Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba  currently lives in Medfield, Massachusetts.

They first arrested Mr. Nnamdi Kanu for possession of broadcasting equipment which is legal in Nigeria. We shouted Y-E-A-A-A! that is good for him, for he was/is one of those Biafrans. Mr. Ojutalayo and others exclaimed “Let him rot and die in jail!”

They next arrested, gestapo style, some judges. We cried “and them too!” for they accept tainted money from Wilke and PDP! They are dirty judges and part of the corruption. Jail them! Jail them! Nigeria must get rid of corruption! Them too!

Then they arrested the publishers of Sahara Reporters. Many more joined the rabble and proclaimed “he should be number one for he is an Igbo hater.” Do not let him out of Nigeria. Lagos is as good as Queens where he has been hiding and causing havoc. Crucify him!

Emboldened by their successes with arresting officers of the judiciary (judges) and promoters of free speech (Nnamdi Kanu; Sowole) they arrested the publishers of Premium Times, and the mob swelled and cried angrily, “death to these people who hate Nigeria.” President Muhammadu Buhari is God’s gift to Nigeria for he is a messiah. Go get them PMB. God is with you. Allah dey!

… to be continued…

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Boston, Massachusetts

January 20, 2017

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:31

2017

We have entered 2017, a year that promises to change the world in radical ways. Change is both good and bad and it is this ambiguity that makes the world tremble, tremble, tremble. We do know that changes must occur and that we should not be afraid of them but somehow, we are not able to shake off our fears of the unknown. Here are some of the anticipated changes that could make the world shake:

  1. In America (and in much of the world) the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States is worrisome. The influence and global importance of USA is hard to underestimate. The president elect has made statements that if he implements them would shake up the world. US neighbors such as Mexico and Canada are worried about what would happen to the trade agreement that had worked very well for the past decade. Would he scrap it and what would be the replacement? Would he build a wall at the Mexican border and would he ask that Mexico pay for cost?
  • In the Mideast, the president elect is generating a lot of anxiety and worry. Mr. Trump seems to be rejecting the widely accepted Two-States solution and accepting a Greater Israel solution which would trap the Palestinians in a Greater Israel where they would be second class citizens much like the blacks in the Apartheid South Africa. Both the West and East do not like a one state solution. What will this bring to the Mideast? What would the move of US embassy to Jerusalem mean to the Arabs? When Mr. Trump’s bias against Muslims is introduced into the equation what will the Mideast look like. The Arabs are trembling.
  • President Obama had introduced the concept of a pivot to Asia which was thought to bring America closer to Asia and make the two peoples of Asia and American more friendly. Mr. Trump sees things differently. He seems set on confrontational relationship with the emerging China. China can fight back. Will China and USA be locked in a cold war? Or even in a hot war? Asia is nervous.
  • President elect’s position on NATO is very vague. On the one hard he seems to believe in NATO and on the other hand he seems to consider NATO as an organization whose time has come and gone, a remnant of the cold war. He seems to want to charge Germany and other Europeans the cost of US military in Europe. There are no signs that he would work well with the German Chancellor Angela Meckel. He also seems to support the break-up EU countries. European countries are concerned.
  • On the domestic front, many segments of the country are afraid of what a Trump administration will bring. Blacks, Hispanics, gay and lesbian people, Muslims, and other minorities fear a reversal of the gains of the civil rights movement. There is a divide between cities. suburban and rural communities; a divide between fossil fuels and renewable energies policies; a divide between politicians that had ruled the country since its inception and the industrialists who developed it; a divide between the rich who are getting richer and the poor who are becoming poorer; there is big fracture in the society’s role players: the press, the government, Hollywood, labor and employers of labor; etc. What will the United State look like after 2017 and beyond? People are anxious.
  1. Another factor that makes 2017 a difficult year is the Brexit vote. UK has opted out of the EU and the conservative prime Minister has stated that she would implement the will of the people. What will that mean to Europe? What will that mean to Europeans resident in Britain and the British residents in Europe? There is a wait see attitude. Britain, France and Germany are the economic pillars of EU that is keeping the union together economically as Greece, Italy, and other southern countries undergo economic restructuring. Will Germany and France be able to hold the forth alone? Will more exits follow? More concerns
  2. How about Africa? Will Nigeria survive another full ear under the Buhari Administration? Mr. Buhari is becoming more dictatorial and is increasing employing the tools of dictatorship in governing: secret police and secret trials (Nnamdi Kanu and his lieutenants), military occupation of supposedly hostile territories (SS and SE) suppression of the press; harassment of political opponents under the guise of fighting corruption; neglect of key areas of development such as agriculture, infrastructure and education; etc.
  • Zuma’s South Africa seems to be unravelling. How will the 2018 election go? Is the division in ANC real or imagined?
  • West Africa is in turmoil. It seems that the era of military takeovers is back. The Gambia, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, etc. has each experienced a complete or attempted military takeover. Has the march of democracy been stopped? Ghana is a shining example so far, but can Ghana go it alone?

There are more reasons to be concerned but the above is used to illustrate why so many people are so afraid. It seems that the world, particularly USA, is embarking on an experiment. Who is best suited to rule a nation: the experts as represented by politicians who have ruled nations since the beginning of the world or the business people who have managed business from the get go? Are the skills transferable? Can business people run a country? Can politicians’ run businesses? Can a country be run without politics?

It is a bold experiment.

 

We will be watching.

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Boston, Massachusetts

January 18, 2017

Mr. Ozodi Osuji in a rambling essay attached below asks if the Igbo are taught stupidity or were born stupid. My direct answer is that they are both taught to be stupid and are born stupid. The axiom embedded in the question is that Ndigbo are stupid. I will not challenge axioms as they are established rule, principle or law. I will assume that after a careful, rigorous and exhaustive  research Mr. Osuji has established that the Igbo are stupid and have made the world accept this as true.

Mr. Osuji has the qualifications to do research and to convince the world of the veracity of his researches. Per his bio, he:

  1. Has 4 PhD’s from Universities that have more Nobel Laurette’s than Harvard.
  2. Has an IQ of 140 which greater than any living or dead Nigerian or black person. The closest competitor to his IQ (Bolaji Aluko) has an IQ of 120, 20 points below his out-of-this-world achievement.
  3. He is/was/have been a professor in all business school subjects as well as professor in psychology, psychiatry and sociology. He is a scientist and he is currently involved in philosophy and religion and trying to create an African religion.
  4. He has published over a hundred books and thousands of articles in peer reviewed journals.
  5. He is Igbo born of Igbo parents but has lived in Igboland for a total of 4 years during the war. Before then and since they he has not lived in Igboland and has had minimal involvement in Igbo affairs or with Ndigbo.
  6. He lives in Alaska USA, and has several children.

