "Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving".


President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that his administration will decisively tackle the country's problems.

As Buhari takes the mantle of leadership of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; he belongs to EVERYBODY and belongs to NOBODY, who wants to pocket the country at the expense of the suffering Nigerians. Nobody stays in his room and presses the button on how certain issues should be addressed in Nigeria; otherwise heads will break loose if EVERYBODY deviates from NOBODY's script.

Nigerians MUST work together to solve the challenges caused by the xenophobic, egotistical, repressive, and uncouth NOBODY and turned around to rain blames of good job. The heartless NOBODY at the sunset of their life; even not believing in life after death, NOBODY rejoices with EVERYBODY living in abject poverty in the land of plenty.

Electioneering campaigns are the struggle to get access to the available resources in the country, hiding under all sorts of political languages, except the use of force. After the elections, they return to their cuckoos and get busy with the successes and failures; losers plan for the next competition; while winners work in sustaining their gains, convincing an average electorate that the choice was appropriate.

EVERYBODY is created equal under God; NOBODY has the monopoly of good life. Those who have the mandate to manage Nigerian resources should fairly distribute the resources, lifting their fellow human beings from abject poverty with the fear of God at heart.

Nigerians give Elderly Buhari the ample chance to translate his words into actions, getting peoples' mandate in his fourth attempt, as human being proposes, God disposes. Buhari belongs to EVERYBODY and belongs to NOBODY for most impious godfathers, who have the notion that without them the country would not move forward. They should wait for history to appraise their contributions, in one way or the other, to the country, and humanity.

Before the administration settles down, NOBODY has delivered a lousy document, on "the way forward for Nigeria," focusing on education, power, the economy, security and infrastructure; like the unfinished Lagos-Ibadan Express since 1999. Buhari in his 70s, who has the mantle of power, is obtuse according to NOBODY; as he might have bought the script from a School of Thought that, Buhari, at his age, has nothing to offer the country.

What a step in enslaving Buhari's intelligence to succumb to the will of NOBODY, without considering EVERYBODY. The moment Buhari is no longer dancing to the music produced by NOBODY, katakata would approach, and the house built with dribble from NOBODY, crumbled. Unfortunately, EVERYBODY would be in pain and eternal sufferings bite deeper.

NOBODY has turned Nigeria into a hopelessness country; nothing seems to work in Nigeria. Those who are fully determined and left their comfort zone to help the country, are being discouraged every second of their stay in Nigeria, writing off Nigeria as a hopeless country, because of NOBODY.


President Goodluck Jonathan presenting his hand over notes to the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari during the official presentation of Handover notes to the President-Elect at the Aso Chambers, State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

The challenges in the country are enormous and we should stop pointing fingers, because the foundation for a functional Nigeria was weak and flawed from the time it returned to American Presidential Democracy in 1999.

Like we rightly initiated, Buhari is focusing on Security on the gratuitous and godless Boko Haram, which is far away from Islam; the Power outrage, as the country experienced May 2015, without adequate power supply, the businesses were at a halt.

In addition to what Buhari has to do for EVERYBODY, the issue of unemployment has pushed Nigerian Youth engaging to illegal extant practices, and the cancerous corruption, encouraged by NOBODY, has beleaguered an average Nigerian as addressed in my previous articles.

However, NIGERIANS must be part of the solutions, with the political will of the leaders to make those changes. An average Nigerian has to be self tasking to fight the social ills of the society in all honesty and transparency, from their homes to the public life.

Buhari is not a stranger to the terrain of Boko Haram in the Northeast; as the former Governor of North-Eastern State in the 70s (Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gongola, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe States) during Obasanjo's regime. I happened to meet him at GSS, Bama, during my NYSC, where he came with Obasanjo for lunch. All Boko Haram hidden places on Gwoza Hills and Bama should be combed out with the Military Command locating to Maiduguri.

Realizing that the issue of Boko Haram could be resolved with the cooperation of Cameroon, Chad and Niger; fishing out its sponsors will relieve EVERYBODY, with show that he 'belong to NOBODY'. With the cooperation coming across the world, Buhari for EVERYBODY could combat "… threats of cross-border terrorism, sea piracy, refugees and boat people, financial crime, cyber crime, climate change, the spread of communicable diseases and other challenges of the 21st century".

Other security matters that could be visited by the administration for EVERYBODY are kidnappings, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers clashes, and cattle rustlings.


"I BELONG TO EVERYBODY AND I BELONG TO NOBODY"

It is magnanimous of Buhari to have taken a lesson from that historic phone call from Jonathan who conceded to the election, which saved lives of many Nigerians if he insisted on sitting tight; Jonathan REFUSED to belong to NOBODY. It is really a foundation for the Nigerian politicians to be sportsmanship in their political games. Henceforth, Jonathan has become a standard of Nigerian Politician.