The above qualifications should remove any doubts about his abilities/capabilities. He is a first rate academician and intellectual, without any biases with the possible exception to Islamic Jihadists.

I will now proceed to answer Mr. Osuji’s question of the source or origins of Igbo stupidity. I will use only the scientific/mathematical principles.

All creatures are influenced by two complementary factors: gene (nature) and environment (nurture). According to Mr. Osuji, the Igbo have not contributed anything to human civilization from Adam. If that is so then they were created by their Maker stupid. There has not risen from their clan any wise or creative individual with the noted exception of Dr. Ozodi Osuji which is the exception that proves the rule. We can therefore append quod erat demonstradum (QED) to the theory that the Igbo is stupid.

We now come to the first part of the question: Do Igbo go to school where they are taught to be stupid?

As mentioned earlier the two greatest factors in human development are nature and nurture. The impact of one could be offset by the other. Nurturing can make a stupid person less stupid. Part of the environment of a growing child such as good neighborhoods, good schools, good diets, etc. could enhance the chances of a stupid child. This could be the reason why Mr. Osuji turned out to be so smart. His life in Lagos, his marriage to a white woman, his US education in fancy schools, his limited intercourse with the stupid Igbo, etc., all these had made him very wise.

On the other hand, we have proved that the Ndigbo were created as stupid people. Nurturing could have changed things if it were available to Ndigbo as it did for Mr. Osuji, but unfortunately good environment has not come to Igbo land. The Igbo love to live in a common area. In Igbo land all schools are run by 100% stupid Igbo people. Although Igbo teachers can found around the world including such IVY’s as Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Brown, etc., universities, there are no non-Igbo teachers in Igbo land institutions to complement and enhance Igbo stupidity. When the Igbo leave Igbo land they congregate in a place such as the Sabongari’s, build Igbo Schools where they are taught Igbo language and Igbo stupid crude cultures. They hire their sisters and brothers and teach them how to steal; and how to deal in drugs and contraband goods. They intermarry and worship false gods in their so-called Christian churches where the same stupid pastors preach to them falsehood.

Even when they travel abroad, the same practices exist. A trip to Houston for example would illustrate that the Igbo congregate in Igbo ghettos and would not allow any fresh air to come in. You will see Igbo restaurants, Igbo clubs, World Igbo Congress, Igbo World Assembly, Anambra Union, Imo Congress, Oraukwu Congress, Oji-River LGA Association, etc. They tie themselves together with these village, town. LGA, state and national associations. There is no room for any outsiders to get in and therefore for enlightened leadership to emerge.

What makes it impossible is that even when other LESS stupid people such as the Yoruba attempt to find a common ground with the Igbo, the Igbo would defraud them or at least construct obstacles to a unified Nigerian community. Since Nigerian Independence the Igbo focus has been to separate from Nigeria. This time around, led by the most stupid of them all (if that is possible), by one Nnamdi Kanu the agitation for the Independent Republic of Biafra is on the upswing. How can a stupid people led by stupid leaders be anything but stupid?

The straight answer to Mr. Osuji’s question is: Ndigbo are born stupid, are led by stupid leaders, and taught stupidity, by stupid teachers at stupid Igbo schools.

QED

There is no hope for the Igbo.

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Boston, Massachusetts

January 12, 2017

 

Here is Osuji’s essay:

DO IGBOS GO TO A SCHOOL WHERE THEY TEACH THEM TO BE STUPID OR ARE THEY BORN STUPID?

 

Ozodi Osuji

 

      In real life, I generally stay away from those I consider to be stupid; I do not have the ability to tolerate fools well.  

       I am an Igbo and cannot escape the consequences of Igbos apparent stupid behaviors; what Igbos do willy-nilly affect me; if Igbos behave as idiots and they are perceived as idiots I will be perceived as an idiot.

      If Igbos insult Hausas and Yorubas and in retaliation those groups occasionally attack them I will be attacked. The individual Igbo’s private behavior has public consequences for all Igbos.

     Thus, much as I do not like to concern myself with the behavior of Igbos I have to pay attention to them. Consider many Igbos incredible support of Donald Trump.

     Let me put things in context. I was opposed to much of what Barrack Obama did. In fact, right from his first year in office I wrote negative articles about him.  I wrote about his poor leadership behaviors. I have written extensively on leadership; some of my writings on leadership were published by reputable academic journals so I know what I am talking about when I criticized Obama’s leadership behaviors.   My opposition to Obama was strictly professional; I saw him as a weak leader and wanted him to become a strong leader; there was nothing personal about my writing on him; indeed like most black folks I was kind of proud that he made worldwide black folks proud to become the president of the most powerful country in the world. 

      Donald Trump was not an American politician until recently. He was a business man; business folks pursue money and profits. His pursuit of money was not of interest to those who pay attention to public policy matters, so I had no particular reason to get to know him.

      However, when Trump declared his interest in the US Presidency, I took a look at his personality and in June of 2015 decided that he is a narcissistic personality disordered person. Later on the mainstream media picked up on that subject and harped on it.

     Trump is developmentally stuck at what Psychoanalysts call narcissistic stage of child development (Erik Erickson would say that his emotional age is no more than twelve).  Like a child, Trump is motivated by efforts to get other people’s attention, and to seem special in their eyes; he uses people to optimize his attention seeking goals, to make profits and then discards them like rubbish. Despite his alleged great wealth, Trump is not particularly intelligent

     I liked the fact that Trump said that he is going to be tough on radical, Islamic jihadist terrorists. I was totally angry at Obama for allowing ISIS to metastasize and keep on killing people.    

   Beyond my support for Trump’s anti- jihadist rhetoric I evaluated him as a light weight, a clown, really. I didn’t think that he knew any worthwhile thing in public policies and certainly not in foreign policy affairs.

       I voted for Hilary Clinton not because I particularly care for her; she is weak on jihadists and engaged in social engineering that wanted to ram down our throats whatever deviant behavior of the day is deemed no longer deviant. To me, she is more knowledgeable on public policies and international politics matters.

     Here is my dilemma, many Igbos seem to believe that Trump is going to make Biafra come into being. How exactly is he going to do so? Trump is a conservative.  

     Republicans supported apartheid policies in South Africa. Trump refused to rent his rental properties to black folks (he was sued for racism and probably out of fear of the law rented to a couple of them).

     Clearly, Trump is a racist. So, how is a white supremacist, an American nationalist who wants to make his white people great again, going to help an obscure African group, Igbos?  Has he anywhere said that he is going to help Igbos? No.

     Some say that it is because Trump is a Christian and Igbos are Christians that he is going to support the so-called Biafra course.

     Let me put on my political realism hat and ask: when has religion ever directed US foreign policy? Foreign policy is driven by national interests. If it is in the US national interest the US will support an idea but if it not it will not support it.