What a big lesson to the survivors of Nigeria founding fathers who started acting like 'spoiled Children'.

Jonathan has kept Nigeria unity intact for the incoming administration to follow; against the insinuation that the country would dismantle in 2015. Nigerians should credit him for that, regardless his administration's unsung accomplishments. If each administration could at least point to one form of accomplishment in its life span, the aggregate of that would make Nigeria a formidable country for life, which rotten children of Nigeria past heroes and heroines could build on. Jonathan has established a legacy for African Continent Presidents to follow.

NOBODY should reroute the attention from an average Nigerian, who goes through miserable life, through dubious impious activities. Bridging the gap between the poor and the wealthy NOBODY; creating a Middle Class again, through the fair distribution of the available resources, is attained.


The US Secretary of State, US Ambassador to Nigeria, other top US diplomats and officials in a group photograph with President Buhari after his inauguration Friday, May 29, 2015

The International body, that has been taking advantage of the situations in Nigeria, should revisit their practices, taking their partners interest, into consideration from NOBODY to EVERYBODY. Hopefully, good legislation from the National and State Assemblies, to the Local Government Council Chambers, would alleviate the suffering imposed from NOBODY to EVERYBODY.

American Presidential system could be most expensive in the modern world. While American economy supports that; Nigeria could design its own democracy along line its economy. Buhari would peg the recklessness of the Governors and Local Government Chairs, in all ramifications, under his watch; not dancing to the tune of NOBODY, so that EVERYBODY could be happy.

Buhari, a man of fewer words, embedded in actions, is ready to precisely work on the home front and keep the ground running on security, corruption, fuel and power outrages. Unfortunately, Nigerians have a set of spoiled and rotten children who refused to follow good governance established by Nigeria founding fathers, heirs and heroes of the great civilization.

Nigerian should remember their yearnings for 'Common Sense Revolution', that is change. Buhari would not make that change alone; it takes the whole of the country to make the change. Buhari has identified with the slogan "I BELONG TO EVERYBODY AND I BELONG TO NOBODY"


Left was Geneneral Muhammadu Buhari when he was sworn in as military Head of State in 1983 and the right picture was the same man in 2015 as he was sworn in as a democratically elected president

Nigerians have a lot to advice the current administration the changes they want. Nigerians are the architects for positive change on how services are conducted in the country.

The swearing-in of Muhammadu Buhari, one of Nigeria's oldest former army generals and dictator, who embraced democracy and politics at the break of the 21st century, has joined the crop of opposing African leaders, Frederick Chiluba (Zambia, 1991); John Kufour (Ghana 2000); Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal, 2000); Mwai Kibaki (Kenya, 2002); Yayi Boni (Benin Republic, 2006); Ernest Bai Koroma (Sierra Leone, 2007); Alhassan Quattara (Cote d'Ivoire, 2010); and Peter Mutharika (Malawi, 2014), who defeated incumbents in the last two decades.

Buhari will be held accountable, reversing his association with EVERYBODY to NOBODY. Nigerians would love to remind him, not with the wrong quote from Shakespeare, with Animal Farm, after Buhari becomes very comfortable with power, where 'All Animals are Equal, but some are more equal than the others.'

Nigerians would give Buhari the benefit of doubt, to capitalize on his nine powerful words "I BELONG TO EVERYBODY AND I BELONG TO NOBODY"to investigate the immediate and remote causes of Boko Haram, its sponsors and their international connections; get the witches and wizards off the irregular power supply, (immediate Power Supply Minister's school of thought); the deficient Lagos-Ibadan express since 1999; creating more jobs for the misfit nagging Nigerian Youths; establish the way of minimizing corruption; dispose of all the outstanding witch-hunting politically minded, vengeance EFCC pending corruption cases in the courts today, (June 2015); while the Judiciary should live up to the expectations of an average poor Nigerian whose last hope lies in the Judiciary.

It is really a new dawn in the Nigerian political arena; with Buhari's nine powerful words: "I BELONG TO EVERYBODY AND I BELONG TO NOBODY"

Fellow Nigerians, in my new outfit as a democrat, I thank you for believing and electing me, despite my past excruciating records. In view of the votes received from fellow Citizens, boys, girls, men, women, young, old, all the pets in the household; the magnanimity of the outgoing President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to quieten the milieu, who conceded without waiting for the INEC final proclamation of the results; I declare to stay for a single four-year term, without any compromise, for re-election. I will do whatever it takes and focus on issues I need to address without being distracted for second term bid. We know what might have happened to Nigeria if the election results were otherwise. I appreciate the peaceful co-existence among Nigerians; discrediting the conspiracy theory of the demise of Nigeria in 2015.