     In case you are an ostrich and buried your head in sand and do not know how Igbos are perceived let me disabuse you a bit. Igbos are increasingly perceived as criminals. Why? It is because Igbos scam US and European citizens; through their various 419 scams, bank loans scams, credit cards scams etc. Igbos take money away from white folks. These criminal activities have been the subject of US Congressional hearings, thus, the leaders of America know who Igbos are!

     All over the world, Igbos are now known as drug dealers.  Folks all over the world know that Igbos would do anything to make money.

     All over the world, people have no pity for drug pushers. In that light, Americans actually hate Igbos more than they hate other Nigerians who are not selling drugs to destroy their people (or scamming them).

       So, where exactly did Igbos get the idea that Trump is going to support their desired Biafra? Listen, if anything, Trump will support putting Igbos into a cage (as in caging criminals) and prevent them from coming to the USA.

      It, therefore, baffles me that many Igbos support Trump; on Facebook there are Igbo trolls for Trump; these clowns dutifully post whatever fake news that support Trump or denigrate his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

     One such Igbo clown, Zubbie Ekwueme, goes as far as denigrating black Americans, portraying them as ghetto criminals who do not understand that Trump is their God and savior; this clown does not feel guilty that his heartless Igbo ancestors caused black Americans to be oppressed by white folks by selling them into slavery; he adds to that injustice by denigrating them; for assaulting black Americans Ekwueme ought to be put away; his continued freedom is a disgrace to humanity!

      You may not like Liberals but it is liberals in American politics that fight for black folks.  The Civil rights legislation (1964) and the fair housing legislation (1965) were done by liberals; Republicans like Barry Goldwater opposed civil rights for black Americans. Yet, this Igbo clown called Ekwueme does not see anything about conservatives that he does not admire. He is always putting down liberals. He fancies that I am a liberal and calls me a dingbat liberal and other pejorative names.

     I am not a liberal; I am a social democrat; I accept the need to mix socialism and capitalism to create a just society; American liberals shy away from robust socialism; they merely use government to provide some half-hearted help to those the rulers of America oppress, poor folks. I am for Scandinavian type political economy where it is our solemn obligation to publicly pay for all citizens health insurance and pay for their education through university and also provide them with some other help.

      Can anyone please tell me what conservatives have done for the good of black Americans?  I know that Republicans fought to end slavery but that was when Republicans were the progressive party; there was a party realignment so that Democrats that used to be conservative are now are liberals.

     Apparently, miseducated Igbos fancy that their petty trading skills and ability to make chomp change from trading makes them capitalists hence the natural ally of capitalist America.  Some of these fools say that Igbos are naturally republicans where every person takes care of his self and the public does nothing for the individual and that this social structure makes them the same as Republican Americans hence Republicans ought to like them.

    Since when were Igbos not their brothers keepers, if I may ask? In traditional Igbo villages the people donated their labor for free to help each other cut down their bush and farm on the land and to build their houses. Traditional Igbo society was more communalistic than American styled do nothing for your neighbors’ philosophy. Know-nothing Igbos run around talking about Igbo society been more like exploitative white capitalist society; these folks do not know anything about Igbo society!

      Some misguided Igbos say that Obama is a Muslim and got Muslim Buhari elected to office. Obama had nothing to do with Buhari’s election.  I do not know anything for sure about Obama’s religious affiliation.   Obama seems lacking in desire to protect Christians slaughtered by Muslim Jihadist; I can see how that could lead to paranoid theory that he is a Muslim sympathizer, if not Muslim.

     Obama is not the subject of this essay, Trump is. How is a white supremacist racist who probably thinks that black folks are unintelligent going to be Igbos savior?

     It is really annoying to see Igbos who presumably went to universities saying arrant nonsense about what Trump is going to do for their desired Biafra. May be it is because, as they say, a drowning man grasps at straws. Those who desperately want Biafra to become a reality grasp at stupid straws, including the improbable hope that a white racist would help black them.

     Here is my question:  do Igbos go to a special school where they teach them to be stupid or are they born stupid?  

    I ask this question because I notice that at Nigerian Internet forums, many Igbo members write the most stupid things and no amount of efforts to redirect them makes them to budge. For example, practically everything they write is designed to humiliate other Nigerians.

     For some reason these verbally abusive Igbos do not seem to understand that if you humiliate a human being or group of human beings you inflict narcissistic injury to them and that human beings do kill to assuage their injured pride and vanity.

      Common sense tells us to respect our neighbors for if they decide to they can kill us. Igbos do not seem to accept common sense and instead, like people operating outside reality, that is, deluded persons, verbally abuse their neighbors, right, left and center, making them angry at Igbos and disposing some of them to attack and kill Igbos (or marginalize them from Nigerian politics).

     Because of their constant denigration of Nigerians, Nigerians shut Igbos out of position of power in Nigeria.  Igbos then see themselves as victims and complain about it. They naively think that the rest of the world is going to rescue them from their self-caused untenable position.

      No other country is willing to bring about Biafra; the sooner Igbos accept this reality and work to restructure Nigeria and bring about good governance in Nigeria the better they are served.

 

PS: Rational persons participate at forums where their views are respected; they do not want to be where for merely expressing what seems to them rational opinions Igbos rain verbal abuses on them. As a result of been constantly abused by misguided Igbos many of the people who actually say something worthwhile at the forums have left. They left the forums to Igbo abusers like Nebucadinzer, Chukwuma, Assigwara, Ukaegbo, Madu etc. The forums are now clown shows for Igbo clowns to clown around and for those Nigerians who like to clown with them to do so.  This is sad for there are actually well educated Nigerians whose presence at the forums did contribute to the continuing education of all members. (Good people leave and idiots stay and transform the forums to idiot forums; how come the idiots do not leave?)

 

Ozodi Osuji

January 11, 2017

www.centerformindscience.org

 

One only needs to read the story at the end of this piece to understand why President Buhari’s purported corruption fight is a hoax being perpetrated on Nigerians and the world. Here is a quote from the minister of information Alhaji Lai Mohammed:

The Minister said the strategy has proven so effective that it has led to, among others, the recovery of 40 brand new SUVs and other vehicles from one former Permanent Secretary who single-handedly appropriated the vehicles to himself when he left office

The minister of information could not name the corrupt permanent secretary; could not give when the incident happened and could not say what else happened after the recovery. Was he punished? How?

The conclusion of this writer after he read this piece was that no such thing happened. There is no way to independently confirm that the recovery ever took place or that the SUV’s were ever stolen. If this indeed happened and the perpetrator is shielded, the most effective way to stop others from repeating the incident is public shaming of the Perm Sec. To protect “his holy name” is collusion with the criminal activity of the Secretary.

Late Mr. Awolowo’s advise to the then military governments that wore this same cloak of fighting corruption was that if a tree falls in the forest and another tree falls on top of it, people should first cut up the tree on top before they could gate to the one below. This advice still applies to the government of Buhari, one of the former military governors, that Awo spoke of and to.

If PMB is serious about fighting corruption, he should follow the direction used by doctors in healing a patient.

  1. He should stop the bleeding before diagnosing the patient
  2. He should diagnose the patient
  3. He should treat the disease
  4. He should advise the patient on future risks and what to do to avoid his condition.

To apply this to the Dr. Muhammadu Buhari, the doctor trying to cure corruption of Nigeria, he should stop the bleeding first. He should ensure that people in his administration are not corrupt. We have seen the budget he submitted for 2016 was thrown out by the senate because it did not add up. The resubmitted budget was padded. As of December 2016, can PMB show on the ground road construction completed from the 2016 budget or hospital improvements or salaries paid on time? Will the amounts equal to the budgeted amounts? One must first remove the sand in one’s eyes before he can see clearly what is in another’s eyes.

Dr. Buhari should diagnose the patient correctly. Most of what goes on as corruption in Nigeria are not really corruption from this writer’s perspective. A civil servant who is owed three or four month’s salary and who appropriates government inventory or money is not corrupt. He is trying to survive. He pays rent, feeds his family, pays transportation to come to work. He is merely trying to survive. The government wants him to commit suicide and he refuses to do so. The government must properly define what corruption is after the government has done its duty to her staff. The civil servant, the teachers, police, etc. could be incorruptible if treated well, just as it used to be, before the war.

Dr. Buhari’s treatment of Nigerian corruption should start by putting the fight on the second shelf and putting food production; payment of living wages; rebuilding infrastructures; etc.; on the top shelf. It is when these are completed or sufficient progress have been made that the fight against corruption could be effective.

Dr. Buhari’s discharge documents would include openness. If a corrupt permanent secretary is caught his name would be made public and his trial and punishment will be there for all to see. PMB’s love for secret trials (remember Nnamdi Kanu and Perm Sec who stole 40 cars) is no means to stop corruption or insecurities.

Read this and cry.

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Boston, Massachusetts,

December 29, 2016

 

http://huhuonline.com/hunew/index.php/huhuonline-more-news/8925-federal-permsec-runs-away-with-40-cars

Federal permsec run away with 40 cars

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A former Federal permanent secretary retired from office recently and  took away  40 brand new SUVs and other vehicles.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this today, while explaining President Muhammadu Buhari’s well-articulated strategy in the fight against corruption in the country.

Mohammed was reacting to criticisms that the anti-corruption war lacks strategy.

"The Federal Government is being guided by a well-articulated strategy in its fight against corruption in the country, contrary to the misconception in certain circles that the government is fighting corruption without a strategy, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.
The Minister said the strategy has proven so effective that it has led to, among others, the recovery of 40 brand new SUVs and other vehicles from one former Permanent Secretary who single-handedly appropriated the vehicles to himself when he left office
He said the federal government is not just fixated on prosecution alone but is also taking preventive measures to make corruption unattractive
Alhaji Mohammed listed the strict enforcement of the Treasury Singles Account (TSA), which has largely reduced the diversion of government funds into various secret accounts, and the constant fishing out of ghost workers in the public service, which many states are now adopting, as some of the preventive measures against corruption.

He however said some other measures have been perfected to strengthen the anti-corruption fight, adding that the measures include the establishment of the Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery and the Asset Tracing Committee; the setting up of an Asset Register, and the Whistle Blower Policy.

The Minister also announced the plan by the government – working through the Code of Conduct Bureau - to commence, starting in 2017, a trial run of electronic asset declaration to facilitate compliance and also to search and retrieve data on the assets of public officers

In addition, he said, the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption is working with relevant MDAs, especially the National Bureau of Statistics, to improve data collection on corruption indicators generally.

''Once perfected, the data will be shared with government periodically, if possible as regularly as government receives data on inflation and unemployment trends, to indicate trends in corruption
and influence government measures to correct the situation before it gets out of hand as we have now,'' Alhaji Mohammed said.

Expatiating on the Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery, he said it meets regularly to take reports from key law enforcement agencies
on government's anti-corruption effort, share information and intelligence, review the challenges being faced in the anti-corruption efforts generally and give directives on the way forward.

''This same body, on the recommendation of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, has directed a centralized management of
recovered looted assets through the Central Asset Management Committee under the leadership of Minister of Finance as legal custodian of government asset.

''This singular move has reduced the opportunity for re-looting of recovered assets that was prevalent under previous regime. By this measure, EFCC, ICPC and all asset recovery law enforcement agencies
are mandatorily required to furnish the Minister of Finance with full details of recovered asset whether cash or otherwise,'' the Minister said, adding that data reconciliation will soon be completed and the information will be made available to the public.

On the Asset Register, he said it has made very difficult the looting of government physical assets, most notably vehicles, by departing political appointees as well as senior and middle level officers.

Alhaji Mohammed said the recently approved Whistle Blower policy is designed to further enhance government's effort to recover looted
funds, noting: ''People who give credible and useful information to government that leads to recovery of stolen public assets will be rewarded with between 2.5% - 5% of the recovered fund and government will keep the identity of the whistle blower absolutely confidential.''
He said the government is finalizing the constitution of an Asset Tracing Team to work with internationally reputably bodies to trace and recover public assets in private pockets.
''In this regard, government will also escalate the use of non-conviction-based asset recovery methods to boost revenue and diminish corruption and the perception that crime pays or criminals can keep their loot. The Federal Government is getting Nigerians in diaspora and international civil society organizations involved in the campaign for return of looted assets,'' the Minister added.


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I am very pleased to see Mr. Obama's two terms as the president of the Unites States come to a successful end. I am so grateful that he overcame those who wanted his presidency to fail. I thank God that those who wanted to make him a one-term president failed. I am so glad that his terms in office are almost over.

I have never been as involved in the political process as I was in Obama's elections and administrations I campaigned in three states including Ohio and attended both inaugurations. The cold winter of 2008 did not stop me as I stood on street and watched Mitchell and Barack Obama walk (waltz) from the Capitol towards 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I bought up all newspapers and publications of the event for my children to see and behold and to pass on to their children and children's children up to the 10th generation.

But one might ask why am I so happy to see what has been so pleasing to me end? There are many reasons which I will soon get to but Mr. Obama's presidency has been a tense period for me. I am so afraid that something terrible could happen either to himself and his family or he could make a mistake that would harm the nation like going to war with any of the nation's enemies. Many people were pushing for wars and disguising them by use of seemingly harmless words such as "booths on the ground." Uninformed citizens usually forget that "booths on the ground" are won by men and women in the nation's security forces. They (the booths on the ground) are our children.