May Allah guide us through the looming turbulence, of belt tightening policies that would engulf my administration of the four-year term! 

May I solicit for your 'patience' and sympathy on the issues at hand, more than what I imagined, despite my twelve years of preparation to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I welcome the challenges ahead and establish a legacy that Nigeria would be proud of; mainly my CHANGE of attitude, fulfilling my electioneering campaign promises. 

Perhaps one of the things that may be said about 2015 Nigeria elections is perhaps the first time two equally formidable National political parties went through a national election with their candidates, where the results reflected on how the nation would like its leader to pilot Nigeria affairs; producing leadership vision, backed by political will, purposefulness, action and pragmatism toward performance! 

Either Jega rigged for me or not, that is not the issue now. We have to collectively fight ELECTION MALPRACTICES, allowing votes from underage, members of the household, men, women, boys, girls, pets, and the overblown population.


Underage Voter, Jega and Buhari

I am just getting out from the election phantasm, facing the reality on the ground as if I have the magic to solve the mammoth problems facing this country; convincing the whole country, or most of them, that the problems in the country were easy to solve, when elected. 

After the election, the APC Governors met with me and would not be able to pay their workers April, talk less of May salaries. Some have not even pay up to six months, borrowing from private citizens to pay the employees. Some states have been playing politics with the 2011 severance pays, and pensions, as some resources to pay those bills were used for elections. Henceforth, my administration will stop the use of public fund for elections. 

We need to CHANGE. CHANGE has come. Castle built in the space will be reconstructed. We are not making excuses that the outgoing government is sabotaging the economy by emptying the treasury, as they have to pay outstanding bills. The government is an on-going process, the incoming government will continue where the previous administration left it. Nigerians have to be patience with us that the promises made during elections are not realistic. 

I reiterate, my fellow citizens, "The expectation is too high, and I have started nervously to explain to people that Rome was not built in a day. For this to be corrected, please, give the incoming government a chance." I nervously realize the high expectations of Nigerians from me, with the hyped 2015 election promises. 

Some Nigerian political prostitutes, instead of accepting the defeat of the elections in good faith and face other aspects of their life; they are shamelessly defecting and lobbying for political posts. APC is not encouraging one-party system in Nigeria. As a Democrat, I will work to sustain, not cripple our democracy. I promise to get the best qualified Nigerians who reside abroad to join my administration. 

I will prove our erudite Professor wrong in his submission in December 2014, that I have nothing to proffer the country; while a US envoy was of the opinion that a vote for me was not good for African continent. I will prove the chimera wrong. Realizing that in democracy the weapon electorates have, is their votes, I might have made some misleading political statements that won me the election. 

Once again, Nigerians should be patience with me. Some would say, 'Ba Patience, Patience ke, Mba for Patience', Nigerians are out of patience. They have been patience since Independence. It is time for action. Twelve years of my planning to be the President was sufficient to roll out my blue print immediately. 

During the campaign, I mentioned "The first one is INSECURITY in the North-East and the Niger Delta where people are kidnapped and ransom is being demanded which people cannot afford." I will surprise Nigerians that Security is an inalienable right of all citizens. 

The Nigerian Police Force will be of international standard and I will stop the Police in abusing its powers of protecting Nigerians. Collection of anything from Nigerians, in return for securing them would not be tolerated by my administration. The insurgent, because we know of its sponsors, would come to an end within six months. 

I will deal with Boko Haram precisely through a well equipped Military at a cost of N170 trillion and welfare package for the Military personnel. I would devote N222trillion for the local vigilante, and for Nigerians to fish out all social maggots in all ramifications; with an immediate implementation of the new security policy. 

I also mentioned that "The second one is UNEMPLOYMENT, 60 per cent of Nigerians are youths, most of them, whether they went to school or not, are unemployed and that is dangerous. So we have to get the issue of the economy right to make sure the jobs are made available and we should try to kill corruption before corruption kills Nigeria. Let us practice what we preach as well." 

It is obvious that we are going to inherit huge debts which may delay speedy progress of my campaign promises in our respective states, including Lagos, Edo, and Osun, which are currently the most indebted in the country. 

Myopically, I got carried away by the election fever, when I stated that I would make One Naira to level up with One US Dollar, N1=$1. I apologize to have used that bait to win the election, which I took as a child play. As Okonjo-Iweala advised to save for the rainy day, it is already raining and the REAL STORMY day is here. We will navigate our way through this together while we tighten our belts to survive. 

My other agenda is the epileptic POWER SUPPLY, and making the agency to supply adequate power to Nigerians. I will fish out IMMEDIATELY the clowns in the system. The witches and wizards that have been working to disrupt the regular power supplies will be discomfited by my administration. 

I want to end the menace of the Okada operators that compete with fast moving vehicles on the express roads, so that they can use the power for some productive professional works, like welding, and some other creative professions on a small scale, to support the growing economy. The regular power supply will be done within nine months. 

My other surprising package area of my administration for Nigerians is the HEALTH SECTOR which will be accessible and avoidable for an average Nigerian. No one has to travel out the borders of Nigeria for medical attention, including myself. My personal travel for medical treatment will be zilch, as I will get all my treatments in Nigeria. I will put smiles on the faces of Health Workers with adequate equipment, regular power supply, and attractive welfare package. 


Okada Transportation

 My administration will work on the ROADS networks, and complete those under construction since the administration of my fellow General Olusegun Obasanjo within twelve months; while others would face massive rehabilitation. Road network is the bane of developments in all areas and a way of decongesting the urban population and ease air pollution. I will open up all communities without playing politics with the road network, as an essential basic service to the society. A good road network will ease citizens' mobility. 

However, you have to help me fight CORRUPTION in the society. 


C O R R U P T I O N

Citizens of Nigeria, reiterating my electioneering campaigns, I stated, "So the point I want to make here is that the problem of Nigeria is not ethnic or religious, it is corruption. This is what we are fighting, that is why corruption is number three in my campaign. We will kill corruption before it kills Nigeria" We will kill corruption in every Nigerian whose line of thought is getting rich overnight without working towards it. What has become your main principle from the grassroots to the flowers of the golden tree will be flushed out from your system. 

An average Nigerian mentality on this matter must change; and with you, I will do that. The corrupt thoughts, running through the veins of an average Nigerian, will be fought with all vigor, and energy; that service is more important to Nigerians than the fame or wealth. We have to collectively and fervently work against this sleaze issue, which was the nucleus of my campaign. 

Nigerians and the entire world are waiting for my magic wand in fighting corruption in Nigeria. I am starting from my kitchen storage, where I have some rotten food items. My house decomposed from room to room; especially with the too powerful CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA. Regardless my heavy budget on the Prison, the Independent Anti-corruption Agencies, I will revamp the structural defect of the system, when there will be transparency, accountability and credible Judiciary. The National Assembly has to cooperate with my administration, in all ramifications, to fight corruption, the too powerful central government while empowering the States to control of their resources and the security system, among others. 

The Nigerian Customs Service is corrupt. The Nigerian Police is corrupt. The Judiciary is corrupt. The Nigerian Civil Service is corruption ridden. The military is not better. Nigerian politicians are the worse brigands. Your astute vote is a guaranteed corrupt-free administration, where Saints will govern you from now on. 


Corruption in the Law Enforcement Agent, the Nigerian Police Force 

Good and credible NIGERIAN POLICE is the bedrock for the rule of law and public safety. The long-term failure of the Nigerian authorities to address police bribery, extortion, and wholesale embezzlement, threatens the basic rights of all Nigerians. We will kill corruption before it kills Nigeria; if it has not already killed the country, as we can notice. 

Even those who contributed to my campaign successes will be scrupulously scrutinized and ask to cough out the money spent on the campaigns that brought me into power. Those that have defrauded the Government should refund the government immediately. Assets declaration would not be the only thing I will do, I would start from my staff, by cutting their salary by 75%, merge some Ministries, Agencies, while asking, and demanding all States do the same thing, regardless which Political Party they belong, as long as I am the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

My administration will bolt the exorbitant remuneration of the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY members of N29,479,749.00 per month, N353,756,988.00 per year, with only 106 bills passed in four years. The salary of a Nigerian lawmaker is 116 times Nigeria GDP per person. The minimum wage is N18,000.00 per month, and N216,000.00 per year. At this rate, it will take an average Nigerian worker 1,638 years to earn the yearly salary of a Nigerian Senator. Separation of power will be respected. However, I will prevent the mad rush to the National Assembly. 

Fellow Citizens, you should help me fight this war on corruption. You know the status of some Nigerian politicians before becoming a member of the National Assembly. In few months, they started building mansions, using exotic cars, THEIR Domiciliary accounts deposits are in millions, travelling to Europe, America, Asia, and Africa and across the world; without questioning, without much improvement in your communities. Unfortunately, you keep on re-electing them. Hardly do they meet with you after the elections until they are seeking for your mandate again. In as much as they bring to you bags of rice, oil, motor bike, which crippled the community, you hailed them, being the right person to represent your interests. 

When they are invited by the Police to give an account of their stewardship, you would be the first to protest and block chances of presenting their report cards to you. Once they give you the fish to feed the family for a meal, you never know the way of making such fish, Shikena! 