Obama and I are intimate.

Because Obama is black and thinks he is black. This is important because there are blacks who do not know that they are black. I say this in the context of Harriet Tubman's quote that she could have saved more slaves if the people had known they were slaves. Obama felt the pains and anguish of the black people even as he realized that he was the president of the United States of America and not of black America. It was a tough balancing act and he managed it successful. There are voices that have expressed that he did not do enough for Black America. But they do not understand. I happen to subscribe that by just being elected to the office of the president of US Obama has done his job. I can tell my children that they can be POTUS and would have a precedent to point to. There is hope for my grandchildren.

Obama and I are intimate because he has African blood in his veins. All African Americans have African blood in them but Obama was from the blood of a recent immigrant like me. His father and I are soul mates. He came here to go to school just as I did. He married and had a child, Barack, just as I did and have offspring. And his son became the president of US in one generation. To me and other recent African immigrants, it signifies that nothing is impossible. That is how friendship and intimacy develop: common aspirations and experiences. My one regret is that the elder Obama did not live to see this event and this success.

At the start of Obama presidency, the Swedish Academy awarded him a Nobel Peace Prize. He was not qualified to receive one at the time. He most certainly had not done the kind of work that Martin Luther King did to earn one. Some of us saw the award as both a bribe and a plea. The plea was for him to save the world from another war. Mr. prayer was that by accepting the award he promised to keep the peace during his terms.

But could he?

As one who sees the president as a member of my family I was worried that he would have accepted the bribery and the plea and not deliver. With under one month to go I feel relieved that he has lived up to his promise. It was not easy. What with Mr. Netanyahu of Israel pushing for US to attack Iran on behalf of Israel and challenging him even in US congress? What with Mr. McCain and Mr. McConnell in the senate calling on him to enter The Syrian civil war more aggressively? How about many in United State crying against withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan?

War mongers were aplenty.

No man with less than his courage and self-confidence could have withstood the pressure but my man did. By these actions, he saved the people of the United States trillions of dollars in war actions and more importantly he saved thousands of US and enemies lives. He has earned his Nobel Peace Prize several folds.

I am happy that Obama's presidency is coming to the end because he has tried and succeeded to go to places where no man had gone before. Health care was a no go area especially after Mr. Edward Kennedy traveled to the beyond. Everybody understood that it was important but believed that it would cost too much or that the lives of poor Americans are not worth the costs and so did nothing. President Clinton tried but was forced out of it. Others before Clinton had tried but nothing came out of it. Obama came, and saw, and conquered. The faith of Obamacare is hanging in the balance and may be overturned by the income g administration and congress, but Obama has delivered. Let them destroy it if they choose.

Let the world judge Obama. Let them judge considering his efforts with gun control, his giving full American citizenship to gays and lesbians; his starting the race to the top in education; snaring the most wanted American enemy, Usman Bin Laden (May 2, 2011); securing American homeland from attack by any foreign terrorists for 8 years of his stewardship; etc.

Let the world judge.

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Boston, Massachusetts

December 28, 2016

The 2016 election is over and the winners and losers have been identified. In this preliminary result sheet are the major winners and losers. As time goes on we will keep updating the results. The final report card will be issued in 2018 December which will correspond to Mr. Donald J. Trumps mid-term.

Readers are invited to add, delete and move around the pieces as they see fit.

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Boston, Massachusetts

December 20, 2016

 

 

 

WINNERS

 

LOOSERS

1

Donald J. Trump For beating Democrats, Republicans and Wall Street

 

Mitt Romney. Trump ended his political career

2

The Republican Party despite themselves

 

The Democratic Party despite their best efforts

3

Hillary Rodham Clinton for being the first woman for a major party and for winning the popular vote

 

Hillary Clinton for coming so close but no cigar

4

Vladimir Putin for successfully inserting himself into America Election and electing his friend. It is what America

 does to other countries

 

Minorities especially Latinos for sitting on their behind when voting was asked

5

President Barack Obama. His approval rating soared

 

President Obama. His legacy is in question now

6

Sean Hannity and talk radio. For sticking with conservatism when it was unpopular

 

Pollsters and the media. They either lied or were blind

7

USA. She got the change it wanted

 

USA. The change it got may be different from the change it got

8

Christianity and the Christian Right

 

Muslim. They may be banned in US if Allah permits

9

 

 

Immigrants legal and illegal. They have been fingered as the Problem

10

 

 

Globalization. In the 80's and 90's every Business School student was asked to think globally. It has become a bad word.

11

Big banks. They can once more be too big to fell

 

Main Street. They lost all government Protections they had

12

 

 

Senior Citizens. Their social security could be auctioned off to Goldman Sachs

13

 

 

College Students. Bye bye to lower student loans welcome to $100,000 student loans after graduate school no matter you major

14

Big Corporations and their CEO's. Free at last, free at last, thanks POTUS, no more regulations and caps on compensation

 

Labor. No more unions or union bargaining

15

Billionaires and millionaires and capitalism, the hell with taxes

 

Middleclass and the poor. To whom much is given less is required

 

During the campaign season, Mr. Trump promised to change the ways of Washington permanently. Based on his cabinet selection thus far, he seems to be on his way to actualizing the promises. The best part of his choices is that it would end long debates over some very important America’s policy issues.

The case of US foreign policies come to mind. From the end of World War II US intelligence has seen Russia as the greatest security threat to US. A few liberal politicians had called for an easing of tension between the world’s number one and two powers but did not make any headway. But majority of policy leaders, mostly conservatives wanted no rapprochement between the countries. The tension continued through the cold war, to the breakup of the Soviet Union to present. It included assassinations and attempted assassinations of third world leaders who favored one over the other and catastrophes in one is hailed in the other. The unending wars in the Middle East and Africa have their roots in the rivalry between Russia and US. Now President-elect Trump seems to have seen what former President Bush II saw in Putin’s eyes; a dear friend of America. But Trump went further when he seems to suggest that the intelligence community is mistaken in their analysis. His appointment of Ricky Tillerson a Putin friend and business partner as the Secretary of state makes the case for his desire to build stronger relations with Putin.

Will this result in a calmer world? The jury is still out.

But shift in foreign policy it is.

To cement the shift in foreign police Trump chose James Mattis as the secretary for defense. Mr. Mattis sees Iran as an existential threat. He opposes Iran Nuclear Deal. But Russia supports the deal and will make this clear to Trump through Tillerson. If Tillerson takes Russian position and if Mattis sticks to his guns Trump would have a war in his cabinet. A fight in the cabinet is not necessarily a bad thing for it makes for deeper consideration of policy choices. We shall see how the security team coheres.