Sleeping on Duty: Corruption in the Law Enforcement Agent, the Nigerian Police Force: Watching 

I will improve the Youths and absorb them into my administration. Those retired, and still have to offer, would be engaged on a need-basis; not collecting pensions and salaries with allowances from the same government, at the expense of the Youth seeking ways to use their mental energy to contribute immensely to the growth of this country. 

Corruption will be controlled in the MEDIA HOUSES that have to extort State Governments on a monthly basis, for news coverage without being objective in their news reports; wrapping, the corrupt practices of such government. I will ban any media house that is very subjective in its reporting styles. I will wage war on immoral practices of the media house of 'cash and carry' policy or any acts of indiscipline in the society. 

I am telling Nigerians that my 4-year term, without any distraction of coming back in 2019, would be focussed on my services to prove my rich wealth of experience and energy for Nigeria at my age. Age is no barrier to what I will do for this country. 

Fellow Citizens, stop pitching your tents with corrupt individuals who would not improve your life, your children, and great grand children. Therefore, corruption is a task that must be fought hands down. I need your cooperation and understanding with patience; even though Nigerians are out of patience. 

Beginning with my administration, corrupt practices will no longer be tolerated. 

May Allah Bless us!  

Most Nigerians' mantra of CHANGE yielded some dividends for APC at the 2015 elections, as it is warming up to take up the mantle of leadership of Nigerian Government, May 29, 2015. The battle is heating up as to who leads the Senate, as the highest elective law making body of Nigeria. The Constitution has vested in the National Assembly, the power to make laws for peace, order, and good governance of the Country with care. APC should be prudence in selecting, or electing individuals with good leadership skills to fetch credence to its administration. The battleground has been prepared for the E-Blocs choice of the Senate President.

The CPC of Buhari captured its comfort zone; joined with ACN of Tinubu, in a not too comfortable zone, but marshalled to produce the VP to make the National Executive; and the ANPP of Onu lost out of the race. The other major block, the nPDPof Amaechi/Saraki, is waiting for the Senate President, with Saraki as the favorable candidate for the slot.

With the hiccup within APC NEC on zoning issue, which Buhari would want reviewed, while the Senate President already zoned to the North Central, it is going to be the battle between George Akume and Bukola Saraki; with a spoiler, Ahmad Lawan, brought into the equation. Lawan is a returning Senator, served two terms in the House of Representatives from 1999-2007 and the most experienced lawmaker among APC Senators.


The Red Chamber Leadership Seat

Interestingly, the 2015 elections witnessed the APC successful penetration into PDP North Central comfort zone to win the election with the merging of nPDP. It won Plateau, Niger, Kwara, Benue, and Nassarawa except Kogi where the governorship election is still pending.

Since the return of Democracy in 1999, we have had preceding Senate Presidents either impeached or resigned. Evan Enwerem 1999-1999; (impeached); Chuba Okadigbo 1999-2000 (impeached); Anyim Pius Anyim 2000-2003; Adolphus Wabara 2003-2005 (resigned); Ken Nnamani 2005-2007.

With the inherited zoning system, APC working committee already zoned the Senate President to North Central, House Speakership to South West, and the Senate to the North Central. Zoning brings out nonentities where there are no toning candidates from such 'lucky' zone. A school of thought agrees that it is good for the country it adulterates merit system which should guide the country's growth. In a diverse ethno-religious society like Nigeria, intelligence demands that quota system is adopted in appointments to public positions, without sacrificing merit. We should be reminded that IQ is not distributed along ethno-religious segregation. Political considerations, more often than not, make rubbish of any logic, especially in the Nigerian public service.

Benue State had been lucky in producing Senate Presidents, Dr Iyorchia Ayu from 1992-1993; Senator Ameh Ebute 1993-1993 from Plateau as Senate President from 1993-1993 when military took over power after the palace coup. Senator David Mark, from Benue has been the Senate President since June 6, 2007, with Senator George Akume, also from Benue as Minority Leader in the same Senate, would terminate in June 2015.

Plateau has produced the Deputy Senate President, Senator Mantu, so also Nassarawa State with Deputy Senate President Haruna Abubakar. Interestingly, North Central Zone has been enjoying the comfort of the Senate President. It is only Kwara, Niger and Kogi that had not benefited from Senate leadership position in the North Central Zone. Senators from Kogi and Niger are all new in the Red Chamber, and Saraki is the only experienced ranking Senator.