Mr. Trump’s choices in the domestic front also signal a desire to change things. Scott Pruitt, the EPA nominee believes, along with Tillerson and Trump that Climate Change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese and opposes Climate Change policies of Obama. He would like to roll back EPA regulations or even abolish the department. This will be a huge change as it involves most of the world and will result in throwing away the Paris Accord which was most recently ratified in Casablanca. Still on the domestic front, Mr. Trump’s choice for Education Secretary Betty DeVos, would like to abolish the department of education; the choice for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is an avid opponent of minorities which resulted in his rejection during a previous nomination; Steve Bannon, the Chief Strategist is known to be a promoter of White Supremacy and a holocaust denier; at Energy Ricky Perry who wants to drill anywhere oil can be found on federal land will take care of things; at labor, the nominee is Andrew Pudzer who does not believe in collective bargaining; etc.

One thing is clear from the nominations, President-elect Trump would want to try different things during his administration. He wants the long ongoing debate about America and how it is managed decided once and for all during his term.

Some of the issues include:

  1. Is Climate Change real or a hoax? What should America be doing?
  2. What should be the relationship between East and West (Russia/America)?
  3. Should US keep troops abroad and pay for them or should those who want American troops on their soil hire and pay for them? Should America have troops outside USA?
  4. How about the illegal immigrants? Deport them? Give them a road to citizenship?
  5. Is there a need to keep Social Security or should it be privatized?
  6. Does the FG have any role in education? If so what should be FG and what should be state’s duties
  7. What about taxes? Who should pay and how much?
  8. Should abortion be legal?
  9. How will health care be administered for those who cannot afford health insurance.

10  Should US be inward looking or be part of the world?

11  ETC.

These were issues raised during the campaign and Americans were to decide. But unfortunately, Americans could not decide as Trump won the Electoral votes and Clinton won the popular vote in a landslide (over 3 million votes and counting).

Mr. Trump is likely to do away with the press. His first scheduled press conference is not until January a few weeks before his inauguration. That would be a first and different from all the preceding administrations. Even with the announcements of his choices he has refrained from presenting the chosen ones in a press conference. He prefers to go directly to the people or to send his message via twits.

He seems to be saying to the press “eat your hearts out”.

There is good news in all this. Old political hands had said that things look different when one sits in the Oval Office. Perhaps when Mr. Trump and his team sees the world from the Oval Office he and they might understand why things are the way they are or he might see the that since the end of WWII that US leaders have lied to Americans.

Either way Americans (and the World) will be better for it. He would be considered an independent reporter.

God bless America.

 

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Boston, Massachusetts

December 16, 2016

To save what is left of his dignity, before official announcement of Mr. Trump's choice for Secretary of State, Mr. Romney should remove himself from consideration. Mr. Romney was my governor once and I will hate to see this his public humiliation keep going on longer. He has smelled power and done so many important things in his life: multi-millionaire; partner in Bain Capital; Governor of Massachusetts; ran World Olympics; Republican nominee for the president; etc. There are not many people whose resume look as good or better than his. He got it made already.

Most analysts know from day one that Mr. Romney would not be the Secretary of State in a Trump presidency. Some analysts wondered why Mr. Romney would accept the post if offered to him, but resolved that it would be an attempt to hijack Mr. Trump's victory and run his own policy. But Mr. Trump is not a fool. And his advisers are aware of this and have said so publicly. Why is Mr. Romney persisting when everybody knows that even if he got it, it would be simply for Mr. Trump to lift him as high as he could and then cut him to size. Mr. Trump had responded after Mr. Romney's desecrating remarks on Trump that Romney once would have licked his behind when he ran for the presidency.

Mr. Trump is now letting the world know that he could still make Mr. Romney kiss his behind. Smart people do not expose themselves to public ridicule.

Why will Mr. Romney not be Mr. Trump's Secretary of state one might ask?

There is nothing binding both men. Neither has respect for the other. They have serious differences in almost everything: foreign policy, domestic policy, economic policy, business acumen, demeanor, immigration. But above everything else no respect for each other. It can be said that they hate one another. Mr. Romney's comments on Mr. Trump was visceral: "he is a fraud"; "a business man he is not"; etc. And Mr. Trump's response was just as disgusting. He called Mr. Romney a loser and he meant not just that he lost the presidency.

Their lack of respect would carry-over to the running of United States. A foreign secretary must be trusted absolutely by his president even when a mistake is made. It must be seen as a mistake. Given the bad blood between these gentlemen a mistake might not be seen as such. In foreign affairs of these days, of nuclear weapons, a slip of tongue could be disastrous. The would will ill afford any disaster.

Mr. Romney in Trump's cabinet would be like having two captains in a ship. There will be too many potentials for "order" and "counter-order." And the promised "disorder". Some might argue that Mrs. Clinton served as Mr. Obama's minister after their rivalry during the primary. There are significant differences. Their competition was very civil; they both had served in the senate and had a measure of camaraderie; she/is was a lady and he was/is a gentleman; but not these two; she understood that she could run after eight years; Mr. Romney cannot run again; etc.

What should Romney do?

He should strike a deal with the president-elect and they should announce that after many deep discussions that they could not agree on the way forward for United States, and that Mr. Romney has asked to be taken off the list. Mr. Trump might add that Mr. Romney was all along his top choice. And Mr. Romney might add that Mr. Trump's foreign policy would serve the country very well and that he would help in other ways Mr. Trump might want. Or such other diplomatic niceties.

Even if they could not find a suitable language Mr. Romney needs to get out before he is dropped like a hot potato. A former governor of the great state of Massachusetts should not allow his person to be kicked around like a football (soccer).

It is not good for our psyche. Mayor Rudolph William Louis Giuliani has demonstrated how it can be done.

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Boston, Massachusetts

December 10, 2016

The preamble to the United States Constitution begins with these words:

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America"

"We the people" is from the Greek word demos which means the common people as in:

The common people of an ancient Greek state. 'In Sicily the tyrant is the ally of the rich and the foe of the demos' 'Then the reforms of Kleisthenes formed the basis of the democracy, meaning the rule of the demoi, or village councils of the Athens peninsula.'

President Barack Obama will become the last president of the people by the people and for the people. He was elected by the people. As a volunteer in his two campaigns I saw firsthand how involved the people were in the electoral process in Massachusetts, in New Hampshire and in Ohio, the states I was personally involved. In Cleveland OH for example Obama had what would be considered a large office. But as big as the office was there was no room for all the volunteers and staff. All kinds of people, Young men and women, the old folks, migrant students on study leaves. Busloads of volunteers from as far away as Austin TX, Florida, etc., It was like Mecca during the pilgrimage. People streamed in day and night including mothers with kids on their backs.