Saraki Tinubu Axis

Tinubu led APC into a successful political revolution in the 2015 elections. He should remember the words of Henry Ford that 'Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.' Success has a slimy body that could easily break. The sloppy handling of the successes at the polls could make a mockery of APC exercise. Tinubu succeeded in appointing the national leader of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. He is working to endorse the House of Representatives Speaker, and in concert with the interests of Obasanjo, Atiku, Gemanade, and Gabriel Suswam, strongly supporting Senator George Akume for the Senate President for his loyalists to ACN to Tinubu understanding him, and easy bait for Tinubu. Tinubu would be left with three of the four powerful slots at the Central Government.

Does he contend to manage his political successes before the people push him to the lagoon?

Tinubu might not like someone, like Saraki, who he would not be able to control. Indubitably, Senator Saraki could be a hard knot for Tinubu to crack, just like he would control Akume, or pockets Lagos State.

Bukola Saraki, Obasanjo's calculator Governor, is not a push-over man; as he rightly demonstrated with his late biological father when Gbemisola Saraki, his blood sister, was presented to succeed him as Kwara Governor in 2011. It was a political battle he won against his father, not that it broke the family, which is a moral credit to him. Saraki was able to take Nigeria Governors Forum to an enviable height as the chair, as it was a waning association before he assumed the leadership. During the ailing late Yar'Adua, he successfully led the Governors to the National Assembly to allow the Vice President, Jonathan Goodluck, took over the affairs of the country.

North East factor cannot be easily discarded which possibly triggered up discontentment within the North East Zone about Saraki in the slot. Interestingly, the North East Zone is contesting for the Senate President slot, with the former Gombe State Governor, Danjuma Goje, who represents Gombe Central in the Senate and his counterparts in Yobe East and Yobe North, Bukka Abba Ibrahim and Ahmed Lawan respectively.

At the 8th Senate APC, would have 61 seats against PDP 55. Under Democracy, majority party should produce the leadership at both the House and Senate. It would be unparalleled in the history of Nigeria Senate that the Minority party would produce the Senate President. Albeit the crisis within APC, with just some Senators playing the game of spoilers, of fewer votes from the North East, Mark could retain the post. Moral bankruptcy of some Nigerian politicians could tilt the norm, as Senator Mark, from North Central, the longest serving Senate President, of a minority party, even vowed not to leave PDP, should not abuse the practice in contesting to lead the Senate again. If Buhari is having some influences on the National Assembly leadership, with his anti-corruption crusade, he has to contend with the Tinubu group backing Akume, the oldest and loyalist of ACN; the North East geopolitical zone ravaged with Boko Haram insurgency that produced the second highest number of votes after the North West. Here comes nPDP bloc.

Buhari, using corruption as a yardstick in choosing the leaders, must be a big battle that APC MUST FIGHT. He might clean his house first, if he is serious about sweeping away corruption from his administration, Presidents, from 1999 and the President-elect, who had enjoyed, or is enjoying, the breeze from the incubator of corruption especially in his 2015 election campaigns, all political party leaders, both PDP and APC, to the candidates. Some use threat, bold face, and threats to shift the watchful eyes away from them, depending on the levels of what comes out from the incubator.

An average Nigeria politician could not claim that 'Saint Certificate' in the Nigeria rot political process. Corruption has already killed the country. Buhari would be making efforts in rescuing the sinking Nigeria public service ship. Definitely when he pulls a rotten teeth, it affects the would system. To revive it, based on Buhari campaign promises, he needs a brand new caterpillar to trample the cancer in the system.


Senate President Contestants

Among those jostling for the Senate President that could have been given a clean slate from EFCC, has a Boko Haram related case in court, the other one has questions about his social life. The contending candidates are Senators Bukola Saraki, Kwara Central; Senator George Akume from Benue; Senator Abdullahi Adamu of Nasarawa State; Senator Danjuma Goje of Gombe State; Senator Ali Ndume from Borno State.

Some allegations have been brought against Dr. Bukola Saraki, from the failed Societe Generale Bank, to his two-term Kwara State Governor. Nonetheless, he has not been tried in the Nigerian Court of Law for financial crime. Ironically, Special Fraud Unit, SFU, harassed him, when he showed interest in contesting for the Nigeria President in 2010. When he also blew the whistle on the oil subsidy scam on the Senate floor, he got a letter from Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that his eight-year term as Governor of Kwara State were going to be investigated. Wittily, up till today (May 2015) noting has come out of the investigation.

Considering the APC blocs and the forces, APC must approve the most qualified and experienced individuals to manage the Senate affairs. Competence, capability, experience should outweigh religion or ethnic sentiment in consideration of Senate President.

The nPDP bloc must be recognised in power balancing!

Consequently, if there is a stalemate among the APC blocs, there may be a repeat of the episode in the House of Representatives in 2011, when members of the House of Representatives opted to elect their Speaker and Deputy in violation of the ruling PDP zoning agenda, which zoned the two offices to South-West and North-East respectively.

The Senate President slot might go the Red Chamber with the governors, party leaders, and elders, including the president-elect, new members of the National Assembly, PDP high-profile defectors and the Lagos/Bourdillion group, to select the Senate President.

Hopefully APC would ensure justice, equity and inclusiveness as its mantra states, not hoping against hope, in an unpredictable Nigeria modish politics of mixing British with American democracy.

Buhari would have a long battle to fight, as he does not want to have any leadership of this country, especially the National Assembly, to fall into the hand of anyone who has had or still has any corruption case, or matter, with the anti-corruption agencies or Police. Buhari needs the full support of a viable Senate to execute his campaign promises; however, he has to respect the rule of law allowing the National Assembly, especially the Senate, the freedom of electing its leader, outside the executive intrusion.

With the yearning of Nigerians, APC should support the most qualified individual to manage the Senate affairs. Good legislation would meet up with the yearnings of most Nigerians for change. Not just, change for change, but change for high-quality performance of the incoming administration; which Dr. Bukola Saraki would offer. Saraki is one of the most decent, hardworking, self denying sons of any wealthy man in Nigeria to head the Senate. .

The nPDP is entitled to the Senate President slot of APC majority party.

Monday, 27 April 2015 03:26

Nigeria Political Asylum Seekers

At the twinkle of an eye, some Nigerian politicians' unashamedly resolved into competing with monkeys in the Savannah Region, jumping from one tree to another, in a rocky environment, breaking their back, creating more albatross to their communities. Leaders of any succeeding party become heroes, or mentors, to those who lost elections, falling into one of the seven sins of humanity, spirited by one of the most influential figures in modern social and political activism, Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi, Politics without Principle; most spiritually perilous to humanity.

Unfortunately, some Nigerians' psyche has been purchased with mammon; and strong members of a political party could easily defect, as a result of their loss in elections. Those of scheming characters, dishonorably play politics, and at a loss, turn into nonconformists, causing more anarchy to the society when they have no guiding principle, outside their pockets; using the poor stack illiterates to perpetuate their greed.

Unfortunately, they have been labelled SIN-Nators and Representa-Thieves.

Political defection has been the pattern of the political parties, since the return of democracy from the obsessive Military interruptions on the new structure to build strong democracy in the African much talked about the leader of the Black Nation. The flurry, at which an average Nigerian politician defects to another political party, is despicable. As soon as the politicians realized that their party is not going to make headway, they shift gear and begin to look for their lost green where they never sow, so that they could continue siphoning the little resources for Nigeria teaming population. They neglect the party that gave them the platform of where they are. Lack of Principle is responsible for politicians' uncontrollable defection from one party to another.

Unfortunately, some Nigerians celebrate torpor, bigotry, taking shelter where they do not build, lost decency, dignity in their life, and continue to live spurious life.

By the time the Military got out of favor in governance, Nigeria recorded over sixty political parties, like social organizations of chop and quench; or like market, women would take fresh vegetables for early morning market sales. Some parties behaved as going for fruit plantations harvest in the savannah belt. Nigerians yearning for formidable political parties, to address the issues affecting the country, dismantled the PDP's boast of governing the country for 60 years; believed to be the largest domineering political party in Africa, were pruned into two major political parties, APC, and PDP.

The Nigerian style of revolution!

Politics has become another job opportunity for most Nigerians. A young brilliant student, after graduation from College, would claim that politics is a job. Instead of using his degree to fetch some gainful sustainable life of settling down and raising a family, decides to follow some oblivious, opaque politicians. If eventually he does not succeed in getting what it takes to make a living, he resolves into all sorts of practices, becoming nuisance to the community, breeding social mischief makers in the society.

In 2015 elections, APC gave PDP a fight of the century, broken the jinx in the history of Nigeria to be the first to beat an incumbent President to concede: the First to elect a female governor in Nigeria; first to re-elect a sitting governor in Oyo State.

This is a common sense Nigeria Stylish revolution!

It is right for anyone to defect because the Constitution allows free association. However, it is immoral for someone to leave his party because it lost in the elections. It is about the character.


Political tsunami as 5,000 PDP Benue State members defected to APC

Some decamped PDP key players would be happy that PDP finally came on its knees with 2015 election loss. The decamped 3,000 PDP members to APC, at a time, publicly torn their PDP membership cards of a political party that brought them to their political level of about 16 years, are really men and women of honor. In a civilized society their disgraceful acts would have been approached differently, as they were part of the mismanaged affairs of the country. It's a reprehensible act on each of them, especially those who had the opportunity to be part of its policy making process. In other words they were part of the PDP pitiable report card that affected its loss at the 2015 elections. It is immoral for them to leave the party few days after PDP lost the presidential election to APC.