These young people would sit on floors (all the spaces on desks and tables were all taken) and with their own lap tops, and their personal phones they will work literally from sunset to well beyond sun down making calls; producing write-ups; scheduling training; mobilizing; and seeking more volunteers in other states and offices.

The old folks matched the younger ones. The old folks would come in with bakeries, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, water, lemonades, any edibles. Obama Campaign did not feed its helpers, but there was more food than was needed. There were no job descriptions. If a volunteer water truck stops all of us would just go out and unload the truck and bring in the water. "Us" here could be senior executives from offices, professors, lawyers, janitors, students, you name it, everybody was equal and did whatever was necessary. On the night of the election (2008) the Cleveland Office was full and when CBS made the Call, I thought the hotel would collapse from the jumping up and down by thousands of volunteers. Later pictures showed that what happened in Cleveland happened in all major cities across US.

Ditto for 2012

That election looms as the last democratically elected United States president. Not only was Obama elected by the US demoi, his pre-election tours outside of the US showed huge crowds at every stop he made. He was like a pop star or popular movie star and the world worshipped his every move. Yes, he won the popular vote AND the Electoral College vote. That was democracy.

When comes another?

Fast forward to 2016 elections. The democratic primary had a popular candidate, Mr. Sanders and a Wall Street sponsored millionaire, Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Sanders had huge following, but poor organization. He lost to Mrs. Clinton. The Republican Primaries had seventeen millionaires and a billionaire. The billionaire quickly beat-out the millionaires. Setting up a competition between a millionaire and a billionaire. Once again, the one with the higher ranking in the 1% rank won. Donald J. Trump the billionaire will assume office in January 2017.

He had lost the popular vote by more than 2 million votes.

Goodbye democracy welcome government by oligarchy.

If anyone had any doubts about the demise of democracy, Mr. Trump wasted no time in quieting such doubts. His nominees include two billionaires, three generals and the rest are millionaires. It will be a cabinet of millionaires and billionaires. No commoners have been invited and it does not look like one would be invited. Being wealthy does not necessarily make one lose the "commo n touch" but none of the nominees had expressed populist views in the past. The message has all along been to make America Rich Again. In a cabinet of Oligarchs to express popular views would be treachery.

American has moved from a government of the center and is embarking on a road to a government of oligarchs and a marching towards Far-Right government.

Here was a democracy. When comes another?

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Boston, Massachusetts

December 6, 2016

Friday, 02 December 2016 16:29

Are Politicians Feckless People?

In the two countries that I have some knowledge of, USA and Nigeria, citizens have very little respect for political leaders who manage their affairs. They do not trust them because they think they are fickle. Are they feckless also?

Take the case of Donald Trump’s Presidential victory and the events going on now in the Trump Tower. Look at the people who are trooping in and prostrating and bowing before him. They are mostly men and women who said very ugly things about candidate Trump, his policy positions and his “ability to be president.” Nikki the Governor, said the she did not see the qualities we look for in a president in Mr. Trump, yet she has accepted a position on Mr. Trump’s cabinet. Mr. Romney for example described him as “phony” and “fraud.”  He is campaigning for the office Secretary of State. They did not think much of him.

Here is the transcript of Romney’s address on Candidate Trump’s campaign:

Transcript of Mitt Romney’s Speech on Donald Trump

MARCH 3, 2016

Mitt Romney’s Full Speech Against Donald Trump

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, called Donald J. Trump “a fraud” in a speech to rally his party around one of Mr. Trump’s rivals.

The following is a transcript of Mitt Romney’s remarks addressing the candidacy of Donald J. Trump, as transcribed by the Federal News Service.

ROMNEY: Thank you. Thank you.

(APPLAUSE) Thank you, Jason, and thank you to the Hinckley Institute, Governor Herbert, Lieutenant Governor, President, it’s good to be with you today.

Thank you. All right.

(APPLAUSE)

Now, I’m — I’m not here to announce my candidacy for office. And I’m not going to endorse a candidate today. Instead, I would like to offer my perspective on the nominating process of my party.

Back in 1964, just days before the presidential election — which, incidentally, we lost — Ronald Reagan went on national television and challenged America, saying that it was a time for choosing. He saw two paths for America, one that embraced conservative principles, dedicated to lifting people out of poverty and helping create opportunity for all. 

And the other, an oppressive government that would lead America down a darker, less free path. I’m no Ronald Reagan and this is a different moment in time, but I believe with all my heart and soul, that we face another time for choosing, one that will have profound consequences for the Republican Party, and more importantly, for our country.

I say this, in part, because of my conviction that America is poised to lead the world for another century. Our technology engines, our innovation dynamic, the ambition and skill of our people are going to propel our economy and raise the standard of living of Americans.

America will remain, as it is today, the envy of the world. You may have seen Warren Buffett. He said, and I think he’s 100 percent right, that “The babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history.”

Now, that doesn’t mean we don’t have real problems and serious challenges. We do. At home, poverty persists. And wages are stagnant. The horrific massacres of Paris and San Bernardino. The nuclear ambitions of the Iranian mullahs. The aggressions of Putin. The growing assertiveness of China and the nuclear tests of North Korea confirm that we live in troubled and dangerous times.

But if we make the right choices, America’s future will be even better than our past and better than our present.

On the other hand, if we make improvident choices, the bright horizon I’ve described will not materialize. And let me put it very plainly. If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.

Let me explain why I say that. First on the economy. If Donald Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into prolonged recession. A few examples. His proposed 35 percent tariff-like penalties would instigate a trade war and that would raise prices for consumers, kill our export jobs and lead entrepreneurs and businesses of all stripes to flee America.

His tax plan in combination with his refusal to reform entitlements and honestly address spending would balloon the deficit and the national debt. So even though Donald Trump has offered very few specific economic plans, what little he has said is enough to know that he would be very bad for American workers and for American families.

But you say, wait, wait, wait, isn’t he a huge business success? Doesn’t he know what he’s talking about? No, he isn’t and no he doesn’t.

 (APPLAUSE)

Look, his bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who work for them. He inherited his business, he didn’t create it. And whatever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks and Trump Mortgage. A business genius he is not.

Now, not every policy that Donald Trump has floated is bad, of course. He wants to repeal and replace Obamacare. He wants to bring jobs home from China and Japan. But his prescriptions to do those things are flimsy at best. At the last debate, all he could remember about his health care plan was to remove insurance boundaries between states. Successfully bringing jobs home requires serious policy and reforms that make America the place businesses want to come, want to plant and want to grow. You can’t punish business into doing what you want.

Frankly, the only serious policy proposals that deal with a broad range of national challenges we confront today come from Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich. One of these men should be our nominee. 

 (APPLAUSE) Now, I know that some people want this race to be over. They look at history and say a trend like Mr. Trump’s isn’t going to be stopped. Perhaps. But the rules of political history have pretty much all been shredded during this campaign.

(LAUGHTER)

If the other candidates can find some common ground, I believe we can nominate a person who can win the general election and who will represent the values and policies of conservatism. Given the current delegate selection process, that means that I’d vote for Marco Rubio in Florida and for John Kasich in Ohio and for Ted Cruz or whichever one of the other two contenders has the best chance of beating Mr. Trump in a given state.

Now let me turn to national security and the safety of our homes and loved ones. Mr. Trump’s bombast is already alarming the allies and fueling the enmity of our enemies. Insulting all Muslims will keep many of them from fully engaging with us in the urgent fight against ISIS, and for what purpose? Muslim terrorists would only have to lie about their religion to enter the country.

And then what he said about on “60 Minutes”. Did you hear this? It was about Syria and ISIS, and it has to go down as the most ridiculous and dangerous idea of the entire campaign season. Let ISIS take out Assad, he said, and then we can pick up the remnants.

Now, think about that. Let the most dangerous terror organization the world has ever known take over an entire country? This recklessness is recklessness in the extreme. Now, Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart.

 (LAUGHTER)

I’m afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart.

(APPLAUSE)

Now, I’m far from the first to conclude that Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be president. After all, this is an individual who mocked a disabled reporter, who attributed a reporter’s questions to her menstrual cycle, who mocked a brilliant rival who happened to be a woman due to her appearance, who bragged about his marital affairs, and who laces his public speeches with vulgarity.

Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin, at the same time he has called George W. Bush a liar. That is a twisted example of evil trumping good.

(APPLAUSE)

There is a dark irony in his boasts of his sexual exploits during the Vietnam War. While at the same time, John McCain, whom he has mocked, was imprisoned and tortured.

Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark. He claimed that he had spoken clearly and boldly against going into Iraq.

Wrong. He spoke in favor of invading Iraq. He said he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11.

Wrong. He saw no such thing. He imagined it. He’s not of the temperament of the kind of stable, thoughtful person we need as a leader. His imagination must not be married to real power. The president of the United States has long been the leader of the free world.

The president and, yes, even the nominees of the country’s great parties helped define America to billions of people around the world. All of them bear the responsibility of being an example for our children and our grandchildren.

Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities. The bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics. You know, we have long referred to him as “The Donald.” He’s the only person in the entire country to whom we have added an article before his name, and it was not because he had attributes we admired.

(LAUGHTER)

Now, imagine your children and your grandchildren acting the way he does. Would you welcome that? Haven’t we seen before what happens when people in prominent positions fail the basic responsibility of honorable conduct? We have. And it always injures our families and our country.

Watch, by the way, how he responds to my speech today.

(APPLAUSE)

Will he talk about our policy differences? Or will he attack me with every imaginable low road insult? This may tell you what you need to know about his temperament, his stability and his suitability to be president.

Now, Mr. Trump relishes any poll that reflects what he thinks of himself. But polls are also saying that he will lose to Hillary Clinton. Think about that. On Hillary Clinton’s watch, the State Department, when she was guiding it and part of the Obama administration, that State Department watched as America’s interests were diminished at every corner of the world.

Mitt Romney pleaded with Republicans to support a presidential candidate other than Donald Trump, and Mr. Trump swiftly responded.

She compromised our national secrets. She dissembled to the families of the slain. And she jettisoned her most profound beliefs to gain presidential power. For the last three decades, the Clintons have lived at the intersection of money and politics, trading their political influence to enrich their personal finances.

They embody the term, “crony capitalism.” It disgusts the American people and causes them to lose faith in our political process. A person so untrustworthy and dishonest as Hillary Clinton must not become president.

(APPLAUSE)

Of course, a Trump nomination enables her victory. And the audio and video of the infamous Tapper-Trump exchange on the Ku Klux Klan will play 100,000 times on cable and who knows how many million times on social media. There are a number of people who claim that Mr. Trump is a con man, a fake — thank you.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

Let me say that again. There’s plenty of evidence that Mr. Trump is a con man, a fake. Mr. Trump has changed his positions not just over the years, but over the course of the campaign. And on the Ku Klux Klan, daily for three days in a row.

We will only really know if he’s a real deal or a phony if he releases his tax returns and the tape of his interview with The New York Times. I predict that there are more bombshells in his tax returns. I predict that he doesn’t give much, if anything, to the disabled and to our veterans. I predict that he told The New York Times that his immigration talk is just that — talk.

And I predict that despite his promise to do so, first made over a year ago, that he will never ever release his tax returns. Never — not the returns under audit; not even the returns that are no longer being audited. He has too much to hide. Nor will he authorize the release of the tapes that he made with The New York Times.

If I’m right, you’ll have all the proof you need to know that Donald Trump is indeed a phony. Attacking me as he surely will won’t prove him any less of a phony. It’s entirely in his hands to prove me wrong. All he has to do is release his back taxes like he promised he would and let us hear what he said behind closed doors to The New York Times.

You know, Ronald Reagan used to quote a Scottish philosopher, who predicted that democracies and civilizations wouldn’t last much longer than a couple hundred years. And John Adams wrote this, “Remember, democracy never lasts long; it soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” That’s John Adams.

I believe that America has proven these dire predictions wrong for two reasons. First, we’ve been blessed with great presidents, with giants among us. Men of character, integrity and selflessness have led our nation from the very beginning. None were perfect. Each surely made mistakes. But in every case, they acted out of the desire to do what was right for America and for the cause of freedom.

The second reason is because we’re blessed with a great people — people who at every critical moment of choosing have put the interests of the country above their own. These two things are related. Our presidents time and again have called on us to rise to the occasion. John F. Kennedy asked us to consider what we could do for our country. Lincoln drew upon the better angels of our nature to save the union.

I understand the anger Americans feel today. In the past, our presidents have channeled that anger and forged it into resolve, into endurance and high purpose, and into the will to defeat the enemies of freedom. Our anger was transformed into energy directed for good.

Mr. Trump is directing our anger for less than noble purposes. He creates scapegoats of Muslims and Mexican immigrants. He calls for the use of torture. He calls for killing the innocent children and family members of terrorists. He cheers assaults on protesters. He applauds the prospect of twisting the Constitution to limit First Amendment freedom of the press.

This is the very brand of anger that has led other nations into the abyss.

Here’s what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.

(APPLAUSE)

He’s playing the members of the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.

 (LAUGHTER)

His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president and his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.

I’m convinced America has greatness ahead. And this is a time for choosing. God bless us to choose a nominee who will make that vision a reality.

Thank you and God bless you all.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

Mr. Romney is campaigning to serve under President-elect, Donald Trump. Should we have more respect for our politicians? What is your opinion?

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Boston, Massachusetts

December 2, 2016