What they would siphon never stop them, being prodigal sons and daughters, selling their birthrights for bowls of porridge, without honoring their God-given talents to make life better for an average Nigerian. They should bury their heads in shame; provided they have that. They should honorably respect the will of the electorates not worshipping leaders as some slothful PDP members demonstrate today (April 2015).

The ingrates, heartless, brainless political top members of the outgoing Jonathan administration massive defection into the incoming central Government of APC, are those who play Politics without Principle. Someone like a former Health Minister who manufactured ceaseless strikes for Health workers; a defecting political adviser of Goodluck Jonathan, on the political missteps of his re-election campaign team that led to the defeat; some serving National Assembly members who held some key positions at the National Assembly, who refused to muscle the PDP majority for good legislation for the administration's good job, which eventually gave him pitiable report cards at the 2015 elections. It is unthinkable that PDP immediate past national shameless legal adviser, Governorship aspirants, are now defecting into APC.

Definitely the defection by politicians is not good for Nigeria Democracy and its development. As a matter of fact APC has garnished enough miscreants into its party for its relevance. It absorbed from nPDP that actually started the glow of the APC. Nigerians are awaiting APC's lessons from PDP.

It serves PDP defectors right, with the response from the President-elect, General Muhammad Buhari, and John Odigie Oyegun, the first national chairman of APC, rightly advised, the political prostitutes from PDP, that they should not come joggling for positions in APC; they should remain in PDP, play the role of a strong party, of opposing views, to keep the incoming APC government on its toes, indubitably necessary for Nigerian democratic development. PDP could plant very nice seed in a fertile ground for good yields of vegetables to attract very good customers, for the family delicious soup.

The law could be taking its shape for defecting politicians to complete the mandate of the party which platform they obtained their positions before defecting, or vacate such mandates when they deflect. Unfortunately, most of them are morally bankrupt. The case in point is the Federal High Court in Abuja March 27, 2014 struck out the suit filed by 79 lawmakers who defected to APC on the ground that it has become an academic exercise.

According to Section 147 of the 1999 Nigeria Constitution, as amended, it is the prerogative of the President to constitute a cabinet of his choice. It is equally incumbent on him to deliver on his numerous campaign promises to the electorate during 2015 elections. Consequently, Buhari would be in the best position to select exceedingly qualified Nigerians, from different parts of the country to function in different organs under his supervision. Nigerians do not want ministers who are lethargic in the assigned portfolio.

Possibly Buhari could stop all these maladies of visiting politicians who have successfully bagged positions with the Government at any level with without assessing their upcoming assignments that could benefit the people. We won't blame those lobbying for positions, only if they are qualified and they are going to serve with fairness, commitments, and fear of God in their services. We hope some Nigerians would stop selling their birthrights for the bowls of porridge, brown-nosing the power, so that they could be considered for positions.

Some Nigerian politicians' memory could be short in most cases. In governance, solutions beget issues for another line of action. APC, in all ramifications, would like to keep the central government as far as its sense of gullible services could sustain it. The practice whereby someone defects today from a party, and becomes a Minister the second day, in the new party, should be discouraged in the incoming administration.

We hope that Buhari's administration would desist from recycling its political appointees at the Federal level, especially when it comes to the Ministerial positions. Care must be taking in appointing unprincipled defecting politicians. We would be wondering what a former two-term Governor would be doing seeking for a Ministerial position. If we may go further, of what need is the former number four man in Nigeria government; a former Presidential candidate want to be on the list of recycled politician, not experts? Does that mean there is nothing they could do besides being recycled all over again, even without relevance? Does that mean that Nigeria is in short of qualified individuals to operate certain Federal Ministries; or just using that position as a political patronage to serve the community with their qualifications? Why is recycling a custom in some zones?

The screening exercise of the Ministers has been a mockery of the specific services they are supposed to render. The new administration should checkmate the use of the Senate floor for 'bowing and exit' without deep examination of the potential Minister's knowledge of the Ministry to manage. The screening exercise should not be a clearing house for criminals. Portfolios must be assigned with the names submitted to the Senate tally with the nominees' qualifications and experiences.

Regardless of the political, ethnic, and religious mind-set of most Nigerians; considering the level of insecurity in the country; the high unemployment rate especially among Nigerians Youth; the high level of poverty in Nigeria; Buhari administration should chose honest individuals, not recycling those who are confused about Management in modern terms in addressing some teething issues affecting Nigerians. Nigerians want these addressed IMMEDIATELY.

Nigerians hope that the new administration will get new fresh, intelligent individuals to assist in managing the affairs of the country, not the recycled morally bankrupt political prostitutes.

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